New York, New York – USA
April 17 to 28, 2013

December 28, 2012 – Withoutabox Deadline

The Tribeca Film Festival spurs the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture. It also helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, exposes the general community to the power of cinema, and promotes New York City as a major filmmaking center. The festival is currently seeking world premiere feature films for this amazing 12-day event.

It showcases a diverse range of films including American indies, international premieres, documentaries, and genre films, including a World Narrative Competition Section and a World Documentary Competition Section. Tribeca also has a partnership with ESPN to showcase sports films. Alumni include such names as Jeff Nichols, Lisa Cholodenko, Seth Gordon, Paul Greengrass, Ed Burns, Alma Har’el, Zak Penn, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Jeff Garlin, Tomas Alfredson, James Franco, Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg, Cameron Crowe, and Ti West.

TFF provides a one-of-a-kind festival experience and an unparalleled opportunity for exposure in New York. A premiere at Tribeca truly means the world is watching. For the chance to unveil your latest work at this prestigious festival, submit your world premiere feature film to the Tribeca Film Festival today!

International Festival of Animated Objects


Animovies is the animated film shorts portion of the 2013 International Festival of Animated Objects. The IFAO celebrates the animated object in all its glory through film and performance. Send us your stop-motion, your hand-drawn, your marionette and hand puppet short films, anything with objects being animated!

This program is co-presented by EMMEDIA and supported by their Homegrown Curatorial Program. EMMEDIA is an artist-run centre that focuses on the production and presentation of media arts. We welcome work by artists that respond to EMMEDIA’s programming theme, Light:

“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eyes, to reveal the marvels around.” – Paulo Coelho

Help us light up a screen and illuminate the darkened corners of our lonely minds by sending us your new and old animated films.

The Animovies film segment of the International Festival of Animated Objects is screened as part of a larger art festival that celebrates mask, puppetry and animated objects in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

We take a wide view when defining “animated objects”. It encompasses classic forms like puppetry and stop-motion animation, but includes much more. Cell animation, paper cut-outs, a candle melting, a pen and bubble wrap, photocopies, a zoetrope, all fit within animated objects. If there is an object being manipulated to tell your story, it flies. Our audience loves work that challenges and expands the boundaries of animated objects. A pixel is not an object, under our definitions. Sorry all you fantastic digital animators, but your work will not meet our criteria.

This program is co-presented by EMMEDIA and supported by their Homegrown Curatorial Program. EMMEDIA is an artist-run centre that focuses on the production and presentation of media arts. We welcome work by artists that respond to EMMEDIA’s programming theme, Light:

“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eyes, to reveal the marvels around.” – Paulo Coelho

Unlike many festivals, we believe in honouring the work of film makers: we pay nominal screening fees, based on IMAA rates.

Films screened in the past include:

The World According to Sesame Street by Linda Goldstein-Knowlton and Linda Hawkins Costigan
Bjork’s Wanderlust by Encyclopedia Pictura (USA),
The Bridge by Vincent Bierrewaerts (Belgium),
Cattle Call by Matthew Rankin & Mike Maryniuk (Canada),
My Grandmother Beijing by Matts Grorud (China/Norway),
Midnight Matinee by J. Scott Portingale (Canada),
Copy City by Denise Hauser (UK),
Restless by Joey Garfield (USA),
Fantasie in Bubblewrap by Arthur Metcalf (USA),
Carlitopolis by Nieto (France),
Small Birds Singing by Linda McCarthy (UK),
The Bed Wetter by Ingo Schiller & Stephan-Flint Muller (Germany),
Paradise by Jesse Rosensweet (Canada),
Pat’s First Kiss by Pat Mills (Canada),
Run by Melanie Mandl (USA),
For the Love of God by Joe Tucker (UK),
Melty Kitty by Alison Mitchell (Canada),
Raymond by Bif (UK/France),
Animatou by Claude Luyet (Switzerland),
The Life Sized Zoetrope by Mark Simon Hewis (UK),
The Execution of Margot Rumebe by Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Canada),
Another Lost Soul by Lyle Pisio (Canada)

The festival is biennial, ie, takes place every two years, on the odd years.

NexTv Talent Search for Directors & Actors

Los Angeles, California – USA
Winners Announced: March 28, 2013

December 21, 2012 – Late Deadline

The NexTv Talent Search for Directors & Actors aligns the industry’s top decision-makers with some of the brightest film and television talents of tomorrow.

