Deadlines May | Funding & Festivals

All funding and festival deadlines for May 2023 at one glance.

In this edition of our monthly column you will find interesting festival- and funding options with submission deadlines in May. Have a look!

Finding your way

As a filmmaker, two things are very important: making films, obtaining funding and showing the film to the rest of the world! Around the globe there are so many great festivals and events that it is easy to lose track of what is happening. It can be difficult to realistically assess which festival is the right one for your film.

That's why CineSud Magazine started publishing monthly articles with the most interesting and promising international film festivals that you can submit to the following months. Next to that, we give an overview of interesting funding options in the heart of the Netherlands, Belgium as well as Germany.

Film Festivals

LA Shorts International Film Festival

Submission deadline: May 5 (extended deadline)
Festival dates: July 4-31, 2023

LA Shorts International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious and largest international short film festivals in the world. The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences OSCAR®, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts BAFTA and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT) presenters of the Canadian Screen Awards and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain (Goya Awards). [Read more]


Submission deadline: May 12 (late deadline)
Festival dates: August 10-19, 2023

HollyShorts is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Academy Qualifying HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. [Read more]

Austin Film Festival

Submission deadline: May 17 (regular deadline)
Festival dates: October 26- November 2, 2023

At Austin Film Festival, it is our ongoing mission to champion the work of writers and filmmakers, and this goal has never felt as urgent as it does today. Our film competition has grown year after year and so have our efforts to serve as an avenue into the ever-evolving entertainment industry. [Read more]

Aesthetica Film Festival

Submission deadline: May 31 (regular submission deadline)
Festival dates: November 7 - 30, 2023

Aesthetica Film Festival’s 13th Edition: The 13th edition of the Aesthetica Film Festival will run from 7-30 November 2023 in York, UK. We will deliver a hybrid experience, with in-person events from 7-12 November and the On Demand digital platform running from 7-30 November to complement the festival’s live experience. The Industry programme will include masterclasses, panels, networking, pitching and an opportunity for you to get involved. You can submit to 12 genres as well as VR projects, 360 films and narrative and documentary features. [Read more]


Dutch Deadlines

Nederlands Film Fonds:

For all deadlines, visit Filmfonds.

Belgian Deadlines

Flemish Audiovisual Fund:

For all deadlines, visit VAF.

German Deadlines

For updates, visit the official NRW-website.

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