Bold. Diverse. Empowering. Captivating. These are just a few words that encompass the type of films we will curate for our audiences!

The inaugural Bridgeport Film Fest is making “philanthropy through film” a priority in Bridgeport, CT. This nonprofit initiative is dedicated to the discovery, championing, and development of independent filmmakers and audiences.

Through various programming, the festival seeks to showcase, guide, and inspire independent filmmakers from the Bridgeport community and beyond, worldwide. Local audiences will be enriched by the films, workshops, panel discussions, and other forms of artistic expression curated by the festival team.

Submissions for The Bridgeport Film Fest will open on Friday, July 31, 2020, here on FilmFreeway.

We are accepting short films and original content with a running time of 25 minutes or under including:

Narrative Short Films
Documentary Short Films
Web series Episodes
Experimental Short Films
Student Short Films
Music Videos
Environmental Films
Animated Shorts
Super Shorts (films 2 minutes and under)
Connecticut Short Film (films shot in Connecticut)
"The Lock Down Diaries" (films produced during quarantine)

The Bridgeport Film Fest will take place July 23-25, 2021 in the historic city of Bridgeport, CT. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will follow up with these adjusted details in early 2021.

Over the course of the weekend, we will have multiple short film screenings, filmmaker Q+A's, workshops, panel discussions, live music events, VIP gala, and an awards ceremony!

OUR JURY INCLUDES

AJ Mattioli: Director, Producer, and Founder of Mattioli Productions

Bobby Yan: Six-Time Emmy Award-Winning Director

Emory Parker: Director, Writer, Actress, and Co-Founder Blue Slate Films

Eugen Bräunig: Director, Writer, Editor and Co-Founder Macrofilm

Jeremiah Kipp: Award-Winning Director, Writer, and Producer and Founder of Kipp Films

Natalia Bougadellis: Director and Cinematographer, Blue Slate Films

Patrick Wimp: Director, Writer, and Co-Founder Digital Hydra

Rob Alicea: Writer, Producer & Founder of Leaving Normal Productions

Robin Cloud: Award-Winning Writer & Director

Sarah Ann Masse: Award-Winning Writer, Director, and Actress

Sara Newens: Emmy Award-winning Editor and FIlmmaker

Shaunya Thomas: Founder of the Melanin Pride Film Festival

LOCATION
The Klein Memorial Auditorium: a 1,447-seat performing arts center that serves as a hub for Bridgeport and surrounding communities. Built-in 1940, it is one of only 7 Broadway-sized stages remaining in Connecticut.

ABOUT BRIDGEPORT, CT
Bridgeport is not only the fifth-largest city in New England but a historic coastal city with a growing art community. We are a smooth and scenic 85-minute train ride from New York City on the Metro-North train line. Plus we are less than a three-hour drive from Boston, MA, and less than two hours from Providence Rhode Island.

There are many attractions and cultural institutions to check out while you are here! You can tour the Housatonic Museum of Art, visit the Barnum Museum, and learn with hands-on exhibits at the Discovery Museum and Planetarium. Feel free to walk along Captain's Cove Seaport where you will find a selection of shops, eateries, and beautiful views of the Long Island Sound. Plus you can visit the famous Beardsley Zoo, the only zoo in the state. Last but not least you can stroll through the many art galleries downtown or take a visit to the Knowlton Walls and see incredible murals by global artists!

We look forward to you submitting and joining us!

AWARDS
Grand Jury Award for Best Film
Best Drama Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Horror/Thriller Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Webseries
First Time Filmmaker Award
The City of Dreams Award of Excellence (for student filmmakers)
Achievement in Writing Award
Best Actress: Drama/Horror
Best Actress: Comedy
Best Actor: Drama/Horror
Best Actor: Comedy

OPPORTUNITIES
The Grand Jury Award for Best Film winner will receive a virtual meeting with Jason Kyle (Development Coordinator at SONY PICTURES).

CASH PRIZES
Grand Jury Award for Best Film
*amount TBA

CERTIFICATES
Audience Awards for each film block.
Select Runner Ups

MORE TBA!

The Bridgeport Film Fest is open to anyone who wishes to enter! We strongly encourage POC and Women Filmmakers to submit. We have a goal to screen AT LEAST 50% of projects by Black and Brown Filmmakers. We also plan to screen AT LEAST 50% Female Filmmakers.

All projects must have been completed after January 1, 2015.

There is no premiere status required, we want to share your work with our community!

