February Updates

Animafest Zagreb 2/1/19
The World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb, established in 1972, is the second oldest film festival in the world completely dedicated to animation. Launched thanks to the global reputation of the filmmakers sprung from the Zagreb School of Animation, founded based on the decision of ASIFA, International Animated Film Association, Zagreb Film production company and City of Zagreb, Animafest Zagreb takes place every year early in June.

Dead by Dawn 2/1/19
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!

Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2/15/19
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival (French: Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy, abbreviated as AIAFF) was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France. Initially occurring every two years, the festival became an annual event in 1998. It is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation(or ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association). Short, TV, Graduation and Commissioned Films.

Hamburg International Short Film Festival 02/15/19
it is that time of year again: the 35thHamburg International Shortfilmfestival is opening its eyes and submission pages. We are very much looking forward to receiving your shorts – fictional, documentary, experimental, hybrid – we would love to see all know and yet to be discovered genres and formal tidbits.  Please make sure that your submission is actually downloadable since we absolutely need a file to be able to process your submission.

First Nations Fiom and Video Festival 2/15/19 *opens 2/1
Any film or video of any genre or length may be submitted as long as the Directoris enrolled in a Native American tribe or of proven Native American descent. (Producers or Distributors may submit on the Director’s behalf.) Please read APPLICATION for what defines “Native American” for FNFVF, Inc.

Carballo interplay 2/18/19
There takes place Carballo Interplay, a digital contents festival that became the first webseries festival in Spain. Its contents go beyond serialised fiction and aim to explore the possibilities of the Internet as a medium for storytelling, the most transgressive humour, non-fiction, digital culture, video heritage and interactive audiovisual performance, always with the video as a foundation.

First Take Shorts Series 2/14/19
The Ambler Theater presents a short film series dedicated to showcasing the best local filmmakers in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The First Take Shorts Series aims to screen films by filmmakers from all different types of skill levels & backgrounds. Whether you’re a first time filmmaker, a student, or a seasoned professional, we want to show your film on the big screen. Our series is always on the lookout for narratives, documentaries, animations, or music videos that display a fresh artistic vision. Films must have a local connection.

Faultline Film Awards 1/21/19 *deadline for free submission
Submissions must be from local (Utah) filmmakers or be films about the outdoors in Utah. The Wasatch Mountain Range holds a special place in the hearts of Utah outdoors folk. Mount Timpanogos, Lone Peak, Ben Lomond; each peak presents its own story, its own challenge. Learning the language these mountains speak is something worth striving for and is possible for any Wasatch adventurer, so long as they know how to listen right. We at Wasatch Mag highly value the language of the Wasatch mountains, which is why we created Faultline Film Awards – to give filmmakers and adventurers the opportunity to tell their stories through film.

Fest Anca Internacional Animation Festival 2/28/19
Fest Anča International Animation Festival is unique in being the only Slovak multimedia festival focused on animated film targeted mainly at a mature audience. The festival aims to raise awareness about animated film as an autonomous art form, and to educate about its multiple types and aspects.

Countryside Animafest Cyprus 2/28/19
Animafest Cyprus, the official Cyprus animation Festival, showcases a selection of the world’s latest productions, focusing on independent, non-commercial films. Featuring competitions, expert seminars & masterclasses, workshops, exhibitions and special screenings. Deadline for submitting International films

London Lesbian Film Festival 2/28/19
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.

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some recent updates

Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania) 2/1/19
(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.

Animayo: 2/1/19
The call for entries is already open for the International Film Contests Animayo 2019, Qualifying festival for the OSCAR® in the animated short film category.  Animayo winners will be eligible for consideration in the “Animated Short Film” of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. Exclusive for applying to works of 2D animation, 3D animation, visual effects, experimental, advertising, animated spots, music videos and video games cinematics.

VIDEOEX Intl. Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich 2/4/19
We are looking for experimental, innovative and progressive works that explore the possibilities of film as a medium, expanding the idea of film and cinema. We admit: Experimental Film, Non-Fiction, Moving Image, Documentary, Essay Film, Animated Film, Music Videos. Works on 8mm, 16mm or 35mm celluloid will be screened in original format.

