Sunday, June 28, 2015

Select Film Festival Submission Info

Now in its 31st year, The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film, held each January in and around Park City, Utah. Presenting dramatic and documentary films from emerging and established artists, innovative short films, filmmaker forums and panels, live music performances and film composer events, cutting-edge media installations, engaging community and student programs, the Festival brings together today’s most original storytellers in a vibrant community. 

Born out of rejection, Slamdance showcases new and emerging independent artists, filmmakers and storytellers.
Started in 1995 by a group of writer/director/producers, Slamdance continues to be organized and programmed by active filmmakers. Now in its nineteenth year as a festival that runs simultaneously to the Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance has established a unique reputation for premiering independent films by first-time directors working with limited budgets.

As a year-round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent and is dedicated to the nurturing and development of new independent artists and their cinematic vision.

For the 2015 Festival, Slamdance received over 5,000 submissions. Slamdance lives by its mantra: "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers." No other festival is fully programmed by filmmakers. Slamdance counts among its alumni many notable writers and directors who first gained notice at the festival, including Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Benh Zeitlin, Lynn Shelton and Lena Dunham. Oren Peli's PARANORMAL ACTIVITY originally acquired from Slamdance went onto to gross over $190 million at the Box Office.

In recent years, most Slamdance competition features have been picked up for VOD distribution. New filmmakers and writers today realize Slamdance is a great place to launch their careers.

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

AFF recognizes the writer as the heart of the creative process of film-making 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.

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 film-making and screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary and animated films — all of which demonstrate the power of a well-told story. 

Bottom line: Austin Film Festival combs through its submissions for the best stories. AFF is looking for original and inspiring entries from all over the world, regardless of race, religion, or politics. Do not hesitate to submit a film that may not portray so-called ‘traditional’ characters or life choices. A great story presents a universal truth from a distinctive viewpoint. 

Honf Kong International Film Festival:
Hong Kong International Film Festival strives to:
-foster film culture with a program that recognizes the achievements of the past and looks forward to future.
- provide an opportunity for Hong Kong residents to appreciate films of good artistic merit from all over the world. 

- promote and highlight the achievements of the cinematic scene in Hong Kong as well as deepen the appreciation of Hong Kong's cinema history. 

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society is a non-profit, non-government organization which develops, promotes and encourages creativity in the art and culture of film through the presentation of the annual Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). Apart from organizing the flagship event HKIFF each year, the Society is also committed to organize regular programs and other film culture activities throughout the year, in order to promote the art and creative business of cinema, with an international dimension and outlook. 

The Raindance Film Festival is the largest and most important independent film festival in the UK. Now in its 23rd year, it is based in the heart of London's buzzing West End film district.
Raindance showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of film executives and buyers, journalists, film fans and filmmakers. Along with screenings, there are seminars, workshops and parties to allow everyone the chance to share our passion for independent cinema.

Raindance satisfies the public's thirst for original film-making through its diverse international programming. The focus of our programming changes each year to reflect current trends in world cinema. The new underground, Japanese cinema, European, North American and UK indies feature regularly alongside our other strands from all over the world. 

Toronto Int. Film Fest
The Toronto International Film Festival® ranks among the most prestigious international film festivals in the world. For 11 days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals and media watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new talent. 

As one of the world’s most important cultural events, the Festival consistently strives to set the standard for excellence in film programming. Films are selected on the basis of quality and originality. Preference is given to premieres. The Festival also promotes contacts between industry professionals to assist in the development of the Canadian motion picture industry.

The Festival also serves as a platform for Canada's artists to share their stories. Audacious in its selection and supported by the intelligence and breadth of its international audience, the Festival has become the landmark destination for the moving image and is forging ahead, seeking new ways to engineer creative and cultural discovery through film.

The level of engagement the Festival sustains from year to year is unique. Enthusiastic audiences and filmmakers are privy to unprecedented levels of access to one another as they exchange ideas about the art and business of film-making.

2015 presented by Audi will be held November 5 - 12th, 2015 in Los Angeles, California at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters at the Hollywood & Highland Center, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. AFI FEST is the longest-running international film festival in Los Angeles. 

Each fall, AFI FEST presents the year's most significant films. Kicking off the awards season each year, AFI FEST offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community. Featuring international work from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of films from the great masters and red-carpet gala premieres, AFI FEST brings the very best of world cinema to the city of Los Angeles, the film capital of the world. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards. 

