SURF OR TURFCall for short film Submission and Application to CineSLAM, Vermont’s Short Film Festival (Vermont, June 2017) and CineSLAM Film Slam Workshops (takes place on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas®, Fort Lauderdale to Eastern Caribbean, March 4-12, 2017).

Application deadline is October 15, 2016

To be accepted to the CineSLAM workshop a short film must be submitted and accepted by the CineSLAM Film Festival (click here for details)

This will be our 10th CineSLAM Workshop for emerging filmmakers of LGBT films that takes place during Pride of the Ocean’s LGBT Film festival on the High Seas.

We accept 8 filmmakers who are awarded a merit scholarship, which covers cabin and board on the Freedom of the Seas and partial travel grant to the embarkation city, Fort Lauderddale.

For full application details and submission of a film for the CineSLAM Workshops on board the Freedom of the Seas and Film Festival in Vermont, visit
for more information about Pride of the Ocean Film Festival on the High Seas visit

The CineSLAM Workshops are facilitated and sponsored by the Kopkind Colony ( and the Center for Independent Documentary (
Our Programmer is John Scagliotti, Administrator of the Kopkind Colony, and our facilitator is Susi Walsh, Executive Director of the  Center for Independent Documentary.

Merit scholarships are provided in part by a grant from the Center for Independent Documentary and the Chessie Foundation.

Application Fee for Workshop which also includes submission fee for Film Festival is  $25

While there is a desire for diversity for our program there is no requirement that the filmmaker be LGBT.

Short films are eclectic and can be documentary, narrative, animation or web series. A short film for submission needs to be 15 minutes or less.  (Feature length or television documentaries in production or even finished can submit a short version of 10 minutes or less).  We prefer workshop material for our Film Slams to be material in production, but finished material may also be accepted.

We look forward to reviewing your submissions,
John Scagliotti
Program Director
CineSLAM Film Festival