Reel13- Please vote before Weds, March 8th, 12pm EST

Hi all,
A couple weeks ago when I shared this, it was very last minute, my apologies.

First, please vote for my short animation,  “morning coffee”. It is a one minute animation I created a few years ago. It screened at 75-100 film festivals and won “Best Experimental Animation” at the World Animation Celebration in LA sponsored by Sony Pictures.

It is featured in this week’s Reel13 short film contest. Voting is open now at and ends tomorrow, March 8th,  at 12pm EST.

The winning film will screen on “Reel13”, Saturday at 9 pm, PBS (WNET, channel 13), New York City area. You can vote on computers, smart phones, and other internet-connected devices. #REEL13

Second, I encourage you to submit a short film to their contest. If selected, they will post your short film on their site, and each week three are selected for public vote. The winner is shown before that week’s Saturday night feature films.

REEL 13 (ongoing)
Reel 13 Shorts is THIRTEEN’s weekly interactive on-line film competition celebrating the best in independent short film.

best of luck,

Urgent- REEL13, Please vote before 12pm EST

Hi all,
I have been updating the monthly pages when I have the time, but not doing regular posts/email blasts. I am about to do another update. I wanted to share an opportunity and ask for your help, but it needs to be quick (only involves clicking the link, then clicking the vote button- no sign up)

First, please vote for my short animation,  “morning coffee”. It is a one minute animation I created a few years ago. It screened at 75-100 film festivals and won “Best Experimental Animation” at the World Animation Celebration in LA sponsored by Sony Pictures.

It is featured in this week’s Reel13 short film contest. Voting is open now at and ends today,, February 22nd at 12pm EST.

The winning film will screen on “Reel13”, Saturday at 9 pm, PBS (WNET, channel 13), New York City area. You can vote on computers, smart phones, and other internet-connected devices. #REEL13

REEL 13 (ongoing)
Reel 13 Shorts is THIRTEEN’s weekly interactive on-line film competition celebrating the best in independent short film.

best of luck,

A few more updates

Hi all-
The following festivals or event  opportunities were submitted to me by the organizers. The Woman Scream Festival seems to be looking for proposals for events, sounds like a unique opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact them directly for clarification.

As always, best of luck-

Gaia International Film Festival 1/31/2022
Gaia International Film Festival is the place to talk about food and its territories, societies and peoples, traditions, memory, and culture. A Festival that aims to promote the territorial identities of the whole world and to enhance their cultures and typicality through the cinematic narration of food and wine traditions. At the same time, the Festival aims to promote and enhance the talents of national and international independent cinema to allow them a fruitful exchange of experiences, direct comparison with professionals in the sector and the expansion of skills, as well as to increase the possibility of making themselves known from a wider audience.

1st River Meets Mountain International Film Festival 1/31/2022
RMMIFF is an organic kind of film festival as entire festival will be held in the middle of beautiful hilly river named the Karbi Langpi. Our screening will be done in the middle of the river. Viewers will experience the cinema with nature. The festival showcases short and documentary films from around the globe. RMMIFF will try to create an environment for the audience and filmmaker to experience cinema with nature.

Woman Scream Festival 2022 2/13/2022
Call for Volunteer Coordinators. The international Woman Scream Festival (Grito de Mujer) in its 12th edition, and in support of the initiatives of the Action Coalitions for Generation Equality of UN Women for the next years, makes a formal invitation to institutions, members and nonmembers, to join the cause as volunteer events coordinators, for the festival’s global cultural chain next March, 2022. This season, paying a tribute to aboriginal women and women ancestors under the motto “Origin”. Woman Scream 2022 will be a call to remember native women, whose cultures persist over time in several countries and who still suffer continuous abuses, in absence of laws that promote the validation of their rights. It is also a tribute to the women whose lineage, courage and strength, since ancient times, have been forerunners of the collective dream, towards a life free from women violence and equal women’s rights. This call will take special interest in non-listed cities and countries. If you wish to become a volunteer coordinator for Woman Scream 2022: “Origin”, send your proposal directly to the movement, through the contact menu of the page The proposals received must represent the cause in best interest. Requests upon approval and availability, in accordance with previous acceptance of WS Guidelines. This call will close on February 13, 2022, and the calendar of confirmed events will be published and promoted to the public. Check Woman Scream Social Networks for more updates.

