Upcoming deadlines

Hi all,
Hope your summer is going well. Happy to share two festivals that were sent to me. One is Womanimation, which I have posted for as long as I can remember. Seems like an amazing festival. Please share with any and all women animators you might know. The other festival is limited to Vietnamese and SEA (South East Asia).

More updates soon.
Best of luck,

Womanimation! Film Festival 6/12/2023
What is Womanimation!? As the name implies, it’s a festival showcasing acclaimed animated films telling stories created by women from around the world. From satire to drama, from the everyday to the surreal – in styles from traditional 2-d to stop-motion to computer animation – the festival features something for every taste.Fill out an entry form HERE (opens in new window).

Sài Gòn Experimental 8/1/23
Saigon Experimental is working to expand the interest in experimental video art in Vietnam, supporting local and international artists. We are focused on abstract, experimental, non-narrative, and documentary video work. Note: Free only for Vietnamese and SEA submissions. WAIVER CODE OFFERED UPON CONTACT VIA EMAIL to: saigonexperimental(at)gmail.com.

July updates

Hi all-
I just updated the July listings with a variety of options for short and feature films. Please note that some festivals have a specific category for free entries. I have noted this in the postings. In some cases, it may require a waiver code and documentation, such as for the VA film festival. Festivals may have their own submission platforms, use film freeway or other platforms for submissions, or have email submissions. 
best of luck,

Cinevo 2023 Short Film Grant Contest 7/1/23
We are excited to introduce to you to our first annual film grant competition. No submission fees required. Cinevo will be awarding a total of $20,000 in rental grants to students and professionals whose films are selected to win from fiction and nonfiction categories. Any subject matter can be submitted – journalistic, narrative, music video, branded content – but should serve as a proof-of-concept you’d use the award to accomplish.

Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival 7/1/23
We now invite all filmmakers, artists, distributors, producers, gallerists, universities and institutions to submit their most current works and projects to the 39th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival. The entire film program as well as the works for the exhibition A jury nominates films from the program for the other festival awards. We do not charge an entry fee and pay – as far as possible – a screening fee for the films of the regular film program.

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France) 7/3/23
Today, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival is the world’s largest film festival dedicated to short films. In term of audience and professional presence, it is the second largest film festival in France after Cannes. (Submissions open in May, deadline based on previous years)

Women Over 50 Film Festival 7/4/23
Everyone is eligible to submit a film to Women Over 50 Film Festival. There’s no upper or lower age limit and it’s not only open to women. As long as your film centres on a woman over 50 or part of your core creative team is female and over 50, your film is eligible. Free submissions in student category.

Virginia Film Festival 7/05/23* free to VA filmmakers
Every Fall, the VAFF showcases celebrated new narrative and documentary features, independent and international projects, fresh perspectives on timeless classics, and local filmmakers from throughout Virginia. Virginia residents (including students at VA schools) are eligible to have their entry fee waived. In order to receive the VA resident fee waiver, the address you list in your submission must be in Virginia, and you must enter the code 2023VA36VAFFresd when you complete your submission on FilmFreeway (the code is good for one submission per applicant). Proof of current residency may be requested by VAFF and is required if submitting using this code.

International Women’s Film Festival “KIN” (Armenia) 07/10/23
***Free submission only for Armenian Films*** «KIN» (kin means “a woman” in Armenian), will be held in Yerevan. The festival’s goal is promote women’s creativity, establish a network between women filmmakers from different parts of the world and give hand to a better understanding of different cultures and each other. The purpose of the festival is to address through films issues of violence, inequality, discrimination and other problems related to women’s rights and gender problems. genres: Documentary, Short, Animation. Duration of the films had to be less than 40 min. Film Freeway Submission.

Schlingel International Film Festival 7/15/23
SCHLINGEL is an independent film festival with international competitions and various additional events. It takes place annually. We conceive ourselves as a platform for international children’s and youth films in Germany. The festival gives an overview of current international productions and aims at motivating distributors and TV stations in Germany to integrate these films into their programmes. Only Feature Film category is free to enter. Film Freeway.

International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 7/16/23
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur is Switzerland’s major short film festival, held annually in November. The six-day event is a popular public festival as well as an important hub for the international short film industry. Early submissions welcome.

Busan International Film Festival (Korea) 07/19/23
For the official selection of the 28th Busan International Film Festival, fiction films, documentaries, and animations that were produced after October 2022 are eligible for submission. Deadline is for Feature Film for films longer than 60 minutes.

Viennale 7/31/23
The Viennale International Film Festival Vienna – is a NON-COMPETITIVE FILM FESTIVAL. It is acknowledged by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). The Viennale’s main program presents films of all genres and formats (presented in original version with English and/or German subtitles). The Viennale’s festival program mainly consists of films participating BY INVITATION. Please also note that in case of entries of short narratives (fiction films up to 40 minutes) the Viennale can only accept Austrian productions.

Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival 7/31/2023* opens May 2nd
The Festival caters to the art of short filmmaking that visualizes some aspect or aspects of Iranian “Heritage”, which includes the arts, culture, history, crafts geography, cuisine, and lifestyle. Calling on individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to submit short films, less than 9 minutes in length, visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture, and heritage, that will inspire and spark the audience’s interest in learning more about Iranian culture.

Updates for August and September

Hi all,
Just added some deadlines for August and September. Also a reminder that REEL13 has an ongoing call for their short film contest- the winner receives a licensing fee, is featured on their site, and is screened on the PBS New York station with a classic and an indie feature film as part of their Saturday movie night. You don’t have to be from the NY area to enter, and the short can be any type, live action, animation, etc.
best of luck,

REEL 13 (ongoing)
Reel 13 Shorts is THIRTEEN’s weekly interactive on-line film competition celebrating the best in independent short film.

