Contests/Awards

International Ocean Film Festival

Filmmakers around the world encouraged to submit works that inspire people to appreciate and care for the ocean by revealing its wonders through independent films.

16th annual celebration of features films about marine life, the ocean, coastal cultures and conservation takes place in San Francisco March 7 – 10, 2019.

Submissions may include films of all genres – documentaries, narratives, shorts, and animation films of all lengths. Subjects may focus on all oceanographic themes including but not limited to: ocean exploration, wildlife, environmental, conservation, oceanography, seafaring adventures, maritime issues, ocean sports and coastal cultures.

For submission details, visit www.intloceanfilmfest.org.

  • Call for Submissions open: July 9, 2018
  • Early Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Regular Deadline: November 15, 2018

The Cardinal Foley Award in Social Communications

Begun in 2016 with the 50th celebration of the World Day of Social Communications, and sponsored by Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia), the award focuses on the creative genius of young adults working with social media, particularly in the realm of videography. The award is conferred during the Cardinal Foley Symposium, which takes place each year during the last week in May.

The theme for 2018 is “The truth will set you free” (John 8:32) Fake News and Journalism for Peace.  For information click here.

Script Pipeline

Pipeline Screenwriting and 10 Annual TV Writing competitions continue a long tradition of discovering up-and-coming talent and connecting them with top producers, agencies, and managers across studio and independent markets. This process has proven enormously successful, with numerous screenwriting contest alumni finding elite representation and gaining crucial introductions to otherwise impossible-to-reach industry execs.

Film School Shorts

Film School Shorts is looking for the next great student film! Film School Shorts is a nationally distributed series for public television that airs in top markets, including New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. Filmmakers from the first three seasons include Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Destin Cretton (Short Term 12) and Sarah-Violet Bliss (Fort Tilden). There’s no submission fee and you can submit to electronically via this form: http://blogs.kqed.org/filmschoolshorts/cfe/. Find out more about Film School Shorts by following them on Facebook and Twitter, and watch featured short films on YouTube and PBS Video. For more information and application forms, visit www.kqed.org/fss
Deadline: Ongoing