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Culture & Diversity Film Festival
Final Deadline
Dec 21, 2022
$60
$55
Winners Notified:
Dec 31, 2022
Welcome to the fifth annual 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. In view of possible health concerns given the ongoing pandemic, we may screen online or have a hybrid online/theatrical festival as we did last year. See our website for updates.

We accept shorts, features and music videos, and we have a special discount for California filmmakers with submission fees as low as $15. We look forward to watching your film!
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Under the Stars International Film Festival
December
Dec 18, 2022
$23
$12.5
Final Deadline
Jan 15, 2023
$24
$13
Winners Notified:
Mar 5, 2023
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 in Bari.
The 4th edition has started on March 2022 and will be end in January 2023.
Every category will be rewarded with trophy or golden plaque.
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Barnstorm Fest
Final Deadline
Dec 16, 2022
$80
$75
Winners Notified:
Jan 8, 2023
Barnstorm Fest is not just a screenplay competition, its goal is to help you develop your script for production. Every script receives feedback from an industry professional as soon as two weeks from submission. Finalists receive a one-on-one consultation with a feature film producer, a consolation with Coverfly's Writer Development Team, as well as heaps of other rewards. The GRAND JURY PRIZE winner receives $2500!

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, Relativity Television, CBS, 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.

One finalist from each category will receive a consultation with Coverfly's Writer Development team!

All finalists receive a prize package from Script Mailer, who will email your script to over 400 of the industry's top agents, including agents at ICM, CAA and WME.

All finalists will have have their screenplays pitched to the network of producers at Unsolicited Scripts.

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 $2500.
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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Dec 12, 2022
$60
$50
Late Deadline
Jan 9, 2023
$80
$65
Final Deadline
Jan 30, 2023
$100
$90
Winners Notified:
Apr 29, 2023
RANKED AGAIN IN 2022 AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE SUBMISSION FEE BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE TOP REVIEWED ON FilmFreeway, JDIFF is known for its networking opportunities, best communication, quaint location, great programming, friendly staff & volunteers, inquisitive audience, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels, amazing events and parties and so much more! JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and is truly geared for the best experience!

Dubuque, Iowa, located right alongside the Mississippi River, is a perfect place to host the festival. As quoted in Filmmaker Magazine "The festival is smartly situated downtown, with an assortment of handsome venues all within walking distance" from the Festival Headquarters, located in the grand HOTEL JULIEN, the same hotel where Al Capone used to hide out from the Chicago Feds.

The majority of events and venues are located on Main Street in downtown Dubuque, allowing Filmmakers, Attendees, and Special Guests to attend numerous screenings and events all within walking distance. We offer opportunities for radio, print, and social media promotion, full shuttle service, homestay program, and much more. We take care of our filmmakers and guests.

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Directors of Photography, etc, and choose the final winner of each category.

JDIFF acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world and is committed to bringing world-class entertainment to the heart of the midwest
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Phoenix Rising International Film Festival (PRIFF)
Advanced Deadline
Jan 31, 2023
$17.10
$17.10
Final Deadline
Mar 31, 2023
$22.80
$22.80
Late Deadline
Mar 31, 2023
$22.80
$22.80
Winners Notified:
Jun 4, 2023
Phoenix Rising International Film Festival (PRIFF) is a screenwriting contest and independent short films festival. It is located in Luton, UK. Our mission is to showcase and promote the work of filmmakers worldwide, whilst creating a space where we can talk about films as well as network. We accept scripts for both short and feature films.
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Demetera International Film Festival
Extended Deadline
Jan 25, 2023
$60
$54-60
Final Deadline
Feb 22, 2023
$65
$58-65
Winners Notified:
Mar 5, 2023
Focusing on artistic excellence, Demetera serves as an experimental creative centre: from music video, to video games, passing through narrative, experimental, documentary, animated and new media; we provide unmatched professional opportunities for cutting edge artists and audiences in Paris, the cinema capital of the world.
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Picture's Up! Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Jan 20, 2023
$45
Regular Extended Deadline
Feb 24, 2023
$50
Super Last Minute Deadline
May 26, 2023
$70
Final Deadline
Jun 23, 2023
$75
Winners Notified:
Aug 30, 2023
PUFF is more than a festival. It’s a community.

