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Calls For Submissions

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (#VIWFF), Vancouver, British Columbia, March 3-8, 2020

Now in its 15th year, the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) showcases an impressive line-up of short and feature-length films (narrative, documentary, experimental and animation) by established and emerging women filmmakers from around the world.

Late Deadline: September 20, 2019

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Canada Screen Awards, Canada, March 23-29, 2020

The Canadian Screen Awards are awards given annually by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television recognizing excellence in Canadian film, English-language television, and digital media productions.

TV & Digital Media Final Entry Deadline: September 20, 2019

Film Early Bird Entry Deadline: October 1, 2019

Film Final Entry Deadline: October 15, 2019


Stockholm International Film Festival, Stockholm, Sweden, November 6-17, 2019

With 29 years of experience, Stockholm International Film Festival continues to explore and promote the great directors of tomorrow and is established as one of the leading film festivals in Europe. With a passion for visionary filmmaking, the festival keeps on pushing forward the boundaries of cinema.

After Deadline: September 29, 2019

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International Shorts, Washington DC, December 14, 2019

International Shorts is a year round film festival which screens selected movies at the end of each season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter). Best of the Festival films will be screened on December 14, 2019 at Angelika Theater, Union Market, Washington DC.

Last Minute Deadline: September 30, 2019

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Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, November 19-24, 2019

Founded in 2009, the Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival (SFFF), previously Dark Bridges Film Festival, contributes to Saskatoon’s cultural landscape by presenting the best in international independent cinema through screening a wide gamut of award-winning contemporary films in a variety of categories, ranging from feature length narrative and documentary, to animation and short films.

SFFF was created by fans, for the fans. SFFF is dedicated to programming unique, boundary pushing films, which we feel defy convention in form, style and content in various genres. SFFF challenges and entertains their audiences with films they may not have the opportunity to see otherwise.

Late Deadline: September 30, 2019

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Arizona Short Film Festival, Tempe, Arizona, March 14, 2020

Short-form filmmaking is an often sidelined art form. Delivering concise and meaningful storytelling in a small package requires creativity and determination. These are also the guiding principles of the Arizona Short Film Festival. The ASFF wish to celebrate creativity and determination in short-length filmmaking. So send your ambitious and original short projects (under 45 min) and let the ASFF help you reach an even wider audience.

Late Deadline: October 6, 2019

Extended Deadline: November 16, 2019

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London Film Week, London, England, December 2-8, 2019

London Film Week is a film festival taking place during the first week of December in the very heart of London’s West End, at the prestigious Regent Street Cinema & other central venues. The next edition will run from Monday 2 December until Sunday 8 December 2019.

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms. Projects are accepted from British, European and Worldwide territories.

The festival works all year round to re-imagine the cinematic experience and explore how art can unite communities.

Late Deadline: October 9, 2019

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Dublin Independent Film Festival, Dublin, Ireland, November 4, 2020

Dublin Independent Film Festival welcomes you to our second edition, in the home of Guinness and Irish cinema! An event organized for both independent filmmakers and cinema-goers who love to discover niche films and artists.

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.

Earlybird Deadline: October 9, 2019

Regular Deadline: January 30, 2020

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Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards, Regina, Saskatchewan, November 22, 2019

The Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA) is designed to showcase and celebrate the creative and diverse film and video works by Saskatchewan independent filmmakers. Now in its sixth year, the 2019 SIFA will be held at Saskatoon’s Remai Modern.

Regular Deadline: October 14, 2019

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Bristol Independent Film Festival, Bristol, England, September 26, 2020

Bristol Independent Film Festival (BIFF) 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. BIFF welcomes submissions from a range of genres including short films, documentaries, features, animations, and screenplays.

BIFF’s objective is to provide support for film-makers through reviewing, judging, marketing, and distribution networking. With live screenings at Everyman Bristol Cinema, BIFF aims to showcase and promote the work of filmmakers and their work to wide range of audiences from many different parts of the world.

Deadline: October 23, 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.

Final Deadline: November 11, 2019

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Sydney Short Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, February 5, 2020

Sydney Short Film Festival is an independent film festival that puts the spotlight on short films – a category that unfortunately doesn’t get the mainstream attention it deserves. SSFF accepts submissions from around the world and encourage you to take the trip down-under to celebrate with your film and contribution with us.

Final Deadline: November 11, 2019


Toronto Short Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, March 16-20, 2020

Toronto Short celebrates the very best of international short filmmaking, every March at the Carlton Cinema in downtown Toronto.

Toronto Short shows over 100 short films every year, as part of a week of screenings, premieres and networking events. Short filmmakers and film fans are invited to showcase their achievements, learn from fellow filmmakers, and build contacts for future collaborations.

Regular Deadline: November 15, 2019

Late Deadline: January 24, 2020

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Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, July 26- August 2, 2020

Lift-Off Global Network has had a lot of success in finding work worthy of the Canadian market, and is sure that Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival is an exceptional gateway for real talent looking for real opportunities that aide in that next-step in their careers.

November Deadline: November 29, 2019

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Canada International Film Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 16, 2020

The festival recognizes the very best of world cinema from over 90 countries around the world. This year’s festival program will award a wide variety of North American and International Feature Films to thought-provoking Shorts, Documentaries, Music Videos, Animations, Experimental Films, Student Films, a Screenplay Competition, and more.

In an effort to foster new and undiscovered writing talent, the Canada International Film Festival also features an annual Screenplay Contest. Awards are given for the top screenplays in three competition categories, features, shorts, and television scripts. All films and screenplays featured in the Canada International Film Festival are selected based only on the overall quality and merits of the work. CIFF aims to discover and recognize simply the best new, original voices in storytelling from around the world.

Late Deadline: November 30, 2019

Extended Deadline: January 31, 2020


Melbourne Short Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia, January 30, 2020

The Melbourne Short Film Festival (MSFF) was founded to support and promote independent short films from all around the world. MSFF recognizes how difficult it is to get your short film ’out there’, and find a platform where your film can reach the right audience. MSFF aims to promote and provide exposure to these films and organize a fun and culturally diverse night of indie cinema for filmmakers and cinephiles alike.

MSFF program will reflect the diversity and opportunities within the short film genre, and the goal is to show films that the audience would otherwise have not seen, and leave a lasting impact.

Extended Deadline: December 5, 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 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.