For me a good short is really quick at getting to the point. The first frames, the first pictures I see from a film are essential. If the first scene is good and it inspires me, then most of the time I’ll love the whole film. This is very important to me and a short film should come very close and very quick to the point of what the film wants to tell. It’s a short – don’t waste time!

- Michael Orth, Director of the 16th Landshut Short Film Festival. Submit now!


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There used to be a ‘fence’ between fiction and facts. Do you think we need this separation?

'The ‘fence’ is skewed more and more today with narrative and documentary films, particularly where verity style is employed in the filmmaking. We think this is the wave of the future – a great story is a great story.'

Teddy Grouya, Festival Director, 4th American Documentary Film Festival.

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Filmmaker Alerts // Deadlines October 2014

Zubroffka International Short Film Festival
Białystok, Poland
Late Deadline: Oct 01, 2014

Plymouth Film Festival
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Early bird deadline: Oct 01, 2014

Funchal International Film Festival – Madeira
Funchal, Portugal
Late deadline: Oct 10, 2014

Courts des Îles, International Festival of Short Fiction Films from the Islands of the World
Tahiti, French Polynesia, France
Early bird deadline: Oct 12, 2014

Mountain Pico Festival
Madalena, Portugal
Late deadline: Oct 25, 2014

GeNerk Fest
New York City, United States
Early bird deadline: Oct 31, 2014

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We wish we could share some tips, that really work. We believe that there is a festival for every film, so first of all don’t go crazy if you’re not selected. When we finish watching submissions, our short list is far bigger than the 70-something competition films we have each year…


Marcin Łuczaj, Program & Media Coordinator, 9th Zubroffka International Short Film Festival.

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Filmmaker Alerts // Deadlines September 2014

Mestre Film Fest
Mestre-Venezia,  Italy
Late Deadline: Sep 01, 2014

Zubroffka International Short Film Festival
Białystok,  Poland
Late Deadline: Sep 01, 2014

TOHorror Film Fest
Turin, Italy
Late Deadline: Sep 05, 2014

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Sebastopol, United Staes
Regular deadline: Sep 05, 2014
Late deadline: Sep 19, 2014

Fester: The Mindfuck Festival
Los Angeles, United States
Late Deadline: Sep 06, 2014

All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival
Los Angeles, United States
Late Deadline: Sep 09, 2014

Taos Shortz Film Fest
Taos, United States
Early bird deadline:  Sep 11, 2014

Portland International Film Festival
Portland, Oregon, United States
Early Bird Deadline: Sep 19, 2014

Cornwall Film Festival
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Regular deadline: Sep 11, 2014
Late Deadline: Sep 25, 2014

Film Noir Festival
Vincennes, France
Early bird deadline: Sep 15, 2014

Flickerfest International Short Film Festival
Sydney, Australia
Late Deadline: Sep 19, 2014

Telluride Horror Show
Telluride, United States
Late Deadline: Sep 20, 2014

Sound & Image Challenge Worldwide 2014
Macau, Macau
Late deadline: Sep 30, 2014

People for Peace Film Festival
Sydney, Australia
Early bird deadline: Sep 30, 2014

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