Last week to submit to the Fest. Int. of Curtas do Rio de Janeiro!

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Published: 05 Aug 2020


The submissions for the Curtas do Rio de Janeiro International Festival close on August 7

Last week to register your short film to the Short Film Festival – Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival.

In such a troubled year for everyone, and especially for culture, that depends so much on people gathering, it was a difficult decision to make this edition of the Short Film Festival. But being the 30th edition, the Franco Cultural Association decided to face adversity with courage by keeping this window, ever so important, for the promotion of short films.

To preserve the health and safety of everyone, the Festival Curta Cinema 2020 will be held online on Festhome TV. Thus, for the first time, the content of the Curta Cinema will be available throughout the entire Brazilian territory, and not only to those who can reach it in person.

Qualifier for the Academy Awards ® and the BAFTA Awards: The first Brazilian festival to qualify its winners for the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In addition, it is qualifier for the BAFTA Awards and for the Brazilian Grand Prix of Cinema.

You can submit short films of less than 30 minutes and produced in 2019 or 2020. Submissions are only open until August 7th, don't leave it for the last minute!


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Last days to submit to Zinebi 2020, "Class A" festival, and Oscar, BAFTA and Goya qualifier!!

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Published: 04 Aug 2020


Don't miss out on submitting your film to the 62nd edition of Zinebi International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao!

Born in 1959, the International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao (ZINEBI) has gained its own place as one of the top international festivals, the programming of which (documentary, animation and fiction) is the main symbol of its identity. Meticulous and thorough international competition sections, extremely free and committed cinema that is a real novelty for the audience and helps to build critical thought in the midst of the cultural complexity of contemporary artistic expression.

Zinebi's program finds room for all kinds of stylistic formats, the most creative, innovative and suggestive audiovisual formats, and emerging directors of contemporary films from all around the world, so that each new festival renews its commitment to exploring new film territories, formal experimentation, the hybrid and interdisciplinary condition of new cinematographic productions and film-makers’ ethical and aesthetic investigation into the complex realities of the world in which we live.

Among the festival guests, international judges or awarded authors, great names can be found, such as Roman Polanski, Marco Bellocchio, Jean Rouch, Basilio M. Patino, Julio Medem or Carlos Saura.

OSCAR®, BAFTA AND GOYA AWARDS QUALIFYING FESTIVAL: Zinebi has been accredited by the Hollywood Academy as a qualifier for the Oscars® and is a qualifier for the BAFTAs awarded by the British cinema industry and for the Spanish Goyas.

Since 1974 Zinebi is recognised by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF as a top international competitive festival, and it is one of only five festivals in the world recognised as a Class A festival in the documentary and short film category.

Zinebi's call for entries will close next August, 15th, and SUBMISSIONS CAN ONLY BE MADE THROUGH FESTHOME!


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You only have 3 weeks left to submit your short film to the Almería International Film Festival - FICAL!

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Published: 09 Jul 2020


International Film Festival of Almería - FICAL, Goya® Awards qualifying festival with over 17000 € in cash awards, will close for submissions next July, 31st

The International Film Festival of Almería - FICAL reaches this year its 19th edition with the firm intention of taking a step forward and establishing itself worldwide as one of the hallmarks of the genre, while also promoting the Spanish province of Almería with the purpose of strengthening their historical ties with cinematic industry and culture.

"Almería en corto", International Short Film Competition included in the Almería International Film Festival, is the competitive section for national and international films the duration of which does not exceed 30 minutes. In its last edition the festival screened films selected out of more than 2400 submissions received from all five continents.

The festival will screen a selection of the best international films with competitive sessions and parallel activities where meetings and shared reflexion time for professionals, historians and film critics can be arranged, also favoring its bonds with other national and international film festivals

Qualifying festival for the Goya® Awards from the Spanish Academy: The winner of the Award for Best National Short Film will be pre-selected for the Goya Awards from the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The "Almería en corto" International Short Film Competition will hand out in excess of 17000 € in cash awards. Submit your short film before July, 31st!


