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Culture & Diversity Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Jun 17, 2019
$15-30
Extended Deadline
Aug 15, 2019
$25-40
Final Deadline
Sep 14, 2019
$30-55
Winners Notified:
Sep 29, 2019
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 world famous Redwood Cafe in Cotati, CA in the heart of wine country.

We accept shorts, features and music videos, and our submission fees are as low as $5. We look forward to watching your film!
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Big Apple Film Festival
Early Deadline
Jun 18, 2019
$70
$60
Regular Deadline
Jul 10, 2019
$80
$70
Final Deadline
Aug 3, 2019
$90
$80
Winners Notified:
Aug 9, 2019
2019 Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition(Summer Edition). Visit BigAppleFilmFestival.com or Film Freeway to enter a film or screenplay.
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Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival
Final Deadline
Jun 21, 2019
$60
Winners Notified:
Jul 15, 2019
The 11th Annual DTLA Film Festival will be held October 23-27, 2019. Our primary screening venue is Regal L.A. Live Stadium 14, the only multiplex in downtown Los Angeles, featuring state-of-the-art a/v equipment and facilities. The multiplex is part of the larger L.A. Live entertainment complex featuring 25 restaurants and lounges as well as the Grammy Museum, the Staples Center and other entertainment venues. DTLA is the hub of Los Angeles, and L.A. Live is the hub of DTLA.

This year's festival will be bringing back it’s screenwriting competition accepting features, shorts and TV Pilots. There will be a live table read for the grand prize winner and other prizes to be announced.

Set in historic center of the Film Capital of the World, DTLA Film Festival (Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles) has as its mission to exhibit a wide array of independent films by and about groups traditionally underrepresented in the commercial Hollywood film industry, notably women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community.

The festival also strives to reflect the unique cultural diversity of the neighborhoods of DTLA and L.A.’s surrounding Eastside communities – home to more ethnic groups than any other place in the world.

Finally, the festival embraces DTLA as a nexus of the New Urbanism movement. It provides a platform for films that explore the history, architecture, cultural diversity and contemporary social and political issues of the modern urban landscape. At the same time, it strives to call attention to DTLA’s historic and increasing important role In Los Angeles’ creative industries where film, music, video games and digital entertainment media converge.
BLASTOFF
Phase 1
Jun 22, 2019
$29
$16
$7-29
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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Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2019
Final Deadline
Jun 24, 2019
$25
Winners Notified:
Nov 9, 2019
Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2019 Now Open-Awards & International Showcases

Featuring the best short films of 2019 at international film festivals

We're screening 8 nights of short film at cinemas across Edinburgh in 2019

Presenting awards and trophies for the best films selected by our jury for Best Film, & Best Animation & Best Scottish Short!

This year, we're also excited to be programming films and film partnerships for our 2019 partners:

DC Independent Film Festival (Washington)
The Adriatic Film Festival
The Sardinia Film Festival
Fastnet Film Festival
Firenze FilmCorti (Florence)
Puppet Animation Scotland
Edinburgh Printmakers

Open for entries online

https://www.edinburghshortfilmfestival.com/call-for-entries-2019/
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Las Vegas International Film and Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Jun 25, 2019
$75
$50
Winners Notified:
Aug 3, 2019
The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition mission is to celebrate the independent motion picture and literary arts by providing a platform for filmmakers and writers to have their work awarded and recognized. The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition offer more than just a handful of award possibilities. We pride ourselves in providing a wide variety of award opportunities between our various screenwriting and film categories.
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Grimmfest
Regular
Jun 28, 2019
$65
$25
Final Deadline
Jul 29, 2019
$82
$35
Late
Jul 29, 2019
$82
$35
Early Bird
Apr 22, 2020
$60
$20
Winners Notified:
Oct 7, 2019
Recently voted one of the top 30 genre film festivals in the world by Movie Maker magazine. Grimmfest (first weekend in Oct, Manchester UK) is a truly independent genre film festival, committed and dedicated to sharing great movies from both new and established filmmakers from the world of genre cinema. We pride ourselves on premiering the very best in new horror, cult, extreme fantasy and sci-fi movies. 2019 is our eleventh year. We have over £120K worth of prizes for award winning movies and our sponsors include The Horror Channel, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Shudder, Dread Central, Final Draft and more.
Satisfied Eye International Film Festival
Late
Jun 29, 2019
$40
$26
Final Deadline
Jul 27, 2019
$45
$30
Winners Notified:
Sep 1, 2019
"The festival was a revelation. The scope and quality of films, workshops and networking opportunities were truly splendid. It's busy, it's exciting, it's thrilling. Organised to a fine detail, the SEIFF is a filmmaker's dream. One of the best in the UK." Dave Gilbank, Polterheist

