The Flamingo Film Festival is dedicated to exhibiting international short films and videos produced by student filmmakers. For the past seven installments, this event, held in-person and online from sunny South Florida, has honored outstanding dramatic, documentary, experimental, music video, and animated projects created by students while enrolled in a college, university, or other post-secondary institution. It's the goal of the Flamingo Film Festival to continue to encourage student creativity, recognizing achievements in film and video.

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the seventh edition of the Flamingo Film Festival moved to a streaming platform. The 2021 festival will be an entirely virtual event, showcasing student films that demonstrate excellence in storytelling or production value.

This year’s online festival will be held at 1PM (ET), Saturday, April 24, 2021, on Twitch. Films to be determined and times are subject to change.

* www.twitch.tv/flamingofilmfestival *


We're partnering with Videomaker to provide complimentary digital magazine subscriptions to all filmmakers submitting to the 2021 Flamingo Film Festival.

This $30 value includes 6 digital editions of Videomaker’s bi-monthly magazine.

What is Videomaker? Videomaker has been the go-to video production magazine since 1986. With instructional courses, educational articles, virtual events, The Videomaker Podcast, buyer’s guides, product reviews, and more. Videomaker is the ultimate resource for filmmakers to make better videos.

Once you submit a film, Videomaker will contact you after the submission deadline with instructions on how to activate your complimentary subscription. You can opt-out at any time.

* www.videomaker.com *

Best Overall
Best Fiction
Best Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Music Video

Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best SFX (Practical/Props/Makeup/Costume/Set)
Best VFX (Digital/Compositing/Mo-Cap/Matte)
Best Art Direction

Audience Favorite

* See Rules & Terms for additional info on Awards & Prizes. *

2021 FFF Submission Guidelines
* Carefully read the guidelines before submitting your film. *

A) Guidelines
1 – Entrant must be enrolled as a student at a university, college, or other post-secondary institution at the time of production. Therefore, the entrant must include proof of student status at the time of production. Please include a copy of a current student ID with your entry or email it to flamingofilmfest@gmail.com. FAU students and alumni are encouraged to submit films.

2 – Films and videos are limited to 20 minutes or less.

3 – Multiple submissions are allowed. However, each submission must be accompanied by the USD entry fee, determined by Festival Organizers.

4 – Films and videos must be completed on or after JANUARY 1, 2019. A rough cut may be considered, provided that if selected, a final cut of the film is made available before scheduled programming.

5 – Foreign language films must be subtitled and/or captioned in English.

6 – A completed entry form must accompany each film or video. All forms, fees, and films or videos must be received by the submission deadline. Only complete entries will be processed.

7 – Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the festival and to use all music, images, and content within the entry.

8 – Entrant permits usage of video clips and production stills (photos) from the film submission for promotional use online, on television and radio, in print, and at events.

9 – Entrant confirms that the submission is not publicly available online nor on any paid or free video-on-demand services.

B) Submissions
1 – All Submissions will be through FilmFreeway. The regular deadline is April 11th, 2021. The extended deadline is April 17th. Deadline waivers are at the discretion of Festival Organizers and may be available upon request.

C) Notifications
1 – All entrants will be notified by email or FilmFreeway when their film or video has been received.

2 – For publication purposes, entries selected will be required to supply three high-resolution stills from the film and at least one high-resolution photograph of the film’s director. Publicity and press materials will not be returned and become the property of the film festival. The Flamingo Film Festival has permission to use excerpts from any accepted film for promotional purposes.

3 – If accepted, entrants will be notified by email on or before April 20th, 2021. Within 24-48 hours of notification, entrants will need to provide relevant film information and a downloadable .mov or mp4 via Dropbox, Google Drive, FilmFreeway, or Vimeo to screen.

4 – If not accepted, the festival does not offer technical nor critical feedback on films.

D) Entry Fees
1 – The submission Fee is $10 (USD) per entry. GOLD members receive a discount. That's cheap! Discounts and waivers are at the discretion of Festival Organizers.

E) Returns
1 – Due to the large number of entries received, any physical submissions of materials will not be returned.

F) Categories and Awards
1 – Flamingo Film Festival reserves the right and has the discretion to change the submission category for an entry. As well, the festival reserves the right and has the discretion to add award categories and suspend award categories.

2 – The Festival strives to recognize student achievements in film and video. Therefore, the festival will be juried and competitive. Payment of the entry fee does not guarantee a screening. The festival jury will present awards to films and videos selected as "best" in whatever categories they see fit. There are no cash awards or screening fees.

G) Dates, Locations, Times, Prices, Parking, Film Programming
1– Screening Date: April 24, 2021 (Subject to change.)

2 – Film Programming Start & Run Times: 1PM, April 24th, 2021
Programs are TBD and subject to change. Remote wrap-party video platform and start time also TBD.

3 – Location: Twitch.tv/FlamingoFilmFestival

4 – Price: The Flamingo Film Festival is FREE to attend.

5 – Parking: FREE and on your couch!

H) Sponsorship
1 – The 8th Annual Flamingo Film Festivals thanks the following for their continued support: Florida Atlantic University, Florida Atlantic University Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, Florida Atlantic University School of Communication & Multimedia Studies, FilmFreeway, Twitch, Black Iron Films, Videomaker, Palm Beach Zoo, and our private donors.

2 – If you're interested in sponsoring, feel free to send us an email. All sponsors will be verbally thanked prior to screenings and placed in the festival program, as well as on festival posters, postcards, website, and social media sites.

I) Questions/Inquiries/Contact/Press

Overall Rating

    👍👌✨ Great!! it was a good festival. Thanks!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Gul!

  • Leila Ahang

    I am so glad to be nominated in this amazing festival. Thank you Flamingo Film Festival for well planning and organized, In pandemic time.

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Leila!

  • A really nice way to showcase international student films right from home!

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Lauren!

  • Your Worst Nightmare Team

    Very nice experience, with a lot of interesting films in the mix. Will definitely come back next year!

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, YWN-Team!

  • Victor Rosalino

    It's always very pleased to join an academic festival. Wish you'll the bests

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Victor!