Waterville, Maine - USA
July 11 to 20, 2014
Upcoming Deadline: April 7, 2014
The 17th Annual Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) brings together independent, international, and Maine-made films and screens them in two of the region's most exciting and stately venues: the Railroad Square Cinema and the historic Waterville Opera House. Awash with intimate Q&As, lively receptions, scintillating panel discussions, and countless networking opportunities, MIFF brings film lovers together with filmmakers for an unforgettable dialogue and celebration.
In previous years, guests of the festival have spanned the gamut of entertainment and have included Terrence Malick, Ed Harris, Jonathan Demme, Lili Taylor, Peter Fonda, Malcolm McDowell, and three-time Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker (The Departed, Raging Bull). In 2001, filmmaker David Gordon Green attended MIFF with his first feature-length project, George Washington. Now he's best known for the raucous comedy Pineapple Express.
Winning films at MIFF are decided upon by audience vote -- and all filmmakers participating in the festival benefit from complimentary lodging, gift bags, nightly happy hours, and some of the best films on the festival circuit. Submit your film to MIFF today, and come experience a celebration the Boston Globe Magazine has called "the best-curated film event in New England."
SF SHORTS: SAN FRANCISCO
INT'L FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS
San Francisco, California - USA
October 16 to 18, 2014
Upcoming Deadline: April 12, 2014
The 9th Annual SF Shorts: San Francisco International Festival of Short Films prides itself as an "anti-niche festival" and champions a broad variety of themes and talents by programming diverse short-form projects alongside one another. Fueled by enthusiastic audiences and by a wide array of great stories, SF Shorts programs exclusively from its pool of submitted entries.
In addition to more than $17,000 USD in cash and prizes, SF Shorts offers significant travel stipends to those filmmakers who visit from afar. The result is a festival with unbeatable hospitality from beginning to end -- and a celebration that offers eight different honors presented by judges, festival staff, and audience members.
At SF Shorts, great talents do not go unrecognized, and wildly diverse films and filmmakers are tossed together to create bright sparks. SF Weekly has praised SF Shorts for its films of "concentrated inspiration, breathtaking craft, and unabashed entertainment value." Submit your short today, and find out what this unique celebration has to offer!
New York, New York - USA
September 18 to 21, 2014
Upcoming Deadline: April 12, 2014
The 5th Annual Williamsburg International Film Festival (WILLiFEST) spotlights independent filmmakers from every corner of the globe and offers a New York City celebration packed with screenings, panels, concerts, networking opportunities, and after-parties that extend well into the night. Voted among the "Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals" by MovieMaker Magazine, WILLiFEST welcomes narrative and documentary feature films and shorts, as well as animated and family fare, film soundtracks, screenplays and commercials.
Created by and for artists, WILLiFEST features numerous red carpet premieres and stellar ambience, all aiming to provide each screening with the prestige and attention to detail that it deserves. East Coast filmmakers will also benefit from year-round networking opportunities sure to accelerate promising careers.
WILLiFEST has regularly hosted filmmakers from China, Canada, Scotland, Korea, Switzerland, and beyond. It also helped launch the short film God of Love to Oscar gold and secure distribution for a handful of features. Submit your film or screenplay to WILLiFEST today, and see what it can do for you!
Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
June 6 to 7, 2014
Upcoming Deadline: April 14, 2014
The 10th Annual Blue Plum Animation Festival operates as part of the Blue Plum Arts & Music Festival and showcases outstanding short-form animated projects that can be enjoyed by all ages. With a special focus on young audiences, Blue Plum welcomes animated tales from both student and professional artists and offers numerous attractions for little ones. The fun all takes place in Johnson City, Tennessee, a community that embodies the warmth and hospitality so often associated with Southern charm.
Blue Plum offers a variety of cash prizes, in both professional and student competitions, doled out in the forms of Student Animator's Awards, Critics Choice Awards, and Audience Choice Awards. Films are evaluated on the basis of artistic merit, strength of storytelling, and technical proficiency. All participating filmmakers receive comments and scores from festival judges, as well as copies of the judging metrics used throughout the competition.
As Blue Plum is a family-oriented event, all submitted material must no include excessive violence or obscenities. If you have an innovative and fun animated film that kids can enjoy alongside Mom and Dad, Blue Plum is a great place to get it seen and celebrated. Submit your work today!