The Best Film Festivals To Submit To Based on Your Film’s Genre

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This list of film festivals is broken down by the best fit for your film’s genre. Check out the best festivals to submit to for your Short Films, Documentaries, Animation Films, Women Films, Comedy Film, Experimental Films, Adventure Films, Music Films and Horror Films.

Short Film Festivals:

Flickerfest– Sydney, Australia

Jan. 9-18, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.filmfestivallife.com/Flickerfest-International-Short-Film-Festival 

Check out this trailer for the 2015 Flickerfest at Bondi Beach, where Bond meets beauty.

Edinburgh International Film Festival– Edinburgh, Scotland

November 18-29, 2015

Submission Information: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=1360

Here are the highlights from the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Mill Valley Film Festival– San Rafael, California

Opening Call for Entries Date: March 1

Submission Information: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=1223

This trailer highlights the upcoming Miller Valley Film Festival, occurring October 2015.

Interfilm Berlin Short Film Festival– Berlin, Germany

November 10-15, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.interfilm.de/en/festival2014/submit-films.html

Documentary on 30th Annual Interfilm Berlin Film Festival in 2014:

Heartland Film Festival– Indianapolis, Indiana

October 16-25, 2015

Submission Information: http://heartlandfilm.org/festival/submit/

Watch this news video of Robert Downey Jr. at the 2014 Heartland Film Festival.


Documentary Film Festivals:

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival– Durham, North Carolina

April 9-12, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.fullframefest.org/festival/submit-2/

Time Lapse Video of 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Hot Docs– Toronoto, Ontario

April 23- May 3, 2015

Submission Information:  http://www.hotdocs.ca/conference/the_doc_shop/

Festival Highlights from 2014 Hot Docs.

Sheffield Doc Fest– Sheffield, U.K.

June 5-10, 2015

Submission Information: https://sheffdocfest.com/view/submissions

Video blog from 2014 Sheffield Docfest.


True/False Film Festival– Coumbia, Missouri

March 5-8, 2015

Submission Information: http://truefalse.org/submit/features-and-shorts

Trailer for 2015 True/False Film Fest.

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam– Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 18-29, 2015

Submission Information: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=1360

 2014 promotional video for IDFA.

Animation Film Festivals:

Anima– Brussels, Belgium

February 13-22, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.animation-festivals.com/festivals/anima-brussels-cartoon-and-animation-film-festival/

Promotional video for 2014 Anima.

Melbourne International Animation Festival– Melbourne, Australia

June 2015

Submission Information: http://www.miaf.net/2014/entries.html

Trailer for Melbourne International Animation Festival 2014.

Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart– Stuttgart, Germany

May 5-10, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.itfs.de/en/festival/competitions/

Trailer for the 2015, 22nd Annual Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart.

Tricky Women Festival of Animated Films– Vienna, Austria

March 11-15, 2015

Submission Information: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=6650

2015 Tricky Women Trailer.

Ottawa International Animation Festival– Ottawa, Ontario

September 2015

Submission information: https://animationfestival.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=166&Itemid=808 

Promotional video for 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival.


Film Festivals about Women/ Women Filmmakers:

POW Fest– Portland, Oregon

March 12-15, 2015

Submission Information: http://powfest.com/submissions/

Video of featured women filmmakers in Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival.

Berlin Feminist Film Week– Berlin, Germany

March 2015

Submissions Information: http://berlinfeministfilmweek.com/submissions/

“Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” trailer, a film featured at the 2014 Berlin Feminist Film Week.

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival– Colorado Springs, Colorado

November 13-15, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.rmwfilmfest.org/submit-film-festival

Trailer from “The Barefoot Artist,” closing film from the 2014 Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival.

Brooklyn Girl Film Festival– New York City, New York

March 26-28, 2015

Submission Information: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=9971

Festival Director and filmmaker accounts from The 2014 Brooklyn Girl Film Festival.

Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival– Mumbai, India

December 2015

Submission Information: http://mwiff.com/submitshortfilm/

Trailer for “The Grand Seduction” opening film at the 2014 Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival.

Comedy Film Festivals:

Chicago Comedy Film Festival– Chicago, Illinois

October 2015

Submission Information: http://www.chicagocomedyfilmfestival.com/#!tickets/c1iwy

Red Carpet Highlights from the 2014 Chicago Comedy Film Festival. 

Comedy Cluj International Film Festival– Cluj-Napoca, Romania

October 9-18, 2015

Submission Information: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ComedyCluj

The making of Comedy Cluj 2014.

L.A. Comedy Fest– Los Angeles, California

April 23- May 3, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.lacomedyfest.com/submit/

Trailer from the 2014 L.A. Comedy Festival. 

