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Did you miss an #AFMSession this week? Find ALL the sessions under SESSION REPLAYS on the #MyAFM platform for your convenience! Pacific Stage Day 1 It's More Fun Film... The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), through its FilmPhilippi... | 2021 The Filmmakers Pod... | 2021 Black Filmmakers a... Film lovers have never been treated to such a wide variety of Black films. Today... | 2021 How to Win at Mode... In a modern streaming world, viewers are one click a...



Lineup includes 138 standout, original and compelling films from 67 countries alongside a wave of Saudi films from talent shaping the Kingdom’s filmmaking culture The First Edition will open with Cyrano directed by Joe Wright and close with Bara El Manhag directed by Amr Salama The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) in partnership with VOX Cinemas, MBC GROUP and Saudia Airlines  unveiled the programme for its first edition, which will run from 6-15 December i...


The Red SeaFesdt will open with Cyrano directed by Joe Wright and close with Bara El Manhag directed by Amr Salama

Lineup includes 138 standout, original and compelling films from 67 countries alongside a wave of Saudi films from talent shaping the Kingdom’s filmmaking culture The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) in partnership with VOX, the MBC GROUP and Saudia Airlines, today unveiled the programme for its first edition, which will run from 6-15 December in Jeddah’s UNESCO World Heritage Site old-town (Al Balad), nestled on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. The Festival will welcome...


16 films competing in the Red Sea Competition

Soula  directorial debut feature film from Salah Issaad: world premiering at RSIFF    The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), today announced the 16-strong lineup of films competing in the Red Sea Competition, selected to celebrate the very best in filmmaking from both established and emerging filmmakers from across the world.  These outstanding films will compete for the Golden Yusr Award, as well as in individual directing, acting and writin...

POFF Shorts reveals competition titles for 2021

Award winners and popular festival titles sit alongside new discoveries for audiences to see during Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in November. PÖFF Shorts, a sub-festival of the A-Class Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, has unveiled the titles that will make up its five international competition sections. The 98 films will screen across the festival which runs from 16 to 24 November at venues across Tallinn, Estonia. The festival’s International Live Action Co...


Regular Deadline for Your Script Produced Season 3 coming soon: December 31, 2021

Discovering and Producing Talented Writers and Filmmakers left behind by the entertainment industry, worldwide! The return of Entertainment's unparalleled event! Season 3 SPECIAL EDITION: Accepting the following submissions: Features, Pilots, Shorts AND Documentaries! THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT ON SUCCESS! WE ARE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FROM ALL AGES, WORLDWIDE! Anyone under the age of 18 MUST submit a parental consent form. ALL GENRES / SUB GENRES ACCEPTED! *****Judges revealed in ...


EarlyBird Discount Deadline is Nov 15th for the 55th WorldFest 2022!

This could be your film at the 55th WorldFest-Houston!   The 55th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival is now officially open for entries! WorldFest offers competition for Shorts, Documentaries, Feature Films, Music Videos, Experimental & Student Films on the Silver Screens of the wonderful Memorial City Cinemark Theatres, with over 1,000 international filmmakers attending the 5-day International Film Festival! Ea...


Discover the 32 MML Photo & Video, do you dare? Enrollment is still open

 32 MEMORIAL MARIA LUISA INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN, NATURE AND ADVENTURE PHOTO AND VIDEO CONTEST   Mountain, nature, wildlife, mountaineering, climbing, landscape, underwater world, biodiversity, flora, macro photo, extreme and adventure sports, etc. will be the photographic reference of the edition one more year. In addition, in this occasion a special category has also been created, it is dedicated exclusively to travel and people photography..   ...


Focus USA @ exground filmfest 34: Young Filmmakers and Diverse Circumstances

  Wide-Ranging Film Selection // Readings, Panels, Presentations and Exhibitions This year, exground filmfest (12 - 21 November 2021) has taken that which the festival's established American Independents section usually covers on the periphery and placed it centre stage: the 2021 Country Focus is devoted to the United States of America. A carefully curated programme, featuring 13 feature-length and 10 short films, as well as two productions in the International Short Film Competiti...