Once a year we gather in West Hollywood to celebrate and promote 50 of the world’s best up and coming filmmakers the best way we know how. By throwing a massive party and inviting all of our friends!

That means filmmakers, execs, agents, managers, casting directors, actors and actresses. Everyone that a filmmaker could be looking to meet.

We are filmmakers ourselves and we started PUFF because we were sick of festivals that seemed more interested in promoting films than the people that made them. So when the party is over, we’re just getting started!

WHY SUBMIT?

JUDGES THAT MATTER: PUFF has judges from all aspects of the entertainment business. From Managers, Producers and Studio Execs, to working Actors and Screenwriters. We want our filmmakers to have their work exposed to people who’ve been where they are now and can offer insight into navigating this business.

CASH PRIZE! FILMMAKER PERKS!

Picture’s Up! has a $500 Grand Prize for the festival’s winning film and every filmmaker receives a package of exciting perks such as free access to The Strasberg Institute’s film studio and casting spaces as well as deals from our exciting sponsors including InkTip and Final Draft!

In between screenings, filmmakers are invited to get a drink in the beautiful Theatre Lounge and get to know their fellow filmmakers.

The PUFFY’s Award Show: Every year filmmakers tell us that the highlight of the weekend was our closing night award show. We go all out as our founders host a night of clips from all the nominated films, laughs and tears as we hand out awards and gifts from our sponsors and hear speeches from our winners.

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR!

We don’t care about genre. We don’t care about budget. We care about voices. We’re looking for filmmakers who have something to say, and we want to help you say it! We use the submission categories to make sure that the judge most likely to enjoy and champion your film, is the person that sees it.

Our programmers meticulously craft each hour long block of films around a different theme, so when you walk into a PUFF screening, you never know what you’re going to get!

Submit your short films under 35 minutes in any of the following genres:
Comedy
Drama
Documentary
Horror/Thriller
Sci-Fi
Student
Television Pilot
Experimental
Music Video
Super Shorts (< 5 min)

PUFF is based in Los Angeles, CA at the historic Marilyn Monroe Theatre.
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Festival of Cinema NYC
Regular
Feb 22, 2023
$60
$50
Late
Mar 29, 2023
$75
$65
Final Deadline
May 10, 2023
$90
$80
Extended
May 10, 2023
$90
$80
Winners Notified:
Jun 1, 2023
Entering its seventh year, Festival of Cinema NYC will be taking place from August 4th - 13th, 2023. The festival welcomes filmmakers and attendees to the legendary Regal UA Midway theater in Forest Hills Queens, New York, with additional programming that includes workshops and panels at the Queens Library at Forest Hills.

As an IMDB qualifying festival who has consistently landed on FIlmFreeway's Top 100 reviewed list, Festival of Cinema NYC is quickly becoming New York City's premiere festival for the best in Independent Film. Festival of Cinema NYC is designed to get maximum exposure for todays emerging filmmakers and help those that are seeking distribution for their film. Our incredible PR team works around the clock to ensure a large attendance at each screening. In addition, every filmmaker is given a post screening Q&A and a chance to interact with attendees and distribution scouts.

From Red Carpet Press Events to Industry Networking Nights to the Opening, Closing and Awards party - filmmakers are offered numerous opportunities to get their film in front of the right the people, and screened before large audiences. To date Festival of Cinema NYC has helped over fifteen films, both short and feature length, land a distribution deal.

Our programmers look for the best in truly independent films. All films selected come from independent filmmakers that put their blood, sweat and tears into their productions. Every film selected and screened is eligible for an award.

