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FILM FESTIVALS


Los Angeles Women in Film Festival 

The LA Women in Film Festival champions female identifying filmmakers and female driven storytelling. We will be accepting submissions from FEMALE IDENTIFYING DIRECTORS, WRITERS, MAJORITY FEMALE CREW (at least 50%) and/or FEMALE DRIVEN STORIES of ANY GENRE. We are an affiliate festival of the LA FILM FESTIVALS organization that has the dual emphasis of discovering great talent with the purpose of promoting their work to both the LA public and the entertainment industry, as well as showcasing the work of seasoned professionals and well known stars. LA Film Festivals began with the biannual LA Comedy Festival in 2001, adding the biannual LA Indie Film Fest in 2007. The LA Film Festival family has since expanded to 12 independent film festivals, including LA Horror Film Fest, LA Action Film Fest, LA Sci-Fi Film Fest, LA Animation Film Fest, LA Black Film Fest, LA Asian Film Fest, LA Latinx Film Fest, LA Queer Film Fest, LA Women in Film Fest and LA Student Film Fest.  Over the years, LA Film Festivals have attracted thousands of filmmakers from around the world. Each festival features live screenings in our own Let Live Theater in the heart of Los Angeles. Our 80-seat theater, in the heart of Hollywood, is outfitted with a Christie DLP projector and seven JBL speakers throughout the venue, delivering top notch quality in an intimate screening environment. Filmmakers whose work is accepted into our festival will receive free passes to screenings, invitations to networking events and are eligible for awards consideration.

o When/Where: October 6-9

o Deadline:​ April 29 (Regular Deadline), June 10 (Late Deadline), July 1 (Final Deadline), July 22 (Extended Deadline), August 12 (Last Chance Deadline)

o Application Fee: ​$25-$90

o Eligibility:​ 1. All Films must feature work produced by female identifying filmmakers and female driven storytelling. We will be accepting submissions from FEMALE IDENTIFYING DIRECTORS, WRITERS, MAJORITY FEMALE CREW (at least 50%) and/or FEMALE DRIVEN STORIES of ANY GENRE. 

o Categories:​ Feature, Short, Document, Web-series, TV Pilot, Animation, Music Video 

o Contact:​ https://www.lafilmfestivals.com/la-women-in-film-fest

o Submission Information

 

Shorts That are Not Pants Film Festival 

Established in 2012 as a quarterly screening series in Toronto, Canada, Shorts That Are Not Pants is now a festival weekend held each November.We've screened more than 400 films from more than 40 countries so far, and we're looking for more undiscovered gems to show our shorts-savvy Toronto audiences. Members of our programming team have experience working for some of the biggest and best festivals in the world (TIFF, Sundance, Hot Docs, Cannes) and travel to festivals around the world seeking out the best films and the brightest filmmakers to support.

o When/Where: Novelmber 18-27

o Deadline:​ May 31 (Early Bird Deadline), July 31  (Regular Deadline), August 31  (Late Deadline), October 1 (Extended Deadline)

o Application Fee: ​$20-$60

o Eligibility:​ We are currently accepting submissions of short films up to 20 minutes in length. All genres are welcome, and we don't disqualify films that are already available online, though we do look favourably on films that want to premiere with us.

o Categories:​ Drama Short, Comedy Short, Documentary Short, 

o Contact:​ https://filmfreeway.com/ShortsThatAreNotPants

o Submission Information 

 

Atlanta Women’s Film Festival

The Atlanta Women's Film Festival is a live screening of short films and table read events that takes place in Atlanta, GA. This event is an amazing opportunity to promote female filmmakers, directors, writers, producers, actors, and female ce ntered storylines to our incredibly supportive film community. There will be live screening blocks of films with Q&As with the filmmakers, table reads for the screenplays in our competition, live panels with influential women in the film industry and networking events for anyone that would like to attend.

o When/Where: ​October 2

o Deadline:​ April 30 (Late Deadline), May 31 (Extended Late Deadline), July 31 (Final Deadline) 

o Application Fee: ​$40-$60

o Eligibility:​ You DO NOT have to be a female to submit to this festival, however, all films entered must feature a female in at least one of the following: Director, Writer, Lead Actor, Producer, Female focussed storyline.

o Categories:​ (short, feature, narrative, etc.)

o Address:​ Wild Heaven West End Brewery & Gardens

1010 White Street Southwest

Atlanta, Georgia 30310 

United States

o Contact:​ festival@cinemalife.org

o Submission Information 

 

Female Voices Rock Film Festival

Female Voices Film Festival is committed to creating a platform for female artists to be able to share their work. The event is going to feature short films by women, Q&As, educational panels, and a closing Award Ceremony. Our industry panel of judges includes Emmy award winner and Oscar-nominated producers.

o When/Where: December 1-4 

o Deadline:​ March 1 (Early Bird Deadline), April 30 (Regular Deadline), July 31 (Late Deadline), September 22 (Extended Deadline)

o Application Fee: ​$30-$58.50

o Eligibility:​  Films are required to have at least two of the following creative roles fulfilled by women: Director(s), Writer(s), Cinematographer(s), Producer(s), Composer, SFX Artist, Editor, Production Designer and/or lead talent. Screenplays and TV Pilots must be written by women.

o Categories:​ Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short, Student, Web-Series, Music Video

o Contact:​ mariana@femalevoicesrock.com

o Submission Information

 

Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta 

The Women's Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta is a theatrical screening event in Atlanta for independent films featuring female filmmakers, actors, directors, writers and producers from all over the world. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase the talent of female directors, writers, actors, and everything in between right here in one of the world's fastest growing film communities. The Women's Comedy Film Festival also recognizes exceptional filmmaking and screenwriting with awards and nominations by our judging panel. Submit your film if you meet AT LEAST ONE of the following requirements:

o When/Where: March 23, 2023

o Deadline:​ March 31 (Women’s History Deadline), April 30 (April Early Deadline), May 31(Spring Early Deadline), july 31 (Summer Early Deadline),  August 31 (Labor Day Deadline), September 30 (Fall Early Deadline), November 30 (Regular Deadline), December 31 (Late Deadline), January 31 (Final Deadline) 

o Application Fee: ​$22.50-$50

o Eligibility:​ Script writers, in addition to submitting your script to the festival we also provide optional script coverage. Script coverage with our festival includes the price of your submission fee. Your work will be analyzed by a Cinema Life filmmaker who's produced award-winning films, has extensive writing experience, and also understands the indie way of filmmaking.

o Categories:​ Feature, Animated, Documentary, Comedy Short

o Submission Information

 

aGLIFF/Prism Film Festival 

There is no more important place for your LGBTQIA+ film to screen in the Southwest. aGLIFF is the longest-running queer film festival in the US Southwest and the Fourth oldest in America. We are also the oldest film festival in Austin (older than AFF and SXSW).  PRISM, our 35th annual marquee LGBTQIA+ film festival will be held in-person August 24 - 29, 2022. All films submitted through FilmFreeway and selected will be eligible for cash prizes, $500 for shorts and $1000 for features, as awarded by the jury. aGLIFF is a nominating partner for the Iris Prize, the annual £30,000 prize allowing the winner to make their next film, the largest prize for an LGBTQIA+ film in the world

o When/Where: August 24-29 

o Deadline:​ April 29 (Regular Deadline), May 20 (Late Deadline), June 24 (Extended Deadline) 

o Application Fee: ​$10-$45

o Eligibility:​ aGLIFF accepts films of any length and genre that are about or of interest to the LGBTQIA+ community. We strongly support authenticity in filmmaking and believe LGBTQIA+ stories should be told by LGBTQIA+ filmmakers - writers, directors, producers - use your Director's Statement or your Cover Letter to introduce yourself and your team. And yes, trans characters should be played by trans actors. It's 2022 people.

o Categories:​ Feature, Animated, Documentary, Comedy Short

o Submission Information

 

Coney Island Film Festival 

Our festival by the sea has gained a reputation for fostering a relaxed atmosphere where filmmakers and industry veterans alike gather to enjoy a jam-packed weekend of great films, parties and amusement park rides. MovieMaker Magazine named us one of the and "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" and "25 Coolest Film Festivals"! Coney Island's independent spirit and irreverent attitude have helped the fest quickly thrive as something distinct from other NYC events. The opening night celebrations pay tribute to Coney Island's renown carnival history with live performances by sideshow freaks, sword swallowers, fire eaters and stars of the New York City burlesque scene!

o When/Where: September 16-18

o Deadline:​ March 11 (Regular Deadline), May 20 (Late Deadline), June 24 (Extended Deadline) 

o Application Fee: ​$27-$45

o Eligibility:​ Entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway's online screener option. Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Entry fees are non-refundable. We have no film premiere requirements or date of completion requirements

o Categories:​ Feature, Animated, Documentary, Comedy Short

o Submission Information

 

Manhattan Short Film Festival 

During one week of the year over 100,000 film-lovers gather in over 500 Cinemas across 6 Continents to view and vote on the Finalists Films' in the 25th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival - MANHATTAN SHORT is more than just one of the largest short film festivals in the world....it's the World's First Global Film Festival. If making short films is about getting your work out there, nothing compares to MANHATTAN SHORT.

o When/Where: September 24 - October 2

o Deadline:​ July 31 (Regular Deadline) 

o Application Fee: ​$30-$50

o Eligibility:​ Films Must Be 20 Minutes and Under in Length.

o Categories:​ Short Film, Screenplay, Music Video 

o Submission Information

 

New York Lift-Off Film Festival 

For over ten years Lift-Off has been screening in the city of New York. It stands tall as the central hub of creative ambition. Bursting from its emergence out of the 20th Century as one of the worlds most recognizable and iconic cities. It is an undeniable powerhouse of independent art - a city of massive cultural, and business relevance to the entire film industry. Lift-Off invites filmmakers to this exceptional showcase location, that aims to deliver more opportunities for ambitious creatives to build their professional lives. From talent agencies, sales agents, distributors, and the press - New York Lift-Off is the destination for filmmakers looking to build their career, and have the right eyes on their work. The audience feedback in NYC will give filmmakers a unique, quantifiable and intelligent breakdown as to how their work communicates. 

