Docs in Progress

July 28, 2014

Docs In Progress ongoing
Screens documentary works-in-progress to the general public and moderate a feedback session between the audience and the filmmaker(s). If you have an almost-done documentary and want feedback from a smart, articulate, media-savvy, honest but helpful audience before you lock picture, submit your rough cut to Docs In Progress. While we accept submissions on a year-round rolling basis, if you are interested in being considered for a specific screening, please note our deadlines. Online link or DVD by mail.

Fright Night Theatre

July 28, 2014

Fright Night Theatre (ongoing)
Horror in the Hammer’s Fright Night Theatre is a non-profit and all-year festival program that screens horror and cult films in Hamilton, ON, Canada. Fright Night Theatre maintains an open call-for-submissions throughout the year in order to program future screenings. There is no submission deadline, but the sooner submissions are received the sooner they can be reviewed for inclusion and scheduled for the current year’s programmes. Submit DVD or link to screener.

Film Festivals I found on twitter…

July 25, 2014

Brno Sixteen 7/31/14
Film Festival. Submit online

No Budget Film Festival (Los Angeles) 9/15/14
Films 8 minutes or less. Los Angeles Premiere Films. Submit with link.

Shrewsbury Film Festival 8/31/14 * extended deadline 9/7
Filmmakers are invited to submit any of the following; music videos, documentary, animation, short and feature films (all films must have English subtitles if original language is not English). For an entry form please email Jessica at:

more august updates

July 25, 2014

transmediale (Berlin, Germany) 8/10/14
transmediale 2015 will take place at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. The programme will feature a diversity of different types of work in a thematic exhibition as well as film and video screenings, workshops, performances, and a conference programme. transmediale is always interested in works exploring our complex relation to technology, be it through new or old media. Online submission.

The Wanderlust Festival 8/15/14
If you have a film that celebrates the great spirit of travel, Wanderlust, through its story, characters or locations; then submit your film to us and this festival will give it a platform to be screened. You might stand a chance to win a special recognition or award too! Submit link to film. Online submission.

International Mental Health Film Festival (Portugal) 8/15/14
The FICSAM is a film festival that is focused on mental health. In addition to different cinematographic works, new filmmakers and create new audiences, the FICSAM aims to contribute to sensitize the general public on issues related to the mental health of individuals, combat stigma and discrimination associated with this type of problem and contribute to promoting the human rights of people with mental illness. Online submission.

Making Waves (UK) 8/15/14
Making Waves aims to discover, support and exhibit pioneering work by international talent and local independent film-makers, whilst showcasing the best of our city, Portsmouth in Hampshire, England. Online submission.

Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival 8/18/14
First year. To showcase short films from or featuring feminist-identified and women-identified filmmakers. Feminist-identified and women-identified filmmakers. Professionals, amateurs, students and community members locally, nationally and internationally are all welcome to submit. Vimeo or Youtube, DVD.

end of july deadlines

July 24, 2014

Festival international du cinema francophone en Acadie (Canada) 7/25/14
Present French-language films from all over the world, be they shorts, animations or experimental and media arts as well as feature-length movies.

Zimbabwe International Film Festival (Zimbabwe) 7/31/14
The 2014 edition of ZIFF will present Awards for film competitions in three categories: Feature Films, Short Films, and Documentary Films. Online link or DVD.

Tofuzi (Georgia) 7/31/14
An international animated film festival, “TOFUZI” is the festival open to each and every film maker, director, producer and spectator from all over the world, to visit and present their works. The Festival aims to encourage the exchange of creative experience, search of new ideas, styles and technologies as well as to support integration of Georgian animation into the global cinema process. Submit link to file in dropbox or DVD.

Life Sciences Film Festival 7/31/14
The goal of LSFF is to present and to award the latest films from the area of natural and especially agricultural sciences and technology and at the same time to present the possibilities of their application in education and to further enhance the good reputation of CULS. DVD submissions.


august 1st deadlines

July 24, 2014

Filming Shakespeare 8/1/14
Is the world’s first Shakespeare Film Festival. We are calling for short films that relate to William Shakespeare and his works, life and times. Films MUST be short adaptations of Shakespearean plays or documentaries about Shakespeare or anything related to Shakespeare whatsoever, but must be no longer than 20 minutes. Vimeo upload.

The World of Knowledge (Russia) 8/1/14
The 9th International Science Film Festival World of Knowledge. Popular science and educational films produced in 2013-2014 are accepted for the International Competition. Online or DVD submission.

Seen & Heard Film Festival (Australia) 8/1/14
We are currently taking film submissions from any female-identifying filmmaker (including directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, screenwriters, and production designers) wishing to apply. Shorts or features, animation, genre, documentary, comedy, experimental, horror, musicals, sci-fi, drama, silent cinema, and more are all welcome for what promises to be an thrilling and diverse festival in Melbourne, 2014. Vimeo or file transfer of film.

more updates

July 21, 2014

Reanimania (Yerevan, Armenia) 7/30/14
ReAnimania festival aims to facilitate the development of animation art, educate a new generation of world class animators and provide a forum for presenting works of Armenian animators in the international arena as well as introduce examples of the world’s finest animated films to the Armenian audience. Deadline (Shorts, TV & Education, Advertisement, Music, Graduation and Commissioned Films)

Festival on Wheels (Turkey) 8/15/14
For a whole month every year, the Festival on Wheels has visited different cities with the latest fare from world cinema, sections dedicated to masters, new films from Turkey, short film compilations and special screenings raising social and cultural issues through the medium of film…World Cinema; Retrospectives; Short Films (fiction, documentary, animation, experimental). 

