January updates

Hi all-
Just added these to the January page on the blog. I send out email blasts that post to my blog, and each of these additions is listed by date, under the monthly pages as well. The first deadline is actually today. The festival deadline was moved up a few days from last year (sorry). Typically once you have all your materials created and organized, it only takes a few minutes to apply to each festival.

best of luck,
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Strangelove A Queer Festival 1.13.19
Strangelove festival is looking for queer artists who provoke and highlight non-binary perspectives! We welcome filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, writers and performers exploring gender, sexuality, counterculture, alternative formats and queer identities.

FISH- Filmfestival I’m Stadthafen 1/18/19
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.

Kent County Teen Film Festival 1/18/19
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.

International Animation Film Festival Golden Kuker Sofia 1/31/19
IAFF GOLDEN KUKER – SOFIA plays a key role in the animation industry because it is organized by animators who produce animated films themselves which are interesting for people of different generations. IAFF Golden Kuker – Sofia shows a high level of professional performance and a huge international participation with plenty of works of talented people from all over the world. During the festival and throughout the year, animators and audiences have the opportunity to attend professional master classes led by world-renowned directors and animators, exhibitions, seminars, round tables, presentations and impressive events related to the art of animation.

MayDay Film Festival 1/31/19 * no fee for early submissions until January 31st
Originated from the Filmmakers Club out of the University of Southern Indiana. It was made to showcase work of its club members to the local student body. Each year, Mayday has grown into a much large festival adding in non-students into the festival and even filmmakers as far as the opposite end of the United States.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 1/31/19
is the first and only LGBTQ film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater and the only queer festival to receive clearance from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. * free submission – Indian and Student categories only

 

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Fifes Comedy Film Festival(Zagreb, Croatia) 1/10/19
The purpose of the festival is to encourage and promote human serenity, joy and laughter, as an important factor condition of the human spirit. In this way we will promote one of the human qualities, which in this time of hustle and weight of life is very important, but often neglected. The various authors will present the Croatian public their creative work, and the cheerful atmosphere to socialize with their peers and their contribution to positively influence the development of film production and culture in Croatia.

Briefs Erotic Short Film CompetitionCurrently accepting entries
BRIEFS is the East Bay Express’ annual Erotic Short Film Competition showcasing works by amateur and professional filmmakers from around the world. The one night screening will continue to explore the limits of erotic filmmaking in a liberating and entertaining format ideal for sex-positive film lovers of every gender and orientation.

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Lovett School High School Film Fest 1/11/19
Festival was created to encourage and inspire young filmmakers from around the world by providing them both a venue to publicly screen their short films and a place to connect with one another. Films must have a max running time of 15 minutes and have been written, directed and edited by teens ages 13-18.

goEast film festival 1/15/19
Short film is back at goEast 2019! A jury consisting of five members will award the RheinMain Short Film Award (2,500 euro), funded by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain to the best short film from Central and Eastern Europe dealing with the general topic “Crossing Borders”. This topic can be dealt with in various ways: formally or stylistically, plot-wise or even ironically. The competition will consist of eight shorts films (maximum length of 20 minutes) and will shape a concise overview of the Central and Eastern European short film.

Noisefloor  1/18/19
NoiseFloor is an interdisciplinary event with a focus on experimental composition. Our theme this year is Engagement. Works (compositions and performances) and proposals (for papers, lectures/recitals, panel discussions, workshops and other ideas) addressing this theme are particularly welcome. Of course, proposals for other relevant topics will also be considered. 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.

Cortex International Film Festival 1.25/19
Córtex Film Festival is accepting short films in video format produced in either 2017, 2018 or 2019, with a maximum running time of 30 minutes, including credits. Films must fall within the following genres: fiction, documentary, animation, and experimental. Córtex Film Festival contemplates the following competitions when accepting submissions: National Competition (for films previously presented in other festivals), National Competition (for premieres), International Competition, Mini Córtex – An international competition that is comprised exclusively of animated films dedicated to the younger audience.

UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival 1/27/19 *note: Films from Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia can be submitted for free. All filmmakers (international and USA) must pay the required submission fee to enter unless they are from the states of Kentucky, Virginia, or West Virginia or their film was shot in one of those states. For those filmmakers we have a special submission category that is free to enter. All filmmakers that submit to this category are required to clarify their Kentucky, Virginia, or West Virginia connection in an accompanying cover letter or in their film information. Failure to clarify this will result in us marking your submission “Incomplete” until you can clarify your entry’s eligibility. We require this because a significant number of films are inappropriately entered into this free category as an attempt to avoid submission fees. If you fail to explain your film’s eligibility it will eventually result in your entry being disqualified.

Gdansk DocFilm Festival (Poland) 1/31/19
Gdańsk DocFilm Festival, with its international nature, is a contest of documentary films and footages focusing mainly on:- situation of a human being as an individual as well as group of employees in the work environment,- personal activity and development in every form,- passion and creative activity,- human dignity, ethics and respect for human rights.

Animakom 1/31/19
ANIMAKOM (hereinafter: the Festival) is specialised International competition of animated films, taking place in Bilbao from 2 to 8 April 2019. Festival’s 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.

Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania) 3/1/19
(TIFF) is organized by Romanian Film Promotion and it is the first international feature film festival in Romania. The main objective of Transilvania IFF is to promote the cinematic art by presenting some of the most significant films of the moment, films which exhibit not only originality and independence of expression, but also unusual forms of cinematic language and modern trends of the young culture. Romanian Days submissions (shorts and features). Romanian films have no submission fee.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival   3/15/19
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival (French: Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy, abbreviated as AIAFF) was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France. Initially occurring every two years, the festival became an annual event in 1998. It is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation(or ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association). Feature.

Durban International Film Festival 03/15/19
The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival from 18-28 July 2019 under the theme Reimaging DIFFerent.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all!
Updates are in progress. Part of the process is eliminating festivals that now have a fee, and if I miss one, please let me know. One of these festivals, Chester Animation Festival -is now charging a 5.00 fee, which is not exorbinant, but is a fee none the less, and the Krakow Film festival charges a fee for non-Polish films (10 Euros). I understand that there are reasons that festivals find it necessary to charge fees, but focus my energy and support on those that do not charge fees to filmmakers, since this is a free resource to everyone: festivals and filmmakers.

Stay tuned for more upcoming festival deadlines.
best of luck,
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Queer Moving Image Review (ongoing)
Queer Moving Image Review is an online exhibition space designed to showcase queer artists working in time-based, visual media. One piece is selected and screened per month. Submissions are on-going, no submission fee.

Anifilm 1/10/19
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. Anifilm also wants to represent the Czech Republic, South Bohemian Region and the town of Třeboň in international context on a long-term basis.

MediaWave International Film Festival 01/10/19
Special theme: RITUALS. The mystic word ‘ritual’ occured when thinking about the theme of our next Gathering. However, after going deeper into studying the expression, we figured out that it means much more to us: we have been instinctively using at Mediawaves for years what the ethnograpy defines as “temporary rituals”, the possible solutions of the society for crises accompanying the turning points of human life. Such rites are for instance the stag and hen party, the wedding procession and the wedding party itself which have created the pillars of our gathering for four years. There are rites going hand in hand with changes of the universe, the alternation of seasons. Mayday is the beignning of the spring festival to celebrate fertility, the fresh, green, colurful, the invigorating liberty of going out from dark rooms to the nature. Several traditions and rituals relate to this period of the year, among them the gipsies’ spring festival, the Ederlezi. Our Gathering is also held this time so we strongly want the different tastes of Mediawave in film, music, community programs and gastronomy to be flavoured with spices of this beautiful spring rite.
In archaic societies, the young people become full members of the community after going through the rite of passage. Let it be a suprise how we imagine such an initiation ceremony at our Gathering in the Fort Monostor, Komárom between 30 April and 4 May, 2019.

Proto & Co 1/12/19
Annual small festival of independent short films. Every autumn, a selection from 30 to 40 movies are presented. Movies of 5 minutes maximum  Dialogues in French or without dialogue. No experimental and no clip accepted. FilmFreeway

Animocje 1/13/19
It is particularly important for the organizers of ANIMOCJE to find those who boldly introduce interesting and innovative solutions in the art of animation as well as use traditional animation techniques in a non-standard way.

11mm International Football Film Festival 1/15/19
Film makers and production companies from around the world are invited to submit their football films to the world’s leading football film festival to win the Golden 11 and 11mm shortkicks awards!

Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (Norway) 01/15/19
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. KICFF accepts features, documentaries, animations and short films from all over the world.

International Film Festival for Children and Youth 1/15/19
KINOLUB is an international film festival organized since the year 2015 by the IKS Foundation in the cities of Southern Poland – including small villages, where the screenings are held in local cultural institutions. The focus is also set on film education and that is the event’s unique and important feature, which is developed as well in other endeavors run by the Foundation. Most of all, KINOLUB is a celebration of films produced for children and youth. Each year in June different cities offer festival screenings to audiences between 4 and 18 years of age. The program includes motion pictures from all over the world –  rich in artistic quality and conveying important messages. The aim is to create an environment for young people to actively and keenly participate in the cultural life and to develop new mindful audiovisual audiences.

Sylhet Film Festival 1/20/19
Sylhet Film festival is an annual film festival, which will showcase full-length features, shorts, experimental films made by young independent filmmakers, including fiction animations and documentaries. One of the primary missions of the festival is to provide the youth with a platform to showcase their talent in media, provide an advantageous environment for the development of film and other creative works. The festival will promote the study and appreciation of the film by means of screenings, discussions, exhibitions, workshops and related activities. Note: submission form on website currently having difficulties- can submit through film freeway.

Jewish Motifs International Film Festival 1/31/19
We invite the filmmakers of movies on Jewish identity and experience to participate in the competition for Warsaw Phoenix Award.

Comic Con International Film Festival 02/01/19
Judged by a panel of industry luminaries, the CCI-IFF accepts genre-related films in the following categories: Action/Adventure, Animation, Comics-Oriented, Documentary (Pop Culture–Related), Horror/Suspense, Humor, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. 4 DVD’s- by mail.

Cell Phone Cinema (New Delhi) 2/05/19
Shooting a Film/Music Video / News/ Still Image on MOBILE PHONE, 3 minutes maximum, Shooting Technique: Mobile Phone (cell phone), Purpose: To unleash the creative spark of the participants by using nontraditional means of technology like the Cell Phone and create both motion and still imagery., The Task: Participants can shoot a Video (max. 3 minutes) or Still Picture using a mobile phone. The entries for the competition will revolve around the realm of: Fiction / Music Video, Reality / Electronic News Gathering, Still Image. Online submission.

Krakow Film Festival (KFF), 2/15/19
*note free submission only for polish films. The Krakow Film Festival aims to review and promote documentary, short animated and fiction films. The films are screened in four competitions as well as innon-competitive sections. Deadline 
for films made after 31 October 2018

Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival 7/24/19 (11:59 PST)
The Festival caters to the art of short filmmaking that visualizes some aspect or aspects of Iranian “Heritage”, which includes the arts, culture, history, crafts geography, cuisine, and lifestyle. Calling on individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to submit short films, less than 9 minutes in length, visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture, and heritage, that will inspire and spark the audience’s interest in learning more about Iranian culture. SUBMISSION OPENS APRIL 23RD.

 

 

 

Stas Film Festival

Stas Film Festival 3/31/18
Stas Film Festival celebrates independent spirit. Doing what you love. Living life to the fullest. Living life on your own terms. Not caring what other people think. It will take place online on May 1-10, 2019. We will only accept online submission links to your films. YouTube, Vimeo, etc. We will let you know if your film got selected in April. Official Selections will be uploaded on official YouTube channel and will be shared on social media.

Magmart XI

Magmart XI edition 4/7/19
Magmart | video under volcano is an international videoart festival, which over the years has seen the participation of more than 1400 artists from +80 different countries, with thousand submitted videos. The Festival is open to all international videoartists. Between all submitted video, will be done a final selection based on vote of a Jury composed by experts. Any author can participate with max 5 video.

Leiria Film Fest

Leiria Film Fest 11/30/18
Held annually at the Miguel Franco Theater (Leiria, Portugal) since 2013, the Leiria Film Fest is an International Short Film Festival focused on fiction, animation and documentary short-films competition, with free entry. In this four-day festival, which is totally dedicated to independent short film cinema’, non-competitive sessions of a wide range of themes and selections with the best films from other partner festivals are also presented. The polished selection of short films has been receiving very positive critics over the years, making the Festival to be constantly sought by an increasing number of filmmakers and producers, with the goal of having their works in competition here.