Category Archives: Festivals

4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

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.

Website: http://blackstarfest.org/screenplay-competition14/
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10 Films I Can’t Wait To See at SXSW 2014


I’m super pumped to kickstart my third SXSW and while some things are the same (scored free taco not even five minutes after picking up my badge), I’m still getting used to one big change. I am not volunteering at all, which makes this my first festival attendance as a *regular person*. Woot woot! Here’s my plan of attack for the next week.

As usual, I’m going for feature debuts, music docs and films made by and/or about people of color. I’ll be posting highlights on Facebook and Twitter so stay tuned.

“Evolution of a Criminal” (Dir. Darius Clark Monroe)
Category: Visions

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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/
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


Fantastic Fest 
September 18 – 25

Early Deadline: February 20

“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.

website: http://fantasticfest.com/submit

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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


Sarasota Film Festival 
April 4 – 13

Late Deadline: January 10

“SFF celebrates the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing year-long programs for the economic, educational, and cultural benefit of the Sarasota community.”

Accepts feature-length and short films (both narrative & documentary).

website: http://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com/2014-festival/submit-your-film
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


Seattle International Film Festival
May 15 – June 8

Final Deadline: January 3

SIFF is the largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States, with more than 250 feature/documentary films and 150 short films presented to an audience of over 155,000 annually. One of the top festivals in North America, SIFF has been cited as one of the best “audience festivals” in the world. SIFF is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Qualifying Festival in all Short Film categories.

Accepts Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts & Animations

website: http://www.siff.net/festival-2014/film-submission-2014
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


Atlanta Film Festival (March 28 – April 6)

Late Deadline: November 8 (must arrive at ATLFF offices or be uploaded by 11:59pm PST)

“Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is an Academy Award qualifying, international film festival held in Atlanta, Georgia. Started in 1976 and occurring every April, the festival shows a diverse range of independent films, including genre films such as horror and sci-fi. Since 2008, the festival has presented the Pink Peach, which is awarded to the best LGBTQ film as chosen by the Pink Peach jury. “The Accountant” won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2002 after qualifying at the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival.”

Accepts narrative & documentary features, short films and music videos.

Website: http://atlantafilmfestival.com/2014-submissions/
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (Feb. 14 – 23)
Missoula, Montana

Late Deadline: October 20
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

Macon Film Festival
February 27 – March 2, 2014

Macon, Georgia

Late Deadline: September 20
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Where Are The Brown Women Filmmakers?


A weekly spotlight on inspiring female directors of color and their latest projects.

Venice Days (Venice Film Festival)

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Ava DuVernay – “The Door”

Ava DuVernay is great example of a female filmmaker not afraid to try her at different mediums. Although THE DOOR is a shorter, dialogue-less project created in partnership with Miu Miu fashion line, it still features the beautiful Black cast, dynamic cinematography and hypnotic soundtrack that has a become a key aesthetic in her films. If you haven’t already seen it, please stop what you’re doing and WATCH.

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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

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.
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

Macon Film Festival
February 27 – March 2, 2014

Macon, Georgia

Regular Deadline: August 30
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My favorite festival hits coming soon to theaters, TV and DVD (August edition)


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“Mud” (Dir. Jeff Nichols)
Festival Premiere: Cannes 2012
WHERE TO SEE IT NEXT: DVD, Redbox, Netflix and iTunes

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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 25 – 30, 2014
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Early Deadline: August 19 (postmark)
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

Full Frame Documentary Festival
April 3 – 6, 2014 

Durham, North Carolina

Early Deadline: August 15 – October 15
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

AFI Fest (November 7 – 14) 
Los Angeles, CA

Deadline:
Short Films: August 2
Feature Films: August 16
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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
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

Los Angeles Shorts Fest (Fall 2013 – dates TBA)

Regular Deadline: July 3
Late Deadline: July 31

“Officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, some of these films may go on to receive Oscar nominations. We are the only festival with 7 awards recognized by the Academy. In the past, 44 films have received Oscar nominations with 13 winning the coveted Oscar statue.”

Accepts drama, comedy, animation, documentary, experimental, music video and foreign short films.

Website: http://lashortsfest.com  
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