I have been updating the listings and sorting through. As I update, I could miss if a festival now charges a small fee. If you notice a fee, it was an oversight, so please let me know. On the other hand, I do post festivals that have free submissions for early deadlines, and later charge a submission fee. This should be noted on the post.
best of luck,
Alpinale Short Film Festival (Austria) 03/15/14
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. DVD submission.
Flyway Film Festival: 03/31/14 (Wisconsin) note: this is the deadline for free submissions
The Flyway Film Festival is on the beautiful shores of Lake Pepin in southwestern Wisconsin. Each year our festival features over 50 films, dozens of visiting filmmakers, panel discussions and workshops, and a Thursday night Kickoff Gala with food, filmmakers and live music. All this takes place in an intimate and interactive environment along the banks of the Mississippi River.
Miscon International Short Film Festival (Missoula, Montana) 04/01/14
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.
Supertoon International Animation Festival (Croatia) 04/04/14
Supertoon International Animation Festival is a specialized international competition festival for short animated films which will be held in Šibenik, Croatia, from 28st July to 2nd August 2013. Three competition categories: Short Animated Films-Short-format, non-commissioned animated films or videos. Films for Children and Youth- Animated works produced and distributed specifically for children and youth audiences. 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.
Multimatograf (Russia) 04/04/14
Open International Festival of Multimedia Art multimedia creations with a message, a creative approach… Both independent artists and studios can participate. The festival is non-commercial and our main goal is to share the art works with people and have them enjoy the beauty of computer art. Festival categories: Cartoon, Video art, Music video Wild (for those cool weird works which don’t fit in the other three!
Curtas International Film festival (Portugal) 04/11/14 (online submission)
new short films produced in 2012 or 2013, within the duration limit of 60 minutes, in film (35 or 16 mm) or video.
Croatian One Minute Film Festival 4/11/14
We hope you are seriously thinking and preparing your one-minute films for our festival and also can’t wait to see you here in Pozega in May.
Festival Elles Tournent (Belgium) 4/15/14
The Festival Elles tournent celebrates films made by women. The programme highlights innovative and stimulating productions, chosen for their imaginative potential, their subversive dimension vis-a-vis norms and their capacity to transform our perceptions, to help us to see things differently. feature films and short films, fiction, documentary, animation, experimental. Submit: Entry Form, CV and DVD.
Astra Film Festival (Romania) 04/15/14
documentary film festival. AFF is the place to see great documentaries, to feel the pulse of Romanian and Eastern European documentary film production, meet fellow-filmmakers from around the world, debate upon major issues faced by documentarists while exposing real life and real people on the big screen, and interact with professionals and with an enthusiastic audience.
Naoussa International Film Festival (Greece) 04/15/14
Submissions will be accepted to the central department, the department of youth and students films – Digital View South East Europe and the department of mobile phone movies – movile. Online or DVD.
The FEMINA – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Brazil) 4/19/14
is a competitive festival for works directed by women. It is the first event of its kind in Brazil and Latin America. Besides showing the work of Brazilian women filmmakers, broadening its visibility and opening space for the Brazilian feminine cinema abroad, it brings to Brazil the foreign production, as well as international guests. DVD or link. Must submit entry form.
Digital Graffiti (Alys Beach, Florida) 4/21/14
Submit innovative and visually compelling examples of: generative art, experimental short films, animation, sound, motion and/or light responsive installations for projection onto the town walls of Alys Beach. Alys Beach is considered one of the world’s most progressive towns in environmental sustainability standards; special consideration is given to work that address connections to architecture and environment. Upload to Vimeo and provide link.
WomenMakeWaves Film Festival (Taiwan) 4/26/14
Women Make Waves Film Festival aims to celebrate the achievements of outstanding female talents, to explore different aspects of women’s lives as well as to promote equality and rights of all genders. By covering a wide range of genres, issues, and representations of women, the Festival seeks to present and honor women’s survival wisdom and power as they are turned into films and gain mainstream recognition. Submission to the festival is open to feature films, short films, documentaries, animation, experimental films and innovative visual productions for digital media. (Subjects: Modern Witch-Hunt, Queer Flame, Women Home and Country, New Currents)
AVANCA International Meeting of Cinema, TV, Video and Multimedia (Portugal) 4/30/14
Deadline for International Competition. Fiction and animation short-films; Fiction and animation feature films; Documentaries; Experimental videos; More than a decade bringing together in the summer of Avanca some of the most significant films and authors of the audiovisuals and international cinema production. DVD by mail, other required material should be sent by CD, email or wetransfer.
International Short Film Festival in Drama (Drama Greece) 4/30/14
Fiction, documentary and animation short films may participate. under 35 minutes.
Film Festival della Lessinia (Verona) 4/30/14
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. Submit work by DVD or link.
Stonybrook Film Festival 05/01/2014
Celebrates the best in independent film with ten days of screenings at Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. Send dvd, stills and application form by post.
Panorama Festival (Utrecht, The Netherlands) 5/01/14
The screening program during the festival, Panorama, contains a selection of the best new video works from over the world. We are looking forward to your submission of daring, experimental, critical, subversive, unheard of and surprising film and video work.
Figari Film Festival (Italy) 5/04/14
International Short Film Festival. The FFF tends to seek, discover and promote new authors of contemporary and both Italian and international independent cinema. The Festival aims to be a showcase for those who are already well-known in the film industry as well as a great launching pad for emerging directors, screenwriters, actors and actresses. Moviebeta submission highly recommended.
Krok! International Animation Festival (Russia) 05/10/2014
Student festival with three categories including recent graduates.
NIFFF Neuchâtel international fantastic film festival, (Switzerland) 5/12/14
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) has become a major film event in Switzerland. Online submission or DVD.
Media That Matters Film Festival (New York) 5/15/14
Email application with hyperlink to film. New York City Premiere, Awards Ceremony, Educator’s Forum and industry networking events. Media That Matters international, multi-platform campaign with DVD distribution, broadcasts, streaming and hundreds of screenings across the globe! Hundreds of thousands of people, including educators, activists and nonprofits, will watch and use your film. All submission must be under 12 minutes. Documentary, animation, PSA, experimental, narrative, music videos – be creative! All submissions must clearly address a social issue.