upcoming deadlines


Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition

Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition 8/15/18
2018 is Ó Bhéal’s ninth year screening International poetry-films, and sixth year featuring this competition. Up to thirty films will be shortlisted and screened during the festival in October. One winner will receive the Indie Cork / Ó Bhéal prize for best Poetry-Film. The festival takes place between the dates of the 7th and the 14th October, 2018. Entry – send email to poetryfilm [at] obheal.ie – including the following info in an attached word document: Name and duration of Film, Name of director, Country of origin, Contact details, Name of Poet, Name of Poem, Synopsis, Filmmaker biography, and a Link to download a high-resolution version of the film. You may submit as many entries as you like. Films must interpret, or convey a poem which must be present in its entirety, having been completed no earlier than August 2016. They may not exceed 10 minutes in duration. Non-English language films will require English subtitles. The final shortlist will be announced here during September. Shortlisted films also appear in Ó Bhéal’s poetry-film touring programme, at a number of film and literary festivals, to date including the Clare Island Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival, Stanzas in Limerick, the Cyclops festival in Kiev, Poemaria in Vigo and at the Madeira Literary Festival (2018). Shortlisted entries are also screened throughout the year from Ó Bhéal’s competition shortlist archive (in random), at the start of each Ó Bhéal poetry evening. This year’s entries are judged by filmmaker Oonagh Kearney and poet Anamaria Crowe Serrano.

upcoming deadlines

Fredrikstad Animation Festival (Norway) 07/01/2018*
Fredrikstad Animation Festival (FAF) is organized by Norsk Animasjonsforum. The object of the festival is to promote screening of animation and increase the awareness of animated expressions in the Nordic-Baltic countries. Fredrikstad Animation Festival is a Cartoon d´Or partner festival, and is obliged to nominate a film to the Cartoon d´Or Award.

Cinemagic is looking for imaginative and original films made by young people (age 25 and younger). The films can be about anything at all fact or fiction, comedy or drama, news program or documentary. PLEASE NOTE: THE COMPETITION IS ONLY OPEN TO YOUNG FILMMAKERS AGED 25 AND UNDER LIVING IN THE UK AND IRELAND. FILMS ARE TO BE NO LONGER THAN 10 MINUTES.

Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media (Germany) 09/01/2018
The Stuttgarter Filmwinter-Festival for Expanded Media seeks for current positions in the fields of short and experimental films, installations, network culture, AV performances and live-acts. The festival offers a platform for film and media art in discourse and practice.

Torino Film Festival 9/03/18
The Torino Film Festival’s purpose is to constitute a meeting point for contemporary international cinema and to provide the opportunity for a discussion on all its perspectives and artistic trends. The Festival pays particular attention to emerging cinemas and young filmmakers. In its competitive sections, it promotes awareness of films by new directors whose works are characterized by strong formal and stylistic research.

International Film Festival zubrOFFKa 9/9/18
We are waiting for your new works! Submit your films to one of our eight competitions. Perhaps, thanks to this, you will get tickets to the magical land of bison and, more importantly, to our festival!

Animateka Film Festival (Slovenia) 09/5/2018
The moment to submit your new animated gem to the 15th edition of the Animateka International Animated Film Festival has come – the call for short animated films in the Regional Short Animated Film Competition programme, the European Young Talents Competition programme, and The Elephant International Children’s Film Competition programme is officially open!

Canaltown Short Spooky Movie Festival (aka Spookyfest) * (roughly 9/22)
A diverse selection of short, spooky, moving picture shorts presented live, in downtown Honesdale, Pennsylvania, USA. A popular, audience vote determines which shorts take home the custom crafted Spooky Awards (aka Spookies) at the end of the night. *note: festival takes place in october, and deadline is usually a month prior.

South West London International Film Festival (UK) 9/30/18
The SWIFF International Film Festival offers independent filmmakers and photographers from around the globe the opportunity to have their work seen by award-winning judges, fellow filmmakers and a broad public audience.. *Free to submit in the under 18 category


updates to lists

Sedicicorto International Film Festival Forti (Forli, Italy) 5/27/18
Two categories with no entry fee:  ANIMARE – International Animated Films for Children (NO ENTRY FEE), SCHOOL & DISTRIBUTION – Films of Any Genre coming from film schools and distribution companies (NO ENTRY FEE).

CineEco (Portugal) 6/01/18
The CineEco – Serra da Estrela International Environmental Film Festival, is the only film festival in Portugal, totally dedicated to environmental issues, in its widest sense. Takes place in Seia, annually in October, and continuously since 1995, by the initiative of Municipality of Seia.

Student Academy awards 06/01/18
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.

WNDX (Winnipeg) 06/01/2018
WNDX seeks new Canadian and international films and videos for our next edition, to be held in October 2018. WNDX pays special attention to the most innovative and ground-breaking works created by moving image artists. In the past, WNDX has featured spotlights on Crispin Glover, Martha Colburn, Richard Tuohy, Guy Maddin, Joyce Wieland, George Kuchar, Steve Reinke, Barbara Sternberg, Phil Hoffman, John Price and Michael Snow, a well as the work of the Loop Collective. We do not program conventional feature narrative films, conventional documentaries, or any type of commercial cinema. Our focus is on the experimental, the unconventional, and the otherwise unique. If you are considering submitting, please see our archives section, which provides an overview of how we program the Festival. There is no entry fee to submit and we pay artist fees to all works selected for the festival.

