We are an online festival which programs and premieres new films throughout the year to a global audience. We program a range of high quality film, with particular interest in unique approaches to story and form. We aim to embrace the independent sensibility that comes from working outside of a mainstream studio system: original, challenging, fresh, and provocative in form and content. Specifically, we program feature films and short films including drama, comedy, horror/sci-fi, LGBT, and experimental, as well as student films, and artists’ moving image.
We program the short films in each genre in 2 categories: “short shorts” up to 5 minutes, and “long shorts” up to 30 minutes. Features must be at least 60 minutes in length. If your film is in a language other than English it will require subtitles.
Several times a year we program the top finalists from our open submission calls in each category. This number varies depending upon quality and quantity of submissions received. Winners in each category will receive a special online screening night and all finalists will have their work shown over the entire month of the festival. All submitters at minimum have the opportunity to have their trailer screened here during the month of the festival.
Deadline for submissions is towards the end of each month for the following month’s program -- keep an eye out for earlybird and late deadlines. Feel free to contact us directly if you've missed a deadline, as we may be able to program you in the following month's festival. There are no restrictions as to date of film production or premiere status, though we will tend to prioritize films and works made over the previous 12 months.
Best of the Month is awarded to one film in each category, and will receive a special online premiere screening and laurel, as well as screenings throughout the award month.
Top Finalist will be awarded to films of special merit in each category and will be screened in the festival throughout the award month, and will receive a laurel.
Special Consideration will be awarded to selected films in each category, and filmmakers will receive a named mention as well as the opportunity to show a trailer of their submission throughout the award month.
All work submitted must be the sole ownership of the filmmaker. Any and all music and publishing rights must be cleared prior to submission. Decisions of selection are final. Where possible feedback may be offered, but will remain at the discretion of Film Boxe International Monthly Film Festival.