The Guerrilla Student Film Festival is the unofficial annual celebration of outstanding work completed by the students in Biola University's School of Cinema and Media Arts. Our objective is to recognize students’ hard work and creativity, whilst connecting them with industry professionals. Our events include week-long festival style screenings of the nominated films, an alumni/current student mixer, an Oscar-style award show ceremony, and a post-show reception.

Along with our Best Produced Screenplay and Best Unproduced Screenplay categories, we are introducing a new written submission of Best Pilot Script. We are excited to highlight the talent and creativity of Biola University’s screenwriters, and aim to connect with CMA’s production students in order to get more collaboration projects produced!

Biola Film Festival Screenplay Competition:
Please read the following criteria before submitting your Screenplay/Script:
1. The Screenplay is 15 pages or less, in both Produced, Unproduced, and Pilot categories.
2. We will not accept any adaptations, must be the writer’s original work.
3. The Screenplay must be in English.
4. Writers must be current Biola University students.

Films entered into multiple categories may win multiple awards.

ALL submissions MUST contain a finalized and verified cast and crew list. Please credit everyone who contributed to your films!

Please email us if you have any further questions.

Awards and Prizes are currently being finalized. Be on the lookout for our Grand Prize Announcement.

The following is an explanation of rules and regulations governing the submission of a film to the Cinema & Media Arts Department for consideration for the 2020 Guerrilla Student Film Festival.

By submitting a film or script, the applicant denotes that they have obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers, and other authorized representatives of the film whose consent is required to submit the film to the department, and has read and understood the submission rules and regulations found below.

Q: When are entry submissions due?
A: All entries must be submitted by FRIDAY, March 20th at 11:59PM. Late entries will NOT be accepted.

Q: How old can my film be and still qualify for submission?
A: Submissions must have been completed after March, 2019.

Q: How long can my film be?
A: Submissions must be no longer than 30 minutes, including opening and closing credits. Submissions to Best Commercial must be under 2 minutes. Screenplay/Script submissions must be no longer than 15 pages.

Q: Who is eligible to submit?
A: Any student currently enrolled at Biola may submit, so long as the project was completed while the person(s) seeking nomination were students at Biola. Submissions completed before a student’s time at Biola will not be accepted. Biola Alumni who graduated in May 2019 may also submit.

**With the new addition of the High School division, any prospective Biola University students currently in high school may submit their work specifically within the Best High School Film category.

Q: Do you accept Blu-Ray or DVD?
A: No. Submissions will only be accepted electronically through FilmFreeway.

Q: What format do you recommend for video uploads?
A: FilmFreeway accepts all major video formats in full quality HD up to 10 GB. We transcode videos for playback compatibility and performance and recommend that you use settings close to our output settings:
Maximum video bitrate: 2200 Kbps, H.264, mp4
Audio: 128 Kbps, AAC, 2 channel stereo
Aspect ratio preserved; maximum video height of 720 pixels

Q: Do I have to obtain rights clearance for the music in my film?
A: Yes. A release form for every copyrighted item in your film (music, images, or anything else that may be copyrighted) must be available for review upon request. Copyright holders often reduce rates for student and festival films. Sometimes this can be negotiated to be free. Biola University, its officers, directors, agents, employees, and festival staff are not responsible for the inclusion of any unlearned materials in your films.

*If submitting a film for Best Original Score or Sound Design, it MUST be original work. Please specify if your score is not original if submitting to any other category.

Q: What happens if my film submission doesn’t play?
A: In the event we are unable to view your film, we will contact you and request another copy be submitted (without penalty).

Q: Can I submit a newer cut of my film after the initial submission?
A: To avoid confusion throughout the judging process, we will judge and screen the FIRST cut you submit. No later cuts will be accepted.

Q: How many films may I submit?
A: You may submit as many films as you’d like. Please DO NOT submit multiple projects in the same file. Files with more than one film will not be considered.

**PLEASE NOTE: All submissions grant the Biola Film Festival certain privileges, such as the rights to use the film footage and press materials from the film for festival promotional purposes including but not limited to promotional advertising, private internet hosting for viewing, Film Festival DVD/Blu-Ray assets, in any and all parts of the universe by any means whatsoever.

**Entry Conditions and Release for High School Division
By entering this contest, each participant agrees to release and hold harmless Biola University, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the contest and promotion, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the promotion and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Biola University and its sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s use or misuse of prize.