Nestled in a 106-year-old classic cinema house in Arlington (Boston), MA, with showcase screenings on Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Florida, The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay & Music Festival showcases “Stories Aching To Be Told." So, if you have one, we could be your long lost cinema soulmate. Furthermore, we support your career far beyond our festival dates, so we'll in your corner throughout your career. It's cinematic magic!

Special focus is put on on Female Filmmakers, as well as the LGBTQIA, Minority, Indigenous and Disabled Filmmakers. However, we LOVE AND SUPPORT ALL CONTENT CREATORS.

Our prizes include showcases for Worldwide Buyers at Cannes, cutting-edge websites, prominent placement on a new crowdfunding platform, Final Draft software, strategic advice, and other career-enhancing gems. So, check out our abundance of five-star reviews from creators just like you, then, submit your fantastic creativity to us today!

Prizes & Key Dates

We look forward to experiencing your awesomeness!

GRAND PRIZE AWARD

Grand Prize – A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes, one year of development advice and one year of and strategic financing and distribution advice. The Grand Prize also includes a cutting-edge website, with two-years of hosting, Final Draft software, and prominent placement on Hourglass24, a new crowdfunding site.

* Our Grand Prize may be awarded to ANY FILMED PROJECT in our festival. 

SPECIAL AWARD

Best Female Filmmaker - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes, development advice and and strategic financing and distribution advice.

FILM & DOCUMENTARY AWARDS:

Best Feature Film - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best International Feature Film - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Film Accessible Film - (Feature or Documentary) - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best LBGTQIA Film - (Feature or Documentary) A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Short Film - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best International Short - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Documentary Short - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best LBGTQIA Short - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

SCREENPLAY AWARDS

Grand Prize Screenplay Winner - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes, one year of development advice and one year of and strategic financing and distribution advice. The Grand Prize also includes a cutting-edge website, with two-years of hosting, Final Draft software, and prominent placement on Hourglass24, a new crowdfunding site.

Best Dramatic Screenplay - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Comedy Screenplay - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Script Accessible Feature Screenplay -  A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best LBGTQIA Screenplay - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Play/Musical - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Short Screenplay - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Script Accessible Short Screenplay - A showcase for cinema buyers  at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Short Play/Musical - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Best Narrative Feature  - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Narrative Short Film  - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Documentary Feature  - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Documentary Short  - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best International Narrative Feature - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best international Narrative Short - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best International Documentary Feature - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best International Documentary Short - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

MUSIC AWARDS

Best Music Video - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

Best Song -  A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.

KEY DATES

Submissions open on August 30, 2021
The early bird submission deadline is October 30, 2021.
The regular submission deadline is March 30, 2022.
The late submission deadline is May 30, 2022.
The extended deadline is June 30, 2022.

Selected Films, Screenplays and Songs will be notified by July 5, 2022.

Our festival takes place from October 5-10, 2022, at the Regent Theater in Arlington  MA.

Winners are announced on Monday October 10, 2022, at our awards ceremony.

Good Luck!

FILM FESTIVAL RULES & REGULATIONS

-- Competition is open to U.S. and International entries.

-- Entries must not have been publicly shown before 2021. 

-- Entries must be submitted online through FilmFreeway.

-- You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and pay an entry fee for each.

LIABILITY
Every possible care will be taken with entries while in our possession, however, we cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or additional charges incurred en route, or due to normal wear and tear, or due to equipment failure. Additionally, Lonely Seal International Film and Screenplay Festival is held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity or screening of any film.

THE FOLLOWING MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR ENTRY

-- Entry fee (must be paid online).

--3-Line Synopsis. 

--Feature Films: Please include no more than a 250-word synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website).

--Accepted entries must submit at least one web-ready still at 72dpi and 560x315 pixels.

SCREENWRITING CONTEST RULES & REGULATIONS

All entries are eligible to win the top prizes.

Employees (and their immediate families) of The Lonely Seal International Film and Screenplay Festival and any of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies or festival sponsors, are not eligible to win.

There is no limit on the number of screenplays you can submit; however, each screenplay must be submitted separately and accompanied by its own completed submission form.

Feature Film Screenplays must be between 70-120 pages, must be in English and must be submitted in proper script format.

By submitting the material, the applicant hereby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the festival & its employees from any liability, claims, and damages in connection with the submission and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the entry fee.

I/We agree to hold the Lonely Seal International Film, Music and Screenplay Festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any music video, advertisement, film or media submitted to the Festival.

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  • It was a great honor to have my screenplay, "Bode" selected as a finalist in the Script Accessible Category. Thank you so very much for all the hard work and dedication.

    October 2021
  • Jacobo Fe Gismera

    A great festival whose organizer is always willing to help writers and filmmakers in their early career and networking.

    October 2021
  • It's a great festival to submit to and gain exposure and also to mix and mingle with other filmmakers. They communicate with you through the entire film festival as well, in case there are changes.

    October 2021
  • This wonderful, caring and brilliant festival director is the real deal. And therefore filmmakers or screenwriters should submit their projects with the confidence in knowing their story will be carefully appreciated and loved. Be assured that this Producer/Director/Writer will follow your "stories aching to be told" well after the festival has ended. For he gives himself unconditionally to all creatives, shares his knowledge and truths. From Sundance to Cannes, Hammad is the real deal.

    October 2021
  • David J Schroeder

    Lonely Seal Film, Screenplay & Music Festival: I have participated before and I love your mission. Your work is important to so many people. Thank you for recognizing my short accessible script, "When You're Dead."

    October 2021