Vinilonga 2/2/21
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. Surprise us! In addition to the audience award for the short film chosen by our viewers, Vinilonga gives the chosen short films analyses made by directors, curators, critics, artists and other professionals. We want to emphasize our chosen filmmakers, their careers and their artistic choices, so we conduct interviews and promote their work to our audience with special dedication. PLEASE NOTE: No fee for projects from African countries and Argentina.

12th Annual UNCG International Sustainability Shorts Film Competition

12th Annual UNCG International Sustainability Shorts Film Competition 3/1/21
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS The University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) requests submissions of short films that address sustainability, which UNCG defines as “the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.” Entries will be screened as part of the online UNCG Sustainability Film and Discussion Series. Winners will be announced and celebrated online. Judging is based on relation to sustainability as well as concept, cinematography, acting, production quality, costuming, writing, etc. PRIZES: 1st place: $200 2nd place: $150 3rd place: $100 Audience award: $50 REQUIREMENTS • Films must be 10 mins or less in length • Submit films via screenable online format (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) • Include your name, phone number, email address, length and title of film o Include one paragraph director’s bio (150 words) o Include one paragraph description of film and relation to sustainability (150 words) o Include promotional images for marketing purposes (high resolution .png or .jpg images in 16:9 ratio preferred, but poster images are also acceptable) DEADLINE Submissions are due no later than 5 p.m. on March 1, 2021. Send to Sarah Dorsey: For questions, email or call: 336.370.0040. *By entering the competition, entrants agree to the following: 1) Films must be original work, must not infringe on any rights of others, and must have all necessary permissions. UNCG will not be held liable for any copyright infringements. 2) Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their films. 3) UNCG reserves the right to not screen any film(s) for any reason. 4) Prizes are not negotiable or transferable and are subject to taxes and fees for non-US winners. 5) The decisions of the judges are final.

TIFF Writer’s Studio (screenwriting, feature), ddl. today: 12/18

To all Screenwriters, and Writer/Directors- this is kind of last minute as I stumbled across this today, but if you have a feature length project underway, and have applied for other things, you likely have a resume/cv, bio, headshot, etc, sort of package already. Posting and sending out to the list for those who might be interested, or might know someone who is interested.


From website: New this year: we invite international — in addition to Canadian — screenwriters and writer-directors to apply by December 18, 2020..

TIFF Writer’s Studio 12/18/2020
TIFF Writers’ Studio is designed for mid-level screenwriters and writer-directors across Canada (and internationally) who wish to extend their creative and business skills. Applicants must be credited as a writer on a minimum of either one (1) feature film or one (1) television series. TIFF Writers’ Studio is geared towards feature-length scripts. Writers working in broadcast, interactive, web series, and transmedia with an interest in feature-length production are welcome to apply (should they meet the criteria outlined in #2). Applicants must be in development (minimum first draft complete) on a feature-length project. Successful applicants should be ready to submit a copy of their script to TIFF by February 12, 2021, so that it may be read by mentors and peers and workshopped during the programme. Applicants must commit to attending the full programme in order to be considered. IMPORTANT: The 2021 edition of TIFF Writers’ Studio will offer a full week of interactive programming online. International applicants, please note that all sessions will be programmed in the EST time zone.

What’s Included

  • A five-day intensive lab — focused on screenwriting, the creative process, and the business of film — to take place online in March 2021
  • Mentorship from TIFF programming teams and expert guests
  • Dedicated one-on-one discussions with script consultants/editors
  • Peer-to-peer mentorship with the selected participants
  • Access to the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival
  • Access to TIFF’s Industry Conference, Business Centre, and Delegate Resources
  • A complimentary one-year TIFF Membership, which includes discounts on our movie tickets (screenings available once TIFF Bell Lightbox reopens)
  • Access to films and special events screened at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the programme
  • Access to TIFF’s renowned Film Reference Library and archival collection

Updates to no entry fee festival blog

International Kolkata Short Film Festival 12/15/20
International Kolkata Short Film Festival which will take place for the first time from 18 January ,2021 to 24 January ,2021 , is now open for entries. The IKSFF will strive to screen short movies. We would like to invite both professional (established broadcasters, film or television production companies/distributors and independent filmmakers) and non-professional filmmakers from anywhere in the world to participate in the festival. Registration for the International Kolkata Short Film Festival is completely free. The festival and judgment of the competition will take place in Kolkata, India.

It’s all true: International Documentary Film Festival  12/18/20
This film festival was created to support the genre of documentary films. Submission Form here.

Animocje 12/31/20
A lot of the people think that the animation equals a 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 12/31/20
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.

goEast film festival 12/31/20
The goEast Main Competition is the centrepiece of our festival. It reflects the rich diversity of filmmaking in Central and Eastern Europe with new productions from 2020 and 2021. The films compete for awards which are given by a five-member international jury: the Golden Lily for Best Film, the Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director as well as the Award of the Federal Foreign Office for Cultural Diversity. In addition, a dedicated jury representing FIPRESCI presents two International Film Critic’s Awards.

