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 entry submission process begin?
8 am CST approximately 1 month before yearly Early Bird Deadline Date

When does the entry submission process close?
The Final entry submission portal will close at MIDNIGHT CST 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 WAIVERS must attend to receive their awards and/or pay for cost of award, shipping and handling. Note: Award certificates cannot be sent to those who reside in a sanctioned country that the US is not delivering mail to; but ECFF will acknowledge your award winning entry at the Festival and on social media.

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
  • Viraf Kekobad

    We are delighted that our documentary Mission Safeer 37 days to Freedom has been awarded with an Honorable Jury Mention.
    We are proud to have accomplished this humanitarian mission of saving 722 Indian nationals from war torn Kuwait in 1990.
    Wishing your festival a grand success for the future.

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing this incredible heartfelt, heroic and historic story Viraf Kekobad. Honored to have you aboard! May this award help shine a light on your documentary, inspire compassion and peace; and be an example for young aspiring leaders to follow.

  • Vibin Alex

    Thank you for this great opportunity....

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    You’re very welcome Vibin Alex, and thank you for entering your animated short film “ The Grandma's Mind.” Honored to have you onboard.

  • Thank you so much for selected our short documentary for the Honorables Mention award in your festival. Although we cannot attend the festival in person but we are very happy, thanks again and good luck.

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    You’re very welcome, congratulations and thank you for entering your interesting documentary “Priangan.“ I’m sorry you can’t attend but hope to meet you one day in the future. Blessings to you and your team.

  • My film received the honorable mention, I am happy to have participated in this international festival

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations and Thank you for entering your brilliant thought provoking short film “A Few Strands Of Hair.” Keep up the great work.

  • Takayuki Yoshikawa

    Thank you very much for selecting my short animated film, as the Best Animation. I am truly delighted to have been a part of the Emerald Coast Film Festival, which embraces a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere in nature.

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations and thank you for your kind comments. Honored to have your brilliantly created animation entry. Blessings to you new friend.