4 Fests You Should Enter This Week

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

Scene: Brooklyn: Independent Film and Media Arts (October 2013)

Brooklyn, NY

Next Deadline: May 1

“Scene: Brooklyn (presented by Brooklyn Arts Council) gives local filmmakers a chance to have their work seen in professional venues by New York audiences in curated film programs. BAC seeks all feature length and short narrative, documentary and experimental film and video work shot in the borough of Brooklyn, relating to the experience of life in Brooklyn, or films that have been created entirely or partially by Brooklyn-based artists. Scene: Brooklyn includes prizes for Audience Award winners, as well as panel discussions and parties.”


22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 17-26)

Indianapolis, Indiana

Next Deadline: May 1

“The Heartland Film Festival serves to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. The Festival started in 1992 as a small event in Indianapolis and has expanded over time to become one of the fastest growing film festivals in the country. Each October, the Heartland Film Festival screens independent films from around the world and presents cash prizes to the Festival’s top-judged submissions.”

*Qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films Category.

Accepts narrative features & shorts, documentary features & shorts and high school films

Website: http://www.trulymovingpictures.org/heartland-film-festival/submit-your-film/
Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct. 3- 13)

San Rafael, California

Next Deadline: May 17

“Known as a filmmakers’ festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival offers a high profile, prestigious and non-competitive environment perfect for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema.”

Accepts short and feature-length documentary, narrative, experimental, animation and youth produced films.

Website: http://www.mvff.com
5th Lahore International Children’s Film Festival (Sept. 16 – 21)

Lahore, Pakistan 

Deadline: May 31

“The Lahore International Children’s Film Festival is a project of The Little Art. It’s an an annual event to showcase the best of local and international films made by, for or about children. Aiming at education as well as entertainment, the film festival is dedicated to promote alternative learning among children and young people. Each year, the festival brings some of the best international films to Pakistan to promote creativity and world cultures and the arts. It enhances children’s knowledge about cultural diversity and offers them an opportunity to enjoy and learn.”

Accepts Children’s features and shorts, documentaries, animations and films by children

Website: http://www.lahorechildrenfilm.com

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