5 Fests You Should Enter This Week

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

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

Next 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/

BlackStar Film Festival (Aug. 1 – 4 )

Philadelphia, PA

Next Deadline: May 31

“The BlackStar Film Festival is a celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context. BlackStar highlights films that are often overlooked from emerging, established, and mid-career directors, writers and producers working in narrative, documentary, experimental and music video filmmaking.”

Accepts features, shorts and music videos that are “directed by a person of African descent, feature persons of African descent, or tell a story of the Black experience”. 

Website: http://blackstarfest.org/film-submissions/

Hollywood Film Festival (Oct. 17 – 21)

Next Deadline: May 31

“Our mission at the HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL is to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community, while providing an avenue of discovery for emerging filmmakers. Be discovered in Hollywood.

Accepts fiction shorts &  features and documentary shorts & features.


Rhode Island International Film Festival (Aug. 6 – 11)

Next Deadline: June 1 (postmark date)

“Now in its 17th year, FLICKERSRhode Island International Film Festival™ (RIIFF) will take placeAugust 6-11, 2013. The Festival has become a leading juried competition showcase for international independent filmmakers and their work.”  **A qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the Annual Academy Awards.

Accepts feature, short, doc, animation and experimental films.

Website: http://www.film-festival.org/enterafilm.php

Urbanworld Film Festival (Sept. 18-22, 2013)

New York, NY

Final Deadline: June 3

“Urbanworld is one of the World’s largest competitive film festivals, whose mission is to redefine and enhance the roles of multicultural constituents and enhance the roles of multicultural constituents in contemporary cinema.”

Accepts: feature documentaries, feature narratives, short documentaries, short narrative films.

website: http://urbanworld.org/

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