Short of the Year 12/21/17
PROMOFEST opens the call for entries of SHORT OF THE YEAR – AUTUMN. The winner will receive a super distribution award consisting in more than 1000 submissions to film festivals worldwide! 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). Once again PROMOFEST wants to help you get your work succeed without having to worry about anything, just enjoy the results. Do not waste more time, if you have a fiction, documentary or animation short film, PROMOFEST support you so we achieve it together.


Pugnant Film Series

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

Festival Directors or Organizers

If you are a festival director or if you organize a screening or exhibition that includes any form of time based or media art and you would like to be featured on this blog, please fill out the form.

NOTE: In order to be listed on this site, your festival or other event must NOT charge a fee to submitting artists. However, an exception can be made if you offer a code for free submissions to my readers.

Once you submit your no entry fee festival or screening opportunity to this blog, I will post the opportunity on the site. Feel free to send me a gentle reminder if necessary. I do work on this blog in my available time at no cost to either artists or festivals.



December deadlines added

Chicago Palestine Film Festival 12/9/17
The Chicago Palestine Film Festival (CPFF) exhibits and promotes films by Palestinian directors and films about Palestine.  CPFF is dedicated to presenting a film festival that is open, critical, and reflective of the culture, experience and vision of the filmmakers. DVD

New Vision Film Festival (Ukraine) 12/10/17
Imagination, genre variety, shocking plots, unexpected upshots, brevity, brilliant actor game, visual sophistication, authorial style – all these are the distinguishing features of the New Vision International Film Festival program. Festival presents a competition. The audience chooses the winners of different nominations by means of an independent voting. A festival of films that remain in your heart forever.

LeiriaFilmFest 12/15/17
Leiria Film Fest is an international short film festival, will take place in city of Leiria (Portugal), 17-18 March 2017. Submit short fiction, short documentary, short animation, produced between 2015 and 2016, with maximum length of 10 minutes.

ALFILM – Arab Film Festival Berlin 12/20/17
Contemporary Arab film production including feature and documentary films, as well as short films, experimental films and video art. We accept narrative features, documentary films and short films which were directed by an Arab filmmaker, have been produced or co-produced in an Arab country or handle an issue that relates to the Arab world.

November deadlines added

Budapest Architecture Film Days 11/15/17
Do you have a film on architecture or the city? Send it to us! The Budapest Architecture Film Days is now accepting submissions for its anniversary 10th edition, to be held in Budapest on 8-11 March 2018. We are looking for works in every genre, form and length, related to design, architecture, and built environment. The mission of the film festival is to generate a dialogue between architectural practice that finds inspiration in cinema, and cinema borrowing its subjects from architecture and the city.

Landshut Short Film Festival 11/15/17
Competition categories: Short film competition for films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. international Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery or Thriller Short Film. International Animation Short Film. Online Entry. (FFL charges a fee, not the festival itself)

BUFF Filmfestival 11/15/17
The international film festival for children and young people in Malmö, Sweden.

Cortex International Film Festival 11/18/17
Cortex Film Festival is the only festival in the greater Lisbon area dedicated exclusively to short film format in its various competitions. Since 2010 we share our vision of the best that is made in this genre nationally and internationally.

Cinema Du Reel (Paris) 11/24/2017
International Festival of Documentary Films. Cinéma du Réel gives priority to cinematographic writing and approaches, in a broad understanding of documentary that can sometimes challenge the traditional borders of the genre, whatever the subject, length, format or form. Nonetheless we strongly insist that the Festival is not seeking news reports, current affairs programs, promotional or corporate films. Submission deadline for films completed after September 1st 2017.

International Underwater Film Festival (Serbia) 11/27/17
We are very pleased to announce the 21th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia.This event will be held in December 2017. We will be honored to present your film or films to our audience. Films for the contest would have to be 2016. or 2017. production, with at least 30% underwater shots. The subject is free. Competition admission is free.

Guadalajara International Film Festival 11/27/17
A cultural event of great relevance for Guadalajara and Mexico. It is considered as one of the most important showcases for the appreciation, promotion and distribution of Mexican and Ibero-American films.

