The W.S.W. Foundation, 501(c)(3), “ A Dream is the Seed of Success”™ A Non-Profit which is very proud to be the producer for the: "Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival"™ in Laguna Niguel (Cinepolis) & San Juan Capistrano (Regency Theater), California.

With more than 69+ Films, Shorts & Photographs already submitted - This is a special inspirational and exciting kind of Film Festival scheduled to take place April 25-28, 2019, (Four Days) which highlights traditional Student Films, Documentaries, as well as Commercial Feature Films.

Some of the films entered also include the depiction of a character who is afflicted with emotional, mental, social or physical challenges. A Challenge/Disability/Handicap is any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions.) Some of the films are shown for pure inspirational value. The inspirational aspect of the character is positive, uplifting, and emotionally moving. This type of character does not have to be the star of the movie nor do they have to be a main character, some make very brief appearance while sometimes they are integral to the plot or story line.

The flare of this Film Festival will be the opening night festivities and daily events similar to an old fashion Hollywood premiere with arch-lights, celebrity appearances, musical accompaniments, singers, performers, soloists, comedians, filmmakers, and inspirational presentations. The winning entries receive: monetary prizes, certificates of achievement, recognition plaques, and/or a unique custom blown glass award. Special awards will be presented to nationally known inspirational figures, over achievers, persons living with disabilities.

The Festival’s Thursday Opening Night VIP Reception will include: delicious wine and cheese appetizers, hor d’oeuvres, beverages as well as musical performers and entertainers. The Sunday Morning VIP Festival Closing includes: a divine waffle breakfast and mimosa bar.

Our objective is to give an opportunity for young filmmakers and screenwriters to showcase their works, as well as giving our audience a unique experience while watching films that are not only inspirational but are entertaining. In essence, including some films you might not experience anywhere else. This includes movies long forgotten from “Hollywood’s Golden Age.” The proceeds from the Film Festival will go directly to Charities which include those working to overcome life challenges including: Pediatric Cancer, Autism, Pancreatic Cancer and Cerebral Palsy.

Theme of the 2019 Film Festival: "Touch the Future: Enlighten, Inspire & Encourage"™
Theme of the 2019 Photography Competition: "Embrace the Love"™

Submissions opened on February 14, 2018.

Award, Certificate & Prize $ - Will be posted on our website.

First Place Award - The Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival Award (tm.) is a custom hand blown "Crystal Glass Blue Ocean Wave," a real gem of an award. Each one is hand made to perfection simulating the view of the inside of a massive curling blue ocean wave with the Film Festival's Logo. (Each one sits on a wooden pedestal base with the winners name engraved.) The image is posted on our Website.

Total prize value includes the awards & trophy value.

GUIDELINES:

1. How do I submit my film to the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival?

To submit your film to the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, you must complete the online submission form at: filmfreeway.com/festival/beachcitiesinspirational, and pay the submission fee as well as upload a link to your film on the application.

Please review the Rules and Regulations on our website, (BeachCitiesInspirationalFilmFestival.com) and these rules BEFORE completing the submission form.

Selected films must be delivered on DCP and Bluray/DVD (or Bluray/DVD and .MOV file) to Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, (BCIFF) within 14 days from notification of acceptance. After a film has been a Semi-Finalist, the filmmaker will be notified. Semi Finalist doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that you are now eligible for the awards consideration and you can use the festival Laurel’s for your promotions.

The filmmaker assumes the cost of the shipping to/and from the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, (BCIFF.) The BACKUP Bluray/DVD will not be returned.

Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2017 to enter the competition. Films completed prior to Jan. 1, 2017 may be submitted for screening only. All remaining rules and regulations remain the same.

Films that have been submitted to BCIFF in previous years are eligible to be resubmitted, provided they are eligible according to all of BCIFF current rules.

After a film has been a Semi-Finalist, the filmmaker will be notified. Semi Finalist doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that you are now eligible for the awards consideration and you can use the festival Laurel’s for your promotions.

All non-English films must have English subtitles.

Do NOT send stills or press kits. If your film is selected we will ask you to E-mail us Still(s) in .Jpeg format and trailers.