ANIMA, Córdoba International Animation Festival 5/14/23* extended deadline
The Festival is open to animation productions of every technique, genre, topic, format and screening media (film, video, television, Internet, smartphones, video games, VR, AR, fulldome, etc.). Special interest is granted to innovative works and also to student productions. Participation is open for productions from all over the world, with emphasis in those from Latin America. There is no limit to the number of entries that a participant can send.

Cinema Culturas 8/01/23
This competition seeks to encourage and enhance our K-12 students’ 4 C’s of 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication. Cinema Culturas expands on this learning model by incorporating two additional C’s in its educational program: Culture and Community. By providing fun and educational forums for all students to participate in, and having local communities come together via a digital platform, students’ storytelling skills are nurtured and promoted through the short films they create. Cinema Culturas invites all elementary, middle, and high school students to participate in its Storytelling, Music and Film Student Competition “Regeneration: how does adversity help you grow” 

Iranian Film Festival (San Francisco, CA) 8/1/23
San Francisco – Iranian Film Festival, a showcase for the independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world, is inviting filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films for the next edition. The films should be related to Iran by any filmmaker from any country, or made by any Iranian filmmaker on any subject. There is NO restriction on the topics or length of the films. The festival is open to all genres: fiction, documentary, short, animation, music video. To submit your film, please send a DVD, or email a secure link to: info@IranianFilmFestival.org, and send a press kit [synopsis, your bio, and photo, some stills from your film], and the following information,  or enter it on FilmFreeway.

Cinemagic is looking for imaginative and original films made by young people (age 25 and younger, living in the UK and Ireland). The films can be about anything at all fact or fiction, comedy or drama, news program or documentary. Please email an online screening link to your film along with a completed entry form to chris@cinemagic.org.uk or filmfreeway

HECare Festival 09/21/23
The Human Environment Care Film Festival (HECFF) is Canada’s premier cultural event devoted exclusively to the exploration of Human-Environment care, Human rights issues, Environment protection through films. Film Freeway


Caminhos do Cinema Português Festival ddl 5/10/23

Hi all-
Just added this to the May deadlines. There is a limited time waiver code “CCPnoEntryFeeFestivals” for readers to use until May 10, 2023. Note the festival accepts international (world) and Portuguese.films in a range of categories (night shift!) that includes features and shorts.
best of luck,

Caminhos do Cinema Português Festival 5/10/23
The Caminhos do Cinema Português Festival has been, since 1988, one of the main references in the Portuguese cinematographic panorama. Presenting itself as the only festival dedicated to Portuguese cinema in all its aspects (final projects of schools of cinema, animation, documentary, short film and feature film), it shows itself as the ultimate showcase of cinematographic works that are annually produced in Portugal. This event is the opportunity to bring together creators and viewers in a single space for artistic interaction, a place where you can follow in the first person the evolution of the national film industry. Film Freeway Submission. Deadline for “no entry fee festival” readers using this waiver: CCPnoEntryFeeFestivals

June deadlines

Hi all,
I just updated the listing for June- but will include here as well. If you have any comments, please add them below. Any suggestions for festivals or other screening opportunities are welcome, just write in the comments.
best regards,

“Under the Radar” ongoing
Queer Cinema by, for or about Under-Represented People of Colour from Around the World. We are seeking films of all genres, under 30 minutes and in English or with English subtitles, to add to our on-going in person and online programming.  No entry fees.  No limit on year of production. Submissions should be of interest to the LGBTQ+ community and demonstrate innovation and creative originality.  Although we do not impose a particular theme to our programming, we ask that you explain your creative choices in the synopsis section below. 

ConnectHer Film Festival 06/01/23
Through ConnectHER, high school and college students submit original short films focused on critical women’s issues such as girls’ education, ending violence against women, poverty & economic independence, and authentic beauty/body image. We’re thrilled with how the film festival is turning students into filmmakers—and filmmakers into activists.

Portobello Film Festival (London, UK) 06/01/2023
UK’s biggest independent film competition. Films submitted through form. Movies can be sent via a link with password to raypff @ mac.com (ProRes or H264)

YOUKI 6/1/23
YOUKI is looking for your film! Filmmakers, school classes and content creators can submit their productions for the international film competition 2023. No matter if professional camera or smartphone – YOUKI is the place where new ideas, first attempts, films of all genres, wild experiments, social media clips and school projects find their way to the cinema. We support your start into the cinema universe. Be brave and submit your project! Submission password: HappyBirthdayYouki Film Freeway

Student Academy awards 6/1/23
The Student Academy Awards (SAA) recognizes and honors student filmmakers who demonstrate excellence in the creation of motion pictures. By awarding these outstanding achievements, the Academy strives to support and inspire emerging filmmakers and to foster growth and education in the art and science of motion pictures. FilmFreeway submission.

Supernova Digital Animation Festival “7th Dimension” 6/1/23
We are Denver Digerati, an innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to the support and amplification of digital motion art and animation. We are artist-centered and believe in the freedom to create without restrictions. Our organization endeavors to promote those fearless creators who aspire to express their unique visions through their art. Our platform is focused on inclusivity and the next generation of digital interdisciplinarity. We strive to break down accessibility barriers for EVERYONE through exhibition, education, community partnerships, an emphasis on play, idea development over skills-based repetition, and an unapologetic desire to foster artist success. We are committed to the open-minded, art-adventurous, rule-breakers, niche-focused, the independent artists, and all of you that are WEIRD and WONDERFUL.

World Festival of Animated Film Varna – WFAF 6/1/23
2023 is the year of the 19th edition of the World Festival of Animated Film, held in beautiful Varna- the sea capital of Bulgaria! Welcome onboard! This September once again filmmakers, students, artists- amateurs and professionals, will gather for 5 diverse days on the seaside to be part of screenings from around the world, masterclasses of animation talents, rich exhibitions, workshops and many more!

