If You Love Found Footage, We Have The Fest For You

Oh boy. If you enjoy any sort of POV horror, we have some good news for you. For fans of found footage horror, first person cinema and faux documentaries, The Unnamed Footage Festival will be making it's way to the west coast hipster mecca of San Francisco, specifically the famous Balboa Theater. For two days in March of 2018, the 24th and the 25th, Philadelphia's Unnamed Film Festival will team up with The Overlook Theater to bring a slate of global selections as well as a few revival screenings. Not only will numerous Q&A's and commentaries run alongside and after films, but the fest will also have limited edition art and collectibles for diehard genre fans.

Sounds pretty rad, right? Well, it somehow gets cooler. Now only could you spend two days watching a bunch of awesome niche horror films, but the Balboa Theater has been running since 1926 and is supposedly quite haunted. I mean, it was built on a cemetery.

Horror will be the primary focus but the fest also hopes to shine a spotlight on the diversity of the genre with looks at comedy, sci-fi and drama footage films. The fest, abbreviated as UFF, is still looking for films too. Hoping to be able to help young artists or films that have fallen through the cracks, UFF has no limits when it comes to completion dates or release statuses, truly trying to allow all of these films to be seen by a wider audience. Details on the festival, the theater and submissions can be found below and you can bet that Ghastly Grinning will be paying a close eye to this project, looking to find new gems and rediscover older ones.


Submissions are being accepted through February 15th, with a flat submission rate of $5 per short and $10 per feature. “Just go out and shoot something,” says the garbled voice of the Unnamed Representative. “A big part of this is to encourage filmmakers to play in this underappreciated storytelling format. There is so much room for exploration, and we want to see what strange and exciting things artists can do with it.”


Submissions are now being accepted through Film Freeway: https://filmfreeway.com/UnnamedFootageFestival


Badges will be on sale in early 2018. Follow the Unnamed Footage Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. Updates will also be released as they become available on the weekly Overlook Hour Podcast.








Founded late 2015 in Philadelphia by Madeleine Koestner and Alex Gardner, the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival takes place in the Fall in Center City featuring a selection of the best new and undiscovered genre films. Now entering their third year, the festival has grown into a four day event gathering both fans and industry for an impressive slate of films, the most recent edition bringing the premieres of TRAGEDY GIRLS, TERRIFIER, and RUIN ME to the East coast city.




The Overlook Theatre is a Bay Area based site whose focus is promoting local events and cultivating a sense of community among genre film fans. In addition to bi-weekly screenings, weekly film release highlights, group film reviews, and think piece editorials, they have branched out into the podcast world, and are quickly coming up on the milestone hundredth episode of The Overlook Hour podcast. To hear interviews with indie filmmakers and discussions on overlooked films, check them out on iTunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud.