Photo contests, film festivals, grants, and more.

Guest Room photo exhibit: call for entries

Guest Room photo exhibit: call for entries

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Deadline: December 22, 2014

“Guest-Room is a monthly online exhibition with open submissions – curated in real-time by outstanding personalities in the field of international photography. Our Guest in January is Ingo Taubhorn, Curator of Deichtorhallen Hamburg.

In »Guest-Room« outstanding personalities in the field of international photography will get access to our submission-platform where they’ll continuosly select and curate their favorite submissions. These selections will be published in real-time on the »Guest-Room« page – a new category on our website. A maximum of 30 images per Guest will be shown – both as single images and/or image-combinations. Statements of each Guest will round it up, furthermore, print publications for every single Guest are planned as well”.

Picture Black Friday: call for photos

Picture Black Friday: call for photos

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Deadline: Accepting submissions from November 28th through December 7th, 2014



“Picture Black Friday is a photojournalism project that aims to revisit and analyze a combination of forces- worsening economic pressures, financial desperation, excitement, fear, and a distinctly American cultural tradition- that culminate the morning after Thanksgiving. This year, “Black Friday” events in the UK and other parts of the globe have begun to pop up, as the USA exports our brand of good ol’ American Consumerism around the globe.

Picture Black Friday is an open call for photographers around the globe to go out and produce images that document Black Friday- how you see it, on your terms. Imagine this project as an open assignment: you have freedom to approach this event from any angle you wish, returning with single images or even a mini-project that documents Black Friday like no other media outlet will. A selection of these images will be exhibited on this site and beyond.

PBF is a curated exhibition with a singular voice. We are pleased to announce that one of our staunchest supporters at Picture Black Friday who has photographed every Black Friday since the projects inception, photographer Sandy Carson has decided to give his time to curate this years exhibition.

For the 2014 edition of the Picture Black Friday project we will be accepting submissions for ten days, beginning on Friday, November 28th through December 7th, via our website. Artists can submit up to 5 of their best photographs of and relating to Black Friday. Photographers may submit a short statement to go along with their images.

Our goal is to give photographers around the country an outlet to share their images on consumerism, the turbulent economic times we live in, and the mass hysteria that retailers and large corporations feed the American buying public all in search of the almighty dollar, be it paper or plastic.”

Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival: Call for Entries

Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival: Call for Entries

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Early Deadline: December 17th, 2014

Regular Deadline:January 21st, 2015

Late Deadline: February 11th, 2015

The longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 69th edition. Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences ground-breaking and exciting films from around the world. EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, to bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and to provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.
EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Aperture Portfolio Prize: call for entries

Aperture Portfolio Prize: call for entries

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Deadline: December 2, 2014

“First prize is $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery. The first-prize winner and up to five runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s website, accompanied by a brief statement written by Aperture staff. All winners are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches fifty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. Winners will also have the opportunity to participate in the Aperture Foundation limited-edition print program.”

PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards: call for entries

PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards: call for entries

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Deadline: December 3, 2014

“The 2014 Activist Awards are now accepting entries. We invite all professional and emerging photographers who have collaborated with a nonprofit organization on a photographic project to participate in the 6th annual awards.

The PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards identify outstanding work by photographers in collaboration with nonprofit organizations worldwide, with prizes ranging from $5,000-$15,000.”

Canadians: call for short films

Canadians: call for short films

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Deadline: December 10, 2014

“Canadian short filmmakers have the chance to win up to $3,000 in cash awards through the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. Short films are being accepted from now until Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. CST.

Submit your film.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round Canadian short film showcase with new films added every week.

Films that meet award criteria are eligible for the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award, $750 Bite Comedy Award and the $1,000 Brian Linehan Actors Award. These awards are presented four times a year. Read more about the awards.

All NSI Online Short Film Festival winners from January 1, 2014 onwards will receive a complimentary Friend membership for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.”

Fargo Film Festival: open for entries

Fargo Film Festival: open for entries

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Deadline: September 1, 2014 (plus 3 other early & late deadlines: August 1, October 1, November 1, 2014)

“The Fargo Film Festival strives to:
• Provide an extraordinary opportunity for filmmakers’ work to be shown on the big silver screen in a beautifully restored, state of the art, 870 seat Art Deco Theatre.
• Provide informational and provocative presentations and panel discussions on issues affecting local, regional, national and international filmmaking and filmmakers.
• Jury films in categories including Animation, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Experimental, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, and Student.”

Independent Filmmaker Labs

Independent Filmmaker Labs

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Deadlines: March 7, 2014 (documentary) | April 4, 2014 (narrative)


“IFP’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films. Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers.

Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production.”

Prix de la Photographie, Paris: call for entries

Prix de la Photographie, Paris: call for entries

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Deadline: March 31, 2014

“Both professional and non-professional photographers compete for the top award, the Px3 Photographer of the Year and 3,000 Euros. The winner’s work is publicized internationally, receives the spotlight at all events, is exhibited in Paris, and published in the Px3 Annual Book.”

Photo Levallois Award: 10,000 Euro prize

Photo Levallois Award: 10,000 Euro prize

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Deadline: May 10, 2014

“This prize will be awarding a photographer’s work, aged 35 at the most, regardless of nationality. Artists must present their own works, which has not been previously published or exhibited. The selection panel will pay particular attention to the consistency of the artistic approach in its form and content.

The call for application is open from February 4th to May 10th 2014.

This prize includes the sum of ten thousand euros and the opportunity for the winner to exhibit their work as part of the Photo Levallois Festival, at L’Escale gallery, 25 rue de la Gare, 92300 Levallois, France.”