The animation Showcase (ongoing)
Every 3 months different deadline for free submission, free submissions last a week usually.  The animation Showcase is a curated quarterly screening event, based in London and travel in Europe and America once a year with its special Best Of the Year selection. The animation Showcase helps to promote animated films and its filmmakers in the world, and bring it to the creative industry, animation studios and general audience. (Website is a work in progress, full version will be online soon) FilmFreeway submission

Cineclube Animassa (Ongoing)
Cineclube Animassa is a film club focused on screening animated films from all over the world. It takes place at RV Cultura & Arte, an art gallery/comic shop located at Salvador, Brazil. In 2018, the film club is returning for its third season, with monthly screenings – always free of charge -, from March to December. For this season, besides animated short films, we’ll also accept animated feature films.

Moss Icon (Ongoing)
Moss Index is a bi-annual screening series that shows films/videos about looking at nature (“nature”), interacting with the environment (“the environment”), and investigating the border regions where the human and the not-human intersect. An invitation to look at the environment might usually imply a certain political goal, but we are interested in starting further back: decolonizing our ways of seeing and imagining alternative socio-ecologies. Plant-vision, inter-species encounters, unmapping, wet thresholds. This is not a green film fest. Moss Index is curated by a group of filmmakers and artists, based in San Francisco. Programs are selected from newly submitted and/or previously submitted work. Screenings take place at Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco.

Pop up Anthology ongoing
PopUp Anthology is a monthly screening series that highlights the work of local filmmakers and encourages audiences to support local storytelling. All screenings include a Q&A and reception after the event. PopUp Anthology’s home base is located at Artworks Trenton in Trenton, New Jersey.

Emerge Microcinema (Cleveland) ongoing screenings
We are seeking independent films of any length and any genre, with a focus on locally (Northeast Ohio) produced films.

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 movie as a password – protected link – Picture of the director, Poster or Image Stills from film- Writing the word “I agree to the distribution”

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.

Pugnant Film Series (ongoing)
The Pugnant Film Series is a nonprofit organization that organizes screenings of underground, dada & auteur cinema in Athens & Greece generally. We exhibit film screenings on streets, on squares, on cafes, on archaelogical sites, on overnight shows, on nomadic events and of course on cinemas. We are looking for films from UNDERGROUND, AUTEUR and DADA era. This is a continuous call. There are no restrictions on the duration of the film, the year of production or the genre. But we prefer recently produced films. You can find the online film submission form and the regulations here Don’t hesitate to ask us anything in

VideoDrome ongoing
VIDEODROME is a London screening event dedicated to showcasing moving image artists of all styles and interests in a dynamic & interactive space. From traditional narrative shorts & animation, to video art and anything in between, the only thing to expect is the unexpected. VIDEODROME does not categorize or put a theme on our screenings. Different styles and mediums follow one another, letting all works stand out beyond their genre. ONLY THREE RULES: 1. Max 10 minutes, 2. Min 1 second, 3. Don’t be boring. Email submission

Ouf Of Focus Music + Video Festival ongoing
You can submit your music video or short film to our annual music video festival any time. To submit, just send a link, private link, or file to and let us know you’re submitting to our music video festival. Submissions are free. Due to the many submissions we receive we cannot guarantee a response, but if you are selected we will get in touch.

CleverFlix Ongoing
CleverFlix, an edutainment themed emerging online platform targeting the Asia Pacific Region, is seeking short, youth-friendly animations under 10 minutes to be featured on a weekly or bi-weekly, ongoing basis as the platform rolls out. CleverFlix welcomes shorts with universally accessible themes, and in particular, movies that may have minimal local language or even no dialogue. Titles will be streamed on our proprietary OTT / web based channel, as well as on our affiliated social media channels. Send screener links to =>, and we’ll follow up with more information for titles that are a good match for the platform

Columbus Moving Image Art Review (CMIAR) ongoing
(Note: focus is on Ohio / Central Ohio artists) Attendance encouraged.Show on OSU Campus in Hagerty Hall 180. Download the form and send your high quality downloadable video link (no youtube links) or DVD at any time up to the deadline. Send in your new or old animations – videos – films, or propose an a/v performance. If it uses light and it moves it is fair game; video, film, animation, documentary, narrative, experimental, student, and professional. We aim to celebrate what central Ohio has to offer – with no time or subject constraints. If you would like to submit an entry online please email us at so we can make arrangements. CMIAR on Facebook