By submitting to Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, (BCIFF) you understand and agree that:

a). if your film is selected, it cannot be withdrawn for any reason; the film hasn’t been and will not be available online or as a rental until the conclusion of the Film Festival; the film will not be screened in the Orange County, California and neighboring areas prior to BCIFF in the case of features, (Documentary & Short Films don’t need to be Orange County, California premieres, but if BCIFF selects your Documentary or Short Film before other festivals in Orange County, California area, you agree to show your film at BCIFF first).

b). that you will ensure the delivery of your film’s DCP+Bluray/DVD or Bluray/DVD +.MOV file to BCIFF within 14 days from notification of acceptance. The BCIFF reserves the right to change any: dates; deadlines; terms; enforce disqualification; venues at its sole and absolute discretion.

c). that the BCIFF will not be held liable in case your exhibition materials are lost or damaged, or for any claims arising from improperly secured rights/permissions for your film.

d). Submitter accepts the decision of the Judges as final.

2. Can I mail or fax my submission form?

Submission forms may be submitted online through: “FilmFreeway” @ FilmFreeway.com/festival/BeachCitiesInspirational. (Fees and Deadlines are listed below.)

3. How do I pay my submission fee?

After filling out the submission form, you will be able to pay the submission fee. Cards accepted: Amex, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. You can also pay the submission fee via paypal.

4. If I am submitting a Student Short Film is there a submission fee?

a). There is nominal fee for Student Short film(s) submissions which is donated to Charity.

b). Student submissions of Still, 60 Second Films, Features and Documentaries will be required to pay a standard submission fee.

c). The Student Film(s) may be submitted with the required Letter and Student ID directly to the BCIFF producer (W.S.W. Foundation) address. All remaining rules and regulations remain the same.

5. What is the submission deadline, fees and time guidelines for the 2019 Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival?

The submission deadlines for the 2019 Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival are as follows:

DEADLINES:

• Submissions Begin: February 14, 2018
• Early Bird Deadline: September 5, 2018
• Regular Fee Deadline: October 9, 2018
• Late Deadline: October 31, 2018
• Final Deadline: December 24, 2018
• Drop Dead Deadline: February 14, 2019

PRICES:

• Early Bird Fee: Feature $50. Short $25. Documentary $45. 60 Second Film $40. Still $30.
Student $15.
• Regular Fee: Feature $70. Short $40. Documentary $65. 60 Second Film $40. Still $30.
Student $20.
• Late Fee: Feature $90. Short $55. Documentary $85. 60 Second Film $40. Still $30.
Student $25.
• Extended Deadline: Feature $120. Short $80. Documentary $100. 60 Second Film $40.
Still $30. Student $30.
• Drop Dead Deadline: Feature $150. Short $100. Documentary $120.
60 Second Film $50. Still $50. Student $50.

TIME GUIDELINES:

• 60 Second Films: Not to exceed 60 seconds.
• Short films: 1 to 39 min.
• Documentary: 25 min and up.
• Features: 40 min and up.

SUBMITTING FILM:

6. I already finished my submission form; can I make changes to it?

When you finish and submit your submission form, you may not make any changes to it.

7. Can I make a submission if my film is not completed?

In order to receive consideration for your film submission it must be completed at the time of submission.

8. Can I submit multiple films?

Yes, you can submit multiple films if each meet’s eligibility requirements. Each film submitted will need a separate submission form and a separate fee paid.

9. Will I get a confirmation when I submit my film(s)?

Yes, you will get a confirmation E-mail with a submission number.

10. What format do I need to submit my film in?

a). Digital submission via "FilmFreeway" complete the application and pay your fee. When instructed you must submit, (2 Bluray/DVD copies) directly to the BCIFF producer W.S.W. Foundation address.

b). We accept online password protected screeners. Selected films must be delivered on DCP and Bluray/DVD (or Bluray/DVD and .MOV file) to BCIFF within 14 days from notification of acceptance.

11. Do I have to obtain rights for music or other copyrighted materials in my film?

a). When you submit your film, you do not "yet" need to have the rights. If your submission is selected you must sign a release certifying that you have received all rights.

b). You must have "all" the necessary rights/permissions proof submitted 14 days from notification of acceptance. You must submit documents directly to BCIFF producer (W.S.W. Foundation) address.

c). The BCIFF will not be held liable in case your exhibition materials are lost or damaged, or for any claims arising from improperly secured rights/permissions for your film.

