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

*Please visit our virtual site to see all of our films on-demand, which include question and answer forums with the filmmakers that are hosted by actor/producers Kristin Carey and Henry LeBlanc. Go to: https://blockislandff2020.eventive.org/welcome

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
  • Document Films

    What a credit to the film festival scene. Despite all the challenges of running a festival in 2020, they couldn't have done a better job. A great selection of films, terrific engagement from the organisers and their love of film shone throughout. The addition of interviews with the people involved in making of the films added the engagement which covid robbed so many festivals of. Congratulations to everyone involved in Block Island Film Festival, we wish you all the best for 2021. You have fans in Ireland.

    October 2020
  • The Block Island Film Festival was overall a good film festival in only it's 2nd year. The only reason why I couldn't rate it 5 stars across the board was because unfortunately, like 99% of other film festivals since March, it was virtual. I'm a firm believer in that film festivals should be done in person, but realize there was very little the BIFF could do and it was out of their hands due to Covid-19. That being said, I would reccommend this film festival and plan to submit and hopefully attend next year! BI is an underrated gem of New England!

    September 2020
  • Considering that this was a virtual festival, the staff of the Block Island Film Festival did a fantastic job presenting viewers a diverse, entertaining slate of films. Also, it is great that BIFF provides a platform for student filmmakers to showcase their work and be considered for student specific awards. As a writer, I was able to participate in two engaging and valuable screenwriting forums. The films are available to livestream for ten months--a wonderful way to give the public access to independent films. Cassius, Jami, Henry, Kim, and Kristin were friendly, funny, and supportive hosts. I can't wait to head to Block Island in June of 2021 for the third year of this amazing festival.

    September 2020
  • Nathan Edmondson

    We had a fantastic time at this festival. Cassius and the entire team of the BIFF did a tremendous job at being creative and pulling this festival off this year while the COVID 19 restrictions were in full swing. This festival was a shining light during a long stent of darkness. Communication was on point and the virtual festival they pulled off for us was exceptional. I highly recommend submitting and am happy to now be a part of their family.

    September 2020
  • Such a wonderful festival! The folks behind Block Island truly love film, and filmmakers. Featuring fun moderators, and a fantastic film lineup, Block Island Film Festival is a wonderful platform to feature your film.

    September 2020