Calls for Submission


The Napa Valley Film Festival

The Napa Valley Film Festival showcases an outstanding presentation of independent filmmaking, while also building a strong sense of community around the art of visual storytelling. Film screenings and networking events are accompanied by the world-class food and wine of stunning Napa Valley, fueling lively conversations amongst artists and audience.

Deadline: April 6
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Colorado International Activism Film Festival

We welcome both documentary and fictional projects that promote positive messages related to Activism. Music videos are free to submit! Please be sure your submissions are relevant to the theme of Activism.

We will award Best Music Video. For films, we will award Best in Show, Best Animation/Titles, Best Music/Soundtrack, Best Cinematography & Best Acting. Depending on the number and type of submissions we receive, we'll hope to provide additional awards along with recognition for writing, music videos and songs, and photos.

Deadline: April 14
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Borderlands Film Festival

As the film industry continues to expand in the great Southwest, meeting the multicultural needs of those who call the area home becomes a growing topic of conversation. Enter the Borderlands Film Festival, a multi-city celebration bringing the best in independent films from around the world, with an emphasis on female-driven, Spanish language, and US Military-produced projects.

Brought to you by a creative team of directors with years of film festival running experience, the Borderlands Film Festival (BFF) aims to champion great independent filmmakers who would otherwise not have the chance for a prestigious public screening of their work. What sets it apart from other festivals of its kind is that it will be presented in multiple cities throughout the southwest for maximum exposure.

Deadline: April 15
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The Eve Film Festival

The Eve Film Festival (EFF) showcases and supports work by women in film. We provide a forum for women from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and stages in their careers to present and celebrate their art. We strive to create a space for audiences and filmmakers from all areas to come together and share ideas, build a community, and honour the creations presented at our festival. We screen all genres with the idea that diversity in styles and voices is what inspires filmmaking to be a perpetually evolving form. This community aims to be welcoming and inclusive to all people who are brought together by film - everyone is welcome to enjoy the wonderful work we present!

Deadline: April 15
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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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Hollywood New Directors

At Hollywood New Directors, we celebrate filmmakers who challenge the conventional way of filmmaking and aim to discover new talents whose works are bold, daring, and reinvent and push the frontier of cinema. 

Hollywood New Directors focuses on films made by new directors of all backgrounds, with unique vision and fresh voices. The mission of the festival is to create exposure for bold and daring creative works that might otherwise go unnoticed, and bring them onto the big screen in Hollywood.

Deadline: April 28
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DOC LA [Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival]

Presented by the esteemed Parajanov-Vartanov Institute, DOC LA [Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival] will screen and award outstanding films by students, emerging auteurs, and established masters, especially those that our city’s other important festivals overlook. We want Angelinos to have an opportunity to see great examples of World and American cinema, and to bring the students and the master filmmakers together to inspire and learn from one another. DOC LA furthers the mission of the annual Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Awards established in 2010.

Deadline: April 29
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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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Women Behind Television & Film Festival

Women Behind Television & Film (WBTF Fest) believes that media in our society can be reshaped to have a stronger positive impact if we empower more women to work in the medium, take part in ownership of the industry, and educate the consumer on these issues. WBTF Fest wants to shine a light on women being overlooked for jobs with the lack of equal opportunity that is given in the Film and TV industry and create conversations and opportunities for women to develop an industry that has equal opportunity.

Deadline: May 1
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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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FutureFemme Screenwriters Prize

A FutureFemme is someone who doesn’t ask for permission.
A FutureFemme knows her worth, her value, and her goals.
A FutureFemme doesn’t need anyone to open doors for her.
A FutureFemme doesn’t take no for an answer.
A FutureFemme ignores an irrelevant establishment.
A FutureFemme creates iconic, inspirational content on no one’s terms but her own.

FutureFemme make movies.
FutureFemme make history.

Are you a FutureFemme? Submit your screenplay today.

Work will be judged by a panel of over 20 industry professionals, and each screenplay you enter will be provided with one page of valuable script coverage.

The top award winner will be invited to join the paid staff of our FutureFemmeTV writers’ room for a 3-month fixed-term contract.

Deadline: May 30
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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