4 Fests You Should Enter This Week

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

Cucalorus Film Festival (Nov. 13 – 17)
Wilmington, NC

Earlybird Deadline: June 20 ($25); Regular Deadline: July 10 ($35)

Cucalorus was founded in 1994 by the underground filmmaking collective Twinkle Doon. At the inaugural event, crowds wrapped around the block to see 16 local films screening at Water Street restaurant by the Cape Fear River. These days Cucalorus Film Festival takes place every November in historic Wilmington, NC screening over 200 independent and international films in venues nestled wthin the historic downtown riverfront. In 2009 MovieMaker Magazine recognized it as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and by the Brooks Institute as one of the “Top Ten Film Festivals”.

Accepts narrative, documentary, experimental & work-in-progress films and music videos.

Website: http://www.cucalorus.org/submit_a_film.asp

Chicago International Film Festival (Oct. 10 – 24)

Regular Deadline: June 21; Late Deadline: July 8

An annual, not-for-profit, competitive film festival, the Chicago International Film Festival is organized to encourage better understanding between people and to make a positive contribution to the art of the moving image.

Accepts feature-length narratives, feature-length documentaries and short films.

Website: http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/entries_and_requirements/

ON LOCATION: The LA Video Project (Presented by New Filmmakers Los Angeles)

Deadline: September 7

The Los Angeles Video Project is a community outreach multimedia program that celebrates and enlists LA’s remarkable pool of filmmakers. By engaging these creative members of the Los Angeles community to act and serve as Ambassadors of LA, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), along with the support of the City of Los Angeles and and LA Weekly are able to share what these artists call their LA; an insider perspective into this diverse, cosmopolitan city and its neighborhoods.

Categories accepted: 2 minute or less Documentary, Narrative, Commercial and Music Videos; 2-5 minute Documentary, Narrative, Commercial and Music Videos

Website: http://www.newfilmmakersla.com/onlocation/

Athena Film Festival (Feb. 6 – 9)
New York, NY

Deadline: September 15

“For the fourth year, Barnard College, the most sought-after women’s college in the nation, will celebrate women’s leadership both on and off-screen at the Athena Film Festival, scheduled to take place from February 6-9, 2014.

The Festival aims to expand the definition of what it means to be a female leader, highlighting the many ways that women can and do make a difference. The weekend program exhibits a wide range of cinema including Academy Award-nominated films, top tier features, documentaries, and shorts. The Festival’s audiences are invited to engage in conversations with directors, writers, and producers that challenge convention and examine leadership with a new lens.”

Accepts documentaries, features and shorts. All films must feature a female in a leadership position at the center of the story.

Website: http://athenafilmfestival.com

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