Looking to expand your horizons and go to the west coast, down south, or even to a city? You’re in luck, here are six film festival’s occurring in the next six months around the United States. Start getting your crew together and begin to film!
The Other Venice Film Festival: October 7-9, 2016
Location: Venice, California
Deadline: June 28, 2016
The Other Venice Film Festival (OVFF) is an International event dedicated to screening full-length, short, doc, experimental, music video, youth films and animated works that embody the spirit, energy and diversity of Venice. The Abbot Awards are given to filmmakers who exemplify maverick filmmaking, by creating stunning and poignant cinema. All films that screen at the festival, with the exception of Spotlight Screenings, are in competition for an Abbot.
Inspired Minds Short Film & Screenplay Competition: September 9-11, 2016
Location: Sarasota, FL
Deadline: June 1, 2016
Inspired Minds supports films that make a difference. We are looking to showcase films and screenplays that shed light on important issues, explore different perspectives, and inspire change. Our festival is looking for filmmakers who make us look at ourselves, each other, or the world in a new way.
The YOUTH: The short should deal with a topic or issue that is relevant to children and/or teens.
ADULT: The ADULT category accepts short films under 45 minutes in length, including all credits, created by filmmakers 18 years of age or older. The short should shed light on an issue, challenge us to look at ourselves, others, or the world in a new way.
SCREENPLAY: Looking for screenplays that inspire personal growth, an understanding of others, or challenge us to look at the world in a new way.
PDXtreme-Portland Underground Film Festival: December 2-4, 2016
Deadline: September 12, 2016
The PDXtreme Film Fest is the best damn genre festival Portland Oregon has ever seen! Taking place over 3 days at the historic Academy Theater, the festival showcases horror, crime, dark comedy, and everything in-between. Free beer for attending filmmakers!
Short: Run time of 15 minutes or less
Medium: Run time of 16 – 60 minutes
Feature: Run time of 61 minutes or more.
Frack Fest- OKC’s Underground Multimedia Festival: October 20-23, 2016
Location: Oklahoma City
Deadline: July 31, 2016
FRACK FEST, Oklahoma City’s Underground Multimedia Festival is where gaming, graphic novels and motion pictures are mixed and celebrated together. Their mission is to discover new and emerging independent artists and to promote the art and craft of games, graphic novels, and motion pictures by inspiring and bringing works together that culminate in form, technique, or content where similar language is used to tell a story.
Narrative feature & short, Documentary Feature & Short, Music Videos, Experimental feature & short, Animation feature & short are all accepted.
St. Louis International Film Festival: November 3-13, 2016
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Deadline: June 30, 2016
SLIFF is a regional, internationally themed film event dedicated to exploring cross-cultural understanding through the art of the cinema. Its mission is to enhance cultural diversity by bringing American independent productions, horizon-expanding international films and high-quality studio films to audiences before their commercial release. The Festival is especially concerned with providing film-goers and cineastes the opportunity to see works that would otherwise never screen in St. Louis. Shorts & features are both accepted.
Wild Life Conservation Film Festival:October 14-23, 2016
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Location: New York, New York
The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival attracts an international representation of film, filmmakers, advocates and scientists dedicated to the preservation of global biodiversity. Visitors come to New York from across the globe to attend this unique film festival. Opportunity for the filmmaker and visitors exist to interact and engage is discussion. The WCFF takes place in New York in October for seven days of film screenings, receptions, work ships and parties. Shorts & features are both accepted.
By: Carly Lonczak