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5th Noida International Film Festival-2018
Opens for submissions:
Dec 19, 2017
Final Deadline
Jan 16, 2018
$85
$55
Winners Notified:
Jan 28, 2018
5th Noida International Film Festival-18 objective is to feature great cinema of worldwide filmmakers in a big way & at the same time providing professional networking & introducing current trends of cinema to the participants. The festival goal is to empower independent filmmakers and committed to become premium movie going event which foster the growth of independent filmmakers.
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Film Invasion Los Angeles
Opens for submissions:
Jul 1, 2017
Regular Deadline
Jan 17, 2018
$35
$25
Late Deadline
Feb 7, 2018
$40
$30
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2018
$45
$35
Winners Notified:
Jun 30, 2018
Film Invasion L.A. is a film festival that brings the work of great filmmakers together and injects them into the heart of Los Angeles. Founded by industry veterans who have spent more than two decades regularly visiting the great film festivals of the world, Film Invasion L.A. looks to discover new talent and give great filmmakers an opportunity to shine.
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Nickel Independent Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Sep 29, 2017
Regular
Jan 19, 2018
$25
$25
Late
Feb 16, 2018
$40
$40
Extended
Mar 2, 2018
$45
$45
Final Deadline
Mar 2, 2018
$45
$45
Winners Notified:
Apr 6, 2018
Now in its 18th year, the Nickel Independent Film Festival is an annual summer celebration of independent film in St. John's, NL, Canada.

With five nights of screenings, the Nickel provides industry related workshops aimed at the professional development of local and visiting filmmakers. It offers a variety of sessions that appeal to emerging filmmakers, the general public, including Q&A's, panels, workshops, and Master classes. There are mixers and parties for filmmakers to network with industry peers and have fun.
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Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Dec 20, 2017
Late
Jan 20, 2018
$15-35
Final Deadline
Jan 30, 2018
$25-45
Winners Notified:
Feb 5, 2018
Last festival of 2017 is underway.....get ready to submit.
WE SUPPORT WOMEN IN FILM!
WOMEN MUST BE INVOLVED IN THE FILM IN ONE OF THESE ROLES!! Lead, Director, Writer
Make sure to LIKE us and follow us on Facebook for updates and winners posted.
MAKE SURE YOU GIVE YOUR FEMALE CAST AND CREW AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN -- Either make sure you list them on your submission or by email so we know (if you email put the word FEMALE CREW in your subject line)
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African World Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Dec 11, 2017
Early Bird
Jan 20, 2018
$15
Regular deadline
Apr 21, 2018
$25
Late deadline
May 12, 2018
$35
Final Deadline
Jun 9, 2018
$40
Winners Notified:
Jun 9, 2018
The African World Festival is an annual celebration of the African diaspora’s diversity, shared heritage and cultures. The festival is hosted by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI, one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to the African-American experience, which houses over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials. The festival features spoken word performances, live traditional and folk music, dance troupes, arts & crafts and a plethora of food options and other activities for attendees of all ages. Spanning the course of three days with past attendance of over 50,000 people, the festival provides a delightful weekend of educational entertainment and enriching performances.
The 35th Annual AWF will host a film festival to showcase the work of talented independent filmmakers local to Detroit and across the nation. We encourage people from all backgrounds to submit their films focused on people of African descent.
Genres:
We are accepting all genres: drama, comedy, horror, coming to age, you name it.
Categories (not exclusive to):
Shorts, Documentaries, Animation and Music Videos.
Dates:
August 2018 - Exact days TBD
Location:
Charles H. Wright Museum Theatre
315 E Warren Ave Detroit, MI 48202
This is your day! We welcome you to please travel to Detroit to your viewing. We will have your results in in enough time to plan for the trip
ARFF International
Opens for submissions:
Jan 5, 2018
Earlybird Deadline
Jan 20, 2018
$45
$40
Regular Deadline
Jan 30, 2018
$55
$40
Final Deadline
Jan 31, 2018
Winners Notified:
Feb 1, 2018
Around International Film Festival // Official Awards ✈
Annual Independent event with 4 live screening for all genre creations. Every month, the international community awards the creations to serve ARFF Official Laurel and to participate on yearly ceremony.
It's also possible to submit separately on ARFF Amsterdam ✈
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ARFFAmsterdam
ARFF Paris ✈
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ARFFParis
ARFF Barcelona ✈
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ARFFBarcelona
Milwaukee Edge Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Jul 30, 2017
Late
Jan 28, 2018
$1.5-20
Extended
Apr 28, 2018
$2-30
Final Deadline
May 28, 2018
$2-40
Winners Notified:
Jun 8, 2018
We're proud to announce our inaugural Milwaukee Edge Film Festival (MEFF) event!

