4 Fests You Should Enter This Week

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

Sidewalk Film Festival

August 22 – 24

Late Deadline: March 15

“The 16th annual Sidewalk Film Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, is set to take place August 22-24, 2014. Since its debut in 1999, filmmakers from across the country and around the world have come to Birmingham to screen their work at Sidewalk and have been thrilled to discover fresh, enthusiastic crowds eager to devour new independent cinema.”

Accepts narrative & doc features, narrative & doc shorts, animations and short screenplays

website: http://sidewalkfest.com/submit-a-film/


June 25 – 30

Late Deadline: April 10

DOCUTAH is a Southern Utah International Film Festival presented by Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. The 2014 festival will be it’s fifth year of run. Phil Tuckett, DOCUTAH Artistic Director and Director of the DSU Film Program planted the seed of DOCUTAH in 2009. A small group of individuals went to work to create the inaugural event in September of 2010. Since then we’ve had more than 1,100 films submitted from 70 plus countries and enjoyed meeting many wonderful filmmakers and protagonists. These incredible individuals are among festival attendees who come for the films, stay for the scenery and depart having experienced inspiration. DOCUTAH welcomes the world and at the same time captures the community of Southern Utah and Southern Nevada.

website: http://docutah.com/submissions

New Orleans Film Festival

October 16 – 23

Regular Deadline: April 11

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the New Orleans Film Festival has firmly established itself on the regional film fest circuit as one of the most reputable in the country. It was named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in both their 2012 and 2013 editions, and it was also named by Premium Beat as one of the “Fifteen Fests You Should Enter.” Born in a city known for its eclecticism and artistic vibrance, NOFF seeks out bold and passionate storytellers. With top-notch programming in one of the world’s most cinematic cities, NOFF serves up a dose of Southern hospitality that’s hard to beat.

Accepts narrative features/shorts, documentary features/shorts, animated shorts, experimental shorts and features/shorts from Louisiana artists.

website: http://www.neworleansfilmsociety.org/pages/detail/158/Submit-a-Film

Toronto International Film Festival

September 4 – 14

Regular Deadline: May 2

The Toronto International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious international film festivals in the world. For 11 days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals and media watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new talent.

Accepts Canadian and international narrative & documentary features and short films

website: http://tiff.net/thefestival/submissions2014

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