January 26, 2015

60 Seconds film festival (Copenhagen) 3/1/15
60 second movie about a theme (exactly 60 seconds) : CLOSE UP. Title and credits should not be placed in the movie. 60 Seconds festival will add the title and credits. Send the participation sheet to: enter(ad)60sec.org , the festival will then send you a mail with a link to upload your film.

Additions to the lists

January 25, 2015

Cine Pobre – The Low Budget High Intellect Film Festival – Building Creative Bridges (La Paz, Mexico) currently accepting entries
Building creative bridges by awarding no & low-budget filmmakers & audiences with moments of radical Americanization. DVD submission by mail.

Miscon International Short Film Festival (Missoula, Montana) 2/28/15
Our mission here at the MisCon International Short Film Festival is simple: to provide a rewarding place for innovative and creative beings from all over planet Earth to display their talents in the Art of Film making. Entries may be in any style, but they must be related in some fashion to the following genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror. Entries must be longer than 1 minute, and shorter than 30 minutes. DVD submission.

Top Shorts 3/1/15 ***note: only march 1st, early bird deadline is free***
Top Shorts is a new online film festival, showcasing outstanding short films from around the world to an audience of film fans and filmmakers. We accept short films (up to 20 minutes) in the following genres: Animation, Documentary and Narrative. Story-based films, which can be in the form of narrative (fiction), documentary (non fiction), or animation. Online Submission

Golden Apricot International Film Festival (Armenia) 04/15/15
Documentary, all genres. 35mm and DVD.

Tuzla Film Festival 7/1/15
Fourth Tuzla Film Festival is planned as a international film festival, which will be in addition to South Slavic movies, also showing movies from all over the world. We are in process of establishing contacts in all European countries to achieve the cooperation and showing movies from these countries. online submission.

Boise Student International Video Festival

January 10, 2015

Recent additions

January 6, 2015

White House Student Film Festival 1/20/15
We are happy to announce that from now through January 20, submissions are open for the second White House Student Film Festival. The theme of this year’s festival is The Impact of Giving Back, and it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12. So tell a story about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a difference looks like in your eyes and through your lens. It can be a fictional story or a short documentary, so break out the lights, write a script, get the camera ready, and show us your passion for service and giving back.

Stonybrook Film Festival 05/01/2015
Celebrates the best in independent film with ten days of screenings at Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. Send dvd, stills and application form by post.

the sixty second film festival 5/01/15 (Vashon, WA) * last year’s deadline was 5/1
From the site: I started the film festival as a way to get interesting and creative people together to watch interesting and creative films; films that might not otherwise be seen. The event is free, and always will be. There will be beer, wine, cider and chocolate (also, free.) You can make the film on your iPhone, fancy SLR camera, or 16mm Bolex. wetransfer upload.

Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt (Germany) 5/15/15
“The Woodstock of Short Film”, with supporting events like a short film poetry slam, an animation workshop and a super 8 film market were added. However, the festival’s basic idea remains the same: A large and enthusiastic audience gathers to watch inventive and creative films not limited to a certain style, production method or format. Filmmakers from all around the world present their films in person and answer questions.

Recently updated…

January 5, 2015

Minute Festival (Brazil) 1/31/15 online submission
Two categories: Free Theme; Making of: How I did my one minute video. One Minute Festival was created in 1991 and has inspired the breeding of over 50 “one minute festivals” all around the world. One Minute Festival also could be called Ideas’s Festival, once idea is the most relevant criterion used in the vídeos evaluation.

Docville International Documentary Film Festival Belgium 03/1/15
The next edition of Docville will take place between May 1st-9th. Submit your film for one of the competition (Belgian competition, international competition and ConScience competition). Fill in the entry form and send in a link or dvd.

Film Out Festival San Diego 03/15/15
The mission of FilmOut San Diego is to enlighten, educate, and entertain the communities of San Diego County & beyond through the exhibition of LGBT-themed films. DVD submissions or online links.

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (Korea) 3/20/2015
Short Film. Types of films Animation , Documentary, Narrative fiction. Genre: Fantastic, Horror, Mystery, Phantasy, Science fiction, Thriller

One Country One Film (Apchat, France) 03/31/15
All categories : Documentaries, fiction, animation, and experimental films (no music videos, commercials or corporate films), All genres (except pornography). All durations : from short films to feature lengths films. Online or DVD, must arrive by deadline.

