Welcome Filmmakers!

Jacksonville Film Festival (JFF) is returning again in the beautiful city of Jacksonville, Florida!

Jacksonville Film Festival Is an annual international film festival that showcases in-competition and out-of-competition American and International independent films.

We aim to rejuvenate the film industry in Jacksonville by creating an atmosphere that immerses the filmmakers with their audience and community. The festival is an opportunity for filmmakers to be recognized for their cinematic achievements while creating an event to reward the best work submitted to the festival.

2020 Jacksonville Film Festival will present three days of local and international films. The community will get to enjoy feature films, shorts, animation, documentaries, student films, as well as parties, panels and guest speakers all in the charm of the country’s largest small city.

The festival celebrates Jacksonville’s glorious movie making past by serving as a destination for the independent film community and encouraging a new generation of filmmakers to utilize the city as their canvas. We are bringing this highly anticipated event back to a city which deserves a reputable film and arts festival.

Jacksonville Film Festival is under the umbrella of Jacksonville Film Events, Inc. A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.

Learn about Jacksonville’s rich history of moviemaking: https://jacksonvillefilmfestival.com/film-history-in-jacksonville/

View the past festival Archives:

Thank You!

Jacksonville Film Festival

Tortuga Verde - Best of Fest
Best Feature Narrative
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Narrative
Best Short Documentary
Best Student Film
Best Florida Film Award

Online screeners are preferred until notification of acceptance, at which time a DCP Exhibition version will be requested.

• All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2018.
• All films must be in English or have English subtitles. Non-subtitled foreign language films will not be considered.
• All clearances must be obtained for exhibition.
• Only the Producer, Director, Screenwriter or someone closely connected to the film may complete the application. Schools may submit films on behalf of student filmmakers in the Student Category.
• Only complete entries will be accepted. This includes the non-refundable entry fee paid to the order of JFF, a signed and completed entry form and an online screener. Filmmakers may apply electronically via FilmFreeway.
• Films submitted in previous years will not be accepted for submission.
• The programmers at JFF actively pursue the best in American independent and world cinema for the annual Festival. Films that have been released on video or DVD, have been widely screened on television or cable, or have been released theatrically preclude the Festival from accepting those films for competition. Feature narrative entries that appear in their entirety on YouTube or Vimeo or other video exhibition program will not be accepted. Exceptions are sometimes made for such films to be programmed at the Festival out of competition but are determined on a case by case basis.

Film Categories for Competition:

• Feature-length films (narrative or documentary) must be 45 minutes or longer.
• Film Shorts (narrative, documentary, web, animated) must be 44 minutes or less.
• Student films must have been completed after January 1, 2018 and proof of enrollment is required. Student films may not exceed 30 minutes.
* Music Video Category submissions may not exceed 8 minutes.

Although JFF is a competitive festival, some films may be included in the program in a non-competition section.

JFF is able to provide comments about specific films after the festival event wraps by request.

Selected filmmakers may expect the following:

• Filmmakers whose films are accepted for competition will be notified by email by approximately August 1, 2020.
• All filmmakers with a film in competition will receive a VIP pass, giving free access to all events and screenings (subject to availability) at the Festival. These passes are non-transferable and must be worn at all times in clear view. Passes are not sent by mail, but must be picked up in person at the designated Festival site.
• JFF promotes the schedule of screenings via media including newspapers, emails, television and radio. JFF encourages filmmakers to help promote their films by promoting their screening(s) to industry professionals, distributors, the press and the general public. (Please contact The Festival for more info)
• For entries selected to the 2020 Film Festival, an exhibition version of the film in proper format (DCP) must be received by JFF no later than August 29,2020. Failure to comply with technical specifications may result in the removal of the film from Festival competition.
• Filmmakers may not install banners or posters at the theaters without the official authorization of JFF.
• The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The individual or corporation submitting this film additionally grants the Jacksonville Film Festival the right to one or more public screenings of the entry during the dates of September 11-16, 2020. Entries that are not completed or available for screening must pull their entry prior to July 15, 2020 or the film will be screened as entered.

Local/Jacksonville Filmmakers

• If you are looking to submit a film for the in competition portion of the festival, the film must be a Jacksonville premiere and cannot have been in another Jacksonville festival or played in a local theater. Films that have premiered outside of Jacksonville will still be considered.

• Films submitted to “Best of Jacksonville Award” do not have to be premieres, but must be completed after September 2019.

• Jacksonville filmmakers are also asked to contact the Jacksonville Film Festival (info@jacksonvillefilmfestival.com) before submitting.

The management of the Jacksonville Film Festival reserves the right to decide all questions regarding rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein.

Questions: Please visit the website at www.jacksonvillefilmfestival.com or email: info@jacksonvillefilmfestival.com.

Please include a synopsis or description alone on one page, (one paragraph, appropriate for quick reading) with the film submission. You should also include a cast and crew list on two pages maximum, (if possible). Include contact information.

There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. A separate entry and entry fee must accompany each work.

The Jacksonville Film Festival reserves the right not to choose a winner from any of the following categories: Animation, Student, Feature, Documentary, Short, Music Video and Web.

Good Luck!

By your submission of a program to the Jacksonville Film Festival you authorize us to use your program in all promotions for the festival. This would include encore presentations after the festival to which accepted.

Overall Rating
  • aneel ahmad

    Amazing film festival with great communication and quality. Thank you to the Jacksonville film festival ✌

    December 2019
  • Jacksonville Film Festival was such a wonderful experience and we were so honored to have our film screened here!!!

    Tim, Niki and Monica were amazing!!!!!!!!

    The quality of films chosen were all of incredible quality and caliber. The filmmakers did a fantastic job and thank you, again to the Jax FF community for being so welcoming and lovely!

    Looking forward to submitting our films for future festivals, And attending all the following years :)

    December 2019
  • zach christy

    Excellent communication throughout entire process from entry to day of showing.

    November 2019
  • Aaron Hosé

    I really enjoyed this festival. Niki, Tim, Monica & Co. are a young and vibrant team doing great things with this tiny but mighty event. It has a perfect location in the historic town of San Marco... and what a charming little theater! I appreciated having my film shown in it's best possible quality via DCP. The films they showed were top-notch. The filmmaker brunch on Sunday was fantastic. I look forward to returning with my next project!

    November 2019
  • Carrie Hunter

    One of the festival runners has strong connections to the Miami and Atlanta Film communities so this relatively small festival attracts some surprisingly high level talent while also making room for local Florida filmmakers. If you want to network with serious filmmakers and see some great films, but don't like the overwhelming crowds of some of the big festivals, this is a good option. They also treated our team really well and we had a nice crowd at our screening. As a filmmaker, I'm sometimes disappointed with small festivals because only three or four people may be in a screening. This wasn't a problem for us in Jacksonville. We will absolutely submit again in the future.

    November 2019