For more information please email us at AFIFEST@AFI.COM or call us toll-free at 1.866.AFI FEST (1.866.234.3378). 

The Portland Film Festival 

The festival brings cinema to the people. Portland is a unique hub of creativity. It's the silicon forest -- a place of great beauty and friendliness. Check out the festival if you are a film enthusiast and would like to network with other film lovers. and makers.

The Portland Film Festival seeks to bring filmmakers from around the world together with the locals to celebrate. This is a chance to highlight your latest project, while enjoying what other filmmakers have to offer.

Their goal is to bring a big audience to watch your films. Films will be advertised to an anticipated audience of over 100,000 in the months leading up to our festival. Our partnership with the City of Portland will provide us with access and crowds like no other film festival. For three lucky features and shorts selected for their outdoor screenings, we aim to bring in a crowd between 1200 and 1400 people per screening. The screenings will be featured in Portland's newest and most attractive outdoor park for a truly unique experience in the city. In addition to showcasing their films during screenings, filmmakers will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with their audience. 

Along with their outdoor screenings, they have 6 venues for additional programming. We have the momentum of a film-loving city behind it, along with a beer garden, food carts, live music and more.

Las Vegas Film Fest 

The Las Vegas Film Festival is a celebration of cultural discovery through the art of visual storytelling. A festival motivated by cinema culture, community and connecting industry professionals with independent filmmakers from all around the world. Our goal each year is to inspire festival attendees and offering a creative outlet to passionate independent storytellers in the energetic theaters in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.

This is the 8th annual Las Vegas Film Festival, hosted in the revitalized East Fremont in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Our official selection each year includes eccentric collection of features, shorts, documentaries, music video and experimental films. Our festival offers a unique cultural discovery experience with industry professional and local cinema artists of Downtown Las Vegas. For up to date news and information please visit LVFF.COM

Denver Film Fest 

The highly acclaimed Denver Film Festival, which is the largest of its kind in the region, will celebrate its 37th year in 2014. This intense and concentrated exposition showcases more than 200 new films from around the world with over 175 international filmmakers, directors, actors and other film artists participating in the twelve-day event. The majority of these films would never be seen or discovered in the Rocky Mountain region outside the venue of the film festival. The annual celebration of film provides an important showcase for the best of world cinema, a platform for international film artists, and promotes dialogue among filmmakers and the public.

The award-winning film festival is one of Denver's most popular and publicized events. The annual festival is a high-profile, glamour-filled event that is the focus of an enormous amount of media attention beginning in September and continuing through November. 

The Denver Film Festival presents approximately 200 films over eleven days and plays host to more than 175 film artists. New international feature releases, independently produced fiction films and documentaries, animation, experimental works, children's programs and short subjects are included in the festival. In addition, a number of acclaimed international film artists are honored with tributes and special evenings.

Seattle Int. Film Fest. 

The Seattle International Film Festival
is presented each year from mid-May to mid-June. It is the largest film festival in the United States, presenting more than 400 features, documentaries and short films to an audience of over 150,000 each year. SIFF is consistently ranked as one of the top festivals in North America, and is an Academy Award-qualifying festival for short films.

SIFF started out as an event aimed squarely at Seattle filmgoers, renowned for their strong support for independent cinema and their sophisticated, maverick tastes. Through the years, Seattle audiences have proven themselves to be remarkably astute judges of a film's theatrical strength in the American marketplace. This, in turn, has made SIFF a great testing ground for new films. Our emphasis on keeping the Festival an event aimed first and foremost at filmgoers, provides the films themselves with the kind of genuine audience response that has attracted the participation of so many filmmakers and film distributors.

The Docs:
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Their competitive event screens world and U.S. premieres back to back with documentary classics at multiple venues in downtown Missoula, including Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater. More than 100 films screen to enthusiastic audiences over ten days. The event also includes VIP parties and receptions, awards celebrations, and the Big Sky Doc Shop, a 5-day industry event with pitch sessions, panels, workshops and more. Awards are given in four categories - Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best MiniDoc, and the Big Sky Award. The Big Sky Award is given to one film about the American West. Artistic Vision Awards are also given in each category. Cash prizes are often awarded. 

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is an Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences qualifying event for short form documentaries. The winner of the Best MiniDoc and Best Short Documentary categories automatically qualify to compete for a Documentary Short Oscar the following year. 

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.”

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