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Upcoming Film Festival Deadlines (Summer 2015)

Johnathan Paul

Take a look at the top upcoming film festival deadlines slated for the second quarter of 2015, and get a leg up on when and where to make your submissions.

Top Image Courtesy of Leeds International Film Festival.

Many of us here at PremiumBeat are filmmakers and videographers, and we occasionally send our work off to film festivals to reach a wider audience. Is this something that you’re interested in doing as well? If so, we’ve got just what you need. After this latest rush of film festival submissions, we felt that we should present our readers with a list of the top film festival deadlines for each quarter of the year.

Words of Wisdom

Before we get started, we do want to impart some wisdom to our readers, and it has to do with the all-mighty dollar. We all know that being a filmmaker or videographer can be an expensive career choice, and film festivals just add to that cost. Most festivals average around $50 per submission, which really adds up if you’re submitting to several at once. But you really need to be aware of hidden costs if your film is selected to play at one of these festivals.

Many film festivals do not accept Vimeo links or DVD copies for final screening. Rather they require HDCAM (High-Definition Video Digital Recording), DCP (Digital Cinema Package) and even 35mm prints — and the transfer rates for each of these is not cheap. Luckily, each festival will inform you of their desired final screening media options as you make your submission. Remember to budget for all of these costs.

Tribeca Film Festival
Image from Tribeca Film Festival

Upcoming Film Festival Deadlines

As we are currently already in the second quarter of the year, we’ve missed a few deadlines that passed at the end of May, such as Toronto International Film Festival, New York City Independent Film Festival and American Documentary Film Festival.

Please read each official festival mission statement below. There are specifics about each one that may fit perfectly (or not so perfectly) with your project.

 


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Ottawa International Film Festival

OIFF was founded in 2009 and an annual not-for-profit festival that takes place every October. They pride themselves on being regarded as a highly unbiased festival and platform for filmmakers who are seeking to expand their careers to a larger audience. OIFF’s mission is to help develop and promote independent filmmakers and artists that “create outside of the box.”

Narrative & Documentary Feature

  Earlybird Deadline   05/10/2015   $70.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   06/10/2015   $80.00 USD
  Late Deadline   07/11/2015   $100.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   08/15/2015   $150.00 USD

Narrative & Documentary Short

  Earlybird Deadline   05/10/2015   $40.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   06/10/2015   $50.00 USD
  Late Deadline   07/11/2015   $60.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   08/15/2015   $150.00 USD

Music Video, Animation, Web Series & Film Trailer

  Earlybird Deadline   05/10/2015   $40.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   06/10/2015   $50.00 USD
  Late Deadline   07/11/2015   $60.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   08/15/2015   $150.00 USD


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Atlanta Film Festival

Known as “The Writer’s Festival” since its inception 22 years ago, Austin Film Festival celebrates films built on strong storytelling. AFF recognizes the importance of the creator at the core of filmmaking and screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary and animated films — all of which demonstrate the power of a well-told story.

Narrative & Documentary Feature

  Earlybird Deadline   06/20/2015   $35.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   09/18/2015   $45.00 USD
  Late Deadline   10/23/2015   $55.00 USD

Narrative, Documentary & Animated Short

  Earlybird Deadline   06/20/2015   $25.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   09/18/2015   $35.00 USD
  Late Deadline   10/23/2015   $45.00 USD

Music Video, Experimental, Puppetry & Pilot Episodes

  Earlybird Deadline   06/20/2015   $15.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   09/18/2015   $15.00 USD
  Late Deadline   10/23/2015   $15.00 USD

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Chicago International Film Festival

Across countries, languages and classes, film has the power to provide us with a release, an escape, a window into new worlds and new possibilities. In 2014, we presented 125 feature films, including 20 feature-length documentaries, and 50 short subject films from more than 55 countries. Many of these films participated in competitive sections, where the highest honor is the Gold Hugo – a standard of excellence in the world of film and a true symbol of discovery.

Narrative Feature

  Earlybird Deadline   04/03/2015   $85.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   06/19/2015   $95.00 USD
  Late Deadline   07/06/2015   $195.00 USD

Documentary Feature

  Earlybird Deadline   04/03/2015   $65.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   06/19/2015   $75.00 USD
  Late Deadline   07/06/2015   $145.00 USD

Short Subjects (Under 40 mins)

  Earlybird Deadline   04/03/2015   $35.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   06/19/2015   $45.00 USD
  Late Deadline   07/06/2015   $65.00 USD


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New Orleans Film Festival

Celebrating its 26th anniversary this year, the Oscar®-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival has firmly established itself on the regional film fest circuit as one of the most reputable in the country. It was named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in their 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions, and it was also named by Premium Beat as one of the “Fifteen Fests You Should Enter.” Born in a city known for its eclecticism and artistic vibrance, NOFF seeks out bold and passionate storytellers. With top-notch programming in one of the world’s most cinematic cities, NOFF serves up a dose of Southern hospitality that’s hard to beat.

