View Full Version : Film Festivals To Enter If You Can Afford Them

01 January 2005, 06:54 AM
I just posted a long list of film festivals here, based on a long list of them I made in 1999, before there was a, to my knowledge. I did quite a bit of editning of it online, as well, and I'm guessing my pinky wandered, because it didn't make it. I'd like to re-edit it according to dates. Something similar is at, though I'd like this one to list these according to price, too, as sometimes it's really buried at the fest site.

If you have the energy to, feel free to post some of your favorites here...

Tell us which ones have no entry fee, are well attended, have some historical significance, are the only way to get on TV,...

Like I said, this list needs a lot of editing...

Something new: it used to be easier to cajole a theater owner into running your short film for a week during the year, to qualify for the Academy Awards. From what I am reading at sites like , now it is good enough to be run at some film festivals? I don't know about the Academy, I'll maybe add it to the list later? It used to be free to eneter for shorts. ( Spacey's effort to communitize the genius of independent filmmaking has a few odd quirks, like a million page contract to join that you initial every page of, but they got a plum of a spot during Sundance last year. Load up your 15 Mg movie with their blessing, free. They also have a sort of ( guys who will give you a chunk of web to advertize your movie for free. Also, discounting for hundreds of film festivals. They've rewritten the way film festivals (

FROM 1999: "This new web site promises film festivals all the time. There are also numerous "bookmark" pages of festivals links, some specific to animation, like Animation World Magazine's ( website, hosting several info pages below." (

BROKEN LINK As billed, the only magazine exclusively for short filmmakers. You may find reviews of some of the festivals listed below. Supported by ( . (

The offcial site for the Cannes Festival. Free to enter? ( (

Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. A 20 year old phenomenon attended by worldwide distributors. The best known of the short film festivals, beside Aspen, Cannes, Berlin and Venice. Free entry. (

Sundance has sponsored a shorts contest. (

Industry trade magazine Animation Magazine has sponsored a fee-based convention of sometimes daunting proportions called the "World Animation Celebration." A Film Festival is incorporated. (

The Annecy animation festival has a long history and no fee for registration (

The Bradford Animation Festival has one drawback, like the festival below -- a PAL video. Otherwise, growing repute and no entry fee. ( had good prices for conversion last time I checked. (
This 90 second shorts contest has been partly sponsored by Aardman Studios, among others. The only problem may be converting your entry to PAL. ( (

FROM 1999, now harder to find than Project Greenlight: Through a collaboration with Universal and Yahoo, hypnotic's "Million Dollar Fim Contest,"in which the best short filmmaker gets to produce a low-budget feature of their script, has continued into its second year, with some modifications: a thirty dollar entry fee, all non-exclusive rights in the short submitted seem to trickle through to Yahoo, there are two additional rounds -- one of which is producing a commercial for a chrysler car, AND the "winner" gets $35,000 only IF a big name star will sign on with the project. So, why list this contest? Because: if you're one of the 24 filmmakers who only make it to the first cut, THAT IS SOMETHING. The pay is better than most of us manage, and since your project is going to be a LIGHTWAVE feature, you can hire 30 of your friends. Does this presuppose that Hollywood is corrupt and your winning script couldn't manage a $1,000,000 budget otherwise? No, the filmmaker does the supposing, the less the better (

Aspen, Colorado. According to experts, ASPEN and CLERMONT-FERRAND are the two biggest guns in short film marketing ( Palm Springs International Film Festival has a $30 registration fee, and bills itself as a "short film market." To their credit, they were credited with making contacts of one kind or another for two thirds of the short films during the online bonanza of 1998. (! Animafest! I just have to get used to it being Zagreb, Croatia. (

FROM 1999: "This Copenhagen event has attracted some press." It's also been featured at CGTalk and CGNetworks Los Angeles Film Festival has been getting around, though I personally know very little of it. (

Melbourne International Film Festival (
Montreal, Canada's "Just For Laughs" festival (
New Zealand Film Festival ( Baden festival (, Belgium ( Shorts Festival ( "ESPINHO" Cinanima festival ( International Animated Film Festival, Italy ("Kaff" Animated Film festival, Tri-annual ( Animation Festival ( Animation Bi-annual (, Australia Animation Festival ( de Janeiro International Animation Festival ( Virgin Islands Animation Festival ( Short Film Festival (

Hamburg International Short Film Festival ( International Animation Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands, Bi-annual (, Germany, Bi-annual (, Italy. (

Norwich, England "FAN" International Animation Festival (

Leipzig, Germany documentary and animated film festival ( of the US Film Festivals (, Italy film festival (, Colorado film festival of high ideals ("Hof" Germany festival of non-Hollywood shorts and features (, Switzerland film festival (, Canada's Effects and Animation Festival ( Cleveland Film Festival (, Colorado ( ( USA Film Festival is held in Dallas, Texas (, Spain ( (

London Effects and Animation Festival ( Film Festival (

There are actually two film festivals in Chicago, one for children. This is the other ( children's festival that welcomes shorts. (, Spain FANTASY film festival. (

Pusan, Korea's film festival (

Of the fee-based festivals, the "Ann Arbor" film festival now in its 40th year gets a warm place in my heart, ever since I sent them a super 8mm film.