The Bridgeport Film Fest is an eco-friendly festival, so to reduce waste and environmental impact films must be submitted digitally thru FilmFreeway, Vimeo or
YouTube with the best HD Playback.

There will be no refunds issued once your project is submitted.

All films must be in English or with English subtitles.

The Bridgeport Film Fest is unable to offer fee waivers under any circumstance. Entry fees support the various event costs (venues, supplies, events, promotional material, etc.) Thank you for your understanding!

The Bridgeport Film Fest does not consider films that require SCREENING/RENTAL FEES and DOES NOT PAY SCREENING or LICENSING FEES for submitted films. By submitting your film, you acknowledge that the festival will not pay you to present your work.

Filmmakers accepted and attending the Festival are responsible for travel and all other expenses. If accepted, filmmakers are expected to assist the Festival in film promotion.
All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and it is the sole responsibility of the filmmaker to have cleared all rights and releases for exhibition (including music, audio, images, graphics, trademarked images, etc.)

Only the submitted version of the film may be considered, and swapping it out for alternate cuts is not possible, so please keep this in mind when deciding when to submit.

If your film is selected, then you will be asked to provide digital stills from the film, press materials, head shots and filmographies and video trailer (if available).

If your film is accepted, you will be solely responsible for delivering your promotional materials to and from the festival venue.

Once accepted, all student films must provide a copy of the entrants current student ID or student ID from the year the film was made.

By submitting your film, you grant The Bridgeport Film Fest the nonexclusive right to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film, as well as your name, photograph, and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities regarding The Bridgeport Film Fest prior to, during, and/or after the festival.

The Bridgeport Film Fest may use images, sounds and excerpts from the films for promotional purposes in all media including the website and may present accepted films at any The Bridgeport Film Fest event with notice.

Please note that materials, drives, discs, etc. will not be accepted and cannot be returned under any circumstances. Please DO NOT send film prints, master tapes, primary hard drives, DVD Masters or other irreplaceable original media.

The Bridgeport Film Fest is not responsible for any materials that are lost or damaged.

The entrant shall release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless The Bridgeport Film Fest, and its agents, respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, contractors, partners, sponsors, and volunteers from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses (including, without limitations, attorneys' fees).

The entrant warrants that he/she is the sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal right and title thereto to have absolute authority to submit the enclosed material to The Bridgeport Film Fest.

The Bridgeport Film Fest has the right to change the deadlines for submissions and//or festival dates at any time.

By entering, the applicant agrees that all information is true and correct and agrees to all festival rules and guidelines.

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  • Jeremy Glazer

    For a festival that had its first year, Bridgeport Film Festival was so organized and truly gave so much love to filmmakers. I felt informed and well taken care of the entire time. Thank you to Jason and the entire team of Bridgeport Film Festival for creating a creative space to share our work!

    August 2021
  • Squeaky Wheel Entertainment

    We had an amazing time at Bridgeport Film Festival! It was an honor to be included among so many amazing selections. The venue was beautiful and each event was well organized. Opportunities for networking were really plentiful and we definitely felt like there was a huge sense of community - it made it so easy to get to know the other filmmakers and attendees. Jason and the other organizers went out of their way to provide a top-notch experience and I look forward to attending again in the future!

    August 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for of course submitting your beautiful work to our first-year festival but also coming through and supporting us fully! Here's to many more!

  • Yolonda Johnson-Young

    Great festival! Loved the location. I was honored to be selected to share Finding Elijah. Thank you for your hospitality. Looking forward to next year!!

    August 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Yolonda!!! Thank you so much for submitting "Finding Elijah" to our festival. Our local audiences plus network of film professionals LOVED it as you know! Keep creating, please. And keep in touch as you are now part of the BFF Family!

  • Words can not express how much I am happy for being part of your Great Festival.Wish you everlasting property.A very good festival with detailed information. I hope to be able to attend your good festival next year as well.

    August 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Seyed! We appreciate you sharing your work with our community! Looking forward to next year!

  • What an awesome first festival! Jason and his team were super communicative and friendly (which is not always a given with festivals) and we are very grateful that Family History was not only selected but won an award! Plus there were multiple filmmaker Q&As (virtual and in-person) which is always a great opportunity, and although I couldn’t be there in person, some crew members were able to go and had a great time. Thank you BFF!

    August 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Mark!

    Through the many emails we sent and sharing your inspiring work with our community, you are part of the BFF Family. Keep creating and super excited to see what you and your team develop next. Wow! Thank you!