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48 Independent Short Film Festival
Deadline January 31st 2017

The first 48 Independent Short Film Festival gives equal opportunities to every filmmaker from all over the world to screen their shorts at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood.

This is a unique opportunity for independent filmmakers from all over the globe. Submit your film to be discovered in Hollywood!

The first 48 INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL gives equal opportunities to every filmmaker from all over the world to screen their shorts at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood.

Open call to submit short movies, from 3 and up to 10 minutes in length, of any genre.

Submissions may be from any country.

Independent short filmmakers are very important to us, and the filmmaking art is the springboard of young and aspiring creatives.

We want to promote talented filmmakers, and for that reason, we made the process easy, without formal restrictions on submissions. And because we love films we don’t discriminate between genres!

We will consider all genres and types of short films.

For more information and how to enter, click here.


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.


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.


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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