Fonlad Online digital arts festival (Portugal) 3/31/15
The Festival is open to all national and international artists working at the level of digital arts and new technologies; The Online Festival for Digital Arts will take place online between January and December 2015 showing video art and video installations in unconventional places will also be carried out to define timely.

Jerusalem International Film Festival 4/1/15
All films submitted must be feature films (fiction or documentary) and their screening at the JFF must be an Israeli premiere.

Festival du Film Merveilleux et Imaginaire (Paris, France) 04/01/15
The festival is dedicated to films whose themes are magic, the imaginary, the marvelous, the astonishing, the supernatural, the occult, the strange, experimental cinema, the esoteric, the fantastic, science fiction and myths and legends and poetry, manga, comics, video games..  For short movies competition : 20 mm max. Best Movie, Best animated movie, Best screenplay , 
Special Prize , Music pick : Jury prize. DVD submission.

Docu-Jam 2015 04/6/15
Docu-Jam 2015 is a unique youth documentary showcase presented by the Paley Center, in association with Downtown Community Television Center in New York, which takes place on May 25, 2015.   We seek outstanding documentaries produced by young people across the country. DVD submission. (max. 3 per school)

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (Korea) 5/8/2015
Short Film. Types of films Animation , Documentary, Narrative fiction. Genre: Fantastic, Horror, Mystery, Phantasy, Science fiction, Thriller

more deadlines…

January 4, 2015

Uranium film festival (Rio de Janeiro) ongoing
The International Uranium Film Festival is dedicated to films about the whole nuclear fuel chain and radioactivity: Uranium mining, nuclear power plants, atomic bombs, nuclear waste, radioactive risks, nuclear medicine, Hiroshima, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima. From Einstein to Fukushima. Next festival is in April, 2015. DVD Submission.

Whirly-Gig Cinema ongoing
Would you like to see your short film with a live soundtrack? We are looking for short films to show at our next events. The Cabinet of Living Cinema will use a wide range of instruments and objects to bring a fresh perspective to a programme of short films, adding a new dimension to the visuals and creating an invigorating live experience. If your film is selected, you will hear the new score for the first time on the night and will receive a copyright-free recording of it after the event. Online form, send link (if left blank, you will be sent the postal address)

Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival 1/15/15
A festival dedicated to celebrating Iranian heritage through short film, video and animation. Whether Iranian or non-Iranian, a veteran or aspiring filmmaker, the Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival is open to individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life. The festival has one hope in mind: to provide a forum for individuals to use their creativity and talent to spark and inspire interest in Iranian culture. Link to video.

Neighbours together to Friends – Nachbarn bei Freunden 1/15/15* extended to 1/30/15
West-Eastern-Film Festival „Nachbarn bei Freunden“ is not only an international short film festival whose contributions from Western and Eastern Europe direct the attention towards independent film makers. Topic of the festival: “neighbors” Films of all genres – documentaries, reportages, animations and video clips can be submitted. So the focus of programming lies as well on involving the audience as on socio-critic topics. Send film by mail. (DVD, USB, etc…)

Istanbul Film Festival 1/30/15
National competition. Online link.

VideoEx Festival (Zurich) 01/30/15
Videoex – International Experimental Film & Video Festival Zurich – Switzerland’s only festival dedicated to experimental film and video. Online or DVD.

Ripple Effect Film Project 1/30/2015
This contest is open to filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience who reside, work, go to school, or have a connection to Athens, Georgia. Entries can be submitted by an individual or team. Only submissions filmed in Athens-Clarke County will be considered for the Grand Prize. File should be on a CD or DVD.

Video Art Festival “NOW&AFTER’15” (Moscow) 01/31/15
The topic is  A SPACE WE CHOOSE. The fifth edition of the Festival will take place at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture.  Space is at the same time a philosophic category, our everyday reality and a basic concept in architecture. But what kind of space is more interesting for artists? Online submission.

Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 1/31/15
Feature films. Focuses on cinematographic works in the fantasy, science-fiction or thriller genre and to promote the worldwide development of the film industry towards the professionals and towards the public.  Submit online link or screener by DVD.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 1/31/15
is the first and only LGBTQ film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater and the only queer festival to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Submission options: digital file by email or file share such as wetransfer.com, online link such as Vimeo, or by mail.

11mm International Football Film Festival 1/31/15
Film makers and production companies from around the world are invited to submit their football films to the world’s leading football film festival to win the Golden 11 and 11mm shortkicks awards! DVD or online submission.

Festival Internacional de Cinema D’Autor de Barcelona 1/31/15
An international panorama of the finest contemporary auteur cinema, combining the discovery of emerging new talents and cinematographies with internationally established directors and films that have traditionally received rough treatment from our country’s commercial distributors. Short films are not accepted. Film FestivalLife or email link.

Kala Ghoda Art Festival 1/31/15
Short films or documentaries any style. On theme or open subject. Kala Ghoda Art Festival seeks to promote and encourage an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of cinema, with a special focus on short films on the theme ‘SWACHH BHARAT’ through this short film contest. Option of participating in distribution. Submit online. (did not see any fees mentioned)

Golden Kuker Sofia International Animation Film Festival 01/31/15
Any frame by frame animated video or film made for the cinema, television and/or the Internet may be entered. Any frame by frame or computer-assisted animated film made for public broadcast, television or Internet may be entered. The International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) definition shall apply: The art of animation is the creation of moving images through the manipulation of all varieties of techniques apart from live action methods. Upload file.

Animatricks (Finland) 1/31/15
Animatricks Festival is launching its Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers to submit their animated short films. International competition is arranged now for the second time alongside with the traditional competition for the best Finnish animated shorts. International productions chosen to participate will be screened in the International Shorts Competition Category. The best international animation will be awarded with 3000 euros and the best Finnish with 1000 euros. Online entry.

La brigade des images festival 02/15/15
NEITHER SEEN NOR KNOWN – A call for submission, short films, 2015. We are looking for short films on lower-class or upper-class culture: rituals, cultural, social, love habits. We came up with this new selection thinking about two books: “Neither seen nor known” by Beatrix Wita, an ethnographic approach of bourgeois culture in France, and “The Uses of Literacy, Aspects of Working Class Life” by Richard Hoggart, a study of style life of the lower-classes in England. The films selected will be shown in France and abroad. An exhibition is planned in September in an art centre. Only DVD-R, with a maximum length of 10 minutes, by mail.

Animator International Animation Festival (Poland) 03/02/15
Submissions are now open for Animator, short and feature films. DVD or online submission.

Skip City International D-Cinema Festival (Japan) 03/03/15
All submissions are divided into Feature Length Competition, Short Length Competition and Animation Competition. Online submissions.

Prix Ars Electronica 03/06/15
The Prix Ars Electronica has constantly grown and developed over the years, and made quite a name for itself in the process. It’s the world’s oldest and most renowned competition in media art. (opens jan. 15th)

Extremely Young Film Festival 3/23/15 regular deadline
Born out of the spirit of Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Film Festival, the Extremely Young Film Festival shines a spotlight on short films up to three minutes long from filmmakers 17 years old and under. The festival celebrates their creative and technical strengths in film and displays their interpretations of the world in which they live. These youth are the voices of future media expression. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Online submission form (link to film on Vimeo).
Extremely Young Film Festival 4/1/15 late deadline
Born out of the spirit of Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Film Festival, the Extremely Young Film Festival shines a spotlight on short films up to three minutes long from filmmakers 17 years old and under. The festival celebrates their creative and technical strengths in film and displays their interpretations of the world in which they live. These youth are the voices of future media expression. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Online submission form (link to film on Vimeo).

Cell Phone festivals

January 3, 2015

Cell Phone Cinema (Asia) 1/20/15
The festival has three categories including still photographs, a film up to 3 minutes, an ENG or a music video up to three minutes. The participants can be any one and everyone who has used mobile phone for clicking picture or shot film.

IPhone Film Festival 2/1/15
IPhone, Mobile Film Festival and Olleh Film Festival. All films submitted after November 1st 2013, will qualify for MFF2. e-mail your submission to: submission@mobileff.com.

updates for the new year…

January 3, 2015

Still working on updates and posts. I have been really busy with holidays, etc, but I finally have a chance to update.


