Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Nantucket Film Festival & Screenplay Competition | Calling all Filmmakers and Screenwriters to submit!


Nantucket, Massachusetts - USA

The 22nd Annual Nantucket Film Festival & Screenplay Competition (NFF), dedicated to the notion that the screenwriter's contribution is at the core of filmmaking. For six days in June, screenwriting and independent storytelling are celebrated with over 100 films screened (features and shorts) and through Signature Programs, making the NFF one of the most unique destination film festivals in the world. This summer getaway attracts VIP talents that are an integral part of festival programming meeting with filmmakers and cinema fans.

NFF is a standout on the festival circuit, selecting imaginative independent films that form a bond between the writer and the film-going audience. NFF fosters emerging screenwriters through our Showtime's Tony Cox Screenplay Competition, awarding over $7,000 USD to writers of feature and short screenplays, plus original, unproduced television pilots. One outstanding female director will also have the opportunity to take home the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Excellence in Filmmaking Award which boasts a $5,000 cash prize. Audiences and invited guest alike rave about NFF's signature events, such as Late Night Storytelling, the All-Star Comedy Roundtable Presented by Ben Stiller, and staged readings of unproduced screenplays, culminating in the gala Screenwriters Tribute, which each year honors the careers of notable and distinguished screenwriters and storytellers.

Many visiting filmmakers have launched collaborations from their time spent in Nantucket. John Hamburg and Ben Stiller were first introduced at NFF; Hamburg then went on to write several screenplays for Stiller's production company. Showtime's Tony Cox Screenplay award winner Sophie Barthes had the opportunity to connect with Paul Giamatti and introduce her winning script, Cold Souls. Giamatti agreed to star in the film, which was released to critical acclaim. Recently, Screenplay Competition winner Patrick Tobin earned a spot on The Black List for his script, Cake , which went on to be produced by and star Jennifer Aniston. Filmmakers seeking collaborating partners and next career moves have great potential while at NFF.

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December 12, 2016 - Regular Deadline

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NFF spotlights exceptional screenwriters and the craft of screenwriting in today's cinema.

Outstanding screenplays take the next step toward success with generous cash prizes made possible by The Showtime's Tony Cox Screenplay Competitions; $5,000 USD for Feature Screenplay, $1,000 for Episodic Screenplay (60 Min), $1,000 for Episodic Screenplay (30 Min), and $500 for Short Screenplay. In addition, the Feature Screenplay winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Festival and a month-long residency at the unique Screenwriters Colony in October on Nantucket, where colonists are provided with a work station, transportation, cleaning, and chef services... and all they are asked to do is write.

Features, Shorts, Animation, Screenplays and TV Scripts are welcome for submission - submit your best work today!

Monday, December 5, 2016

11th Annual GI Film Festival Call for enteies

Washington, D.C. - USA
The 11th Annual GI Film Festival (GIFF), a cinema showcase dedicated exclusively to honoring members of the Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and democracy. A veritable "Sundance for the troops," GIFF preserves the courageous stories of American veterans and salutes the sacrifices of American GIs while acknowledging the warrior spirit around the globe. The fest all unfolds in the heart of America's capital city while also offering national exposure through regional events, a robust marketing apparatus, power-house media partnerships, and relationships with key distributors.

The festival offers an array of marketing and distribution opportunities, including events in Washington, DC and San Diego, California, and first-look deals with distributors such as The American Heroes Channel. The GI Film Festival also delivers a massive amount of media exposure for its films and filmmakers, earning over 100 million media and consumer impressions in 2016, including television coverage by all major network DC affiliates and robust coverage from the military and entertainment trades.

