Submissions Now Open for 2010 Big Island Film Festival


Submissions now open for 2010 Big Island Film Festival, which will run May 12-16.. You can submit through or through “Withoutabox”. Hawaii filmmakers or films shot in Hawaii get 25% discount, but ONLY if submitted directly to BIFF.  Narrative films only. No documentaries.   Early deadline is Nov. 1; regular deadline is Jan.1, 2010; late deadline is Feb.1, 2010. Lots of surprises for 2010 BIFF. Submit to one of the “Coolest Film Festivals”.


  1. In order for films to be considered the films must have been completed after January 1, 2009.

  2. Only narrative films are eligible. No documentary films will be accepted.

  3. The film may have been broadcast or have limited theatrical distribution commercially in the United States prior to the festival.

  4. All non-English films must subtitled or dubbed into English.

  5. The film must be submitted on NTSC DVD.

  6. The film must be available for projection in autoplay DVD with no separate soundtrack.

  7. A “short” shall be a film of under 30 minutes and a “feature” shall be a film 60 minutes or longer.

  8. The submitting person shall be either a producer, director or authorized agent of the film.

  9. By submitting the film, the producer, director or authorized agent affirms that the film has all necessary photo, product and music clearances and Big Island Film Festival, LLC shall be held harmless for any errors or omissions.

  10. Multiple submissions must be provided with entry materials as individual submissions. Multiple submissions on compilations on DVD are not accepted.

  11. Selection to the festival and selection of Golden Honu Award winners shall be determined by the Big Island Film Festival, LLC and/or it’s selection panel. If selected, unless notifying otherwise, permission is given Big Island Film Festival to exhibit the movie up to two times following the 2010 festival for promotional and/or charity purposes.

  12. All materials included on entry form checklist and non-refundable entry fee must be submitted to the festival by entry deadlines.

  13. Receipt of material will be acknowledged by email, as will selection for exhibition at the festival.

  14. No screeners and submission materials will be returned.

  15. If selected for the festival the applicant will provide a media kit to the festival no later than April 18, 2010. The media kit will include: 100 words or less biography of producer, screenwriter and director; at least one color production photo; news clippings (if applicable); poster (if available). This media kit should be provided digitally on CD. A film trailer may also be requested for promotional purposes.

  16. No airfare or lodging for filmmakers will be provided by the festival, although the festival may assist filmmakers in finding affordable lodging. Normal festival hotel and airfare discounts will be available to filmmakers, as well as all festival participants. Please do not take this as not appreciating filmmakers. Being a new film festival, the resources are not available to provide airfare or lodging our filmmakers.

  17. Please include a copy of your current Student ID if you are submitting for the Student Entry Fee rate.

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