Film Festival

The Phoenix Film Festival welcomes great cinema across a broad variety of competitive categories, including Student Short Films, Narrative Features, World Cinema Shorts, Documentaries, and more. Submissions are open now through December 16, 2016. It's time to share it with a great audience inside a beautiful theater and experience firsthand why MovieMaker Magazine calls us one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World!

This year's film festival runs Nov. 4-11, 2016. The Festival has screened over 3,100 films from First Nation communities in the U.S. and Canada.  The Festival, uniquely produced by Native Americans, includes film screenings and a catalog, panel discussions, workshops, an awards ceremony, and networking events.  The off-season Tribal Touring Program brings media tools and training to tribal youth, a selection of whose works are screened during the Festival.




2016-2017 Festival Submissions

The Bentonville Film Festival is proud to accept submissions for the 2017 Festival in the following categories. Details for each category, including category descriptions and submission dates will be coming soon.

The Laughlin International Film Festival (LIFF) creates an exciting, professional and prestigious event that operates as an annual platform for U.S. and International filmmakers to showcase their films, network with fellow filmmakers and enjoy the casinos and attractions of Laughlin, Nevada. Films are screened in state-of-the-art digital theaters in the heart of Laughlin over four days, in conjunction with social networking events, film workshops/panels, parties and our annual Saturday Night Awards Show. The Festival will be held Oct. 13-16, 2016 in Laughlin, Nevada.

The 19th UNAFF will be held from October 20-30, 2016 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco. This year’s theme COMPASS FOR A BETTER WORLD continues the ongoing celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and focuses on various aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Admission is free.

Films that have premiered after April 1, 2016, are eligible to apply. The first deadline is Sept. 15, 2016, and the second and final deadline (for new films finished after the first deadline) is Dec. 15. Before submitting your film(s), you will be asked to create a CPH:DOX profile which will allow you to easily submit any number of films, as well as to register for accreditation and engage in the festival.
U.S. INPUT PRE-SELECTION CALL FOR SUBMISSION for Thessaloniki, Greece, May 7 – 11, 2017 - Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 INPUT has organized international television’s most important and influential annual screening conference for more than 35 years. This unique event — held annually in a different country — encourages the development of public service television by screening and debating the most outstanding programs from around the world.

The 40th Annual Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary Indian Market seeks film submissions for our film category during the annual Indian Market, to be held at the Pueblo Grande Museum grounds in Phoenix, Arizona, December 10 and 11, 2016.

The film category is to celebrate and give voice to the perspectives offered by Native American/ American Indians in film and cinema from every part of the world. The film category offers a high profile, non-competitive environment for sharing the best in independent Native American/ American Indian film and cinema.

October 13-27, 2016 - Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. We serve Chicago’s diverse and under-served citizenry by providing access to world-class cinema. We aim to enrich Chicago’s cultural environment by presenting film in contexts that encourage discussion and debate. 

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