Your path to become recognized as one of "The World's Best Self Funded Films" starts here: This is the official Cine Pobre Qualifying Film Festival.

Submissions between May 1 and August 1, 2023 are 100% FREE in all categories.

Selected films will be shortlisted for 21st Cine Pobre Film Festival 2023 at no cost. That is the principal benefit along with "Official Shortlist" Laurels. There is no prize money or awards ceremony. 7 out of 10 entries end up with an improved log line, a helpful critique and valuable suggestions. If your film has a trailer, and it should, it will be featured on the festival's website. There are no discounts, in fact there is no entry fee for the first two months starting May 1, 2023. Entry fees apply starting August 2, 2023.

While the validation date is October 30, 2023, all short-listed entrants will receive notification in staggered deadlines: August / September / October.
Short-listed films receive a 100% waiver to enter 22nd Cine Pobre Film Festival 2024.

No Rules & Simple Terms

Anything Goes.

Any film format, length, budget, genre, language, subject.

NOTE: Your Film Must Be 100% Self Funded or Crowd-Financed.

If you require a definition of "self funded" please consult a lexicon.

If you are a distributor, please contact us before submitting with a list of your proposed entries, synopsis, budget description/source of funding and links to trailers.

Overall Rating
  • Dear colleagues! You're doing a great job! Festivals are needed by both creators and viewers! Thank you for that!

    July 2022
  • Great, great and beautiful festival!
    Thank you very much.
    Long life and prosperity to all you!

    May 2022
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    So very honored to have my short film, MASS FOR SHUT-INS selected for the shortlist of nominees. This is a great opportunity for those of us who make self-funded experimental and avant-garde films.

    May 2022
  • Sandeep Ravindranath

    Excellent platform for self funded films! Happy to receive Honorable Mention for our film Diary of an Outsider.

    May 2022