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Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival
Earlybird Deadline
Dec 7, 2019
$39
$39
Regular Deadline
Jan 4, 2020
$49
$49
NDE Deadline
Feb 15, 2020
$65
$65
Extended Deadline
Mar 7, 2020
$69
$69
Final Deadline
Apr 18, 2020
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
May 2, 2020
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.

Industry contacts who will receive winning projects include:
ZERO GRAVITY
BLOOD LIST / BRILLSTEIN
THINK TANK
TXL FILMS
... and more.

Top award winners will also receive 4 months of free listings on InkTip!
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The Trailer Film Festival
Early
Dec 9, 2019
$25
$25
Regular
Feb 9, 2020
$35
$35
Late
Apr 9, 2020
$50
$50
Final Deadline
Apr 29, 2020
$60
$60
Extended
Apr 29, 2020
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
Apr 30, 2020
The Trailer Film Festival is a unique event. Only trailers are screened and the audience is exclusively film industry.

The goal, and the prize, is for the industry to request the film or script attached to the trailer.

100 producers, distributors and studio execs, including Fox, Paramount and Disney, attended our last festival. 45 filmmakers received requests for their films or scripts. Some had multiple requests which brought the total to 95.

Netflix, Amazon, Sony and Paramount have already agreed to join us on May 19th, 2020. New attendees will be announced monthly.

Trailers for both completed projects and scripts are eligible. They can be for films, scripted and unscripted TV shows, books, web series or games.

​Five judges will review the trailers. The 60 with the highest score will be selected. They'll be available to the industry online for a month after the festival. 25 of those trailers will be featured in the actual event which will be held in a Beverly Hills screening room.
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Submissions
$25 until December 9th
$35 until February 9th
$50 until April 9th
Culture & Diversity Film Festival
Super Earlybird Deadline
Dec 12, 2019
$20
$15
Earlybird Deadline
Mar 9, 2020
$30
$25
Regular Deadline
May 7, 2020
$35
$30
Extended Deadline
Aug 3, 2020
$45
$40
Final Deadline
Sep 24, 2020
$55
$50
Winners Notified:
Oct 4, 2020
Welcome to the Culture & Diversity Film Festival! We celebrate the many colors of our lives and our world by screening a variety of films from around the globe. We honor the filmmakers with awards and prizes, and host parties and gatherings for filmmakers and the local community.

Our venue is the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA.

We accept shorts, features and music videos, and we have a special discount for California filmmakers with submission fees as low as $10. We look forward to watching your film!
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South Texas International Film Festival
Early Bird
Dec 13, 2019
$20
$20
Regular
Mar 20, 2020
$25
$25
Late
Apr 30, 2020
$30
$30
Final Deadline
May 4, 2020
$50
$50
Winners Notified:
May 15, 2020
The City of Edinburg, in an effort to promote the visual arts and the growing Film industry in the Rio Grande Valley, has developed an annual selective film festival, the South Texas International Film Festival.

The STXIFF is an annual event that strives to showcase the work of visionary filmmakers from all over the world. Based in Edinburg, Texas, STXIFF showcases State, National, and International films that have a unique voice and style.
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Film Invasion Los Angeles
Early Deadline
Dec 15, 2019
$35
$25
Regular Deadline
Jan 15, 2020
$40
$30
Late Deadline
Feb 15, 2020
$45
$35
Final Deadline
Mar 15, 2020
$50
$40
Winners Notified:
Apr 15, 2020
Film Invasion L.A. is a film festival that brings the work of great filmmakers together and injects them into the heart of Los Angeles. Founded by industry veterans who have spent more than two decades regularly visiting the great film festivals of the world, Film Invasion L.A. looks to discover new talent and give great filmmakers an opportunity to shine.
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International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival
Final Deadline
Dec 16, 2019
$75
$65
Winners Notified:
Apr 4, 2020
Do you have a Horror or Sci-Fi film that you're itching to get out there. A great way to "scratch that itch" is to submit to the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival. We're back and ready to start programming the best genre films out there for our festival coming up in April. The International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival (IHSFF) comes from the producers behind the Phoenix Film Film Festival and is entering its 15th year of providing audiences with the best genre films. Filmmakers are the focus of this festival with a great bond created between audiences and the filmmakers.

Once again the event will be taking place at the Phoenix Film Festival. You’ll be able to catch the best in horror and sci-fi independent films alongside over a hundred other independent films at the biggest film party of the year. Screenings will take place over ten days at the festival with opening weekend offering a celebration of films, parties and workshops.
Phoenix Film Festival
Final Deadline
Dec 16, 2019
$60-85
Winners Notified:
Mar 29, 2020
We're super excited for the 20th Annual Phoenix Film Festival and we want you to be too. During our 11 day festival, we have the pleasure of entertaining 28,000 people with awesome films from so many great filmmakers.