Narrative & Documentary Feature

  Earlybird Deadline   02/20/2015   $35.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   04/03/2015   $45.00 USD
  Late Deadline   05/08/2015   $60.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   06/26/2015   $75.00 USD

Narrative, Documentary & Animated Short

  Earlybird Deadline   02/20/2015   $25.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   04/03/2015   $35.00 USD
  Late Deadline   05/08/2015   $50.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   06/26/2015   $70.00 USD


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Raindance Film Festival

Raindance showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of film fans and filmmakers, executives, buyers and journalists. Along with screenings, there are seminars, workshops, gigs and parties to allow everyone the chance to share our passion for independent cinema. It is also an Oscar and BAFTA qualifying festival, as well as being closely associated with the BIFAs.

Narrative & Documentary Feature

  Earlybird Deadline   04/20/2015   $85.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   05/18/2015   $110.00 USD
  Late Deadline   06/22/2015   $155.00 USD

Narrative Short, Documentary Short & Music Video

  Earlybird Deadline   04/20/2015   $40.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   05/18/2015   $55.00 USD
  Late Deadline   06/22/2015   $80.00 USD


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Los Angeles International Short Film Festival

Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest) ranks among the most prestigious international short film festivals in the world. The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Narrative, Documentary & Animated Shorts

  Earlybird Deadline   04/24/2015   $52.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   06/05/2015   $58.00 USD
  Late Deadline   07/03/2015   $58.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   07/31/2015   $78.00 USD

Narrative, Documentary & Animated Long Shorts

  Earlybird Deadline  04/24/2015   $56.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   06/05/2015   $62.00 USD
  Late Deadline   07/03/2015   $72.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   07/31/2015   $82.00 USD


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Austin Film Festival

Known as “The Writer’s Festival” since its inception 22 years ago, Austin Film Festival celebrates films built on strong storytelling. AFF recognizes the importance of the creator at the core of filmmaking and screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary and animated films — all of which demonstrate the power of a well-told story. 

Narrative, Documentary, Dark Matters & Comedy Vanguard Feature

  Earlybird Deadline   04/20/2015   $50.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   05/20/2015   $60.00 USD
  Late Deadline   07/10/2015   $75.00 USD

Narrative, Documentary, Animated & Student Short

  Earlybird Deadline   05/10/2015   $50.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   06/10/2015   $60.00 USD
  Late Deadline   07/11/2015   $75.00 USD


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FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival

The Festival is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers, directors, producers and the film-going public. It’s mission is to discover the new voices of independent film.

*Without-A-Box Deadlines

All Animation, Video Games, Feature & Short Film Entries

  Earlybird Deadline   01/15/2015   $45.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   05/15/2015   $50.00 USD
  Late Deadline   06/01/2015   $60.00 USD
  *WAB Extended Deadline   06/15/2015   $75.00 USD

Screenplay Competition

  Earlybird Deadline   01/15/2015   $40.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   05/15/2015   $45.00 USD
  Late Deadline   06/01/2015   $50.00 USD
  *WAB Extended Deadline   06/15/2015   $55.00 USD
  Final Deadline   07/15/2015   $65.00 USD
  *WAB Final Extended Deadline   07/15/2015   $60.00 USD


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DOC NYC

DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, is an annual event based in New York at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theatre and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas. Voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world”, the eight-day fest showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. DOC NYC seeks to make connections that happen “only in New York.”

*Without-A-Box Deadlines

Competition Features

  Earlybird Deadline   03/06/2015   $40.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   05/17/2015   $50.00 USD
  Late Deadline   06/05/2015   $65.00 USD
  *WAB Extended Deadline   07/17/2015   $80.00 USD

Competition Shorts

  Earlybird Deadline   03/06/2015   $30.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   05/17/2015   $40.00 USD
  Late Deadline   06/05/2015   $55.00 USD
  *WAB Extended Deadline   07/17/2015   $65.00 USD


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AFI Fest

AFI FEST presents a survey of the year’s most significant films each fall. Featuring international work from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of films from the great masters and red-carpet gala premieres, AFI FEST brings world cinema to the heart of Hollywood. The audience at AFI FEST has grown to over 75,000 attendees with media impressions in excess of 7 billion worldwide.

