2019 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 and sobriety.

Our audience is treatment professionals, people in recovery, members of the entertainment industry, media representatives, educated moviegoers, and the general public. Certain television shows have brought individuals’ incomprehensible demoralizing moments (i.e., “bottoms”) to viewers everywhere. 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 and recovery. 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, and/or 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 W.I.T.’s Board of Directors and/or other qualified advisors in the treatment/entertainment fields. Acceptance will be decided based on film content, quality, 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 at will, and on the REEL Recovery Film Festival-On the Air TV show (W.I.T. does not guarantee screening.)

Format of Submission:

1. Films submitted as DVDs,Blu-rays, DCPs should be clearly marked with:
film title and running length. Include contact person’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

2. We also accept e-submissions of mid-length and short films in an iTunes-friendly format via You Send It to –

3. Vimeo link or URL.

DVDs submitted become the property of W.I.T. and will not be returned unless you include a self addressed prepaid envelope.

Acceptance/rejection notifications will occur via e-mail or phone.

Submission Details:

Submit entries via USPS to: Writers In Treatment, P.O. Box 1745, Studio City, CA 91614

The completed application and your DVD must be mailed together with  the appropriate submission fee:

    • Features, Documentaries, Educational – $35.00
    • Short – between two and 2- minutes – $19.00
    • Student Films  – $10.00  Please include your school name.

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

2019 REEL Recovery Film Festival
Film Submission Application

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

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