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American Indian Film Festival  Has a wonderful collection of AIFF posters for sale.

Ashland Independent Film Festival held in March/April in Ashland, Oregon.

Atlanta Film Festival held in June in Atlanta.  "Since 1977, the AFF has offered rich opportunities for the Atlanta community to experience the work of local, regional, national and international media artists. AFF is widely considered one of the most respected and longest-running festivals in the United States."  Article in Oz Online

Boston Underground Film Festival  "... Underground Film Festival (B.U.F.F.) is an annual festival committed to the celebration of alternative vision and cultivation of independent, provocative and experimental filmmaking. By featuring work that pushes the envelope in form, style and content, B.U.F.F. seeks to be a platform for the screening of new work and a forum for the exchange of ideas amongst filmmakers, curators and audiences."

Brooklyn Underground Film Festival

Carolina Film and Video Festival 

Connecticut Filmmaker Festival

Crossroads Film Festival  "If you think you know Mississippi ... think again! Jackson, Mississippi is the cultural crossroads of the south (hence the name - Crossroads Film Festival) and is the place where all the good stuff gets thrown together.

"This is where the music of delta bluesman Robert Johnson runs straight into the home of the international ballet competition. We are home to literary greats like Richard Wright, Tennessee Williams, Willie Morris, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and some of the worlds greatest historians, photographers, and musicians....

"We are also home to some real quirky and creative folks, a little southern hospitality, fried catfish, sweet tea, and a film festival to rival the best of them.

"Come see us, and we will show you a great time."

Cucalorus Film Festival Wilmington, NC, End of March. "Beginning with a magical event in the fall of 1994, Cucalorus has established itself as one of the few truly independent film festivals in the world, serving the needs of filmmakers before the interests of corporate sponsors or the studios. Praise has come from many places for our renegade style and grassroots approach to festival making. MovieMaker magazine dubbed the festival "the best kept secret on the indie fest circuit" in 2003 and went on to list the festival as one of the "20 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" the following year. Despite having the window dressing of a formal business, Cucalorus maintains a rebel style, mirroring the world of independent and underground filmmaking."

Film Fest New Haven

HI/LO Film Festival "High Concept, Low Budget... for the adventurous and disenchanted"

Independent Film Festival of Boston

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

Just Another Film Festival  "a week long festival, playing films all week at several locations at Weber State University and in Ogden City (Utah)."

LA Short Film Festival  "...  is the largest short film festival in the world. The festival screens over 500 short films."

Los Angeles Film Festival includes AFI Fest Held in November. Opens for entries in March

Northwest Film and Video Festival.  Held annually in November in Portland.  Open, without fee, to residents of Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington,

PDX (Portland Documentary and Experimental) Film Festival  Held in April. Seeks to show films that are "...  “underground” in style. We are looking for artistic, non-narrative, quirky and challenging work that reflects contemporary culture, progressive issues, documents historic oddities, or perhaps is just generally unclassifiable..."

Ojai Film Festival

Out On Film: Atlanta’s Gay & Lesbian Film Festival November. How to volunteer.

OutTakes Dallas: Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Reel Affirmations: Washington, DC's International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

RiverRun Film Festival  Winston-Salem NC April.  Hosted by North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking.  "...  is dedicated to exhibiting the work of talented filmmakers from around the world and to the exhibition of new, independent, and foreign-language dramatic and documentary feature-length and short films. In addition to premiering new films, RiverRun also invites to Winston-Salem critically acclaimed works featured at the Sundance, Toronto and Cannes film festivals."

Rooftop Films 
Sundance Film Festival ".... Each year the Sundance Film Festival selects 200 films for exhibition from more than 9,000 submissions. More than 50,000 people attend screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. In addition to discovering filmmaking's newest talent through the Festival's program of documentary, dramatic, and short films, Festivalgoers experience live music performances, panel discussions with leading filmmakers and industry figures, cutting-edge media installations, parties celebrating the Festival community, and more...."

Texas Film Festival  "...  the largest student-run independent film festival in the nation ..."

Tribeca Film Festival  End of April in NYC. FAQS Seeing a movie at the Tribeca Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience:
• The director, cast, and crew are often on hand for a formal Q&A.
• The films are from every corner of the globe and offer almost as many perspectives as New Yorkers have opinions.
• Almost every film is a New York, U.S., or even world premiere, so you could be among the first to see the next big hit.
• The Festival offers countless exclusive screenings, giving you the chance to see undiscovered gems on the big screen.

Washington Jewish Film Festival

Wildscreen Festival is over 20 years old, and is the world's largest and most prestigious Wildlife Film Festival.

