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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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APPLY: IFP Labs Support Feature Debuts In Post-Production


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Deadline: Documentary – March 7; Narrative – April 4

“IFP’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most:  through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films.  Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers.

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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


…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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APPLY: HBO/NALIP Documentary Filmmaker Award spotlights Latino experience


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HBO/NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) Documentary Filmmaker Award

Deadline: September 27 ($20 fee for non-members)

Website: http://nalip.org/hbo-doc-grant.php

Social change has been the consistent undercurrent for HBO’s critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary programs, with a myriad of issues presented in uncompromising quality and honesty.  Through this cash award, HBO wants to focus its lens on the Latino experience and support the growth of social commentary by Latino documentarians. One Latino Filmmaker will win $10,000!

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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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APPLY: Pitch Your Best Nonfiction Idea for 2013 AbelCine Documentary Grant


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Deadline: August 20  extended to August 27

Website: http://about.abelcine.com/2013/07/23/2013-abelcine-documentary-grant/

“Do you have an idea for a compelling documentary project? The 2013 AbelCine Documentary Grant was established to help get your story told. We’re asking you to create a 2-5 minute video pitch and upload it to Vimeo – you’ll have the chance to win one of three equipment usage grants worth a combined total of $100,000.

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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.

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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My favorite festival hits coming soon to theaters, TV and DVD (July edition)


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“Gideon’s Army” (Dir. Dawn Porter)
Festival Premiere: Sundance 2013
WHERE TO SEE IT NEXT: Premieres Monday, July 1st on HBO, HBO Go and On Demand (will air throughout the month)In theaters April 19
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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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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week


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

Fantastic Fest (September 19 – 26)

Austin, TX

Withoutabox.com Extended Deadline: June 28

“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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