updates

Hi all-
A few more updates.
best of luck,
tracy

Short of the Year 06/21/20
The festival is open to international filmmakers. Filmmakers may submit as many works as they wish to, as long as they have been produced ​​after January 1, 2019. Festival is open to fiction, animation, documentary, experimental short films and music video with a maximum duration of 30 minutes. Entries must be submitted in English, Spanish subtitles are recommended though. Short of the Year will have four different editions: WINTER – SPRING – SUMMER – AUTUMN 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) The festival has an independent online section apart from the official categories; directors may choose if they want to participate in this section. In order to participate at the Online Audience Award a confirmation is required at the moment of submission. The short film will be available online on Click For Festivals for users to watch it for a month after the closer deadline to the time of submission. The most viewed film during that month will be the winner.

Aniμasyroς International Animation Festival(Greece) 6/30/20
Animasyros International Animation Festival launched its journey into the world of animation on 19 September 2008 in the island of Syros in Greece. Animasyros Festival is organized into three main pillars, the artistic programme, the educational programmes and the Market section, while there are also parallel activities such as exhibitions, concerts and parties.

Moinho Cine Fest 06/30/20
Moinho Cine Fest – International Film Festival of Micro and Nano Film of Matosinhos considers that the length of the nano film is until to 01:00 (mm:ss) and the micro film is until to 05:00 (mm:ss). It’s a film festival organized by ANARTEM – Associação Cultural and directed by André Almeida Rodrigues, a Portuguese filmmaker. The 3rd edition of the festival will take place in April 2021 in Custóias, Leça do Balio and Guifões parish, Matosinhos, Portugal.

Stop Motion Montreal 6/30/20
Festival Stop Motion Montréal is the world’s first festival dedicated to showcasing films animated exclusively using stop motion techniques.

POOL 20 INTERNATIONALES TanzFilmFestival BERLIN 7/14/2020
***DEADLINE EXTENDED*** Submit your dance film by 14th July 2020!
Every year POOL presents a selection of fascinating dance film productions from all over the world, making the event a meeting place for creatives in the fields of dance, film, fashion and advertisement. The focus of the festival is on films that not only record dance but create independent filmchoreographies through the intense interplay between dance and cinematic tools like camera and editing.

HECare Festival 09/30/20
The Human Environment Care Film Festival (HECFF) is Canada’s premier cultural event devoted exclusively to the exploration of Human-Environment care, Human rights issues, Environment protection, and a special section of this year (CoronaVirus and New World)through film. Our competitive sections are: Human-Environment, Environment protection (care), Humanity and human rights, Special section: Coronavirus and New World. Non-competitive section: All submitted films include documentaries, features, and animated that are over 30 minutes length and related to the competition section will come to the non-competitive section. Through FilmFreeway, the following artists are encouraged to submit their work: Filmmakers and Animators. Works should relate to Human-Environment care, Human rights issues, Environment protection, and a special section of this year (CoronaVirus and New World). As this is an art festival, creative endeavors are encouraged.

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

 

frame:work: students (free), gen ad (3.00)

Hi all-
Hosting conferences and festivals online, while it doesn’t replace the true experience of being there, may be an opportunity for many to participate in events they wouldn’t ordinarily have access to.
One such event, starting tomorrow is called frame:work. If you are interested in non-traditional and live media events, or you think you might be, check out the frame:work conference, happening Friday and Saturday, June 12th & 13th.
If you are new to the concept of live media events, the first session is about getting started, what could be better?
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Ticket link Free for students, 3.00 for general admission
I plan to virtually attend- hope to “see” you there.
best,
tracy

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.

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

 

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Festival Profile: Simon Mullen, Strawberry Shorts Festival in Cambridge

The Strawberry Shorts Film Festival in Cambridge has undergone a few changes over the years- in organizers and locations. In addition to having a unique story, it has a character and personality all it’s own.

Recently I conducted an email interview with Simon Mullen, the principal festival organizer. Among other things, Simon and I discussed the history of the festival, the experience of being in the audience, and the type of work they like the most.

The deadline for the Strawberry Shorts Film Festival is April 19th. Good luck !

What is your name and the name of the festival you organize?
My name is Simon Mullen and I am a principal organiser of The Strawberry Shorts Film Festival, the flagship event of Strawberry Fair. I feel I need to explain my role in the festival at this point. In 2006 John Clements, the then organiser of the Strawberry Fair Arts Area, asked me to help with the festival. I ran the festival from 2007 to 2009. Since 2010 we have been building a committee to run the festival, although I am still central to its organisation.