Bentonville Film Festival, led by Geena Davis, announces June dates for 2022 Hybrid Event

  Bentonville Film Foundation has announced the organization’s 2022 film festival will take place both virtually and in-person. The live event is being held in Arkansas from June 22 through June 26, while the digital portion will extend through July 3. The Bentonville Film Festival, led by actor Geena Davis, has been running for seven years and aims to amplify female, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, API and people with disabilities in entertainment. The festival is no...


FRFF Industry Excellence Award Winner Eric Roberts To Hold NY Premiere of 'The Elevator'

The East Coast premiere of "The Elevator" starring Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts will have is NY premiere on November 17 at the Angelika Film Center (18 West Houston St. New York, NY  10012) in New York City. The film is also available now on Amazon. Earlier this year, Roberts received the Industry Excellence Award at the third annual French Riviera Film Festival. Directors Jack Cook and Mukesh Modi bring to life a dramatic true story about one fami...


11th International Archaeological Film Festival- AGON 2022

Filmmaker, president and founder of the AGON International Archaeological FILM FESTIVAL, Memi Spyratou and Dimitris Komninos, artistic director of the urban non-profit organization “ODYSSEY - CULTURAL EVENTS” in collaboration with the “GREEK FILM ARCHIVE” as well as the Hellenic National Committee of the “INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS” (ICOM), are initiating the&n...


Arlington International Film Festival Audience Choice Poster Contest Winner 

CONGRATULATIONS  Winner of 2021 AIFF Audience Choice Poster Award  Victoria Pearson - Mass Collge of Art  Statement: For this assignment, I wanted to show off the importance of film and video from the perspective of this last year. Since we have been seeing the world through the format of video from our homes, our reality feels as if it has been collaged together. As a result, I wanted to illustrate this poster in a metaphorical way and celebrate this unity the world has...


2021 Miami short Film Festival Nominees

  2021 OFFICIAL FESTIVAL NOMINATIONS We are happy to present this year's nominated films for the 20th Edition of the MIAMI short FILM FESTIVAL. Be sure to check out these films during our festival weekend, featuring 7 unique shorts programs, live filmmaker Q&A, film workshops, and more! Tickets and passes are on sale now! ...


IFFI 52, 04: List of all 24 Indian Panorama films and 20 Documentaries announced

IFFI 52, 04: List of all 24 Indian Panorama films and 20 Documentaries announced Semkhor, the first ever film to be made in the Dimasa language of North-East India, will be the inaugural feature film while Ved, the Visionary, directed by Rajiv Prakash, will be the inaugural documentary film. The main objective of the Indian Panorama is to select films and documentaries produced by Indian producers, for which the criteria are excellence in film production, concept and other aesthetics. The be...


IFFI 52, 03: Call for entries in the special Goan section

IFFI 52, 03: Call for entries in the special Goan section The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), which co-organises IFFI Goa, has announced a special Goan section Konkani/Marathi feature and non-feature films, for the 52nd International Film Festival of India(IFFI), Goa which is scheduled to be held in Panaji-Goa from 20th to 28th November 2021. The aim of the Special Goan Première and Non-Première Sections Konkani/Marathi Feature and Non-Feature Films for the 52nd IFFI is to s...

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Best for Fests: Hot Money - Susan Kucera Biography

Susan Kucera has been working in film since her youth, first as a camera assistant studying the Athabasca Glacier creating educational short films with her father, Glaciologist, Dr.Richard Kucera, for Encyclopedia Britannica Film Corporation, then as a screenwriter and director of documentaries.   She produced, wrote, directed, and filmed Trading on Thin Air starring Nation Magazine’s Alex Cockburn (2009). She wrote, filmed, directed, edited, and co-produced ...


Matt Tranchin Joins EarthX

EarthX just announced a new Senior Vice President of Impact, Matt Tranchin. He joins the EarthX family with the goal of developing year-round campaigns, partnerships, and programming that establishes Dallas as a global hub of environmental leadership and advocacy, while also amplifying locally-led initiatives. Previously, he served in the Obama Administration as the National Service Liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement, overseeing outreach to non-profits, foundations, an...


Emmy®-nominated producer Will Packer will produce the 94th Oscars®

WILL PACKER TO PRODUCE THE 94TH OSCARS®   THE OSCARS SET TO AIR LIVE, MARCH 27, 2022, ON ABC   Emmy®-nominated producer Will Packer will produce the 94th Oscars®, Academy President David Rubin announced today.  It will be his first involvement with the Oscars, which will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 27, 2022. “Will is a powerhouse producer who has enjoyed success across all movie genres.  He’s alread...


