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The Monthly Film Festival
Late September
Sep 26, 2018
$36.99
$17.99
Final Deadline
Sep 30, 2018
$36.99
$17.99
Extended September
Sep 30, 2018
$36.99
$17.99
Winners Notified:
Sep 30, 2018
TMFF has been named by ShortFilm Connection "probably the most famous film festival currently on the web". With almost 2500 SELECTED FILMS until now and tens of thousands of website visits each month, we hope that through TMFF you can stand out with your project and get the reach you need and deserve, all the more so since TMFF is an IMDb qualifying film festival! Plus, every official selection will automatically be entered into our extensive FILM COLLECTION.
The Real Film Festival
Short Film Competition
Sep 28, 2018
$35
Final Deadline
Oct 12, 2018
$50
Short Film Competition - Late
Oct 12, 2018
$50
Winners Notified:
Oct 28, 2018
The Real Film Festival is a 3-day community and film industry event held in the Hunter region in NSW, Australia, 26-28th October 2018. Now in our seventh year, we aim to showcase and foster the art of storytelling through film. Our niche is 'true stories'. This year our short film competition has five categories: living with a disability, multiculturalism, Indigenous voices, women living in regional areas or ‘Why Newcastle?’. Each category has over AUD $6000 in prizes and prize money to be won.

The Real Film Festival (RFF) is on the lookout for fearless filmmakers prepared to tell their untold stories.Talk a look around. Where you live. At your families and friends. Find what inspires you. Our short film competition invites filmmakers of all levels to find inspiration and tell their stories through film. We will select a range of films celebrating real people, real places and real stories.

The competition will be judged by some of Australia’s most experienced industry professionals who will provide feedback on all films, giving you the opportunity to hone in on your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.

CLOSING DATE is Friday, September 28, 2018. Entries for competitions can run up to 12 minutes including titles & credits, with the exception of 'Why Newcastle?'. Entries for 'Why Newcastle?' must run no longer than three minutes. Late entries (for competition only) will be accepted until Monday, October 12, 2018 and will incur an additional fee.
Changing Face International Film Festival
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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Falcon International Film Festival
Sept Edition
Sep 30, 2018
$25
$25
Oct Edition
Oct 31, 2018
$25
$25
Nov Edition
Nov 30, 2018
$25
$25
Final Deadline
Dec 31, 2018
$50
$50
Winners Notified:
Jan 11, 2019
Falcon International Film Festival is changing the way that people think of short films. We are looking for the very best short films that are entertaining and tell a story. The sort of short films that people want to watch. That make them laugh. Or cry. That shock and surprise.
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GeekFest Film Fests
Regular
Sep 30, 2018
$55-65
Late
Oct 31, 2018
$65-75
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2018
$75-85
Final
Nov 30, 2018
$75-85
Winners Notified:
Jan 4, 2019
The ONE and ONLY traveling Geek Comic Con Film Festival, exhibiting the best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Action, Superhero, Fan Films and original high concept indie genre film and web series from around the world at pop culture conventions across North America! Features, Documentaries, Shorts, Web Series, Trailers, Fan Films, Music Videos, Trailers and more! In the 1st 5 years GeekFest has reached over 4 million con goers across North America. Come for the Film Fest, Stay for the Comic Con!

Imagine your film traveling around the country for an entire year for one entry fee with more filmmakers perks than any other Film Fest or Comic Con on EARTH!
GeekFest Film Fests have reached over 4 million con goers in its 1st 5 years and screened over 150 films to tens of thousands of attendees!
MORE CONS, MORE CITIES, BIGGER PRIZES
Scouring the Galaxy for the best geek genre films!
Submit your Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Superhero, Comic Book Related, Fan Films, Geek Culture, Pop Culture, Gaming, Video Gaming and Cosplay.
Categories (Live Action and Animation)
Features
Shorts
Documentary
Fan Films
Web Series
Music Videos
Original Trailers

Have your film judged by Celebrity Geeks and GeekFest Filmmaker Alumni in the TV/Film and Pop Culture industries.

