FILM FESTIVAL ACCEPTANCE RATES

How many films do film festivals accept out of the total number of movies submitted? To answer this question, we sampled 150 Academy Qualified/FIAPF/ BAFTA and 300 other festivals on the Filmfreeway. We found film festivals that shared information about the number of films submitted and the number of selected films. Then we summarized this information. At the end of this article, you will find a list of these festivals with the numbers listed.

film festival acceptance rate

From a few thousand to ten thousand or even more movies are submitted to the most prestigious film festivals in the world. Such festivals list from a hundred to several hundred films in their programs. This information can be deduced from our experience and communication with festival organizers and participants, as well as from published information.

For example, 6,876 films were submitted to the Toronto International Film Festival (tiff) last year. And only 94 movies were screened (58 feature films and 36 short films). Thus, the acceptance rate for the TIFF was 1,4 %.

As for the rest of the festivals, the usual number of films submitted ranges from a few hundred to a thousand or more. Submission fees can be a severe limitation on the number of films. Festivals with free entrance can receive up to three thousand movies or more.

In this way, the index of accepted films ranges from 1 % to 10 % usually. Of course, there are exceptions. Some festivals screen a significant percentage of submitted films. There are relatively few such festivals. To find them, you have to read their concept carefully. For example, the Film Festival “Nefiltravanae Kino” offers an out-of-competition section where up to 80% of entrants can participate. But a necessity for participation is to come and be physically present at the festival.

The online format makes it much easier to increase the number of films shown. Virtual festivals are much cheaper and require much less organization and time. Therefore, we can assume that virtual festivals have more opportunities in this regard.

Academy Qualified/FIAPF/ BAFTA Film Festivals

 films accepted  submissions  acceptance rate  festival title
 100-145  3000  3-5 %  Ann Arbor Film Festival
 200  2900  7 %  Annecy
 175  9400  2 %  Atlanta Film Festival
 250 4000  6,3 %  Bengaluru International Short Film Festival
 150  3000  5 % Calgary International Film Festival
 80 1200 6,7 %  Calgary Underground Film Festival
 70 1200  5,8 %  Carrousel International du film de Rimouski
 250 1500  16,7 %  Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
 700 6843  10,2 %  Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival
 80 1000  8 %  Foyle Film Festival
 425  6000  7 %  HollyShorts
 200 3000  6,7 %  Leuven International Short Film Festival
 180 3000  6 %  New Orleans Film Festival
 65  650  10 %  NorthwestFest International Documentary Festival
 50  2000  2,5 %  Planet in Focus
 15  195  8 %  Superfest Disability Film Festival
 94  6876  1,4 %  Toronto International Film Festival

The acceptance rate of not qualified film festivals

films accepted  submissions  acceptance rate  festival title
101 621 16,3%  Angeles Documentaries
180 1000 18,0%  Aporia International Village Film Festival
115 650 17,7%  Ashland Independent Film Festival
35 90 38,9%  Assurdo Film festival
65 1800 3,6%  BangkokThai International Film Festival
82 800 10,3%  BAYAMÓN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
7 140 5,0%  Bedford International Film Festival
100 2000 5,0%  BLACKBIRD FILM FESTIVAL
100 500 20,0%  Boston SciFi Film Fest
50 800 6,3%  Boulder International Film Festival
70 500 14,0%  CAPRICORN FILM FESTIVAL
30 100 30,0%  CHINH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
6 200 3,0%  Festival del Puerto
300 1900 15,8%  Garden State Film Festival
250 1400 17,9%  London Director Awards
80 385 20,8%  Prague Music Video Awards
53 800 6,6%  SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS
3 100 3,0%  Terror High Film Festival
92 600 15,3%  The Caribbean Sea International Film Festival
45 300 15,0%  Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

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