More site updates….

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.

More Updates

Mia Open Call For Video Art ongoing
The MIA series screens the work of artists using the moving image. Curated by video artist Alanna Simone, MIA presents new work every 4th Friday at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA.

ARKIPEL 4/30/14
International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival. A cross-media and cross-discipline film festival which refers to how the aesthetic of the film work presented able to inspire or bring new thought from the efforts of exploring film and/or its technology knowledge. The festival will also see how the methods used to achieve aesthetic language to provide choice and scalable method that can be read as a written knowledge.

Beeldbuis Festival 8/1/14
Beeldbuis is looking for exciting and divergent shorts with a max. running time of 15 minutes for our short film competition on September 6th. Beeldbuis runs a competition for recent short films without any restrictions with regard to genre or form.

Deadlines starting in June…

No Gloss Film Festival (Leeds) 06/01/14
No/Gloss Film Festival is Leeds’ first ever DIY indie film festival celebrating do-it-yourself unconventional cinema and low / no budget films from independent local and international film-makers. youtube or vimeo preferred, dvd submission available.

MIX Copenhagen 6/1/14
Oldest running film festival in Denmark and one of the oldest LGBT film festivals in the world. This year from the 19th to the 28th of October marks the 27th MIX Copenhagen. Submit by email with link to film.

Animatou (Geneva, Switzerland) 6/1/14
Animatou is a festival dedicated to bringing the best of Swiss and international animation to spectators of all ages and promoting an awareness of art films rarely screened in commercial cinemas. The festival has four competitive programs: international, young, swiss and experimental. Submit through link or DVD.

shnit International Shortfilmfestival 6/1/14
a transnational film festival simultaneously taking place in ten cities on five continents worldwide. «shnit» is dedicated to celebrating and sharing with audiences the exciting world of short film. File upload to festival site, withoutabox, reelport or: shortFilmDepot (or DVD submission). Note: there are two categories of entry. Both allow film to be in competition, one has a fee, the other does not. The pro category offers feedback on film, the basic category does not. withoutabox, for example, seems to only allow for the paid category.

Princeton Student Film and Video Festival: 06/01/14
The Princeton Student Film & Video Festival is in its 10th consecutive year, and it is sponsored by the Princeton Public Library. The mission of the festival is to encourage and support the work of youth filmmakers in a range of genres and styles, with the opportunity and a venue for the filmmakers to show their work to a broad audience. The festival is open to high school and college students and home-schooled, unschooled or not in school youth ages 14-25 from Princeton and all points beyond, both near and far.

Split Film Festival (Croatia) 06/01/2014
DVD/CD. The program is outstanding, eclectic, high-quality, original and unique. Films are made during workshops as well.

Josiah Media Festival 6/01/14
Talented, young filmmakers, 21 years of age or under, can now submit their films for competition in this year’s Josiah Media Festival. Almost $2,000 in prizes will be awarded to winning filmmakers. Films should be no longer than 20 minutes trt and can be about anything you wish (no theme required). We accept films in the categories of narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental, which covers just about everything. DVD or thumb drive.

Baghdad International Film Festival (BIFF) 6/01/14
As indicated in  the Festival’s press release, the Festival is looking for short-form, documentary, and feature film submissions in all genres.

La Jolla Fashion Film Festival (La Jolla, CA) 6/1/2014
Must have fashion element or film sponsorship. The world’s largest gathering of fashion film professionals has announced it has expanded its award categories to include all aspects of fashion film production.“From now on the brilliant work done by makeup artists, hairstylists, art directors, editors, musicians, wardrobe stylists, writers, and others will be nominated and have the opportunity to win awards. These awards are for the best in the world and cut across national boundaries and cultures. Thanks to the global reach of LJFFF everyone is included no matter where on earth they live or work.” stated Festival Producer Fred Sweet. All creators in the fashion film industry are welcome to submit.

NBC’s Annual Short Cuts Festival 6/02/14
individuals of diverse groups apply, minority, lgbt, etc: comedy, drama, horror, sci fi genres

CPH:DOX 6/2/14
Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival – is a part of The Foundation of the Copenhagen Film Festivals. Submission to the Festival is open to short and feature length documentaries, experimental documentaries and innovative visual documentary productions for digital media. Submission fee is 10.00 EUR. The fee may be waived for: Danish productions and co-productions, Films from developing countries, Experimental and artists’ films. This deadline is for films completed between January 2014 – May 2014.

Sedicicorto International Film Festival Forti (Forli, Italy) 6/5/14
The Film Festival is divided into 3 competitive sections and accepts submissions of any short film produced after 1st January 2011. The maximum running time allowed is 35 minutes (including credits). MOVIE – International Fiction Films, Documentary Films, ANI&LAB – International Animation & Experimental Films, CORTITALIA – National Films of any genre. File upload to: shortFilmDepot or DVD submission.

Giffoni Film Festival (Italy) 6/6/14
The main objective of the Festival is promoting the most interesting international film production for children and youth. The GFF aims at actively forming a more aware and conscious audience. At the same time thanks to its various initiatives the GFF is constantly in touch with the same audience. This makes Giffoni a very important and priviliged observatory of all the trends expectations cultural and social developments of the new generations. Submit by DVDs, files or links.

