NYC area apartment for film shoot

Hi all-
Hope this doesn’t seem off topic, but a filmmaker friend (director Michael Manese) asked for help finding a location to shoot his film. He is looking for an apartment in the New York area. Details below.

best regards,


Looking for an apartment to shoot in for two days- for Saturday and Sunday March 5+6. The owner CAN BE PRESENT during the shoot, it’s an 8am – 6pm shoot, House or Apartment, Schedule must be flexible in case we have to do reshoots in the future, for extra $, Must be QUIET (no construction nearby or noisy neighbors), Three actors, 1 director, 1 cinematographer, 1 sound person for each day.

For more info please visit:

(willing to pay up to $250/per day)

Film Festival Strategies

Hi all-
One subject that I take a keen interest in is festival strategy. Recently, was mentioned in “The Filmmaker’s Journey”, a vlog by Chris Esper. In his episode about film festivals he gives tips for approaching film festivals. You can read the blog here.

I welcome any comments. I was intrigued by his advice to contact festivals and specifically wondering what experiences my readers have had with this, whether festivals are open to looking at work and advising on whether it is appropriate for their festival. Also, I agree that it is sometimes difficult to ascertain whether a festival is right for your work. Has anyone accidentally discovered a “niche” after they started applying? For example, you perhaps thought the film fit a certain audience and it seemed to do well with a different audience instead?

Lastly, what other approaches do you take to find festivals and venues? What are your favorite sites?


april updates

28th Hamburg International Short Film Festival 04/01/16
The topic for the Three-Minute-Quickie Competition for 2016 is: “Switch Off!”

Festival du Film Merveilleux et Imaginaire (Paris, France) 04/01/16
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. Link or DVD submission.

New Zealand International Film Festival 04/15/16
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.

for VERTICAL (tall-screen) films only

I have posted in the past about vertical films. This tall format fascinates me. See this example here:  If you haven’t created a vertical film, please consider creating a new film for this festival, or re-formatting existing content to the 9:16 format. Please follow these tips: Techniques for Planning, Shooting and Editing a Vertical Video.

Vertical Film Festival (Australia) 4/30/16
A 21 May screening in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. Note: the screening is only for VERTICAL (tall-screen) films. Note that the Vertical Film Festival is unique in that it ONLY accepts films that are made tall-screen (ie. shot with the camera rotated 90º) — horizontal (landscape format) films will be disqualified. Online submission.

Prokuplje Short Film Festival

Prokuplje Short Film Festival 3/20/16
Feature, documentary, animated and experimental films up to 30 minutes can be submitted for the festival. For domestic authors, a special category is provided – domestic movie. One author can submit more than one film, but each film must be submitted in a separate application. Next to the application form and the film, two photographs from the film, a photo of the author, biography and dialogue list should be submitted. All the films that are listed in the official program of the festival will be screened at the festival, as well as mini-tour festivals in Serbia and abroad.  online submission.

New deadlines added

Wiper Film Festival 2/29/16
The Wiper Film Festival is the premiere online film festival. Your work will have the opportunity to be seen by millions of already signed up users. Our team is based in NYC. We love independent filmmakers and their films. The festival is one way we are building a better platform for your work to find an audience and the financial rewards that come with it. Through the festival, films we feature will be available to all Wiper’s users. One thing to know is we don’t require exclusive rights to your work. You can also remove it from Wiper when you like. You’re in charge. Online submission.

UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival 3/17/16
*note: Films from Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia can be submitted for free.
The goal of the UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival is to promote the art of filmmaking on both the UPIKE campus in Pikeville, KY and in the surrounding tri-state region.  We accept paid submissions from the other 47 United States (sorry, no international submitters).  We have $500 in cash prizes! Online submission.

March updates

Wellington Underground Film festival 3/1/16
Wellington Underground Film Festival provides a platform for the screening of underground film and video, especially single-author, which might otherwise be unrecognised and unavailable to the general public. We are interested in presenting the best in artistic, experimental, original, political and visionary film and video work. Online form, submit by link.

Neuro Film Festival 03/01/16
The Neuro Film Festival—a YouTube video contest—aims to raise awareness about the need for why more funding is needed for research into the prevention, treatment, and cure of brain disease.

Film Out Festival San Diego 03/1/16
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.

Skip City International D-Cinema Festival (Japan) 03/03/16? (based on last year’s deadline)
All submissions are divided into Feature Length Competition, Short Length Competition and Animation Competition. Online submissions. entries will open soon.

Prix Ars Electronica 03/06/16 ? (based on last year’s deadline)
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. (will open in jan.)

Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba International Film Festival (Brazil) 3/7/16
Open to fiction, documentary, experimental, animated and hybrid films. Categories: Feature Films and Short films. Submit Vimeo link or DVD. deadline above is postmark deadline.

