If you are looking for places to submit your films or to just look for new indie films and short films to discover, then you are on the right page! Following indie film festivals is an excellent way of discovering new and fresh indie and short films as well as upcoming directors. It’s also a great way of knowing what new film your favorite indie or short film director just released.

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Follow these indie film festivals for a regular dose of your indie films and shorts.

Sundance Film Festival

Number one on our list is the largest indie film festival in the US: Sundance. There are about fifty thousand annual visitors. It’s one of the most competitive film festivals in the world, so you’re sure to see some of the best indie and short films here. A must have to follow, which you can do so by bookmarking their website here. Do note that they accept short films with a run-time of no more than 50 minutes.

Cannes Film Festival

If, as a viewer, you don’t have enough time or if, as a filmmaker, you can’ make longer shorts in terms of budget and time constraints, then Cannes Film Festival is perfect for you. They accept shorts of up to 15 minutes in length. Like Sundance, it’s also a very popular and well-known festival where you can discover some of the best shorts and films in the world. As a filmmaker, getting featured here will put you in a different league. Visit their website here.

Venice Film Festival

Started in 1932, this is the oldest film festival in the world. Maximum runtime submission for short films is 40 minutes. Backed by its history, this film festival is among the most reputable in the industry. It’s officially recognized by the FIAPF. Visit their website here.

Short and Sweet Film Festival

Focusing mainly on screening the best shorts under 40 minutes, Short and Sweet Film Festival is an annual film fest in Utah, which begins days before Sundance. They accept narrative, documentary and animated films. Visit their website here.

Aspen Shortfest

One of the 50 leading film festivals in the world, Aspen Shortfest is a leading short film fest that any short film enthusiast and filmmaker should see. It originated in 1979 and since then, it became an Oscar-qualifying competition. Check out their site here.