Be seen on big screens all over the country at some of your favorite comic conventions!

We’ve programmed in over 45 comic cons across North America in our 1st 5 years! including Comikaze, Long Beach Comic Expo, HawaiiCon, Long Beach Comic Con, MegaCon, Dallas Comic Con, Fan Expo Canada, Comic Con Palm Springs, New York Comic Con, Atlantic City Boardwalk Con, Rose City Comic Con, Tuscon Comic Con, Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con, Rhode Island Comic Con, Comic Con Revolution, Los Angeles Comic Con…And More Coming Soon in 2019!

In 2019 we plan even more stops to our TOUR!

PERKS UNLIKE ANY FILM FEST ON EARTH
ONE ENTRY FEE!!
Comic Con Passes
Booth Space to market your film at Cons on the tour.

(Estimated Filmmaker Perks over $10,000 and rising!)

Filmmaker Panels and Q and A’s at select Cons!
Year Long Social Media Exposure of your film on Twitter and Facebook and your trailer on our Youtube Channel with over 4.5 million views!

Award winners at every tour stop!
sttp-best-100-reviewed-fest-830x830NAMED ONE OF THE TOP FILM FESTIVALS ON FILM FREEWAY!

GeekFest Film Fest proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

Over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded annually to Best of Fest.
Prize Sponsors: Sony Software, Boris FX, WowWee, Fanboy Comics, Beachtek, TYLT, Graphic Lab Tees, SuperHeroStuff, Valiant Comics, Top Cow, Zenescope Entertainment, Coscards, Boom! Studios, American Tourister, Geek Eyewear, ConQuest Journals, Shot Lister App, Top Cow Productions, Truffle Cottage, Devastator, Boston Metaphysical Society, Alterna Comics and many more!

Each Comic-Con may also provide a selection of CON exclusive prizes adding to the award value!
Queen Palm International Film Festival
Final Deadline
Sep 30, 2018
$55
$35
Regular Deadline
Sep 30, 2018
$55
$35
Winners Notified:
Oct 8, 2018
Queen Palm International Film Festival is a bi-monthly film, music, & screenwriting competition with a live Annual Screening and Awards Show Event in Palm Springs, California. We are an Official IMDB qualifying Festival.

QPIFF honors films from around the world with a vast array of awards in different categories and genres. Each month, Filmmakers can submit their projects to have them judged by award winning industry professionals and compete with other filmmakers across the globe. All bi-monthly winners receive a stunning certificate & laurels (We award Gold, Silver, Bronze, & Honorable Mention in each category) and all of our Gold winners are automatically entered into our Annual Competition & Awards Show Event held in beautiful Palm Springs, where they will compete for a chance to win a prestigious Queen Palm trophy and other amazing prizes.

Our jury will select a collection of top films from our bi-monthly editions to screen at our Live Annual Event. QPIFF's primary mission is to discover diverse new voices and to promote artists' work through numerous platforms.
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Queens World Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Oct 1, 2018
$36
$31
Late Deadline
Nov 1, 2018
$37
$31
Final Deadline
Nov 26, 2018
$45
$40
Extended Deadline
Nov 26, 2018
$45
$40
Winners Notified:
Mar 31, 2019
Turning nine in 2019, QWFF includes an annual multi day/multi venue festival, youth-oriented educational initiatives and year round screening opportunities for QWFF filmmakers, past and present. The festival is programmed in thematic blocks with evocative titles, and each program is followed by a post-screening dialogue to engage audiences from the demographically diverse communities that comprise the borough of Queens. Each year the festival has a very robust submission session, with films coming from all over the globe, 63 nations to date, including Cuba, Franc, Spain, Serbia, Korea, Bangladesh, China, Italy, the Ukraine, Iran, Scotland, Belgium, Finland and the UK to name just a few.

In every year’s festival there are tender films, heartbreaking films, and several works that are extremely provocative, maybe even, disturbing and the selections tie us into conversations people are having around the world via the real stars of the festival: THE FILMS. It’s about surrendering to the films, without looking for familiar names, titles, scores. It’s about creating the right context for personal, intimate films grouped together for a cinematic experience you will not get anywhere else on the planet.

