Welcome to the Block Island Film Festival! We are filmmaking professionals who love film and the process of filmmaking!

The annual Block Island Film Festival boasts notable actors, directors, screenwriters, filmmakers, students and entertainment professionals, on the beautiful resort destination known as Block Island, located 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island. A consortium of global filmmaking professionals gather to mingle with contemporaries in intimate public settings, such as film screenings, spotlight film programs, signature programs, tribute and award ceremonies, filmmaking forums, and nightly social mixers.

The Block Island Film Festival is held during June annually. The Atlantic Ocean is a short distance from venues during the Block Island Film Festival, which is a non-profit event designed to benefit the arts, education, student filmmakers and the Block Island community.

Selected winners of the Block Island Film Festival are awarded the coveted lighthouse award, spotlight award and other prizes, including valuable netiworking opportunities. The festival’s jury awards the finalists in each of the categories with the Laurel Wreath official selection award, making them alumni of the film festival, connected to its network in the filmmaking community. Finalists who are selected to compete in the competition will receive one VIP Festival Pass for the duration of the film festival, and have their name and work promoted by the Block Island Film Festival on its informational and social media platforms.

The student competition is hosted by several entities, in partnership with the Island Free Library and library Director Kristin Baumann. Student finalists receive one VIP Festival Pass for the duration of the film festival, and name and work promoted on informational and social media platforms.

Please visit www.blockislandfilmfestival.org for more information.

Submissions to the Block Island Film Festival must be the original work of the author or filmmaker, and identified as such on the materials that are submitted. The Block Island Film Festival has express permission to use production stills posted with a submission on its FilmFreeway page for publicity purposes on its various social media pages, website, news media publications, etc. Filmmakers must submit two Blu-Ray copies of their film by the requested deadline for inclusion in the competition.

For students: Students submitting work for consideration in the film festival competition need to identify their school in the credits when submitting. A student submission should include the name of the school denoting it under the film’s title on the film and screenplay. Note if your school is a high school, or a college.

Screenplays must be the original work of the writer/applicant(s). If the story is based upon another person’s life, or upon a book, or other underlying work, writer/applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation or rights agreements to the Block Island Film Festival. Neither the film festival, nor its jurists, investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.

By submitting the material, the writer/applicant hereby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the Block Island Film Festival, its employees, directors, representatives, and affiliates from any liability, claims, and damages in connection with the submission of material and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

Overall Rating
  • Marcellus Cox

    Block Island I Thank You from the bottom of my heart for the Best Director Award I’m beyond humbled and grateful to you. You guys put together a A+ Festival and I’m happy to be a member of the Block Island family.

    September 2021
  • Bill Brock

    WOW! What an amazing festival! A HUGE BRAVO to Cash Shuman, Henry LeBlanc, Kim Estes, and the entire BIFF staff! Thank you, one and all, for honoring my supernatural screenplay, THE DRESS, as the "Best Feature Screenplay" for 2021. Your virtual festival expertise surpassed all expectations and the pair of Screenwriter Finalists Q & A Zoom Meetings were a true blast to attend! Keep up the GREAT WORK! So looking forward to paying a visit to the island in the summer of '22!

    September 2021
  • VisionFire Films

    This year it was online. Most communicative and enjoyable. Great Q & A's.

    September 2021
  • Willa Kammerer

    We loved being part of Block Island Film Festival with our film 'Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America.' Even though it was fully virtual, Cash and team did an amazing job making it feel personal, special, and like there was a deep interest and engagement with the selected films, which has not always been my experience in the virtual format. I have been part of many panels and Q&As with our film and the BIFF Q&A was by far the most interesting and fun and substantive conversation I've had to date about both the issues in the film and the craft behind it. Thank you, BIFF team! Look forward to celebrating in person when we're able!

    September 2021
  • Jim Schneider

    A fun experience! I was honored to be a part of it.

    September 2021