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 shorts August 26, 2022
·Early bird deadline for features September 9, 2022
·Standard deadline for shorts September 30, 2022
·Standard deadline for features October 14, 2022
·Final deadline for shorts November 11, 2022
·Final deadline for features November 25, 2022

·Extended deadline for Shorts December 9, 2022

·Extended deadline for features December 30, 2022

·Late Extended deadline for All Entries January 6, 2023

Works in Progress are accepted for final deadlines only. WP should be indicated clearly on the submission form “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 be submitted electronically only.

·Completed and signed “BI Film Festival” submission form online. (Not necessary if submitted through FilmFreeway)
·Entry Fees are non-refundable.

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

Multiple Submissions: When sending in more than one project, each one must have its
own submission material.

· 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 1, 2023. 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.

If you have questions regarding the submissions process, please email:

Overall Rating
  • jerroll sanders

    This festival was so well organized.

    May 2022
  • Funnycon 퍼니콘

    Great Film Festival. Thanks for having our film <The Thief> and <Opus 03. Gravity>!

    May 2022
  • What a great experience. The AMC Boston Common was a fantastic venue, superb screening conditions, great audience, fun Q&A. Can't wait to enter another film!

    May 2022
  • It was truly an honor to have my film "Becoming Black Lawyers" selected to be screened at this year's Boston International Film Festival. All correspondence was very professional and team members were very responsive to my phone call and emails with questions about the event. The AMC Theater Boston Common was a truly beautiful venue. Everyone I met affiliated with the event were extremely friendly and supportive of my film. As a filmmaker, I enjoyed the Q&A after my screening. I was also surprised to win an award at this prestigious festival, which was icing on the cake - especially as a first-time attendee and filmmaker. I genuinely look forward to participating in future festivals. Thanks again BIFF organizers and programmers for this wonderful opportunity to share my documentary with the world! First class event! Highly recommended!

    May 2022
  • Tom Anastasi

    Everyone at BIFF did an incredible job of making this a very special event for each film. There were super networking events and the two venues were terrific. It was wonderful to be back in person and everyone in my cast and crew loved the event and seeing out movie on the big screen. Kudos to all for all they did. I especially liked the Q&A that they did after every film.

    April 2022