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How to Enter Independent Films into Film Festivals

Now that I've Made It, How Do I Enter My Independent Film Into a Film Festival?


Easy Way to Enter Your Indie Films into Major Festivals

Uses BrigitFest, the International Film Festival Submission System.

Cost-saving, online entry to major film festivals throughout the US and in Europe with one master entry form.

You can locate festivals by deadline, type of film length of film, cost of entry, genre, niche, prize value, rate of acceptance and other criteria.

Apply to film festivals effortlessly with a few clicks:
   • Online Master Entry Form
   • Online Press Kit
   • Online Fee Payment
A confirmation tells you where to send your Film.

Unlimited Projects for FREE
   • Online Press Kits for FREE
   • Unlimited Festival Submissions for FREE
(Does not include festival entry fees)
   • Extended Deadlines - for Withoutabox members only
   • Qualify Engine - qualify your film before you apply
   • Submission Status - track when your film arrives
   • Advanced Festival Search
   • Short List - find fests that fit your film
   • Watch List - e-mail reminders for your favorite fests
   • Festival Updates - be notified of deadlines each week
   • Message Boards - get online with other filmmakers
   • Quick Help - to get the most out of Withoutabox

is the community for film festival profesionals.

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- 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



Directories of Film Festivals

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

Withoutabox Festival Services 
1,615 Festivals Listed Online

Some Representative Film Festivals

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

Renaissance City 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

"I’m on a budget. What’s the best way to have a great Festival experience on the cheap?"

"Did you know that tickets to individual screenings are only $10? Considering that it’s about the same price to see a movie at your local multiplex and that every Festival film is followed by a Q&A with the director (and often members of the cast), that’s a pretty good deal!"

More "inside insights" into how to get the best Sundance experience possible click here. (Like if Park City is too pricey... commute from Salt Lake City which is just 45 minutes away.)

Hint: bid on a hotel at SLC at  You can often get hotels for as little as 75% off advertised price.

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."

See Also:

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

Film Festivals Where to find film festivals


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