Portobello Film Festival (London, UK) 06/14/2014
UK’s biggest independent film competition. DVD and application due by deadline.

MOTELx – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival 6/15/14
An event for fraternizing and discovery, set-up for all those that are permanently looking for new auteurs, new films, new looks into the genre, and new experiences. The program offers the audience a selection of the films that have generated the most enthusiastic reactions all around the world in the last couple of years, in all possible variations of the genre – from supernatural to gore, from psychological horror to the monster movie, from blockbuster to indie, from classic to experimental, from cult to new tendencies. 6/18/14
Invites you to submit your creative videos under the theme: 360º Around the Human Factor, creative perspectives on human values. In a globalised digital world where human beings are closer than ever, we would like to visually reflect about those things which unite us all. What makes you feel close to others? What is valuable to you or to humankind? After all, what makes us humans? A feeling, a moment, an idea? Are you able to capture it with your camera, visualize it with images, graphics or with an animation? Show us your talent and perspectives, share your creativity, inspire us and win amazing awards! Upload.

gender reel 6/20/14
Starting April 20th- we are seeking all kinds of films and performance art pieces created by and/or about gender non-conforming and transgender people, experiences and images and/or work that challenges gender conforming attitudes, ideas or concepts. Non-trans people are also welcome to submit work to Gender Reel provided this work is reflective of our mission. DVD submission.

Klik Animation Festival (Amsterdam) 7/01/14
Films not selected for the screenings they try to find a way to show in foyers, etc. (submissions open 4/1/14)

New Additions

Many festival deadlines are coming up over the next few days. Most of them are online submissions or submissions with links to a file download.

best of luck,

Dreamspeakers Festival (Canada) 2/28/14
Film festival about Aboriginal culture, art and heritage. DVD submission.

Gdansk DocFilm Festival (Poland) 2/28/14
If you have in your documentary output films which fit our festival canon, we invite you to participate in the preselection of the contest for “The Gate of Freedom” (3000 $) Film Festival Life online submission.

Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival 3/1/14
Invites professional and amateur filmmakers to submit for consideration films ranging from 3 to 60 minutes. Films should center on bicycle travel of any type, whether an organized tour or a solo exploration. The destination can be domestic or international. DVD or Youtube link.

Shorts @ Fringe (Portugal) 3/1/14
Shorts@Fringe is a showcase of short films at the Azores Fringe Festival, an international arts festival in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Program will happen in various islands from indoor to outdoor venues giving the opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their work in the Azores and also for audiences that otherwise would not have a chance to see this type of work. All type of shorts are welcome up to 30min long with English or Portuguese subtitles. Submit work via FilmFestivalLife or email link to vimeo, youtube, etc, with your film and contact details: Title, Director, Length (max 30 minutes), Country and Year of production, as well as Synopsis and link to the film on a downloadable platform. email: info(at)

The Nordic Youth Film Festival – NUFF 3/1/14
For young filmmakers between 15 and 25 years old. Based at the youth Culture House TVIBIT in Tromsø, Northern Norway, NUFF has already a nine year success-story. Started by the wish to support young local filmmakers and to get an idea how our neighbours making film and telling stories discovered NUFF the world of the Youth Cinema. The quality of the films increases, the incredible atmosfere of the workshops and the growing network of filmmakers, partners and projects is making NUFF to a unique summer event behind the polar circle under the overwhelming midnight sun. Upload a screener.

Mister Vorky (Serbia) 3/1/14
An international one-minute film festival, which shows, awards and promotes the best one-minute films from around the world, is held every year on March 17. 60 seconds (1 minute) , the initial and end credits. The aim of the festival is movies of all types (fiction, documentary, animation, cartoon, music, experimental, advertising … all art forms that worked Slavko Vorkapich – Mister Vorky ) from around the world.

The international short film festival 20min|max (Ingolstadt) 03/03/14
For the 7th time 20min|max announces an international competition for cinematic expressivity, autonomous formal style, impressive stories – ergo: artistic synthesis of direction, montage and rhythm, sound and light will be presented and awarded. All genres are admitted, from experiments to fiction, from animations to documentaries, music clips and video art – do as you like – only don’t exceed 20 minutes! reelport or DVD.

Upcoming deadlines

Maremetraggio International Short Film Festival (Italy) 2/28/14
An International Short Film Festival Two sections in competition, that also in 2014 will propose to its public, as always, a selection of the best International shorts and the most interesting Italian debut works recently released in cinemas. Maremetraggio section is a “best of the best” of short films, reserved to all the works that won one or more awards in one or more Festival during 2013 and Nuove Impronte section, for Italian debut works. DVD submissions.

Kalat Nissa Film Festival 2/28/14
Our goal is to give to all directors and talented filmmakers as visibility as possible, this edition will not only be a competition, but also a festival and a party. In fact, our logic is to give the greatest possible visibility for short films that will come. Submit online or on DVD.

