Burbank, California is the Media Capital of the world and it's here that Hollywood filmmaking first began. As such, our mission is to promote up-and-coming artists by providing a gateway to expand their careers in the center of the entertainment industry. We shine a light on the unknown artist of today, helping them become the celebrated filmmakers of tomorrow. As such, we are committed to providing a unique filmmaker and film festival experience few can offer.

BIFF also attracts and welcomes film Distributor's looking for a variety of products to market and sell throughout the world. Distributor's need films for theatrical, DVD, VOD, internet streaming as well as other online and worldwide distribution platforms. We pride ourselves on not only being able to put festival filmmakers in direct contact with distributors looking for fresh content, but have successfully secured distribution deals for many of the festival films.

The eleventh annual Burbank International Film Festival begins with an Opening Night Ceremony, Featured films and Gala Reception. The five-day festival includes film screenings, Q & A's featuring celebrities and industry professionals, red carpet receptions, parties and special events that will culminate with the Closing Night Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on the final day.

BIFF also honors Industry Icons in the world of film, music and art. These include, (IRON MAN 3) Writer/Director Shane Black, (JAWS) Screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, Award-winning Actor John Savage (DEER HUNTER), Lou Ferrigno (THE INCREDIBLE HULK), MODERN FAMILY star Ariel Winter, Academy Award-winning Make-up Artists Stan Winston (TERMINATOR 2 & 3), Michael Westmore (all STAR TREK SERIES), Creature and Concept Designer Neville Page (OBLIVION, AVATAR), Academy Award-winning Animation Directors Brenda Chapman BRAVE) and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (KUNG FU PANDA 2 & 3) and award-winning composers Marco Beltrami (A QUIET PLACE, WORLD WAR Z), and Christopher Young (SPIDERMAN 3) to name a few.

Burbank is the preeminent Media and Entertainment Capitol of the World. The grandeur of its skyline is comprised of the world's best studios and production houses which include Warner Brothers, Disney, The Burbank Studios, Universal Pictures, ABC, NBC, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network to name a few. Burbank prides itself on a high quality of life, combining 21st century technology with a small-town feel.

The Burbank International Film Festival captures its home city's rich history and movie making magic by promoting fresh pieces of cinematic art by up and coming filmmakers from around the globe. We shine a light on the brilliant unknown talents of today, leading them to become the celebrated filmmakers of tomorrow.

BIFF has also introduced new award categories to keep its festival at the forefront of the industry. Celebrities and industry professionals from behind and in front of the camera play crucial roles in the festival's selection process. Guest judges have included RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Patricia Bethune (True Blood/Mad Men), Daniel Roebuck (Lost), writers Andy Glickman (Mad About You), Ben Bledsoe (Glee) as well as legendary animator Bill Plympton to name a few.

A beautiful 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 postmarked by the date of the Final Deadline.(i.e. Submission for Regular Deadline Submissions should be postmarked by May 31st, 2019 at the latest.)

2. Entrants must submit only an ONLINE digital version of their film for viewing consideration. NO DVD's, Blu-Rays or Computer Files will be accepted.

3. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying digital ONLINE Preview Copy in the accepted format. Three high resolution production stills or high resolution screen captures taken from your film, a log-line and short synopsis along with the directors full name and biography. Please be sure and note if your film will be any kind of Premiere: World, US, West Coast or Los Angeles.

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

5. Please attach/write the Title of the film and FilmFreeway Tracking ID on submission materials for tracking purposes.

6. Student submissions 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 a student film and could be disqualified.

7. 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 stringent audio and video specifications. Sound levels need to be at the industry standard for theatrical DCP release. The peak level for theatrical DCP’s is -18dB. This is determined on any standard level meter. This level can be monitored in all current industry standard editing and sound editing and mixing software’s and is included with the software. Adobe Premiere, AVID, Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools all have this meter. The peak sound level can briefly go higher than -18dB for brief periods, but no more than a 4 dB increase. Maximum peaking for those brief moments is -12dB. The overall level at any moment cannot go over -12dB. 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 2019 trailers, publicity and promotions.

9. Burbank International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it has all pertinent legal clearances and is authorized to commit the film for 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 festival or not. 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 screening videos screened or entered.

10. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by the Festival Director.

Overall Rating
  • Christopher McNeany

    I was fortunate and proud to have our short film play in the first LGBTQ shorts program, which Burbank Film Festival added this year. What a great experience, from the screening at the beautiful AMC 16 in Burbank, to the networking, and the parties. The closing night gala was truly a class act and well worth going to. It's obvious that Jeff worked very hard to deliver a top notch festival, and he sure did. Hope to be back here again someday!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words Christopher! Congratulations again on your great film. Whether you have another film soon or not, we look forward to seeing you again next year.

  • Christopher Kulikowski

    A first rate festival presentation. The exhibition at the AMC Burbank 16 was fantastic and the after and closing night parties were good fun. Festival Director Jeff Rector and his team are working hard to put forth exceptional quality.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words Christopher, we look forward to seeing you next year.

  • Kirk Ryde

    A world class festival in a great screening venue! Jeff and the entire team go out of their way to make you feel welcome and to ensure your experience as a filmmaker is the best it can be. Fantastic opening night, great parties and events throughout the fest, and a stellar awards show. Highly recommended!

    July 2019
  • Jillie Simon

    We premiered our film "Hungry" (our first narrative short) here, and the experience was exciting and the festival, top-notch! - From the terrific state-of-the-art (AMC) theater we screened in, to the quality of the films we saw, to the wonderful networking opportunities at awesome parties and events where we met lovely and talented filmmakers. --And the Awards Night, at which we were honored to be nominated for Best Short, was an exciting and classy event. Thanks and kudos to Jeff Rector and his crew for making an excellent experience for filmmakers.

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jillian! We look forward to seeing you soon.


    Thank you so much for your consideration of my project. It was a great opportunity to show my work to everyone. This is a great and qualified film festival to certify filmmakers’ creations and to give the best motivation to encourage people like me who never give up and chase our dreams.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words Daniel. We look forward to seeing your upcoming work and future projects.