Ideal Film Submissions: Open to any film style, genre and length. We’ve had a four-hour film and a 20-second short. Send in your narrative, documentary, short, feature, music video, animated, web, advertising spot, TV series, ultra-short and more. We look for a unique focus. Sure, we like to be inspired, but we like to cry and get angry too. We like to feel all the feels (hope, love, relief, action, laughter, learning and more). We salivate over films with great stories and fresh takes on the new and the old. We want to discover your love and passion for filmmaking. Yes, we like undiscovered subject matters, underrepresented ideas, people, voices and emotionally uplifting and soul drenching premises. But at the end of the day, there’s nothing better than watching a submission that has a strong story, character, cast, script, acting, timing, lighting, sound, soundtrack, visuals, as well as a million other strengths. Your film may not have everything but it will have a mixture of something and that’s what really excites us. We can’t wait to watch your film.
Film Submission Pet Peeves: Filmmakers who don’t update their contact info.
Festival Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Ideal Film Submissions: Documentaries, narrative features, films about social justice including women’s rights, racial equality and LGBTQIA+ stories, winemaking, lifestyle, food and sports.
Film Submission Pet Peeves: Overly long documentaries, not reading submission requirements, lack of research about our particular festival.
Festival Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Ideal Film Submissions: We love genre films, documentaries, films with diverse casts (and crew), LGBTQIA+ films, challenging films, films directed by women, innovative films, traditional narratives and non-traditional narratives, late nighters, early morning-ers, animation, international films, family friendly films and controversial films — we love films of all kinds, there’s no ideal submission.We work for our lineup to be as diverse in content, style and form as the filmmakers that make the films… But it won’t hurt if the film features a kitten or pizza.
Film Submission Pet Peeves: Getting a fee waiver request two weeks before the festival (and way after the call for entries has closed). Not kidding, it happens.
Festival Location: Park City, Utah
Ideal Film Submissions: A Slamdance film isn’t just a good film. We are a scrappy, alternative, DIY artist-led festival that values outsiders, true independence, raw talent over technical skill, personal vision, unique perspectives, and advances to the filmmaking form. We want to find and support exciting, groundbreaking filmmakers, even if they are still developing their craft. We have helped launch the careers of filmmakers including Christopher Nolan and the Russo Brothers, and look to kick off more new voices each year.
Film Submission Pet Peeves: Don’t ask us to update your screener if you’ve made new edits to your film! Submit when you are ready to fully stand behind and be judged by what you are turning in, even if it is a work-in-progress cut. It is unfair to other filmmakers who wait and pay the higher submission fees, and difficult for our small admin team to manage.
Festival Location: Minneapolis
Ideal Film Submissions: Music-related Documentaries
Film Submission Pet Peeves: Films not having anything to do with music (fiction, documentaries, and shorts) and not being able to contact the person who has submitted the entry.