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Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2018
Opens for submissions:
Feb 21, 2018
Regular
May 25, 2018
$21
Final Deadline
Jun 25, 2018
$28
Winners Notified:
Nov 12, 2018
Taking short film to the masses and around the world, The Edinburgh Short Film Festival also makes awards with cash prizes for Best Film, & Best Animation & Best Scottish Short!

This year, we're also excited to be programming films for our 2018 partners:

Mecal - the Barcelona International Short Film Festival
The Sardinia Film Festival
Fastnet Film Festival (Ireland)
Firenze FilmCorti (Florence)
Hidden Door
Short Film Show (Sky TV/UK Freeview)

Max Length 25 mins, international films welcomed, all genres eligible.
Edinburgh Short Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
May 18, 2018
Regular
May 25, 2018
$20
Final Deadline
Jun 25, 2018
$25
Winners Notified:
Sep 1, 2018
Deadlines Approaching for Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2018!

Deadlines are fast approaching for submissions to this year’s Edinburgh Short Film Festival:

www.edinburghshortfilmfestival.com

There's usually plenty of reasons to submit your film to the ESFF and this year we are pleased to offer awards for Best Film, Best Animation and Best Scottish Short.

We'll also be programming the best films from 2018 for our touring programme which this year includes The Fastnet Film Festival in Ireland, Florence Short Film Festival,
The Sardinia Film Festival, Edinburgh's Hidden Door Arts Festival and Mecal, Barcelona International Short Film Festival as well as film festivals across the UK & Internationally.

The Festival welcomes submissions from Scottish, UK and International filmmakers.

All genres will be considered. Maximum duration 25 minutes.

Regular Deadline: May 25 2018
Late Deadline: June 25 2018

http://www.edinburghshortfilmfestival.com
https://www.facebook.com/edinburghshorts
https://twitter.com/EdinburghShorts
M.I.C.E FESTIVAL
Opens for submissions:
May 22, 2017
Final Deadline
May 26, 2018
$65
Winners Notified:
May 30, 2018
The Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza M.I.C.E. aims to be one of Melbourne's leading cinema extravaganza, raising awareness and celebrating these wonderful totem animals- Mice.

It will attract filmmakers from all around the world and celebrate their brilliant creations. With a strong focus on all the millions of life saving mice who sacrifice their lives to the research and study of terminal illnesses/cancer world wide.

It is a unique platform for new talent and a celebration of cinematic creativity, innovation and extravagance with artists new creations being judged right here in Melbourne City.

Films with a focus on terminal illness will be welcomed to help, educate, raise awareness, and bring hope to all the sufferers and families.
Art, Music and Film is a dynamic, healing way to help sufferers and their families as well as entertain all those who come along to this wonderful celebration.

A celebration that will engage, entertain, enlighten and bring together local and International films and give recognition to these wonderful, remarkable, brave little animals with a big, corageous heart.

“I came up with this film festival idea whilst at my screening of my first film in my trilogy, FATE-It is what it is! This was at the 2013 New York City Independent Film Festival, in Time Square. New York is filled with masses of people running in all directions- like mice! Very similar to Mice in cages of scientific research and health trials. These humans were like mice, all going somewhere, doing something and 95% of them chasing their own creation and creativity. And almost 50% having suffered or been scared with terminal illness at some point in their lives. I came back to Melbourne city and saw the same thing. We are all mice and these amazing totem animals of this festival have such a significance to our lives. They are life-saving!
I want this festival to begin to bring awareness just to how lucky we are to have mice in our life and celebrate their existence in a Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza- MICE.
It was the beginnings of creating brilliance. Don't wait – Create! And we shall do just that with all the amazing courage of all of us working as a team of creative little mice, exhibiting dynamic, wonderful, International films and in turn celebrate the life-saving mice!”
R Lobosco.
Creator/Director of MICE Festival.
One of the judges in the 2016 MICE festival.

Awards & Prizes
M.I.C.E. Awards-
NB- You receive extra points if your film has our totem animal, a mouse.

-Best Actor
-Best Actress
-Best Direction
-Best Drama Film- any length
-Best Comedy Film- any length
-Best Student Film any length
-Best Documentary- any length
-Best Short- up to 20min
-Best Mini Short- up to 10min
-Best Ultra Short - 4 min or less
-Best Music Video
-Best TV/Web Series Pitch- 15 min or less (teaser)
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SLIFF Online presented by St. Lawrence International Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
May 1, 2018
Final Deadline
May 27, 2018
$25
Winners Notified:
Jun 1, 2018
The St. Lawrence International Film Festival is an online monthly competition established to showcase the best in new short films and web series to a worldwide audience and the entertainment industry at large. With some of the lowest submission fees in the industry, SLIFF Online offers filmmakers an affordable way to share their work with the world.

