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Raindance Film Festival
Early Deadline
Apr 26, 2019
$72
$32
Final Deadline
May 31, 2019
$130
$65
Winners Notified:
Oct 6, 2019
Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK. It is based in the heart of London’s buzzing West End film district.

Raindance Film Festival is officially recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences USA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Independent Film Awards. Selected shorts will qualify for Oscar® and BAFTA considerations.

Festival Sections:
- World-renowned programme of the best UK and international independent films
- Masterclasses with special guests
- Raindance Forum and Marketplace – talks and panels
- Raindance Virtual and Augmented Reality Strand
- Raindance Web Fest
- Networking events

Each year, Raindance attracts dozens of thousands of visitors including hundreds of industry professionals into London. The 27th Raindance will take place 25 September – 6 October 2019 in central London.

Films will compete for: Film of the Festival, Best UK Feature, Best International Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Performance, Best Documentary Feature, Discovery Award, Short of the Festival, Best UK Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Music Video to recognize achievement for the most innovative talent and films that challenge the boundaries of filmmaking.

A separate jury will judge the WebFest and VR/AR nominees. All selected WebFest series will compete for an Audience and a Jury Award. VR/AR nominees will compete for: ​Best Interactive Narrative VR Experience, Best Animation VR Experience, Best Cinematic VR Experience, Best Documentary VR Experience, Best Social Impact VR Experience, Best Music VR Experience, Best Multi-Person VR Experience, British Award: Best UK VR Experience, Discovery Award: Best Debut VR Experience, and Grand Jury Prize: Best Immersive Story.

Amongst others, Raindance has hosted the UK premieres of What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Blair Witch Project, Dead Man’s Shoes, Memento, Humpday, Love Exposure, Ghost World, Capturing the Friedmans, Down Terrace, I Origins and Old Boy. Our programming receives plaudits from press and public alike.

Over the years, the festival has hosted such guests and filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Terry Gilliam, Shane Meadows, Ken Loach, Marky Ramone, Iggy Pop, Anton Corbijn, Quentin Tarantino, Faye Dunaway and Lou Reed. Over the last few years our international Jury has included Sean Bean, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Martin Freeman, Gareth Edwards, Ewen Bremner, Jason Flemyng, Andrew Scott, Tom Waits, Vicky McClure and Sheridan Smith among top UK industry guest jurors.
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South Carolina Underground Film Festival
Spring
Apr 30, 2019
$40
$35
Normal
Aug 31, 2019
$45
$40
Final Deadline
Sep 30, 2019
$55
$45
Winners Notified:
Nov 10, 2019
The South Carolina Underground Film Festival celebrates all genres of independent film in one festival. Taking place in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina, SCUFF is truly an international film festival as we are seeking films from all over the globe. The SCUFF will be two packed days of indie films where fans and filmmakers can meet and mingle and celebrate obscure and independent film.

Besides promoting and showcasing the best in truly independent cinema from all around the globe, the SCUFF also promotes local filmmaking in SC. We will shine a special spotlight on SC produced films and filmmakers. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to have their works screened for a captive audience while competing for awards in many categories.

From the novice to the professional, from the student to the experimental filmmaker, SCUFF is seeking all type of films that may not be able to find an audience in more mainstream film festivals.

Drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, action, animation, music videos, fake trailers, puppet shows, claymation, documentary, LGBT, and so on. If you can create it, we want to see it. The more obscure the better!

Do you have to ask yourself if your film is too much for our festival? If so then we definitely want to see it! Does your film push social boundaries? Would Sundance or any mainstream festival laugh at you thinking you had a chance to get into their festival? Then we want your movie!

Q&A’s will follow screening with visiting filmmakers and actors. The festival will end on the second night with a big awards ceremony as we give out the SCUFF awards! Follow us on Facebook and we continue to make announcements until the festival arrives! Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you made!

The SCUFF wants to promote and nurture independent films and filmmakers. We want to expose to the world a whole new segment of cinema that they would never see anywhere else. Because of this our film festival is FREE to the public! We hope this will bring out lots of people to all the screenings and create a fun and festive environment for not only the attendees but also visiting filmmakers.

