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Film Festival & Market Updates: September 2020

Indian Film Institute brings Indie Filmmaker's monthly updates of Film Festivals across the globe. See what's going on within the Festival circle, whose deadline is coming soon, who are offering discounts, who have opened their entries, which are prominent films, and film markets that are taking place.

Festival nearing the deadline International Short Documentary Film Festival


Final Deadline: September 13, 2020

Entry Fee - $5 - $10 is a carefully curated selection of documentaries from around the world swooping down into extraordinary lives. It is a free and not-for-profit video platform streaming documentaries in 6 languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, and Italian) + a series of live screenings in different cities where our languages are spoken.

2020 UK Seasonal Short Film Festival


Final Deadline: September 16, 2020

Entry Fee - $5 - $15

It is curated by WWCSFF Film Festivals, the same team that produces the London-X4 Seasonal Short Film Festival, the London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival, and the Asia South East-Short Film Festival.

Byron Bay Underground Film Festival


Final Deadline: September 17, 2020

Entry Fee - $15 - $45

The event will proudly take place at 'Palace Cinemas' - Byron Bay, Australia's most prestigious cinema chain, and a friend to Independent Cinema.

Short Days Film Festival


Final Deadline: September 18, 2020

Entry Fee - $10 - $30

Short Days” is an international 𝗜𝗠𝗗𝗕 𝗤𝘂𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗳𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 short film festival that has been active in several Italian cities since 2015. Keeping its nature of monthly screening, since 2018 “Short Days” has become a festival that has the goal of screening in cinema venues a selection of the best independent short films, giving them the chance to be screened in multiple cities through our partnership with many Italian festivals.

COUCH Film Festival


Final Deadline: September 19, 2020

Entry Fee - $5 - $35

COUCHFF is an IMDb-eligible quarterly event committed to highlighting and showcasing the very best films from around the globe. We welcome filmmakers to submit to our Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Editions.

Omeleto Film Festival


Final Deadline: September 20, 2020

Entry Fee - Free

Omeleto is the home of award-winning short films and the next generation of great filmmakers. Showcase with us and join the spectacular company: Sundance winners, Oscar noms, and critically-acclaimed filmmakers from every genre.

Golden Short Film Festival


Final Deadline: September 23, 2020

Entry Fee - $8-$20

The Golden Short Film Festival rewards the best and outstanding short films from around the globe. We consider the art of filming an essential component of our lives and encourage works that use powerful narration in order to create a unique vision.

Open Film Festivals

Reel Youth Film Festival


No Entry Fee

The Reel Youth Film Festival is a touring festival of the world's best youth-made short films. It is a diverse collection that includes all genres, celebrates youth culture, and showcases a new generation of filmmakers.

Twister Alley Film Festival

Entry Fee - $8 -$25

Twister Alley provides the perfect setting for filmmakers and movie fans alike to congregate and celebrate the world of independent film. All selected films screen on the big screen at the Woodward Arts Theater.

Barnes Film Festival

London/United Kingdom

Entry Fee - $11 -$20

This festival aims to celebrate emerging talent in the Film and TV Industry. Barnes Film Festival has an amazing array of patrons including Stanley Tucci, Vanessa Redgrave, Steven Moffat, George Mackay, and Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek.

Andromeda Film Festival


Entry Fee - $9 -$15

Andromeda Film Festival is a film festival that was established under the International Cinema Community. Like any other festival, it is associated with, one of the goals of this festival is to fight unfair competition.

Fernie Mountain Film Festival


Entry Fee - $25 -$28

This Festival is dedicated to filmmakers who spark awareness of mountain cultures, fragile environments, and the passion and perseverance of global explorers.

San Diego Independent Filmmakers Festival

California/United States

Entry Fee - $8 -$15

The San Diego Independent Filmmakers Festival is a festival where California and Regional, as well as International Independent Filmmakers, come together to submit their films and compete for the San Diego Independent Filmmaker of the Year Award and $1,000 cash prize for THE SAN DIEGO INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR.

Cinema Spectacular Film Festival


Entry Fee - $4 -$10

Cinema Spectacular is an all-Canadian, local cinema celebration of filmmakers working on those low- to no-budget passion projects that make the landscape of independent film so unique, inspiring, and effervescent.

Berlin Film Week


Entry Fee - $25 -$40

This film festival aims to present the best of international and German cinema and create transformational experiences for film lovers, seekers, and creators of all ages and backgrounds.

L’Europe autour de l’Europe Film Festival


Entry Fee - $18 -$60

The festival will screen 100 films (63 features) from a total of 31 countries and 28 MEDIA participating countries. The festival shows feature films, documentaries, shorts, animations, new media and experimental films.

Salento International Film Festival


Entry Fee - $9 -$55

The Salento International Film Festival Is a celebration of films and filmmakers, promotes international independent films, in recognition of the fact that movies are the most powerful form of cultural communication and link between cultures and people.

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival


Entry Fee - $15 -$45

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is a popular and beloved institution and has grown over the last 6 years to become an important and essential Australian film festival, showcasing the world's best and most innovative cutting edge documentaries. If accepted you are guaranteed to be part of an incredible, world-class line-up.

International Film Festival Of South East Asia


Entry Fee - $25 -$50

BMO IFFSA Toronto is THE LARGEST SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA, and a pioneer organization devoted to advancing the development, promotion, and celebration of cinematic arts.

Diorama International Film Festival & Market


Entry Fee - Free

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