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Berlin Indie Doc Fest, Berlin, Germany, August 22, 2019

Berlin Indie Doc Fest is the sister festival of Amsterdam IDF and New York IDF – affordable alternative film festivals for independent documentary filmmakers looking to reach audiences in two of North America’s largest cities.

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

Earlybird Deadline: February 15, 2019

Regular Deadline: May 1, 2019

Late Deadline: July 1, 2019

Extended Deadline: July 28, 2019

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Vox Popular Media Arts Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario, September 12 to 14, 2019

Vox Popular Media Arts Festival (formerly the Bay Street Film Festival) will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. Vox Popular programs all genres of media arts – documentary, features, shorts, experimental, 360VR, and installations made in Northwestern Ontario, Canada and internationally. The annual festival and year-round programming connects professional independent filmmakers with other artists and to audiences of all ages and interests by showing films, facilitating creative and professional development and multidisciplinary arts performance in an accessible, inclusive, friendly environment.

Earlybird Deadline: February 28, 2019

Regular Deadline: March 31, 2019

Late Deadline: April 20, 2019

Extended Deadline: May 15, 2019

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Sydney Indie Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, October 21 to 31, 2019

The Sydney Indie Film Festival has been created to showcase both local and international, new and creative works by emerging and established artists who are passionate about story telling via the art of film making.

The Sydney Indie Film Festival aims to share great stories with the audience, while supporting independent filmmakers. Whether you made a film with $100 or $100K budget, what will really captivate the audience is the story!

Together with various communities supporting the event, they aim to bring entertainment, inspiration and culture to the communities by showing stories from around the world and utilizing the impact great cinema can have upon an audience or issue.

Earlybird Deadline: March 31, 2019

Regular Deadline: May 31, 2019

Late Deadline: June 30, 2019

Extended Deadline: July 31, 2019

Final Deadline: August 31, 2019

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Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, Calgary, Alberta, November 12 to 17, 2019

The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival presents some of the world’s best documentaries on the issues that are important to us as individuals, Canadians, global citizens, and humans. They’ve brought these influential documentaries from international filmmakers to more than 30,000 people in the Calgary area and across Canada, and they’ve done it free of charge.

In 2018, the documentaries they presented were chosen from filmmakers around the world. Every screening, whether it’s a festival presentation or part of justREEL, includes a discussion with the filmmaker or experts on the film’s topic; these conversations are lively, inclusive and enlightening, occasionally charged or even contentious, but always thought-provoking.

Regular: April 1, 2019

Latecomer: April 30, 2019

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Edmonton International Film Festival, Edmonton, Alberta, September 26 to October 5, 2019

The primary objective of EIFF is to encourage and support the appreciation of cinema as art. Each autumn, they hoist the curtains on a 10-day cinematic feast that celebrates the power of film. The EIFF menu consists of more than 150 films from 40 countries, ranging from short to feature-length, dramatic to documentary, comedy to gut-wrenching and studio to independent. And we sprinkle it all with a generous dose of filmmaker chats, Q&A’s, gala screenings, a local filmmaker spotlight, ‘buzzy’ films that are travelling the festival circuit, shorts with lunch, parties (of course!) and more.

This gem of a festival from the plains of Alberta gives voice, platform and opportunity to filmmakers at all stages of their creative journey and from all parts of the world. Edmonton is North America’s northernmost metropolis and is a proud outlier when it comes to art and culture. ‘E-Town’ does its own thing. It’s home to some of the best festivals anywhere and is a favourite with artists of all stripes. EIFF is one of those events that not only puts Northern Alberta on the map — it hotly brands it!

Earlybird Deadline: March 1, 2019

Regular Deadline: April 30, 2019

Late Deadline: May 15, 2019

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Long Beach Indie International Film & Entertainment Festival, Long Beach, California, August 28 to September 1, 2019

Celebrating global diversity, the 6th Annual Long Beach Indie International Film & Entertainment Festival takes place August 28-September 1, 2019 at the Cinemark at the Pike Theaters in scenic Long Beach, California. They are looking for films, TV and Docu-series pilots, web series, and music videos of any theme or genre. Women and diverse directors are especially encouraged to submit.

Unlike any other festival in the world, Long Beach Indie also includes our Entertainment Industry Conference hosted in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entertainment and Media Division.

Early Deadline: February 15, 2019

Regular Deadline: March 15, 2019

Late Deadline: April 10, 2019

Special Extended Deadline: May 1, 2019

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Canada Shorts, Saint John, New Brunswick, December 14, 2019

The mission of Canada Shorts is to champion short filmmaking and strive to award quality shorts regardless of their budget. They want to ensure indie filmmakers have the opportunity for festival success and will award additional points to shorts produced on a micro budget or minimal crew.

Lee Deadline: May 6, 2019

Coen bros. Deadline: August 5, 2019

Final Deadline: November 11, 2019

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Bristol Independent Film Festival, Bristol, United Kingdom, July 29, 2019

Bristol Independent Film Festival aspires to promote, recognize and support independent filmmakers throughout the world by hosting a variety of awards in order to provide the best opportunities for filmmakers, helping them receive recognition. They welcome submissions from a range of genres including short films, documentaries, features, animations and screenplays.

Bristol Independent Film Festival’s objective is to provide support for film-makers through reviewing, judging, marketing, and distribution networking. With their live screenings at Everyman Bristol Cinema, they aim to showcase and promote the work of filmmakers. Bristol Independent Film Festival believes their film festival will give filmmakers a chance to showcase their work to a very wide range of audiences from many different parts of the world.