Alpinale Short Film Festival (Austria) 02/15/19 The ALPINALE represents a venue for both professional and amateur filmmakers from home and abroad, who are given the opportunity to conduct multi-cultural and open dialogue with creative people, and to present their work to an interested audience. We close the call-for-entries after 800 short films have been submitted.

Clear the Air Film Fest 02/18/2018
The Clear the Air Film Fest showcases student-produced short films that address topics on air quality and tobacco use prevention in the community. The films will be reviewed by our panel of judges and the highest scoring films will receive a cash prize. The winning films will be announced at the screening at New People Cinema in San Francisco on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Professional and amateur filmmakers who are not students may submit films to the General Public competition. The first place winner of the General Public competition will receive $500 and a screening and the second place winner may also have their film screened. Winners MUST be present at the screening and should be prepared to speak to the student filmmakers about their creative process.

Supertoon International Animation Festival 3/1/19
SUPERTOON is an International Animation Festival taking place in Šibenik, Croatia. The purpose of the Festival is to systematically monitor and provide an insight into recent Croatian and world short-meter animation film and video production through a range of competition and side programmes. Additional aim is to create a platform for a direct communication and exchange of ideas and experiences for all festival participants and guests.

Prix Ars Electronica 03/01/19
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.

Super International Teenager Festival3/01/19
Super began in 2013 due to the desire of teenagers to have a space of their own where to project their films and meet other people that they like and their films. What is specific to Super compared to other festivals, is the only high school students can design their films here, so it’s natural talent, passion, and not sophisticated film schools or any artificial technique. We do not have big budgets or equipment of the highest quality, but our shorts, adolescents are immediate reactions to our world, are experimenting life, where other young people can be found. Festival encourages young people who have already made film, but also those who want to start now, through many workshops and courses.

New Zealand International Film Festival 03/29/19
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 deadline.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival 3/31/19 *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.

New Zealand International Film Festival 04/18/19
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. NZ/AUSTRALIA/PACIFIC ISLANDS DEADLINE

Jewish Film Festival Berlin 5/15/19
The Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg has been the largest forum for Jewish and Israeli cinema in Germany for more than two decades, making it the oldest and most important cultural event of its kind and a vital part of the diverse Jewish life of Berlin and Brandenburg.

 

January updates

Hi all-
Just added these to the January page on the blog. I send out email blasts that post to my blog, and each of these additions is listed by date, under the monthly pages as well. The first deadline is actually today. The festival deadline was moved up a few days from last year (sorry). Typically once you have all your materials created and organized, it only takes a few minutes to apply to each festival.

best of luck,
{tmr}

 

Strangelove A Queer Festival 1.13.19
Strangelove festival is looking for queer artists who provoke and highlight non-binary perspectives! We welcome filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, writers and performers exploring gender, sexuality, counterculture, alternative formats and queer identities.

FISH- Filmfestival I’m Stadthafen 1/18/19
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.

Kent County Teen Film Festival 1/18/19
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.

International Animation Film Festival Golden Kuker Sofia 1/31/19
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.

MayDay Film Festival 1/31/19 * 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.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 1/31/19
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 – Indian and Student categories only

 

Immediate deadline

Fifes Comedy Film Festival(Zagreb, Croatia) 1/10/19
The purpose of the festival is to encourage and promote human serenity, joy and laughter, as an important factor condition of the human spirit. In this way we will promote one of the human qualities, which in this time of hustle and weight of life is very important, but often neglected. The various authors will present the Croatian public their creative work, and the cheerful atmosphere to socialize with their peers and their contribution to positively influence the development of film production and culture in Croatia.