Sehsüchte Film Festival 01/23/15
Sehsüchte is the largest international student film festival in Europe. As well as an audience-centric festival and meeting point for upcoming international filmmakers. Every year, Sehsüchte is a centre of attention for filmmakers from all over the world. Our goal is not only to offer young, upcoming filmmakers a forum for their films, but also to stimulate exchange amongst each other, as well as with top professionals from the film and media industries. DVD submission.

The international short film festival 20min|max (Ingolstadt) 02/02/15
20min|max announces an international competition for cinematic expressivity, autonomous formal style, impressive stories – ergo: artistic synthesis of direction, montage and rhythm, sound and light will be presented and awarded. All genres are admitted, from experiments to fiction, from animations to documentaries, music clips and video art – do as you like – only don’t exceed 20 minutes! option of reelport entry or by mail.

Sardinia Film Festival (Italy) 02/15/15
Sardinia Film Festival accepts works by filmmakers without gender restriction, theme and format. Send DVD and application form by mail.

Kyiv International Short Film Festival (Russia) 03/15/15
We invite short fiction films with the duration of up to 40 minutes to be submitted for the selection. Documentary, animation and experimental works this year are currently not accepted for consideration, however the festival committee leaves a right to invite films of these genres individually. Ukrainian premieres are preferred. Online or DVD submissions.



march and april updates + a request

January 2, 2015

If you have benefited from my website and would like to share with my readers, please send me a message detailing how you have benefited, a link to your website/vimeo, a list of the festivals you have had luck in (specify no entry fee + any fee festivals you have found). I would like to do some posts featuring artists, filmmakers and animators.

thanks in advance,


Durban International Film Festival (South Africa) 03/20/15
(short films and documentaries) Presenting over 250 screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, with a special focus on films from South Africa and Africa, the festival exhibits films in a diversity of venues around the city. DIFF is the premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes a local and international awards component. Online submissions.

New Zealand International Film Festival 03/27/15
NZIFF presents a non-competitive, invited season of new films in a wide variety of styles and genres. To demonstrate the development of the art and contribute to a knowledge of new styles and trends in filmmaking. International competition.

New Zealand International Film Festival 04/17/15
NZIFF presents a non-competitive, invited season of new films in a wide variety of styles and genres. To demonstrate the development of the art and contribute to a knowledge of new styles and trends in filmmaking. New Zealand’s best.

some deadlines in the next few days

January 2, 2015

International Animation Festival Chilemonos  (Chile) 01/05/15
Animations made with traditional techniques, vector, 2D, 3D, cut out, stop motion, mix or experimental. The shortfilm must be Spanish spoken or subtitle to Spanish, for the preselecting stage. DVD or Vimeo link.

Crossing Europe (Linz, Austria) 1/05/15* European or Austrian only
Two categories: Feature-length films (fiction or documentary) from Europe. A film is considered European, if either director, producer or the story are based in an European state/region, and films and videos by local artists in Austria.

Visions du Réel 1/6/15 
*for films finished after September 2014
The festival is committed to presenting works which, through their formal and aesthetic choices, give personal and original portrayals and descriptions of past and present realities of the world. The festival seeks to promote the widest possible spectrum: experimental films, essays, personal diaries, family films, films on current affairs and social issues, historical investigations, and films with classic or fragmented narrative approaches. Cinéma du Réel is open to different genres, integrates stylistic variations and montages, and is inspired by “cinéma direct” as well as fictional-style narratives. DVD or password protected vimeo link.

MediaWave International Film Festival 01/10/15
“ANOTHER CONNECTION” expects the applications of artists, whose individual way of creation is independent of fashion streams; for whom technique is the means not the purpose; who attempt to create an individual film code set – whether they live in a minority group or in a less exposed part of the world. We want a festival where an abundance of original, new and particular views will play a major role instead of exotic productions and tricks; where artists with different ways of thinking and free thoughts will come together. Submission online or by dvd.

Berlin/Potsdam Jewish Film Festival 2/28/15
All the diversity of Jewish life, captured on celluloid! Join us on our journey around the world of Jewish and Israeli filmmaking at this year’s 14-day festival in Berlin & Potsdam featuring 33 of the best and newest films from 8 countries.


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