The Fire Island Film Festival will be presenting its awards live in person in a ceremony, and also through online video announcements. The 2021 Festival was originally delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we will be reviewing film submissions and presenting awards for this festival cycle to be awarded live on Fire Island (and virtually) on August 28, 2021.

The Fire island Film Festival is based in sunny and sun-kissed Fire Island, New York, an exciting and art-oriented community passionate about its beaches and entertainment. The Fire Island Film Festival, a not for profit charity supporting St Judes children’s hospital, provides opportunities for independent film makers and actors to showcase their craft and art, and to increase the public's awareness and support of filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset.

Our unique platform provides an opportunity where all level of filmmakers, high and low budget, can meet, be seen, be heard, learn, grow, and enhance their skills.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to submit and be part of this exciting film festival created by like-minded artists and a multiple-time film festival award winning veteran to provide a platform for the world to view, absorb and feel your art and film passion.

Best Feature Narrative
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Actor
Best Actress
Audience Choice Award
Best Horror Film
Best Documentary
Best Comedy

1. Productions may be created in any format, but all entries for pre-screening must be sent in a digital file.
2. Productions must be entered by the primary rights holder or their authorized representative. If you are acting on the behalf of the rights holder of the film, you may be required to furnish proof of authorization for audience screening.
3. All entires must be in English, or dubbed in English, or contain on screen-subtitles in English.
4. Entries must be submitted by the stated deadline dates.
5. For live audience awards, the Fire Island Film Festival will provide four (4) filmmaker passes to all festival events.
6. Based upon availability for live awards, the Fire Island Film Festival will attempt to arrange for discounts at hotels for filmmakers traveling to the event. This will be provided on a first come, first serve basis, to the extent they are obtained and provided by participating hotels.

1. Only complete entries will be processed and considered.
2. Entrant's name, email address, FilmFreeway tracking number and the production title must accompany each submission.
3. Entrants will be notified of acceptance into the program by April 15, 2021
4. All winners agree to have their film displayed on the Fire Island Film Festival and through its social media. All winners are to provide a picture of the movie box cover for display on social media on the Fire Island Film Festival Website, and winners of awards must agree to having their picture taken and displayed accepting the award.
5. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold Fire Island Film Festival harmless from any and all damages from any claims, liabilities and losses and expenses (not limited to attorneys fees) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits for any submission made by a third party claiming ownership of the rights of your submission.

Overall Rating
  • James Kirby

    The festival was an amazing experience! Extremely well organized and professional. Excellent selection of films and inspiring commentary from the creators. As a young filmmaker, it was a wonderful opportunity to meet successful directors and actors. The festival's founder Jesse Sheps is incredibly passionate about independent film and making the festival a great experience for all.

    September 2021
  • Angelika Furstler

    I am so grateful to be part of the Fire Island Film Festival. Besides that the entire experience was epic I wanna mention how amazing the founder of the festival is. Jesse Ray has such a huge heart and his intention with this festival is to support children in need and make a positive impact in the world. This film festival is on its way to becoming an iconic film festival that will move a lot in this world. Way to go :)

    May 2021
  • Piero Cannata

    Wonderful festival and excellent communication. Thanks for the award for the Best Horror Short. See you soon!

    May 2021
  • Justin Fair

    Thank you Fire Island! You are gracious, kind and enthusiastic in your mission to both further indie film and benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I recommend all filmmakers help them in their mission and submit! Hope we get to meet in person and screen this summer!

    May 2021