Film Content Guidelines


The general rule for film content is that if your film could be aired on network television, then it is acceptable.


Z-Fest Film Festival will NOT ACCEPT:

  • Films which contain nudity, pornography, or a representation thereof, for any length of time in any context or zoom level. Examples:
    • Exposed breasts or genitals.
    • A close-up of an exposed body part in which the body part does not appear to be nudity due to the zoom level.
    • A quick cut of a naked body or body part which is not fully perceptible due to the duration of the cut.
  • Films which contain scenes which make derogatory or inflammatory statements about individuals or groups of people.
  • Films which are intended to harm someone’s reputation.
  • Films which show actual (not depicted) acts of destruction or property, violence, or any other criminal activity.
  • Films which depict sexual abuse.
  • Films which depict animal torture or abuse.
  • Films which display shocking, disgusting or gruesome images.
  • Films which depict or promote violent activity, extreme or real-life violence.
  • If you are not sure. Ask.

Profanity Guidelines for Z-Fest:

  • Excessive profanity is not acceptable.
  • Certain profanity, if it is used sparsely, is acceptable.
  • Certain offensive language is never acceptable, such as racial slurs, homophobic language, etc.
  • Any profanity which is included for the sole purpose of being shocking and making the audience feel uncomfortable will not be allowed.
  • Keep in mind, Z-Fest films are intended for a broad audience that could include underage persons.