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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)
Final Deadline
Aug 23, 2019
$25-40
Monthly
Sep 30, 2019
$25-40
Winners Notified:
Nov 23, 2018
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events.
13th Waterford Film Festival
Final Deadline
Aug 23, 2019
$23.50
Winners Notified:
Nov 24, 2019
Now Open for Short Scripts and Films!
The Waterford Film Festival was established in 2007 by local filmmaker Stephen Byrne.

His objective was to bring something new to Waterford's arts and cultural scene, promoting local, national, and international filmmakers and writers, but in particular independent film.

Since the foundation of the festival, we have screened 600+ films from filmmakers around the world as well promoting writers with the short screenplay competition. The WFF is the first film festival in the Republic of Ireland to hold a short screenplay competition.

Filmmakers from across Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Greece and as far as Canada and USA have attended the festival.

In 2018 the festival had a record breaking amount of submissions with filmmakers and writers sending in projects from 30 countries across the globe.

It is estimated that since the festival was established in 2007 that the local economy have benefited from the festival in excess of €600,000 in tourism.

To date the festival has awarded prizes worth in excess of €40,000 with our partners at FilmLab and sponsors.

The festival presents short films of a wide range of genres including drama, thrillers, horrors, comedy, Sci-Fi, True stories. Each year we produce a series of events that are creative, interesting, fun and entertaining.

In 2019 the festival will be celebrating its 13th Annual Event and Central Arts will be hosting the event from Friday 22nd November to Sunday 24th November.
On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project
Final Deadline
Aug 23, 2019
$Free
Winners Notified:
Oct 5, 2019
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles is excited to invite you to create a short film for our 2019 program of short films that highlight the very best of Los Angeles!

On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project is a community outreach multimedia program that celebrates and enlists LA’s remarkable pool of filmmakers. By engaging these creative members of the Los Angeles community to act and serve as Ambassadors of LA, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), along with the support of the City of Los Angeles, is able to share what these artists call their LA; an insider perspective into this diverse, cosmopolitan city and its neighborhoods.
BLASTOFF
Phase 2
Aug 24, 2019
$35
$19
$8-32
Phase 3
Nov 30, 2019
$45
$22
$8-45
Final Deadline
Feb 1, 2020
$50
$25
$8-50
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2020
Welcome, dear filmmaker. You want people, a lot of people, to see your short or feature film, especially the right people. We can make that happen. Of course, we have screenings in Los Angeles, but more than that BLASTOFF has platforms that request our best films and stream them, locally and all over the world, for industry movers and shakers, including producers, directors, potential investors, agents, great actors, terrific crew members, and movie-lovers generally. It's a chance to skyrocket your credibility and respect in the industry! We call it BLASTOFF EXPOSURE.

We issue our beautiful "nominee" laurels year-round to exceptional, high-scoring films. That award qualifies your film for consideration in our final winners' pool.

SCREENWRITERS take a look at a $125,000 production opportunity in the AWARDS section.

Talent and success are magnets for industry people. Success gets them to sit up and take notice, maybe take an interest in working with you on your next film. Your prior success has festivals eager to screen that next film. Success breeds more success... and so it grows. All gold, all possible with our "Show the World" awards. Boom! BLASTOFF EXPOSURE.

We are passionate about the success of your films, and we work tirelessly for our winners. There are 2 more films from last season already in worldwide distribution, and more in QC (Quality Control preparation) pending distribution. That's why we make our films, isn't it? So that the world will see and recognize our talent. Boom... yup, you already know...

BLASTOFF celebrates your dedication and hard work. All submission categories are eligible for awards, including BEST PERFORMER (non gender specific), MUSIC, CINEMATOGRAPHY, and STUNT-WORK.

SONGWRITERS, FILM-SCORE COMPOSERS, and SOUND DESIGNERS, you elevate a film to places it could never go without your music. We know that, and we salute you with categories specific to you and awards to honor your work.

