Write by the Beach - a week-long writing retreat for female filmmakers on Long Beach Island in New Jersey. The fall program is affiliated with the Lighthouse International Film Festival which will take place for the 16th time on June 5-9.

During the retreat, which will take place during the first week of November, three female screenwriters will stay one week in a house that we will provide on LBI. During their time on LBI, the participants will get to share and exchange ideas while developing their projects. The lucky screenwriters will be selected based on reading and evaluation of the submitted projects.

The staff of the Lighthouse International Film Festival will be helping with logistics and will organize fun activities available on LBI at that time and there will be several opportunities to hang out together, have dinners, and maybe even a couple of movie nights.

We look forward to reading your synapses, treatments, and scripts and support the development of the wonderful films that will come out of it.



Completion Date:
- Entries must have been released on or after January 1, 2020.

- Foreign language films must be with English subtitles.


- Entries must be submitted via an online platform, with a working screener.

- Films selected for screening will be notified on or around October 10th, 2021.

- Entry Fee paid
- A working screener. (We welcome works in progress, however trailers, reels, or anything other than a screener for the film will not be considered).


- The filmmaker has read and understood the rules and regulations and to the best of their knowledge, all statements are true. The filmmaker is duly authorized to submit this film to the Darkhouse Film Festival.

- Darkhouse FF reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees.

- Films must not have publicly screened in the greater Central New Jersey area prior to the festival (NYC and Philadelphia are not included in this area.) While world premieres are not requirements for Darkhouse FF, this information is taken into consideration when making final programming decisions.

- All accepted films may be screened more than once, and are scheduled at the discretion of the Darkhouse Film Festival staff.

- Films produced or financed by a major motion picture studio are eligible for festival screenings but are not eligible for competitive awards. Films that have acquired distribution are eligible for festival screenings and awards at the discretion of the Darkhouse FF staff.

- Upon submission, the filmmaker consents to allowing their screener material to be shared in its entirety with appropriate Darkhouse FF staff, including programming staff, volunteer screeners, and other appropriate members of staff; shared with press outlets in efforts to secure press for the film; with final jury members; and with select individuals representing community partners who may be interested in supporting the film’s screening or taking part in a panel or Q&A associated with the film.

-The festival is hereby also granted the right to utilize image(s) and/or biographical information of the filmmakers for promotional purposes. The festival reserves the right to fill in any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.

- It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film. The filmmaker shall indemnify and hold harmless Darkhouse 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 entered.

- Darkhouse FF does not pay screening fees for submitted film, nor it can guarantee travel or distribution for filmmakers.

- By submitting, the filmmaker expressly acknowledges and agrees to these terms in consideration for Darkhouse FF's consideration of their film, and they agree that they shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.