The Biggest List of Film Festivals in the US: A must-have for every Indie filmmaker (Apr-Jun)
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ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $30 (under 45 min)/$50 (45 min & over) APRIL ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM SHORT FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL FREE ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL American independent filmS FEE: $25-$40 ASPEN SHORTSFEST shorts only (under 30 min.) $25 (within deadline)/$40 (late fee) ATLANTA HIP HOP FILM FESTIVAL Hiphop FEE: $15 (regular)/$25 (late) AUSTIN WOMAN'S FILM, MUSIC & LITERARY FESTIVAL women-only directors FEE: $20 B-MOVIE THEATER FILM FESTIVAL general, but we prefer movies more narrative $35 (flf)/$25 (shorts) late entries - $45 (flf)/$35 (shorts) BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL $50 (shorts)/$75 flf) BLACK POINT FILM FESTIVAL $40(flf)(screenplays)/$30(shorts) BLUE PLANET FILM FESTIVAL Environmental and Animal Welfare FEE: $15-30 INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON BOSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25(shorts)/$40 (flf) BOYS & GIRLS CLUB ASPIRING FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL youth (21 and under) produced FEE: $20 ` BROOKLYN UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL young artists and low budgets FEE" $15 BUFFALO NIAGARA FILM FESTIVAL CEDAR RAPIDS INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL You have to have a connection to the state of Iowa. $$20-$40 CHICAGO ASIAN AMERICAN FILM SHOWCASE by or about Asian Americans CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL non-theatrical professional, independent and student CINE GOLDEN EAGLE FILM & VIDEO COMPETITION non-theatrical professional, independent and student CINE LAS AMERICAS FESTIVAL OF NEW LATIN FILM Latin, Caribbean Indigenous $20 COLCOA COMEDIC ARTS LAUGH FEST CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL $35 (more than 30 min.)/$25 (under 30 min.)/$10 (student) CUT AND PASTE SKATEBOARDING FILM FESTIVAL skateboarding DENVER PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL: H2O African, African American films in all genres; emphasis on hiphop films $20/$15 (students currently enrolled in a university or college) DOCSIDE FILM FESTIVAL documentaries only FAIRFAX DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL documentaries by Northern California filmmakers or documentaries about Northen California FEE: $20 FAUX FILM FESTIVAL spoof, satire, parody, mocumentary FEE: $5-$35 FILMED BY BIKE bicycle-themed short films FREE FIRSTGLANCE: HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL $25-$60 FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL $40 (flf)/$25 (shorts) + $20 (late entries) FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $35 (early)/$45 (regular)/$55 (late) HI/LO FILM FESTIVAL Hi concept/Lo budget short films FEE: $15 (early)/$25 (regular submission) HOLLYWOOD UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL FEE: ranges from $25-$75 depending on length and category HOMETOWN CINEMA: A MIDWESTERN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL student films made in the midwest region FEE: $25 HONOLULU FILM FESTIVAL HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: WORLDFEST HOUSTON HUMBOLDT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $10 (under 9 min.)/$20 (10-29 min.)/$30 (30-45 min.) $10 for late entries INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES films from and about India by Indian and international filmmakers FEE: $30 (under 60 min)/$40 (over 60 min) INDIANAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25 - $35 IOWA CITY INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL documentaries 30 minutes or less in length only FEE: $25 (early)/$30 (late) IOWA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $30 (regular)/$40 (late); $10 discount for Iowa and student filmmakers IVY FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $20 (regular)/$45 (late) JOHNS HOPKINS FILM FESTIVAL $25 (early)/$35 (late) KANSAS CITY FILMMAKERS JUBILEE FEE: $20-$60 KEY WEST INDIEFEST L.A. COMEDY SHORTS comedy shorts (30 minutes or less) FEE: $40-$75 LAKE HAVASU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25 MAIN LINE FILM FESTIVAL short films under 30 minutes FEE: $20 (early)/$25 (regular)/$30 (late)/$10 (MLFF alumni) MEMPHIS BLACK WRITERS' CONFERENCE & SOUTHERN FILM FESTIVAL black themed FEE: $25 (award winners exempt) THE METHOD FEST FEE: $50 (flf)/$40 (shorts)/$25 (student) MIAMI GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (MGLFF) work should be by, for or about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community FEE: $25 (early)/$35 (late) MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $35 (under 40 min.)