When you submit to BLASTOFF you gain access to a world in which successful filmmakers are rewarded for their creativity, courage, and the massive energy required to make a film. It's a life-changing opportunity! Take it. You've earned it. You deserve BLASTOFF EXPOSURE.
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Wirksworth 3 Minute Film Festival
Final Deadline
Aug 25, 2019
Late Deadline
Aug 25, 2019
$5
Winners Notified:
Sep 16, 2019
We are a 3 min and under film festival based in the historic market town of Wirksworth, Derbyshire. Taking place between the 15th and 16th of September 2019, in conjunction with the Wirksworth Arts Festival. The festival actively encourages and promotes the work of young and international filmmakers. It guarantees that every film submitted will be screened at one of the number of venues that are spread across the town.
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Sierra Canyon Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Aug 26, 2019
Early Bird
Aug 26, 2019
$15
Regular
Dec 30, 2019
$20
Late
Feb 3, 2020
$25
Final Deadline
Feb 17, 2020
$25
Winners Notified:
Mar 13, 2020
The Sierra Canyon Film Festival is an annual spring event. Student films ranging from high school to collegiate level are screened, and several exceptional films are recognized and awarded. Organized and run by Sierra Canyon students and the Visual Arts Department instructors, the festival aims to showcase aspiring filmmakers from around the world in an evening that honors the time, effort, and talent that goes into their films.
Peachtree Village International Film Festival
Final Deadline
Aug 28, 2019
$45
$40
Late Deadline
Aug 28, 2019
$45
$40
Winners Notified:
Sep 8, 2019
PVIFF is hosted by Gipp. Museums, Inc. PVIFF attracts 3,000+ people each year from around the world. PVIFF was created in 2006 under the previous name (Sweet Auburn International Film Festival) and have served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists alike in the film & entertainment industry. This dynamic international film festival showcases feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. PVIFF also feature celebrity attractions, innovative workshops, panels, parties, and much more. PVIFF is one of the most celebrated film events through dynamic programming and a dedication to helping filmmakers excel in their careers. PVIFF's brand is entrenched in the old saying "It Takes A Village."

Our vision allows us to create a village atmosphere that provide opportunities not only for filmmakers but for business owners and film enthusiasts. Artists such as Actor/Director, Mario Van Peebles, Actress, Ruby Dee, Director/Writer Rob Hardy of Rain Forest Films, Producer, Roger Bobb of Tyler Perry Studios, Director, Malcolm Lee, Casting Director, Alpha Tyler formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, Casting Director, Kim Hardin, Emmy Award Winning Producer, Dean Hargrove, Casting Director & Producer, Reuben Cannon formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, Best Selling Author Omar Tyree, Actor, Bill Nunn, Director, Kenny Leon, Humanitarian, Afeni Shakur and more have all participated in various aspects of PVIFF over the years. In 2006 during PVIFF's first year the winning short film "Binta & The Great Idea" was nominated for an Academy Award and numerous other projects have received phenomenal acclaim throughout the years as well. With increased exposure, the assistance from the film and business community PVIFF will continue to help ignite opportunities and make dreams to come true for decades to come.
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South Carolina Underground Film Festival
Normal
Aug 31, 2019
$45
$40
Final Deadline
Sep 30, 2019
$55
$45
Winners Notified:
Nov 10, 2019
The South Carolina Underground Film Festival celebrates all genres of independent film in one festival. Taking place in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, SCUFF is truly an international film festival as we are seeking films from all over the globe. The SCUFF will be two packed days of indie films where fans and filmmakers can meet and mingle and celebrate obscure and independent film.

Besides promoting and showcasing the best in truly independent cinema from all around the globe, the SCUFF also promotes local filmmaking in SC. We will shine a special spotlight on SC produced films and filmmakers. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to have their works screened for a captive audience while competing for awards in many categories.

From the novice to the professional, from the student to the experimental filmmaker, SCUFF is seeking all type of films that may not be able to find an audience in more mainstream film festivals.

Drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, action, animation, music videos, fake trailers, puppet shows, claymation, documentary, LGBT, and so on. If you can create it, we want to see it. The more obscure the better!

Do you have to ask yourself if your film is too much for our festival? If so then we definitely want to see it! Does your film push social boundaries? Would Sundance or any mainstream festival laugh at you thinking you had a chance to get into their festival? Then we want your movie!

Q&A’s will follow screening with visiting filmmakers and actors. The festival will end on the second night with a big awards ceremony as we give out the SCUFF awards! Follow us on Facebook and we continue to make announcements until the festival arrives! Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you made!

