So…let’s move on to the third instalment of our Biggest List of Film Festivals in the US, shall we? Without further ado, here it is folks! The list of film fests from July to September 2013. If you want to get an Excel file of the full list of film festivals in the USA (Jan-Dec) complete with location, e-mails, fees, and other notes, simply like our Facebook page and send us a PM there with this message “I want the Big List.” It will make your life so much easier!
15-MINUTES OF FAME FESTIVAL OF SHORTS films that are 15-minutes in length or less FEE: $15-$20 ACTION ON FILM INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25-$45 ALASKA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25-$45 AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL films written and produced by or directed by a person of African descent FEE: $30 ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD horror, sci-fi, fantasy, Grindhouse FEE: $20-50 ASIAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL produced, written and/or directed by filmmakers with Asian heritage FEE: $10 CHRISTOPHER COPPOLA'S PAH-FEST Digital Amnesty FEE: $7.77 DA VINCI FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL FEE: $10-$50 DUKE CITY SHOOTOUT $50 HIGH MAINTENANCE FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25 HYPEFEST shorts under 25 minutes only FEE: $35 (early)/$25 (early, student) /$45 (final)/$35 (final, student) IFS FEE: $35 (flf)/$15 (shorts) INDIEFEST FILM FESTIVAL AND MARKET: CHICAGO INFACT documentaries FEE: $40 ITISNESS CINEMATHON films 3 minutes or less FEE: $5 KICKING & SCREENING INTERNATIONAL SOCCER FILM FESTIVAL soccer-related films KIDS FIRST! FILM FESTIVAL children's media FEE: $40-$75 LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL latino cinema MAINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $40 MIAMI INDEPENDENT FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL $10-$25 MIDWEST URBAN FILM FESTIVAL Urban Films, Hip Hop FREE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL up to $300 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL Latino FREE OUTFEST gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered filmmaking PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL gay and lesbian PLYMOUTH INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL general submission with special screenings of environmental and diversity films; also series on Irish, Brazilian and films from Plymouth, England FEE: $12-$40 REAL TO REEL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: early - $15 (amateurs)/$35 (professionals) final - $25 (amateurs)/$50 (professionals) REEL VENUS FILM FESTIVAL current shorts directed and written by a woman, all genres accepted ROXBURY FILM FESTIVAL films by and/or about people of color RURAL ROUTE FILM FESTIVAL rural people and places SAN FRANCISCO FROZEN FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $30-65 SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL independent Jewish film and video FEE: $15 SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL films made in the silent era FREE STONY BROOK FILM FESTIVAL FREE THROUGH HER EYES: WOMEN OF COLOR FILM FESTIVAL FREE TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL WINE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL $35 with SASE THE WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL $25 (shorts)/$40 (flf)
ACE FILM FESTIVAL films and videos made in the United States only ACTION/CUT SHORT FILM COMPETITION FEE: $40-$85 ANIMATION ATTACK! FEE: $20 (shorts)/$30 (flf) ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF DALLAS Asian theme, Asian filmmakers (director, writer, producer) FEE: $15-$20 ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL (DOCUFEST ATLANTA) FEE: $20 (shorts) , $30 (flf) ATLANTA UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL non-mainstream FEE: $15 COLORADO FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $30-55 DOCUWEEK DOWNBEACH FILM FESTIVAL festival accepts both general subject matter and those films which deals with the seashore or the ocean FEE: $30 (shorts)/$35 (doc)/$40 (flf) DRUID UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL Underground, Experimental FEE: $10 FLAGSTAFF FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25 & up FRIGHT NIGHT FILM FEST Horror FEE: $25 (flf)/$15 (shorts)/$10 (trailers) GREAT PLAINS FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25 (flf)/$15 (shorts) HARDACRE FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $15 (shorts under 60 mins.)/$25 (flf) HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL short films 30 min. or less FEE: $20 HORRIFIC FILM FEST FEE: $50(flf)/$35 (shorts) INTERNATIONAL REEL WHEEL FILM FESTIVAL automobiles and automobile racing LOISAIDA CORTOS FILM FESTIVAL short films (20 minutes or less) by Latin filmmakers LA SHORTS FEST shorts, screenplays and commercials under 60 minutes in length FEE: $36-$69 MALIBU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $55 (early)/$65 (regular)/$75 (late)/$100 (final) MARTHA'S VINEYARD AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $45 (shorts)/$50 (doc)/$55 (flf) MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL international film festival promoting and encouraging women filmmakers and women screenwriters, playwrights, short story writers, radio dramatists, TV writers, composers, librettists & young filmmakers 18 or younger NEW ENGLAND ANIMATION BASH animated films under 30 minutes in length FEE: $10 PALOUSE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL short films under 10 minutes in length FEE: $15 PHILADELPHIA FRINGE FESTIVAL experimental films FREE REEL BLACK MEN short films by African American men FREE RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $40 SACRAMENTO FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL FEE: $25 (shorts)/$35 (flf) SF SHORTS all short films under 30 minutes FEE: $30 (student), $40 (standard), $50 (late) TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25-$95 THROUGH HER EYES: WOMEN OF COLOR FILM FESTIVAL International and American submissions by or about women of color (African American, Native American, Asian, Latina, Middle Eastern, East Indian, Brazilian, African, and Caribbean) FEE: $50-$65 TUMBLEWEED FILM FESTIVAL short films & documentaries FEE: $40
