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The Advertising Festival
To be held at Disneyland Paris September 2nd to 5th 2003, is an event that nobody within the advertising industry should miss. The event will bring together media owners from television, radio, newspapers, magazines, outdoor, cinema, new media, as well as creatives, planners and buyers from a myriad of top agencies, clients from all around the world including many of the top spenders on advertising, and leading names in market research. Media owners will have the opportunity to launch new products to the world's media and to introduce new formats. Clients and agencies will have the chance to show off their new creative concepts and their new advertising campaigns. Anyone can organise workshops, seminars or mini conferences.

The International Festival of Adventure and Adrenalin Films
Unique yearly showcase of short to mid-length documentary, feature documentary, fiction films and photo pictures presenting adventure, extreme and adrenalin in three main categories - Land, Water and Air.

Anima 2003 (was The Brussels Cartoon and Animation Festival)
The Brussels Cartoon and Animation, will, as of the 2003 edition, change its title to "Anima 2003", a name which is self-explanatory in most of the world's languages. And to reflect this metamorphosis, the professional forum will now be entitled "Futuranima". For Anima 2003, the festival organisers are creating a new competition category for Internet films, called "Webanima 2003". The competition is open to all, amateurs and professionals alike. It is intended for any animated work, using any animation technique (e.g. Flash) but excluding live-action, and made specifically for screening on the Internet.

Arctic Light Film Festival
Primarily, Arctic Light Film Festival is an audience festival, that is supposed to have a broad spectra of national and international films. The programme is supposed to entice both an older and a younger audience, as well as men and women respectively.

Animated Encounters International Animation Festival
Animated Encounters International Animation Festival, Bristol, UK. Now in its third year, Animated Encounters is established as the premier animation film festival in the UK. Based at Watershed Media Centre on Bristol's Harbourside, Animated Encounters runs for four days in April which are packed full of screenings, seminars and special events.

Asolo Festival - Festival Internazionale del Film sull’Arte e di Biografie d’Artista 2003
Cinema - Televisione - Video - InfoArt, 22 - 28 September 2003
The AsoloArtFilmFestival will be held in Asolo (Treviso), Italy, from 22 to 28 September 2003. The Festival is part of the cultural tradition and a continuation of the "Festival Internazionale del Film sull'Arte e di Biografie di Artisti", which was set up in 1973 by the Treviso Provincial Council and achieved great international success over the years. Thirty years later and in the light of advances in visual languages, the Festival is now being relaunched under the name "AsoloArtFilmFestival": an international showcase, and competition with prizes, of film production dedicated to the visual arts in all the variety of their expression.

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Telephone: +49 3643 4946136
Location: Weimar, Germany
International Video Reporting Award
The International Video Reporting Award« is an international competition for short, innovative, non-fiction digital filmmaking. The films must be helmed by a single person who is solely responsible for content, direction, camera, sound and editing, and who fully explores the creative dimensions of digital technology. The filmmaker should also be taking on the challenge of autonomous production and distribution. The preselection committee and the jury will be looking for excellence in content, as well as for imaginative use of documentary techniques. The International Video Reporting Award« gives an overview of international trends, particularly in the USA and Great Britain, while reflecting the new developments in Germany from their first stages onwards. The Top Prize carries an award of 1000 Euros. In addition, the »Michael Rosenblum Junior Award« will be conferred, containing a personal two-day training with the tv creator Michael Rosenblum.
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Brief Encounters International Short Film Festival
Brief Encounters is the largest short film festival in the UK and will return in November for another five days of screenings, industry events and networking opportunities. It is now in its eighth year and will again be held at the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol.

