More festival updates

Stop Motion Mexico 6/15/14
The aim  is to promote the creation of stop motion animated films. Animation professionals, filmmakers, visual artists, students and the general public may participate. Each participant may send a maximum of three short films. Categories: commercial, independent, professional and student. max. 30 min. Submit through moviebeta or DVD by post.

Moab International Film Festival (Moab, Utah) 8/01/14
WAB. Moab International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing independent films of the highest quality from around the world. Categories: Experimental Film: Non-conventional ideas in film. Musically Inclined: Stories about music and musicians or music videos. Documentary: Documenting life on earth.Environmental Landscapes: What is in the world around you? Narratives and stories. Fiction or non. Comedy: Humor in any form. Outdoor Action: Stories from the outdoors.

Tirana Film Festival (Albania) 08/23/2014
click on submit button. The TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF) is the first and only international cinema festival of its kind in Albania. Created in 2003, this extraordinary cultural event takes place under the auspices of the Albanian National Center for Cinematography (QKK).
This year’s competition features distinct sections. 1. Feature Film Competition, 2. Short Film Competition, 3. DIGIART, Television Short Film Competition, 4. Albanian Short Film Competition

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As I go through the lists to update festivals, I am finding festivals that now charge a small fee. If you notice a fee that I missed, please let me know.

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Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden) 6/20/14* postmark
The purpose of the Stockholm International Film Festival is to broaden the forum for innovative quality films in Scandinavia beyond what is currently available through commercial outlets and traditional film institutions. The festival also features retrospectives of, and tributes to, influential filmmakers and film personalities in order to highlight contemporary issues. Submit by post.

Ekotopfilm 06/30/14
International Festival of Sustainable Development Films The program structure and its content focus on all fields of economic, industrial and human activities stressing the need for sustainable development to be a continuous process. The festival program is first and foremost educational in nature. DVD Submission.

NorthernWave Festival 07/1/14 *will open for entries in the beginning of may
The most alternative film and music event of the year. International short films, music videos, parties, concerts, lectures and even a fish course competition. All taking place in a small fishing village called Grundarfjörður in Snæfellsnes. The festival will only accept film digitally, with a link or by receiving an uploaded copy of the film on the festival server.

Visible Verse Festival- Video Poems  (Vancouver, Canada): 07/01/14
VVF seeks videopoems with a 12 minutes maximum duration. Submit work by emailing URL of uploaded video.

Schlingel International Film Festival for children and young audience 07/01/14
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.

Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (CANADA) 07/15/14
Can Submit online at festival website

Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 07/28/14
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 DVD by post.

Balkanima 7/30/14
The festival has three competition programs: short animated film (25 min max); student animated film (film school work or a diploma work); film school or workshop (program of films). Animated films of European production which are not longer than 25 minutes, made by frame by frame technique, computer animation and combination of live footage and animation (where complete part of live footage doesn’t exceed 50% of complete film length) are eligible for festival screening. DVD Submission, Pal video forrmat.

Horror Quest (Atlanta, Georgia) 08/02/14
HorrorQuest accepts all kinds of submission, not just, “Horror”. We are a Horror/Genre festival and you may submit any of the following types of films.Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Dark Comedy, Dark Drama, or Animation of any kind. Submit entry form with DVD.

International Short Film Festival Landau – La.Meko (Germany) 08/15/14
maximum 30 minutes, all genres and formats. DVD submission.

Petaluma International Film Festival (California) 08/15/14
Feature length and shorts

Signes de Nuit (Paris) 08/31/14
« Signes de Nuit » is an independent, international festival of short, experimental and documentary films, organized by the Association SIGNES DE NUIT in Paris. The International Festival SIGNES DE NUIT based in Paris is made up of films, which reflects new views, original imagery and critical approach to the crucial points of the modern human existence. It is a place for cinema that expands its own boundaries, that is astonishing, different, potentially free from the pressure of tradition, ready to give itself to the unpredictable experimentation. documentary, fiction, experimental. no animation.

Winnipeg Underground Film Festival

The Winnipeg Underground Film Festival 3/31/14
An annual showcase for contemporary experimental film + video, presented by Open City Cinema in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. WUFF is seeking new and engaging moving-image works that deviate from traditional cinematic forms, whatever that means. Stronger consideration will be given to works under 25 minutes, and to those completed in 2012 or later, but exceptions may be made in both cases. In addition to this general call for entry, WUFF is also looking for films and videos shorter than 90 seconds in length for a special program focusing on ultra-short shorts. If you have a piece that fits this criteria, we want to see it. Link to online preview.

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Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival (Lausanne, Switzerland) 5/30/14
LUFF opens the call for entries to anybody who desires submitting his/her creation. The festival is dedicated to promoting and discovering innovative films and musicians who  don’t benefit from traditional distribution channels. Offering a program of exceptional films and music, the LUFF is a cultural event without comparison in the Swiss cultural landscape. The international competition is composed of the following sections: Short fiction, Short experimental, Short animation, Feature Films. For its 12th edition, the LUFF wishes to organize a Swiss film competition. This competition aims to give a (new) visibility to bold Swiss creations, existing outside the preoccupations for profitability, public impact or artistic conventions: The film you have never dared or were never able to show. Submit your darkest or most radiant film, the most daring or the most personal film, the film you have never shown to anyone or that has provoked such radical reactions that you have never again dared showing it to anyone.

