The New Stuff

film festival USA

The Biggest List of Film Festivals in the US: A must-have for every Indie filmmaker (Jan-Mar)


film festival USA

We decided to break our list of film festivals in the US into four because we don’t like to make a really long blog post. If you want to get an Excel file of the full list of film festivals in the USA (Jan-Dec) complete with location, e-mails, fees, and other notes, simply like our Facebook page and send us a PM there with this message “I want the Big List.” It will make your life so much easier!

JANUARY

ASPEN GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL
gay and lesbian-oriented films
Fee: $10

ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Jewish life

BELOIT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

BERLIN & BEYOND 
German-language films

BLACK MARIA FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
Traveling Festival
FEE: $35 (up to 30 min.)/$45 (31-100 min.)

DANCE ON CAMERA FESTIVAL
FEE: $20

FROZEN RIVER FILM FESTIVAL
Environment, Adventure Travel, World Culture, Extreme Sports

GET SHORTY FILM SHOWCASE & TOUR
short films 10 minutes or less in length

GOLDIE FILM AWARDS
FEE: $30 (regular),$40 (late)

HOT SHOPS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
$50/$30 (high school students)

INDIANA PLAYERS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
short films under 30 minutes in length
FEE: $15

INDIE FEST 
FEE: $50

KIDS FIRST! FILM FESTIVAL
children's media
FEE: $40-$75

LAMAR UNIVERSITY/SPINDLETOP FILM FESTIVAL
general, but has strong student focus
$15 (students)/$20 (all others)

MADE IN MIAMI FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
films produced or post-produced in Miami, Florida
FEE: $45

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $75

PEC INDEPENDENT FILM CHAMPIONSHIP 
Moc/Documentary

REEL MUSIC FESTIVAL
films on, of and about music
FEE: $15 (U.S.)/$20 (international)

SAN FRANCISCO OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25

SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25-95

SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL L.A.
Nordic Oscar Submissions and recent films

SIXTY SECOND FILMS ONLINE FILM COMPETITION
60 second shorts only

SLAMDANCE
Held in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Fest.
early deadline - $25(under 40 min.)/$40 (over 40 min.)
late deadline - $35 (under 40 min.)/$60 (over 40 min.)
$100 (screenplays)

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
$35-100

WILD AND SCENIC ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
adventure, nature, environmental
$20-50
_________________________________________________________________________________

FEBRUARY

AMELIA ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL
FEE:$15-50

AMERICAN SEPHARDI FEDERATION FILM FESTIVAL
Jewish Films
FREE

ANNAPOLIS REEL CINEMA FESTIVAL
FREE

ATLANTIS ADVENTURE
Maritime Category
FEE:$20 or creative reason not to pay

BOSTON SCIENCE FICTION FESTIVAL
sci-fi films
FEE:$40-55

BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
International Film Festival
FEE:$35

CAROLINA FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL
FEE:$5-$40

CATHODE FILMS ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL
FEE:$25-$50

CONSCIOUS LIFE FILM FESTIVAL
paranormal, metaphysical, spiritual, UFO, occult
FREE

DAM SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
FEE:$15-$45

THE DIRECTOR'S VIEW FILM FESTIVAL
FEE:$40, $100 

DIY FILM FESTIVAL
FEE:$35 (shorts)/$50 (flf, screenplays)/$20 (students)

DULUTH SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
shorts under 5 minutes only
FREE

EAST LANSING CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL
appropriate for children
FEE: $25

FREEDOM FILM FESTIVAL - LOS ANGELES
social conscience

FREEDOM FILM FESTIVAL - NEW JERSEY
social conscience

GASPARILLA FILM FESTIVAL
FREE

GOLDEN FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25-$55

GUERRILLA FILM FESTIVAL 
FEE: $20

HBO COMEDY FESTIVAL
(formerly the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL 
must be under 19 years of age
FREE

