2016 Call for Entries

The 3rd annual Erie International Film Festival Call For Entries is now open to US and International filmmakers, and we shall accept all genres of film including Narrative Features, Narrative Shorts, Animation Features and Shorts, Experimental Features and Shorts, and all forms of Horror, Suspense, Sci-Fi, and Thriller films of Short and Feature length, all lengths of Comedies, Religious/Spiritual, Music Videos, and Documentaries, along with Feature and Short lengths of GLBT films for the 2016 Festival.

With submission fees already among the lowest in the world, our festival realizes the financial strain in making an independent film in this economy. So we have created substantial discounts to filmfreeway filmmakers to try to help ease the burden of entry fees.

The Erie International Film Festival is dedicated to exhibiting quality independent films from all around the world, and is open to professional, first time, graduate and undergraduate filmmakers from across the globe. Our Festival is supportive of all films, regardless of their budget or the experience of the Filmmaker developing the project.

Our Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, while allowing the general public to experience the power of cinema in the digital age, while showcasing the City of Erie as not only an excellent tourist destination, but as a film-making alternative of the East Coast.

Now in only our 3rd year, The Erie International Film Festival has already gained a solid reputation from filmmakers and film fans alike, as we always strive to ensure the highest standard of quality to our Festival.

Awarding outstanding filmmakers in all genres, our festival introduces Independent Filmmakers the world over to Erie Pennsylvania, as the City that embraces the arts and culture that the worldwide film-making community delivers with new stories, and new points of view.

The 2016 Erie International Film Festival celebrates new trends in digital media and recognizes Transmedia Filmmakers who employ an innovative, interactive, web-based or multi-platform approach to story creation. Through open submissions, selections will be presented to the public via state-of-the-art-technology.

To all those ends, our festival is seeking the best films that the world has to offer, while working to give new and veteran Independent Filmmakers the attention they deserve.

As a 501C(3) non-profit entity, the Erie International Film Festival puts our money back into our local Community, and into furthering the art of Independent Film-making throughout the world by utilizing our Festival as a platform to do so.

Capturing our home city’s rich history and effervescent spirit, the Erie International Film Festival strives to promote fresh pieces of cinematic art by new and veteran filmmakers from across the United States, and around the globe.

Shining a light on the brilliant unknown talents of today, we serve our mission be leading Independent Filmmakers the world over to become the celebrated filmmakers of tomorrow.

Film enlightens the world, opens our eyes, and shows us things we do not see every day, and makes us feel things we do not always feel. Across countries, languages and classes, film has the ability to provide us with a release, and an escape, forgetting the real world and the cares of everyday life while expanding the imagination and opening the door to new possibilities, and we are just happy to be a part of the magic.

The Erie International Film Festival is not only an amazing event to participate in, but also located in a magnificent and electrifying City to visit. The festival will run December 1 through December 10, 2016.

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