Awards & Prizes

SCUFFY Awards will be given out in many categories. Our new SCUFFY awards were designed and sculpted by special effects artist Tony Rosen who is most famous for creating the Annabelle doll used in the films "The Conjuring" and "Annabelle". We also give our winners our famous miners helmets too! Official Sponsor Final Draft scriptwriting software will present software to the winners of the best unproduced screenplay categories. Unproduced screenplay categories will also receive free listings on InkTip. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

Trophies and awards will be given for:

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Produced Screenplay (short and feature)
Best Unproduced Screenplay (short and feature)
Best SC Feature Film
Best SC Short Film
Best SC Filmmaker
Audience Choice Award
Jury Award
Runner up Unproduced Screenplay (short and feature)
Best Foreign Film

Many more awards and prizes will be added later so check back often!
[C]Screen Festival - Fiction Fall
Regular
Apr 30, 2019
$2
Final Deadline
May 23, 2019
$2.50
Winners Notified:
Jul 1, 2019
We are a humble exhibition of shortfilms that runs for some years in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Spain). Our aim is to move the people of our city every weekend of October with fiction shortfilms. [C]Screen gets out the cold of the autumn with a wide and adapted programation to each edition: common stories, funny ones, science-fiction, animation, historical, serious, controversial... We also organise talks and workshops in collaboration with local entities or citizens. All is welcomed!

Our prizes are symbolic and they depend of the paying submissions we get but we try our best to promote cinema and support directors.
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Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition
Final Deadline
Apr 30, 2019
$90
$80
Winners Notified:
May 2, 2019
2019 Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition(Spring Edition) takes place in the heart of the greatest city in the world. BAFF, named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee" and top "25 Coolest Film Festivals".
ALUMNI FILMS include Academy Award and Golden Globe nominees, SAG Award winners and nominees, as well as films released by HBO, Showtime, IFC, Netflix, Amazon, Itunes and More...
Enter your film or script at filmfreeway.com/BigAppleFilmFestival
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Digital Griffix Film Festival
May
May 1, 2019
$20
$20
June
Jun 1, 2019
$20
$20
July
Jul 1, 2019
$20
$20
Final Deadline
Dec 24, 2019
$20
$20
Winners Notified:
Dec 25, 2019
After a successful third year, Digital Griffix film festival is back as an international online and onsite event, a showcase of short films under 30 minutes and full length films. The films are selected each month to be screened from our website and vimeo account for a week or more, starting on February 1st 2019. There will be a new deadline set every month.

Prizes will be sent at the end of 2019 and will be trophies and certificates

At the end of the year, on December 25th 2019 the winners in each category will be announced. All genres welcomed, films must be submitted in english or subtitled in english. Films in french or subtitled in french can also be submitted.

All films will be screened in a secure way with no download option available.

The categories to submit in are :

-Animation
-Documentary
-Fiction film

Please note that some films could be in consideration during the whole year.
Shriekfest Horror/SciFi Film Festival & Screenplay Competition
Regualar
May 1, 2019
$20-55
Late
Jun 1, 2019
$20-60
Final Deadline
Jul 11, 2019
$30-65
Winners Notified:
Oct 6, 2019
A celebration of indie horror/thriller/scifi/fantasy films and scripts! Currently celebrating our 19th year! Shriekfest is bi coastal in Los Angeles and Orlando!

Fees vary on when you submit
Las Vegas International Film and Screenplay Competition
Extended Deadline
May 1, 2019
$55
$45
Final Deadline
Jun 25, 2019
$75
$50
Winners Notified:
Aug 3, 2019
The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition mission is to celebrate the independent motion picture and literary arts by providing a platform for filmmakers and writers to have their work awarded and recognized. The Las Vegas International Film and Screenwriting Competition offer more than just a handful of award possibilities. We pride ourselves in providing a wide variety of award opportunities between our various screenwriting and film categories.
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NEO International Film Festival
Regular Deadline
May 1, 2019
$25
$10
Late Deadline
Aug 1, 2019
$30
$15
Extended Deadline
Nov 1, 2019
$40
$20
Final Deadline
Nov 28, 2019
$50
$30
Super Extended Deadline
Nov 28, 2019
$50
$30
Winners Notified:
Dec 9, 2019
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 Fourth 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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Brainwash Movie Festival
“On Time”
May 1, 2019
$65
$30
Final Deadline
May 21, 2019
“Late”
May 21, 2019
$90
$40
Winners Notified:
Jul 1, 2019
Brainwash, since 1995, has delighted audiences with a selection of the bizarre, the unique, and just plain old well-made movies from independent producers all over the world. With an eye toward the abstract, the innovative and the weird, Brainwash salutes it’s 25th Silver Anniversary this 2019 season and will have a Unity Night of movies as well as a hot little Silver Anniversary Celebration. We have consistently attracted entries we curate to be able to display some of the most cutting edge cinema from up and coming directors, actors, producers and crews consistently year after year. So please send us yours this year and help us celebrate! Thank You!