Deadline: February 20, 2019

Deadline: March 13, 2019

Deadline: April 4, 2019

Final Deadline: May 2, 2019

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Regina International Film Festival, Regina, Saskatchewan, August 13 to 17, 2019

Regina International Film Festival Awards (RIFFA) is an annual Canadian film festival hosted in Regina, Saskatchewan honouring cinematic achievements in the film industry. The various category winners are awarded a RIFFA statuette on the very last day of the Regina International Film Festival.

Categories include: Canadian Feature, International Feature, Saskatchewan Documentary, Canadian Documentary, International Documentary, Saskatchewan Short Film, Canadian Short Film, International Short Film, Animated Short Film, Best Indigenous Short Film/Documentary, Best Student Short Film/Documentary

Regular Deadline: February 28, 2019

Late Deadline: March 31, 2019

Extended Deadline: April 22, 2019

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Dublin Independent Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland, November 1, 2019

The festival’s judges and programmers come from different film backgrounds and are eager to put together an exciting and truly high-quality program of indie films. Dublin Independent Film Festival’s aim is to discover new talent, films and filmmakers with potential, and to recognize the collaborative work this art form is funded on.

The program will focus on independent films of different genres, with no limitations on length, style or country of origin. The festival is open to everyone regardless of budget and experience.

Extended Deadline: February 20, 2019

Extended Deadline: March 14, 2019

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Vienna Independent Film Festival, Vienna, Austria, July 7 to 11, 2019

VIFF invites filmmakers from all over the world to submit their films to their international film festival which will take place in Vienna.

The goal of the festival is to find new talented filmmakers who will be able to approach the heights of cinematography.

VIFF appreciates films made without the benefits of large budgets and unnecessary technological sophistication. The festival encourages individuality and experimentation. With the rapid development of film equipment, cinematography becomes more and more affordable for independent filmmakers. Now all we need are new ideas and exposure for these ideas. This film festival will provide this exposure for new outstanding films.

Late Deadline: February 19, 2019

Spring Deadline: March 20, 2019

Extended Deadline: June 1, 2019

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BendFilm Festival, Bend, Oregon, October 10 to 13, 2019

A near-constant fixture of MovieMaker magazine’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, BendFilm celebrates independent films and the risky, passionate, tough and talented people who make them. This year’s 16th Annual Festival runs from Thursday, Oct. 10 – Sunday, Oct. 13, with most venues located in Bend’s historic downtown and the nearby Old Mill District. $10,500 in cash prizes including the $5,000 cash “Best of Show!”

Earlybird Deadline: February 15, 2019

Regular Deadline: April 26, 2019

Late Deadline: May 24, 2019

Extended Deadline: June 13, 2019

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Okotoks Film Festival, Okotoks, Alberta, June 7 to 9, 2019

The Okotoks Film Festival is a three day international festival held annually in the town of Okotoks. We will be offering films in a wide variety of genres to reach an extensive audience.

The Okotoks Films Festival is looking for films in ANY GENRE for our general screenings. They also have two specialized screenings with specific genre needs. These genres are Children’s short films and Experimental/Horror short films.

Late Deadline: March 31, 2019

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Kerry Film Festival, Killarney, Ireland, October 16 to 20, 2019

Kerry Film Festival (KFF) is an internationally recognised short film festival and Kerry’s largest film festival which takes place in Killarney, Co. Kerry in 2019

The 2019 festival is the 20th edition of the Kerry Film Festival.

Over the past 19 years KFF has become a vital element of Kerry’s cultural landscape offering a unique film experience to the local community as well as creating a ‘must attend’ cultural tourism event for visitors to the county.

KFF is renowned for celebrating the work of emerging filmmaking talent through a well established short film competition that has been supported and endorsed by luminaries from the world of film such as Cillian Murphy, director Paul Greengrass, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, and Gabriel Byrne.

Regular Deadline: July 12, 2019

Extended Deadline: August 1, 2019

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US International Film & Video Festival

US International Film & Video Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. It was born as U.S. Industrial Film and Video Festival in 1967 in Chicago. In the early days of film, Chicago was bigger in the industrial and documentary film business than Hollywood, and competitions began to pop up. Not all lasted, but USIFVF has.

US International Film & Video Festival (nicknamed FilmFest) remains independently owned in a field dominated by industry-sponsored competitions.

The Festival offers five mini-competitions in one, recognizing outstanding Corporate, Education, Entertainment, Documentary, and Student productions.


Early Entry Deadline: March 1, 2019

Entry Deadline: March 15, 2019

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Gimli Film Festival, Gimli, Manitoba, July 24 to 28, 2019

The Gimli Film Festival is widely recognized as the most successful film festival in Manitoba, Canada, and the largest rural Film Festival in all of Canada. It is their mandate to support filmmakers by paying minimum IMAA screening fees to ALL films that screen as part of our festival.

It is their aim to bring critical, boundary-pushing cinema to their local audiences in the beautiful summer lakeside community of Gimli, Manitoba. They annually showcase the best narrative, documentary and experimental feature and short films from around the world.

A Good Time to Submit: March 15, 2019

Last Chance: April 15, 2019

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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.

FilmFreeway Extended Deadline: February 27, 2019

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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.

Late Deadline: February 17, 2019

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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.

Regular Deadline: February 28, 2019

Late Deadline: March 31, 2019

Extended Deadline: April 15, 2019

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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.

Late Deadline: February 10, 2019

Final Deadline: March 26, 2019

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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.

Late Deadline: February 20, 2019

Extended Deadline: March 14, 2019

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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.

Extended Deadline: March 1, 2019

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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.

Late Deadline #1: April 30, 2019

Final Deadline: July 3, 2019

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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.

Extended Deadline: February 28, 2019

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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.

Extended Deadline: March 27, 2019

FilmFreeway Extended Deadline: April 27, 2019

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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.

March Deadline: March 9, 2019

Final Deadline: April 13, 2019

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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.

Extended Deadline: March 1, 2019

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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 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.