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Annapolis Reel Cinema Festival - defunct?
Archaeology Channel Festival - indigenous peoples, heritgage film
Australian Effects Short Film Festival - showcases digital effects and innovation
Balticon Film Festival - sci/fi convention fest, mostly shorts
Berlin and Beyond - films from Germany, Austria, Switzerland only. Fest is in San Francisco.
Bicycle Film Festival - films featuring or celebrating bicycles.
Black Soil Film Festival - hip hop films
Conscious Life Expo Film Festival - where the "the spiritual and progressive community in southern California" comes together
Daytona Beach Film Festival - free for student filmmakers
DOCNZ - documentaries
Docfest - New York International Documentary Festival - filmmakers apply by letter first; festival will request screener if they are interested
DC Independent Film Festival - student filmmakers pay no fee
Global Art Film Festival - no fees for films submitted before certain deadlines
Greenbelt Utopia Film & Video Festival - fee waived for filmmakers under 18
Human Rights Watch Intl Film Festival - festival solicits film descriptions by email and then requests screeners from filmmakers
Intelligent Use of Water Film Fest - short films about water conservation
Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival - no fees for short films
Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival - no fee for films submitted before certain date
Milwaukee Film Festival - abolished fees for 2012
National Neighborhood Day Short Film Contest - no entry fee for youth
Reel Pride Michigan Film Festival (defunct?)
Salem Film Festival - send info first, they will request screener if interested
Social Change Film Festival - fee waived for indigenous filmmakers
Tiburon Film Festival - fee waived for students
Wild Spaces Film Festival - appears defunct?
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