Winnipeg Underground Film Festival 3/1/2022
The Winnipeg Underground Film Festival is an annual showcase for contemporary experimental film + video that takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty 1 Territory. We are a volunteer, not-for-profit, artist-run festival and we operate under a NO SUBMISSION FEE model and and all of our funding/proceeds go directly to paying artist fees. To submit to our call for entries for our 9th edition of WUFF, please follow this link 

Updates in progress

Hi all-
Here is a list of upcoming festivals. They will be added to the pages for each month shortly. If you notice any fees, it is an oversight, and I would appreciate you letting me know. With that said, I list festivals that have any categories and/or deadlines that are free, which can be a single category or an early bird deadline.

Note, there is a deadline tomorrow for the International Debut Feature Film Competition in Germany, that is looking for fictional debuts or graduation pieces by women directors.

As always, best of luck,

Slim Cinema Film Festival accepting submissions, festival postponed
Create a visual piece shot in Vertical Composition that tells a narrative. Content can be shot using your equipment of choice (i.e. SLR, red, smartphone, etc.), but aspect ratio must be 9:16 for any submissions to be considered.  We want to challenge your creativity to tell an original narrative through vertical visual storytelling.

Internationales Frauen* Film Fest Dortmund+Köln 12/5/21
Germany’s largest forum for women in the film industry and presents outstanding films by women spanning all genres and styles. Deadline is for the International Debut Feature Film Competition. Eligible are fictional debuts or graduation pieces by women directors with a length of at least 65 minutes. Film production has to be completed after 1st March 2020.

It’s all true: International Documentary Film Festival  12/10/21
Brazilian. This film festival was created to support the genre of documentary films.

FEST- New Directors / New Films Festival (Portugal) 12/11/21 *
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR? We are accepting films under the following formats: A) Fiction and Non-Fiction feature films (minimum length is 55 minutes) from directors who are on their first or second feature-length project, regardless of age. B) Fiction, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental Short films (up to 54 minutes of duration) from directors up to the age of 35 (including) at the end of the production. No fee applies only to Portuguese films.

Internationales Frauen* Film Fest Dortmund+Köln 12/15/21
Germany’s largest forum for women in the film industry and presents outstanding films by women spanning all genres and styles. Eligible are graduate films and films of the first two years after completion of studies. Film production has to be completed between 1st January 2020 and 15th December 2021. There are no genre or length restrictions, animated films are excluded. Please note: This is a national competition for DoPs living and/or working in Germany!

Kristiansand International Childrens Film Festival (Norway) 12/15/21
Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (KICFF) is Norway’s largest film festival aimed at children and youth. The target group is age 3-19. The festival takes place in Kristiansand, Southern Norway. The festival accepts features, documentaries, animation films and short films from all over the world.

Short of the Year 12/21/21
PROMOFEST opens the call for entries of SHORT OF THE YEAR – AUTUMN. Every season 50 works will be selected. The winner of each season will be awarded with 250 submissions to film festivals (for free) and will directly become one of the films selected for The Short of the Year. Submission is through click for festivals.

Moinho Cine Fest 12/31/21
Moinho Cine Fest is an international film festival, exclusively dedicated to a one minute films and to mobile films with maximum duration of 5 minutes. Local films have free submission for all deadlines. International and other categories are free for first deadline only (June).

Animocje 12/31/21
A lot of the people think that the animation equals cartoons for the children. An opinion like this could not be more wrong! A fine example of the fact that the situation is completely different is International Animated Film Festival Animocje. This event is focused on an ambitious cinema searching for its artistic character.

Anifilm 12/31/21
Anifilm’s mission is to present current trends, methods, technologies and animation techniques in its programme. It also supports works in progress and brand new animation projects and their authors, producers and distributors. Film professionals from all over the world can use Anifilm as a platform for positive confrontation and meeting place for forging new contacts. Anifilm is aimed at authors and film professionals as well as students, educators, film theorists and all fans of animated production, including children.

Neisse Film Festival 12/31/21
Documentary, Short and Feature-length films from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, or in co-production with these countries, are eligible for submission.

