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Independent Films is a non profit site dedicated to independent films and independent film makers. Independent Films spotlights independent film festivals featuring the top independent films and only independent films. Independent Films will also not only provide a guide to independent films and independent film festivals for your completed independent films but a guide to independent film financing to help get your independent films off the ground.
Location: New York, New York
The Urban Stuyvesant Film Festival (USFF) is a film festival created for and dedicated to the support of the true independent and self-contained artist.  It is a bi-yearly event that's held at different locations throughout the New York City area and services as an important outlet for filmmakers to have their work showcased and acknowledged by a larger audience.  For more information visit us at: or email us

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Here you'll find information about the Annual Academy Awards, the Academy's most visible - by many degrees of magnitude - activity, but you'll also discover that the Academy is more than the Oscar ceremony.

AIM IV: Interference Patterns
AIM, the University of Southern California School of Fine Arts' international festival of time-based media, in partnership with the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, would like to present AIM IV: Interference Patterns. AIM IV calls for entries that broach both the actual operations of media and communications technologies in contemporary society and explore the ways in which the hybrid networks developing between human and non-human may introduce an alterity or 'otherness' of which we have yet to conceive. Please see website or mail for more information.

Anchorage Film Festival
Anchorage is a small to medium-sized city crouching on the edge of the howling Alaskan wilderness, surrounded by mountains and edged by a frigid and restless sea. It’s far away from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, and people up here are proud of the fact they do things a little differently from the rest of the world. Independence has always been regarded as an asset and that quality remains a common character trait, even today. The Anchorage Film Festival is going into its third year, and in our call for entries the founders would like to invite you to participate in a festival that is unlike any other. The enthusiasm, sophistication and passion of our audiences will surprise you, the integrity of our judging process is second to none, yet, it is still possible for your film to stand out as, admittedly, we are not overwhelmed by the quantity of entries that must besiege the larger festivals. Besides, up here in the winter, we really don't have that much to do, so immersing ourselves in the selection process and gorging on the vibrant visions of filmmakers is actually a guilty pleasure for us. We urge you to submit your films and join the other independent filmmakers who have been pleasantly surprised by this so-called sleepy little city by the sea. Winter solstice will prove to be another hot time in the cold town of Anchorage, Alaska. or call (907) 338-3690.

Antimatter Festival of Underground Short Film & Video
Victoria, BC, Canada
Produced by Rogue Art, seeks imaginative, volatile,entertaining and critical works which exist outside the mainstream, regardless of subversive or dangerous nature of their content, stylisticconcerns or commercial viability. Antimatter is anti-Hollwood and anti-censorship -- dedicated to film and video as art. Selected works may be included in upcoming international tours. Industrial, commercial and studio products ineligible. Films must be max 30 minutes and completed within past two years.
Categories: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Animation. Formats: 16mm, VHS, DVD. Preview on VHS (NTSC).
Contact: Todd Eacrett, Antimatter, F - 1322 Broad St, Victoria, BC, Canada,V8W 2A9
Tel/fax (250) 385-3327; Email:

Appalachian Film Festival
Location: USA/Huntington, West Virginia
Competition for Filmmakers and Screenwritters living in Appalachian States (WV,OH,KY,NY,PA,MD,VA,TN,NC,SC,GA,AL,MS). $1000 PRIZE. Submissions due by April 15, 2004. Check website for all the details.

Arizona International Film Festival
Telephone: 520-628-1737
$30 (under 45 min): $50 (45 min & over) Best of Category, Best of Arizona, "Bridging Cultures" Award, Best Chicano/a (new award)
Documentary features and shorts, narrative features, dramatic & comedy shorts, animated shorts and experimental works
35 mm, 16mm Beta SP, DV, and DVD. Preview on VHS
Founded in 1990, the Festival's mission is to showcase independent work from around the world to Arizona audiences; Works are screened in local movie theatres, community sites, and on community television in order to develop new audiences for independent work. Works participate in "The Reel Frontier" Film & Video Competition or are invited to non-competitive programs.

