Sonoma International Film Festival
The Sonoma International Film Society presents events and programs celebrating gourmet food, fine wine, the best in new independent filmmaking, and the remarkable richness of life in Sonoma Valley.
Cucalorus Film Festival
Cucalorus, named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine, is celebrating its 15th anniversary as an international film festival located in the historic, port city of Wilmington, NC. The festival is non-competitive to create a laid-back atmosphere and to foster open dialogue where filmmakers and audience feel free to share stories and socialize. Cucalorus provides a forum where film becomes a player in the social and political arena and offers a new voice for the South. $30-50 to enter
Aesthetica Short Film Competition
Aesthetica is looking for filmmakers who are driving the genre of short film forward through inspirational and innovative works. Whether you are fresh out of film school or have been making films for years, we want to hear from you. Accepting films in all genres: drama, documentary, music video, satire, comedy and artists’ film. This award offers the winner and runners-up a fantastic prize package, which will bring your films to a wider audience. £15 entry fee.
The Really Independent Film Channel
DFD-TV, the world’s first web-based entertainment company, launches The Really Independent Film Channel. the newest venue for current indie films and emerging filmmakers. RIFC seeks strong content in shorts, features, documentaries, animation, experimental, and more, as it builds its archives of diverse and current indie film work. DFD-TV there is no cost to filmmakers or audience; it is nonexclusive and seeks no rights. We build a unique page on the site for each filmmaker, where they can direct audience, prospective partners, distributors or financiers, and the filmmaker is able to have links to their own website, as well as get feedback from the audience in the site’s interactive web ability. The channel’s goal is to support emerging artists and build an audience interested in independent film. There will be a standard non exclusive agreement, which can be canceled when you need. visit our website at http://www.reallyifc.com/home.jsp
Fearless Film Festival
The MAIN ST. Arts Festival of Fort. Worth is proud to announce Fearless Film Festival as a part of the OFF MAIN! series of its Festival. Short films up to 20 minutes long in the following categories will be considered: Documentary, Narrative, Experimental, Animation, Foreign, Dance, Music Video, and Trailer.
$15-20 to enter.
International Student Film Festival sehsuechte
International Student Film Festival sehsuechte in Potsdam-Babelsberg is presenting films by students and amateur filmmakers from all over the world in April. We accept both short and full-length films in the categories feature, documentary, animation, music video, children’s film as well as films for the special competition films against discrimination and our regional focus on South Africa. All films in competition have the chance to win prizes with a total value of more than €50.000. Students and amateur filmmakers are eligible.
Birds Eye View
Birds Eye View celebrates & supports international women filmmakers. Founded as a short film event in 2002, we registered as a charity in 2004, launched the UK’s first major women’s film festival in 2005, and are now developing year-round activity with our First Weekenders Club, BEV Labs, touring programme and online community. Birds Eye View is a dynamic, fast growing organisation determined to make a difference. We showcase the best features, documentaries and short films made by women around the world, alongside a Retrospective celebrating the pioneering women of cinema and an Innovation programme exploring the creative possibilities opened up by new technology.
Canadian Short Screenplay Competition
The competition is open to people all over the world and of any nationality, as long as the screenplay is written in the English language. It’s a wonderful opportunity for aspiring screenplay writers to get their work noticed and produced, as the top prize is a professionally produced live-action short film of the winning screenplay by Year of the Skunk productions, which is then submitted to festivals worldwide! $25 CAD to enter.
Muslim Film Festival (CA)
Muslim Film Festival showcases documentaries and feature films that explore the diverse images of films from Europe, Africa, South Asia, Middle East, America, Canada and more. Our organization is committed to showcasing the diverse views of Muslim cultures and perspectives around the world.
Reel Women International Film Festival
Reel Women International Film Festival honors and advances the careers of accomplished and emerging women filmmakers by providing them a forum to showcase their films in the heart of the entertainment industry. Our goal is to help increase opportunities for women of diverse backgrounds to share their stories with the world.
San Francisco International Film Festival
Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring for two weeks, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in the country’s most beautiful city, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for cinematic excellence. The Festival attracts an annual audience of more than 80,000. $40 – $180 varies for deadline and length to enter.
Slamdance Film Festival
The Slamdance Film Festival is dedicated to new filmmakers. SFF accept films in every genre, on any topic from every country around the world.
CineMart: International Film Festival Rotterdam
International Film Festival Rotterdam celebrates independent, innovative and experimental cinema and visual arts. CineMart gets a select number of directors/producers to present their film projects to co-producers, bankers, funds, sales agents, distributors, TV stations and other potential financiers.
Anchorage International Film Festival
Anchorage International Film Festival establishes a diverse, provocative, compelling, and entertaining showcase of excellent international feature length, documentary, short, supershort, and animation films that will engage our imaginations and enhance our lives culturally and artistically through the art of independent film. $15-40 to enter.
Imperial Beach International Film Festival
Imperial Beach International Film Festival’s mission of advocating for a greater artistic and cultural presence at Imperial Beach will help to establish our city as a great place to visit and invest. $15 to enter.
