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Big Apple Film Festival (Spring Edition)
Regular Deadline
Apr 7, 2020
$80
$70
Final Deadline
Apr 27, 2020
$90
$80
Winners Notified:
May 11, 2020
2020 Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition (spring edition). Visit BigAppleFilmFestival.com or Film Freeway for information, or to enter a film or script.
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The Trailer Film Festival
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
Gardens Festival of Cinema NYC
Final Deadline
Apr 13, 2020
$90
$80
Extended
Apr 13, 2020
$90
$80
Winners Notified:
Jun 1, 2020
Festival of Cinema NYC, New York City's fastest growing film festival enters its fourth year in 2020! Beginning the first Friday of August, this year Festival of Cinema NYC will run from August 7 - 16th.

Festival of Cinema NYC seeks the best in independent film of all lengths and genres. Whether your film is a drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, documentary, experimental, LGBTQ, animation, etc. - we want to show it! Our Opening Night, Closing Night, Midweek Red Carpet Event, and Midnight Madness Grindhouse Horror films are all selected from the very best submissions we receive. Plus, every filmmaker that submits their film(s) will automatically receive a one year subscription to Videomaker Magazine, a leading subscription service that focuses on guiding independent filmmakers with online tutorials and publications (a $20 value). Our only criteria is that your film be truly independent and not backed by any of the seven major movie studios. All selected filmmakers get VIP passes that allow entry into all our screenings, events and parties.
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Las Vegas International Film and Screenplay Competition
Extended
Apr 15, 2020
$45
Final Deadline
May 15, 2020
$55
$40
Winners Notified:
Jul 19, 2020
The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Festival's 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 Festival offers 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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Miami Short Film Festival
Late Deadline
Apr 15, 2020
$75
Final Deadline
Sep 1, 2020
$90
Winners Notified:
Sep 3, 2020
Every year, the MIAMI short FILM FESTIVAL represents the best short form films from around the globe, showcasing up-and-coming directors, producers, and actors. Based in Miami, Florida the festival features short films of 20-minutes or less, and nurtures a growing movement to exhibit and expand the art form of short film making by providing a venue to build community around the arts.

Our Philosophy: Short films, past and present, are true works of art, and deserve a venue dedicated to their exhibition. Our mission is to support the next generation of filmmakers by providing a platform for them to present quality films, and to recognize and honor them through our various showcases.

We award films in 6-8 different categories, depending on that year's submissions. Award categories may include:

Best Narrative
Best Musical / Comedy
Best Music Video
Best Experimental Short
Best Documentary
Best Animated Short
Best Short Short
Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival
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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Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition 2020
Early Bird Deadline
Apr 24, 2020
$45
$30
Regular Deadline
Jul 24, 2020
$55
$35
Final Deadline
Sep 24, 2020
$60
$40
Final Deadline
Oct 7, 2020
$65
$45
Extended Final Deadline
Oct 7, 2020
$65
$45
Winners Notified:
Nov 10, 2020
Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition was founded in 2010 to encourage and support independent filmmakers, who work in the horror, suspense, science fiction, drama, action, adventure, and art house genres.

*Top Awards*
Zed Fest Film Festival Independent Spirit Filmmaker Award
inspired by Independent Film Making Pioneers Robot Monster (1953) Director Phil Tucker, Jim Jarmusch, John Waters, Elaine May, John Cassavetes, Penelope Spheeris.

The Zed Fest Film Festival Mary Pickford Award For Excellence In The Film Arts
This Award is to Highlight Women in The Film Arts. In honor of the Great Mary Pickford Silent Film Pioneer. Co-Founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Zed Fest Film Festival 2020 Prizes:
Over $5000 in Cash & Prizes will be Divided among winners

ZED FEST FILM FESTIVAL GENRES:
Horror
Suspense
Science Fiction
Supernatural
Arthouse
Action/Adventure
Fantasy
Documentary
Music Videos
Super 8
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South Texas International Film Festival
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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Lonely Seal Film, Screenplay & Music Festival
Late
Apr 30, 2020
$75
$55
Final Deadline
May 31, 2020
$90
$65
Extended
May 31, 2020
$90
$65
Winners Notified:
Jul 8, 2020
Welcome to the home of stories aching to be told. Our selections screen at the Regent Theatre, a 103-year-old Vaudeville gem in Arlington, MA (Boston), and our winners get showcased to cinema buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.