REPORT FROM BRAINWASH MOVIES, OAKLAND, CA
We are Brainwash Movies, doing the Brainwash Movie Festival. We’ve been going every year for 24 years, and are looking forward to celebrating our 25th Silver anniversary this festival season, in July. Presenting an aesthetic beyond the parameters of the everyday & the usual, we expand into the roots of the underground, experimental & just plain charming.
Our top winners last year were: 2nd Grand Prize Award to Twice Upon a Time by Vojin Vasovic and the First Prize Award to High Five the Cactus by Christopher Allan Thomas.
Our festival is a mainstay in the local, East Bay of the San Francisco Bay, CA, area. Submissions are now open on FilmfreeWay, Withoutabox and other major submission platforms online.
We’re also looking for interested individuals to participate with us.
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ARFF International
Earlybird Deadline
May 8, 2019
$65
$50
Final Deadline
May 28, 2019
$65
$50
Winners Notified:
Jun 1, 2019
Around International Film Festival // Official Awards ✈
Annual Independent event with 4 live screening for all genre creations. Every month, the international community awards the creations to serve ARFF Official Laurel and to participate on yearly ceremony.
It's also possible to submit separately on ARFF Amsterdam ✈
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ARFFAmsterdam
ARFF Paris ✈
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ARFFParis
ARFF Barcelona ✈
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ARFFBarcelona
Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes
Regular
May 15, 2019
$35
Late
Jul 15, 2019
$50
Final Deadline
Oct 31, 2019
Extended
Oct 31, 2019
$65
Winners Notified:
Nov 30, 2019
The festival aims to promote independent filmmakers and innovative work that take risks and move the frontiers from the boring and most of the times empty conventional to the artistic initiating strong emotions and out of the box exceptional. It equally aims to give the opportunity to independent filmmakers to showcase their work free of commercial constraints.
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Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival
Final Deadline
May 15, 2019
$20-40
Winners Notified:
Jul 1, 2019
Wandering Reel is a traveling short film festival with a focus on bringing meaningful films to communities with limited or no access to compassionate, thought-provoking cinema. We strive to engage our audiences in deeper conversation about the role of cinema, and how films can relate to community, conscious living, and contribute to making the world a stronger and more unified place.

Established 2014
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Hip Hop Film Festival
Final Deadline
May 15, 2019
$60
$60
Late Deadline
May 15, 2019
$60
$60
Winners Notified:
Aug 4, 2019
This is NOT a festival of Hip Hop movies, The Hip Hop Film Festival that focuses on filmmakers and movie lovers raised in THE CULTURE.

All genres, all stories welcome... we focus on filmmaker born after 1960 that are reshaping narratives across a broad spectrum and influencing how we watch visually impactful narratives.

This year we are offering first look deals and acquisition meetings with major networks and production studios across several categories.

Over the past 3 years the festival has been sponsored by NETFLIX, FINAL DRAFT, New York Life, Verizon, Metro PCS and a host of other amazing collaborators. We host over 200 filmmakers from every continent, and 3,000 film enthusiasts from all over the world at our dedicated theater in NYC for what we call "FOUR DAYS OF FRESH".

The Hip Hop Film Festival also features the "Master Cypher®" where Hollywood Insiders gave their expertise on how to negotiate distribution deals, the business side of getting a screenplay greenlit, a successful web series, how to fund a major movie on a budget and more...

