Christian Koch on the Berlin film scene, Q&A culture and his film ‘Der Gast’

Jul 22nd
Christian Koch, director

Perhaps it’s obvious, but witnessing FilmFestivalLife success stories is something we love to see. We love to speak with the big guns behind the festival circuses, but what about our filmmakers too? We got going by chatting with Christian Johannes Koch, whose 30-minute short DER GAST, a co-production of the HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg and the RBB, was […]

FOCUS • 6 Ways To The Oscars For Short Filmmakers With FLICKERFEST

Jun 30th
Beach Flickerfest

Four Academy-qualifying awards and also a BAFTA recognised festival – Flickerfest, Australia’s premier international short film festival, is one of the hot new open calls for short filmmakers at FilmFestivalLife. Besides the traditional Best Australian Short Film, Best Short Film and Animation awards for international filmmakers, the festival at the famous Bondi Beach acts also as a […]


Jun 30th

Midsummer has past and it’s time for July’s Deadline List! ‘Our festival exhibits absolute enthusiasm for short films.‘ This is what Roma Creative Contest – Short Film Festival had to say in our interview with them. With a mandate to show the most innovative short films and a crew made up of only under-30′s, it’s a young and 100% forward-thinking fest! Also […]

FOCUS • 5 Facts For Filmmakers About NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

Jun 17th
Clint Bowie Program Director NOFF

For its 25th anniversary the New Orleans Film Festival wanted to do something new. That’s why the festival added an entirely new category for music videos! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences themselves enabled this years festivals spotlight, which aims to showcase new work from both emerging and established black filmmakers. ‘So we’re on the lookout for […]

FOCUS • 6 Facts about Short Films with ROMA CREATIVE CONTEST

Jun 6th
Roma Creative Contest

‘In Short We Trust’ – The slogan of the 4th Roma Creative Contest – Short Film Festival leaves no questions open what it is about. With a team made up solely of under 30′s and the European Commission as a patron, the festival is one of the hot spots for emerging filmmakers. With a new […]


May 30th
Deadlines JUNE 2014_2

It’s Deadline List time again! June’s list is one of many highlights, starting with Giffoni Film Festival. ‘For some filmmakers it can be very scary, but at the same time it’s very funny,’ said Deputy Artistic Director Antonia Grimaldi in our FOCUS interview earlier this year. Why’s that? It’s a festival dedicated for films for children and […]

FOCUS • 6 Tips for Independent Filmmakers from LEIDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

May 14th
Evert de Vries LIFF

To act as a gateway for American independent films into Europe is one of the main goals of the Leiden International Film Festival. As the fastest growing festival in the Netherlands, it‘s a great way for American filmmakers to showcase their work to an European audience. Yet, with its Panorama and International Short Film competitions, there’s […]


May 13th
Simon Zsebök VOFF

Festivals, cinema and then TV – is this still the common journey a film takes? […] we want to break with these common structures and want to offer opportunities for monetising films. We’re not an advocate of exclusivity,’ says Simon Zsebök, Festival Manager of the second Viewster Online Film Fest (#VOFF), who wants to offer […]


Apr 30th
Deadlines MAY 2014

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. Whilst many in the film community will be hightailing it down to La Croisette for one rather glamorous film festival, let’s not forget that May is still high time for submissions! It’s time to say bonjour to May’s Deadline List! One of our biggest deadlines this month is Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, one […]

FOCUS • Parties, Prizes and Indie Filmmaking at NYC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Apr 23rd
Dennis Cieri NYC Indie Film Fest

Indie films have always craved exposure. And that’s what NYC Independent Film Festival offers, as a veritable showcase for independent filmmakers. We spoke to their Executive Director Dennis Cieri, about what you should know when submitting to the festival and we got some intriguing nuggets out of him. Read on to find out about the […]

FOCUS • 6 Tips for Documentary Filmmakers from ANTENNA DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

Apr 18th
Rich Welch, Antenna Documentary Festival

‘As a programmer, you start to have a kind of instinctive feeling about films,’ – when it comes to documentaries, Rich Welch, Program Manager and Co-Director of Antenna Documentary Festival, knows his stuff. Only in its third edition the festival has become Sydney’s major meeting point for the international and local documentary industry. As one […]

FOCUS • The Baltics, Contemporary Avant-Garde and First Feature Films with 2ANNAS

Apr 16th
Anna Veilande Kustikova

‘The public are hungry for good films,’ Program Director Anna Veilande Kustikova begins, aware of the regional importance of Riga International Film Festival 2ANNAS, as the only festival last year in Latvia. In its 19th edition the festival knows what films the Latvian audience are after. In response to this, the festival opened a new competition program for […]

Short Feature Films, Workshops and Vinyl – FILMFEST DRESDEN opens for 2014

Apr 15th
Logo Dresden 2014

‘This years program is very colorful, diverse and different with 300 films from 40 countries around the world,‘ begins Katrin Küchler, FILMFEST DRESDEN‘s Co-Director. With prizes and awards worth €64,500, FILMFEST DRESDEN is not only well-known in the festival circuit, it’s also one of the most renowned short film festivals in Europe. As the exclusive […]

FOCUS • 4 Facts about Short Films and Bosnia with KRATKOFIL PLUS

Apr 2nd
Vladan Petkovic, photo: private

‘We are looking for short films, but the shorter the better,’ says Vladan Petkovic, Program Director of the 8th International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus, at the start of our conversation. Every summer, the festival brings the best short films as an open air cinema spectacle to Banja Luka in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Petkovic gave us four facts […]


Mar 31st
Deadlines APRIL 2014 ©FilmFestivalLIfe

It’s the end of March and we can truly say that the sun is shining and Spring is here at FilmFestivalLife HQ in Berlin. And that’s not all. The start of Spring also heralds a ton of brand-new deadline dates for all filmmakers. It’s April Deadline List time! Big this month is Edmonton International Film […]

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