Briefs Erotic Short Film CompetitionCurrently accepting entries
BRIEFS is the East Bay Express’ annual Erotic Short Film Competition showcasing works by amateur and professional filmmakers from around the world. The one night screening will continue to explore the limits of erotic filmmaking in a liberating and entertaining format ideal for sex-positive film lovers of every gender and orientation.

updates

Lovett School High School Film Fest 1/11/19
Festival was created to encourage and inspire young filmmakers from around the world by providing them both a venue to publicly screen their short films and a place to connect with one another. Films must have a max running time of 15 minutes and have been written, directed and edited by teens ages 13-18.

goEast film festival 1/15/19
Short film is back at goEast 2019! A jury consisting of five members will award the RheinMain Short Film Award (2,500 euro), funded by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain to the best short film from Central and Eastern Europe dealing with the general topic “Crossing Borders”. This topic can be dealt with in various ways: formally or stylistically, plot-wise or even ironically. The competition will consist of eight shorts films (maximum length of 20 minutes) and will shape a concise overview of the Central and Eastern European short film.

Noisefloor  1/18/19
NoiseFloor is an interdisciplinary event with a focus on experimental composition. Our theme this year is Engagement. Works (compositions and performances) and proposals (for papers, lectures/recitals, panel discussions, workshops and other ideas) addressing this theme are particularly welcome. Of course, proposals for other relevant topics will also be considered. 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.

Cortex International Film Festival 1.25/19
Córtex Film Festival is accepting short films in video format produced in either 2017, 2018 or 2019, with a maximum running time of 30 minutes, including credits. Films must fall within the following genres: fiction, documentary, animation, and experimental. Córtex Film Festival contemplates the following competitions when accepting submissions: National Competition (for films previously presented in other festivals), National Competition (for premieres), International Competition, Mini Córtex – An international competition that is comprised exclusively of animated films dedicated to the younger audience.

UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival 1/27/19 *note: Films from Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia can be submitted for free. All filmmakers (international and USA) must pay the required submission fee to enter unless they are from the states of Kentucky, Virginia, or West Virginia or their film was shot in one of those states. For those filmmakers we have a special submission category that is free to enter. All filmmakers that submit to this category are required to clarify their Kentucky, Virginia, or West Virginia connection in an accompanying cover letter or in their film information. Failure to clarify this will result in us marking your submission “Incomplete” until you can clarify your entry’s eligibility. We require this because a significant number of films are inappropriately entered into this free category as an attempt to avoid submission fees. If you fail to explain your film’s eligibility it will eventually result in your entry being disqualified.

Gdansk DocFilm Festival (Poland) 1/31/19
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.

Animakom 1/31/19
ANIMAKOM (hereinafter: the Festival) is specialised International competition of animated films, taking place in Bilbao from 2 to 8 April 2019. Festival’s submissions are open to films applying all animation techniques, including combinations with live action. Over 50% of the production must be animated, and the Festival reserves the right to determine whether an entry qualifies as animation.

Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania) 3/1/19
(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. Romanian Days submissions (shorts and features). Romanian films have no submission fee.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival   3/15/19
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival (French: Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy, abbreviated as AIAFF) was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France. Initially occurring every two years, the festival became an annual event in 1998. It is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation(or ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association). Feature.

Durban International Film Festival 03/15/19
The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival from 18-28 July 2019 under the theme Reimaging DIFFerent.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all!
Updates are in progress. Part of the process is eliminating festivals that now have a fee, and if I miss one, please let me know. One of these festivals, Chester Animation Festival -is now charging a 5.00 fee, which is not exorbinant, but is a fee none the less, and the Krakow Film festival charges a fee for non-Polish films (10 Euros). I understand that there are reasons that festivals find it necessary to charge fees, but focus my energy and support on those that do not charge fees to filmmakers, since this is a free resource to everyone: festivals and filmmakers.

Stay tuned for more upcoming festival deadlines.
best of luck,
{tmr}

Queer Moving Image Review (ongoing)
Queer Moving Image Review is an online exhibition space designed to showcase queer artists working in time-based, visual media. One piece is selected and screened per month. Submissions are on-going, no submission fee.

Anifilm 1/10/19
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. Anifilm also wants to represent the Czech Republic, South Bohemian Region and the town of Třeboň in international context on a long-term basis.

