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ZOE AWARDS Festival
Final Deadline
Mar 21, 2023
$85
$85
Winners Notified:
Apr 10, 2023
The Zoie Films Festival which launched in 2000 is now the ZOE AWARDS FESTIVAL that celebrates independent works of film shorts, animations, documentaries, web series, smartphone films. And, we are excited to announce our categories to include podcasts, Alexa Skills and NFTs.

Winning works will be showcased at local Atlanta Theater for a private and public celebration. But, more exciting is our new platform to showcase winning works to be announced.

Awards and Prizes to be presented include:
ZOE Award for the Best Film Short

ZOE Award for the Best Short Documentary

ZOE Award for the Best Animation Short

+ ZOE Award for the Best Director

ZOE Award for the Best Alexa Skill: submit a short video summary of your skill along with Amazon summary page.

ZOE Award for the Best Podcast: submit weblink to the your podcast, summary, media.

ZOE Award for the Best NFT: submit a summary, and if video summary of the NFT creation. No original works.

+ To view additional awards, visit: ZoeAwards.com
+ Awards for Finalists in all categories.
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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Final Deadline
Jan 30, 2023
$100
$90
Winners Notified:
Apr 29, 2023
RANKED AGAIN IN 2022 AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE SUBMISSION FEE BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE TOP REVIEWED ON FilmFreeway, JDIFF is known for its networking opportunities, best communication, quaint location, great programming, friendly staff & volunteers, inquisitive audience, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels, amazing events and parties and so much more! JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and is truly geared for the best experience!

Dubuque, Iowa, located right alongside the Mississippi River, is a perfect place to host the festival. As quoted in Filmmaker Magazine "The festival is smartly situated downtown, with an assortment of handsome venues all within walking distance" from the Festival Headquarters, located in the grand HOTEL JULIEN, the same hotel where Al Capone used to hide out from the Chicago Feds.

The majority of events and venues are located on Main Street in downtown Dubuque, allowing Filmmakers, Attendees, and Special Guests to attend numerous screenings and events all within walking distance. We offer opportunities for radio, print, and social media promotion, full shuttle service, homestay program, and much more. We take care of our filmmakers and guests.

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Directors of Photography, etc, and choose the final winner of each category.

JDIFF acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world and is committed to bringing world-class entertainment to the heart of the midwest
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Phoenix Rising International Film Festival (PRIFF)
Advanced Deadline
Jan 31, 2023
$17.10
$17.10
Final Deadline
Mar 31, 2023
$22.80
$22.80
Late Deadline
Mar 31, 2023
$22.80
$22.80
Winners Notified:
Jun 4, 2023
Phoenix Rising International Film Festival (PRIFF) is a screenwriting contest and independent short films festival. It is located in Luton, UK. Our mission is to showcase and promote the work of filmmakers worldwide, whilst creating a space where we can talk about films as well as network. We accept scripts for both short and feature films.
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Demetera International Film Festival
Final Deadline
Feb 22, 2023
$65
$58-65
Winners Notified:
Mar 5, 2023
Focusing on artistic excellence, Demetera serves as an experimental creative centre: from music video, to video games, passing through narrative, experimental, documentary, animated and new media; we provide unmatched professional opportunities for cutting edge artists and audiences in Paris, the cinema capital of the world.
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Picture's Up! Film Festival
Regular Extended Deadline
Feb 24, 2023
$50
Super Last Minute Deadline
May 26, 2023
$70
Final Deadline
Jun 23, 2023
$75
Winners Notified:
Aug 30, 2023
PUFF is more than a festival. It’s a community.

Once a year we gather in West Hollywood to celebrate and promote 50 of the world’s best up and coming filmmakers the best way we know how. By throwing a massive party and inviting all of our friends!

That means filmmakers, execs, agents, managers, casting directors, actors and actresses. Everyone that a filmmaker could be looking to meet.

We are filmmakers ourselves and we started PUFF because we were sick of festivals that seemed more interested in promoting films than the people that made them. So when the party is over, we’re just getting started!

WHY SUBMIT?

JUDGES THAT MATTER: PUFF has judges from all aspects of the entertainment business. From Managers, Producers and Studio Execs, to working Actors and Screenwriters. We want our filmmakers to have their work exposed to people who’ve been where they are now and can offer insight into navigating this business.

CASH PRIZE! FILMMAKER PERKS!

Picture’s Up! has a $500 Grand Prize for the festival’s winning film and every filmmaker receives a package of exciting perks such as free access to The Strasberg Institute’s film studio and casting spaces as well as deals from our exciting sponsors including InkTip and Final Draft!

