October 8, 2014 at 4:31PM

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Good Film Festivals for Shorts?

What are some good film festivals to submit to with a short film, and do you have any suggestions on the submissions?

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Hi Caleb,

The suitability of a festival for your film goes a lot deeper than the mere fact that your film is a short. I’m not dismissing the question (see below), but I want you to internalize the idea that creating a festival strategy is about figuring out who you are and who the people in your audience are, and then researching which festivals they go to.

The broad answer to your question has a few different points:

1. Oscar-qualifying fests almost always have more expansive shorts programs than non-qualifying. See the list here: http://www.oscars.org/sites/default/files/87aa_shorts_festival_list-.pdf

The caveat to this is that competition at these fests is incredibly high. The Oscar-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival, where I work, routinely gets 2000+ short film submissions with room to program ~150 films each year.

2. Festivals that focus on shorts exclusively are also more welcoming of short films of a wider variety, because that’s all they do. Competition is somewhat less fierce at these fests and they tend to be less prestigious and get less attention overall. Not that that’s bad, necessarily — but it may be an important factor depending on your goals.

3. The list of “best” festivals for short films looks remarkably similar to the list of best festivals overall (which goes back to my initial point that you should be submitting to festivals that will be friendly to your individual film, not just “short films” in general.

So how to start work on a festival strategy that takes your film’s attributes into account?

(shameless plug)

I’ve written a LOT about that topic, in one article in particular — you can check it out here: http://filmfestivalsecrets.com/ffs/2009/05/festival-exercise-define-your...

There’s a lot of thinking to do around film festivals, and it looks like you’re early on in your filmmaking journey. It’s good to be thinking about these things now while you can still make changes.

Good luck!

October 11, 2014 at 8:43PM

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October 17, 2014 at 10:26AM

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Celine Rich
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Hi everyone, I took the liberty and a bit of my time to throw together a list of Film Festivals that you can submit to. Now some may have an entry fee and some may be free, I don't know, it's up to you to scout around and choose the one that best suites you.

List of film festivals to submit short films:
www.sundance.org/festival/film-events/submissions/
raindancefestival.org/submissions-2014/‎
www.festival-cannes.com/en/submitAFilm.html
www.ifilmfestapp.com/best-short-film-festivals/
https://www.austinfilmfestival.com/submit/film/
tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions‎
shortfilmdepot.com/‎
www.lafilmfest.com/festival-info/submissions/
lashortsfest.com/content.asp?pageID=21‎
noentryfeefestivals.com/‎
www.sdfilmfest.com/
www.annecy.org/home
www.vsff.com/
www.coloradofilmschool.net/my/film_festivals.html
www.telluridefilmfestival.org/film_entry
www.filmfestivallife.com/Flickerfest-International-Short-Film-Festival
www.cinequest.org/film_submissions
www.welikeemshort.com/
www.genevafilmfestival.org/filmsubmissions.html
www.festival-cannes.fr/.../festivalServices/officialSelectionPreselectio...
shortlistfilmfestival.com/‎
www.shortoftheweek.com/submit/
https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/.../03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival...‎
www.mediathatmattersfest.org/
www.clermont-filmfest.com/index.php?m=158
mvfilmsociety.com/festivals/short-film-submission-page/‎
https://nashvillefilmfestival.org/submit-your-film/
https://sffsff.submittable.com/
https://festhome.com/
encounters-festival.org.uk/‎
heartlandfilm.org/festival/submit/‎
www.youngcuts.com/
www.tisff.net/
www.bigbearfilmfestival.com/filmmakers.../filmmaker-guidelines/
dubaifilmfest.com/en/page/86/rules__regulations.html‎
www.nantucketfilmfestival.org/festival/submit/
www.empmuseum.org/...short-film-festival/science-fiction-plus-fantasy-short -film-festival.aspx‎
atlantafilmfestival.com/‎
onescreen.org/
connectfilmfestival.com/‎
www.shortshorts.org/2015_call_for_entry/en/official-gl.html
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/BerlinShortFilmFestival
www.kortfilmfestivalen.no/en/
winchestershortfilmfestival.com/‎
bsff.be/en/‎
moondancefilmfestival.com/submissions/submission-categories/‎
https://www.nikonfilmfestival.com/
www.damshortfilm.org/
sxsw.com/film/screenings/submit‎
www.chicagofilmfestival.com/festival/entries/
shortfilms.org.uk/‎

Some places that show the "Best of" Festivals worldwide plus tips and tricks!
www.raindance.org/worlds-top-short-film-festivals/
nofilmschool.com/.../hollyshorts-daniel-sol-short-film-festival-rejection‎
www.festivalfocus.org/
www.scriptmag.com/resources/film-festivals/film-festivals-101
www.premiumbeat.com/blog/submit-to-film-festivals/
filmfestivalsecrets.com/extras/no-fee/‎
www.moviemaker.com/.../festivals/top-50-festivals-worth-entry-fee- moviemaker-releases-annual-list/‎
filmmakermagazine.com/76069-12-steps-to-avoid-going-broke-applying-to- film-festivals/‎

And for extra credit, an interesting book that's worth checking out is Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide. I've been reading it since the 3rd Edition. He is the main writer and the founder of Film Threat

Testimonials, Reviews, and places to pick up the Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide
How Chris Gore Impacted Our Film Festival Run by Daniel Stamm ...
Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide by Chris Gore — Reviews ...
Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide ... - Barnes & Noble
Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 4th edition by ...

So you see, when it comes to submitting your projects you have a limitless fountain of information just waiting to be tapped. So what are you waiting for? I hope this was useful.

October 30, 2014 at 8:46PM

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Tom Luca
Director, producer, special effects
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Hi all!

We actually have a film festival coming up in April. I would love ideas for how I can get the word out. The information is below. If you have any questions/ideas please email me at lmf2152@tc.columbia.edu.

CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS! City Lights Film Festival 2016

Spirituality Mind Body Shorts: Film themes include, but are not limited to sacred expression, ancient and perennial laws, enlightenment, personal journey, emergent ways of living, global healing, consciousness, spiritual activism, nature, transformation, science, post materialism, synchronicity, love, connection, relationships and spiritual evolution.

Length: 8 minutes and under
Who: All independent filmmakers are welcome
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2016
Submissions and Inquiries To: SMBIFilm@gmail.com
Film Festival Date: April 14th at Teachers College, Columbia University

January 4, 2016 at 3:20PM

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Lauren Foley
Director of Events & Conferences, TC, Columbia University
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