2017 Film Festival Schedule

Written by Emma Jones

The film festival circuit is a crucial way for independent filmmakers to have their voices heard. Festivals can be a few days long or spread out over a week, and frequently feature musical performances, art installations, and other events, in addition to film screenings. The Urbanworld Film Festival, among others, strives to recognize and celebrate films that represent a variety of cultures and perspectives. The Woodstock Film Festival, reaching beyond the narrative and artistic aspects of movies, partners with the Hudson Valley Film Commission in order to foster sustainable economic development in creative industries.

Organizations typically determine winners in numerous categories, such as Best Short Film, Best Cinematography, Best Animation, Best Documentary Feature, and Breakout Performance. Some festivals–for instance, the Miami Short Film Festival–focus on specific genres or types, while others are open to all varieties of filmmaking. Whether you are an amateur with a video camera or a seasoned producer, independent film festivals throughout the country and the world provide opportunities to share your story.


Oasis LGBTQ Student Film FestivalOasis-Banner_Final

Dates: April 8

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Regular Deadline: April 8

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Marfa Film FestivalMFFHoliday2017-300x233

Dates: July 13–17

Location: Marfa, Texas

Extended Deadline: March 27

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Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film FestivalDamn_These_Heels

Dates: July 14–16

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Regular Deadline: April 28

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Chicago Independent Film FestivalChicago_Indie_Film_Festival

Dates: August 10

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Late Deadline: April 8

Extended Deadline: June 4

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Flicks by Chicks FestFlicks_By_Chicks

Dates: August 17–20

Location: Dallas, Texas

Early Deadline: April 16

Regular Deadline: May 14

Late Deadline: June 4

Extended Deadline: June 18

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Sidewalk Film FestivalSidewalk_Film_Festival

Dates: August 25–27

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Extended Deadline:April 15

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Dates: September 8–10

Location: New York, New York

Regular Deadline: April 8

Late Deadline: May 13

Extended Deadline: June 3

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Dates: September 13–16

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

Early Deadline: April 15

Regular Deadline: May 15

Late Deadline: June 15

Extended Deadline: June 30

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Urbanworld Film FestivalUrbanworld

Dates: September 20–24

Location: New York, New York

Earlybird Deadline: March 31

Regular Deadline: April 28

Late Deadline: May 26

Extended Deadline: June 9

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Women in Horror Film FestivalWomen_In_Horror

Dates: September 22–24

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Regular Deadline: May 1

Late Deadline: July 1

Extended Deadline: July 15

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Naperville Independent Film FestivalNIFF-logo-2014-1

Dates: September 23–30

Location: Naperville, Illinois

Late Deadline: April 15

Extended Deadline: April 30

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Screamfest Horror Film Festivalscreamfest-la

Dates: October 10–19

Location: Hollywood, California

Early Deadline: April 15

Regular Deadline: July 15

Late Deadline: August 1

Extended Deadline: August 15

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Woodstock Film FestivalWoodstock

Dates: October 11–15

Location: Woodstock, New York (and surrounding towns)

Early Deadline: April 9

Regular Deadline: May 14

Late Deadline: June 11

Extended Deadline: July 2

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New Orleans Film FestivalNew_Orleans_filmlogopink

Dates: October 11–19

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Regular Deadline: March 24

Late Deadline: May 5

Extended Deadline: July 16

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Highland_Park_Film_FestivalHighland Park Independent Film Festival

Dates: October 2017 (dates TBD)

Location: Los Angeles, California

Regular Deadline: July 4

Late Submission Deadline: August 8

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New York International Immigration Film FestivalNYIIFF

Dates: October 14–15

Location: New York, New York

Early Deadline: April 27

Regular Deadline: July 27

Late Deadline: August 27

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Savannah Film FestivalSAVFF_left

Dates: October 28–November 4

Location: Savannah, Georgia

Early Deadline: March 31

Regular Deadline: June 15

Late Deadline: June 30

Extended Deadline: July 14

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Architecture & Design Film Festivalarchitecture-design-film-festival-logo-from-web-site

Dates: November 1–5

Early Deadline: April 15

Regular Deadline: July 15

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Miami Short Film FestivalMiami_Short_Film_Festival

Dates: November 6–11

Location: Miami, Florida

Submission Deadline: April 15

Late Deadline: May 15

Extended Deadline: June 15

Extended Deadline 1: July 15

Extended Deadline 2: August 15

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About the author

Emma Jones

Emma Jones is an intern for Creative Arts Advocate. Originally from Longmeadow, MA, she is currently a sophomore at Vassar College with a women's studies major and an art history correlate. She is particularly interested in female artists and the portrayal of women in art, and the intersection of art, activism, and everyday life. In addition to writing and editing, she enjoys photography, digital art, and drawing.

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