Worlds Top 100 Short Film FestivalsShort filmmaking is in the midst of a rennaissance because of the revenue potential offered by IPTV and initiatives like www.raindance.tv.

Screening at a festival is a sure-fire way to start creating a buzz around your film and your career. You are also likely to bump into short-film buyers eager for content for the dozens of fledgling websites desperate for movies. Short films are much easier to see on the web or on a mobile telephone than features (at the moment, at least)

Troll down this list, and click on the links and look at each festivals programming to see if your film would fit. And google them to see if there any satisfied filmmakers talking about the festival of your choice.

Finally, happy hunting. Don't forget that Raindance Film Festival, now Britain's largest independent film festival, loves short films, and ware open for submissions. Raindance is also a Oscar qualifying festival for short films.

The Raindance Team

Raindance Film Festival Submissions The Top 5 Must-Submits

Sundance Film Festival (USA)
Cannes Film Festival (France) – for shorts under 15 minutes only
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (USA)
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France)
Aspen Shortsfest (USA)

USA

AFI Fest
Los Angeles Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
SXSW: South By Southwest Film Festival
Telluride Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
Slamdance Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
Austin Film Festival
St. Louis International Film Festival
Cinequest Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
What is Raindance?Rhode Island International Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Hamptons International Film Festival
USA Film Festival – for American shorts only
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Athens International Film Festival
Black Maria Film Festival
New Directors/New Films Festival
Gen Art Film Festival – for American shorts only
Heartland Film Festival
Starz Denver International Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Woodstock Film Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival
San Diego Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Philadelphia Film Festival
New Orleans Film Festival
Stony Brook Film Festival
CineVegas International Film Festival
Raindance film Festival Bumbershoot 1 Reel Film Festival
World Arts Film Festival

Canada

Toronto International Film Festival – for Canadian shorts only
Montreal World Film Festival
Montreal International Festival of New Cinema
• Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival – for Canadian shorts only
Edmonton International Film Festival
Calgary International Film Festival

Australia

Flickerfest International Short Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival
Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
Sao Paulo International Film Festival

Argentina

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

Chile

Santiago Chilean International Short Film Festival

Colombia

Cartagena International Film Festival

Bermuda

Bermuda International Film Festival

Japan

Short Shorts Film Festival

South Africa

Durban International Film Festival
Cape Town World Cinema Film Festival  

UK

Raindance Film Festival *Oscar qualifyingLondon Short Film Festival
London Short Film FestivalEncounters Short Film Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival
London Short Film Festival
Manchester International Film Festival
Encounters International Short Film Festival *Oscar qualifying
Leeds International Film Festival

Ireland

Foyle Film Festival
Cork International Film Festival

Germany

Berlin International Film Festival
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
Oldenburg Film Festival
Interfilm Berlin Short Film Festival
Filmfest Dresden
Hamburg International Short Film Festival

Spain

Huesca International Film Festival
Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films
Gijon International Film Festival for Young People
Valladolid International Film Festival

Italy

Venice International Film Festival
Turin International Film Festival of Young Cinema – for Italian shorts only

Switzerland

Locarno Film Festival

France

Angers First Film Festival

Greece

Drama International Short Film Festival

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Sarajevo Film Festival

Poland

Cracow International Documentary and Short Film Festival
- Wroclav Era New Horizons

Czech Republic

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Belgium

Brussels International Short Film Festival
Ghent Flanders International Film Festival
Leuven International Short Film Festival

 Denmark

Odense International Film Festival
AFIA Film Festival, Aarhus

The Netherlands

Rotterdam International Film Festival

Sweden

Uppsala International Short Film Festival
Stockholm International Film Festival  
Gothenberg International Film Festival

Finland

Tampere International Short Film Festival

Norway

Grimstad Norwegian Short Film Festival – international shorts by invitation only

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Raindance Film Festival 2014 - Discover New Perspectives

24 Sept - 5 Oct 2014 Piccadilly Circus, Central London

Raindance Film Festival 2014

Raindance
Since 1992 Raindance has been offering advice and support for independent fimmakers. We started the Raindance Film Festival in 1993, and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998.

Most of our year is spent training thousands of new and established filmmakers in all aspects of film. Among high profile alumni are Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins), David Yates (Harry Potter), Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn – who actually met at a Raindance course. Raindance training is one of the world’s largest catering for over 3000 students per year.

In 2011 we launched an innovative Postgraduate Film Degree with Staffordshire University and the Independent Film Trust.

In 2013 we relaunched our production arm, Raw Talent with the feature Love.Honour.Obey.

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  1. The Vancouver Island Short Film festival showcases great short films of any genre or style, 12 minutes or less. The festival is in it's 10th year and provides artist fees and cash prizes. Submissions are open from August – November and the festival happens February 6th and 7th in beautiful Nanaimo, BC. http://www.visff.com

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