Submit Your Work

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Send Your Film or Screenplay for Consideration

2019 Submissions for FILMS and SCREENPLAYS are as follows:

  • All screenplays should be submitted in PDF format only.
  • All films should be submitted with an online Vimeo link.
  • All submission fees are non-refundable.
  • Review submission information closely before submitting.

See FAQs info below for answers to commonly asked questions. *STUDENT COMPETITION information is below.

Feature Films

Feature Screenplay

Short Films

 

AWARDS:

Winners in all categories will receive the Laurel Wreath award, cash and other prizes. Selected winners will receive an introduction to a Hollywood producer/talent manager.

Select finalists in each category will receive one VIP Patron Pass each for the film festival, and name and work promoted on the BIFF informational platforms. (Awards are subject to change.)

Feature Film Laurel Wreath winner: Cash award, and other prizes TBD

Runner-up: Prizes

Short Film Laurel Wreath winner: Cash award, and other prizes TBD

Runner-up: Prizes

Feature Screenplay Laurel Wreath winner: Cash award, and other prizes TBD

Runner-up: Prizes

– FILM SUBMISSION FAQs –

What length films do you accept for the festival?

Feature films should be between 90 and 120 minutes. Short films should not be shorter than 10 minutes, and not longer than 25 minutes in length.

What kind of films do you accept?

All genres of films are accepted. 

What format should films be submitted in?

BIFF only accepts a Vimeo online link of your work.

What exhibition format should the films be, if selected for the festival?

Film exhibition format is Blu-Ray DVD. BIFF does not screen films on regular DVDs or in DCP format. This may be subject to change. BIFF will notify filmmakers of the change.

Are works-in-progress accepted for submission?

No. Only completed films.

What would you need from me if my film is selected?

BIFF will need your attendance, film stills in JPEG format, a poster, if available, a synopsis, and the filmmaker’s bio.

How many people win?

There is one grand prize winner, and one runner-up. The selected finalists must attend and exhibit their work at the film festival in order to qualify for the competition.

When will the selected semifinalists in each category be announced?

BIFF will announce the selected finalists no later than May 11, 2019. The selected finalists must attend the film festival to participate in the competition. Finalists will be provided with a four-day Patron Pass for the film festival.

Are there special accommodations for filmmakers?

Filmmaker should contact the Block Island Chamber of Commerce, located at Old Harbor (near Water Street) for travel, lodging and other information at (401) 466-2982 / info@blockislandchamber.com or at www.blockislandchamber.com. See the home page on this website for more information about travel & lodging.

– SCREENPLAY SUBMISSION FAQs –

What kinds of scripts do you accept?

BIFF accepts feature film scripts only at this time, which are the original work of the author(s). 

What format should scripts be submitted in?

The only format that BIFF accepts is PDF format. We do not accept hard copies.

What are the scripts eligibility requirements?

Feature screenplays must be standard feature length (90-120 pages). (Scripts shorter than, or beyond this length, are not eligible for submission.) Screenplays must not have been optioned, purchased, or produced. Screenplays must be in English. Screenplays must include a title page with the author’s name and contact information (phone number and email address). There are no exceptions to these requirements.

Can I send a draft now, and a replacement copy later?

No. BIFF does not accept replacement copies. Writers may submit new drafts by resubmitting a script draft and paying the submission fee.

Can I submit more than one screenplay?

Yes. Submit as many screenplays as you wish.

How many people win?

There is one grand prize winner, and one runner-up. The selected finalists must attend and exhibit their work at the film festival in order to qualify for the competition.

When will the selected semifinalists for each category be announced?

BIFF will announce the selected finalists no later than May 11, 2019. The selected finalists must attend the film festival to participate in the competition. Finalists will be provided with a four-day Patron Pass for the festival.

Are there special accommodations for filmmakers?

Filmmaker should contact the Block Island Chamber of Commerce, located at Old Harbor (near Water Street) for travel, lodging and other information at (401) 466-2982 / info@blockislandchamber.com or at www.blockislandchamber.com. See the home page on this website for more information about travel & lodging.

Student Program

The STUDENT COMPETITION will be hosted by several entities, including the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension, Entertainment Studies, and actor Henry LeBlanc, in partnership with the Island Free Library and library Director Kristin Baumann. Screenings of student films, and Q&A forums will be held at the Island Free Library.

The goal of the Block Island Film Festival, in collaboration with the Island Free Library, is to allow student filmmakers to share and exchange information and ideas in a constructive forum, while networking with seasoned filmmakers from around the globe. 

Student Short Films

*Students submitting work for consideration in the Block Island Film Festival competition need to identify their school in the credits when submitting. A student submission should include the name of the school denoting it under the film’s title on the film. Note if your school is an elementary school, middle school, high school, or a college, etc.  

Winners in each category will receive the Laurel Wreath award, cash and other prizes. The selected winner of the short film competition will receive one complementary regular school course at the University of California at Los Angeles, Entertainment Studies to be used by the spring 2020 quarter. Selected winners/runner-ups/participants will receive an introduction to a Hollywood producer/talent manager.

Note: See FAQs above for submission information. Student finalists will be invited to the Block Island Film Festival and receive one four-day Patron Pass.

Student Short Film Laurel Wreath winner: TBD

Runner-up: Prizes

Permissions & Indemnity (applies to all competitions):

  • Screenplays must be the original work of the writer/applicant(s). If the story is based upon another person’s life, or upon a book, or other underlying work, writer/applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation or rights agreements to the Block Island Film Festival. Neither the film festival, nor its jurists, investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.
  • By submitting the material, the writer/applicant hereby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the Block Island Film Festival, its employees, directors, representatives, and affiliates from any liability, claims, and damages in connection with the submission of material and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees that any of them may incur in connection therewith. 

Buy Your Ticket(s)!

Patron and special passes for the Block Island Film Festival are available here for purchase and can be claimed at the festival’s headquarters/ticket table at Ballard’s during the festival. Early bird passes are also available here. All other tickets can be purchased during the Film Festival.

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