Founded in the Village of Canton, NY - at the US border with Canada - the 2017 St. Lawrence International Film Festival provides filmmakers of short format works promotional opportunities, exclusive prizes, laurels and inclusion in our highly curated newsletter to entertainment industry decision-makers and influencers on a monthly basis.
Milwaukee Edge Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Jul 30, 2017
Final Deadline
May 28, 2018
$2-40
Winners Notified:
Jun 8, 2018
We're proud to announce our inaugural Milwaukee Edge Film Festival (MEFF) event!

Milwaukee Edge Film Festival includes a host of festival events that your film has the potential to be screened during. Many of our short films will be pre-screened during a pre-screening season before a student audience, and those students will act as judges in assisting us in deciding on the best films to win and be screened during our larger, annual festival event!

By submitting to Milwaukee Edge Film Festival, you are competing for the opportunity to gain publicity in a number of ways:
- Entering an ongoing competition for display on our website and various social media pages as selections in our Photography category (excluding film submissions except by e-mailed request)
- Gaining Publicity during various pre-screening events where audiences participate in the critiquing of selected short film submissions, and ultimately assist in the voting process as to whether or not they will be selected for the annual festival. These events for this season will start prospectively in January 2016.
- To win awards in a number of categories (as listed below) or be selected to screen during the annual film festival.

Like and share our page on Facebook, then send us a message receive a code for a free 10% off discount code to submit your film!

M.E.F.F. is part of a national network of student film festivals known as Critical Edge Film & Art Festival Network. The network has been facilitating student art festivals since 2014, and now is gladly expanding to Milwaukee, WI under the direction of Zachary Rosen (produced by Justin Verley). Please note: though we are currently accepting submissions, we have not yet confirmed the venue at which we will be screening selected films. Our event date(s) and our location are subject to change!

Critical Edge student-run film & art microfestivals feature a season of small film screenings where we play many of our short film selections alongside local/student filmmakers, followed by an annual Film Festival. A typical early screening event lasts an hour, and takes place at a local cafe, art gallery/studio space, or outdoors (depending on the venue). Our annual event will take place at multiple venues, run longer, and screen feature and short films - the annual event showcases the films selected as winners of their submission category (among other selections).
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Sydney Indie Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Nov 27, 2017
Late
May 28, 2018
$60
$40
Extended
Jun 30, 2018
$65
$45
Final Deadline
Jul 23, 2018
$70
$50
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2018
The Sydney Indie Film Festival has been created to showcase both local and international, new and creative works by emerging and established artists who are passionate about story telling via the art of film making.
We aim to share great stories with the audience, while supporting independent filmmakers. Whether you made a film with $100 or $100K budget, what will really captivate the audience is the story!
2018 Festival Dates: 22nd October - 1st November.
Together with various communities supporting the event, we aim to bring entertainment, inspiration and culture to the communities by showing stories from around the world and utilizing the impact great cinema can have upon an audience or issue.
2015: 1st year of the Sydney Indie Film Festival's events:
8 days, 62 films from 20 countries!
2016: 90 films! 13 days of events, including our very first “Outdoor Cinema Day” as part of the Gladesville Eats&Flicks massive open air Family Event!
2017: The Biggest Indie Films Show in Australia! 137 Films, 11 days, 2 locations!
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AWARDS
In 2015 we gave away 42 Awards between Feature Films and Short Films.
In 2016 we gave away 50 Awards between Feature Films and Short Films.
In 2017 we gave away 50 Awards between Feature Films and Short Films.
Awards included Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Support Actor, Best Support Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Special Effects, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Thriller, Best Science Fiction, Best Romantic Comedy, Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best Feel Good Film, Best Family Film, Best True Story Film, Indie Spirit Award, Extra Mile Award, Best Australian Film, Best Made in Sydney Film,
Made in Sydney Extra Mile, Made in Sydney Indie Spirit.
Near Nazareth Festival ( NNF )
Opens for submissions:
Jan 13, 2018
Final Deadline
May 30, 2018
$20
$18
Winners Notified:
Jun 1, 2018
Near Nazareth Festival ( NNF ) invites all film lovers to partake in our celebration.
Near Nazareth Festival hospitably opens its doors to filmmakers. Festival participants from around the world will show their works. We believe that the best place for them to present their work - is Near Nazareth Festival.
Our festival - NNF - is the first of its kind.
Our festival will serve to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of the world. Through cooperation with movie lovers from around the world, we will make history.
Today filmmakers from 65 countries are participating in the festival, and presented his works
Near Nazareth Festival Online Film Market - Free of charge for all participants of the NNFestival.
We post your film info on Near Nazareth Festival Facebook page - post + image.
We'll set up info about your film on Near Nazareth Festival website.
Page is opened and distributed among national and international distributors.
We are inviting of you to join
We do not limit the categories of participants. All films are presented in their original language. There is no need for subtitles in a foreign language different from the original.
Every submitting will be reviewed by a qualified jury and the audience.
Event venue - The Poznak Community Centers, Givat Ha-More

