***Now in FilmFreeway's Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals***The Flagler Film Festival was formed to showcase the work of new and emerging filmmakers as well as more experienced filmmakers. We believe there are many creative and innovative artists who deserve recognition for their efforts, especially those constrained by low budgets. We believe that sometimes even more creativity is required when a filmmaker has little or no budget with which to create a film. We believe these films should be seen and be recognized for the efforts of the teams that put them together. The writers, directors, crew, actors and all the talented people involved in the production of a film, whether it is a feature or a short, deserve to have a chance to be seen. We are proud to give filmmakers an opportunity to show their work.

Our fourth annual Flagler Film Festival showcased many fantastic films from around the world, including a short animation which was nominated this year for an Academy Award! Films produced by students from Florida State University, NYU, University of Virginia, Savannah College of Art & Design, Full Sail University, and the American Film Institute were screened as well as films from graduates of many other fine colleges and universities. We were proud to showcase local filmmakers as well as filmmakers from such diverse locations as Luxembourg, Spain, France, Rwanda, Australia, Nepal, Canada, Serbia, Iran, and Peru. As an artistic community, we enjoy including musicians, writers and artists at our festival as well as filmmakers. This year our special guest was Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Boone, of the '60's band The Lovin' Spoonful. Steve met many of our audience and signed CDs, albums and his new book, "Hotter than a Match Head: On the Run with the Lovin' Spoonful." We showcased a short comedy from actor Chris Roach who currently stars on CBS in "Kevin Can Wait" with Kevin James. One of our documentaries, "Daddy Don't Go" was recently picked up by Starz and will be available to the public!

The third annual Flagler Film Festival was proud to showcase amazing films from around the world. We had a film about a Grammy-nominated children's choir from Uganda called "Imba Means Sing" (now in national distribution), a documentary film by an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, a film narrated by the Academy Award winning, legendary actress Olivia De Havilland, two films which won student Emmy Awards and two films which were screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner. We were very proud to be the only festival in Florida to screen "Animals" an independent feature film written by and starring David Dastmalchian (Ant Man, The Dark Knight) now in national distribution. In addition, we had a terrific assortment of low budget, independent and student films which amazed our audience. Over 20 films had representation at the festival with lively, emotional and intelligent Q&As after the screenings. See our website for videos of the Q&As in addition to the list of films, extensive press and awards.

So far, two of our Best Documentary Feature Nominees from our 3rd Annual Festival have announced national distribution deals. Both "My Father's Vietnam" (winner) and nominee "Mount Lawrence" will be seen this spring on VOD platforms as well as other formats, including theatrical. Please see their websites or IMDb for more info and congratulations to them from the festival!

Our second annual festival showcased excellent student and small budget films as well as films with extraordinary credentials, including a film written by two-time Academy Award winning screenwriter, Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird). We were proud to have as our special guest, Laura Tyler, make up artist known for her work on "Face Off" and "Hunger Games." She did a special live demonstration for our audience by turning an actor into a zombie! Also in attendance was actress Evalena Marie (Serena and the RATTS, Dark Haul, Remains) representing the indie feature "Visionary." Our festivities concluded with a champagne awards celebration on our last evening.

We are very proud that several of our official selections from our first two years have received distribution and can be seen on Blu-Ray, DVD and streaming sites. Many of our selected films have gone on to win many awards at festivals around the world. We wish much success to all the filmmakers out there!

Flagler Film Festival was inspired by the amazingly talented people we have met who perform all the hard work that is required to make a film. We recognize that there are many creative filmmakers who are looking for a place to showcase their work. We are located in a relaxed, pristine beach area with community members who support the arts. Galleries, live theater and now a film festival are part of our small city located in beautiful Flagler County, Florida. Our coastal location is within a short distance to many Florida attractions. If you are a filmmaker who has drive and talent, who is looking for a place to show your work, and is interested in Florida sunshine in January, we hope that you will submit your film for consideration in our festival.

The Flagler Film Festival was created by independent filmmakers for independent filmmakers.

We will be showcasing feature films and shorts of all genres. If you believe in your film, we will do our very best to recognize your talent and efforts and include your work in our festival. Special consideration will be given to student films.

The Flagler Film Festival is pleased to announce our affiliation with Blindogg Productions, LLC , an award winning Florida-based TV/film and video production company.

Over thirty awards were presented during our champagne reception at our fifth annual festival. Awards included audience choice awards, best of categories such as Drama, Comedy, Student, International. Anything Goes, Documentary and more. Individual awards for best director, actors and actresses in various genres rounded out the awards presented.

Short Films should be 1-44 minutes of any genre.

Feature films should be 45 minutes in length or longer with a maximum time of 120 minutes. Longer features will be considered, but films of 120 minutes or under will have priority.

All films should notate a rating equivalent (R for nudity, sexual situations, intense violence and adult language; PG/PG13 for films with brief violence and adult language, no sexual situations, minimal adult language); G for general audiences including children).

No NC-17 or X rated material will be accepted, as determined by the judges and directors.

Selections made are at the sole discretion of the Festival and all decisions are final.

All films should have high production value reflective of the budget you are working under.

All submissions must provide an internet link/URL such as Google Drive, Vimeo, etc., and password if required, to a high definition digital copy of your film for download. The film should be a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 in either MP4 or MOV format using a H.264 codec with a recommended file compression of 15-20 megabits per second (Mbps). A film that is 10 minutes should be approximately 1 Gigabyte in size. Your submission copy is your exhibition copy. Changes made to any submission after acceptance into the Festival must be approved by the director.

Downloadable versions of all accepted films must be received no later than Dec 15, 2022. If there are extenuating circumstances, the Festival must be notified or another film may be selected to be shown instead. Films not received in the format specified above will not be shown.

The Festival is under no obligation to cover any expenses incurred to attend the Festival. 4 passes to the Festival will be provided to the filmmaker at no cost for feature length films and 2 passes will be provided to the filmmaker at no cost for short films that are selected.

No screeners will be returned and entry fees are not refundable.

If accepted to the Festival, press kits will be requested. Web links may be sent for promotional purposes.

Films in languages other than English must be subtitled or dubbed.

If Festival dates and/or venues change due to acts of nature or any other reasons beyond the control of the Festival, entrants will be notified of changes, substitutions or cancellation.

Overall Rating
  • Camille Wainer

    Wonderful film festival with fantastic organizers. Very grateful for the experience of sharing our documentary in Flagler.

    November 2018
  • Dale Metz

    This festival just keeps getting better! It screens in a nice conference room at a beautiful hotel in the costal community of Flagler Beach. It feels very much like a theater and there are plenty of opportunities to network with fellow filmmakers. Kathie and Jim put a lot of time and effort into this festival.

    February 2018
  • Jason K. Allen

    One of the best all-around film festival experiences I've had. High-quality films, well organized, enthusiastic crowds, plenty of networking opportunities, and an ideal location near the beaches and historic Augustine. Can't wait to go back!

    January 2018
  • Russell Emanuel

    An amazing festival and well put together. We were honored to have Occupants screen there. Thank you!

    January 2018
  • Mark Datuin

    Wonderful festival! Well-organized with a stellar selection of high-quality films.

    March 2017