o When/Where: July 1-31 

o Deadline:​ February 1 (February Deadline), March 1 (March Deadline), April 1 (Regular Deadline), May 2 (Late Deadline), June 1 (Final Deadline) 

o Application Fee: ​$18-$100

o Eligibility:​ If you pay a submission fee, we will screen your work. Our programme's are separated into categories based on your content's level of storytelling, production value, message and acting. During the festival we have two voting committees - our professional jury and the general public. IMPORTANT NOTE: Our online festivals are NOT a pay for vote platform. If you invite your friends and family to watch either the physical or online screenings it is encouraged that they engage with as much of the content as possible and vote accordingly. This is why two votes are always counted from each audience member with both votes resulting in 1 point for each film. We are doing our best to invite new and exciting audiences to genuine indie film content - if you can encourage your audiences to do the same we will build a wonderful network of opportunity for all, no matter where you are starting out. Proudly, we have no other restrictions for your work. This includes your work's premier status, it's age and/or whether your work has been made available online

o Categories:​ Feature, Short, Animated, Documentary 

o Submission Information

 

Atlanta Women’s Film Festival 

The Atlanta Women's Film Festival is a live screening of short films and table read event that takes place in Atlanta, GA. This event is an amazing opportunity to promote female filmmakers, directors, writers, producers, actors, and female centered storylines to our incredibly supportive film community. There will be live screening blocks of films with Q&As with the filmmakers, table reads for the screenplays in our competition, live panels with influential women in the film industry and networking events for anyone that would like to attend. Script writers, in addition to submitting your script to the festival we also provide optional script coverage. Script coverage with our festival includes the price of your submission fee. Your work will be analyzed by a Cinema Life filmmaker who’s produced award winning films, has extensive writing experience, and also understands the indie way of filmmaking.

o When/Where: October 2

o Deadline:​ February 29 (Regular Deadline), March 31 (Spring Deadline), April 30 (Late Deadline), May 31 (Extended Late Deadline), July 31 (Final Deadline) 

o Application Fee: ​$30-$60

o Eligibility:​ You DO NOT have to be a female to submit to this festival, however, all films entered must feature a female in at least one of the following: Director, Writer, Lead Actor. Producer, Female focussed storyline 

o Categories:​ Feature, Short, Animated, Comedy, Horror 

o Submission Information

 

Trans Stellar Film Festival 

We are a film festival made by and for queer people! We seek films created by queer filmmakers, of any content, and provide a platform for exhibition of the very best. Please note: we accept films only from LGBTQ+ filmmakers. In 2022, we will be continuing with a hybrid format, using both a virtual platform and an in-person festival. Our annual festival typically takes place in the Fall over 2 days at an independent theater in Detroit. We love to host you, the winning filmmakers, for Q&As with the public! For the past 5 years, we have put together an incredible festival hosting films from across the globe, from world premieres to city favorites, we show a wide selection of films by queer artists like you. Our Mission: Trans Stellar Film Festival encourages diversity and queer agency in art by promoting the exhibition of films created by queer people. We seek films by queer filmmakers with a variety of content and form and provide a platform for their exhibition to the public and industry professionals. Our values include diversity, inclusion, agency, accessibility, and community. Please contact us at lauren.bc@transstellarfilmfestival.com about fee waivers or discounts available.

o When/Where: October 14-15 

o Deadline:​ June 15 (Regular), July 15 (Late) 

o Application Fee: ​$10-$25

o Eligibility:​ Trans Stellar is for LGBT+ and queer filmmakers to submit any film of any genre/style. Films do not have to have "queer content" to be considered. Due to accessibility concerns, we are currently unable to screen pornography.

Submitted films: 

—MUST be made by an LGBT+ and/or queer person* 

—MUST be in English, or have English subtitles 

—NOT disparage or police any minorities or identities 

—NOT have any fees associated with the rights to show

*LGBT+ includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, nonbinary, pansexual, asexual, genderfluid, and other identities. Queer encompasses all of these identities, as well as any identities that fall “between” or “outside” these labels. Queer is the preferred term for TSFF, however if you submit and do not wish to be labeled under the queer umbrella, please let us know.

*The filmmaker is someone who maintains significant creative control over the content of the image and the story. This position is usually director. If you hold a different position, but feel you meet these qualifications, feel free to submit and your case will be considered. 

By submitting your film, the Filmmaker agrees to the Terms & Conditions available at www.transstellarfilmfestival.com/terms

o Categories:​ Feature, Short

o Submission Information

 

Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Chicago  

The Women's Comedy Film Festival is a theatrical screening event in Chicago for independent films featuring female filmmakers, actors, directors, writers and producers from all over the world. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase the talent of female directors, writers, actors, and everything in between right here in one of the world's fastest growing film communities. The Women's Comedy Film Festival also recognizes exceptional filmmaking and screenwriting with awards and nominations by our judging panel

o When/Where: June 24-26 

o Deadline:​ February 28 (Regular Deadline), March 31 (Late Deadline), April 30 (Final Deadline) 

o Application Fee: ​$40-$60

o Eligibility:​ The Women's Comedy Film Festival in Chicago is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Women's Comedy Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

o Categories:​ Animated, Feature, Short, Music Video 

o Submission Information

 

Super Duper Diversity Film Festival  

Monthly Selections!

