January updates

Hi all-
Just added these to the January page on the blog. I send out email blasts that post to my blog, and each of these additions is listed by date, under the monthly pages as well. The first deadline is actually today. The festival deadline was moved up a few days from last year (sorry). Typically once you have all your materials created and organized, it only takes a few minutes to apply to each festival.

best of luck,


Strangelove A Queer Festival 1.13.19
Strangelove festival is looking for queer artists who provoke and highlight non-binary perspectives! We welcome filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, writers and performers exploring gender, sexuality, counterculture, alternative formats and queer identities.

FISH- Filmfestival I’m Stadthafen 1/18/19
The national short film competition JUNGER FILM is the heart of FiSH. The partaking films have a maximum runtime of 30 minutes and the maximum age limit for the directors is set at 27 years. In the previous year, more than 400 young directors have submitted their short films to the annual competition. 30 to 40 of all submissions are then selected to be shown during the festival. What makes JUNGER FILM so special is the open and communicative atmosphere between filmmakers, the jury and the audience. Through said communication, FiSH becomes a “school of speaking about films”. After every screening the filmmakers are interviewed and after every film block the jury openly discusses the movies on stage, contrary to a lot of other festivals. This approach to film screening provides a direct path for criticism and praise between the directors, the actors and the audience.

Kent County Teen Film Festival 1/18/19
All Kent County teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter films in the Kent County Teen Film Festival. A jury will review all submitted entries and select films to be screened at the Festival. Prizes will be awarded for the best films in various categories. The Kent County Teen Film Festival is free and open to the public.

International Animation Film Festival Golden Kuker Sofia 1/31/19
IAFF GOLDEN KUKER – SOFIA plays a key role in the animation industry because it is organized by animators who produce animated films themselves which are interesting for people of different generations. IAFF Golden Kuker – Sofia shows a high level of professional performance and a huge international participation with plenty of works of talented people from all over the world. During the festival and throughout the year, animators and audiences have the opportunity to attend professional master classes led by world-renowned directors and animators, exhibitions, seminars, round tables, presentations and impressive events related to the art of animation.

MayDay Film Festival 1/31/19 * no fee for early submissions until January 31st
Originated from the Filmmakers Club out of the University of Southern Indiana. It was made to showcase work of its club members to the local student body. Each year, Mayday has grown into a much large festival adding in non-students into the festival and even filmmakers as far as the opposite end of the United States.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 1/31/19
is the first and only LGBTQ film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater and the only queer festival to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. * free submission – Indian and Student categories only


One thought on “January updates

  1. I only post festivals on the filmfreeway portal that are free to enter. If you are seeing a post for a festival on filmfreeway, then they have at least one category that is free, and as much as possible, I try to clearly explain that. On the other hand, there are some other portals that require a subscription or the use of “stamps” that they equate to what postage would be. In some cases you can submit direcly to the festival and have no fee, as you have not used the convenience of the submission platform.

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