I’m back, I guess. :-) Like a lot of people, I was, kind of, on pause. I don’t have a lot to say about that, but if you have an initiative, especially in response to current events- such as an online virtual festival, workshop, talk, themed screenings, please reach out by email to: noentryfeefestivals(at)gmail.com, with anything related to films, festivals and supporting artists and filmmakers that you think I should know about.
The festival landscape is changing, temporarily at least, in response to the current pandemic as well as other factors, I am sure. Some festivals are moving to a different date, while some are hosting their festival online. If you don’t charge an entry fee to submit to your festival and would like your call for entries to be featured, you can submit a posting request on the noentryfeefestivals.com site.
As I am updating, some festivals are working on their usual schedule and others are revising their schedule. The Womanimation festival will resume next summer, and the Adobe Design Achievement Awards will announce their competition later in the year, possibly November.
The 2nd Warsaw Animation Film Festival, organized by Ewelina Leszczynska and Tessa Moult-Milewska is accepting entries until June 10th (!!!!), so if you have an animated film, please send it in ASAP. The festival will take place online, 8/27-9/02.
As always- pay close attention to deadlines and to restrictions, as some festivals suspend the fee for certain submission windows, like early bird, and some for specific categories. In the case of the festivals listed here, the Chinese American Film festival does not charge a fee for films submitted on or before the early bird deadline of June 12th, and the San Diego Underground Film Festival has one category, finished on film, where they waive the entry fee, Tirana International Documentary film festival has a single no fee category, In Albania and Countryfest Animated Cyprus has one no fee category: Cyprus film, for national animated shorts.
New Chitose, the airport animation festival has animation categories for- VR, GIF and digital comics, and this year are adding a new category for animated movie installations.
Lastly, RATMA, which I have featured for several years, is continuing their mission to both support up and coming filmmakers as well as raise money for a great cause.
Best of luck in all your endeavors,
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Warsaw – Amondo Cinema 6/10/20
The 2nd Warsaw Animation Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The deadline for sending films is the 10th of June 2020. The festival will feature three categories of international competitions for animated shorts:: Professional Competition, Student & Young Competition, Horror Film Competition (accepting films from the last 5 years).
Chinese American Film Festival 6/12/20
The Chinese American Film Festival (CAFF) is the most authoritative and influential annual Chinese American cultural event connecting two of the world’s largest film markets. Please note, you may submit free through filmfreeway until June 12th, for the early bird deadline- both short films and features- but once that deadline has past you will have to pay a fee.
San Diego Underground Film Festival 6/16/20
San Diego Underground Film Festival (SDUFF) has one category with no submission fee, finished on film. Accepted formats are Regular 8, Super 8, and 16MM. There is no restriction on duration, completion date, or premiere status.Films must be exhibited on film stock. To enter this category, please use the submission form on the website: found here- SDUFF: Finished on Film 2020.
Adobe Design Achievement Awards
The exact opening date of the 2020 program has not yet been determined, but it’s currently targeted for November 2020. To be notified, sign up for our official email, here. You can also follow us on social (@adobeawards on all platforms).
TIRANA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 6/23/20
Tirana International accepts films with no entry fee for their In Albanian category (films from all over the world in Albanian language). Only Feature & Short films that are in Albanian language will be accepted in this category. All other submissions that not fulfilled this criteria will be disqualified. Extended deadline, filmfreeway link.
New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 6/30/20
Welcome to the hub airport of animation. This autumn, the New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival will screen animated films from all around the world at the terminal building of New Chitose Airport, which connects Hokkaido with the rest of the world. In addition to short and student works, VR films, GIF, and motion digital comics, and movie installations with the technique of animation can be submitted.. Animated Short Film.
River Aire Ten Minute Amateur Film Festival- RATMA (UK) 6/30/20
It only takes 10 minutes to tell a story and often a lot less, RATMA International Film Festival helps up and coming film makers get those stories in front of film fans who would otherwise never get the opportunity to see them. We have been Keighley’s film festival since 2013 and now, as part of Keighley Arts and Film Festival we have doubled the public venues around town and look forward to welcoming even more viewers this year.
Countryside Animafest Cyprus 6/30/20
Cyprus films, is a category for national animated shorts created in Cyprus, this deadline is for that category only.
New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 7/31/20
Welcome to the hub airport of animation. This autumn, the New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival will screen animated films from all around the world at the terminal building of New Chitose Airport, which connects Hokkaido with the rest of the world. The festival was launched in 2014 as the first festival ever held inside an airport’s terminal building. Animated Feature.