Duhok International Film Festival (Duhok, Kurdistan) 6/10/14
categories: Feature films: narrative fiction features from around the world and Kurdistan (Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria) with a minimum length of 60min. Documentaries: documentary films from around the world with a minimum length of 60min and from Kurdistan with a minimum length of 30min. Short Films: the short film with a maximum length og 30min can be narrative fiction or documentary and has to be produced in Kurdistan, be an Kurdish co-production or at least have a Kurdish director. DVD submission.

CineEco (Portugal) 6/15/14
The Festival is open to the registration of fiction movies, long or short film documentaries for the various sections – competitive and non-competitive, according to the environment theme. Cine’Eco intends to continue to be a space to show the best films and videos from around the world, focusing on environmental issues, with the intention to create awareness, provide discussion, enhancing knowledge and deepen the need for urgent changes in the behavior of people, governments and companies, in order to preserve the planet. Online Submission Form and DVD by mail.

Molodist: Kyiv International Short Film Festival (Kyiv, Ukraine) 07/01/14
“Molodist” is one of the greatest specialized cinema events in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). It is a priority platform in the region for presenting the latest and the most up cine products and covers the most high-profile events of modern cinema ­– both mainstream and experimental. The main objective of the festival is to promote young professional cinema. As forty years ago competitive program represents professional and amateur movies of debutants. The main sections – student, the first short film (fiction, animation, documentary) and the first feature film. Geography of contest entries includes countries from almost all continents. So we seek and find – and thus provide an opportunity for young talents to take their place in modern cinema.

Indiana Short Film Festival 7/1/14
We accept submissions in all genres from all over the world. We do have a separate category for films produced by students (Grade 12 and under) that is limited to Indiana residents only. Items can be sent on DVD, Blu Ray, USB Thumbdrives, SD Cards, Compact Flash, or Memory Sticks. All items must be sent as a file in Windows (PC) Formatted Media.

Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival (Flagstaff, AZ) 7/7/2014
100% online submission. The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival’s mission is to provide a cultural alternative to the mainstream commercial film experience and to celebrate, promote, nurture and teach non-fiction filmmaking. The festival seeks to provide a window to the world and screen movies that inspire change.

depicT! film festival (UK): 07/07/14
90 second challenge. DepicT! is Watershed’s international short film competition that, since its creation by Brief Encounters in 1998, has been challenging filmmakers to create 90 second ultra-short masterpieces.

21 Film Project (Decataur, IL) 7/14/14
The 21 Film Project will be held in downtown Decatur during the 28th annual Decatur Celebration! With total attendance of almost 300,000, the Celebration is a great way to get the exposure your film deserves. Film Project events will be held throughout the weekend, including screenings of the top films and award-winning films from other festivals around the country. DVD submission. Projects under 4 minutes long

International Short Film Festival Winterthur 7/14/14
Short films of all genres are accepted for submission to the Competition of the International Short Film Festival Winterthur, as long as they have been made within 2012 or 2013 and their length does not exceed 30 minutes. Films submitted for the Swiss Competition (CHurzfilm) can be films made by either Swiss filmmakers or non-Swiss nationals residing in Switzerland. DVD, ftp server upload or reelport submissions..

Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival 7/15/14
Combining the laidback beach style of the island of Martha’s Vineyard with the buzz and excitement of a festival celebrating films from across the globe – The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is an amazing experience not to be missed. We would love for you to send us your short film for consideration. Films of any genre are accepted Send your fiction or non-fiction shorts of less than 20 minutes. DVD (NTSC format).

Filmfest Hamburg 7/28/14
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.

London Iranian Film Festival 7/31/14
The only annual festival to present Iranian cinema in the UK. The festival aims to produce the best, and most diverse, Iranian film programme in the country, and to attract as many people as possible to view Iranian cinema.

Busan International Film Festival (Korea) 07/31/14
World Features. Busan International Film Festival endeavors to encourage the appreciation and promotion of the art of cinema. The Festival aims to present a quality showcase of films produced around the world, especially with focus on introducing new films and discovering new talents from Asia.

Viennale festival 7/31/14 *Submission by invitation only
If you would like to submit a film or video we kindly ask you to send us a ONE PAGE SYNOPSIS so we might get a first impression of what the film/video is about. If you have not received a request for a preview screener within two weeks after sending in the synopsis, the film/video has not been chosen for preselection. The Viennale predominately shows feature and documentary films, as well as selected short films.

Krivoy Rog Film Festival 7/31/14
“Cinema under the Stars”. * festival as a creative laboratory, a platform for new projects; Support youth initiatives and youth movement at PJSC “SevGOK”; support for creative young people, developing the creative potential of the factory workers; exchange of experiences and increase the overall professionalism of the participants.

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival 11/30/14
An independent film festival which aims to inspire, enlighten and entertain outdoor enthusiasts, whether they are climbers, skiers or snowboarders, kayakers, BASE jumpers or explorers.The EMFF is now seeking film submissions for the next festival. Prizes are awarded. Films can focus on any aspect of mountain life and culture, wilderness and adventure, and can be documentary or fiction. We are especially interested in films focusing on all forms of climbing, snowboarding, skiing, snowblading, mountain biking, BASE jumping, kayaking, surfing, BMX-ing, sea kayaking, canoeing … the list goes on. Contact by email for entry form. DVD Submission.