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  • Seattle International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 03/02/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Documentary Short Film
    • Short Film
    • Documentary Feature Film
    • Feature Film
    • FutureWave

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover
    extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive.


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  • Seattle International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 03/02/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Documentary Short Film
    • Short Film
    • Documentary Feature Film
    • Feature Film
    • FutureWave

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover
    extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive.


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  • DOC NYCNext Deadline: 03/06/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Competition Features (NYC premiere requirement)
    • Competition Shorts (NYC premiere preferred, but not required)
    • Non-Competition Features (NYC premiere preferred, but not required)

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    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.”

    "This cinematic bonanza covers everything new and noteworthy in the world of documentary filmmaking.” - The Huffington Post

    “DOC NYC has cemented itself as one of our favorite festivals of the cultural calendar." – Flavorpill

    “DOC NYC has become an essential summit for all kinds of documentary filmmaking.” – Wall Street Journal

    “An essential event on the cinephile's calendar.” - TimeOut New York

    “Images that dare you to turn away.” – The New York Times

    “The most comprehensive celebration of the nonfiction form in the five boroughs or anywhere else for that matter.” - AM New York

    “Bigger isn't always better. But when it comes to DOC NYC, now the largest documentary film festival in the U.S., the five-year-old upstart event has proven itself a worthy new addition [...] By all accounts, screenings have been selling out; the country's top documentary filmmakers, from Albert Maysles to D.A. Pennebaker, are showing up for tributes and events; and sales agents are closing deals on select world premieres." - Indiewire


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  • DOC NYCNext Deadline: 03/06/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Competition Features (NYC premiere requirement)
    • Competition Shorts (NYC premiere preferred, but not required)
    • Non-Competition Features (NYC premiere preferred, but not required)

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    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.”

    "This cinematic bonanza covers everything new and noteworthy in the world of documentary filmmaking.” - The Huffington Post

    “DOC NYC has cemented itself as one of our favorite festivals of the cultural calendar." – Flavorpill

    “DOC NYC has become an essential summit for all kinds of documentary filmmaking.” – Wall Street Journal

    “An essential event on the cinephile's calendar.” - TimeOut New York

    “Images that dare you to turn away.” – The New York Times

    “The most comprehensive celebration of the nonfiction form in the five boroughs or anywhere else for that matter.” - AM New York

    “Bigger isn't always better. But when it comes to DOC NYC, now the largest documentary film festival in the U.S., the five-year-old upstart event has proven itself a worthy new addition [...] By all accounts, screenings have been selling out; the country's top documentary filmmakers, from Albert Maysles to D.A. Pennebaker, are showing up for tributes and events; and sales agents are closing deals on select world premieres." - Indiewire


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  • Palm Springs International ShortFestNext Deadline: 03/09/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Live Action - 15min & under
    • Animation
    • Live Action - over 15 min
    • Student Live Action - 15 min & under
    • Student Live Action - over 15 min
    • Student Documentary
    • Documentary
    • Student Animation
    • Online Film Festival

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The Palm Springs International ShortFest provides a showcase and market for the best short-form cinema and its creators in the world. We welcome both student and non-student filmmakers.


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  • Palm Springs International ShortFestNext Deadline: 03/09/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Live Action - 15min & under
    • Animation
    • Live Action - over 15 min
    • Student Live Action - 15 min & under
    • Student Live Action - over 15 min
    • Student Documentary
    • Documentary
    • Student Animation
    • Online Film Festival

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The Palm Springs International ShortFest provides a showcase and market for the best short-form cinema and its creators in the world. We welcome both student and non-student filmmakers.


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  • Melbourne International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 03/27/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Feature
    • Short – Fiction
    • Short – Animation
    • Short – Documentary
    • Short – Experimental

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    To present a celebratory event with an outstanding screening program of the best of new international cinema along with special retrospectives and tributes. To challenge and reveal discoveries in cinematic language, and provoke discussion and debate through a range of contextualised activities, including public panels, guest Q&As and In Conversation events and an international short film competition.

