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Sydney Indie Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Nov 27, 2017
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!
Follow @sydneyindiefest
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.
The International Gullah Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Sep 8, 2017
Late Deadline
Jul 24, 2018
$15
$10
Final Deadline
Aug 30, 2018
$20
$15
Winners Notified:
Aug 30, 2018
It is the mission of the Gullah Geechee Heritage Film Festival to encourage filmmakers to explore and tell visual stories based on the rich history of Gullah Geechee culture. With a spirit of National and International inclusion, the Gullah/Geechee Heritage Film Festival also strives to spotlight talented filmmakers and story tellers from around the world. This film festival is as much about pride for people of Gullah Geechee descent as it is about our place in the global community.

Official Film Selections will screen at the 2018 Gullah Geechee Heritage Film Festival. 3 Best Feature Screenplays will win one (1) InkTip script listing. 1 Best Short Screenplay will win a table read.
The International Gullah Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Dec 20, 2017
Extended Deadline
Jul 24, 2018
$20
$15
Final Deadline
Jul 24, 2018
$20
$15
Winners Notified:
Aug 30, 2018
The mission of The International Gullah Film Festival is to encourage filmmakers to explore and tell visual stories based on the rich history of Gullah culture. With a spirit of National and International inclusion, The International Gullah Film Festival also strives to spotlight talented filmmakers and story tellers from around the world. This film festival is as much about pride for people of Gullah descent as it is about our place in the global community.
12TH Waterford Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
May 17, 2018
Regular
Jul 27, 2018
$19
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2018
$25
Winners Notified:
Dec 2, 2018
The Waterford Film Festival is open for national and International Short Films and Short Scripts. Since the foundation of the festival, we have screened 500+ films from filmmakers around the world as well promoting writers with the short screenplay competition.

Filmmakers from across Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Holland and as far as Canada and USA have attended the festival.
4th Annual Web Series Festival Global
Opens for submissions:
Aug 3, 2017
Final Deadline
Jul 30, 2018
$70
$70
Winners Notified:
Aug 3, 2018
CALL FOR ENTRIES!
4th Annual Web Series Festival Global
Helping creatives shape the future of TV

$5,000.00 in Awards - Celebrating Great Content
Submit your Pilot - Script - Web Series today!
www.WebSeriesFestivalGlobal.com

Every Web Series entry is:
• Considered for Grand Prize or Category Winner
• Receives a Digital subscription to Videomaker
• Considered for Distribution

Web Series Festival Global is an official IMDB Event http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0003670/
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YOU COULD BE THE NEXT AWARD WINNER!
In the heart of Hollywood, Web Series Festival Global is prestigious festival started in 2015 to Celebrate Great Content and offers global content creators opportunities to advance their careers through awards, distribution and recognition. Web Series Festival Global is an online festival for the community of content creators that create Web Series, Web Series Pilots and Web Series Scripts. The festival accepts entries in all genres and formats.
Web Series Festival Global is now accepting entries for the 4th Annual Web Series Festival Global. The judges are Industry leaders actively looking for the next break out hit show, this could be you. Winners will be announced on August 08, 2018. Further details can be found at www.webseriesfestivalglobal.com
For a grand event like this, sponsors play an important role. They are the people and companies who provide the opportunities for content creators around the world. The sponsors for the 4th Annual Web Series Festival Global include Ink Tip, iPitch.tv, Luck Films, Renderyard Films, LaughMD and iActing Studios.
Accolades
"It is a real honor to be awarded best Fantasy!!! In the name of all our cast and crew, THANK YOU! We saw the other winner, and there are some truly great series, congratulations! Thank you!!!" - Rose of Dolls

"Hello on behalf of the whole production crew myself and Yameen...we would like to express our gratefulness for recognition and acknowledgement for Best Cooking Show!" - Cedra Walton

"From everyone at Skiptown Productions... THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for this award. The biggest prize was just being accepted and considered and I’m entirely grateful for the experience. – V. Carubia
Deadlines
Early $50.00 11/5/17, Regular $60.00 2/5/18, Late $65.00 3/5/18, Final $70.00 7/30/18, Notification 8/4/18 www.WebSeriesFestivalGlobal.com @WebSeriesGlobal
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Web Series Festival Global
Opens for submissions:
Oct 15, 2017
Final Deadline
Jul 30, 2018
$70
$70
Winners Notified:
Aug 8, 2018
Web Series Festival Global - Helping Creatives Shape the Future of TV
by Celebrating Great Content
From Hollywood - The Home Of The Entertainment Industry
An Online Web Series Festival
For A Global Community Of Content Creators
Submit your Pilot - Script - Web Series today!

Every Web Series entry
• Considered for Grand Prize or Category Winner $5000.00 in Awards
• Receives a Digital subscription to Videomaker Magazine
• Is considered for Distribution


Last Year Bad News Pairs, a script, won Grand Prize. You could be the next Award Winner! Submit today. www.WebSeriesFestivalGlobal.com

Genres include but are not limited to:
• Drama
• Comedy
• Action
• SyFy
• Documentary
• LGBT
• Script
• Animation
• E/I
• Horror
www.WebSeriesFestivalGlobal.com
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FANtastic Horror Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Sep 7, 2017
Late Entry
Jul 31, 2018
$75
$75
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
$75
$75
Winners Notified:
Sep 3, 2018
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Columbus Black International Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Oct 9, 2017
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
Changing Face International Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Nov 22, 2017
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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Satisfied Eye International Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Feb 16, 2018
Late
Jul 31, 2018
$30
$16
Final Deadline
Sep 1, 2018
$35
$20
Winners Notified:
Sep 1, 2018
Satisfied Eye International Film Festival is a festival in the heart of the UK's film and gaming hubs. Focusing on the discovery and promotion of new talent, SEIFF's key aim is to further the careers of exceptional creatives and brings together new and up-and-coming writers with talented filmmakers and a judging panel of Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning industry professionals, agents, film buyers and other alumni. Award winners in all categories are invited to a private networking event with the judges and other professionals, as well as receiving trophies, certificates, online Masterclasses with the likes of Shonda Rhimes, recorded table readings with professional actors and free festival passes for the entire festival. Each submission will also receive the judges' report with ratings and notes. The festival accepts full length feature scripts, short scripts and TV pilots. Including workshops, debates, Q&As, networking opportunities, drink, food and screenings of only the best new independent films, SEIFF aims to be a mark of genuine quality and achievement and an essential fixture in the industry calendar.
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Hamilton Film Festival / Canadian Film Market
Opens for submissions:
Feb 17, 2018
Late
Jul 31, 2018
$60
$40
Extended
Aug 13, 2018
$75
$55
Final Deadline
Aug 13, 2018
Winners Notified:
Sep 24, 2018
PEOPLE ARE WATCHING

"Fox Incendo, the Canadian branch of 20th Century Fox, came knocking after a senior vice-president saw an episode at the Hamilton Film Festival."

The 13th Annual Hamilton Film Festival continues to be one of Canada’s most important up-and-coming film festivals for Canadian and International films. We will continue offering opportunities to network, engage, pitch and participate. Distributors actively look to the Hamilton Film Festival (via the Canadian Film Market) for titles.

HFF Guests have included Academy Award® winner Colin Chilvers, Daniel Baldwin, Michael Pare (Eddie and the Cruisers), Tony Rosato (SCTV), Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Miano (Donny Brasco), Alex Elena (Drummer for Bruce Dickinson) Frank D’Angelo (Red Maple Leaf), Fred Fuchs (Godfather III Executive Producer, Milton's Secret) Art Hindle (Black Christmas), Doug McGrath (Goin’ Down the Road), Lynne Griffin (Curtains), Julian Richings (Superman: Man of Steel), Craig Davidson (Author / Rust and Bone) Kirsten Bodenstedt (COO and Co-Owner of Peregrine Labs) Academy Award® winner Colin Doncaster, Bob Munro (VFX Supervisor), Sean Sullivan (Wayne’s World, Back to the Future III) Lisa Langlois (Class of 1984) Dan Lyon (Telefilm), Matthew Willson (Producer) and many, many more! Filmmakers and producers attended from Italy, Germany, Austria, France, the USA and all across Canada.