In between screenings, filmmakers are invited to get a drink in the beautiful Theatre Lounge and get to know their fellow filmmakers.

The PUFFY’s Award Show: Every year filmmakers tell us that the highlight of the weekend was our closing night award show. We go all out as our founders host a night of clips from all the nominated films, laughs and tears as we hand out awards and gifts from our sponsors and hear speeches from our winners.

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR!

We don’t care about genre. We don’t care about budget. We care about voices. We’re looking for filmmakers who have something to say, and we want to help you say it! We use the submission categories to make sure that the judge most likely to enjoy and champion your film, is the person that sees it.

Our programmers meticulously craft each hour long block of films around a different theme, so when you walk into a PUFF screening, you never know what you’re going to get!

Submit your short films under 35 minutes in any of the following genres:
Comedy
Drama
Documentary
Horror/Thriller
Sci-Fi
Student
Television Pilot
Experimental
Music Video
Super Shorts (< 5 min)

PUFF is based in Los Angeles, CA at the historic Marilyn Monroe Theatre.
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Festival of Cinema NYC
Regular
Feb 22, 2023
$60
$50
Late
Mar 29, 2023
$75
$65
Final Deadline
May 10, 2023
$90
$80
Extended
May 10, 2023
$90
$80
Winners Notified:
Jun 1, 2023
Entering its seventh year, Festival of Cinema NYC will be taking place from August 4th - 13th, 2023. The festival welcomes filmmakers and attendees to the legendary Regal UA Midway theater in Forest Hills Queens, New York, with additional programming that includes workshops and panels at the Queens Library at Forest Hills.

As an IMDB qualifying festival who has consistently landed on FIlmFreeway's Top 100 reviewed list, Festival of Cinema NYC is quickly becoming New York City's premiere festival for the best in Independent Film. Festival of Cinema NYC is designed to get maximum exposure for todays emerging filmmakers and help those that are seeking distribution for their film. Our incredible PR team works around the clock to ensure a large attendance at each screening. In addition, every filmmaker is given a post screening Q&A and a chance to interact with attendees and distribution scouts.

From Red Carpet Press Events to Industry Networking Nights to the Opening, Closing and Awards party - filmmakers are offered numerous opportunities to get their film in front of the right the people, and screened before large audiences. To date Festival of Cinema NYC has helped over fifteen films, both short and feature length, land a distribution deal.

Our programmers look for the best in truly independent films. All films selected come from independent filmmakers that put their blood, sweat and tears into their productions. Every film selected and screened is eligible for an award.

Festival of Cinema NYC seeks independent films and un-produced scripts of all lengths, genres and subjects. Whether your film is a drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, documentary, experimental, LGBTQ, animation, even if it tackles social issues - we want to show it! Our Opening Night, Closing Night, and special screening events (like our Midnight Madness and Underground Films presentations) are all selected from the very best submissions we receive. Plus, every filmmaker that submits a film will automatically receive a one-year subscription to Videomaker Digital Magazine, a leading subscription service that focuses on guiding independent filmmakers with online tutorials and publications (a $20 value). All selected filmmakers get VIP passes that allow entry into all our screenings, events, and parties.

Because Festival of Cinema NYC was founded by independent filmmakers, we understand the needs and challenges that filmmakers face. Our festival staff is committed to offering filmmakers the opportunities they seek to promote and ultimately have their film seen and sold. Our festival’s growing reputation of top-notch independent films has consistently attracted more distributors every year, making it a possibility to interact with distributors directly! One of the key components to Festival of Cinema NYC's success, is making sure each filmmaker and their film get the proper attention and publicity that they deserve. Our publicity department works around the clock to ensure that filmmakers get as much coverage in news and local media. Filmmakers at the festival have had their films covered in various news publications around Queens and New York City, including the N.Y. Times, the NY Daily News, The NY Post, The Queens Chronicle, CBSN and NY1 News on Spectrum cable. Attending filmmakers each get a Q&A following their screening, giving them the chance to engage our audience.

Additionally, Festival of Cinema NYC hosts panels, workshops and seminars that strongly appeal to filmmakers and those looking to break into the film industry. In previous. years seminars on distribution and production resources, as well as workshops by industry leaders such as Sag-Aftra and Seed & Spark, were held.