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The Huesca Online sessions, open in Festhome TV until next Saturday

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Published: 17 Jun 2020


In Festhome TV you can enjoy, until June, 20th, the 48th Huesca International Festival. Bound by current circumstances, the festival will focus on online exhibition in 2020, and will do so powered by the renewed tool Festhome offers for online festivals: Festhome TV.

Qualifier for the national Goya Awards and for the international Oscar Awards®, the Huesca international Film Festival also distributes almost 25000 Euro in prizes.

This year, the Huesca online screenings run parallel to the physical screenings in the city of Huesca and, just like in the last few years, they take place in Festhome TV, our tool for online film festivals with which many festivals are dealing with the issues derived from the global pandemic.

There is no better occasion to use the services of Festhome TV than by enjoying for free this selection of the Huesca IFF on Festhome TV.


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Have you submitted your film to Curtas Vila do Conde yet?

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Published: 09 Jun 2020


Call for entries for the 28th Vila do Conde International Film Festival will be open until June 30th

Last weeks to submit your film to the most important Portuguese festival dedicated to short films and one of the most relevant ones in Europe, that this year will take place from 3 to 11 October 2020.

Two decades of existence have made Curtas Vila do Conde become increasingly committed to cinema and its most innovative, diversified, artistic and independent filmmakers and artists. The festival brings together film directors, professionals, artists, journalists, students and an enthusiastic audience for a week in which creativity, talent, spirit, wit and art take the lead.

Curtas Vila do Conde has grown more ambitious over the last few years and has widened its scope by including music videos, multimedia installations, and other art forms that increasingly overlap with short films. Every year, through thoughtful, cutting edge programming, the festival provides a wide selection of ground-breaking films and works on its competitions, retrospectives, theme sections, premières, special programms, exhibitions and concerts.

Qualifying-festival for the European Film Academy (EFA) awards: The festival juries will nominee a short film to compete for the European Film Awards.

The festival accepts new short films produced in 2019 or 2020, with a maximum duration of up to 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the section; and has the following competitions: International (fiction, documentary and animation); National (fiction, documentary and animation); Experimental; Music videos (music videos by artists of Portuguese origin or produced by Portuguese authors); and Take One (Portuguese school films of less than 30 minutes).


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The Huesca IFF is about to start its new edition on Festhome TV

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Published: 04 Jun 2020


From June 13th though the 20th, the 48th Huesca International Festival will take place online on Festhome TV. Bound by the circumstances (the pandemic that still plagues the entire planet) the festival will have presential screenings but will focus on online exhibition in 2020.

The Huesca International Film Festival hardly needs introduction: with a track record spanning nearly half a century, its well-known and coveted Danzante awards are one of the main aspirations of short format filmmakers. Qualifier for the national Goya Awards and for the international Oscar Awards®, the Huesca international Film Festival also distributes almost 25000 euros in prizes, and boasts, with cause, to sponsor the attendance of a large majority of the filmmakers whose short films it selects.

It is precisely the selection of its different sections (national and international, with a particular attention to the Ibero-American short film) that makes Huesca one of the main meeting points of the short film universe. And an essential part of that selection can be seen on Festhome TV between the 13th and 20th of the current month of June.

No one can miss the opportunity to watch that selection of the Huesca IFF on Festhome TV for free. And we do not need to say it ourselves: audiences, critics, programmers and producers have been saying it for almost 50 years.


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Countdown to submit to Tirana Int. Film Festival!

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Published: 03 Jun 2020


18th Tirana International Film Festival’s submission deadline on June 23

Tirana International Film Festival (TFI) is the most important cinematographic event that takes place in Albania. Not only because it is the oldest and most experienced but also for the high amount of applications, selective films’ capability, the rich program, fascinating discoveries and premieres of the most important cinematic films’ market today in the world.

