Get Rolling, wrap your projects, submit now and let’s make this an Award winning Year! The Emerald Coast Film Festival welcomes Family Friendly Films, Music videos, Scripts,, Documentaries, Animation, TV show segments &/or trailers for films and TV series, educational films and movie posters etc. Filmmakers and fans have opportunities to meet, greet, watch films, participate in discussions, Q & A with industry professionals, attend an award ceremony &/or after party.

The ECFF is unique in that it encourages both aspiring and professional filmmakers, and a portion of proceeds from entries and ticket sales benefits filmmakers, nonprofits making a positive difference in people’s lives and/or in helping protect sea turtles and our local waterways.

The yearly Emerald Coast Film Festival is in Santa Rosa Beach Florida / South Walton County in NW Florida and offers a nice balance between classy and down to earth atmospheres. Learn more about filmmaking, network, fellowship with creative people, enjoy outdoor activities, and walks on our beautiful white sandy beaches. We respect and care abut our creative community, speakers, fans and attendees.

Let’s help make a positive difference in the world together via music & film, recognize filmmakers, and encourage them to make more inspiring, fun and informative content ⭐️

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, online, print, and at live Emerald Coast Film Festival events.

Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the ECFF 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
  • Thank you very much to Diana and the Emerald Coast Film Festival for selecting my documentary KING CAKE: THE NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS STORY to play in your festival. I know Florida has had a rough past few weeks with Hurricane Ian but I was glad to offer some entertainment and escapism from the reality of rebuilding post-Ian. Thank you for the award you bestowed upon the doc of BEST HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM. I look forward to submitting future projects. Diana gave a personal touch to the festival and reached out to the filmmakers which gave a one on one feel. Thank you for the experience, promotion and consideration. All the best. :)

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Will Hess for entering your outstanding documentary, spending a decade on research and remaining diligent and disciplined in order to complete this feature film.

    You did an amazing job of capturing local New Orleanian viewpoints about Mardi Gras, revealing it’s 300 years of religious, cultural, pagan, mythical, and musical roots, explained the significance of the King Cake and what the hidden baby inside represented, and let us hear from Parade float designers, Mardi Gras crew captains, political leaders who’ve overseen it, and famous entertainers / Kings as Lagniappe!

    Honored to have you aboard and looking forward to seeing you and your next film!

  • Ajinkya Narkar

    A Big Thank you Emerald Coast Film Festival for the Honorable Mention we have received for our feature film, " Sleepless in Bandra "

    Thank you entire Jury, ECFF team and Mrs. Dianna Chenevert for the recognition. we are humbled with your love.

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kindness Ajinkya. Your heart of compassion is reflected in your film, your understanding, flexibility and willingness to go the extra mile is also not only honorable but greatly appreciated. Those who master such traits and have good communication skills will become the best filmmakers.

    As with most faith and family friendly Festivals we’re not fond of utilizing curse words / “F “words for expressing frustration / upset but there were only a couple of them in this film and we liked the heart of your storyline, so an edit was suggested. How refreshing it was that you and your team weren’t offended! Thank you for being respectful and understanding of our audience and for taking the time to remove them for our festival. We all know children and young adults will eventually hear curse words especially in today’s secular world where in certain circles it is popular, but we’re trying to set a good example here and you helped us. Thank you again, congratulations on your award of “Honorable Mention” and God bless you all!

  • Nikolaos Falcone Georgiadis

    Great festival with good selections etc

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nikolaos for entering your short film and movie poster for “The Promenade.” The competition for these two categories was high, but we were cheering for you and delighted to recognize you as a finalist.

  • A really nice and friendly festival, many thanks for selecting my film

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Alex! Your compassion for giving a voice to the voiceless is very admirable. “Honor Me”, and “The forgotten children of Congo” (both award winners) are wake up calls to the world; as is “Surviving Burkitts” which was also an Official Selection.

    Oh and You just wait until next year when you can come to Florida in person and you’ll get all the southern hospitality you can handle! God bless you and keep up the great work!

  • Galina Fesenko

    Thank you very much for your film festival and care! We are very happy to participate and win! Good luck!

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! Congratulations again Galina Fesenko and Director Lolita Naranovich for “The Power of Childhood” which won “Best Drama Short Film” and “Best Director” awards. Brilliant work!