This year’s NexTv Talent Search for Directors & Actors includes an optional “viewer’s choice” mini-competition, through which audience selection will determine five of the NexTv finalists. Participating submissions will be posted on the NexTv website one month after their receipt by NexTv, allowing online voters to cast their ballots for a favorite submission of the month. Whether your film is beloved by NexTv’s online audience or by its esteemed panel of industry judges, or both, success in the NexTv Talent Search can offer a considerable boost to your career. Actors and directors: submit your creative samples to the NexTv Talent Search for Directors & Actors today!

NexTv understands the value of industry mentorship and offers tremendous advantages to emerging talents ready to embrace their futures. Winners in each competitive category – including Comedy Director, Drama Director, Unscripted Director, Actor Age 17 and Younger, and Actor Age 18 and Older – will be announced in a press release delivered to more than 10,000 industry professionals and will be featured in a multimedia industry showcase that hints at a bold new future for Hollywood. The NexTv Grand Prize-winner will receive all of these benefits, as well as a trip to Los Angeles to embark on meetings with high-level industry players like Lynette Ramirez, Sr. Vice President of Development and Production at George Lopez Presents.

Applicants are encouraged to submit any materials – such as shorts, webisodes, monologues, or reels – that display their talents and excite viewers. Finalists will be selected based on overall quality of work and on perceived viability in the industry marketplace. Directors who submit samples of their work to NexTv will receive a free copy of The Producer’s Handbook, a guide filled with checklists, contracts, and expert advice on the business of industry salesmanship and personal branding. Actors who submit their creative samples will receive a free copy of The Actor’s Handbook, which unlocks the secrets to taking control of an acting career in just eight weeks.


Over The Fence Comedy film festival

16 Annual September 01, 2013 to September 10, 2013

Australian’s prime Comedy Film Festival has opened the call for entries

Short Film
Short films that take comedy into new, daring and excellent new realms of humour – black, tragi, adventure, slapstick, docu/mockumentar etc……..
up to 15 mins.
Longer Short Film
Comedy short films from 16+ minutesCan include a comedy series or feature film

OTF Vision are:
1. To encourage and stimulate new comedy production.
2. To exhibit broad range of work for and to local audiences.
3. To dedicate a film festival to the genre comedy.
4. To celebrate comic culture, humour and verve.
5. To entertain, and
6. To inspire

Over The Fence, one of the world’s great Comedy film festivals is backl!
Our criteria for a comedy short film is simple `a film which is driven by, or, ultimately concludes with an excellent sense of humour’.

OTF International is now calling for entries for the 16th Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival showcasing the funny, satirical, quirky, outrageous, fantastic and bizarre humour of emerging, new and independent filmmakers from around the world.


Int Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival of Athens

8 Annual March 15, 2013 to March 21, 2013

In 2013 there is a special bonus for Hard Science Fiction shorts: If selected to screen, they will have the chance to screen in a SECOND festival, to be held October 2013. Both through their submission to Sff-rated ATHENS! So, what is a Hard SF film? Freaking wires, syringes etc, but with a “serious” intent. Those that have shot one, know one. Two fests with one submission… Isn’t that festering or what?

Science Fiction & Fantasy is where imagination doesn’t just play the game – it makes the rules. Join us.

The SFF-rated Athens is now in its 8th year, having become a celebrated international short film and feature festival lasting a whole seven+ days.

Think seriously about visiting; we soak the Festival and the audience in absinthe – for free. And we make certain our visiting directors find out what this mysterious Mediterranean/Greek cuisine is all about.

2012 continued the success of 2011, keeping our audience numbers high, and our film and screening quality level even higher.

For 2013, we have kept our submission fees at the same level as in the five previous years, and at the lowest possible level.

Our Audience Awards exist to create a lasting connection between Audience and filmmakers thousands of miles apart. They are: for short films, Short Supreme and Best Idea. For features: Best Film, and our world-wide exclusivity, the Audience Controversy Award.
Our Jury Awards, on the other hand, exist to create even more controversy (Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay).

Visit our blogsite at to learn more (indeed, everything) about us, and don’t hesitate to contact us.

Alecos Papadopoulos
Chief Festival Officer
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Palmerston North – New Zealand
June 14 to 22, 2013

Inviting environmentally focussed films of all genres, types and lengths from around the globe to submit. Award categories are: Best Feature Length, Best Short, Best Ultra-Short, Best Science Communication, Best Environmental Sustainability, and Best New Zealand Emerging Talent.