We have 14 prize categories, including Jury, Feature, Short, Doc, Actor, Actress, Editing, Cinematography, Screenplay (x2), Music, Student, Truly Independent local award and the legendary Sparquie the Squirrel award!

More prizes will be announced!

This year’s theme will be DARKNESS. Celebrating our 13th year, this theme will be at the forefront in our decision making. Having said that, we will absolutely accept your comedy, light-hearted, inspiring films as we will be programming several spots that are not dedicated to the DARKNESS theme.

DARKNESS can be many things. Dark comedy, drama, lore, animation style, genre, horror, thriller, web pilot, subject matter for a documentary.

The festival is as diverse as our alumni, who come from over 50 countries around the world. Filmmakers globally are looking to the Hamilton Film Festival as an accessible event with multiple chances to screen, network, win awards and gain post-festival promotion as our Alumni is our family and your movie never has a shelf life with us! You’d be surprised how much we remember about you and your film even from our earliest screenings!

We will also be dedicating a screening to WEBISODE PILOTS. With the increase in webisodes, and the eyes looking for new content, we will accept your pilot (or episode of your choosing) to highlight! (Did you see the quote at the top? That was a webisode they saw)

We want you to think about disability and film. Specifically we want you to consider the people who are hard of hearing or Deaf. These people want to watch your films!

The Hamilton Film Festival is offering a submission discount to films that have English subtitles. Yes, even for English-language films.

If your film has (or will have) subtitles please reach out to us prior to submitting and we will offer you a discount code which will apply to both the Hamilton Film Festival screenings and the Canadian Film Market. Contact us directly for the code.

We receive between 400 - 700 films, typically screening around 150 of them, so if your film is good…so are the odds!

We are a festival that is very proud of screening films made by all filmmakers, regardless of gender or race. Everyone has a chance!

We are proud to offer, for the third year, the Canadian Film Market which runs the final weekend of the festival and will include Industry Development events, quality networking, pitches and more! Dozens of countries have participated. You should too!

Guillermo Del Toro love’s our city and say’s he’s been watching it since the 90’s and would like to set up his own studio here. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is a major destination for film and television productions. Shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, The Shape of Water, Spotlight, Crimson Peak, Suicide Squad, The Hulk and Robocop are just a few films that have taken advantage of Hamilton’s many incredible locations. Producers love the additional tax credits, Directors love the “anywhere is here” look of the city, and people love seeing it on screen! You will also have the opportunity to meet with the people who run the film office, should you wish to film in our great city!.

Filmmakers around the world are choosing the Hamilton Film Festival as a required stop, and we want YOU to be a part of this growing scene that is on the verge of expanding into a not-so-hidden gem! See you, and your film, in Hamilton this November!
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NZ Web Fest
Opens for submissions:
Mar 10, 2018
Late
Jul 31, 2018
$30-50
Final
Aug 31, 2018
$35-60
Final Deadline
Aug 31, 2018
$35-60
Winners Notified:
Nov 17, 2018
The NZ Web Fest is New Zealand's festival for online content. We have selection and award categories for factual and fictional web series, shows, YouTube channels and vlogs. New for 2018 are categories accepting 3D, AR, MR, VR work.

In short, if you made it for an online audience, it's probably eligible for consideration.

On Saturday 17 November, #NZWF18 will present a day of panel discussions, presentations and screenings followed in the evening by the #NZWF18 awards ceremony. On Sunday 18 November we'll continue screenings with some special treats and a programme featuring all the winners from Saturday night.

