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Toronto Shorts International Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, March 1 to 4, 2019

Toronto Shorts International Film Festival is the largest short film festival in Canada. Toronto Shorts provides a showcase for the best short-form cinema and its creators in the world, held annually in the heart of Toronto.

Toronto Shorts International Film Festival feels that short form cinema and its creators should have their own premier film festival in Toronto deserving similar recognition given to the feature film and its creators.

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Living Skies Student Film Festival, Regina, Saskatchewan, March 7 to 9, 2019

The Living Skies Student Film Festival is an international short film festival based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, showcasing student work from all over the world. The three-day event will take place in Spring 2019, and is an opportunity for the community to experience the emerging talent of local filmmakers, as well as to celebrate the work being done by film students across the country and globe. This event features programmed screenings, workshops, and lectures presented by leading artists and industry professionals. It is a cultural event, artistic outlet, and learning opportunity that culminates with an Awards Celebration at the University of Regina Campus.

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Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium, April 24 to 28, 2019

Inspired by that original movement, the revived Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, now in it’s 11th edition, will continue to emphasize lesser known, vanguard documentary works and further its tradition of galvanizing budding talent.

Most importantly, the Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival will create a space for unique visionaries and voices. True to its history, the festival will screen films of both novices and veterans—with medium and low budgets—from all over the globe. The festival’s goal is to create a warm, open atmosphere in which filmmakers, fans, critics, and producers can watch the films of emerging talents, explore new cinematic techniques and styles, and award cinematic excellence.

The Ghent Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival will create an intimate atmosphere in which to revel in the beauty and wonder of the cinema with like-minded cineastes from all over the globe.

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NorthwestFest, Edmonton, Alberta, May 2 to 12, 2019

NorthwestFest is the unofficial ‘kick-off’ to Edmonton’s renowned summer festival season. NorthwestFest presents programming from around the world, and they’re always looking for a healthy representation of Canadian and Alberta artists and filmmakers.

Programming streams include PERSPECTIVE Alberta (Alberta films), MADE IN CANADA (Canadian films), GLOBAL Visions (International films), MUSIC Docs, RAINBOW Visions, and DOC SHORTS.

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DC Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition, Washington, D.C., September 19 to 28, 2019

Recently named the “Coolest Short Film Festival” by Moviemaker Magazine, the 16th DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast of the United States.

A highly competitive festival, DC Shorts receives 1,300+ submissions from over 100 countries around the globe. In 2018, they screened 125 films from 30 countries in 28 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a total audience of over 9,000 people, with many of the titles available for online viewing on the Online Festival; which runs concurrently with the Shorts Fest. They also hosted a table read of six screenplays, and awarded the winner an incredible prize of $2,000.

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Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Dawson City, Yukon, April 18 to 21, 2019

The Dawson City International Short Film Festival’s (DCISFF) mandate is to promote, exhibit, and disseminate contemporary independent film and media works by regional, national and international emerging and professional artists.

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Canadian Film Fest Script Contest, Toronto, Ontario, March 19 to 23, 2019

The Canadian Film Fest and the Harold Greenberg Fund are proud to partner on this unique opportunity for Canadian screenwriters. The CFF Script Competition is open to Canadian screenwriters who’ve written a feature-length screenplay they’d love to get some cash and development for.

In addition to the development funding, a Harold Greenberg executive will be involved in the selection of the winning script, and will provide feedback on the script as well as guidance throughout one development round.

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DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 2 to 12, 2019

DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences.

The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs.

The DOXA award winners are selected on the basis of three major criteria: success and innovation in the realization of the project’s concept; originality and relevance of subject matter and approach; and overall artistic and technical proficiency.

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Athens Short Film Festival, Athens, Greece, June 14, 2019

Athens Short Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the world to a night of independent short films, in the cultural heart of The Aegean.

Short films take a special place in the cinema universe. They are harder to access, and have difficulties reaching larger audiences, but their position outside of mainstream cinema and their length allows the filmmakers more experimentation and artistic freedom.

At Athens Short Film Festival, in collaboration with Mikrokosmos cinema, we aim to give a platform to documentary and fictional short films that are challenging our ideas of cinema and art, and are telling a story worth watching.

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Vaughn International Film Festival, Vaughn, Ontario, May 13 to 17, 2019

The Vaughan International Film Festival is a unique event, with a style all its own.

