Oct 1st

We’re going to keep the introductions short and get straight to the nitty-gritty this month! After all, you’ve got submissions to do… Here’s three biggies. It’s your final chance to submit to the Portland International Film Festival - situated in arguably the coolest city in the United States, it’s an equally impressive film festival. And it’s the last chance […]

Focus • GREEN ME on The Connected Age, Investigative Journalism and Getting Kids Into Eco Issues

Sep 8th

Launched nearly a decade ago, the GreenMe Film Festival is aiming to make a real change in the world. You guessed it – it’s ecological issues that these guys are interested in. And it’s based in our home city of Berlin. So, we felt it was high-time for us to go and chat with the Festival Director Nic Niemann and […]

Focus • 25 Years of FLICKERFEST: Sensational Shorts, Surfing and A Unique Vibe

Sep 3rd

Filmmakers dream of seeing their films screened in OMG-I-CAN’T-BELIEVE-I’M-HERE settings. And settings don’t get much cooler than Flickerfest. Situated smack-bang on the Bondi Beach in the middle of the Australian Summer, Flickerfest really offers up that dreamy Summer in Oz vibe. Particularly for us Europeans in the middle of rainy January. The Academy-qualifying festival has gone […]

Focus • Small But Fascinating: Why You Should Submit To Lake Champlain International Film Festival

Sep 3rd

Part of the beauty of FilmFestivalLife is the fact our community can interact with festivals both big and small, emerging and established. Here’s an emerging one for you: the Lake Champlain International Film Festival. It’s a great small U.S. festival that has excellent filmmaking at its core and is proof that the upstart can compete with the big boys. […]


Sep 1st

There’s a big month of deadlines ahead! Buckle up filmmakers and welcome to September. ‘We’re interested in ‘crossover’ films – films that aren’t too commercial and not too art-house.’ That’s a submission tip from Alexander Mouret, the Artistic Director of the Leiden International Film Festival, from when we caught up with him in Cannes. Check […]

Focus • TAOS SHORTZ on Drones, LGBT Filmmaking and the Hunt for the Extraordinary

Aug 19th

It’s an easy mistake categorising New Mexico as a sparsely populated land of UFO’s, hispanic culture and sweeping desert. Because there’s more to it than that – including a festival named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the ’25 Festivals Worth The Entry Fee’. Taos Shortz film festival is a pioneer in the region, spearheading the growth […]


Jul 29th

Fancy seeing your film screened in Georgia, a land of impressive mountains, green valleys and vineyards? Then get submitting to BIAFF – Batumi International Art-house Film Festival, who has its Late Deadline at the very start of the month – so get on your skates, filmmakers! LGBT issues are a hot topic right now, particularly with the legalisation […]

Focus • Five Teasers from THESS International Short Film Festival

Jul 13th

Thessaloniki has it all. Great gastronomy, sultry weather and a dynamic history spanning the Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. And Greece’s second city also has the THESS International Short Film Festival every October. An annual event devoted to the most cutting edge of cinema, it’s a festival not to miss out on. We spoke with their Festival Director Yiannis Zachopoulos about what […]


Jul 1st

What’s cooking in July? Here’s what. A veritable ton of deadlines. Los Angeles International Short Film Festival is one to enter into your notebooks. Academy Award-qualifying, and BAFTA-qualifying to boot, a submission to this festival could herald the start of a very successful festival career. And it’s in LA, where the sun never stops shining. The Late […]

Focus • LIFF and The Challenge of Defining ‘American Independent Film’

Jun 24th

‘We’re interested in ‘crossover’ films, not too commercial and not too art-house.’ Alexander Mouret, Artistic Director of the Leiden International Film Festival (LIFF) defines the films they are searching for. Since 2006, LIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the Netherlands, showcasing films that explore the border between art-house and mainstream. With […]

Stop-motion in Cannes: An Interview with the Makers of ‘wHole’

Jun 16th

To screen a film at the Cannes Film Festival is the dream of every filmmaker. For the team behind the stop-motion short film WHOLE, it came true. The film students of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg created a surreal drama about a couple living isolated in a yurt on the Eurasian Steppe. After invitations from national festivals such […]

Focus • New ways of Looking at Documentaries: Doclisboa in Cannes

Jun 12th

For many a festival programmer, the Cannes Film Festival marks the starting point of the arduous process of scouting films. No surprise then that we find Doclisboa at the prestige festival at the Cote d’Azur. Even before it became a member of DocAlliance in 2013, the Portuguese festival was well-known as a festival dedicated to […]

Focus • The ‘Wild East’ and ‘Westerners’ – Building Bridges with CinEast

Jun 10th

One of the mantras of the CinEast – Central and Eastern European Film Festival is to make the ‘wild east’ just a little bit more familiar by showcasing the cinema of the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Every year the festival screens around 50-60 features and short films. Now in its 8th edition, CinEast is […]

Focus • Amanda Duthie About Cannes, Indigenous Filmmakers and The Adelaide Film Festival

Jun 4th

Big news for the Adelaide Film Festival. The FilmFestivalLife submission partner has just announced that Cannes Film Festival’s Christian Jeune will lead the international jury at this year’s festival. Since 2002 the festival in South Australia has relished its status as a premiere film event, one celebrating contemporary on-screen culture from both Australia and the wider world. […]


May 31st

Welcome to the European Summer, filmmakers! Outdoor festivals, al fresco dining and long sunlit evenings. There’s much to look forward to, but don’t forget, there’s still plenty of deadlines to get stuck into… One to watch out for is the DocLisboa – International Film Festival. We had a chat with their Program Coordinator last year, Miguel Ribeiro, […]

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