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The Biggest List of Film Festivals in the US: A must-have for every Indie Filmmaker (Oct-Dec)


And now we give you the 4th part of this ultra long list of Film Festivals in the US. We hope you find this useful. 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!

OCTOBER
AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM MARKETPLACE
short films and documentaries made by African Americans
FREE

ARPA FOUNDATION FOR FILM MUSIC AND ART INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (AFFMA)
FEE: $50 (75 min. or longer)
/$35 (less than 75 min.);
add $10 for late entries

ATLANTA HORROR FEST
horror, suspense, gore

HEART OF FILM SCREENWRITERS CONFERENCE
FEE: $40-60

BARE BONES SCRIPT2SCREEN FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25-$50

BENDFILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $15-$80

BIG BANG FILM FESTIVAL 
Action, Adventure, Suspense and Asian Action Cinema
FEE: $35-$120

CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $40

CHASHAMA FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $20 (flf)/$9 (shorts)

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL
children's/family films for children
FEE: $40 (shorts)/$80 (flf)

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

COUNTERCORT ANTI-CORPORATE FILM FESTIVAL
Films relating somehow (including indirectly)
to corporations and corporate power
FEE: $10 (shorts), $20 (flf)

EERIE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

ELEVATE FILM FESTIVAL
"All Tribes Unite"
FREE

ELLENSBURG FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25 (early)/$40 (regular)/$55 (late)

EUREKA! INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
political films
FEE: $25 (shorts)/$30 (flf)

FILM COLUMBIA FESTIVAL

FIRSTGLANCE: PHILADELPHIA FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL
FEE: $25-$60

FLATLAND FILM FESTIVAL
films/videos under 20 minutes
FEE: $20

FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 
FEE: $40 (flf)/$30 (shorts)/$25 (students)

FREAK SHOW HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
horror genre
FEE: $25-60

FULL MOON FEATURES FILM FESTIVAL
horror
FEE: $15-$40

GOTHAM CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
FEE: $25-95

GREENBELT UTOPIA FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL 
FEE: $25 (flf 60 min.+)/$20 (30-59 min.),
$15 (shorts); no fee for youth-produced films
(age 12 & under)

HALLOWEEN CRASH BASH FILM FEST 
horror, thriller and suspense shorts and features
FEE: $10

THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 
$40 (shorts)/$55 (flf)

HATCHFEST
student films
FEE: $35-$65

HAUNTED NEWPORT HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller
FEE: $45

HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $35-$65; $5 discount for submissions through http://withoutabox.com

HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: early - $15 (shorts)/$45 (flf)/$15 (student)
regular - $20 (shorts)/$55 (flf)/$20 (student

HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $50 (flf, docs)/$35 (shorts)

HOME MOVIE DAY
home movies
FREE

HOPE & DREAMS FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $40

INTERNATIONAL HORROR AND SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL
horror and sci-fi films

HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

HUNGARIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES

IMAGINE SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL
films that effectively incorporate science
into a compelling narrative while maintaining
credible scientific groundings
FEE: $30

INTELLIGENT USE OF WATER FILM FESTIVAL
water conservation

"INTERCOM: INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS,
FILM AND VIDEO COMPETITION
"
FEE:$125-$200

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CINEMA AND TECHNOLOGY
new technology
FEE: $35-$50

JEWISH ARTS AND FILM FESTIVAL OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY
Jewish or Israeli themed films

JEWISH WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL
focusing on the experiences, aspirations, and accomplishments
of Jewish women through the ages and throughout the world
FEE: $35

KERN FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $60

LA FEMME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

LA JOLLA FILM FESTIVAL

LONG ISLAND BIG FISH FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $15 (shorts)/$30 (flf)

LONG ON SHORTS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $15; $5 discount if entered via www.Withoutabox.com

LINK
FEE: $35

LUNAFEST FILM FESTIVAL
women
FEE: $20

LYM ONLINE HORRORSHOW
horror shorts
FEE: $15

MAINE AVANT GARDE INDEPENDENT CINEMATIC (M.A.G.I.C.) FESTIVAL
Avant Garde or Experimental
$25 ($35.00 for films over 1 hour)

MICROCINE FEST
showcase for low-budget, worthwhile, underground films
$15 (30 minutes and under)/$25 (over 30 minutes)/
special entry fees apply for films under 7 minutes
or multiple entries by one filmmaker (see website for details)

MILAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
(FILM FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI MILANO)

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25 ($10 discount for early entries)

MOAB FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $30 (35mm)/$25 (16mm and video)/$20 (student)

MOJAVE FILM FESTIVAL
$40

MONTANA CINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: current and contemporary issues

MOUNT SHASTA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
international
$35 (early)/$40 (late) 

NATIVE AMERICAS INTERNATIONAL FILM EXPOSITION
for native filmmakers from North, Central and South America
$25 (flf)/$15 (shorts)/$10 (video)

