Calls for Submission

Fifteenth Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest

The mission of the American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest is to find and promote new and innovative voices in cinema. Every script is read closely by a select handful of professional readers, and Francis Ford Coppola selects a grand prize–winner from among the top ten finalists. The grand prize–winner receives a cash prize, and the scripts of all top ten finalists are sent by Zoetrope to leading production companies and talent agencies for consideration.

Early Deadline: August 31
Final Deadline: September 15



National Film Registry Nominations

Women in Film & Video continues its multi-year initiative to have more women-made films included in the National Film Registry housed at the Library of Congress.  Although women have been involved with movies since the movie camera was invented, their work is severely underrepresented in this national collection.

The Library of Congress maintains the National Film Registry to honor “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films” that are at least 10 years old at the time of their inclusion in the Registry.  The selected films are “works of enduring significance to American Culture.”  More information about the National Film Registry can be found here.

Public Nominations for 2017 will be accepted until September 15, 2017.  You may recommend up to 50 titles per year through the Library of Congress’ online nomination form.

Deadline: September 15


Atlanta Film Festival

The Call for the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival film entries is open! From April 13 to April 22, 2018, we will be celebrating our 42nd anniversary and we need your help to make it our best yet.

Last year, we received over 6,000 film submissions from more than 120 countries across all 6 populated continents (sorry, Antarctica). Out of approximately 200 films that play ATLFF each year, roughly 80% - 85% come from submissions! In programming next year's festival, we are looking for groundbreaking works in narrative and documentary features and short films, animations, experimental films, puppetry films, music videos, virtual reality films, episodic pilots and family friendly features.

Deadline: September 28



Newport Beach Film Festival

Celebrating its 19th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) annually showcases over 350 films from 50 countries and attracts over 50,000 attendees, making it one of Southern California’s longest running and largest film events. NBFF is also recognized as one of the leading film festivals in the world by Variety as host of their annual ‘10 Cinematographers to Watch’ event and has been named a ‘Film Festival Worth the Entry Fee’ by Movie Maker Magazine.

Deadline: September 29


2018 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF)

The thirteenth-annual festival will screen in Seattle, Washington in early 2018. We're looking forward to this year's excellent submissions from around the world, and wanted to let you know about it too!

From now through September 30, MoPOP, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), is encouraging original and creative science fiction and fantasy film submissions 15 minutes or shorter in length* for the festival. Submissions will be judged based on originality, quality, artistic merit, innovation, voice, style and narrative.

We're looking for animated or live-action submissions in science fiction (examples: futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia) and fantasy (examples: sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, mythic adventure). We welcome submissions that step outside the boundaries of reality and inspire a sense of wonder.

A nationally recognized panel of distinguished film, television, literature, and science fiction industry professionals, peers and film critics will review qualifying submissions and determine the winners.

Submissions are accepted through
Deadline: September 30

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Jaipur International Film Festival - JIFF 2018

JIFF has provided a new platform to filmmakers from all over the world where they meet each other and try to find opportunities to jump their borders and get together to collaborate with one another for making films. The ‘Co-Production Meet’ during the festival has played a very significant role in establishing Jaipur as the capital of the world cinema. (from SUJAS magazine, published by Government of Rajasthan).

Deadline: October 15


Tribeca Film Festival

A platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment, Tribeca supports emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers, curates innovative and interactive experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through panels, premieres, exhibitions, and live performance. Feature films invited to participate in the TFF18 will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion. Read the complete rules and regulations.    

Feature-length (40 minutes or longer) narrative and documentary films that have not screened publicly in the New York region prior to TFF18 are eligible. Submitted films cannot have had ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution or exhibition before January 1, 2017.   

Deadline: October 18


Mirror Mountain Film Festival

Mirror Mountain Film Festival brings the best in independent and alternative cinema to Canada’s capital. Mirror Mountain is an inclusive festival that welcomes all types of films and all types of people to share in the collective cinema experience. In addition to film screenings, our festival features live performances, parties, panel discussions, Q&A sessions and more.

Deadline: October 28


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


Albuquerque Creative’s Survey

How is Albuquerque's creative economy doing? This survey from the Downtown Arts & Cultural District aims to find out, and if you or someone you know is a creative / owns a creative business in the area...please consider giving your feedback! Take the survey: