The Boston International Film Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the filmmakers who make it all possible. This is a festival dedicated to rewarding artists for their individual talents and for their creative expression through the medium of film. The festival strives to bring together in Boston local, national and international filmmakers by promoting the world’s most artistic and creative independent and experimental films.

The festival’s goal is to encourage and support the work of worldwide independent filmmakers and to promote their products as an art concept and as a valuable contribution to world understanding. The occasion of a 5 day festival affords a rare opportunity to promote dialogue between filmmakers and the audience in an intimate setting. The Festival Committee also hopes to provide an international cultural platform for screening feature-length, documentary, short and student works as a lasting institution.

We are accepting submissions for the following programs:

·Feature Narrative and Documentary (45 minutes or longer)
Short Narrative and Documentary (Less than 45 minutes)

All genres are welcome. The festival programming staff will place your film in the appropriate category.

·Early bird deadline for features and shorts August 2, 2019
·Standard deadline for shorts September 6, 2019
·Standard deadline for features October 4, 2019

·Final deadline for shorts November 8, 2019
·Final deadline for features December 6, 2019

·Extended deadline for Shorts December 20, 2019

·Extended deadline for features December 30, 2019

·Late Extended deadline for Shorts and features January 10, 2020

Works in Progress are accepted for final deadlines only. WP should be clearly marked on the submission disc “Work in Progress” or “Rough Cut” and also indicate when exactly the final edited version will be available.

·Early deadline shorts $45 Features $60

·Standard deadline shorts $55 Features $70

·Final deadline shorts $55 Features $70

·Extended deadline Shorts $60 Features $80

Payment can be made by check or money order in US dollars payable to: BI Film Festival

All Entries must include the following:

·DVD or Blu-Ray (NTSC) labeled with the movie title of project, Director and producer contact number and running time.

·Completed and signed “BI Film Festival” submission form.

·Entry Fee.

·Any available press materials and Media-Kit, Credit list, Lead Actors and Directors bio and Photo.

Submitted materials will not be returned and there are no refunds. Multiple Submissions: When sending in more than one project, each one must have its own submission material. You may use one check to cover entry fees for all works you are submitting at the same time.

· No entry shall have been screened commercially or released in video format or available on the internet prior to the Festival dates (exceptions 
may be made at the discretion of the Festival)

The programming staff of the festival will select film in their discretion. Those selected will be notified via email or regular mail. On or about March 16, 2020. Those not selected will be notified via email or regular mail the following week.

If selected you should be able to provide the following material:
·Exhibition print or video;

·2 Full press kits including film stills and directors bio and Photo;
·60 Seconds Digital Video clip or trailer for promotional press;
·The project synopsis, Cast and crew credits.

All submissions must be sent prepaid including any applicable customs fees to:

Boston International Film Festival 
PO Box 240023 Dorchester MA 02124
If your project is selected, you are responsible for delivery of the exhibition print or video to our offices by the designated date. The festival will handle the return shipping of your print or video after the conclusion of the festival.

If you have questions regarding the submissions process, please email:
Disclaimer: “Neither the Boston International Film Festival nor Patrick Jerome are in any way sponsored, endorsed, approved by, associated with, or otherwise in any way affiliated with IFFBoston, Independent Film Festival Boston, or the Independent Film Society of Boston.”

Overall Rating
  • Frank Prinzi

    Thank you Boston IFF,
    It was an honor to be part of your outstanding Film Festival! Having our film IT'S A MESS screen there was a thrill! THANK YOU to all the organizers and programers for your support and enthusiasm. Hope to be a part of the BIFF again in the future!
    Frank P

    May 2019
  • Boston International Film Festival organizers are professional, inclusive, organized and care about small films. It is absolutely amazing and it was a wonderful experience. We are honored to be part of this great festival.

    April 2019
  • Maryanne Galvin

    Very well organized festival with an impressive track record, BIFF is a terrific experience for audiences and filmmakers. The festival has grown over 17 years and now spans to multiple screening venues/theaters around Boston. The BIFF Fest Director and his team of volunteers communicate effectively with filmmakers from start to finish. It has been a pleasure to have several of our films included in this festival and we look forward to many more opportunities in the future.

    April 2019
  • Mary C. Ferrara

    What can I say, it was an honor to have my film Schmoopie be a part of such a great festival! I only wish that the award ceremony date and time were more publicly available, don't remember seeing it mentioned on the site.

    April 2019
  • Andrew Olson

    This was far and away the most "awards event" festival we participated in in person, with red carpet photos and the whole deal. Communication was great, and they even do local promotion of the films themselves in local media. Great experience!

    April 2019