We are also building a "Traveling Film Festival," which will screen in a minimum of four North American cities in 2020. Certain films may be invited to play our Traveling Film Festival, but they are under no obligation to do so. Additionally, those who do play our Traveling Film Festival will share in a "Filmmakers Profit Pool."

With 36 five-star reviews in our first year, we launched deep into FilmFreeway's "Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals." Our second festival, which runs this October 11-13, welcomes 64 films/docs/shorts/music videos, 77 screenplays, and four songs from 18 countries.

Our mission is to make the world a better place, but we can't achieve that if you don't share your work with us, so please submit today!

Our sponsors include 5A Studios, Final Draft, The Regent Theatre, Lonely Seal Releasing, Page Craft, Hourglass24, Nadeau Media, and InkTip.
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Better Cities Film Festival
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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Changing Face International Film Festival
April Deadline
Apr 30, 2020
$25
$15
June Deadline
Jun 30, 2020
$25
$15
August Deadline
Aug 31, 2020
$25
$15
Final Deadline
Sep 30, 2020
$25
$15
Winners Notified:
Nov 29, 2020
We are excited to invite you to take part in our 4th season and hope you'll continue to be involved for many years to come. We are looking for thought provoking, challenging, and engaging films, web series, and screenplays.

CFIFF runs film and screenplay competitions monthly. The winners of the monthly competitions form our annual nominations. A selection of annual nominations and wildcards will be screened at our annual event in November 2020.
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Digital Griffix Film Festival
April
Apr 30, 2020
$25
Final Deadline
Dec 25, 2020
$25
Winners Notified:
Jan 25, 2021
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 2020. There will be a new deadline set every month.

Prizes will be sent at the end of 2020 and will be trophies and certificates

At the end of the year, on December 25th 2020 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.
South Carolina Underground Film Festival
Spring
Apr 30, 2020
$40
$35
Normal
Aug 31, 2020
$45
$40
Final Deadline
Sep 30, 2020
$55
$45
Winners Notified:
Nov 8, 2020
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!
X World Short Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Apr 30, 2020
$15-25
Late Deadline
May 31, 2020
$20-30
Final Deadline
Jun 30, 2020
$30-35
Winners Notified:
Aug 2, 2020
X World Short Film Festival is an IMDb-qualifying Festival for Independent Filmmakers from all over the World, that dare to eXpress their fantasy, creativity and crazy ideas through Short Films and Scripts.
X World is about exciting and amazing stories, fun intrigues, new themes, unusual points of view, mysteries!
The purpose is to find, showcase, promote and award such kind of interesting works, made with Love and passion for the art of eXpression, no matter the budget or technical resources.
The Festival has been created by a Filmmaker that knows, understands, Loves the world of Filmmaking and knows how it feels like to have one's own work showcased and appreciated!
Every submitted Project is watched (and read) by the Judges with maximum attention and dedication, to fully consider and honor the eXpressive talent and work of all the Artists involved.

THE FESTIVAL, IN ITS SECOND YEAR, HAS NOW A SUMMER AND A WINTER EDITION!

The Summer Edition will take place in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) on July 26-29.
It will be part of the great and famous AOF MEGAFEST, 16 years historical
point of reference for Directors, Actors, Producers, Distributors.
The Winter Edition will then take place in Rome (Italy) at "Teatro degli Eroi di Roma" (date TBA).

All submitted Films and Scripts will have a welcome and thank you post on the Festival Social Media.