12. Is there an age requirement?

There is not an age requirement for filmmakers. The submitter must be at least 18 years old, (under age requires parent approval.) Parental documents must be submitted directly to BCIFF producer (W.S.W. Foundation) address.

13. Can I submit to other festivals other than the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival?

Yes, your submission to other festivals will not impact the submission with the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival if outside Orange County, California.

14. Does my films premiere status matter?

All films submitted are required to have a Orange County, California premiere. The film may not have been shown publicly in Orange County, California before the festival with the exception of Documentaries and Student Film which may have been exhibited at school or for educational purposes.

NOTIFICATION:

15. How will I know if the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival selects my film?

An E-mail will be sent to the submitter to notify them that their film submission has been selected.

Be sure to keep your contact information up to date; you must submit documents directly to the BCIFF producer (W.S.W. Foundation) via E-mail.

FESTIVAL:

16. When is the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival?

The “Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival” will be April 25 - April 28, 2019.

17. All Attendee's will be required to comply with Staff & Security Personnel at All Times while attending the film festival. (Passes & Tickets will be void should you fail to comply. NO EXCEPTION & NO REFUNDS.)

18. Loud & Confrontational Behavior will not be tollerated. Security Personnel will remove those who fail to comply. (Passes & Tickets will become void should you fail to comply. NO EXCEPTION & NO REFUNDS.)

A ONE MINUTE THEME FILM:

Make a 60-second film for the 1st Annual Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, (BCIFF) and have the honor of having it seen every night.

The 2019 festival's theme is: "Touch the Future: Enlighten, Inspire & Encourage." we are looking for a great 60-second short that reflect this idea. The best films will be selected as finalists.

If selected, the 60-second short film will be seen at the Festival on a rotating basis before each screening at this year's Festival, April 25-28, 2019.

The first place winner will receive a cash prize of $ 500. USD and will be presented before the Opening Night film and before Special Presentations at the Festival. All finalists will receive screen credits and be recognized in the official program book of the Festival.

SPECIAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Entries accepted only February 14, 2018 through December 24, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY:

All films must be in English or subtitled in English.
All music and other copyrighted material used must be properly licensed.
The length of all submissions must be no more than 60 seconds.
Please do not include any credits.

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

Please include a title for your one-minute film.
Submit Secure Online Screeners via FilmFreeway.
You may submit as many films as you like, but with an early entry fee, (US) and completed entry form/FilmFreewy submissions must accompany EACH entry.
Programming notifications will be sent via email before February 14, 2019.
Because of the high volume of submissions, we are unable to provide feedback on why your film was/was not selected.
If your film is selected, you will need to provide an electronic digital images for publicity. (If the still origin is film a minimum 1,200 dpi, high quality)


Please review the Rules & Regulations on our website, (BeachCitiesInspirationalFilmFestival.com) BEFORE
completing the submission form at FilmFreeway.com.


ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:

1. How do I submit my "One Minute Film" to the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival?

To submit your film to the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, you must complete the online submission form at: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/BeachCitiesInspirational, and pay the submission fee as well as upload a link to your film on the application.

Please review the Rules and Regulations on this website, (BeachCitiesInspirationalFilmFestival.com) and filmfreeway.com/festival/BeachCitiesInspirational BEFORE completing the submission form.

By submitting to Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, (BCIFF) you understand and agree that:

if your film is selected, it cannot be withdrawn for any reason; the film hasn’t been and will not be available online or as a rental until the conclusion of our festival; the film will not be screened in Orange County, California and neighboring areas prior to BCIFF.

The BCIFF reserves the right to change any: dates; deadlines; terms; enforce disqualification; venues at its sole and absolute discretion.

that the BCIFF will not be held liable in case your exhibition materials are lost or damaged, or for any claims arising from improperly secured rights/permissions for your film.

Submitter accepts the decision of the Judges as final.

2. How do I pay my submission fee?

After filling out the submission form, you will be able to pay the submission fee. Cards accepted: Amex, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. You can also pay the submission fee via Paypal.

