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Women in Horror Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Oct 2, 2017
Late Deadline
Jul 7, 2018
$50
$45
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2018
$60
$55
Winners Notified:
Sep 23, 2018
The Women in Horror Film Festival is a filmmaker and screenwriter focused festival dedicated to celebrating and showcasing women directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, production designers, composers, producers, and performers in horror, as well as the teams they work with.

All films entered are required to have 3 or greater of the following different specified creative roles fulfilled by women: (Producer(s), Director(s), Writer(s), Cinematographer(s), Composer, SFX Artist, Editor, Production Designer and/or lead talent). Any unproduced screenplay or TV pilot must be written by or co-written by a woman.
FIC AUTOR
Opens for submissions:
Dec 13, 2017
LATE DEADLINE
Jul 10, 2018
$60
$50
Final Deadline
Sep 10, 2018
$70
$60
Winners Notified:
Sep 20, 2018
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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FIC AUTOR (Author's International Film Festival)
Opens for submissions:
May 19, 2018
Late
Jul 10, 2018
$60
$55
Extended
Aug 10, 2018
$65
$60
Final Deadline
Sep 10, 2018
$70
$65
Winners Notified:
Sep 20, 2018
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.

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!
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Cinequest Film & VR Festival
Opens for submissions:
May 1, 2018
Early Bird Deadline
Jul 13, 2018
$30-45
Regular Deadline
Sep 21, 2018
$35-55
Late Deadline
Oct 12, 2018
$50-60
Final Deadline
Nov 2, 2018
$55-65
Winners Notified:
Mar 17, 2019
The story and legacy of Cinequest is bringing together the Silicon Valley’s technologies and spirit of innovation with the arts to empower great creations—and connecting audiences, youth, artists, and innovators with these creations and with each other, improving our lives and our future. Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and innovation. Cinequest does this through the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival and Picture The Possibilities by Cinequest.

The Cinequest Screenplay Competition empowers global screenwriters through discovery, recognition, and opportunity. Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition. The Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: passes to the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival and the exclusive Writers Celebration, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries.

FEATURE SCREENPLAYS
A $5,000 cash prize will be presented to the winning feature-length script. Finalists will also get their scripts read by industry professionals. Previous industry readers have included: ICM Partners, Lions Gate Films, Happy Madison Productions, Entertainment One, XYZ Films, First Light Films, Lupovitz Productions, Echo Lake Entertainment, Verve, and Popular Films. This year the jury will include executives from Netflix, HBO, CBS, Vimeo, Music Box Films, Film Movement, Bond 360 and Women Make Movies.

“After the Cinequest Writers Celebration, an angel investor has swooped in and offered to finance my film. WorkingMan will begin immediate pre-production and will be shot next winter/early spring. Thanks so much to everyone at Cinequest for opening doors to filmmakers and artists everywhere!” -- Robert Jury, Feature Finalist, WorkingMan

SHORT SCREENPLAYS
Our short-film script category continues to attract a diverse international pool with a $1,000 cash prize and a future screening opportunity at Cinequest Film & VR Festival for the winning script.

“We had an incredible time at the festival, and are very much still in complete awe of the amazing response to the film…pretty much everything you’d ever want as a filmmaker. It was a very surreal experience.” -- Travis Neufeld, Shorts Winner, Tinwife(premiered at Cinequest in 2017)

TELEPLAYS (60 Minutes)
A $1,000 cash prize will be presented to the winning 60 minute teleplay and an opportunity to be read by some of today’s top television studios.

"I was thrilled when Cinequest selected my pilot script as a finalist for the teleplay competition. Writers need all the support they can get and Cinequest gave it in abundance. Not only at the festival, with conferences and events for the writers, but long afterwards, when you’re back at the desk and find an email from one of the devoted people at Cinequest in your box. When they get behind you, they stay behind you and continue to do everything they can to help push your project forward." -- Matthew Dixon, Teleplay Finalist, The Glass Hotel (optioned by HBO in 2016)

TELEPLAYS (30 Minutes)
Our 30 minute teleplay category offers writers a chance to showcase what could be the next hit series on TV! $1,000 cash prize to the winner.