Neisse Film Festival 12/31/20
Documentary, Short and Feature-length films from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, or in co-production with these countries, are eligible for submission.

UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival 1/03/21
Free Submissions open only to work made at least partially in the US states of Kentucky, Virginia, or West Virginia or created by individuals from or currently living in those states. Films of all types and lengths from filmmakers of all ages from the above three states are accepted in this category.

Crossing Europe (Linz, Austria) 1/04/21* European or Austrian only
Since 2004, the CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz has devoted its program each year in April to idiosyncratic, contemporary and socio-political auteur cinema from Europe. Over the six days of the festival, CROSSING EUROPE offers international film and press representatives and guests of the film industry (nearly 700 accredited festival participants) and the Austrian audience a program with approximately 160 outstanding, hand-picked fiction films and documentaries.

Kristiansand International Childrens Film Festival (Norway) 01/10/21
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. Note that we only welcome film entries of films which have had their first official screening on January 1st 2019 or later.

Animakom 1/15/21
ANIMAKOM (hereinafter: the Festival) is specialised International competition of animated films, taking place in Bilbao from 2 to 8 April 2019.Festival submissions are open to films applying all animation techniques, including combinations with live action. Over 50% of the production must be animated, and the Festival reserves the right to determine whether an entry qualifies as animation.

FISH- Filmfestival I’m Stadthafen 1/15/21
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.

Sehsüchte Film Festival 01/15/21
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.

Kent County Teen Film Festival1/17/21
Because of COVID-19, location is subject to change to an online venue. Check here for updates. 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.

Noisefloor 1/29/21
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.

goEast film festival 1/31/21
Since 2018 the Open Frame Award is dedicated to Virtual Reality and spherical cinema. Each year we promote and create visibility for Central and Eastern European VR projects among “traditional” filmmakers. The eight selected projects compete for the Open Frame Award. In 2020 the Open Frame Award (due to Covid-19) was held online, for which we used the platforms VRrOOm und VRChat + Viveport. We are also working on a hybrid solution for goEast 2021, the works will be presented on site in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt and online.

Animafest Zagreb 2/01/21
World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb invites you to submit your films for the 31st edition of the Festival, taking place 7-12 June 2021 in Zagreb. All short and feature animated films completed after 1 January 2020 are eligible to apply via an online application form. 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. 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 short films in all categories is 1 February 2021. Submission deadline for feature films and VR projects is 15 March 2021.

Vinilonga Film and Music Video Festival 02/02/21
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.

Hamburg International Short Film Festival 02/14/21
THE TRIPLE AXEL COMPETITION – TOPIC: “YOU ARE THE CATASTROPHE” The triple Axel screens films which are shorter than 3:00 minutes and which have to fit the topic for the 2021 edition of the competition: “You are the catastrophe”. Whoever thinks of himself or Schlingensief is always right.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France) 02/15/21
Submit short films, commissioned films, TV series and specials and graduation films.

Pictoplasma- Character Animation Festival 2/15/2021
All animated short films (experimental, narrative, non-narrative, commissioned, or student films) will be considered for the official 2020 festival selection. Please send your submissions via download link, as Full HD Quicktime (ProRes 422 HQ or H.264 codec).

Dokfilm (Norway) 3/1/21
The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival. We accept all kinds of documentary from student films to professional films. We  hope to see you during DOKFILM 2021 21.-25. april in Volda, Norway!

Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France) 03/15/21
feature films

Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France) 04/06/21
VR Works

International Animation Festival Chilemonos (Chile) 05/07/21
The Tenth International Animation Festival CHILEMONOS 2021 has open its call for entries and invites you to be part of the new edition of the event. It will be held online between July 1st to 31st of 2021 and in-person in Santiago of Chile between August 1st and 6th of 2021. May participate people older than 18 years and animation studies, of any nationality that complies with the requirements established in the official Rules and the technical standards that are presented in their future exhibition.

We Care Film Fest 08/15/21
The WE CARE Film Fest is held annually to raise awareness about disability issues, dispel misconceptions and prejudices about persons with disabilities and drive attitudinal and behavioural change.


Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote

10th Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote 9/1/20
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 10th Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote — scheduled to be held in late November 2020 — is divided into two sections open to public call: 1. Official Section of Feature-length Films, 2. Cruce de caminos: Filmmakers from the Canaries Section, Films of any country or nationality that have been produced from January 1, 2019 and have a duration of more than 40 minutes may attend the Official Feature Films Selection. For this category there is a prize for the Best Film of 2.000 euros. A jury made up of renowned personalities from the cultural sector will be in charge of issuing the corresponding deliberation. Following the innovative commitment of Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote, the jury will debate and make its decision publicly. The section Cruce de caminos: Filmmakers from the Canaries, competitive and endowed with an economic prize of 500 euros, will be dedicated to the exhibition of short films produced and / or filmed in the Canary Islands or directed by filmmakers born or residing in the islands, which have been produced from the year 2019 and have a duration not exceeding 30 minutes.

accordi @ DISACCORDI – International Short Film Festival

accordi @ DISACCORDI – International Short Film Festival 09/25/2020
accordi @ DISACCORDI – International Short Film Festival welcomes films and filmmakers from all over the world, to share the art of independent short films with the local audience, to entertain and enlighten festival attendees, to provide filmmakers the opportunity for professional networking and development, and to encourage cultural tourism and film industry development in Naples and the surrounding area in Campania. accordi @ DISACCORDI (Consonances and Dissonances) is an audience-friendly festival that focuses on quality programming of all genres. We want to give a heightened sense of the experience to all who participate and attend.