The 9th Annual Queens World Film Festival returns to the Museum of the Moving Image in both the Redstone Theatre and the Bartos Screening Room as well as the historic Zukor Theatre at the Kaufman Astoria Studios located right next door for 11 days of exciting indie films - March 21 - 31, 2019. Strategically placed between the two venues is the fabled Astor Room with incredible food and special discounts just for QWFF participants and attendees. The festival village is located in the Astoria Arts District which is subway close and easy to find via foot or in your car (Yes, there is street and metered parking!)
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Big Apple Film Festival
Final Deadline
Oct 4, 2018
$90
$80
Extended Deadline
Oct 4, 2018
$90
$80
Winners Notified:
Oct 7, 2018
2018 Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition. Visit BigAppleFilmFestival.com, Film Freeway or Withoutabox to enter a film or screenplay.
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Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition 2018
Final Deadline
Oct 5, 2018
Final Deadline
Oct 5, 2018
Winners Notified:
Nov 17, 2018
Zed Fest Film Festival & Screenplay Competition was founded to encourage and support independent low and big budget, filmmakers, who work in the horror, suspense, science fiction, drama,action, adventure, and art house genres.

INTRODUCING THE MARY PICKFORD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE FILM ARTS
This Award is to Highlight Women in The Film Arts. We call it "The Zed Fest Mary Pickford Award" In honor the Great Mary Pickford Silent Film Pioneer.

"WE HOPE TO DISCOVER THE CULT MOVIES OF THE FUTURE."

Zed Fest Film Festival 2018 Prizes:
Over $5000 in Cash & Prizes will be Divided among winners

ZED FEST FILM FESTIVAL GENRES:
Horror
Suspense
Science Fiction
Supernatural
Arthouse
Action/Adventure
Fantasy
Documentary
Music Videos
Super 8
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Monarch Film Festival
Final Deadline
Oct 5, 2018
Extended Deadline
Oct 5, 2018
$60.00
Winners Notified:
Oct 25, 2018
As Pacific Grove's only festival dedicated solely to Cinema art, The Monarch Film Festival's mission is to be a catalyst for greater appreciation of Cinema as art, build the local filmmaking community and work with Hollywood and independent film makers alike to showcase Northern California as a dynamic place to shoot and screen movies.

Earlybird Deadline: Received on or before April 15th Fee: $20 or $15 for students/local films.
Regular Deadline: Received on or before June 15th Fee: $25 or $18 for students/local films.
Late Deadline: Received on or before August 15th Fee: $35 or $20 for students/local films
Extended Deadline: Received on or before October 5th Fee: $60 or $40 for students/local films.
Palm Springs International Comedy Festival
Late
Oct 6, 2018
$45.00
$45.00
$25-55
Final Deadline
Oct 20, 2018
$55.00
$55.00
$25-55
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2018
The first Palm Springs Comedy Festival is coming Nov 9th-11th & 16-18th! It will feature great comedic talent from all around the world, and will showcase the works of seasoned professionals and celebrities.

There are 15 categories participants can choose from. Entertainment industry professionals will judge the submissions, and 28 awards will be handed out at the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival.

The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival is about discovering great comedic talent with the purpose of promoting it to both the entertainment industry and the public, as well as showcasing the works of seasoned professionals and celebrities. Palm Springs International Comedy Fest provides a showcase for the best comedians, sketch artists, comedy shorts, comedy features, comedy TV pilots, comedy web series and animation comedy. With a screenplay competition awarding the best feature, shorts and TV pilot scripts.
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Near Nazareth Festival ( NNF )
Standard 1
Oct 8, 2018
$20
$18
Standard 2
Nov 2, 2018
$22
$20
Final Deadline
Nov 27, 2018
$25
$22
Winners Notified:
Dec 10, 2018
Near Nazareth Festival ( NNF ) invites all film lovers to partake in our celebration.
Near Nazareth Festival hospitably opens its doors to filmmakers. Festival participants from around the world will show their works. We believe that the best place for them to present their work - is Near Nazareth Festival.
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NEO International Film Festival
Late Deadline
Oct 10, 2018
$30
$15
Extended Deadline
Nov 10, 2018
$40
$20
Super Extended Deadline
Nov 28, 2018
$50
$30
Final Deadline
Nov 30, 2018
$100
$80
Winners Notified:
Dec 3, 2018
The Northeastern Ohio International Film Festival isn't like the other Film Festivals. Our judges aren't looking for big name actors or directors. We are truly an independent film festival and our judge's rate and grade films on the merits of the films using an extensive proprietary grading system. Each judge will also provide notes and a short constructive critique of the film if requested.