The NZ Web Fest was established in 2015 and runs each November in Auckland, New Zealand.
Queen City Film Festival (QCFF)
Opens for submissions:
Apr 1, 2018
Late Submissions
Jul 31, 2018
$20
$10
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
$20
$10
Winners Notified:
Sep 2, 2018
The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF), Western Maryland’s premiere film festival, is held each year in early Fall in Cumberland, Maryland. Founded in 2012, and currently in our seventh year, QCFF 2018 will be held October 4-7 at The Venue At Mezzos in Cumberland, Maryland. QCFF offers a four-day program of screenings and educational panels, and welcomes filmmakers from around the world. Located in Allegany County, Cumberland offers a delightful blend of hospitality and history; mingled with charming shops, delicious dining, arts and entertainment and lots of events and activities.

Previous festival favorites include Record Paradise, Led Zeppelin Played Here, Underbelly Blues, M Cream, Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women In Jazz, Bounty Momma, How Sweet The Sound: The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Subterranea, Australiens, and CADES: Forestglade Of Death, Better Half, Peelers, Nighthawks On The Blue Highway, and There Is No Such Thing As The Record Label Fairy.

Our educational panels focus broadly on Appalachia, historic preservation, and redevelopment for the arts, and often include film presentations such as LowerTown Paducah, Farewell To Factory Towns?, and Through The Place.

Last year’s festival included such award winners as the shorts H0_pe 02 and Under The Apple Tree, and the features Pigheaded, Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty, MUXE, and Dickinson Avenue: The [mostly] True Story of The Paddock Club.

Our categories for 2018 are Animation, Appalachian, Cult, Documentary, Horror/SciFi, Kids/Family, LGBT, and Music, including the return of and our popular Happy Hour music video block.. We welcome eclectic fare and encourage submissions that qualify in as many categories as possible. QCFF also embraces and promotes films by Maryland filmmakers and films made in Maryland. We have been pleased to introduce visiting filmmakers to local media.

Submissions are being accepted via FilmFreeway. Volunteers for production crew, event staff, or screeners should contact info@alleganyalliedarts.org for more information, or visit us on Facebook.
Lake Charles Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Apr 2, 2018
Late Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
$30-40
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
$30-40
Winners Notified:
Jul 31, 2018
The Lake Charles Film Festival is an annual event founded to bring the very best of independent film and video, screenplays and music to Calcasieu Parish. It's two days of independent film screenings, seminars & workshops on filmmaking, acting, and screenwriting, celebrity appearances, parties, cajun food, live music, and much more!
We also have a unique award trophy called the "Scallywag" award. Does your film or screenplay have what it takes to bring home a Scallywag?
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Muskoka Independent Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Mar 9, 2018
Final Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
Student/Emerging
Aug 31, 2018
$20
$20
Winners Notified:
Oct 21, 2018
Founded by screenwriter and playwright Vince Grittani in 2014, MIFF 2018 returns to, the refurbished, Gravenhurst Opera House, in the town of Gravenhurst on Lake Muskoka. 1 1/2 hours north of Toronto.

We are open to all GENRES and formats: full-length features, shorts, documentaries, and animation. Dramas, dramatic comedies, comic dramas, social documentaries, biographies, folktales, musicals, children’s…you name it! As long as there's a great story to tell. We are seeking films from emerging and established filmmakers. Student films are welcome.

The principal objective of the Muskoka Independent Film Festival is to give Global and Canadian filmmakers a platform for screening their films to audiences in the Muskoka Region. Our mandate is to present independent films from all over the world in addition to Canadian Cinema and Ontario Films. Films are selected based on quality and original content that would interest Muskoka Audiences.
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Everybody Digital Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Jun 13, 2018
Late Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
$30
Extended Deadline
Aug 20, 2018
$40
Final Deadline
Aug 20, 2018
$40
Winners Notified:
Sep 15, 2018
Come be a part of history as we hold our 1st annual short film festival! The Everybody Digital Film Festival is dedicated to shining the spotlight on high quality short films and the creativity, passion, and hard work that goes into each and every project but is so often overlooked and under appreciated. We are excited to hold screenings for our first festivall at the beautiful Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York and it is our mission to provide an atmosphere that gives filmmakers all of the recognition they deserve as well as opportunities to learn, grow and connect with others in the film community.

