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.
For over five years, NY Artists Unlimited has been presenting the International CringeFest®, including Bad Plays Festival® and Bad Musicals Festival®. The ’09 festival at the Producers’ Club was the biggest one yet, attracting local theatre-goers, tourists, Broadway producers, agents, and major media, including The New York Times, New York magazine, TimeOut, 7:00 TV News with Chuck Scarborough, WNBC and WCBS Radio. Liz Smith wrote up the festival three times. Wanted are works that are REALLY GOOD, HIGHLY ENTERTAINING, NICE ‘n NAUGHTY, e.g., politically incorrect, political satire, bad language/ puns, or material otherwise frowned upon by “polite society.” Productions vie for the Golden Pineapple, Silver Tomato, and Bronze Banana. Five to 45 mins., produced/ unproduced plays, musicals, or films. Scripts read aloud two to three times by professional actors before decisions made. If selected, your work receives three to four fully-produced performances, a director, cast, crew, and close supervision. No participation/ production fees.
Reynolda Film Festival
The mission of the Reynolda Film Festival has always been to entertain, inspire, and challenge people of ages. The festival places an equal emphasis on both its worldwide student film competition and its unique opportunities presented through speakers, panels, and special sessions. Past speakers have included directors, producers, artists, documentary filmmakers, animators, production department managers, studio supervisors, and Academy Award nominees.
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.
Noise Pop Film Festival
The Noise Pop Film Festival began in 2000 to expand the week-long Noise Pop Music Festival which began in 1993 in San Francisco. The Film Festival accepts any kind of film or video narrative feature, documentary, short, animation, experimental or music video, that explores a connection to music, either in its subject matter, the talent behind or in front of the camera, or with an exceptionally prominent soundtrack. $15-25 to enter.
Dallas International Film Festival
The Dallas International Film Festival, hosted by the Dallas Film Society celebrates films and their impact on society and will run for a ten days in April. A non-profit organization, the DALLAS Film Society celebrates and honors filmmakers for their achievements in enhancing the creative community, provides educational programs to students to develop a better understanding of the role of film in today’s world, and promotes the City of Dallas and its commitment to the art of filmmaking. $40-65 to enter.
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.
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Founded in 1980, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the first and largest of its kind in the world. Today, we are more than a festival: we are the leading advocate for independent Jewish cinema. Our hallmark program is a renowned three-week summer Festival, screening in four Bay Area venues, featuring the highest quality Jewish films from around the world. As the first of more than 100 Jewish film festivals worldwide—and still the largest, with some 30,000 attendees—SFJFF is an influential showcase bringing together filmmakers and audiences to celebrate Jewish cinema and explore its new frontiers.
Imago Film Festival
The Imago Film Festival showcases faith-based indy film that emphasizes image and story. The festival films capture the full spectrum of human emotion, experience, and spirituality. Cash Prizes! $30-40 to enter.
Method Fest Film festival
The Method Fest independent film festival in Calabasas, Calif. The Method Fest is dedicated to showcasing breakout acting performances in story and character-driven independent feature and short films. The Method Fest provides a great opportunity to receive Los Angeles reviews, to have your student films seen by Los Angeles based distribution companies and to honor the actors in their films.
Women’s Film Institute Shorts Tour
Women’s Film Institute Shorts Tour accepts short films/video 30 minutes or under in length and all genres: experimental, narrative, documentary, and animation. Films/videos must be directed or co–directed by women. Tour locations include: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. $25-50 to enter.
San Francisco Women’s Film Festival
San Francisco Women’s Film Festival accepts films/video of all lengths and genres: experimental, narrative, documentary, and animation. Films/videos must be directed or co–directed by women.
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.
MadCat Women’s International Film Festival
MadCat Women’s International Film Festival exhibit provocative and visionary works that are original in their use of the medium. MadCat is committed to showcasing women directors who challenge the use of sound and image and explore notions of visual story telling. $15-40 to enter.
The First National Career Video Contest
The student challenge is to interview a person from a wide variety of careers and draw out the essence of the role on video.
New Port Beach Film Festivals
Blending the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking, an exclusive selection of award-winning independent and studio films representing a truly unique mix of culture and genre.
The Webby Film and Video Awards
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the NY Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites.
Tribeca Film Festival
The Festival’s mission focuses on assisting filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promoting New York City as a major filmmaking center. $40-65 to enter.
ASPEN Shorts Fest
Considered one of North America’s premier short film and video festivals, Aspen Shortsfest celebrates that most innovative and vibrant voice on the cinematic landscape – the short. $40-50 to enter.
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.
Mountainfilm in Telluride Film Festival
Mountainfilm is America’s premier festival celebrating achievement in mountain, adventure, culture and environment. We accept and screen films – doc and narrative, feature and short – on a broad range of subjects. We like quirky causes and indomitable spirit. $25-60 to enter depending on length and deadline.
Ashland Independent Film Festival
The ashland independent film festival is five days of the highest quality independent film in this historic town the Washington Post called “a dream you’ll never want to leave.” Every Spring, Southern Oregon is buzzing with the excitement of the AIFF. Over 6000 film lovers gather at the historic art-deco Varsity Theatre in downtown to watch over 80 films in five days. Filmmakers of the documentaries, features and shorts come from around the world come to engage with the audience after each screening and at the festival’s Opening Night Bash and Award Celebration parties with local wine, beer and gourmet food. Special guests have included Helen Hunt, Albert Maysles, Bruce Campbell and more. The film festival is one of the reasons Ashland is included in the popular travel guide A Thousand Places to See Before You Die. $30-75 to enter.
CINESTORY Screenwriting Competition
CINESTORY Screenwriting Competition is a screenwriting competition that supports and celebrates the most important part of movie-making — the story! $70 to submit.
BlueCat Screenplay Competition
Since 1998, BlueCat Screenplay Competition has built a large community of writers passionately committed to writing original, unforgettable work. This starts with our exchange of feedback to each writer who enters BlueCat. EVERY SCREENPLAY RECEIVES WRITTEN SCRIPT ANALYSIS!
PRIZES: Winner receives $10,000, Four Finalists receive $1500 each.
The screenplay with the best title submitted in November and December, as voted by the public, will receive $1000
American Black Film Festival
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a four-day retreat and international film market created to spearhead distribution opportunities for independent Black filmmakers.
Texas Black Film Festival
The mission of the Texas Black Film Festival is to provide film makers from around the world with:
(1) an opportunity to view the vast film industry resources waiting to be utilized here in the state of Texas; (2) an opportunity to display works that express the African-American experience; (3) networking with industry professionals; and (4) opportunities to sharpen those film production and marketing skills through workshops. $30 to enter
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
deadCENTER Film Festival
Named one of the top regional festivals in “The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide,” the annual festival will take place at seven locations over five days with more than 8,000 film enthusiasts from around the country expected to attend. A $2,500 cash prize will be given to the winner of the Best Narrative Feature. Fees vary with deadline and length.
Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival
Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival showcasing exceptional educational, inspirational and positive films and videos from around the world. $40 Features, $35 Shorts
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.
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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