KANSAS SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
this is not a film competition; it is a showing of 15 silent
films, all shown to live accompaniment

LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25

LONG ON SHORTS AFRICAN DIASPORA FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $15 (early)/$25 (final) 

THE MCGUFFIN FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $10-$15

MID-VALLEY VIDEO FESTIVAL
FEE: $20-$30

MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
emphasis on mountain culture, action sports, and environmental issues
FEE: $20-55

NEW ORLEANS LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL: REEL IDENTITIES
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-themed films or directors
FEE: $25 (early)/$35 (late)

NEW YORK ARAB & SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
FREE

NOISE POP FILM FESTIVAL
the work must have a connection to music

NORTH TEXAS SHORT SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $35

NORTHAMPTON ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
environmental, nature
$5 US; free if accepted for preview

PAN AFRICAN FILM & ART FESTIVAL
FEE: $20-$50

PAUL ROBESON AWARD (FESPACO)
African related
FEE: $25

PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SAN FRANCISCO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25-$35

THE SAN JOSE FILM FESTIVAL: CINEQUEST 
FEE: $40; $5 discount for Cinequest members

SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
$25-95

SCIENCE FICTION SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Science Ficition shorts up to 12 min. in length
$20-$50

SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
$25-$50

WEST COAST INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
$25
_________________________________________________________________________________

MARCH

ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $32 (US)/$37 (foreign)

ARIZONA BLACK FILM SHOWCASE
African-American cast or storyline
FEE: $35 (shorts)/$55 (flf)

BACK TO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

BACKSEAT FILM FESTIVAL
Rock ‘n Roll movies you can drink to!
FEE: $5-$20

BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
New England filmmakers
FEE: early – $25 (shorts)/$45 (flf)
late – $30 (shorts)/$55 (flf)

CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
shorts only

CINERAMA FILM FESTIVAL

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

DC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
$25 (projects 30 min. and longer)/$15 (projects shorter than 30 min.)
competitive

DAMAH SPIRITUAL FILM FESTIVAL
Spiritual short films
FEE: $25 (early)/$45 (late)

DELRAY BEACH FILM FESTIVAL
FREE

DELTA INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL
FEE: $15-$20

DIGITAL VIDEO & HIGH DEFINITION FILM FESTIVAL
FREE

DURANGO FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25

EAST LANSING FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: early – $25 (doc, flf over 70 min.)
/$15 (doc under 70 min., shorts, student)
late – $35 (doc, flf over 70 min.)
$25 (doc under 70 min., shorts, student)

INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL
family-rated films and screenplays
$30-$80

FILM FLEADH: IRISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
new Irish cinema and emerging Irish-American filmmakers
FEE: $25

FROZEN DEAD GUY DAYS
frozen and/or dead
FEE: $25

GATE CITY WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL
directed by WOMEN only
FEE: $30

GATLINBURG SCREENFEST
FEE: $35

GEORGE LINDSEY UNA FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $5-$20

GRASSROOTS CINEMA
NO to LOW budget independent films
FEE: $39 (flf)/$19 (shorts)

GREEN LIFESTYLE FILM FESTIVAL
Raw Foods Lifestyle and Environmental, Health Issues
FEE: $150

GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
largely American indie films and documentaries
FREE

HARTWICK COLLEGE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Feature length, any genre
FREE

HAZEL WOLF ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
films addressing environmental issues

INDIE SHORT FILM COMPETITION
FEE: $50

IRISH REELS FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
contemporary Irish films

LAKE COUNTY FILM FESTIVAL

LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

LOVE UNLIMITED ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & ART EXHIBITION
directly, indirectly, literally, or symbolically related to love

MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25 (early)/$35 (late)

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $30

MYHELAN INDIE FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $15 (teen entries)/ $25 (all others)

NATIVE AMERICAN FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
works by Native media makers, community projects and/or works
reflecting Native perspectives from North, Central and South America and Hawaii
FREE

