Get Rolling! Wrap your projects! Submit now and make this an Award winning Year! Enter your Family Friendly Film, Music video, Screenplay, Documentary, Animation, TV show segment &/or trailer for a TV series, educational film or movie poster. Then attend, meet up and coming film industry leaders, future stars & professionals in a more intimate setting at the Emerald Coast Film Festival in Northwest Florida. The Emerald Coast Film Festival was organized to encourage and support local and international talent, future and seasoned filmmakers, musicians and actors. It’s not Hollywood, but we offer a nice balance between classy and down to earth atmospheres. Enjoy learning more about filmmaking, network, fellowship with creative people, and take breaks to enjoy outdoor activities, and walks on our beautiful white sandy beaches. We respect and care about those who enter, our creative community, speakers, fans and attendees. Let’s help make a positive difference in the world together via music & film, recognize filmmakers, watch their visions come to life and encourage them to make more positive family friendly music videos and films. ⭐️ Check out our photo albums for a glimpse of some of the Emerald Coast Film Festival award winners and Let’s help make a positive difference in the world via music and film!

Award for:
Feature Film
Short Fim
Student Film
Mentor Film
Music Video /TV Theme Song
Mentor Music Video
TV Show / trailer
Director / Feature
Director / Short
Actor in a Leading Role
Actress in a Leading Role
Script / Screenplay
Movie Poster Design
Reality TV series

Most film & music genre are acceptable, but preferably submissions contain a positive, family friendly, uplifting message to engage, educate, inform, inspire and /or display Christian moral values. Clean comedy, films & music videos without a lot of profanity are appreciated. Thank you!

You must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements. Do not use fee waivers created by the ECFF meant for sanctioned countries to help these struggling Filmmakers.

Submitted films must have been completed by January of the previous year (before current ECFF event date).

Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted.

When does the application process begin?
8 am on yearly Early Bird Deadline date

When will it close?
The Final submission portal will close at MIDNIGHT PST on final deadline date listed.

Can I still apply if I am represented by an agent or manager? Yes, you are eligible to apply.

Must I be a U.S. citizen in order to apply? No, but if you’re planning to attend you must have a current passport, flight arrangements & accommodations made ahead of time. ECFF cannot aid you in obtaining these. You must already have the appropriate documents prior to the event .

What if I am out of the country during the application window?
We recommend that you find a computer with a strong internet connection, figure out the time difference between countries, and apply. If you get your application in before the deadline date & time, your submission will be entered.

Professional Filmmakers must be able to provide Pro Res files or equivalent for screening.
Amateurs filmmakers must be able to provide a high quality resolution file for screening
Completed films are encouraged and incomplete films are not assured acceptance.

Entrant will allow usage of clips and images from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.

Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

The entrant warrants that the submitted film does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any person or entity and agree to hold harmless and fully indemnify and defend the festival and its representatives against any and all claims made for such infringement or any other violations of law.

The Emerald Coast Film Festival does not pay screening fees.

Paying a submission fee does not guarantee acceptance. Quality of content is of most value.

All projects which received FEE ENTRY WAVORS must attend to receive their awards and/or pay for cost of award, shipping and handling.

Feature films should not be available online before the festival, but grace will be given in 2021 because of Covid. Films with VOD, Tv, free public streaming, or theatrical screening other than cast and crew are not eligible for competition. We prefer shorts that are not available publicly but will consider since Covid affected filmmakers schedules.

Student film entries must include proof of student age status at the time of production (i.e., copy of student photo ID, transcript, drivers license or passport if you’re an international student, at time of entry.

REMEMBER Sexually explicit content, excessive violence and excessive
• Entrants should be present or have a team member present at the festival to receive their award; but considerations will be made for those living out of state or outside of the US, but in such situations entrants will be responsible for postage if a trophy is awarded & an acceptance video or live steam statement of acceptance is required for the Emerald Coast Film Festival audience.
• Sponsors and Film Festival fees are Non-Refundable; and
• Film Submission fees are Non-Refundable. Once an entry
payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund.
• Filmmakers must be at least twelve years of age but may include younger child actors;
• Competition is open to filmmakers in the United States and abroad.

