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Festival Submission Deadlines: 03/10/2014

The Ivy Film Festival

Entry Deadline: March 15, 2014
Festival Dates: April 14-20, 2014
Entry Fee: $45
Website: http://www.withoutabox.com/login/12361
 
Since its founding in 2001, IFF has become the largest student-run film festival in the world. This is a festival for students, run by students, held at Brown University from April 14-20, 2014. IFF offers a unique opportunity for student filmmakers to screen their work, network with other filmmakers, and meet industry professionals. It also provides a quality venue for filmmakers to garner recognition from our panel of industry judges and to learn from industry professionals, including directors, actors, writers, producers, studio executives, and agents.

Underexposed Film Festival YC

Entry Deadline: April 18, 2014
Festival Dates: November 13-15, 2014.
Entry Fee: Early $25 - Late $45
Website: http://www.withoutabox.com/login/12361

The Underexposed Film Festival YC focuses its attention on encouraging, nurturing, and supporting the creativity and vision of independent filmmakers, and providing a forum where their work can be viewed. The 150-seat Community Performance Center provides an intimate, unique setting where our diverse, eager audience has the opportunity to expose themselves to the works of a new and exciting generation of independent filmmakers. Independent filmmakers across the world are invited to submit professionally presented short films, with a runtime of 45 minutes or less, to participate in this juried competition.

Festival Submission Deadlines: 02/10/2014

AFI Fest 2013

Entry deadline: February 7, 2014 (short films under 30 min); February 14, 2014 (features)
Entry fee: $50 (short films); $70 (features)
Festival dates: November 7-14, 2013 in Hollywood
Website: http://www.lafilmfest.com/festival-info/submissions/

Since its launch as FILMEX in 1971, Los Angeles' longest running international film festival has been bringing world cinema to the film capital of the world. 2011 marked the 25th edition of the festival as AFI FEST, the American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers that features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards, and AFI FEST is still the only film festival in the United States to hold the prestigious FIAPF accreditation, assuring a high standard of quality and reliability for the international film community.

MASHROME FILM FEST 2014

Entry deadline: February 28, 2014  
Festival dates: June, 2014
Website: http://www.mashrome.org

MashRome Film Fest, the first Italian festival dedicated to Mash Up /Remix, has come to its third edition  that will be held in Rome in June 2014.
The Festival presents innovative and experimental works from all over the world. MashRome welcomes works with original contents and new ways of production and distribution (crowdsourcing and crowdfunding included). MashRome Film Fest welcomes films that embrace all kinds of hybrid and polluted genres such as documentary, animation, reportage, homage.

Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival

Entry deadline: February 15 (regular), 2014 ; March 1, 2014 (late)
Festival dates: April 17 - 19, 2014
Entry fee: $25/$10 Students (regular); $35/$15 Students (late)
Website: http://icdocs.wordpress.com/call-for-entries/

The Iowa City Documentary Film Festival is an international festival run and organized by students at the University of Iowa. The focus of the festival is to incorporate different ideas of what it means to document. The festival, in its eleventh year, is challenging conventional modes of thinking about art, documentation, and non-fiction. IC DOCS is accepting work under 30 minutes.

Festival Submission Deadlines: 11/05/2013

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Entry Deadlines: January 14, 2014
Entry Fee: €22
Festival Dates: May 1-6 2014
Website: www.kurzfilmtage.de/en/filmanmeldung

The 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (1-6 May 2014) is now inviting submissions for its competitions. The Festival is looking for experiments on the formal, intellectual or narrative level, regardless of genre and format. The competitions are open to productions completed after 1 January 2013. Oberhausen is awarding a total of almost 34,000 euros in its five competitions.

The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, founded in 1954, is one of the oldest short film festivals in the world and one of the major international platforms for the short form. Oberhausen is known for its prestigious competition programmes and for its extensive thematic programmes. In addition, the festival offers visitors a well-equipped Video Library, operates a non-commercial short film distribution service and owns an archive of short films from 60 years of cinema history.