17 students voted by the Academy as winners of the 48th Student Academy Awards®

  Virtual Program Hosted by Amandla Stenberg, with Pete Docter, Asghar Farhadi, Marielle Heller and Nanfu Wang to Present The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted 17 students as winners of the 48th Student Academy Awards® competition.  The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards in the seven award categories will be presented by Oscar®-winning filmmaker and 1992 Student Academy Award® winner Pete Docter, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, and film...


Best for Fests: Hot Money - Cast and Crew

A film by Susan Kucera, from Executive Producers Jim Swift and Jeff Bridges.  CAST & EXPERT SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES   General Wesley Clark retired from the military after 38 years of service in the United States Army. Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Since retiring in 2000, he has become an investment banker, businessman, commentator, a...


Hot Money: Susan Kucera Director's Statement

I met General Clark and his son Wes Jr. while filming Living In the Future’s Past, then met the General again at a speaking engagement two years later and the kernel of a film planted itself in my mind – a conversation between a father and son on how climate change will affect our financial system. It seemed logical to follow up to the introspective Living In The Future’s Past with a nuts and bolts view of how the machinery of our money system contributes and reacts to climat...


Daniel Pemberton and Carlos Rafael Rivera win top prizes at 21st World Soundtrack Awards
  Daniel Pemberton has won the Film Composer of the Year Award at the 21st World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony in Ghent. Carlos Rafael Rivera received the Television Composer of the Year Award. “Call me Cruella” from Disney’s Cruella was presented with the Best Original Song Award, while Nainita Desai took home the Discovery of the Year Award. Benji Merrison and Dougal Kemp were honoured as well. Eleni Kariandrou received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The 48...


Cairo Film Connection reveals its jury and sponsoring awards for its 8th edition (December 1st to 5th, 2021)

CFC  reveals its jury and sponsoring awards for its 8th edition (December 1st to 5th, 2021) during the 43rd Cairo Film Festival (November 26 - December 5 2021) The jury members  include Hania Mroueh, Metropolis Cinema Director in Lebanon,  Alice Kharoubi, Programming Director of the Cannes Film Festival Market in France, and Egyptian director Sherif El-Bandary.   “We are thrilled that Hania Mroueh, Alice Kharoubi, and Sherif El-Bandary have accepted to join ...

12th Hour - Best for Fests documentary - David Morse narrator

Emmy-Nominated Actor David Morse whose credits include Contact, The Green Mile, Proof of Life, Hearts in Atlantis, to name a few, beautifully and thoughtfully narrates the 12th Hour. David Morse performed on stage for 10 years before breaking into film, has become established as a respected supporting, character actor and second lead. He was born the first of four children of Charles, a sales manager, and Jacquelyn Morse, a schoolteacher, on October 11, 1953, in Beverly, Massachusetts. H...



Two new docs from the director of Living in the Future's Past : Susan Kucera returns on the festival circuit

12TH HOUR narrated by David Morse Documentary by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past) USA July 2021 51 minutes 48 seconds Much of our population currently lives with hopeful delusions about climate change. These delusions, many of which are built in by evolution, hamper our ability to meaningfully address the problem. Our brains evolved to solve short-term challenges for our survival. Climate change is a long-term challenge to our survival. Can we ...


Ripples, Review: Subtly, gently

Ripples, Review: Subtly, gently Ripples is film about Muslim women of Xinjiang, who now live in Yiwu, and how they miss their homeland. While China is universally acknowledged as a military and economic super-power, prejudices and misconceptions about the country’s internal matters abound. One such contentious issue is the plight of the Uyghur (Uighur) Muslims, who form a large part of the population of its Xinjiang province, in the north-west, an autonomous region, like Tibet. It is b...


18 short films of which 8 are directed by female filmmakers will screen in the Red Sea Festival’s inaugural Short Competition

The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), which will have its inaugural edition from 6-15 December, is today announcing the 18 films of which 8 are directed by female filmmakers that will screen in the Red Sea: Short Competition. The Short Competition celebrates the best contemporary short filmmaking from Arab storytellers. The slate showcases the most diverse and innovative stories coming from the region, with the competition highlighting films from student directors, first-time f...


