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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,

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

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,



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 with the link and some info.

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