Cannes Film Festival
Official site with information in English et en Français. The 56th Annual Cannes Film Festival will take place May, 14-25 2003

Cine Clube de Avanca
Location: PORTUGAL/Avanca Telephone: +351.234884174
The objective is to trace a global perspective of the contemporary features in cinema, television, video and multimedia.
Free registration. The works admitted for selection are those produced on January 1st, 2002 or after and cannot have been screened in Portugal. Inscription in the following categories are admitted:
CINEMA: short and feature fiction and animation films in 16mm, 35mm and digital cinematography format.
VIDEO: videographic production of less than 20 minutes in VHS (multisystems), DV (PAL system) or BETACAM SP (PAL system).
TELEVISION: documentaries of less than 60 minutes already broadcast by a television station.
MULTIMEDIA: web movies in video or infographic format in the following categories: fiction, experimental and animation.
Entry-Forms and complete Regulation at

Co-Operative Young Film-Makers
An annual British film and video festival for young film-makers aged 21 and under. All genres accepted. No entry fees. Open to entries from January 30th 2003. Deadline June 1st 2003. Entries must be no longer than 6 minutes. International entries welcome!
Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 161 246 2216

Dublin Film Festival
The Dublin Film Festival celebrates film by bringing to the Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street, Dublin, a series of classic 'films to get out of bed for'!

Edinburgh International Film Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival - the longest continually running film festival in the world! 13-24 August, 2003

The International Erotic Film Festival of Barcelona
The Barcelona Erotic International Film Festival is celebrating its 11th Anniversary. The annual summon of the erotic national and international sector will celebrate its 11th edition in Barcelona on October 1-5, 2003. It will be fun, surprising, sexy and of course, Very Erotic.

GlobaLink Kids International Film and Television Festival
Location: Lisbon, Portugal and Mulhouse, France - Telephone: +33 (0) 38 9421025
Date: 11-16 October 2004
The festival hosts screenings of the best in children's programming for school children and their teachers daily at the festival. The evenings are open to the public. This year a special on-line film competition will feature an international jury of children in (5) countries. They will meet in a video conference to decide the final outcome of their deliberation. The official jury is comprised of industry professionals from around the globe. Entry deadline is: July 15th. Entry forms and rules and regs are available on the website. Contact: Leslie K. Sullivan, Festivla Director

International Film Festival Rotterdam
Annual film industry event in the Netherlands. Award winners and filmmakers' FAQ available online.

International Film Festival Karlovy Vary
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has been classified by FIAPF as a "non-specialized festival with a feature film competition" (category A). In fulfilling its basic role the festival has become a place where film lovers and filmmakers can meet and where everyone can enjoy high quality films made during the past year from around the world. Because of its success in the past few years the Karlovy Vary festival has become the most significant film event in Central and Eastern Europe.

International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade
We are very pleased to announce the 8th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro. This event will be held, like every year, during the beginning of December, from 10th to 13th. All the information about registration and contest can be found at Films for the contest would have to be 2003 or 2004 production, with at least 30% underwater shots and formats are BETA SP, DV Cam or MiniDV (PAL) The subject is free. Competition admission is free.
International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade, Pop Lukina 4, Belgrade 11ooo, Serbia and Montenegro Tel: +381-11-625032, GSM +381-63-8611455 , e-mail: dive.bgd@EUnet.yu

Locarno International Film Festival
According to the national and international press, the Locarno Film Festival (Festival internazionale del film Locarno) can now lay a claim to being "one of the world's six top festivals" (according to Variety's prestigious International Film Guide). Traditionally devoted to the promotion of new film-makers and new movements, the Festival has contributed to revealing or confirming directors who are currently enjoying a very wide recognition. August 6-16, 2003. Email:

The Italian Film Festival
Originally started as an informal, one-time only presentation of Italian movies in a college lecture hall, the Italian Film Festival of Marin County has grown over its 26 years into a perennial favorite in the San Francisco Bay Area. From the beginning it has been a labor of love for its longtime director, Lido Cantarutti. Under his direction the program has included appearances from Italian film directors and composers, dignitaries of the Italian and Italian-American communities, and an authentically Italian atmosphere at every presentation. The centerpiece, however, is always top-quality Italian cinema.

London Film Festival
Presented by the British Film Institute. The BFI supports many other film festivals and events. There is a full list available.

