The 2013 TUPELO FILM FESTIVAL

Tupelo, Mississippi – USA
May 15 to 19, 2013

 

 

The 10th Annual Tupelo Film Festival (TFF) offers all the Southern charm and hospitality that you’d expect to find in the birthplace of Elvis Presley. Jam-packed with great films, savory meals, fun-filled parties, and networking opportunities galore, TFF instantly feels like a home away from home, even if you’re from halfway around the world. In addition to an extraordinary festival experience, participating filmmakers will enjoy discounted hotel room rates and complimentary local transportation.

TFF warmly welcomes independent filmmakers working in all genres and styles, offering a broad range of competitive categories including narrative, documentary, animated, and student works, as well as short films and music videos. Cash prizes and awards are valued at $6,500 USD total, including the Ron Tibbett Award for Best in Show and the Elvin Whitesides Directors Award. For many participants, though, taking part in this filmmaker-focused festival is reward enough. If live blues music, homestyle Southern cuisine, scintillating educational panels, stellar independent films, and countless new friendships sound like a recipe for a good time, the Tupelo Film Festival is for you. Submit today!

SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS

UPCOMING DEADLINE
January 10, 2013 – Regular Deadline

The  Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, now in its 37th year, is designed to expose filmgoers in the American South to a touring buffet of some of the very best offerings in independent cinema. Southern Circuit welcomes a range of films as diverse as the audiences it serves, showcasing an engaging lineup in theaters throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Participating Southern Circuit filmmakers are given the chance to travel with their films and engage directly with audiences in post-screening Q&As and other social events.

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers provides filmmakers with paid opportunities to participate in six-venue tours of the Southeastern United States, screen their films for new audiences, and engage filmgoers in discussions about the production and content of their works.

As more filmmakers embrace independent distribution as a viable option to reach audiences, Southern Circuit provides an interactive format that truly puts the filmmaker at the forefront of his or her own success. Live audience engagement and feedback can be invaluable to filmmakers navigating the waters of film marketing and distribution. Participating filmmakers receive a $400 USD honorarium per screening venue, and all travel costs – including airfare and fees, car rental, and gasoline – are covered. Filmmakers also receive a per diem stipend for lodging and meals.

Over the years, Southern Circuit’s increasing popularity and visibility have allowed an expansion of both its ambition and its reach. The “circuit” now includes four parallel tours for an anticipated total of 24 participating filmmakers. Each filmmaker will hit the road for an estimated 7 to 10 days, documenting his or her adventures on the Southern Circuit blog and sharing their work with eager audiences at museums, universities, performing arts centers, clubs, and parks across these nine states.

OFF PLUS CAMERA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA

Krakow – Poland
April 12 to 21, 2013
Upcoming Deadline: January 21

The 6th Annual OFF PLUS CAMERA International Festival of Independent Cinema strives to change the contemporary media market of Poland by breaking away from traditional constructs and forging exciting new alternatives. The festival showcases more than 100 films across unique categories of entry and is proud to promote bold voices and big ideas that truly embody the spirit of independent filmmaking. Hosted in Krakow, Off Plus takes full advantage of a local community thrilled by adventurous art, open dialogue, and the “intellectual underground.”

A 10-day celebration devoted to Polish and international independent cinema, Off Plus is particularly focused on giving support and visibility to filmmakers at the beginning of their careers. The centerpiece of the festival is an international filmmaking competition in which 12 talented directors vie for the Krakow Film Award of $100,000 USD. Selected by an international jury, the competition’s winner will also receive a grant from the Polish Film Institute in the amount of 1 Million PLN, to be used for the production of a film in Poland. Success at the Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema is not only a high-profile celebration of your latest achievement, it’s a lucrative springboard to the next one…submit today!

 

source: withoutabox.com

ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL AT YALE

New Haven, Connecticut – USA
April 8 to 14, 2013

Call for Entries for EFFY 2013!

UPCOMING DEADLINE
January 15, 2013 – Late Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The Environmental Film Festival at Yale showcases the arts through incisive, cutting-edge films that raise awareness of environmental and related social issues.

The 5th Annual Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY), is merging the worlds of artistic ingenuity and global conscientiousness at one of the most revered learning institutions in the world. As a student-run festival for environmental films, EFFY aims to facilitate meaningful, learned discourse about some of the most daunting challenges of our time. Better yet, it sparks action – at Yale and beyond – to combat those challenges and make the planet a safer and healthier place to call home.

Selected EFFY feature filmmakers are provided free travel and accommodations, and all participating filmmakers are integrated into festival programming through participation in panels and workshops with Yale faculty and students. Touted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of “20 Great Resources for Green Filmmakers,” EFFY has benefited from thought-provoking presentations by Dan Rather, Van Jones, Jeffrey Sacs, and Colin Beavan, and has screened numerous Oscar favorites including The Cove, Waste Land, and The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom. Year after year, EFFY tackles big issues in front of big audiences and discusses ingenious solutions from some of the sharpest thinkers of today.

In addition to offering thought-provoking cinema and career-enriching awards, EFFY proudly embodies the spirit of sustainability it celebrates in each of its honored films. The festival routinely offsets all emissions, works alongside like-minded environmentally conscious sponsors and groups, and uses paperless ticketing, electronic advertisements, and organic catering throughout every event. EFFY isn’t just a film festival about the environment, it’s a film festival for the environment, and for each of us who seeks to secure a more sustainable future.

