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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.
9th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (August 15 – 25)
Next deadline: May 24
“HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. The festival showcases the top short films produced 30 minutes or less.” Named one of the “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine.
Accepts 3D, live action and documentary shorts, animation, music video, websiodes and commercials.
51st Annual New York Film Festival (Sept. 27 – Oct. 13)
New York, NY
Next deadline: May 27
“The New York Film Festival was founded in 1963 ( the second-oldest film festival in North America) and is produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center which aims to demonstrate the development of international film art and contemporary trends in content, form, and style. The festival is highly competitive with an average of 28 feature films in the Main Slate and 16 short films selected each year by the five person screening committee.”
Accepts shorts (under 50 minutes) and features (over 50 minutes); must be New York City premieres.
Vancouver Asian Film Festival (Nov. 7 – 10)
Next deadline: May 31
“The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) is Canada’s oldest festival with a focus on exhibiting films and videos by North American artists of Asian heritage.”
Accepts Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental films.