MISSION

SEIFF is a true celebration of independent film which brings together filmmakers, writers, film shakers and the movie-going public in a warm, convivial environment.

With a focus on increasing opportunity for independent filmmakers and writers, SEIFF looks to promote and exhibit exceptional work by creatives from around the globe and help them make valuable connections - while increasing the audience for their work. SEIFF is more than just a film festival, it's an unforgettable experience for all involved, making SEIFF an essential industry event.

A multi-award-winning jury panel including BAFTA/Oscar/Emmy winners, agents and producers, all official selections and shortlisted screenplays meet at our invite only networking event and will receive a full festival pass.

NEW FOR THIS YEAR

SEIFF in 2019 now accepts web series and also this year will present an award for best Canadian film. All official selections in all categories will be reviewed on imdb and get an invite to our private festival networking event with industry alumni and judging panel.

THE INDUSTRY

SEIFF presents a diverse programme of only the highest quality independent feature films, animation, documentaries, short films and web series from all around the world.

SEIFF looks to make important discoveries of upcoming directors, actors, writers and all those involved in the filmmaking process, ensuring it’s a renowned and valued platform for both undiscovered talent and respected industry peers alike.

Our key objective is for SEIFF to be seen as a mark of quality and a SEIFF award to be a stamp of recognition and true validation.

With a large number of exceptional films being made that struggle to gain attention but deserve to be seen by critics, agents, peers and film lovers, SEIFF aims to bring to the festival the most superlative and creative films. SEIFF prioritises making the festival an attractive destination for agents, critics, investors and other career-makers.

The festival includes networking, Q&As, screenings, social events and special guests.

Our closing annual awards ceremony at the world famous Queen's Stand, Epsom Racecourse, gives recognition to the best talent in front of and behind the camera with a gala ceremony open to filmmakers and the public.
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San Diego International Kids' Film Festival
Reguarly Deadline
Jun 30, 2019
$90
$50
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2019
$110
$70
Extend Deadline
Jul 31, 2019
$110
$70
Winners Notified:
Aug 25, 2019
The San Diego International Kid's Film Festival promotes the idea of entertainment with education. Films are made by youth and adult of worldwide. The Festival have film screenings, industry panels; film market; Opening Gala, Red Carpet, Award Ceremony, International film maker reception. Also, cultural fashion competition as cross-cultural exchange event.
F3: Frankly Film Fest
Regular
Jun 30, 2019
$5
Late
Jul 31, 2019
$10
Final Deadline
Aug 15, 2019
$20
Extended
Aug 15, 2019
$20
Winners Notified:
Sep 1, 2019
Founded in 2004, by Frankly Zoe Productions as a one off festival to promote their Youth Summer Movie Program, F3: Frankly Film Fest screened 27 films during their first season. In 2016 Frankly Zoe Productions decided to resurrect F3 in conjunction with the Tenth Anniversary of Un-Con.

In keeping with the "all genres are welcome" theme of the Un-Con, F3 is an all genre festival, with a focus on sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, animation, and fan films.

Our panel of judges, all with extensive backgrounds in the independent film industry, pick the best of the best from all of the submissions. On Saturday night when the screenings wrap, awards will be presented for in various categories.

We are now in our fourth year.

The festival takes place at the Miami Centre Mall in Piqua, Ohio.
Moondance International Film Festival
REGULAR
Jun 30, 2019
$50
$50
EXTENDED
Jul 15, 2019
$75
$75
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2019
$100
$100
FINAL
Aug 15, 2019
$100
$100
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2019
Moondance, established in 1999, is known as the unique "Film Festival Without Borders", and features the very best of indie films, music & writing by talented artists from around the world. Plan now to participate in this unique competition and film festival, based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, USA!

