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Are you ready to submit?  Here’s a list of some ExTV’s favorite film festivals and distributors (usually with on-going, open calls for submissions).   Some of these are experimental friendly, some are exclusively experimental, and and others are just downright eclectic.   Check the individual sites to make sure they accept what you’ve got to offer.  If you have any questions about these festivals or would like some advice, feel free to contact us.


  • Months: General submission time (please check the festival websites for up-to-date submission dates and information).
  • $= Pretty Cheap Submission Fee ($10-15)
  • $$ = Average -> Steep Submission Fee ($20+)
  • ** = Free!
  • % Distributors/Archives



Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland $
Athens International FIlm Festival Athens, Ohio $$
Crossroads (San Francisco Cinematheque), San Francisco $
Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland $$$
Experimental Film Festival Portland (EFF Portland) $-$$
International Short Film Festival, Hamburg Germany $
Iowa City Documentary Film Festival $-$$
Media City, Ontario, Canada **
Migrating Forms, New York, NY $
Montreal Underground Film Festival $
Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany **
Rooftop Films, NYC $
VIDEOEX, Zürich, Switzerland **


25 FPS, Croatia **
Antimatter, Canada $
Belo Horizonte International FIlm Festival, Brazil **
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL $$
Concorto Film Festival, Piacenza, Italy **
Curtas Vila do Conde, Portugal **
Denver Underground Film Festival, $
Extremely Short Film Festival, Houston, Texas $-$$
Festival of (In)appropriation, California **
Gimli Film Festival, Gimli, Canada **
Haverhill Experimental FIlm Festival, Massachusetts $
Inventa un Film, Lenola, Italy **
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic **
Margaret Mead Film Festival, NY $
Mill Valley Film Festival, California $$-$$$
Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI $
New Orleans Film Society, $$-$$$
São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil **
Sydney Underground Film Festival, Australia $$$
Toronto International Film Festival: Wavelengths, Canada $$-$$$
Wavelengths (Experimental part of Toronto International Film Festival),
Ontario, Canada **
WNDX, Winnipeg **


Arizona Underground Film Festival, $$$
ATA, San Francisco, CA $
BFI London Film Festival, $$
Boston Underground Film Festival, $$
Cucalorus, Wilmington, NC $
Curta Cinema, Brazil $
Dallas VideoFest, Texas **
EXiS, Seoul, Korea **
Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal $$
Images Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario $
Impakt, The Netherlands **
Interfilm, Berlin **
Kasseler Doc Fest, Germany **
L’Aternativa Independent Film Festival, Barcelona **
La Biennale di Venezia, Venice $$
Lausanne Underground Film Festival, Switzerland **
Onion City, Chicago, IL $$
Portland Underground FIlm Festival, **
Shnit, Multiple screening locations, **-$$
SPLIT Film Festival, Croatia **
Super8 Shots, Ireland **
Telluride, Telluride, Colorado $$
Views from the Avant Garde (Avant-Garde division of the New York Film Festival), NYC **


3 Rivers Film Festival, Pittsburg $
AFI Fest, Los Angeles $$
Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI $$
Chicago 8, **
Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinema, France $
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen $
Filmwinter, Germany **
FLEX FEST: Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, Gainesville, FL $
Rotterdam International Film Festival
, The Netherlands **
Slamdance, Park City, UT $$
South by Southwest (SXSW)
, Austin, TX $$
, Park City, UT $$
True/False Film Festival, Missouri $$


$100 Film Festival, Calgary, AB, Canada **
Berlinale, Berlin $$
Big Muddy FIlm Festival, Illinois $$
Black Maria Film Festival, NJ $$
Brooklyn International FIlm Festival, $$
Cinema du Reel, France **
Courtisane, Belgium **
European Media Arts Festival (EMAF), Germany **
Experiments in CInema, New Mexico $
Hong Kong International Film Festival, $$-$$$
Maryland Film Festival, $$
Mono No Aware, NY **
Strange Beauty Film Festival, Durham, NC $
Tribeca, NYC $$
Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, WI $


Another Experiment by Women, NYC **
Bearded Child, Grand Rapids, Minnesota **
GAZE (Women’s films at ATA), San Francisco **
Squeaky Wheel, Resource for a variety of festivals and residencies. Location and price vary.
TIE, Denver, Colorado $$
Video Data Bank, Chicago, IL ** %




Browse international list of festivals, apply for lots of fests using the same master profile for your movie, online payments accepted.  Appears to specialize in U.S. festivals (from tiny to major).

Short Film Depot:
Enter your films free of charge into the major festivals around the world using one single form.  Specializes in international festivals.