Hot Money review : Q&A with General Wesley Clark : "It is only doom and gloom if we deny what is happening"

Interview by John Lyman What was the impetus behind Hot Money? Your film paints a dire picture for America unless the ship is righted. Is it all doom and gloom? Hot Money highlights Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuela as a real-world example of what awaits America unless it changes course. Is this a fair reading? Many hold the belief that America is an extremely wealthy country. Considering the debt held by Americans and the U.S. government, what is your view? Do...


Best for Fests: Hot Money - Trailer

From Susan Kucera, Jeff Bridges, and General Wesley Clark, Hot Money untangles the financial system, government, politics, and climate change through humor and intelligence. Hot Money from Vision Films on Vimeo. Confused by the foundations of our economy, stocks, derivatives, cost of energy and taxes? You are not alone. Untangle the complicated realities of our global financial system and its profound relationship to government, politics, and climate change with the hel...


Economic And Political Tour De Force 'Hot Money' from Susan Kucera, Jeff Bridges, Jim Swift and General Wesley Clark

Vision Films Inc. ("Vision") announces that immediately following the Clean Energy for America (CE4B) Inaugural Ball, the documentary Hot Money will be available on VOD and DVD in the U.S. and Canada. Co-executive producers, Retired General Wesley Clark and Jeff Bridges virtually introduced the preview at the streamed inaugural event. Hot Money is from director and acclaimed filmmaker Susan Kucera, and co-executive producers Jim Sw...


SPENCER, the sticky wicket of portraying Princess Diana for her stans

by Quendrith Johnson, Film Critic  Finally Kristen Stewart has had a real sunrise since the early Twilight of her career. That would be SPENCER, her peckish portrait of Princess Diana from Director Pablo Larrain. This is the “hellish Christmas” Princess Diana moment of thirty years ago, set in 1991, that released Nov. 5 from NEON.  Now playing up to six times a day, viewers can see the grandeur and the grotesque in “Peaky Blinders” screenwriter Steven Knight...


Ripples peeks inside the hem of Yiwu to Xinjiang China’s cotton production circuit

Reviewed by Quendrith Johnson “You know brands such as H&M, all those famous marks use Xinjiang cotton. Now Xinjiang cotton cannot go to foreign countries,” explains Amani Shahan in RIPPLES, a 27-minute short film exploration currently on the film festival circuit. From co-directors Benoit Lelievre and Huaqing Jin, this documentary subject peeks into the lives of those families connected to the cotton-growing industry. Chronicled here are the interconnected lives of four wome...


What's cooking in Tallinn: Projects for co-production market and Works in Progress revealed

  What's cooking? Works in Progress titles revealed Baltic Event Co-Production Market 2021 presents projects from award-winning filmmakers and established producers TV Beats Forum presents new drama series projects from the Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe Check out the preliminary programme! The 10th edition of Music Meets Film focuses on musical perspective of meaning and symbolism European Genre Forum presents 7 new voices from fantasy ...

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Punto y Raya Junior 2021 :: Festival Summary

PUNTO y RAYA JUNIOR 2021 FESTIVAL SUMMARY FULL HD / TRT: 5'17" A quick overview of the activities held in Wroclaw. Three days of pure Form, Colour, Motion and Sound. MAKING OF PUNTO y RAYA JUNIOR 2021 FULL HD / TRT: 4'30" Children, families and institutions from 10 countries in 4 continents took part in our 2021 Call for Abstract Films. Take a look at the “Behind the scenes". PyRTV :: PyR Junior 2021 International Showcase On P...


King Richard wins the MIAMI GEMS 2021 Audience Award

Runner-ups include Julia and Flee   Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Film Festival (MFF) announced that King Richard is the winner of the MIAMI GEMS 2021 Audience Award. The film starring and produced by Will Smith and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, served as the Centerpiece screening for the festival. MFF’s annual fall event took place from November 4-10 at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami.   Festival audience...


The Winners of The NYC Indie Awards for 2021

The 12th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival is proud to announce the winners of its ‘Best In’ category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Covid Diaries, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.  The awards recognize outstanding work from emerging, yet overlooked Artist Filmmakers and provide them with the opportunity for potential distribution and funding. The festival strives to promo...


