updates

Just a few quick deadlines, mostly in July.
best of luck,
tracy

Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival 7/1/20
We now invite all filmmakers, artists, distributors, producers, gallerists, universities and institutions to submit their most current works and projects to the 37th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival. The entire film program as well as the works for the exhibition Monitoring will be selected from all submissions. All installations of the exhibition Monitoring compete for the Golden Cube. A jury nominates films from the program for the other festival awards. We do not charge an entry fee and pay – as far as possible – a screening fee for the films of the regular film program.

Athens International Film Festival (Greece) 7/6/20
The Athens International Film Festival loves and actively supports the greek cinema from its first edition to date. Much awaited premieres of greek films that are embraced by the local audience and travel through Greece and abroad, workshops on film development and production, top and honored guests from the domestic film society and, of course, awardings and distinguishing older and rising Greek film artists are some of the ingredients that keep alive and deepen every year this relationship of support and love.

Cinanima (Portugal): 07/10/20
The Call for Entries for the 44th edition of CINANIMA – which will be held from the 9th to the 15th November, in Espinho – is now open. CINANIMA is the only Portuguese Film Festival whose Main Award may apply for the Oscar of the Academy for the Best Animation Short Film.

International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 7/12/20
The International and Swiss Competitions are the heart of Kurzfilmtage. Year after year, they provide insight into current short filmmaking and enable encounters with filmmakers from around the world.

Local Sightings 7/15/20
1 Min Dance Film Challenge The Dance / Film Residency is offered by Northwest Film Forum and Velocity Dance Center to an artistic team selected through this year’s Dance Film Challenge, as part of Local Sightings Film Festival 2020. Teams/individuals are invited to submit one dance film up to 60 seconds in length. We encourage artists to use the tools they have: these can be shot/edited on your phone, in the rehearsal studio, on the street, in your room. The value is placed not on the expensive equipment + software you can access, but how you use the instruments and materials you have available. Audience votes will determine which team/individual receives the residency, which comprises rehearsal space and an open rehearsal/exhibition/screening at NWFF! Exact days/times of the residency will be determined based on artist and venue schedule and availability.

Iranian Film Festival (San Francisco, CA) 8/1/20
San Francisco – Iranian Film Festival, a showcase for the independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world, is inviting the filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films for the next edition taking place in September 2020 in San Francisco.- The films should be related to Iran by any filmmaker from any country, or made by any Iranian filmmaker on any subject.

Update

More updates, as promised.
Stay well,
tracy

Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival currently open for entries
Films and videos should be of interest to lesbians, gay men, intersexuals, bisexuals and/or transgendered people. We are seeking narrative, documentary, experimental and animated films and videos (both features and shorts), in 35mm, 16mm, Digital Beta, Beta SP, DVD, BluRay formats.Submit online link, or DVD by post.

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.

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

Schlingel International Film Festival 7/1/20
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 feature films

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France) 7/05/20
Today, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival is the world’s largest film festival dedicated to short films. In term of audience and professional presence, it is the second largest film festival in France after Cannes. – July 5th 2020 for films completed in 2019 (after October 1)

Videomedeja International Video Festival (Serbia) 07/15/20
The International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA will be held from October 8th to October 10th, 2020 in Novi Sad. All video art lovers will be able to enjoy the program of the festival, which will be made of the latest and innovative artworks from the world of contemporary video art.

Kuandu International Animation Festival (KDIAF) 7/15/20
The KuanDog Prize is held at the 10th Kuandu International Animation Festival (KDIAF) in 2020 to provide animators a platform to screen and promote their works. The Festival not only injects new energy into the animation industry, but it also promotes interactions between local and international participants. film freeway

Balkanima 7/17/20
Balkanima is a European animated film festival that exist since 2004, established by Academic Film Center – Students City Cultural Center from Belgrade. It is held each year in first or second week of October. Main goal of the festival is screening of European short animated films, student films, as well as additional programs connected to the world of animation (lectures, exhibitions, workshops, multimedia events).

Busan International Film Festival (Korea) 07/22/20
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 feature films.Apply on the Busan International Film Festival’s official website – http://www.biff.kr/eng.

BIAF (Korea) 7/31/20
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 Feature, VR.

Taipei Golden Horse Awards 7/31/20
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 narrative feature, documentary and animated feature will be open from July 1 through July 31, 2020.

Taipei Golden Horse International Film Festival  7/31/20
Festival is open for feature, documentary, experimental, animation. no competition section.