The Third Annual NEO International Film Festival is being held again at Paolino's Pub. 2091 Locust Street S. Canal Fulton, OH 44614 on Monday, December 10th at 6PM.
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WEST COAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Final Deadline
Oct 10, 2018
$40-75
Regular Deadline
Oct 10, 2018
$40-75
Winners Notified:
Oct 10, 2018
We were once a Malibu Festival (and yes, we still live in Malibu), but in recent years we are just an online festival, no screening, no parties or press events, BUT we do have MANY categories and there are many good awards for people to win. We will be getting back to our public awards in the near future. Feel free to submit whatever you have...

The festival runs every 3 months, and we issue digital award certificates. The Grand Jury Prize winner gets a superb trophy.

We are real people, not hiding behind a generic label and are very proud of our past winners. We are also industry professionals, who are trying to give back a little joy to the film-making community.
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Cinequest Film & VR Festival
Late Deadline
Oct 12, 2018
$50-60
Final Deadline
Nov 2, 2018
$55-65
Winners Notified:
Mar 17, 2019
The story and legacy of Cinequest is bringing together the Silicon Valley’s technologies and spirit of innovation with the arts to empower great creations—and connecting audiences, youth, artists, and innovators with these creations and with each other, improving our lives and our future. Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and innovation. Cinequest does this through the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival and Picture The Possibilities by Cinequest.

The Cinequest Screenplay Competition empowers global screenwriters through discovery, recognition, and opportunity. Cinequest loves writers, and we welcome you to submit your screenplay or teleplay to our renowned competition. The Top 10 Finalists receive many empowering benefits including: passes to the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival and the exclusive Writers Celebration, plus exposure to leading industry players and inspiring luminaries.

FEATURE SCREENPLAYS
A $5,000 cash prize will be presented to the winning feature-length script. Finalists will also get their scripts read by industry professionals. Previous industry readers have included: ICM Partners, Lions Gate Films, Happy Madison Productions, Entertainment One, XYZ Films, First Light Films, Lupovitz Productions, Echo Lake Entertainment, Verve, and Popular Films. This year the jury will include executives from Netflix, HBO, CBS, Vimeo, Music Box Films, Film Movement, Bond 360 and Women Make Movies.

“After the Cinequest Writers Celebration, an angel investor has swooped in and offered to finance my film. WorkingMan will begin immediate pre-production and will be shot next winter/early spring. Thanks so much to everyone at Cinequest for opening doors to filmmakers and artists everywhere!” -- Robert Jury, Feature Finalist, WorkingMan

SHORT SCREENPLAYS
Our short-film script category continues to attract a diverse international pool with a $1,000 cash prize and a future screening opportunity at Cinequest Film & VR Festival for the winning script.

“We had an incredible time at the festival, and are very much still in complete awe of the amazing response to the film…pretty much everything you’d ever want as a filmmaker. It was a very surreal experience.” -- Travis Neufeld, Shorts Winner, Tinwife(premiered at Cinequest in 2017)

TELEPLAYS (60 Minutes)
A $1,000 cash prize will be presented to the winning 60 minute teleplay and an opportunity to be read by some of today’s top television studios.

