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2014 BlackStar Film Festival Screenplay Competition
July 31 – August 3
Deadline: May 15
This year’s short screenplay competition gives the winner the unique opportunity to have the script produced by BlackStar and directed by a renown director [Terence Nance, “An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty”]. To determine the winner, the finalists will be read by a prestigious jury of film industry professionals. The winning script will receive the BlackStar festival “greenlight” and will be read live at the festival by professional actors.
Short film screenplays must be written by a person of African descent.
September 18 – 25
Late Deadline: May 29
“Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.”
Accepts horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or related genre films (black comedy, crime, magic realism, action, suspense, etc) feature-length and short films.
Austin Film Festival
October 23 – 30
Regular Deadline: June 16
“Austin Film Festival has prided itself in championing films that display strong storytelling, both in the written word and visually, in front of the camera lens. From highly anticipated Hollywood fare to the finest in independent filmmaking, AFF aims to highlight the films and filmmakers that audiences want to see, whether they know it or not. AFF is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences®, making all Jury Award-winning Narrative Short and Animated Short films eligible for an Academy Award®.”
Accepts narrative & doc features, narrative & doc shorts, student shorts and animations
Sundance Film Festival
January 22 – February 30
Early Deadline: Shorts: July 28/ Features: August 11
The Sundance Film Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.