“I loved the artist/writer events. It was a pleasure getting to speak with other finalists— writers who are so very creative, talented and diverse in outlook…The importance of Cinequest is that it brings us together, not despite our crazy aspirations as artists, but because of them… and best of all, their encouragement stokes the fire to keep us going.” -- Ada Lee Halofsky, Teleplay Winner, Throwing Shade
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Los Angeles Theatrical Release Competition and Awards (LATCA)
Opens for submissions:
May 15, 2018
Final Deadline
Jul 18, 2018
$80
$80
Winners Notified:
Aug 17, 2018
The Los Angeles Theatrical Release Competition & Awards mission is to celebrate independent filmmakers with an eye on having a Los Angeles Theatrical Release in a paid movie theater in Los Angeles County. Filmmakers will also have the opportunity to be awarded across all categories. Most great filmmakers think their films should get a theatrical release, but it's too expensive - until now.

For films entering also in sub-categories, the final decision will be made by professionals in that field.

Best Picture (any genre), Best Short (Overall), and Best Trailer will be given a 7-day theatrical release in a motion picture theater in Los Angeles County. All other winning filmmakers will be emailed notification.
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Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition 2018
Opens for submissions:
Jan 30, 2018
Regular Deadline
Jul 20, 2018
Late Film Deadline
Sep 21, 2018
Final Deadline
Oct 5, 2018
Final Deadline
Oct 5, 2018
Winners Notified:
Nov 17, 2018
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 2018 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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Edmonton FESTIVAL OF FEAR International Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Nov 1, 2017
Regular Deadline
Jul 20, 2018
$28.00
$28.00
Late Deadline
Aug 10, 2018
$38.00
$38.00
Final Deadline
Aug 24, 2018
$48.00
$48.00
Winners Notified:
Oct 27, 2018
This is our Second Great Year. In our First Year we had Moviemakers from all over North America Attend the Film Festival. We had great audiences, and Sold Out our Opening Night Gala, with the Feature Film THE CHILD REMAINS, Our After Party, was fantastic. We plan on continuing to expand and grow, as we strive to make the Edmonton FESTIVAL OF FEAR International Film Festival the greatest Film Festival on earth... Please See Full Info On Our Submissions Page.
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The International Gullah Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Sep 8, 2017
Late Deadline
Jul 24, 2018
$15
$10
Final Deadline
Aug 30, 2018
$20
$15
Winners Notified:
Aug 30, 2018
It is the mission of the Gullah Geechee Heritage Film Festival to encourage filmmakers to explore and tell visual stories based on the rich history of Gullah Geechee culture. With a spirit of National and International inclusion, the Gullah/Geechee Heritage Film Festival also strives to spotlight talented filmmakers and story tellers from around the world. This film festival is as much about pride for people of Gullah Geechee descent as it is about our place in the global community.

Official Film Selections will screen at the 2018 Gullah Geechee Heritage Film Festival. 3 Best Feature Screenplays will win one (1) InkTip script listing. 1 Best Short Screenplay will win a table read.
The International Gullah Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Dec 20, 2017
Extended Deadline
Jul 24, 2018
$20
$15
Final Deadline
Jul 24, 2018
$20
$15
Winners Notified:
Aug 30, 2018
The mission of The International Gullah Film Festival is to encourage filmmakers to explore and tell visual stories based on the rich history of Gullah culture. With a spirit of National and International inclusion, The International Gullah Film Festival also strives to spotlight talented filmmakers and story tellers from around the world. This film festival is as much about pride for people of Gullah descent as it is about our place in the global community.
12TH Waterford Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
May 17, 2018
Regular
Jul 27, 2018
$19
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2018
$25
Winners Notified:
Dec 2, 2018
The Waterford Film Festival is open for national and International Short Films and Short Scripts. Since the foundation of the festival, we have screened 500+ films from filmmakers around the world as well promoting writers with the short screenplay competition.