December 15, 2012 – Regular Deadline

The Reel Earth Film Festival operates from the belief that storytelling can change attitudes, affect behavior, and benefit the planet. It aims to make a positive impact on the environment by celebrating socially-conscious filmmakers and spreading their works to audiences in and beyond the festival.

Palmerston North not only plays host to Reel Earth, but is also the home of Massey University and several leading science, research, and environmentally-focused organizations. Both the city and the festival offer a warm, exciting, and intellectually curious environment full of people who care deeply about the planet and each other. Submit your socially-conscious or environmental-themed works to Reel Earth today for the chance to participate in a festival where knowledge and creativity work hand-in-hand!

The 9th Annual Reel Earth Film Festival, is the Southern Hemisphere’s leading nature, science, and environment-oriented film festival. A destination event for proven and emerging talents with a passion for film and Earth’s delicate global community, Reel Earth is an inspiring symposium addressing a broad range of topics and offering a diverse lineup of powerful cinematic works. Official selections may take the form of probing documentaries, animated works, or fictional narratives, among other genres and styles.

Reel Earth is committed to making a positive difference on the environment by connecting audiences with authentic stories of the evolving world around them. Selected top films featured during Reel Earth’s 11-day festival are granted even greater public exposure and the chance to further spread their powerful messages by touring throughout New Zealand. Last year’s program – including an animated journey into the life of plastic, an eight-year-old’s take on climate change, and a world in which water and oil are transposed – wowed Reel Earth visitors and shifted more than a few perspectives.

Reel Earth boasts an impressive roster of award-winning films from past editions, including Lizzie Gillet’s The Age of Stupid, Rupert Murray’s The End of the Line, Monte Thompson’s Call of Life, Peter Wedel’s The Bill, and Kevin White and David Donnefield’s A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW. All visiting filmmakers are ensured complete access to Reel Earth’s screenings, receptions, and special events, including the opportunity to participate in the unique Filmmakers in Schools program which invites guest filmmakers into local classrooms during the festival to inform and inspire students.


Maitland, Florida – USA
April 5 to 14, 2013

December 7, 2012 – Late Deadline

The 22nd Annual Florida Film Festival (FFF), is an oasis for filmmakers and film lovers and a respected regional showcase for the best in foreign and American independent cinema. Named one of the “Top 10 Festivals in the World” by Chris Gore, author of The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, and declared one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, FFF presents a jam-packed program of unforgettable films, incredible parties, memorable tributes, and enlightening seminars. The dynamic slate transplants the best and boldest aspects of Hollywood to the arts-driven Southeast, just outside the bustling tourist center of Orlando.

The festival presents honors to top films in a variety of categories, including Grand Jury Awards, Special Jury Awards, and Audience Awards. As a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards in both live-action and animated short film categories, FFF has the potential to launch talented filmmakers and their promising careers to unimagined heights. Just a few noteworthy festival alums who have gone on to much success after premiering early works at FFF include Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Brett Morgan (Crossfire Hurricane), and Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus).

The Florida Film Festival offers a one-of-a-kind celebration of the very best in American independent and foreign cinema. As diverse and as invigorating as the place it calls home, FFF offers 10 days and nights of thrilling entertainment and networking opportunities for those eager to advance their industry careers.


Dallas, Texas – USA
April 4 to 14, 2013

December 7, 2012 – Regular Deadline

The Dallas International Film Festival celebrates and honors filmmakers for their engagement in their creative communities and seeks to assist in future endeavors through increased exposure and financial reward.

Fostering interaction between filmmakers, audience members, and the Dallas community has long been a hallmark of DIFF. The festival attracts participants from all corners of the filmmaking process, including Academy Award-winners Kathryn Bigelow, Helen Hunt, Charlize Theron, Robert DeNiro, and Adrien Brody. Bursting with master classes, lively screenings, and panel discussions, DIFF connects filmmakers of all experience levels with the artists they admire and the answers they crave. What’s more, the entire experience unfolds with just the kind of folksy, warm-hearted spirit you’d expect to find in one of most beloved cities in Texas.

See for yourself why Save the Date director Michael Mohan raves, “So far in my travels, Dallas has been the most filmmaker friendly. The crowds are the best. The organization is the best. The hospitality is the best.” Submit your film to the Dallas International Film Festival today!