Super Duper Good News! Our festival’s Official Selections will stream on ShortsDaily via your Roku TV or device.

o When/Where: August 20

o Deadline:​ February 20 (February Deadline), March 15 (March Deadline), April 15 (April Deadline), May 15 (May Deadline), June 15 (June Deadline), July 15 (July Deadline)

o Application Fee: ​$25-45

o Eligibility:​ Submitting your film does not guarantee festival acceptance or screening. Acceptance into the festival does not guarantee award or prize. Submission fee's are nonrefundable. Golden State Film Festival reserves the right to change programming without notice.  By submitting you agree that you parties hold complete ownership and rights to any and all submitted materials. By submitting your project you grant screening rights to the Super Duper Diversity Film Festival to use at their discretion both at the festival, online, and/or social media for any promotional use. Previously screened projects are accepted. All submissions are to be made via FilmFreeway. Please submit social media page..

o Categories:​ Feature, Short, Documentary, Documentary Short, Animation

o Submission Information

 

The Most Important Film Impact Awards 

Join our International Film Festival, The Most Important Films, also known as the TMIF Impact Awards, for our fourth season. TMIF was created to connect our filmmakers with seasoned industry professionals, such as our honorable judge and Hollywood director Lewis Teague ("Cujo," "Jewel of the Nile," "Navy Seals"), Industry Powerhouse James Dentley (Network CEO of JD3TV), TV Icon and Humanitarian Susan Stafford, and other successful industry professionals to celebrate, honor, and elevate opportunities for films and scripts with a message. Created by purpose-driven producers, directors, and actors, The TMIF Impact Awards, held in Los Angeles in November 2022, is an independent festival that celebrates courageous talent. We see the art of film as a unifier that transcends all cultures and languages creates a vision for a better future. Our TMIF director and award-winning filmmaker Anabelle D. Munro and her team of passionate industry professionals have one goal in common: we want to support other filmmakers and create a platform for diverse voices from all over the world.Opportunities at TMIF are literally like no other in the world; TMIF has partnered up with the Los Angeles Asian Film Awards, The Newsfest, and The Get it Made Film Festival and will also present "Flow Project", helmed by writer/producer Alexander Moreno and Hollywood legend David Frankel, as one of our socially relevant program's highlights for the upcoming season. Together, we provide incredible resources and an exciting and wide variety of industry experts, seminar speakers, and celebrity panelists. TMIF and the L.A. Impact Award Festivals are all about highlighting the impact and meaning of the story. We call this artistic approach "purpose-driven," be it a script, film, documentary, music video, reels, composition, and more. TMIF offers a dense, powerful line-up of programming, panels, and networking opportunities by teaming up with these influential partner festivals. Our mission is to serve and help outstanding and passionate creatives succeed and thrive within an industry. Our Festival is open to ALL filmmakers and Writers of all genres and lengths. All submissions must make a creative and poignant statement, initiate a critical dialogue, and make a difference in those who view it or read it. If you have a social impact message film, be it subtle or straightforward, we want to see it. The TMIF Impact Awards show 20/21 as part of the L.A. Impact Awards will run LIVE from November 10 to November 13, 2022, in Los Angeles, where our TMIF Impact Award winners will be honored at the live award show dedicated to them and their craft. Seminars, after-parties, events, and screenings will all be live, as well. We honor small films and notable films. Our primary purpose is to support Independent filmmakers in the short and long run. We care because we are filmmakers and know that helping each other in the Independent scene is essential to succeed. Countless projects and collaborations have come from the connections made at TMIF

o When/Where: November 10-13

o Deadline:​ March 31 (Regular Deadline), May 31 (Extended Regular Deadline), June 25 (Late Deadline)

o Application Fee: ​$26.25-$70

o Eligibility:​ We accept and showcase submissions for fiction, and nonfiction features, shorts, music videos, photography, composition, and of course, the written word - all formats are welcome. Anabelle Munro's TMIF selects every submission with an impact message and meets our quality standard as a reward for all filmmakers advancing this world with their art. All genres are welcome. Winners and specific finalists of screened content will be contacted three weeks before the Festival. All entries will be judged on the filmmaker's content, creativity, imagery, story, and skill. Films produced from 2018 to October 2022 may be submitted. Works in progress will be accepted. Online screeners, DVDs (NTSC Region 1), Blu-Rays are welcomed for submission and consideration by the Selection Committee. We only screen finalists (films that receive a nomination) during our live event, which must be exhibited on DCP. An MPEG4 film file is required as a backup.

.o Categories:​ Feature, Short, Documentary, Documentary Short, Animation

o Submission Information

 

Los Angeles Asian Film Festival  

Los Angeles Asian Film Awards, originally called Las Vegas Asian Film Awards (LVAFA), was an independent festival that resides beneath the umbrella of AOF MegaFest, which is in its 19th year, is the largest film event of its kind in the world. Held in Las Vegas at the Premiere Theaters and Locations, the show regularly exceeds 20,000 guests and attendees. After a first successful annual event in Las Vegas with the legendary AOF MegaFest in summer 2021, it moved to Los Angeles, the center of the world film industry. Opportunities at Los Angeles Asian Film Awards are literally like no other in the world; Los Angeles Asian Film Awards can put more resources together and offer a wide variety of industry guests, seminar speakers, and panelists. We invite you to join festival director, Award-Winning Filmmaker and Writer Lureen Wu and honorable judge, director Roger Christiansen ("Friends," "Hannah Montana," "Tango Down") as they bring you a selection of pure Asian Cinema for Screenings and Awards. The situation surrounding COVID-19 has caused much pain in the film and entertainment industries, and no group has been affected more than Asian Filmmakers, Writers, and Creators. The Los Angeles Asian Film Awards is a hub and platform for Asian filmmakers to have their works seen and voices heard. Festival Director Lureen Wu was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She worked as a TV director in Shanghai for years, including TV documentaries, TV commercials, celebrity talk shows, and music videos. Early in her career in Shanghai, Lureen worked with the Emmy Award-winning television interviewer, Nancy Merrill, in the English talk show "Nancy Merrill: Minds of Millionaires" on the international channel of Shanghai TV Station(SMG) and CCTV NEWS. After moving to the United States, Lureen continued pursuing her career in film. She worked with filmmakers who are part of some best-known movies and TV shows such as Friends, Les Misérables(2012), The Big Bang Theory, Saw, Sex and The City, Iron Man 2, Grey's Anatomy, The Princess Diaries, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones......Our Festival is open to ALL Asian filmmakers, talents, and writers of all genres and lengths.

