4 Fests You Should Enter This Week

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

Fantastic Fest (September 19 – 26)

Austin, Texas

Next deadline: April 24

“Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.”

Accepts horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or related genre films (black comedy, crime, magic realism, action, suspense, etc) feature-length and short films 

Website: http://fantasticfest.com/submit  

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (October 16 – 20)

Next deadline: May 1

“Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is dedicated to bringing the best films the cinematic world has to offer to our thriving artistic community and growing audience. Our goal is to create a dialogue between filmmakers of diverse visions and cultures, to enrich our community through innovative experiences and economic opportunities, and to support a vibrant and sustainable filmmaking future in New Mexico by showcasing the latest talent in independent films both local and global.”

Accepts features, shorts, docs, animations, music videos, TV pilots and experimental films.

Website: http://santafeindependentfilmfestival.com  

New Orleans Film Festival (October 10 -17)

Next deadline: May 5

Born in a city known for its eclecticism and artistic vibrance, NOFF seeks out bold and passionate storytellers.

Accepts narrative features/shorts, documentary features/shorts, animated shorts, experimental shorts and features/shorts from Louisiana artists.

Website: http://neworleansfilmsociety.org

Telluride Film Festival (Aug. 29 – Sept. 5)

Telluride, Colorado

Deadline:  July 1 (Shorts and Student Films); July 15 (Features – North American premieres only)

“We show a handful of films and are very selective. The real prize in Telluride is to be accepted from hundreds of entries as one of approximately 25 shorts and 24 features that will be showcased at the Festival. A few short films will be paired with a feature. Others will be collected into one of the the three short film programs. Be a part of a 39 year history of discovery: send us a new, fresh and brilliant film. If it’s accepted, the hardest part is over. Then, on with the SHOW!”

Website: http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/film_entry  

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