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Liverpool Independent Film Festival
Deadline April 12th 2017

The very first Liverpool Independent film Festival will take place in and around its city centre cinemas over a three day weekend from the 10th to the 12th of November 2017.

‘The New York of Europe’ is ready to welcome the best filmmakers from anywhere in the world to sail in and drop anchor at the most famous city port on the planet and showcase their new and exciting independent films.

Home to the world’s most successful musicians, sports figures and artists, the very first Liverpool Independent film Festival will take place in and around its city centre cinemas over a three day weekend from the 10th to the 12th of November 2017.

Sister festival to the highly successful MANIFF and OXIFF, LIVIFF 2017 will find bold and inventive stories, to screen in a city of rich history and passion. With the ambition to match the city’s cool and artistic identity, LIVIFF is determined to make its international film festival one that will be regarded as a must be at event on the film festival circuit for many years to come.

The international filmmaking community will all be invited to celebrate the inaugural official selection and indulge in world and UK premieres, after parties, filmmaker talks, and a closing awards that will reward excellence and originality by a high profile jury of film industry professionals.

With UK Distribution representation and national press attendance at a passionate festival for great lasting stories, the Liverpool Independent Film Festival 2017 will be the first of many to enjoy and remember. 

Click here for more information including deadlines and submission details.


New Media Film Festival
Deadline April 25th 2017

The Best In New Media • Honouring Stories Worth Telling

New Media Film Festival celebrates the best in new media and sets out to honour stories that are worth telling.

The festival is open to all ages, all culture and all media. Anyone can submit a film, from anywhere in the world, and have it judged by industry professionals from HBO, Marvel, Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and more!

Each entry is considered for screening, competition ($45k in prizes) and distribution opportunities. There are 20 'best of' categories and the organisers promise that every submission will receive a response.

"I thank the New Media film festival for what they've done for young filmmakers." – Legendary Director Roger Corman

"Top 25 Festivals Worth The Entry Fee" - Movie Maker Magazine

The final deadline for submissions is 25th April 2017.

To find out more about how to submit your film, click here.


Raindance Film Festival
Deadline April 28th 2017

The Raindance Film Festival is the largest and most important independent film festival in the UK. Now in its 25th year, it is based in the heart of London's buzzing West End film district.

Raindance Film Festival invites UK and International producers and filmmakers to submit their films to its 25th edition that will take place from 20th September to 1st October 2017 in central London.

The Raindance Film Festival aims to show the very best in new cinema from the UK and around the world and specialises in first-time directors and discovery.


The Festival accepts feature films (over 45 min.), short films (under 45 min.), music videos (under 6 min) VR films (under 45min) and web series. Projects of all lengths and genres are welcomed and the Raindance Film Festival is committed to showing the boldest and most innovative work, and films that challenge the boundaries of filmmaking.

  • Narrative Feature
  • Documentary Feature
  • Narrative Short
  • Documentary Short
  • Music Video
  • LGBT (Feature)
  • Virtual Reality
  • Web Series

Festival Strands

  • In Competition
  • Discovery
  • Documentaries
  • Official Selection
  • Raindance LGBT
  • Special Screenings
  • Raindance Symphony Orchestra
  • Shorts
  • Music Videos
  • Raindance Web Fest

For further information and details about deadlines and how to make a submission, click here.


Raindance Web Fest
Deadline April 28th 2017

Raindance Film Festival is pleased to announce the return of the UK’s first independent festival dedicated to web/streaming series.

Raindance Film Festival is pleased to announce the return of the UK’s first independent festival dedicated to web/streaming series. The festival will take place 29th September to the 1st October 2017 during the Raindance Film Festival (20th September to 1st October) at the Vue Cinema in London’s Piccadilly Circus.

The internet and mobile technology have created so many new opportunities for independent filmmakers, and web and mobile series have become the new short form content that creatives and studio executives have started looking at in order to find the next generation of filmmakers and stars.