In 2017, GIFF will bring together filmmakers in the military genre with top industry film and television executives for the fest's inaugural Pitchfest. Each participating filmmaker will be given 90 seconds to pitch their ideas for new film and TV projects to GIFF's panel of expert judges in the hopes of being awarded a prize package and recognition within the industry. There is a reason why actor Michele Monaghan (Fort BlissTrue Detectives ) said GIFF was the "single most profound experience" of her entire career. In bringing together Hollywood celebrities, filmmakers, Members of Congress and top military leaders, GIFF provides a unique mix of experiences that are unforgettable and, at times, life altering.

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December 15, 2016 - Regular Deadline

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Recent editions of GIFF have featured representation from Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount and SAG-AFTRA, each with a dedicated event - highlights include Honoring The Warrior Spirit, A Salute To Hollywood Patriots, GIFF Finance And Distribution Boot Camp, and Salute To Women In The Military. In 2015, the festival hosted the World Premiere of Ryan Little's film War Pigs which received the festival's "Best Action Feature" award along with national theatrical and digital distribution deal through Cindedigm. GIFF's 2015 award-winning narrative short film Day One, directed by military veteran Henry Hughes, received an Oscar nomination in 2016.

Films, Screenplays, Music Videos, and Video Games are being accepted now - 

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

TIFF Kids International Film Festival | Seeking Kid Friendly Films

FILM FESTIVALToronto - Canada
April 7 to 23, 2017

20th Annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival (TIFF Kids), celebrating two decades as a leading discovery event for children's programming. TIFF Kids is committed to sparking a connection between kids, film and the storytellers that are creating cinema made for their generation. Last year the festival featured a compelling lineup of 143 films - 28 features and 115 shorts - to more than 30,000 people and represented the best of Canadian and international cinema, hands-on family activities and showcases for young filmmakers.

Three Young People's Juries select the best film presented in their age category. In addition, a jury of industry professionals presents two awards for best live-action and animated short film. In 2016, the TIFF Kids Festival expanded to three public weekends in order to give families more opportunities to see quality children's films they may never have the opportunity to see again.

The 2017 TIFF Kids International Film Festival will include but not be limited to the following programmes: Reel Rascals, Special Presentations, Short Film Programme, Feature Film Programme, and an Educational Programme that allows teachers and students to delve further into the themes explored in the films presented at the festival. Films are selected on the basis of quality and originality and preference will be given to films not previously screened at a festival in Canada.

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December 9, 2016 - Final Deadline

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If you have a film made to spark youth audiences then qualify your project today!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Berlin Independent Film Festival | Seeking Low to No-Budget Films

Berlin - Germany
February 9 to 15, 2017

The 8th Annual Berlin Independent Film Festival (BIFF), showcasing a broad spectrum of emerging talents while celebrating the gritty and glorious thrills of independent screenwriting and filmmaking. BIFF not only understands and appreciates the challenges faced by independent filmmakers, it works to position their wares effectively in a complex and daunting global marketplace. At BIFF, filmmakers don't need big budgets and savvy PR knowledge -- they just need great material.

As a key gathering point for the international film industry, BIFF shines a bright and powerful spotlight on new talents, creative discovery, and innovative filmmaking. Throughout its 11-day run, the festival bursts with exciting networking opportunities with agents, distributors, and other experts primed to accelerate creative careers. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage not only of the festival's countless offerings, but also of the robust artistic community that keeps Berlin buzzing.

Screenplays, short films, and feature-length narratives are embraced with equal enthusiasm at BIFF. There's even a competitive category exclusive to female filmmakers, striving to give talented women a leg up in an all-too-male dominated industry. Micro-budget, low-budget, and no-budget filmmaking make up the three-sided centerpiece. BIFF keeps its focus squarely where it belongs: great stories and the people who craft them.

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December 2, 2016 - Late Deadline

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BIFF screens an interesting motley of films each year, recent examples include Christian Suhr's Descending with Angels, highlighting Danish Muslims possessed by jinns; and Berton Pierce's Adventurados, following two down-on-their-luck space shuttle pilots as they fly a last mission from the Moon to Earth before retiring.

Submit your best film or screenplay today, and join in on the excitement!