January deadlines

Hi all- this post contains some festivals that have deadlines today. For some, these are early deadlines and for others these are final deadlines. If you have a film that is ready to go, in most cases this will only take a few minutes.
best of luck,

Hayti Heritage Film Festival 1/15/18
Are you a filmmaker with an amazing documentary or narrative short (under 30 mins.) that was made in the American South? Are you of African descent? If you say YES! to both, submit to the Hayti Heritage Film Festival today! Film Freeway

Animocje 1/15/18
“Animocje” the 8th International Animated Film Festival will take place between 10 to 15 April 2018. Online form

Anifilm 1/15/18
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. Anifilm also wants to represent the Czech Republic, South Bohemian Region and the town of Třeboň in international context on a long-term basis.

AfricaJarc 1/15/18
For the first time in his history, africajarc opens a competition for short films from Africa and the diaspora. Submit your movie via the link below! Don’t hesitate to share this call to film!

Jewish Motifs International Film Festival 1/15/18
We invite the filmmakers of movies on Jewish identity and experience to participate in the competition for Warsaw Phoenix Award. Please note that: only the films made within the two years preceding a given edition of the Festival and in a current year shall be accepted for the Festival, that is 2016-2018 for the edition of 2018.

Proto & Co 1/15/18
Annual small festival of independent short films. Every autumn, a selection from 30 to 40 movies are presented. Movies of 5 minutes maximum  Dialogues in French or without dialogue. No experimental and no clip accepted. FilmFreeway

Hola Mexico (LA) 1/15/18
The Hola Mexico Film Festival is the largest Mexican film festival held outside of Mexico. The festival screens annually in the spring, in downtown Los Angeles, at the prestigious Regal Cinemas in LA LIVE. **ABSOLUTELY NO SHORT FILMS PLEASE**

London Kurdish Film Festival 1/15/18
We accept films made by Kurdish directors on any subject chosen, or films by non-Kurdish directors primarily focusing on Kurdish people or issues. All (features, shorts, animation and documentaries)

Cortokino 1/15/18
CortoKino is an international short film festival organized by the mass media students of Thakur College of Science and Commerce, with the sole idea at heart of bringing together all those dreamers and artists who believe in the language of films. CortoKino has been a hub for filmmakers from around the world and has received entries from over 93 countries including Iran, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Russia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and many more, since it’s inception. So, keeping the spirit of filmmaking in our minds, and the fire of our stories and ambitions in our hearts, we would like to invite you all to celebrate the art of short films with us. Welcome to CortoKino 2018 – Unleashing Global Cinema Filmfreeway

International Film Festival for Children and Youth 1/15/18
KINOLUB is an international film festival organized since the year 2015 by the IKS Foundation in the cities of Southern Poland – including small villages, where the screenings are held in local cultural institutions. The focus is also set on film education and that is the event’s unique and important feature, which is developed as well in other endeavors run by the Foundation. Most of all, KINOLUB is a celebration of films produced for children and youth. Each year in June different cities offer festival screenings to audiences between 4 and 18 years of age. The program includes motion pictures from all over the world –  rich in artistic quality and conveying important messages. The aim is to create an environment for young people to actively and keenly participate in the cultural life and to develop new mindful audiovisual audiences.

Les Films de la Toile 1/15/18 *early deadline
Student Film Festival in Paris. Les Films de la Toile is an international festival of short movies. The festival take place in the university Paris 8 (Saint-Denis). Last year we selected 50 short movies for the competition. FilmFreeway

African Diaspora Cinema Festival (Italy) 1/15/18 *early deadline
The African Diaspora Cinema Festival submissions for the 2018 edition of the festival are open! ADCF film selection will focus also on stories based on Human Trafficking. The African Diaspora Cinema Festival (ADCF) invites African filmmakers across the world to submit their short, Documentary or Feature films to screen in the festival from 6-8 July 2018. FilmFreeway

Asia Peace Film Festival 1/15/18 * early deadline
Asia Peace Film Festival – Karachi Edition invites submissions from Pakistani filmmakers focusing on following categories. FilmFreeway

Planetarium Film Festival 1/15/18
Green film festival in Belarus, Minsk. Link to online form.

