2022 REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium
Seeking Films on Alcoholism, Addictions, Treatment and Recovery*


The 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. The mission of the festival is to give a forum to new and experienced filmmakers who have made honest and relevant films about the human condition and the world of addiction, recovery and mental illness.
We know there are filmmakers with brilliant perspectives on addiction whose work might be overlooked at a mainstream film festival. Each year we screen an eclectic mix of features, shorts and documentaries. 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.
Our film festivals are screened in New York, Los Angeles, Denver and Fort Lauderdale with the potential of additional cities.  Festivals are held year round.  Please see the website for festival dates.

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 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 Recover Film Festivals at will for eighteen months. (W.I.T. does not guarantee screening even in the case of acceptance.)

Format of Submissions:

  1. Films submitted as DVDs, clearly marked with: film title and running length. Include contact person’e 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 info@reelrecoveryfilmfestival.org
  3. Vimeo link or URL.

DVDs submitted become the property of W.I.T. and will not be returned.  Acceptance/rejection notifications will occur within 60 days of your submission via e-mail or phone.

Submission Details: Submit entries via USPS to Writers In Treatment, PO Box 1745, Studio City, CA, 91614. The completed application and your DVD must be mailed together with a $35 submission fee (Features, Documentaries, Educational); $19 submission fee (Shorts); $10 submission fee (Student films).

Checks should be payable to: Writers In Treatment.  If you need additional information, please contact Leonard Buschel at (818) 762-0461 or info@writersintreatment.org.

*Submitting implies that Writers In Treatment has consent to screen your work at one or more REEL Recovery Film Festivals for the following 18 months

2022 REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium
Film Submission Application

[To Download this Form as a PDF, Submissions Form 2020]

Running Length:_______________________________
Written By:___________________________________
Year Film Was Completed:________________________
Contact Person:________________________________
Street Address:________________________________
Telephone Number:_____________________________
E-mail Address:________________________________
Website For The Film:___________________________
By signing this form, I acknowledge that I understand the general rules for submission to the REEL Recovery Film Festival and that I give W.I.T. my permission to screen this film at will.  I understand that this DVD copy will not be returned. Submitting implies that Writers In Treatment has consent to screen your work at one or more REEL Recovery Film Festivals for the following 18 months.
Printed Name:________________________________