The SCUFF wants to promote and nurture independent films and filmmakers. We want to expose to the world a whole new segment of cinema that they would never see anywhere else. Because of this our film festival is FREE to the public! We hope this will bring out lots of people to all the screenings and create a fun and festive environment for not only the attendees but also visiting filmmakers.

Awards & Prizes

SCUFFY Awards will be given out in many categories. Our new SCUFFY awards were designed and sculpted by special effects artist Tony Rosen who is most famous for creating the Annabelle doll used in the films "The Conjuring" and "Annabelle". We also give our winners our famous miners helmets too! Official Sponsor Final Draft scriptwriting software will present software to the winners of the best unproduced screenplay categories. Unproduced screenplay categories will also receive free listings on InkTip. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

Trophies and awards will be given for:

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Produced Screenplay (short and feature)
Best Unproduced Screenplay (short and feature)
Best SC Feature Film
Best SC Short Film
Best SC Filmmaker
Audience Choice Award
Jury Award
Runner up Unproduced Screenplay (short and feature)
Best Foreign Film

Many more awards and prizes will be added later so check back often!
Global Nonviolent Film Festival
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2019
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2019
$100
$40
Winners Notified:
Sep 30, 2019
Global Nonviolent Film Festival is the most important and renowned nonviolent film festival in the world and it takes place on-line.

The Festival was founded by film director Bruno Pischiutta and producer Daria Trifu in 2012 to showcase nonviolent, motion pictures and to show that these movies are not only capable of great international success but they are also in high demand by the public.

The 2019 and 8th edition of the Festival takes place September 19 - 29.

This is an on-line film Festival. All the nonviolent feature films, documentaries, shorts and music videos selected to participate in the Festival will be screened during the above-mentioned dates on the Festival's TV Channel on Vimeo exclusively:

http://www.vimeo.com/ondemand/globalfilmfestival

All films submitted MUST BE NONVIOLENT: the Festival does not accept films that showcase explicit or graphic violence; implied acts of violence may be accepted if they are justified by the message of the film.
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NZ Web Fest
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2019
$40-65
Winners Notified:
Nov 16, 2019
The NZ Web Fest curates and celebrates online entertainment, and is a proud participant in the Web Series World Cup.

2019 sees our fifth edition, and we wish to introduce a new programme strand of shows for children/youth. This year we especially encourage submissions which target that demographic.

Submissions for #NZWF19 are open 1 February - 31 August. Full submission, category and award information is on our FilmFreeway page.

#NZWF19 will run Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 November 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Epic ACG Fest
regular
Aug 31, 2019
$80
$40
Final Deadline
Oct 4, 2019
$100
$60
extended
Oct 4, 2019
$100
$60
Winners Notified:
Oct 27, 2019
Epic ACG fest is a unique event showcase animation, comics and games. Though screening, exhibition and competition, bring together the creative elements, the artists and the general public from worldwide.
During the festival, EACG is also hosting the Live Demonstrations, Networking Receptions, Master Workshops, Panel Discussions, Business Symposiums, Recruiting and the Professional Exhibits offered throughout the event as well as the One-On-One Personal Consultations with creative professionals from top studios and educational institutions both local and international. The Award ceremony is a red carpet event that provides recognitions and great memories.
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival
Extended Deadline
Aug 31, 2019
$69
$69
Out on Bail Deadline
Sep 21, 2019
$79
$79
Final Deadline
Oct 12, 2019
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
Oct 19, 2019
Festival and screenplay contest celebrating the best of indie crime and horror.

Scripts in the crime and horror sub-genres juggle genre-awareness, often times in order to subvert the expected, with natural talent and a unique voice. We aim to spotlight the voices of tomorrow's classics.

Winners will be considered by:

ZERO GRAVITY
BLOOD LIST / BRILLSTEIN
THINK TANK
TXL FILMS
... and more.

Select award winners will also receive 4 months of free listings on InkTip!
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The Next Level International Film Festival
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2019
$45
$40
Winners Notified:
Sep 7, 2019
As most filmmakers will tell you, being involved with making a film means; countless hours of hard work, stress, dedication, discipline, lack of sleep, lots of smiles, lots of tears, ridiculous amounts of coffee consumed, new bonds forged, and not to mention all those hours spent away from family and friends. So what’s the point of going through it all if no-one ever gets to see your work of art? Could you imagine if Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, and just hung it in his bedroom? Your work of art NEEDS to be seen, admired and help to inspire.