Filmmakers from across Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Holland and as far as Canada and USA have attended the festival.
4th Annual Web Series Festival Global
Opens for submissions:
Aug 3, 2017
Final Deadline
Jul 30, 2018
$70
$70
Winners Notified:
Aug 3, 2018
CALL FOR ENTRIES!
4th Annual Web Series Festival Global
Helping creatives shape the future of TV

$5,000.00 in Awards - Celebrating Great Content
Submit your Pilot - Script - Web Series today!
www.WebSeriesFestivalGlobal.com

Every Web Series entry is:
• Considered for Grand Prize or Category Winner
• Receives a Digital subscription to Videomaker
• Considered for Distribution

Web Series Festival Global is an official IMDB Event http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0003670/
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YOU COULD BE THE NEXT AWARD WINNER!
In the heart of Hollywood, Web Series Festival Global is prestigious festival started in 2015 to Celebrate Great Content and offers global content creators opportunities to advance their careers through awards, distribution and recognition. Web Series Festival Global is an online festival for the community of content creators that create Web Series, Web Series Pilots and Web Series Scripts. The festival accepts entries in all genres and formats.
Web Series Festival Global is now accepting entries for the 4th Annual Web Series Festival Global. The judges are Industry leaders actively looking for the next break out hit show, this could be you. Winners will be announced on August 08, 2018. Further details can be found at www.webseriesfestivalglobal.com
For a grand event like this, sponsors play an important role. They are the people and companies who provide the opportunities for content creators around the world. The sponsors for the 4th Annual Web Series Festival Global include Ink Tip, iPitch.tv, Luck Films, Renderyard Films, LaughMD and iActing Studios.
Accolades
"It is a real honor to be awarded best Fantasy!!! In the name of all our cast and crew, THANK YOU! We saw the other winner, and there are some truly great series, congratulations! Thank you!!!" - Rose of Dolls

"Hello on behalf of the whole production crew myself and Yameen...we would like to express our gratefulness for recognition and acknowledgement for Best Cooking Show!" - Cedra Walton

"From everyone at Skiptown Productions... THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for this award. The biggest prize was just being accepted and considered and I’m entirely grateful for the experience. – V. Carubia
Deadlines
Early $50.00 11/5/17, Regular $60.00 2/5/18, Late $65.00 3/5/18, Final $70.00 7/30/18, Notification 8/4/18 www.WebSeriesFestivalGlobal.com @WebSeriesGlobal
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Web Series Festival Global
Opens for submissions:
Oct 15, 2017
Final Deadline
Jul 30, 2018
$70
$70
Winners Notified:
Aug 8, 2018
Web Series Festival Global - Helping Creatives Shape the Future of TV
by Celebrating Great Content
From Hollywood - The Home Of The Entertainment Industry
An Online Web Series Festival
For A Global Community Of Content Creators
Submit your Pilot - Script - Web Series today!

Every Web Series entry
• Considered for Grand Prize or Category Winner $5000.00 in Awards
• Receives a Digital subscription to Videomaker Magazine
• Is considered for Distribution


Last Year Bad News Pairs, a script, won Grand Prize. You could be the next Award Winner! Submit today. www.WebSeriesFestivalGlobal.com

Genres include but are not limited to:
• Drama
• Comedy
• Action
• SyFy
• Documentary
• LGBT
• Script
• Animation
• E/I
• Horror
www.WebSeriesFestivalGlobal.com
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Changing Face International Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Nov 22, 2017
August Round
Jul 31, 2018
$15
October Round
Sep 30, 2018
$15
Final Deadline
Nov 15, 2018
$15
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2017
Changing Face International Film Festival is an online platform for filmmakers to show and promote their short films and short screenplays.

CFIFF aims to encourage diverse content from diverse creators. We are excited to invite you to take part in our second 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 the year long competition where overall winners will be selected.
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NZ Web Fest
Opens for submissions:
Mar 10, 2018
Late
Jul 31, 2018
$30-50
Final
Aug 31, 2018
$35-60
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2018
$35-60
Winners Notified:
Nov 17, 2018
The NZ Web Fest is New Zealand's festival for online content. We have selection and award categories for factual and fictional web series, shows, YouTube channels and vlogs. New for 2018 are categories accepting 3D, AR, MR, VR work.

In short, if you made it for an online audience, it's probably eligible for consideration.

On Saturday 17 November, #NZWF18 will present a day of panel discussions, presentations and screenings followed in the evening by the #NZWF18 awards ceremony. On Sunday 18 November we'll continue screenings with some special treats and a programme featuring all the winners from Saturday night.