The 7th Annual Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF), is an 11-day celebration of remarkable films and their indelible impact on audiences. Last year’s DIFF drew more than 32,000 film lovers with a program of international premieres, red carpet galas, and filmmaker panels that opened eyes and broadened horizons. Promising another stellar slate and turnout this year, DIFF is proud to once again bring high-caliber entertainment to the warm and welcoming American Southwest.

DIFF creates an inclusive vibe that puts all exhibiting filmmakers on the highest pedestal; from the first-time short-form filmmaker to the award-winning industry veteran, all are treated with the same hospitality, press coverage, and respect. Each filmmaker is paired with a local host, often a leader in the film community, to help make their Dallas experience a memorable one; many past filmmakers have connected with individuals that have been instrumental in the success of their future projects through this host program. DIFF also offers travel and accommodation assistance when possible to ensure that selected filmmakers can personally present their films at the festival.

DIFF honors top narrative, documentary, and short films, and also offers a category reserved for films shot in or about the Lone Star State. In 2013, the festival will also celebrate Italian cinema through a special programming section. Grand Jury prize-winners in feature-length categories will walk away with a $10,000 USD unrestricted cash prize, and filmmakers who win in the Texas Competition will receive a Panavision camera rental package for the filming of their next project valued at $30,000. For the third year, The Embry Family Foundation will present the Silver Heart Award, a $10,000 cash prize, to a film dedicated to creating social change and fighting injustice.

Crossroads Film Festival

14 Annual April 12, 2013 to April 14, 2013

The Crossroads Film Festival provides Jackson, Mississippi and the Southeast region with a forum for independent film and video, in addition to being an advocate for film and video production in the American Southeast. The festival seeks to showcase the best films and videos from around the world for a culturally diverse audience.

If you think you know Mississippi … think again! Jackson, Mississippi is the cultural crossroads of the south (hence the name – Crossroads Film Festival) and is the place where all the good stuff gets thrown together. This is where the music of delta Bluesman Robert Johnson runs straight into the home of the International Ballet Competition. We are home to Tennessee Williams, Willie Morris, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman, and some of the world’s greatest historians, photographers, and musicians.

The Crossroads Film Festival is also home to some real quirky and creative folks, fried catfish, sweet tea, and a film festival to rival the best of them. Come challenge Mississippi’s creative class & be showered in Southern hospitality. There’ll be cash prizes, Southern celebrities, workshops, daily receptions and nightly jukin’ with live music. It’s all about your story.




London, England – United Kingdom
April 11 to 22, 2013

November 30, 2012 – Regular Deadline

The London Independent Film Festival is committed to the independent filmmaker, giving special attention to films by first- and second-time directors, films shot with budgets under £100,000, and quality films that, for whatever reason, are unlikely to receive distribution through other channels.

The 10th Annual London Independent Film Festival (LIFF), is perfect a showcase of great micro-budget and no-budget independent films taking place in the bustling city of London, England. Proving that great creative works can be developed without the benefit of big financial backers, LIFF gives special attention to films by first- and second-time directors, and films shot with budgets of $200,000 USD or less.

LIFF is committed to the independent filmmaker and offers special attention to the screening of films by first- and second-time directors, as well as to films shot with small or no budgets.

LIFF offers a broad array of competitive categories, including documentary, sci-fi/horror, LGBT, short screenplay, music video, and animated short, to name just a few. Filmmakers will also enjoy having their works screened at two of the city’s best theaters – the Roxy and the Shortwave – and can be assured of a film and festival experience that’s second to none. The London Independent Film Festival is eager to welcome you for 12 incredible, film-fueled days along the south bank of the Thames; for your chance to take part in this one-of-a-kind showcase, submit your film or script today!
The festival has a reputation for celebrating remarkable works that might otherwise have slipped under the radar. Time Out Magazine has called LIFF “a treasure trove of undiscovered film gems, [and] one of Europe’s top indie film fests.” All selected films will be considered for Jury and Audience Awards, with the winners announced at the Closing Night “It’s a Wrap” party. LIFF also offers a popular screenwriting competition and an array of fascinating training workshops for filmmakers, as well as opportunities for visitors to network, establish connections, and plan future collaborations.

In-competition filmmakers enjoy generous accommodations and international transportation packages, festival passes, and party invites, plus the opportunity to meet representatives from many UK distributors, sales and talent agencies, and production companies. Several micro-budget films which premiered at LIFF, including Beyond the Fire and The Liberty of Norton Folgate, were picked up for UK distribution and went on to successful theatrical releases after the festival.