Call For: Entries for Documentary Campus Masterschool 2014


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The Masterschool, is a Europe-wide development programme offering film-makers a unique opportunity to access the international non-fiction market. It is a tailored programme in which 16 European producer/director teams develop their documentaries at workshops across Europe over an intensive nine-month period with the help of international experts matched to the particular needs of each year’s Masterschool intake.
How it works…

• 16 projects submitted will be selected for the Masterschool.
• Their producer/director teams will be interviewed via skype prior the first workshop.
• The teams will be invited to 3 intensive development workshops and trained to pitch their concept.
• At the Leipzig Networking Days, the teams will present their fully developed projects to leading commissioning editors from around the world.
• In the 4th workshop after the pitching, we will assist in devising a finance strategy.

Each workshop takes place in a different European city and addresses different aspects of international production: storytelling for international audiences; how to finance films internationally; distribution; marketing; creating an online presence, and pitch-training. Participants are given tools to help them develop their idea and are prepared to pitch it to a specially-selected panel of international financiers. After the pitch the teams reassemble to plan the next steps needed to get the projects financed, with the help of legal and finance experts.

Each team is allocated a specially-chosen mentor from among the most distinguished TV executives in the industry. They will act as your trusted guide, advising on the best way to develop the idea to appeal to global audiences and funders.
Who can apply?

Professional producer/director teams from across Europe.
We are looking for…

• All types of factual media, especially television series, creative docs, multiplatform or two-screen formats.
• Genre films, such as history, science, arts, wildlife, natural history, environment, human interest.
• Great stories that need additional development before being pitched internationally.
• Stories and characters that can reach global audiences.

NOTE: Projects that have already been pitched internationally are ineligible.
What to submit

You can submit 1 or 2 projects for the Masterschool 2014.

Application materials

• Application form

• 2-page proposal

• Evidence of access to key characters or institutions

• 1-page budget and financing plan

• Teaser or character reel (max. 3 min) of key protagonists or a mood board

• Info on production team: CVs and company profile, if applicable

• Self-presentation film (max. 4 min) explaining your motivation to take part in the Masterschool

• Brief showreel of previous work

• A letter of recommendation from a commissioner, funder, experienced production house or experienced distributor is not applicable but of help
What happens next?

16 projects will be selected by an international committee of industry leaders by early 2014. Short-listed project teams will be interviewed via Skype in February, after which the selected project teams will be officially invited to take part in the Masterschool and mentors will be allocated. Now work starts to prepare for the first workshop: storytelling for global audiences.

The first workshop will take place on 02 – 06 June 2014, ahead of the Sheffield Doc/Fest (07 – 14 June 2014).

Workshop two will take place in August and the third workshop will take place in October in conjunction with the Leipzig Networking Days. The fourth workshop will take place in early November 2014.


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Call For: Entries Anima 2013, the International Animation Film Festival

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Anima 2013, the International Animation Film Festival, will take place in Brussels,  Belgium, from 8-17 February  2013.  


This important animation appointment hosts an international competition with many awards:


-Award for Best Feature

-Award for Best Short Film

-Award for Best Studentfilm

-Award for Best Advertising Film

-Award for Best Music Video

-Nomination for the Cartoon d’Or


This 32d edition will also present retrospectives, exhibitions, lectures, a series

of “pro” encounters (Futuranima) and workshops.

Every year the festival brings together more than 35,000 people: professionals,

journalists, students as well as a large local audience of children and adults.


Deadline :  

Entry Forms + preview DVD : October 1st, 2012 


No entry fee!


Visit our website for Anima 2013 online subscription or downloadable entry forms,

rules and general information :


Waterford Film Festival Late Deadline and Fundit Campaign

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The 6th Annual Waterford Film Festival will be held between the 9th -11th of November 2012 at the Greyfriars Art Gallery  and is currently open for submissions.

We are open to all kinds of film genres up to 20 minutes in length.
Final Deadlines for short film submissions are:

LATE DEADLINE: Friday 3rd of August (Postmarked)

For more information please go to:


The Waterford Film Festival is on to try and raise funds for the event. Rewards will be given for donations:


Please go to for more information


Waterford Film Festival’s main sponsors are Waterford City Council, Concept Web Design, Greyfriars Art Gallery.