Slim Cinema Film Festival 11/27/17
We are excited to announce another installment of Slim Cinema, NYC’s first and only vertical film festival, on December 2nd, 2017! This year we are hosting @ The Muse Brooklyn (350 Moffat St.) and it will be bigger and better with an expected crowd of 700-800 attendees! Our past events have showcased some of the most creative filmmakers and storytellers across the world to a packed house of over 400 attendees. Check out our last event here, here, and here! We would like you to participate in our third film festival dedicated to creating, sharing, and telling stories for the mobile age. CREATOR CHALLENGE: Create a visual piece shot in Vertical Composition that tells a narrative. Content can be shot using your equipment of choice (i.e. SLR, red, smartphone, etc.), but aspect ratio must be 9:16 for any submissions to be considered. We want to challenge your creativity to tell an original narrative through vertical visual storytelling. Have fun with it – be creative with the new aspect ratio. Keep in mind the constraints the narrower vertical format may bring to your content – and discover how you can disrupt visual narratives through powerful storytelling.

Mosi Fest 11/30/17
MOSI FEST is a Quarterly film festival with a panel of international jury members. Each month we will have one winner in every category. Please Follow these rules: Films should be completed in 2015 or later. Maximum Running time: 20 minutes. All genres accepted. Films from all countries are welcome. Only one film per director for each quarter can be accepted. Students and professionals are welcome. Films that are available online can participate as well. Films that have been sent to us previously are not eligible for next events.

ClujShorts International Short Film Festival 11/30/17
A cultural event that takes place annually in Cluj Napoca, Romania. ClujShorts  is an event fully owned and organized by Persona Association and aims at establishing itself as a major international festival, while continuing to act as a platform for showcasing excellent works from around the Globe, and simultaneously contributing to the development and growth of the regional industry and talent.

DOCUDAYS UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 11/30/17
Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is held annually in the last week of March in Kyiv. On completion, Docudays UA traditionally presents the best movies in the regions of Ukraine within the Docudays UA Travelling Festival.

Animated films by artists of color

I just saw this post on the Asifa-East website-  this progam will be curated by Pilar Newton-Katz and Carrie Hawks.
Best of luck,

In this form you are submitting a short animated film for consideration to be screened on Tuesday November 28th, 2017 at the School Of Visual Arts as part of a short film event presented by ASIFA-East. This is a one time screening and no admissions will be charged. The program will not be screened elsewhere unless permissions is granted by the filmmakers at a later date. 

Upcoming animation festival deadlines

Some of the following animation festivals have recently been added to my lists, plus a reminder for a couple of them (NW animation festival and Glas animation festival).
best of luck,

Tokyo Anime Award Festival 10/31/17 short
Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2018 (TAAF2018) calls for unique animation works with high potential and strong messages, both feature and short animation, from all over the world. Our aim is to screen high-quality animation works superior in originality, provide opportunities to inspire audience as well as creators, cultivate new talents, and contribute in the development and promotion of animation cultures and industry.

Tokyo Anime Award Festival 11/10/17 feature
Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2018 (TAAF2018) calls for unique animation works with high potential and strong messages, both feature and short animation, from all over the world. Our aim is to screen high-quality animation works superior in originality, provide opportunities to inspire audience as well as creators, cultivate new talents, and contribute in the development and promotion of animation cultures and industry.

Northwest Animation Festival 11/15/17
The NW Animation Fest is a variety show that celebrates the best new work from independent animators around the globe. Portland’s schedule will include many additional special events, including thematic programs, guest organizations, displays in the theatre’s lobby, after-parties, and more.

Monstra: Lisbon Animated Film Festival 11/19/17
MONSTRA | Lisbon Animated Film Festival is accepting film submissions on its international competitions. The festival’s next edition will take place from March 8th to 18th 2018, and the competition categories are: Feature Films, Short Films, Student Short Films, TV Series, Short Films for Children and Supershort films.

Holland Animation Film Festival 12/1/17
The Holland Animation Film Festival 2018 organizes the following competitions. The competitions for features, shorts, student films and Dutch films are open for films that had their premiere after January 1, 2017.

GLAS Animation Festival 12/31/17
The GLAS Animation Festival is an international competition animation festival dedicated to animated films and will be held in Berkeley, California, USA March 3 to 6, 2016.

Cardiff Animation Festival 1/12/18
note: free only for The​ ​Young​ ​Welsh​ ​Short​ ​Animated​ ​Film​ ​category
Join us on the 20th, 21st and 22nd April 2018 for a three day celebration of all things animated! Watch brilliant animated films, hear exclusive insights from very special guests and meet lovely like-minded people. Mark your diaries for a trip to Wales’ friendly capital in April 2018!