01 January 2005, 09:59 AM (

Espinho's Video and Cinema Youth Festival.

01 January 2005, 10:05 AM

Here's a new festival in Thailand:
and the very interesting by Judger and Hertzfeldt.

01 January 2005, 04:16 AM
The Rotterdam Film Festival is dedicated to more of the arthouse thing.

If you're brave enough you could send in your own cg film. Slowly and steadily cg is coming into an artform anyway. Here's the link (you ignoramous, forgetting a great arthouse filmfestival, pfah)


01 January 2005, 12:10 PM
What was I thinking?! Thank you, Rotterdamites.

Yeah, who else have I forgotten... (

Standard fee structure, but LA area, so a little more glitz, and they have a short screenwriting contest in 2005. ( isn't going to be a screenwritnig thread, though slamdance has built up a pretty nice cachet over the years for both film and writing. I think it's in Aspen at about the same time as ('s how it works: the makers of "Surf Nazi's Must Die" ARE located near Sundance, same dates. How are your chances of having your film seen? Well, this one is definitely FREE to enter, so maybe only fair, and it's getting some buzz I'll betcha.

01 January 2005, 05:09 PM
For a listing of festivals and conventions specific to the HORROR genre, visit the Horror Fests & Cons Database:

01 January 2005, 01:27 AM

The forth festival will be held in Feb.

01 January 2005, 03:59 AM
Directories of Festivals:

And from another thread: a directory of film festivals, with a search for animation

If you perform a search for animation, 240 or so are listed, though many do not "feature" animation. It gave me a quick chance to see who was missing from this list though. ( may have a festival directory buried somewhere at the site, but I don't have the URL for it. is the "Call for Entries" page at Animation World, the website of the publishers of Animation Magazine. When I checked this page, it had 611 listings from multiple years, including some unexpected entries like a VFX talent search by Ridley Scott in 2003. ( produced a list of 25 animated film festivals using the search terms "animation" and "animated" which is obviously a glitch.

There must be other directories -- I'll edit this post soon hopefully...

01 January 2005, 02:44 AM
As we all know, this is the Cinematography thread of CG FIlmmaking, so it shouldn't veer too far into the writing part of the vortex, but we've already looked at slamdance, so I guess we're stuck. is probably the mother of all screenwriting contest pages, though I've seen some other good ones. ( has just started having a writing section to cover all the various pre-production festivals like ( ( and others, some of which are at an old thread of mine that I clean plunk forgot about. The BEST thing about the list is that if you open the list of all script contests, it's very shoert, so you can get a good look at the "Call for Scripts" requester box. which is ostensibly about finding buyers of short films but meanders into that territory. ( a $325 "Fade in Online" PITCHFEST deadline is fast approaching, as they seem to sell-out every year.I've heard about it, though I've never been, from a visitor to another big pitching event -- ( . Scriptwriters' Network is not affordable as a contest, or at least didn't used to be, but thy have some excelent events, whether or no they get you closer to the execution of your project as either script or finished film. The visitor said she liked this event and "Eva Peel," and said that since there is a pre-screening process, you more or less know who you're going to pitch to ahead of time and so you just give your log line and take the names of those who want you to mail a script afterward. There's even a little fitting extra folks in since once you've got your "yes," or "not our thing," it's time to move on. I'm not going to comment on the $325. No, I can't afford it, but it's because I am in a fairly unique circumstance in an area pricier to live in than the Riviera. ( is a fairly unique site. though there are others like it to be found. ( I've listed already, is a list of companies willing to look at cover letters for projects. I figure if a $25 check will smooth things out, why not; though these contest events don't seem to actually give the money to the producers, who in some cases must pay to attend.