Canlandıranlar Film Festival 6/2/23
Canlandıranlar (Animators) focuses on talents and organizes various events through volunteering. We support short independent animation films and also organize the International Canlandıranlar Film Festival since 2013. Film Freeway.

Golden Lion Awards High School Film Festival 6/2/2023 *late submissions have fees
Entries must meet the following requirements to be eligible for competition. Please note that entries received outside of the Midwest and/or 500-mile radius of Cincinnati will not be eligible to compete. The Golden Lion Awards is a high school/middle school film festival based in Cincinnati. It is open to students in the 12 Midwest states (Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) as well as areas within 500 miles of Cincinnati including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The production team must have been in high school or younger while filming the project. Middle School students are eligible to submit. All music and other copyrighted material (images, videos, etc.) used in the films must be properly licensed. There are various resources that offer free music and images.

depicT! film festival (UK): 06/12/23
A reminder: • The duration of your film(s) must NOT exceed 90 seconds including titles and credits. • Depict is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work. We do not accept advertisements. Whilst we do not have a premiere policy, we positively encourage entries made specifically for Depict. • The maximum number of entries per individual is three. Film Freeway Submission.

MOTELx – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival 6/15/23
Note: Two free categories, Horror Script and Portugese Films. MOTELX GUIÕES Award- MOTELX, in partnership with the Guiões Festival, opens its first Horror Script Competition for Portuguese feature films. Portuguese films. Portuguese feature and short films, including co-productions with a majority of Portuguese participation. All national productions or co-productions are exempt from paying submission fees. Submission password must be requested at films@motelx.org. Any film submitted to this category not fulfilling these requirements will be automatically disqualified. Film Freeway submission.

Princeton Student Film and Video Festival 06/15/23
The Princeton Student Film Festival is sponsored by the Princeton Public Library. The mission of the festival is to encourage and support the work of youth filmmakers (ages 14-25) in a range of genres and styles, with the opportunity and a venue for the filmmakers to show their work to a broad audience.

FILMETS Badalona Film Festival 06/15/23
An international short film festival that showcases fiction, animation and documentary films. The programme is selected on the basis of rigorous artistic, technical and screenwriting criteria. free submission for filmmakers from Badalona. The directors of films related to Badalona, participating in Badalona, must send a mail to filmets@festivalfilmets.cat (indicating their details and the link to access and view the film)

Brno Sixteen 6/15/23
BRNO16 is an international short film festival. It is one of the oldest film festivals in the Czech Republic and has been going on uninterrupted since 1960. At the same time, it is also one of the oldest short film festivals in the world. BRNO16 presents various kinds of short films – live action, animation, experimental, student, professional and also non-professional. We are curious about all the beautiful short films this year. Have you shot any in the last three years?The 16 in the name of our festival refers to 16mm film, in past one of most common film gauges in the industry and also at our festival. This film gauge is rarely used nowadays, since most films are now screened from digital formats (16mm appears exclusively in retrospective sections), the name however stuck as a tradition.

Golden Snail 6/15/23
Festival “Golden Snail” is a World Children Animated Film Festival which takes place in month September 2023. in Vranje, Serbia. “Golden Snail” gathers young filmmakers from all over the world. Any studio, club or school who works with children in a field of film animation are welcome to our festival. Films must be made BY CHILDREN not for children by professionals.

Countryside Animafest Cyprus 6/18/23
Cyprus films, is a category for national animated shorts created in Cyprus, this deadline is for that category only.

Anishort Festival 6/20/23
We are a team of young people engaged in animation, photography and camera, design, music and sound, technique and creative work as such. All these sectors together are included for us in the animated film. Versatile we are interested in this great art form. Whether each of us individually devote to something else, one thing unites us all. We love animated film and especially the short!!!

Primanima Masters Competition: category for established filmmakers, all films are eligible which do not fit in the student, graduation film, first film or children’s film categories; including directors who previously competed in our festival and they are not first time filmmakers anymore are encouraged to submit their films to this category; if you are teaching animation in an institution, please note it in your bio. Submission link here. 

Busan International Film Festival (Korea) 06/21/23
For the official selection of the 28th Busan International Film Festival, fiction films, documentaries, and animations that were produced after October 2022 are eligible for submission. Deadline is for Short Film for films shorter than 60 minutes.

Short of the Year 06/21/23
The festival is open to international filmmakers.Festival is open to fiction, animation, documentary, experimental short films and music video with a maximum duration of 30 minutes. Entries must be submitted in English, Spanish subtitles are recommended though. Short of the Year will have four different editions: WINTER – SPRING – SUMMER – AUTUMN. Every season 50 works will be selected. The winner of each season will be awarded with 250 submissions to film festivals (for free) and will directly become one of the films selected for The Short of the Year. The grand prize consists in 1000 submissions to festivals (for free)

Tirana International Documentary Film Festival 6/23/23
Tirana International accepts films with no entry fee for their In Albanian category (films from all over the world in Albanian language). Only Feature & Short films that are in Albanian language will be accepted in this category. 

CINANIMA 6/26/23
CINANIMA 2023 – the 47th International Animated Film Festival of Espinho – will be held from the 13th to the 19th of November 2023. The oldest film festival in Portugal and the third oldest animation festival in the world CINANIMA is an Oscar™ Qualifying Film Festival in the category of Best Animated Short. Animation filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit their works in one of the international competition categories.