Our festival happens from March 26 through April 5th in the very northeast corner of Phoenix on the border of Scottsdale. We have a fancy theatre, responsive audiences and plenty of cool kids on our staff to make this the greatest experience of your life. Or at the least, pretty damn good.
Big Apple Film Festival
Early Deadline
Dec 16, 2019
$70
$60
Regular Deadline
Jan 6, 2020
$80
$70
Final Deadline
Jan 27, 2020
Final Deadline
Jan 27, 2020
$90
$80
Winners Notified:
Jan 31, 2020
2018 Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition. Visit BigAppleFilmFestival.com, Film Freeway or Coverfly to enter a film or screenplay.
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Crystal Palace International Film Festival
Final Deadline
Dec 20, 2019
$46
$40
Extended
Dec 20, 2019
$46
$40
Winners Notified:
Mar 28, 2020
The UK and London's Coolest Film Festival!
CPIFF receives films from all over the globe and screens only the very best of them with fabulous food and drink in funky venues, including the incredibly plush Everyman Cinema Crystal Palace – their flagship cinema, the Picturehouse West Norwood and the architectural magnificence of Stanley Halls and Anerley Town Hall. The film quality is remarkable and each night is a social event to remember; a one time opportunity to catch most of these incredible films. Lots of filmmakers fly in from around the world for Q&As; many, who attend lots of film festivals, comment on the stand out nature and higher quality of CPIFF. We vigilantly curate our films so a night of short films, for example, offers one after another of pure quality, an eclectic mix of genres combined with amazing food and drink – that’s why a lot of our nights sell out. Launch Night 2019 sold out within 24 hours a month in advance!

Mike Reiss, writer of the Simpsons since it began, said: “You run the very best festival we’ve ever been to – and we’ve been to a lot, this is as good as it gets! It’s a very casual setting but there’s nothing casual about how it’s put together and how high the quality of the films are. There’s food and drink everywhere, they filled the house, it’s been fun every night – really top notch.”
James Webber, renowned UK Director: “It’s fantastic, a really great festival. I’ve had 4 films screened here now and as always it’s a full house, sold out audiences. There’s nothing worse than seeing only filmmakers and then just empty seats; it’s not like that here and that’s why it’s worth submitting to and attending.”
FirstGlance Los Angeles Film Festival 20
Late Deadline
Dec 20, 2019
$55-75
Final Deadline
Jan 10, 2020
$65-85
Winners Notified:
Mar 16, 2020
The 20th Annual FirstGlance Los Angeles Film Festival screens local and international professional, first time, and student filmmakers, celebrating the best in indie film making from across the globe and locally produced Los Angeles and West Coast Filmmakers

Screenings, Red Carpet, Live Awards Presentation and Nominations in over 25 categories and Audience Choice in ALL Categories! Over 25 nominating categories for Official Selections, plus Best of Audience awards for each category, and BEST OF FEST award winners.

FirstGlance Film Festivals are the longest running international bi-coastal indie film festivals in the United States. FirstGlance has theatrically screened over 2100 films to over 210,000 attendees
South East European Film Festival Los Angeles
Regular
Dec 23, 2019
$35
$15
Late
Jan 27, 2020
$45
$25
Final Deadline
Mar 24, 2020
$60
$35
Winners Notified:
May 6, 2020
The South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles (SEEfest) is a competition festival founded in 2006, presenting films from 18 countries of SE Europe, plus a filmmaker conference, project accelerator, literary salons, and other events. SEEfest maintains an extensive network of cultural, civic and public diplomacy partners and serves as a resource for film aficionados, educators, scholars, and the media. 15th edition of SEEfest runs April 29 - May 6, 2020. Submissions are accepted on Film Freeway. For more info visit https://seefilmla.org/

SEEfest pioneered the concept of regional, cross-border programming with issue-driven films that tell a larger story about South East Europe, where borders of all kinds are fluid and porous just as often as poisonous. By presenting multiple points of view from this troubled region, the festival unlocks delicate doors into human existence, highlighting concerns of our time that resonate with American audiences.
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Digital Griffix Film Festival
Final Deadline
Dec 24, 2019
$20
$20
Winners Notified:
Dec 25, 2019
After a successful third year, Digital Griffix film festival is back as an international online and onsite event, a showcase of short films under 30 minutes and full length films. The films are selected each month to be screened from our website and vimeo account for a week or more, starting on February 1st 2019. There will be a new deadline set every month.

Prizes will be sent at the end of 2019 and will be trophies and certificates

At the end of the year, on December 25th 2019 the winners in each category will be announced. All genres welcomed, films must be submitted in english or subtitled in english. Films in french or subtitled in french can also be submitted.

All films will be screened in a secure way with no download option available.

