Festival Updates: Major Deadlines This Week!
Three Major Festivals have final Deadlines this week:
Slamdance Screenplay Competition
The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. They welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. A unique feature of the competition is providing constructive feedback for every entrant. They also offer a more intensive coverage service for a supplementary fee. Each of their readers approaches scripts differently, but in general are looking for originality and outstanding new work. The Slamdance Screenplay Competition has consistently linked finalists work to management representation, option and production agreements. The 2017 Slamdance Screenplay Competition Awards will be presented at the Writer’s Guild of America, West on October 13th.
The competition consists of four categories:
• Original Teleplay
Awards are given to the top three scripts in each category. In addition to that, Slamdance will present the Grand Prize for the best screenplay, regardless of category.
Withoutabox Extended Deadline: July 28th, 2017. Apply Here
Miami Film Festival
MIAMI DADE COLLEGE’S Miami Film Festival is a world-class platform for International and Ibero-American film. Presenting its 35th edition in March 2018, the Festival showcases the work of the world’s best emerging and established filmmakers to the diverse cosmopolitan community of Miami. With its special focus on Ibero-American cinema, Miami Film Festival has become the natural gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent. Cash awards totaling more than $70,000 are given in competition categories.
Friday, July 28, 2017 | Regular Deadline
Thursday, August 31, 2017 | Late Deadline
Thursday, September 28, 2017 | Extended Deadline
TORONTO AFTER DARK: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Film Festival
Toronto After Dark Film Festival is a critically acclaimed week-long showcase of thrilling international cinema held annually in Toronto, Canada. Now in its 12th year, the critically acclaimed annual event spotlights thrilling new feature films and shorts from around the world. Last year’s festival was attended by over 10,000 enthusiastic film fans and over 100 members of press and industry, resulting in over 500 published reviews for the film selections and a number of distribution deals for filmmakers. As well as the screenings, festival-goers also look forward to the lively Q&A’s with filmmakers, as well as Pub After Dark, our popular nightly social event where fans get to hang out with the filmmakers. Submit your project today!
Final Deadline: July 28, 2017. Apply Here
The other Festivals on the hotlist are:
1.Ann Arbor Film Festival:
Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) is the oldest experimental film festival in North America. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for artists’ films, committed to individualism and creativity, the six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres. Thousands of influential filmmakers and artists have exhibited early work at the AAFF, including Kenneth Anger, Agnes Varda, Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, and George Lucas. $20,000 USD in prize money is awarded each year, and the AAFF is one of a few North American festivals that qualifies short films for the Academy Awards. Submit your film today!
Upcoming Deadline: August 1, 2017. Apply Here
2.Portland Film Festival
The Portland Film Festival seeks to bring filmmakers from around the world together with locals to celebrate independent cinema. Their goal is to bring a big audience to watch the films. Films will be advertised to an anticipated audience of over 350,000 in the months leading up to our festival. Their partnership with SAG AFTRA, IATSE, Northwest Documentary, Oregon Media Production Association, Oregon’s Governor’s Office of Film, Women in Film insure a big industry and filmmaker attendance. In addition to showcasing their films during screenings, filmmakers will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with their audience or when appropriate screen at a local school.
Deadlines: Regular – August 23, 2017 Late – August 30, 2017.
3.Leeds International Film Festival
LIFF is a portal for discovery of the real world of filmmaking 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, in multiple genres and from all countries.
Deadline 28th July 2017. Apply Here
4.Nashville Film Festival & Screenwriting Competition
Nashville Film Festival offers nearly $100,000 in cash and prizes for filmmakers and screenwriters with winners selected by industry power players – including studio representatives, producers and filmmakers. The winning short films in the Narrative, Animated and Documentary Short Film Competitions are eligible for Academy Award® consideration without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
The Festival also has a special VR and 360° Film Category, as well as a Song Category
Deadlines: Regular: September 29th, Late: December 1st.
For the Screenwriting Competition: Apply Here
For the Film Festival: Apply Here