Shärt International Comedy Film Festival– Canada

February 27-28, 2015

Submission Information: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=11754

Promotional video featuring Mr. Ulysses W. Shärt for the inaugural Shärt Film Festival.

Friars Club Comedy Film Festival– New York City, New York

April 2015

Submission Information: http://www.friarsclub.com/filmfestival/submit.html

Trailer for “Happy Sad Route” winner of 2014 Friars Club Comedy Film Festival Best Feature.


Experimental Film Festivals:

Indie Grits– Columbia, South Carolina

April 15-19, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.indiegrits.com/submit/

Recap of 2014 Indie Grits Film Festival.

Experimental Film Festival Portland– Portland, Oregon

November 2015

Submission Information: http://www.effportland.com/#!submit/cflk

 Experimental Film Festival Portland 2014 promotional video.

Revelation Perth International Film Festival– Perth, Australia

July 2-12, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.revelationfilmfest.org/call-for-entries

Promotional video for 2014 Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

 Media City Film Festival– Windsor, Ontario

July 2015

Submission Information: http://mediacityfilmfestival.com/entries/

Trailer for 2014 Media City Film Festival.

Experiments in Cinema– Albuquerque, New Mexico

April 15-19, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.experimentsincinema.org/#!submissions/c1xio

Trailer for “Razglednice/ Postcards,” a film from the 2014 Experiments in Cinema.

Adventure Film Festivals:

Tahoe Adventure Film Festival– South Lake Tahoe, California

December 2015

Submission Information: http://www.laketahoefilmfestival.com/entry.html

Promo doc for the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival.

Danish Adventure Film Festival– Copenhagen, Denmark

December 2015

Submission Information: http://adventurefilmfestival.dk/english/

Opener for 2014 Danish Adventure Film Festival.

Adventure Film Festival– Colorado, North Carolina, Mexico City, Santiago

Dates vary (Touring Festival)

Submission Information: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=4787

Trailer for 2014 Adventure Film Festival.

 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival– Sheffield, U.K.

March 20-22, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.shaff.co.uk/awards/film-submission/

Promotional video for 2014 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.

Chamonix Adventure Festival– Chamonix, France

March 25-28, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.chamonixadventurefestival.com/film_entries/new

2014 opener for Chamonix Adventure Festival.

Music & Film Festivals:

CBGB Music & Film Festival– New York City, New York

October 2015

Music Submission Information: http://www.cbgbfest.com/music-submissions/

Recap of the world’s largest music film festival, CBGB.

Sacramento Film & Music Festival– Sacramento, California

April 14-16, 2015

Submission Information: http://www.sacfilm.com/submissions/

Promotional video for 2014 Sacramento Film & Music Festival. 

KAHBANG Music, Art & Film Festival– Bangor, Maine

August 2015

Submission Information: http://kahbangfilmfest.org

Trailer for “Quinoa Soup,” closing feature at the 2014 KAHBANG Music, Art & Film Festival.

On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest– Memphis, Tennessee

September 3-6, 2015

Submission Information: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=3990

Video for On Location Memphis’ 2015 New Year Meet & Greet.

Square Lake Film and Music Festival– Stillwater, Minnesota

August 2015

Submission Information: http://www.squarelakefestival.com/tag/submissions/

Promotional video for 2014 Square Lake Film and Music Festival.

Horror Film Festivals:

Dark Carnival Film Festival– Bloomington, Indiana

September 2015

Submission Information: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/DiaboliqueInternationalFilmFestival

Promotional video with Baron Mardi about The Dark Carnival Film Festival. 

Toronto After Dark Film Festival– Toronto, Ontario

October 2015

Submission Information: http://torontoafterdark.com/2014/submit-your-film/

Opener  for 2014 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. 

Puerto Rico Horror Film Fest– Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

October 2015

Submission Information: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=8322

Trailer for “The Redwood Massacre,” feature film from the 2014 Puerto Rico Horror Film Fest.

Abertoir Wales’ International Horror Festival– U.K.

November 2015

Submission Information: http://www.abertoir.co.uk/contact

Trailer for winner of Abertoir Wales’ International Horror Festival 2014 Best New Feature Film, “What We Do in the Shadows.”

Another Hole in the Head Genre Film Festival– U.S.

December 2015

Submission Information: http://sfindie.com/submit/

Trailer from Another Hole in the Head Genre Film Festival feature film, “Dark Was the Night.”

Check out The Audience Awards’ list of 13 Horror Film Festivals for Halloween.

The Audience Awards is film’s social network connecting audiences to films, filmmakers, film schools and film festivals. The Audience Awards hosts short film competitions where the audience chooses the best films.

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