Landshut Short Film Festival 12/31/21
Short films of all genres up to 30 minutes. (FFL charges a fee, not the festival itself). If it is not possible for you to upload the film file to FFL you can send also a secure Vimeo link or a file by e-mail of the submitted film to: Michael Orth

Fest Anca Internacional Animation Festival 12/31/21*free entry deadline*
Only short animated films and music videos – completed after January 1, 2020 and submitted with English subtitles – are accepted into the Festival’s competition program. This year’s call for entries is open via Film Freeway. The submission process is free of charge until December 31, 2021.

goEast film festival 12/31/21
From September 20th, Filmmakers are invited to submit their fiction films as well as documentaries to the Main Competition of the 22nd goEast Film Festival, which will take place from April 19th–25th 2022.goEast countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival 1/02/22
We accept paid submissions for films and screenplays from across the world, but all submissions from Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia can be submitted for free. Additionally, students can submit to the early deadline of all our categories for free. This includes elementary level students all the way up the grad students in college.

Le Plein de Super1/5/22
“LE PLEIN DE SUPER” is a SHORT FILM FESTIVAL organized by the French association “La Boîte Carrée”. La Boîte Carrée goes ON TOUR by bus across FRANCE (Pays de la Loire) and PORTUGAL to bring cinema in small villages on the road. Le Plein de Super is a real opportunity (and most of the time the only one) for people and communities to discover short films and share unique moments.

Crossing Europe (Linz, Austria) 1/07/22* European or Austrian only
The goal of CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival is to give various perspectives on contemporary European cinema. The program focuses on innovative European films, which reflect current political and social realities of Europe‘s changing societies. We want to trace a cinema that tells of regional peculiarities and different conditions for living on this continent. We aim to open up new cinematic territories, which are under-represented in everyday movie business.

Sehsüchte Film Festival 01/09/22
Film festivals bring not only new, exciting and unique films into our orbit, but also the creative minds behind them.  It is exactly this aspect which Sehsüchte has passionately committed itself to for the past half century. As the biggest international student film festival in Europe, it has taken on a special place in the festival landscape. The next generation of filmmakers across the globe are given a platform to present their work to a broad audience and make contacts within the industry. Sehsüchte has always seen itself as a space for networking, a showcase of cultural diversity and a celebration of film and continues to do so today.

FISH- Filmfestival I’m Stadthafen 1/15/22
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.

CEE Animation Forum 1/16/22
The leading regional pitching, financing and co-production event. It aims to boost the international circulation potential of projects, as well as their visibility and access to a wider European market. With our growing professional network, we are building a strong community with the aim to support the projects, to boost the circulation of works and creative ideas, and the creation of new partnerships, to give media exposure to selected projects through various media partners, and to promote projects throughout the year, not only during the event, i. e. to follow the life of the project after the Forum as well.The main focus remains on the two most important Forum activities: the pitching of animated projects in development and 1:1 industry meetings.

Melbourne International Animation Festival 1/20/22
The Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) is one of the largest animation festivals in the world. It usually screens around 400-450 films each year in competitive, panorama, student, curated and retrospective programs.

International Film Festival for Children and Youth 1/20/22
Only films for children & youth are accepted to the selection process. Amateur films, music videos, experiments are not accepted. Date of production: 2020 and later. We will consider shorts, features, and animations. Please send your entries through Film Freeway or via email to

Kent County Teen Film Festival1/21/22
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.

Vinilonga Film and Music Video Festival 01/22/22* see note
Welcome to Vinilonga! We are a friendly festival made with love by filmmakers. We like to think of ourselves as a costume party, changing dress codes every three months. We hold online and live exhibitions in the city of Buenos Aires on specially curated themes based on the entries. The themes vary widely, so we invite you to register with your short film or video clip from any date to participate. You can register with documentaries, fictions, experimental short films, video-dance, video-poetry, animation and any other hybrid work. Note: festival does not charge a fee for projects from African countries and Argentina, but does have a fee for all other categories.

Animayo  1/31/22
Animayo, first Spanish animation Festival names “Qualifying Festival” for the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the OSCAR® AWARDS. The winners of Animayo may be taken into account in the category of “Animation Short Film” will be eligible for consideration in the “Animated Short Film” of the Academy Awards® Exclusive for applying to works of 2d animation, 3d animation,special effects, experimental, advertising, animation spots, videoclips, video games cinematic, special effects series and animation series.

Krakow Film Festival (KFF), 1/31/22
International Competition. The Krakow Film Festival aims to review and promote documentary, short animated and fiction films. The films are screened in four competitions as well as non-competitive sections. The entry fee shall not apply to Polish films. In addition, films produced in the countries mentioned below may be exempted from entry fees (not applicable to films co-produced with countries not listed below): Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Camboia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Dem. Rep., Cuba, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria,Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Deadline for films made after 31 October 2021.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival  1/31/22 *early bird free deadline
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is now accepting film submissions. We want films that confront stereotypes, push boundaries, arouse and tantalize, and above all, highlight the tremendous diversity of queer + trans* stories.

Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania) 2/1/22
(TIFF) is organized by Romanian Film Promotion and it is the first international feature film festival in Romania. The main objective of Transilvania IFF is to promote the cinematic art by presenting some of the most significant films of the moment, films which exhibit not only originality and independence of expression, but also unusual forms of cinematic language and modern trends of the young culture. Please note: *** no entry fee for Romanian films only

Animafest Zagreb 2/1/2022
World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb invites you to submit your film for the 32nd edition of the Festival, taking place 6-11 June 2022 in Zagreb. Short films (maximum running time 40 minutes) can be submitted to following competition categories: 1. Short Film Competition, 2. Student Film Competition – films produced in an educational institution (art schools and film schools), 3. Films for Children Competition< 4. Croatian Film Competition – films whose majority producer is Croatian and/or films by Croatian directors. Submission deadline for short films in all categories

Noisefloor 2/04/22
NoiseFloor is an interdisciplinary event with a focus on experimental composition. Submissions are invited from composers, academics, practitioners, individual researchers, postgraduates and any other interested parties. Note: there is a registration fee to present at the conference, but no submission fee.

Bilbao Fantasy Film Festival 2/6/22
Horror or Fantasy genre. Submit through Festhome or Moviebeta

Hamburg International Short Film Festival 02/14/22
Triple Axel Competition 2022. Call for Entries! Topic 2022: On very thin ice. All good things come in threes. Three minutes of film. Three spins in the air. The triple Axel is one of the most difficult jumps in figure skating. And in our competition, it’s a matter of getting a spin on a given theme in no more than three minutes. Whoever manages to do this goes into the race for the audience’s prize and € 1,000 in a legendary short night. So join in the triple Axel, the theme for 2022 is: On very thin ice. Steep theses, risky moves, unknown terrain, dangerous societies – we leave it up to you to decide how or where you venture onto very thin ice, but we are counting on your proven associative creativity. We will be accepting your three-minute stories on this topic from the beginning of November.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2/15/22
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 until this date, all categories – only Indian documentary and Indian short past this deadline.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France) 02/15/22
Submit short films, commissioned films, TV series and specials and graduation films.

Krakow Film Festival (KFF), 2/15/22*see note
National Competition. The Krakow Film Festival aims to review and promote documentary, short animated and fiction films. The films are screened in four competitions as well as non-competitive sections. Note: no entry fee for Polish films.Deadline for films made after 31 October 2021.

Dead by Dawn 2/15/22
Dead by Dawn is the UK’s longest running genre film festival, established in 1993. It is a unique festival, celebrating the finest independent film-making with a focus on emerging talent. Our approach to horror is broad; story is paramount, as are humour, suspense and atmosphere. We welcome lifelong fans and the genre-curious to discover the breadth of unusual stories lurking under the ‘horror’ banner! Note- festival is postponed so will continue to accept entries for now- check site.

Countryside Animafest Cyprus  2/27/22
Countryside Animafest Cyprus is the official Cyprus animation Festival. Its aim is to cultivate the art of animation, by raising audience awareness and promoting cultural, financial and social development in the field of independent animation filmmaking. nternational short film Competition. National Competition, workshop films and student projects (Cypriots only)

Minute Festival (Brazil) 2/28/22 online submission
Various themes, categories. One Minute Festival was created in 1991 and has inspired the breeding of over 50 “one minute festivals” all around the world. One Minute Festival also could be called Ideas’s Festival, once idea is the most relevant criterion used in the vídeos evaluation.

International Animation Film Festival Golden Kuker Sofia 2/28/22
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.

Shorts @ Fringe (Portugal) 3/1/22
SUBMIT YOUR FILM for the upcoming festival, up until March 1st.Send: Title | Director | Length (less then 15 minutes) | Country | Year (since 2018) as well as an image of the director and one of the film and the link to a downloadable platform of the film.