NEVADA CITY FILM FESTIVAL
General/Independent
$25-$65 (depending on length)

NEVADA FILM FESTIVAL
$25-45

NEW ENGLAND FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
varies depending on length of film

NEW ENGLAND SHRIEKS HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Independent Horror
FREE

NEW HAMPSHIRE FILM EXPO
FEE: $10-25 (early)/$20-35 (late)

NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $35 (U.S.)/$45 (foreign)/$55 (late entries) 

NEW ORLEANS MEDIA EXPERIENCE

NEW YORK CITY HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
$40 (flf)/$25 (shorts)

NEXT REEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
International
FREE

NEXTOONS: THE NICKTOONS FILM FESTIVAL
animated shorts, 10 minutes in length or under only
FREE

NGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

NYC HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Horror/Sci-fi/Thriller

PACIFIC COAST FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25 (early)/$35 (late)

PASTE SHORTS FEST
FEE: $35-55

PURPLE VIOLET FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $35 (professionals)$25 (students);
no fee required for video contest entries

PUTNAM COUNTY FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
FEE: $25 (short)/$35 (flf)

RED BANK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
unconventional, underground, strange, films or videos
FEE: $25 (shorts)/$45 (45 flf)

RED RIVER ROCKOUT FESTIVAL
Rock 'n Roll, monsters murder & mayhem!

RED ROCK FILM FESTIVAL OF ZION CANYON
FEE: $5-$50

REDEMPTIVE FILM FESTIVAL
redemptive films
FEE: $15-$75

REEL AFFIRMATIONS: WASHINGTON DC'S INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL
bisexual
FEE: $15 (early)/$25 (late)

REEL LIFE: A DISABILITY FILM FESTIVAL
Disability (all forms), under 1 hour
FREE

RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Horror and related genres
FEE: $40

ROPEADOPE VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL
FREE

SACRAMENTO FESTIVAL OF CINEMA
diversity of community
FEE: $25

SALEM INDEPENDENT HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Short and Feature-length Horror Films
FEE: $25 (shorts)/ $35 (flf)

SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
any film directed, written by, produced by or
acted by Asians or any film regarding Asian issues
FEE: $10 (early deadline)/$15 (after June 1);
SASE for tape return

SANTA BARBARA KIDS FILM FESTIVAL
films made by kids for kids

SANTA CLARITA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (SCIFF)
FEE: $20-$40

SAVANNAH FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL
FEE: $40 (professional)/$20 (student)

SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL & SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
FEE: $40 (flf)/$30 (shorts)/$35 (screenplays)

SEATTLE LESBIAN AND GAY FILM FESTIVAL
films and videos of any length that are by, about,
or of interest to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals,
and/or transgendered people
FEE: $10 (regular)/$15 (late)

SECRET CITY FILM FESTIVAL

SHOCK IT TO ME! REVENGE OF THE CREATURE FEATURES
classic horror film retrospective
FREE

SHRIEKFEST
Horror/Science Fiction
FEE: $20-$55

SOMETIME IN OCTOBER FILM FESTIVAL AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
FEE: $10-$30

SOUL OF SOUTHERN FILM FESTIVAL
films do not have to be stereotypically Southern,
but should address the Southern experience as unique

SOUND UNSEEN FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
films about music complemented by live performances
from bands featured in the films

SOUTH ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
South Asian filmmakers and related themes

TAHOE/RENO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 
FEE: $35 (early)/$40 (standard)/$45 (late)/$60 (Withoutabox.com)

TAOS MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
mountain films: adventure, culture, environment, human rights
FEE: $25

TARFEST - FESTIVAL OF FILM, MUSIC & ART
FEE: $10 (early)/$15 (final)

TERROR FILM FESTIVAL
Horror, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thrillers, Drama, Screenplay
FEE: $40-$75

TREO COMEDY MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL
comedy; mobile
FREE

TURKS & CAICOS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 
marriage of music and cinema
FEE: $70 (regular)/$100 (late)

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL 
"humanity is indivisible"
FEE: $25 (up to 15 min.)/$35 (longer than 15 min.)

URBAN MEDIAMAKERS FILM FESTIVAL (UMFF)

U.S. SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL
sports

VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Justice and Human Rights, War and Peace, the Environment
$25 (30 min. films)/$45 (30+ min. films)

VINE SHORTS FEST
Short Films and Short Screenplays

WESTFEST SHORT FILM + VIDEO COMPETITION
shorts only
FREE

WILLIAMSTOWN FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $10-$55

WINSLOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $40

YOSEMITE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $35
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NOVEMBER
ACCOLADE COMPETITION
FEE: $50

AFI FEST: AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE 
FEE: early - $40 (flf)/$30 (shorts)
late - $50 (flf)/$40 (shorts)

AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL
films by or about American Indian or Canada First Nations people
FEE: $50