Milwaukee Edge Film Festival includes a host of festival events that your film has the potential to be screened during. Many of our short films will be pre-screened during a pre-screening season before a student audience, and those students will act as judges in assisting us in deciding on the best films to win and be screened during our larger, annual festival event!

By submitting to Milwaukee Edge Film Festival, you are competing for the opportunity to gain publicity in a number of ways:
- Entering an ongoing competition for display on our website and various social media pages as selections in our Photography category (excluding film submissions except by e-mailed request)
- Gaining Publicity during various pre-screening events where audiences participate in the critiquing of selected short film submissions, and ultimately assist in the voting process as to whether or not they will be selected for the annual festival. These events for this season will start prospectively in January 2016.
- To win awards in a number of categories (as listed below) or be selected to screen during the annual film festival.

Like and share our page on Facebook, then send us a message receive a code for a free 10% off discount code to submit your film!

M.E.F.F. is part of a national network of student film festivals known as Critical Edge Film & Art Festival Network. The network has been facilitating student art festivals since 2014, and now is gladly expanding to Milwaukee, WI under the direction of Zachary Rosen (produced by Justin Verley). Please note: though we are currently accepting submissions, we have not yet confirmed the venue at which we will be screening selected films. Our event date(s) and our location are subject to change!

Critical Edge student-run film & art microfestivals feature a season of small film screenings where we play many of our short film selections alongside local/student filmmakers, followed by an annual Film Festival. A typical early screening event lasts an hour, and takes place at a local cafe, art gallery/studio space, or outdoors (depending on the venue). Our annual event will take place at multiple venues, run longer, and screen feature and short films - the annual event showcases the films selected as winners of their submission category (among other selections).
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Sydney Indie Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Nov 27, 2017
Very Early
Jan 29, 2018
$40
$25
Early Regular
Mar 26, 2018
$50
$30
Late
May 28, 2018
$60
$40
Extended
Jun 30, 2018
$65
$45
Final Deadline
Jul 23, 2018
$70
$50
Winners Notified:
Aug 15, 2018
The Sydney Indie Film Festival has been created to showcase both local and international, new and creative works by emerging and established artists who are passionate about story telling via the art of film making.
We aim to share great stories with the audience, while supporting independent filmmakers. Whether you made a film with $100 or $100K budget, what will really captivate the audience is the story!
2018 Festival Dates: 22nd October - 1st November.
Together with various communities supporting the event, we aim to bring entertainment, inspiration and culture to the communities by showing stories from around the world and utilizing the impact great cinema can have upon an audience or issue.
2015: 1st year of the Sydney Indie Film Festival's events:
8 days, 62 films from 20 countries!
2016: 90 films! 13 days of events, including our very first “Outdoor Cinema Day” as part of the Gladesville Eats&Flicks massive open air Family Event!
2017: The Biggest Indie Films Show in Australia! 137 Films, 11 days, 2 locations!
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AWARDS
In 2015 we gave away 42 Awards between Feature Films and Short Films.
In 2016 we gave away 50 Awards between Feature Films and Short Films.
In 2017 we gave away 50 Awards between Feature Films and Short Films.
Awards included Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Support Actor, Best Support Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Special Effects, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Thriller, Best Science Fiction, Best Romantic Comedy, Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best Feel Good Film, Best Family Film, Best True Story Film, Indie Spirit Award, Extra Mile Award, Best Australian Film, Best Made in Sydney Film,
Made in Sydney Extra Mile, Made in Sydney Indie Spirit.
Global Film Festival Awards
Opens for submissions:
Nov 14, 2017
January
Jan 30, 2018
$80
$50
February
Feb 28, 2018
$80
$50
Final Deadline
Mar 30, 2018
$90
$55
Winners Notified:
Nov 14, 2018
Welcome to GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS. We are a monthly and annual IMDb qualifying competition based in Los Angeles. We want the best worldwide film stories to promote filmmakers’ works for distributors.

The GFFA is an open door to independent filmmaker. A special Jury formed by Hollywood producers, European and international distributors to promote films and new media.