Samawah Cinema (Iraq) ongoing
In the city of Samawah, southern Iraq, a group of filmmakers are organizing free screenings of short films from all over the the world. To submit: Include – Vimeo movie link (and password if required) – Movie Poster – Director photograph – 4 Film Stills

Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival ongoing
Chicago 8 is a small gauge film festival that is dedicated to exhibiting experimental works on Super 8mm film. The Chicago 8 Fest was created to celebrate small gauge filmmaking, to offer a unique event for S8 filmmakers to exhibit their work in its original format, and for viewers to experience the joy and rarity of seeing S8mm films. Send link and application by email. or application and dvd by mail.

Sada Short Film (Baghdad) ongoing A screening of short films every week, sponsored by the Iraqi Echo’s Association for Cinema and Theatre in Baghdad. Years of production – 2014 -2015- 2016, Short silent film without dialogue. The maximum duration of 30 minutes Send link to film with password. Production year. The country of production.Include: Image of director, Four images from the film. Movie Poster. Send materials via e-mail to

Cultiwate™® Ongoing
Cultiwate™® is an industry-focussed portal that unites filmmakers with A-List critics/ producers / studios. We aggregate exceptional short films, uploaded on the platform, that could be made into feature film / TV Series or Immersive VR-Experiences. In short, we want to help producers produce radical content, and also be a ‘Blacklist / Hitlist’ for Short Films / VR Pitches to Producers. The Winner of the Year will be awarded “Best Short Film of the Year” trophy, gold medal, cash prize and gifts from our sponsors.

The Black Bx ongoing
The Black Bx takes applications to exhibit work and to write commentary through a rolling open call for entries. Filmmakers/Artists interested in exhibiting moving images, videos, or digitally scanned films, and Writers wishing to guest-commentary on exhibiting works can fill out the below application for consideration.
Docs In Progress ongoing
Docs In Progress® has been organizing screenings of documentary works in progress since 2004. After screening each film, Docs In Progress representatives moderate a feedback session with the audience. This honest and constructive feedback is aimed at helping the filmmaker get to the next stage of completing and distributing the film.

Truly, CA ongoing
KQED in San Francisco‘s documentary series that is centered on subjects that are in or about California. The series is open to anybody to submit as long as their subject material relates to California. We accept both feature length and short documentaries. DVD submission.

Video Jam ongoing
Hailed as “one of Manchester’s most innovative nights” (Manchester Wire), Video Jam is an ongoing series of unique, experimental events which seek to explore and re-­examine the relationship between moving image and live sound. Video Jam is always open for submissions. We rely on them to run our events.  What we’re looking for: Anything from animation to live action, artist moving image to collage, music videos to text based film. As your work will be live scored, we find films without spoken dialogue work best, but try us! Preferably 5 – 20 minutes in length. Email submissions.

Bliss Film Night (ongoing)
We’re Bliss and we organize a recurring film night that brings the hidden gems of online cinema to a bigger screen. We’re looking for great stories to share. If you have a short film of under 20 minutes, check out our website for the things we look for in a film. For each night we create a coherent selection of short films totaling a run time of an hour and a half. Online submission.

‘Do it In Ten’ ongoing
‘Do it In Ten’ is Show Me The Animation’s monthly animation challenge. The challenge is simple, we give you a theme and all you have to do is respond to that theme within a ten second animation. We showcase every entry upon the Show Me The Animation website, in our App, and at our Animation nights. Think you can ‘Do it In Ten?’.

Film School Shorts ongoing
KQED in San Francisco. A program dedicated to distributing films by student filmmakers.

Docs In Progress ongoing
Screens documentary works-in-progress to the general public and moderate a feedback session between the audience and the filmmaker(s). If you have an almost-done documentary and want feedback from a smart, articulate, media-savvy, honest but helpful audience before you lock picture, submit your rough cut to Docs In Progress. While we accept submissions on a year-round rolling basis, if you are interested in being considered for a specific screening, please note our deadlines. Online link or DVD by mail.