NorthernWave Festival 08/1/20
Since the Icelandic film fund is one of the main supporters of the festival we decided to wave the fee for Icelandic filmmakers. We hope you can understand our reasons and thank you for supporting the festival. Deadline for Icelandic Short Films

International Women’s Film Festival “KIN” (Armenia) 08/01/20
***Free submission only for Armenian Films*** «KIN» (kin means “a woman” in Armenian), will be held in Yerevan. The festival’s goal is promote women’s creativity, establish a network between women filmmakers from different parts of the world and give hand to a better understanding of different cultures and each other. The purpose of the festival is to address through films issues of violence, inequality, discrimination and other problems related to women’s rights and gender problems. genres: Documentary, Short, Animation. Duration of the films had to be less than 40 min

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France) 10/01/20
Today, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival is the world’s largest film festival dedicated to short films. In term of audience and professional presence, it is the second largest film festival in France after Cannes.- October 1st 2020 for films completed in 2020

 

Updates

Hi all-
More updates to continue.

best of luck,
tracy

Virginia Film Festival 6/15/20* free 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.

Short of the Year 06/21/20
PROMOFEST opens the call for entries of SHORT OF THE YEAR – SPRING. 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).

Virginia Film Festival 7/13/20* free 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.

Women Over 50 Film Festival 7/15/20
We’re sorry to say that as because of COVID-19 pandemic this year’s festival is not going to happen in a physical public space.We know that many of you will be disappointed to hear this but we’re determined to create an online film festival that’s just as exciting, accessible and inclusive as our last five festivals have been. WOFFF20 hasn’t been cancelled; it’s been transformed. Everyone is eligible to submit a film or screenplay. There’s no upper or lower age limit and it’s not only open to women. As long as your film centres on a woman over 50 or part of your core creative team is female and over 50, your film is eligible. Your film should: be under 15 minutes for animation or experimental films, be under 20 minutes for dramas, be under 25 minutes for documentaries. Our new screenwriting competition is open for submissions! Send us your 5 minute, not-yet-filmed, short drama script. Your script must have a woman over 50 at the ❤️ of it on the page or a woman over 50 as the writer. Free submissions in student category.

GIRAF 7/15/20
Is looking for animation submissions, in all styles, genres, lengths, and mediums. Our programs are a strong, eclectic mix of animation, representing the best of the medium from claymation to CG. We focus on presenting independent animation that pushes boundaries through the use of new techniques, unique visions, and stimulating subject matter.

CINE HORROR Film Festival 7/31/20
The CINE HORROR Film Festival is dedicated exclusively to genre productions (horror, suspense, trash, B-movies, fantasy, science fiction and thrillers). It takes place in the city of Salvador, Brazil.Non-Brazilian films must have/provide subtitles. The submissions should be sent to the following e-mail address: cinehorrorfestival(at)gmail.com;

Mequinensa International Film Festival 7/31/20
Mequinensa International Film Festival is an international festival of short films that will be held in Mequinenza (Spain). It will take place on September 28th to 31th 2020. The festival is organized by FilmFactory and is sponsored by Mequinenza City Council. The festival is totally free to attend.

Hsin-Yi Children’s Animation Awards 8/31/20
All it takes is a good story to enrich a child’s spirit and create beautiful memories. Join the Hsin-Yi Foundation as we make that story come to life in animation. We aim to improve both the quality of video entertainment targeted at children and their ability to appreciate it. At the same time, we want to award talented people who contribute to animations and videos around the world for providing a more diverse selection of good material for children.

New posts on site

Hi all- this post is comprised of the most recent postings sent to me from festival organizers. Le Petit Cannes, has graciously offered a waiver code (making the entry free) for Iran based filmmakers– so only use the code if you are based in Iran, allowing them to apply- due to problems with US banking sanctions. If you are outside of Iran, there is a small fee, but you will be supporting them. I started the blog for filmmakers who could not afford 40-60 fees and could easily spend a few hundred dollars they didn’t really have for just a chance to show their film. Toni Pennacchia, of Womanimation Film Festival, has developed two festivals, Short Short Story Film Festival and Womanimation (featured in this post). Since I often hear, “all the festivals in the US charge a fee”, I want to point out such festivals in the US that do not charge a fee to artists. There are a lot of reasons for fee/no fee, but due to the difficulties involved, I commend the festivals that do not have a barrier to entry.
best of luck,
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Le Petit Cannes 4/20/18* No fee for Iran based filmmakers
Le Petit Cannes is a celebration of small films with big talent. Running parallel to the 71st Festival de Cannes, it is hosted at legendary movie industry hangout and Cannes institution Le Petit Majestic. We present the best in short cinema chosen by and presented to an audience of film and culture sector professionals. The standard submission fee is $4.75 (equivalent to the price of a beer at P’tit Maj). However, we discovered that Iranian filmmakers are unable to participate because of US banking sanctions. We think this is tantamount to collective punishment of artists simply because of where they were born and live. Therefore we’ve waived the submission fee for Iran-based filmmakers. Please visit our FilmFreeway page and use this code: bademjan

MOITAMOSTRA18 5/31/18
Arts Metting in contryside, Theatre, Music, Dance, Video (short cuts), Literature,Fine Arts,
Exebition, concert, talks and workshops.