Certificate and Laurels
1) Participants
2) Official Selections
3) Junior Winner
4) 1 - 5 Winners in every category
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End of Days Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Oct 4, 2017
Regular Deadline
May 31, 2018
$19
Late Deadline
Jun 10, 2018
$29
Final Deadline
Jun 10, 2018
$39
Winners Notified:
Jul 19, 2018
The End of Days Film Festival showcases short sci-fi, horror, drama, comedy, and action films portraying an imminent threat to an individual, society, or the world. We love apocalyptic themed movies but accept a variety of genre's as long as it has a good storyline! The EOD Film Festival caters to filmmakers and seeks to promote the creativity behind apocalyptic films.

All official entries must be submitted through Film Freeway. The EOD Film Festival does not accept films any other way. All notifications regarding the submitted films will be through the Film Freeway website. Films must be less than 25 minutes in length. We do not accept feature length films. All films must have been made less than 3 years prior to the festival screening date. Non-English works are accepted. However, the film must have English subtitles. Any non-English film submitted without subtitles will be disqualified.

The EOD Film Festival only accepts narrative short films. The narrative short films are divided into two categories.

Short – Runtime 0:00 – 12:00 minutes
Not-so Short – Runtime 12:01 – 25:00 minutes

FESTIVAL DEADLINES
Open for entries OCTOBER 1, 2017
Earlybird Deadline: FEBRUARY 28, 2018
Regular Deadline: MAY 31, 2018
Late Deadline: JUNE 10, 2018
Notification date: JUNE 27, 2018
Best of Film Festival Screening: JULY 2018

AWARDS
Best Film
Best Apocalyptic Film
Best Drama
Best Apocalyptic Drama
Best Comedy
Best Apocalyptic Comedy
Best Action
Best Apocalyptic Action
Best SciFi
Best Apocalyptic SciFi
Best Horror
Best Apocalyptic Horror
Best Male Actor
Best Supporting Male Actor
Best Female Actor
Best Supporting Female Actor
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup Effects
Best Practical Special Effects
Best Cinematography
Best Screenwriting
Indie Auteur Award
Best Student Film
Best Up-and-Coming Student Filmmaker
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XVIII IFF Message to Man
Opens for submissions:
Jan 28, 2018
Final Deadline
May 31, 2018
Winners Notified:
Aug 1, 2018
The XXVIII International Documentary, Short and Animated Film Festival “Message to Man” will take place on 15th – 22nd September, 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Festival is organized with the support from the Ministry for Culture of the Russian Federation, the St. Petersburg City Administration, the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg, the Russian Filmmakers’ Union, and the Federal Foundation for Social and Economic Support of National Cinematography.

The festival has been accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF, Paris).
Golden Hollywood International Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Feb 23, 2018
Final Deadline
May 31, 2018
$50
$40
Winners Notified:
Jun 17, 2018
In a town that’s all about the glitz and glamour on the big screen, the Golden Hollywood International Film Festival celebrates talent behind the camera. Touted as “The Director’s Film Festival,” GHIFF focuses on storytellers, specifically directors who create for the emerging world of new media. It takes a village to create and tell the story and our festival recognizes those creative entities who work behind the camera including Producers, Directors, Casting Directors and Director of Photography.

Our festival directors, filmmaker and award-winning director Nancy Criss, PGA and award-winning writer and filmmaker Sherri Carlson champion the creative process of women in the movie business and the independent stories they create for the new media platforms including Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon and the smaller unique platforms that are emerging in these changing times. The Golden Hollywood International Film Festival provides a space for creatives to exposition their works and thrive in the digital media arena.