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?
The Strawberry Shorts Film Festival is the competitive Short Film Festival of Strawberry Fair. Strawberry Fair is the UK’s largest annual not-for-profit, volunteer run community festival of arts and music. The Fair runs is always held on the first Saturday of June on Midsummer Common, which is situated in the heart of Cambridge. Strawberry Shorts is the opening event and is held on the Friday evening..
Strawberry Shorts was started in 2000 by John Clements, the then organiser of the Arts Area of Strawberry Fair. The story goes, the night before the fair John noticed the large, and very empty, Big Top Tent standing next to his Arts Area, waiting for the Fair to start the next day and he thought, “what a waste of a tent” and wondered what he could do with it. The answer he came up with was Strawberry Shorts. Strawberry Shorts ran in the Big Top Tent from 2000 till 2009. The Big Top Tent can be seen in this photo gallery from 2006 http://tinyurl.com/czv7o67. During this time we also ran a Strawberry Fair Art Area Film Marquee during the main Saturday Strawberry Fair event. The Big Top Tent was a wonderfully exciting and appropriate venue for our festival. It really set the scene for the roller-coaster ride that a good short film programme should be. In 2010, due to petty bureaucrats and the vindictive forces of law and order, the fair did not run for the first time in forty year and hence the film festival did not run that year as well.In 2011 the fair suffered large financial cut backs. There was no Big Top Tent and the film festival had to run in a tatty old marquee. The festival was successful but staging it was a herculean task that almost broke us. This was when it became apparent that we really needed a new venue. This year we staged Strawberry Shorts in The Cambridge Festival Theatre, situated just across the road from the site of The Fair, (how convenient is that?) Its a glorious venue, one of only four remaining pre-Victorian theatres in the UK. Check out the 2012 photo gallery to see how beautiful The Cambridge Festival Theatre is. http://tinyurl.com/8zfzuhr This year we have also made great strides building a functioning committee.

The focus of our festival is, of course to promote the art of the short film. But we also feel that we have a mission to engage with the audience and help enhance their viewing. Its all very well to let them just sit there and watch film after film but the trouble with that is that, often, by the end of the evening they cant remember half of what they have seen and are not sure why they remember the other half. That’s where having audience awards works. They have to vote on each film and therefore have to think about it and perhaps engage with those around them.

We also put on screenings throughout the year, not just Strawberry Shorts, (we have amassed in excess of 1200 films).  At these events we are attempting to address the engagement issue by running screenings, with breaks between films where we nominate audience members to vote and comment on what they have just seen. We then try and wind the rest of them up to agree or disagree with the voting. It can get quite lively at times and certainly helps to give the films more consideration, which many deserve.

What is it like to attend your festival? Who attends your festival?
Attending Strawberry Shorts is fun, (and if its not there will be questions asked and heads will roll!).
We always have a performance element as part of the festival, usherettes, sleazy cinema managers, introductions and chats from front of house. This aids our engagement with the audience and helps the audience engage with the films. The festival is fully competitive with audience and jury awards. The audience hugely enjoy having a say about each film and casting their vote. The festival is attended by Cambridge residents, general riff-raff, ner-do-wells, a scattering of the glitteratti, and film-makers with their free-loading hangers on.

What is the submission process? Post or online submission?
To submit a film you need to complete and submit an online form. Then you need to download and complete a permission slip that you return to our festival office together with your film on region free PAL or NTSC DVD.

Why is the festival free to enter?
Strawberry Shorts is the short film festival of Strawberry Fair and Strawberry Fair has a remit to promote and enable performance and the arts by local people. Strawberry Shorts supports this remit by providing an international competitive forum for local filmmakers to submit their films to. An entry fee would place a barrier to local film submission and so we don’t have one. And we extend this to our international film submissions as well. The end result of this is that each year we receive a large number of awesome short films from around the world. Often the submitted films are idiosyncratic and strongly personal, brief windows on other worlds and these are the films we like the most.

Anything else you would like to add?
Cambridge Cinema Shorts was formed by the Strawberry Fair Arts Area crew, initially to run the Strawberry Shorts Film Festival. Engagement with the audience during live performance is an natural emergent property of live performance in front of an audience. This is due to the shared humanity of the performer and the audience. However audience engagement during the exhibition of short film is much more problematic. Cambridge Cinema Shorts has spent the last three years running experimental film screenings (its the screenings that are experimental) in a research effort to find a formula for audience engagement during short film screening. Lately we have had some success with this and have great hope for future development.

Strawberry Shorts Film Festival (UK) 04/19/14
short films, any genre, under 20 minutes.
Submit online form, send dvd with permission slip
http://www.cinema-shorts.org

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

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