New York, New York – USA
November 6 to 12, 2012

The 5th Annual Zero Film Festival – New York, is a one-of-a-kind event exclusively dedicated to self-financed filmmakers. Injecting talented writers and directors into one of the most robust film communities in the world, Zero Fest is proud to put the festivities back into the film festival experience while creating a globally interconnected community of creative professionals. Filmmakers who earn distinction at New York’s Zero Fest are automatically eligible for programming in other Zero Fest cities, including Toronto, Los Angeles, and London.

Zero Fest presents a $500 USD audience award, and a grand jury prize that includes a distribution offer through the festival. Select short films will also be offered distribution through the LoWave label, and some travel and accommodation will be provided for select feature filmmakers. All attending filmmakers can enjoy industry parties and panels, in addition to all screenings and festival events.

At its core, Zero Fest is a platform for underrepresented and emerging filmmakers and artists that offers up an energized and progressive festival atmosphere, year after year. Rather than build events around exclusive “VIP” access, Zero Fest’s parties are open to all, filling unique venues from Manhattan to Brooklyn, with the best DJs from the indie music scene always on hand to keep the parties in full swing until dawn.

September 5, 2012 – Late Deadline

Zero Film Festival is an independent not-for-profit organization firmly committed to supporting under-represented filmmakers and exhibiting the world’s best self-financed films for cinema lovers everywhere. Zero Fest focuses on community, inclusivity, innovation, and just plain good times for anyone who loves making, viewing, or talking about films.

Several Zero Film Festival alumni have gone on to receive distribution deals, including Darine Hotait, whose film Beirut…Hide & Seek received Zero Fest’s Audience Choice Award in 2010. Other filmmakers celebrated at Zero Fest – including Lovisa Inserra, director of Betty Bangkok – have received funding for future projects. Most importantly, Zero Film Festival alumni form a far-reaching and tight-knit network with other emerging filmmakers, industry, and media.

If you’re a self-financed filmmaker on the hunt for a festival that understands the independent spirit, submit to Zero Film Festival – New York today!



Montreal & Toronto – CANADA
September 6 to 14, 2012

Upcoming Deadline: July 20, 2012

The 3rd Annual ZERO FILM FESTIVAL – CANADA (ZFF) exclusively celebrates the courage, ingenuity, and talent of self-financed filmmakers from around the world. Each film screened at ZFF is made with little to no budget but with limitless imagination. Since 2007, ZFF has featured more than 1,000 films from filmmakers working on five continents, and has held screenings in unique venues in London, Peru, France, Los Angeles, and New York. This year marks ZFF’s first festival in Montreal and third in Toronto, two of Canada’s most exciting cities.

ZFF’s award winners each nab a $500 USD cash prize, and select filmmakers earn programming space in other ZFF events around the globe or distribution through the festival’s partner label, LoWave. Up-and-coming filmmakers have the chance to exhibit their work in a celebratory environment alongside such talents as David Lynch and Chloë Sevigny. Success at Zero Film Festival today could generate great opportunities tomorrow; just ask writer-director Lena Dunham, a ZFF alum and the creator of HBO’s hit series, “Girls.” ZFF is more than a film festival – it’s a multimedia event exclusive to self-financed filmmakers that brings talented artists together and sparks relationships that could last for years. Submit your film today!