Some New Additions

August 12, 2014

60 Hour Film Challenge (Colchester, UK) Register now!
Can you write, shoot and edit a film no more than 5 minutes long in just 60 hours? The challenge is FREE for anyone to enter and takes place from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th October 2014. We’re delighted to announce that Corona Pictures (The Liability, Truth or Dare) will be providing the winning team with a creative mentorship. Corona’s Pictures experienced team will support you through every stage of your next film production and offer expert advice to ensure your continued progression in the industry. Winning teams will also win a great selection of prizes from our amazing sponsors…

The Japan Media Arts Festival  9/2/14
A comprehensive festival of Media Arts (Media Geijutsu) that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media – from animation and comics to media art and games. The festival gives awards in each of its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. Since its inception in 1997, the festival has recognized significant works of high artistry and creativity, and in addition to a yearly Exhibition of Award-winning Works has held other events, such as symposiums, screenings, and showcases. Entries are sought from professional, amateur, independent and commercial creators across the globe.

Vertical Film Festival (Katoomba, Australia) 9/15/14* earlybird deadline-free entry.
On 17 October 2014 the world’s very first competition for film & video shot vertically (also called ‘tall-screen’, ‘portrait format’ or ‘9:16 aspect ratio’) will be held in Katoomba, in Australia’s stunning Blue Mountains.  The 1st Vertical Film Festival will be projecting a mix of curated tall-screen film & video from around the world, TALL SHORTS, plus finalists in our competition for vertical video — the world’s first — called ⇧ THIS WAY UP ⇧. To that end we’re calling for filmmakers to be a part of cinema history and submit their work. The conditions are that it has to be: • Filmed vertically in High Definition • Max 3 minutes. All genres and subject matter, tall tales and true!

The Amsterdam Festival of New Cinema 3/30/2015
The Amsterdam Festival of New Cinema was created by a group of global artists who want to showcase the best new global talent in intimate and exciting new ways.  We have a free category called ONE MINUTE STORY, which consists of films or screenplays of less than one minute.


october deadlines

August 3, 2014

World Animation Celebration 10/1/14
One day animation festival featuring shorts from around the world. Online submission.

Courts des îles 10/12/14
International Festival of Short Fiction Films from the Islands of the World, Courts des îles, your film must comply with the following criteria: made by a director born on an island*1, max 20 minutes, credits included, displaying the characteristics of a fiction or animation short film, the version delivered must be in French or in Englishr*2, or in either one with subtitles in the other. Submission online through submission platforms.

Short Short Film Festival 10/15/14 * this was the deadline last year
Films must be longer than 1 minute and shorter than 6 minutes, including all credits. All films must tell a story; this excludes public service announcements, trailers, music videos, non-narrative experimental pieces, etc. Whether a piece is truly narrative is at the discretion of the submission review panel. All genres and styles are accepted, including live action, documentaries, animation, drama, comedy, children’s films, science fiction, horror, GLBT, etc. SD-DVD format, PAL or NTSC.  DVD accepted, but prefer electronic submission.

October festival deadlines added

August 3, 2014

Bottle Cap Film Festival 10/1/14

canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival 10/6/14
campy, spooky, horror, aliens, zombies, evil scientists, serious, boom in the shot, etc. Anything of the like, original works, five (5) minutes or less. Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Submit online or by post.

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.




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