The first Raindance Web Fest took place in September 2013 and 50 international web series were screened. Many online video and streaming TV industry experts have attended, been on our jury or taken part in our panels and industry events including representatives from:

Zoomin.TV, BBC Comedy, All4, Victorious, Time Inc, BuzzMyVideos, Maker Studios, Yahoo! Entertainment, Channelflip, Endemol Beyond, AOL On, Content Media Group, App Media Network, IWCC, IAWTV, #mashed, Comedy Central, BigBalls Films, TBI, Broadcastnow, Frostbite UK, Wildseed Studios, Little Dot Studios, Facebook, Orama.TV, Tello Films, Dailymotion, Pure Grass Films, Digital Jam, ScreenageRenegade, Digital Creators UK, Th@t Lot; as well as web series and YouTube talent.

For all the details you need, including submission details, deadlines and more, click here.


FilmScore Competition
Deadline May 1st 2017

This competition is for 14 - 19 year olds to write a score for a short film.

FilmScore 2017 is a unique competition which invites young musicians aged between 14-19 years old to compose an original score for one of a selection of short animated films (10 minute maximum).  

This year they have specially chosen a selection of animated to films to further challenge and inspire those who might be interested in a potential career in film composition.

Simply sign up for the competition and follow the instructions in the email they send you.

A short-list of finalists will be selected and screened to a panel of professional judges and the public.  The winner will receive a fabulous prizes including a work experience day at a film or music company, mentoring, cash prizes and more!

Closing date for submissions is 1st May 2017. For more information and details about how to sign up, please click here.


The Smalls Film Festival
Deadline May 31st 2017

An international celebration of discovery, multiculturalism and independent filmmaking; 2017 marks the twelfth anniversary of The Smalls London Film Festival 2017.

Founded in 2006 in London, UK, The Smalls Film Festival has been championing creative people for over a decade, making it an essential destination for filmmakers from across the globe. 

From 1st - 6th September 2017 some of the industry's most creative minds are set to storm London for a week long celebration of short film. With screenings, masterclasses, talks, panel discussions and of course a succession of infamously lively parties - The Smalls Film Festival 2017 will showcase the vanguard of short film.

The Smalls Film Festival seeks to support and champion short film from across the globe and we’re looking for inspiring, innovative filmmakers who share our passion for short film and video. Whether you’re an established practitioner or just starting out, The Smalls wants to hear from you.

We accept films across a spectrum of genres:

  • Animation
  • Bite Size - NEW FOR 2017
  • Comedy
  • Dimensions of Diversity - NEW FOR 2017
  • Documentary
  • Drama
  • Music Video
  • Student Film*

* In order to qualify for the "Best Student Film" award, your short must have been completed while you were in full-time education.

All films submitted must be under 20 minutes in length.

The official selection of films will be shown at The Smalls Film Festival in London from 1st - 6th September 2017.

For submission dates and more information, visit The Smalls website.


Underwire Festival
Deadline June 30th 2017

Underwire is the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts.

Founded in 2010 by Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell with the aim to change the face of the industry from the inside out, the festival has awarded training and mentoring opportunities to over 40 filmmakers, and has screened over 300 films. Underwire is now a BAFTA recognised film festival.

The Underwire Awards are given in recognition of the teamwork and skill necessary to produce a film, and aims to acknowledge the artistry and vision required in the key production roles. These awards are open to films with women working in each specific category, and we accept a mix of genres: drama, animation, documentary, music video and artist film.

The festival recognises talent across Directing, Producing, Screenwriting, Editing, Cinematography, Sound Design, Composing, Production Design and Animation, and any short film that has a woman in one of those roles is eligible. With women making up only 21.8% of a typical feature film crew it is clear that these talents must be showcased early, to propel the women filmmakers of the future into their feature film careers.

To find out more about deadlines and categories and how to submit an entry, click here.


Leeds International Film Festival
Deadline June 30th 2017

Leeds is a major centre for film production and exhibition and Leeds International Film Festival is one of the UK's biggest film events.

LIFF is a portal for audiences to discover the real world of film that exists beyond regular film exhibition. LIFF primarily supports outstanding new talent and established talent that has not received deserved exposure in the UK. LIFF considers narrative, documentary and animated films, in feature-length and short formats, and in multiple genres and from all countries. 

Founded in 1987 Leeds International Film Festival is renowned as a dynamic event with a reputation for challenging and innovative programming. Last year LIFF presented a huge variety of exceptional films at over 300 screenings and events at 30 venues over 15 days.

A qualifying event for both the Academy Awards and BAFTAs, LIFF presents nine national and international competitions for short films with total cash prizes of over $5000. 

For more details including deadlines and submission details, please click here.



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