Nestled in a 107-year-old classic cinema house in Arlington (Boston), MA, and expanding to multiple cities around the world, like New York, Paris, and other locations to be announced soon through our traveling film festival, The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay & Music Festival is a multiple-time "Top 100 Festival" on FilmFreeway. With 146 Five-star reviews from filmmakers and creators, we are proud to be in the top 1% of festivals with the most five-star reviews.
We showcase "Stories Aching To Be Told." So, if you have one, we want to experience it. We support your career beyond our festival dates, so expect us to be in your corner. Our prizes include showcases for buyers at Cannes, prominent placement on Hourglass24, a new crowdfunding platform, strategic advice, and other career-enhancing gems.
We can also help you get your work distributed through our family of companies:
Lonely Seal Streaming - Launching in 2023, we are creating a home for independent content and producing original content.
Lonely Seal Releasing - We are an international distribution, sales, and production company that attends notable film, television, and new media markets worldwide. We also develop and produce our products.
Hourglass24 - We ignite 24-hour crowdfunding campaigns. Crowdfunding Campaigns earn most of their pledges in the first 12 hours and the last 12 hours. Thus, there’s no reason to agonize through 30 to 60 stress-filled, labor-intensive days when you can have your project ignited, showcased, and funded within 24 hours.
Hourglass24 currently focuses on Feature Films, Documentaries, TV Series, Web Series, Short Films, Video Games, Music Videos, Albums, Concerts, Streaming Events, Comics, Graphic Novels, Books, Musicals, Plays, Screenplays, Film Festivals, Music Festivals, Screenplay Contests, and other wonderfully creative gems.
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To have your project(s) considered, click the REGISTER tab on the menu and create an account on Hourglass24.com. Thank you.
Our goal is to help you blossom and thrive in your career. Thank you for stopping by our festival page, and we hope we can help you succeed on multiple projects!
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 strategic financing and distribution advice. The Grand Prize 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.
Best Female Filmmaker - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes, development advice, strategic financing, and distribution advice.
FILM & DOCUMENTARY AWARDS:
Best Feature - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.
Best Short Film - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.
Best Documentary (Feature or Short) -A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.
Best Film Accessible Film - (Feature, Short, or Documentary) - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.
Grand Prize Screenplay Winner - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes, one year of development advice, and one year of strategic financing and distribution advice. The Grand Prize includes Final Draft software and prominent placement on Hourglass24, a new crowdfunding site.
Best Short 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 Script Accessible Short Screenplay - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.
Best Teleplay - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.
Best Play/Musical - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.
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.
Best Composition - A showcase for cinema buyers at Cannes and strategic advice.
Submissions opened on September 23, 2022
The early bird submission deadline is January 31, 2023
The regular submission deadline is May 31, 2023.
The late submission deadline is June 30, 2023.
The extended deadline is July 21, 2023.
The monthly "Tuesday Night Showcase" screenings will start in 2023, and all selections for our festival will be notified by July 4, 2023.
Our festival is from October 4-8, 2023, at the Regent Theater in Arlington, MA.
Winners are announced on Sunday, October 8, 2023, at our awards ceremony.
FILM FESTIVAL RULES & REGULATIONS
-- Competition is open to U.S. and International entries.
-- Entries must not have been publicly shown before 2022.
-- 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.
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 are 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).
--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 in English, and 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.