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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.

Final Deadline: May 19, 2019

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Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, August 15-17, 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: May 22, 2019

Final Deadline: July 3, 2019

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BendFilm Festival, Bend, Oregon, October 10-13, 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!”

Late Deadline: May 24, 2019

Extended Deadline: June 13, 2019

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Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, United Kingdom, November 6-10, 2019

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a BAFTA qualifying international film festival based in York, UK. ASFF is an important outlet for moving image and digital culture, creating a platform to champion film internationally. The festival holds talent development at its core and leaves a lasting legacy by inspiring innovation in film.

The 2019 festival will mark our 9th year of film screenings, masterclasses and guest programmes.

The ASFF strives to bring more of the best cinema to audiences in York, accepting short, feature and VR works from the most innovative filmmakers from around the world.

2019 Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019

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Sydney Indie Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, October 21-31, 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 storytelling 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.

Regular Deadline: May 31, 2019

Late Deadline: June 30, 2019

Extended Deadline: July 31, 2019

Final Deadline: August 31, 2019

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Vienna Independent Film Festival, Vienna, Austria, July 7-11, 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.

Extended Deadline: June 1, 2019

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Film for Peace (FFP), September 20-22, 2019

“Film for Peace” is an experiential creative initiative organized by Toronto Waterfront Magazine to address the escalation of violence.

Valuable prizes and scholarships will be available to winning entrants, as judged by the team of volunteers with art and filmmaking backgrounds at Waterfront Magazine.

Late Deadline: June 1, 2019

Event Date: September 20 – 22, 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.

Fincher Deadline: June 3, 2019

Coen bros. Deadline: August 5, 2019

Final Deadline: November 11, 2019

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Heartland International Film Festival, October 10-20, 2019

Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Since the inaugural Heartland International Film Festival (HIFF) in 1992, the fest has grown from a 5-day event with less than 20 films to an 11-day celebration featuring more than 130 independent feature films, 200+ visiting filmmakers and 300+ film screenings. HIFF has built a reputation on its impactful movies, the connections audiences make with visiting filmmakers.

Late Deadline: June 9, 2019

Extended Deadline: July 7, 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.

Regular Deadline: June 10, 2019

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Niagara Falls International Film Festival, Niagara Falls, New York, September 18-21, 2019

The NFIFF, a World Renowned International Film Festival that is breaking ground and new barriers for filmmakers and Industry professionals around the Globe.

Currently preparing for it’s 2nd edition (September 18-21, 2019), the Niagara Falls International Film Festival is an outgrowth of the successful Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival. NFIFF was created with a vision to build on that success and grow it to deliver a bigger, better, and stronger film experience for Western New York film fans.

This year, NFIFF will expand it’s efforts to both celebrate cinema and the people that made a significant mark on the films that have entertained us and inspired the filmmakers that followed them.

Extended Dealine: June 15, 2019

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Victoria Film Festival, February 7-16, 2020

The Victoria Film Festival presents more than 150 features, documentaries, and shorts every year, during our ten-day celebration of film. Eclectic and inspiring, the Festival hosts an array of guests that include film directors, producers, distributors, festival and TV programmers. The Festival is featured on major media outlets such as The Globe and Mail, The Seattle Times, Variety and CBC.

Earlybird Deadline: June 20, 2019

Regular Deadline: July 25, 2019

Late Deadline: August 22, 2019

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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.

Late Deadline: July 1, 2019

Extended Deadline: July 28, 2019

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Kerry Film Festival, Killarney, Ireland, October 16-20, 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 films 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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Verona International Film Festival, Verona, September 10-12, 2019

The Verona International Film Festival presents films which revolve around relationships in their different forms whether spiritual, physical, interpersonal, familial, and humanitarian and can even touch upon relationships between nations and political parties. Films can tackle the complexity, ever-changing dynamics, adversity, and multi-faceted aspects pertaining to these different types of relationships.

All screenings will take place at Mulitsala Rivoli in Verona.

Extremely Extended Deadline: July 14, 2019

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

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.

Extended Deadline: September 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 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.