The CaribbeanLens International Film Festival is where Hollywood celebrates the Caribbean.

Invitees to the festival include executives from the major Hollywood studios and production companies.

The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the blending of the Caribbean and the diaspora cultures and talent to create unique and outstanding work and to raise global awareness of the new renaissance of film-making and music production that the Caribbean region is currently experiencing.

The festival also aims to celebrate all filmmakers and welcome submissions from our international friends.

Awards & Prizes

Winners will be announced at the 2018 Caribbean Heritage Salute to Hollywood & Excellence Awards Gala to be held at the Hilton Universal Studios on Saturday, June 16.
Cash prizes and certificates to Best Feature, Best Animation, Best Friend of the Caribbean, Best Short, Best Cinematography, Best Comedy.

Rules & Terms

All entries must be received by March 16, 2018
•Running time for all documentaries must be less than 50 minutes.
•Running time for features must be more than 60 and less than 91 minutes.
• Selected films must be made available on DVD. A backup thumb drive may be requested. Selected shorts must be submitted online.
• Films produced, financed or initiated by major motion picture studios are not eligible for the competition. However, any film conforming to the above guidelines and purchased by a studio after completion is eligible.
• Film submissions in a foreign language must be subtitled in English.
• Once accepted, all projects (prior to Festival screening and during its run) must not be available for sale, or available to watch in its entirety on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other website, free or otherwise. ​
• All decisions made by judges, programmers and organizers will be final, and NO REFUND of entry fee will be permitted.
• The CaribbeanLens International Film Festival reserves the right to remove a film, project, or screenplay from the festival program for any reason or for no reason, and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal. In case the film, project or screenplay in question is disqualified, or is unable to screen due to technical, or operational difficulties, or if your film needs to be rescheduled, delayed, or removed from the program for any reason, the filmmaker(s) (cast, crew, or anyone involved with the project in question) are not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind.

SUBMISSIONS:
• Entries MUST include a film synopsis and a complete cast/credits list. The synopsis should be a well-written, concise description of the basic plot and premise of your film. Maximum synopsis length is 150 words for features, 50 for shorts.
• You are not required to submit film stills with this submission (this is only necessary after a film has been accepted). However, if you’d like to, please follow these specs and guidelines.
----HI-RES STILLS (300 DPI, AT LEAST 3” X 5”) CAN BE SENT ON DISCS OR YOU CAN PROVIDE A LINK FOR ONLINE ACCESS TO IMAGES.
----The synopsis and stills may be used in the program guide and will be available to distributors, members of the press, and filmmakers.
• If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.
• No refunds

PRINT SHIPPING INFORMATION:
If your film is accepted, please send your exhibition copy to CaribbeanLens International Film Festival, c/o Caribbean Heritage Organization, Inc., 18543 Devonshire St., #285, Northridge, CA 91324. No COD shipments will be accepted.

Certification of Entrant:
By submitting your film for consideration you acknowledge that:
• you have read, understood, and complied with the rules and regulations;
• To the best of my knowledge, all statements in this submission are true;
• This film is not subject to any litigation nor is any litigation threatened;
• You am duly authorized to submit this film to the CaribbeanLens International Film Festival;
• The use of the rights granted here and of any material supplied do not violate the rights of any third party.

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    RACHEL BETTS

    *****5-STARZZZZZZZ ALL AROUND*****
    My film, "Mr. Windy" had been selected into 18 film festivals. CaribbeansLens was its 19th selection. Ms. Marva and the staff operated in pure EXCELLENCE. There were some issues on my end with submitting the correct format of the film for screening, but they were so incredibly patient and extremely helpful in helping to make our selection process complete. By far the creme de la creme of festivals. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thank you all so much for having us. God bless you and I wish you continued blessings/success with the festival.

    July 2017
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    LEMO CONEY

    THIS CELEBRATION OF HERITAGE WAS BEAUTIFUL, and EVERYONE ON THE STAFF WAS A PLEASURE TO BE AROUD. THANKS FOR COMING TO HOLLYWOOD!!! #It's Really Renee

    June 2017
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    Judith Brown

    We attended this festival as filmmakers whose film was scheduled to be screened but also hoping to learn from industry professionals during the workshops. The workshops offered so much more than we expected. We had personal interaction with real Network and Hollywood executives who answered questions and gave practical advice and ideas for independent producers. What we learned from insiders was priceless. The Festival Director, Marva, and her volunteers were all wonderful and the hospitality was first class. Thanks Marva. We shall return.

    Judith, BarriVision Films

    June 2017