ALL ROADS FILM FESTIVAL indigineous and under-represented minority culture filmmakers FREE ANGELUS AWARDS STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25 ASPEN FILMFEST FEE: $25 (within deadline)/$40 (late fee) AUSTIN GAY AND LESBIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL gay, lesbian, transgendered, homosexuality FEE: $25 BIG BEAR LAKE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $45/$35 (students) BLACK EARTH FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $40-50 BOSTON FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $60(flf)/$30(shorts) CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror CHARLOTTE FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $20-$35 CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL REEL SHORTS FESTIVAL all films under 39 minutes FEE: $20 (early)/$25 (regular)/$35 (late) CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL underground, experimental & independent film & video FEE: $30 CONEY ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25-45 DARK CARNIVAL FILM FESTIVAL Horror, Independent FEE: $15 DOWNTOWN FILM FESTIVAL - L.A. "Urban WILDlife" ELECTRIC CITY FILM FESTIVAL & EXPO FEE: $25 ELGIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $40 ESTES PARK FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $30 (flf)/$20 (shorts)/$15 (students) ESTROFEST FILM FESTIVAL: LOS ANGELES any one of the following: female director, female writer, female producer FEE: $10 GEORGETOWN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $10/$5 for students GLOBAL PEACE FILM FESTIVAL Global Peace, Conflict Resolution, Peace Activism, Environmental Peace, Providing Safe Environments For Children, Protecting Children, Community Mediation and Socio-Economic Peace FREE GREAT LAKES INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL independent GULF COAST FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL FEE: $25-$60 HAYDENFILMS ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL all shorts of any genre FEE: $25-65 IFP: INDEPENDENT FEATURE PROJECT MARKET & CONFERENCE FEE: $40-$50 ILLINOIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $45 (flf)/$35 (shorts) KANSAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL features and socially conscious documentaries FEE: $30 (early)/$40 (final) KEOKUK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25 LONG BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $45 (shorts)/$60 (flf)/$50 (screenplays); 20% discount for students, independent filmmakers MADCAT WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL women directors only, any theme is accepted FEE: $15-$40 sliding scale (pay what you can afford) MAELSTROM INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL action, animation, fantasy, horror, & science fiction MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $25 (early)/$35 (regular)/$70 (late) MARTHA'S VINEYARD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL independent films, mostly documentaries MILWAUKEE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $10-$80 NAPERVILLE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL NY DISABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL disabilities NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL "NORTH BY NORTHWEST DIGITAL SHORTS FESTIVAL (NXNW DV) " works must be under 15 minutes in length and originate in digital format FEE: $10 NYC MIDNIGHT MOVIE MAKING MADNESS subject & genre are provided; teams make movies DURING the festival in short time constraints FEE: $75 OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ORINDA FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $20; students are free OXNARD INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $10 PORT OF HUENEME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $60 (U.S.)/$75 (foreign) RED WASP FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $10 ROME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $2.50 - $50 SALENTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $50 (flf)/$40 (doc)/$30 (shorts) SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL celebrating the actor and the craft of acting SANTA MONICA FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $45 - $95 competitive INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL science-based films FEE: $35-$55 SEGUIN FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL FEE: $15 (independent filmmakers)/$5 (students) SHOCKERFEST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror SIDEWALK MOVING PICTURE FESTIVAL FEE: $10-$50 SOCAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: HUNTINGTON BEACH independent films FEE: $45 SOUTH DAKOTA FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $30 (flf), $20 (shorts) TEMECULA VALLEY INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL FEE: $25(up to 10 min.)/$35 (10-30 min.)/$50 (30-60)/$60 (60+ min.) TIE, THE INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA EXPOSITION experimental FEE: $35 TOOFY FILM FEST FEE: $20-$40 TULSA OVERGROUND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UNIVERSAL FILM FESTIVAL films at least 25 minutes in length FEE: $40-$70 VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL FEE: $10 VAMPIRE FILM SERIES & FESTIVAL FEE: $25 VERENGO DIGITAL FILM FESTIVAL Western PA topics or producers - screenplay about PA Oil Boom Days FEE: $25 VISIONFEST FILM FESTIVAL: THE OTHER FESTIVAL regional films only FEE: $30 (shorts) / $40 (flf over 40 min) VISTAS FILM FESTIVAL of, by and/or about Latinos or Latino culture across the world FREE WESTWOOD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Independent Films FEE: $25-$50 WILD RIVER MUSIC, COMEDY & FILM FESTIVAL music, comedy, art (filmmaking, painting, etc.) FEE: $50 WINFEMME FILM FESTIVAL films that feature a female protagonist FEE: $50 WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL music $20-$50
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