What's the difference on submitting your project to GFFA?
This is not an usual Festival to promote only local artists. We have an original global channel with partners. By now, our press crew around the world include USA, Canada, England, Denmark, French, Italy, Spain, Japan, Australia, Argentina, and Brazil. We understand the difficulty for an independent producer to have a fully analysed project, and our judging team is looking for potential films for schedule meetings with executives from movies and television industry. This is an opportunity for independent showrunners, directors, and producers to meet with a worldwide agenda.

Every month our jury will award the best independent filmmakers through private screenings. Every submission can add as many Additional Categories to increase the chances of winning. We will Honorably Mention films that may not necessarily win but will be acknowledged for their work. All the Annual Winners can receive the prestigious "Golden Star" trophy, monthly editions need to contact our Team to order and pay the costs.
The GFFA Public Event will take place in the heart of Los Angeles, USA, in November 2018, and will celebrate the "Best of Year" competitions. Winners will have the opportunity to meet with other artists, producers, managers, and agents.

Global Film Festival Awards has the honor of hosting 8 exclusively artists in our team. If your film is selected on monthly editions, you are automatically nominated for the annual event. The GFFA family are made with diverse professionals who are looking closely for the most unique and creative films from around the world. Prepare yourself for sharing experiences with the best independent films. GOOD LUCK!

Awards & Prizes
****Competition Awards (MONTHLY - Short & Feature):

Best Global Film
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Romantic Comedy
Best Thriller
Best Horror
Best Crime Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Film Noir
Best Sci-Fi
Best Parody
Best Western
Best LGBTQ
Best Micro Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Inspirational Film
Best Indie Film ($7000)
Best Web Series
Best Music Video
Best Trailer
Best Commercial/Branded Video
Best Screenplay
Best Original Content

****CAST & CREW AWARDS:

Best Director
Best Indie Filmmaker (budget up to $7000)
Best First Time Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Young Actor (12yr-18)
Best Young Actress (12yr-18)
Best Child Actor
Best Child Actress
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Original Score
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Visual Effects
Best Young Filmmaker

****AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS: trailers and online screenings.

Screening (Contact from GFFA Team)


Our jury team will select potential projects to meetings with international distributors for possible promotional events. We want to provide a way to grow our market together, promoting filmmakers around the globe.
#GlobalFilmFestivalAwards

Let's celebrate films! We can provide a better future for all nations together.

So stay tuned and make sure to follow our social media sites for further information.

Cheers!
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Okotoks Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Sep 1, 2017
Regular Deadline
Jan 31, 2018
$20
$10
Late Deadline
Mar 31, 2018
$30
$20
Final Deadline
Mar 31, 2018
$30
$20
Winners Notified:
May 4, 2018
The Okotoks Film Festival is a three day international festival to be held annually in the town of Okotoks. (located in Alberta, Canada just south of Calgary) We will be offering films in a wide variety of genres to reach a extensive audience.

The Okotoks Film Festival had its inaugural year in June 2017.

We are looking for films in ANY GENRE for our general screenings. We also have two specialized screenings with specific genre needs. These genres are Children's short films and Experimental/Horror short films.

The first two months of submission is FREE TO ALL SHORT FILM MAKERS. (Sept 1-Oct 31) Submission is always free to films from the Municipal District of Foothills No. 31.

O.F.F. also runs a 48 hour film making challenge. For more information visit our website.

Mandate: Bringing a world of culture, entertainment, and artists to Okotoks; while showcasing those already here

Festival Awards Include:
Best Picture - $1000CDN
Audience Choice - $1000CDN
Best Cinematography - certificate
Best Performance - certificate
Best Screenplay - certificate
Best Art Direction - certificate
Best Editing - certificate
Best Sound Design - certificate
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NYC Independent Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
May 7, 2017
Final Deadline
Jan 31, 2018
$75
$70
Winners Notified:
May 13, 2018
The NYC Independent Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers, the 9th Annual New York City Independent Film Festival is the place to be May 7-13, 2018.

The Festival strives to promote an open and nurturing environment for artists, writers, actors, filmmakers and fans. We will be screening the best indie films and offering panels, classes, seminars and discussion groups as well as opportunities for the filmmakers and fans to mingle and network.

The NYC Independent Film Festival is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling. We will be screening narratives, documentaries, short films, super shorts, animations and music videos. We are looking for filmmakers whose passion for the art form is real as they push films in new directions.
Sierra Canyon Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Aug 8, 2017
Late Deadline
Jan 31, 2018
$25
Final Deadline
Feb 14, 2018
$30
Winners Notified:
Feb 28, 2018
The 2018 Sierra Canyon Film Festival is presented by Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California, 20 miles from the heart of Hollywood. While our festival is sponsored and promoted by Sierra Canyon School, the festival takes place in a screening room on the back lot of a major Hollywood studio. In 2018, we will once again partner with Raleigh Studios and screen our festival shorts in their state-of-the-art Chaplin screening room.