o When/Where: November 11-13

o Deadline:​ February 28 (Regular Early Bird Deadline), March 31 (Regular Deadline), May 31 (Regular Late Deadline), July 31 (Late Deadline), October 15 (Extended Deadline)

o Application Fee: ​$40-$55

o Eligibility:​ We are Accepting submissions for feature Narrative and Documentary, short Narrative and Documentary, Music Videos, TV Commercials, short/feature scripts. All genres are welcome. The festival programming staff will place your film in the appropriate category. To Enter for Competition your film or Project must have a writer, producer, talent or director of Asian descent in order to be eligible for awards.

o Categories:​ Feature, Short, Documentary, Documentary Short, Animation

o Submission Information

 

Chelsea Film Festival 

The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) has been selected in the "TOP 10 BEST FILM FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA" (#6) by USA Today in 2019 among 19 other film festivals in the USA.CFF is an organization dedicated to supporting films and the artists who create them by providing a creative forum for exchange and discovery with the public. The Festival attracts filmmakers, artists and audience members from across North America and around the globe. It premieres independent feature-length, documentaries and short films with a Global Focus. Chelsea Film Festival aims to raise an awareness about foreign independent films and discover upcoming talents. The Chelsea Film Festival is an international film platform for world lovers.

o When/Where: October 13-16

o Deadline:​ March 31 (Regular Deadline), May 31 (Late Deadline), July 25 (Extended Deadline) 

o Application Fee: ​$9-$100

o Eligibility:​ Entries must be New York City premieres and have been completed in 2021 or 2022. Films shown in other festivals or public screenings in New York are not eligible for consideration. Contact us directly at info@chelseafilm.org if your film is a WORLD PREMIERE.

o Categories:​ Feature, Short, Documentary, Documentary Short, Animation

o Submission Information

 

Reel Sisters of the diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series 

The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series is a two-day annual film festival founded by African Voices magazine. Established in 1997, Reel Sisters (www.reelsisters.org) is dedicated to providing opportunities for women of color to advance their careers in the film industry. Reel Sisters accepts films written, directed, or produced by women/non-binary filmmakers of color. Reel Sisters is the first Academy Qualifying Film Festival for short narratives devoted to women of color across the globe. Reel Sisters is an IMDb qualifying film festival. Reel Sisters celebrates our 25th Anniversary in 2022! APPLICATION INFO: YOU MUST SUBMIT PRODUCTION STILLS/PHOTOS and a TRAILER for your submission to be ELIGIBLE AND COMPLETE. You can screenshot photos from your film if you were unable to hire a photographer. Reel Sisters is a competitive festival and films are selected by an independent jury. Please submit films early as deadlines are final. The festival provides quality customer service and does not offer fee waivers. The fee covers a small fraction of the administrative costs for running a professional Oscar qualifying film festival. Reel Sisters accepts all genres and formats with a special interest in submissions from animated and web series producers. Send us films that will make our audience “cry, dance, laugh, sing and explore." The festival curates events throughout the year so all entries will be considered for Reel Sisters Tea & Cinema series. Join our worldwide community of film professionals in celebrating stories produced, directed and written by women of color!

o When/Where: October 22-23

o Deadline:​ March 31 (Earlybird Film Deadline), May 23 (Regular Deadline), June 20 (Final Deadline) 

o Application Fee: ​$30-$55

o Eligibility:​ Please read our guidelines carefully before submitting your film as we do not issue refunds for entry fees. It is your responsibility to ensure your film meets our criteria and submission guidelines. We rarely accept films longer than 90 minutes. Your film must have a women of color as co-producer, co-director or co-writer, if the lead producer/director is male.

  • We only accept films via FilmFreeway. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL US ANY VIDEO LINKS. If you submit to FilmFreeway via a Vimeo link, you must provide a passcode to view. You must make your film downloadable for our production staff if your film is accepted. If you do not make your film downloadable by the requested deadline, your film will not be eligible for consideration. 

  • Please contact FilmFreeway staff if you have any issues uploading your film and making it downloadable for our production staff if you receive an acceptance letter.

  • We will need downloadable trailer links from FilmFreeway or Vimeo to help promote your film in our festival. You must submit the trailers and photos with your application. If your materials are not submitted with your application, your film will be disqualified.

  • Complete the details required, providing brief synopsis of the film, credits, production stills and trailers. We accept photographs in all formats including JPEGs, TIFFs and EPS (electronic photos must be 300 dpi resolution for promotional purposes). 