    To champion Australian cinema by showcasing local talent and offering targeted industry programs: an investment fund, a financing market and a development program for emerging directors.

    To screen works in optimum screening formats and be at the vanguard of new technology to engage the community with cinema.


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  • Melbourne International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 03/27/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Feature
    • Short – Fiction
    • Short – Animation
    • Short – Documentary
    • Short – Experimental

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    To present a celebratory event with an outstanding screening program of the best of new international cinema along with special retrospectives and tributes. To challenge and reveal discoveries in cinematic language, and provoke discussion and debate through a range of contextualised activities, including public panels, guest Q&As and In Conversation events and an international short film competition.

    To champion Australian cinema by showcasing local talent and offering targeted industry programs: an investment fund, a financing market and a development program for emerging directors.

    To screen works in optimum screening formats and be at the vanguard of new technology to engage the community with cinema.


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  • Guanajuato International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/01/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Short Documentary
    • Long Documentary
    • Short Film Fiction
    • Short Film Animation
    • Short Film Experimental
    • Feature Film Fiction

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The primary objective of the GUANAJUATO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is to provide more opportunities for the exhibition and appreciation of films, rewarding their quality so as to allow the artists to continue producing film. At the same time, we hope to bring together newcomers alongside the industry's most seasoned professionals, combining forces in a very open, accessible and competitive environment.


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  • Guanajuato International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/01/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Short Documentary
    • Long Documentary
    • Short Film Fiction
    • Short Film Animation
    • Short Film Experimental
    • Feature Film Fiction

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The primary objective of the GUANAJUATO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is to provide more opportunities for the exhibition and appreciation of films, rewarding their quality so as to allow the artists to continue producing film. At the same time, we hope to bring together newcomers alongside the industry's most seasoned professionals, combining forces in a very open, accessible and competitive environment.


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  • Heartland Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/03/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Narrative Feature
    • Documentary Feature
    • Documentary Short
    • High School Film Competition
    • Narrative Short

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    Heartland Film Festival inspires filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film.

    Films submitted to the Heartland Film Festival are judged on their overall artistic and technical quality. Additionally, each film must be engaging and entertaining, but do more than simply entertain. Selected films have a transformative power that enables them to impact audiences by shifting perspectives, educating, inspiring or challenging them.


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  • Heartland Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/03/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Narrative Feature
    • Documentary Feature
    • Documentary Short
    • High School Film Competition
    • Narrative Short

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    Heartland Film Festival inspires filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film.

    Films submitted to the Heartland Film Festival are judged on their overall artistic and technical quality. Additionally, each film must be engaging and entertaining, but do more than simply entertain. Selected films have a transformative power that enables them to impact audiences by shifting perspectives, educating, inspiring or challenging them.


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  • New Orleans Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/03/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Animation
    • Documentary Feature
    • Narrative Feature
    • Narrative Short
    • Experimental
    • Documentary Short
    • Louisiana Short
    • Louisiana Feature
    • Music Video

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The New Orleans Film Society's mission is to engage, educate, and inspire through the art of film.


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  • New Orleans Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/03/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Animation
    • Documentary Feature
    • Narrative Feature
    • Narrative Short
    • Experimental
    • Documentary Short
    • Louisiana Short
    • Louisiana Feature
    • Music Video

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The New Orleans Film Society's mission is to engage, educate, and inspire through the art of film.


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  • Chicago International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/03/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Short Subjects (Under 40 min)
    • Feature Length Documentaries
    • Feature Length Narratives

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    An annual, not for profit, competitive film festival organized to encourage better understanding between people and to make a positive contribution to the art of the moving image.


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  • Chicago International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/03/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Short Subjects (Under 40 min)
    • Feature Length Documentaries
    • Feature Length Narratives

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    An annual, not for profit, competitive film festival organized to encourage better understanding between people and to make a positive contribution to the art of the moving image.


