Chinese American Film Festival

Chinese American Film Festival 6/12/19
The Chinese American Film Festival (CAFF) was founded in 2005 by EDI Media Inc. (USA). It is the most authoritative and influential annual Chinese American cultural event connecting two of the world’s largest film markets. Every year in November, which coincides with the American Film Market (AFM), CAFF hosts its Opening Ceremony and Golden Angel Award in Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world. Hundreds of top box office films from China-US participate in CAFF, of which the Top 10 are selected and awarded with the Golden Angel, named after the city of Los Angeles.
CAFF is the only Chinese American cultural event in the United States that is officially recognized by both the U.S. and Chinese governments. In 2014, it became the only China-US film festival recorded in the 5th Round of China-US High-level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange and Cultural Activities as a national event. CAFF is also the only China-US film cultural events formally written in the U.S. Congress report, as part of U.S. History.

Some April/May updates

Reel Asian Film Festival(Canada) 4/14/19 * Note: early deadline has no submission fee
A showcase dedicated to contemporary Asian cinema and media arts from Asia, North America and all over the world. We invite you to submit new independent films and videos of all genres by and/or about East, South and Southeast Asians.We welcome films and videos of all genres, including but not limited to: narrative, documentary, short, animation, experimental, etc. DVD submission or link to online screener.

Film Festival della Lessinia(Verona) 4/30/19
The theme of the Film Festival della Lessinia is: mountains and faraway lands. Eligible for the Festival are both films and videos (features, shorts, documentaries, animated films) that represent, emphasize, and encourage the understanding of social, linguistic, human, economic, environmental, natural, historical, and artistic realities pertaining to the mountains or to other lands far from urban centres, as well as of the traditions, customs, and habits of the people who live in the mountains and in other distant lands.

FAITO doc FESTIVAL(Italy) 4/30/19
The 10th edition of Faito Doc Festival theme is RHYTHM.“Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than words. A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it”. (Virginia Wolf) During the selection process of the movies related to that theme, priority will be given to filmmaker’s original point of view, to innovative techniques and to the creative and artistic interpretation given to the term rhythm, so difficult to define. What is rhythm? According to dictionaries, it is a regularly repeated pattern of changes, natural changes (such as the breath, the heartbeat, the waves of the sea…) or artificial changes (the tick of the clock, a ringtone…). The rhythm can also be found in art. Indeed, it defines the alternation of colors in a painting, the movements in a dance performance, the arrangement of note lengths in music and of words in poetry. Submission regulation: Each filmmaker or director cannot submit more than two movies. To submit a movie, entrants can: Send an e-mail to with the VIMEO link of the movie, a short synopsis, and the technical specifications. (or can send by mail)

AVANCA Portugal) 5/30/19* only Trailers and Portugese films have free submission
***Trailers- works should have less than 3 minutes. Trailers of all film categories will be admitted. Video clips – works should have up to 6 minutes. NOTE: All trailers sent with the submitted films will be considered for this competition. Each candidate should send the trailer or video clip using the submissions platforms or using a file transfer service (, Films should be sent, preferably in high-definition video file.

More deadlines added

1. The film presented must be one minute long,10sec. titles without editing. 2. The work must be shot in one frame. Shots cannot be cut, combined or mixed into one (chroma key is not allowed). 3. Multiplication in animation is not against the rules as it is a production technique. However direct editing, cuts in different scenes (close up – middle, etc) are not allowed. 4. The titles must be 10 seconds long and must be placed at the beginning of one minute film. Besides original language, English subtitles are required. 5. The author is free to express his/her ideas and views in any form and genre.

Do you find one-minute film form challenging, interesting and creative? You have always wondered what can be filmed in only one minute? Send us your films and be part of the global one-minute magic. We hope you’ll be able to be our guests personally during 26th CROATIAN ONE-MINUTE FILM FESTIVAL. You’re kindly requested to inform all your friends and people you know who might be interested in making one-minute films and participating at our festival.

BUSTER Film Festival for Children and Youth(Denmark) 4/15/19
Denmark’s largest film festival for children and youth BUSTER directs its attention towards both schools and families. Films aimed at children and youth (age 3-16) are eligible, and we accept both fiction features, short films and documentaries. We do not accept films made by children or as part of a school project.

Golden Apricot International Film Festival(Armenia) 04/15/19
We welcome films representing diverse ethnic groups, religions, and nations that depict the human experience, daily lives of people, both ordinary and extraordinary, their troubles and joys, as they try to find meaning in a changing world, struggling to redefine themselves in a world that recognizes fewer and fewer boundaries.

