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Attention, Filmmakers: Festival Deadlines Before the End of the Year

Attention, Filmmakers: Festival Deadlines Before the End of the Year

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Summer is over and it’s time to get with the program. Don’t miss out on the 2016 festival circuit.

When referring to the deadlines listed below, make sure to confirm whether the date listed is the postmark date or the date of receipt. To make it easier for you, we’ve linked to each festival’s rules and regulations regarding submissions so be sure to double-check. Unless otherwise noted, the deadlines apply to both feature-length submissions and shorts. Note that festivals are listed below in chronological order. Good luck!

Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 1-11, 2016)
Regular Deadline: August 20, 2015
Late Deadline: September 4, 2015
Extended Deadline: September 25, 2015

Sundance Film Festival (January 21-31, 2016)
Short Films
Early Deadline: August 3, 2015
Official Deadline: August 24, 2015
Late Deadline: September 21, 2015

Feature Films
Early Deadline: August 10, 2015
Official Deadline: Monday, August 31, 2015
Late Deadline: September 28, 2015

Slamdance Film Festival (January 22-28, 2016)
Early Deadline: July 24, 2015
Regular Deadline: September 4, 2015
Late Deadline: October 8, 2015
Final Deadline: October 15, 2015 (if submitting your film by the final deadline, you must use Withoutabox)

Santa Barbara Film Festival (February 3-13, 2016)
Early Deadline: August 7, 2015
Regular Deadline: September 18, 2015
Late Deadline: November 6, 2015
Drop Deadline: December 18, 2015

South by Southwest Film Festival (March 11-19, 2016)
Early Deadline: September 3, 2015
Official Deadline: October 1, 2015
Late Deadline: November 3, 2015

Cinequest Film Festival (February 23-March 6, 2016)
Early Deadline: August 14, 2015
Regular Deadline: October 16, 2015
Late Deadline: November 13, 2015
Extended Deadline: November 20, 2015

Sarasota Film Festival (April 1-10, 2016)
Early Deadline: November 20, 2015
Regular Deadline: December 4, 2015
Late Deadline: December 18, 2015
Final Deadline: January 8, 2016
*Submissions for Young Filmmaker Showcase are open until February 26, 2016

Tribeca Film Festival (April 15-26, 2016)
Early Deadline: October 17, 2015
Regular Deadline: November 26, 2015
Late Deadline: December 24, 2015

Seattle International Film Festival (May 19 – June 12, 2016)
Early Deadline: October 5, 2015
Regular Deadline: November 2, 2015
Final Deadline: January 4, 2016
Withoutabox Deadline: February 1, 2016
*Futurewave Shorts Deadline for young filmmakers is March 1, 2016

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