The Golden Hollywood International Film Festival, held at the historic Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, CA, hosts informative industry lectures, discussions, workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities. A traditional festival format, nominated works are screened continually and a gala awards show is held the last night of the festival.
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NZ Web Fest
Opens for submissions:
Mar 10, 2018
Regular
May 31, 2018
$25-40
Late
Jul 31, 2018
$30-50
Final
Aug 31, 2018
$35-60
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2018
$35-60
Winners Notified:
Nov 17, 2018
The NZ Web Fest is New Zealand's festival for online content. We have selection and award categories for factual and fictional web series, shows, YouTube channels and vlogs. New for 2018 are categories accepting 3D, AR, MR, VR work.

In short, if you made it for an online audience, it's probably eligible for consideration.

On Saturday 17 November, #NZWF18 will present a day of panel discussions, presentations and screenings followed in the evening by the #NZWF18 awards ceremony. On Sunday 18 November we'll continue screenings with some special treats and a programme featuring all the winners from Saturday night.

The NZ Web Fest was established in 2015 and runs each November in Auckland, New Zealand.
Shortz! Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Feb 1, 2018
Regular Deadline
Jun 1, 2018
$10
Late Deadline
Jul 1, 2018
$20
Final Deadline
Jul 1, 2018
Winners Notified:
Jul 15, 2018
The Shortz! Film Festival is an annual international short film festival in Chico, California which showcases the best and brightest short films from around the globe. The festival accepts and screens short films with running times of 30 minutes or less in any genre.
Created by local filmmakers from Chico, California, Shortz! was started with the desire to bring film makers together in a fun and funky environment, to meet and network with the ultimate goal of producing more films.
SF3 - SmartFone Flick Fest
Opens for submissions:
Mar 28, 2018
Early Bird
Jun 1, 2018
$15.00
Regular
Aug 1, 2018
$20.00
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2018
$20.00
Winners Notified:
Sep 7, 2018
SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s only international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages and 2018 is our 4th season.
We are an international festival open to anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a great idea for a short film.
SF3 provides a platform for budding filmmakers to bring their ideas to life and have their films seen by a global audience, without the need for lots of fancy equipment or a big budget.
That great story you have always thought would make a great film? Here is your chance!
Just about everyone now has access to a smartphone or a tablet so start filming. It's that easy.
From all the eligible entries, 14 films will be selected to screen in the SF3 Gala Awards Final Night, held at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington, Sydney, the last week of August, 2018. At this screening our esteemed judging panel will award our SF3 prizes to the winners of each category, and the winning filmmakers and actors will take home prize packs worth in excess of $10,000.
Prizes: Best Film, People's Choice, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenwriter, Best Actress, Best Actor, #FILMBREAKER Award for 1st time filmmaker, Kids Flick Pick (for under 18s) and the Founders' Flick Pick.
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Muskoka Independent Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Mar 9, 2018
Narrative/Doc
Jun 1, 2018
$25
$15
Narrative/Doc
Jun 1, 2018
$35
$25
Student/Emerging
Jun 1, 2018
$15
$15
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
Student/Emerging
Aug 31, 2018
$20
$20
Winners Notified:
Oct 21, 2018
Founded by screenwriter and playwright Vince Grittani in 2014, MIFF 2018 returns to, the refurbished, Gravenhurst Opera House, in the town of Gravenhurst on Lake Muskoka. 1 1/2 hours north of Toronto.

We are open to all GENRES and formats: full-length features, shorts, documentaries, and animation. Dramas, dramatic comedies, comic dramas, social documentaries, biographies, folktales, musicals, children’s…you name it! As long as there's a great story to tell. We are seeking films from emerging and established filmmakers. Student films are welcome.