  • All accepted films will be notified via email. Please make sure ALL of your Contact Information is up-to-date. If your email changed between the time you submitted your film and our Notification Date, please update it ASAP so we can correspond with you.

o Categories:​ Feature, Short, Documentary, Documentary Short, Animation

o Submission Information

 

Los Angeles Latinx Film Festival 

The LA Latinx Film Festival champions work produced by filmmakers of Latinx decent as well as stories about Latinx culture and heritage. We will be accepting submissions from LATINX DIRECTORS, WRITERS, MAJORITY LATINX CREW (at least 50%) and/or LATINX STORIES of ANY GENRE. We are an affiliate festival of the LA FILM FESTIVALS organization that has the dual emphasis of discovering great talent with the purpose of promoting their work to both the LA public and the entertainment industry, as well as showcasing the work of seasoned professionals and well known stars.  LA Film Festivals began with the Biannual LA Comedy Festival in 2001, adding the biannual LA Indie Film Fest in 2007. The LA Film Festival family has since expanded to 12 independent film festivals, including LA Horror Film Fest, LA Action Film Fest, LA Sci-Fi Film Fest, LA Animation Film Fest, LA Black Film Fest, LA Asian Film Fest, LA Latinx Film Fest, LA Queer Film Fest, LA Women in Film Fest and LA Student Film Fest. Over the years, LA Film Festivals have attracted thousands of filmmakers from around the world. Each festival features live screenings in our own Let Live Theater in the heart of Los Angeles. Our 80-seat theater, in the heart of Hollywood, is outfitted with a Christie DLP projector and seven JBL speakers throughout the venue, delivering top notch quality in an intimate screening environment. Filmmakers whose work is accepted into our festival will receive free passes to screenings, invitations to networking events and are eligible for awards consideration.

o When/Where: July 21-24

o Deadline:​ February 14 (Regular Deadline), March 25 (Late Deadline), April 22 (Final Deadline), May 13 (Extended Deadline), June 3 (Last Chance) 

o Application Fee: ​$22.50-$91

o Eligibility:​ All Films must feature work produced by filmmakers of of Latinx decent as well as stories about Latinx culture and heritage. We will be accepting submissions from LATINX DIRECTORS, WRITERS, MAJORITY LATINX CREW (at least 50%) and/or LATINX STORIES of ANY GENRE. 

  • Film Entrants must submit online screeners through FilmFreeway for consideration. 

  • Entry forms and payment will not be processed without accompanying Preview Copies in one of the accepted formats for film applicants. 

  • All entries must be in English or - SUBTITLED, DUBBED, unless special arrangements have been made with festival. 

  • All films selected for screening at the festival grant LA FILM FESTIVALS the right to use stills and excerpts of up to two minutes for promotional purposes. 

  • LA Film Festivals is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged entries. 

  • Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by one of the Festival Directors. 

  • Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate Entry and fee. 

  • Submissions will not be returned. 

  • All fees are nonrefundable. 

  • Submission to the festival is not a guarantee that your film will be screened.

o Categories:​ Feature, Short, Documentary, Documentary Short, TV Pilot, Music Video 

o Submission Information

 

 

International Diversity Film Festival 

The International Diversity Film Festival recognizes and showcases films and screenplays with a member of an underrepresented community included as one of the following: Lead Character OR Filmmaker (Director, Writer, or Producer). FILMS: The International Diversity Film Festival recognizes and showcases narrative and documentary features and shorts (including web episodes) in ALL genres. SCRIPTS: The International Diversity Film Festival recognizes and showcases feature screenplays, shorts, and television scripts. The International Diversity Film Festival was created to encourage content creators from unique backgrounds to share their stories/ The festival will promote the work of diverse (thought, race, gender, age, religion, physical ability and sexual orientation) filmmakers and recognize them globally for their achievements in film. Whether a finalist or not, all officially selected filmmakers will be invited to join us at the International Diversity Film Festival for screenings, networking, resources, collaboration, learning, partnerships and for our official premieres and awards ceremony blocks. The International Diversity Film Festival selections will be judged and decided on by award-winning independent filmmakers working in the industry. Whether you're a finalist or not, this festival is a blast all around!

o When/Where: August 25-28, 2022 

o Deadline:​ December 31 (Regular Deadline), March 31, 2022 (Late Deadline), August 6, 2022 (Extended Deadline) 

o Application Fee: ​$15-$80

o Eligibility:​ All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway with a secure online screener.

  • Each accepted film must be submitted in the .mp4 or .mov format, preferably.

  • By submitting to the festival you confirm that you own the rights of the film, including the rights to the music in the film.

  • There is no minimum running time.

  • Films must have been completed on or after Jan 1, 2018.

  • All genres are welcome (narrative, animated, experimental, documentary or music video).

  • Filmmakers may submit multiple entries as long as each film is submitted with its own Entry Form, online screener and paid Entry Fee.

o Categories:​ Feature, Short, Documentary  

o Submission Information


ONSCREEN 

When You Miss Me, I’m Gone 


Casting "When You Miss Me, I'm Gone," a Reel Works Narrative Lab short film by Nylla Garraway. Synopsis: A woman interrogates her ex-boyfriend about why he left a voicemail on her missing sister's burner phone the night she disappeared.

o Pay: Meals, credit and footage for reel provided.

o Submission Instructions: Include a self tape with your submission. Slate with your full name, height, and age.

O Contact: cagedbirdsingscasting@gmail.com

o Audition Information 


For more OnScreen opportunities, visit Backstage.com; ActorsAccess.com; or Playbill.com.