Briefs Erotic Short Film Competition 1/15/18
BRIEFS is the East Bay Express’ annual Erotic Short Film Competition showcasing works by amateur and professional filmmakers from around the world. In its 7th year, the one night screening will continue to explore the limits of erotic filmmaking in a liberating and entertaining format ideal for sex-positive film lovers of every gender and orientation. To register email Briefs.Erotic@EastBayExpress.com with “BRIEFS2018” in the subject line Necessary forms can be downloaded using the following links: Film Eligibility & Release and Model/PerformerNOTE: All forms must be completed and returned along with a photocopy of each model/performer’s ID to be considered. If for any reason you will have issues providing these items, get in touch with us, and we can discuss it further. Entries must be a maximum of 6 minutes long. Quick Time H264. File size 1280 x 720 or smaller. 29.97 frames per second are preferred. Audio: 48k, 16 bit, Stereo. Codec H264. HD Note: All HD films will be letterboxed in the final mix. Requirements for SD (4:3): A QuickTime File 720 x 486 Audio: 48k, 16 bit, Stereo Codec H264.

Fifes Comedy Film Festival (Zagreb, Croatia) 1/15/18
The purpose of the festival is to encourage and promote human serenity, joy and laughter, as an important factor condition of the human spirit. In this way we will promote one of the human qualities, which in this time of hustle and weight of life is very important, but often neglected. The various authors will present the Croatian public their creative work, and the cheerful atmosphere to socialize with their peers and their contribution to positively influence the development of film production and culture in Croatia.

Pakistan International Film Festival 1/30/18
The Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF) aims to be the largest film festival in Pakistan. PIFF will screen features, shorts and documentaries from Pakistan and around the world. Our mission is to create a unique platform which promotes both Pakistani cinema and Pakistani filmmakers by showcasing their films to diverse international audiences. We also plan to bring international filmmakers and their work to Pakistan to create an interactive space for exchange of ideas and for open dialogue. PIFF will provide opportunities to encourage co-productions and to portray Pakistan as an exciting and vibrant country, with great cinematic potential.

Strangelove A Queer Festival 1.31.18
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.



happy new year

The new year kind of snuck up on me- still going through lists and updating. Feel free to send me any festival updates, suggestions or comments to: noentryfeefestivals(at)yahoo.com.

best of luck,

Animator International Animation Festival (Poland) 02/26/18
INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL ANIMATOR is an oscar® qualifying festival. It’s the biggest cultural event in Poland devoted to animation. Each year we’re screening over 300 films from all over the world, including competition movies, premieres, retrospectives and overviews. Live concerts, workshops and extensive programme for children are also big part of ANIMATOR. Omnipresent fusion with music is what distinguishes ANIMATOR from other film festivals in Poland.

Maremetraggio International Short Film Festival (Italy) 2/28/18
An International Short Film Festival Two sections in competition, a selection of the best International shorts and the most interesting Italian debut works recently released in cinemas. Maremetraggio section is a “best of the best” of short films.

three minute quickie 04/1/18
Each year the well liked Three-Minute-Quickie competition puts the short- and shortestfilmer to just one task: shoot a movie no longer than three minutes which deals with a certain topic. Here comes our annual home work for you: Scandal. Once again our subject for the Three Minute Quickie competition invites its participants to let their minds run wild with free associations. What matters is this: your movie can’t be longer than three minutes (including opening and end credits 3:59 at the most) and should be here in Hamburg by April 1st 2018. The audience will be your judge and award 1000 euro for the best film.




Recent updates

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

best of luck,

Gdansk DocFilm Festival (Poland) 2/10/18
Gdańsk DocFilm Festival, with its international nature, is a contest of documentary films and footages focusing mainly on:- situation of a human being as an individual as well as group of employees in the work environment,- personal activity and development in every form,- passion and creative activity,- human dignity, ethics and respect for human rights.

Hamburg International Short Film Festival 02/16/18
this is the Hamburg ShortFilmFestival calling! Calling for your entries to be precise. Please head over to our entry form and submit your new films. We are looking forward to seeing every single one of them. And please make sure to submit your film with burned in english subtitles if the language is any other than english. Not quite the same procedure as every year, though, since as of this year we will only be accepting submissions via our own website (here is the entry form, by the way) and not rely on external submission platforms. We hope this will make the whole submission process easier and more clear cut than before.

London Lesbian Film Festival 2/28/18
The London Lesbian Film Festival is a celebratory gathering at which we project our images, challenge our politics, and reflect upon our lives. The festival aims to portray the richness and diversity of lesbian experiences and to strengthen our communities. The Festival is held every year in London, Ontario, Canada. Online submission form. Submissions accepted ongoing.

Clear the Air Film Fest 03/5/2018
The Clear The Air Film Fest showcases short films that address topics on air quality and lung health in the community. Limited to residents of California. Winners MUST be present at the screening and should be prepared to speak to the student filmmakers about their process.

