Calls for Submission

LA Indie Film Festival

The LA INDIE Film Festival is the partner festival to the well established LA COMEDY Festival, Over the years we have had the privilege to work with hundreds of filmmakers who have told wonderfully funny stories. Many have gone on to make great films in other genres.

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Deadline: November 10


San Diego Latino Film Festival

Submissions to the 25th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival are now open. SDLFF 2018 is seeking innovative, original, and thought-provoking works that are ‘by’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ the Latino community, that have been completed between 2016-2017.
Deadline: November 10
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Durango Independent Film Festival

Durango Film brings a community together with independent filmmakers for the unique opportunity to experience and discuss global, innovative, and diverse films. Durango Film accepts entries for shorts, documentaries, and feature films on all subject matter. We are committed to diversity and actively seek out LGBT films. We also have family, animated, school, adventure and Native Cinema film programs.
Deadline: November 15
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The BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Founded by award winning writer/director Gordy Hoffman in 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today, becoming one of the largest and most prestigious screenplay competitions in the world. BlueCat’s Winners and Finalists have been signed by major talent agencies like UTA, CAA and WME, sold their work to studios like Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal, and won major awards at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, all after being discovered by and winning BlueCat.
Deadline: November 19
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AFI Docs Film Festival

AFI DOCS is the nation's documentary film festival known for showcasing the best in documentary filmmaking from the US and around the world. AFI DOCS is also the only film festival in the United States that offers the unique opportunity to connect film audiences with national opinion leaders, filmmakers and intriguing film subjects. With conversations and experiences you won't experience at any other film festival, AFI DOCS harnesses the power of this important art form and its potential to inspire change.
Deadline: November 29 (Early)
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Screenwriters Stage Readings

The New Mexico Film Foundation in partnership with the New Mexico Women in Film, announces a new Stage Reading series through its Tale Writers Screenwriting program. New Mexico screenwriters will be invited to submit a variety of script formats and genres to NMFF. Our professional team will select which work will be performed by professional directors and actors. The readings, which will occur approximately every 3 months , will each have a specific format.

Submissions are now open for the spec script format. To see a list of the TV shows that you can write a spec script for, go to

Deadline: November 30
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Native American Doc Challenge

The Native American Doc Challenge is in partnership with Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and asks Native American and First Nations of Canada filmmakers to submit their short documentaries. This challenge is awarding a share of $5,500 in cash/prizes.
Deadline: December 29
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Santa Fe Network

SFN’s mission is to showcase local above-the-line talent, while also providing a platform to exhibit all kinds of content made in the Land of Enchantment. SFN embeds content hosted on Vimeo, YouTube, or any compatible video hosting service in order to offer free public access to stream content made by New Mexico media makers or projects filmed in the “Land of Enchantment.” SFN can either present the full length Media Project, or just a trailer (and a link to the full version on a 3rd party platform, like iTunes, Amazon or Netflix).

Deadline: Rolling


America Heard

America Heard is a web series of short documentary films being created by filmmakers across the nation in the wake of the 2016 election. Our goal is to feature at least one film from each of the 435 congressional districts and show the diversity of political perspectives throughout the United States. We are looking for filmmakers to create short documentary films in their community, focused on building dialogue across the country.

Deadline: Rolling