The principal objective of the Muskoka Independent Film Festival is to give Global and Canadian filmmakers a platform for screening their films to audiences in the Muskoka Region. Our mandate is to present independent films from all over the world in addition to Canadian Cinema and Ontario Films. Films are selected based on quality and original content that would interest Muskoka Audiences.
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Sherman Oaks Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Jan 1, 2018
Earlybird
Jun 2, 2018
$35
$25
Early Deadline
Jun 23, 2018
$40
$30
Standard Deadline
Jul 14, 2018
$45
$35
Final Deadline
Aug 4, 2018
$50
$40
Winners Notified:
Nov 25, 2018
Founded by longtime residents and movie veterans alike, the Sherman Oaks Film Festival looks to showcase the best undiscovered movies in the heart of Los Angeles. The neighborhood that was home the mall in Fast Times At Ridgemont High deserves a world class film festival!
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African World Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Dec 11, 2017
Final Deadline
Jun 9, 2018
$40
Winners Notified:
Jun 9, 2018
The African World Festival is an annual celebration of the African diaspora’s diversity, shared heritage and cultures. The festival is hosted by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI, one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to the African-American experience, which houses over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials. The festival features spoken word performances, live traditional and folk music, dance troupes, arts & crafts and a plethora of food options and other activities for attendees of all ages. Spanning the course of three days with past attendance of over 50,000 people, the festival provides a delightful weekend of educational entertainment and enriching performances.
The 35th Annual AWF will host a film festival to showcase the work of talented independent filmmakers local to Detroit and across the nation. We encourage people from all backgrounds to submit their films focused on people of African descent.
Genres:
We are accepting all genres: drama, comedy, horror, coming to age, you name it.
Categories (not exclusive to):
Shorts, Documentaries, Animation and Music Videos.
Dates:
August 2018 - Exact days TBD
Location:
Charles H. Wright Museum Theatre
315 E Warren Ave Detroit, MI 48202
This is your day! We welcome you to please travel to Detroit to your viewing. We will have your results in in enough time to plan for the trip
New Renaissance Film Fest (London, UK)
Opens for submissions:
Apr 22, 2016
Final Deadline
Jun 10, 2018
$59
$46
Winners Notified:
Jul 6, 2018
"One of the UK's top film festivals to know about" - London METRO
"A top ten event" - Het Parool
"Culture Calendar" - VOGUE Nederland
"Amsterdam hosts a great cinema event" - iAmsterdam

OUR MISSION

We focus on the ARTIST, on the STORY and on building an international COMMUNITY of inspiring storytellers.

Our passion is to tell great stories.
ONE OF THE TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS TO KNOW ABOUT!

NRFF was featured recently in the London METRO’s list of TOP UK FILM FESTIVALS among some very distinguished company, including Raindance and Aesthetica.

As of September 2016, we were ranked in the top 100 best reviewed film festivals on Film Freeway.

We have been privileged to screen world and UK premiers at our festival that went on to be nominated for the Oscars! We have also found that filmmakers, screenwriters and actors create new projects from meeting each other at the festival.

2018 will be our third year in London, a city known for its diversity and innovation in the creative arts. We will screen around 120 narrative shorts, documentaries, animations and music videos over the course of the festival, finishing with an AWARDS CEREMONY.
Running alongside the festival will be a SCREENWRITING COMPETITION and a series of MASTERCLASSES by film industry experts, a filmmaker's PANEL DISCUSSION, Filmmaker Q&A's, and other networking opportunities.
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FIC AUTOR
Opens for submissions:
Feb 12, 2018
Normal Deadline
Jun 10, 2018
$55
$45
Extended Deadline
Aug 28, 2018
$65
$55
Final Deadline
Sep 10, 2018
$70
$60
Winners Notified:
Sep 20, 2018
The FIC AUTOR (Author's International Film Festival) is interested in unique and artistic films that exceed the limits of traditional storytelling. We look for Feature and Short Films that reflect the director's personal creative vision, and a style that is distinct enough to shine through the collective process.
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FIC AUTOR (Author's International Film Festival)
Opens for submissions:
May 19, 2018
Regular
Jun 10, 2018
$55
$50
Late
Jul 10, 2018
$60
$55
Extended
Aug 10, 2018
$65
$60
Final Deadline
Sep 10, 2018
$70
$65
Winners Notified:
Sep 20, 2018
The FIC AUTOR (Author's International Film Festival) is interested in unique and artistic films that exceed the limits of traditional storytelling. We look for Feature and Short Films that reflect the director's personal creative vision, and a style that is distinct enough to shine through the collective process.

The 2nd edition of the FIC AUTOR will take place from November 13 to 17, 2018 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México and Tequila Jalisco. We will present the very best films from around the world, and workshops and Master class for filmmakers and students who want to perfect their craft. FIC AUTOR will strive to be one of the most important cultural events in the city. We aspire to become an international spotlight for new directors!
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PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Jan 4, 2018
Regular
Jun 15, 2018
$35-55
Extended Special
Aug 1, 2018
$50-70
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2018
$50-70
Winners Notified:
Nov 17, 2018
PRINDIE grew from a love of using film to take people out of their everyday lives and into new points of view. Our goal is to share the different and exciting perspectives of our filmmakers with one of the most important international communities in the country. We’re thrilled to forge new traditions in the very traditional and prestigious setting of Princeton, NJ, and hope you’ll get to be part of what happens when the unseen becomes “scene.”

Please note entry fees vary across categories and depending on whether or not the submitter is a student.
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