Womanimation! 2018 Film Festival 6/6/18
What is Womanimation? As the name implies, it’s a festival showcasing acclaimed animated films created by women from around the world. From satire to drama, from the everyday to the surreal – in styles from traditional 2-d to stop-motion to computer animation – the festival features something for every taste. The 2018 festival, the tenth edition, takes place on Saturday, June 30th, at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.

 

 

 

Recent updates

Cologne OFF 4/30/14
Wanted: single channel videos by film and videomakers from all countries on the globe. “Theme”: “TOTAL ART”. The festival is looking for innovative and experimental approaches in dealing with content and technology.  Submit using downloadable links.

Monterrey International Film Festival (Mexico) 5/2/14
Local, national and international films. Any subject. Shorts max. 29 minutes. Full-length films over 60 minutes. Medium-length films will not be accepted in any category. DVD or online submission.

best of luck,

Tracy

 

For Festivals or other Screening Venues, If you have a festival or screening opportunity (it must have no entry or submission fee) that you wish to post on this blog, please use the submission page to send me your information.

Festival Profile: Alec Balas, Great Underground Horror Film Festival

Yesterday I was able to interview Alec Balas about his new online festival, the Great Underground Horror Film Festival. This festival is held in your living room, your kitchen, your great room, wherever you have a computer or a tv with wireless access. Alec reminded me both of the great time we are living in and of the phrase, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” The deadline for submission is October 22nd. Be sure to check out the festival on Halloween!

What is your name and the name of the festival you organize?
My name is Alec Balas and I organize the Great Underground Horror Film Festival.Can you give a little background about your festival? Why it started, when it started, where it is located, how many days it is and the focus?
I’m a filmmaker and I see all of these festivals you can enter and how costly they are. You don’t even know if you are going to get in. I wanted an outlet for people like me. Starving artists who could just send a link to a festival and all the work is done. Most of these festivals like Sundance and Tribeca are exclusively for Hollywood. Unless your the Duplass brothers or a Swanberg your not going to get in even if you have a really great film. Basically I started GUHFF because its exactly the festival I would want to find and enter. One that was completely indie FOR REAL and one that people have a chance at. I started this festival with a friend of mine Chris Smith in early september. Its completely online but I live in Chicago so thats where its home is. Its a quick entry period because I am so impatient and don’t want anyone waiting six months before they know if they got in to a festival. It started on September 20th and the submission deadline is October 22nd. We will be uploading the winning links on Halloween! Our focus is Horror which is something I chose because its my first festival and I didn’t know what response, if any, I would get so I chose my favorite genre and kept everything else wide open. Luckily, I got a response and without much promotion so its been really cool and has inspired me to maybe do another festival including all genres in a couple of months maybe??

What is it like to attend your festival? Who attends your festival?
Well its all online so attending is as easy as sitting at your computer with some popcorn. Indie filmmakers, horror fans, average joes, everyone and anyone really. I have always felt a little weird because I enjoy sports but I can also have a great conversation with someone about how awesome Evil Dead is so I would hate to tell someone they aren’t invited. Mostly because they are.

What is the submission process? Post or online submission?
The GUHFF submission process is pretty simple. All you do is go to our website and fill out a submission form which is really just your name and then the link to your film which is on Vimeo or youtube. Technology has really allowed this festival to happen. Or just email greathorror@hotmail.com with the link and some info.
http://www.greathorrorfilmfest.weebly.com

Why is the festival free to enter?
I wanted to create a festival that was free in every aspect from the curation of the website to the submissions and awards given. I don’t feel like you can put a price on art or grade a paper that is an opinion yet we do it daily so I want to make a statement that art is really free and its meant to be enjoyed and created by everone. Art isn’t exclusive. DONT leave it to the pros. Its for everyone and everyone isn’t rich.

Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for contacting me and asking about the GUHFF. Freedom for free! Art has no rules, only avenues.
Its my cat Fiona