Student film, Graduation film (BA, MA or DLA), First film = your first animated short film production made without an educational background, Children’s film = any animated short film made for children (age 3-12) if it falls in any of the above categories (Student Film, Graduation film, First Film) or it is made by an up-and-coming director under the age of 40. Films for teenagers = films suitable for teenagers (age 13–18) submitted for any of the above short film categories (Student film, Graduation film, First film) or made by an up-and-coming director under the age of 40 will also be considered by the programmers for the PrimaTeen competition category. Submission link here. 

Holebikort short film contest 6/30/23
‘Holebikort’, the biggest competition for queer short films is back. Submission link here. The winner of Holebikort is chosen by the public on the Opening night of the Holebifilmfestival in November. In addition, there are two extra awards: The “Bravery Award” and the “Theme Award”.

GRAND OFF World Independent Film Awards 6/30/23
Grand OFF – World Independent Film Awards is the most important initiative promoting independent cinema in Poland and one of the most important cultural events related to independent cinema in the world. The mission of Grand OFF is to put independent cinema in the spotlight that both films and their makers deserve. This goal is achieved by a meticulous process of nominating submitted movies by the members of Grand OFF Jury, representing cinema professionals from 24 countries. This procedure culminates in a festive award ceremony, taking place in Warsaw since 2006 and attended each time by 400 distinguished representatives of the cinema world. A week later the awarded films are presented in more than 50 Polish cities. Film Freeway

New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 6/30/23
New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival is an animation festival dedicated to animated films held at the terminal building of New Chitose Airport (Hokkaido, Japan), which connects Hokkaido with the rest of the world as an entertainment airport. Deadline for short film, student film, VR / 360 works.

Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF)  6/30/23
International Animation Festival, which includes a general competition section. Animation Film Festival with a general competition section, which includes feature films, short films, graduation films, Korean short films, TV&Commissioned films. The festival is to spread the true charm of the animation genre and to grow as an expert animation film festival in Asia. Deadline for short films.

Fredrikstad Animation Festival 6/30/23
Fredrikstad Animation Festival (FAF) is organised by Norsk Animasjonsforum. The object of the festival is to promote the screening of animation and increase the awareness of animated expressions in the Nordic-Baltic countries.

AnimaSyros International Animation Festival & Agora 6/30/23
ANIMASYROS International Animation Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Greece and one of the largest in Europe, launched its journey into the world of animation on 19 September 2008 in the island of Syros, Greece. Since then, ANIMASYROS takes place annually in the capital of the Cyclades complex, having hosted more than 104,000 unique visitors. Film Freeway submission.

Doclisboa 6/30/23
A festival dedicated to documentary and to the new possible paths that are being opened for the genre. Free submission for Green Years category, films with portuguese production. The GREEN YEARS – PORTUGUESE FILM submission form is dedicated especially to students or authors who are taking the first steps on film direction. Films of Portuguese production or co-production. World premiere required. Film Freeway Submission

Etiuda and Anima Festival (Poland) 06/30/2023
ETIUDA COMPETITION – international film competition for student etudes made at film and fine art schools. ANIMA COMPETITION – international competition for professional, independent and student animation. 

May deadlines

Hi all,
Some of you have periodically checked in on me, and thank you for that. I have been updating pages when I get a chance and also have been looking at new ways to approach the blog. I have found that the block format of WordPress causes huge headaches, and by that I mean I have literally lost pages of work at a time. I also have figured out that I am on WordPress, but, not that WordPress, shaking my head. I guess I am the last to know. At any rate, I am doing a large update and also will be sending out some email blasts along with that. As always, some festivals may start to charge a fee. I generally catch this, but if I don’t- please let me know in the comments. Sending me an email about how accidentally posting festivals with fees will cause people not to trust me or the blog will likely just put me on pause while I consider this. :) 
best of luck to all,

Matsalu Nature Film Festival 5/1/23
The Matsalu Nature Film Festival (MAFF) is an annual nature film event held in Estonia. It has been named after the nearby Matsalu National Park, which is one of largest bird sanctuaries in Europe. Two categories: Nature and Man and Nature. 20 years ago a humble and tentative endeavour, Matsalu Nature Film Festival has now become one of the renowned and respected festivals in the film world, winning more and more attention with every subsequent year. Once started under the parallel name „Green Gate“ with this identifiable and obvious flavour of local event, it has now absolutely different dimensionality, covering the whole world. While in the very first year only 23 competing films from 7 different countries were shown to the audience during three days, in 2019 filmmakers from over 80 countries submitted over 1000 wonderful nature films from all over the world. FilmFreeway entry.

Supertoon International Animation Festival 5/1/23
You are kindly invited to submit films and comics to one of the following competition categories: Short Animated Films / Short-format, non-commissioned animated films or videos. Student Short Animated Films / Short-format, non-commissioned animated films or videos. Animated Films for Children / Animated works produced and distributed specifically for children. In case of a series, only one episode is eligible. Animated Music Videos / Official music videos, commissioned animated videos made specifically to promote music pieces. Comic book edition (album) / A printed comic book edition by a single author / co-authors Comic magazine / A printed comic edition that contains works by two or more authors Fanzine edition / Non-professional printed comic book edition (without ISBN / ISSN) by a single author / co-authors or more authors.

FluXus Animation Film Festival 5/1/23
International animated short films, student, professional and amateur films, of any technique, made within the last 2 years, are accepted. Films should not be longer than 12 minutes and contain at least 50% animation. Non animated puppet films are also welcome. Film Freeway

Punto y Raya JUNIOR 5/1/23
JUNIOR is the extension of PUNTO Y RAYA devoted to the sensitisation and education of general audiences, children and various groups at risk of social exclusion. It organizes workshops for the creation of abstract works in the most diverse contexts. The platform provides educational resources, workshops with renowned artists, screenings and presentations, and remote access to hundreds of abstract films recommended especially for this target, consolidating a collaborative network of many institutions around the globe.

