The Boston Palestine Film Festival returns for our 18th season in.a hybrid format of live and virtual screenings!

BPFF presents the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people. Cinema offers a powerful means of interpreting the collective identity, historic struggle, and surreal life circumstances and challenges that Palestinians throughout the world presently face.

In partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, BPFF features compelling and thought-provoking films, guest directors/speakers and new works by emerging artists. These works from directors around the world offer refreshingly honest, self-described, and independent views of Palestine, its history, and its culture to New England audiences.

All accepted films will be entered into competition for our BPFF Audience Awards, including Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, and Best Documentary Short.

BPFF seeks films of any length by filmmakers of any nationality about Palestine, the Palestinian people, or the Palestinian narrative. Submitted films must be related to Palestine or the Palestinian narrative in order to be considered. BPFF does not charge an entry fee, but requests that you consider the relevancy of your film to our criteria before submission.

Please complete all sections of the FilmFreeway submission form for your film. In order to be considered, your submission should also contain:

SCREENER: An online url and password of the screener available to BPFF until October 31, 2024 (only online submissions will be accepted). Submitted works should have been produced between 2021 and 2024.

LANGUAGE: All foreign language entries must be subtitled in English.

IMAGES: At least two (2) images to represent your film, and one (1) director image (headshot). The smallest dimension should be at least 1000 px, and the file should be saved as a jpg at highest quality.

EXHIBITION FORMATS: Selected works must be provided in final exhibition form (including English subtitles) no later than September 13, 2024. Any works currently in production may be submitted as rough cuts as long as final cuts will be available by this deadline.

-Accepted exhibition formats (in order of preference): DCP, BluRay, HD file on physical drive (<1 gig per min). A backup should also be provided. Depending upon the scheduled venue and platform, you may be asked for a .mp4 or .mov file.

LEGAL: Submitter attests that they are authorized, or acting on behalf of any person or entity that has ownership rights in the work, to submit it to the Festival and represents that this submission will not violate any law or any right of the person.

-Submitter accepts that the Boston Palestine Film Festival, their fiscal sponsor, their officers, and their affiliated entities, are not liable for any damage to, or loss of, materials submitted to or from the Festival or during the course of the Festival’s possession of the work.

-Submitters agree that expenses incurred by submitting the film will not be met by BPFF.

CONTACT: If any of the guidelines or terms listed above are unclear, it is important that you contact us before submitting your film:

Overall Rating
  • Aesha Balaha

    Best festival ever!!
    thanks for the organizer

    December 2021
  • Mira Sidawi

    Great Festival, Looking forward to submit a new film!

    November 2021
  • Farah Nabulsi

    Second time screening at Boston Palestine Film Festival and I loved it all over. Really well done and thank you for pivoting online.

    November 2020
  • Sa'ed Arouri

    Great Festival, Wish to them the best always

    November 2019
  • Michael Rowley

    This was such a great festival experience. The quality of the actual screening--theater space, video and sound quality--was amazing. The communication was top notch. The whole festival team's work and care for the films, filmmakers, and festival experience really highlighted how much belief and work was put into each aspect of the festival. We can't appreciate this festival team enough.

    November 2019