deadlines starting in february

Animocje International Animated Films Festival 2/6/17
Animated short film competition.

Dead by Dawn 2/10/17
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! Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…we have such sights to show you!

ANIMAYO: International Film Festival of Animation, Visual Effects & Video Games 3/10/17
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.

Supertoon International Animation Festival 3/15/17
You are kindly invited to submit films produced after 1st January, 2015 to one of the Festival’s following competition category: Short Animated Films Short-format, non-commisioned animated films or videos. Animated Films for Children Animated works produced and distributed specifically for children audience. When a serial is the case, only one episode is eligible. Animated Music Videos Official music videos, commissioned animated videos made specifically to promote music pieces. Animated commisioned films Commisioned and aplied animation in the field of advertising, promotion and feature film. Student Short Animated Films Short-format, non-commisioned animated films or videos.

Walt Disney Family Museum Teen Animation Festival 3/17/17
The Walt Disney Family Museum Teen Animation Festival International (TAFI) showcases animation created by artists ages 13 through 19. This unique and lively animation festival specifically designed for teens celebrates its fourth year in 2017. Welcoming entries from around the world, the festival provides all participating animators with educational and collaborative opportunities, as well as a chance to win awards including trophies, film and animation studio tours, and museum memberships.

Countryside Animafest Cyprus 3/31/17
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. Its various activities throughout the year include the annual Countryside Animafest Cyprus, expert seminars and workshops, academic forums, special screenings, etc. In this way the festival initiates international collaborations and provides opportunities for artistic growth.

NAFF: Neum Animated Film Festival 4/15/17
Animated films (duration 15 minutes) can partcipate. Author can report 3 films. Films that propagandize rasisam and pornography will not enter compettition program. All registrations must fulfil next: 1. DVD film 2. Filled and signed entery form 3. Fotography and biography of director 4. 3 photos from film (minim.) 5. Declaration of author if he is willing to work with children during the camp.

new additions

CleverFlix Ongoing
CleverFlix, an edutainment themed emerging online platform targeting the Asia Pacific Region, is seeking short, youth-friendly animations under 10 minutes to be featured on a weekly or bi-weekly, ongoing basis as the platform rolls out. CleverFlix welcomes shorts with universally accessible themes, and in particular, movies that may have minimal local language or even no dialogue. Titles will be streamed on our proprietary OTT / web based channel, as well as on our affiliated social media channels. Send screener links to =>, and we’ll follow up with more information for titles that are a good match for the platform

Identitaria Food & Wine Film and Photography Festival 6/30/17
Identitaria – Food & Wine Festival is an annual international event that aims to promote territorial identities of the world and to enhance their cultures and typicalities through the cinematic and photographic storytelling of food and wine traditions and of the arts related to food and wine-growing. At the same time, the Festival aims to promote and enhance talented filmmakers and photographers to allow them a fruitful exchange of experiences, the direct comparison with the professionals of the sector and the expansion of skills, as well as of increasing the possibility of being known by a wider audience.

more updates

Hi all-
Sifting through old deadline lists. Most of the festivals I list are free for everyone, but I make note of any exceptions and/or restrictions. In the case of one festival, there is a window for free submissions.
best of luck,

Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba International Film Festival (Brazil)
*submissions will open on 1/12/17
Open to fiction, documentary, experimental, animated and hybrid films. Categories: Feature Films and Short films. Submit Vimeo link or DVD.

Ripple Effect Film Project 1/31/17
This contest is open to filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience who reside, work, or attend school or university in the state of Georgia. Film must focus on the impact of human behavior on the world’s oceans, and should highlight one of six key issues of the Ocean Connections theme. What actions do we take (or not take) each day that may affect ocean health, regardless of where we live? We make daily choices about our energy and water use, transportation, food, consumer products, and keeping our waterways clean. Your film should focus on one key issue from the list, and should establish a connection between the key issue and the health of the ocean. Ideally your film will highlight eco-positive actions that ‘do the right thing’ for the ocean.

goEast film festival 1/31/17
We invite filmmakers to submit their works to the 17th goEast Film Festival Competition. goEast welcomes submissions of Experimental Film and Video Art Competition.We invite you to be a part of the cinematic adventure of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film.

The international short film festival 20min|max (Ingolstadt) 01/31/17
For the competition 20minmax films of all genres can be submitted. They must not be longer than 20:00 minutes including front and end credits.Year of production must be 2016 or 2017.

MayDay Film Festival 1/31/17 * no fee for early submissions until January 31st
Originated from the Filmmakers Club out of the University of Southern Indiana. It was made to showcase work of its club members to the local student body. Each year, Mayday has grown into a much large festival adding in non-students into the festival and even filmmakers as far as the opposite end of the United States.

Pictoplasma- Character Animation Festival 02/01/17
Animation entries can be sent at any time, to be considered for future Festival screening programs. Should you be responsible for high-grade Characters in animation, narration, music visuals, experimental work or motion graphics, please don’t hesitate to share them with us.IMPORTANT: Please send us your work via download link, as Full HD Quicktime (Pro Res or H.264 codec).

Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania) 2/1/17
(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.

Comic Con International Film Festival 02/01/17
Judged by a panel of industry luminaries, the CCI-IFF accepts genre-related films in the following categories: Action/Adventure, Animation, Comics-Oriented, Documentary (Pop Culture–Related), Horror/Suspense, Humor, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. 4 DVD’s- online not permitted.

