Calls for Submissions

Urbanworld Film Festival is now accepting submissions. Known as “the people’s festival,” Urbanworld is where bold and diverse artistic works are experienced. For 24 years, Urbanworld has remained committed to programming content with the broadest lens of inclusion across story, character, and culture.The festival is currently accepting narratives, documentaries, animation, web originals, music videos, and screenplays. Deadlines to submit are Early – March 30, Regular – April 27, Late – May 27, and Extended – June 10. Learn more and submit.


Submissions are now open for the 10th Anniversary Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival in beautiful downtown Ridgewood, NJ, a suburb about 45 minutes away by car or train from New York City. This festival has grown to a 7 night event with the main nights, each with a red carpet opening at the historic art deco Bow Tie Theater on Apr 29 and 30. The Festival features world premieres, shorts. many genres, Hollywould stars and panels. Prizes include Best Short, Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best Web/New Media, Best Foreign Film and more. Learn more and submit. Deadlines to submit are Regular – March 20 and Extended – April 10. NYWIFT member Suzanne Ordas Curry is a RGIFF Festival organizer and and juror.


The Short Com International Film Festival is open once again for submissions for its 9th season taking place in Edinburgh (August 2020) during the world’s most popular culture festival. Short Com is considered as one of the most competitive short comedy film festivals that carefully selects the funniest comedy short films that have the capacity to make audiences laugh. Learn more and submit. Deadlines to submit are Standard – March 20 and Late – May 20. Enter code SC20NYW for a $5 discount off submission fees.


Shockfest Film Festival is accepting submissions. Shockfest is the 12 year running film festival & horror weekend event whose mission is to offer filmmakers a unique opportunity to screen their work, interact with industry professionals and meet with potential distributors to bring their work to the marketplace. Learn more and submit. Deadlines to submit are Regular – July 26, Late – Sept 27, Final – Oct 31. Enter code NYWIFT40 for a 40% discount off submission fees.

Global Peace Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The Global Peace Film Festival is story and community in action. Through collaboration with activists, civic groups, educators and creators, we program the festival to strengthen community bonds, encourage direct engagement with vital issues, and to reshape divisive narratives using film and the arts toward a more respectful, peaceful world. Deadlines to submit are Earlybird – March 11, Regular – April 8, and Late – May 20. Learn more and submit.


Stage to Screen’s Script Contest is now accepting romantic-comedy script submissions. Winners will have their scripts staged in a public reading In New York City in June with professional New York actors and directors, receive full written coverage on their project and serious consideration to develop as a feature-length movie. Deadlines to submit are Earlybird – March 14 and Regular – April 14. Learn more and submit. Enter code S2SFRIENDS for 50% off submission fees.


The London Film Academy is accepting applications for its Pioneer Awards Scholarship. The LFA Pioneers Award is back for 2020, with a half-scholarship available for one female filmmaker worth £11,500 on their 1-year Filmmaking Diploma. The scholarship is to help a promising filmmaker who might otherwise, due to financial constraints, not be able to access training. The deadline to apply is Mar 30. Learn more and apply.



IFP is accepting applications for their Documentary Lab and Narrative Lab. Now entering its 16th year, the IFP Filmmaker Labs annually selects 10 fiction features and 10 nonfiction features—all in post-production and directed by first-time feature filmmakers—and provides the creative teams behind these films with key support through the completion, marketing, and distribution of their work. The Filmmaker Labs consist of three modules: The Completion Lab (Spring 2020), IFP Week (Sept 2020), and the Marketing & Distribution Lab (Dec 2020). The deadlines to apply are: documentary lab – March 4 and narrative lab – Apr 14. Learn more about both labs and apply. Filmmakers must be IFP members to apply.


The Food Film Festival NYC is now accepting submissions. The Food Film Festival specializes in creating multisensory food and film experiences. At our events, guests watch films about food and simultaneously taste the exact dishes they see on the screen…right in their seats! The Food Film Festival is a multi-day, competitive, film festival held each October in NYC. The Official Selections for this festival have become the benchmark of independent food-filmmaking as an art form. Deadlines to submit are: Regular – April 3 and Late – April 24. Learn more and submit.


Online marketplace Filmarket Hub is now accepting submissions for its new screenwriting competition focused on English language TV pilots. The hub is looking for the next great drama pilot and fresh voices writing for the screen. The competition’s goal is to connect screenwriters with leading TV executives and key players in the industry. The deadline to submit is Mar 31, after which the six semi-finalists, three finalists and the winning pilot will be announced throughout June. The winning script will be awarded with a 1.000€ cash prize and the writer will be offered a place in the final selection of projects chosen to pitch live at the next Filmarket Hub TV Pitchbox in the UK. Learn more and submit.