The Next Level International Film Festival (TNLIFF) was inspired by filmmakers for filmmakers to encourage and help push filmmakers to their full potential. It's a platform for emerging artists to show the world what they are capable of, not just locally or nationally, but INTERNATIONALLY!

This is a free event to all those who wish to attend. That’s right it’s a FREE festival. So the money you save on a ticket can be spent on the amazing food and drinks that are on offer. Other ticket options will become available closer to the screening night, including special food and beverage packages.

The festival is held amongst the vineyards with a beautiful mountain backdrop, at the prestigious ‘Mudgee Wines’ located on Henry Lawson Drive in Mudgee NSW.
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Queen Palm International Film Festival
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2019
1st Quarter Deadline
Aug 31, 2019
$25
$40
Winners Notified:
Sep 20, 2019
Queen Palm International Film Festival is a quarterly film, music, and screenwriting competition with a live Annual Screening & Awards Show Event in Palm Springs, California. QPIFF honors films from around the world with a vast array of awards in different categories and genres. Our mission is to discover diverse new voices & to promote artists’ work through numerous platforms.

Each edition, Filmmakers can submit their projects to have them judged by award winning industry professionals against a high standard of merit and compete with other filmmakers across the globe. Every submission can add numerous additional judging categories but MUST submit to a MAIN CATEGORY to be considered for additional consideration. Please include the names being credited in your cover letter.

All quarterly winners receive a stunning certificate & laurels (We award Gold, Silver, & Bronze in each category, as well as Honorable Mentions) and all of our Gold winners are automatically entered into our Annual Competition & Awards Show Event held in beautiful Palm Springs, California, where they will compete for a chance to win a prestigious Queen Supreme trophy and other amazing prizes.

Our jury will select a collection of top Gold Winning films from our quarterly editions to screen in front of a Live audience at our Annual Event.

We are an Official IMDb qualifying festival. This means that all winners may add the awards to their IMDb titles.
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GeekFest Film Fests
Early Deadline
Aug 31, 2019
$45-55
Regular Deadline
Sep 30, 2019
$55-65
Late Deadline
Oct 31, 2019
$65-75
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2019
$75-85
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2019
$75-85
Winners Notified:
Feb 16, 2020
GeekFest Film Fest's Call for Entries is OPEN!
One of Top Rated Genre Film Festival on Film Freeway!
Be part of the World’s Largest Traveling Comic Convention Film Festival!
Imagine your film traveling around the country for an entire year for one entry fee with more filmmakers perks than any other Film Fest on EARTH!
GeekFest Film Fests have reached over 5 million con goers in its 1st 6 years and screened over 200 films to tens of thousands of attendees!
One Entry FEE, Multiple Events per yr!
VISIONFEST
Late
Sep 1, 2019
$70
Fall Deadline
Oct 1, 2019
$75
Final Deadline
Nov 1, 2019
$85
Winners Notified:
Nov 23, 2019
VISIONFEST is an annual, IMDb qualifying, online film festival and screenwriting competition evolving from what began in 2001 as VISIONFEST: THE OTHER FESTIVAL, founded by the Domani Vision Film Society, an organization dedicated to bringing you tomorrow’s visionaries... today. This newly rebranded, competitive forum, offers artists an exclusive online showcasing platform where subscribers sign up to view excerpts or full versions of projects in competition, the same way audiences would attend film screenings at a film festival. Except that now, the viewing and voting can be done from anywhere in the world, during the online event from December 1 thru December 15, 2018, at visionfest.com, which will also host a “live streamed” awards announcement on December 22, 2018. VISIONFEST is currently accepting short and feature length submissions for consideration in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Web Series Pilot, Music Video, Proof of Concept Trailers. Projects of any genre may be submitted, 1-45 minutes for shorts; 45 minutes and longer for feature length works in the film competition. All selected films are eligible for awards, which include cash, Commemorative statuettes or certificates, and sponsored prizes (i.e. goods/services from supporting sponsors of the event).
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Worldwide Women's Film Festival
Earlybird
Sep 1, 2019
$30
$25
Regular
Oct 1, 2019
$40
$30
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2019
$45
$35
Extended
Oct 31, 2019
$45
$35
Winners Notified:
Feb 8, 2020
Established in 2018 our mission is "The Worldwide Women's Film Festival educates, supports, and empowers women in the collaborative endeavor of filmmaking while we shine a light on women's stories, stories by women, and other diverse experiences across all genders.