3. Do I have to obtain rights for music or other copyrighted materials in my film?

a). You will need to have all the necessary rights/permissions proof submitted 14 days from notification of acceptance. You must submit documents directly to the BCIFF producer W.S.W. Foundation address.

b). The BCIFF will not be held liable in case your exhibition materials are lost or damaged, or for any claims arising from improperly secured rights/permissions for your film.

4. Is there an age requirement?

There is not an age requirement for filmmakers. The submitter must be at least 18 years old, (under age requires parent approval.) parental documents must be submitted directly to the BCIFF producer W.S.W. Foundation address.

NOTIFICATION:

5. How will I know if the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival selects my film?

An E-mail will be sent to the submitter to notify them that their film submission has been selected.

Be sure to keep your contact information up to date; you must submit documents directly to the BCIFF producer W.S.W. Foundation via E-mail.

PHOTOGRAPHY THEME:

Make a Photograph for the 1st Annual Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, (BCIFF) and have the honor of having it seen every night as the "Cover Image" of the program guide for the April 2020 Festival.

The festival's theme is: "Embrace the Love," we are looking for a great photograph that reflects this idea as well as captures the inspirational purpose of the Film Festival. (Learn about these inspirational purposes on our link: About Us - Mission Statement.)

The First Place Winner will receive a cash prize of $500. USD and will be presented before the Opening Night film and before Special Presentations at the Festival. All finalists will receive screen credits and be recognized in the official program book of the 2019 Festival.

The number of prizes and the number of honorable mentions issued is entirely up to the Judges discretion.

SPECIAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Submissions start on February 14, 2018.
Entries accepted only between February 14, 2018 through December 24, 2018.


ELIGIBILITY:

All persons and objects depicted in the image must be properly licensed.
Submissions can be in Black & White or in Color.
Please do not include any text to explain how it complies to the Festival Theme: "Embrace the Love." This is a Judging aspect for interpretation, unless the judges request an explanation none should be submitted.
All images submitted will be considered for an Honorable Mention and may also be considered for additional recognition.
Submissions are submitted with the complete and absolute understanding that the artistic interpretation is at the sole discretion of the BCIFF and the WSW Foundation.

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

Submit your image via e-mail directly to BCIFF c/o WSW Foundation.
You may submit as many photographs as you like, but with an early entry fee, (US) and a separate completed entry form submission must accompany EACH entry.
Selected submissions will be notified via email before March 17, 2019.
Because of the high volume of submissions, we are unable to provide feedback on why your photograph was/was not selected.

By submitting to Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, (BCIFF) you understand and agree that:

if your Photograph is selected, it cannot be withdrawn for any reason; the Photograph hasn’t been and will not be available online or as a published image until the conclusion of our festival; the image will not be previously published prior to BCIFF.

The BCIFF reserves the right to change any: dates; deadlines; terms; enforce disqualification; venues at its sole and absolute discretion.

The BCIFF will not be held liable in case your exhibition materials are lost or damaged, or for any claims arising from improperly secured rights/permissions for your film.

Submitter accepts the decision of the Judges as final.

2. How do I pay my submission fee?

Photo Submission - Link
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/BeachCitiesInspirational

3. Do I have to obtain subject rights for person or persons depicted in the photograph?

a). You will need to have all the necessary rights/permissions proof submitted 14 days from notification of acceptance. You must submit documents directly to the BCIFF c/o WSW Foundation in Rancho San Clemente, California 92673.

b). The BCIFF will not be held liable in case your exhibition materials are lost or damaged, or for any claims arising from improperly secured rights/permissions for your photograph.

4. Is there an age requirement?
There is not an age requirement for Photographers. The submitter must be at least 18 years old, (under age requires parent approval.) parental documents must be submitted directly to the BCIFF c/o WSW Foundation in Rancho San Clemente, California 92673.

NOTIFICATION:

5. How will I know if the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival selects my Photograph?

An E-mail will be sent to the submitter to notify them that their Photograph submission has been accepted.

Be sure to keep your contact information up to date; you must submit documents directly to the BCIFF c/o WSW Foundation in Rancho San Clemente, California 92673.