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The Pan African Film Festival

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Did you know each year a transformation happens in Los Angeles, CA? People from around the globe gather to attend the largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the United States. From 100 million dollar blockbuster premieres to newly emerging Hollywood talent, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) showcases a broad array of Black creative works from the world over, highlighting those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. Nowhere else can audiences find this unique opportunity to come together through film and art to explore new worlds, meet new people and acquire new information and ideas.

PAFF is designated as an official qualifying film festival for narrative live action and animated short films for the Academy of Motion Picture [...]








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Logo of Brussels Short Film Festival
Published: 10 Jul 2019
Film festival
 Has submission fees
Short films



Brussels Short Film Festival

Deadline: 26 Jan 2020

Call for entries

OSCAR Qualifiers

International Festival

Short film festival

Brussels Short Film Festival is an exhibition intended for cinema lovers, both audience and professionals. The purpose is to promote and circulate short films and to generate contacts between audience, young directors and professionals.

Since 2018, the winner of the Great Prize of the International competition will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film/ Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

 Fiction  Documentary  Animation  Experimental



Brussels, Belgium



 
 
 
 
Logo of Morbido Film Fest
Published: 02 Jul 2019
Film festival
 Has submission fees
Short films
Feature films



Morbido Film Fest

Deadline: 01 Sep 2019

Call for entries

MELIES Qualifiers

International Festival

Short film festival

Feature film festival

MORBIDO FILM FEST 2020 
CALL FOR ENTRIES
A DIFFERENT REALITY - A DIFFERENT SKIN

An uncertain future makes it crystal clear that the flexibility to adapt is key for survival. In those terms, Morbido 2020 will have a hybrid identity. The festival will take place on the pay tv channel Morbido TV, online, a drive-in and hopefully in theaters, fully respecting the sanitary guidelines of Mexico City.

Because of the pandemic and the present sanitary restrictions we will not be able to host international nor national guests but we underline that all our screenings will be accompanied by Q/A Sessions with the filmmakers in our selection. These sessions will be broadcast on Morbido TV and its app during the festival.

SHORT FILM SELECTION / Pay TV + Online
31st Oct through 06 Nov

 [...]

 Fiction  Documentary  Animation  Fantastic  Terror  Experimental



Mexico DF, Mexico



 
 
 

 
Logo of Gijon International Film Festival
Published: 16 Jun 2019
Film festival
 Has submission fees
Short films
Feature films



Gijon International Film Festival

Deadline: 13 Sep 2019

Call for entries

OSCAR Qualifiers

International Festival

Short film festival

Feature film festival

GIJÓN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (FICX), aims to showcase a wide and varied selection of auteur cinema currently being produced worldwide and especially focused on innovative films and emerging filmmakers. High quality, personal, young in its shape, edgy and independent cinema at a creative level. During its selection process, the Festival will prioritise those works of interest that have their World, International, European or Spanish premiere at FICX.

Acknowledged as “Specialized Festival” by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association)

 Fiction  Documentary  Animation  Fantastic  Terror  Other  Experimental



Gijón, Spain



 
 
 
 
Logo of 中国国际新媒体短片节 - China International New Media Short Film Festival
Published: 14 Jun 2019
Film festival
Does NOT have submission fees
Short films



中国国际新媒体短片节 - China International New Media Short Film Festival

Deadline: 15 Sep 2019

Call for entries

HIGHLIGHTED

International Festival

Short film festival

Founded in 2010, China International New Media Short Film Festival (hereinafter referred to as “CSFF”) is the only nationally-recognized international short film festival in China, which is hosted by National Radio and Television Administration and Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government, and organized by Guangming District People’s Government of Shenzhen Municipality and Shenzhen Media Group. The mission and objectives of CSFF are to encourage the creation of outstanding new media short films across the globe, to seek and support young film and television talents, to incubate high-quality film and television creative projects, to promote the integrated development of Film & Television Industry and New Media Industry, and to enhance cultural communication, exchange, and [...]

 Fiction  Documentary  Animation  Fantastic  Terror  Other  Experimental  Music Video



Shenzhen, China




 
Logo of The Pan African Film Festival
Published: 12 Jun 2019
Film festival
 Has submission fees
Short films
Feature films



The Pan African Film Festival

Deadline: 20 Dec 2019

Call for entries

OSCAR Qualifiers

International Festival

Short film festival

Feature film festival

Did you know each year a transformation happens in Los Angeles, CA? People from around the globe gather to attend the largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the United States. From 100 million dollar blockbuster premieres to newly emerging Hollywood talent, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) showcases a broad array of Black creative works from the world over, highlighting those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. Nowhere else can audiences find this unique opportunity to come together through film and art to explore new worlds, meet new people and acquire new information and ideas.

PAFF is designated as an official qualifying film festival for narrative live action and animated short films for the Academy of Motion Picture [...]