The NZ Web Fest was established in 2015 and runs each November in Auckland, New Zealand.
Muskoka Independent Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Mar 9, 2018
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
Student/Emerging
Aug 31, 2018
$20
$20
Winners Notified:
Oct 21, 2018
Founded by screenwriter and playwright Vince Grittani in 2014, MIFF 2018 returns to, the refurbished, Gravenhurst Opera House, in the town of Gravenhurst on Lake Muskoka. 1 1/2 hours north of Toronto.

We are open to all GENRES and formats: full-length features, shorts, documentaries, and animation. Dramas, dramatic comedies, comic dramas, social documentaries, biographies, folktales, musicals, children’s…you name it! As long as there's a great story to tell. We are seeking films from emerging and established filmmakers. Student films are welcome.

The principal objective of the Muskoka Independent Film Festival is to give Global and Canadian filmmakers a platform for screening their films to audiences in the Muskoka Region. Our mandate is to present independent films from all over the world in addition to Canadian Cinema and Ontario Films. Films are selected based on quality and original content that would interest Muskoka Audiences.
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PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Jan 4, 2018
Extended Special
Aug 1, 2018
$50-70
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2018
$50-70
Winners Notified:
Nov 17, 2018
PRINDIE grew from a love of using film to take people out of their everyday lives and into new points of view. Our goal is to share the different and exciting perspectives of our filmmakers with one of the most important international communities in the country. We’re thrilled to forge new traditions in the very traditional and prestigious setting of Princeton, NJ, and hope you’ll get to be part of what happens when the unseen becomes “scene.”

Please note entry fees vary across categories and depending on whether or not the submitter is a student.
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SF3 - SmartFone Flick Fest
Opens for submissions:
Mar 28, 2018
Regular
Aug 1, 2018
$20.00
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2018
$20.00
Winners Notified:
Sep 7, 2018
SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s only international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages and 2018 is our 4th season.
We are an international festival open to anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a great idea for a short film.
SF3 provides a platform for budding 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.
From all the eligible entries, 14 films will be selected to screen in the SF3 Gala Awards Final Night, held at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington, Sydney, the last week of August, 2018. At this screening our esteemed judging panel will award our SF3 prizes to the winners of each category, and the winning filmmakers and actors will take home prize packs worth in excess of $10,000.
Prizes: Best Film, People's Choice, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenwriter, Best Actress, Best Actor, #FILMBREAKER Award for 1st time filmmaker, Kids Flick Pick (for under 18s) and the Founders' Flick Pick.
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VISIONFEST
Opens for submissions:
Apr 3, 2018
Regular
Aug 4, 2018
$50
$45
Late
Sep 1, 2018
$60
$55
End of Summer
Sep 22, 2018
$65
$60
Final Deadline
Oct 13, 2018
$80
$70
Winners Notified:
Dec 22, 2018
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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Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
Opens for submissions:
Dec 5, 2017
Late
Aug 15, 2018
$50
Extended
Oct 30, 2018
$60
Final Deadline
Oct 30, 2018
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2018
The festival aims to promote independent filmmakers and innovative work. To taking risks and moving the frontiers from the boring and most of the times empty conventional to the artistic initiating strong emotions , and out of the box exceptional and give the opportunity to independent filmmakers show case their work free of commercial constrains.
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Monarch Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
May 30, 2018
Late Deadline
Aug 15, 2018
$35.00
Extended Deadline
Oct 5, 2018
$60.00
Final Deadline
Oct 5, 2018
Winners Notified:
Oct 25, 2018
As Pacific Grove's only festival dedicated solely to Cinema art, The Monarch Film Festival's mission is to be a catalyst for greater appreciation of Cinema as art, build the local filmmaking community and work with Hollywood and independent film makers alike to showcase Northern California as a dynamic place to shoot and screen movies.

Earlybird Deadline: Received on or before April 15th Fee: $20 or $15 for students/local films.
Regular Deadline: Received on or before June 15th Fee: $25 or $18 for students/local films.
Late Deadline: Received on or before August 15th Fee: $35 or $20 for students/local films
Extended Deadline: Received on or before October 5th Fee: $60 or $40 for students/local films.
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