"I was thrilled when Cinequest selected my pilot script as a finalist for the teleplay competition. Writers need all the support they can get and Cinequest gave it in abundance. Not only at the festival, with conferences and events for the writers, but long afterwards, when you’re back at the desk and find an email from one of the devoted people at Cinequest in your box. When they get behind you, they stay behind you and continue to do everything they can to help push your project forward." -- Matthew Dixon, Teleplay Finalist, The Glass Hotel (optioned by HBO in 2016)

TELEPLAYS (30 Minutes)
Our 30 minute teleplay category offers writers a chance to showcase what could be the next hit series on TV! $1,000 cash prize to the winner.

“I loved the artist/writer events. It was a pleasure getting to speak with other finalists— writers who are so very creative, talented and diverse in outlook…The importance of Cinequest is that it brings us together, not despite our crazy aspirations as artists, but because of them… and best of all, their encouragement stokes the fire to keep us going.” -- Ada Lee Halofsky, Teleplay Winner, Throwing Shade
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VISIONFEST
Final Deadline
Oct 13, 2018
$80
$70
Winners Notified:
Dec 22, 2018
VISIONFEST is an annual, IMDb qualifying, online film festival and screenwriting competition evolving from what began in 2001 as VISIONFEST: THE OTHER FESTIVAL, founded by the Domani Vision Film Society, an organization dedicated to bringing you tomorrow’s visionaries... today. This newly rebranded, competitive forum, offers artists an exclusive online showcasing platform where subscribers sign up to view excerpts or full versions of projects in competition, the same way audiences would attend film screenings at a film festival. Except that now, the viewing and voting can be done from anywhere in the world, during the online event from December 1 thru December 15, 2018, at visionfest.com, which will also host a “live streamed” awards announcement on December 22, 2018. VISIONFEST is currently accepting short and feature length submissions for consideration in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Web Series Pilot, Music Video, Proof of Concept Trailers. Projects of any genre may be submitted, 1-45 minutes for shorts; 45 minutes and longer for feature length works in the film competition. All selected films are eligible for awards, which include cash, Commemorative statuettes or certificates, and sponsored prizes (i.e. goods/services from supporting sponsors of the event).
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West Texas Film Festival
Final Deadline
Oct 15, 2018
$25
$25
Extended
Oct 15, 2018
$25
$25
Winners Notified:
Oct 21, 2018
The purpose of the West Texas Film Festival is to attract diverse films from both directors and producers that would not normally be featured in West Texas as well as regional media makers. We seek short films, documentaries, features, animation and student films as well as screenplays from all over the world that have the pioneer spirit of film making.
Garden State Film Festival
regular
Oct 15, 2018
late
Nov 10, 2018
Final Deadline
Dec 1, 2018
Winners Notified:
Feb 28, 2019
GSFF is rooted in the celebration of the independent film genre and the creation of a forum where independent filmmakers can exhibit their work. Created to pay tribute to NJ’s legacy as the birthplace of the American film industry and founded in 2002 our event takes place each spring in Asbury Park, NJ. Winners of the screenplay competition receive a live reading of their script by professional actors.
Sierra Canyon Film Festival
Regular
Oct 29, 2018
$20
Late
Jan 14, 2019
$25
Final Deadline
Jan 28, 2019
$30
Winners Notified:
Mar 15, 2019
The 2019 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 backlot of a major Hollywood studio. In 2019, we will once again partner with Raleigh Studios and screen our festival shorts in their state-of-the-art Chaplin screening room.

Sierra Canyon School is an independent, college preparatory school that maintains an exceptional performing arts program with a wide variety of film courses. The Sierra Canyon School Film Festival is focused on short films in any genre produced by student filmmakers and provides a forum for young filmmakers to display their work, network with other young filmmakers, and to learn more about the world of filmmaking from our industry guest speaker.
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
Final Deadline
Oct 30, 2018
Extended
Oct 30, 2018
$60
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2018
The festival aims to promote independent filmmakers and innovative work. To taking risks and moving the frontiers from the boring and most of the times empty conventional to the artistic initiating strong emotions , and out of the box exceptional and give the opportunity to independent filmmakers show case their work free of commercial constrains.
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