The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is pleased to announce submissions are currently being accepted for the 5th annual Bethesda Film Fest! Filmmakers from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. are eligible to submit a short documentary, 5-30 minutes in length. Films must have been completed within the last two years, all topics are eligible. A film by a young filmmaker, under 18 years old, may also be chosen. Selected filmmakers are required to attend the formal screenings March 17 & 18, 2017, at Imagination Stage in downtown Bethesda and speak about their work. Filmmakers whose films are selected will receive a $500 honorarium. Young filmmakers will receive a $250 honorarium. Entries must be receive by January 4, 2017.

Entries will be viewed by the Bethesda Film Fest selection panel, consisting of award-winning documentary filmmakers Sam Hampton, co-founder of Docs In Progress and Hampton Consulting & Film; Chithra Jeyaram, Founder and Creative Director of Real Talkies production company and Robin Smith, Founder and President of production company Video/Action.

Entries can be submitted online using the link below. Filmmakers may also apply by mailing a DVD and completed application to: Bethesda Film Fest, c/o Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. There is a $25 entry fee; $20 for filmmakers under 18 years old. Entries must be received by January 4, 2017.

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Call for Short Films | AT&T Entertainment Project

Calling all Professional Filmmakers and Student Filmmakers for SHORT FILM SUBMISSIONS – No Entry Fee!

Have you created the next great Short Film? Do you have a distinctive filmmaking voice and vision? Did you just wrap on an awesome action/adventure, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, horror, sci-fi, or thriller?

The AT&T Entertainment Project is an open competition seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from aspiring filmmakers and students. The competition seeks to identify talented storytellers from across the U.S. who want their voices heard. Whether you’re a Professional or Student Filmmaker, we’re seeking compelling, groundbreaking, and unique Short Films of any genre that are under 10 minutes long.

Benefits of entering the AT&T Entertainment Project
Submit for a chance to win up to $20,000 in cash, meetings with industry execs, and a chance to have your project air on the AT&T AUDIENCE Network.
Finalists will be flown to Las Vegas to showcase their films during the AT&T Developer Summit, January 3-4, 2017 at the Palms Resort & Casino.
Submission deadline is November 18, 2016.
There is no fee to enter, but the contest is limited to the first 300 submissions.
All submissions must be under 10 minutes long and created after January 1, 2014.

To learn more and submit your short film today, visit the AT&T Entertainment Project site.

No purchase necessary. Open only to U.S. residents of majority age. Enter by 11:59 pm. PT on 11/18/16. Void where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules.



Rosebud Film Festival Announces Call for Entries

The Rosebud Film Festival and Arlington Independent Media now invite DC, Maryland, and Virginia film and video artists to submit entries to the 2017 festival.

For over 20 years, the competition has recognized and honored the innovative, unusual, experimental, and deeply personal in regional film and video making. All film types are welcome, including features, shorts, fiction, documentary, experimental, animated, and music videos. The competition is open exclusively to DC, Maryland, and Virginia filmmakers with works first released between January 1, 2015, and November 7, 2016.

Each year an independent panel selects 20 nominees from all entries received. This year’s festival will be kicked off with a special opening night feature, followed by a mix and mingle on Friday, January 27, 2017. The nominees’ work will be screened at a special Nominee Showcase on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Spectrum Theater.

The five winners—including one Best of Show—will be announced at a gala awards celebration on the evening of Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Clarendon Ballroom. In addition to promotional opportunities and special screenings, the five winners will each receive $1,000 cash.

The deadlines and entry fees are as follows: regular deadline is October 1, 2016, for $35; late deadline is November 7, 2016, for $40. Students pay a fixed $25 (per entry) when registering with a current, valid school e-mail address. All entry levels include a one-year membership at Arlington Independent Media.

For more information, visit or contact Kevin Sampson at 703.524.2388.



Open to films of any genre (documentary, feature, shorts, web series, art and animation) and in any language (with subtitles). The festival is known for cutting edge style and content, first-time features, web series, experimental and animated films from across the world. DCIFF 2017 welcomes interactive films and our Poli-Docs in-competition screenings comes with carefully planned panel discussions.

Details at or via and Filmfreeway. Discounts for DCIFF alumni.

DCIFF is a competitive festival. Metro DC Film Premieres required (we do accept films that have had private/preview screenings in DC), East Coast and US Premieres preferred; all films completed after October 2015; reasonable submission fees used to cover the cost of filmmaker support: press, screenings, seminars and outreach. DCIFF is a fully independent volunteer-run festival with an eighteen year track record.

Please contact us at with any questions you may have.


GIFF 2017 Submissions Now Open

Attention filmmakers, screenwriters, producers and directors:

The 2017 GI Film Festival is now open for submissions! We are currently accepting films of all categories, including feature, documentary, short, and student, as well as screenplays.

To submit your film or screenplay for consideration to be part of the GI Film Festival 2017 programming, please click here.

The festival will be held from May 22, 2017 to May 28, 2017 at various locations throughout the Washington DC area.

Early deadline – October 15, 2016
Regular deadline – December 15, 2016
Late deadline – January 20, 2017
Extended deadline – February 10, 2017

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