4 Fests You Should Enter This Week

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

Sundance Film Festival (January 16 – 26)
Park City, Utah

Early Deadline: 
U.S. and International Short Films: July 29
U.S. and International Feature Films: August 9

“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.”

Accepts shorts (under 50 mins) and features (over 50 mins) completed in 2012 or 2013.

Website: http://www.sundance.org/festival/festival-program/submissions/

London Feminist Film Festival (November 2013)

Next Deadline: August 31

“After a successful first year, we are excited to confirm that the London Feminist Film Festival will return for its second year! From now until the end of August, we are looking for submissions of feminist films from women filmmakers around the world.” 

Accepts shorts (under 30 mins) and features (over 30 mins).

Website: http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/2013/05/11/call-for-submissions-lfff2/

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

New Voices in Black Cinema Film Festival (March 13 – 16)
New York, NY

Deadline: November 23

“New Voices in Black Cinema (NVBC) is a multi-genre film festival of quality movies geared towards getting all audiences to appreciate and support independent films from, by, and starring the African and Latino diasporas. Whether the films are contemporary or period pieces, drama or comedy, science fiction or animated, the further purpose of this series is to give filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their talent on a grand stage where they can develop opportunities for limited distribution and create buzz for future industry contacts.”

Accepts documentaries, features and shorts. All films must be directed and/or produced by or star people from the African and Latino diasporas.

Website: http://actnowproduction.org/call-for-entries-4th-annual-new-voices-in-black-cinema-festival/

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