4 Fests You Should Enter This Week

…because all it takes is ONE festival screening to change everything.

Sidewalk Film Festival (August 23-25, 2013)

Birmingham, Alabama

Deadline: April 30

“The 15th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, is set to take place August 23-25, 2013. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.”

Accepts narrative & doc features, narrative & doc shorts, animations, short screenplays and shorts/features about Civil and Human Rights

Website: http://sidewalkfest.com/submit-a-film/

Tuscon Terrorfest (October 17-19)

Tuscon, Arizona

Next deadline: April 30

“Tucson Terrorfest is Tucson and Southern Arizona’s only Horror Film Festival. Its our mission to showcase and celebrate the best of horror films from all over the world. We focus on the artistic, aesthetic, and fun side of independent horror filmmaking. We bring Tucson & Southern Arizona a terrifying mix of features and shorts that will give chills up your spine.”

Accepts Horror, Thrillers, Supernatural features and shorts

Website: http://tucsonterrorfest.com/submissions/

Austin Film Festival (October 24 – 31)

Austin, Texas

Next deadline: May 1

“Austin Film Festival has prided itself in championing films that display strong storytelling, both in the written word and visually, in front of the camera lens.  From highly anticipated Hollywood fare to the finest in independent filmmaking, AFF aims to highlight the films and filmmakers that audiences want to see, whether they know it or not. AFF is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences®, making all Jury Award-winning Narrative Short and Animated Short films eligible for an Academy Award®.”

Accepts narrative & doc features, narrative & doc shorts, student shorts and animations

Website: http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/submit/film/

Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (Sept. 18 – Oct. 1)

Deadline: May 31 (no submission fee!)

“The ttff seeks to highlight excellence in filmmaking through the exhibition of dramatic, documentary and experimental feature and short films made in T&T, the Caribbean and its diaspora. The Festival therefore accepts submissions from Caribbean filmmakers, Caribbean filmmakers in the diaspora, and international filmmakers with films from or about the Caribbean or its diaspora.”

Accepts features, shorts and music videos

Website: http://www.ttfilmfestival.com/submit/

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