The Sierra Canyon Film Festival is be held at a major Los Angeles area film studio in the spring of each calendar year. Past festivals have been sponsored by Final Draft, The New York Film Academy, Avid, T&T Capital, and Tanner Films.

Each year, we welcome an industry guest speaker to kick off the festival and to conduct a private 30 minute Q&A session with the filmmakers. Past speakers have included producer and director Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure) and Allison Abbate (Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie, The Lego Movie), and Ruth Vitale (Founder and Co-President of Paramount Classics and President of Fine Line Features).

Our mission at the Sierra Canyon Film Festival is to showcase and promote student filmmakers from around the world.

Learn more about our festival at https://www.sierracanyonschool.org/page/arts/scs-film-festival
Cosmic Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Oct 1, 2017
Regular
Jan 31, 2018
$45
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2018
$55
Winners Notified:
Apr 1, 2018
Celebrating Women in Film and Innovative Filmmakers from Around the World.

Cosmic Film Festival was founded by Ranelle Golden. Her vision is to bring passionate filmmakers of all backgrounds together with audiences eager to experience film beyond mainstream movies. Launching this year, its our hope to share success stories of an enduring and ever growing festival for many years to come. Be sure to check out our Staff and this year's Jury/Judges, along with Celebrity Guests.
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Utah Film Festival and Awards
Opens for submissions:
Mar 16, 2017
Final Deadline
Jan 31, 2018
$45
$45
Winners Notified:
Apr 7, 2018
The 2018 edition of the Utah Film Festival and Awards is taking MORE films than ever before and screening them more often throughout the week to get more eyeballs on YOUR film.

The 6 day festival is juried by reporters, distribution companies, literary agents, production companies and even Oscar winners such as Gerald Molen (Schindler's list, Rain Man, Tootsie). More than 300 films from the last two seasons picked up distribution because their film or script was seen by one of our jury members.

The screenplay competition works in partnerships with ScriptFest/The Great American Pitchfest which has been connecting screenwriters with producers and literary agents for 15 years. Winners for Best Screenplay will get a pass to ScriptFest/The Great American Pitchfest 2018 worth over $300.

The awards ceremony is a special, two-hour event which will take place at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo, Utah. Submissions for the festival are at an all time high and will remain open until January 31, 2018.
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The New York City Short Documentary Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Oct 4, 2017
Extended
Jan 31, 2018
$50
Final Deadline
Jan 31, 2018
$50
Winners Notified:
Mar 25, 2018
**** This is a short film festival, only for films 20 minutes or less in length!! We will NOT be screening any films longer then 20 minutes in length!!!!****

Documentary film is a genre that is based in truth and told with style. Every second of every day, an infinite multitude of stories are playing out in every nook and cranny of the world - the goal of documentary film is take this sprawling mass of real life and weave it into cinematic art. The purposes of documentary are multifold - to educate, to entertain, to bring attention to important issues or to simply highlight the understated wonders of everyday life.
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The New York City Short Comedy Festival
Opens for submissions:
Oct 4, 2017
Extended
Jan 31, 2018
$50
Final Deadline
Jan 31, 2018
$50
Winners Notified:
Mar 25, 2018
This is a short film festival, only for films 20 minutes or less in length!!

What makes you laugh? Opposing personalities, bad puns, witty insults, inappropriate bodily functions, dead babies, old people falling down stairs, cats doing people things – we’re open to it all!

Come make us laugh at the 3rd Annual NYC Short Comedy Film Fest and be part of a new tradition!
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Columbus Black International Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Oct 9, 2017
Earlybird Deadline
Jan 31, 2018
$15
$15
Regular Deadline
Mar 31, 2018
$25
$25
Late Deadline
Jun 19, 2018
$35
$35
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
$45
$45
Winners Notified:
Aug 7, 2018
The Columbus Black International Film Festival was established in 2017 to showcase Black filmmakers locally, nationally and internationally while simultaneously highlighting a spectrum of stories told by people of the African diaspora.

This festival provides an advantage for filmmakers and the community to learn about the film industry through educational workshops and panel discussions, a safe space to showcase film and an opportunity to network with the filmmakers in the city.