**All non-refundable fees will go towards Emerald Coast Film Festival programs for the education and support of Interns interested in faith-based filmmaking.

Submission Instructions. Please follow carefully:
E-mail all information about your entry to & submit fees via Venmo, Cash app or PayPal as directed; or...
1. Create a Project on FilmFreeway. Log in to your FilmFreeway account and click 'My Projects', then 'Add New Project'. Thoroughly complete the details on this page. Make sure you have selected 'Film/Video' as 'Project Type' in Section 1.

After you have created and saved a Project, you can revisit this page by going to 'My Projects', then clicking 'Edit'.

2. Upload your film. Go to 'My Projects', then 'Project File' to upload.

3. Attach your résumé / credits. Go to My Projects, click 'View', then click 'Add a File' in the 'Files and Attachments' section to upload your résumé.

4. Click 'Submit Now' on this page:
Make sure to answer to ALL questions during the checkout process.

5. Candidates are required to supply the following through the FilmFreeway portal:
• Resume or Bio
• Your work (see below for types of films accepted)
• Agreement of terms and conditions

Will waivers be offered and accepted?
No late submissions will be accepted. No waivers will be offered

The Emerald Coast Film Festival reserves the right to change these rules if necessary to benefit the Festival, it’s staff and or attendees.

🌴🌴🌴 Note: The Emerald Coast Film Festival is in association with “A Resting Place Retreat Center” which is eco-friendly & Christian faith based organization. The vision is for us to make a positive difference in the world together via friendships, community outreaches, our environment, music and Film” ~ Dianna Chenevert Founder /Visionary of “A Resting Place Retreat Center” & the “Emerald Coast Film Festival”

Overall Rating
  • Scott Shoemaker

    The love and honor that the people of the Emerald Coast Film Festivals bestowed upon us as filmmakers is heart warming! They recognized the deeper more meaningful message of our film and passionately praised us for our "work of art". Their appreciation of our documentary ,Broken Molds, validated why I decided to become the Executive Director. To share my passion for the sport of Windsurfing and my love for the Schweitzer family that started it all. Sincerely, Scott Shoemaker

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Scott Shoemaker and welcome aboard! Honored you chose to enter your documentary in the 2021 Emerald Coast Film Festival and excited to be the first to recognize, acknowledge and award “Broken Molds.” You all did an outstanding job!

  • Colleen Udell

    Set in the panhandle of Florida and in close proximity to the white sandy beaches of the Emerald Coast, this family friendly film festival will delight everyone of all ages. It was such an honor to participate in this film festival and I am absolutely thrilled to have made new friends.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Colleen Udell for the great review of the Emerald Coast Film Festival and our area. You’re an outstanding woman with many talents. Our audience enjoyed your informative documentary, you were amazing on the speakers panel, plus each time you shared rescue stories they revealed more of your incredible heart of compassion for others. it was truly an honor to meet you, to have you participate and to now also call you our friend. Keep up the great work and remember you’re always welcome here in Northwest Florida and we’re looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  • Susan Wolf

    The Emerald Coast Film Festival exceeded my expectations. I was charmed by Founder/Organizer Dianna Chenevert and her family. The speakers she brought in were excellent -- very knowledgeable and experienced writers and filmmakers.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your kind words Susan Wolf. We were honored to meet you and your husband, and blessed to have you participate in the 2nd Annual Emerald Coast Film Festival. Looking forward to seeing you in NW Florida again next year.

  • Kay Landon

    This is a wonderful family friendly festival with a lot of heart and soul. I really appreciate all their interest in the stories I've told through screenplays, and their family oriented help with my childcare made it possible for me to be on stage and participate in the forums. I left feeling I had made true friends, and I look forward to coming back next year.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kay Landon! We were honored to meet you and your precious son, grateful for the opportunity to hear you speak and share more about your incredible screenplays. Welcome aboard and it will be great to see you again too in 2022!