JANUARY 2023

FirstCut Film Festival 1/2/23
The 14th annual edition of First Cut! Youth Film Festival is open to short films with a running time of under 15 minutes made by filmmakers between the ages of 12 and 24. These films can be made by individual filmmakers, secondary schools, colleges or youth groups. Every type of film is welcome, including fiction, documentary, animation and music video. Prizes are awarded to open call films in several categories.

UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival 1/8/23
The goal of the UPIKE Film and Media Arts Festival is to promote the art of filmmaking in Eastern Kentucky. We accept films from across the country and across the world from filmmakers of all ages. We like narrative, documentary, animated, experimental, youth films, features, and shorts. In addition to our competitive film screenings, we also hold a screenplay contest. Our festival was traditionally held at the University of Pikeville, and then moved online for two years due to the pandemic, but last year we returned to being an in-person event and hosted it in downtown Pikeville at the Appalachian Center for the Arts and this trend will continue this year. 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 (this is the early deadline) of all our categories for free. This includes elementary level students all the way up the grad students in college. For more information on rules and regulations check that section out further down the page.

Flame First Cut 1/15/23
Welcome to FirstCut, one of India’s biggest international festivals of student films organized by FLAME University, Pune! Set up to provide an active platform for young filmmakers all over the world, FirstCut encourages them to explore the medium of film as a potential agent of change.

Le Plein de Super 1/19/23
“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. Submit through ShortFilmDepot.