Now in its 7th edition, this exciting five-day event proudly showcases both local and international talent – on all levels. Our Founders: Antonio Ienco and Mark Pagliaroli, present their audiences with multi-genre short films -offering an ideal platform for independent film creators to put forth their work.

This Non-for-profit organization brings you public film screenings of Canadian and International cinema, vibrant social events and a lavish awards show- complete with a prestigious Golden Reel Award. We also support and further arts education with various scholarships and bursaries; granted to young filmmakers, art students and educational institutions in our city. Throughout the past several years, the VFF has remained focused and true to its objective: To satisfy the cultural appetite of this growing community while offering an art forum befitting our world-class city. We look forward to delighting our audiences for years to come.

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Rainier Independent Film Festival, Ashford, Washington, May 17 to 19, 2019

The Rainier Independent Film Festival is in its 13th season and continues to be dedicated to providing Independent Filmmakers venues to have their films screened in the tranquil area surrounding Mount Rainier.

Mixing films, workshops and the laid-back setting of the area, this festival is set apart in the fact that it is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with film industry people outside of the hustle and bustle typically associated with the business.

RIFF is a gateway to an explorative cinematic journey, set in the transformative landscape of Mt. Rainier’s forested community which provides the perfect setting for this festival. Our screening venues range from an historic hall built in 1918 with 300 person capacity, an authentic circular Yurt, to an intimate setting in the prestigious Nisqually Lodge. All projection is shown in the latest in digital technology.

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Yorkton Film Festival, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, May 23 to 26, 2019

The Yorkton Festival began in 1947 as the Yorkton Film Council. Its mandate was to act as a volunteer distribution agency for the National Film Board (NFB). Jim Lysyshyn, field man for the NFB, suggested a film festival. When the Council rejected his proposal, he came forward with a more audacious proposal – an international festival. The Council accepted the new idea and organized the first festival in the fall of 1950.

In its current form the festival continues to be dedicated to the promotion of the best screen based media content, through the annual film festival and Golden Sheaf Awards competition. In addition to the annual event, the festival is dedicated to the promotion of short video content through a year round screening and tour outreach programs.

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Nickel Independent Film Festival, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, June 18 to 22, 2019

Founded in 2001, the Nickel Independent Film Festival is a celebration of local and international independent film. The annual festival happens in June in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, and other workshops, screenings and film challenges take place throughout the year and across the province. We work to celebrate and inspire independent film in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Along with five nights of screenings of features and shorts, the Nickel provides industry related workshops aimed at the professional development of local and visiting filmmakers. It offers a variety of sessions that appeal to emerging filmmakers, the general public, including information sessions, panels, introductory workshops, as well as workshops. Reasonable workshop fees ensure that they are accessible to those that want to participate. There are festival galas and mixers that allow filmmakers to network with industry peers.

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Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, August 15 to 17, 2019

Since 2004, the Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) has served as a forum where independent filmmakers thrive outside the mainstream arena.

AUFF exposes and promotes creative artists who work outside the system to create DIY, grass-roots movies that break the boundaries of film and video.

Through the festival, these talented independent filmmakers now have a voice in a market typically saturated with commercial entertainment designed to satisfy the audience’s expectations.

Much more than the traditional stuffy film festival, Atlanta Underground Film Festival is a non-stop party celebrating short and feature films in a down-to-earth, welcoming setting where filmmakers and fans are encouraged to connect and collaborate.

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Female Eye Film Festival, Woodbridge, Ontario, June 24 to 30, 2019

The Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) is a competitive international women director’s film festival established in 2001, as a not-for-profit organization. Films must be directed by women. FeFF can opt to present a short co directed by a female/male team. The FeFF showcases high caliber independent films that illuminate the best of debut, emerging, and established women directors from around the globe, and presents awards for Best Films and Best Screenplays at the Closing Awards Ceremony.

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Independent Film Festival Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, April 24 to May 1, 2019

IFFBoston exhibits a quality selection of narrative features, documentary features, short films, animated films and experimental films.

Along with quality programming, IFFBoston prides itself on treating filmmakers respectfully. Selected feature-length filmmakers are offered transportation as well as hotel accommodations. All accepted filmmakers are provided with festival all-access passes. The festival provides a filmmaker’s lounge stocked with abundant food, drink, desserts, games, press interview areas, and other treats generously sponsored by local vendors.

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Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota, Florida, April 5 to 14, 2019

Independent and International narratives, docs and shorts are programmed into a schedule of over 100 features, themed shorts packages and additional programming sidebars that change each year to reflect the strengths of submitted films.

