The BFC Short Film Fest is in our 3rd year, with 2021 & 2022 being virtual festivals. This year, we will host the event at the magnificent Barrymore Film Center in Fort Lee New Jersey. We will have directors, producers, actors and screenwriters in attendance throughout the festival, including exclusive filmmaker events and activities.

Our prior two years were quite a big success! Filmmakers from all over the world submitted a stunning array of films encompassing every type of genre. During February 2021 & February 2022, our Official Selections were viewed by over 50,000 people in 78 countries via our website as a virtual / online fest. We invite all filmmakers to submit your short film for judging and consideration to appear in our short film festival in October 2023. Now it's time for the world to come to Fort Lee!

Please review the two (2) categories for film submissions to determine which best fits your film. You may enter your film(s) in more than one category but cannot enter the student category unless you meet the age requirements. Student filmmakers, however may enter submissions in any or all categories. Submission fees are required for each category and each submission(s). There is no limit to the number of films you may submit as long as they meet the criteria outlined in each category and in our rules and terms.

Here's a little history about our world-class facility newly built in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Did you know that Fort Lee, was the birthplace of the American film industry? Film studios such as Universal, FOX and Solax were established in Fort Lee and many movie stars, as well as directors such as DW Griffith and the Barrymores lived and worked here. The Barrymore Film Center was established by the Borough of Fort Lee and construction is completed on the 250 seat cinema and film museum, which opened in October 2022. The BFC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Thank you for your consideration and we wish you all the best of luck in your careers and in our competition.

BFC will select one (1) GRAND PRIZE FESTIVAL WINNER, which can come from any of our categories offered and will receive a $500 cash prize award and plaque.

BFC will select the TOP 3 Films awarding a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each of the following categories:

BFC Short Film Competition (category open to all)
BFC Student Shorts -18 & Under (ID required and category is age restricted)

Judges will select the top three films (3) in each category, each receiving plaques and/or certificates. All Official Selections will be screened at the Barrymore Film Center during the festival (schedules to be announced), October 11-15, 2023.

Once the judges have selected all finalists, they will be announced and be scheduled for screening during the festival to be held at the Barrymore Film Center, located in Fort Lee NJ.

The judges will award one (1) overall "JURY PRIZE", which will receive a plaque and certificate.

The BFC will give a COMPLEMENTARY one (1) year regular BARRYMORE FILM CENTER MEMBERSHIP per submission in the name of the individual that enters the competition on behalf of the film project. The BFC MEMBERSHIP is limited to one per person submitting, regardless of how many categories entered or films submitted.

BFC reserves the right to make any and all modifications, changes and updates to these categories and the festival rules and regulations:

BFC Short Film Competition 2023 (category open to all)
(Maximum Run time is 35 minutes including credits and titles)

BFC Student Filmmakers -18 & Under (ID required and category is age restricted)
(Maximum Run time is 30 minutes including credits and titles)

* SHORT Films Only
* All Genres
* No incomplete films accepted
* No submission fee refunds
* All film submissions must go through FilmFreeway, we are a "GOLD FESTIVAL"
* Films must be in English or have English sub-titles
* Digital submissions only, either on VIMEO, YouTube and/or other online sources
* No DVD or Blue-Rays accepted
* No limit to number of submissions per filmmaker, but each requires a separate entry fee.
* Advise the BFC if your film screening at our festival would be a world premiere or US premiere
* BFC will not accept any film produced by a major motion picture studio; only independently produced films will be accepted
* Submitted films should have been completed on or after January 1, 2022
* Entries cannot have a US commercial release, theatrical run, broadcast on TV before October 11, 2023.
* No premier requirements
* BFC will notify all filmmakers of selection status on or before September 30, 2023 through FilmFreeway
* The BFC 2023 shorts festival will be held at the Barrymore Film Center, featuring all Official Selections
* 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place will be awarded in all categories, a "Jury Selection" winner, "Audience Favorite" winner and the "GRAND PRIZE WINNER" of BFC Short Film Festival 2023 will be selected and announced during the event.

RELEASE: The Barrymore Film Center (BFC) and its affiliates are granted permission and the right by the submitter, whether an individual or corporation to use excerpts, quotes, stills, titles, photos and footage for promotional purposes prior to, during and after the BFC Short Film Festival 2023. In addition, the BFC is granted permission and the right to use photos, footage and other materials gathered during the event for promotional purposes in perpetuity. Promotion may include, but not be limited to, BFC websites, e-communications, social media, TV, internet, radio and print sources. The submitter provides BFC with indemnity and release from any/all liabilities, losses, damages, claims and expenses relating to any trademark, copy-write, credits, publicity and screening.

The BARRYMORE FILM CENTER (BFC) and its affiliates, reserve the right to modify scheduling, venues and any aspect of the BFC SHORT Film Festival 2023, without advance notice to submitters.

Your submission in the BFC Short Film Festival 2023 will serve as your acceptance, acknowledgement and understanding of the rules and terms and your agreement to abide by the rules and terms herein.


Overall Rating
  • BFC Short Film Festival is truly one of the rare film festivals where any filmmakers will recognize its professionalism and its respect to the originality. Everything is just perfect. It's a big shame for me being not able to attend the live screening event 2023. But I did have find a new gate to the cinema via BFC which definitely encourages me to attend BFC events in the near future! Thank You!

    October 2023
  • Nelson and Charlene are true film lovers and they do all that they can to make the filmmakers feel special.... The Barrymore FIlm Center venue in Fort Lee is just a beautiful place to screen...

    October 2023

    I am honored to be selected this year, allowing my work to be showcased to a wider audience at prestigious film festivals.

    October 2023
  • Scott Vinci

    Overall, I enjoyed the Barrymore Film Center festival. My short (in the cellphone cinema category) won first place by the BFC judges! It was virtual, so I wasn't able to network. The people who ran the festival were very professional. I highly recommend entering in the future!

    March 2022

    Great experience, good communication, we are so proud of be part of this amazing Festival with our short film Sabor a ti!
    Thank you and we’ll see you soon!

    February 2022