The festival awards the distinction of BEST of the FEST in over 21 categories including, best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Web Series and more. The festival and our filmmakers received world wide press and many went on to be invited to other festivals. Some are now on world tours and some scored distribution deals

... and it began with the Hip Hop Film Festival.

The 2019 season of the Hip Hop Film Festival takes place August 1st through August 4th in NYC.

Powered by 247Films.tv, the festival will launch the careers of the next batch of independent writers, directors and actors who are children of the global culture of Hip Hop.
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BELIFF London
Final Deadline
May 16, 2019
$40-99
Winners Notified:
Sep 25, 2019
Constantly in Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway BELIFF is open to everyone.


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS BELIFF:

https://youtu.be/enSBucdaRvg
https://youtu.be/vh_pkLp3W6w


WHY SUBMIT TO BELIFF:
• GUARANTEE that your film is watched with brief FEEDBACK for every submission

• Public Award decided entirely by the audience

• Breathtaking venue. The first and only original art-deco Cinema of its kind in London: THE PHOENIX opened 1910 (a shooting location for movies: Interview with the Vampire, 1994/ My Week With Marylin, 2011).

• Prompt, Transparent and Friendly in communication

• Promotional Video Interview if you attend the event (check us out on youtube)

• DISTRIBUTION PROSPECTS with the Phoenix for the right film(s)

• The Results of the Film Rating Scores that come directly from the Public

• Opportunity to publicize your film by purchasing an editorial in our Festival Magazine FILM VOICE.

• iPitchTV and Fade In Leading Screenwriting Software complementary memberships and prizes for the winners

• Get a professional opinion about your film by ordering a Review or Feedback

• Constant Social Media Support for your achievements in the industry

• Feedback in case a film gets rejected (on express request ONLY)

Looking forward to viewing your films.

Submissions vary depending on each type of film:
- Student
- Short / Commercial/ Music Video
- Featurette (21-40 minutes)
- Features

Check out our submission page for what people are saying about us and for details:
https://filmfreeway.com/BELIFF
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Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2019
Regular
May 17, 2019
$19
Final Deadline
Jun 24, 2019
$25
Winners Notified:
Nov 9, 2019
Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2019 Now Open-Awards & International Showcases

Featuring the best short films of 2019 at international film festivals

We're screening 8 nights of short film at cinemas across Edinburgh in 2019

Presenting awards and trophies for the best films selected by our jury for Best Film, & Best Animation & Best Scottish Short!

This year, we're also excited to be programming films and film partnerships for our 2019 partners:

DC Independent Film Festival (Washington)
The Adriatic Film Festival
The Sardinia Film Festival
Fastnet Film Festival
Firenze FilmCorti (Florence)
Puppet Animation Scotland
Edinburgh Printmakers

Open for entries online

https://www.edinburghshortfilmfestival.com/call-for-entries-2019/
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Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza M.I.C.E Festival
Final Deadline
May 20, 2019
$65
Winners Notified:
Jun 1, 2019
The Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza M.I.C.E. aims to be one of Melbourne's leading cinema extravaganza, raising awareness and celebrating these wonderful totem animals- Mice.

It will attract filmmakers from all around the world and celebrate their brilliant creations. With a strong focus on all the millions of life saving mice who sacrifice their lives to the research and study of terminal illnesses/cancer world wide.

It is a unique platform for new talent and a celebration of cinematic creativity, innovation and extravagance with artists new creations being judged right here in Melbourne City.

Films with a focus on terminal illness will be welcomed to help, educate, raise awareness, and bring hope to all the sufferers and families.
Art, Music and Film is a dynamic, healing way to help sufferers and their families as well as entertain all those who come along to this wonderful celebration.

A celebration that will engage, entertain, enlighten and bring together local and International films and give recognition to these wonderful, remarkable, brave little animals with a big, corageous heart.

