New York Film Academy (NYFA) has compiled one of the most accurate and current film festival databases available. Many of these are annual events and entry deadlines are usually one or two months prior to festival exhibition dates. Most film festivals have entry fees or other requirements for submissions and, as such filmmakers should inquire about submission guidelines before sending unsolicited work.
A short listing of film festivals around the world
For over 20 years, the AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections.
Chicago Comedy Film Festival is committed to bringing independent comedy to the screen. Their mission is to support comedy filmmaking as a vital and influential art form. Comedy allows filmmakers to explore subject matters in a way that no other genre can or will. They can say the things the audience wishes the world would say. Comedy is fearless in a fear based world.
What began as a simple one-day festival to showcase Short, Independent Horror films has now become a festival for both feature and short horror films and is known for seeing many of it’s featured films picked up for distribution.
Since its debut in October of 2004, the Eerie Horror Film Festival has become one of the most popular and respected events of its kind in the country. Each year the Eerie Horror Film Festival attracts thousands of fans, filmmakers and screenwriters to the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, for a four day celebration of independent cinema, featuring special celebrity guests, screenings and workshops.
The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.
The MiFo LGBT Film Festival is committed to inspire, entertain, and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video, and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.
NewFest is dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and audiences in the building of a community that passionately supports giving greater visibility and voice to a wide range of expressions and representations of the LGBT experience.
... The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema, is dedicated to breaking the barrier of racism by successfully replacing American Indian stereotype with recognition, new vision, arts, culture and economic prosperity by placing American Indian Filmmakers at the forefront of the entertainment industry and to introduce American Indian Filmmakers to larger, global mainstream audiences while establishing relations between the American Indian community and the entertainment industry.
The festival will serve as the nation’s premiere showcase for film and media by Taiwanese American and Taiwanese creatives. They are the go-to platform for highlighting unique voices at the intersection of Taiwan and the U.S. and to equip emerging filmmakers for their next project, no matter what size. ...
Taiwan Film Festival of Boston (TFFB) is a non-profit organization striving to bring Taiwanese stories and films to the United States and the world. Tthrough compelling stories of growth, identity, discovery, and adventure, these films transcend and illuminate culture.
Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival (TWFF) is a non-profit, culture and arts event, presenting high-quality Taiwanese films. It is also the first large non-profit event in Canada focused on promoting Taiwanese films.