 Fiction  Documentary  Animation  Fantastic  Terror  Other  Experimental  Music Video



Los Angeles, United States



 
 
 
 
Logo of Morbido Film Fest
Published: 12 Jun 2019
Film festival
 Has submission fees
Short films
Feature films



Mórbido Film Fest

Deadline: 01 Sep 2019

Call for entries

MELIES Qualifiers

International Festival

Short film festival

Feature film festival

MORBIDO FILM FEST 2020 
CALL FOR ENTRIES
A DIFFERENT REALITY - A DIFFERENT SKIN

An uncertain future makes it crystal clear that the flexibility to adapt is key for survival. In those terms, Morbido 2020 will have a hybrid identity. The festival will take place on the pay tv channel Morbido TV, online, a drive-in and hopefully in theaters, fully respecting the sanitary guidelines of Mexico City.

Because of the pandemic and the present sanitary restrictions we will not be able to host international nor national guests but we underline that all our screenings will be accompanied by Q/A Sessions with the filmmakers in our selection. These sessions will be broadcast on Morbido TV and its app during the festival.

SHORT FILM SELECTION / Pay TV + Online
31st Oct through 06 Nov

 [...]

 Fiction  Documentary  Animation  Fantastic  Terror  Other  Experimental  Music Video



Mexico DF, Mexico



 
 
 

 
Logo of Cinequest Film & VR Festival
Published: 02 Jun 2019
Film festival
 Has submission fees
Short films
Feature films



Cinequest Film & VR Festival

Deadline: 15 Nov 2019

Call for entries

OSCAR Qualifiers

International Festival

Short film festival

Feature film festival

Cinequest was voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. Cinequest programs 85-90% of its festival from paid submissions annually, the highest percentage of the world's most influential film festivals.

"I think the most important thing about Cinequest is it's definitely the first time I've ever come to a festival where my immediate reaction is, 'What do I have to do to be invited back?' and that's not normally my reaction. It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place." - Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner

Cinequest Film & VR Festival (CQFF) in San Jose / Silicon Valley: Set in the home of the world’s most influential media technology companies (Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, LinkedIn, Occulus etc.) CQFF showcases premier films, renowned and emerging [...]

 Fiction  Documentary  Animation  Fantastic  Terror  Other  Experimental  Music Video



San Jose, United States



 
 
 
 
Logo of Slamdance Film Festival
Published: 21 May 2019
Film festival
 Has submission fees
Short films
Feature films



Slamdance Film Festival

Deadline: 10 Oct 2019

Call for entries

OSCAR Qualifiers

International Festival

Short film festival

Feature film festival

ABOUT SLAMDANCE

The Slamdance Film Festival is a showcase for raw and innovative filmmaking that lives and bleeds by its mantra: By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers. Slamdance has created a track record for showcasing breakthrough artists that is beyond dispute. Filmmakers who first presented their work at the festival are now amongst the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Alumni who have shown their early short films and debut features at Slamdance include Rian Johnson (Knives Out), Ari Aster (Midsommar), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball), The Russo Brothers (Avengers: Endgame), Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Lena Dunham (Girls), Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), Lynn Shelton (Little Fires Everywhere) and Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk).

"Of all the Sundance myths that [...]

 Fiction  Documentary  Animation  Fantastic  Terror  Other  Experimental  Music Video



Los Angeles, United States



 
 
 

 
Logo of IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival
Published: 21 May 2019
Film festival
 Has submission fees
Short films



IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival

Deadline: 01 Apr 2020

Call for entries

OSCAR Qualifiers

International Festival

Short film festival

IN THE PALACE is an established international festival dedicated to short films, new media and digital arts up to 27 minutes in length.

The main purpose of the Festival is to present and promote the contemporary short film art form from Bulgaria, Europe, and the rest of the world. IN THE PALACE is an Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) Label holder, a Student Academy Award® Qualifying Festival, and an Academy Award®/Oscar® Qualifying Festival for shorts in the categories of Best Animation, Best Fiction and Best National Film.

17th IN THE PALACE will take place on 27 February – 03 March 2021 in Festival and Congress Center-Varna in the beautiful seaside city of Varna.

The program will consist of the following main components:

• International and national, [...]

 Fiction  Documentary  Animation  Fantastic  Terror  Other  Experimental  Music Video



Sofia, Bulgaria



 
 
 
 
Logo of Mecal Pro,  23rd Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival
Published: 07 May 2019
Film festival
 Has submission fees
Short films



Mecal Pro, 23º Festival Internacional De Cortometrajes Y Animación De Barcelona

Deadline: 15 Dec 2019

Call for entries

GOYA Qualifiers

International Festival

Short film festival

Mecal Pro, the Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival, will celebrate its 23rd edition. With more than 5,000 short films submitted annually, Mecal has become one of the most important festivals of its field in Spain. Due to its international scope and quality programming, Mecal regularly benefits from grants awarded by various Spanish public cultural institutions.

Mecal is strongly committed to promoting the exhibition and dissemination of audiovisual creations in the short format, not only with the public, but also in having creators and distributors meet through different activities. Mecal is also devoted to foster emerging talent, by holding events and awards specially aimed at young creators. In this sense, it also works as a short film dissemination [...]

 Fiction  Documentary  Animation  Fantastic  Terror  Other  Experimental  Music Video



Barcelona, Spain