The 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 professionals will gather to mingle with contemporaries in intimate public settings, such as film screenings, signature programs, tribute and award ceremonies, question and answer forums, and nightly social mixers.

The inaugural Block Island Film Festival will run from June 11-15, 2019 and be held in the historic Water Street district near the Old Harbor waterfront. The Atlantic Ocean and the harbor will be visible from venues during the film festival, which will be a non-profit event designed to benefit the Block Island community.

Selected winners of the Block Island Film Festival will be awarded an introduction to a Hollywood producer/talent manager. The festival’s jury will award the winners and runner-ups in each of the categories with the Laurel Wreath award, cash and other prizes. Finalists in each category will receive one VIP Patron Pass for the film festival, and name and work promoted by BIFF on its informational platforms.

The student competition will be hosted by several entities, including the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension, Entertainment Studies, in partnership with the Island Free Library and library Director Kristin Baumann. Prizes will be awarded to the student short film winner, and include a complimentary film course for a semester from UCLA’s Entertainment Studies program. Student finalists will receive one VIP Patron Pass each for the duration of the film festival, and name and work promoted on informational platforms.

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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. Please visit the film festival's website for more information.

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.