Proudly celebrating its 20th year anniversary, the Beverly Hills Film Festival serves as a cinematic cultural template for emerging filmmakers and screenplay writers and supports their career goals, merging today’s filmmaking pioneers with the wealth of cinematic heritage by edifying and developing the filmic community through sponsoring community-based literacy needs. Also, the BHFF aims to involve and serve the next generation of entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and advocates in its community to provide cause work opportunities.


The International Beverly Hills Film Festival is proud of its outstanding ability to recognize some of the past and future most unique experiences by bringing them into the present. From the first film ever shot in Hollywood, “In Old California” by D.W. Griffith, to discovering Federico Fellini’s last film “Verso La Luna Con Fellini,” (Towards the Sun with Fellini) staring Federico Fellini and Roberto Bernini, The BHFF is honored to pay homage to past greats and rising stars.

Considered among the most exclusive and high caliber film festivals globally, in one of the most exclusive cities in the world, the Beverly Hills Film Festival is proud to play host over an intimate five (5) day event with over 44,000 attendees. The BHFF brings together 100s of media from around the globe with over 600 million media impressions reported annually and growing. Designed to bridge the world of premiere cinema with the renowned community of Beverly Hills, the BHFF is an event with world-class screenings at AMPAS, Writers Guild, and the TCL Chinese Theaters, along with expert panel discussions and workshops, nightly VIP theme parties, and charity benefit events. The festival concludes with a black tie awards ceremony with endless networking opportunities.

For our 20th anniversary, we welcome filmmakers, writers, and the Beverly Hills community to share in the celebration of art and culture in this wonderful city of international acclaim.

20th Annual
Beverly Hills Film Festival
April 1st, 2019 to April 5th, 2020


The Beverly Hills Film Festival offers the following award categories:

The Golden Palm Award
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
Student Screenplay Writer

Golden Palm Award for Best Feature
Best Director
Best Male Performance
Best Female Performance
Best Producer
Best Film Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editor
Best Foreign Film
Best Animation
Student Filmmaker

Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best Short Film

Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best Short Film


Date of Submission:

Earlybird Deadline: July 31st, 2019
Regular Deadline: October 31st, 2019
Late Deadline: November 30th, 2019
Extended Deadline: January 5th, 2020
Notification Date: Approximately Feb 10th, 2020

The BHFF only accepts Online screeners.


- Submission fees
- All required fields through Online platform
- All films must include responses to the following: Synopsis (in English), 2 high resolution stills from the film, full cast and credits list, and an official film poster


1. All payments and fees for submissions must be paid through the Online submission process. The BHFF does not accept any mailed payments.
2. There are absolutely NO refunds.
3. The BHFF does not wave submission fees to preserve the integrity of the competition and its participants’ artistic works.


- The BHFF accepts films of all genres
- Feature films must have a running time of more than 40 minutes: narrative live-action, animated feature, or feature documentary
- Short films must have a running time of 40 minutes or less: live-action short, animated short, or documentary short
- The BHFF considers all films regardless of commercial, theatrical, or television plays in the US.
- Prior festival screenings are considered. However, prior screenings are not preferred and may be one of the determining factors for including a film into the festival.
- World and U.S. premieres are not required.
- All films in a language other than English MUST include subtitles in English for festival screening.
- Works-in-progress will be considered. PLEASE NOTE: Upon acceptance, filmmakers must deliver completed film for festival screening by set deadline.


- The BHFF accepts screenplays in all genres
- Multiple screenplays may be submitted by one writer
- Upon acceptance, only 1 screenplay per writer is selected
- The BHFF accepts screenplays in all standard publication styles
- Screenplay submissions are not required to include artwork


Upon being accepted as an Official Selection entry at the BHFF, each participant is required to comply with the following regulations:
- All Official Selections must respond and consent to the Beverly Hills Film Festival rules, regulations, and deadlines. Missing a deadline or lack of communication will DISQUALIFY a selected film or screenplay as an Official Selection.
- All Official Selections must submit a U.S. format DCP and NTSC Blu-ray
- Frame-rate has to be between 24 and 30 fps/sec
- The DRIVE with the DCP has to be formatted EXT2, EXT3, NTFS or FAT32 (under 4gigs)
- DCPs should NOT be in a zipped folder
- All DCP and Blu-Ray of the Official Selections must be submitted by February 25th
- All DCP and Blu-Ray submissions must include the Title, tracking #, Director(s)’ name, TRT, Contact Info, and Genre
- All Official Selections must ship BOTH their DCP and NTSC Blu-Ray as one package to the below address by the February 25th deadline. The BHFF is absolutely not responsible for lost or damaged packages. Senders are responsible for tracking their safely-packaged and insured shipments.
- The BHFF does not provide shipping vouchers
- The BHFF does not provide DCP funding or vouchers
- All filmmakers are highly encouraged to have a backup master of their film at the screening.
- All filmmakers are required to pick-up their DCP and Blu-Ray after their screening
- If filmmakers cannot arrange their DCP and Blu-Ray pick-up after their screening, they are required to submit a prepaid shipping parcel/envelop with their initial DCP and Blu-Ray package.
- The BHFF does NOT ship unclaimed DCPs and Blu-Ray items without a prepaid shipping parcel/envelop submitted by the filmmaker(s)
- If applicable regarding shipping, the BHFF is absolutely not responsible for damages during shipping.


The BHFF assigns an expert committee of industry professionals to review and consider the Official Selection entries. The festival does not recognize a limit for the number of accepted screenplays in the competition. All Official Selection entries compete for the following categories:
- 2nrd Runner-Up
- 1st Runner-up
- The Golden Palm for Best Screenplay


To allow and encourage the participants in this category to be part of the rare opportunity of preserving and investing in the arts and humanities, the BHFF invites all K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students to participate in this remarkable competition by sharing their film or screenplay with uniquely chosen artists from around the globe. All student participants are to comply with the following eligibility requirements:

1. All student participants must pay the required submission fee. The BHFF does not wave or refund submission fees to preserve the integrity of the competition and its participants’ artistic value.

2. Any student attending an accredited K-12 institution within and outside of the United States of America is eligible to participate. Foreign institutional accreditation laws must comply with the national accreditation regulations of the chosen institution.

3. Any undergraduate student attending an accredited two or four-year higher education institution within and outside of the United States of America is eligible to participate. An undergraduate student is defined as one who has not yet received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or has applied for graduation in the current academic year.

4. Any graduate student attending an accredited four-year higher education institution within and outside of the United States of America is eligible to participate. A graduate student is defined as one who has not yet received a Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree or has applied for graduation in the current academic year.

5. All student participants must submit a signed and dated letter of reference from a faculty member, program director, department chair, department dean, vice president, or president of their home institution. The reference letter must officially introduce the student participant by his/her legal name, providing his/her student identification number/code, the official title of the student film or screenplay, the eligible BHFF film category the student would like to participate in, and a brief description of the student’s artistic intention and future academic and career goals. All letters must be in PDF form. The student participants in the film competition should email their letters of reference to films@beverlyhillsfilmfestival.com , and the student participants in the screenplay competition should email their letters of reference to screenplays@beverlyhillsfilmfestival.com by the submission deadline. Letters received after the submission deadline, along with letters without an official signature and date will automatically disqualify the submitted film or screenplay from any form of participation.

6. The BHFF only accepts student submissions in the following film categories: documentary, short subject, and animation.

7. The BHFF accepts multiple film OR screenplay submissions per student. Each participant must pay the required submission fee for each entry separately. If chosen as an Official Selection, the BHFF only accepts ONE submission per participant.

8. Upon being accepted as an Official Selection for the upcoming festival, each accepted student filmmaker or writer must agree to the Terms and Conditions of the BHFF if he/she wishes to have the film screened during the festival, or if he/she wishes to have the accepted screenplay title and author(s) published on the BHFF official website.

9. Upon agreeing to the BHFF Terms and Conditions of film screening, each accepted student film must have an in-person representation. The BHFF does NOT screen films that do not have, at least, one person representing them at the assigned theater.

10. Student films selected as Official Selections that have successfully been screened during the festival with proper, in-person representation, are eligible for being considered for the prestigious Beverly Hills Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award during the Awards Night Ceremony.

11. The BHFF does not provide any form of legal and/or travel assistance to international student filmmakers and/or writers who wish to either attend the festival or represent their accepted film during the festival. The student filmmakers and writers must accept full responsibility for all their legal travel requirements.


The BHFF recommends Filmmakers and Screenplay Writers attending the festival to consider the following promotional opportunities:
- 50 postcards and/or business cards, displaying any work information and BHFF official laurel
- All posters, images, and promotional documents should not reference any other film festival other than the BHFF
- Accepted filmmakers, as Official Selections, must bring a poster of their film mounted on a foam/cork board back. Each filmmaker must provide his/her own easel to display the poster during the festival.


- The Beverly Hills Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes.

- The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

- The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Beverly Hills Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses, including but not limited, to attorney's fees and costs of the court), which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.


I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree to the following:

- I have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility and submission requirements
- All the statements and documents provided are authentic and accurate
- In consideration for the selection opportunity into the Beverly Hills Film Festival, I release and discharge the Beverly Hills Film Festival from any and all claims, demands, or causes of actions related to misappropriation or infringement of copyright or violation of any other right arising from or relating to my submission hereunder.
- I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Beverly Hills Film Festival from any claims that arise as a result of my screenplay and/or film submission or screening of my film (upon selection) as well as from damage to or loss of any submitted documents or materials en route to the festival.
- I have all rights necessary and am duly authorized to submit this screenplay and/or film to the Beverly Hills Film Festival.
- I understand, as the authorized and responsible representative of my selected screenplay and/or film, any prize awarded to the selected screenplay and/or film is to be received by me or any other singular, official representative of the selected screenplay and/or film.
- I understand that the Beverly Hills Film Festival may disqualify and reject any submission that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, is not in compliance, in whole or in part, with the mentioned Terms.
- I understand that the Beverly Hills Film Festival does not issue any form of refund to any selected screenplay and film regardless of circumstances.

Overall Rating
  • Bill Brock

    Thank you to the 19th Annual Beverly Hills Film Festival for choosing my supernatural thriller, "The Dress," as an Official Selection! BRAVO to Nino and Adam for their stellar work as they were the "men behind the curtain" of this Emerald City of International Film Festivals! Attending the BHFF was a dream come true and the Closing Night Gala was, to me, the closest thing to attending the Academy Awards! And to think I was just ONE table over from Hollywood Legend Mike Medavoy! Looking forward to more great things at the 20th! Take a bow, BHFF!

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Bill, thank you so much for sharing your awesome experience! Providing priceless opportunities and experiences are just a few reasons why we're dedicating ourselves to filmmakers and screenwriters every single year. Come celebrate with us for the 20th in April 2020!

  • Walter Stewart

    I was thrilled to have had my screenplay, Tesla, chosen for an award by the festival. To have come so far from what I am sure was a formidable number of entrants in this amazing competition means a lot to me. The awards evening at the Roosevelt Hotel also was a wonderfully-organized occasion that I'll never forget.
    Walter Stewart

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Walter, it was an honor to read your screenplay. Thank you for letting everyone know about our unique quality. Cheers to more creativity:)

  • Maria Massei-Rosato

    An awesome film festival from start to finish! Nino and Adam ran a top-notch event!! Prior to arrival, the staff answered all my questions promptly. The VIP after-parties were a blast. My only regret was not seeing more films -- they are an important networking opportunity and so advice for those attending this festival in the future. The shorts I did see had a wide-range of topics and emotional impacts. Finally, awards night was an amazing experience. Nostalgic setting - the room that hosted the first Academy Awards, impeccable hosting, and in the presence of both seasoned and novice filmmakers made it a truly memorable event.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Maria, we loved having you at the festival. Come see us at our 20th anniversary and watch more amazing films! Thank you so much for your honest review; it means a lot.


    It was a great experience. A must go to festival for sure. The festival was well organized and lots to do. The panel discussion were top notch.

    We received valuable information from top industry executives, the ones that make decisions on films. I definitely recommend filmmakers or anyone who loves festivals to participate in the BHFF.

    Its an exciting festival and for a filmmaker, it had so many talents artists, which made it more exciting.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Angelo, we are so excited that you participated in our event and took advantage of the discussions and the gatherings. We definitely hope to see you again.

  • Andreas Becker

    This was the first film festival I have ever attended. It was also my first time being in Los Angeles. I was a little skeptical at first. The screenplay I submitted was the second one I had ever written. I can now say that being part of this festival was the greatest natural high I have ever experienced. The panels and networking opportunities were invaluable. You get a small sample of the lifestyle of a being in the film business. I never considered taking screenwriting or filmmaking seriously before this event. I want this life now more than ever! Thanks!

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Andreas, we are so happy that you're inspired and excited; keep at it and keep going strong. Keep writing. Come see us again at our 20th anniversary! Cheers:)