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CFF Official Selections

With name of God the Almighty the Merciful.

Peace to you.

On behalf of our entire team at Crossover Film Festival we would like to welcome you to CFF Founding Launch Team. You and your film will always hold a special spot at CFF because of the subjects you choose to reflect upon. Issues that impact our lives everyday no matter where we live. You have officially “Crossed Over”. You have proven what others have claimed that it cannot be done. But You Did it. Your work has touched the hearts and minds of people and the result of its effect is in front of you. Your film, from the top 24 official selection, stands out because of the element of Truth in it and people should get a chance to see films that are suitable to all audiences, carrying with it a powerful message for all.

It would be fantastic if you could make it to the fest to support your own work and of those who are in the same boat as you. Numbers don't matter but one person does make a difference.

As we would like to congratulate you and your team and appreciate your work by availing the opportunity to put it on the screen so people can experience it, I also think about this entire game of “Acceptance” or “Rejection”. I mean, these are film festivals, they don't have to be competitions. There is a lot of bad films out there but they get airtime and yet good films get sidelined. All films at CFF, under CFF guidelines, should be screened. but there were other films as good as yours that couldn't make it.

Acceptance or rejection doesn't mean that your film is good or bad, it’s your work no matter how it is, it only means if it will get screened or not. Due to the lack of time it was very difficult for us to find those 24 films from over 700 that would be suitable for all audience and would meet our guidelines and rules stated on the film submission platforms that : “There are exceptions but this is a family fest so avoid nudity, sex, and lewdness, excessive violence and abusive language and see if you can tell a story without that.”. Filmmakers can have any kind of a scene in a film as as long as they can justify it, its very difficult to justify personal things that take place between individuals in a very private setting, showing that doesn't add up to being realistic. People can differ and we respect that and there are many other platforms to support that narrative.

It was a difficult task to find films that would be suitable for a larger general audience but you did. Who says you can't tell a story without getting into the uncomfortable parts of it. You have proved that it can be done and CFF would like to support that bold decision of yours.

We had made a simple rule at CFF, all films will be judged with the “Truth”, the Truth will be the starting point for all the CFF judges and team members. The Truth can never be hidden and it can never be changed, it does not care about status, class, culture, nationality or the color of your skin, or what you believe in, it's just the Truth, we can't mess with the Truth and all arguments end at that.

You are the "CFF Official Selection and Official Participant" -

It’s a very difficult task to judge over subjective films with objectivity, no matter how good or bad they are, if someone says the opposite, they probably didn't watch your film, like a lot of the festivals have been accused of, but we went through them all, every single one of them, over 750. So I say this to you.

This is not an acceptance or rejection letter, this is what we had promised to everyone, that we will do, reach out and build that bridge of communication that allows the filmmaker to go through a process of feedback and constructive criticism so we can improve from there and do better than yesterday. Without your film this festival might be irrelevant. You deserve your due credit. Download your "CFF Official Selection" laurel from this link -

You are the Official Selection and Participant at the Crossover Film Fest. Just by submitting your film, you participated, participants are not accepted or rejected, they contribute, and that's what you did at CFF 2018. You took a chance, you probably did your research on us and you believed there is hope in it so you decided and made up your mind and you did it, you actually participated. You should get another laurel saying that. “Official Participant Crossover Film Fest”. Download that from here

Withoutabox and FilmFreeway don't have any other option except to say “Accepted” or “Rejected”. There is no middle ground there. We would like to change that. If we plan to accept film submissions on our own platform from 2019 we will try to come up with other options instead of the only two stated above. Like, Official Submission, Official Participant, Official Selection Main Event, Official Selection Online Viewing, Official Selection Next Year Qualifier, Official Selection Work in Progress and so forth.

This will allow the fest and the filmmaker to work together on a long term basis and truly look at their craft and see how it can be improved or marketed to benefit your film. It shouldn't be just about you submitting your work and then run onto the next one and we doing the same, there should be more to it if. We both want something constructive to come out of the interaction and efforts. A filmmakers ultimate goal is that his work should be seen and if he could get real feedback on it, let us together find ways to do that. It's a crossroad that one needs to cross, to move forward and stand on either side of the isle and actually communicate and not just talk. Feel free to give fest feedback

There were many, many films, that should have made it, but there are certain things that stopped that from happening. Some of those circumstances were beyond our control. Like time. We started with 3 hours, then moved to 4 and then to 6 and also changed venues from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to NOVA Lakeside Theater, because we wanted to run as many films as possible. But we did not expect to receive so many. Just think about it, how do we run over 700 films, we would need a month long festival, maybe we should think about doing that for 2019.

Feature Films and Musicals -

One would say that all films coming in should be screened or accepted. What makes one film better than the other? How do you judge that? Everyone thinks their work is of some significance, and they have a point, so we are working on redesigning the fest in such a way that only those that will make it to screening would apply so there is no game of acceptance and rejection in the future and no shortage of screen time.

How can we run feature film in 6 hours? That means the entire 2018 CFF would run just 2 features. That won't be fair, so we had to decide skipping all the Feature Films and the Musicals from this years festival and move them to 2019 to at least be able to screen about 20 or so short films. But this did not mean that your film was worth it or not. This means we need to add more time to the fest in terms of accomodating long duration formats.

Note on Sex, Nudity, Excessive Violence and Abusive Language -

Some of the films were really very good, nicely produced, but we just couldn't add them, as that would go against our own rule set forth and mentioned online. We are planning to work on a more open fest geared towards a mature audience. But that does not make your film good or bad or worth rejection or acceptance. For many, your work could be a cool work of art but we won't ask anyone to censor what they think, we can only try and abide by own rules that we set up for CFF. It's very difficult to find a film that will be suitable to all audience but we took a chance on finding them and we did. It's good you applied otherwise we wouldn't have known each other or about your work. So feel free to emails us

Acceptance or Rejection - Its Participation - All the films did get viewed -

For the time to come I will try to remember not to announce film selection results on a weekend eve. Because I can remember how I use to anxiously wait and see if a festival will accept my work or, in more painful words, reject it. Mostly there were rejections, which use to make me feel bad, but I didn't stop trying. After every 30 or so failed attempts there would usually come a wandering so called “acceptance” success, putting a smile back on the face. But now I look back and think that there should be a smile in acceptance or in rejection of my work. Any acceptance of a film festival or rejection of it does not quantify the value of my work for myself and for those who helped make it happen and to those who would like to use it or see it. The value of my work is in the fact that I did the work, and to the best of my ability, I tried to do it right.

The Future -

We will be providing opportunities for filmmakers who submitted their films to have a one on one conversation with one of CFF judges to find out what happened, for free. For more details email

Second, we are also thinking of taking your film and all the other remaining films and organize a small but weekly or monthly festival where we can screen those films so they at least get a chance to be seen and get awarded recognition just like at any other film festival.

Third, we are also planning to work with the filmmakers and do this as an online weekly festival on LFXTV LFX.Network. Through LFX we want to launch the first film network on the blockchain that pays the filmmaker and the viewer of your film just by watching content. For more details on that email

Things will not stop here. This was just the first step which means there is a lot more to come. Stay tuned to for updates. You can also email me directly with your feedback, suggestions and ideas. I will try and respond to the best of my ability.

On behalf of everyone on our team I thank you for your time to read this and we value your time and efforts. I also hope that you will join us again at CFF and LFXTV to try and take your film to the next level and to the viewers around the world.


Imran Siddiqui


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