---Your film must be Independently produced by current or former residents of the greater Delaware Valley/Your script must be Independently written by current or former residents of the greater Delaware Valley---

FilmFest was born in 1999 at a planning meeting of the Bucks Fever Advisory Council of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. At that meeting, Chamber member Jon Wilner (formerly of the Delaware Valley Arts Institute), suggested that we add a contemporary art form of growing interest in Bucks County, a Film Festival, to the 25-year-old Bucks Fever, Celebration of the ArtsProgram. FilmFest would encourage and support the growth of a filmmaking community by providing a venue to view the works of area professional and student filmmakers.

The first FilmFest was held in September of 2000 and featured a screening of the Academy Award winning “The Buddy Holly Story”, introduced and followed by a panel discussion with the producers, director, and musical director, all of whom are Bucks County residents.

In July 2002, the first juried, short film and video FilmFest was opened up to the filmmaking community, receiving 29 submissions from student and independent filmmakers, from which 15 short films/videos were selected and screened at the County Theater to overflow audiences. In each of the ensuing annual FilmFests, the number and the quality of submissions have increased. In addition to having their work screened publicly in a movie theater setting, winning filmmakers are given the opportunity to have their films aired on Xfinity On Demand Get Local throughout the Philadelphia area, thereby greatly expanding their viewing audience.

Over the years, FilmFest has added seminars directed primarily at young filmmakers on subjects ranging from film financing, auditions, and script writing. Past seminar presenters include Mike Lemon of Mike Lemon Casting (exclusive casting agent for all M. Night Shyamalan films), James Breckinridge, script and screenplay writer, Fred Bauer, Producer of “The Buddy Holly Story,” and Mac Outfitters.

In 2015, FilmFest celebrates 15 years of supporting filmmakers in the community. To date, nearly 600 films have been submitted, over 160 screened, and $21,000 in prize money awarded. Additionally, the featured films have received nearly 22,000 views on Xfinity On Demand.

FILM AWRDS:

High School: 
$100 per film in each category

College:
$150 per film in each category

Emerging:
$250 per film in each category

Best of Fest:
$500 prize

SCREENWRITING AWARDS:

First Place: A $250 cash prize will be awarded by The PlayCrafters Group
and complemented by a creative one-on-one consultation that may be used in any
way that best serves the writer’s pleasure – to brainstorm and explore new ideas or
to examine past, present or future projects; provided by The PlayCrafters Group.

Second Place: A $75 cash prize will be awarded by
the Central Bucks Chamber.

Third Place: A $50 cash prize will be awarded by
the Central Bucks Chamber.

FILM SUBMISSIONS

Film length not to exceed 30 minutes. All films & videos must be submitted as 1080p h.264 as a .mov or .mp4

FILM ELIGIBILITY
EMERGING: Independently produced films by current or former residents of the greater Delaware Valley; excludes films made while in school.
COLLEGE: Residents of or students at a college/university within the greater Delaware Valley
HIGH SCHOOL: Students/residents within the greater Delaware Valley
REQUIREMENTS
Film length not to exceed 30 minutes. All films & videos must be submitted as 1080p h.264 as a .mov or .mp4

Submissions must have been completed within the last year.

SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS

Script length no longer than 15 pages, must follow industry standard formatting.

SCRIPT ELIGIBILITY
EMERGING: Independently written scripts, created by current or former residents of the greater Delaware Valley; excludes scripts written while in school
COLLEGE: Residents of or students at a college/ university within the greater Delaware Valley
HIGH SCHOOL: Students/residents within the greater Delaware Valley

Submissions must have been completed within the last year.

By entering my script in the Bucks Fever FilmFest Competition I hereby grant to Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce a limited, non-exclusive right to use my submission in whole or part, in publications for non-profit fund raising and promotional activities and further agree to the additional published conditions and obligations in the Limited License Agreement posted on www.bucksfeverfilmfest.org.

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  • Joseph Dombrowski

    Great people and great films! Very well organized!

    Thanks to the team for including DO-OVER as a finalist, and recognizing Brittney Lee Hamilton as one of the Outstanding Actors.

    I will definitely submit again, and hopefully be included in next year's edition!

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Joe. Congratulations! We'll see you next year.

  • Daniel Karasik

    Bucks Fever Film Fest was a great event — I was thrilled to be presented with Chainber Choice award for Le Spectre de la Rose. I will definitely be back!

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    Response from festival:

    Congratulations Daniel! We look forward to seeing you in the upcoming years!

  • Chris Cole

    Amazing group of people, Brad runs a tight ship, professional and hugely hospitable

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Chris! We really appreciate that!

  • Sadly I had to move out of state and could not attend. But that said, the communication for the event was great. Many thanks for the nomination and allover win for 'Every Other Night'. Highly recommend entering your projects!

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mark. Congratulations!

  • Very lax and easy going people led to a fun festival with a lot of diverse talent and gifted people, some of which are younger than others. Here’s to more delightful films in the future.

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Eli. Hope to see you in future years.