SFF-rated ATHENS

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?

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

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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 http://sffrated.wordpress.com to learn more (indeed, everything) about us, and don’t hesitate to contact us.

Alecos Papadopoulos
Chief Festival Officer
SFF-rated ATHENS
ORGANIZERS
Alecos Papadopoulos (Chief Festival Officer) ; Alecos Papadopoulos (Chief Festival Officer) ; Angelos Mastorakis (Artistic Director) ; Angelos Mastorakis (Artistic Director)

REEL EARTH FILM FESTIVAL

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.

UPCOMING DEADLINE
December 15, 2012 – Regular Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
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.

MORE ABOUT 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.

FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL

Maitland, Florida – USA
April 5 to 14, 2013

UPCOMING DEADLINE
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).

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
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 INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Dallas, Texas – USA
April 4 to 14, 2013

UPCOMING DEADLINE
December 7, 2012 – Regular Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
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.

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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 INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

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

UPCOMING DEADLINE
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.

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
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.

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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.

PROVIDENCE CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL

 

Providence, Rhode Island – USA
February 14 to 19, 2013

Upcoming Deadline: November 26

The 4th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) is dedicated to engaging, entertaining, and surprising young audiences. Harnessing the power of film to educate, shape and inspire young minds, PCFF recognizes that children are an impressionable audience and seeks to make a positive and long-lasting impact on the way they interpret and engage with the world around them. Unlike festivals that are programmed and evaluated exclusively by “grown-up” judges, PCFF is proud to involve young people in the selection of its content, as well as in determining award-winners at the end of the festival.

In addition to hosting this remarkable six-day celebration, PCFF sponsors additional film screenings and educational programming throughout the year, including an intensive filmmaking camp for teenagers and multiple after-school media literacy programs. By engaging young people in media, arts, and education at a formative stage of their lives, PCFF invests in a bright and exciting future full of bold, new voices and unforgettable entertainment. For many of tomorrow’s filmmakers and film lovers, it all begins at the Providence Children’s Film Festival. Submit your film today!

 

 

 

AFRICA WORLD DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

St. Louis, Missouri – USA & Touring
February 5 to September 10, 2013

UPCOMING DEADLINE
December 1, 2012 – Regular Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
AWDFF is committed to the promotion of knowledge and culture of Pan-African people through cinema.

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In the past year, the Africa World Documentary Film Festival has partnered with the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) in Laos, Nigeria. Entrusted by the federal government of Nigeria to maintain the central mission of the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture, CBAAC helps ADWFF expand its reach and plumb the depths of the Pan-African experience.

Submit your documentary work about the Pan-African experience to the Africa World Documentary Film Festival today for the chance to add your voice to this exciting conversation!

The 6th Annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival (AWDFF), is proudly celebrating and exploring Pan-African people and culture through the art of filmmaking. Although non-competitive in nature, the festival offers prizes of $1,000 and $500 USD to two documentaries judged by the ADWFF committee as best furthering an understanding of, or significantly contributing to, knowledge of the African World.

Public screenings of films accepted by ADWFF will be held in Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean, offering wide-spread exposure to skilled filmmakers who share a passion for the Pan-African story. Both feature-length and short-form documentaries are considered for inclusion in the always-dynamic program. Last year’s festival was a remarkable success, presenting more than 60 films made by documentarians from Brazil, Senegal, Switzerland, Cameroon, Nigeria, Egypt, Haiti, and beyond.

In 2010, Music by Prudence, a short documentary submitted to ADWFF went on to win an Academy Award. Last year’s celebrated ADWFF films included An African Election, a study of the 2008 presidential election in Ghana, and Where Do I Stand?, chronicling outbreaks of xenophobic violence throughout South Africa. Presenting films as expansive, diverse, and exciting as Africa itself, it’s no wonder that ADWFF has become a widely respected hub for thought-provoking documentary film, as well as a forum for discussion and discovery of new works.

NEWFILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES

UPCOMING DEADLINE
December 1, 2012 – Regular Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles is designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world and to provide the Los Angeles community with a monthly surge of screening events. NFMLA enables filmmakers to connect with industry professionals and gain insight on distribution, production, acquisition, and representation.