Animafest Zagreb 3/15/2022
World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb invites you to submit your film for the 32nd edition of the Festival, taking place 6-11 June 2022 in Zagreb. Feature films (minimum running time 40 minutes) can be submitted to the following competition category: 1. Feature Film Competition. VR/360/interactive projects can be submitted to the following competition category: 1. VR Animation Competition – open to immersive works (created for the Oculus, HTC Vive or Samsung Gear VR) that include animation as the main component. Films compete for awards that are given by international juries. Submission deadline for feature films and VR projects

International Short Film Festival Landau – La.Meko 3/15/22
International Short Film Festival Landau – La.Meko. Since 2001 filmmakers from around the world are invited to send their works to the Short Film Festival La.Meko wich takes place yearly in the beautiful city of Landau in South/West Germany. The La.Meko Festival wants to be a stage for all kinds of short movies and the team takes care that the programme is a delicate mix of entertainment and cultural challenge across all genres. The festival is also known for its enthusiastic audience and its outstanding moderation.

ConnectHer Film Festival 06/01/22
Through ConnectHER, high school and college students submit original short films focused on critical women’s issues such as girls’ education, ending violence against women, poverty & economic independence, and authentic beauty/body image. We’re thrilled with how the film festival is turning students into filmmakers—and filmmakers into activists.

River Aire Ten Minute Amateur Film Festival- RATMA (UK) 7/31/2022
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. @RATMAFF

Faith and Film Festival- Short Film Competition 10/15/21

Faith and Film Festival- Short Film Competition 10/15/21
New in 2022 is a short film competition based on the theme of HOPE. The competition is open to amateur filmmakers who are at least 18 years old. Films may be of any genre or style (narrative, experimental, animation or documentary). There is no submission fee. Four films will be selected as finalists and will be screened during the Faith and Film Festival. A jury of film critics, producers, scholars and professors will judge the films based on technique, storytelling and representation of the theme. One film festival pass will be awarded to each of the four finalists. Please email at with any questions or clarifications. (Film Freeway submission)

Japan Media Arts Festival ddl 09/3/21

Hi all- forgive the posting just now with incorrect date for the Japan Media Arts Festival. Will be posting updates for festivals soon.
best of luck,


Japan Media Arts Festival 09/3/21 (18:00 Japan Standard Time)
Now accepting entries for the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival. All artists around the world, without distinction as to professional, amateur, independent, or commercial, are invited to submit their works. Eligible works are completed or released within a year before the deadline (September 5, 2020 – September 3, 2021). From each division, the jury committee will select winners of the Grand Prizes, Excellence Awards, Social Impact Award, New Face Awards, and U-18 Award. All awards including Special Achievement Awards and Jury Selections will be announced in March 2022. Each of the winners from the four divisions will receive a trophy and prize money up to 1,000,000 yen, and also win an opportunity to present their works at the Exhibition of Award-winning Works in Tokyo. In addition to the four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga, there will be an open call for Festival Platform Award, which is an award given to brilliant new exhibition plan that utilize the characteristics of its facilities of organizations in liaison with the Japan Media Arts Festival. [Art, Entertainment, Animation, Manga Divisions, and Festival Platform Award] ■ Entry Period: July 1, 2021 – September 3, 2021 (18:00 Japan Standard Time) ■ Awards: Grand Prize, Excellence Awards, Social Impact Award, New Face Awards, and U-18 Award Entries must be submitted online. Submission of entries is free of charge. Entry site: For additional information, visit the website:

updates to blog

Hi all- hope things are looking up. WordPress changes are, well, really making a simple task difficult. If you are reading this and have figured out how to work around the block editor, or have a new favorite blog authoring tool, please reach out. Yesterday I updated pages and in the editor it can’t display due to an error. They seem to show up on the site.

At any rate- these festivals were submitted to me as no fee, or, in the case of Caminhos- free with waiver code. As always, if you find something amiss in my posts, please reach out.

best regards,

Moinho Cine Fest 6/30/21
International film festival for micro and films with prizes and screening fees. The length of the nano film is until to 01:00 (mm:ss) and the micro film is until to 05:00 (mm:ss) It’s organized by ANARTEM – Associação Cultural and directed by André Almeida Rodrigues, a Portuguese filmmaker. The 4th edition of the festival will take place in April 2022 in Custóias, Leça do Balio and Guifões, Matosinhos, Portugal. GOALS • Be a showcase of the panorama of world film production in 2020 and 2021. • Promoting itself as a meeting point for “all world cinema”. Note: Free submission for local filmmakers. Free submission to all others throughout June.

Fredrikstad Animation festival 7/1/21
Fredrikstad Animation Festival is the leading festival for animated film in the Nordic region, dating back to 1994 and the festival Animerte Dager in Oslo, Norway. Submission deadline for short films, student films and commissioned films. the festival only accepts Nordic-Baltic films.

