JUNE 2020

Womanimation! Postponed
Womanimation! is a festival showcasing acclaimed animated short film stories created by women from around the world. The twelfth edition of Womanimation! will take place in June 2021. We will be accepting entries starting in Spring 2021. In the meantime, enjoy our weekly broadcast and podcast of Spoiler Alert Radio, conversations on the craft of filmmaking.

Schlingel International Film Festival 6/1/20
SCHLINGEL is an independent film festival with international competitions and various additional events. It takes place annually. We conceive ourselves as a platform for international children’s and youth films in Germany. The festival gives an overview of current international productions and aims at motivating distributors and TV stations in Germany to integrate these films into their programmes. Deadlines  for short films.

Student Academy awards 6/1/20
The Student Academy Awards is a film competition conducted by the Academy and the Academy Foundation. Four categories: Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Alternative. Maximum running time is 40 minutes, Electronic submission.

Josiah Media Festival 6/01/20
Talented, young filmmakers, 21 years of age or under, can now submit their films for competition in this year’s Josiah Media Festival. Almost $2,000 in prizes will be awarded to winning filmmakers. Films should be no longer than 20 minutes trt and can be about anything you wish (no theme required). We accept films in the categories of narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental, which covers just about everything. DVD or thumb drive.

Princeton Student Film and Video Festival 06/01/20
The Princeton Student Film Festival is sponsored by the Princeton Public Library. The mission of the festival is to encourage and support the work of youth filmmakers (ages 14-25) in a range of genres and styles, with the opportunity and a venue for the filmmakers to show their work to a broad audience.

Portobello Film Festival (London, UK) 06/01/2020
UK’s biggest independent film competition. UK films must be sent ty DVD, international films can be sent by email link.

depicT! film festival (UK): 06/04/20
We want to see great films – it doesn’t matter what your budget is or what genre you’re working in. The competition is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, and entry is absolutely free – but there is ONE simple rule: Your film MUST be 90 seconds or less in duration.

Split Film Festival (Croatia) 06/09/20
The Festival is open to all new, creative, innovative, personal, radical, subversive etc. work (film, video, new media), of all lengths and genres, preferably from outside the mainstream, whether it’s involving traditional film techniques, or the latest technology of digital image.

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.

POOL INTERNATIONAL Dancefilm Festival 6/14/2020
Every year POOL presents a selection of fascinating dance film productions from all over the world, making the event a meeting place for creatives in the fields of dance, film, fashion and advertisement. The focus of the festival is on films that not only record dance but create independent filmchoreographies through the intense interplay between dance and cinematic tools like camera and editing.

Bordeaux Shorts 6/14/20
The Bordeaux International One minute and Short Film Festival wish to present a panel of short films from all over the world to the public of Bordeaux! Please note- many categories are only 1.00 to enter, so not free. However, I am posting here because there is one category that is free, the Iranian Section. From the festival site, “After receiving reports on the tough economic sanctions the Festival Bordeaux Shorts has decided to open a free Iranian section for directors residing in Iran to register. We take charge of this section because we believe that political sanctions should not prevent the right of filmmakers to show and submit their work to the rest of the world. French or English subtitles. Password: Bonjour2020BS” FilmFreeway link.

Virginia Film Festival 6/15/20
* free only to VA filmmakers. Every Fall, the VAFF showcases celebrated new narrative and documentary features, independent and international projects, fresh perspectives on timeless classics, and local filmmakers from throughout Virginia.. Virginia residents (including students at VA schools) are eligible to have their entry fee waived.

MOTELx – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival 6/15/20
Every year, in September, horror cinema spreads throughout the city of Lisbon. MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival has been bringing to Portugal the best films produced nationally and internationally since 2007.

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).