13TH ANNUAL DCW DANCE MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL

Entry deadline: January 31, 2014
Entry fee: College $25 or High School $10
Festival dates: June 6-8 2014
Website: http://www.dancecamerawest.org/submit.htm

Dance Camera West 13th Annual Dance Media Film Festival welcomes dance media in any dance style or genre. Categories include: screendance, short films, feature length, documentary, animation and interactive dance media. This year'’s festival highlights include live site specific dance performances and special programming celebrating dance in animation. DCW venues have included The Music Center, REDCAT, The Getty Museum, LACMA, Hammer Museum and Grand Park.

CalArts/Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition
Dance Camera West, The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts are excited to welcome college and high school students to submit dance media for the CalArts/Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition.  There will be two categories within this competition, high school (grades 9-12) and college students.  

2014 Davis Feminist Film Festival

Entry deadline: December 31, 2013
Entry fee: none
Festival dates: April 10-11, 2014
Website: http://femfilmfest.ucdavis.edu/submissions.html

The Davis Feminist Film Festival welcomes films from professionals, students, and community members locally, nationally, and internationally. People underrepresented in the media field are especially encouraged to submit a film for consideration. The Davis Feminist Film Festival is a short film festival. Films must be shorter than 35 minutes in length. Films submitted to the festival for consideration must meet at least two of the following criteria:
Films created with an eye for gender and social justice issues
Films that link local and global issues
Films created by people underrepresented in the media field (women, people of color, queer/transgender, disabled)
Films made by people from the Davis/Sacramento area

TIFF Kids International Film Festival

Entry deadline: December 13, 2013
Entry fee: $10-20
Festival dates: April 8-20, 2014
Website: https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1572

TIFF Kids International Film Festival is presented annually every April by TIFF. The 17th annual festival will be taking place from April 8th to April 20th, 2014. Each year we present the best of International and Canadian films for children and youth - shorts, features, documentaries, live action and animation. We are a competitive festival and are also pleased to host a number of programmers and buyers each year.  For more information on the festival, we encourage you to visit our website: http://tiff.net/tiffkids/festival

Upcoming Film Festival Submission Deadlines: 10/06/2013

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Entry Deadlines: Oct. 20 (Features, 60+ min.)
Entry Fee: None
Festival Dates: January 22 - February 2, 2014
Website: http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/professionals/film-entry/

The International Film Festival Rotterdam presents a quality selection of independent, innovative and experimental cinema, video and media art. One of the largest public film events in the world, IFFR actively supports independent filmmaking from around the globe and is a recognized platform in Europe for launching new films and talent from Asia, Africa, Middle and Eastern Europe and Latin America. 

The Film Challenge 

Entry deadline: October 7, 2013
Entry fee: $135
Festival dates: Novemeber 1-4, 2013
Website: http://filmchallenge.org/

The National Film Challenge returns for another year of lightning fast filmmaking Novemeber 1-4, 2013. The Film Challenge is a thrilling adventure where you and your crew of filmmakers give it your everything to write, shoot and edit a film in just three days. Jam-packing the equivalent of an entire year-long (or more) production into one weekend may seem crazy, but it's the kind of crazy that gets your creative juices flowing and forces you to think on your feet.The winning film will receive a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. In addition, there will be more than 20 awards and the winner of Best Film will receive $3,000 USD and the Audience Award Winner will receive $1,000 USD. And both films will screen at the 48HFP Filmapalooza in 2014.
This year the National Film Challenge has partnered with GoPro to provide you an opportunity to win an additional $3000 USD! They are also providing a rental discount to US filmmakers. And an opportunity for 25 US teams to use a loaner camera for the filmmaking weekend.

MONSTRA 2013  

Entry deadline: November 15, 2013
Entry fee: None
Festival dates: March 13-24, 2014
Website: http://www.monstrafestival.com/

MONSTRA is a festival where experimentation/research, crossing over new artistic approaches, forms and proposals takes place. The main aim of Lisbon Animated Film Festival is the presentation and promotion of the world’s best animation. This year’s festival edition includes competition, retrospectives, workshops, master classes, exhibitions   and interdisciplinary projects.