Silver Lake Picture Show ongoing *note local filmmaker shorts seems to be continuing
If you would like your short film to be screened as part of our 2016 season, please send an email to: pictureshowshortfilms [at] gmail [dot] com In the body of your email, please include the following information: TITLE: RUN TIME: ESTIMATED RATING (R, PG, PG-13, etc…): LOG LINE: To really increase your chances of getting your short film screened at the Picture Show, please take a look at our 2016 lineup and tell us (briefly) why your short would be a good match to introduce a certain film.

London Asian Film Festival ongoing
Our criteria for consideration is that your film have a connection or link to South Asia. Feature Film, Short Film and Documentary categories, Short films can be any genre including narratives, animations, music videos, documentaries among others, 15 minutes or less, and submitted with a brief synopsis of the film. Short films must be about Asian issues or be made by an Asian (written, producer, directed, main cast etc.) All films must be in English or with English subtitles. DVD by mail.

Mia Open Call For Video Art ongoing
The MIA series screens the work of artists using the moving image. Curated by video artist Alanna Simone, MIA presents new work every 4th Friday at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA.

Tahoe Film Festival (US) ongoing
An international film festival that is 100% volunteer based charity fund-raiser that raises money and awareness for lake, forest, and ocean preservation.  There are no employees and all profits are donated directly to select environmental non-profit organizations.  The Tahoe Film Festival showcases films from around the world in all film genres each year in the “Tahoe” area in northern California. Tahoe Film Festivaltm is accepting film and screenplay/teleplays digital submissions free of charge, 365 days of the year. Online submission.

Grand Junction Film Festival (Colorado) ongoing
GJFF has seen its fair share of thought-provoking and engaging films from many different countries of orgin. This film festival differs from others in the western region because of how accessible it has become for filmmakers to screen their work. Whether a student film or an intimate work created by a seasoned filmmaker, GJFF stands out amongst the others because of how it gathers submissions: no rules, no regulations and the winners for ‘Best Feature’ and ‘Best Short’ are decided 100% by audience choice. The call for entries is ALWAYS open. If the roster is full for the year, we will automatically keep your film for next year’s consideration. Send link to film by email or send DVD by mail.

Portsmouth Short Film Night (New Hampshire) ongoing
Short films, all genres. We give preference to those who can be present to talk with the audience about their film, but we’re also very interested in showing inspiring work from around the world. Since we’re trying to keep the night to a reasonable length, if we receive more films than we have time for we might not be able to screen your film this time, but we’ll keep it in mind for the future. Submit link for streaming or download. Also be sure to let us know if one of the filmmakers can come talk at the screening, so we can consider you first.

Leamington Underground Cinema (UK) ongoing
The  LUC selection committee is currently looking for film submissions in two categories: Feature length films, of any genre, that could be screened as part of our next festival in October 2014. Short films to be included in the programme of any upcoming LUC live events or on-line film nights. We want to show original short films that will entertain, move, perplex, surprise and even maybe outrage our audience. We will always favour something interesting and entertaining but a bit rough over something technically amazing but dull – but if you can manage both you could well be onto a winner. Any genre or style as long as it fits with the general LUC feel as described above. Submit link to online film through submission form or email.

Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects
We are currently seeking visual media submissions. We’re looking for individual photos, photo essays, slideshows,  and short films. Poor Yorick is a free online journal published by Western Connecticut State University’s MFA Program in Creative and professional writing. The journal partners with museums both nationally and internationally and works with writers and artists in various disciplines to help shed light on lost or forgotten objects and pieces of material culture.We accept submissions online. We accept submissions year round but are currently seeking photo and film submissions for our launch in the Fall of 2014. Online submissions.

Video Hearts
Video heARTs is interested in: Video art, animation, video mapping, audiovisual installations, video experyments, VJing, performance, conceptual videos etc. Link to vimeo or youtube.

The Archeology Channel Film Festival (Oregon) ongoing
Show your work on the archeology channel.