With support from Fáilte Ireland, Film Ireland,Tower Hotel and Leisure Centre, Dooley’s Hotel, Limeleaf,, and Waterford Chamber.



3rd Underground Cinema Film Festival Final Call For Entries

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The third annual Underground Cinema Film Festival (UCFF) will take place from the 13th– 16th of September 2012 in the Royal Marine Hotel and the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire.

We are delighted to announce that in association with the Irish Film Board this year’s special guest will be Jack Sargeant. Jack Sargeant is a renowned author and an authority on underground and cult film and has devised a special programme for us. Jack is also curator of Revelation Perth International film festival and we at Underground are honoured to forge a link with such a prestigious festival. Jack will be joined by Paul Fraser (My Brothers), as well as being a talented director, Paul’s screenwriting collaborations with Shane Meadows (This is England) is the stuff of modern cinematic legend.

Other special guests include a trio of pure, powerhouse talent, the  inimitable  Terry McMahon (Charlie Casanova, last year’s opening film), Ivan Kavanagh (Tin Can Man, last year’s closing film) and Conor Horgan (100 Mornings) in a full day devoted to underground/cult/punk-rock film at this year’s festival.

The festival will be divided into four parts this year. Our opening day, entitled ‘Women in Film‘, will feature panel discussions with women from every aspect of the industry and culminate in a screening of Kirsten Sheridan’s innovative feature Dollhouse. Some of the guests on this day include, as well as Ms. Sheridan, Marion Quinn (32A), Edwina Forkin (Zanzibar Films), actress Olwen Fouere (The Other Side Of Sleep, This Must Be The Place), Other guests TBA.

We are extremely excited to announce that, in association with the Bram Stoker estate and Barnabus Bailey Greatest Show Unearthed USA and with the support of the Victorian Vampire Society UK, for the first time we will host ‘Horror-fest’ at UCFF.

In celebration of Bram Stoker’s centenary, we will host a 20th anniversary screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, as well as other special screenings, guests and exhibitions TBA. In conjunction with Barnabus Bailey GSU, a Web-based Horror Host programme in the USA, UCFF will run a special horror film competition.

For more information please log on to contest or

This year’s festival will also include a segment on screen adaptation wherein writers and directors will discuss the adaptation process from page to screen and we are proud to have Pat O’Connor (Cal, Dancing at Lughnasa, Circle of Friends), Bernard McLaverty (Cal), Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack) and, schedule permitting, David Caffrey (Divorcing Jack, Love/Hate) joining us, as well as other special guests TBA. We will also host a Director’s Choice panel where our guest directors will choose scenes from their favourite films and discuss the influence that these films have had on their own filmmaking.

The UCFF team are incredibly proud of our packed programme this year.  Along with our usual screenings of short and feature films, we will host a number of free workshops with some of the top professionals working in the industry today, including Ferdia MacAnna (High Kings), Vinnie Murphy (Accelerator) and Ciarán Creagh (Parked) to name but a few.

For more information, to down an application form and copy of the festival rules and to book tickets please log on to:
Submission Deadline for Short and Feature Films 31st July.

Submission Deadline for the ‘Horror-fest’ 25th August.




Call for Entries: 6th Annual Waterford Film Festival


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The 6th Annual Waterford Film Festival will be held between the 9th -11th of November 2012 at the Greyfriars Art Gallery and is now open for submissions for films and screenplays!




For the second year in a row we will be focusing exclusively on promoting short films and screenplays, especially independent short films. This will enable the presentation of an increased amount of short films to our always appreciative audience.




The Waterford City Council Award for Best Short Film will be open to both short fiction and documentary films.




In 2011 we saw a high standard of films shown in Waterford and a particularly difficult task of choosing a programme from the hundreds of high quality submissions from filmmakers around the world.




In 2012, will also see the 4th year of the Screenplay competition, 2011 attracted a huge number of excellent submissions, many from first time writers. The Best Screenplay Award will be open to all screenplays for un-filmed short films.