TFI accept all length films from all European countries and around the world, made by prominent or young directors that treat a variety of themes that incite debates for different target audiences. Tirana Film Institute carries out its activities in organizing artistic, cultural and cinematographic film weeks, national and international festivals. TFI is also engaged at all times with film and audiovisual production, promotion and film distribution through various shows, screenings and publications. TFI has started a new successful experience as film distributor getting also support from Media-Creative Europe.

Oscar® qualifying festival: Recipients of the Tirana International Film Festival Best Short Film will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film/ Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards®.
Also has received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award as an Oscar® qualifying for the Student Academy Awards (SAA). Are accepted submissions from International Film School Competition Categories include Animation, Documentary, and Narrative short films, that not exceed 30 minutes in length.

Don’t miss the chance and submit your work to one of these categories: Feature (all genres), EYE on TIFF (debut feature film competition), Short Live Action, Animation, Student, Video Art & Experimental, Documentary (all lengths), Balkan and In Albanian films.


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June 19th, last day to submit to Oldenburg

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Published: 28 May 2020


Last few weeks to submit your film to the 27th Oldenburg International Film Festival

Founded in 1994, Oldenburg International Film Festival has a strong commitment to innovative and independent filmmaking. Internationally recognized as Germany's leading indie Film Fest.

Hailed as a festival which specialises in discovering emerging talents, Oldenburg’s acclaimed profile has its foundation in the independent section. From the early beginnings it was shaped by the versatility of an independent and passionate cinema and its creators. The festival has evolved while preserving its intimate atmosphere and founding purpose: to celebrate and support the diverse voices and visions of independent filmmakers, to honor the creativity of the artists upon which the festival depends, and to create a unique experience and inspiring meeting place for filmmakers, audiences, and media professionals.

In addition to supporting the discovery of new artists, Oldenburg has hosted German Premieres of films by such renowned authors as Darren Aronofsky, Brian De Palma, Steven Soderbergh, Michael Polish, Johnnie To, Chan-wook Park, and Takeshi Kitano, amongst others. Nicolas Cage, Seymour Cassel, Asia Argento, Keira Knightley, Mira Sorvino are also among many who have attended the event with their works as honored guests of the festival.

Oldenburg IFF is known as the 'European Sundance': Oldenburg International Film Festival has been labelled ‘the European Sundance' by Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Screen International, among others.

Don’t miss the chance to submit your SHORT or FEATURE FILM before 19th June!


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Sant Joan d'Alacant festival is available online in Festhome TV

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Published: 22 May 2020


The Official category of the 20th Sant Joan d’Alacant Film Festival can be watched in Festhome TV from May 18th through May 24th.

We welcome yet another great festival, Goya Awards qualifying festival for short films, to Festhome TV.

You can watch the festival FOR FREE until May, 24th.

Circumstances derived from the Covid-19 pandemic have pushed us to organise the Sant Joan d’Alacant Film Festival in Festhome TV. The platform will remain open from may 18th through may 24th for online viewing from Spain, with a dedicated page for the festival and 30 short films selected for competition out of the 1086 short films that were submitted in the call for entries that closed last February.

Just like a traditional festival, the online event will be active for a limited time only, a week, and spectators will be able to get their tickets for free for the different sessions in which the short films are shown.

Like any other year, short films single out society's most pressing concerns. A clear example would be films dealing with abuse and sexual violence, like Alvaro Gago's 16 de Decembro (Gago received the Sundance Jury Award for Matria) or Ana Lambarri's recent 16 (a title which refers to the age of its main character, played by the young Alba Planas), which show the power of these themes in the world of short films (the La manada trial, the widespread ME TOO movement, etc).

You can check the list of 30 films here.


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Celebrate Message to Man’s 30th birthday!

