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 […]

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 […]

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