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


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Here is the second installment of our big list of Film Festivals in the USA. 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 ourFacebook page and send us a PM there with this message “I want the Big List” and we’ll send you the huge spreadsheet.

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
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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)

MAY
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
JUNE
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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