Short of the Year 06/21/20
The festival is open to international filmmakers. Filmmakers may submit as many works as they wish to, as long as they have been produced ​​after January 1, 2019. Festival is open to fiction, animation, documentary, experimental short films and music video with a maximum duration of 30 minutes. Entries must be submitted in English, Spanish subtitles are recommended though. Short of the Year will have four different editions: WINTER – SPRING – SUMMER – 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. The grand prize consists in 1000 submissions to festivals (for free) The festival has an independent online section apart from the official categories; directors may choose if they want to participate in this section. In order to participate at the Online Audience Award a confirmation is required at the moment of submission. The short film will be available online on Click For Festivals for users to watch it for a month after the closer deadline to the time of submission. The most viewed film during that month will be the winner.

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.

Busan International Film Festival (Korea) 06/24/20
The Festival accepts features, short films, documentaries and animation. The film must not be broadcasted on TV or available on the Internet prior to the Festival. Non-Asian short films are not open to submission. Deadline is for short films.  Apply on the Busan International Film Festival’s official website – http://www.biff.kr/eng.

Aniμasyroς International Animation Festival(Greece) 6/30/20
Animasyros International Animation Festival launched its journey into the world of animation on 19 September 2008 in the island of Syros in Greece. Animasyros Festival is organized into three main pillars, the artistic programme, the educational programmes and the Market section, while there are also parallel activities such as exhibitions, concerts and parties.

Moinho Cine Fest 06/30/20
Moinho Cine Fest – International Film Festival of Micro and Nano Film of Matosinhos considers that 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 a film festival organized by ANARTEM – Associação Cultural and directed by André Almeida Rodrigues, a Portuguese filmmaker. The 3rd edition of the festival will take place in April 2021 in Custóias, Leça do Balio and Guifões parish, Matosinhos, Portugal.

Stop Motion Montreal 6/30/20
Festival Stop Motion Montréal is the world’s first festival dedicated to showcasing films animated exclusively using stop motion techniques.

Filmfest Hamburg 6/30/20
Filmfest Hamburg is a festival for the audience. In ten permanent and several anually changing sections Filmfest Hamburg shows about 140 national and international feature and documentary films as world, European or German premiere. The many facets of the program range from sophisticated arthouse films to innovative mainstream cinema. Submit film print or DVD by post.

Tofuzi (Georgia) 6/30/20
The Festival consist of 2 main parts: “TOFUZI” International Animated Film Festival which will be held in Batumi. The Regional Festival “TOFUZI” will be held in about 20 regions of Georgia during the whole year after the International Festival of Animated Films “TOFUZI”. Submission on filmfreeway.

Etiuda and Anima Festival (Poland) 06/30/2020
ETIUDA COMPETITION – international film competition for student etudes made at film and fine art schools. ANIMA COMPETITION – international competition for professional, independent and student animation. Submission can be done on festival site or filmfreeway.

BIAF (Korea) 6/30/20
International Animation Festival, which includes general competition section. Animation Film Festival with general competition section, which includes feature films, short films, graduation films, Korean short films, TV&Commissioned films and VR works. The festival is to spread the true charm of animation genre and to grow as an expert animation film festival in Asia. Deadline is for Short, Graduation, TV&Commissioned.

Brno Sixteen 6/30/20
The international short film festival did not end with its 60th edition and is boldly stepping into the new decade with the theme of UPROSTŘED NIČEHO / THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

Taipei Golden Horse Awards 6/30/20
The Golden Horse Awards aims to promote the development of Chinese-language filmmaking, manifest the diversity of regional cultures, recognize the artistic and technical excellence of filmmaking, and expand the global reach of Chinese-language films. The 57th Golden Horse Awards submission for live action and animated short film will be open from June 1 through June 30, 2020

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.

Doclisboa 6/30/20
A festival dedicated to documentary and to the new possible paths that are being opened for the genre. We are particularly interested on the new modes of relation between the cinematographic and the real, and we are looking for proposals that suppose an implication on the world, facing cinema as a political and artistic practice. We are looking for films with cinematographic qualities bringing forth, as a whole, the point of view of their authors. Free submission for Green Years category, films with portuguese production. Note changes due to COVID-19.