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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


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.

Macon Film Festival
February 27 – March 2, 2014

Macon, Georgia

Regular Deadline: August 30
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5 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (Sept. 18 – Oct. 1)

Next Deadline: May 31 (no submission fee!)

“The ttff seeks to highlight excellence in filmmaking through the exhibition of dramatic, documentary and experimental feature and short films made in T&T, the Caribbean and its diaspora. The Festival therefore accepts submissions from Caribbean filmmakers, Caribbean filmmakers in the diaspora, and international filmmakers with films from or about the Caribbean or its diaspora.”

Accepts features, shorts and music videos

Website: http://www.ttfilmfestival.com/submit/
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct. 3- 13)

San Rafael, California

Next Deadline: May 17

“Known as a filmmakers’ festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival offers a high profile, prestigious and non-competitive environment perfect for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema.”

Accepts short and feature-length documentary, narrative, experimental, animation and youth produced films.

Website: http://www.mvff.com

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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

First Glance Film Fest Philadelphia (Fall 2013)

Next deadline: May 16

“Our 16th annual FirstGlance Film Fest Philly is open to professional, first time, graduate and undergraduate filmmakers from down the street and across the globe. FirstGlance showcases the best indie filmmaking from around the world and celebrates Philadelphia filmmakers with a festival described as, “one of the most entertaining festivals out there” and “Philadelphia’s answer to Sundance”

Accepts narrative & doc features, narrative & doc shorts, student shorts, music videos, animations and web series pilots

website: http://www.firstglancefilms.com/
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

Fantastic Fest (September 19 – 26)

Austin, Texas

Next deadline: April 24

“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


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

Scene: Brooklyn: Independent Film and Media Arts (October 2013)

Brooklyn, NY

Next Deadline: May 1

“Scene: Brooklyn (presented by Brooklyn Arts Council) gives local filmmakers a chance to have their work seen in professional venues by New York audiences in curated film programs. BAC seeks all feature length and short narrative, documentary and experimental film and video work shot in the borough of Brooklyn, relating to the experience of life in Brooklyn, or films that have been created entirely or partially by Brooklyn-based artists. Scene: Brooklyn includes prizes for Audience Award winners, as well as panel discussions and parties.”

Websitehttp://www.brooklynartscouncil.org
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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 23-25, 2013)

Birmingham, Alabama

Deadline: April 30

“The 15th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, a celebration of new independent cinema in downtown Birmingham, is set to take place August 23-25, 2013. 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, short screenplays and shorts/features about Civil and Human Rights

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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


First Glance Film Fest Philadelphia (Fall 2013)

Next deadline: April 16

“Our 16th annual FirstGlance Film Fest Philly is open to professional, first time, graduate and undergraduate filmmakers from down the street and across the globe. FirstGlance showcases the best indie filmmaking from around the world and celebrates Philadelphia filmmakers with a festival described as, “one of the most entertaining festivals out there” and “Philadelphia’s answer to Sundance”

Accepts narrative & doc features, narrative & doc shorts, student shorts, music videos, animations and web series pilots

website: http://www.firstglancefilms.com/philadelphia/callforentries
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


New York Screenplay Contest

Next Deadline: December 20th

Entry Fee: $30

“The New York Screenplay Contest is a global screenwriting contest designed to launch careers and provide recognition and network opportunities to the world’s best new voices in screenwriting for film and television.  The New York Screenplay Contest awards its winners with cash, prizes, sponsorship packages, and meetings with leading industry professionals.”

Accepts Features, Shorts, Stage Plays, TV pilots & Treatments

website: http://newyorkscreenplaycontest.com/submission
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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


Vail Film Festival

Next Deadline: December 7th

“The Colorado Film Institute is proud to stage the Vail Film Festival, a four-day event that enlightens and entertains thousands of film festival attendees and offers a creative outlet to the film world’s newest storytellers and innovators. The 10th Annual Vail Film Festival will take place March 28th – March 31, 2013 in Vail, Colorado.”

Accepts narrative features, documentaries, shorts, adventure films, short scripts and feature scripts.

website: http://www.vailfilmfestival.com/extra/film-and-screenplay-submissions-open-thursday-october-18/
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Unchained Resources: Nation Film Board of Canada shorts


If you’re looking for a little fun on this slump day of a Wednesday, here’s a way to pass the time and maybe find inspiration for your next film endeavor. Our neighbors to the North have put together this amazing archive of animated shorts and documentaries from Canada’s finest filmmakers.  I remember watching a few animated shorts produced by the NFB back in college and even today they seem just as whimsical as ever. Here’s one of my favorites by animator Norman McLaren called “Hen Hop”. Enjoy!

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