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.

This blog – No Entry Fee Festivals

I started a list of festivals with no entry fee several years ago as a resource for media artists, particularly my students. At the start, I found a couple of articles listing festivals without entry fees. These articles were a helpful starting point, but as I looked, I found many more festivals out there.

Over the past two years, I have continued to add to my no entry fee  list of festivals, competitions and other exhibition opportunities. Recently I have evolved this list into a blog for animators, video artists and digital filmmakers, whether they are students, amateurs or professionals, who are looking for opportunities to screen their work.

Many of the festivals are international. A word of caution: these are not for procrastinators. While it can be inexpensive to send a dvd or cd in advance, it can be incredibly expensive to send it overnight. (As an example, the cost to mail a dvd overseas from the US can range from 1.40 if mailed well in advance, (regular post) to 100.00+ to overnight at the last minute.) Some festivals have an online submission option. Some festivals that charge to submit online have free submission for students, but need to be mailed.  Some online submissions still require that a dvd is sent after the online application).

best of luck,

tracy miller-robbins