Asheville Film Festival
Location: Downtown Asheville, NC.
The 2nd annual Asheville Film Festival celebrates emerging and established filmmakers. 10,000 film lovers, actors, distributors and filmmakers are expected to converge in Downtown Asheville to experience feature, short, docs and student films. Submissions are accepted through July 23, 2004.

The Back East Picture Show
The Hudson Waterfront Film Society has issued a Call for Entries for the Back East Picture Show. A competitive film festival of independent films by independent people, held annually in Hoboken, NJ and other areas in Northern New Jersey, the 2003 Back East Picture Show kicks off the spring season of festivals that take place in the New York City tri-state area.
The festival organizers are looking for a wide variety of independent films and videos in the following categories: features, shorts, documentaries, and animations, which are all eligible for the grand prize - the Barbato Tomorrow Award ­ an award that includes 5,000 feet of film stock and film processing. Films selected to screen in the competition are also eligible for a number of jury awards, including: Best Feature, Director, Cinematographer, Short, Documentary, and Animation. . Information is also available through the Hudson Waterfront Film Society by phone (201) 239-1212 or by

Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival
Toronto. An annual event featuring the best in Canadian and International shorts, competition screenings, retrospectives, galas, special screenings, a Symposium and Marketplace. Over $40,00 in cash and prizes. Award-winning films in the Festival are eligible for consideration for the Genies and the Academy Awards.

Carolina Film and Video Festival
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
The Carolina Film and Video Festival is open to any length film or genre. Entries from high school, college, and independant ranks are all invited. Once again, cash prizes are being offered. Early entry fees are $5 for High School student Producers, $20 for College/University Producers, $30 for Independent Producers, and $30 for the Scriptwriting Competition. The deadline for early entries is November 15, 2003. Submission format is VHS for prescreening copy, and VHS, SVHS, DV, BetaSP, super 8 or 16mm for exhibition. Submission guidelines, form, and contact information can be found at or at the following address:

Carolina Film and Video Festival
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
telephone: 336-334-4197 fax: 336-334-5039

Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers
Telephone: 319-721-7465
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA -
Contacts: Please visit our Web site for entry qualifications and fees. Send entries to:Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers, P.O. Box 10251, Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-0251. To request more information about entry guidelines, or about the Festival in general, e-mail, or call 319-721-7465.

Chicago Underground Festival
The Chicago Underground Film Festival exists to showcase the defiantly independent filmmaker. Our mission is to promote films and videos that dissent radically in form, technique, or content from the "indie" mainstream presenting works that challenge and transcend commercial expectations...if you suspect your film is "underground," it probably is.

CineCom Award Show
Produced in association with Cinequest (The San Jose Film Festival, voted one of the best in the country), Cinequest, will celebrate the most outstanding media produced for business. Win one of the first Annual CineCom Awards. Enter here.

The Cincinnati International Film Festival

The CINDY Competitions
CINDY, an acronym for "Cinema in Industry," began in 1959 as an industrial film competition. It was originally created by the Industry Film Producers Association (IFPA), an American professional organization. Later, this group became the Informational Film Producers of America and, in 1984, the Association of Visual Communicators (AVC). Today the twice-a-year CINDY Awards are proudly presented by the International Association of Audio Visual Communicators (IAAVC), a non-profit group representing theatrical, broadcast, non-broadcast, and interactive media professionals throughout the world.
As the market for industrial films has evolved into video and other media formats over the years, CINDY has changed dramatically. Interactive media was added in 1985, making CINDY the first interactive media competition in the world. Today CINDY continues to honor the informational media producer but has expanded to embrace all production professionals.