Dead by Dawn (Scotland) 3/15/16
Showcases the best independent Horror, through a variety of short and feature programmes. Audience Award for Best Feature and Best Short, Cutting Edge short film competition. Online or DVD submission.

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Korea) 3/18/2016
Short Film. Types of films Animation , Documentary, Narrative fiction. Genre: Fantastic, Horror, Mystery, Phantasy, Science fiction, Thriller.  (Account registration required. Entry for BiFan2016 will be open on 18th Jan. 2016.)

Festival Alto Vicentino (Italy) 3/21/16
The Festival provides a single category for short films on a free subject of a maximum runtime of 15 minutes. From this edition we accept also films with a duration over 15 minutes in the “out of competition” section. online submission through wetransfer. Can also submit through Festhome and click for festivals.

New Zealand International Film Festival 03/25/16
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.

One Country One Film (Apchat, France) 03/31/16
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.


february updates

28th Hamburg International Short Film Festival 02/4/16
the time has come to submit your shortfilm to the ISFF Hamburg 2016. Online submissions

Ripple Effect Film Project 2/6/16
Open to filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience who reside, work, go to school, or otherwise have a connection to Athens, Georgia. Films must be 30 to 90 seconds in length and received by February 6, 2016 along with a completed entry form.  There is no entry fee. Finalists’ films will be shown at the “2016 Ripple Effect Blue Carpet Premiere” on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

London Lesbian Film Festival 2/15/16
The London Lesbian Film Festival is a celebratory gathering at which we project our images, challenge our politics, and reflect upon our lives. The festival aims to portray the richness and diversity of lesbian experiences and to strengthen our communities. The Festival is held every year in London, Ontario, Canada. Online submission form. Submissions accepted ongoing.

Krakow Film Festival (KFF), Poland 2/15/16
National Competition:: The festival aims to review and promote documentary, short animated and fiction films. The films are screened in four competitions as well as in non-competitive sections.

Animator International Animation Festival (Poland) 02/16/16
Submissions are now open for Animator, short and feature films. DVD or online submission.

CinemaJove (Valencia, Spain) 02/22/16
The Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove, aims to promote young filmmakers. Online upload site, MOVIEBETA does charge a small fee.

Berlin/Potsdam Jewish Film Festival 2/28/16
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.

The international short film festival 20min|max (Ingolstadt) 02/28/16
Submissions for the 10th issue of International Short Film Festival 20min|max – thus animations, motion pictures, documentaries, video art, music clips – are to be made via the platform

Gdansk DocFilm Festival (Poland) 2/29/16
Gdańsk DocFilm Festival, with its international nature, is a contest of documentary films and footages focusing mainly on:- situation of a human being as an individual as well as group of employees in the work environment,- personal activity and development in every form,- passion and creative activity,- human dignity, ethics and respect for human rights.

Maremetraggio International Short Film Festival (Italy) 2/29/16
An International Short Film Festival Two sections in competition, a selection of the best International shorts and the most interesting Italian debut works recently released in cinemas. Maremetraggio section is a “best of the best” of short films. DVD submissions.

Kalat Nissa Film Festival 2/29/16
Our goal is to give to all directors and talented filmmakers as visibility as possible, this edition will not only be a competition, but also a festival and a party. In fact, our logic is to give the greatest possible visibility for short films that will come. Submit online or on DVD.

Gdansk DocFilm Festival (Poland) 2/29/16
Gdańsk DocFilm Festival, with its international nature, is a contest of documentary films and footages focusing mainly on:- situation of a human being as an individual as well as group of employees in the work environment,- personal activity and development in every form,- passion and creative activity,- human dignity, ethics and respect for human rights.


Happy New Year!

Hi all- I just found a post by Meeting in the Media dated in October, and in March- curious. I am not familiar with the site, but found the post on their blog interesting. There were some words in bold I thought I would address with the following points:

  1. is not a submission platform.
  2. uses a simple design template.
  3. is organized by monthly deadlines.
  4. supports festivals and artists.
  5. has a submission form to post opportunities (hint to festivals, screening nights, etc.).
  6. can be searched by keyword.
  7. focuses on festivals that have opened their call for entries.
  8. is free for festivals to be listed on the blog.


I do welcome suggestions for the blog, and hope that if you have a festival, screening, or other no entry fee opportunity that you will visit my submission page to list your call for entry.

Best Regards,


More January updates

Dokfilm (Norway) Submissions now open
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival. In our programme for foreign films we want films with a distinct style and substance that provide other perspectives than the Norwegian films. Online submission form.

ECOZINE – International Film Festival and Environment of Zaragoza 01/20/16
EcoZine wants to promote, showcase and reward audiovisual works of fiction, animation, experimental and documentaries, in any form or videographic film, focusing on environmental issues, produced anywhere in the world, also promote actions and parallel activities related to this subject. Online submission (moviebeta) or by post.