The Official Selections will be generally notified within one month from the submission.
All selected Films and Scripts will receive the Official Selection Laurel, will have a permanent space in the Festival's Website (with the material found on the Film Freeway Project Page, but you can write for any change) and will be promoted on the Festival Social Media.
The Official Selections will be placed in the appropriate genre category (Animation, Comedy, Drama, Experimental, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller, etc.) and will compete for the Summer Edition Awards.

If you are a Finalist, your Project will be screened at the AOF MEGAFEST and will compete for Award-Win/s in the appropriates categories and genres and for the Special Awards.

The Finalists that will attend the Festival Event, will receive one All-Access Pass to the AOF MEGAFEST, which includes all screenings, seminars and Parties (excluding Award Shows, Private or Charity events/screenings).

The Summer Edition Awards will be assigned at the AOF MEGAFEST Award Ceremony in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA). Details coming soon...

The Winners will receive the "X World Vegas Summer Edition" Awards *

AND WILL COMPETE FOR THE "X WORLD ANNUAL AWARDS", THAT WILL BE ASSIGNED IN A SPECIAL CEREMONY AFTER THE WINTER EVENT, IN ROME. Details coming soon...

"X World Short Film Festival" is an IMDb-qualifying Festival, so you can list your Nominations and Winnings on the Event Page: https://www.imdb.com/event/ev0013470
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Near Nazareth Festival ( NNF )
Standard 2
Apr 30, 2020
$28
$24
Final Deadline
May 28, 2020
$29
$26
Winners Notified:
May 31, 2020
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 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.

Awards & Prizes

Certificate and Laurels

1) Participants
2) Semi-Finalist
3) Finalist
4) Official Selections
3) Junior Winner
4) 1 - 5 Winners in every category
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Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF)
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.
Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival
Earlybird
May 1, 2020
$35
$30
Regular
Jul 3, 2020
$50
$40
Late
Aug 3, 2020
$60
$45
Final Deadline
Sep 4, 2020
$65
$50
Extended
Sep 4, 2020
$65
$50
Winners Notified:
Sep 14, 2020
“2019 has been a banner year, from a ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ stage musical to the inaugural SLEEPY HOLLOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES"

"A line up worthy of the Sleepy Hollow name!" -- YAHOO ENTERTAINMENT

THE FIRST ANNUAL SLEEPY HOLLOW International Film Festival (SHIFF) debuted in October 2019 and was an official partner in the Villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, NY’s Bicentennial celebration of Washington Irving’s immortal story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." SHIFF '19 unveiled four days of memorable programming at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall and Warner Library, thrilling attendees with feature film premieres, live stage events, special guest panels and discussions and film and screenplay competitions. Entertainment entities such as Disney, Universal Pictures and others participated in SHIFF’s launch, presenting special events and screenings, and they, along with other noteworthies will be participating in 2020 as well!

SHIFF 2020 continues its celebration of outstanding genre cinema in the very cradle of the American Supernatural during the height of the Halloween Season, taking place in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, NY, on October 15-18, 2020, and is now accepting film and script submissions!

Once again, exciting premiere feature films and groundbreaking new films in competition will screen alongside thrilling retrospectives, live events and panels. Venues include the historic Tarrytown Music Hall, the Warner Library and others to be announced.

2020's advisory board, selection committees and jury will include film and literary professionals with industry experience who will program and award new films of quality, of all genres, and that touch upon, relate to or simply explore the otherworldly or unknown.

SHIFF 2019's offerings included U.S. and regional premieres of THE WRETCHED, PHANTOM OF WINNIPEG and MAKING APES as well as a special advance screening of acclaimed director Peter Strickland’s IN FABRIC and more! Renowned actor Jeffrey Combs brought down the house with his live-on-stage one man Edgar Allan Poe show NEVERMORE, and Dana Gould, Bobcat Goldthwait, John Hodgman and an all-star comedy cast killed with a live stage reading of PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE! We can't wait to unleash what is in store for 2020 -- and we're excited to make this year's film and script submission selections the backbone of the experience!