Cinequest Film Festival
Location: San Jose, CA. - Date:
Cinequest is Northern California's premier motion picture institute that produces: Cinequest Film Festival, a soul-stirring and personable discovery festival of international films and digital media forums for movie lovers, film artists and film students; Cinequest Online; Cinequest Digital Studio; Youthquest; and Cinequest Screenwriting Competition. Named one of the Top 10 Film Festivals in the world by the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, Cinequest joined Cannes, Toronto, Telluride and Sundance with this honor. Cinequest 15 will occur March 2 - 13, 2005 Telephone: +1(408)995-5033

Columbus International Film and Video Festival, aka The Chris Awards
Entry Deadline date for the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, a.k.a. "The Chris Awards," one of the most prestigious documentary, educational, business and informational competitions in the U.S., the oldest of its kind in North America and celebrating its 52nd year. Entrants compete within subject-area Divisions and categories for the first place Chris statuette, second place Bronze Plaques and third place Certificates of Honorable Mention. A Silver Chris statuette will be awarded to the Best in each Division. The President's Award to the Best of Festival.
* Honors documentary, entertainment, educational, industrial; corporate, independent and television productions
* Nearly 100 categories within 13 subject-area Divisions, for video, film and CD-rom, plus special competitions for Students, Screenwriters, and Print Media.
* Formats accepted: 1/2" VHS NTSC or DVD, CD-Rom.

DC Shorts
This is the first year for our radically different approach to film festivals. DC Shorts is a festival for filmmakers and the audiences who appreciate their talents.

Fiery Film Festival
Location: Clovis, New Mexico - Date:
For entry form with entry fee and rules, please download the PDF file in our downloads section. Contact Ced Rael, Director, for any and all information about the film festival. Telephone: 505-762-9535

Is a bi-monthly film festival in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Started in September 1994 with help and inspiration from Angie Grass and Lance Bangs from Flicker in Athens, Georgia. We welcome filmmakers' Super 8 and 16mm short films. We also accept film transferred to VHS. The only requirements are that it originate on film (or an alternative source like pixel vision) and that it be less than 15 minutes long.

Forest Theater Short Film Festival
Short Film Festival, competitive, cash and merchandise Prizes. $25.00 entry fee
Mail to Forest Theater
1911 Pacific Ave.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
The Forest Theater Short Film Festival is an opportunity to showcase works of independent filmmakers and educate the public on the importance of experimental shorts. We have produced a festival that will incorporate a diverse selection of experimental films/videos, documentaries, animations, music videos, shorts, and many more. We are proud to be holding the festival at the historic Forest Theater in the historic “downtown district” of Forest Grove, Oregon. Together with our supporters and the film community we look forward to everyone’s participation. Robert Mattoso Festival Founder

Genesis Media Group

Telephone: 803-635-2656
Location: USA/Winnsboro
Contacts: CALL FOR ENTRIES - Genesis Media Group Fall Film Competition
ABOUT THE COMPETITION All films submissions will be placed in competition and will be judged. Judging will be completed by December 15, 2004 in each category, and winners will be notified via postal mail or electronic mail.
PRIZES Each category winner will receive: a cash prize based on the number of submissions, a merchandise prize, an award certificate, 3 months of free hosting of their winning entry on a streaming video website, and each winner will be featured with a web page and link on the Genesis Media Group website for 3 months.
CATEGORIES Features (runtime 60 min and over):  Narrative, Documentary, Animation Shorts  (runtime under 60 min):  Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Music Video 
*Entry fees are used to pay out cash prizes in each category.

Global Peace Film Festival
Telephone: 407-224-6625
Location: USA/Orlando, FL
The second annual Global Peace Film Festival is set to kick-off in Orlando, FL at the Downtown Media Arts Center November 19th -24th. The festival will present powerful feature films telling stories from around the world: Europe during World War Two, Bangladesh during their civil war in 1971, Liberia’s current never ending civil war, Iraq just before the current war began, a bereavement circle in the Middle East, and firefighters in NY after September11th.  As well, the festival will present a wonderful selection of short films as well as panels, one of which includes Noble Peace Prize Laureate Betty Williams. To find out more about the festival please visit: or send an e-mail to If you would like to help promote the festival, please send an e-mail to: Please include your name, contact info, and availability.