Reanimania (Yerevan, Armenia) 8/25/14
ReAnimania festival aims to facilitate the development of animation art, educate a new generation of world class animators and provide a forum for presenting works of Armenian animators in the international arena as well as introduce examples of the world’s finest animated films to the Armenian audience. Deadline (Feature films)

Sommets du cinéma d’animation 9/15/14
The Sommets du cinéma d’animation is an international festival dedicated to animation in all its forms, from heritage films to new media by way of current production. All genres of animation accepted. Under 40 minutes. Link or DVD submission.



august updates

July 19, 2014

I am adding new festivals to my site. Thank you to those who give me the heads up when I miss a submission fee.

Over the last year, many festivals have begun to integrate online submissions. Some use submission platforms. While there is a fee with most platforms. I draw the line as to whether the festival itself charges a fee. I welcome your thoughts.

best of luck


BIAFF film festival (Batumi, Georgia) 8/1/14
Films can be submitted for following competition sections: International Competition – Feature films, doc films, short films. DVD or online screener.

Viewster 8/7/14
VOFF 3 – Be afraid. Be VERY afraid. For the third #VOFF, we wanna see your masterpiece genre creation. What’s up your sleeve that’s terrifying, thrilling, explosive, paranormal or will take us to the furthest sci-fi dimensions? Our world can be a pretty twisted place, so show us the most fantastical realms you can bring to life, the spookiest creatures or the craziest demented minds. Bottom line: Keep us on the edges of our seats! Submit through one of the listed submission platforms.

CAMERIMAGE 8/18/14 *no fee for music videos
CAMERIMAGE, the biggest international film festival devoted to the creation of film image by the cinematographers has launched the selection process, inviting filmmakers, producers and distributors to submit feature films, documentaries, music videos and student etudes for the festival’s upcoming 22nd edition. Online screeners or dvd.

Madswell 8/22/14
There are several reasons that lead to the creation of this festival and relate mainly because of the waves of Madeira are internationally known among professional and amateur practitioners looking for the ideal spots of the island for surfing, with a particular focus on Jardim do Mar, Paul do Mar and San Vicente; nicknaming this destination surf as the “The European Hawaii”! Vimeo link or DVD.

CAMERIMAGE 8/31/14 *no fee for student, documentary
CAMERIMAGE, the biggest international film festival devoted to the creation of film image by the cinematographers has launched the selection process, inviting filmmakers, producers and distributors to submit feature films, documentaries, music videos and student etudes for the festival’s upcoming 22nd edition. Online screeners or dvd.

Lowcountry Shorts Fest 8/31/14
Running time must be at least 2 minutes and not more than 40 minutes. Animation, comedy, drama, documentaries, and genre films are all encouraged. Submit link.

More deadlines

July 17, 2014

International Queer Film Festival 7/18/14
About 15,500 people visit every year Germany’s largest and longest-running LGBTIQ film festival. The colourful and comprehensive selection of films includes everything from feature length feel-good movies and documentaries to politically courageous productions and rarely seen experimental projects – allowing everyone the chance to find something to get excited about.

International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg 7/21/14
A festival for the creative international author´s film with an artistic claim. Only newcomer directors (feature films) may participate at the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg, i.e. directors who are unknown to an international audience outside their home country. Submitted films must have been completed during the 18 month proceeding the festival, i.e. before November 2014. The minimum length of submitted films is 55 minutes. DVD submission.

Komas Freedom Film Festival 7/30/14
Film submissions with the theme of FREEDOM. What is your Freedom story? Capture it on film and inspire the world with your story. Documentary and Short films. Under 60 mins (longer films will be considered only for non competition screenings). Online screener or dvd.

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 7/31/14
The official name of The Golden Horse Awards has been changed to “Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival,” which is not only the most important film event in Taiwan, the main activities also extend to four parts – Golden Horse Award competition, Film Festival, Film Project Promotion and Film Academy. The Golden Horse Awards aims at encouraging the development of Chinese-language films. The Film Festival intends for introducing excellent films to Taiwanese audience from around the world to stimulate exchange of ideas and inspire creativity. DVD Screener.


Some updates

July 17, 2014

Expotoons (Buenos Aires) 7/31/14
Aims to make a contribution to the development of the animation industry as well as to promote the interchange of knowledge and experiences among the different countries in order to establish international relationships between producers and creators. The Competition is open to animated feature films, short films, TV series, commercials and graduation shorts, finished by film or digital mediums. Online submission.

Machinima Expo 09/1/14
This year we are expanding the festival to include ALL forms of animation. 2D, 3D, 2.5D or any D you want to create a film in, as long as it’s animation we are interested in seeing what you’ve created. We are primarily interested in animated films that are original and experimental in nature.Upload film to (or other video sites like and provide the link to download the film.

Beeld voor Beeld 09/12/14
Documentary film festival that is concerned with cultural diversity. Rooted in visual anthropology, the festival screens documentaries on various (sub-)cultures offering discussions and seminars. The festival serves as a meeting place for filmmakers and audiences from different cultural backgrounds. All filmmakers will be present, and much attention is given to discussions between them and the audience. A special part of the program is devoted to student films and is open to students from all educational programs on visual anthropology or documentary filmmaking. Entry is open to any production that either deals with subjects of anthropology, sociology and social issues or fits the overall theme. Submit downloadable film or DVD.


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