iD FEST – exploring identity through film

Derby, Derbyshire – United Kingdom
May 10 to 12, 2013

Upcoming Deadline: February 18

The 3rd Annual iD Fest offers an exciting array of screenings, previews, professional seminars, filmmaking exhibitions, and much more, all from Derby’s center for art and film. United by a central theme of “Family,” this year’s iD Fest promises to be bigger, better, and even more inspiring than its first two editions. An industry event small enough to allow each participant to have a sizable impact on audiences, but large enough to promote dialogue and networking opportunities with even Oscar-nominated filmmaking professionals, iD Fest offers an ideal festival experience for talented filmmakers eager to be discovered.

Each selected film will be evaluated by a panel of industry professionals and considered for the Best of Fest Award. The award-winning film will be able to display iD Fest’s accolade on all promotional materials and will receive a testimonial from iD Fest directors for promotional use. Last year’s highlights included live appearances by Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Flash Gordon), Brian Blessed (Star Wars: Episode I), and Oscar-nominated production designer Eve Stewart (The King’s Speech). Submit to iD Fest today and put your work in front of some of the greats!


New York City, New York – USA
June 26 to 30, 2013

February 15, 2013 – Regular Deadline

VISIONFEST encourages and promotes domestic filmmaking and champions opportunities for the American filmmaker at home and abroad.

The 13th Annual VISIONFEST is celebrating the extraordinary ingenuity of the American auteur. Films featured at VISIONFEST are created by American filmmakers, ensuring a festival where great, home-grown works aren’t lost in a sea of international product. Offering exciting filmmaker Q&As and after-parties, VISIONFEST nurtures networking opportunities that last well beyond the five-day festival and brings the best of American talent to the forefront of the indie New York film scene.

In addition to its filmmaking categories, the VISIONFEST competition includes opportunities for screenwriters to have their works recognized through entry in the VISIONFEST Screenwriting Competition. This year’s VISIONFEST also marks the inaugural year of The Visionary Film Artists’ Collective Project, which invites students of accredited New York City schools to submit proposals for 15-minute projects to be bolstered by artistic grants.

No matter your experience or your artistic interests, VISIONFEST offers plenty of ways to celebrate and strengthen your creative instincts. Submit to VISIONFEST today!

Films selected for VISIONFEST are strategically programmed into entertaining and often thematically connected programming blocks that amplify audience and jury experience. Festival honors-including the Domani Vision Award for Emerging Talent-are presented on the final evening of the festival and serve to enhance the recipients’ prestige and potential on the festival circuit. Just ask VISIONFEST winner Graham Robinson, whose celebrated film, Able Edwards, picked up for extended festival runs by Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh.


SAFILM – San Antonio Film Festival

19 Annual June 19, 2013 to June 23, 2013

1633 Babcock
#111 PMB
San Antonio TX 78229
Phone: 210-885-5888
Safilm San Antonio Film Festival 2013

Safilm San Antonio Film Festival 2013

Come party with us on the red carpet as we are celebrate the 19th year of SAFILM in the Alamo City. Nothing compares to the explosion of independent film in the heart of San Antonio for five fantastic days as well as at 3 Santikos Theaters throughout the Alamo City, from June 19-23, 2013.In 2012, SAFILM garnered outstanding media coverage from local television, radio and newspapers, including extensive coverage from our major sponsor, the San Antonio Express-News. Overall, the festival screened 138 films on 6 screens.Media cover not just the festival and celebrities, but the films that make it into SAFILM: your work will get a ton of area news coverage – INCLUDING TELEVISION, NEWSPAPER, RADIO, BILLBOARD, WEB and FACEBOOK coverage. San Antonio film critics regularly review numerous feature and short films for the festival providing filmmakers with even more opportunities to receive special attention for their entries. Do all festivals give you this? We do!