We would like to take this opportunity to thank once again our core funders, Waterford City Council, and all our sponsors for their continued belief in and support of the festival.




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Call For: Entries – 3rd Underground Cinema Film Festival

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The 3rd Underground Cinema Film Festival will take place in Dun Laoghaire from13th September through to 16th September.

This year’s festival promises to be our biggest festival yet with four full days of some of the best independent film making from around the world. Once again our festival will include an incredible selection of industry led workshops from some of the biggest names in the country along with some surprise guest speakers. This year will also see Underground Cinema devote an entire program celebrating the work of women in the film industry.

UCFF are now calling for entries for this years festival which is competitive. Films will be awarded under the following categories:

  • Best Irish Feature Film – Feature film with a budget less then €200K.
  • Best International Feature Film – Feature film with a budget less then €200K.
  • Best Independent Short Film – Short film under 25 minutes that has not received funding.
  • Best Funded Short Film – Short film under 25 mins that has received funding.
  • Best International Short Film – Short film made outside of Ireland under 25 mins that may or may not of had funding.
  • Best Student Film – Short/Feature film completed by full time students in the Republic of Ireland.

Opening and closing feature films will be screened  in the wonderful Pavilion Theatre.  Although all genres are welcome at the festival we are particularly interested in horror film submissions this year as one of our programs  will be dedicated to this particular genre.
You can get more details on our festival by logging on to our website .


Call For: Entries for Your Video Here at Basement Project Space Cork


Responding to the under ground space at Basement, Your Video Here is calling for submissions for video and film work responding to the theme ‘Under_ground‘.

The selected films will be screened at Basement Project Space in April 2012. The screenings will include audience conversation about the works shown, and Q&A with the film/ video makers. Your Video Here intends to screen video and films issued with Creative Commons licenses, though this is not a stipulation for submissions.


Submission details:

  • Works must respond to the theme ‘Under_ground’.
  • Max duration of submitted work 30 minutes.
  • Deadline for submissions: 31st March 2012.


Your Video Here intends to screen films issued with Creative Commons licenses, though this is not a stipulation for entries.

See for more details on how to apply a CC license to your work.

Send a link to your work online to:


Alternatively post a copy of your work to:

Your Video Here,

No. 4 Ducart House,

Steamboat Quay,



Call For: Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival Entries

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Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the leading UK showcase of short film and animation, is now accepting entries. The festival is coming of age in 2012 with its 18th edition.


Expectations are high, following a record number of 1789 film submissions received and a 37% increase in audience figures in 2011. Fresh developments for this year’s event include earlier dates (18th – 23rd September) and the move of long-time Programmer Mark Cosgrove into the position of Artistic Director, as well as the welcoming of new Short Film Programmer (Brief Encounters) Gaia Meucci.


The festival has emerged as an importantUKgateway for upcoming talent, giving selected filmmakers the chance to qualify for a whole host of major awards nominations – the Academy Awards®, the BAFTAs, the European Film Awards and the Cartoon d’Or.


Notable recent success was enjoyed by Grant Orchard’s A Morning Stroll, which after its Animated Best of British prize at Encounters in 2011 went on to win a BAFTA for Best Short Animation. The film is now returning to Bristol for the Nominated Shorts Season hosted by the festival, which runs until 29th April, and we are delighted to announce a guest appearance from Grant at a free screening on Tuesday 3rd April at the Hen and Chicken pub.


Managing Director, Liz Harkman said, ‘The festival is looking forward yet again to discovering the most promising short film and animation talent from all over the world. We have come a long way and are proud of the festival’s success. We have exciting plans for our 18th edition, and will continue to find new ways of showcasing, celebrating and inspiring short filmmakers through reaching new audiences, and facilitated networking amongst industry professionals and emerging filmmakers.’


The call for entries is now open and will close on 6th June (9th July for Watershed’s DepicT! 90-second film competition, which is part of the festival). Films of any genre with a maximum duration of 30 minutes, completed after January 2011, are eligible. Submissions are made through the Reelport website, which will host the Encounters Digital Viewing Library, making all films available for delegates during the festival and for the following 6 months.


Full submission guidelines are listed at