Calls for Submission


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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Open City Documentary Fesitval

We're looking for the most exciting and innovative non-fiction storytelling in short, mid-length and feature length documentaries as well as cross-platform projects.

Open City Documentary Festival creates an open space to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers, and over 4,000 people attended last year's festival to enjoy some of the very best in contemporary and international documentary. Submit your film now for your chance to be a part of London's documentary festival.

Deadline: May 7
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2018 Womens Film Challenge

Female filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit their short fiction and non-fiction films. The films must be 7 minutes or under, with one or more above-the-line woman (producer, director or writer) involved in the production. No premiere status required.

The films are juried by an esteemed industry panel. The top 5 documentary and the top 5 narrative films will be deemed the finalists and are eligible to win a total of $35K in cash and prizes. The finalist films will premiere as the red carpet headline event at the Audience Awards Film Festival in Downtown Los Angeles at LA Live, Regal Cinema on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Deadline: May 8
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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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Austin Film Festival

Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of storytelling by inspiring and championing the work of writers, filmmakers, and all artists who use written and visual language to tell a story.


In addition to an 8 day film festival and 4 day Conference, we offer Year Round Events, a Young Filmmakers Program, a TV show, Radio show, Podcast and more!

Deadline: May 25
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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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Beirut International Women Film Festival

Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) is an annual event organized in Beirut by Beirut Film Society, under the theme “Women Empowerment”; gathering filmmakers and cinema lovers from all over the world, BWFF tackles issues such gender equality, sexual identity, domestic violence among others through the power of the lens and cinema which is the window to society and particularly women in this case.

Deadline: May 31
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LA Live and Rising Above Film Festival

Two Festivals. One mission. LA LIVE FILM FESTIVAL’s mission is to provide a festival where filmmakers are treated with respect and given opportunities that empower the filmmaker’s career while being showcased at the most prestigious location in Los Angeles, Regal Cinemas at LA LIVE. We strive to do things differently than other festivals and part of how we do this is the way we market the selected films. We believe that helping others is the only way to operate and want filmmakers that also have this mindset, so we cultivate a working community in Hollywood that will continue to extend past the festival.

We are fortunate again this year to have our sister top-tier woman’s empowerment festival, RISING ABOVE FEST, join us. Rising Above was created by multi-award winning Producer/Actress/Writer Summer Moore and features projects that “rise above” obstacles and challenges and empower the audience with a message. In 2017, many press venues were in attendance, including “Huffington Post.” As we strive to help advance women in film, we welcome film’s to submit that are Produced by, Written by, or Directed by women.

Deadline: June 1
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Roswell Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Festival

The ROSWELL SCIENCE FICTION and FANTASY Film Festival is the only film making festival dedicated to bringing artist's visions of the universe to the UFO capital of the world. It provides a venue for independent SCI-FI/FANTASY filmmakers to get their films screened as well as network with some of the best independent short and feature-length genre filmmakers in the world.

Deadline: June
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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