The Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF) is an annual spring event which highlights the best in world cinema. The festival features top films from the world's leading filmmakers as well as introduces new, talent from around the world.
Since 1997, the Bermuda International Film Festival has brought important cinematic works from around the globe to the island of Bermuda. Our week-long celebration of cinema consists of a Main Slate of both narrative and documentary feature films, programs of short films, provocative and controversial late night shows and a section devoted to Bermudian films. In addition to the official selections, the festival includes special events, filmmaker Q&A's, panel discussions, masterclasses, and more.
The festival’s coveted Grand Jury Prize, bestowed upon the festival’s Best Narrative Short Film, qualifies its winner for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science for the Short Film – Live Action Oscar. Since becoming a qualifying festival in 2004, two of our Shorts Award winners have gone on to win: Wasp (2005) and Toyland (2009). In addition, a number of shorts that screened in competition over the years went on to receive Oscar nominations including; Miracle Fish (2010), Death of a Shadow (2013), Asad (2013), Henry (2013) and Everything Will Be Ok (2016).
Awards & Prizes
BIFF is proud to announce that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has named BIFF a qualifying festival in the category of Live Action Short Film. Winners of the BIFF Best Live Action Short Film award may qualify to enter the Short Films category of the Academy Awards® for the concurrent season provided the films otherwise comply with the Academy rules.
The Narrative Short film winner will take home a cash prize of $1,000 and qualify for Academy Award consideration. BIFF is proud of the short film winners from past festivals that have gone onto successful careers and that have won Oscars. Shorts from previous editions include the Oscar-winning films WASP and TOYLAND as well as the Oscar-nominated films MIRACLE FISH; DEATH OF A SHADOW; ASAD; HENRY and EVERYTHING WILL BE OK.
The Documentary Short Film selections will be eligible for the People's Choice Award which is a cash prize of $1,000.
Rules & Terms
-Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017
-BIFF will not consider previously submitted films
-Films may not have been released theatrically or shown on television prior to the festival.
-Films may not have been publicly available online (i.e. YouTube, Vimeo) prior to the festival
-BIFF presents all films in their original language. Non-English language films must have English subtitles
-BIFF does not accept works in progress
-All films under 40 minutes are considered short subject films
-DCP is the preferred exhibition format for the festival
-For programming consideration, the festival only accepts online screeners (FilmFreeway or Vimeo via FilmFreeway). WE DO NOT ACCEPT DVD SUBMISSIONS.
-After submitting, please check your FilmFreeway account to make sure that your submission meets our requirements and is 'In Consideration'. It is your responsibility to make sure all requirements are met and necessary information is given.
-Filmmakers are responsible for the shipment of the exhibition copy to BIFF.
BIFF will cover outbound shipping only.
-BIFF reserves the right to use images from films selected in Festival marketing purposes (web; print media, and television).
-By agreeing to these terms, you warrant that you have read, understood, and agreed to the regulations of the Bermuda International Film Festival and that, to the best of your knowledge, the information that you have supplied is correct.