Burbank, California is the Media Capital of the World, and it's headquarters to more than a thousand entertainment and media companies, including Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Company, Cartoon Network Studios and Nickelodeon. The Burbank International Film Festival will celebrate its 15 Year Anniversary in 2023 and continues its primary mission of fostering an enduring creative spirit and promoting up-and-coming artists in the center of the entertainment industry. Burbank possesses a rich history of movie making magic where you can dine in the same restaurant booth where Michael Mann shot "Heat" or stay in the same Hotel room where "True Romance" was filmed. Burbank provides a unique film festival experience, because filmmakers showcase their movies in the exact same AMC 16 Theaters where Robert Pattinson attended the premiere of "Batman" and Austin Butler/Baz Lurhman surprised audiences with their appearance at a screening of "Elvis": https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-10944081/Elvis-director-Baz-Luhrmann-star-Austin-Butler-shock-fans-surprise-appearance-screening.html

BIFF's schedule of films comprises cinema of every genre, so there's something for everyone to enjoy. BIFF also continues to introduce new Awards categories to honor the talented craftspeople behind the scenes. The four-day festival includes 130+ film screenings; Q&A's featuring celebrities and industry professionals; fabulous red carpet receptions; audience awards; and informative panels. BIFF culminates with the Closing Night Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony which is the highlight of the Festival. We shine a light on the unknown artists of today, helping them become the celebrated filmmakers of tomorrow.

A beautiful 12" tall custom-designed crystal-based BIFF Award is presented to the winner in each category at the Star-Studded Closing Night Dinner & Gala Awards Show.

Burbank International Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from Burbank International Film Festival.

1. Entries must be submitted by the date of the Final Deadline of April 30th, 2022.

2. Entrants will upload an ONLINE digital version of their film for viewing consideration.

3. Three 300 X 300 DPI high resolution production stills or screen captures taken from your film. A log-line and short (1-2 sentence) synopsis along with the director's full name, biography and contact information with a phone number and email address. Please note
if your film will be any kind of Festival Premiere: World, US, West Coast or Los Angeles. We don't consider a private screening a Premiere.

4. All entries must be in English or subtitled, unless special arrangements have been made with the festival.

5. Student submissions (college or trade school) and Los Angeles County Student Filmmakers (high school) must include proof of student status with the submission (i.e. copy of current and valid student I.D.) or their film will not qualify as either a student film or LA County Student Film and could be disqualified. Students must be currently enrolled (2022-2023) in an educational institution for their films to be eligible.

6. All films screened at the Burbank International Film Festival must be in a DCP format, conducive with the parameters agreed to with the Burbank AMC 16 Theatres. If the filmmakers do not have a DCP screening copy, it can be converted by our festival partners for a nominal fee. Films selected for screening at the festival must also adhere to specific audio and video specifications. Sound levels need to be at the industry standard for theatrical DCP release. Films that do not comply with these requests may be dropped from the festival. Any questions regarding these guidelines should be addressed to the festival before submission.

8. By submitting, the filmmaker agrees to let the festival use excerpts from their screeners for use in BIFF trailers, publicity and promotions.

9. The individual, company or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it has all pertinent legal clearances and is authorized for the film screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Furthermore, once a film is submitted, approval is granted for festival screening whether it is accepted in other film festivals or not. Any film that is an official BIFF selection is not guaranteed to screen at the festival. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Burbank International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the films screened or entered.

10. Exceptions to the festival regulations and guidelines must be authorized by the Festival's Board of Directors.

11. Films currently screening online through worldwide digital formats such as YouTube, or films that are currently screening digitally through U.S. platforms or U.S. distributors will not be eligible for acceptance into the Burbank International Film Festival unless given a special waiver by the current BIFF President.

12. Films completed prior to 2021 will not be eligible for acceptance into BIFF.

13. Films that have been accepted into BIFF with the approval of the filmmaker and announced as screening at the Festival cannot be pulled from the schedule by filmmaker without the understanding that there will be no refunds for filmmaker expenses spent in preparation for the BIFF festival screening nor any refunds for audience members whom had already bought tickets for that specific film.

14. Films that have been accepted into BIFF with the approval of the filmmaker must have their DCP (required format to screen at AMC Theaters) created by the deadline imposed by BIFF or risk being released from the Festival schedule.

Overall Rating
  • Eric DePriester

    Amazing to see your film at maybe the best multiplex in the country.

    December 2022
  • Casey De Fremery

    I had the great privilege of screening my short film "Avocado" at the Burbank Film Festival and had a blast! The film played at the AMC 16 theater and the response from the crowd was great, the projection was good, and being around the rest of the filmmakers was a delight. The quality of other movies were pretty high and the awards gala was very high end. Thanks Kurt and co!

    October 2022
  • Mahogany Zachary

    Great Festival will definitely be attending again. Good communication with the filmmakers. There were also organized meetings/ networking events.

    September 2022
  • Phil De Witte

    We were very honored to participate in the Festival and to receive 2 awards. All the organization was just perfected to facilitate our participation. We were welcomed by all the organizers with a lot of listening. A Festival that I recommend to all to participate.

    September 2022
  • Jonathan Hammond

    Very honored to win Best LGBTQ Short. Great communication, and everyone seemed to care deeply about the festival. Thank you!

    September 2022