Focus • Queer Lisboa: 20 years of sensational eclecticity

May 27th
QL – credit Vanda Noronha

The Queer Lisboa festival is one of the most important festivals in Europe for queer cinema and this year they celebrate their 20 birthday! Lisbon is one of Europe’s most beautiful, and liberal, cities and makes the perfect host for an equally forward-thinking film festival. Your film may be the perfect fit for Queer Lisboa. […]

Focus • Edinburgh Short Film Festival Is Looking For Rising Stars

May 18th

The Edinburgh Short Film Festival showcases the best British and international short films, shining a spotlight on high quality and new talent. For its 6th edition the short film festival is partnering up with the famous Shorts Shorts Film Festival, Japan’s biggest short film festival based in Tokyo. We wanted to find out why filmmakers should keep a […]

Focus • Cork Film Festival: Bold Ideas Well Told

May 12th
James Mullighan, Cork Film Festival

If I learnt one thing about James Mullighan, it’s that he doesn’t mince his words. Straight-to-the-point and painstakingly honest, the Program Director of Cork Film Festival exhibits his passion for cinema in an utterly refreshing way. He’s also a Program Director who doesn’t hide his intentions – he wants to help every filmmaker find the appropriate […]

Focus • Encounters Widens The Lens For Its 22nd Edition

Apr 29th

New stories. New perspectives. New viewpoints. Encounters is widening the lens in 2016. Located in the attractive Watershed complex in one of Britain’s cooles city Bristol, the festival begun as the one-off Short Encounters in 1995. Except it wasn’t quite the one-off - Short Encounters became Encounters and has kept growing and growing ever since. Still a showcase for […]


Apr 29th

Whether it’s for a short or a feature, a documentary, an animation or a horror, May has a deadline suited for you. Two big names are closing for submissions this month: the Encounters Short Film and Animation Film Festival and International Film Festival Message to Man. Don’t forget for submissions to Message to Man: there is no FFL fee. Look out […]

7 Essential Tips to Make the Most of Your Film Festival Submissions

Apr 14th

You’ve finished your film. So, what now? Move on to the next one? No. Your job isn’t finished here – this is just the start. It’s time to enter into the jungle of the submissions biz. Everybody wants their film to be watched by as many people as possible. Why else did you make films? […]


Apr 1st

Welcome to April. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss out on this month. ‘Let us do the work so you can enjoy your success.’ That’s the motto of the FFL Agency, our submissions management tool for the most outstanding shorts on the circuit. Both the Regular and Late Deadline are coming up this month. Head to FilmFestivalLife – […]

Focus • Daniel Sol from Hollyshorts: ‘The film festival environment cannot be matched online’

Mar 17th

Hollyshorts is 12 years old and continues to offer a great experience to short filmmakers from all around the globe. We spoke with the festival back in 2014, when they were talking about entering into VOD. Since then, it’s been full steam ahead and the short film festival has gone from strength to strength. Here’s what Daniel […]


Mar 1st

Happy March, filmmakers! Here in Berlin, we’re looking forward to springtime. Or snowfall.  You never know for sure in the city… …whilst in Australia the sun is (almost) always shining. There are four FFL partner festivals Down Under waiting for your work, including the Sydney Underground Film Festival - which celebrates its 10th birthday this year. […]

FOCUS • SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL On The Berlinale, The Netflix Impact and How To Get Selected

Feb 22nd
Jenny-berlinale-SydneyFFL © Jana Dietze

“It’s been great with the submissions this year again,” says Jenny Neighbour, Sydney Film Festival‘s Program Manager and Documentary Programmer. The Australian festival is one of FilmFestivalLife’s exclusive partner festivals and one you should keep your eye on. The Oscar-qualifying festival attracts 176,000 attendees each year and in its 63rd edition is the perfect place for filmmakers entering the […]

Focus • NYC Independent Film Festival: 100% Indie

Feb 8th

New York City is undeniably one of the world’s most iconic cities. And we all know that it’s cinematic repertoire backs that up. The NYC Independent Film Festival is in the middle of this scene. Now approaching its 7th edition, the FFL partner festival has always kept its focus squarely on the freshest filmmaking talent, […]


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 […]

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