Lone Star International Film Festival
The Lone Star International Film Festival (LSIFF), Fort Worth in Sundance Square is a presentation of the Lone Star Film Society. In addition to showcasing the best in American independent cinema, LSIFF is committed to being truly international as well as establishing itself as an authority on emerging talent. Categories include narrative feature length, documentary feature length, short form, and animation.
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
The Center for Asian America Media presents the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) every March. The SFIAAFF is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 120 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. Since 1982, the SFIAAFF has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.$20-35 to enter.
STARZ Denver Film Festival
The Starz Denver Film Festival, an invitational exposition of film, presents approximately 175 films over ten days and plays host to more than 125 film artists. New international feature releases, independently produced fiction films and documentaries, animation, experimental works, children’s programs and short subjects are included in the festival. $20-40 to enter.
Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival
The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF) is the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film festival in the Southwest.
U-FRAME International Video Festival
The Telecommunications & Information Policy Institute and the University of Texas Film Institute are sponsoring undergraduate or graduate students in their participation in the U-Frame International Video Festival in Porto, Portugal. U.Frame, International Academic Video Festival, is an initiative of the undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences of the University of Porto (Portugal), aimed at taking advantage of its infrastructures and technical and human resources. At the same time, and in association with the University of Coruna (Spain) and the University of Texas (USA), the Festival intends to build a bridge between different audiovisual and multimedia degrees worldwide, in an effort to stimulate the creativity of university students.
BERLIN & BEYOND Film Festival
BERLIN & BEYOND is looking for new dramatic and documentary features and shorts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in German with English subtitles Awards: Best First Feature ($5000); Audience Award; Lifetime Achievement Award Special screenings: Kinofest Lünen’s audience favorite & Restored Silent Film The screening format is 35mm or in special cases digital formats. The films main language should be German, English subtitles are required. Preview material should be on DVD in NTSC or PAL. No application form or entry fee is required.
Austin Film Festival Film Competition
AFF keeps its focus on the craft of screenwriting, making it unique among festivals where the director is always king. The festival attracts the top screenwriters in the industry. AFF likes films with unique stories. $40 to enter.
Moondance International Film
Moondance’s objective for this competition and film festival is to promote and encourage screenwriters and independent filmmakers, and the best work in stage plays, radio plays, TV scripts, musical scores, lyrics, librettos, musical videos, & short stories.
Hamptons International Film Festival
The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. $40-55 to enter.
Toronto Film Festival
TFF vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. $75 to enter!
Monterrey International Film Festival
Monterrey International Film Festival one of the most important film events in Mexico. It screens international feature films in competition (fiction and documentary), retrospectives, international short films in competition (fiction, documentary and animation), documentaries with social relevance and homages to personalities of world.
Expresión en Corto
Expresión en Corto is Latin America’s largest, most competitive and prestigious film festival. Acting as a platform for launching new careers, our national and international competition pits newcomers alongside the industry’s most seasoned veterans. $25 per enter.
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
IDFA looks for documentaries that are interesting from a stylistic point of view, or are particularly innovative, relevant to social issues and successfully manage to communicate with their audiences.
Texandance International Film Festival
If your production can hold our attention and has good production values, your creation may be selected to show at the festival. Send your best trailer, short, doc, music video, or feature! $25-65 depending on length.
SXSW Film Conference & Festival
SXSW is the most prestigious film festival in the south. SXSW considers any and all categories of filmmaking, from Narrative to Documentary, Experimental to Music Video, Short to Feature. $35 for shorts, $45 for features
Avignon New York Film Festival
Avignon New York Film Festival celebrates French and American independent film with new films, retrospectives, round-tables on pertinent issues with industry experts, interviews with filmmakers and receptions, gourmet food and high caliber beverages and liqueurs and prizes for emerging filmmakers. roughly $25 entry.
New York International Latino Film Festival
New York International Latino Film Festival showcases the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community.
Accolade Film Festival
The Accolade is an international, non-traditional, virtual venue. Awards go to those filmmakers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. The Accolade is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.
Los Angeles Latino International Film festival
Los Angeles Latino International Film festival aims to support and promote the development and exhibition of diverse visions by Latino filmmakers.
Arizona International Film Festival
A celebration of extraordinary films not seen on ordinary screens.
Asian American International Film Festival
The first and longest running festival to recognize the works of Asian/American media makers, categories: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Short Films, Screenplays, Works-In-Progress, Youth Films (under 20)
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Works made by or about Latinos and native groups of the Americas are eligible to participate. $20 to enter
Toronto Documentary Forum
$45 (CDN) to enter
London International Documentary Film Festival
The LIDF arises from a commitment to what it calls ‘Conversations in Film’. These conversations bring together diverse audiences and go beyond the films themselves in order to engage with social, cultural and political issues in the company of relevant experts as well as the filmmakers themselves.
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- African American
- Commercials/1 Minute Shorts
- Free to enter!!!
- Music Video/Musicals
- Public Service Announcement
- Screenwriting/Teleplay Writing/Playwriting
- Timed Film Competition
- Web Series/Websites