Bordeaux Shorts 5/10/24
After receiving reports on the tough economic sanctions the Festival Bordeaux Shorts has decided to open a free Iranian section for directors residing in Iran to register. We take charge of this section because we believe that political sanctions should not prevent the right of filmmakers to show and submit their work to the rest of the world. French or English subtitles. Password: Bonjour2021BSB FilmFreeway link.

Fantoche International Animation Film Festival 5/14/23
Fantoche searches for the best animated short films from all over the world every year. You can submit either via FilmFreeway or by sending the excel template (see downloads) to film@fantoche.ch.

LINOLEUM International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival 5/14/23
LINOLEUM Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival is the biggest showcase of short independent animation in Ukraine. Launched in 2014 in Kyiv each year the festival screens around 250 films from all over the world, offers workshops and lectures held by the field’s best players and a special program for children. LINOLEUM aims to support animation artists and promote Ukrainian animation worldwide as well as encourage and celebrate creativity among animators and media artists. Filmfreeway submission.

Imaginaria – International Animated Film Festival 5/15/23
IMAGINARIA is the first and only international animated film festival of Apulia region.

Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games 5/21/23
Showcasing amazing work by talented student animators from around the world in 2D, stop motion, computer animation and VFX. We also have a special category for young hobbyists under 18, exploring animation.

Animofest 5/29/23
International animated film festival of secondary schools !!! ( Age of competing student is 15 – 20years ) – ANIMOFEST was meant as an award of the Head teacher of the Academy of animation for the best animated film of the year. The establishment of holding a regular film festival was the logical result of efforts to present and confront students’ work from all over the world. Film Freeway submission

GIRAF 5/31/23
GIRAF is a celebration of independent animation, a showcase of the best of what’s being made here in Canada and around the world. Each year, we scour the globe for the most astounding, inventive, beautiful, mind-altering and unexpected animated films out there.

Ottawa International Animation Festival 5/31/23
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the world’s leading animation events providing screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment since 1976. OIAF is an annual five-day event bringing art and industry together in a vibrant hub.

POOL 23 5/31/2023
POOL 23 will present a selection of fascinating international dance film productions, making the event a meeting place for creative minds involved in the fields of dance, film, fashion and art. The festival is focused on films that not only record dance but create independent film-choreographies through the intense interplay between dance and cinematic tools like the use of camera and editing. Artists are invited to apply with dance films and dance animations. 

Arché 5/31/23
Arché is a space for thinking and creative development, intending to provide tools and moments of reflection and training to new film projects, as well as a platform of contact with international agents of the film industry in an atmosphere of an in-depth work. Arché welcomes 12 film projects from Ibero-american countries and Italy. It consists of a 10-days programme that includes project development workshops, a pitching session, one-to-one meetings among other activities.

Reel13- Please vote before Weds, March 8th, 12pm EST

Hi all,
A couple weeks ago when I shared this, it was very last minute, my apologies.

First, please vote for my short animation,  “morning coffee”. It is a one minute animation I created a few years ago. It screened at 75-100 film festivals and won “Best Experimental Animation” at the World Animation Celebration in LA sponsored by Sony Pictures.

It is featured in this week’s Reel13 short film contest. Voting is open now at http://www.thirteen.org/reel13/vote/ and ends tomorrow, March 8th,  at 12pm EST.

The winning film will screen on “Reel13”, Saturday at 9 pm, PBS (WNET, channel 13), New York City area. You can vote on computers, smart phones, and other internet-connected devices. #REEL13

Second, I encourage you to submit a short film to their contest. If selected, they will post your short film on their site, and each week three are selected for public vote. The winner is shown before that week’s Saturday night feature films.

REEL 13 (ongoing)
Reel 13 Shorts is THIRTEEN’s weekly interactive on-line film competition celebrating the best in independent short film.

best of luck,

Urgent- REEL13, Please vote before 12pm EST

Hi all,
I have been updating the monthly pages when I have the time, but not doing regular posts/email blasts. I am about to do another update. I wanted to share an opportunity and ask for your help, but it needs to be quick (only involves clicking the link, then clicking the vote button- no sign up)

First, please vote for my short animation,  “morning coffee”. It is a one minute animation I created a few years ago. It screened at 75-100 film festivals and won “Best Experimental Animation” at the World Animation Celebration in LA sponsored by Sony Pictures.

It is featured in this week’s Reel13 short film contest. Voting is open now at http://www.thirteen.org/reel13/vote/ and ends today,, February 22nd at 12pm EST.

The winning film will screen on “Reel13”, Saturday at 9 pm, PBS (WNET, channel 13), New York City area. You can vote on computers, smart phones, and other internet-connected devices. #REEL13

REEL 13 (ongoing)
Reel 13 Shorts is THIRTEEN’s weekly interactive on-line film competition celebrating the best in independent short film.

best of luck,

A few more updates

Hi all-
The following festivals or event  opportunities were submitted to me by the organizers. The Woman Scream Festival seems to be looking for proposals for events, sounds like a unique opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact them directly for clarification.

As always, best of luck-

Gaia International Film Festival 1/31/2022
Gaia International Film Festival is the place to talk about food and its territories, societies and peoples, traditions, memory, and culture. A Festival that aims to promote the territorial identities of the whole world and to enhance their cultures and typicality through the cinematic narration of food and wine traditions. At the same time, the Festival aims to promote and enhance the talents of national and international independent cinema to allow them a fruitful exchange of experiences, direct comparison with professionals in the sector and the expansion of skills, as well as to increase the possibility of making themselves known from a wider audience.

