Welcome to the Berkshire Short Film Festival!

The Berkshires are a year-round destination known for their world class arts and culture with the Philharmonic Orchestra and John Williams at Tanglewood every summer and Oscar, Tony and Emmy award-winning actors onstage throughout the season at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Jacob's Pillow brings in dance performances from all over the globe and now we want to give you the chance to round out the music, stage and dance scene with your films here at the Berkshire Short Film Festival!

Come join us as filmmakers from across the world and as close as your own backyard bring you creative stories that will make you laugh, cry and jump out of your seat! Enjoy a block of creative tales from the beloved theatre in the Berkshire Museum or from the fantastic 500 seat Boland Theatre on the Berkshire Community College campus. Meet the filmmakers and find out their inspirations for their tales throughout the day and then join us at the BCC stage at the end of the day for the Awards ceremony.

Jury Prizes will be awarded to all categories and FINAL DRAFT screenwriting software will be awarded to the Winners of Best in Festival, Best Screenplay, Best Local Short, Best International Short and the Audience Choice Award.

The following categories will be awarded trophies on the day of the Festival.

Best in Festival
Best Lead Performance
Best Supporting Performance
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Score
Best Local Short - Berkshire Block
Best International Short
Audience Choice Award

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Rules and Terms

The Berkshire Short Film Festival (BSFF) will take place September 28, 2019 in Pittsfield, MA at the Boland Theatre and the Berkshire Museum.

No Waiver Submissions will be granted this year. Please do not email and ask for Waivers.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from November 15, 2018 until August 7, 2019. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener ONLY. We do not accept films sent over by DVD. Blu-Ray may be requested if you are accepted as a back-up for the day of screening. They will only be returned if you provide a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope.
We do not accept works in progress or subsequent cuts of submitted films, therefore changing or updating the originally submitted link is not accepted.

3. Submission Eligibility
All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2017.
There is no premiere policy for short films.
Submissions in which one of the Festival Organizers is a top line Filmmaker are ineligible for Awards.
Any film submission in which any of the Festival Organizers or Judges are associated will be scored by individuals not associated with the film.

4. Submission Fee
All submissions for BSFF are to be paid through FilmFreeway platform. The submission fee is non-refundable.

5. Shipping - for selected films ONLY
If the film is selected for the Festival all shipping and postage costs for Blu-rays and additional materials sent to and returned from BSFF must be borne by the submitting party. Berkshire Short Film Festival will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. All charges must be pre-paid.

6. Notification
Berkshire Short Film Festival will make every attempt to complete all Official Selections by August 24, 2019 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the Blu-ray if needed to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

7. Festival Screenings
Selected films may be asked to provide a backup Blu-ray. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the Blu-ray.
All foreign language films MUST contain English subtitles.
Blu-ray will be used as backup only.

8. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of BSFF. While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, BSFF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. BSFF will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.

9. Festival Awards
Jury prizes for Best in Festival, Best International Short, Best Screenplay, Best Performance, Best Supporting Performance, Best Cinematography, Best Score, and Best Local Short and the Audience Award.

FINAL DRAFT screenwriting software awarded to Best in Festival, Best International Short, Best Local Short, Best Screenplay and Audience Award Winners. Copies of screenwriting software to be delivered via email links after the conclusion of the Festival.

If shortlisted for a Jury prize the online screeners of the film must be made available for the duration of the festival for all the jury members. The film will be disqualified if the film is not available.

No Waiver Submissions will be granted this year. Please do not email and ask for Waivers.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you to Jen and her team, the Berkshire Short Film Festival was wonderful. It's Time for Tea screened twice along with a fantastic line-up of short films. Thoughtful Q&As and lots of great networking. Congrats!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Matt! We loved having you there and screening your wonderful film It's Time for Tea! Cannot wait to see what else you have!