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Published: 22 May 2020


Message To Man International Festival will close its call for entries next May, 31st

The 30th anniversary edition of Message to Man International Film Festival will take place on September 11 – 19, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The last three decades saw the growth of this film festival, from the very first exalted celebration held during perestroika to impressive modern-day premieres in St. Petersburg’s Palace Square and master classes taught by the greatest film directors, attracting hundreds of people.

Just take a look at the list of last year’s winners to understand the place the film festival has taken in Russia and the world. The main competition winner was Luke Lorentzen’s “Midnight Family” (USA), which later made it to the Academy’s® shortlist. The Best Début prize was awarded to “Honeyland” (North Macedonia) directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska that received not one, but two Oscar® Awards nominations.

This festival was founded to emphasize the important role of non-feature films in cultural life of the country and allow national documentary filmmakers to become more familiar with the world of international cinema. However, with years, the goals of the Festival had broadened and as a result, short fiction and animated films were added to the competition program. In recent years, “The In Silico” competition of experimental films has evolved into the festival’s most popular program. The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Russian Federation, St. Petersburg City Government and Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg.

Recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) as international film festivals : The only international documentary, short and animated film festival in Russia and in the countries of former Soviet Union that is officially registered by the International Federation of Film Producers Association in Paris (FIAPF).

In addition, the festival will give away in excess of 9000 euros in cash prizes. They are getting ready to celebrate Message to Man’s 30th birthday and they look forward to receiving your new films. JOIN THE PARTY BEFORE MAY, 31ST!


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The Warsaw Film Festival opens its calls for entries in Festhome!

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Published: 15 May 2020


This time we would like to give a warm welcome to Festhome to one of the most important festivals in the world: the Warsaw International Film Festival, prestigious festival with 35 plus years of history that takes place since 1985, and which in 2009 joined the elite group of events recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations as international film festivals - next to Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno, San Sebastian, Tokyo, Moscow or Mar del Plata, among others.

Many qualities could be pointed out in the Warsaw IFF, but the main one may be the prestige its film programming has achieved: short and feature films of all kinds, categories and genres may find a place in the festival as long as their quality makes them worthy of it. About that, even though the festival screens films from every corner of the earth, it pays some particular attention to films from Poland and eastern Europe, and it is so not only in the screening schedule, but also in the professional events, the market, which is organised in Warsaw and in some occasions, through a network of international partnerships, in Moscow and Beijing as well.

The above mentioned international partnerships, such as the agency for the mutual promotion of Chinese and Eastern Europe films run with the Beijing based distribution company Film factory, are among the most stimulating initiatives developed by the festival. As proof of the international recognition gained by the festival, it is also a qualifying festival for the Oscar Awards®! given by the Hollywood Academy.

Warsaw International Film Festival's 36th edition, which will take place from October 9th through 18th, 2020, will also give out 11000 € in cash awards. Its call for entries will be open in Festhome until July, 31st, and it is a call for entries that no filmmaker should miss.


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Last days to submit to Edmonton Int. Film Festival

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Published: 15 May 2020


May 15th, last day to submit your film to the 34th Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF)

Established in 1986, Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF), is held in the heart of the Canadian Prairies, just a couple of hours from the majestic Rocky Mountains. This festival from the plains of Alberta gives voice, platform and opportunity to filmmakers at all stages of their creative journey and from all parts of the world.

The festival's primary objective is to encourage and support the appreciation of cinema as art. Each autumn, EIFF hosts a 10-day cinematic feast that celebrates the power of film with more than 150 films from 40 countries, ranging from short to feature-length, dramatic to documentary, comedy to tragedy, and studio to independent. it also hosts filmmaker chats, Q&A's, gala screenings, a local filmmaker spotlight, 'buzzy' films that are traveling the festival circuit, professional lunches, parties and more.

The final Oscar® qualifying festival of the year!: Edmonton International Film Festival is an Academy® Awards qualifying festival for Live Action & Animation short films.

What are you waiting for? Send your SHORT OR FEATURE FILM before next Friday, May 15th!


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Madrid FCM-PNR Film Festival opens in Festhome!

