Feb 1st

In Berlin, February only means one thing. The Berlinale. In-between the frantic networking, film screenings, Q&A’s and parties however – the worldwide festival circuit keeps on spinning. Buckle up for February’s deadlines! One of our major festivals closes for submissions this month, the Sydney Film Festival. It’s a festival that is excellent gateway for your film onto […]

The Journey of DÄWIT: From The Berlinale To The FFL Agency

Jan 28th

It’s been almost one year since DÄWIT premiered in the Berlinale Shorts. What a way to start! Since then it’s been onwards and upwards for the animated short, directed by David Jansen, which has screened in festivals as diverse as the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Athens International Film Festival, DC Shorts and Hollyshorts. That’s not to mention winning […]


Dec 29th

The hunt is on. If you haven’t noticed, we have our very own Open Call. The FFL Agency represents boutique short films and manages their entire festival career – from strategy to cross-platform submissions, waivers and print logistics. Submit here before January 31st.   Otherwise, as always, there’s plenty of great festivals with deadlines in the first month of […]

BENJAMIN CLEARY about STUTTERER, The FFL Agency and Making the Oscar Shortlist

Dec 17th

‘It’s been a damn good month,’ Benjamin Cleary smiles. The Irish filmmaker is absolutely right. The great news for STUTTERER keeps on rolling in. Most notably, STUTTERER, his short film directing debut, has made the Oscar shortlist alongside 9 other outstanding short films. Besides being accepted for major festivals and winning awards at festivals such as LA Shorts, DC Shorts […]


Nov 27th

There’s an understanding among film buffs that sequels don’t always go so well. With film festivals, it’s a different story. With ever better organisation and some experience, festivals tend to go from strength to strength after their first year. It’s the opposite of the reputation that sequels are saddled with – one for creative redundancy. That’s why we’re already excited […]


Nov 24th

Have you heard about the FFL Plan and Pro Accounts? We’ve made some big changes to the way you submit your film over at FFL. Everything you need to know is >>here>>. ——— We are into the last month of the year and whether you’re at the beginning or the end of your films festival run, […]

FOCUS • How to Make Your Submission to ALL SPORTS FILM FEST a Slam Dunk

Nov 17th
All Sports LA Film Festival

‘This is Los Angeles, there are over 80 film festivals here a year!‘ And one of them is the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival, a festival purely dedicated to films in the sports genre. Now in its 7th edition the sport festival has grown into an event with a loyal audience and is undeniably […]

Focus • Glasgow’s Matt Lloyd: Festivals are no longer the Gatekeepers for Emerging Talents

Nov 2nd
Golden Teacher 1

It all started as a short film weekend within the prestigious Glasgow Film Festival. Since then the Glasgow Short Film Festival developed into the largest competitive short film festival in Scotland and a place to be for the short film industry. The BAFTA-qualifying festival is currently open for submissions on FilmFestivalLife and we were curious who […]


Oct 28th

Have you heard about the FFL Plan and Pro Accounts? We’ve made some big changes to the way you submit your film over at FFL. Everything you need to know is >>here>>. ——— Do you know the Guns N’ Roses song ‘November Rain’? It’s a song you’ll be singing this month – as it’s literally raining […]

Focus • Why you should submit to the Manchester Film Festival

Oct 27th

‘As former filmmakers it was startling to realise that there had never been a fully-fledged international film festival in Manchester,’ Neil Jeram-Croft and Al Bailey wanted to changed that. That’s why they launched the Manchester Film Festival in 2015. Their goal was to create a film festival where every filmmaker would feel welcome and see the worth […]


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 […]

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