AMERICAN CONSERVATION FILM FESTIVAL
conservation & the environment
FREE

AMERICAN FILM MARKET

ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $15-$50

ASBURY SHORTS FILM SHOW
short films

AVIGNON/NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 
both French and American (English-speaking) films
FEE: $25

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL 
FEE: $35 (shorts)/$50 (flf)

BIG WATER FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $10

CAPE MAY NEW JERSEY STATE FILM FESTIVAL
films by NJ filmmakers or about New Jersey
FEE: no fee (regular)/$25 (late)

CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 
FEE: $25-$45

COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL: THE CHRIS AWARDS
FEE: $70 (15 min. or less)/$25-$50 (student)

CUCALORUS FILM FESTIVAL

DAYTONA BEACH FILM FESTIVAL
FREE

DEEP ELLUM FILM FESTIVAL

FILM ARTS FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA
FEE: $15 (early)/$20 (final)

HARTFORD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 
FEE: $20 (shorts)/$30 (flf); -$5 student discount

HIGH FALLS FILM FESTIVAL
focusing on women in film

INDIANAPOLIS LGBT FILM FESTIVAL
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered
FEE: $25

JAMERICAN FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL
FEE: $30 (shorts, music vid, doc)/$40 (flf)

KNOXVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $50 (flf)/$25 (shorts)

LA FILM WEEKEND
FEE: $10-50

LATINO FILM FESTIVAL - SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
films made by Latino filmmakers or on subjects of interest for the Latino community
FEE: $25 (early entries)/$35 (late entries)

LONE STAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $30

MAHINDRA INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL FILM FESTIVAL
films by or about Indians 

MARCO ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL

MARGARET MEAD FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
FREE

MELBOURNE INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER'S FESTIVAL

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
FREE

MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Human Rights
FEE: $37-70

NEW YORK MINUTE FILM FESTIVAL
All films must be 60 seconds!
FEE: $20

NORTHAMPTON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
independent films
FEE: $20-$45

NORTHWEST FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
for all genres from permanent residents of Oregon, Washington,
Montana, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia, as well as from
students attending school in those states
FEE: return shipping only - $15 (U.S.)/$20 (international)

OJAI - VENTURA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
"Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film"
FEE: $35 (35mm)/$25 (all other formats)/$20 (students)
+ $10 for all late entries

OLYMPIA FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $20-25

THE OTHER ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL
Israeli - Arab citizens of Israel
FREE

OUTER GAY AND LESBIAN SCIFI/FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL
GLBT SciFi/Fantasy
FREE

OUTFEST
gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered filmmaking

OUTRAGEOUS: SANTA BARBARA LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
FREE

P.A.A.W., INC. INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Being Free
FEE: $15

POPPY JASPER FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $30/$10 (student)

REEL FUNNY FILM FESTIVAL
short comedy
FEE: $25

REHOBOTH BEACH INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25

ROCKY MOUNTAIN WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL
films which celebrate the drive, spirit and diversity
of women through film
FEE: $25

ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $25-$50

SEATTLE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
films addressing environmental issues

SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
shorts 40 minutes in length or less only
FEE: $25

SOMETHING REMOTE FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $5-$15

STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL
FEE: $35 (general)/$20 (student)

THREE RIVERS FILM FESTIVAL 
FEE: $10 (shorts)

TOO MUCH FREEDOM?
contemporary films
FEE: recommended $25

TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR FILM FESTIVAL 
films 90 minute or less in length with a rating of PG-13 or lower
FEE: $35

VIDEOFEST
FEE: $20 and up

VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL
IN/JUSTICE and/or features made by Virginia filmmakers

ZED FEST FILM FESTIVAL & SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Lo/No/Micro Budget, DIY, Student
_____________________________________________________________
DECEMBER
ALL SOUL'S FILM FEST
remembrance of the dead
FEE: $20

ARAB FILM FESTIVAL
Trans-Ubuntu
FREE

ARTIVIST FILM FESTIVAL
“Dedicated to addressing social, global, political, animal rights
and environmental issues through Film, Visual Arts and Music.”

BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Human Rights/Freedom
FEE: $40

BEST SHORTS COMPETITION
short film, television, videography, and new media
FEE: $50

CALIFORNIA FILM AWARDS
FEE: $25-$45

HDFEST - LA
$40 (shorts)/$50 (flf)

ICASA FILM FESTIVAL
AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections, particularly in Africa
FREE

NEW YEAR'S PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL
open to filmmakers from the state of Maine only

NIHILIST FILM FESTIVAL
amusing and disturbing shorts

PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
FEE: $35 (flf)/$20 (shorts, doc, music video, etc.)/ $10 (student)

PINK BUBBLE BATH: THE SEXY FILM FESTIVAL
non-gratuitous sexy films, under 30 minutes in length, from around the world
FEE: $30

SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL 
FEE: $50 (flf over 60 min.)/$35 (shorts)/$25 (students)

WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL: AN EXHIBITION OF INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
films on the Jewish experience or Jewish characters from any perspective
FREE

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