We regret to announce that the 2017 Bikes and Boards Festival has been postponed until further notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

We thank the filmmakers who sent in their films and will be reaching out to arrange reimbursement of entry fees.

Thank you.

Novato Bikes and Boards Festival (NBBF)
The Novato Bikes and Boards Festival is dedicated to showcasing the finest films from around the world that highlight the sports of biking, surfing, skate and snowboarding. Films can be Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Music Videos or Experimental.
Along with the film screenings the festival will host an industry and craft fair, amazing live music and food trucks!
The NBBF take place at the Novato Theater’s Studio46, just steps away from the beautiful downtown Novato restaurants and shops district.
A full schedule of films and events to be released.
The Novato Bikes and Boards Festival will take place in Novato, California on June 24, 2017
The following is an explanation of the Rules and Guidelines governing the submissions of a film to the 2017 Novato Bikes and Boards Festival. Compliance with these Rules and Guidelines is necessary in order to participate in the Film Festival. Submission of a film implies unconditional acceptance of the Rules & Guidelines, therefore, please carefully read through the Rules prior to submitting your film. If you have any questions, please contact the Novato Bikes and Boards Festival: info@bikesandboardsfestival.com or 760-470-0520.
1. The Novato Bikes and Boards Festival accepts submissions for films in the following categories: Animated, Documentary Feature (Over 50 Minutes), Documentary Short (under 40 minutes) Experimental, Narrative Feature (Over 50 Minutes), Narrative Short (under 40 minutes) and Student Film.
2. The Entrant/s submitting the film must hold all legal rights for the submission, as well as all necessary clearances for public exhibition.
3. The Filmmaker/s retain/s all submission and intellectual property rights.
4. Films may be submitted electronically via FilmFreeway (filmfreeway.com) or mail DVDs (2 copies) with the completed submission form and correct entry fee.
Novato Bikes and Boards Festival, 1016 Railroad Ave. Novato, CA 94945
5. The DVDs should be formatted for NTSC and labelled with Title, Running Time, and Tracking Number (if applicable).
6. To submit film via FilmFreeway.com: Log onto the website, set up an account, and submit your film to NBBF. Your fee will also be taken over the internet. After submitting your film through FFW, you may mail 2 copies of your DVD to our office. Please clearly mark your FFW tracking number on both DVDs and the outer packaging.
Novato Bikes and Boards Festival, 1016 Railroad Ave. Novato, CA 94945
7. The Filmmaker/s is/are responsible for making sure all submission material arrives by the submission deadline indicated. If your film does not arrive by the deadline for which you have registered, you may be required to pay the higher submission fee.
8. The following concerns submission deadlines and submission fees. Note, the deadlines are not the postmark dates, but the dates by which the submission must be in the NBBF office or registered with FilmFreeway. Each submission must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. Submission fees are in are U.S. Dollars per submission and is non-refundable and paid through the FilmFreeway registration platform.
9. If a film received 50% or more of it’s funding from sources outside of the United States, the film can only be submitted as an International Film. If a film received 50% or more of it’s funding from sources within the United States, the film can only be submitted as a Domestic Film.
10. All films must be in English or with English subtitles. Non-English language films without subtitles will not be considered.
11. Please test your DVDs prior to submission to make sure they run properly on a standard DVD player and are not damaged.
12. The NBBF is not responsible for any damage to materials that occurred while in transit. If your film arrives damaged, we will contact you to request another copy.
13. Filmmakers are allowed to submit more than one film for the Festival provided that each film is submitted separately and meet NBBF guidelines. Please do not send a compilation DVD composed of films for separate entries.
14. Filmmakers are allowed to resubmit a film that was previously submitted provided significant changes were made and all eligibility requirements are met. When re-submitting the film, include a brief letter detailing the changes made.
15. A student submitting a film must provide a photocopy of a current and valid student ID or a letter from his/her school verifying enrollment.
16. If you would like notification that your submission has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard, which NBBF will mail back to you once your submission has arrived. Entrants may contact the NBBF to find out if the Festival received the submission: info@bikesandboardsfestival or (760) 470-0520. Filmmakers submitting through FilmFreeway can check their status through the website.
17. Only complete entries (DVD screener, entry form, payment) will be processed.
18. The Filmmaker is responsible for all shipping costs, domestic or International.
19. Materials submitted for the NBBF will not be returned unless requested by the Filmmaker. In such case, the Filmmaker/s will provide a pre-paid return envelope
20. All personal contact information is to remain confidential and not to be shared with any third parties.
21. NBBF reserves the right to use images from films selected in the Festival for marketing purposes.
22. All decisions regarding award winners are considered final and incontestable.