Festival of Cinema NYC is a competitive festival that accepts films and media of all lengths, genres and subjects, with awards in 17 categories. Past Jury members have included Anna Garduno, Executive Producer at Netflix; Amy Peters, Emmy award winner; Doug LeClaire, founder of Asbury Shorts USA; Isil Bagdadi, president of distribution at Cavu Pictures; and David Josh Lawrence, head of acquisitions at Glass House Pictures . Winners walk away with an amazing custom statuette as well as prizes being offered from some of our amazing sponsors (prizes have included a cash prize towards your next production, screenwriting and budgeting software, a consultation with a distributor, and opt-in distribution deals.)
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X World Short Film Festival
Final Deadline
Mar 17, 2023
$16-32
Winners Notified:
Apr 16, 2023
"X World Short Film Festival" is an IMDb-qualifying Festival for Independent Filmmakers from all over the World, that dare to eXpress their fantasy, creativity and peculiar ideas through Short Films, Scripts, Music and Dance.
If you think that your Project will make the audience feel amazed-excited-thrilled-amused-moved, then this Festival is for you!

X World is about fascinating stories, inspiring messages, fun intrigues, new themes, unusual points of view, mysteries! As long as IN TUNE WITH GOOD VIBES…
Our purpose is to find, showcase, promote, honor and recognize such kind of interesting works, made with Love and passion for the art of eXpression, no matter the budget or technical resources.
The Festival has been created by an Independent Filmmaker that knows, understands, Loves the world of Independent Filmmaking and knows how it feels like to have one's own work showcased and appreciated!
Every submitted Project is is watched , listened, read by the Judges with maximum attention and dedication, more than once, to fully evaluate every aspect of it.

The New Edition's Live Screening Event and Awards Celebration will be in April, in Rome. More details will be added soon...

You can find more information on the Website:
www.welcometoxworld.com
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Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival
Out on Bail
Feb 18, 2023
$79
$79
Final Deadline
Apr 22, 2023
$89
$89
Winners Notified:
May 6, 2023
Festival and screenplay contest celebrating the best of indie crime and horror.

Scripts in the crime and horror sub-genres juggle genre-awareness, often times in order to subvert the expected, with natural talent and a unique voice. We aim to spotlight the voices of tomorrow's classics.

Industry contacts who will receive winning projects include:
ZERO GRAVITY
BLOOD LIST / BRILLSTEIN
THINK TANK
TXL FILMS
... and more.

Top award winners will also receive 4 months of free listings on InkTip!
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ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival
Final Deadline
Jan 29, 2023
$110
$80
Winners Notified:
Mar 22, 2023
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the best independent filmmakers from around the world. ÉCU has established itself and is often referred to as the Sundance of Europe. We provide a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible. Our festival showcases films that demonstrate quality, innovation, and creativity and are judged in 14 categories and compete for 25 awards.

ÉCU’s jury includes more than 60 members from around the globe who have a variety of backgrounds and are all united in their desire to screen films that will truly impress and inspire attendees. Every year ÉCU award winners receive valuable prizes provided by our sponsors, among which there are sound design agencies and software, educational platforms, screenwriting software, festival streaming platforms, music libraries, pitching platforms, acting studios, motion design & visual effects software, and other amazing tools for the emerging talents to advance.

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has a wide variety of events for attendees to participate in throughout the weekend. ÉCU screenings of new and thought-provoking cinematic creativity attracts more than just the public, but agents, talent scouts, production company representatives, distributors, and established producers, all of whom are searching for inspiring projects and raw talent. Apart from screening the films during the festival, we proudly showcase our selection on other platforms around the globe, including international film festivals and special screenings.
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South Texas International Film Festival
Late Entry
Mar 24, 2023
$45-50
Extended Entry
Apr 13, 2023
$55-65
Final Deadline
May 2, 2023
$55-65
Winners Notified:
Sep 16, 2023
The City of Edinburg, in an effort to promote the visual arts and the growing Film industry in the Rio Grande Valley has developed an annual selective film festival, the South Texas International Film Festival.

The South Texas Film Festival is an annual celebration of the art of cinema. STXIFF is a competitive film festival that showcases the work of visionary filmmakers from all over the world. Based in Edinburg, Texas, STXIFF showcases local, regional, national, and international films that have a unique voice and prides itself as a welcoming hub for thriving and aspiring storytellers. We focus on personal engagement with filmmakers with a South Texas Hospitality flare!