Director & Former Alumni Chris Brown says, “Without the early and passionate support of the San Antonio Film Festival, Fanny, Annie & Danny may never have enjoyed the success that it’s had. The whole SAFILM team couldn’t have been kinder or more welcoming. They made us feel like family from the moment we arrived.”

With SOLD OUT SCREENINGS, SPONSORED AFTER-PARTIES, and STRONG COMMUNITY SUPPORT, the San Antonio Film Festival is still grassroots — but recognized as the place to find the newest talent.

Another huge plus: This is an affordable film festival – SAFILM works with the top local hotels for special rates for our guests, so attendees can take advantage of DISCOUNTED FESTIVAL HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS within walking distance of our busiest venues.

Join us in June and kickoff your summer in San Antonio with SAFILM.

San Antonio Film Festival is looking for narrative, animation, documentary, or experimental shorts or features. There are 10 awards given in 5 categories.



Be a part of LUNAFEST, a traveling festival of short films by, for, and about women.

The 13th Annual LUNAFEST Film Festival is seeking a diverse range of short films which embody the unique, touching, and inspirational roles of women in our local, national, and international communities. Films must be 20 minutes or less in runtime, and directed and/or produced by a female. There is no limit on the year of production. Winning filmmakers are awarded $1,000 USD cash.

The Midway Deadline is February 1.

Submit your film today for the chance to showcase your work in 150 cities across Canada and the U.S. in front of 20,000 people in 2013 and 2014!

Select a Category of Entry to continue.

USA applicants: By, For and About Women
Films directed and/or produced by women are accepted for this category.

FILMS MUST BE LESS THAN 20 MINUTES.International applicants: By, For and About Women In order to qualify for this category the film MUST have been produced outside of USA, and directed and/or produced by women. All other films submitted to this category will be switched to the appropriate category. FILMS MUST BE 20 MINUTES OR LESS.

Please provide the information about where the film was produced in the Withoutabox cover letter section. Additional proof of film production location may be needed.

Genres: Shorts, documentaries, drama, fiction, animation, comedies, and narratives are welcome. Films must be 20 minutes or less.

In addition to providing national exposure for emerging women filmmakers, LUNAFEST also supports the communities we live in today by donating a portion of the proceeds from the festival to the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) as well as to local host organizations. The BCF is a San Francisco based non-profit that works to identify- and advocate for the elimination of environmental and other preventable causes of the disease. 15% of all net proceeds of the festival go to the BCF and 85% go back into the local women’s organizations and communities that host the festival.


Wilmington, North Carolina – USA
May 9 to 12, 2013

Upcoming Deadline: February 1

The 13th Annual Cape Fear Independent Film Festival (CFI) welcomes films and filmmakers from all over the world, providing a venue for the undiscovered independent filmmaker to get their work in front of an audience. CFI is also particularly interested in films made in the great state of North Carolina. The setting of Dino de Laurentiis’s 1984 nail-biter Firestarter , the city of Wilmington continues a long and proud tradition of professional filmmaking that has earned it the nickname of “Hollywood East.” Honoring both short and feature-length films, CFI combines the thrill of Hollywood with the down-home charms of the American Southeast for an experience unlike any other on the festival circuit.

Last year’s CFI featured the world premiere of American Battleship, an improvisational workshop with comedian Brooklin Green, a discussion panel with industry tips from professional actors, and a slew of other incredible opportunities for networking and talent development. High Sierra, the 2012 winner of CFI’s Best Documentary Award, aired on PBS during Thanksgiving, and numerous other CFI alumni have reaped a variety of accolades and screening opportunities. Submit your work to CFI and show off your accomplishments!

American Black Film Festival

The ABFF – Deadline for submissions: March 22, 2013

For full details on this year’s festival, please visit

Film Life, Inc. announced the launch of The Comedy Wings Competition, a national search to identify outstanding comedic talent. Submissions are now being accepted at and one grand-prize winner will be flown to the 17th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in South Beach.