Columbus is the heart of America and home to some of the most creative Black filmmakers in the country. This festival will showcase new and emerging talent as well as talent that has represented our city for years.

On the last day of the festival we will present awards for the following categories:

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Homegrown Film
Best Music Video
Best Documentary Film
Best International Film
Best Feature Screenplay
Beat Short Screenplay
Best Animated Film
Buckeye Choice Award
Grave Intentions Horror Anthology & Screenplay Contest
Opens for submissions:
Oct 11, 2017
Late
Jan 31, 2018
$45
Final Deadline
Feb 28, 2018
$50
Winners Notified:
Apr 15, 2018
** UP TO 10 WINNERS WILL GET $500 EACH! **

As filmmakers, we know that outside of the film festival circuit, most shorts will die a lonely death in the bowels of the interwebs. So to help amazing shorts get the audience they deserve, we’re creating "Grave Intentions: An Anthology of Chills, Thrills, and Kills."

And your film could be a part of it!

If your short would be at home on The Twilight Zone, Tales From the Crypt, The Outer Limits, or Creep Show, we want to see it. Basically, we’re looking for anything that broadly fits the horror genre, including suspense, thriller, fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, etc.

Up to 10 films will win $500 each and be included in "Grave Intentions," a feature length anthology with a creepy hostess, which will be distributed worldwide.

In addition to the $500, we also plan to award the winning filmmakers bonuses at various profit milestones for the anthology.

So if you want the chance to win at least 500 bucks and have your film shared with audiences around the world, submit to us now!

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

Since we’re screenwriters as well, we know how tough it is to get recognition for short screenplays, so we’re also hosting a contest to find great short scripts in this same horror-ish genre.

The winning screenplay will get $500, with the potential for Death Cat Entertainment to produce the script into a short film for the next volume of "Grave Intentions."

So if you have a script that will make us turn on all the lights and check under the bed, submit now for the chance to win 500 smackers and the possibility of seeing your script come to life!

Finally, when “Grave Intentions” is released in October of 2018, we’ll celebrate with a live screening event in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina!

"Grave Intentions" will be produced by Death Cat Entertainment, LLC. This organization is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

More details at: http://www.GraveIntentionsAnthology.com
Changing Face International Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Nov 22, 2017
February Round
Jan 31, 2018
$15
May Round
Apr 30, 2018
$15
August Round
Jul 31, 2018
$15
October Round
Sep 30, 2018
$15
Final Deadline
Nov 15, 2018
$15
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2017
Changing Face International Film Festival is an online platform for filmmakers to show and promote their short films and short screenplays.

CFIFF aims to encourage diverse content from diverse creators. We are excited to invite you to take part in our second year and hope you'll continue to be involved for many years to come.

CFIFF runs film and screenplay competitions monthly. The winners of the monthly competitions will automatically be entered into the year long competition where overall winners will be selected.
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Wolves Independent International Film Awards
Opens for submissions:
Dec 22, 2017
Late Deadline
Jan 31, 2018
$20
$20
Extended Deadline
Feb 25, 2018
$30
$30
Final Deadline
Feb 26, 2018
$30
$30
Winners Notified:
Mar 5, 2018
The WIIFA runs as a satellite-fest to the successful Wolves Independent International Film Festival which is based in, Lithuania from 2015.
The WIIFA is looking for the gifted filmmakers and artists of our generation. The Independent film community is without a doubt the backbone of the industry. This is why it is so important for there to be opportunities for these independent geniuses to be recognized. The Wolves Independent International Film Awards provides a tremendous amount of opportunities for filmmakers to receive the accolades they deserve within our awards. We want to help indie filmmakers find success by celebrating their achievements with a plethora of different awards.
Every three months, every Season: Winter (December – February), Spring (March – May), Summer (June – August), Autumn (September – November), we choose nominees and winners so filmmakers don't have to wait an entire year for results. This allows you to quickly build buzz for your project. Winners and nominees will be announced by the 10th of the following month after the Season deadline. That means for the Winter season deadline, the results will be posted no later than March 10th. Do any of these words describe your film: nature, heritage, environment, history, culture, adventure, wildlife, indigenous cultures, social issues... you welcome! All genres accepted: action, comedy, drama, fantasy, mystery, romance, science fiction, experimental...
Best Of Show Winner, will receive an Official WIIFA Trophy and a guaranteed spot in our next Wolves Independent International Film Festival (WIIFF, 24-26 August 2018) screening schedule, by the decision of the jury.
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