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!


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!

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.



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!


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!




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.