The categories to submit in are :

-Animation
-Documentary
-Fiction film

Please note that some films could be in consideration during the whole year.
Sierra Canyon Film Festival
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.
Greenpoint Film Festival
Late
Dec 31, 2019
$65
$60
Final Deadline
Jan 31, 2020
Extended
Jan 31, 2020
$85
$85
Winners Notified:
May 10, 2020
The Greenpoint Film Festival is produced by Woven Spaces, Inc, a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts organization designed to create art/community projects. Founded in 2011, the festival is inspired by the regenerative opportunities in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, once labeled one of the most polluted places in the United States. The themes of renewal and reclamation continue to play a major role in the social and creative fabric of the Greenpoint Film Festival as it constantly expands into a platform for new thinking, as well as a showcase for great art and great film.

GFF is also inspired by the expanding film industry in North Brooklyn, particularly in Greenpoint. The arts are historically-proven building blocks in community and economic development and primary tools for communicating trends and ideas. We support philosophical and social movements towards a more sustainable use of our resources, future-minded urban planning, and growing partnerships across the disciplines. The Greenpoint Film Festival hopes to be a cornerstone of visionary commitment towards this end and a resource to artists and to the community.

The Greenpoint Film Festival takes place in May, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, for four days of films and panel discussions. GFF presents an exciting schedule of carefully selected shorts and feature-length films, chosen by a panel of judges from hundreds of submissions in feature and short categories for Narrative and Documentary.
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Better Cities Film Festival
Year-End
Dec 31, 2019
$60
$25
Winter Deadline
Feb 29, 2020
$70
$30
Spring Deadline
Mar 31, 2020
$80
$35
Features Deadline
Apr 30, 2020
$90
$40
Final Deadline
Jun 16, 2020
$120
$50
Winners Notified:
Oct 8, 2020
Better Cities Film Festival welcomes all films with a topic or theme relating to better cities, towns and neighborhoods.

All genres and lengths are eligible.

We offer awards and prizes for the top films in various categories. Even better, we offer highly engaged audiences, and the opportunity for your film to challenge, inspire, and motivate communities around the world.

Past screenings have included films on:

New Urbanism, Bicycles, Architecture, Urban farming, Racial Equity, Creative Placemaking, Tactical Urbanism, Walkability, Main Street Revival, Historic Preservation and Restoration. Urban Revitalization, Transportation, Regional Planning, Mixed Use, Complete Streets, Suburban Sprawl and Sprawl Repair, Transit-Oriented Development, Beer-Oriented Development, Sustainability, Street Art, and Incremental Urbanism.

ABOUT:
Better Cities Film Festival collects, curates and presents the very best films on the theme of making better cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

We honor the top films and filmmakers with awards. (And applause!) And we screen those films to a vast audience around the world through our flagship event (a four-day film festival), and through satellite screening events in a growing number of host cities.

Better Cities Film Festival was originally founded by Joshua Paget in 2013 as the New Urbanism Film Festival. Discussions and decisions about urban planning and design are too often limited to the university classroom or city council chambers. The festival was launched with a vision to move that conversation onto the silver screen and into the streets, engaging the broader community in the vital work of placemaking and neighborhood revitalization.

During its five-year run in Los Angeles, the festival received over 700 submissions from all over the world, and screened over 200 films, pairing them with experts who helped lead post-film discussions about the local built environment.

In its second year, by popular demand, the festival took an unexpected turn: community groups and organizations wanted to use the power of film to help revitalize and improve their hometowns. It was time to “take the show on the road.” We instituted a way for other cities and towns to host local screenings. In some cases, they wanted to screen the “best of the fest” – a reel of the top award-winning festival films. In other cases, by special request, we dug through our vast archives and curated custom playlists of films especially relevant to the current issues facing a particular host city.

By 2018, the festival had enjoyed a five-year run in Los Angeles, and sold-out screenings in over 30 cities around the world, ranging from international hotspots like Shen Zhen and Milan, to smaller domestic cities and towns like Laredo and Oxnard.

In 2019, First+Main Films acquired the the New Urbanism Film Festival, with the goal of expanding it to more cities and more audiences. Founder Josh Paget remains as the festival director and driving creative force. Together we’ve rechristened it Better Cities Film Festival.
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FANtastic Horror Film Festival
Early Bird
Dec 31, 2019
$35
$35
Regular
Jun 30, 2020
$50
$50
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2020
$75
$75
Winners Notified:
Nov 1, 2020
The FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego, CA is dedicated to bringing the latest and cutting edge Indie Horror films to the local community, It is a 3 day festival over Halloween and shows 30 + Indie Horror Short and Feature films. Following the Fest we have an Award Ceremony to celebrate our award nominees and winners. We are an official event on IMDb. For more information please go to our website http://www.fhffsd.com
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European Cinematography AWARDS
Final Deadline
Jan 8, 2020
$39
Final Deadline - December
Jan 8, 2020
$39
Winners Notified:
Feb 10, 2020
ECA is Monthly and Annual qualifying film competition for filmmakers worldwide. We support new and student film-makers, who are just beginning their careers with a supportive and enthusiastic audience for their creative efforts and giving them access to film industry professionals who can offer guidance and other forms of career assistance.