And in other big news, the delay of the Animation Magazine Pitch Directory:Due the positive response for the forthcoming “Pitch Guide,” we are extending the deadline for companies to submit information to Feb. 23, 2005. The guide will be a list of various studios from around the world that engage in development and how artists can get in touch with them to pitch their projects.The goal of the article is to help producers and artists get in contact with each other easier. It will also include lists of places where artists will be able to gain representation, help with their pitches and any other general help with their projects.
We thank you ahead of time for your participation and hope that this guide will help lead the next great project to you
As you may know, Animation Magazine had a sort of pitching issue where six posters were fit on each page of an issue of Animation Magazine, something like 20 pages of posters. I knew a couple of artists in the magazine, and fitting everything into one panel was dicey. ( has a listing of all of the agents out there who are willing to look over unsigned work. Precious few actually. From what I have been told, one can poke around, and sooner or later, find a producer who will look at one's script for nothing, and then ask them to pass it along to an agent. Getting to the agent, from where I stand now, is not as important as getting completely solid with what you've been writing. Having confidence in yourself and what you've done, which is abstractly kind of hard -- this isn't rocket science -- is more important; I learned that I knew a literary agent personally. is looking for a way to buy a script for $1,000 instead of the $35,000 WGA minimum; to get plumber's wages, you're going to have to be typing about ten minutes a page, after you figure out the plot, or about 20 per page sort of faking it as you go along... Some very close deadlines though, like February 2005. Best of all though, the entry is FREE FREE FREE,...

I would go with the first link, which inlcudes a bunch of the above, plus other classics like scriptalooza, though most have obscene deadlines.

02 February 2005, 01:24 AM
Well I've spotted a cg film at Rotterdam! And an oriental sci-fi which illegedely(how do you spell that?) had a lot of animation. There's animo for it, remember for next year please, I think entries open pretty early but the standard is pretty high too. It will have to compete with other filmmakers so a funny cartoon might not cut it straight away.

Good luck, hope to see your work next year!:)

02 February 2005, 12:11 AM

Deadlines in December and February this past year, so a little tricky to keep track of. This is the CARTOON festival where European folks send their trailers to get money to make them into features. has had a number of articles about them.

02 February 2005, 12:51 AM
How about making this thread a sticky? I'm sure everyone could benifit from an updated list of festivals and their contact info.

02 February 2005, 11:31 PM
So, just sent me a note about another festival the Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Shorts Frestival:

If this list ever gets properly edited, it'll have to rank this one high for affordability, at $15.

Deadline is February 28, so, wait a minute! NOOOOOOOOOO!

02 February 2005, 09:47 AM
For animated films, you forgot Animex, the UK's biggest animation event, held every year at the University of Teesside.

I think it is only available for students to enter, but I could be wrong here.

If you are an animator, you also get a chance to speak to the pros, from the likes of Pixar, ILM, etc.

I cannot believe that I have been going to that University for 3 years as a student, and I haven't been to Animex yet!

03 March 2005, 08:10 AM
I should definitely have a link here to the thread on selling short films that is from the Collaborative Projects forum that preceded CG Filmmaking.

The two have more than a few overlaps I hear.

And then there are areas where you never know, however unlikely a lead may be; like

04 April 2005, 11:35 AM
Anima, Festival du dessin animé et du film d'animation
(Anima, cartoon and animation festival)
Brussels Belgium

Philippe Moins
Françoise Catala
52, avenue de Stalingrad
1000 Bruxelles
Phone : 32.2.534.41.25
Fax: 32.2.534.22.79
e-mail: (
Website : (


04 April 2005, 11:33 PM
I've updated the format of The Horror Fests & Cons Database, making it easier to search and update.

There's no other source like it for horror filmmakers and fans!

Check it out via this direct link:

06 June 2005, 05:41 PM
More updates to the database! I've added the Google Maps function to each page. (Check to see how far you have to drive for the next event!)

I've added info on the following events:

Eyescream Short Film Festival - Australia's only (?) horror fest
Carnivale of Horror 2006
MiskatoniCON - Sweden's Lovecraft Festival
Haunted Newport
Horror Host Palooza!


06 June 2005, 08:00 PM
Thanks maddog.

The Writer's Digest people have just come out with a special movie guide called SCRIPTWRITING BASICS ( ( including a list of 22 Film Festivals. I cannot reproduce their list, but it's a nice idea.

CANNES -- biggest

SUNDANCE -- if nothing else, they buy for their channel

Of the 20 other film festivals listed by Writer's Digest, six are already on the list but I didn't appreciate them hardly enough apparently, and 14 I never heard of, so I have to apologize for not really having this festival thing down, sorry.

Festivals that were oddly not in the list: AFM, MIFED, ...

One other thing I can share about this SCRIPTWRITING BASICS special issue was some excerpting from the "Writers Guide" they publish of agents and producers. Man, there must be a lot of names listed in there. It's probably worth buying a copy and foregoing scribbling them all down in the public library.

06 June 2005, 06:25 PM
Well, if you're looking for books about festivals, Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide ( is the best resource out there.

Yes, the top prestigious fests are Cannes and Sundance. Also Toronto, Telluride, South by Southwest, and Venice. You've really got to have a fantastic product to get into any of those. It helps to know people, too.

AFM and MIFED probably weren't mentioned in your book because they are technically film markets, not festivals. There's some info about them in Gore's book anyway -- these events are more for buying and selling films, which is important to know how to do.

If you're just looking for a good time, here's Film Threat's 10 Fantastic Film Festival Vacations (

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