/$50 (features) MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL THE MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO'S ANNUAL TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL general subject matter FREE NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $35-$60 NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR TALENTED YOUTH filmmakers 22 years and younger FEE: $10-35 NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL Human Rights and Social Justice NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $30-75 THE NEW YORK FESTIVALS FEE: $350 (single)/$650 (series)/$50 (Student) NIGHT OF 100 FILMS AND VIDEO FESTIVAL @ PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL all films 30 seconds or less (including titles, excluding credits) OXFORD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $10-$35 OZARK FOOTHILLS FILMFEST FREE PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Family-Friendly and Eastern-European Films FEE: $30-$70 PETA’S ANIMAL RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL veganism, vivisection, fur, leather, circuses—anything related to animal rights." PFLUGERVILLE PFILM PFESTIVAL "A Celebration of Lost, Overlooked & Forgotten Films" FREE PORT CITY ANIMATION FESTIVAL FEE: $15 PROVIDENCE LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL FREE RED STICK INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL RIVERRUN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $20 (early)/$25 (regular)/January 31, 2005 (late) ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL films and videos up to 30 minutes in length FEE: $30 (early)/$40 (late) ROGER EBERT'S OVERLOOKED FILM FESTIVAL RUSSIAN NIGHTS Russian Films FREE SALEM FILM FESTIVAL FREE SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL $15-$35 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE:$50-$250 SAN FRANCISCO WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL films must be directed or co-directed by a woman FREE SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL $25 (flf)/$15 (shorts)/$15 (late entries); students with valid ID can enter free, but are subject to the late fee SILVER IMAGES FILM FESTIVAL films that honor and celebrate the lives of older adults and address the issues of aging FEE: $35/$20 (student) SIX MINUTE CINEMA FEE: $39 - $59 SONOMA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL SPAGHETTI JUNCTION URBAN FILM FESTIVAL a person of color must play a primary role infront of or behind the camera FEE: $35 SPIRIT QUEST FILM FESTIVAL FEE:$20-70 STORIES FROM THE FIELD: UNITED NATIONS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL United Nations Millennium Development Goals SYRACUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL TAMBAY FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL FEE: $30 (16mm, vid)/$35 (35mm)/$25 (student) TAOS TALKING PICTURE FESTIVAL FEE: $25-$50 TARTAN ROAD FILMS INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL student films FEE: $15 THUNDERBIRD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $30 TOP TEN FILMS IN AMERICA FESTIVAL FEE: $50 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL first-time director features, documentary & narrative, shorts FEE: $35 (flf)/$30 (shorts) TROMADANCE FILM FESTIVAL FREE TWIN RIVERS MEDIA FESTIVAL FEE: $19/$10 (students) + $10 for late entries VALLEY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (VIFFI) FEE: $25-$70 WASHINGTON DC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $10 (shorts)/$20 (flf) WEST COAST STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL open to university and graduate students in the US only FREE WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $30 (flf)/$20 (shorts)/$10 (student)
THE ARCHAEOLOGY CHANNEL INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL cultural heritage films FREE AUDITORY ILLUMINATIONS