Cinematography AWARDS officially called the “Golden Eagle” is an award in the form of a statuette for outstanding achievements in the field of cinematography.

We only award the best independent filmmakers after a comprehensive evaluation process. Our judges evaluate the quality of filmmaking, creativity, and storytelling ability. Our mission is to promote films, and be another step up in the filmmakers' careers.
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Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest
Regular
Jan 18, 2020
$40
$30
Late
Feb 15, 2020
$50
$40
Final Deadline
Apr 1, 2020
Winners Notified:
May 24, 2020
Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest is South Carolina's first and largest horror film festival! The 2019 festival will take place over three days in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina and will feature some of the best independent horror films from all over the world. We will be screening all of our Official Selections at South of Broadway Theater located in the heart of Park Circle.

Forget the Oscars! We have the "Crimmy's"! All Official Selections (films and screenplays) will be competing at a chance for a Crimmy in over 20 categories. Our Crimmy trophies are designed by "The Conjuring" and "Annabelle" special effects artist Tony Rosen, who also designed the famous "Annabelle" doll for both films. Each trophy is handmade and signed by Tony himself.

Sponsored in part by ShortsTV, the world's largest distributor of short films, all submitted and accepted short films have the chance for worldwide broadcast deals on their cable channel, ShortsTV, which plays Oscar winning short films all over the globe. Screenplay winners will also compete to win scriptwriting software from FinalDraft as well as free listings on InkTip, where producers go for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 300 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

In 2017 "Best of South Carolina" named Crimson Screen one of the top 10 festivals in South Carolina and in 2015 readers of HORROR SOCIETY voted us their 2nd favorite horror film festival in the USA! Festival attendees come out to walk the "dREaD Carpet" dressed in their favorite costumes and get to meet the filmmakers during our mixers and Q&A sessions after film screenings.

We are seeking all genres of films and screenplays that contain horror element such as sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, underground, experimental and more...as long as there are horror elements. We take pride in the variety of horror selections at our annual festival and encourage filmmakers to submit any type of film and screenplay with horror, thriller, and suspense elements and themes! If you are lucky enough to be chosen as an official selection, you definitely will want to attend! We are not like any other film festival out there! We provide our attending filmmakers with two free VIP passes, a bag of swag, a personal welcome letter with wax sealed envelope embedded with our logo, and lots of other goodies also!

Filmmakers and VIP pass holders also have access to mixers as well as discounts at various bars and restaurants during the fest. At past festivals we have held "Maverick Filmmaking" workshops by such filmmakers as Steve Balderson, lectures on H.P. Lovecraft by authors such as W. Scott Poole, and have also awarded our new annual "Horror Icon" award to Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) in 2016 and Joe Bob Briggs in 2017, Mark Patton (Nightmare on Elm Street 2) in 2018, and PJ Soles (Carrie, Halloween) in 2019!
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Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF)
Regular Deadline
Jan 31, 2020
$50
$25
Late Deadline
May 1, 2020
$60
$25
Final Deadline
May 24, 2020
$65
$30
Extended Deadline
May 24, 2020
$65
$30
Winners Notified:
Sep 12, 2020
Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) Is Now An 𝐈𝐌𝐃𝐛 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 Annual Festivals That Celebrates Diversity Through Film. https://www.imdb.com/event/ev0010686/2019/1

TINFF invites you to come celebrate diversity that brings local and international films and filmmakers to the beautiful city of Toronto. TINFF’s objective is to be a leading film festival in Toronto that celebrates diversity in our beautiful city. TINFF’s main focus is to advance creative, independent film direction through diversity, innovation, and uniqueness by capturing the series of movements and experiences in a single film. We encourage music and filmmakers across the globe to build an audience for their projects and work to diversify the film industry.

The Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) is a year-round award competition and live screening festival with an annual event in the beautiful city of Toronto. Each year, we have our festival event and award night to celebrate diversity through film. We welcome filmmakers from across the globe to Toronto.

After Official Selected Films have been announced and notified, we will proceed to the next stage of the selection process, and subsequently, announce TINFF's Festival Finalists that will compete at the live festival event in Toronto. All Finalists will be announced on the TINFF's festival website and TINFF's Facebook page.

TINFF is a focus oriented music and film festival, with an awards night to recognize and encourage filmmakers by appreciating, promoting, challenge and develops an understanding of equality, social justice, non-discrimination, diversity, and multiculturalism.
BLASTOFF
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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