4 Fests You Should Enter This Week

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

First Glance Film Fest Philadelphia (Fall 2013)

Next deadline: May 16

“Our 16th annual FirstGlance Film Fest Philly is open to professional, first time, graduate and undergraduate filmmakers from down the street and across the globe. FirstGlance showcases the best indie filmmaking from around the world and celebrates Philadelphia filmmakers with a festival described as, “one of the most entertaining festivals out there” and “Philadelphia’s answer to Sundance”

Accepts narrative & doc features, narrative & doc shorts, student shorts, music videos, animations and web series pilots

website: http://www.firstglancefilms.com/

Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (September 20 – 22)

Next Deadline: May 31

“The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing the emerging talent of screenwriters and independent filmmakers within the idyllic setting of Big Bear Lake. Our goal is to nurture a festival that is highly creative, filmmaker friendly and which provides an educational experience for those people interested in all aspects of the film industry.”

Named one of the “Top 50 Film Fests Worth the Entry Fee” by Moviemaker Magazine.

Accepts feature, docs, short films, student films, animations and family films.

Website: http://www.bigbearlakefilmfestival.com

NBCUniversal Short Cuts Festival (August-October 2013)

Deadline: June 3 (No Fee!)

“The Short Cuts competition will provide an opportunity for television/filmmakers to screen their original short(s) directly for movie industry, network and cable executives looking for the next hit show/film. In addition, the festival gives aspiring writers, directors, producers and actors a platform to showcase their talent to the managers, agents and other industry figures in attendance. At the end festival, the showcase will hold an award ceremony honoring the shorts and artists that stand out.”

Accepts shorts from diverse filmmakers and films with diverse themes. 

Website: http://www.nbcshortcuts.com

Sundance Film Festival (January 16 – 26, 2014)

Next Deadline: July 29 (Shorts); August 9 (Features)

“Celebrating its 30th year, The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film, held each January in and around Park City, Utah. Presenting dramatic and documentary films from emerging and established artists, innovative short films, filmmaker forums and panels, live music performances and film composer events, cutting-edge media installations, engaging community and student programs, the Festival brings together today’s most original storytellers in a vibrant community.”

Website: http://www.sundance.org/festival

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