The secret to our international success and longevity can be directly attributed to upholding our founding principles, integrity, goals, values and vital mission. We strive to inspire talented filmmakers, writers, composers and audiences, locally and globally.

The Moondance International Film Festival has distinguished itself around the world as much more than an annual film festival! The Moondance is a unique community, a supportive, productive, and creative year-round collaboration between independent filmmakers and movie audiences, between writers, music composers and the world of top-quality filmed entertainment.

CONTACT: moondancefestival@gmail.com

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Our very popular news-blog has festival event info, announcements, entertainment industry news, insider articles, recommendations, things to consider & more! www.moondancefilmfestival.com/blog
Oniros Film Awards
Final Deadline
Jun 30, 2019
Winners Notified:
Aug 24, 2019
The Oniros Film Awards is a monthly and annual IMDb qualifying competition based in Aosta, Italy, which celebrates films from all around the world with awards in different categories and genres. The OFA allows filmmakers to submit their projects to get it judged by award winning industry professionals specialized in various fields and compete with other talented filmmakers.
Our mission is to discover quality and ambitious films, to promote filmmakers’ works and to help them realize their dreams. The Oniros Film Awards is all about Dreams (ὄνειρος = oneiros, Dream in Greek language), ours and yours. The Oniros Film Awards is conceived by Dreamers for Dreamers. Dream Big, always!
Epic ACG Fest
early bird
Jun 30, 2019
$60
$30
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.
Columbus Black International Film Festival
Late
Jun 30, 2019
$35
$35
Final Deadline
Jul 20, 2019
$45
$45
Extended
Jul 20, 2019
$45
$45
Winners Notified:
Jul 22, 2019
The primary objective of the Columbus Black International Film Festival is to showcase Black filmmakers locally, nationally and internationally, while highlighting a spectrum of stories told by people of the African diaspora.

This festival will also provide an advantage for filmmakers and the community to learn about the film industry through educational workshops and panel discussions, a safe space to showcase film and an opportunity to network with the filmmakers in the city.

Columbus is the heart of America and home to some of the most creative Black filmmakers in the country. This festival that will showcase new and emerging talent as well as talent that has represented our city for years.
Digital Griffix Film Festival
July
Jul 1, 2019
$20
$20
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.
SF3 - SmartFone Flick Fest
Earlybird
Jul 1, 2019
$13-40
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2019
$20-40
Regular/Final
Aug 1, 2019
$20-40
Winners Notified:
Sep 15, 2019
SF3 - the SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s international smartphone film festival.

Open to filmmakers of all ages from every country; from first-time filmmakers to professionals. As long as your film is shot entirely on a smartphone or tablet, your film is eligible for submission.

We have 4 categories in 2019: SF3 Best Film (films 20 mins and under), SF3 Best Feature Film, SF3 Kids (for filmmakers 16 and under) and SF360 Award (360 and VR videos).

Everyone has a great idea for a short film and a potential movie camera in their pocket, so no excuses. Here’s your chance to start filming and be in the running to share in over $30,000 worth of prizes and have your film screened on one of Australia's premiere screens in front of a global audience.

Our finalist films and one feature film will be selected from all the entries to screen at SF3 2019. We will be holding three live screenings and awards in an exciting venue partnership with Australia's largest cinema and home to premieres and Hollywood Galas, Event Cinemas George St, in Sydney. Our Gala will be held on Sunday 15th Septmeber with our very first feature film premier and our second SF3 Kids Screening and Awards, being held on Saturday 14th September along with a masterclass and networking filmmaker meetup and red carpet events.

Our 2018 Gala Finals were a complete sell-out at the Sydney Opera House and our SF3 Kids and Shortlist Screenings were held at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction. From 2015-2018 we held our Gala Finals at the iconic art deco Chauvel Cinema in Paddington, Sydney.

Many of our past Top Ten and shortlisted films have been invited to screen around the world at our partner film festivals including the International Mobil Film Festival in San Diego, the Syria Mobile Film Festival and more. The opportunities are endless for smartphone filmmakers.