Special lifetime awards are bestowed upon artists whose influential work recalls the spirit of Irving's creativity. SHIFF '19 honored legendary actor/songwriter/performer Paul Williams (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE) with its first Washington Irving Legend Award and iconic producer Edward R. Pressman (THE CROW, AMERICAN PSYCHO, WALL STREET) with a Horseman Award for lifetime achievement in producing.

Additionally, SHIFF19's "Unproduced Original Screenplay" winners received mention in renowned trade publication, Variety.

AWARDS AND PRIZES
SHIFF will announce winners, and award SHIFF official trophy statuettes, on closing night of the fest in the following categories:
BEST PICTURE
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST SCREENPLAY
BEST SCORE
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST SHORT
BEST LOCAL FILM STUDENT SHORT

BEST PICTURE, BEST SCREENPLAY and BEST SHORT awards also receive an InkTip script listing so the winners can promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip's large network of producers and reps.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place UNPRODUCED ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY SHIFF awards receive an InkTip price package that includes an InkTip script listing, and an InkTip magazine listing, so writer(s) can promote themselves and large network of producers and reps.

Every InkTip producer has been vetted via resume and references and demonstrated the ability to get movies made. Companies who are InkTip members include ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, and 20th Century Fox.

SHIFF will announce UNPRODUCED ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY winners on closing night of the fest in the following categories:

BEST UNPRODUCED ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (GOLD PRIZE)
Includes $500 cash, InkTip prize package and SHIFF original trophy statuette.

BEST UNPRODUCED ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (SILVER PRIZE)
Includes $250 cash and InkTip prize package.

BEST UNPRODUCED ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (BRONZE PRIZE)
Includes $250 cash and InkTip prize package.

Winners in ALL categories will be posted on SHIFF’s website, announced on SHIFF’s socials, and official “winners” press release blast to media outlets, as well as published in SHIFF’s local media partner's paper, River Journal.
Brainwash Movie Festival
On Time
May 1, 2020
$80
$35
Final Deadline
May 22, 2020
$90
$40
Late
May 22, 2020
$90
$40
Winners Notified:
Jun 15, 2020
Brainwash, since 1995, has delighted audiences with a selection of the bizarre, the unique, and just plain old well-made movies from independent producers all over the world. With an eye toward the abstract, the innovative and the weird, Brainwash saluted it’s 25th Silver Anniversary in it's 2019 season! We have consistently attracted entries we curate to be able to display some of the most cutting edge cinema from up and coming directors, actors, producers and crews consistently year after year. So please send us yours this year and help us celebrate! Thank You!
Submissions are now open on FilmfreeWay.
We’re also looking for interested individuals to participate with us.
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Ojai Film Festival
Regular
May 1, 2020
$45
$40
Late
Jun 1, 2020
$55
$50
Final Deadline
Jul 1, 2020
$65
$60
Extended
Jul 1, 2020
$65
$60
Winners Notified:
Aug 31, 2020
The 10-day Ojai Film Festival, November 5-15, showcases the best new films by emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. In the last 20 years 15 alumni received Academy Award nominations, two won an Oscar, and numerous others went on to gain distribution and win prestigious awards. Attending filmmakers receive lodging and passes to screenings, programs and Awards Ceremony. Last year screeners combed a record-breaking almost 500 submissions of short and long narratives, short and long documentaries, and animations.
Holly Weird Film Festival
Final Deadline
May 5, 2020
$20.00
$20.00
Winners Notified:
Jun 7, 2020
The Holly Weird Film Festival (HWFF), founded by Festival Director Jack Truman, celebrates independent films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice, or an avant-garde challenge to what is expected or accepted. HWFF provides a venue for narrative, documentary, experimental and avant-garde film and video. Holly Weird is dedicated to celebrating all types of creativity from the worldwide independent film community.
We make it our mission to showcase the work of filmmakers who defy independent visions.

The Holly Weird Film Festival has become a platform for artists to showcase their creativity through film and about the voices that need to be heard. We are looking for true original, visionary filmmakers with fresh voices to share with an audience hungry for true independent film. We are focused on the unique and innovative. HWFF showcases artists from all walks of life. We seek to screen under-represented emerging filmmakers and artists.

Enter your film to the Holly Weird Film Festival and join us for this unique celebration of indie films! And have your film screen in the entertainment capital of the world!!!

Holly Weird Film Festival is a showcase for truly original Independent and Do It Yourself (DIY) film and video.

Established 2018

All screenplays considered. Feature films, short films, pilots...you name it! We're looking for cool scripts and films from all over the world.

Screenplay prize: 1st Place award at the 2020 Holly Weird Film Festival

June 7, 2020
Culture & Diversity Film Festival
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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Indie Street Film Festival
Final Deadline
May 8, 2020
$50
$25
Late Deadline
May 8, 2020
$50
$25
Winners Notified:
Jun 15, 2020
Located in Red Bank, NJ, it is the mission of the Indie Street Film Festival to discover the most innovative independent filmmakers and nurture them through an ever-evolving world of technology, distribution, and audience engagement, regardless of budget size and in spite of restrictive funding. ISFF will focus on cultural community growth through its presentation of films that voice impactful human stories. The festival’s selected films will all be awarded the opportunity to join the Indie Street cooperative movement, a group distribution brand whose members share resources, profits and a unified audience: ISFF will be the discovery funnel that fuels the new cooperative model and more sustainable careers for the next generation of talented artists.

Grand Jury Prize Winners receive:
- One week theatrical screening in New York City*
- Inclusion on Indie Street VOD platform as a partner filmmaker*
(*optional/dependent on film's distribution situation)

Official Selections receive:
- All Access Pass to attend film festival screenings, parties, workshops, and panels with industry experts.
- Opportunity to have a targeted ad campaign designed by the Indie Street team for the future online release of your film.
- Workshop during the film festival on Cooperative Distribution model.
- Distribution Opportunities through Indie Street and partner platforms.

Seeking:
Narrative Features
Narrative Shorts
Documentary Features
Documentary Shorts
Animated Shorts
New Jersey Shorts
New Jersey Features
Be Epic! London International Film Festival
Final Deadline
May 16, 2020
$99
$59.99
Winners Notified:
Jul 15, 2020
Be Epic! London International Film Festival is a yearly film festival that is looking especially for meaningful, innovative, free of cliche filmmaking.

BELIFF encourages young and old film makers from around the world to contribute to the shaping of society through inspirational films that combine with valuable messages and innovative ideas. BELIFF aims to be the rising point of film makers and up and coming new artists by promoting value and hard work and we are dedicating ourselves to stand up for everyone who is looking to refine and discover film both as entertaining and educating audiences from all around the globe.