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Published: 08 May 2020


For the first time, the Festival De Cine De Madrid - PNR opens its call for entries in Festhome.

It’s a true pleasure for the Festhome team to welcome the Festival de cine de Madrid in our platform for the first time, festival run by the Plataforma de nuevos realizadores.

You may submit your film entries here.

The COVID-19 crisis will leave a mark on the festival's 29th edition, like in all other festivals. The Festival De Cine De Madrid - PNR will take place in October, 2020, from 6th through 11th.


The Festival De Cine De Madrid - PNR is already an event with its own identity in the city of Madrid. It is one of the oldest cinema related events in the city, and since its first edition in 1991 it has become established as an essential showcase for emerging productions to which it gives room and promotion, therefore gathering the best selection out of the diverse national film production that is not theatrically released in our country.

Focusing on films from new filmmakers, it is a meeting point in a permanent search for new narratives and creators in need of a new space from which they can be heard. Its own differentiated identity makes its audience grow stronger year after year and it is also renewed with new generations of viewers and authors, many of which will be in years to come the ones showing their films to the audience and who will be attracted by the latter, as has happened in all previous editions. Ultimately, it is one of the annual mandatory events for the film-going public in Madrid, and it has a relevant stature in the national festival circuit, which is one of the reasons why it is included in the pre-selection for the Best Short Film nomination for the Goya Awards organized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science of Spain.

Video summary of the 28th Festival de cine de Madrid on Vimeo. Festival de cine de Madrid FCM-PNR on Vimeo.

In its last edition, the festival screened in excess of 200 films in 9 different theatres, and it also organized meetings with filmmakers and young programmers, national and international homages… It is an essential event for all filmmakers.


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New Festhome TV for festivals

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Published: 04 May 2020


Our VOD channel Indiehome is now called Festhome TV with a fully renovated interface.

Festhome TV is an integral tool that will allow you to host the films selected by your festival for its online exhibition, be it paid or free of charge for viewers (both options are available): you have at your disposal tools to move your films to different sessions, to control the tickets and viewing statistics, to create sessions (if necessary, you may choose different activation dates for each session). And you may also choose if you want the films shown in full HD or HDReady, if you want the films stored in your Vimeo PRO / Business account or in our own servers, if you want a basic or a full DRM protection (the cost varies with each combination of options you choose), if you want viewers from all over the world to have access to the festival of you’d rather block the access so that just a few countries can have it. Furthermore, you can create programmer and juror accounts, you may use the voting tool to create an audience award, and you may offer this online version of the festival for different viewing devices.

It’s a complete tool to host your festival online at a really affordable cost.

A close and recognisable example we can provide is the Mecal Pro, 22nd Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival: last March they contacted us seeing they couldn’t host the presential screenings they had organised. In just a few days we could set up a festival with more than 250 films in its online version, with similar sessions to those of their presential screenings and with a warm reception on the part of Mecal’s regular audience (the online version of which will remain open until May, 26th)

This proves that the current context does not imply your festivals are forced to disappear or be postponed, since you have another tool, Festhome TV, that will allow you to reformulate your festival and offer it to your audience in a different version, which in any case respects the event’s selection, choices and identity.

For further info: FesthomeTV homepage


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IN THE PALACE, qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® in 3 categories, will close submissions soon!

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Published: 01 May 2020


IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival's 17th edition will give out in excess of 10.000 € in cash awards

IN THE PALACE started out as a competitive forum for student films, but it has now become the biggest and most prestigious short film festival in Bulgaria, and one of the best known throughout Eastern Europe, eventually been given the EFFE Festival label granted by the European Festivals Association.

IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival focuses on fiction, documentary, animation and experimental short films, plus new media and digital arts, up to 27 minutes in running length. It is an exceptional platform for both young filmmakers and seasoned professionals.

