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Sail down the Wississiffi in Yorkshire - Whitby in Shorts 2009

From the Whitby in Shorts film festival
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Great news! The "WHITBY IN SHORTS" INTERNATIONAL SHORT-FILM FESTIVAL is on! From September 5th to September 13th 2009 (inclusive), WiSiS-FF will host 240 of the very best short-films in the world.

From 1st March, the Festival, known to the 16-strong voluntary action group as Wississiffi (a bit like ‘Mississippi'), will be accepting entries from short-film makers from all over the world.


Africa in Motion short film festival - call for entries from African filmmakers

africa_yeelenFor the second year, Edinburgh's Africa in Motion (AiM) film festival is inviting African filmmakers to submit short films of up to 30 minutes for the festival's short film competition. In order to target the competition specifically towards young and emerging African film talent, filmmakers who enter a film for consideration must not have completed a feature-length film previously. Films entered must have been completed in 2006 or after.

A shortlist from all the entries will be selected in July and announced by the end of August 2009. From this shortlist, the competition winner will be chosen by a high profile jury and announced at an awards ceremony at the Africa in Motion festival in October 2009. The jury will consist of local and international film specialists and established African filmmakers.


A Brand New Film Festival



In metros, airports, shopping centres, trains…

ART BY CHANCE is the brand new “Ultra Short Film Festival” that will be aired in May 2009 all around the world. Films will meet with us un expectedly  in 6 countries; US,UK, Canada, Turkey, Netherlands, Germany and 26 cities. New ones adding to the list everyday.

Besides its global dimension, ART BY CHANCE is also unique because the selected short movies will be presented to the public through the advertising screens instead of movie theatres. ART BY CHANCE will present urban dwellers with stimulating content thus colouring the time slices that are usually considered dead. 



Edinburgh Film Festival 2009 - Call for Entries

edfilmfestlogo.jpgThe 2009 Edinburgh International Film Festival is open for submissions. You can submit online through the EIFF website or download a form and mail it to them or submit through withoutabox.

The 63rd EIFF will take place from 17 – 28 June in Edinburgh.  The Festival is internationally regarded as a focus for discovery, a celebration of cinema, a centre of debate and a catalyst for new films.  EIFF is committed to screening high quality new film and video work in all genres from around the world.

All submitted films should be no more than 12 months old by June 2009 and EIFF requires at least UK premiere status.

Submission deadlines:
Regular: Monday 2 February 2009
Late: Monday 16 February 2009


17th Raindance Film Festival Open For Submissions

raindancefestivalpostcardjan2009.jpg17th Raindance Film Festival
30 September - 11 October 2009

  The 17th Raindance Film Festival is now open for submissions. Raindance is the UK's leading independent film festival and takes place annually in London's West End.

Raindance showcases features and shorts made by independent filmmakers from all around the world to an audience of film fans, journalists, acquisition executives, actors, producers and directors. Nearly 2000 films were submitted for last year's festival, of which just over 200 were screened. Festival admissions were up over 40%.

Films can be submitted via, the world's first site dedicated to film festival submissions. Simply visit the Raindance page at Withoutabox, create a login name, fill in the info about your film, submit an online press pack, and send us your DVD in the post. Alternatively, go to the Raindance website, download, fill in and send us the submission form


London Short FIlm Festival kicks off

londonshortfilmfestival.jpgThe projector with teeth returns as the institution formerly known as Halloween rides into town for a a short film extravaganza spanning 13 programmes in ten venues across London. Highlights include a Berlin programme from Dazzle with Interfilm, a Kris Marhsall retrospective, a free Duane Hopkins screening, and the competitions, including the Vauxhaul Auteur Theory £750 prize for best auteur made film (where the majority of the production roles are by the same person) and the UK Film Council best short film prize.

What better way to lift the new year doldrums but with some of the best 'chronically challenged' films around.

More info from the website, and below...


The North of England goes Film Festival crazy as Leeds and Sheffield profile the best in cinema

 Rumba ImageTwo of the largest film festivals in the UK get underway this week, providing a wealth of films for those who are in the North of England. Tuesday 4th November sees the opening of the 22nd Leeds International Film Festival (, which runs from 4th-16th November, whilst Wednesday 5th November will see the start of the Sheffield Doc/Fest, ( )  which runs from  5th-9th November. Both promise special guests, previews, masterclasses and enough films to keep audiences more than satisfied – if slightly exhausted.


Oska Bright Film Festival Call for Submissions

 Oska Bright Film Festival 2009 is now open for submission of short films made by learning disabled artists. Submitted by Lisa Wolfe.

Oska Bright is the key national festival of films made by, and for, the learning disabled community. Now in its fourth year, the festival screens up to 40 short films, selected by the Oska Bright committee. Any genre welcome, must be under 10 minutes. Deadline for entries is 30 April 2009. More information is available on or call us on 01273 234 734. The festival takes place in November 2009, in Brighton. 


The Blue Tower tops Raindance as Frost settles over London

blue_tower.jpgThe Blue Tower - the first feature by award-winning Indian British writer/director Smita Bhide, set in Southall, West London's colourful and bustling Indian community - picked up the best British Film at Raindance 2008 , which came to a close as the 52nd London Film Festival kicked off with the world premiere of Frost/Nixon.

Mohan dreams of escape: from his unhappy marriage, his overbearing family, his unexciting prospects. He finds it by falling into an affair with the pretty young nurse looking after his cantankerous bed-ridden Auntie Kamla. At first the relationships feels like the answer to his prayers, but there are secrets to come out and before long he's on a road to disaster, his every step dogged by the looming menace of the Blue Tower waiting for him round every corner.

Featuring a cast of Asian actors and shot on HD, The Blue Tower plays like something by James M. Cain with touches of Great Expectations thrown in. It's not a 'corner-shop comedy' or a Bollywood pastiche but something new in British-Asian cinema, a full-blooded story of illicit passion and desperate hope which presents a unique and cinematic portrait of multicultural Britain.

Among the stars at festival were Faye Dunaway, the Arctic Monkeys, Martin Freeman, Adam Yauch, Bill Nighy, Sir George Martin and Giles Martin, Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron, Corey Feldman and Les Claypool. 

Best UK Feature: The Blue Tower
Best UK Short (sponsored by Delta Airlines): Red Sands
Best International Feature: Estomago
Best International Short: A Juicy Turkey
Best Debut Feature: Production Office
Best Documentary: Indestructible
Film of the Festival (short): Red Sands