IFFI 52, 05: Lifetime Achievement Award for Szabó, Scorsese; Saura’s The King of all the World, opening film

IFFI 52, 05: Lifetime Achievement Award for Szabó, Scorsese; Saura’s The King of all the World, opening film Legendary Hungarian film-maker István Szabó and veteran Hollywood figure Martin Scorsese will be honoured with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award at IFFI 52. 83 year-old Szabó is a graduate of the Budapest Academy of Film Art, and is known for such classics as 25 Fireman Street, which was an IFFI favourite, Mephisto and his latest, Zár&...

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20th Garden State Film Festival 
March 23 - 27, 2022 

November 12, 2021 Late Deadline

The Garden State Film Festival is New Jersey's Premier Independent Film Festival®.

The Garden State Film Festival [GSFF] is a global destination festival that enhances the quality of life in New Jersey by stimulating economic growth through the arts (over 9 million), investing in the creativity of students, making the arts accessible to undeserved populations, and preserving heritage arts.

(GSFF) showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences.

GSFF was founded to promote the art of film making on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works, as well as to provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders. Our goal is to present films of the highest quality in both production value and content.

Founded to celebrate the independent film genre, The Garden State Film Festival, a not for profit organization, offers independent filmmakers the chance to exhibit their work and gives New Jersey audiences a chance to experience new, cultural, and artistic endeavors through the medium of film.

See you at the movies!

Asbury Park, New Jersey - USA      March 23 – 27, 2022

November 12, 2021  Late Deadline

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Fantasporto 42
April 1-10


Deadline  December 1st, 2021 (Feature films)

November 1st (Fantasy short films)

Fantasporto enjoys incredible loyalty and support from the large film-appreciating community all over the World. In the last edition, Fantasporto was attended by over 25,000 enthusiastic genre film fans and over 200 members of the film press and industry.

To submit a film please send us to the link and password (best in Vimeo) of the film to be seen by the selection committee

Features: The films must be produced in 2021 or 2022.

Shorts (only fantasy films competition) till 15 minutes produced in 2021/22

To participate in the festival, films must be first screenings in Portugal.

Regulations and Entry Form    


CATALOG 2021  


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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 20 – 24, 2022

Regular Deadline: December 6, 2021 

RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE SUBMISSION FEE BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE TOP REVIEWED ON FilmFreeway, JDIFF is known for it's networking opportunities, best communication, quaint location, great programming, friendly staff & volunteers, inquisitive audience, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels, amazing events and parties and so much more! JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and truly geared for the best experience!

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Director of Photography, etc and choose the final winner of each category.

JDIFF acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world and is committed to bringing world class entertainment to the heart of the midwest.



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Worldfest Houston 55 
April 20 - 24, 2022


Early bird discount deadline  November 15

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival offers international competition in Ten Major Competition Categories! Features, Shorts, Docs/Business Films, Student, Experimental, Screenplays, New Media, TV Production, TV Commercials, & Music Videos! More than 200 sub-categories for fair competition. Only at WorldFest-Houston are you selected as a Remi Award Winner on the basis of your numerical score from the juries, which greatly increases your chance to win a Remi, unlike other festivals that only give out one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze! Only 10%-15% of entries actually win the coveted Remi Award!

You may enter Online via our entry platform -, or via - we now accept entries via Vimeo & YouTube, in addition to DVD/BR Entries, & USB/Jump Drives. Screenplay entries must be bound. We will confirm when we receive your entry and we provide personal Jury Results, and festival details when you are selected for screening at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival!

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World Trailer Awards 2022
February 12 & 13,  2022

Inaugural edition 
FINAL DEADLINE 31st October 2021

Honouring the world's best creatives marketing the world's best entertainment.

The World Trailer Awards are open for entry and will honour outstanding entertainment marketing across Cinema, TV (Broadcast & Cable), Gaming, Podcast & Radio, Streaming Services and Social Media. For more information and to enter:

To be eligible for entry in the 2022 World Trailer Awards (Awards), the Work being submitted must have been made available to the intended audience in the Region and Market selected for the Entry between 1 January 2020 and 31 October 2021 inclusive.

The WTA is a global initiative from the revered Golden Trailer Awards, an awards competition that recently marked its 21st year celebrating the entertainment industry's best movie trailers, teasers, posters, and innovative advertising; in association with AcclaimWorks, a globally recognised leader in awards management services.