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  • Hamptons International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/06/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Student Film Awards
    • Documentary Feature
    • Narrative Short Film
    • Narrative Feature
    • Documentary Short Film

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent film - long, short, fiction and documentary - and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The Festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. With prizes of cash & in kind goods and services prizes valued at more than $165,000, HIFF continues to support the artists that create some of the best films each year.


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  • Hamptons International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/06/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Student Film Awards
    • Documentary Feature
    • Narrative Short Film
    • Narrative Feature
    • Documentary Short Film

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent film - long, short, fiction and documentary - and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The Festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. With prizes of cash & in kind goods and services prizes valued at more than $165,000, HIFF continues to support the artists that create some of the best films each year.


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  • Hot Springs Documentary Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/15/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Documentary Shorts
    • Documentary Features
    • Spa City Sports Series

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The mission of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute is to advance the documentary genre as a meaningful art form, to encourage innovation within the genre, to provide unique educational and cultural opportunities, and to preserve the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival as one of the premiere documentary film festivals in the world.


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  • Hot Springs Documentary Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/15/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Documentary Shorts
    • Documentary Features
    • Spa City Sports Series

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The mission of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute is to advance the documentary genre as a meaningful art form, to encourage innovation within the genre, to provide unique educational and cultural opportunities, and to preserve the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival as one of the premiere documentary film festivals in the world.


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  • Show Me Shorts Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/15/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • New Zealand short films
    • International short films
    • Out of Competition
    • Music Videos

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    New Zealand’s only Academy Awards® accredited festival. Screening the best short films from New Zealand and around the world (and music videos from New Zealand) in cinemas nationwide every November.


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  • Show Me Shorts Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/15/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • New Zealand short films
    • International short films
    • Out of Competition
    • Music Videos

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    New Zealand’s only Academy Awards® accredited festival. Screening the best short films from New Zealand and around the world (and music videos from New Zealand) in cinemas nationwide every November.


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  • Raindance Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/20/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Narrative Feature
    • Narrative Short (under 45 mins)
    • Documentary Short (under 45 mins)
    • Music Videos (under 6 mins)
    • Documentary Feature

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The Raindance Film Festival aims to show the very best in new independent cinema from around the world and specialises in first-time directors and discovery. The Festival accepts films of all lengths and genres and is committed to showing the boldest and most innovative work, and films that challenge the boundaries of filmmaking. The 23rd Raindance Film Festival will take place in central London between September 23rd and October 4th 2015.


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  • Raindance Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/20/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Narrative Feature
    • Narrative Short (under 45 mins)
    • Documentary Short (under 45 mins)
    • Music Videos (under 6 mins)
    • Documentary Feature

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The Raindance Film Festival aims to show the very best in new independent cinema from around the world and specialises in first-time directors and discovery. The Festival accepts films of all lengths and genres and is committed to showing the boldest and most innovative work, and films that challenge the boundaries of filmmaking. The 23rd Raindance Film Festival will take place in central London between September 23rd and October 4th 2015.


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  • Austin Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/20/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Narrative Feature
    • Narrative Student Short
    • Documentary Short
    • Narrative Short
    • Animated Short
    • Documentary Feature
    • Dark Matters Feature
    • Comedy Vanguard Feature

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.

    Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the heart of the creative process of filmmaking and strives to uncover outstanding, emerging filmmakers; serve as a creative catalyst for legendary, contemporary and rising talent; foster their development through panels, workshops and master classes conducted by professionals; recognize, encourage, and challenge the skills of these new filmmakers and provide outreach opportunities to writers and filmmakers.


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  • Austin Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/20/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Narrative Feature
    • Narrative Student Short
    • Documentary Short
    • Narrative Short
    • Animated Short
    • Documentary Feature
    • Dark Matters Feature
    • Comedy Vanguard Feature

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.

    Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the heart of the creative process of filmmaking and strives to uncover outstanding, emerging filmmakers; serve as a creative catalyst for legendary, contemporary and rising talent; foster their development through panels, workshops and master classes conducted by professionals; recognize, encourage, and challenge the skills of these new filmmakers and provide outreach opportunities to writers and filmmakers.