Josiah Media Festival 6/01/16
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.

PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival 6/3/18
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) again invite the world’s youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on PLURAL+ themes: migration, diversity and social inclusion. PLURAL+ is seeking for short videos, of up to 5 minutes. Entrants must be youth between the ages of 9-25. Preferably all videos should be submitted on DVDs, or through a file hosting website of choice (MediaFire, YouSendit,)

Short Riga (Latvia) 6/8/18
Short Riga thinks that a short film is the natural habitat for the contemporary avant-garde in cinema. It is a format through which the filmmaker explores and experiments. When selecting films for the competition we want to see the filmmaker’s search for fresh stories and images, see them questioning the contemporary trends of cinema or the concept of cinema itself. Online submission.

World Festival of Animated Film (Bulgaria) 06/15/2018
Again the Festival and Congress Centre halls in our sea capital will host a variety of animated events. This year the competition programme consists of six categories. The newest addition is the category for Animated Music Video. Our Panorama will present the best and latest of the animated world. An extended version of the traditional children workshop will let our little guests experience what it is to make an animated film. Specialized lectures, master-classes, screenings of student films from universities from around the world, programmes from guest-festivals, documentaries, exhibitions and lots more in September! After that expect the special programme of films “Echo from Varna” in Sofia held in the halls of The National Palace of Culture!!

Portobello Film Festival (London, UK) 06/22/2018
UK’s biggest independent film competition.The Film Festival was created in 1996 as a reaction to the moribund state of the British film industry, to provide a forum for new film-makers and give exposure to movies on different formats. Many of our previously out-on-a-limb directors have since been recognised by the big fish in the industry. The festival has been dubbed ‘the wild side of Brit Film’ (Metro), ‘this pioneering film festival’ (Evening Standard), ‘the biggest celebration of independent film in Europe’ (The Independent) and ‘London’s biggest filmic free-for-all’ (Time Out). That the Portobello Film Festival shows tomorrow’s films today is evident in the number of ideas first presented here that regularly crop up in the mainstream.  International submissions can include link to Pro-Res 422 file on application. All films will be screened on a DVD player.





Caminhos Film Festival

Hi all- Caminhos Film Festival has a free window for submissions.
best of luck,

Caminhos 5/31/18* Note: free until this date only
The Caminhos Film Festival has been, since 1988, one of the main references in the cinematographic panorama of Portugal. Presenting itself as the only festival dedicated to Portuguese cinema in all its areas (final projects of schools of cinema, animation, documentary, short film and motion picture), it is the ultimate showcase of the cinematographic works produced every year in Portugal. Includes worldwide categories as well. Filmfreeway submission.

Note to readers- update

Hi all-
I recently posted an opportunity with Sphere Festival in Kolkata, India. They have received submissions that do not fit the category, so they now have a password or waiver code for that category on the submission platform, such as filmfreeway. I posted the opportunity yesterday with a link to open up the mail client, which, it turns out, didn’t work in all browsers, my apologies. I have changed it to the email address I have for them. Please note: it is not an email address to submit to for free, it is a link to acquire a password from them to submit on the submission platform, such as filmfreeway, in the category of “personal messages or expressions” only. By sending an email you will have started the process, but you will not have submitted until you have used the password on the submission platform.

Many festivals I work with express frustration that they receive a large amount of submissions that do not match the type of festival and/or category. Although it can be easy to miss a detail, that is not what I am referring to. I have had filmmakers admit to me that they just submit to all the free festivals on a platform without reading the criteria. If a festival has to spend all of it’s time weeding out entries that do not match the type of festival they are organizing, they could charge a fee just to weed out non-careful entries on the idea that when people pay a fee, they choose more carefully.

Plus, if you carefully read the specifics, you will get less “rejections” in the long run.

best of luck to you

Sphere Festival (Personal messages or Expressions) 9/30/18
‘Sphere’ is introducing world’s largest and first digital international festival to celebrate the visual arts. We are here to showcase new art, new genres, new innovations, and exceptional stories. It is all about us, the people, and the world or beyond. Sphere festival is presently an autonomous initiative of ZERO DEGREE ARTS, a not for profit international company to enlarge the art and the artistic image worldwide. We are faithful to several art forms and cinematic values. Our purpose is to introduce and develop the exceptional and powerful independent artist industry. We know and believe visual art is the only medium to transform the thinking process and generate a new profile in the world scenario. Therefore, we are extremely excited to launch ou first event worldwide. Kindly follow the links and turn the notifications on to get yourself updated with all our future news and initiative. note: Please email us at: spherefestival(at)gmail.com for the password to submit your project (free) under the category: Personal messages or expressions (film freeway). Some people are sending some unrelated works, but we are truly waiting for some daring, uncensored, controversial works or personal statements that people dare to watch or listen. We are extremely excited to receive such as brilliant works from worldwide artists. you are free to submit anything discussional, political, personal, hypothetical, unethical, superficial or anything. Please Surprise us!