The City of Edinburg would like to invite you to submit and attend the 9th South Texas International Film Festival to be held from September 14 through 16, 2023. Our Festival is geared towards new and experienced filmmakers and filmgoers alike by offering a variety of events including screenings, workshops, panels, mixers, and of course our iconic Awards Ceremony.
Outstanding Screenplays Feature Competition
Regular
Jan 30, 2023
$59.99
Late
Feb 28, 2023
$69.99
Final Deadline
Mar 30, 2023
$79.99
Final
Mar 30, 2023
$79.99
Winners Notified:
Apr 30, 2023
SUPERB JURY of the world's top Producers! Kathleen Kennedy, PRESIDENT of LUCASFILM and PAUL SCHRADER writer of TAXI DRIVER will read finalist scripts!

The Prizes:

Grand Prize Winner(s):

* $5,000 Guaranteed Option for the Overall Winner!
This is your real chance at getting your script made into a feature film!

*MENTORSHIP with Two-Time Academy Award® Nominee ROSS KATZ (Ross was nominated for Academy Awards for producing Todd Field's In the Bedroom (2001), and Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003). He currently runs his own production company Sui Generis Pictures.


* 8 x $500 in Cash to each of our 8 GENRE Prize Winners.
Best Action & Adventure - $500 for the Winner
Best Animation - $500 for the Winner
Best Comedy - $500 for the Winner
Best Drama - $500 for the Winner
Best Horror - $500 for the Winner
Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy - $500 for the Winner
Best Thriller - $500 for the Winner
Best True Story & Public Domain - $500 for the Winner


Top 5 Finalists:

* Each of the top 5 Finalists will receive a copy of the NEWEST Final Draft 12 - The screenwriting software used by 95% of Hollywood (5 x $217.55 value)


Top 15 Finalists:

The top 15 Finalists will receive:

* Each of the 15 finalists will receive an EXCLUSIVE one page written feedback report from one of our 10 Academy Award Winning/Nominated judges! This one is HUGE! The CEOs of the best film production companies in the world will actually read your script and give you feedback! And if they like it, you'll have a big chance of getting it produced into a feature film! You can get your script read by Kathleen Kennedy, the PRESIDENT of LUCASFILM! Or by PAUL SCHRADER, the writer of TAXI DRIVER! Or by any other of our 10 Academy Award Winning/Nominated judges!

* Each of the 15 finalists will also receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. (15 x $130 value) As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.
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SCREEN ATX
Final Deadline
Mar 4, 2023
$15-30
Winners Notified:
Apr 29, 2023
Screen ATX was established in 2020. Our mission is to support, showcase, and celebrate the work of emerging and established filmmakers. With our years of experience in the entertainment industry and a global network of TV & Film executives, we are committed to helping filmmakers elevate their careers.

We accept narrative feature films between 45 and 100 minutes, narrative short films between 5 and 30 minutes, micro short films under 5 minutes, documentary feature films between 45 and 100 minutes, documentary short films up to 30 minutes, TV pilots up to 60 minutes, student short films up to 30 minutes. We welcome animation, LGBTQ+, faith, and music themed productions.

The live event will take place in Austin TX at the Galaxy Theatre on April 28th & 29th 2023.
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Long Island International Film Expo - LIIFE
Late
Feb 12, 2023
$50
$35
$30-50
Final Deadline
Mar 5, 2023
$60
$45
$35-60
Winners Notified:
Jun 16, 2023
The Long Island International Film Expo – LIIFE – is the longest running regional film festival on Long Island. Films will screen in the historic Bellmore Movies and Showplace 350+ seat theater with festival-long networking in our Filmmakers Lounge, daily industry panels, opening and closing night parties, press coverage of our events, screenings, and awards ceremony.

The Best Screenplay Winner will have a live Table Read performed of their script!
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Golden State Film Festival
Last Minute Deadline
Feb 20, 2023
$40
$40
Final Deadline
Feb 21, 2023
Winners Notified:
Mar 3, 2023
We are pleased to announce that the Golden State Film Festival will hold its 6th edition on February 24th - March 3rd , 2023

The Golden State Film Festival we take pride in creating a fun relaxed and exciting festival for independent films.

The Festival will feature an opening night panel and party event gala, special events throughout the festival and an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the event.
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ARFF International Awards // Barcelona * Paris * Amsterdam
Regular Deadline
Feb 9, 2023
$65
$45
Extended Deadline
Feb 16, 2023
$65
$45
Final Deadline
Feb 23, 2023
$75
$55
Winners Notified:
Mar 1, 2023
Around International Film Festival // Monthly Official Selections ✈ with Annual Independent event for all Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Experimental, Commercial, Music Videos, Animations, Student Films, Series, TV, and New Media.