Caminhos Film Festival 9/1/21
The festival Caminhos do Cinema Português was established in 1988. Its first three editions were a thematic exhibition of Portuguese Cinema. In 1997, it presented its fourth edition in a competitive format and, since then, it has been the only Portuguese festival of Portuguese Cinema. The Caminhos festival has established itself as a reference on the Portuguese scene in promoting the diversity of national production, from final film school projects, through animation, documentaries, short films to feature films. Our history leads us to believe that we can trace new paths for Portuguese Cinema, by also including the artistic-technical recognition of the members of each production, as well as by promoting the Centre region as the stage for Portuguese Cinema. On a conceptual level, the festival is characterised by a wide range of records that are a faithful record of the panorama of annual national film production. The innovation of the project lies in the fact that it is hosted in a single space and submits the national film production to the analysis of a jury. Throughout the last five editions, the festival has registered a growing attractiveness and demand, which is reflected both in a high number of professional accreditations, given the dimension and context of its programme, and in a growing number of audiences which was broken by the Covid-19 pandemic. This break did not mean a distancing, but an exponential approach (+ 114%) of the public in complementary activities to the exhibition. In film exhibition, we did not want to meet the digital dimension of streaming because cinema, especially in a festival, has to be a collective experience in which one can see and then debate the aesthetics of the reception of each spectator. In our opinion, this remedial experience of cinema can only be done in addition to the screening room. In recent years, the Caminhos have been progressively marked by an increasingly diverse range of films, origins, genres and discoveries of new authors who are gradually becoming regular presences in the cinematographic community. This is how we look at the world and the spaces of Lusophony as natural representations present in our programme. We arrive in 2021 to the XXVII edition, with the hope that the present moment we live in will be marked by the cultural plurality in the area of Coimbra and the decentralization of the cultural offer, allowing to continue that this is the city marked on the map as the place where there is “Portuguese cinema for all”. Note: There is a submission fee for this festival, but Caminhos has generously shared a waiver code with us: CCPdiscount7

Hi all- Hope you are staying safe, doing well. A few updates in this post, sifting though festivals, some of which are getting back on schedule/in person, and some haven’t yet.
best of luck,

Slim Cinema Film Festival TBA
[DUE TO CONCERNS OVER NCOV19, OUR FESTIVAL IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE WILL STILL BE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS AND WILL PROVIDE NOTICE ONCE WE GATHER MORE INFORMATION ON WHEN WE PLAN TO HOST SCVFF V – THANK YOU!] We are excited to announce another installment of Slim Cinema, NYC’s first and only vertical film festival. Our past events have showcased some of the most creative filmmakers and storytellers across the world to a packed house of over 600 attendees.  CREATOR CHALLENGE: Create a visual piece shot in Vertical Composition that tells a narrative. Content can be shot using your equipment of choice (i.e. SLR, red, smartphone, etc.), but aspect ratio must be 9:16 for any submissions to be considered. We want to challenge your creativity to tell an original narrative through vertical visual storytelling. Have fun with it – be creative with the new aspect ratio. Keep in mind the constraints the narrower vertical format may bring to your content – and discover how you can disrupt visual narratives through powerful storytelling.

Animofest 6/17/21
International animated film festival of secondary schools ( Age of competing student is 15 – 20 years )

CMIAR 7/11/21* Must have Ohio address
The purpose of the CMIAR is to provide a screening event for Ohio moving image artists. To be accepted for the submission process you must have an Ohio Address. If you have questions about this please feel free to email us.

HECare Festival 07/31/21
The Human Environment Care Film Festival (HECFF) is Canada’s premier cultural event devoted exclusively to the exploration of Human-Environment care, Human rights issues, Environment protection through films.

Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People 8/20/21
We accept feature films, short live action films, short animation films and documentaries with the children and youth audience in mind. You can read the terms and conditions and submit your film via Eventival

Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote 9/1/21
Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote is a project organized by Asociación de Cine Tenique, a non-profit organization whose main goals are to promote, diffuse and debate independent films, analyze the local context and connect it to global level. The 11th edition of the project is scheduled to be held in late November 2020 and early December 2021. The current health situation generated by COVID-19 requires us to think deeply about the role and importance that cultural events have for local communities and their inhabitants.

Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 9/01/21
The Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (kimff) will take place from 9-13 December in Kathmandu, the cultural and cosmopolitan capital of the Himalayan region. By screening some of the most recent and exciting films about mountain people, cultures, societies, environment, sports and adventure from around the world. kimff will celebrate the complexity and diversity of mountain life with a special focus on films and narratives that reflect the realities and experiences of mountain communities in sustaining and protecting their natural environment, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

FICIprox 9/30/20
The International Film Festival is a festival of teasers. We understand TEASER as an audiovisual piece up to two minutes long that works in advance of a film that has not yet been completed or is in the process of realization, offering fragmentary frame information and a technical demonstration and aesthetics of what later will be the movie.

Camera Zizanio 10/4/21
Camera Zizanio shows films created by children and young people under 20 years of age. However, Camera Zizanio is not a Festival. As our name states, it is a “Meeting”which we believe is more important for us to come together, see creations by young people, chat, have fun, make friends and plan for the future.

DOCUDAYS UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 12/1/21
The 19th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival will be held on 25 March – 3 April 2022. We are looking for creative documentaries which open a fresh perspective on the contemporary world, films which analyze it, making an important contribution to the discussion of human dignity, freedom and equality. Note: only Ukraine films have free submission.

screenings and… submit your animation loop

Hi all-
Hope everyone is staying healthy, happy and safe. Over the last few weeks I have been attending virtual festivals, online artist talks and a few workshops. I would love to hear about any that you want to share- with me and/or- with the noentryfeefests blog. The upcoming week is pretty busy with online screenings, list below if you want to check them out.

Also, a former student of mine, Sarah Schmidt (an awesome animator), organizes an eclectic screening of animated films created by artists, Malt Adult. As part of each screening, there is a call for loops- call- and screenings- listed below.


Malt Adult- Intermission Loop 4/27/21
Malt Adult is an animation screening based in Columbus ohio, current shows have been streaming on Vimeo. Every animation show, we have a 15-minute intermission. Our goal is to get our intermisison loop to loop 3 times in 15 min. Unfortunately, not all entries will be accepted. The more your entry has to do with the theme (“Place”), the more likely it will be accepted! Silent, 1920x1080p 24mps .gifs/.mp4s work best – though we can make most anything work. Loops longer than 15 seconds will not be accepted.

upcoming livestream & virtual screenings

Anny Nights NY, Sunday, April 25th, livestream 11am-11pm EST, available with (free) ticket

The Zome, Tuesday, April 27th 9pm EST, curated by Amy Logheart (info)

Malt Adult, Friday April 30th, 9pm EST, curated by Sarah Schmidt

Hellavision on Twitch TV, Saturday May 1st 8pm EST

more updates

Hi all, I am in the process of adding/updating. I am sending some deadlines that are today, in case you have something ready to send. Note, some festivals have restrictions, please note if they only accept for a certain region or demographic, or if they only offer free submission to a certain group such as students, or local filmmakers. Also, just a note about film freeway, since many of the festivals now use it- there is no charge to filmmakers to make an account and upload films, etc. to create a film festival package. If a festival does not charge a fee, there will be no cost.

best of luck,


UCLAxFilmFest 4/18/21
UCLAxFilmFest 2021 will take place virtually the weekend of August 27th, 28th and 28th! This year marks our sixth annual UCLAxFilmFest. Organized by the UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies team, the festival is designed to showcase the best short films by our current and former Entertainment Studies students.

CMIAR 4/18/21
To enter into this festival please your films production origin must be Ohio. The Columbus Moving Image Art Review (CMIAR) is a screening event for local Ohio artists, filmmakers, animators and anyone who uses moving images as a creative art form. CMIAR was developed by two local moving image artists Nicolette and Matt Swift to bring together moving image works of all modes of production in a single black box theatrical screening four times a year as well as uplift moving images in all its forms in Columbus through one off screenings around town at local Central Ohio festivals. CMIAR has also had the honor to partner with other arts organizations in Columbus to screen local films at the Independents Day Festival, Columbus Arts Festival, The Columbus, Museum of Art and more.

Descending Night Film Festival 4/18/21
A horror and sci-fi themed film event! Selected films will be shown at a screening in Sweden. The festival will also live stream so everyone can participate. This is a non-profit festival for independent filmmakers 

Comedy Europe Film Festival 5/21/21
(CEFF) aims to promote the importance of film comedy as an art form and an essential part of the European culture. The goal of the Festival is to recognize the highest achievements in European film comedy on a yearly basis.