Background:

The Everybody Digital Film Festival is an extension of the Everybody Digital app created by actor/writer/director Allen Maldonado ("The Last O.G.", "Black-ish", "Survivor's Remorse"). The app was created to help promote short form films and series and to give filmmakers another organized platform to showcase all of the hard work they put into writing, shooting and completing their short films.

The Everybody Digital Film Festival was created to further promote and celebrate filmmakers and to provide them with a big screen and a live event for friends, family and fellow filmmakers and film enthusiasts to enjoy and appreciate their work.

Short films 20 minutes or less are being accepted along with webseries pilots of any genre. Awards will be given for the following:

Best Short Film Overall
Best in Genre (categories depend on submissions)
Best Director
Best Editor
Best Cinematographer (Director of Photography)
Best Writer
Best Actor / Actress
Best Supporting Actor / Actress
BLASTOFF
Opens for submissions:
May 31, 2018
Extended Deadline
Jul 31, 2018
$6-45
Final Deadline
Aug 25, 2018
$6-55
Final Deadline
Aug 25, 2018
$6-55
Notification
Sep 4, 2018
$6-55
Winners Notified:
Sep 4, 2018
Win a screenplay production/distribution deal. A BLASTOFF award or nomination creates a buzz around you and your work at screenings for 2000+ industry professionals, 150+ distributors, and 500+ buyers from 60+ countries. BLASTOFF is partnered with the World Film Fair for an incredibly exciting event calendar, including a gala dinner attended by Hollywood stars, a red carpet and awards ceremony, and screenings at nine different sites (four halls in the Brooklyn Expo Center and five more theaters in and around the New York area). Current fees range from $6 through $55, depending on the category.
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Oil Valley Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Sep 18, 2017
Late Deadline
Aug 1, 2018
$30-40
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2018
$30-40
Winners Notified:
Sep 9, 2018
At the Oil Valley Film Festival, our mission is to bring the voices and films of new and established filmmakers to the heart of Venango County, an area underrepresented in the world of film. Watch engaging cinema within an intimate community with a rich history.

Third year festival. We accept: Narrative and Documentary Features and Shorts, Feature and Short Screenplays, and One-Hour Television Pilot Scripts.

The third annual festival will take place in Oil City, Pennsylvania, on September 7-9, 2018.
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Women in Horror Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Oct 2, 2017
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2018
$60
$55
Winners Notified:
Sep 23, 2018
The Women in Horror Film Festival is a filmmaker and screenwriter focused festival dedicated to celebrating and showcasing women directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, production designers, composers, producers, and performers in horror, as well as the teams they work with.

All films entered are required to have 3 or greater of the following different specified creative roles fulfilled by women: (Producer(s), Director(s), Writer(s), Cinematographer(s), Composer, SFX Artist, Editor, Production Designer and/or lead talent). Any unproduced screenplay or TV pilot must be written by or co-written by a woman.
PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival
Opens for submissions:
Jan 4, 2018
Extended Special
Aug 1, 2018
$50-70
Final Deadline
Aug 1, 2018
$50-70
Winners Notified:
Nov 17, 2018
PRINDIE grew from a love of using film to take people out of their everyday lives and into new points of view. Our goal is to share the different and exciting perspectives of our filmmakers with one of the most important international communities in the country. We’re thrilled to forge new traditions in the very traditional and prestigious setting of Princeton, NJ, and hope you’ll get to be part of what happens when the unseen becomes “scene.”

Please note entry fees vary across categories and depending on whether or not the submitter is a student.
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