December / January updates

The following updates are from my master list. Part of the process is finding festivals that have added fees, so if I missed any, it was unintentional. (please let me know)

best of luck,

Holland Animation Film Festival (Netherlands), 1/1/2017
The Holland Animation Film Festival organizes the following competitions. The competitions for features, shorts, European student films and Dutch films Digital file and DVD.

Chester Animation Showcase 1/08/17
Chester International Film Festival is delighted to offer animators the chance to submit work for our Animation Showcase to accompany the 2015 festival.  Films will be shown prior to the main film each night.  This is the second time we have held this event, and are repeating due to its great reception given during the 2014 festival. All submissions are welcome, whether you are a professional or an amateur. Submit Online.

Visions du Réel 1/8/17 
*free for some films only
The festival is committed to presenting works which, through their formal and aesthetic choices, give personal and original portrayals and descriptions of past and present realities of the world. The festival seeks to promote the widest possible spectrum: experimental films, essays, personal diaries, family films, films on current affairs and social issues, historical investigations, and films with classic or fragmented narrative approaches. Cinéma du Réel is open to different genres, integrates stylistic variations and montages, and is inspired by “cinéma direct” as well as fictional-style narratives. DVD or password protected vimeo link.

Crossing Europe (Linz, Austria) 1/09/17* European or Austrian only
Two categories: Feature-length films (fiction or documentary) from Europe. A film is considered European, if either director, producer or the story are based in an European state/region, and films and videos by local artists in Austria.

MediaWave International Film Festival 01/10/17
Films and videos, feature, short fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, dance, music, image/sound experimental works, musical works presented in any form or system may be entered. Any production (film and video) or performances (archaic folk music and rituals or their modern creative interpretations) may be entered that reflect ethnic, religious, musical, sexual and other aspects of small communities, ethnic groups, spiritual or other communities. “Dusty Reels” Films that were once swept away by history’s storms and were not presented due to isolation, political or economic reasons, or only a limited number of people could have seen them but not the general public, or were put back into their boxes after a few showings. We are searching for imprints of disappeared worlds, for films preserving their artistic value despite the passing of time.“REFORMation” We expect films that present reforming and renewing endeavours of any groups or religions or stories of restarting people and reformed walks of lives. We still look forward to the reformers of film expression. We also gladly welcome the anti-globalisation and environmental conscious reformers as well as the cultural propagators with new approaches. „On the Road” Online Film Festival. The films submitted in „On the Road” Online Film Festival category will be selected by a preview jury by the end of January 2017. The films in the program then will be available on the website of the festival between 1 March and 28 April.

Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival 7/17/17 * submissions open april 17/17
A festival dedicated to celebrating Iranian heritage through short film, video and animation. Whether Iranian or non-Iranian, a veteran or aspiring filmmaker, the Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival is open to individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life. The festival has one hope in mind: to provide a forum for individuals to use their creativity and talent to spark and inspire interest in Iranian culture. Link to video.


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