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Calls For Submissions

Yorkton Film Festival, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada, May 21-24, 2020

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 our 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 our year round screening and tour outreach programs.

Super Early Deadline: November 15, 2019

Early Bird & Student Deadline: December 19, 2019

Standard Deadline: January 31, 2020

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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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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.

Extended Deadline: November 16, 2019

New Year Deadline: December 16, 2019

You’re Not Too Late Deadline: January 8, 2020

Last One Standing Deadline: January 31, 2020

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Columbus International Film and Animation Festival, Columbus, Ohio, United States, April 17-18, 2020

The Columbus International Film & Animation Festival is the oldest film festival in the United States.

Now celebrating its 68th year, the festival introduces central Ohio to the best independent filmmakers from around the world.

Through the years, the festival has honored thousands of films, filmmakers, and producers. The festival’s awards remain a revered prize for industry professionals, but the organization is equally passionate about supporting independent film. The juried competition focuses on rewarding the world’s best films, regardless of origin, while the festival serves to promote and screen more and more films every year.

Late Deadline: November 17, 2019

Extended Deadline: December 15, 2019

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

Bristol Independent Film Fest is based in Bristol, with jury’s located around the world including United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, and the USA. All the films will go through a reviewable process by the highly experienced juries, who will go through an evaluation process and select the films.

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.

Deadline: November 20, 2019

Deadline: December 25, 2019

Deadline: January 22, 2020

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Vienna Film Awards, Vienna, Austria, July 31-August 1, 2020

VFA opens its doors to film enthusiasts, movie fans and students alike who want to get their start in the industry by meeting and connecting with industry professionals. The Festival offers you the chance to meet other filmmakers and industry professionals to exchange ideas and collaborate in a highly creative and inspiring atmosphere. We strive to bring filmmakers from all over the world under one setting. We continue to represent filmmakers from all levels and experiences.

Vienna Film Awards will be given out certificates, laurels and trophies to the nominated submissions are given in these categories for cinematic excellence. We believe our 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.

Extended Deadline: November 20, 2019

Deadline: December 25, 2019

Deadline: January 22, 2020

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Canadian International Comedy Film Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, February 26-29, 2020

Canada’s LONGEST RUNNING, LARGEST and MOST MAJESTIC COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL – The Canadian International Comedy Film Festival.

Dedicated to the art of comedy on film, we aren’t one of those pretentious films festivals that pre-selects the lineup, snubs low-budget, dismisses non-conventional or charges outrageous submission rates. Oh, and we actually watch YOUR submissions.

Regular Deadline: November 20, 2019

Late Deadline: December 10, 2019

Super Late Deadline: December 31, 2019

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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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Stockholm Independent Film Festival, Stockholm, Sweden, May 15-16, 2020

Stockholm Independent Film Festival (SIFF) is a gathering of young and old, experienced and new recruits to showcase their talent and passion in the art of film.

Fudges will be looking for films that are pushing the boundaries of contemporary storytelling. Inspire us or challenge us. An audience awaits ready to submit themselves to your creation and award those who successfully capture our imagination or spark our curiosity.

Late Deadline: November 29, 2019

Extended Deadline: December 30, 2019

Extended Deadline: February 3, 2020

Final Deadline: March 17, 2020

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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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Shiver International Film Festival, Ontario, Canada, Feruary 28-29, 2020

Shiver Shorts honors the best in short cinematic works, as part of an annual celebration of independent micro-short and short films from around the world.

Micro-Shorts (under 5 mins) and Short Films (under 40 mins) of all genres and all budgets are welcome!

Award categories include: Best Comedy, Best Drama, Best Action, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Sci-Fi, Best Fantasy, Best Thriller, Best Weird / Cult / Experimental, Best Music Video, Best Director, Best Male Performance, Best Female Performance and Best Student Film.

Regular Deadline: December 10, 2019

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Austin Revolution Film Festival, Austin, Texas, United States, September 9-12, 2020

Bringing true indie films to Austin! ARFF was founded by filmmakers who saw many festivals only programming films with big stars. In response, they built a true celebration of independent voices in the world capital of indie film, with a brand based on selecting great stories, screening films in the coolest venues, creating excellent networking opportunities and keeping filmmakers – the true stars of the show – front and center throughout the fest.

Winter Deadline: December 31, 2019

Spring Deadline: February 29, 2020

April Deadline: April 30, 2020

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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.

Regular Deadline: January 30, 2020

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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.