“I came up with this film festival idea whilst at my screening of my first film in my trilogy, FATE-It is what it is! This was at the 2013 New York City Independent Film Festival, in Time Square. New York is filled with masses of people running in all directions- like mice! Very similar to Mice in cages of scientific research and health trials. These humans were like mice, all going somewhere, doing something and 95% of them chasing their own creation and creativity. And almost 50% having suffered or been scared with terminal illness at some point in their lives. I came back to Melbourne city and saw the same thing. We are all mice and these amazing totem animals of this festival have such a significance to our lives. They are life-saving!
I want this festival to begin to bring awareness just to how lucky we are to have mice in our life and celebrate their existence in a Melbourne International Cinema Extravaganza- MICE.
It was the beginnings of creating brilliance. Don't wait – Create! And we shall do just that with all the amazing courage of all of us working as a team of creative little mice, exhibiting dynamic, wonderful, International films and in turn celebrate the life-saving mice!”
R Lobosco.
Creator/Director of MICE Festival.
One of the judges in the 2016 MICE festival.
Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF)
Final Deadline
May 21, 2019
$20-60
Extended Deadline
May 21, 2019
$20-60
Winners Notified:
Sep 22, 2019
The Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) is a year round award competition and screening festival with annual event in the beautiful city of Toronto. With this being our first years, each year in late September immediately after the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF, we will have our festival event and award night. For each quarter of each year, the official selection and winner are announced on our website. TINFF is a focus oriented music and film festival, with an awards night to recognize and encourage filmmakers by appreciating, promoting, challenge and develops an understanding of equality, social justice, non-discrimination, diversity and multiculturalism.
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Over the Fence Comedy short film festival
Regular
May 22, 2019
$29
$24
Late
Jul 22, 2019
$33
$28
Final Deadline
Sep 22, 2019
$37
$32
Winners Notified:
Nov 1, 2020
Over The Fence, one of the world's coolest comedy film festivals is looking for the best comedy films from around the planet!
Our criteria for a comedy short film is simple `a film which is driven by, or, ultimately concludes with an 'excellent sense of humour'.

Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival strives for excellence in curating and presenting comedy films that change the way we view the world. We celebrate new & independent filmmakers, their comic masterpieces, and, their excellent sense of humour.

We are committed to encouraging and stimulating comedy film production worldwide, and promote comedy films that celebrate, entertain and inspire.

We are an organisation dedicated to championing independent and new filmmakers. We create a vibrant, stimulating, inspiring environment for filmmakers & audiences, and bring laughter, thought and joy to people.
Peachtree Village International Film Festival
Early Bird
May 26, 2019
$35
$25
Regular Deadline
Jul 26, 2019
$40
$35
Final Deadline
Aug 28, 2019
$45
$40
Late Deadline
Aug 28, 2019
$45
$40
Winners Notified:
Sep 8, 2019
PVIFF is hosted by Gipp. Museums, Inc. PVIFF attracts 3,000+ people each year from around the world. PVIFF was created in 2006 under the previous name (Sweet Auburn International Film Festival) and have served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists alike in the film & entertainment industry. This dynamic international film festival showcases feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. PVIFF also feature celebrity attractions, innovative workshops, panels, parties, and much more. PVIFF is one of the most celebrated film events through dynamic programming and a dedication to helping filmmakers excel in their careers. PVIFF's brand is entrenched in the old saying "It Takes A Village."

Our vision allows us to create a village atmosphere that provide opportunities not only for filmmakers but for business owners and film enthusiasts. Artists such as Actor/Director, Mario Van Peebles, Actress, Ruby Dee, Director/Writer Rob Hardy of Rain Forest Films, Producer, Roger Bobb of Tyler Perry Studios, Director, Malcolm Lee, Casting Director, Alpha Tyler formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, Casting Director, Kim Hardin, Emmy Award Winning Producer, Dean Hargrove, Casting Director & Producer, Reuben Cannon formerly of Tyler Perry Studios, Best Selling Author Omar Tyree, Actor, Bill Nunn, Director, Kenny Leon, Humanitarian, Afeni Shakur and more have all participated in various aspects of PVIFF over the years. In 2006 during PVIFF's first year the winning short film "Binta & The Great Idea" was nominated for an Academy Award and numerous other projects have received phenomenal acclaim throughout the years as well. With increased exposure, the assistance from the film and business community PVIFF will continue to help ignite opportunities and make dreams to come true for decades to come.
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Near Nazareth Festival ( NNF )
Final Deadline
May 28, 2019
Winners Notified:
May 31, 2019
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.
Our festival - NNF - is the first of its kind.
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