Wednesday, August 3, 2016

San Jose International Short Film Fest | Submit Your Short!


SHORT FILM FESTIVALSan Jose, California - United States
October 20 to 23, 2016

In the Spotlight today is the 8th Annual San Jose International Short Film Festival (SJSFF), screening the best short-form stories on the festival circuit. Recently listed by MovieMaker Magazine among the "Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee," SJSFF continues its annual tradition of excellence as San Jose's only film festival exclusively dedicated to spectacular shorts.

SJSFF alum Ben Tolpin boasts, "This festival has the most solidly programmed blocks I've ever seen at a festival. Usually I'll see two or three good films in a block of seven. This festival it's six or seven out of seven." Situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSFF champions a spirit of innovation and creativity that few other festivals can match, as it welcomes comedies, dramas, thrillers, animated works, documentaries, science-fiction tales, and everything in between. There's even a special competitive category for Micro-Cinema, stories told in no more than three minutes.

Each film is screened at SJSFF will be presented in a state-of-the-art theater with 4K projection, plus each film will be projected via DCP (Digital Cinema Package) with audio encoded with up to 5.1 surround channels. SJSFF plans to screen more than 150 world-class shorts for a diverse audience of up-and-coming filmmakers, established executives, industry players, and more. At the end of this four-day adventure, awards will be bestowed at an exciting gala that connects participating filmmakers with the audience they've wowed.

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August 10, 2016 - Late Deadline

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SJSFF's mission is to bring the best in short form storytelling to appreciative audiences in the Silicon Valley.

Guests of the festival are sure to enjoy a leisurely stroll in between screenings and events on San Jose's Santa Row. Filmmakers are also invited to participate in workshops, panels, filmmaker parties and more. Topping off the four day celebration is the highly anticipated Closing Night Party where winning filmmakers will be presented with awards including: Best Short Film, Best Comedy Short, Best Animation, Best Documentary, and Audience Award Winner.

All genres of short films are encouraged to submit - qualify your film today!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Florence calls - 45 days to go!

Only 45 days are left before River to River Florence Indian Film Festival  15th September deadline for entries.

River to River will take into consideration feature films, shorts and documentaries from and about India, of 2015 and 2016.

All the necessary information and the online entry form to be filled in are available in the FILM ENTRIES section of our website:

When submitting your film, other than filling in the online entry form, please send River to River Florence Indian Film Festival via email the online link with its password, the synopsis, the biography of the director and high definition photos.

The Film Festival looks forward to receiving your films and showing them to their Selection Panel for the 16th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival that will take place from 3 to 8 December in Florence.

2017 Sundance

Submissions to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival are now open! Learn more about this year's call for entries and submit your work today.

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What is one piece of advice you would give filmmakers
submitting to Sundance Film Festival?

First and foremost, you should always make the film that you want to make. We have a lot of filmmakers who ask us what makes a film a "Sundance film", but in reality there isn't one particular aesthetic or story type that we are more likely to program than any other. We're mainly looking for fresh and original voices telling the stories that they want to tell and in the way they want to tell them. Using your own voice to power your film is key.

This year Sundance introduced two new categories: 

Episodic Content and Virtual Reality. What inspired this inclusion?

We have been exhibiting VR experiences in our New Frontier program at the Festival for years now, but the public release of new VR platforms has given the creative community new tools to independently design original content for the growing virtual reality space. We really wanted to expand our reach in this field by allowing all creators to send us their work.

As for episodic content, we've received a lot of feedback over the years from content creators in the fields of new media and broadcast television who want to submit their work to us. With so many areas of creative production converging to redefine how we view content in the current landscape, it feels like the right time to open up our submissions process to innovative, independently produced episodic projects. New technologies have made it more common to see series created outside of the studio system, and we're excited to present this work at the Festival.

What kind of Virtual Reality projects is Sundance looking for?
Are there any technical details submitters should be aware of?

Because open submissions in this category are brand new, we feel like it makes the most sense to leave it up to the creative community of artists working within the field to mold both our technical specifications and the kind of work that defines the category. We are currently requesting that applicants submit a 2D video version of their work and we added an additional field on the application to allow them to send us a download link in their preferred format, whether it be a 360° video, an .apk file for VR-enabled smartphones, or a PC installation package for Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, but because the VR landscape is always evolving, we encourage all potential applicants to contact us at newfrontier@sundance.orgif they wish to submit their work in another format.

Once accepted to screen at the Festival, what can filmmakers
expect their experience to be during the big event?

\We have an amazing staff of people in our Film Office who are dedicated to making the filmmaker experience as enjoyable as it can possibly be. The Festival can be an overwhelming experience, especially for first-timers, so we try to think of ourselves as hosts for all of the artists presenting their work to our audience. Our goal is to make the Festival an exciting and beneficial experience for artists and audiences alike.

What is the first thing programmers take note of when reviewing submissions?
We really try to view each film submitted to us with as little information as possible going into it, as we feel it keeps the process fair and unbiased. Our programming team generally reviews all submitted projects with a blind eye-- we don't usually look at any of the application details before we start watching. Otherwise, it's always helpful when a film grabs you right from the start through craft and originality, but there is no one thing we take note of prior to viewing that could cloud our perception of the work itself. We always recommend that you focus your energy on making your film the best it can be and spend less time on supplemental materials.

July 29, 2016 - Virtual Reality Projects, Official Submission Deadline
August 8, 2016 - Episodic Content, Early Submission Deadline
August 8, 2016 - Short Films, Early Submission Deadline
August 15, 2016 - Narrative Feature Films, Early Submission Deadline
August 15, 2016 - Documentary Feature Films, Early Submission Deadline

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Seeking Shorts | European Short Film Festival


Berlin - Germany

October 1 to 6, 2016

The Inaugural European Short Film Festival, building a shared international cultural experience through a fantastic array of international independent short films. 

Filmmakers should submit music videos under 20 minutes
and short films under 40 minutes in the following categories: 
Short Film, Documentary, Animated, Comedy, Experimental, and Horror.

The Festival emerged from a passionate calling to create bridges between cultures and provide unique stories from around the globe a platform to be seen. Rooted in the firm belief that no medium is better positioned than film to enable people to understand, question and affect the world, European Short Film Festival is poised to present an inspiring showcase that attracts audiences from diverse backgrounds. All visiting filmmakers will benefit from the Festival's central European location in Berlin with easy access to all corners of the continent. Additionally, invited filmmakers will have the opportunity to attend all festival events throughout the six day event with room to explore all that the city has to offer.

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August 5, 2016 - Regular Deadline

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The European Short Film Festival's mission to bring quality international independent film to the widest possible audience in Berlin and beyond.

European Short Film Festival accepts low-budget short films in every genre, on any topic from every country around the world. Special attention is paid to first and second time directors, and films that overcome budget limitations in new and innovative ways.

Submit your short film today!