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FESTIVALEXPRESS: Helping Film Festivals Connect With The Industry

FESTIVALEXPRESS is the new, free submission tool for festival organizers worldwide to connect with filmmakers and the film industry.

For twelve years, we have been working with leading and emerging film festivals around the world to help them promote their events and to attract filmmaker and industry interest. Drawing from the millions of film industry professionals (filmmakers, distributors, sales agents, programmers, critics) who regularly log on to and, you can get unprecedented access to a worldwide audience as you announce your Call for Entries and coordinate your film submissions procedures.

FESTIVALEXPRESS can assist film festivals to attract more international film submissions by following a very simple set of guidelines:

--Register your Film Festival in our database 

--If you are already registered, uppdate the information in your festival record, including your dates for this year or next year, your program sections, awards or cash prizes and links to your own websites

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  • Under the top field "Festival Sections", define your sections seperated by commas
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  • After you have updated your information, simply select Yes for the field "Submission accepted on".  See examples below.













You are ready to receive submissions.



  • To manage the submissions, use your festival back-office
  • To do so, first click on "My Blog" on the left column.







  • Then select your festival record


  • Check the tab "Films submissions status" of your festival information.






  • Submitted films start with the status Submitted. It is up to you to then "Accept" them by simply changing the film status.
  • Once paid (or if the festival submission is free) change the status to "Payed". The filmmaker will be advised of the changes.
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Also remember that FEST21 provides you with an international audience to not only attract film submissions but to promote the films, personalities, special events and award winners that you will showcase at your event. With a wide international audience of filmmakers, industry professionals, festival programmers, film critics and film buffs, your FEST21 blog allows you to effectively promote the uniqueness of your event, with original editorial content, exclusive photos and videos. 


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Madeira Film Festival

Submissions open!!! Accommodation provided in a 3,4 or 5 star hotel for up yo 7 nights for a nominal fee of 120 Euros.


Call for Submissions


The People's Film Festival (TPFF) is currently accepting film submissions. 


The People's Film Festival will occur on May 31 – June 1, 2013 in New York City.  It is comprised of film screenings, panel discussions, and The People's Awards, which celebrates the winners in each film category. The festival will showcase the work of emerging, producers, videographers and filmmakers reflecting both traditional and avant-garde style films on one screen. 

We're looking for narratives, features, shorts and documentaries films with an emphasis on films that integrate multiple digital platforms using today's new media & technology.  Last year we’ve included an outlet for films about the Worldwide Occupy Wall St Movement (WWOWS) and this year we will continue that category.

The deadlines to submit U.S. & international films for the 2013 The People's Film Festival are as follows:

Submission Deadlines:


Early Submission Deadline:

Film must be postmarked by December 21, 2012

$25 for films 30 minutes or less

$30 for films over 30 minutes


Regular Film Submission Deadline:

Film must be postmarked by, February 1, 2013

$35 for films 30 minutes or less

$45 for films over 30 minutes


Late Film Submission Deadline:

Film must be postmarked by February 20, 2013

$50 for films 30 minutes or less

$60 for films over 30 minutes


For film submissions and information, please go to


Our 2011 Best Narrative Feature
Winner, (HELLO LONESOME) was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for Best First Feature under $500,000.  Way to go, Adam Reid!  PTFF alumni frequently earn great distinction in the industry, including Academy Award-winner Zana Briski (BORN INTO BROTHELS); PTFF Best Documentary Award-winner Linda Hattendorf (THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI) who proceeded to win over 15 additional awards; and J.J. Kelly (PADDLE TO SEATTLE). 

We think Donovan Cook sums up what filmmakers feel about PTFF:  "Your festival is what a filmmaker dreams about when they are killing themselves to make a film."  Says John Will, producer of THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS, writes, "Thanks so much for an amazing time, can't wait to come back with my next movie!"  He shared a sneak preview of his film, now in
general theatrical release.


  • Feature length narrative films: more than 40 minutes long  
  • Feature length documentaries: more than 40 minutes long
  • Shorts in any genre: up to 40 minutes long      


      You are submitting to a competitive program. If selected, your film will be eligible for one or more of the following awards:  
    • Best Narrative Feature  ("Hello Lonesome" 2011)
    • Best Documentary Feature  ("How to Die In Oregon" 2011)
    • Best Narrative Short  ("Pioneer" 2011)
    • Best Documentary Short ("With My Own Two Wheels" 2011)
    • Cinematic Excellence ("Inuk" 2011)
    • Audience Choice in all categories

      Click here>
      to see the 2011 Awards


Submit two (2) DVDs of your film  

  • NTSC format (not PAL) Region 1 or 0  
  • English or English subtitles      
  • DVD+RW and DVD-RW are NOT acceptable. Submitted DVDs will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed and PREPAID envelope. Please DO NOTsubmit Works in Progress.


    Regular Deadline

  • March 15, 2012  Features $45 / Shorts $30

Late Deadline

  • April 15, 2012  Features $60 / Shorts $40 

WAB Final Deadline

  • May 1, 2012  Features $85 / Shorts $60

WAB Discount: $5 off all fees for projects submitted via WAB, plus a $15 WAB Discount on Final Deadline.

entries finished

The Call for entries has now finished.


We have made our decisions and the programme for the 8th development filmdays - which focuse - on Ethiopia stands.


Get yourself an overview and watch the six finalists at the filmdays in Linz, Gmunden and St. Poelten (Austria) from 7th to 16th of November. Among are Haile Gerima´s TEZA and Adwa, Yemane Demissie´s "Twilight Revelations - Haile Selassie" or
Daniel Taye Workou´s "Menged".

Visit our Website for further details:


Now accepting film submissions for the 15th annual LA Shorts Fest 2011. The Festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Award winners are eligible for Academy nomination. The Festival boasts an outstanding past record of 37 Academy Award-nominated films, including 11 Oscar winners.

Call for entries

International Film Festival, 4-10


Submission deadline for
both categories: 20 June 2010.


 This year Pécs (Hungary) is the European Capital of Culture
in 2010. One of the most important events in the series of programs is the 2nd
CinePécs International Film Festival, held between 4-10 October 2010. The
festival presents the latest feature and documentary films of the Central and
Southeast European regions

In the competition program the festival accepts the first, the second or the third feature
and documentary film of the directors that were completed after 1 January 2009 in the countries of Central and Southeast

Prizes of CinePécs
International Film Festival:

 EUR 6000 for the Best
Feature film

EUR 4000 for the best
Documentary film

 The best of the films left out of the
competition will be screened in the Information
section, films dealing with special thematic topics will be presented in the Focus section, and Hungarian films will
be shown in further off-programs.


DVDs with
English subtitles must be sent to the following address until 20 June 2010:


See the homepage: CinePécs International Film Festival

call for entries now open

The Call for Entries is now open for the 3rd annual Taos Shortz Film Fest....

We are dedicated to featuring quality,  juried  short films from around the globe. We would like to bring your adventure of creativity to our film fest...
Have a tale to tell?  A secret to reveal?  A truth that screams to be heard? 

We are accepting submissions of a grabbag of genres:

animation, comedy fiction, dramatic fiction, documentary,  experimental

Please visit for complete details




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