"Qualified films have women in at least one key creative role: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer or other significant key role. All filmmakers are welcome as our festival is not exclusive to women only.
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New Media Film Festival
Early
Sep 3, 2019
$70
$70
Regular
Nov 3, 2019
$80
$80
Late
Feb 3, 2020
$85
$85
Final Deadline
Apr 3, 2020
$90
$90
Winners Notified:
Jun 4, 2020
11th Annual New Media Film Festival - Honoring Stories Worth Telling
Judges from HBO, FOX, Marvel and more.

Festival Perks:
• In competition for Grand Prize - $45,000 in Awards
• Also the Top 3 Scripts get $1000.00 in Writing Industry Perks
• The Best script gets an interview in The Script Lab Magazine
• Script nominees are listed on screen during programming
• And you are part of the Q & A in that session.
• Walk the Red Carpet for Press Interviews
• Be part of the VIP Soiree, honoring the nominees.
• Highlighted in our monthly newsletter to 80,000.

All Script types and lengths considered in Script Category.
Animation – Book - Children’s – Comedy – Drama – Documentary – Episodic - Long Form - New Media – Novel – Pilot – Play – Screenplay - Scripted Reality – Series – Television – Videogame - Web Series

More About the Festival

The rationale behind the festival is clear. New media continues to show its lasting power and ability to evolve - there is scope for truly groundbreaking and compelling work in the world of storytelling. The festival is designed to both discover and cultivate highly creative work from emerging and seasoned content creators.

Put your innovative work forward and join the unique community of content creators at New Media Film Festival® - submit today!
www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com
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Barnstorm Fest
Late Deadline
Sep 4, 2019
$35
$35
Extended Deadline
Oct 25, 2019
$40
$45
Last Minute Deadline
Nov 15, 2019
$70
$60
Final Deadline
Dec 6, 2019
$75
$65
Winners Notified:
Dec 31, 2019
Barnstorm is not just a screenplay competition, its goal is to help you develop your script for production. Every script receives a letter of analysis from an industry professional WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF SUBMISSION and finalists receive a one-on-one consultation with a feature film producer as well as heaps of other rewards. The GRAND JURY PRIZE winner receives $9500 in cash & prizes, including a PROOF OF CONCEPT TRAILER PRODUCED BY BARNSTORM MEDIA.

At Barnstorm, we pride ourselves on helping our finalists and participants long after the festival is complete. We continue to work with and advise our participants on how to get their script made for as long as it takes. Barnstorm's ultimate goal is the preservation of independent film through the nurturing of independent voices.

FINALIST PACKAGE
Three finalists from each category will be able to pitch their projects directly to executives from Discovery Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment Television, New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, Echo Lake Entertainment, Relativity Television, CBS, WEtv, Authentic Entertainment, Forman Productions, Infinity Media Inc., Little Studio Films, and Leftfield Pictures, all via iPitch.

Every finalist also receives a one-on-one consultation with a producer from Barnstorm Media who can advise you on how to get your film or television show made, or, better yet, how to make it yourself.

One finalist from each category will receive an InkTip prize package. Each prize package includes an InkTip script listing and an InkTip magazine listing that will promote your script to InkTip's large network of producers and reps.

GRAND JURY PRIZE
One script, regardless of category, will receive the Grand Jury Prize package. The package includes all prizes offered to finalists, as well as $250, a three month listing on The Blacklist and, the kicker, BARNSTORM MEDIA WILL PRODUCE A PROOF OF CONCEPT TRAILER FOR YOUR SCRIPT.
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Bahamas International Film Festival
Screenplay Extended Deadline
Sep 5, 2019
$150
Winners Notified:
Oct 1, 2019
Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a unique and intimate Film Festival taking in the Bahamas.

BIFF offers much to the filmmaker by way of networking in a relaxed, island atmosphere while simultaneously providing all the amenities of an excellent festival. Movies are screened multiple times in several islands throughout The Bahamas such as Nassau and Eleuthera, giving the filmmaker excellent exposure and hospitality, each filmmaker being treated with personal and professional service.
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