Images Festival

Entry Deadline: October 15, 2013 (regular); November 15, 2013 (late)
Entry Fee: $10 (early online submission); $15 (early mail-in submission); $25-$50 (late)
Festival Dates: April 11-2, 2014
Website: http://www.imagesfestival.com/submission_form_video.php

The Images Festival is the longest running and most influential integrated media arts  festival in Canada. Our ON SCREEN program is an annual survey of contemporary artist’s film and video presented in a cinema context. Our purpose is threefold: to ensure the visibility of film, video and the digital arts, new media and related installation works from all regions and communities; to promote the professional advancement of and cultural exchange between independent Canadian media artists; and to create a progressive, inclusive, and engaging forum for critical dialogue.

San Francisco International Film Festival

Entry Deadline: October 7, 2013 (regular); December 2, 2013 (late)
Entry Fee: $20 (regular) - $50 (late)
Festival Dates: 31 March, 2014
Website: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festi...

The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival, recognized throughout the world for its eclectic, intelligent and adventurous programs and events, is accepting submissions to SFIFF55; works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered. The International is deeply rooted in the strongest and finest traditions of appreciation of film both as an art form and as a meaningful agent for social change. It is a cultural treasure for Bay Area audiences, who embrace new ideas, compassionate humanity and world citizenship. SFIFF features a bonanza of narrative feature films, live action and animated shorts, television and theatrical documentaries, experimental work and a variety of new digital media, as well as a smart lineup of industry panels and seminars, awards events, onstage tributes, retrospectives and the highly acclaimed Schools at the Festival program, which brings 4,200 students in grades 1–12 into the festivities.

Ann Arbor Film Festival

Entry Deadline: October 7, 2013 (official); November 7, 2013 (late)
Entry Fee: $40-60 
Festival Dates:  March 25 – 30, 2014
Website: http://www.aafilmfest.org/festival/submit

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, narrative, hybrid and performance based works.

Cinéma du Réel

Entry Deadline: November 15, 2014
Entry Fee: None
Festival Dates: March 20 - 30, 2014 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France
Website: http://festivalcinereel.bpi.fr/entryform/en/submission.aspx

Cinéma du reel gives priority to cinematographic writing and approaches, in a broad understanding of documentary that can sometimes challenge the traditional borders of the genre, whatever the subject, length, format or form. Nonetheless we strongly insist that the Festival is not seeking news reports, current affairs programs, journalistic-style documentaries, promotional or corporate films.

True/False Festival

Entry Deadline: November 6, 2013, (late); November 13, 2013 (Withoutabox Extended Deadline)
Entry Fee: $20-30 (Oct 26); $40-60 (Dec. 7)
Festival Dates: February 27 - March 2, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri
Website: http://truefalse.org/submit/features-and-shorts

Fact! We live in tumultuous times for nonfiction film, as the genre blossoms in astonishing ways. Many of the celebrated titans of the form like Maysles and Morris and Moore are still around. But what’s invigorating us these days are the new filmmakers who are foregrounding craft and storytelling and mystery. The True/False Film Fest is open to all documentary films. We also encourage submissions that cross the boundary between fact and fiction. The festival highlights innovative work with a cinematic scope, creative takes on contemporary currents, and most of all work that provokes dialogue about its subject and the documentary form itself.

Black Maria Film Festival

Entry Deadline: October 15, 2013 (regular); November 19, 2013 (late)
Entry Fee: $35-45
Festival Dates: March 2014
Website: http://www.blackmariafilmfestival.org/Submit.html

The Black Maria Film + Video Festival seeks diverse, expressive, and passionate short films and videos by independent makers.  The Festival is named after Thomas Edison’s motion picture studio, and is known for its support of spirited, cutting edge, and otherwise singular film and video.  The Black Maria is committed to works that explore the potential of the medium to illuminate, provoke, enrich, and engage viewers.  Imaginative and revelatory films and videos which provide insight into the human condition and political, social, and environmental issues, as well as the lives of people with disabilities, or which investigate the aesthetic potential and eschew obvious conventions of the medium are also sought by the festival.  

IFFF FILM & SCREENPLAY

Entry deadline: December 18, 2013
Entry fee: None
Festival dates: March, 2014
Website: www.iffilmfest.org

International Family Film Festival builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by independent artists. Promoting and encouraging the creation and sharing of family films through film and screenplay adjudication, industry panel discussions, film exhibition and educational outreach enables IFFF to accomplish its vision.

