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.
The early bird catches the worm 🐦🪱 ! It also catches on first submission to the Brussels Independent Film Festival. Early Bird Deadline: March 23rd, 2023.
Cannes Film Awards 🎟️ is open to submissions until Mar. 10th 2023 (shorts) or Mar. 24th 2023 (features).
Filmmakers challenging definitions of what a documentary can be, pushing boundaries between art and technology, this one’s for you. The IDFA DocLab 🥼is open for submissions for the 2023 Festival. More info here! Deadline: March 24th, 2023.
The 25th International Shanghai Film Festival is open for submissions. Deadline: Mar. 23rd, 2023.
Doclisboa International Film Festival seeks to imagine reality through new cinematic forms of perception, reflection and action. 👁️🪞🎬 Now you can be a part of that too. Submit and see your film screened in Portugal! First Deadline: March 31st, 2023.
The 20th edition of the Reykjavík International Film Festival will take place between September 28th and October 8th, 2023. Submit now to make the Early Bird Deadline: March 31st, 2023
Submit to Toronto International Film Festival before the early bird deadline! Early Bird Deadline March 31st. Standard Deadline May 12th.
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.
DOC NYC 2023 🍎 , one of America’s largest film festivals, is open for submissions! Submit now and expect to hear back from them in September. Deadline: April 3rd, 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! 📢 Regular Deadline: Apr. 3rd 2023
Portland Film Festival 🚲🎞️ has a variety of prizes and opportunities available for documentarians. Hungry for one of them? Well then, prepare your submission! Deadline: April 5th, 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.
Woman-identifying filmmaker? Submit to Female Eye Film Festival. Deadline: April 14th, 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.
Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival is open for submissions! Deadline April 28th
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.
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival is the largest festival for creative documentary films with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe. 🏰 Sounds right for you? Submit your work! 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.
The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival screens high-quality Australian and International films. 🦘 Submit today. Final deadline: May 8th, 2023.
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival is currently open to submissions. 📽 Deadline: May 15th, 2023.