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Festival Alert: February '23

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

Video Consortium

The Video Consortium
February 13th, 2023
Festival Alert: February '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.



  • Sydney Film Festival is open for another month, to submissions in all categories.Deadline: Feb. 24th, 2023. 🏄


  • Just a couple of days before the submissions for the LGBTQ Marseille Film Festival come to a close. This is your last chance to showcase queer stories and doccies. 🌈 Deadline: Feb. 28th, 2023.



  • DOC NYC was voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world”. Submit your documentary features or shorts now. 🗽 Early deadline: Mar. 1st, 2023. Final deadline: July 5th, 2023.


  • One of the UK’s leading documentary film festivals, Sheffield DocFest, is open for submissions! ⏲️ Deadline: Mar. 3rd, 2023



  • Encounters Film Fest is looking for submissions from South African filmmakers as well as international documentarians. 👁️ Deadline: Mar. 10th, 2023


  • Have you just wrapped an animated doc? Submit to Annecy Festival. 🍾 Deadline: Feb. 25th, 2023 (shorts) or Mar. 15th, 2023 (features and VR).


  • Cannes Film Awards 🎟️ is open to submissions until Mar. 10th 2023 (shorts) or Mar. 24th 2023 (features).



  • Submissions for Odense International Film Festival, an academy-award qualifying week-long festival in Denmark 🦢 , are open to filmmakers of all genres. Deadline: Apr. 1st, 2023.


  • HollyShorts Film Festival has been around for 19 years and offers filmmakers thousands of dollars worth of prizes. 💵 Submit your documentary film today. Deadline: Apr. 7th, 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.) Early deadline: Apr. 10th, 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.




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