Kansas City Improv Festival

About the Kansas City Improv Festival:

In 1994  Kansas City’s Lighten Up Improv Co. gave birth to the first independent improv festival, and they named it Spontaneous Combustion.

“SpoCom” presented groups from Minneapolis, Iowa and Lawrence shared the stage with locals, butlater, SpoCom reached many other groups in Seattle, Boulder, Minneapolis, Frederick (Maryland) and Chicago.

After four years SpoCom became The US Improv Festival. Invited by KC’s new troupe, Funny Outfit, big-name directors like LA’s Dan O’Connor, Chicago’s Rebecca Sohn and Joe Bill, Rob Reese and NYC’s Jeff Wirth were all added to the mix.

With a new name, the fest continued to grow, and so did its young performers. SNL’s Jason Sudekis, Sonic guy TJ Jagodowki, 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer and Second City performers Mark Sutton, Corey Rittmaster and Tim Mason.

In 2007, City 3- former students of the Lighten Up Improv Co.’s high school improv league- teamed up with original producers and the fest was dubbed, The KC Improv Festival.

In 2007, City 3–former students of the Lighten Up Improv Co.’s high school improv league–teamed up with original producers and dubbed the fest The KC Improv Festival. They passed it off to the KC Improv Company, which produces today’s festival. They’ve built on the festival’s reputation for taking care of audiences and performers, and taken it to the next level.

 

INDEPENDENT FILM QUARTERLY FILM & WEBISODE FESTIVAL

Los Angeles, California – USA
January 30 to February 2, 2013

Upcoming Deadline: December 28

The 3rd Annual Independent Film Quarterly Film & Webisode Festival (IFQ Festival) brings together the best in film and new media works in a competitive festival engineered by Independent Film Quarterly. The festival presents short- and long-form creative works that each demonstrate a unique personal vision, and honors the efforts of up-and-comers, established professionals, and tomorrow’s industry leaders, alike. Participants can enjoy red carpet galas, networking events, and a venue right in the thick of the entertainment capital of the world.

IFQ Festival winners will benefit from a profile interview featured in Independent Film Quarterly. The festival also presents valuable industry seminars on topics of domestic and international distribution, and has shepherded its winners to distribution deals through Netflix, VOD Video on Demand, CurrentTV, and global distributors respected the world over. Feature-length films, documentaries, screenplays, shorts, webisodes, and mobile content are all welcomed by IFQ. Submit your work to the Independent Film Quarterly Film & Webisode Festival today and get ready to share it with the world!

 

PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Palm Beach, Florida – USA
April 4 to 11, 2013

UPCOMING DEADLINE
December 31, 2012 – Late Deadline

The 18th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF), is offering eight days of world premieres, special events, and a program of feature, documentary, and short films that will amaze, entertain, and inspire. From its opening night reception to its closing night celebration, PBIFF is an energized and unforgettable foray into the magic of the movies. Set against the backdrop of one of the most beloved beach communities in the United States, fueled by enthusiastic volunteers, and supported through strong ties to its community, PBIFF is proud to treat each of its visitors like the industry powerhouses they are – or soon will be.

PBIFF boasts an impressive roster of alums, including Oscar-winner Bobby Moresco (Crash), Academy Award nominees Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and Spirit Award nominee Ricki Stern (The Trials of Darryl Hunt). Participating filmmakers compete for a variety of awards across several categories and benefit from festival transportation to and from the Palm Beach International Airport, discounted hotel rates, transportation to all festival events, and passes to films, panels, galas, and industry panels. Throughout the whole experience, PBIFF’s friendly staff and volunteers ensure that each festival guest gets the most out of his or her time in Palm Beach.

PBIFF is motivated by the films and the filmmakers it serves and is dedicated to expanding opportunities and visibility for top-notch cinematic achievements. PBIFF invites independent theater owners and bookers from across the U.S. to screen films and meet filmmakers during the festival in an effort to help independent artists get their projects seen by larger audiences. The festival also hosts a number of events where filmmakers can mix and mingle with industry guests; PBIFF is truly a place where career-launching relationships are built and future collaborations are born.

The festival is dedicated to making a positive and long-lasting difference in the lives of

young people who share the festival’s spirit of creativity and its passion for film. That’s why, every year, proceeds from PBIFF are directed towards Palm Beach County schools to provide new technologies, grants, and scholarships for the innovative pioneers of the future. Major industry players including Anthony Hopkins, Adrian Brody, Brett Ratner, Samuel L. Jackson, and Edward Norton have also contributed their services and resources to PBIFF’s cause and have enriched the festival experience for years on end.

Recent PBIFF honorees include long-time Palm Beach resident and Academy Award nominee Burt Reynolds, The Blind Side’s Quinton Aaron – who also doubled as a guest deejay, and Academy Award nominees James Cromwell (LA Confidential) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). Much like its host city, the festival offers a warm, social, and unpredictable energy alive with the spirit of possibility. See for yourself why Moviemaker Magazine raves, “Class is the name of the game…and PBIFF has it in droves”…submit your film to the Palm Beach International Film Festival today!

THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

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

UPCOMING DEADLINE
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

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Animovies 2013

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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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

UPCOMING DEADLINE
December 21, 2012 – Late Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
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.

MORE ABOUT THE COMPETITION
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.