Narrative & Documentary Feature

  Earlybird Deadline   05/10/2015   $35.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   07/24/2015   $55.00 USD

All Shorts

  Earlybird Deadline   05/01/2015   $60.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   07/24/2015   $75.00 USD


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Slamdance

Started in 1995 by a group of writer/director/producers, Slamdance continues to be organized and programmed by active filmmakers. Now in its twenty-second year as a festival that runs simultaneously with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, Slamdance has established a unique reputation for premiering independent films by first-time directors working with limited budgets.

Narrative & Documentary Feature

  Earlybird Deadline   07/25/2015   $50.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   09/04/2015   $80.00 USD
  Late Deadline   10/08/2015   $100.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   10/15/2015   $110.00 USD

Narrative, Documentary, Animation & Experimental Short

  Earlybird Deadline   07/25/2015   $40.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   09/04/2015   $50.00 USD
  Late Deadline   10/08/2015   $60.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   10/15/2015   $70.00 USD


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Leeds International Film Festival

LIFF is a portal for audiences to discover the real world of film that exists beyond the limitations of mainstream film exhibition. LIFF primarily supports the work of outstanding, fresh new talent in fiction and documentary filmmaking (in both features and shorts) and in world genre cinema – and work from existing talent that has not received deserved exposure in the UK.

Narrative & Documentary Feature

  Earlybird Deadline   05/01/2015   $68.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   07/31/2015   $80.00 USD
  Late Deadline   08/31/2015   $90.00 USD

Yorkshire Short Film Competition, Music Video & Dead Short Competition

  Earlybird Deadline   05/01/2015   $23.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   07/31/2015   $30.00 USD
  Late Deadline   08/31/2015   $35.00 USD

Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition, Best British Short, World Animation Award, Dance Short Film Competition & Fanomenon International Competition

  Earlybird Deadline   05/01/2015   $38.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   07/31/2015   $45.00 USD
  Late Deadline   08/31/2015   $50.00 USD


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Nashville Film Festival

Founded in 1969 as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration, Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country and one of the most acclaimed festivals in the South. Hosted in Music City, USA, NaFF attracts enthusiastic film lovers from all across the country and has been praised by film-goers and filmmakers alike for its unique combination of big city festival atmosphere and laid back Southern hospitality. With over 290 films from 48 countries, a screenplay competition, web-series competition, innovative industry panels, live music showcases, and parties almost every night, the 2015 NaFF drew over 43,000 attendees and sold out nearly 50 films and events.

Narrative & Documentary Feature Competition

  Earlybird Deadline   07/31/2015   $50.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   09/30/2015   $60.00 USD
  Late Deadline   11/30/2015   $75.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   01/08/2015   $85.00 USD

Narrative & Documentary Short Competition

  Earlybird Deadline   07/31/2015   $35.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   09/30/2015   $45.00 USD
  Late Deadline   11/30/2015   $60.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   01/08/2015   $70.00 USD

Screenplay Competition ($250 Cash Prize)

  Earlybird Deadline   07/31/2015   $10.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   09/30/2015   $20.00 USD
  Late Deadline   11/30/2015   $20.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   01/08/2015   $30.00 USD

Teleplay Competition ($250 Cash Prize)

  Earlybird Deadline   07/31/2015   $20.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   09/30/2015   $30.00 USD
  Late Deadline   11/30/2015   $30.00 USD
  Extended Deadline   01/08/2015   $40.00 USD

 


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Cinequest

A vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and technology. Cinequest fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists and innovators to create and connect – driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through Cinequest Film Festival and Picture The Possibilities by Cinequest.

*Without-A-Box Deadlines

Narrative & Documentary Feature

  Earlybird Deadline   08/14/2015   $50.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   10/16/2015   $55.00 USD
  Late Deadline   11/13/2015   $65.00 USD
  *WAB Extended Deadline   11/20/2015   $85.00 USD

Narrative, Documentary, College & High School Short

  Earlybird Deadline   08/14/2015   $40.00 USD
  Regular Deadline   10/16/2015   $45.00 USD
  Late Deadline   11/13/2015   $55.00 USD
  *WAB Extended Deadline   11/20/2015   $70.00 USD

Want more content on how to gear up for a film festival run? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.

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