All films MUST be shot entirely on a smartphone or tablet, meet our time requirements and you can use any editing software, apps and phone additions, and you can edit on a PC, laptop or your phone.

So, pull your phone out of your pocket and start filming, it really is that easy!

SF3 is proud to award over $30,000 worth of prizes from our amazing sponsors including prize packs from The Pocket Film Academy and the #Filmbreaker Movement, Luma Touch, Final Draft, Rode Mics, The Hub Studio, Screen Actors Workshop, Power Productions and Story Board Quick, the Australian Cinematographer's Society, the Australian Director's Guild, Screen Producers Australia, the Australian Writer's Guild, iOgrapher, iPitch TV, Laugh Masters Academy, Anthony Mora PR for Filmmakers, Ribbet, Charliee Presley & NIDA.

Prizes awarded: SF3 Best Film, SF3 People's Choice, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, WIFT Women In Film Award, Best Actress, Best Actor & Best Kids Flick (for under 16s), Founders' Flick Pick, Best Community Film Award and Best 360/VR Video.
Bahamas International Film Festival
Final Deadline
Jul 4, 2019
$80
$70
Extended Deadline
Jul 4, 2019
$80
$70
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.
Oil Valley Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Jul 7, 2019
$30
$20
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2019
$40
$30
Late Deadline
Aug 1, 2019
$40
$30
Winners Notified:
Sep 8, 2019
Since 2016, the Oil Valley Film Festival's mission is to bring the voices and films of new and established filmmakers to the heart of Venango County, an area underrepresented in the world of film. Located in Oil City, Pennsylvania, and nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, attending the Oil Valley Film Festival will grant you the experience of watching engaging cinema within an intimate community with a rich history.

All selected films will compete for various prizes and/or accolades. You can read more about the festival here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_Valley_Film_Festival.
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Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival
REGULAR
Jul 8, 2019
$50
$40
LATE
Jul 29, 2019
$60
$45
Final Deadline
Aug 19, 2019
$50
EXTENDED
Aug 19, 2019
$65
$50
Winners Notified:
Oct 13, 2019
SLEEPY HOLLOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SHIFF), a celebration of outstanding genre cinema in the very cradle of the American Supernatural is taking place in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, NY, on October 10-13, 2019, and is now accepting film and script submissions! Be a part of this wondrous exploration of creative cinema, right in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley region, during its legendary Halloween season!

This special place, this remarkable hollow of the indescribable, bewitched not only Washington Irving, the author of the legendary short story, but also artists of every creative pursuit for the next two centuries—including masters of the cinematic arts.

SHIFF celebrates this legacy of artistic inspiration and achievement. In addition to the bicentennial of his story—and an uncanny happenstance worthy of Irving himself—2019 is also the 70th anniversary of the beloved 1949 Walt Disney animated classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the 20th anniversary of Tim Burton's acclaimed 2009 feature film, Sleepy Hollow. The festival will commemorate both of these big-screen landmarks with one-of-a-kind event showings.

But it is not enough to look back. Just as Irving used the Hudson Valley as a wellspring of extraordinary ideas to push his art forward, SHIFF strives to bring important works from current and future filmmakers into the world with exciting new films and unproduced screenplays in competition, and premiere screenings.

The festival's advisory board, selection committees and jury will include film and literary professionals with industry experience who will program and award new films and unproduced screenplays of quality, of all genres, and that touch upon, relate to or simply explore the otherworldly or unknown.

The 1st place winner of SHIFF's UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY COMPETITION will be presented with a statuette at our closing night awards ceremony, in addition to a cash prize of $500, and an InkTip prize package. 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced at our closing night awards ceremony, and will win a cash prize of $250 each, and an InkTip prize package. All three winners will be posted on SHIFF's official site and socials, announced on our "winners" PR blast to media outlets, and published in the fest's "winners" article in the Hudson Valley area newspaper, the River Journal.
European Cinematography AWARDS
Final Deadline - June
Jul 8, 2019
$39,99
Final Deadline - September
Oct 8, 2019
$39,99
Final Deadline
Jan 8, 2020
$39,99
Final Deadline - December
Jan 8, 2020
$39,99
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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