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NYC Independent Film Festival
(June 12-19, 2022)

November 30, 2021 Regular Deadline

January 15, 2022 Late Deadline
February 15, 2022 Extended Deadline

New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF) will hold a physical festival this year. Masks and social distancing will be mandatory and observed throughout. But we are determined to be a celebration of the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYCIndieFF is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.

Home of the NYC Indie Awards the festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYCIndieFF screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

NYCIndieFF honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Covid Diaries, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

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Your Script Produced Studios: season 3

November 3 – 7, 2022

Regular Deadline  December 31, 2021 

Discovering and Producing Talented Writers and Filmmakers left behind by the entertainment industry, worldwide!

The return of Entertainment's unparalleled event!

Season 3 SPECIAL EDITION: Accepting the following submissions: Features, Pilots, Shorts AND Documentaries!

THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT ON SUCCESS! WE ARE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FROM ALL AGES, WORLDWIDE! Anyone under the age of 18 MUST submit a parental consent form.


Writers & Filmmakers of ALL ages can submit.



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New Media Film Festival

June 1 – 2, 2022

January 3, 2022 Pre-Fest Deadline

New Media Film Festival®, an innovative and award-winning* festival created in 2009, celebrates stories, technology, and platforms. We continually implement new opportunities outside the norm to bolster creators in media.

Judges from HBO, MARVEL, EMMYS, BBC, Grammys, PBS & more. $45,000.00 In Awards

Through our boundary pushing ideology, we create an environment for creators to thrive. New Media Film Festival® is an infinite catalyst for story and technology. Not just any stories, but the stories worth telling.

All submissions come with perks - one of them is consideration for distribution.
NETFLIX - 1st look deal, documentaries specifically.
AMC-1st look deal, feature length, & series - all types

New - NFT category
New - PITCHING - our Producer Panel & Pitching is now online. Submit your Pitch today!
New - One Page Feedback add on to Script Category
All categories -
360, AR, AI, 5D, Animation, Apps, Artwork, Digital Comics, Documentary, Drone, Feature, Mixed Reality, Mobile/Tablet, Music Only, Music Video, New Media, Pilots, Pitching, Podcasts, Scripts, Shorts, Sniplers (30 second pitch), SR- Socially Responsible, STEAM, Student, Trailers, TV, Virtual Reality, Web Series, Web Series Promo (one scene)

**Please note, New Media category includes Gaming, Tech Vlog's, VE, Vertical, Live, Location Based, etc.

June 1st Global Online and June 2nd in person at the state of the art theater, The Landmark in Los Angeles CA


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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
May 28 – June 2, 2022


 Early bird deadline: January 12, 2022 

The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre.

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The Festival enjoyed packed audiences at all screenings and played host to 22 visiting Filmmakers & Industry guests from as far afield as Brazil, USA, France, Ireland, UK, Germany, Greece & Iran. Check out our photos here as well as the Festival Vibe & interview videos on our YouTube Channel (Copy & Paste the link):

Screenings are held Under the Stars in the Town Hall Square with daytime programmes held at the fabulous Pearl Cavo oceanside venue.



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HOT MONEY by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. take us on a journey through the complicated realities of our financial system and its profound exposure to climate change. Hot Money outs the whole game, the whole charade, the whole crapshoot of the money system with all the humor and intelligence of a New Yorker cartoon. Combined with the wisdom of international business experts and academics, Hot Money is rich with historical context. It severs the knot of economic and political forces that may lead to societal collapse.


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12TH HOUR narrated by David Morse

Documentary by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

USA July 2021 51 minutes 48 seconds

Much of our population currently lives with hopeful delusions about climate change. These delusions, many of which are built in by evolution, hamper our ability to meaningfully address the problem.

Our brains evolved to solve short-term challenges for our survival. Climate change is a long-term challenge to our survival. Can we bridge the gap between these modes of thinking?

Emmy-nominated actor David Morse narrates the brutally honest 12th hour with insight from noted evolutionary biologists, climate scientists, cognitive researchers and psychologists.

Visionary thinkers like Peter Russell, Dr. Paul Piff, Dr. Kari Norgaard and dozens of the brightest minds in academia lay out an unflinching look at mankind: our past, our abilities, our shortcomings and what may be humankind's final destination.

If we have any hope to survive the changes we’ve locked in to our climate, we need to be honest with ourselves and our limitations. The 12th Hour lays out our biases so that we may overcome them.