Green Film Festival in Seoul 2/10/17
We are open to fiction/non-fiction films and animation of all genres dealing with environmental issues.

Kimera International Film Festival – (Italy) 02/14/17
KIMERA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – The Night of the Living Shorts year 15 – SHORT MOVIES SECTION. The festival is open to competitors from all-over the world, with no exceptions

Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France) 02/15/17
Submit short films, commissioned films, TV series and specials and graduation films.

MakeDox (Macedonia) 02/28/17
Creative Documentary Film Festival. A young and rarely avant-garde festival celebrating the creative documentary film. One of the most powerful catapults for creating cinema audience in Macedonia. It overwhelms, they say, with its warmth and quality. The wonderful KurshumliAn vibrates with film stories, workshops and live performances, doc-talks under a magical fig tree and music under the night sky. Out in the open, every summer since 2010. *for films completed in 2015

Neuro Film Festival 03/10/17
The American Brain Foundation, the foundation for the American Academy of Neurology, is calling on all neurology patients, caregivers, and others to submit a short video to its 2013 Neuro Film Festival telling their story about why more money for research is needed in finding cures for brain diseases.

Berlin/Potsdam Jewish Film Festival 3/31/17
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.

MakeDox (Macedonia) 03/31/17
Creative Documentary Film Festival. A young and rarely avant-garde festival celebrating the creative documentary film. One of the most powerful catapults for creating cinema audience in Macedonia. It overwhelms, they say, with its warmth and quality. The wonderful KurshumliAn vibrates with film stories, workshops and live performances, doc-talks under a magical fig tree and music under the night sky. Out in the open, every summer since 2010.
* for films completed in 2016

MakeDox (Macedonia) 04/15/17
Creative Documentary Film Festival. A young and rarely avant-garde festival celebrating the creative documentary film. One of the most powerful catapults for creating cinema audience in Macedonia. It overwhelms, they say, with its warmth and quality. The wonderful KurshumliAn vibrates with film stories, workshops and live performances, doc-talks under a magical fig tree and music under the night sky. Out in the open, every summer since 2010. *for films completed in 2017



Web series, etc.

Hi all-
If you are creating content for web series, mobile media, VR or other formats, I would love to hear about it. Below I have posted festival deadlines for webseries and a snapchat screening as part of the Tribeca Film festival.
best of luck,


Buenos Aires Webfest 1/20/17
BAWEBFEST is the first international web series festival in South America that meets both local and international projects of high artistic level; created and commercialized through the web. It is a meeting place for filmmakers featuring workshops, panels, lectures and business rounds for the development of this format which is constantly growing. Web series only, no short films or features.

Mixed / Remixed Festival 1/23/17
Join us for the 4th Annual Mixed Remixed Festival in June! It’s the largest nationwide gathering of mixed-race and multiracial people and families. We are seeking short and feature-length films of any genre that clearly address the mixed race and/or multiracial experience. This includes but is not limited to stories about mixed-race and multiracial people and families, interracial and intercultural relationships, transracial or transcultural adoption, and the exploration of multiracial and multicultural identity.Student films and web series as well.

Tribeca Film Festival: Snapchat Shorts 2/17/17
The Tribeca Film Festival and Snap Inc. are excited to bring back Tribeca Snapchat Shorts, now an official Festival category, created in an effort to discover visionary artists in the mobile space. This new category provides the perfect opportunity for people who are passionate about Snapchat and narrative storytelling to present their mastery of the smallest screen. The Festival and Snap Inc. are excited to support the next generation of storytellers and promote creativity on Snapchat.



No entry fee festival blog

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As always, best of luck.


Doc Aviv 1/5/17
Docaviv, the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, is the largest film festival in the city of Tel Aviv, and the only festival in Israel dedicated in its entirety to documentary films. It is considered one of the leading documentary festivals worldwide. Each year, the festival screens over 100 new documentary movies from Israel and from around the world, and its program includes four competitive frameworks.

Cortisonici Short Film Festival 1/8/17
The Festival will be held in march / april 2017 in Varese (Italy). Films that have been screened at other Film Festival, except for previous Cortisonici editions, are eligible for submission and must fulfill the following requirements: All films must have been completed after January 1st, 2016, All films should not exceed 15 minutes in length, including credits, All films must be sent in DVD or submitted through Festhome / ClickForFestivals / MoviBeta / file storage or other sharing services like Dropbox or WeTransfer.




Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all! :)
I am working through my lists and, festivals previously free, now charge a fee. So, if I miss any fees, please let me know.

best of luck with all your endeavors in 2017,

Festival Internacional de Cinema D’Autor de Barcelona 1/15/17
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.

11mm International Football Film Festival 1/15/17
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!

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 1/31/17
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.

Animator International Animation Festival (Poland) 02/20/17
Submissions are now open for Animator, short and feature films.

Skip City International D-Cinema Festival (Japan)
All submissions are divided into Feature Length Competition, Short Length Competition and Animation Competition. Entries will open January 5th.

Prix Ars Electronica 03/03/17
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. 16th)

New Additions

Docville International Documentary Film Festival Belgium 01/1/17
DOCVILLE is a festival dedicated to documentary film, with a strong focus on national and international author driven cinema. Films that not only appeal to the head but also the heart, made by directors with personality and vision. Films that deserve the big screen. note: free only to Belgium and Flemish films.

Minute Festival (Brazil) 2/28/17
Two categories: Free Theme & Animation. 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.