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!

2017 HIFF Screenwriters Lab: Submissions Open!

Do you have a screenplay ready to be discovered? 
Submit your work to the Hamptons International Film Festival 2017 Screenwriters Lab today. 

Now in its 17th year, the HIFF Lab is an intimate gathering that takes place each spring in East Hampton (2017 dates: April 7-9). The Lab develops emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers and creative producers with up-and-coming screenwriters, chosen by HIFF in collaboration with key industry contacts.
Early Bird Deadline: December 5!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Aspen Shortsfest | Call for entries

Aspen, Colorado - USA
April 4 to 9, 2017

26th Annual Aspen Shortsfest, recognized as one of the premier short film festivals in the world, this Oscar-qualifying festival embraces diverse sensibilities and subjects that capture the zeitgeist of today's world. Each spring, Aspen Shortsfest's intimate atmosphere, diverse screenings of American and international films (many of them premieres), and scenic setting in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, provides a unique experience for appreciative filmmakers and film-lovers alike.

Talented filmmakers also have the opportunity to earn cash prizes up to $2,500 USD in a range of competitive categories including a student competition, and the international visibility of the festival gives a welcome jolt of publicity to talented short-form artistry.

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November 30, 2016 - Regular Deadline

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The festival's centerpiece is the Oscar-qualifying International Competition, reflecting incredible diversity and creativity of today's short filmmaking in drama, comedy, animation, and documentary. Recent Shortsfest success stories include Bear Story (Chile) winning the Oscar for Best animated Short Film in 2016, and We Can't Live Without Cosmos (Russian Fedration) and Shok (Republic of Kosovo/UK) being nominated.

Animated, comedy, dramatic and documentary shorts are now being accepted - qualify your short film today!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival July 12 - 16, 2016

December 31, 2016 Earlybird Deadline  

The Melbourne Doc Fest each year curates world class features direct from some of the hottest most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world like Sheffield Doc Fest, Traverse City Film Festival Doc NYC, SXSW, Doc Edge and IDFA. But what matters to us most is documentaries that are well-made, compelling, thought provoking, passionate and relevant to Australian audiences.
The Melbourne Doc Fest is one of the world newest documentary film festivals and one of the most fun and interesting stop overs on the international documentary film festival circuit. It is the only festival in Australasia to provide feedback on submissions. 
We want to highlight and promote all documentaries, but in particular:
·  Documentaries from Women in Film
·  Aboriginal and Indigenous documentaries
·  Asian cinema
·  LGBTI documentaries
Good luck filmmakers! 

Maryland International Film Festival March 31 – April 2, 2017

Submit by November 25, 2016

For 6 years, we've been bringing in the finest films from around the world. The film festival became a 501(c)3 and launched in 2009 and now screens more then 70 films each year! Hollywood Director Joe Carnahan is our creative director. He has brought us such films as "The Grey" and "The A-Team" with Liam Neeson and now has Bad Boys 3 in pre-production. Most of our previous winners of Best Feature have obtained distribution. Last year's winner BEREAVE just signed a distribution deal and said, " I wish to take a moment to tell you that your hospitality and your wonderful festival helped our film stand out for distribution. Thank you for that and we'll be sending you more of our work in the future.” So join us!
We look forward to having you screen at our 6th year anniversary!