Reel Girls Film Festival is now accepting submissions. The festival is the first-ever all-girls international student film festival. It is devoted entirely to encouraging and supporting young female filmmakers. Reel Girls honors the passion and creativity of high school-aged girls and younger. Reel Girls believes that a community devoted to young female filmmakers allows them to thrive and develop their unique voices and visions, these are the roots for establishing gender equality in the film industry. It’s also a great way to make friends and find role models. The deadlines to submit are Regular – Feb 29, and Late – Mar 31. Learn more and submit.



The Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring 2020 is now accepting submissions. The Roy W. Dean Film Grant, now in its 28th year, is awarded to a unique film that makes a contribution to society. Winners will receive $3,500 cash and $23,000 in film production services. All Filmmakers Who Apply to Grant Get Free Consultation. From the Heart Productions, the top-rated non-profit sponsoring the grant offers each grant applicant a 15-minute consultation.  Filmmakers can get advice on how to fund their film, build up a database of donors, market their film, and more.  The Roy W. Dean Film Grant is open to documentaries, short films, narrative features, and web series.  Students can apply as well.  Projects must be budgeted under $500K. For more information contact The deadline for submission is March 31. Submit.


MicroMania Film Festival 2020 is now accepting submissions. Power up those drives! MicroMania Film Festival 2020 submissions are open to films up to 5 minutes with no creation date or streaming restrictions. Now in its second season, the kind and inclusive fest has grown into a hybrid in-person and streaming VOD event with 9 categories, cash awards, and international reach. The deadlines to submit are Early Bird – Feb 16, Regular – May 7, Late – June 1. Learn more and submit. Interested in judging submissions or cross-promoting your blog, podcast, publication or company? Contact NYWIFT member and MMFF Founder/Director Lukia Costello at


Firelight Media plans to launch the William Greaves Fund later this year, which will offer 7-10 grants of up to $25K as well as mentorship support for diverse non-fiction filmmakers at the mid-stages of their careers. Backing the fund’s mission, Senior VP of Firelight, Loira Limbal, tells RealScreen, “Over the past 10 years, we have seen too many filmmakers of color have to completely abandon the field because they can’t get their next projects off the ground…The William Greaves Fund is a response to this persistent problem.” The call for proposals opens March 1Learn more.



The BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is now accepting submissions. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, ASFF wants to hear from filmmakers pushing the boundaries of cinema. As one of the UK’s cinematic hotbeds for new talent, filmmakers can submit their Short films, Feature films and VR works for consideration. ASFF also accepts works across multiple genres including: Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video and Thriller. Deadline to submit is May 31. Learn more and submit.


Nevertheless Film Festival is having its second edition! Nevertheless elevates the work of womxn in film – in order to qualify for submission, a film must have at least 50% of leadership roles on its crew filled by people who self-identify as womxn, taking the focus on representation beyond just the director’s chair. Called “the first of its kind,” the festival is programmed by a team of women who are current and former staff of festivals including Tribeca, Sundance, Telluride, TIFF, and more. Submissions are now open on FilmFreeway for shorts, docs, and narrative features of all genres. Submit and enter code nvrthlssNY20 for discount. The deadlines to submit are: Regular – Mar 9, Late – April 10.


NYWIFT member Paola Bernardini and her team are looking to interview people who have experience with sexual violence for their upcoming documentary, What Were You Wearing. The film is about victim-blaming from the point of view of people affected by sexual violence and seeks to deconstruct rape culture and the widespread misconception that survivors are somehow responsible for their assault. If you would like to be interviewed or are interested in learning more about the film, contact Paola at What Were You Wearing is also a NYWIFT fiscally sponsored project and is currently accepting donations.



Cinereach develops, produces, finances, and supports feature-length fiction, nonfiction and hybrid films crafted for the big screen. They look for projects (at any stage) that create deep and lasting impressions through story, character, or cinematic approach. They seek to work with both unknown and established filmmakers who may face creative, financial or systemic obstacles to realizing ambitious visions. Their films range widely in content and style. Please visit their Films page to review their recent work. Submissions are rolling. Learn more.



The WORLD Channel series America Reframed is currently accepting submissions of completed feature-length non-fiction projects. Each year, Emmy-nominated public television series America ReFramed features diverse personal storytelling often tied to hot-button social issues. With 60 to 90-minute documentary films, followed by provocative conversations, this weekly program offers an unfiltered look at stories rarely given a voice on national television. America ReFramed documents the times in which we live. It airs Tuesdays at 8 PM on the WORLD Channel. Read the guidelines and submit online.