Festival of Cinema NYC seeks independent films and un-produced scripts of all lengths, genres and subjects. Whether your film is a drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, documentary, experimental, LGBTQ, animation, even if it tackles social issues - we want to show it! Our Opening Night, Closing Night, and special screening events (like our Midnight Madness and Underground Films presentations) are all selected from the very best submissions we receive. Plus, every filmmaker that submits a film will automatically receive a one-year subscription to Videomaker Digital Magazine, a leading subscription service that focuses on guiding independent filmmakers with online tutorials and publications (a $20 value). All selected filmmakers get VIP passes that allow entry into all our screenings, events, and parties.

Because Festival of Cinema NYC was founded by independent filmmakers, we understand the needs and challenges that filmmakers face. Our festival staff is committed to offering filmmakers the opportunities they seek to promote and ultimately have their film seen and sold. Our festival’s growing reputation of top-notch independent films has consistently attracted more distributors every year, making it a possibility to interact with distributors directly! One of the key components to Festival of Cinema NYC's success, is making sure each filmmaker and their film get the proper attention and publicity that they deserve. Our publicity department works around the clock to ensure that filmmakers get as much coverage in news and local media. Filmmakers at the festival have had their films covered in various news publications around Queens and New York City, including the N.Y. Times, the NY Daily News, The NY Post, The Queens Chronicle, CBSN and NY1 News on Spectrum cable. Attending filmmakers each get a Q&A following their screening, giving them the chance to engage our audience.

Additionally, Festival of Cinema NYC hosts panels, workshops and seminars that strongly appeal to filmmakers and those looking to break into the film industry. In previous. years seminars on distribution and production resources, as well as workshops by industry leaders such as Sag-Aftra and Seed & Spark, were held.

Festival of Cinema NYC is a competitive festival that accepts films and media of all lengths, genres and subjects, with awards in 17 categories. Past Jury members have included Anna Garduno, Executive Producer at Netflix; Amy Peters, Emmy award winner; Doug LeClaire, founder of Asbury Shorts USA; Isil Bagdadi, president of distribution at Cavu Pictures; and David Josh Lawrence, head of acquisitions at Glass House Pictures . Winners walk away with an amazing custom statuette as well as prizes being offered from some of our amazing sponsors (prizes have included a cash prize towards your next production, screenwriting and budgeting software, a consultation with a distributor, and opt-in distribution deals.)
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ARFF International Awards // Barcelona * Paris * Amsterdam
Regular Deadline
Dec 8, 2022
$65
$45
Extended Deadline
Dec 15, 2022
$65
$45
Final Deadline
Dec 22, 2022
$75
$55
Winners Notified:
Jan 10, 2023
Around International Film Festival // Monthly Official Selections ✈ with Annual Independent event for all Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Experimental, Commercial, Music Videos, Animations, Student Films, Series, TV, and New Media.

Every month, the international community awards the creations to serve the Official Laurel and evaluates in advance all to participate in the annual Award Ceremony. All the ARFF International Editions are the Official IMDb Award Listing Qualifiers. Fest Regards!
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X World Short Film Festival
X-2
Jan 17, 2023
$12-28
Final Deadline
Mar 17, 2023
$16-32
Winners Notified:
Apr 16, 2023
"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 peculiar ideas through Short Films, Scripts, Music and Dance.
If you think that your Project will make the audience feel amazed-excited-thrilled-amused-moved, then this Festival is for you!

X World is about fascinating stories, inspiring messages, fun intrigues, new themes, unusual points of view, mysteries! As long as IN TUNE WITH GOOD VIBES…
Our purpose is to find, showcase, promote, honor and recognize 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 an Independent Filmmaker that knows, understands, Loves the world of Independent Filmmaking and knows how it feels like to have one's own work showcased and appreciated!
Every submitted Project is is watched , listened, read by the Judges with maximum attention and dedication, more than once, to fully evaluate every aspect of it.

The New Edition's Live Screening Event and Awards Celebration will be in April, in Rome. More details will be added soon...