Woods Hole Film Festival August on Cape Cod

Young Peoples Film & Video Festival "... is an annual opportunity for young Northwest film and video makers to have their work viewed by professional media artists and presented to the public."



Directories of Film Festival ".... hosts the number one portal site for festivals and film news... mission is to be the premiere online entertainment destination dedicated to showcasing film festivals around the world and fostering new film and filmmaking talent...."

Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals  Lists over 150 Gay and Lesbian film festivals.

IndieWire Guide to Film Festivals

Inside Film Magazine Directory of Film Festivals You can find festivals by location. They also list film festivals by month.

Withoutabox Festival Services 
1,615 Festivals Listed Online

Film Festival Social Networks and Blogs

is the community for film festival profesionals.

Publish on your new videoblog

- Use FestivalExpress the free submission tool online for festival organizers and submit film to a festival

- Register a festival or a film,  update your festivaldirectory listing or blog, your film library details or blog. welcomes festival organizers, filmmakers and producers, movie pros and all festival-goers around the world, and invites them to share information and experiences, use the pro tools and data bases, and enjoy.

Fest21's blog pages include: 

- information on how to create dedicated accounts for  films and festivals on the site
- contacts
- help
- announcements
- bug reports
- planned features
- advertising and partnership
- and much more

IndieFilmmaker's Film Festival Directory ".... is the most accurate and comprehensive resource of film festivals in the world. From the beginning one of our primary objectives was to solve the film festival submission debacle. The turmoil of linking to festival websites and looking around for festival "call for entry" dates is a nightmare. Those days are over. Users may search by call for entry month, festival month, festival name, city, state, and country...."

Short Film Festival News

International Film Festivals

Berlinale Berlin Film Festival 2nd week February... with a theme for each festival.  For example, the 55th annual festival focuses on Production Design:

"Films fascinate us with their sensory multiplicity. Language, music and sounds, colours, lighting and the performance of the actors make a film a complex experience. Often it is precisely the spaces and panoramas, or sometimes even a sole object which leaves a lasting impression. Cinematic constructions can accentuate the suspense of a plot, an interior can become a universe of emotions and a prop can be transformed into the tool of a subtle seduction. The key to intimate understanding of a film often lies in the production design. The work of the production designer will be the centre of attention on two occasions at the upcoming Berlinale: the Retrospective will be dedicated to a thorough investigation of the topic and the Berlinale Talent Campus will deal with the various aspects that determine the “look” of a film. Renowned production designers are invited to Berlin for both events to shed light ..."

Cannes Film Festival   "More widely known as the "Festival de Cannes", the Association Franзaise du Festival International du Film, created in 1946, is a French association under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, state-approved in 1972. The spirit of the Festival de Cannes is one of friendship and universal cooperation. Its aim is to reveal and focus attention on works of quality in order to contribute to the progress of the motion picture arts and to encourage the development of the film industry throughout the world." 

Edinburgh International Film Festival

International Film Festival of Kerala (India)

International Film Festival Mumbai  India's only independent film festival. Annual event in January.

Portland International Film Festival  "Each February, the Portland International Film festival premiers nearly 100 films from over 30 countries, offering new works by masters of the art as well as emerging voices... This non-competitive festival focuses primarily on work from outside the United States but American features, documentaries and shorts are included."

Rhode Island International Film Festival

Online Film Festivals

How about "Sundance for free"?

Annual Sundance Online Film Festival Launching live on January 20, 2005, the 5th Annual Sundance Online Film Festival showcases the same short films as it’s namesake event, as well as exclusive Behind the Scenes filmmaker interviews and the special Frontier section – a dedicated program of the most explosive new work in experimental media being created just for the Web. Best of all, it’s free from anywhere in the world @

To submit Internet-Based Projects, email by September 24, 2004

Zoiefest: Celebrating Award-winning films from around the world  "... Zoie Films is about Independent Filmmaking. Quality Programs. We encourage the work of independent filmmakers and employ the Internet as a medium for the exhibition of those films."  Has annual festival.  Uses streaming video to exhibit over 30 films worldwide on an ongoing basis.

Where to Buy Festival Films

Festival Films  "Festival Films has been in business for over 30 years selling 16mm Films, Videotapes, Movie Posters and now DVDs!... We are recommended by Leonard Maltin
in his Movie and Video Guide!"

See Also:

How to Enter Independent Film Festivals

How to Attend Film Festivals for Free by Volunteering

How to Make Budget Independent Films

Where to Find Independent Films and Indie Movies

Independent Films Reviews of Indie Movies



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