Those who will get the best out of BELIFF film festival are:
- the visionary voices and artists (scriptwriters, directors, actors etc.) that have great empathy and a deep capacity to understanding and expressing beyond the surface layers of things and beyond those depths as well.
- distinctive scripts,
- truthful perspectives on themes and subjects,
- the creators of innovative cinematic outcomes that stand out from the usual mainstream.
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Wirksworth Film Festival
Late Deadline
May 17, 2020
$15
$10
Winners Notified:
Jul 24, 2020
For the 2020 season we have extended our categories to Short Film, Extra Long Short Film, and Feature Film.
The festival will also include a number of specialist talks and workshops for filmmakers.
The festival itself will take place in the town of Wirksworth Derbyshire over a week long period. We are working alongside The Northern Light Cinema to screen films, but we will also screen films at a number of locations across the town during the week.
We have kept our 3 minute film category due to popular demand.
Our first film festival attracted over 180 films from around the world, which were all screened and judged, for this year we still make the promise that we will screen a higher proportion of films than other film festivals. Your films will be judged by industry figures, ranging from actors to DOP's. A list of judges will appear on our website as they are added. We are again working alongside some great partners, The event is to be covered by BlazingMinds, one of the top UK film blogs.
We have a special category open to filmmakers from the Derbyshire Dales, UK, this will receive a special section within the film festival, this is designed to encourage filmmakers from the immediate region to submit their films. These films will sit independently within the film festival.
The 2020 Film Festival, promises to be an exciting event taking place in the picturesque town of Wirksworth, Derbyshire, a well known creative hub.
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Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2020
Regular
May 22, 2020
$19
Final Deadline
Jun 22, 2020
$25
Winners Notified:
Aug 31, 2020
Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2020 Now Open For Entries! International Tours & Awards

The 10th Anniversary edition of the ESFF with more short film screenings in Edinburgh,
International Film Festival showcases, trophies, cash prizes and awards!

We're also excited to be programming showcases of our best films for our 2020 partners:

Adriatic Film Festival
Stop Motion Montreal
Firenze FilmCorti
Sardinia Film Festival
Balkans Beyond Borders Film Festival
and Manipulate Theatre & Animation Festival!

Max Length 25 minutes, international films welcomed, all genres eligible.
Early Bird Deadline: Monday Feb 3rd 2020
Regular Deadline: Friday May 22nd 2020
Late Deadline: Monday June 22nd 2020

Open for entries online

https://www.edinburghshortfilmfestival.com/call-for-entries-filmmakers/
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Austin Film Festival
Regular
May 22, 2020
$60
Late
Jun 26, 2020
$75
Final Deadline
Jul 6, 2020
$85
Extended
Jul 6, 2020
$85
Winners Notified:
Oct 24, 2020
Known as the “Writers Festival” since its inception in 1993, Austin Film Festival recognizes the importance of narrative at the core of filmmaking. Without a good story, movies might just be sound and fury. The 27th Annual Austin Film Festival is October 22-29, 2020.

By celebrating the work of storytellers; those committed to crafting intricate worlds, fully-formed characters, and diverse perspectives, AFF bolsters its reputation as a champion for the creator.

The AFF Film Competition is here to bring independent filmmakers and their films into the spotlight. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter. Categories include: Narrative Short, Narrative Feature, Student Shorts, Animated Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Documentary Features, Digital Series, Comedy Vanguard and Dark Matters Features.
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Under The Stars International Film Festival
Streep
May 31, 2020
$15
$8
Fonda
Jul 31, 2020
$15
$8
Mirren
Sep 30, 2020
$15
$8
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2020
$15
$8
Winners Notified:
Jan 18, 2021
Under The Stars International Film Festival is an international event. We accept local, national and international films. Film industry specialists watch films and videos and give notes and scores. Once a year we screen selected work at the live event.
Each 2 months, the submitted short movie and feature are privately screened and judged by a team of experts. The short movies (bi-monthly) winners are automatically qualified to compete and be screened at annual event.
The winners, for each category, will be rewarded.
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Global Film Festival Awards
May
May 31, 2020
$90
$50
July
Jul 31, 2020
$90
$50
November
Nov 30, 2020
$90
$50
Final Deadline
Dec 31, 2020
$90
$50
Winners Notified:
Jan 8, 2021
Welcome to GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS. We are a monthly and annual competition based in Los Angeles. We want the best worldwide film stories to promote filmmakers’ works for distributors.

The GFFA is an open door for independent filmmakers. It's a special jury formed by Hollywood producers, European and international distributors to promote films and new media.

What's the difference between submitting your project to GFFA and other film festivals?
GFFA is not the typical film festival that promotes only local artists. We have an original global channel with partners. To date, our press crew around the world includes press in the USA, Canada, England, Denmark, French, Italy, Spain, Japan, Australia, Argentina, and Brazil.

