Chicago Narratives


The Chicago Feature Lineup is full of fantastic films this year, and we can’t wait for you to see them. The narrative films screening include a couple new films to the festival as well. Best Laid Plans is loosely based on John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Stephen Graham. The film tests friendships as the two must stick together to make it through harsh times. Body Complete is the amazing story of a reporter who travels to Bosnia following the ethnic cleansing of Muslim civilians.

Check out the Chicago Schedule to watch trailers for the films and buy your tickets!

San Francisco Begins Tonight!


Our 4th United Film Festival – San Francisco comes back to the Roxie Theater tonight! It’s hard to believe that it’s been so long since we’ve seen our friends in the Mission…and eaten so much delicious food.

We couldn’t be prouder of this week’s lineup, kicking off tonight with Fight Life and It’s in the Blood!

Here’s a collection of some of the great press we’ve getting in our home-away-from-home, the city by the bay!

United Film Festival Tackles Tough Truths – SF Examiner

“Of Two Minds” Puts a Face on Bipolar Disorder – SF Gate

We’re Getting On: The Triumphs and Perils of a 2,000-Mile Bike Book Tour – SF Weekly

Donut Mess with Crazy: San Jose Donut Shop Featured in Mental Health Documentary – SF Weekly

United Film Festival: Born of Rejection –

Tell us what your favorites are when you come out this week to what is sure to be the best United Film Festival – San Francisco yet!

Free Samples


Sometimes the twists and turns of life allow people to find what they are truly searching for. In Free Samples, Jillian chooses to leave her successful track at Stanford Law for the uncertainty of a life in Los Angeles. Over the course of one day, she finds herself in interesting situations with a cast of characters as she runs things from inside an ice cream truck. In a haze of hangover confusion, Jillian must face her choices and figure out who she really wants to be.

With an amazing script and an incredible cast, this film is a fantastic addition to the San Francisco lineup. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jess Weixler, and Jason Ritter, this is one star studded independent feature you will not want to miss.

Watch the trailer for the movie on the film page and don’t forget to buy your tickets for the screening on September 1st at 9:30pm!

Open Road


The hardship of growing up happens in every culture. This is a bond that brings all people together, searching for identity while trying to stay afloat. In Open Road, Angie is trying to do both of those things. As an artist she longs to find the depth of her creativity while dealing with the issues of her past.

In an interesting look at a coming of age story, this film is an amazing addition to our San Francisco lineup. Besides the beautifully written story, this film stars Andy Garcia, Camille Belle, and Juliette Lewis. You will not want to miss this film, get your tickets today!

Feature Lineup


The San Francisco Lineup for our feature films is officially complete. With nine brand new films to United Film Festival, we cannot wait for you to see all the amazing movies that will be screening. With some incredible documentaries and independent narrative films, there is something for everyone this year.

We are hard at work choosing all the short films that will play with our features. That lineup will be announced soon, so make sure you visit our website to see the schedule and buy your tickets!

New Films for San Francisco


In case you have not heard the great news, we released several new titles for our San Francisco Lineup! We are more than thrilled to announce the new additions, and cannot wait to see you there!

Check out the three new films: Free Samples, Open Road, and Sadermania today! Make sure you buy your tickets before it is too late, it’s a great opportunity to see some incredible independent films. You can also learn more about the venue for San Francisco, The Roxie Theater, on our blog.


On the Horizon

All the submission deadlines for 2012 are now closed and we have already begun planning for the next three festival locations. The upcoming festivals will take place in San Francisco, Chicago, and Tulsa and we are thrilled to see what these cities will bring. San Francisco is the next festival, which will take place August 31st-September 6th at the historic Roxie Theater. Our Founder Jason Connell along with Operations Manager Jordan Menashe and a team of amazing programmers have already begun to program films into the schedule. For each festival, programming becomes an intricate puzzle of films that they must piece together to create a stunning lineup.

After San Francisco, the United Film Festival will be coming to Chicago and Tulsa. These will be the final festival cities of 2012. Don’t worry, we are already looking ahead to next year! Submissions for Los Angeles, New York, and London are now open for 2013. That’s the wonderful thing about the United Film Festival, we are constantly working to allow our favorite films to screen six times a year in six different cities. This gives submitters across the country access to a network of independent filmmakers and festival goers.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of our festival. Submit today and make sure to check out the lineup for the United Film Festival – San Francisco in the coming weeks!

The Roxie


We are thrilled to be holding the United Film Festival – San Francisco again this year at the historic Roxie Theater. The Roxie was built in 1909 and is the oldest continually operating movie theater in San Francisco to date. It has held the name ‘The Roxie’ since 1933, previously being named such titles as the The Poppy, The Gem, and The Gaiety. After years of ownership being passed around, being previously owned by New College of California, The Roxie was purchased by a private investor in 2008. Since then it has been established as center for historical film and theater. A wonderful piece of history for such a fantastic city, The Roxie has been the home of the United Film Festival – San Francisco since it began four years ago.

After three amazing festivals in Los Angeles, New York and London this year, we are already programming for San Francisco. The festival will be coming to The Roxie August 31st-September 6th so make sure to visit the website for updates on the lineup.

Coming up for the United Film Festival


After three extremely successful festivals for 2012, we are looking to the next locations. There is never a dull moment here at the United Film Festival, mostly because we want to give you a chance to see the best lineup for each city. We have already begun programming for the next festivals after receiving some amazing submissions. In fact, we are getting more and more great submissions each day.

The order of the next three festivals will be San Francisco, Chicago, and Tulsa. Each city brings a new and dynamic group of filmmakers and audiences. Submissions are still open for the remaining festivals but will be closing soon so act fast. Also, submissions for Los Angeles, New York, and London have reopened for 2013! Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of such a unique film festival process.

Click here to visit the submissions page.

Screenwriting Contest Now Open

After reading some amazing scripts and picking our 2012 winners, we are excited to announce our third annual Screenwriting Contest! Each year we recieve more and more high quality scripts, and we are thrilled to see what next year will bring.

This contest offers an amazing opportunity for screenwriters with work in many different genres. Visit the Submissions section of our website for more information on how to submit.
Along with submitting your script, you may also choose to purchase Script Coverage of your submission, which offers more in-depth analysis of your submission, including an evaluation of Originality, Story Structure, Characterization, Dialogue, and Mechanics. Submission fees will increase as we get closer to our final deadline so submit today!