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Festival Alert: April '23

Festivals on the nonfiction horizon, open for you to submit to!

Video Consortium

The Video Consortium
April 18th, 2023
Festival Alert: April '23

VCers, we want to see your work make it out into the world. Just for you, a monthly list of some impactful film festivals open (and opening) to submission.


  • Portland Film Festival’s currently open for submissions of films and TikTok or Instagram reels. Early deadline: Apr 16th, 2023.



  • The Champs-Élysées Film Festival is one of the most popular events for independent French and American filmmakers. Submit your film today. 🥐 Deadline: Apr. 23rd, 2023.



  • The History Film Festival is looking for documentaries that confirm how exciting history can be while still promoting diversity, tolerance, intercultural dialogue and reconciliation. 🏺📜 Extended Deadline: April 30th, 2023.



  • Want to share your independent film with South Africans, and screen in cities like Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town? Lucky for you, the SA Independent Film Fest is open for submissions! Early Bird Deadline: April 31st, 2023.


  • DOC NYC 2023 🍎, America’s largest documentary film festival, is open for submissions! Submit now and expect to hear back from them in September. 📢 Regular Deadline: May 1st, 2023. 🌟VC Members can use code 23VCONSORTIUM15 for 15% off your submission fee (this is a limited code so submit yours soon)!




  • Minikino Film Week in Bali is accepting submissions for short documentaries and mixed media projects. 📽 Deadline: Apr 30th, 2023.


  • Raindance Film Festival is looking for the very best in film from the UK and around the world. Could that be you? 🗺️ (PS. Early deadlines have the cheapest submission fees.) Regular deadline: May 8th, 2023.



  • Submit your work to The Global Peace Film Festival. Next deadline: May 10th, 2023.



  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is now open for submissions! ⭐️ VC Essential members get 20% off and VC GOLD members get 50% off submissions; head to Member Resources to get your code! 📢 Late Deadline: June. 1st 2023


✌️ Want to share your film with the rest of the VC community? Send an email or submit here to screen at an upcoming local gathering or get featured in Field Notes or on social.

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