Heartland Film Festival
Heartland Film Festival has officially opened its Call for Entries for the 13th annual Festival, October 21-29, 2004 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Heartland is now accepting film submissions of independently produced feature length, short and student films for the 2004 competition. Completed U.S. and international feature length and short films may be submitted by May 28, 2004 for early consideration and a reduced fee. Submission forms can be completed online at, the international film festival submission system. Complete information and eligibility requirements are also available online at The late deadline to submit films for the 2004 Heartland Film Festival is June 18. Regular (May 28) deadline fees are: feature $55, short $20 and student $20. Late (June 18) deadline fees are: feature $60, short $25 and student $25.
Heartland invites filmmakers and student filmmakers from around the world to submit feature length and short films in dramatic, documentary and animation categories. Films are selected based on the achievement of excellence in filmmaking and promotion of Heartland’s mission. A committee of previous Crystal Heart Award recipients from the film community selects the winners. Heartland presents Crystal Heart Awards and $100,000 in cash prizes to feature length and short film entries, including $50,000 to the grand prize winner for best dramatic feature. Student filmmakers receive Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Awards and cash prizes.
Heartland Film Festival, a nonprofit organization, was established in 1991 to recognize and honor filmmakers whose work explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life. In 12 years, Heartland has awarded more than $1.2 million to support filmmakers in their quest to create Truly Moving Pictures.

Hollywood Film Festival® - Hollywood Discovery Awards®
The Hollywood Int'l Film Festival® and the Hollywood Discovery Awards® are the first international and independent competitive Festival and Awards committed to bridging the gap between Hollywood, emerging independent filmmakers and storytellers. The Hollywood Int'l Film Festival® showcases a selection of feature films, shorts, documentaries, animation and new media works.

Houston Multi-Cultural Independent Film Festival
Location: Houston, Texas -
Short Films - Features - Documentaries - Guest Speakers - Industry Seminars - Distributors
Three days of intensive networking opportunities for emerging filmmakers, industry professionals and corporate sponsors. Feature-length and short films that represent the best of independent cinema from around the world. Information and instruction through panel discussions and workshops offering "inside" information about the film industry
Entry fees run $25.00- 100.00, accept shorts-feature length, 16mm, 35mm, Video, Beta. (VHS for review) check website for entry form.

IF (Independent Festival) of Digital Arts
Telephone: 510 981 2818
Location: Berkeley, California, U.S.A. -
IF (Independent Festival) of Digital Arts is entering its second year. We are seeking submissions of digital art for our Festival, to be held in Berkeley, California, USA. We welcome not only digital video work, but 2D artwork, sound projects, multimedia installations, performance and presentations. Interested digital artists can refer to our website, which is Submission guidelines and entry forms are available on the website. Any questions can be directed toward Our international Festival acts as a catalyst for critical and creative reflections on contemporary audiovisual culture.

Indiana Films The Starving Artist Film Festival
Location: Muncie, Indiana
In a concerted effort to promote independent film making, Indiana Films LLP is proud to announce Indiana Films’ The Starving Artist Film Festival. Held during the last weekend of September, the film festival will contain a variety of short films from independent producers, directors, and writers from around he country. After a careful selection process from a panel of judges, the top filmmakers will have their short films screened to the public during the festival. Winners will have their films broadcast on our website. The top winner will win a grand prize of $2500!

Indiefest, Film Festival & Market
Indiefest, Film Festival & Market, is pleased to announce their 2004 call for entries. Indiefest celebrates the “vision without compromise” attitude and spirit of the independent filmmaker. Indiefest is a film festival incorporating a competitive showcase of the best independent films and videos, a well-known screenwriting competition, a film and script market and a ten-day party. Indiefest brings the world’s film community to the beautiful city of Chicago. This year’s festival is scheduled to take place from July 30th to August 8th, 2004.