NEO-PANGEA UNDER-GROUND-CYBER-TECH FESTIVAL
FEE: $25

NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
festival is geared toward a younger audience, from tots to late teens
FEE: $75 (flf)/$50 (shorts)/$25 (student)

NEW YORK UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
non-mainstream films
FEE: $30

OPEN APPERTURE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $5 (super-shorts)/$7 (early)/$10 (final)

THE OTHER VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
ties to the Venice community in terms of film
FEE: $19.99 (shorts)/$29.99 (flf)

OUTHOUSE FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL
FEE: $5 (shorts under 45 mins.)/$15 (flf over 45 mins.)

PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL
Set in Philadelphia” screenwriting
$30 (flf)/$15 (shorts)

PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $10-80

PORTLAND OREGON WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL
women filmmakers only
FEE: $20-$45

SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $15 (shorts)/$25 (flf) + $25 for late entries

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
the best in Asian-American and Asian cinema
FEE: $25 (early)/$35 (late); $5 discount for submissions

SAN LUIS OBISPO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $40

SERENDIPITY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
$25

SILVER LAKE FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $15

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FILM CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL (SXSW)
FEE: early – $25 (shorts)/$35 (features), late – $30 (shorts)/
$40 (features); $5 discount for entering online

SXSWCLICK FESTIVAL
shorts under 10 minutes in length
FEE: $10

TAOS SHORTZ FILM FEST
dramatic and comedy shorts only

TEXAS FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $30 (flf)/$15 (shorts)/$20 (student)
competitive and non-competitive

TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

VAIL FILM FESTIVAL

WEBFESTO STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL
FREE

WESTCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25 (shorts)/$35 (flf)/$25 (student)

WHITE SANDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $35-$45

WILMINGTON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $6

WOMEN IN THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
directed by women, girls or transgendered people since 1998
FEE:$30/$20 for WIDC members

ZOIEFEST!
Zoie Films will host more than 60 films via broadband
$20 (1-30 min.)/$25 (30-60 min.)/$30 (60 min. and over)

ZOMBIEDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
members of the undead: zombies (naturally), ghosts, ghouls, spooks
and all things creepy and crawly.
FEE: $15 only for films selected

______________________________________________________________________
Unified Manufacturing is an L.A. -based one-stop-shop that offers very affordable CD/DVD/USB replication, custom printing, promotional products, warehousing and fulfillment and many more. If you need an Instant Quote on a project and you want FREE SHIPPING, simply CLICK HERE.

Share

Recently Published

»

9 Holiday Marketing Tips for Musicians

Tis the season to be jolly and think of ways to market your band ...

»

8 Packaging Design Resources (for your inspiration)

Regular CDs are nice but if you want to release something your ...

»

Vinyl Packaging: Where The World Ends / Indian Wells

Designer: Chiara Tomati Designer / Co-creative director: Vincenzo ...

»

CD Packaging of the Week: Chang and Lee

We love the look of this street, grunge, trashy pop CD packaging. ...

»

Reasons Why Millennials Love the Vinyl

[Written by Ben Schultz, is an award-winning journalist and music ...

david bowie ziggy stardust
»

Best of the Best: Our Top Advice Articles for Indie Musicians

Hi folks! What have you been up to? Aside from the usual busyness of ...

»

NEON VINYL RECORDS

We’ve features some of the most creative vinyl records here on ...

vinyl box set: back to the future soundtrack
»

Back To The Future Trilogy Soundtrack Vinyl Box Set

A classic film such as the BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY deserves ...

Kiss band marketing
»

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Band Name and Why You Should Copyright It

Who would have thought that finding the perfect band name could be a ...

Read previous post:
fitness DVD yoga
6 Main Reasons Why You Must Make a Fitnesss DVD Today

If you’re a fitness instructor or a business man wondering if there’s room for one more Fitness DVD in Walmart,...

Close