You can find more information on the Website:
www.welcometoxworld.com
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Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival
Late
Dec 17, 2022
$59
$59
Extended
Jan 28, 2023
$69
$69
Out on Bail
Feb 18, 2023
$79
$79
Final Deadline
Apr 22, 2023
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
May 6, 2023
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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ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Dec 25, 2022
$80
$60
Late Deadline
Jan 22, 2023
$100
$75
Final Deadline
Jan 29, 2023
$110
$80
Winners Notified:
Mar 22, 2023
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the best independent filmmakers from around the world. ÉCU has established itself and is often referred to as the Sundance of Europe. We provide a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible. Our festival showcases films that demonstrate quality, innovation, and creativity and are judged in 14 categories and compete for 25 awards.

ÉCU’s jury includes more than 60 members from around the globe who have a variety of backgrounds and are all united in their desire to screen films that will truly impress and inspire attendees. Every year ÉCU award winners receive valuable prizes provided by our sponsors, among which there are sound design agencies and software, educational platforms, screenwriting software, festival streaming platforms, music libraries, pitching platforms, acting studios, motion design & visual effects software, and other amazing tools for the emerging talents to advance.

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has a wide variety of events for attendees to participate in throughout the weekend. ÉCU screenings of new and thought-provoking cinematic creativity attracts more than just the public, but agents, talent scouts, production company representatives, distributors, and established producers, all of whom are searching for inspiring projects and raw talent. Apart from screening the films during the festival, we proudly showcase our selection on other platforms around the globe, including international film festivals and special screenings.
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The Independent Cinema Showcase
Final Deadline
Dec 16, 2022
$30
$20-30
Submission Deadline
Dec 16, 2022
$30
$20-30
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2023
The Independent Cinema Showcase is a fundraising event to support and promote independent filmmakers from all around the world who have the perseverance and courage to create, collaborate and invest in their own dreams. The screening features an array of short independent content including TV pilots, parodies, dark comedies, suspense thrillers, animation and more.
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Digital Griffix Awards
Final Deadline
Dec 24, 2022
$30
Winners Notified:
Dec 25, 2022
Digital Griffix film awards changed a bit over the years and is now an IMDB listed international online awards competition taking place each three months.

Each three months our jury determines the best films in each category. Note that we do NOT screen films online or onsite. The films are screened privately by the jury. Our goal is to help filmmakers take the next step in their career. Our jury is composed of award winning filmmakers who perfectly understand the hard work put in independent filmmaking !
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SCREEN ATX
Winter Deadline
Dec 31, 2022
$15-35
Late Deadline
Jan 28, 2023
$15-35
Final Deadline
Mar 4, 2023
$15-30
Winners Notified:
Apr 29, 2023
Screen ATX was established in 2020. Our mission is to support, showcase, and celebrate the work of emerging and established filmmakers. With our years of experience in the entertainment industry and a global network of TV & Film executives, we are committed to helping filmmakers elevate their careers.

We accept narrative feature films between 45 and 100 minutes, narrative short films between 5 and 30 minutes, micro short films under 5 minutes, documentary feature films between 45 and 100 minutes, documentary short films up to 30 minutes, TV pilots up to 60 minutes, student short films up to 30 minutes. We welcome animation, LGBTQ+, faith, and music themed productions.

The live event will take place in Austin TX at the Galaxy Theatre on April 28th & 29th 2023.
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Long Island International Film Expo - LIIFE
Earlybird
Jan 1, 2023
$15-35
Regular
Jan 22, 2023
$25-40
Late
Feb 12, 2023
$30-50
Final Deadline
Mar 5, 2023
$35-60
Extended
Mar 5, 2023
$35-60
Winners Notified:
Jun 16, 2023
The Long Island International Film Expo – LIIFE – is the longest running regional film festival on Long Island. Films will screen in the historic Bellmore Movies and Showplace 350+ seat theater with festival-long networking in our Filmmakers Lounge, daily industry panels, opening and closing night parties, press coverage of our events, screenings, and awards ceremony.

The Best Screenplay Winner will have a live Table Read performed of their script!
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Oil Valley Film Festival
Earlybird Deadline
Mar 1, 2023
$25
$15
Regular Deadline
Jul 1, 2023
$35
$25
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2023
$45
$35
Late Deadline
Aug 1, 2023
$45
$35
Winners Notified:
Sep 10, 2023
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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