OFFSCREEN 



FUNDING 


Creatives Rebuilding New York: Artist Employment Program 

CRNY’s Artist Employment Program (AEP) is a 2-year program that will fund employment for 300 artists working in collaboration with community-based organizations across New York State. Participating artists will receive a salary of $65,000 per year (commensurate with median household income in New York State) plus benefits and dedicated time to focus on their artistic practice. Community-based organizations will receive $25,000-$100,000 per year to support their collaborations with these artists.

o Deadline: March 25  

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: Primary residents of New York StateAn artist, culture bearer, or culture makerNot a staff member or related to a staff member (e.g., an immediate family member) of Tides or Creatives Rebuild New York. Artists who are under- or unemployed and/or who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrants, LGBTQIAP+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic, Pansexual+), Deaf/Disabled, criminal legal system involved, living at or below the poverty line, and/or living in rural areas are encouraged to apply.

        o Application Information

 

Creatives Rebuilding New York: Guaranteed Income for Artists 

CRNY’s Guaranteed Income for Artists program will provide regular, no-strings-attached cash payments for 2,400 artists who have financial need. Each artist will receive $1,000 per month for 18 consecutive months.

o Deadline: March 25  

o Application Fee: None

o Eligibility: 18 years of age or older as of January 1, 2022`Primary residence in New York State at the time of application

  • Have financial need (as determined by the Self-Sufficiency Standard) – For this program, an applicant qualifies if their household income falls under the Self-Sufficiency Standard.

  • Identify as an artist, culture bearer, or culture maker – An artist, culture bearer, or culture maker (‘artist’) is someone who regularly engages in artistic or cultural practice to: express themselves with the intention of communicating richly to or sharing with others; pass on traditional knowledge and cultural practices; offer cultural resources to their communities; and/or co-organize and co-create within communities toward social impacts. Artists aspire to sustain themselves through their practice and maintain a commitment to continuing their practice. Artists can work both individually and collaboratively, or as educators within their field of practice.

    • Not a staff member or related to a staff member (e.g., an immediate family member)


           o Application Information



Sloan Distribution Grant

The Sloan Distribution Grant is a $50,000 grant awarded by Film Independent to a film that is entering its distribution phase. Eligible films must depict themes, stories and characters grounded in real science, technology or economics.

o Deadline: Rolling

o Application Fee: $65

o Eligibility: Applicants must be the producer of a narrative fiction feature film.The film should prominently feature science, mathematics and/or technology in the story and/or have a leading character that is a scientist, engineer or mathematician. Films with innovative marketing and distribution plans are encouraged to apply. All submitted films must be at least 70 minutes in length. Applicants must be legal residents of the United States. Film must be entering its distribution phase.

o Contact: artistdevelopment@filmindependent.org

o Application Information

 

Panavision New Filmmaker Program

Panavision believes in helping students and beginning filmmakers achieve their dreams. More than 25 years ago, Panavision launched the New Filmmaker Program, an ongoing grant program that loans camera packages to film schools, training programs, and independent filmmakers – at little or no charge. Panavision’s commitment to the industry's future provides student and beginning filmmakers the opportunity to work with professional grade equipment early in their careers.

o Deadline: Rolling

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Submit your proposals at least two months before you plan to shoot. Due to the high demand for Panavision cameras and equipment, it is essential that you plan ahead and contact us early.

Proposal materials will not be returned.

The New Filmmaker Program does not discriminate as to the nature of the project that can receive equipment grants. Any form, from experimental to documentary to musical to traditional narrative, is welcome.

Camera grants are available only for productions in the United States. Customs laws make transportation of cameras out of the US prohibitive. No exceptions.

The New Filmmaker Program will not allow cameras to be used on projects that perpetuate racial or sexual stereotypes and prejudices. Pornography is absolutely unacceptable.

Grant recipients must obtain insurance must from an outside insurance agent. Students can generally have the school issue the necessary policies. Plan ahead! This can take several weeks to implement. The process varies from school to school, so check with your film department. Productions that are not attached to a school must obtain the necessary insurance from an independent broker. Panavision must receive proof of insurance two weeks prior to prep dates. EQUIPMENT WILL NOT LEAVE THE BUILDING WITHOUT PROPER INSURANCE. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Approved proposals are subject to a service fee for equipment.

Anamorphic lenses are not available via the New Filmmaker Program

All gear is requests are subject to availability

o Contact: nfp@panavision.com

o Application Information

 

Catapult Film Fund

Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story, and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Our mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their films to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find.

o Deadline: Rolling

o Application Fee: Free

o Eligibility: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Catapult does not fund student films.

Documentaries must be 28 minutes or longer in length. We do not fund series.

Animation is okay. Documentary/narrative hybrids will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Development funds must specifically be used for the process of completing a fundraising piece, which may include writing, shooting and editing once story and characters are in place.

Applicants must own the copyright of their production, and have artistic, budgetary and editorial control over their project.

Applicants should preferably have previous film or television production experience in a principal role (director, co-director, producer, co-producer) as demonstrated by submitting a previously completed work sample.

Applicants who have not yet produced or directed their own feature length documentary should demonstrate that they will be working with an experienced filmmaker in a principal role.

