European Film Festival

8 Annual October 14, 2012 to November 17, 2012

The European Film Festival’s mission is to bring quality international independent film to the widest possible audience in Europe and beyond.

The Festival aims to provide a cultural alternative to the commercial film experience, to support independent filmmakers, and promote the art of filmmaking

The European Film Festival was established to utilize the power of film to further the goal of inter-cultural understanding among nations and to assist in the building of a shared artistic experience.

No medium is better positioned than film to enable people to understand, question and affect the world around them.

The European Film Festival, held every October and November in cities across Europe, showcases the best of international independent film. With events in dozens of locations all over the continent, the Festival screens over 150 narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos. Now in its sixth year, the Festival has grown into a world-class event, uniting new filmmakers with critics, scholars, film masters, and the movie-loving public.

The European Film Festival is dedicated to new filmmakers. We accept films in every genre, on any topic, from every country around the world. Special attention is paid to new directors, and films that overcome budget limitations in new and innovative ways. The European Film Festival brings attention to the most talented emerging filmmakers, showcasing their work to audiences around Europe.

Mary Symmons (Festival Registrar) ; Mary Symmons (Festival Registrar)

Submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2005.

Films must not have had any commercial theatrical play in the EU. The European Film Festival does not require films to be world or EU premieres. Screenplays must not have been produced.

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation. Screenplays must be in English.

For submission purposes, DVDs may be works-in-progress, films with temporary soundtracks, or digital outputs

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature (budget under €15k)
Narrative Feature. Film budget must be under €15k ($15k USD).
Narrative Feature (budget under €150k)
Narrative Feature. Film budget must be under €150k ($150k USD).
Narrative Feature (budget over €150k)
Narrative Feature. Film budget may exceed €150k ($150k USD).
Documentary Feature
Short Documentary (under 30 minutes)
Short documentaries of under 30 minutes.
Lesbian and Gay Film
Experimental Film (under 30 minutes)
Short Film (under 50 minutes)
Short Short (under 5 minutes)
Animated Short (under 50 minutes)
Music Video
Feature Screenplay
Short Screenplay (under 50 pages)
Screenplay Pitch (under 3 pages)



Los Angeles, California – USA
December 8 to 10, 2012


The 8th Annual HERO FEST – MY HERO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (MHIFF), is a showcase that sends messages of hope, inspiration, and courage to the most treasured and promising of audiences – young people. In an effort to promote positive media and activism across the globe, MHIFF proudly honors the work of passionate storytellers and heroes from all walks of life. By engaging in such stories, MHIFF audiences explore diverse cultures, take transformational emotional journeys, and glean a better understanding of social and environmental issues, as well as of their own capacity to create positive change.

Held annually at the prestigious School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (USC), MHIFF grants monetary awards to narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental shorts that convey the concept of heroism in artful and memorable ways. The festival has separate competitive categories for student and professional films, recognizing that filmmakers at every experience level should be encouraged in the process of creating socially conscious media. Special awards are also presented in honor of slain photojournalist Daniel Eldon and anti-war activist Ron Kovic (author of Born on the Fourth of July ), both of whom embody the spirit of curiosity and unity that drives MHIFF.

The festival proudly provides selected filmmakers with transportation and accommodations during their visit to Los Angeles. MHIFF also facilitates opportunities for finalists to be interviewed by film and print media and to network with filmmaking professionals. In addition to being showcased in a beautiful state-of-the-art venue at USC, winning films are available year-round in MHIFF’s online screening room which provides world-wide exposure to a broad audience.

August 1, 2012 – Regular Deadline

Through its website and festival, MHIFF showcases thousands of stories about remarkable individuals, as told by children and adults alike. These stories serve to remind viewers that we each have the potential to overcome great obstacles and achieve our dreams by following in the footsteps of our heroes.

Last year’s Best of Festival Award went to the father-and-son creative team at MacGillivray-Freeman Films for their environmental campaign, “One World, One Ocean.” Special Hero Awards were presented to Grace Lee Boggs, a 95-year-old philosopher and peace activist, and Sasa, a young Burmese doctor building a medical training facility in Myanmar.

All work submitted to MHIFF should be appropriate for audiences of all ages and should not promote hatred, violence, or intolerance. MHIFF maintains a tradition of developing young talent and securing an appreciation for cinema by all young people through Media Arts Education, an essential program of MHIFF’s parent organization, The MY HERO Project.

If your film depicts the story of a unique and inspiring person, or discusses heroism in an artful way, submit to Hero Fest – MY HERO International Film Festival today!



Hollywood, California – USA  October 11 to 14, 2012

Upcoming is the 8th Annual LA FEMME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, a four-day celebration of women filmmakers and a festival that is “by women, for everyone.” In addition to rewarding noteworthy films, hosting educational seminars, and offering networking opportunities for its attendees, LA Femme seeks to close the gender divide in front of and behind the motion picture camera while championing strong storytelling that empowers and enhances the diversity of women.

Set amidst the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood scene and attracting notable industry attention, LA Femme pursues national and international distribution opportunities for filmmakers who win top prizes in the Festival’s documentary and feature film categories. Through a variety of the Festival’s connections, all official selections may be considered for these and other unique opportunities. LA Femme has a strong record of seeing award-winning material make its way to screens both large and small. THE COLT, a 2005 LA Femme award-winner, debuted on The Hallmark Movie Channel that same year. BEAUTIFUL DREAMER was picked up by Showtime after winning at LA Femme, and five LA Femme documentaries have been programmed by the Independent Documentary Channel in 2012 alone.

Many of LA Femme’s guest speakers and honorees are familiar faces to film and television audiences. In 2010, Academy Award-nominees Angela Bassett (WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT) and Virginia Madsen (SIDEWAYS) were honored with LA Femme’s Pioneer Award and Visionary Award, respectively. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (JUNO) and Directors Guild of America Award-winner Patty Jenkins have both been honored by LA Femme for advancing opportunities for women behind the scenes.


July 16, 2012 – Late Deadline

LA Femme International Film Festival is dedicated to supporting and nurturing the artistic entertainment productions of women for the benefit of international and domestic audiences.

At LA Femme, filmmakers engage in an environment that is more collaborative than competitive, as each attendee plays an important role in advancing opportunities for women in the exciting world of filmmaking. A complimentary festival pass is offered to each LA Femme applicant whose material is not selected to be screened, ensuring access and support for all women working in film. But this festival isn’t just for the girls: LA Femme welcomes and encourages submissions from any male filmmaker who seeks to create, celebrate, and support strong female roles in cinema.

By providing a platform for showcasing terrific female-driven material, mentoring and inspiring the next generation of women filmmakers, and creating an inclusive and collaborative industry environment that celebrates diversity, LA Femme International Film Festival is a great place for filmmakers to take proactive and empowering steps toward their dreams. Submit today