MediaWave International Film Festival 01/10/19
Special theme: RITUALS. The mystic word ‘ritual’ occured when thinking about the theme of our next Gathering. However, after going deeper into studying the expression, we figured out that it means much more to us: we have been instinctively using at Mediawaves for years what the ethnograpy defines as “temporary rituals”, the possible solutions of the society for crises accompanying the turning points of human life. Such rites are for instance the stag and hen party, the wedding procession and the wedding party itself which have created the pillars of our gathering for four years. There are rites going hand in hand with changes of the universe, the alternation of seasons. Mayday is the beignning of the spring festival to celebrate fertility, the fresh, green, colurful, the invigorating liberty of going out from dark rooms to the nature. Several traditions and rituals relate to this period of the year, among them the gipsies’ spring festival, the Ederlezi. Our Gathering is also held this time so we strongly want the different tastes of Mediawave in film, music, community programs and gastronomy to be flavoured with spices of this beautiful spring rite.
In archaic societies, the young people become full members of the community after going through the rite of passage. Let it be a suprise how we imagine such an initiation ceremony at our Gathering in the Fort Monostor, Komárom between 30 April and 4 May, 2019.

Proto & Co 1/12/19
Annual small festival of independent short films. Every autumn, a selection from 30 to 40 movies are presented. Movies of 5 minutes maximum  Dialogues in French or without dialogue. No experimental and no clip accepted. FilmFreeway

Animocje 1/13/19
It is particularly important for the organizers of ANIMOCJE to find those who boldly introduce interesting and innovative solutions in the art of animation as well as use traditional animation techniques in a non-standard way.

11mm International Football Film Festival 1/15/19
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!

Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (Norway) 01/15/19
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. KICFF accepts features, documentaries, animations and short films from all over the world.

International Film Festival for Children and Youth 1/15/19
KINOLUB is an international film festival organized since the year 2015 by the IKS Foundation in the cities of Southern Poland – including small villages, where the screenings are held in local cultural institutions. The focus is also set on film education and that is the event’s unique and important feature, which is developed as well in other endeavors run by the Foundation. Most of all, KINOLUB is a celebration of films produced for children and youth. Each year in June different cities offer festival screenings to audiences between 4 and 18 years of age. The program includes motion pictures from all over the world –  rich in artistic quality and conveying important messages. The aim is to create an environment for young people to actively and keenly participate in the cultural life and to develop new mindful audiovisual audiences.

Sylhet Film Festival 1/20/19
Sylhet Film festival is an annual film festival, which will showcase full-length features, shorts, experimental films made by young independent filmmakers, including fiction animations and documentaries. One of the primary missions of the festival is to provide the youth with a platform to showcase their talent in media, provide an advantageous environment for the development of film and other creative works. The festival will promote the study and appreciation of the film by means of screenings, discussions, exhibitions, workshops and related activities. Note: submission form on website currently having difficulties- can submit through film freeway.

Jewish Motifs International Film Festival 1/31/19
We invite the filmmakers of movies on Jewish identity and experience to participate in the competition for Warsaw Phoenix Award.

Comic Con International Film Festival 02/01/19
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- by mail.

Cell Phone Cinema (New Delhi) 2/05/19
Shooting a Film/Music Video / News/ Still Image on MOBILE PHONE, 3 minutes maximum, Shooting Technique: Mobile Phone (cell phone), Purpose: To unleash the creative spark of the participants by using nontraditional means of technology like the Cell Phone and create both motion and still imagery., The Task: Participants can shoot a Video (max. 3 minutes) or Still Picture using a mobile phone. The entries for the competition will revolve around the realm of: Fiction / Music Video, Reality / Electronic News Gathering, Still Image. Online submission.

Krakow Film Festival (KFF), 2/15/19
*note free submission only for polish films. 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 innon-competitive sections. Deadline 
for films made after 31 October 2018

Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival 7/24/19 (11:59 PST)
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. SUBMISSION OPENS APRIL 23RD.

 

 

 

Stas Film Festival

Stas Film Festival 3/31/18
Stas Film Festival celebrates independent spirit. Doing what you love. Living life to the fullest. Living life on your own terms. Not caring what other people think. It will take place online on May 1-10, 2019. We will only accept online submission links to your films. YouTube, Vimeo, etc. We will let you know if your film got selected in April. Official Selections will be uploaded on official YouTube channel and will be shared on social media.