We understand the difficulties independent producers face to have a fully analyzed project. Our judging team is looking for potential films and filmmakers for scheduled meetings with executives from the film and television industry. GFFA is an opportunity for independent showrunners, directors, and producers to meet with a worldwide audience.

Every month, our jury will award the best independent filmmakers through private screenings. Every submission can submit to as many categories as fits the film to increase the chances of winning. We also provide honorable mentions for filmmakers who may not necessarily win but who should be acknowledged for their work. All the annual winners receive the prestigious Golden Star trophy, and monthly winners may contact our team to order their trophy and pay the production and shipping costs.

The GFFA Public Event will celebrate the "Best of Year" competitions. The Global Film Festival Awards has the honor of hosting eight exclusive artists on our team. The GFFA family is made up of diverse professionals who are looking for unique and creative films from around the world.
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THE HB FILM FESTIVAL
Regular
Jun 1, 2020
$23
$13
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2020
$30
$18
Winners Notified:
Sep 1, 2020
YEAR 1 WAS AMAZING AND SO WE ARE BACK FOR YEAR 2 - Checkout some of the press here - https://bit.ly/2JdqPye

Our main goal is to Support Indie Film. Why not check out our social media pages to see how we help promote and showcase Indie Talent. Here are some words about our festival from Filmmakers.

"I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN NEARLY 100 FESTIVALS, SMALL AND LARGE, YOU HAVE BEEN THE FIRST TO BE SO ON TOP OF THE WHOLE SOCIAL MEDIA THING. I THINK YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL FUTURE AHEAD"
MICHAEL BAKER - FILMMAKER

"A LOT OF FESTIVALS COULD TAKE NOTES FROM YOU ON HOW TO RUN AN EVENT - HUGE KUDOS"
TARYN HOUGH - FILMMAKER / ACTOR

"FOR A FESTIVAL YOU ARE GOING BEYOND THE EXPECTATIONS AND WE ARE REALLY GRATEFUL"
SIDARTHA MURJANI
FILMMAKER / ACTOR

"LET'S ALL HEAR IT FOR THE HB FILM FEST WHO ARE THE MOST SUPPORTIVE FESTIVAL DUDES I HAVE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF BEING ASSOCIATED WITH"
CAROLINE SPENCE
PRODUCER / SCREENWRITER

“I highly recommend The HB Film Festival. A delight from start to finish with amazing and carefully selected film screenings. This was only the first year and it was a fantastically run event – I can’t wait for next year!”
Alastair Marshall

"The mission of The HB Film Festival is to put independent cinema in the spotlight that both films and their makers deserve"

Unlike other film festivals, The HB Film Festival will not make any selections until the Final Deadline closes. This means every film that is submitted has got the same chance of winning.

The HB Film Festival brings to Paisley, Scotland, a quality selection of both local and international shorts and feature movies coming from all over the world and aims to become a cultural gathering for film lovers and professionals, to support the creation of networks between filmmakers and the local communities and to initiate inspiring exchanges between filmmakers and professionals coming from different artistic disciplines."

As we are a two day event, we offer plenty of screening opportunities for low-budget filmmakers and indie films. As well as live screening there will be networking opportunities and free filmmaking advice from local filmmakers.

Previous Sponsors/ Partners include:
Indie Film Mag
Glasgow Film Alliance
Futurist Digital
Hybrid Films
Media Dog
Concept Consulting
Seamore Cinema
Scare Scotland
Inverclyde TV

The HB FILM Festival is one of the only Film Festivals held in the Large Town of Paisley. If you are thinking about staying over, Paisley is the closest town to Glasgow Airport with only a 10min drive. The train from Glasgow to Paisley is also a 10min journey.

There's plenty of bars and nightlife in both Glasgow and Paisley to make your stay exciting and entertaining.