Cinema Club (New York)
A submission-based screening series of short films & music videos. If we like it, we’ll screen it. We hold screenings once a month in a real theater. We are open to any sort of moving image of any length and type. Submit link by email.

Stash is a monthly DVD magazine of animation, VFX and motion graphics for design and advertising. The back issue DVDs are available from their website. Filmmakers can submit their films for consideration.

shots showcases only the very best work that pushes the boundaries and displays creative excellence. To submit video or digital work to shots, please email your small movie files (as a Quicktime or Mpeg) or links to view work. shots is a bimonthly DVD programme, magazine & website that reviews the most creative and innovative work produced by leading advertising agencies, production and post houses in the commercials, music video, computer effects and interactive industries.

Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles, CA) ongoing
Several opportunities for screenings: Thursday Night Microcinema Series, Guest Curators, EPFC Video Art Gallery and Open Screen. See web page for submission info for each program.

The Other Israel Film Festival (NY) ongoing submissions: accepts submissions year round.
OIFF will showcase the diverse and creative work of all filmmakers (any nationality) exploring themes related to those defined as Arab citizens of Israel / Arabs of 67 / Palestinian Israelis, as well as foreign / migrate workers, refugees, and other under-served communities in Israel. Feature Films, Documentaries, Shorts (including animated or experimental works), Youth Work (created by filmmakers under the age of 18). DVD.

Journal of Short Film (Ohio State University, Columbus, OH) ongoing
A quarterly DVD journal containing 90-120 minutes of independent short film per volume. Peer-reviewed by filmmakers and scholars of film theory. Inclusive of all genres of film, favoring independent and underrepresented work. Sold at a low cost—$10/vol., $36/subscription. non-corporate and ad-free.

Bleedfest Film Festival 2.0
Monthly festival, rolling deadline. BleedFest is a monthly Los Angeles film festival that fetes the women who love writing, producing, directing, and watching badass genre movies: action, thriller, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, western, exploitation (of men or audience only), B-movie, and erotica. DVD Submission.

Akron Film and Pixel ongoing
Akron Film+Pixel is a year-round social organization for creators and fans of film and games.

Dead by Dawn (Scotland) rolling submissions
Showcases the best independent Horror, through a variety of short and feature programmes. Audience Award for Best Feature and Best Short, Cutting Edge short film competition. Screeners should be DVD (NTSC or PAL)

Nomadic film club
A non-commercial journey of one film vagabond (guru) or a group of film vagabonds along the film routes. During the journey they gather, screen and shoot independent films. Cinema Gaff is a means of communication between independent filmmakers, film festivals and film societies. Film vagabonds represent the ideology that is free from political or religious doctrines. They stand for peace, love, ecology and personal freedom. Anyone sharing the ideas and values of the cinema gaff and accept its rules can join it. Vagrant musicians and artists are also welcome.The route is based on the film festivals, film societies film cafes or just friendly invitations.
Film vagabond moves on foot, hitchhiking, water-hitching, air-hitching, horse-drawn hitching, by bicycle, rowboats, sailboats or even air-balloons. Car driving, catching a cab, staying at hotels is possible only in case of emergency or for the seniors, disabled or juvenile fellow travelers.

they are always looking for animations, illustrations, etc. character based, for future exhibitions, festivals, etc.

Show Me the Animation (Bristol, UK)
If you would like your film to be considered for inclusion in one of our up coming Animation nights please use the form below to submit your film to us. Bi-monthly animation nights upstairs in the Hen & Chicken in Bristol.

FlixStart (Mumbai)
International. FlixStart connects indie films from everywhere to filmbuffs in India. We are the perfect self distribution platform for emerging filmmakers to get their films out there – with a fair revenue share.

Adobe Design Achievement Awards– Submission Sessions
1st deadline January 27, 2012| Semifinalists announced in February 2012
2nd deadline April 27, 2012 | Semifinalists announced in May 2012
3rd deadline June 22, 2012 | Semifinalists announced in July 2012

Cartune Xprez- traveling animation show out of Portland Oregon (send email to:

Spike and Mike– Anmation Show/festival- traveling

The Animation Show ongoing deadline

Reel 13 Shorts, an online film competition.
Winning weekly film will be shown on Saturday TV program.