ABFF is providing an amazing platform for talent and The Comedy Wings Competition is a great initiative for emerging comedians to get recognition,” said Comedian Kevin Hart. “I encourage comedians to submit their performance to this outlet to showcase their talent and follow their dreams.

How to Enter: To enter the Contest, during the Contest Period log on to (the “Website”), click on ENTER A TALENT COMPETITION and then click on COMEDY WINGS COMPETITION to access the submission form (the “Submission Form”).

Festival passes and tickets are available now for purchase at:

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a five-day retreat and international film market dedicated to strengthening the Black filmmaking community. Established in 1997, the core mission of the ABFF is to promote cultural diversity within the motion picture industry. Through its film showcases and special contests, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry.


Beverly Hills, California – USA
April 24 to 28, 2013

February 1, 2013 – Late Deadline

The Beverly Hills Film Festival strives to bring creative new talent the opportunities they need to make their dreams a reality.

The 13th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival   (BHFF), is offering all of the glitz, glamour, and excitement one would expect to find in the famed 90210 zip code. Celebrating a range of films and screenplays, BHFF proudly maintains its stature as a selective and quality-driven festival that’s both surrounded and infused by the bustling Hollywood film industry.

In addition to championing rising stars, BHFF recognizes the rich history of cinema by paying tribute to past greats and important moments in film history. Showcasing cinema luminaries by programming the first film ever shot in Hollywood, In Old California by D.W. Griffith, as well as Federico Fellini’s Verso La Luna Con Fellini, are just a few examples of this dedication.

Celebrated selections from last year’s Beverly Hills Film Festival included 7 Years Underground: A 60s Tale (a documentary chronicling the Café Au Go Go), Children of the Air (an unflinching account of a fairy tale romance gone awry), and Sofia (a twist-filled thriller starring Christian Slater and Donald Sutherland). Films and screenplays of all genres and styles fuel the BHFF experience. Despite their diversity, they’re all unified by one exceptional trait: top quality. For the chance to be a part of this exhilarating cinematic event in 2013, submit your film or script to the Beverly Hills Film Festival today!

AFI Silverdocs Documentary Festival

11 Annual June 19, 2013 to June 23, 2013

THE FESTIVAL (June 19-23, 2013):

SILVERDOCS, AFI’s premier documentary program, is held each June just outside Washington, DC at the AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center as well as in the heart of the District. The 2013 Festival will take place June 19-23.

In just eleven years SILVERDOCS has become “the pre-eminent US documentary festival” according to Screen International and was cited as one of the ten most interesting film festivals—of any kind––in the world by Variety.

The five-day program presents the very best of contemporary documentary filmmaking from across the globe, including numerous world and international premieres and works by master and emerging filmmakers alike. In 2012, SILVERDOCS presented 114 films representing 44 countries, and numerous special events to an audience of over 27,000, including over 1200 film and television industry professionals and educators.

SILVERDOCS’ concurrent 2-day International Documentary Conference (June 20-21, 2013) brings together leaders from across the commercial, education and public media spectrum who believe in the vital influence of the documentary form and the importance of exploring current business, creative and cultural challenges in a focused, professional environment. The event includes 65+ Conference panel discussions and dozens of networking sessions and special events.

AFI Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival is a five-day international film festival and conference that honors the creativity and passion of independent, non-fiction filmmakers and the power of the moving image to alter our perspective and expand our world-view. Anchored in the Nation’s Capital, where important global and national issues are the daily business, SILVERDOCS is marked by its relevance, broad intellectual range, and wide public appeal.

SILVERDOCS is a program of the American Film Institute, a national non-profit institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media.

SILVERDOCS takes place at the AFI Silver Theatre –– the flagship theatre of the AFI; one of the premier film exhibition spaces in the country, and the top art house cinema in the region –– and extends to the DC region.


Washington, DC & Northern Virginia – USA
May 6 to 12, 2013

January 22, 2013 – Regular Deadline

The GI Film Festival aims to preserve the stories of American GIs, promote the work of active duty military and military veteran filmmakers, and honor struggles for freedom around the globe.

