The LA Animation Examiner stumbled upon FilmFreeway.com recently and made several discoveries. To detour for just a moment, here are a few FilmFreeway guideposts: the site is a relatively new, Canadian competitor of Amazon-owned Withoutabox.com. Both destinations specialize in filmmaker-friendly festival and competition submissions and organizer-easy event listings. Both aggregate heaps of contests worldwide and streamline entrance into a single portal. With regard to FilmFreeway, the pile-up of accolades includes a whopping 3,704 celebrations globally.
At almost three years old, FilmFreeway is the younger upstart to Withoutabox.com’s industry stalwart. If one peeks under the proverbial hood, then one will discover FilmFreeway’s top bragging rights:
“In June 2015, FilmFreeway surpassed Withoutabox in global web traffic to become the #1 submission platform in the world. Join 200,000+ storytellers and artists on the world’s fastest growing film community.”
Other than the above, both FilmFreeway and Withoutabox handle similarly: event directors post salient details about submission requirements for their fests; indie auteurs research fests, create complimentary project profile(s) for his/her/their title(s), pay the required fees for their contests of choice, and blast their humble offerings to the individual judging authorities. For intellectual property owners, profile establishment is a time-consuming, tedious task, that includes uploading large video and image files and more. However, once the hard work is done, the films are able to compete on a track that is as large as planet Earth. Over the long haul, this is possible with a few keystrokes per contest, plus a valid credit card number.
The LA Animation Examiner (in the driver’s seat of a few motion picture projects herself!) is overjoyed to report that, on FilmFreeway, there are several noteworthy engagements which a) accept animation, b) are absolutely free to enter!
The following are five highlights from the list of toll-free goodies for cartoon participants:
1) 2016 SICAF – In its 20th year, the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival is a prestigious South Korean competition, which takes special notice of content from Asia.
2) Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation – This American touring festival does not award prizes, but is commendable just the same. Alums include Tim Burton, John Lasseter, and Will Vinton.
3) 2016 Karelian International Film for Youth Festival – This cause celebre takes place at the Kalevala Cinema Centre, home of the largest screen in the Russian Federation.
4) Comicpalooza – This is the 4-year-old Texas International Comic-con, that counts Stan Lee among its previous special guests.
5) Cisterna Film Festival, 2nd Edition – This Italian fete features short films only and is open to all filmmakers, companies, associations, and schools.
Special mention: Kids First! Film Festival – For a mere $60 submission fee, makers of family-friendly fare are able to vie for a coveted spot in this traveling attraction, which stops at children’s museums, theaters, school auditoriums and other places that offer venue-specific honors. In short, there is a chance to earn many blue ribbons for one low price!
Is your engine revved yet? Then get thee in a race or two via FilmFreeway!