TCB-Cafe Publishing & Media presents The INDIE FOOD CHANNEL (TM). The INDIE FOOD CHANNEL is a new broadcast format that showcases independent cooking shows in an ongoing series of programs televised throughout the United States and Canada. Composed of winning entries to the INDIE FOOD CHANNEL Competition and Film Festival, the INDIE FOOD CHANNEL programming highlights the quality and diversity of content that viewers crave in these days of digital and satellite TV. The cooking shows featured on the INDIE FOOD CHANNEL are selected via an international competition of independent and local cooking shows. The winners of this competition are awarded Finalist and Category commendations, and are also included in the pilot programs of the INDIE FOOD CHANNEL. These pilot programs will be aired in selected television markets nationwide as part of the INDIE FOOD CHANNEL film festival, and will also be sent on DVD to the top food and television critics and media buyers around the country. An accompanying INDIE FOOD CHANNEL HANDBOOK will be published along with the program, the winners selected from entries in the INDIE FOOD CHANNEL WRITING COMPETITION. For registration details, go to or write
TCB-Cafe Publishing, PO Box 471706, San Francisco, CA 94147, fax 208-692-0250

Jackson Hole Film Festival
Location: USA, Jackson Hole, Wyoming -
The upcoming launch of the Jackson Hole Film Festival (JHFF) will be held September 22 through 26, 2004. This 5-day competitive event will feature a combination of the two festivals JHFF will produce in 2005 along with highlights from the organization’s year round programming. JHFF produces two festivals every year:
The Jackson Hole Film Festival is the organization’s premiere event and will take place each year in June. This competitive event will screen 35-50 genre-specific feature and short independent films from more than 30 countries.

In September 2005, the Jackson Hole Sports/Action Film Festival highlights independent films featuring extreme sports and action films while offering an abundance of educational and networking opportunities.

Kingston Canadian Film Festival
Location: Kingston, ON Canada
The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is pleased to announce the details for its fourth annual event. The Festival, proudly presented by Kingston Whig-Standard and Cogeco Cable, and in association with the Toronto International Film Festival Group will run from February 26th to 29th, 2004. Filmmakers from across Canada are invited to submit their films for possible inclusion. Submission forms are available at the Festival’s official website, which launches December 1st 2003. The feature film deadline is January 23rd, 2004 and the "Local Shorts" deadline is February 21st, 2004. In 2002, the Festival proudly became the largest stand-alone showcase of feature films from across Canada.

Long on Shorts African Diaspora Film Festival
Long on Shorts African Diaspora Film Festival is seeking films by and about the African Diaspora (Blacks). Short films under 30 minutes shot on any format are accepted. Films will screen in competition at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX, USA)

Manchester Film Festival (Vermont)
The mission of the Manchester Film Foundation is to present a festival experience that celebrates the full range of film artistry from mainstream to shoestring, and to serve as an ongoing educational and collaborative resource for independent film arts. We aim to create a premium international festival venue for industry professionals, independent filmmakers and discerning cinefiles.

Martha's Vineyard Independent Film Festival
Martha's Vineyard Independent Film Festival is in it's second year, enclosed is the deadline and festival information.

Newport Beach Film Festival
Located in beautiful Newport Beach, California, the Newport Beach Film Festival strives to offer an inspiring balance of contemporary independent films and classics from around the world. The nine-day event also offers a Short Film Festival, seminars and galas.

The New York Festivals
The World's Best Work -- 16,000 new examples each year of award winning print, radio,television and interactive ads, campaigns, and programs from 64 countries. The winning work in The New York Festivals' annual competitions provides marketing and media practitioners with vivid insights into the state of communications globally. Professionals seek to win New York Festivals awards in order to elevate their work above the crowd. They pore over the Festivals' electronic and print publications to spark their creativity and define the cutting edge of communication.

New York Film Festival
The New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society, runs Oct. The New York Film Festival ushers autumn in with the newest and most significant works by directors--established icons and new discoveries alike--from all over the world. An enormously popular event, the Festival stirs the hearts and minds of audiences and stimulates critical debate on the season's best movie-making.