NFFTY  (National Film Festival for Talented Youth)  

Entry deadline: October 31, 2013 (early) - January 31, 2013 (late)
Entry fee: $25 - $50
Festival dates: April 24-27, 2014
Website:  www.nffty.org/submit

NFFTY is the largest and most influential youth film festival in the world. In 2013, we screened 215 amazing films from the best filmmakers 22 and younger representing 30 states and 20 countries, with 10,000 in attendance. NFFTY 2014 will be April 24-27th in Seattle, WA.

Upcoming Film Festival Submission Deadlines: 05/13/2013

25 FPS Festival

Entry deadline: May 20, 2013
Entry fee: No
Festival dates: September 24-29, 2013
Website: www.25fps.hr

25 FPS Festival is organized by the 25 FPS Association for Audio-visual Research, Zagreb, Croatia. 25 FPS Festival screens independent and non-commercial films which innovatively explore the possibilities of cinematic language, narration and the medium itself, cross film types and genres and broaden the notion of film as art. 

Studio Two Three's Film and Video series -Emerging Filmmakers-

Entry deadline: May 20, 2013
Entry fee: $5
Festival dates: March - June 2013
Website: http://studiotwothree.com/s23s-film--video-series

The Studio Two Three Film + Video Series is now accepting submissions for our "Emerging Filmmakers" event. They are seeking submissions for short films and videos (under 20 minutes) from all genres. This is an open call that includes, fiction, documentary, narrative, found footage, animation, experimental, music videos etc.

Upcoming Film Festival Submission Deadlines: 04/21/2012

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Entry deadline: May 1, 2013
Entry fee: $45
Festival dates: October 16, 2013 - October 20, 2013.
Website:http://santafeindependentfilmfestival.com/Festival_Info/Call_for_Interns/index.html

Santa Fe Independent Film Fest screens the most provocative independent films from all over the globe. Become a part of the fastest growing film fest in the southwest, in New Mexico's fastest growing industry. The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is geared towards expanding, inviting more filmmakers to expose their work through the festival; setting them up with a diverse audience, informative panels and unique

Toronto International Film Festival

Entry deadline: May 24, 2013
Festival dates: September 5-15, 2013
Website: http://tiff.net/

The Toronto International Film Festival is seeking submissions for its Wavelengths programme, now in its 13th year. Named for Michael Snow’s landmark 1967 film Wavelength, The Festival's avant-garde showcase is a unique forum for international film and video art hosted within the context of one of the world’s largest and busiest public film festivals.  Prizing formal innovation and original expression, Wavelengths offers a thoughtfully curated selection of artist-made film and video presented in the cinema. Newly expanded as of last year’s edition, Wavelengths now runs for the duration of the Festival (September 5-15, 2013), with its core shorts programmes taking place during opening weekend.

Wavelengths is presently accepting new works (2012-2013), as well as recent restorations of seminal avant-garde films. North American premieres will be given precedence but are not required. Programming suggestions and referrals are equally welcome.

There is no official submission process for Wavelengths, no forms to fill out and no entry fee. However, please be sure to include clear contact information and a detailed description of the work.

All previews should be received by May 24, 2013 and sent directly to:

Wavelengths, TIFF
Attention: Andréa Picard
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 3X5
CANADA

Our presentation formats include 16mm, 35mm, and various video formats, but sadly, no Super 8mm.

Please also contact us in advance if you prefer to send a film print for preview. Other than prints, previews will not be returned to the filmmaker unless they are picked up in person or the return shipping or postage is pre-arranged. If you cannot meet the deadline but have works in progress that you wish to have considered for this year's festival, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Upcoming Film Festival Submission Deadlines 03/24/2013

Mill Valley Film Festival 2013

Entry deadline: May 17,2013
Entry fee: $30 (short films); $50 (features)
Festival dates: October 3-13, 2013
Website: http://www.mvff.com/#how

Known as a filmmakers' festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival offers a high profile, prestigious and non-competitive environment perfect for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. MVFF accepts short and feature length films and videos in the following categories: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation, children’s films and youth produced.