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  • St. Louis International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/30/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Narrative Short
    • Narrative Feature
    • Documentary Feature
    • Documentary Short

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The mission of Cinema St. Louis is to promote the art of cinema and to expand the variety and availability of cinema experiences by presenting the St. Louis International Film Festival, screenings, programs, and educational opportunities.


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  • St. Louis International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 04/30/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Narrative Short
    • Narrative Feature
    • Documentary Feature
    • Documentary Short

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    The mission of Cinema St. Louis is to promote the art of cinema and to expand the variety and availability of cinema experiences by presenting the St. Louis International Film Festival, screenings, programs, and educational opportunities.


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  • Chicago International Children's Film FestivalNext Deadline: 05/01/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Animated Feature Films
    • Animated Short Films
    • Child-produced Films (directed by children aged 6 to 14)
    • Live-action Short Films
    • Documentary Feature Films
    • Live-action Television Production
    • Animated Television Production
    • Documentary Short Films
    • Teen-produced films (directed by ages 15-18)
    • Live-action Feature Films

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    It is the mission of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival to set an internationally-recognized standard of excellence in film and television production for children. We strive to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers by awarding prizes, by showcasing international films of the highest quality, and by providing a professional forum through which quality children's films may gain increased distribution and access to wider audiences. The Festival is also committed to engaging young viewers with positive media images and using media as a tool for learning.


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  • Chicago International Children's Film FestivalNext Deadline: 05/01/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Animated Feature Films
    • Animated Short Films
    • Child-produced Films (directed by children aged 6 to 14)
    • Live-action Short Films
    • Documentary Feature Films
    • Live-action Television Production
    • Animated Television Production
    • Documentary Short Films
    • Teen-produced films (directed by ages 15-18)
    • Live-action Feature Films

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    It is the mission of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival to set an internationally-recognized standard of excellence in film and television production for children. We strive to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers by awarding prizes, by showcasing international films of the highest quality, and by providing a professional forum through which quality children's films may gain increased distribution and access to wider audiences. The Festival is also committed to engaging young viewers with positive media images and using media as a tool for learning.


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  • Leeds International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 05/01/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Short Films - Narrative and Documentary
    • Feature Films - Narrative and Documentary
    • Animated Short Films
    • Short Films Made in Yorkshire
    • Dance Short Films
    • Fantasy Short Films - Fanomenon International Competition and Panorama
    • Fantasy Short Films - Dead Short Competition (UK & Ireland only)
    • Music Videos

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) is one of the UK's biggest public film events and the largest in England after London

    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. For reference, the full programme for LIFF 2014 is online at leedsfilm.com.


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  • Leeds International Film FestivalNext Deadline: 05/01/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Short Films - Narrative and Documentary
    • Feature Films - Narrative and Documentary
    • Animated Short Films
    • Short Films Made in Yorkshire
    • Dance Short Films
    • Fantasy Short Films - Fanomenon International Competition and Panorama
    • Fantasy Short Films - Dead Short Competition (UK & Ireland only)
    • Music Videos

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) is one of the UK's biggest public film events and the largest in England after London

    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. For reference, the full programme for LIFF 2014 is online at leedsfilm.com.


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  • FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival ...Next Deadline: 05/15/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Gay & Lesbian
    • All Films
    • Canadian
    • Children's
    • Horror
    • Jewish
    • Screenplay Competition
    • Chinese
    • Video Games
    • Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    • Japanese
    • Documentaries
    • Animation
    • Documentary Short
    • Features

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    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.


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  • FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival ...Next Deadline: 05/15/2015
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    CATEGORIES:

    • Gay & Lesbian
    • All Films
    • Canadian
    • Children's
    • Horror
    • Jewish
    • Screenplay Competition
    • Chinese
    • Video Games
    • Sci-Fi & Fantasy
    • Japanese
    • Documentaries
    • Animation
    • Documentary Short
    • Features

    MISSION & OBJECTIVE:

    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.


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