New York International Independent Film & Video Festival
Festivals in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Email:

The NYC Underground Comedy Festival
The NYCUCF is set to hit various New York City locations, including The Improv, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, and The Bitter End & The New York Public Libraries on Monday, October 4th to Sunday, October 10th.

New York Underground Film Festival
"Keeping underground film dangerous." Email:

Not Still Art Festival
Founded in 1996, the NOT STILL ART FESTIVAL screens international electronic motion art with music and sound design. New and old technologies are welcome. There is no restriction as to the date or number of programs submitted. The unique range of work screened each year reveals universal insights and complex emotions. Festival themes are self-selecting, based on the work submitted. Each year work expresses different ideas/experiences: water, bio-engineering, evolution, revolution. Humor is always in good supply. Old tech (a program made on a gameboy!) is screened side-by-side with super hi-res 3-D. The criterion for exhibition is the aesthetic relationship of the work to the electronic screen. Artists have traveled from Bulgaria, Sweden, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and China, plus all corners of North America to participate in past NSA Festivals. We look forward to your submissions and hope that you can attend.

The Panhandle Picture Show
Location: Haines, Alaska.
The Panhandle Picture Show is open to all film and videomakers in Alaska and beyond, as well as to any genre of film provided that they are 20 minutes in length or less. Over $1000 in prize monies will be awarded at the premiere screening to take place at the Chilkat Center for the Arts in Haines, Alaska. All accepted submissions will be evaluted by a panel of judges using a point system. An entry fee of $15 per submission is required. The festival is sponsored, in part, by the Haines Arts Council and the Alaska State Council on th Arts. For more information or entry forms contact the festival coordinator, Kim Lehner at (907) 766-2196, or visit their website

Provincetown International Film Festival
Provincetown, Massachussettes
The sixth annual Provincetown International Film Festival, June 16-20 in Provincetown, will screen more than 50 adventurous, original, independent films. Director and writer Jim Jarmusch is the 2004 Filmmaker on the Edge: his cinematic achievements span 3 decades, from Stranger Than Paradise, winner of the Camera d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, to his upcoming release Coffee and Cigarettes. The Festival features sneak previews,intimate gatherings with industry luminaries, parties galore, a Night at the Drive-in, Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz, Youth and Diversity Film Program, and film workshops. Discounted Festival passes are on sale now at 508.487.FILM

Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
Palm Springs International Short Film Festival a showcase of short film, video and animation. Shorts Competition, Festival and Market Application Film Festival administration: (760) 322-2930

The Palm Springs International Film Festivals
Located in the beautiful Coachella Valley desert at the base of Mt. San Jacinto in southern California, the Nortel Networks Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the country, screening over 200 films from more than 60 countries to an audience of over 70,000 The festival screens a majority of the official international submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film. Founded in 1990 by Mayor (later Member of Congress) Sonny Bono, the PSIFF is one of the largest film festivals in North America. The festival has an attractive film sales and distribution record and is seen by American distributors as one of the best Academy Award campaign marketing tools.
1700 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 3
Palm Springs, California 92262 USA
Telephone: (760) 322-2930 Toll free: (800) 898-7256 Fax: (760) 322-4087

Putnam County Film & Video Festival

Festival Description - The festival is open to Film and Video makers worldwide. Preview on VHS. (NTSC only) Screening Formats: Betacam SP, miniDV, DV, DVCam, DVD (NTSC ONLY). Entry Fee: $25 under 1 hour; $35 1 hour and over. Awards in various categories including, Narrative Short & Feature, Documentary Short & Long, Experimental, Animation, Industrial Form, Public Service Announcements, News, Music Video, Science Fiction, Horror, others (depends on entries, categories may be reassigned). Two days of screenings in a huge timber-trussed lodge, projected in XGA resolution. Snack bar; hot hors d'ouvres on Saturday at 5pm; Awards Banquet ($20 prepaid) on Sunday. See website for details. Filmmakers are encouraged to bring promotional materials to display. A great place to network with other filmmakers, visual artists & musicians. Art exhibits, live music outside on Sunday, weather permitting. To see a streaming video of last year's awards ceremonies, check out website at
City - Putnam Valley State - New York Country - United States
Phone - (845) 528-7420 Fax - (845) 528-7420 Email -