Awards & Prizes

Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best horror / sci-fi / comedy
Best Sound
Best Script / Story
Best Editing
Best score
Best cinematography
Best make up
Best Animation
Best Director
Best costume
Best male lead
Best female lead
Best Scottish film
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SF3 - SmartFone Flick Fest
Super Early Bird
Jun 1, 2020
$40
$15
Early Bird
Jul 1, 2020
$40
$18
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2020
$40
$20
Regular
Aug 1, 2020
$40
$20
Winners Notified:
Oct 11, 2020
SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages.
We are a world-wide festival open to anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a great idea for a short film.
SF3 provides a platform for budding, emerging and professional 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. The democratisation of filmmaking is here!

We do have a range of entry fees from student fees to early birds and regular so please check out the structure on Film Freeway.
Oniros Film Awards
Final Deadline
Jun 30, 2020
Winners Notified:
Aug 22, 2020
The Oniros Film Awards® is an International Monthly and Annual IMDb Qualifying competition based in Saint-Vincent, 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 them judged by Award-winning industry professionals specialized in various fields and compete with other talented filmmakers. Our mission is to discover high 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) and is conceived by Dreamers for Dreamers. Dream Big, always!
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Rome Independent Film Festival - RIFF Awards
early bird
Jun 30, 2020
$25
$10
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2020
late
Jul 31, 2020
$35
$10
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2020
Since its first edition in 2000, RIFF has become an event that is
followed with more and more interest by the public in Rome and a reference
for worldwide filmmakers. In these years, the Riff has received
works coming from the 5 continents, ending up being an attentive witness
representative of the directions and passions of the independent
film industry. An international vocation that has found expression in
the right choice during the film selection.
Oil Valley Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Jul 3, 2020
$30
$20
Final Deadline
Aug 3, 2020
$40
$30
Winners Notified:
Sep 7, 2020
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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Screamfest Horror Film Festival
Regular
Jul 15, 2020
$57
$47
Final
Aug 1, 2020
$67
$57
Final Deadline
Aug 15, 2020
$82
$67
Extended Deadline
Aug 15, 2020
$82
$67
Winners Notified:
Oct 22, 2020
20th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival takes place Oct. 2020 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.

Moviemaker named us 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee and 30 Bloody Best Genre Fests In The World.

The festival accepts genre(horror, thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy) features and short films from around the world.

Screamfest is best known for discovery Paranormal Activity.
Web Series Festival Global
Final Deadline
Jul 30, 2020
$70
$70
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2020
Hollywood, CA– Web Series Festival Global is prestigious awards started in 2015, it’s a film festival where awards are given to Web Series Creators around the world. In the first International Annual Web Series Festival Global artists from various countries were awarded, the artists were from countries like USA, Russia, Spain, Italy, Canada and the Czech Republic.
Web Series Festival Global has a Best of Web Series, Web Series Script, Web Series Pilot and a Grand Prize, $5000 In awards.
For a grand event like this, sponsors play an important role. They are the people who provide the opportunities to creative content creators around the world. The sponsors for this event include Luck Films, Renderyard Films, LaughMD and iActing Studios.
www.WebSeriesFestivalGlobal.com
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Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
July
Jul 31, 2020
$35
August
Aug 31, 2020
$45
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2020
$60
$45
$55
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2020
​Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes highlights a selection of best films from around the world, November 27th-30th 2020
The festival aims to promote independent filmmakers and innovative work that take risks and move the frontiers from the boring and most of the times empty conventional to the artistic initiating strong emotions and out of the box exceptional. It equally aims to give the opportunity to independent filmmakers to showcase their work free of commercial constraints.
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes is an IMDBAwards listing Qualifier.
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Global Nonviolent Film Festival
Final Deadline
Aug 22, 2020
$100
$40
Final Deadline
Aug 22, 2020
$100
$40
Winners Notified:
Oct 5, 2020
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 2020 and 9th edition of the Festival takes place September 24 to October 4.

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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