Due Jan. 5th

Happy New Year! Site updates on the way!

best of luck,


Le Plein de Super 1/5/18
The square box is already preparing its 3rd edition: same concept, same period, same territories! We are looking for :  short films: 15 minutes max., no dialogue or text, but with a real cinematic language, a good sound processing, genres: animation, fiction, documentary, various themes, treated with poetry, fantasy, humor (even black), originality.

Sylhet Film Festival 1/5/18
Sylhet Film festival is an annual film festival, which will showcase full-length features, shorts, experimental films made by young independent filmmakers, including fiction animations and documentaries. One of the primary missions of the festival is to provide the youth with a platform to showcase their talent in media, provide an advantageous environment for the development of film and other creative works. The festival will promote the study and appreciation of the film by means of screenings, discussions, exhibitions, workshops and related activities. Note: submission form on website currently having difficulties- can submit through film freeway.

Autumn Shorts Film Festival 4/30/18 early deadline
Somerset Community College Theatre & Film welcomes submissions of films of no longer than fifteen minutes in length. Selected films will be showcased at the Festival and awards will be presented for outstanding achievements by the official selections. There are no cash awards. Submission of film does not guarantee entry.

Autumn Shorts Film Festival 6/30/18 late deadline
Somerset Community College Theatre & Film welcomes submissions of films of no longer than fifteen minutes in length. Selected films will be showcased at the Festival and awards will be presented for outstanding achievements by the official selections. There are no cash awards. Submission of film does not guarantee entry.


Cell Phone Cinema (New Delhi) 1/11/18
Shooting a Film/Music Video / News/ Still Image on MOBILE PHONE, 3 minutes maximum, Shooting Technique: Mobile Phone (cell phone), Purpose: To unleash the creative spark of the participants by using nontraditional means of technology like the Cell Phone and create both motion and still imagery., The Task: Participants can shoot a Video (max. 3 minutes) or Still Picture using a mobile phone. The entries for the competition will revolve around the realm of: Fiction / Music Video, Reality / Electronic News Gathering, Still Image. Online submission.

Queer Moving Image Review (ongoing)
Queer Moving Image is an online exhibition space designed to showcase queer artists working in time-based visual media. We accept submissions on an ongoing basis. If you identify as queer lgbtq+ submit your piece here.

Samawah Cinema

Samawah Cinema (ongoing)
Samawah Cinema is offering a film distribution grant in the form of professional support, to filmmakers. Submissions should be feature films and/or long and short form animations, produced in 2017 that are not currently on any electronic distribution platform. Films should have English subtitles. Samawah Cinema is a cinematic center in Iraq, established by filmmakers, for filmmakers, in 2013. Our focus is short film production, consulting, support for independent films and distribution. We have an established cooperation with festivals in the Arab countries. In 2015, we began allocating distribution, as professional support of filmmakers to distribute films in Arab countries and the continent of Asia. We design and develop posters to market the film. We do not charge a fee, but share 2% of any financial prize. We provide feedback about the film’s progress, acceptance or rejection, through e-mail bulletins. Send the following by email to Samawacinema@gmail.com: movie as a password – protected link – Picture of the director, Poster or Image Stills from film- Writing the word “I agree to the distribution”

More updates

Some upcoming animation and other festivals.
best of luck,

ChesterAnimation Festival 1/7/18
Chester International Film Festival is delighted to offer animators the chance to submit work for our Animation Festival to accompany the 2018 programme. Films will be shown prior to the main film each night. All submissions are welcome, whether you are a professional or an amateur.

Comic Con International Film Festival 02/02/18
Judged by a panel of industry luminaries, the CCI-IFF accepts genre-related films in the following categories: Action/Adventure, Animation, Comics-Oriented, Documentary (Pop Culture–Related), Horror/Suspense, Humor, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. 4 DVD’s- online not permitted.

Krakow Film Festival (KFF), 2/15/18
*note free submission only for polish films. 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 innon-competitive sections. Deadline 
for films made after 31 October 2017

Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival 7/23/18
The Festival caters to the art of short filmmaking that visualizes some aspect or aspects of Iranian “Heritage”, which includes the arts, culture, history, crafts geography, cuisine, and lifestyle. Calling on individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to submit short films, less than 9 minutes in length, visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture, and heritage, that will inspire and spark the audience’s interest in learning more about Iranian culture. SUBMISSION OPENS APRIL 23RD.