~BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL MISSION~

Proudly celebrating its 24th festival year, 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.

~ABOUT THE FESTIVAL~

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 “La Voce Della Luna,” (Towards the Moon with Fellini) staring Federico Fellini and Roberto Benigni, 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 24th year, 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.

24th Annual
Beverly Hills International Film Festival®
May 1st, 2024 to May 5th, 2024

AWARDS

The Beverly Hills Film Festival offers the following award categories:

*SCREENPLAY AWARDS:
The Golden Palm Award
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
Student Screenplay Writer

*THE BHFF AWARDS:
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

*JURY AWARDS:
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best Short Film

*AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS:
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best Short Film

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

Date of Submission:

Special Rate Deadline: July 31st, 2023
Regular Deadline: August 31st, 2023
Late Deadline: November 30th, 2023
Extended Deadline: January 10th, 2024
Notification Date: Approximately February, 15th, 2024


SUBMISSION SCREENING FORMAT:
The BHFF only accepts Online screeners.

COMPLETED SUBMISSIONS INCLUDE:

- 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

PAYMENTS:

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. There are NO refunds in case of a global pandemic or government-required event cancellation. The FilmFreeway submission fee is a requirement for the selection of your film or screenplay either as an Official Selection OR as a declined project.
3. The BHFF does not wave submission fees to preserve the integrity of the competition and its participants’ artistic works.

FILM REQUIREMENTS:

- 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.

SCREENPLAY REQUIREMENTS:

- 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

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS (FILMS):

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)
- NO MAC FORMATTED DRIVES
- DCPs should NOT be in a zipped folder
- All DCP and Blu-Ray of the Official Selections must be submitted by the deadline given to you in the email you will receive from the BHFF
- 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 deadline given to you in the email you will receive from the BHFF. 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.

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS (SCREENPLAYS):

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:
- 2nd Runner-Up
- 1st Runner-up
- The Golden Palm for Best Screenplay

STUDENT FILM & SCREENPLAY COMPETITION:

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.

PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: SUBMISSION AGREEMENT

- 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.

SUBMISSION RELEASE AGREEMENT:

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
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Value
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Hospitality
Networking
  • Britt Falardeau

    This was a wonderful festival to be a part of. Great screenings, well-located theater, beautiful gala. The Roosevelt was a great partner hotel and we especially loved meeting filmmakers and networking poolside. Thank you, BHFF for having us.

    May 2024
  • Mark Schmitz

    What a wonderful week. Opportunity-packed – a truly thrilling time. This festival makes the red carpet available and enjoyable for writers, producers, actors, actresses, and directors of all kinds, inviting those seeking exposure for and responses to their works a chance to be seen and heard: simply a blessing, given the amount of time, work, and financial commitment inherent to the movie creation process. Writing and producing film is one of the most challenging undertakings I’ve experienced to-date as a creative (Billboard Chart-topping music entrepreneur – complete with RIAA ‘Gold’ certification – and 2 short films streaming on Amazon), and to be able to take that somewhere notable and professional - to cross that finish line and directly into Hollywood is a very special and unique thing to be able to do. Welcome to the heart of Tinseltown – to have your words, performance, skill, direction, vision, etc., read, evaluated, and screened at the epicenter of the industry is a beautiful check on those many investments (of our time, work, etc.), and if I’m being totally honest - I wouldn’t know where to start without it; without a standard of some sort, there simply isn’t a product to move forward. That’s a tragedy I wish upon no one (it’s simply too hard to see development through), so consider entering this event, and take peace in knowing you’re officially moving in the direction of bringing a dream to life. Nino & Co. go to exhaustive lengths to create, coordinate, and executive this experience – 5 days of films, panels, networking, socializing, content creation (followed by dinner and an award show in one of the most iconic rooms in the history of the movie business) – and they do so in such a way that you really can’t help but enjoy the show. Project promotional materials are welcome and encouraged, and don’t forget to practice your pitch. Don’t blink though, for you might miss a photo with a very familiar face. ;-) Thank you all at the Beverly Hills Film Festival for all you do - we appreciate your investment in affording us a way to progress in this beast of a business. Until next time…

    May 2024
  • Robert Godwin

    BHFF makes sure decision makers are present to see new works and be exposed to screenplays that can be the big hit.

    May 2024
  • This film festival is always amazing! Such talent! Everyone is so optimistic and friendly !!

    May 2024
  • Zach Canon

    We had a blast. You could see how much time and effort the organizers put into the event. The films were excellent and the venue is second to none. They go above and beyond trying to make filmmakers feel seen and connected to one another. A+. My only feedback is that the evening networking conventions are more suited to "nightlife" vibes versus networking. For filmmakers, I'd say be intentional throughout the day because the evenings are less suited to conversations.

    May 2024