The festival will take place in September in Queen Marie Alexandra Victoria's former residence in the beautiful seaside town of Balchik, by the Black Sea. In the course of the festival there will be additional activities such as live music shows, panels, labs for children, nightly open air screenings near the beach, etc.

Academy Awards® qualifying festival in three categories: In addition to the 10000 € the festival gives out in cash awards, IN THE PALACE is a qualifying festival for the Oscar Awards® from the Hollywood Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in the Best International Animation, Best International Fiction and Best National short film categories, and also for the Student Awards®.

Don't miss your chance and submit your film to the 17th International Short Film Festival IN THE PALACE before May, 1st!


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Bengaluru Int. Short Film Festival submissions end next April 30th

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Published: 30 Apr 2020


Bengaluru International Short Film Festival's 10th edition, the first festival from India to be recognised by Hollywood's Academy®

The festival screens short films from all over the world, thus creating the ideal environment to offer a great experience for filmmakers and gather enthusiastic audiences. The festival organises talks and panels with important professionals and intellectuals, which allows novel filmmakers to interact with some of the industry's main agents. Nowadays short films are perceived as a form of art which demands a unique approach, and that is why BISFF also provides practical learning opportunities in workshops and professional forums in order to build an exclusive experience and a place where distributors may find the films they are looking for.

Academy Awards® Qualifying Festival: Short films that win the best film awards in the Indian and International competitions can be selected to be part of the Academy Awards®, provided they meet all requirements from the the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science.

Any fiction film up to 30 minutes in running length that was produced after January, 1st 2019 will qualify as international short film for the competitive category. If your film meets those requirements, think no more and submit it to the BISFF before April, 30th!


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Postponment tag

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Published: 08 Apr 2020


We have created a new marker / tag for festivals that are forced to postpone their dates due to restrictions caused by the Coronavirus.

As a festival, on the "Edit" page you will find two buttons, the orange button "Postponed Festival" in case your festival varies in its celebration dates (even if you still do not know the new ones) and the green "Festival OK" which you can use to remove the postponement tag or if you already have the new definitive dates of celebration.

The filmmakers will also have access to this information in the list of festivals , once inside a postponed festival, under the title you will see an indicator that will tell you if the festival has been postponed and, in the cases where it is known, the new dates for the event.



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COVID-19 - Information from Festhome

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Published: 25 Mar 2020

Dear Friends,

We hope that you and your families and friends are well in these uncertain times. At Festhome we are no stranger to the serious crisis that the world is going through. However, we want you to know that we remain at your disposal, although we have taken the necessary precautions and have fully embraced remote working for all of our team: #stayhome. Due to these special circumstances, we want to offer our services and coding skills that may be useful in the coming weeks and months, either to create new tools or help you use existing tools such as Indiehome TV, online festivals, private video libraries, private film links, etc.

In addition, we have launched an online festival with a very simple philosophy adapted to this moment: that filmmakers who are confined to their homes may create and share pieces filmed during these atypical days with everyone. We call it Stop Virus Film Festival and it will be available for free at Indiehome TV . There are no entry or submission fees , it is totally free for spectators and filmmakers, and we will collect donations from viewers of the festival that will go entirely to research on the coronavirus .

Tips and suggestions for Festival Organizers

Many festivals have seen their festival dates affected and all must follow the recommendations and obligations of their governments. But, given the position of Festhome as a platform, we have been able to view some trends and want to share them, and add a few suggestions, to minimize the damage caused by COVID-19, both to filmmakers and festivals:

  • We are seeing that in most cases, the call for entries dates are not changing and the vast majority of festivals are choosing to keep them intact or extend them in a variable way as events unfold.

  • As for the dates of the festival, and although some cancellations are taking place, we see that most are opting for postponments and in a few cases, some festivals are also offering a part of their programming online (pay per view).

  • In cases of cancellation, we see that these festivals (and we recommend) that current submissions are kept for the next edition. We also request that you contact the filmmakers, as some of them may have seen their schedules altered and may request to be allowed to withdraw their films.