1st River Meets Mountain International Film Festival 1/31/2022
RMMIFF is an organic kind of film festival as entire festival will be held in the middle of beautiful hilly river named the Karbi Langpi. Our screening will be done in the middle of the river. Viewers will experience the cinema with nature. The festival showcases short and documentary films from around the globe. RMMIFF will try to create an environment for the audience and filmmaker to experience cinema with nature.

Woman Scream Festival 2022 2/13/2022
Call for Volunteer Coordinators. The international Woman Scream Festival (Grito de Mujer) in its 12th edition, and in support of the initiatives of the Action Coalitions for Generation Equality of UN Women for the next years, makes a formal invitation to institutions, members and nonmembers, to join the cause as volunteer events coordinators, for the festival’s global cultural chain next March, 2022. This season, paying a tribute to aboriginal women and women ancestors under the motto “Origin”. Woman Scream 2022 will be a call to remember native women, whose cultures persist over time in several countries and who still suffer continuous abuses, in absence of laws that promote the validation of their rights. It is also a tribute to the women whose lineage, courage and strength, since ancient times, have been forerunners of the collective dream, towards a life free from women violence and equal women’s rights. This call will take special interest in non-listed cities and countries. If you wish to become a volunteer coordinator for Woman Scream 2022: “Origin”, send your proposal directly to the movement, through the contact menu of the page womanscreamfestival.com. The proposals received must represent the cause in best interest. Requests upon approval and availability, in accordance with previous acceptance of WS Guidelines. This call will close on February 13, 2022, and the calendar of confirmed events will be published and promoted to the public. Check Woman Scream Social Networks for more updates.

Winnipeg Underground Film Festival 3/1/2022
The Winnipeg Underground Film Festival is an annual showcase for contemporary experimental film + video that takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty 1 Territory. We are a volunteer, not-for-profit, artist-run festival and we operate under a NO SUBMISSION FEE model and and all of our funding/proceeds go directly to paying artist fees. To submit to our call for entries for our 9th edition of WUFF, please follow this link 

Updates in progress

Hi all-
Here is a list of upcoming festivals. They will be added to the pages for each month shortly. If you notice any fees, it is an oversight, and I would appreciate you letting me know. With that said, I list festivals that have any categories and/or deadlines that are free, which can be a single category or an early bird deadline.

Note, there is a deadline tomorrow for the International Debut Feature Film Competition in Germany, that is looking for fictional debuts or graduation pieces by women directors.

As always, best of luck,

Slim Cinema Film Festival accepting submissions, festival postponed
Create a visual piece shot in Vertical Composition that tells a narrative. Content can be shot using your equipment of choice (i.e. SLR, red, smartphone, etc.), but aspect ratio must be 9:16 for any submissions to be considered.  We want to challenge your creativity to tell an original narrative through vertical visual storytelling.

Internationales Frauen* Film Fest Dortmund+Köln 12/5/21
Germany’s largest forum for women in the film industry and presents outstanding films by women spanning all genres and styles. Deadline is for the International Debut Feature Film Competition. Eligible are fictional debuts or graduation pieces by women directors with a length of at least 65 minutes. Film production has to be completed after 1st March 2020.

It’s all true: International Documentary Film Festival  12/10/21
Brazilian. This film festival was created to support the genre of documentary films.

FEST- New Directors / New Films Festival (Portugal) 12/11/21 *
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR? We are accepting films under the following formats: A) Fiction and Non-Fiction feature films (minimum length is 55 minutes) from directors who are on their first or second feature-length project, regardless of age. B) Fiction, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental Short films (up to 54 minutes of duration) from directors up to the age of 35 (including) at the end of the production. No fee applies only to Portuguese films.

Internationales Frauen* Film Fest Dortmund+Köln 12/15/21
Germany’s largest forum for women in the film industry and presents outstanding films by women spanning all genres and styles. Eligible are graduate films and films of the first two years after completion of studies. Film production has to be completed between 1st January 2020 and 15th December 2021. There are no genre or length restrictions, animated films are excluded. Please note: This is a national competition for DoPs living and/or working in Germany!

Kristiansand International Childrens Film Festival (Norway) 12/15/21
Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (KICFF) is Norway’s largest film festival aimed at children and youth. The target group is age 3-19. The festival takes place in Kristiansand, Southern Norway. The festival accepts features, documentaries, animation films and short films from all over the world.

Short of the Year 12/21/21
PROMOFEST opens the call for entries of SHORT OF THE YEAR – AUTUMN. Every season 50 works will be selected. The winner of each season will be awarded with 250 submissions to film festivals (for free) and will directly become one of the films selected for The Short of the Year. Submission is through click for festivals.

Moinho Cine Fest 12/31/21
Moinho Cine Fest is an international film festival, exclusively dedicated to a one minute films and to mobile films with maximum duration of 5 minutes. Local films have free submission for all deadlines. International and other categories are free for first deadline only (June).

Animocje 12/31/21
A lot of the people think that the animation equals cartoons for the children. An opinion like this could not be more wrong! A fine example of the fact that the situation is completely different is International Animated Film Festival Animocje. This event is focused on an ambitious cinema searching for its artistic character.

Anifilm 12/31/21
Anifilm’s mission is to present current trends, methods, technologies and animation techniques in its programme. It also supports works in progress and brand new animation projects and their authors, producers and distributors. Film professionals from all over the world can use Anifilm as a platform for positive confrontation and meeting place for forging new contacts. Anifilm is aimed at authors and film professionals as well as students, educators, film theorists and all fans of animated production, including children.

Neisse Film Festival 12/31/21
Documentary, Short and Feature-length films from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, or in co-production with these countries, are eligible for submission.