AFI Fest 2013

Entry deadline: August 2, 2013 (short films under 30 min); August 16, 2013 (features)
Entry fee: $50 (short films); $70 (features)
Festival dates: November 7-14, 2013 in Hollywood
Website: http://www.afi.com/afifest/submissions.aspx

Since its launch as FILMEX in 1971, Los Angeles' longest running international film festival has been bringing world cinema to the film capital of the world. 2011 marked the 25th edition of the festival as AFI FEST, the American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers that features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards, and AFI FEST is still the only film festival in the United States to hold the prestigious FIAPF accreditation, assuring a high standard of quality and reliability for the international film community.

Upcoming Film Festival Submission Deadlines: 01/20/2013

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Entry deadline: May 1, 2013
Entry fee: $45
Festival dates: October 16, 2013 - October 20, 2013.
Website: http://santafeindependentfilmfestival.com/Festival_Info/Call_for_Interns/index.html

Santa Fe Independent Film Fest screens the most provocative independent films from all over the globe. Become a part of the fastest growing film fest in the southwest, in New Mexico's fastest
growing industry. The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is geared towards expanding, inviting more filmmakers to expose their work through the festival; setting them up with a diverse audience, informative panels and unique opportunities for possible partnerships.

Senorita Cinema

Entry deadline: May 1, 2013
Entry fee: $12
Festival dates: May 2013
Website: http://www.senoritacinema.com/application.html

Senorita Cinema turns the screen over to the rising wave of Latina women who are sharing their stories and visions by making movies and video art. The festival's aim is to show the rich tapestry of different voices, styles, ideas, unique to the Latina experience.

Upcoming Film Festival Submission Deadlines: 12/15/2012

AniFest 2013

Entry deadline: December 20, 2012
Entry fee: None  
Festival dates: April 26 - May 1, 2013
Website:  http://registrace.anifest.cz/entryform/en/submission.aspx

First AniFest was held in 2002; since then it grew from a local film event to a big festival with international competition, outstanding focuses, retrospectives and lectures. The eleventh edition of AniFest was held in North Bohemian spa cities Teplice and Duchcov. There were more than 1600 films submissions from 67 countries; more than 20 000 visitors enjoyed the main topic of the festival, Magic of Film Puppet, which was chosen to celebrate Jiří Trnka’s birth anniversary. 

The international Visions Film Festival & Conference 

Entry deadline: January 7, 2013
Entry fee: None  ·$25
Festival dates: April 5, 2013
Website:  www.visionsfilm.org/submit

Hosted by the Film Studies Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Visions is the first international film festival and conference dedicated exclusively to showcasing and celebrating undergraduate work in both film production and film studies. Each year, the Visions programming committee brings together a diverse and talented group of rising filmmakers and film scholars from undergraduate film programs around the world for a highly-attended event full of screenings, lectures, Q&As, workshops, and networking.

Los Angeles Film Festival

Entry Deadline: January 11, 2013
Festival Dates: June 13-23, 2013
Entry Fee: $10-70
Website: http://www.lafilmfest.com/submisson-guidelines/

Held annually in June, the Los Angeles Film Festival showcases the best in American and international cinema. We screen narrative and documentary features, as well as short films and music videos. The Festival schedule includes conversations, talks, panel discussions, free outdoor screenings, parties, receptions, and other special events.

2013 Athens International Film and Video

Entry deadline: January 14, 2013
Entry fee: None  ·$45
Festival dates: April 12-18, 2013
Website:  www.ohio.edu/orgs/athenfest

The Athens International Film and Video Festival was founded in 1974, and since then has presented independent films from around the world. The Festival is sponsored by the Athens Center for Film and Video, a project of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University.  Each year, a Prescreening Committee comprised of artists, students, and community activists watch all the films and videos entered in the competition. Cash prizes are awarded by guest jurors, in four categories: documentary, experimental, narrative, and animation. Festival Jurors will be announced just prior to the Festival. Awards will be announced on the final day of the Festival. 

Upcoming Film Festival Submission Deadlines: 11/19/2012

2013 Davis Feminist Film Festival

Entry deadline: December 15, 2012
Entry fee: none
Festival dates: April 11, 2013
Website: http://femfilmfest.ucdavis.edu/

The Davis Feminist Film Festival welcomes films from professionals, students, and community members locally, nationally, and internationally. People underrepresented in the media field are especially encouraged to submit a film for consideration. The Davis Feminist Film Festival is a short film festival. Films must be shorter than 35 minutes in length.

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