Miscon International Short Film Festival(Missoula, Montana) 04/30/19
Our mission here at the MisCon International Short Film Festival is simple: to provide a rewarding place for innovative and creative beings from all over planet Earth to display their talents in the Art of Film making. Entries may be in any style, but they must be related in some fashion to the following genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror. Entries must be longer than 1 minute, and shorter than 30 minutes. DVD submission.

Curtas International Film festival(Portugal)  04/30/19
Note: only one free category- Take One (school films, until 30 minutes, by Portuguese film students, national or in film schools abroad).

Student Academy awards 6/1/19
The Student Academy Awards is a film competition conducted by the Academy and the Academy Foundation. Four categories: Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Alternative. Maximum running time is 40 minutes, Electronic submission.

Updates for May

Miami Underground Film Festival 5/1/19

Cartoon Forum (European only) 5/8/19
Only one TV project can be submitted per company. The submitted project must be: An animation project of a minimum running time of 26 minutes, In state of development, European.

Imaginaria- International Animated Film Festival 5/15/19
IMAGINARIA 2018 – Call for Entries for Feature Films, Short Films, Children Films, Student Films.

LINOLEUM International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival 5/15/19
LINOLEUM festival aims to support animation artists and to promote animation worldwide. The objective of the Festival is to encourage and celebrate creativity among animators and media artists; popularize contemporary animation and media art in Ukraine. Festival accepts animation shorts of any genre and technique under 30 min

Fantoche International Animation Film Festival 5/17/19
Fantoche searches for the best animated short films from all over the world every year. Animated shorts of all kind and techniques are eligible for Fantoche’s 2019 competitions if they’ve been completed after 31 March 2018 and last no longer than 40 minutes.

Sedicicorto International Film Festival Forti (Forli, Italy) 5/30/19
Two categories with no entry fee:  ANIMARE – International Animated Films for Children (NO ENTRY FEE), SCHOOL & DISTRIBUTION – Films of Any Genre coming from film schools and distribution companies (NO ENTRY FEE).

Countryside Animafest Cyprus 5/31/18
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)


All Hands and Hearts International Film Festival

All Hands and Hearts International Film Festival 9/10/19*
For more than a decade, ALL HANDS AND HEARTS has been working all around the world to rebuild resilient communities. We respond immediately after disaster strikes and stay until the job is done. So far we have hosted over 56,000 volunteers at 108 programs in 18 countries, aiding more than 1.1 million people in need. This year we are organizing our first ALL HANDS AND HEARTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, screening films across our programs for United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction (October 13). Currently our active programs are in Mexico, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Nepal and Mozambique.*Note: free entry for Under 18s, former AHAH volunteers and for short films about natural disaster relief and recovery, climate change, humanitarian aid and international development.

Womanimation! 2019

Womanimation! 6/1/2019
What is Womanimation!? As the name implies, it’s a festival showcasing acclaimed animated films 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. The eleventh edition of Womanimation! will take place on Saturday 29th June.


Golden Beggar Award4/09/19
International Festival of Local Televisions. We encourage you to enter your films/programmes into competition for the Golden Beggar Award in one of the three competition sections – Local Televisions, Production Companies, Young Authors.  We expect entries that reflect the lives and fates of people living where you live. We also welcome works that uncover serious problems of present-day society, such as refugees, terrorism, corruption, blackmail, minority and cross-border problems and the fate of children.

NAFF: Neum Animated Film Festival 4/15/19
Festival has two parts: Working part of festival where children can learn animation techniques and make their own cartoons and Competition part of festival where cartoons from all over the world are presented. Cartoon selection is done by children who attend the Working part of festival. They also make decisions about all awards except for Jury award.

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. New Zealand, Australian and Pacific Islands competition deadline.

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Korea) 4/30/19
The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) is presented by the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Organizing Committee and hosted by the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Executive Committee. Feature Films and Shorts. Types of films Animation , Documentary, Narrative fiction. Genre: Fantastic, Horror, Mystery, Phantasy, Science fiction, Thriller.

Turku Animated Film Festival 4/30/19
We are looking for original, bold, uncompromising & inventive animated shorts under 30 minutes to compete for Grand Prix, Best Professional Film, Best Student Film, Tough Eye award and Audience award. In addition, the festival programme consists of a seductive selection of carefully selected special programme screenings, workshops, discussions, exhibitions and escpecially parties. TAFF takes place in the hometown of the renowned Turku Arts Academy. Our venue is a beautifully restored old factory milieu by the River Aura in Turku, Finland.