Landshut Short Film Festival 12/31/21
Short films of all genres up to 30 minutes. (FFL charges a fee, not the festival itself). If it is not possible for you to upload the film file to FFL you can send also a secure Vimeo link or a file by e-mail of the submitted film to: Michael Orth  m.orth@dynamo-kurzfilm.de

Fest Anca Internacional Animation Festival 12/31/21*free entry deadline*
Only short animated films and music videos – completed after January 1, 2020 and submitted with English subtitles – are accepted into the Festival’s competition program. This year’s call for entries is open via Film Freeway. The submission process is free of charge until December 31, 2021.

goEast film festival 12/31/21
From September 20th, Filmmakers are invited to submit their fiction films as well as documentaries to the Main Competition of the 22nd goEast Film Festival, which will take place from April 19th–25th 2022.goEast countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival 1/02/22
We accept paid submissions for films and screenplays from across the world, but all submissions from Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia can be submitted for free. Additionally, students can submit to the early deadline of all our categories for free. This includes elementary level students all the way up the grad students in college.

Le Plein de Super1/5/22
“LE PLEIN DE SUPER” is a SHORT FILM FESTIVAL organized by the French association “La Boîte Carrée”. La Boîte Carrée goes ON TOUR by bus across FRANCE (Pays de la Loire) and PORTUGAL to bring cinema in small villages on the road. Le Plein de Super is a real opportunity (and most of the time the only one) for people and communities to discover short films and share unique moments.

Crossing Europe (Linz, Austria) 1/07/22* European or Austrian only
The goal of CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival is to give various perspectives on contemporary European cinema. The program focuses on innovative European films, which reflect current political and social realities of Europe‘s changing societies. We want to trace a cinema that tells of regional peculiarities and different conditions for living on this continent. We aim to open up new cinematic territories, which are under-represented in everyday movie business.

Sehsüchte Film Festival 01/09/22
Film festivals bring not only new, exciting and unique films into our orbit, but also the creative minds behind them.  It is exactly this aspect which Sehsüchte has passionately committed itself to for the past half century. As the biggest international student film festival in Europe, it has taken on a special place in the festival landscape. The next generation of filmmakers across the globe are given a platform to present their work to a broad audience and make contacts within the industry. Sehsüchte has always seen itself as a space for networking, a showcase of cultural diversity and a celebration of film and continues to do so today.

FISH- Filmfestival I’m Stadthafen 1/15/22
The national short film competition JUNGER FILM is the heart of FiSH. The partaking films have a maximum runtime of 30 minutes and the maximum age limit for the directors is set at 27 years. In the previous year, more than 400 young directors have submitted their short films to the annual competition. 30 to 40 of all submissions are then selected to be shown during the festival. What makes JUNGER FILM so special is the open and communicative atmosphere between filmmakers, the jury and the audience. Through said communication, FiSH becomes a school of speaking about films. After every screening the filmmakers are interviewed and after every film block the jury openly discusses the movies on stage, contrary to a lot of other festivals. This approach to film screening provides a direct path for criticism and praise between the directors, the actors and the audience.

CEE Animation Forum 1/16/22
The leading regional pitching, financing and co-production event. It aims to boost the international circulation potential of projects, as well as their visibility and access to a wider European market. With our growing professional network, we are building a strong community with the aim to support the projects, to boost the circulation of works and creative ideas, and the creation of new partnerships, to give media exposure to selected projects through various media partners, and to promote projects throughout the year, not only during the event, i. e. to follow the life of the project after the Forum as well.The main focus remains on the two most important Forum activities: the pitching of animated projects in development and 1:1 industry meetings.

Melbourne International Animation Festival 1/20/22
The Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) is one of the largest animation festivals in the world. It usually screens around 400-450 films each year in competitive, panorama, student, curated and retrospective programs.

International Film Festival for Children and Youth 1/20/22
Only films for children & youth are accepted to the selection process. Amateur films, music videos, experiments are not accepted. Date of production: 2020 and later. We will consider shorts, features, and animations. Please send your entries through Film Freeway or via email to festiwal@kinolub.pl.

Kent County Teen Film Festival1/21/22
All Kent County teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter films in the Kent County Teen Film Festival. A jury will review all submitted entries and select films to be screened at the festival. Prizes will be awarded for the best films in various categories. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is free and open to the public.

Vinilonga Film and Music Video Festival 01/22/22* see note
Welcome to Vinilonga! We are a friendly festival made with love by filmmakers. We like to think of ourselves as a costume party, changing dress codes every three months. We hold online and live exhibitions in the city of Buenos Aires on specially curated themes based on the entries. The themes vary widely, so we invite you to register with your short film or video clip from any date to participate. You can register with documentaries, fictions, experimental short films, video-dance, video-poetry, animation and any other hybrid work. Note: festival does not charge a fee for projects from African countries and Argentina, but does have a fee for all other categories.

Animayo  1/31/22
Animayo, first Spanish animation Festival names “Qualifying Festival” for the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the OSCAR® AWARDS. The winners of Animayo may be taken into account in the category of “Animation Short Film” will be eligible for consideration in the “Animated Short Film” of the Academy Awards® Exclusive for applying to works of 2d animation, 3d animation,special effects, experimental, advertising, animation spots, videoclips, video games cinematic, special effects series and animation series.

Krakow Film Festival (KFF), 1/31/22
International Competition. The Krakow Film Festival aims to review and promote documentary, short animated and fiction films. The films are screened in four competitions as well as non-competitive sections. The entry fee shall not apply to Polish films. In addition, films produced in the countries mentioned below may be exempted from entry fees (not applicable to films co-produced with countries not listed below): Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Camboia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Dem. Rep., Cuba, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria,Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Deadline for films made after 31 October 2021.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival  1/31/22 *early bird free deadline
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is now accepting film submissions. We want films that confront stereotypes, push boundaries, arouse and tantalize, and above all, highlight the tremendous diversity of queer + trans* stories.

Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania) 2/1/22
(TIFF) is organized by Romanian Film Promotion and it is the first international feature film festival in Romania. The main objective of Transilvania IFF is to promote the cinematic art by presenting some of the most significant films of the moment, films which exhibit not only originality and independence of expression, but also unusual forms of cinematic language and modern trends of the young culture. Please note: *** no entry fee for Romanian films only

Animafest Zagreb 2/1/2022
World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb invites you to submit your film for the 32nd edition of the Festival, taking place 6-11 June 2022 in Zagreb. Short films (maximum running time 40 minutes) can be submitted to following competition categories: 1. Short Film Competition, 2. Student Film Competition – films produced in an educational institution (art schools and film schools), 3. Films for Children Competition< 4. Croatian Film Competition – films whose majority producer is Croatian and/or films by Croatian directors. Submission deadline for short films in all categories

Noisefloor 2/04/22
NoiseFloor is an interdisciplinary event with a focus on experimental composition. Submissions are invited from composers, academics, practitioners, individual researchers, postgraduates and any other interested parties. Note: there is a registration fee to present at the conference, but no submission fee.

Bilbao Fantasy Film Festival 2/6/22
Horror or Fantasy genre. Submit through Festhome or Moviebeta

Hamburg International Short Film Festival 02/14/22
Triple Axel Competition 2022. Call for Entries! Topic 2022: On very thin ice. All good things come in threes. Three minutes of film. Three spins in the air. The triple Axel is one of the most difficult jumps in figure skating. And in our competition, it’s a matter of getting a spin on a given theme in no more than three minutes. Whoever manages to do this goes into the race for the audience’s prize and € 1,000 in a legendary short night. So join in the triple Axel, the theme for 2022 is: On very thin ice. Steep theses, risky moves, unknown terrain, dangerous societies – we leave it up to you to decide how or where you venture onto very thin ice, but we are counting on your proven associative creativity. We will be accepting your three-minute stories on this topic from the beginning of November.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2/15/22
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. * free submission until this date, all categories – only Indian documentary and Indian short past this deadline.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France) 02/15/22
Submit short films, commissioned films, TV series and specials and graduation films.

Krakow Film Festival (KFF), 2/15/22*see note
National Competition. The Krakow Film Festival aims to review and promote documentary, short animated and fiction films. The films are screened in four competitions as well as non-competitive sections. Note: no entry fee for Polish films.Deadline for films made after 31 October 2021.

Dead by Dawn 2/15/22
Dead by Dawn is the UK’s longest running genre film festival, established in 1993. It is a unique festival, celebrating the finest independent film-making with a focus on emerging talent. Our approach to horror is broad; story is paramount, as are humour, suspense and atmosphere. We welcome lifelong fans and the genre-curious to discover the breadth of unusual stories lurking under the ‘horror’ banner! Note- festival is postponed so will continue to accept entries for now- check site.

Countryside Animafest Cyprus  2/27/22
Countryside Animafest Cyprus is the official Cyprus animation Festival. Its aim is to cultivate the art of animation, by raising audience awareness and promoting cultural, financial and social development in the field of independent animation filmmaking. nternational short film Competition. National Competition, workshop films and student projects (Cypriots only)

Minute Festival (Brazil) 2/28/22 online submission
Various themes, categories. 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.

International Animation Film Festival Golden Kuker Sofia 2/28/22
IAFF GOLDEN KUKER – SOFIA plays a key role in the animation industry because it is organized by animators who produce animated films themselves which are interesting for people of different generations. IAFF Golden Kuker – Sofia shows a high level of professional performance and a huge international participation with plenty of works of talented people from all over the world. During the festival and throughout the year, animators and audiences have the opportunity to attend professional master classes led by world-renowned directors and animators, exhibitions, seminars, round tables, presentations and impressive events related to the art of animation.

Shorts @ Fringe (Portugal) 3/1/22
SUBMIT YOUR FILM for the upcoming festival, up until March 1st.Send: Title | Director | Length (less then 15 minutes) | Country | Year (since 2018) as well as an image of the director and one of the film and the link to a downloadable platform of the film. azoresfringe@gmail.com

Animafest Zagreb 3/15/2022
World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb invites you to submit your film for the 32nd edition of the Festival, taking place 6-11 June 2022 in Zagreb. Feature films (minimum running time 40 minutes) can be submitted to the following competition category: 1. Feature Film Competition. VR/360/interactive projects can be submitted to the following competition category: 1. VR Animation Competition – open to immersive works (created for the Oculus, HTC Vive or Samsung Gear VR) that include animation as the main component. Films compete for awards that are given by international juries. Submission deadline for feature films and VR projects

International Short Film Festival Landau – La.Meko 3/15/22
International Short Film Festival Landau – La.Meko. Since 2001 filmmakers from around the world are invited to send their works to the Short Film Festival La.Meko wich takes place yearly in the beautiful city of Landau in South/West Germany. The La.Meko Festival wants to be a stage for all kinds of short movies and the team takes care that the programme is a delicate mix of entertainment and cultural challenge across all genres. The festival is also known for its enthusiastic audience and its outstanding moderation.

ConnectHer Film Festival 06/01/22
Through ConnectHER, high school and college students submit original short films focused on critical women’s issues such as girls’ education, ending violence against women, poverty & economic independence, and authentic beauty/body image. We’re thrilled with how the film festival is turning students into filmmakers—and filmmakers into activists.

River Aire Ten Minute Amateur Film Festival- RATMA (UK) 7/31/2022
It only takes 10 minutes to tell a story and often a lot less, RATMA International Film Festival helps up and coming film makers get those stories in front of film fans who would otherwise never get the opportunity to see them. @RATMAFF