January 2, 2015 at 7:07PM

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Free Festivals for Starters

Lets say we have a zero-budget 75min feature film, it's our first film and we would like to submit to indie film festivals.

We don't have budget to pay any fees or submission costs.
Do you know any free festival for zero-budget starters?

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Always they ask you for a fee. A lot of times don't pass of 20 dollars is not much.

January 22, 2015 at 4:50AM

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Ragüel Cremades
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IndieCork, a new independent festival in Ireland, has no entry fee. It was started two years ago by people who have decades of experience managing and curating festivals in an attempt to better highlight independent cinema. They have a special Irish section but they screen many international features as well. Their main patron is Ken Loach who directed films like The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Lenny Abrahamson (director of Frank) is also involved.

... And all that 'advertising' aside (this is a local festival for me) the website is indiecork.com - info about submissions for 2015 aren't up yet though. AFAIK submissions are made through their own site.

Also, I do agree with the person above and if all the people involved in the film chipped in $20 each you'd have enough money to submit to a few festivals. Most festivals do charge because the cost of running a festival can be pretty high.

January 25, 2015 at 12:14PM

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Nia Black
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South Korean's Busan International Film Festival has no entry fee. It's one of Asia's biggest festivals.

January 26, 2015 at 12:43AM

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Quais Waseeq
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Depending on where you live, there's also the Northwest Filmmaker's Festival.
nwfilm.org/festivals/nwfest

January 30, 2015 at 9:14PM

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Torsten Pearson
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If you go to http://www.filmfestivallife.com/ and sign up (it's free) you can do an advanced festival search which allows you to select "no fee". Sometimes the search doesn't work 100% accurately, e.g. will list festivals that have a fee waiver for local films but charges everyone else, but for the most part it is an effective method of finding free submission festivals.

June 3, 2015 at 6:17AM, Edited June 3, 6:23AM

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Graham Hughes
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If you want to learn how to get into film festivals cheap or FREE read this: http://www.indiefilmhustle.com/festivaltips/ Super informative.

October 11, 2015 at 9:41AM, Edited October 11, 9:46AM

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Alex Ferrari
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March 28, 2016 at 10:31PM

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