So, you’ve just completed your short film and are ready to introduce it to the world! But you had to sell your all your possessions…. And future options to any possessions you may gain… Plus your soul….. Plus the souls of any children you may have or will have in the future to get it all done.
It devastated you financially. But you’re proud of the result! We hear these stories a lot. You always read about how everyone is making short films for close to nothing, but we at Snoovies have seen the difference between a ‘no budget’ and an ‘all the budget I could scrape together’ film. It does show. But we digress.
You’ve now decided to submit it to festivals. But then you realise that you have to pay ridiculous amounts for each submission, without any certainty it will pay off. You just can’t afford it. We feel you. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 5 film festivals you can enter for free. And not just any film festivals. We’ve selected the ones that actually offer cash prizes that may help you recoup some of your investment. That’s just how we roll. Any way, let’s get started!
The Triforce Short Film Festival, or TFSFF, is a short film festival established by the TriForce Creative Network in 2012 to showcase talent in contemporary film-making, helping emerging film-makers to develop skills and access opportunities to further their careers. With a focus on recognising and supporting diverse talent, the festival brings together film-makers with the movers and shakers in the industry, enabling emerging artists to break into the mainstream. 16 shortlisted films get the chance to be seen on the big screen, in front of key industry representatives, with the winning film-makers earning career placements with top production companies, as well as a cash prize for their next project.
The TFSFF presents a packed day of seminars tackling the key issues of the industry and offering invaluable advice from industry professionals, alongside a bustling industry expo and screenings of the shortlisted films. Concluding with a red carpet gala evening attended by stars of stage and screen, the TFSFF is the place to see untapped and diverse talent, showcasing innovative story-telling and visually stunning short films.
They have a micro-short category, where they are looking for films under 5 minutes (including the credits). If your film is longer, have a look at your edit, perhaps you can still make a cut of something engaging and exciting, and have a shot at getting exposure in one of London’s top film festivals. Prizes range between £250 and £1000. You can submit your film here.
Madrid’s Film Festival of sustainable progress will take place from 24th until 27th of October 2019 in Cineteca de Matadero Madrid. They’re focusing on environmental pieces, that push towards sustainable change in the way people interact with the planet. In their words:
Our world is taken for granted. Most don’t even give it a second glance. Yet you are not most people. You are that unique specie that stares at it constantly, that feels the unnoticeable. Rueda por el Cambio is a short film contest for sustainability that this year will be divided into two categories: NATIONAL SECTION and INTERNATIONAL SECTION.
We want you to have a place to capture the extraordinary.
They’re looking for sceptics; restless minds that won’t settle for one point-of-view, people that persistently search for the truth even though they would have to change their personal opinions in the process.
Prizes for short films are either €300 or €500. You can submit here.
The Romanian Film 4 Fun International Short Film Festival, now on its eleventh year running, is an annual international film festival dedicated to film makers from all over the world. They focus on Comedy shorts. The goal of the festival is to deliver short form cinema as a form of entertainment, but also to facilitate the public in participating in this cultural event. During the festival, there will be activities such as a Masterclass, workshops on makeup and special effects, a photography exhibition and so on.
Film4Fun is scheduled between August 1-4 in Sinaia, a popular vacation resort city in Carpathian Mts and only 1:30 hours from Bucharest, the biggest city and capital of Romania.
You can win € 1.000 in post-production services. Submit here.
Made a short film in Portuguese by any chance? You then have change at winning either € 1.000 or € 2.000 at the Festival de Cinema Aventura in Porto, Portugal.
Every year, in September, the Adventure Film Festival serves as the stage for the best travel and adventure films. During three nights, a selection of films are shown at Mercado de Matosinhos, inspiring us to explore our surroundings and test our limits. In 2019, they also want to give voice to national productions of short films.
They seem to focus on a Portuguese speaking audience, but if your short suits that market, you can apply here.
The Film Festival Senior Movie is aimed at filmmakers of retirement age, i.e. those over 60+ years of age, recruited from amateur and independent cinema. The festival is a platform for presenting film work of seniors from around the world. We at Snoovies always encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to create films. We love this initiative celebrating the fact that it is never to late to start making films. You can win up to PLN 2,000. Apply here.
We hope you’ve found a festival that works for your project. If not, remember: we at Snoovies are always on the lookout for short films to present to our global audience of film lovers.
If you release your film on Snoovies app, you don’t just get a global audience of film lovers. We put a lot of effort in to ensure that those who watch your film learn more about the people behind the film. We want them to know your personal story, the process of getting the film made, your vision for the future and everything there is to know about your other projects. We believe that the power of short films isn’t just in the story, acting or cinematography. It’s the human element of those that brought it to life.
Who knows, there may be potential investors waiting to help you bring your next project to fruition. Submit your film here to be featured in Snoovies app and see what doors might open for you.