ECOZINE – International Film Festival and Environment of Zaragoza 02/28/14
EcoZine wants to promote, showcase and reward audiovisual works of fiction, animation, experimental and documentaries, in any form or videographic film, focusing on environmental issues, produced anywhere in the world, also promote actions and parallel activities related to this subject. Online submission (moviebeta) or by post.

Bodies in Land (Wales) 3/10/14
A new international film festival. In it’s first year the festival is open to submissions from filmmakers, artists and dancers, whose work relates to the theme of movement and bodies in the landscape. Makers of all countries and nationalities may apply. We intend to screen films publicly in the village hall, as well as installed in various homes and social spaces within and around the village. DVD submission.

Deadline in March

Nontzefilmak Cinema and Animated Short Films competition 3/28/14
In  collaboration of Bilbao’s Fantastic Film Festival (FANT). two shorts categories: cinema and animation. The animated shorts will be realized with any kind of technique (Flash, 3D, stop-motion…) The organization would appreciate that the films are submitted beforehand to be shown on for the entertainment of the Internet users.

Deadlines coming up February 25th

Festival Alto Vicentino (Italy) 2/25/14
The Festival provides a single category for short films on a free subject of a maximum runtime of 15 minutes. From this edition we accept also films with a duration over 15 minutes in the “out of competition” section. online submission through wetransfer. Can also submit through Festhome and click for festivals.

West Virginia Mountaineer Festival 02/25/14 note: only free for those under 18.
Categories: Documentary Short, Narrative Short, Animation/ Experimental, Student (College), Young filmmakers (under 18), Thematic entry: “Escape”. 20 minutes maximum. Maximum of 3 entries per person. Vimeo, dropbox or DVD submissions.

Deadlines added

International Short Film Festival Kharkov Lilac 2/1/14
The Film Festival “Kharkov Lilac” has the aim to acquaint the youth with the best works of world-known and Ukrainian producers, to attract and encourage attention to the modern documentary and live-action short film, to render assistance to creative dialogue among the experts of the world of cinema and amateurs of film making. DVD submission.

Bari International Film Festival (Italy) 2/7/14
The major aim of the Festival is to promote, spread and make the best Italian and International cinematography even more appreciated. Competitive and non- competitive categories. Documentary, Short Feature, Long Feature. DVD submission, postmark ddl.

London Lesbian Film Festival 2/15/14
The London Lesbian Film Festival is a celebratory gathering at which we project our images, challenge our politics, and reflect upon our lives. The festival aims to portray the richness and diversity of lesbian experiences and to strengthen our communities. The Festival is held every year in London, Ontario, Canada. Online submission form. Submissions accepted ongoing.

Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba International Film Festival (Brazil) 2/17/14
Open to fiction, documentary, experimental, animated and hybrid films. Categories: Feature Films and Short films. Submit Vimeo link or DVD. deadline above is postmark deadline.

Vittorio Veneto Film Festival (Italy) 2/28/14
The Vittorio Veneto Film Festival was born to create a big cultural moment for young people combining wit and culture. It is an event that finds out spaces for youth, labs for the study of new forms of art expression. Though the Festival program has mainly an audience of children and teenagers attending school, it welcomes everybody, and above all the people who are interested in cinema and in its educational, pedagogical and enlightening power. DVD-postmark.

KIFF UNG – Kristiansand Youth Film Fest 3/1/14
Film festival for youth and young adults in Kristiansand, Norway. Target audiences are students and young adults. Submit online screeners or downloadable films (preferred). DVD’s also accepted.

Norwegian Children’s Film Festival Kristiansand 6/1/14
We are looking for high quality films (features, animations, long shorts, shorts and documentaries) aimed at audiences from 3 to 13 years old. Submit online screeners or downloadable films (preferred). DVD’s also accepted.

New postings

Golden Anteaters (Poland) 3/01/14
Short films, under 30 minutes. We appreciate anyone who tries to express themselves through independent cinema, we reward those who do it best. Films will be awarded in many categories. Tradition of Lublin Independent Film Festival Golden Anteaters is inventing some crazy categories. Submissions from amateurs, students, graduates and independent filmmakers. Winners get Gold Anteater statuette. Fill out application form, submit file sharing link through email, or DVD by mail.

Angelholm International Video Art Festival (Sweden) 03/01/14
the purpose is to create a new, alternative, peripheral meeting point for emerging and established video and media artists from all over the world. submissions by post- above is the date received, not postmark.

Festival de Cannes 3/3/14
note: there is no fee for short films. Some requirements include: Films that have not been shown on the Internet, under 15 minutes in length, including credits. DVD submission.

Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival (Ankara, Turkey) 03/10/14
The festival is an international organization where feature length, short, documentary and animation films by women directors from Turkey and around the world are presented to the audiences within the framework of specific themes, panels discussions and exhibitions.

DIY Film Festival (Poland) 08/30/14
DIY FILM FEST is the first and the only cyclic movie event focusing entirely on counterculture and its creative influence on surrounding reality. DIY FILM FEST also attempts to redefine certain ideas and concepts. It is a homage paid to creativity devoid of particularistic and capitalistic values, as well as an invitation to everyone appreciating independent culture to document and archive its signs and achievements, assuring that they would get to wider audience. Email about submission.