No-Entry Fee Film Festivals

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by vancouverfilmschool

Here is something interesting I came across while researching for potential film festivals to submit my new feature film, Bend and Break into. It can be quite costly to submit your movie into a film festival, so here are some festivals from around the world which have no entry fee.

The No-Entry Fee Film Festivals List

15/15 Film Festival – short must be produced during the contest

African-American Film Marketplace

African Diaspora Film Festival

All Roads Film Festival

American Conservation Film Festival

Amnesty International Film Festival

Archaeology Channel Festival – indigenous peoples, heritgage film

Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film & Video Festival

Auckland International Film Festival

Australian Effects Short Film Festival – showcases digital effects and innovation

Balticon Film Festival – sci/fi convention fest, mostly shorts

Berlin and Beyond – films from Germany, Austria, Switzerland only. Fest is in San Francisco.

Bicycle Film Festival – films featuring or celebrating bicycles.

Black Soil Film Festival – hip hop films

The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival

Brisbane International Film Festival

Buenos Aires Film Festival

Calgary Underground Film Festival

Comic Arts Laugh Festival

Conscious Life Expo Film Festival – where the “the spiritual and progressive community in southern California” comes together

Daytona Beach Film Festival – free for student filmmakers

Delray Beach Film Festival

DOCNZ – documentaries

Docfest – New York International Documentary Festival – filmmakers apply by letter first; festival will request screener if they are interested

DC Meets Delhi Film Festival

DC Independent Film Festival – student filmmakers pay no fee

Down Under International Film Festival

Flyway Film Festivals

Global Peace Film Festival

Green Mountain Film Festival

Greenbelt Utopia Film & Video Festival – fee waived for filmmakers under 18

H2O 360

Human Rights Watch Intl Film Festival – festival solicits film descriptions by email and then requests screeners from filmmakers

Intelligent Use of Water Film Fest – short films about water conservation

Loisaida Cortos Latino Film Festival

Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival

Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival – no fee for films submitted before certain date

Melbourne Underground Film Festival

Native American Film & Video Festival

National Neighborhood Day Short Film Contest – no entry fee for youth

Newark Black Film Festival

New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival

New York Film Festival

New York International Latino Film Festival

Next Reel International Film Festival

Nihilist Film Festival

NoisePop Film Festival

The Other Film Festival

OUTer Gay & Lesbian Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Festival

Pangea Day

Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Providence Latin American Film Festival

Red Stick International Animation Festival

Reel Black Men

Salem Film Festival – send info first, they will request screener if interested

San Francisco Women’s Film Festival

Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.

Scinema Festival of Science Film

Short Shorts Film Festival

Stony Brook Film Festival

Tiburon Film Festival – fee waived for students

Tromadance Film Festival

Vistas Latino Film Festival

Wairoa Maori FIlm Festival

Wanaka Mountain Film Festival

Wellington Film Festival

Zeitgeist International Film Festival

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To Your Success!

Ian

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