MORE ABOUT THE SERIES
Though it enthusiastically welcomes films and filmmakers of all interests and skill levels, NFMLA is particularly interested in showcasing innovative efforts from first-time or second-time filmmakers in the short or feature categories. Creative artists of all experience levels are welcome to benefit from this exciting forum by forging relationships with industry experts, engaging in robust discussions with appreciative audiences, or immersing themselves in an array of terrific projects.

If you’re looking to be discovered by Hollywood, NFMLA’s top-notch monthly showcase could be your launchpad to success…submit your film to NewFilmmakers Los Angeles today!

The 6th Annual New Filmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), is dedicated to showcasing innovative works from emerging artists across the globe through monthly screening events at LA’s famed Sunset Gower Studios. Regularly attended by entertainment professionals, avid filmgoers, and press representatives from MovieMaker Magazine, Hollywood Weekly Magazine, DirectorsLive, and Disarray Magazine, NFMLA reaches more than 9,000 media outlets every month and shines a bright spotlight on its talented participants. NFMLA has also enjoyed press coverage on CNN, NBC, CBS, and a host of other television networks; this national exposure has reaped great rewards for its top honorees.

Thanks to a number of partnerships with organizations including LA Weekly, Sunset Gower Studios, and the Los Angeles Tourism Board, NFMLA is proud to offer more than $29,000 USD in prizes each year, including $2,500 cash awards. Each month, NFMLA presents red carpet screenings of feature films, documentaries, and shorts, each of which is followed by a Q&A with the film’s director. NFMLA’s screening program also hosts a special after-party, enabling filmmakers and audience members to connect. Participating filmmakers receive all-access festival passes which provide admission to industry panels, receptions, parties, and access to the open bar.

Numerous past selections have seen success after screening at NewFilmmakers Los Angeles. Exhibited films acquiring distribution following their NFMLA showcase include Frank Stiefel’s Ingelore, Mitch McCabe’s Make Me Young: Youth Knows No Pain, Don DiNicola’s Nowhere Now, and Asif Ahmed’s Lost Dream. Showtime picked up both Tom Vaughn’s Playing House and Todd Berger’s The Scenesters. NFMLA has also benefited new media projects, including the web series Easy To Assemble from Illeana Douglas which was subsequently picked up by CBS. What’s more, many well-known films have debuted or been discovered as part of the NewFilmmakers effort, including The Blair Witch Project, Too Much Sleep, and Zero Day.

FADE IN AWARDS

UPCOMING DEADLINE
November 15, 2012 – Regular Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The FADE IN Awards was established in 1996 to assist talented new writers and writer-directors with getting recognized within the Hollywood community and beginning careers as working filmmakers.

MORE ABOUT THE AWARDS
Finalist Frank Baldwin declares that FADE IN “sharpened my script, and then they made good on their promise to find me representation. Soon I had a top manager, then a William Morris agent, and a seasoned lawyer…Michael De Luca said he wanted to produce my script, and Spike Lee called to say he wanted to direct…I owe my success to FADE IN. These guys don’t just promise access – they deliver it. So kiss that envelope and send it in. Once FADE IN gets behind you, you never know whose desk your script might land on.”

The FADE IN Awards are presented by Fade In, a well-respected consumer film magazine with national reach. Each August, Fade In also hosts the Hollywood Pitch Festival, a high-energy pitch market connecting screenwriters with 200 top producers, directors, agents, managers, and studio and production executives. Submit your screenplay, short script, or short film to the FADE IN Awards today for the chance to become their next big success story!

Established to help talented emerging artists worldwide gain recognition within the Hollywood community and begin their careers as working filmmakers, the FADE IN Awards has discovered hundreds of writers and filmmakers since its debut in 1996. FADE IN offers an array of competitive categories, including Comedy, Action, Thriller, Drama, Family, Horror and Science-Fiction, and accepts both short-form scripts and films and feature-length screenplay submissions. Whatever the format, FADE IN puts works worthy of being seen or read into the hands of professionals able to launch careers.

The Grand Prize Winner receives a cash award of $5,000 USD, plus a Dell laptop computer and industry exposure for their winning project. The top honored writers and filmmakers in each category additionally receive $1,000 cash prizes, Waterman Pens, and script analysis by WGA writers. What’s more, FADE IN Awards offers its winners an extensive support network, working with its finalists over the course of a year to bring their projects up to professional standards before introducing their material to the Hollywood community – including the industry’s top agents, managers, and producers.