Rabbit in a Turtle Shell
The BSFF is a short film and video festival designed to promote new work by young and emerging film makers. On the eve of May 22, twelve short film makers will be hylighted to the public, two budding bands will rip the stage and one auspicious filmmaker will walk away victorious. A celebration under the stars on an expansive roof deck in the aid of your artesian peers. Ckeck out for submition information

Rhode Island Film Festival
RIIFF has quickly become a haven for independent filmmakers from throughout the world and was recently named a qualifier for the Academy of Moton Picture Arts and Sciences (the Academy Awards). In 2002, the Festival presented 23 World Premieres and 12 U.S. Premieres to sold-out houses. Attending the Festival were more than 200 filmmakers..The Festival is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers, directors, producers and the film-going public. For more information please call (401) 861-4445 or email:

Route 66 Film Festival
Location: Springfield, Illinois - Date:
Festival seeks short or feature length films of all genres that feature some kind of journey--physical, emotional, intellectual. Trophies awarded. Entry fees: $10 for short (under 30 minutes) and $20 for feature. For more information, contact Linda McElroy at Rules and applications at

San Diego Film Festival
Contact:Robin Laatz, Executive Director
Ph: 619-582-2368, F 619-286-8324

San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

The San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, the world's oldest and largest celebration of LGBT cinema.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival
20th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival dates: Friday, January 28th thru Sunday, February 6th 2005. Entry contact details on website

The Seattle International Film Festival
Cinema Seattle is an independent, nonprofit cultural organization that produces the Seattle International Film Festival (which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1999) and the Eastside International and Women in Cinema film festivals.

Seattle Jewish Film Festival
We are one of the largest Jewish events in the USA, and we feature a wide range of films from around the world. This year, the festival will take place March 8-16, 2003. Please contact me if you would like some more information. Email: Seattle Jewish Film Festival

Sedona International Film Festival & Workshop
The Sedona International Film Festival features independent films from around the globe. Committed to letting both new Filmmaker and the established "shine" by bringing their best to the Festival. Also features a renown workshop with panelist such as Elmer Bernstein, Walter March, Thelma Schoonmaker. Contact:

S.N.O.B.(Somewhat North of Boston) Film Festival
Location: Concord N.H. USA. Telephone: 603 223 6515
S.N.O.B. is a small but lively festival dedicated to bringing independent film to central N.H. We are seeking both feature-length and short subjects, Documentaries, Fiction, Children's films, Animation and just about anything else. Formats: VHS, DVD SVHS, and MINI DV. There is NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline is Aug 31,2004

South Yuba River Citizens League
Location: Nevada City, California, USA,
Lights! … Camera! … Environmental Action! California’s Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is quickly becoming a favorite on the festival scene. Join us for another magical weekend in this beautiful Sierra mountain town for award-winning environmental and adventure films, speakers, activists, celebrities, and parties. Come with an open mind and leave with the inspiration to make a difference. For more information: or (530)265-5961.

SPROCKETS Toronto International Film Festival for Children
SPROCKETS presents the best in contemporary and classic international children's cinema to Toronto audiences. The screening programmes include live-action and animated shorts and features from around the world. SPROCKETS workshops allow children to learn about filmmaking in an interactive, hands-on environment. By combining education and entertainment, SPROCKETS allows young people to share stories and traditions of other cultures while discovering values in common with their peers worldwide. To receive information on SPROCKETS or if you are interested in submitting a film, please contact us by telephone (416-967-7371) or Email:

Sprout Film Festival
The debut of a landmark film festival showcasing films and videos related to the field of developmental disabilities. This year the festival will take place in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. We are looking for films and videos of artistry and intellect that present accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities and expose the media and the general public to important issues facing the population.
Contact person: Laura Cohen

International Student Film Festival
Larry Nimmer, Director of the International Student Film Festival.
Videos can be of any subject matter. However, this year, we are particularly looking for “Day in the Life” videos. These are videos where students document an average day in their life. The videos don’t necessarily have to be professional looking. Truthful documentations of different cultures and lifestyles are of interest to our audience. A clip from all videos will appear on our web site where you can also see last year’s videos. We’re at

Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Institute adopted sponsorship of the United States Film Festival in 1984, creating an internationally recognized showcase for new independent cinema. In 1985, responding to the need for support from an organization that could provide year-round programming, administrative staffing, financial backing, and a network of contacts, the Film Festival became part of the Sundance Institute and added international films to its program. Officially renamed in 1991, the Sundance Film Festival is now recognized internationally as a showcase for the best in new American independent film. The Film Festival has expanded from 15,750 seats sold in 1985 to more than 142.000 in 2001. For the 2001 Film Festival, 390 documentaries, 854 dramatic features, 515 international films, and 2,174 short films were submitted, from which 112 feature-length films and 64 shorts were selected for exhibition to an audience of more than 20,000. The number of films submitted continues to increase each year.

SunDeis Film Festival
Location: Waltham, MA, USA
The SunDeis Film Festival is open to undergraduate students studying at Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts and New England. Please visit or email

Telly Awards
The Annual Telly Awards was founded in 1980, to showcase and give recognition to outstanding non-network and cable commercials. The competition was expanded several years ago to include film and video productions. When the concept for the Tellys was born, David E. Carter was chosen to be the show administrator. He has published over 90 books on advertising and logos. This, combined with his strong TV background, (Clio winner,7-time Emmy winner who produced many sketches for the Johnny Carson show) made him a natural choice to administer the competition. Over the past 22 years, the Telly Awards has become a well-known, highly respected national competition.

The Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival
Located in the Greater Los Angeles area, is currently seeking submissions for this year's festival. Films of all formats, genres and lengths are encouraged to apply.

Tiburon International Film Festival
The Tiburon International Film Festival is excited to announce the call for entries for its 4th annual event to run from March 11-17, 2005. Submissions are open to all genres of film (Fiction, documentary, short, animation, experimental, student, children...) from any nation of the world. The films submitted to the Tiburon International Film Festival are eligible to win the Golden Reel Award in several categories: Best Fiction, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Animation, Best Children Film, Best Student Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay.....The Audience Award will be presented to one film through submitted ballots and the winners of all categories will be announced at the end of the Festival. The Tiburon International Film Festival is a non-profit organization that seeks to broaden cultural horizons by showcasing the works of best filmmakers in the world.
Deadline for submissions is: December 1, 2004.

Toronto International Film Festival
For up-to-the-minute information on all of our activities, including box office and ticket information, please sign up for the Toronto International Film Festival Group's email newsletter, TIFF Alerts, by clicking here.

Twin Rivers Media Festival
This festival showcases the best in international films, video, audio art, scriptwriting, and outdoor journalism.

International Wildlife Film Festival
Missoula, Montana. The mission of the International Wildlife Film Festival is to foster knowledge and understanding of wildlife and habitat through excellent, honest wildlife films and other media. The IWFF was the first juried wildlife film competition in the world. It began in response to stereotypical wildlife films of the 1960's and 70's that portrayed wildlife as either fierce and dangerous or cute and cuddly.

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PlanetOut:PopcornQ - A listing of lesbian and gay film festivals
We currently include contact information for nearly 100 lesbian and gay film festivals. Many of these are annual events. When available the dates of the most recent, or upcoming festival are given, along with information about how to contact each festival. Wherever possible we also provide links to festivals with active websites.

Toronto International Film Festival Group
A selection of film festivals in Canada.

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