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ENOUGH Lebanon's Darkest Hour

Documentary by Daisy Gedeon second feature documentary
Australia  june 2021 90 minutes (in post)

ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour follows Australian-Lebanese filmmaker Daizy Gedeon’s personal and independent introspection into how her ancestral homeland, the place her family was forced to flee in the 1970s because of the Civil War, has ended up in a state of complete catastrophe. It is a story of awakening in which Daizy is forced to abandon her idealism about Lebanon and face the cold, harsh truth about the country’s dark underbelly which is its most sinister enemy.

Daizy prosecutes the case against the corrupt political class which has reduced a proud people to beg for garbage collection instead of greatness and negotiate potholes rather than peace.

ENOUGH! is the plea and the prayer, the feeling and fierce determination of the 4.5 million Lebanese in Lebanon as well as the 16 million members of the Lebanese diaspora scattered around the world, whose hearts continue to bleed for a homeland they are desperate to return to and so deeply want to believe in...once again.


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The Sound of Us directed by Chris Gero


"The Sound of Us" illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.

As the world grapples with unrest the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not alone.

The Sound of Us weaves inspiring stories about the beauty and goodness of music with interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, Avery*Sunshine, Eric Whitacre, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hiromi, Antonio Sanchez, Butch Walker, Will Wells, Patti Smith, and many more. Combined, these powerful vignettes illustrate how music heals us, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our heritage and history alive, allows us to have the most difficult of conversations, sheds light on current struggles, and continues to invite us back to the thing that unites us all - music.

The film is directed by Chris Gero, a Grammy nominated, American music industry executive, concert producer, record producer, songwriter, film director and composer, founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group

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INVISIBLE HAND  by Matthew Taylor
director of The Creepy LineMarcel Duchamp the art of the possibleSafeguard an electoral debate...

USA  28 minutes August 2021

Invisible Hand is an exploration of memory. Our unnamed protagonist lives a life of repetition and insecurity. Every day is a blur of abstract actions until one night she meets a dark stranger who gives her a mysterious gift. Her life is turned upside down when she confronts a terrifying truth about her past. Deciding to take herself out of the abstract daily routine, she journeys into the crevices of her memory to untangle a dark secret that could ultimately destroy her.

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Phil Liggett The Voice of Cycling
Documentary created by Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe, the filmmakers behind MAMIL (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) written by Eleanor Sharpe.

Documlentary Australia April 2021 1h 54

The life of legendary television commentator Phil Liggett MBE is inextricably entwined with the history of professional cycling. During a career that has spanned five decades, 15 Olympic games and 47 Tours de France, Phil Liggett has been there for every key moment in cycling over the last half century. The heroic triumphs, the appalling tragedies, the scandals and the controversies; Phil has seen it all, and told us about it with passion, knowledge and his trademark wit. As much as anyone, Phil Liggett has shaped the way the world sees cycling. #TheVoiceOfCycling

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Aliens on Halloween by Riker Lynch
29 / 39 or 43 minutes, short comedy April 2021

In an attempt to snatch a sample of human DNA, two clueless aliens come down to Earth and crash a Halloween party in Hollywood.


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Zero Gravity USA first film directed by Thomas Verrette

74 minutes First feature documentary USA April 2021

A diverse group of middle-school students go on the journey of a lifetime when they compete in a nationwide competition sponsored by MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.

Zero Gravity is a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
Seen through the wondrous eyes of three diverse young students and their first-time coach, they each take an intimate and personal journey to space as their team grows from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament — the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their incredible accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit.

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Safeguard: An Electoral College Story Documentary by Matthew Taylor

USA September 2020 77minutes

How do United States' presidential elections really work? And what would happen if we changed the rules? In Safeguard: An Electoral College Story, award-winning filmmaker M.A. Taylor answers those questions.

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BLUE MOTEL Award winning script by Ted Campbell
Feature film in production by Doval Bacall Films


Grand Winner Your Script Produced season 1  Platinum Remi Award WorldFest Houston

When his bank robber father injured in a recent heist seeks refuge at the desolate motel where he works, a motel clerk is forced to confront the truth behind a botched heist from his past.

Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list.

Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as well as his screenwriting idols Scott Frank, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy and Richard Wenk.

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Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 Director's cut: 79 minutes

What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty.

Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. 

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