SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Submission deadline: Aug 6 (Shorts) and Aug 10 (Features)
Film Festival: Jan 24 – Feb 3, 2019
Park City, Utah
Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.
Mini Indie Film Festival
Submission Deadline: End of July/ Early August
Film Festival: September 2018
A festival of Trailers, Teasers, Sizzle Reels and Shorts. Current Industry judges evaluate and winners are selected. This is a huge networking event known to provide a strong New York presence for your work. Past participants have had projects pitched to HBO, BET, and the Own Network. Other participants have acquired additional funding for the completion of a full feature of their project. Streaming Video-On-Demand deals are common among winners. The atmosphere is bright and infused with fascinating personalities from the NY media scene. We diversify to amplify. That’s the message we spread to producers, networks and studios.
Dominican Film Festival
Film Festival: July 24-29, 2018
New York, New York
DFFNY’s mission is to promote a new generation of Dominican filmmakers alongside established ones. DFFNY strives on strengthening the vital economic and cultural relationship of the Dominican Republic with the United States. The festival’s main objective is to inform New York Cities audience about Dominican cinema and its relation to the history, politics and social life of the country through an aesthetic approach. The festival’s program will showcase an array of works reflecting the city’s diverse population including a large ratio of Latinos from 21 countries.
New Voices of Black Cinema Film Festival
Film Festival: April 26-29, 2019
Based in Fort Greene Brooklyn, ActNow Foundation (ANF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-proﬁt company that provides a platform for ethnically and racially diverse ﬁlmmakers, producers, writers & actors, whose productions focus on the full range of African-American & Latino experiences. ActNow operates in an environment of progressive artist collaboration, it accepts and welcomes transition and change, all the while remaining true to its roots and commitment to African-American and Latino cultural development.
Tribeca Film Festival
Submission Deadline: October 18, 2018
Film Festival: April 18 -29, 2019
New York, New York
Tribeca Hub remains one of the cornerstones of the festival experience, a place where some of the world’s brightest and most creative storytelling minds come to think, create, explore, and meet.
American Black Film Festival
Film Festival: June 13 -17, 2019
Miami Beach, FL
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is an annual event dedicated to showcasing quality film and television content created by and made for African Americans. Founded by Jeff Friday, ABFF supports emerging artists, encouraging a group of diversity in stories and storytellers represented in the entertainment industry. The ABFF is committed to the belief that Black artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts, and are recognized as a vital pipeline for Black talent in front of and behind the camera. Annually held during the month of June, the festival is comprised of five action-packed days of films, engaging panels, networking events and more. From the star-studded opening night screening to the inspirational closing filmmaker ceremony. The ABFF will be a night to remember!
Submission deadline:June 17, 2018
Film Festival: September, 2018
Submit your film to the 10 year anniversary of WILLi FEST. This enjoyable film festival will be held in September in Brooklyn, NY.
Born and raised in London, Louisa has lived and worked in New York City for over 20 years and has been screenwriting for over 10 years. She assisted Seth Zie Rosenfeld (The Get Down, How to Make it in America) during his tenure at Columbia University; teaching the graduate screenwriting course, where she was first inspired to become a screenwriter. Since then she has written, co-written, and shot a number of feature-length screenplays, pilots and short films. Her works include: Kate Cortesi’s short film Lazarus, Joseph Grant’s feature Legendary and are her current two projects Car Mom, and Otis Food and Friends. Louisa even takes up teaching artist for an intensive film program with Manhattan Youth Project.
In addition to her outstanding achievements thus far, she has worked in broadcast production with Ed Burns, Vincent Rubino, Wild Ocean Films, has done TV production for Naomi Juddʼs show: Naomiʼs New Morning, and has worked with a leading documentarian, Michelle DaCosta, for The Prince of Hip Hop. She has worked as an international reporter for a UK based magazine 101 and for Ellen Barkin as a junior assistant. In addition, Louisa featured in Christy Turlingtonʼs documentary No Woman No Cry and has created and produced various video blogs for Real Savvy Moms; an award-winning PBS TV show turned internet series. Louisa joined BLFC in the Fall of 2017 and quickly took advantage of the opportunities the BLFC has to offer. BLFC has hosted a fundraiser to kick start her project Car Mom and now she has raised enough money to start shooting her series. Keep a lookout for Louisa Brown’s Car Mom, which will debut on Amazon.
Independent filmmaking can be frustrating in terms of getting your work noticed. Film festivals provides a platform for independent filmmakers that allows them to showcase their work to a larger audience, which can possibly lead to great opportunities. Many years ago submitting to film festivals was a tedious process for both the filmmakers and the festivals. Having to manually fill out submission forms and mail those forms with a check and copy of your film, was a headache until Withoutabox emerged. Withoutabox gave festivals the opportunity to accept applications online. Filmmakers can upload their films and their information once, and submit applications to multiple film festivals. Soon after Withoutabox made its debut, things began to take a turn for the worst. Withoutabox filed for a patent for their online festival database and submission service. This prevented competitors from developing anything similar to what WAB offers. For many years WAB was the only way a filmmaker could submit to a festival. Eventually IMDb, which is own by Amazon, bought Withoutabox making it even more difficult to compete with WAB. Other companies did not want to risk a lawsuit against Amazon’s million dollar lawyers. Without any competition, Withoutabox remained virtually the same since it debuted. Many people complained that the website was not user friendly and that the quality of the films, after being uploaded to the website, was very poor. Festivals had to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars to list their festivals. WAB also strongly insisted that for festivals to use the WAB services that they had to exclusively accept submissions from Withoutabox. The absence of company competition gave WAB the power to do whatever they wanted. This all changed when a brave company came to the rescue. In 2014 Filmfreeway provided an alternative way to submit to festivals. Filmfreeway was safe from any lawsuits because they are based in Canada and WAB’s United States patent has no jurisdiction in other countries. This new alternative quickly caught the attention of many festivals and filmmakers. The website was more user friendly, offered the option to upload in HD for free, and allowed festivals to list for a more affordable price making it more affordable for filmmakers to submit. Filmfreeway now receives more web traffic and more film festival listings than Withoutabox. This has forced Withoutabox to make some serious changes to improve their user experience. They have lowered their festival listing costs as well. This is a perfect example of how a modern day monopoly was pushed to provide a better service when competition presented itself. Although Withoutabox is working towards change, Filmfreeway remains a festival favorite. Withoutabox is currently putting more effort towards being used for the more popular festivals, like Sundance. In time we will see if Withoutabox redeems itself, but for now Filmfreeway has stolen the show.