Portugal/Porto Audiovisual Festival
Audiovisual festival with audio, vídeo and photography competition.

Raindance Film Festival
Location: London England
Raindance Film Festival started in 1992 and is the UK's oldest independent film festival. Raindance specialises in the work of first time filmmakers. Submission deadline is July 15 2004. Details from

The ResFest Digital Film Festival
RESFEST is a global touring festival exploring the dynamic interplay of film, art, music and design. Each year the festival showcases the year's best shorts,features,music videos and animation in an environment that combines screenings, live music events, parties, panel discussions and technology demonstrations.

Scandinavia´s Fantastisk Film Festival
A film festival without limits. The Fantastic Film Festival (FFF) is an international Film Festival of distinction. Every September, the Swedish cities of Lund and Malmoe are turned into the El Dorado of science fiction, fantasy and horror films. Fantastic films are about imagination, about stretching the limits between dream and reality. Whether it’s science fiction’s view of the future, a fantasy film’s musings on other worlds or super-natural phenomena, or the nightmarish visions of the horror movie, the aim of the festival is to help stretch the limits of the imagi-nation, and to reinforce the intrinsic value of creativity in films. A fantastic film can be anything from a debut from a filmmaker with a strong vision and limited funds, to a grandiose, lavish Hollywood production featuring established actors and directors. The festival welcomes the minute and the gigantic, and price tags don’t determine which films qualify. An international film festival is a meeting place, an exchange across cultural and national borders. FFF celebrates the limitless as a cultural principle. Film is fantasy. Fantasy is limitless. Film is Fantastic!

Stockholm Film Festival
Stockholms filmfestival är en av norra Europas absolut främsta filmfestivaler innehållande en tävlingssektion. Vi befäster därmed vår ställning som en viktig plattform för den unga och banbrytande filmen. Sedan starten har vår ambition varit att utvidga den nyskapande kvalitetsfilmens forum i Skandinavien. 1999 firade festivalen 10-årsjubileum. På tio år utvecklades festivalen från dynamisk nybörjare till ett etablerat och starkt stöd för alla de män och kvinnor som vill ge oss något nyskapande på duken. Vi vill ta reda på vad som kommer - vi vill se in i framtiden.

Stray Dog Video Festival
Belfast, Northern Ireland. August-September, 2004. These are the two criteria that we seek. We at Stray Dog Video Festival will look at the strengths of your work and not its failings. The quality of the theme, depth of performances, ability to use video as a tool. Whether you are an individual or a group. We welcome submissions from Ireland and Worldwide. Aged 7 or 70 if you wish to create we want to experience and share. All tapes to be VHS. All material used in your video must be original, music, images and all items that come under copyright law must be original , owned or granted to you if you wish to submit your video.

International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart
The 12th International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart will be taking place from 1st to 6th April 2004. Sections: International Competition, Student film competition 'Young Animation', Children´s film competition 'Tricks for Kids', Best of Animation, Panorama International, Tribute 'In Persona', Feature Animation, Animated Clips, Workshops, Presentation of film schools and studios.Competitive and non-competive sections. No fee.

Date: all year long- dead line: 1st dec/1st mar/ 1st jul/1st sept carries the most cutting edge and most eclectic range of material on the web with a distinct and original visual sense and fashion edge. ...An open Call for open minds; want moving image submissions. The only criteria is that they should be no shorter than 3 seconds and not longer than 3 minutes. 3 is the magic number. We are looking for people's ideas not track record, we are interested if you are picking up a camera for the first time or are a Hollywood legend already. We accept submissions via e-mail or post in either digital or tape formats (quicktime or MiniDV preferred). All submissions must follow the process outlined within the / clearance procedures / and must be followed or accompanied by a printed and signed submission form. Only submissions with a signed submission form will be accepted. submition form:

DEADLINE 10th September. VideoLisboa is back! Beyond the Soundbyte From 19-30 November 2003.
Features: Video Competitions - recent productions from around the world, CD-Rom, Internet and DVD projects Retrospectives, School presentations, Live Events. visit and download forms:

Vienna Shorts
Our aim is to provide a forum for those creatives of the independent, no-bugdet and amateur short film, who are hardly present at film festivals. Our aim is to offer alternative point of views to a young audience.
Accepted formats: DVD, miniDV
Please contact us:

Wildscreen 2004
Date: 10/10/04-15/10/04
Wildscreen is the festival of moving images of the natural world. Panda Awards applaud excellence in wildlife & environment films & TV prod. including IMAX. 1-Week fest has seminars, masterclasses, training workshops, networking, socials and Awards. For full entry requirement details and contact details visit the Wildscreen website.

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Eilat International Film Festival
Date: April 6-9, 2005
An intenational competitve film festival to be held in the world famous resort city of Eilat, israel. The festival categories are full length feature films from any country and any language and childrens films.
Entry contact details:
Administrative offices: 1 Ben Yosef St., Apt # 17
Tel-Aviv 69122
Telephone: +972-3-7329954

Asia Image/BANFF Television Festival

The Sydney Film Festival
THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL was founded in 1954 by a group of film enthusiasts at Sydney University. Subsequently the Festival has significantly increased in size and reputation to become one of Australia's most prestigious and highly-respected film festivals. The Sydney Film Festival is dedicated to exploring the art of film and the sheer joy of going to the movies. Don't miss the Sydney Film Festival - it's an exciting and challenging event, reflecting our changing preoccupations and passions.
Sydney Film Festival is now accepting submissions for 2003. Our 50th festival, a showcase of the world's best cinema - around 160 new features, documentaries and shorts - will run from 6 to 20 June 2003.

The New Zealand Film Festivals
The New Zealand Film Festival is a charitable trust established in 1996 by the New Zealand Federation of Film Societies.
THE AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Founded in 1970 as a component of the Auckland Festival, the Auckland International Film Festival in time became a fund-raising event subsidising live arts. Rescued from this role by the intervention of the Federation of Film Societies in 1984, the 30th Festival in 1998 achieved an audience of 86,500.
THE WELLINGTON FILM FESTIVAL was inaugurated with seven films in 1972 to supplement the meagre options of Wellington filmgoers. In 1999 those options were not at all meagre, but the Festival continued to grow, showing 120 programmes to audiences in excess of 65,000. The Festival has a long tradition of supporting New Zealand filmmakers. The main venue is the magnificent Embassy Theatre and the Festival has played a major role in the theatre's rehabilitation and continuing refurbishment.

The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
The late Ogawa Shinsuke made films for many years based in Magino village, Kaminoyama City, Yamagata Prefecture and played a founding role in the establishment of the Festival. His contribution is still a grounding force in the running of each festival. The presentation of the Ogawa Shinsuke Prize (since 1993), given to an outstanding Asian documentarist is in recognition of his particular interest in supporting and nurturing Asian artists. As we look towards the 8th YAMAGATA International Documentary Film Festival scheduled in 2003, we hope once again it will become a place of much enjoyment for the directors from many countries and the people of Yamagata City. We look forward to seeing you there.
YAMAGATA International Documentary Film Festival 2003: October 10-16, 2003. International Competition closes March 31, 2003

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Festival of the Dhow Countries (Africa)
The 6th Festival of the Dhow Countries, East Africa’s largest cultural event, will take place in Zanzibar from 28th June – 12th July 2003, in magnificent, historical venues along the waterfront of Stone Town. The festival celebrates the unique cultural heritage of the "Dhow" countries: the African continent and the Indian Ocean region and their global Diaspora. Established in 1998 as the Zanzibar International Film Festival, The Festival of the Dhow Countries now promotes an extensive programme of Films, Music & Performing Arts, Women's events, Children's Panorama, Workshops & Seminars, Exhibitions and Mini-Festivals in villages throughout the Zanzibar islands of Unguja & Pemba.

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