Hope everyone is having a great year (where did January go?). The following festivals are open for entries with deadlines in February, (for some this is the final deadline, but others this is the early deadline or somewhere in between). Please be respectful of festivals that are restricted to a certain region or area as well as those that require the filmmaker to attend. It is really important to read the festival terms so that you don’t spam a festival with work that doesn’t meet the criteria.
best of luck,
Pop up Anthology 2/6/17 *New Jersey or Philadelphia
PopUp Anthology is a monthly screening series that highlights the work of local filmmakers and encourages audiences to support local storytelling. All screenings include a Q&A and reception after the event. PopUp Anthology’s home base is located at Artworks Trenton in Trenton, New Jersey.
STIFF 2/7/17 * late deadline May 24th
San Mauro Torinese International Film Festival accepts films of any length or genre. Films from any country and in any language are accepted, but they must be subtitled in English or Italian. All films realized starting from January 2012 can participate. The first edition of STIFF is going to take place in June 2017 at Cinema Gobetti in San Mauro Torinese (Turin, Italy).
Lovett School High School Film Fest 2/9/17
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.
Cineline International Film Festival 2/11/17
Feature and Short Films. We invite filmmakers, screenwriters, writers and composers to participate in an Cineline International Film Festival (CLIFF) that will take place on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. The Cineline International Film Festival focuses on and encourages the collaboration of artists. All submissions will be reviewed carefully by the jury members and the official selections will be screened at THE CREST CINEMA in Los Angeles, CA.
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2/12/17
Now accepting film submissions. Filmmakers / Producers / Distributors across the world are invited to submit features, documentaries and short films that highlight / focus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) themes and expressions.
Emerge Microcinema (Cleveland) 2/12/17
Presents a night of (mostly) local short films and videos at Forest City Brewery. Plus brats & beer! We are seeking independent films of any length and any genre,
with a focus on locally (Northeast Ohio) produced films.
Festival du Film Merveilleux 2/14/17
Organized with support from the UNESCO, patronage ( United Nation Education scientific Cultural organization )/ it’s a unique festival celebrating wonder, dreams,imagination, magic, fables, fairy tales, poetry, mystical and legendary, comics, the supernatural, manga, vampires, unicorns, fantasy, science fiction, video gaming, storytelling and innovation.
First Nations Film and Video Festival 2/15/17
First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. (FNFVF Inc) is a grassroots Native American film festival whose mission is showcasing works produced by Native American film and video makers and artists of all skill levels and to provide an appropriate venue for their works. First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues. All films screened are written and/or produced and directed by Native American artists from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Mexico.
DocuTIFF is exited inviting filmmakers to submit their films in the third edition of 2017 festival, which will take place in Tirana, this coming May, 10–17, 2017. DocuTIFF invites all documentaries from established and debut filmmakers alike to apply their films in International Competition and In Albanian Competition. DocuTIFF aims to encouraging documentary film production in Albania and to give more chances to our filmmakers finding cooperation and enabling mutual contacts with their colleagues in our region, to build up a favorable climate creation in Albania and wider in region for development and cooperation of such productions. DocuTIFF last year screened 180 films in three venues as well as in open air making it the largest film festival of its kind in Albania and one of the most important in the region.
ACT Human Rights Film Festival (Fort Collins, Colorado) 2/18/17
Witness the complexity and beauty of human life, celebrate human resilience, and move human rights forward. Awaken Connect Transform. – Entries MUST come from students living in the INTERMOUNTAIN WEST REGION OF THE UNITED STATES (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico) Student work, 10 minutes or less, related to human rights.
Ploiești International Film Festival 2/28/17
PIFF’s 6th edition program includes: The Official Genre Competition (dedicated to fantasy, thriller, horror and science-fiction short films) Dark Comedy (off-competition section dedicated to dark comedies) War Zone (off-competition section dedicated to short films about war and revolution) Lovestory Special (off-competition section dedicated to unusual love stories). Destination Unknown (new off-competition section dedicated to road movies). Genre Animation (new off-competition section dedicated to fantasy, thriller, horror and science-fiction animated short films)