BALTICON 40 SHORT FILM FEST science fiction, fantasy, animation FREE BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL independent narratives FEE: $25-40 (early)/$25-50 (final) BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $20-$35 BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL (BHFF™) FREE CINEMA PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL FREE DANCES WITH FILMS: FESTIVAL OF THE UNKNOWNS only films with no known directors, actors or producers FEE: $60 (flf)/$40 (shorts)/$60 (screenplays); late deadline - $75 (all entries) DANVILLE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL films for children and by children FEE: early - $35 (flf)/$30 (all other categories) late - $45 (flf)/$40 (all other categories) $25 (students) DOVER FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25-30 EXTREME FILMMAKER'S 48-HOUR FILM FESTIVAL FREE FUNTUP INTERNATIONAL FILM & ART FESTIVAL films selected will be played silent for a night to an improv sound track by preformers FEE: $10 (regular)/$15 (extended) GARDEN STATE INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL Family Films ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN FILM FESTIVAL Israeli-Palestinian JACKSONVILLE FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25-$35 JILTED FILM FESTIVAL comedy shorts that have been rejected by other festivals KALAMAZOO ANIMATION FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL FEE: $15 (early)/$25 (late) LITTLE ROCK FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $10-$35 LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL Asian Pacific directors and/or themes LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Jewish Films FEE: $40-$60 M.A.L.I. WOMEN'S FILM & PERFORMANCE ARTS FESTIVAL sustainability FEE: $15 (early)/$20 (regular)/$25 (late) MARFA FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $45-$65 MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL FREE THE MCFARLANE PHOENIX COMICON FILM CHALLENGE short films up to 15 minutes long featuring Todd McFarlane Characters MEXICO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $30-55 USD MILWAUKEE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL FREE MOUNTAINFILM IN TELLURIDE mountain, adventure and environmental films FEE: $40 MUSKEGON FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $15-$40 OHIO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25 (shorts)/$50 (flf) ORGAN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $10 (students)/$25 (adults, screenwriters) PANGEA DAY FREE PROSPER-UNIVERSITY.COM FREE RENEGADE FILM FESTIVAL "Short films that defy convention!" FEE: $35/$25 (w/ student ID) RURAL ROOTS FILM FESTIVAL rural life and rural living FEE: $30 SAGUARO FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25 (vid)/$35 (flf) SANTA CRUZ FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $20-$70 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25/$35 (shorts)/$35-$50 (flf) SPROUT FILM FESTIVAL films and videos related to the field of developmental disabilities FEE: $15 (under 30 minutes)/$25 (over 30 minutes) SURGE! short films 20 minutes or less in length FEE: $20 TALKING STICK FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $35 (early)/$40 (standard)/$45 (late)/$60 (Withoutabox.com) THINK BIG SHOOT SMALL FEE: $108 TRUE INDEPENDENT SCREENPLAY COMPETITION FEE: $15 (shorts)/$30 (flf) UTAH SHORT FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL FEE: $45 ($10 discount for 16mm) VC FILMFEST Asian American/Asian international directors and/or themes FEE: $20 (early)/$30 (final) international - $30 (early)/$40 (final) WEST VALLEY INDIE FEST FEE: $15-$79 INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL wildlife films FEE: $25-200 WITNESS TO THE FUTURE FREE WORLD ANIMATION CELEBRATION animation FEE: $15-$75
AFRICAN DIASPORA FILM FESTIVAL films must deal with the black experience anywhere in the world FREE APPALACHIAN FILM FESTIVAL Appalachian region filmmakers & scriptwriters FEE: $40 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $50 BETHEL FILM FESTIVAL...AN INDEPENDENT POINT OF VIEW FEE: $20-$60 BRECKENRIDGE FESTIVAL OF FILM FEE: $45-$65 THE BRONX INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $10-$20 BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $30 (early)/$50 (final)
CINEVEGAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $40 (flf)/$25 (shorts) DEADCENTER FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $10 (youth film - under 18 yrs.old, shorts under 30 min.) /$20 (Shorts under 45 min.)/ $30.00 (features 45-90 min.) /$40 (films over 90 min.) DRUID UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL Underground, Experimental FEE: $10 GEN ART FILM FESTIVAL GLOBAL ART FILM FESTIVAL, GAFFERS Creative Independent Film/DV works showcasing diversity. FREE GREENCINE ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $20 (or free with GreenCine membership) GUERRILLA FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL FEE: $15 (early)/$25 (late) HAWAII OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL featuring films about the marine resources, ocean recreation, and our cultural connection to the sea FEE: $20 HEARD MUSEUM INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL The theme is by or about indigenous people worldwide. Native North and South Americans, Latinos, Asian, Islands, Africa, Norway, any people considered indigenous worldwide. FEE: $25 (adults)/$15 (age 22 and under) HOLLYWOOD BLACK FILM FESTIVAL one of the film's principles (director, writer or producer) must be Black or of African heritage HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Human Rights (broadly defined) FREE INDIE GATHERING FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $20-35 (regular)/$40 (post-deadline) INLAND EMPIRE STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $5 ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL JACKSON HOLE WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL natural history, conservation/environment, wildlife FEE: $50-$150 JUNEBUG 10 MINUTE COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL 10-minute comedies only FREE LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL (FORMALLY LAIFF) FEE: $20-$75 LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL filmmakers of Greek descent MAUI FILM FESTIVAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL social issues - 12 minutes max FEE: $25; $10 (sturdents); free for youth under 18 MENDOCINO FILM FESTIVAL films on the arts, films for our future, documentary features FREE MILWAUKEE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $18 NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $40 (films)/$45 (screenplays)/$25 (shorts) NEWARK BLACK FILM FESTIVAL African-American films FREE NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $35 (flf)/$25 (shorts) THE NEW FESTIVAL: THE NEW YORK LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL by, about, or of interest to gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender persons FEE: $15-$25 OCEAN CITY FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25-$50 ONE WORLD FILM AND CULTURE FESTIVAL World films focusing education and balance FREE OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL writer-directors PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST early - $30 (students)/$40 (non-student) regular - $40 (students)/$50 (non-student); final - $50 (students)/$60 (non-students) PHILADELPHIA VIDEO FESTIVAL only movies originally short on video FEE: $25 PITTSBURGH FILM WORKERS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL PLANET ANT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL independent FEE: $10 (shorts)/$25 (flf) P.O.V. (TELEVISION WITH A POINT OF VIEW ON PBS) documentaries only RED EARTH AMERICAN INDIAN FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL American Indian-related films and videos FEE: $30 ROOFTOP FILMS SUMMER SERIES FEE: $8 (early)/$12 (regular)/$15 (late)/$20 (extended) SAN ANTONIO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25 (regular)/$35 (late) SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL black films SAN JOAQUIN FILM FESTIVAL SANTA MONICA TEEN FILM FESTIVAL SILVERDOCS: AFI/DISCOVERY CHANNEL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25-$40; $5 discount for early entry SOLSTICE FILM FESTIVAL $25 SOUTH REGIONAL INDIEGATHERING FILM FESTIVAL $35 SOUTHSIDE FILM FESTIVAL SPLIT PILLOW CHALLENGE SUPERFEST FEE: $60 (30 min. or less)/$90 (over 30 min.) UNDERGROUND EXPOSURE FEE: $20 (flf)/$15 (shorts) URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL the director of the film must consider him/herself Black. If the director is not Black, the film must feature Blacks in prominent roles or have a Black screenwiter U.S. INTERNATIONAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL corp, doc, educ, entertain, student + 35 categories with 37
subcategories and 11 production technique categories FEE: $195-$450 (based on running time)/$65 (student)
WATERFRONT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $45 (over 60 min.)/$25 (under 60 min.) THE WILD WEST FILM FEST FEE: $30 YOUNG PEOPLE'S FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL works made by students in grades K-12 from Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho & Alaska FEE: return shipping only - $15 (U.S.)/$20 (international) ZEITGEIST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL shorts under 15 minutes FREE
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