24th Japan Media Arts Festival ddl 9/4/20

24th Japan Media Arts Festival  9/4/20
The Japan Media Arts Festival Executive Committee is now accepting entries for the 24th 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 (October 5, 2019 – September 4, 2020).
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 2021. 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.

Hi all- a few updates- some upcoming festivals in august, sept. and october.

best of luck,

The Riverside Saginaw Film Festival (Saginaw, Michigan) canceled for 2020
The festival is a community event designed to celebrate, explore and screen great movies, thus adding to the cultural life of the Saginaw Valley and beyond.

Anilogue International Animation Festival (Hungary) 08/20/2020
Anilogue is an annual international animation festival taking place in Budapest, Hungary. The festival presents a whole week of animation, packed with feature premieres, sneak previews, workshops, a competition of European animated short films and numerous special programmes including a seven hours long animated show, concerts and cartoon exhibitions.. FilmFreeway entry

ALTER-NATIVE International Short Film Festival (Romania) 08/31/2020
The ALTER-NATIVE International Short Film Festival is organized by the Hungarian Democratic Youth Union and it is the oldest international short film festival in Romania. The ALTER-NATIVE International Short Film Festival is an annual event. The 28th edition will be held between 4 – 8thNovember 2020 in the city of Targu Mures, Transylvania.

Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 9/01/20
In 2020, the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (kimff) will take place from 10-14 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. The festival will organize special events to commemorate its 18th edition.

Les Sommets du cinéma d’animation (Quebec, Canada) 09/01/2020
The Sommets du cinéma d’animation are an international festival dedicated to animation in all its forms, from heritage films to new media by way of current production. Over five days, Montreal moves to the rhythms of animation! A unique event in Quebec, the festival celebrates an art form that has long brought international recognition to Quebec and to Canada.


The Chronicle Project

To those of you who are DP/Filmmakers/Cinematographers-
I don’t know how many of you saw or remember Koyannisquatsi- but there is a current film project in the works that you may be interested in- I have posted the pdf on the project. It is beautifully done and compelling. The contact information/email is at the end of the post. The final project will be a feature length film about the pandemic.
stay safe and be well,

 “CHRONICLE: A CINEMATIC PORTRAIT OF HUMAN EXISTENCE DURING THE GLOBAL COVID-19 PANDEMIC- In just a few months, the entire world has been turned upside down, profoundly affecting our personal and professional lives. In most places on earth, everyday life and work has been put on pause. Many of us have been quarantined to our homes, where we stare at our screens to what is appearing on the news to all of our countries and to our peoples. The streets are largely empty except for the workers who must go out, and for the sounds and lights of sirens, like in the films we’ve seen and made. What is happening now is unfolding all over the world – a global phenomenon shared by the entire world.
No one is untouched by this pandemic.”


Click to access CHRONICLE%20-%20FINAL%20Compressed.pdf


Some August updates

Hi all- I have been working on some projects and just now getting back to updates again. Please stay safe.

Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD) 8/5/20
An annual event held by Forum Film Dokumenter, a non-profit organization based in Yogyakarta, focusing on documentary film research and archiving, as well as film appreciation for educational purposes. In 2020, Festival Film Dokumenter’s Call For Entries opens for Competition Program. There are four categories open for the Competition Program. First, Feature-Length Documentary, which opens for Indonesian and foreign filmmakers alike (duration above 40 minutes). Second, Indonesian Feature-Length Documentary for filmmakers of Indonesian nationality with the minimum 40 minutes duration. Third, Short Documentary, for Indonesian filmmakers with film of short duration (under 40 minutes). And fourth, Student Documentary, which targets Indonesian students from junior to high school. 

Singapore International Film Festival 8/11/20
* earlybird submission. free by this deadline. (problem with link currently)
The Festival will consider films that are at least a Singapore premiere, have not been broadcast on TV nor made available on the Internet. All feature films from any country may be submitted for Festival consideration. Only Asian feature films and Southeast Asian Short films are considered for Competition.

Filminute  8/31/20
Filminute is the international one minute film festival that showcases, awards and promotes the best one minute films from around the world. Filminute is built to generate the largest amount of exposure possible for the one minute filmmakers and the collection of one minute films showcased, shortlisted, and awarded by an international jury and the public.