Festival events include socially-driven parties and private receptions to honor guest filmmakers, community-wide street festivals and the black-tie Filmmakers Tribute Dinner. SFF patrons have enjoyed intimate performances from Aerosmith and The B52’s as well as a host of special appearances from local and international musicians.

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Boston Underground Film Festival, Boston, Massachusetts, March 27 to 31, 2019

The festival seeks films that celebrate alternative visions and sounds, offering a platform that connects filmmakers with one another and our loyal audience, and encourages new ideas in celebration of work that pushes the envelope in style and content.

BUFF is looking for exceptional independent features and shorts in the categories of: Dark comedy, genre, dark sci-fi, cerebral and/or psychedelic horror, unusual documentary, music video, animation, or films that defy description (preferably with a WTF) from all over the world.

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New York City Independent Film Festival, New York City, May 5 to 12, 2018

NYC Indie Film Fest is a celebration of the true independent filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYC Indie Film Fest is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.

The festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYC Indie screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

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Boston Short Film Festival, Boston, Massachusetts, July 8 to 12, 2019

BSFF believes in short films! Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, BSFF wants to help empower the next generation of artists. The Boston Short Film Festival is an annual event showcasing shorts films with an edge. The BSFF focuses on the unconventional, the unusual, the underground, the intuitive, the innovative, the minimalistic and the true artists of our time.

The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. There will be unmissable evening screenings where audiences can watch the best new short films from the hottest new talent, and opportunities to network with the industry. So whether you are a filmmaker looking to launch or develop your career, an Industry professional wanting to stay ahead of the game or a film lover wanting to soak up the festival atmosphere by watching great films, come along and feast your eyes.

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Canadian Diversity Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, June 28 to 30, 2019

The Canadian Diversity Film Festival is a hallmark event that celebrates our incredible diversity. Our aim is to bring diverse communities together to embrace our differences and discover our shared experiences. It is a focus through which filmmakers promote, challenge, and develop an understanding of equality, social justice, non-discrimination, diversity, and multiculturalism.

We accept all genres of films from all over the world. We create an opportunity for filmmakers to get their films judged and let them compete with other filmmakers. We perform a comprehensive evaluation process and select only high-quality films.

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Toronto Short Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, March 11 to 15, 2019

Celebrate the very best of international short filmmaking at the upcoming fifth Toronto Short Film Festival.

The Toronto Short Film Festival puts on a week of screenings and networking events every March at the Carlton Cinema, providing ample opportunities for short filmmakers to showcase their achievements, learn from fellow filmmakers, and build contacts for future collaborations. The Festival also benefits from the vibrant Toronto filmmaking community.

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Brussels Independent Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium, February 10 to 16, 2019

Inspired by that original movement, the revived Brussels Independent Film Festival will continue to emphasize lesser known, vanguard cinematic works and further its tradition of galvanizing budding talent. As in its earlier years, the 2019 festival will showcase films from a small, national cinema in order to examine the chosen culture’s filmic trends in more detail.

Most importantly, the Brussels Independent Film Festival will create a space for unique visionaries and voices. True to its history, the festival will screen films of both novices and veterans—with medium and low budgets—from all over the globe. The festival’s goal is to create a warm, open atmosphere in which filmmakers, fans, critics, and producers can watch the films of emerging talents, explore new cinematic techniques and styles, and award cinematic excellence.

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New York Indi Doc Fest, New York City, March 22, 2019

New York Indie Doc Fest is the sister festival of Toronto IDF and Berlin IDF – affordable alternatives for independent documentary filmmakers looking to reach audiences in three of the world’s largest film cities.

NYIDF accepts short and mid-length documentary and mockumentary films from all over the world.

The third annual NYIDF will take place in Brooklyn in March 2017.

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CBC Docs: Short Docs

CBC Docs works with new and emerging content creators from across Canada. We want you to bring us the stories only you can tell, to create short docs that reveal unique perspectives, new voices, and use innovative methods of storytelling.

We want to give you a national platform for your docs — they’ll be featured on cbc.ca/shortdocs and across CBC’s many other digital platforms.

We’re looking for stand-alone documentary concepts that are character-driven, modern, and focus on a single, unified, strong narrative, less than 30 minutes in length. We would like to see stories that have active, unfolding storylines, have the potential to provoke conversation and be highly shareable in the digital space.

Deadline: Accepting pitches on an ongoing basis.