Last year, the Pentagon Channel began broadcasting a weekly television series showcasing GIFF films. This series, which will continue in 2013, was delivered to 30 million homes nationwide as well as all military bases worldwide, providing GIFF filmmakers with extraordinary exposure to the audiences they are most eager to celebrate and explore. All films submitted to GIFF, whether official selections of the festival or not, are considered for this weekly series.

The 7th Annual GI Film Festival (GIFF), is honoring the successes and sacrifices of the American GI through the power of big-picture storytelling. Unfolding during Armed Forces Appreciation Month and against the majestic backdrop of America’s capital city, GIFF brings Hollywood and the United States military together for a festival that’s uniquely dedicated to celebrating the too-often unsung stories of heroism at home and abroad. Films submitted to GIFF must portray at least one real or fictitious military-oriented character in a respectful manner. The festival also welcomes submissions from filmmakers who have served in the US military, even if their respective projects do not address military topics or personnel.

Films selected to participate will be exhibited before diverse audiences that include active duty military, veterans, military families, military enthusiasts, top military brass, members of Congress, and powerful industry players who are specifically scouting military-themed films. Participating filmmakers are offered free access to Hollywood and Capitol Hill parties, guided tours of the Pentagon, and visits to local military hospitals, as well as access to GIFF’s unique “Filmmaker Boot Camp,” designed to equip cineastes with the practical tools needed to guide their projects into the industry marketplace.

GIFF proudly presents awards in five competitive categories, including Best Student Film, Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Documentary Short. In 2013, the director of the festival’s Best Narrative Feature Award-winning film will receive an “Associate Producer” role on the upcoming military-themed feature film Homecoming, produced by American Way productions.

The GI Film Festival is a recipient of the American Legion National Commander’s Public Relations Award, which has previously been bestowed on media luminaries including Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert, Lou Dobbs, and Jack Valenti. The festival also received the 2012 Carlton Sherwood Media Award from the National Blind Veterans Foundation and the 2007 George Washington Valley Forge Honor Medal from the Freedom Foundation.

Widely respected by many of the brightest stars of the US military and Hollywood, GIFF is an extraordinary platform on which to share powerful stories with exceptional audiences. For the chance to share your love of country and film with like-minded artists and appreciative festivalgoers, submit your film to the GI Film Festival today!


ASFF – the Aesthetica Short Film Festival wants your entries!

7 – 10 November 2013, York

Deadline for entries is May 31, 2013

An established and dynamic player on the UK film festival circuit, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF)   is a celebration of independent film from across the world, and an outlet for championing and supporting short filmmaking.

Spanning all genres including drama, documentary, animation, comedy, music video, thriller, experimental and artists’ film, the festival showcases its films across 15 distinct and historic locations in the city of York. Moving between medieval halls, ancient city walls, boutique cinemas, quirky stores, lively café bars, art spaces and museums, the festival invites visitors to create their own unique viewing experience.

Alongside screenings, ASFF also presents a series of masterclasses and workshops with leading industry figures, working with such organisations as BAFTA, Channel 4, Warp Films, Raindance, Sheffield Doc/Fest and many more. There are also networking opportunities and social events across the weekend.

Explore York. Experience Film.

  • The deadline for entries is 31 May 2013.
  • All films selected for screening at ASFF will be notified by 31 July 2013.
  • Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony at ASFF on 10 November 2013.
  • ASFF Sampler DVD of a shortlist of finalists will be released with the December issue of Aesthetica Magazine.


  • Screenings at ASFF.
  • £500 prize money for Festival Winner Award.
  • £250 prize money for Peoples’ Choice Award.
  • Opportunity to be included on the ASFF 2013 Sampler that will go to Aesthetica readers
    (60,000 viewers) in December 2013.
  • Editorial in Aesthetica Magazine and on the Aesthetica Blog for a selectiion of finalists.