Catapult only makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations. In most cases, this will mean getting a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for the project. A film production company or individual, including applicants from outside the US, may submit an application without a fiscal sponsor in place. Please see the FAQ section for more details.

o Contact: info@catapultfilmfund.org

o Application Information

 

Artist Rescue Trust 

The next evolution of the Artist Rescue Trust program is a partnership with Grant for the Web. They have awarded us a grant allowing us to directly fund more artists and help them educate anyone about Web Monetization as an emerging and potential revenue stream. One that doesn't rely on advertising, pay walls, and bad data privacy practices. It's an innovative way forward to help build a healthier internet.

Web Monetization is a new and open technology that aims to provide a better way to access and financially reward  creators through streaming micropayments - aka tiny fractions of a penny - to instantly flow to artists and creators as people read, watch and listen to their work.

While we want to support artists now with immediate financial assistance, we also want to help support the future financial opportunities for all artists. So this is why we’ve built a learning component into our grant application process. We will also be releasing a series of Web Monetization tutorials that will dive deeper into how you can make it part of your online world.

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Eligibility:Be 18+

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories (e.g. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN).

  • Be a professional, actively practicing musician or artist whose primary source of income is made through live performances, tours, gallery openings, book tours/readings, or other bookings/events and not working on a regular salary basis for one employer.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to current and ongoing activity in their artistic discipline/s.

  • Show a demonstrated need for emergency relief to recover the immediate loss of income through cancellations and bookings due to COVID19.

  • Not be enrolled in unemployment benefits.x

  • Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;

  • Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund.

O Application Information


RESIDENCIES


The Fiore Center

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is a program of Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) that actively connects the creative worlds of farming, conservation and the arts.

The purpose of the Fiore Art Center is to stimulate and advance the dialogue between human and environment within the context of agriculture and today’s culture at large. We hope to instill passion for preservation through the arts, create awareness and build community.

We do this through exhibitions and public educational events, through research and application of ecologically sustainable farming practices and by hosting residencies for artists on a historic farm.

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Application Fee:$15 if not from Maine

o When: Ongoing

o Eligibility:All residency positions are open to emerging, mid-career and established artists/writers.

o Address: 97 Main Street Maine Farmland Trust, attn. Anna Witholt Abaldo Belfast, Maine 04915 United States

o Contact: 207-338-6575

o Application Information

 

18th Street Arts Center

18th Street Arts Center values art making as an essential component of a vibrant, just, and healthy society. Its mission is “to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making.” Founded in 1988, 18th Street Arts Center has fostered and supported the work of many of Los Angeles’ most engaging artists, and has built bridges to artist communities around the globe.

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Application Fee:Yes

o When: Ongoing

o Eligibility:The Visiting Artist Residency Program accepts applications from working, professional artists who demonstrate a deep commitment to their practices. The program is open to artists of all generations, nationalities, and disciplines. Applicants are required to cover studio rental costs themselves. Although we primarily support visual artists, 18th Street Arts Center will consider applications from performing artists, writers, and filmmakers as well. 

o Address: 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

o Contact: 310-453-3711

o Application Information


OTHER RESOURCES 

NOTE: For more resources, visit our pages of Resources - Funding, Submissions, and more.

NYFA SOURCE - The New York Foundation for the Arts maintains the most comprehensive national directory of awards, services and publications for artists in the NYFA Source section of their website.

backHer- Women specific grants for all fields

https://www.backher.com/toolbox/women-specific-grants

FILM FREEWAY - Film/Video artists can check Film Freeway at:

https://www.filmfreeway.com

 The Fiore Center

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is a program of Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) that actively connects the creative worlds of farming, conservation and the arts.

The purpose of the Fiore Art Center is to stimulate and advance the dialogue between human and environment within the context of agriculture and today’s culture at large. We hope to instill passion for preservation through the arts, create awareness and build community.

We do this through exhibitions and public educational events, through research and application of ecologically sustainable farming practices and by hosting residencies for artists on a historic farm.

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Application Fee:$15 if not from Maine

o When: Ongoing

o Eligibility:All residency positions are open to emerging, mid-career and established artists/writers.

o Address: 97 Main Street Maine Farmland Trust, attn. Anna Witholt Abaldo Belfast, Maine 04915 United States

o Contact: 207-338-6575

o Application Information

 

18th Street Arts Center

18th Street Arts Center values art making as an essential component of a vibrant, just, and healthy society. Its mission is “to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making.” Founded in 1988, 18th Street Arts Center has fostered and supported the work of many of Los Angeles’ most engaging artists, and has built bridges to artist communities around the globe.

o Deadline: Ongoing

o Application Fee:Yes

o When: Ongoing

o Eligibility:The Visiting Artist Residency Program accepts applications from working, professional artists who demonstrate a deep commitment to their practices. The program is open to artists of all generations, nationalities, and disciplines. Applicants are required to cover studio rental costs themselves. Although we primarily support visual artists, 18th Street Arts Center will consider applications from performing artists, writers, and filmmakers as well. 

o Address: 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

o Contact: 310-453-3711

o Application InformationF

 

OTHER RESOURCES 

NOTE: For more resources, visit our pages of Resources - Funding, Submissions, and more.

NYFA SOURCE - The New York Foundation for the Arts maintains the most comprehensive national directory of awards, services and publications for artists in the NYFA Source section of their website.

backHer- Women specific grants for all fields

https://www.backher.com/toolbox/women-specific-grants

FILM FREEWAY - Film/Video artists can check Film Freeway at:

https://www.filmfreeway.com


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