Comfortable Shorts (Melbourne)
Comfortable Shorts is a new monthly Short Film Night at Melbourne’s Loop Bar. Running every third tuesday night, it aims to present the best new local and international short films in a fun atmosphere.

GAZE Film Series at Artist Television Access (San Francisco, CA)
a film series dedicated to screening independent film and video made by women

Once a Week Online Film Festival (Lincoln, NE)
online submission, vimeo or youtube link. application submitted on website. once submitted, film is considered for one year. under 30 minutes, doesn’t have to be recent work.

Cross Process: A Journal of Hybrid Film/Video.
DVD journal of Experimental Film/Video work
At Cross Process, we’re always looking for films that both explore and exploit boundaries. These films may be animated, shot on film, created mathematically, digital, documentary in nature, lyrically inclined, installation pieces, footage of amazing video performances, or anything else imaginable. In short, if you’re a very straightforward narrative filmmaker, this is likely not the venue for you.

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. The Museum Education Department accepts video art on an ongoing basis to review for exhibition in the Art Odyssey Interactive Gallery. Video Art content must be suitable for visitors of all ages. The preferred format is DVD.

Renderyard (ongoing)
One Minute Film Challenge is a Film Competition to produce a micro film that is no longer than sixty seconds. Categories: Short Film, Animation, Mobile Film, Documentary, Machinima, Experimental, Title Sequence, Film Trailer, Ident, Advert. A public vote each month and at the end of the year the twelve selected films will be judged by the public to decide which film is the Winner of the prestigious Renderyard One Minute Film Challenge Award. You can submit as many films as you like.

Traverse City Film Festival
The Traverse City Film Festival is by invitation only, but we’d love to see your films and suggestions. Filmmakers may submit their films unofficially and they will be passed on to the programmer. There is no submission form or fee, and also no feedback mechanism — we cannot guarantee that your film will be viewed. Email link or send DVD.

London Palestine Film Festival Screenings
The PFF carries out screen events throughout the year and is always happy to consider submissions for these events and future Festival programmes. To submit work, please contact us us at: Films and videos of all genres and by filmmakers of all nationalities are accepted. All subject matter related to Palestine is considered eligible.

Toronto Online Film Festival  ongoing?
Submit or nominate work in a wide variety of categories.

Novella Short Film Showcase (Michigan) ongoing
Novella short film showcase is a cable television show. If you have a narrative short–regardless of genre– or animated short, a music video, or experimental film, we’d love to see it. Features, Shorts, Documentaries. Public Access Television show with ongoing review of films. Email us at Jaxonfilmfest (at) gmail (dot) com or scmfilmalliance (at) gmail (dot) com and send your links. (ongoing)
A platform where people could upload their reels to show off and to get in contact with people looking to hire people in the post production scene. You can create and manage your own personal profile, containing your showreels, CV, biography and other usefull information about yourself. Vimeo Links. (Because we are still in development stage we are allowing people to upload their CV and reels at no cost. This is subject to change in the future.)

Minute Festival (Brazil) ongoing
new deadlines opening continuously. One Minute Festival was created in 1991 and has inspired the breeding of over 50 “one minute festivals” all around the world. Since 2007, the Festival has become permanent and online. The Festival lanches themes and monthly rewards the best works. All the vídeos are evaluated by a team of curators. The trusteeship’s grade is expressed through the number of little clocks and the public`s grade is shown by the number of stars. One Minute Festival also could be called Ideas’s Festival, once idea is the most relevant criterion used in the vídeos evaluation.


  1. Frequency Film Festival is highly recommended! You guys should do a featured post on their great festival. They have worked really hard and have a lot of great people associated with it!

  2. Hello Tracy, I found your blog a few days ago, wow, it’s really great. I find lots of calls where they ask for money some I submit to once I have checked them out and if they are only asking for a few pounds. Others are complete rip off’s and some downright scams. Thanks a million for doing this. Cheers – Jem

    1. You are welcome. Since I focus on festivals without fees, there are very few scams. However, there have been some festivals (that I don’t think I have posted and would only do so on oversight) that ask for a fee for the trophy or award you have earned.

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