2021 REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium®

The Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium® is a multi-day exhibition event showcasing first-time filmmakers and experienced professionals who make films about addiction, treatment, recovery, sobriety and mental health issues.

Our audience is treatment professionals, people in recovery, members of the entertainment industry, media representatives, educated moviegoers, and the general public. We honor the men and women who have passed through the eye of the needle and exemplify the gifts of a valuable and productive sobriety.

This yearly international festival is unique in its focus on drug addiction, alcoholism, recovery and mental illness. The realistic portrayal of these issues in cinema can be a catalyst for honest conversation and personal transformation.

Types of Films: Shorts, features, documentaries, music videos, educational, student, and all other films/videos of any length that deal with the subjects of addiction, alcoholism, treatment, mental illness and recovery. Films should be editorially diverse, portraying a wide range of ideologies, experiences, cultural backgrounds, opinions and identities.

Review Process: W.I.T. is currently accepting films all year round. Reviews will be conducted by Reel Recovery Film Festival judges and/or other qualified advisors in the treatment/recovery/entertainment fields. Acceptance will be decided based on film content, quality, subject matter and availability of space.

By submitting your film to W.I.T. for consideration, you agree that W.I.T. has the right to screen your film at the REEL Recovery Film Festivals and at the Virtual Reel Recovery Film Festival at will, in all current and future Reel Recovery Film Festival & Symposium in the US and internationally.

Format of Submission:

DCP specs  

24 frames per second (required)
FLAT (1998 x 1080 pixels) or SCOPE (2048 x 858 pixels)
CPL’s should be properly identified as feature, short, or trailer in the file
CPL’s should be properly named according to the standards set forth by the ISDCF
DCP must be delivered on a drive that is formatted EXT2, EXT3, or NTFS (required)
The drive containing the DCP must be delivered in a CRU housing or be able to connect via USB. If the drive requires external power, a plug must be provided to plug it into a standard US outlet.
The provider of a DCP is responsible for providing a DCP that plays back correctly on our systems. We recommend having a DCP created by a professional provider that will provide quality control testing.
If you are unsure of how to create a DCP please contact:

Simple DCP  213-375-8327


Must be properly labeled with Title, Flat or Scope aspect ratio, and Running Time (Hr:min:sec)
Should not have any menu.
Film should be in our possession or at Simple DCP by September 5-but the sooner the better.

Please mail to:
Writers In Treatment
PO Box 1745
Studio City, CA 91614

Submission Details:

Submission Fees:

Narrative or Documentary Shorts – between 2 and 20 minutes – $10.00

Narrative or Documentary Features – no longer than 160 minutes – $15.00

If you need additional information, please contact Leonard Buschel at (818) 762-0461 or

2021 REEL Recovery Film Festival
Film Submission Application

Click here to download a PDF form –
Reel Recovery Film Festival Submission Application

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