Every month, the international community awards the creations to serve the Official Laurel and evaluates in advance all to participate in the annual Award Ceremony. All the ARFF International Editions are the Official IMDb Award Listing Qualifiers. Fest Regards!
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Hamilton Film Festival
Final Deadline
Jul 18, 2023
Winners Notified:
Aug 31, 2023
The Hamilton Film Festival screens a juried selection of Canadian and International short, feature, and documentary films, as well as screenplays. Each year the event has a theme and this year it is Sports. We accept films from outside of the annual theme. We are a Canadian Screen Award qualifying festival and have been a Top 100 Best Reviewed festival on Film Freeway many times. Festival has a market.
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Near Nazareth Festival ( NNF )
2
Feb 28, 2023
$25
3
Mar 29, 2023
$26
4
Apr 27, 2023
$27
Final Deadline
May 26, 2023
$28
Winners Notified:
May 30, 2023
Near Nazareth Festival ( NNF ) invites all film lovers to partake in our celebration.
Near Nazareth Festival hospitably opens its doors to filmmakers. Festival participants from around the world will show their works. We believe that the best place for them to present their work - is Near Nazareth Festival.
Our festival will serve to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of the world. Through cooperation with movie lovers from around the world, we will make history.
Today filmmakers from 65 countries are participating in the festival, and presented his works
Near Nazareth Festival Online Film Market - Free of charge for all participants of the NNFestival.
We post your film info on Near Nazareth Festival Facebook page - post + image.
We'll set up info about your film on Near Nazareth Festival website.
Page is opened and distributed among national and international distributors.

Awards & Prizes

Certificate and Laurels

1) Participants
2) Semi-Finalist
3) Finalist
4) Official Selections
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Big Apple Film Festival
Regular Deadline
Feb 8, 2023
$75
$65
Extended Deadline
Feb 28, 2023
$80
$70
Late Deadline
Mar 20, 2023
$85
$75
Final Deadline
Mar 31, 2023
$90
$80
Winners Notified:
Apr 28, 2023
2023 Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition(Spring Edition). Visit BigAppleFilmFestival.com or Film Freeway to enter a film or screenplay.
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Cosmic Film Festival
Early Bird Deadline
Feb 9, 2023
$10-45
Regular Deadline
May 14, 2023
$15-50
Final Deadline
Jun 4, 2023
LATE DEADLINE
Jun 4, 2023
$25-75
Winners Notified:
Jun 30, 2023
We invite you to submit to the 9th Edition of Cosmic Film Festival!

Cosmic Film Festival is a semi-annual IMDb qualifying online film festival dedicated to sharing diverse filmmakers and artistic talent with the world. We accept films from all cultures, languages, and corners of the world because we believe film and art transcend all.

AWARD CATEGORIES:

Best Short Film (1 to 10 minutes)
Best Short Film (11 to 30 minutes)
Best Feature Film
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best International Film
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Student Film
Best Feature Screenplay (70 to 120 pages)
Best Short Screenplay (40 pages or less)
Best Original Score

Category ADD-ONs:

Best Director*
Best Editor*

*This category is for Filmmakers to be considered in the additional areas of Editing, Directing, Music. Must have the same film already submitted in a main category.

WINNERS RECIEVE:
- Laurel
- Digital Winner Certificate
- Film trailer (if provided) featured on our website along with the film's overview or logline, and brief film specs*
- Q&A blog write-up about winning film for CosmicFilmFest.com with promotion of article across all social media platforms

FINALISTS RECEIVE:
- Laurel
- Digital Finalist Certificate
- Film poster featured on our website along with the film's overview or logline, and brief film specs*

HONORABLE MENTIONS RECEIVE:
- Laurel
- Film poster featured on our website along with the film's overview or logline, and brief film specs*

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS RECEIVE:
- Laurel

*Features on website will be published for a minimum of 2 weeks on CosmicFilmFestival.com. If you'd like to opt out of having your film or trailer published, please contact us at CosmicFilmFestInfo@gmail.com
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London Independent Story Prize
Regular
Feb 15, 2023
$20-89
Late
Apr 15, 2023
$20-89
Extended
Jun 15, 2023
$20-89
Final Deadline
Jul 15, 2023
$20-89
Final
Jul 15, 2023
$20-89
Winners Notified:
Oct 15, 2023
The London Independent Story Prize (LISP) aims to create a great networking opportunity for filmmakers and a community that embraces multicultural differences, brave voices, unique writers, and extraordinary artistic approaches to story writing.
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