2013 Film Festival Schedule

Gone are the days of submitting your films or screenplays to large production companies for the purpose drawing interest in your project and attracting an audience. For a small fee, local independent filmmakers have the option of showcasing their films at venues across the country. Film Festivals give them the opportunity to develop a broad fan base, mingle with industry people, and attend workshops. Here’s a list of notable upcoming  film festivals happening across the country. Don’t wait! Some submission deadlines are still open.



Arizona International Film Festival

April 12-28 2013

Sunscreen Film Festival


Newport Beach Film Festival

April 25- May 2, 2013

Hoboken Film Festival


Beverly Hills Film Festival

May 8 – 12, 2013


Stanley Film FestivalBoston Independent Film Festival

May 2-5, 2013


Indie Spirit Film Festival

Woods Hole Film Festival

October 3-6, 2013

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2013


Sunscreen Film Festival

April 18-21, 2013

Traverse City Film Festival


Palm Springs International Shortfest

June 18-24, 2013

Black Hills Film Festival



Chicago International Film Festival

October 10- 24, 2013

Submission Deadlines (Regular): March 29, 2013 (Late): June 21, 2013



New Orleans Film Festival

October 10-17, 2013

Submission Deadline (Regular): April 7, 2013 (Late): May 5, 2013 (Extended): June 23, 2013



Boston Independent Film Festival

April 24-30, 2013


Woods Hole Film Festival

July 27 – August 3, 2013

Submission Deadline: May 10, 2013



Traverse City Festival

July 30 – August 4, 2013

New York

Tribeca Film Festival

April 17-28, 2013


Hoboken International Film Festival

May 31 to June 6, 2013


Media That Matters Film Festival

Submission Dealines (Regular): May 1, 2013 (Late) May 15, 2013


Urbanworld Film Festival

September 18-22, 2013


LES Film Festival

June 13-23 2013



Oregon Independent Film Festival

September 16-23 2013

Submission Deadline (Late)  April 24 (Extension) May 30


Black Star Film Festival

August 1-4, 2013

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2013


Texas Independent Film Festival

April 19-20 2013


Austin Film Festival

October 24-31 2013

Submission Deadline (Regular): June 15, 2013 (Late): July 15, 2013


Seattle International Film Festival

May 16 – June 9 2013


Featured Film

FISH: A Featured Short Film Written By Shaun Escayg                                                Synopsis: Two homeless cousins desperately try to survive the streets of Port-Of Spain Trinidad. Thieves, by street credit, they routinely hunt the local market in search of unsuspecting shoppers but times are getting harder and the pickings slim. Will fortune favor the brave? Or will their desperate actions lead to their demise.  In 2012 , Fish won “Best Short FIlm” at the Belize International Film Festival and “Best International Film” at the Malibu International Film Festival. In 2013, Fish won “Best Narrative Short” at the 21st  Pan African Film Festival. via

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Nerissa Coker

Nerissa Coker is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of A graduate of Temple University, Fox School of Business, and Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Nerissa Coker is an analytical thinker and an appreciator of the arts. She’s worked in the fashion industry for several years in New York City prior to obtaining her law degree, taking on buying, production, and management roles. Her interests expand beyond just fashion to entertainment, media, and entrepreneurship. She loves the idea of linking the worlds of creativity, business, and law. Intellectual Property law is that link. She completed intellectual property coursework at New York Law School as a visiting student to further concentrate on this area. The purpose of this site is to support small businesses and help individuals protect their creative interests. Outside of work, Nerissa enjoys volunteering and serving on non-profit boards in her local community.

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