  • In cases of postponement, we also recommend that for the moment and due to the impossibility of planning at any level, an estimated date for the festival is announced. Due to the competition for the availability of spaces that will occur after this crisis, we recommend staying in touch and frequently informing the managers of the spaces about the possible dates as events unfold.

  • If you have advertising contracted with us, we are open and you can ask us about possible changes in dates and spaces as a result of these changes you may have to make.

In any case, we believe that communication with the filmmakers is very important. At Festhome we have many tools to help you communicate quickly and efficiently, both with messaging systems and using the specific page of your festival to keep giving information about your festival′s intentions to filmmakers.

We reiterate that we are at your disposal to help you, and we hope that this crisis will be over soon.

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Moscow International Film Festival, one of the oldest and most renown festivals in the world: Class A Festival

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Published: 21 Feb 2020


The 42nd Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Oscar® qualifier and FIAPF accredited, will close its call for entries next February, 21st

The Moscow International Film Festival's first edition took place in 1935, which makes it the second oldest film festival in the world, right after Venice. It has become over the years a cultural and social phenomenon acknowledged internationally and a mandatory milestone for world film premieres. All main film production companies look for a place to premiere their films in the Moscow International Film Festival because they recognise the power of the festival's audience in Russia as one of the most seasoned film viewers in the world. Plus, the Film Market that takes place as part of the MIFF has strengthened its reach and is now most appealing for international distributors.

The festival is not just a key forum for the film world, but also a great social event. Among the festival's guests, such great stars as Federico Fellini, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Finch, Richard Burton, Robert de Niro or Anna Karina can be counted… More recently, stars such as Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Jack Nicholson, Jeanne Moreau, Meryl Streep, Gerard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, Richard Gere, Alan Parker, or Geraldine Chaplin, among others, attended the festival.

The prestigious brand of Swiss watches and jewellery, Chopard, is the author of the Palm d'Or, the most famous award given by the festival, which is made in gold, and also of 13 more of the festival's awards, which are made in precious metals.

Qualifying festival in the documentary category for the Academy Awards® and FIAPF accredited as a Class A festival: International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) recognises Moscow as a Class A competitive non-specialised festival, a category shared with just a handful of festivals such as Cannes, Berlin or Venice. Furthermore, the winner of the Silver George award to the Best Documentary film will be pre-selected for the Oscars®.

The festival will accept submissions until February, 21st, exclusively through Festhome. Do not miss this incredible opportunity and submit your film to the 42nd Moscow International Film Festival!


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Did you submit your short film to VIS Vienna Shorts yet?

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Published: 31 Jan 2020


Think no more and submit your short film before January, 31st to VIS Vienna Shorts: Oscar, EFA and BAFTA qualifier, 20000 $ in cash awards

Since 2004 VIS Vienna Shorts screens a bold program of international fiction, documentary, animation and experimental short films. To VIS, the experience of watching a film does not conclude with the end credits, and it therefore looks for a way to create tension and stimulate fantasies, to arouse people's curiosity and initiate a debate, thus offering a great opportunity of cultural enrichment both for local audiences and international visitors.

Since last year, the festival has a new team, new screening theatres and a new international network (that includes the Oberhausen Festival), and it has been accepted by the EFA as part of the exclusive list of festivals associated with the short films category European Film Awards. Out of some 4000 films received by the festival last year, 305 were selected, and 67 of them were screened in the two international competitions. Fiction & Documentary, and Animation.

: Since 2016, winners of the Fiction and Animation Short Film Jury Awards may qualify for the Academy Awards® organised by the Hollywood Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science. Since the 2018/2019 season, the festival is accepted as an associated festival for the European Film Awards, and it remains a British Academy Awards, BAFTA, qualifying festival.

Furthermore, in this 17th edition the festival will give out in excess of 20000 $ in cash awards. Think no longer and submit your short film BEFORE JANUARY, 31st!


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