Award winners of Kratkofil Plus 2014:

• Best experimental movie: Shadow of your smile by Alexei Dmitriev* (Russia)
• Best documentary: The Supreme by Katarzyna Gondek* (Poland)
• Best animated movies: Coda by Alan Holly* (Ireland) and Pandas by Matuš Vizar (Slovakia)
• Best regional movie: Boles by Špela Čadež (Slovenia)
• Best Grand Prix: Mont d’Or by Karen Vazquez Guadarrama (Belgium)
• Audience award: Audition by Pierre Niney* (France)

Congrats to all the winners!

Filmmakers with a * are FFL members and submitted their short films via FilmFestivalLife!

I would love more of a Q+A culture to be fostered at film festivals in Germany. In France, they hang out more after the screening and take part in a more dedicated forum session, with more deeper questions.

- FFL member Christian Koch. Our interview here:

FILMMAKERS ALERT // Deadlines July 2014

Dungog Festival
Dungog, Australia
Regular Deadline: Jul 07, 2014

All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival
Los Angeles, United States
Early Bird Deadline: Jul 12, 2014

THESS International Short Film Festival
Thessaloniki, Greece
Late Deadline: Jul 15, 2014

Telluride Horror Show
Telluride, United States
Regular Deadline: Jul 15, 2014

Roma Creative Contest - Short Film Festival
Rome, Italy
Late Deadline: Jul 15, 2014

Zagreb Film Festival
Zagreb, Croatia
Late Deadline: Jul 15, 2014

Sunscreen Film Festival West
St Petersburg, FL & Los Angeles, CA, United States
Regular Deadline: Jul 15, 2014

Ploiesti International Film Festival
Ploiesti, Romania
Late Deadline: Jul 20, 2014

People for Peace Film Festival
Sydney, Australia
Regular Deadline: Jul 21, 2014

Indie Fest USA International Film Festival
Garden Grove, United States
Regular Deadline: Jul 31, 2014

TOHorror Film Fest
Turin, Italy
Regular Deadline: Jul 31, 2014

For more deadlines:

An Academy Award qualification status makes a festival very competitive and I guess the pinnacle of short films some would say is the Oscars, whilst some others would say it’s the national award. The goal for a short film should be to be seen by audiences at as many festivals as possible.

- Flickerfest’s Festival Director Bronwyn Kidd in our interview:

Sydney Film Festival Winners List 2014!

Congrats to all those at the Sydney Film Festival who won prizes at the weekend. Special shout out to the winners of the Dendy Awards, ALL submitted via FilmFestivalLife!

Sydney Film Prize: Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary: 35 Letters, Janine Hosking

The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

Live Action Short: I Want To Dance Better At Parties, Matthew Bate, Gideon Obarzanek

Yoram Gross Animation Award: Phantom Limb, Alex Grigg

Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director: Grey Bull, Eddy Bell

Event Cinemas Short Screenplay Award: Welcome to Iron Knob, Dave Wade

Bravo to all from everyone here at FilmFestivalLife! See you next year, Sydney!

Festivals offer some of the best ways for filmmakers to connect with others around their film: to connect with audiences, to connect with other filmmakers, and to connect with film industry representatives. You just can’t get that when relying strictly on online distribution or even traditional theatrical distribution. This human element of physically interacting and exchanging ideas with festival attendees is wholly unique.

- Clint Bowie, NOFF’s Program Director in our interview: 5 Facts for Filmmakers about New Orleans Film Festival.