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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards & Prizes

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

Trophies and awards will be given for:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners will be considered by:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More About the Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BIFF offers much to the filmmaker by way of networking in a relaxed, island atmosphere while simultaneously providing all the amenities of an excellent festival. Movies are screened multiple times in several islands throughout The Bahamas such as Nassau and Eleuthera, giving the filmmaker excellent exposure and hospitality, each filmmaker being treated with personal and professional service.
Queens World Film Festival
Regular
Sep 9, 2019
$36
$31
Late
Oct 15, 2019
$37
$32
Final Deadline
Nov 11, 2019
$45
$40
Extended
Nov 11, 2019
$45
$40
Winners Notified:
Jan 12, 2020
Turning 10 in 2020, QWFF includes a well attended popular multi-day annual film festival, year-round screening opportunities for QWFF alumni, special events to bring the Indie film community together, industry networking events and an educational initiative for youth and Seniors.
Our festival is about heart and guts. We LOVE a film that has a point of view and doesn't back off. This is a tough time on our planet and now is not the time to stop holding up the mirror and showing us who we are or what we have done or who we could be. We are committed to making sure that creative expression is alive and well in our country.
We are especially interested in maverick filmmakers of any orientation, ethnicity, country or region. Please challenge norms, take on systems, speak truth to power, spill your guts, twist perceptions or scare us silly. We love horror, the seriously funny and the uber real.
Ideas are welcome in Queens New York, and with 165 nationalities represented here, in the 'World's Borough', we have an audience for your film.
You can enter any of thousands of festivals. When you choose us, we don't take that lightly. We will give your film all of our attention in the screening process. If selected, you will be invited to the annual Festival Kick-Off event, the Press Conference at MoMI, the all hands on deck Trailer Party, publicity stunts, flash mobs, TV and radio interviews – we will build a community around you and your work.
So. Take a stand. Show us something you believe in. Bring on your craft and let's see what you got. Bring it.
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Shorts That Are Not Pants
Late
Sep 13, 2019
$50
Final Deadline
Oct 4, 2019
$60
Winners Notified:
Nov 16, 2019
Established in 2012 as a quarterly screening series in Toronto, Canada, Shorts That Are Not Pants is now a series of quarterly curated events culminating in a festival weekend held in November.

We've screened more than 250 films from 32 countries so far, and we're looking for more undiscovered gems to show our shorts-savvy Toronto audiences. Members of our programming team have experience working for some of the biggest and best festivals in the world (TIFF, Sundance, Hot Docs, Cannes) and travel to festivals around the world seeking out the best films and the brightest filmmakers to support.

Your submission will be evaluated by our team and if chosen, will screen at our festival in November 2019. We have seven years of great programming experience behind us, with lots of audience momentum.

See some of the nice things filmmakers have said about us here: http://www.shortsnotpants.com/testimonials/

Awards & Prizes
Awards for Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Animated Short, as well an Audience Award. Each award comes with a cash prize of $250 as well as a selection of fee waivers to other festivals, so you can continue your film's festival journey.
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Near Nazareth Festival ( NNF )
Autumn deadline
Sep 13, 2019
$24
$21
Standard 1
Oct 3, 2019
$25
$22
Standard 2
Oct 28, 2019
$26
$23
Final Deadline
Nov 27, 2019
$28
$26
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2019
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.
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Port Shorts Film Festival
Final Deadline
Sep 13, 2019
$10-50
Winners Notified:
Oct 26, 2019
With a prize pool worth $15,000 up for grabs Port Shorts showcases the best short films from around the globe in open, drone, music and youth categories. The Port Shorts Film Festival is a feast for the filmmaking senses.

The 2019 event will be staged under the stars in nature’s playground, Port Douglas in Far North Queensland Australia where the majestic Daintree Rainforest meets the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, on October 25th & 26th 2019
Culture & Diversity Film Festival
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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6th Firenze FilmCorti Festival
Final Deadline
Sep 15, 2019
$25
Winners Notified:
Sep 25, 2019
Sections of Festival
It’s possible to submit works for the following sections:
a – Short film in competition
b – Directorial debut
c – Innovative and experimental film
d – Animation and films for young people and schools
e – Screenplays
Applicants must specify the submission section.
Screenplays: it is possible to submit screenplays for both short films or feature films. Original screenplay for short films must be no longer than 30 pages, whereas screenplays for feature films must be longer than 30 pages. Screenplays must be in English or in Italian.
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Crystal Palace International Film Festival
Earlybird
Sep 20, 2019
$32
$28
Regular
Oct 20, 2019
$38
$32
Late
Nov 20, 2019
$42
$36
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 22
Opens for submissions:
Sep 1, 2019
20th Anniversary Deadline
Sep 20, 2019
$20
Early Deadline
Oct 20, 2019
$35-55
Regular Deadline
Nov 20, 2019
$45-65
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
Over the Fence Comedy short film festival
Final Deadline
Sep 22, 2019
$37
$32
Winners Notified:
Nov 1, 2020
Over The Fence, one of the world's coolest comedy film festivals is looking for the best comedy films from around the planet!
Our criteria for a comedy short film is simple `a film which is driven by, or, ultimately concludes with an 'excellent sense of humour'.

Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival strives for excellence in curating and presenting comedy films that change the way we view the world. We celebrate new & independent filmmakers, their comic masterpieces, and, their excellent sense of humour.

We are committed to encouraging and stimulating comedy film production worldwide, and promote comedy films that celebrate, entertain and inspire.

We are an organisation dedicated to championing independent and new filmmakers. We create a vibrant, stimulating, inspiring environment for filmmakers & audiences, and bring laughter, thought and joy to people.
Changing Face International Film Festival
Final Deadline
Sep 30, 2019
$15
Winners Notified:
Oct 20, 2019
CFIFF aims to encourage diverse content from diverse creators. We are excited to invite you to take part in our 3rd year and hope you'll continue to be involved for many years to come.

CFIFF runs film and screenplay competitions monthly. The winners of the monthly competitions will automatically be entered into our annual competition where overall winners will be selected.
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Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition 2019
Final Film Deadline
Sep 30, 2019
$60
$40
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2019
$65
$45
Final Screenplay Deadline
Oct 31, 2019
$65
$45
Winners Notified:
Dec 17, 2019
Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition was founded to encourage and support independent low and big budget, filmmakers, who work in the horror, suspense, science fiction, drama,action, adventure, and art house genres.

INTRODUCING THE MARY PICKFORD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE FILM ARTS
This Award is to Highlight Women in The Film Arts. We call it "The Zed Fest Mary Pickford Award" In honor the Great Mary Pickford Silent Film Pioneer.

"WE HOPE TO DISCOVER THE CULT MOVIES OF THE FUTURE."

Zed Fest Film Festival 2019 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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Global Film Festival Awards
September
Sep 30, 2019
$80
$50
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2019
$80
$50
Winners Notified:
Dec 3, 2019
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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FIC AUTOR
Final Deadline
Sep 30, 2019
$70
$60
Winners Notified:
Oct 1, 2019
The FIC AUTOR (Author's International Film Festival) is interested in unique and artistic films that exceed the limits of traditional storytelling. We look for Feature and Short Films that reflect the director's personal creative vision, and a style that is distinct enough to shine through the collective process.

We don't care if your films have recognized stars or unknown names; we are against the politics and bureaucracy that floods the film industry. We want to be recognized as an objective festival. We don't want to build our reputation based on how many superstars are in attendance; what we want is the truly best world cinema in our theaters!

The 2nd edition of the FIC AUTOR will take place from November 13 to 17, 2018 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México and Tequila Jalisco. We will present the very best films from around the world, and workshops and Master class for filmmakers and students who want to perfect their craft. FIC AUTOR will strive to be one of the most important cultural events in the city. We aspire to become an international spotlight for new directors!

Our first edition included the world premieres of "Brooklyn Roses" and "Nowhere Mind," as well as the start of a tight-knit and talented filmmaking community. We held our closing festivities and a well-received outdoor screening of "Brooklyn Roses" in Tequila, about an hour outside of Guadalajara. The filmmakers enjoyed a few of the town's tequila distillery tours, which includes more than a few tastings...

-The 13 winning Authors will receive the WINNER LAUREL, plus FIC AUTOR trophy or rings and sponsor's prizes.
-WINNERS will be announced one month before the award ceremony, so all the nominated filmmakers can decide beforehand whether they want to travel to the festival.
-The award ceremony will take place in the CINEFORO the Saturday 15 November, 2018. The Cineforo is one of the biggest cinema theaters in the city with 440 seats, and is the most prestigious.

We are not like other bulls**t festivals, YOU DONT have to pay for your prize. IT'S A PRIZE, NOT A DEBT! And we don't give metal or glass trophies... Our trophies are 100% made from silver and semi-precious stones! As independent filmmakers we know the things we love and hate about film festivals, so we want to avoid all the negative things we have found the in past years, such as exorbitant, unnecessary fees, teenage judges and of course.. trophies you would rather hide in the closet.

