march and april updates + a request

If you have benefited from my website and would like to share with my readers, please send me a message detailing how you have benefited, a link to your website/vimeo, a list of the festivals you have had luck in (specify no entry fee + any fee festivals you have found). I would like to do some posts featuring artists, filmmakers and animators.

thanks in advance,


Durban International Film Festival (South Africa) 03/20/15
(short films and documentaries) Presenting over 250 screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world, with a special focus on films from South Africa and Africa, the festival exhibits films in a diversity of venues around the city. DIFF is the premiere platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. The festival also includes a local and international awards component. Online submissions.

New Zealand International Film Festival 03/27/15
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.

New Zealand International Film Festival 04/17/15
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’s best.

5 thoughts on “march and april updates + a request

  1. Hi Tracy, My name is Jamie Naqvi and I’m a filmmaker/video artist based in Los Angeles.  First of all, I want to thank you for all you do for the independent film community. Your regular posts and updates on film festivals are truly a benefit to all of us who make films but who can’t (or simply refuse to) dish out hundreds of dollars on submission fees when the chances of even getting selected are often so slim.  Here’s a link to my website:  My latest project is an experimental documentary web series, the first episode of which premieres on Vimeo this Sunday. My last film, PHOENIX, a short fictional piece made while in grad school, screened at a few  festivals including Grand Junction Film Festival and Boomtown Film and Music Festival. Grand Junction was free (at least the year I submitted) and I believe Boomtown is free for students (unless they’ve changed their policy since then.) I’ve also worked a bit in video installation.  Again, thanks for everything you do and I wish you all the best in the coming year. Sincerely,  Jamie Naqvi

  2. Hi Tracey


    I got my film TAKING OVER THE KING'S LAND in the festival Tisza Mozi Kft – International Film Festival Of Fine Arts in Hubngary as a resul of your site, and I would not have known of it otherwise!


    Your blog is amazing and I have recommended it to many people. if there is anything further I can do to help, let me know.



    There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life – Federico Fellini

  3. Tracy,
    Endless thanks for creating the “No Entry Fee Festivals” resource for artists around the globe – it has served me so well in my constrictions and confusion regarding film distribution …

    As a result of your page and emailing list, my film “Darwin’s Dead” ( has had the opportunity to play at dozens and dozens of festivals worldwide, and, with some luck, was honored in selection at the following 2014 festivals:
    – Cairo Video Festival (Egypt)
    – Wellington Underground Film Festival (New Zealand)
    – European Media Arts Festival (Germany)
    – MashRome Film Fest (Italy)
    – DIY Film Festival (Poland)
    With eligibility dwindling in 2015 for the my film, your emails give me some hope for a last hoorah and inspiration to make more films so that I can keep submitting.

    Finding hope in cost-effective international distribution through resources like “No Entry Fee Festivals” and other social media outlets is an enormous change in direction of opportunity for artists. The past 20 years has proven artists (esp. filmmakers) with low-to-no budgets can make great work through the gradual accessibility of professional equipment – and now, with resources like “NEFF”, it’s starting to show that you don’t need investor(s) and/or studio(s) to distribute your work either. That is a serious game changer, and it needs to continue in forwarding the democratization of artist distribution and viewers’ choices alike.

    Thank you again Tracy, and best of luck to all artists in their submissions.

    Kevin Tobin

  4. Hello Tracy,

    I’m Bruno Carnide, an independent filmmaker from Portugal.
    I basically, in recent times, only use your site to submit my work at festivals. You have been done a fantastic job!

    Below I will post a list of some festivals where I’ve been selected with some of my short films, thanks to you and your site:
    – No Budget Film Festival (L.A. – U.S.A.) 2014
    – Tenderflix (England) 2014
    – Cairo Video Festival (Egypt) 2014
    – Vagrant Film Club (Belarus) 2014 – in this one I won the public award!
    – Athens Video Art Festival 2014
    – Ottawa International Animation Festival 2014

    You can check the complete list of my work and festivals in my website

    Thank you again!

    Bruno Carnide

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