Calls for Submission

Call for Entries: 5th Annual Shoot NM Pilot Project Competition
Do you have a great idea for a TV show, set in Santa Fe? Submit your 60-90 second sizzle/trailer to the 5th Annual Shoot Santa Fe Pilot Project to win a package of goods and services! Produced by Shoot New Mexico. Previous winners include “T@gged,” a digital web series now in it’s third season having been picked up and funded to the tune of $4,500,000!

Deadline: February 9th
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2018 New Mexico Actors Showcase
New Mexico has talented actors and the New Mexico Film Foundation is providing this opportunity to showcase their abilities. We are presenting the New Mexico Actors Showcase, a live audition/performing arts event. New Mexico actors have the chance to perform an audition live on stage with a director in front of an audience.

Submissions are now open. Submit a 2 minute video audition, And upload it to Youtube, Vimeo or some other video sharing platform. Place yourself in one of 5 categories. Submissions end February 28, 2018 at 5:00pm. We will select 5 actors from each category to appear on stage at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque on March 24.

Deadline: February 28
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The Writers Lab
Member Submission Fee: $35.00 (NYWIFT, other WIF chapters, and WGA members)
(Members of other Women in Film chapters must provide proof of membership via a letter from their chapter’s staff or Board President.) The Lab is an intensive four-day script development retreat for women screenwriters over 40. Meeting one on one and in panels with outstanding female film professionals, as well as in peer groups and directed discussion sessions, talented writers examine and refine their work while building a unique and powerful community.

Deadline: February 28
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New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase
The New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase is a yearly juried competition is open to all New Mexico filmmakers and there is no fee to submit your film. The winners of the showcase will be announced at our Awards Ceremony on May 19th, 2018 at the National Hispanic Cultural Arts Center and the winning films will be screened at the 2018 NM Film & Media Industry Conference in the fall. This year's categories are: Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Horror, Fantasy, Music Video, Sci-fi and Student (if you have a web series you can enter an episode into the genre that best suits your project). There will also be awards for the Best in Show, Wild Card (the highest scoring film that isn't a finalist) and the Audience Award based on the public's votes in our online gallery of films.

Deadline: March 15
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2018 Desert Light Film Competition Call for Entries to New Mexico Students
The Desert Light Film Festival organizers announce the 2018 Desert Light Film Festival will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018, in Alamogordo, New Mexico.   Thanks to the financial support of TDS, our local cable, phone, and internet company, Desert Light Film Festival will host its 15th Festival and competition.  This competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their work, compete for prizes, and participate in seminars designed for young filmmakers. Desert Light is open to all New Mexico high school and middle school students, including students who attend public, private or charter schools, or who are home schooled. Categories include drama/comedy, animation, music video, documentary, experimental film, and 30-second commercial. The criteria for all categories include production quality, creativity and originality, resourcefulness and entertainment value. Films are submitted and judged in either the high school or middle school division.

Deadline: March 16
To Submit: contact K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison at or Joan Griggs at


The Different Faces, Different Voices Film Festival
The Different Faces, Different Voices Film Festival (DFDV) invites filmmakers from around the globe to tell the stories that often go untold in current cinema and television. These films must feature a woman as one of the central characters and must have at least one woman in a creative leadership role – producer; writer; director; main actor; editor. They also must be based on one of the 100 loglines the festival team has created. Sign up and we send you the loglines – you then choose one and email it to us at Films must be 10 minutes or under in length.  Each team has until April 8th to submit.  Many awards are offered for the winners including the Diversity and Beyond the Bechdel Test Awards. Any active member of WIF or WIFV will receive a 20% discount if they enter a code provided by their Chapter.

Deadine: April 20
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The 14th Annual New York Television Festival is Now Accepting Submissions
The NYTVF is like no other Festival in the world: offering indie creators year-round opportunities to submit, providing unprecedented access to TV and digital buyers and decision-makers, and awarding development opportunities with networks and platforms including Hulu, Bento Box Entertainment, Comedy Central, IFC, TBS, truTV, and many more! 

In 2018, the NYTVF is accepting submissions for both the Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) and NYTVF Scripts. Looking to submit your produced TV pilot? Submit to the Independent Pilot Competition, the NYTVF’s flagship, annual initiative, accepting independently-produced, original television pilots and series, short films, and short-form web series from around the globe. The final deadline is May 1, 2018. 

Are you an aspiring TV writer? NYTVF Scripts is accepting original comedy and drama series pilot scripts from around the world for consideration by broadcast, cable, and digital buyers. The NYTVF Scripts submission period will begin on March 7, 2018. 

Deadline: May 1, 2018
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London Feminist Film Festival
The London Feminist Film Festival is an independent festival set up in 2012, which celebrates international feminist films past and present. We firmly believe in the potential of filmmaking as feminist activism and as an agent of social change.

In the patriarchal filmmaking industry, the LFFF's mission is to open up a space for women filmmakers to share their stories and showcase their talents. We aspire to offer a diverse programme of feminist films from all over the world, of different genres, both fiction and non-fiction, short and feature length.

Deadline: May 15
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Aesthetica Short Film Festival
Submissions are now open for the 8th BAFTA-Recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). ASFF is looking for practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of film forward. The festival provides a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their work to a wider audience. ASFF accepts submissions from across 11 genres including: Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video or Thriller. Running time 30 minutes. New to 2018, ASFF will also accept submissions in Narrative and Documentary Feature Films, over 60 minutes. In addition, filmmakers working on Virtual and Augmented Reality projects are also invited to submit, to explore game changing forms of storytelling.

Deadline: May 31
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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