CATEGORIES:

Feature Films Categories:
-Fictional Feature Films.
-Documentary Feature Films.
-Experimental Feature Films.
-First-Time Filmmaker.
-Low Budget Feature Films Under 50K USD.
-Mexican Feature Films.

Medium Length Category:
-Medium Length Films.

Short Films Categories:
-Fictional Short Films.
-Documentary Short Films.
-Experimental Short Films.
-Animated Short Films.
-Mexican Short Films.
-Cineminuto 1 minute Short Films.
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European Cinematography AWARDS
Final Deadline - September
Oct 8, 2019
$39
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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Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival
Regular
Oct 11, 2019
$65
$50
Late
Nov 8, 2019
$75
$60
Final Deadline
Nov 15, 2019
$85
$70
Winners Notified:
Mar 15, 2020
Cinequest was voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. Cinequest programs 85-90% of its festival from paid submissions annually, the highest percentage of the world's most influential film festivals.

"I think the most important thing about Cinequest is it's definitely the first time I've ever come to a festival where my immediate reaction is, 'What do I have to do to be invited back?' and that's not normally my reaction. It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place." - Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner

Cinequest Film & VR Festival (CQFF) in San Jose / Silicon Valley: Set in the home of the world’s most influential media technology companies (Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, LinkedIn, Occulus etc.) CQFF showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences. CQFF has led the world in its showcase and implementation of the technologies that have revolutionized film making, exhibition and distribution. CQFF’s blend of the artist and innovator gains focus through its Maverick Awards. Its Maverick Spirit Awards recognizes artists (Harrison Ford, Nicolas Cage, Elle Fanning, J.J. Abrams, Tatiana Maslany, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bill Nighy, Ben Kingsley, Rosario Dawson, Spike Lee, James Franco, Neil Gaiman, and Sir Ian McKellen are among the guest recipients). Its Maverick Innovator Award recognizes technologists (including Martin Cooper, father of the cell phone, and Steve Wozniak, Co-founder of Apple Inc.). A Maverick stands apart from the crowd willing to create and innovate from a place of personal yet global vision.

Cinequest connects artists, innovators, media, and audiences—as people converge to experience a potent mix of immersive stories from around the globe and breakthrough technologies. Yet, Cinequest’s stellar reputation not only hinges on its knack for creating a powerful line-up, but also for securing distribution for many of its honored filmmakers. Netflix, IFC Films, Amazon, MSNBC Films, Oscilloscope, Sony Pictures, Magnolia Pictures, Kino-Lorber, eOne, Lionsgate, PBS, and HBO are just a few of the many that have signed deals with some of Cinequest's success stories.

Also, as an Academy-qualifying festival for the short film categories, Cinequest is proud to honor the winners of its Best Short Narrative and Best Short Animation prizes with a shot at every filmmaker's dream...Oscar gold.

"This festival is one that sets the trends and is actually ahead of the trends. Other festivals are copying Cinequest; I see it all the time."-- Chris Gore (Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide)

Exhibiting unique social and artistic visions from around the globe, Cinequest’s dynamic festival engages audiences in thought-provoking dialogue, giving film artists and film lovers alike an opportunity to connect. Furthermore, Cinequest provides cutting edge technology and movie-making forums to empower professionals and students.

JUST A FEW OF THE BIG FILMS & VR WHICH HAVE BEEN A PART OF CINEQUEST’S PROGRAM:
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (dir. Terry Gilliam; starring Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce)
Hotel Mumbai (dir. Anthony Mara; starring Armie Hammer, Dev Patel)
The Public (dir. Emilio Estevez; starring Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone)
Teen Spirit (dir. Max Minghella; starring Elle Fanning)
Beirut (dir. Brad Anderson; starring Rosamund Pike, Jon Hamm)
Borg/McEnroe (dir. Janus Metz; starring Shia LeBeouf)
Krystal (dir. William H Macy; starring Nick Robinson, Rosario Dawson)
Submergence (dir. Wim Wenders; starring James McAvoy)
What They Had (dir. Elizabeth Chomko; starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon)
The Humanity Bureau VR (starring Nicolas Cage)

JUST A FEW OF THE CINEQUEST WORLD AND U.S. PREMIERES WHICH HAVE RECEIVED DISTRIBUTION:
I Love You Both, dir. Doug Archibald (narrative, Magnolia Pictures)
East Side Sushi, dir. Anthony Lucero (narrative, Sony Pictures)
Midnight Clear, dir. Dallas Jenkins (narrative, Lionsgate)
Fixed, dir. Alonso Mayo (narrative, Gravitas Ventures)
Witch Hunt, dir. Don Hardy, Dana Nachman (documentary, MSNBC Films)
Mine 9, dir. Eddie Mensore (narrative, Raven Banner Entertainment)


Awards & Prizes
Festival Awards include:
* Best Feature Film: Drama
* Best Feature Film: Comedy
* Best Documentary Feature
* Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror Feature Award
* Visionary Award (for the New Visions category)
* Global Vision Award
* Audience Award for Feature Narrative
* Audience Award for Feature Documentary
* Best Short Narrative Film
* Best Short Animated Film
* Best Short Documentary Film
* Best College Short Film
* Best High School Film
* Best Long Form Television Episode or Webisode
* Best Short Form Television Episode or Webisode
* Best Music Video
* Virtual & Augmented Reality Awards (see VR section for more information)
Garden State Film Festival
Regular
Oct 15, 2019
$45
$40
Late
Nov 10, 2019
$55
$45
Final Deadline
Dec 1, 2019
$75
$60
Extended
Dec 1, 2019
$75
$60
Winners Notified:
Feb 1, 2020
GSFF is rooted in the celebration of the independent film genre and the creation of a forum where independent filmmakers can exhibit their work. Created to pay tribute to NJ’s legacy as the birthplace of the American film industry and founded in 2002 our event takes place each spring in Asbury Park, NJ. Winners of the screenplay competition receive a live reading of their script by professional actors.
Artemis Women In Action Film Festival
Late
Oct 31, 2019
$85
$60
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2019
$95
$70
Winners Notified:
Apr 23, 2020
Artemis Motion Pictures brings you the only film festival dedicated to honoring female action and empowerment. Submissions for our fourth edition are now open.

A special 3-day affair, we celebrate powerful women taking action on the silver screen. From female action heroes to female activists, we will shine a spotlight on females in narrative and documentary films who are fearless, fierce, and revolutionary.

Whether suffragettes or stuntwomen, female superheroes or female leaders, if your film features of woman as a lead or co-lead who is in action or takes action, we want to see it!

We are interested in all narrative, animated, and documentary films meeting the criteria that follows:

All submissions must feature women either starring or co-starring as a physical action character or agent of social change. Our primary goal is to celebrate women in powerful roles.

We accept projects with male and/or female writers, directors, and/or producers.
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Red Dirt International Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Oct 31, 2019
$15-60
Final Deadline
Nov 27, 2019
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2020
FILM SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR 2020!!

Recently named one of FilmFreeway's Top 100 Film Festivals out of the nearly 9,000 worldwide, The Red Dirt International Film Festival is where film goes to have fun. We love movies and a good time. We are pleased to showcase films and screenplays* of many genres. During its 3-day run March 6-8 2020, we will kick-off our 7th season by featuring a very diverse-selection of films as we equally love a good comedy, horror film, drama, or documentary. We encourage submissions from directors who will be able to attend the entire festival as we love to meet and network; forming friendships with fellow filmmakers and learning from each other is a key part of our festival!

Red Dirt was formed to bring more inspiration, culture, and entertainment to central Oklahoma, as well as to enliven people of all ages through the united power of the film medium. In addition to films we have parties each evening, workshops, panels, Q&A's, live music, networking events and whatever else our creative minds create year-to-year!

The fest is held in the student union on the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It is the largest student union in the world and we are thrilled to have use of the theater there! Campus is gorgeous and has restaurants and the Atherton Hotel (our host hotel) connected to the student union so you can walk right from your hotel to the theater!

Stillwater is the launchpad for a number of other amazing things such as the world-famous Eskimo Joe's restaurant, musicians such as The All-American Rejects, Garth Brooks, Red Dirt Music; Oklahoma State University, and actors such as James Marsden, and Gary Busey.

We thank YOU for your submissions and look forward to having you as part of our festival!

* Winners of the Best Feature Screenplay award will receive an
InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.
InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

FEE STRUCTURE: Fee pricing is based upon a number of factors, such as student status, the deadline period, FilmFreeway Gold membership, alumni codes, et cetera.
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Women in Horror Film Festival
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2019
$60
$45
Winners Notified:
Feb 15, 2020
Women in Horror Film festival was established in 2016 and we are a filmmaker, screenwriter & community focused festival dedicated to celebrating and showcasing female directors, writers, cinematographers, FX artists, editors, production designers, composers & performers in genre cinema, as well as the teams with whom they work. The fest takes place in Atlanta, GA and winners in select categories will receive a truly one-of-a-kind "Lizzie" trophy.
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Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2019
Extended
Oct 31, 2019
$65
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2019
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.
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