Welcome to the home of stories aching to be told. Our selections screen at the Regent Theatre, a 104-year-old Vaudeville gem in Arlington, MA (Boston), and our winners will be showcased to cinema buyers at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival/Cannes Film Market.

We encourage you to read our reviews. Our 2020 event will showcase an event motion picture, a concert, and a day focused on writers. We will also continue to showcase the best feature films, documentaries, short films, web series and music videos we can find.

We are also launching a "Traveling Film Festival" in 2020, and those who play it will share in a "Filmmakers Profit Pool."

Our mission is to make the world a better place, but we can't achieve that if you don't share your work with us, so please submit today!

Our prizes total $400,000 + of in-kind services.

Film Prizes (In-Kind)
Grand Prize – $100,000 (in-kind) One-year of international film distribution from Lonely Seal Releasing, ($50,000),  a dedicated custom page hosted on our website for 12 months, showcasing the film and filmmaker(s), complete with monthly updates, trailers, ($12,000) and SEO, ($18,000), targeted marketing to cinema buyers at Cannes in May 2020 ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Best Script Accessible Feature Film $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Best Script Accessible Short Film $20,000 (in-kind) - A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Best Female Filmmaker $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Best Documentary $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Best International Film $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Best Short Film $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

"An Incomplete Truth" $20,000 (in-kind) Post Production Credit Award, sponsored by 5A Studios in London. The winner of this award will be given a $20,000 post-production credit to use on their current film or future production.

Screenplay Writing Contest Awards (in-kind)
Best Screenplay $20,000 - A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Script Accessible Best Screenplay $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

Music Awards
Best Music Video $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Audience Award Prizes
Narrative Audience Award $20,000 (in-kind) - A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Documentary Audience Award $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Short Film Audience Award $20,000 (in-kind) - A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

International Prizes
Best International Film $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Best International Short Film $20,000 (in-kin) - A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Key Dates
Submissions open on August 20, 2019
The early bird submission deadline is October 31, 2019.
The regular submission deadline is February 28, 2020.
The late submission deadline is April 30, 2020.
The extended deadline is May 31, 2020.

Selected films and Screenplays will be notified by July 7, 2020.

All winners will be announced on Sunday, October 11, 2020, 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 2019. 

-- 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.

-- Grand Prize Winner has the option to decline the international film distribution portion of the award. In such an event, all other portions of the Grand Prize will remain valid.

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.

TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL TERMS

This agreement is between Lonely Seal Releasing /Lonely Seal Traveling Film Festival hereinafter referred to as “LSR,” land the RIGHTS HOLDERS of the films that have agreed to take part in the LONELY SEAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVELING FESTIVAL,  Hereby referred to as (“The Producer”) with respect to LSR’s Traveling Film Festival. 

LONELY SEAL RELEASING/TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL LIVE SCREENINGS ONLY NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENSING AGREEMENT.

SCOPE OF AGREEMENT
NORTH AMERICA & WORLDWIDE. LSR shall hold the right to include the film as part of the
LONELY SEAL TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL for live screenings in North America and
worldwide. This is a non-exclusive agreement and the film is free to pursue all other avenues and opportunities without restriction.

1. TERM - The term shall commence upon the producer signing of this agreement and shall
remain in full force and effect for 24 months. LSR shall be granted an additional 24-month term at the end of this agreement, unless the producer provides written notice of their intention not to renew the contract, within 90-days prior to the end of this agreement.

2. COMMISSION. LSR shall receive a set flat percentage of 75% of 100% of gross receipts paid to, or for its account pursuant to any License Agreements that are negotiated for or entered into during the Term. LSR will keep 100% of all sponsorship money raised and 100% of all donations, grants, and gifts given to the Lonely Seal Film Traveling Film Festival, and or The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay, and Music Festival and or Lonely Seal Releasing. Producer(s) hereby irrevocably authorizes LSR at all times during the term of any License Agreements to which this Agreement applies, to collect on its behalf all gross receipts paid pursuant to this License Agreement.

3. FILMMAKERS PROFIT POOL. Filmmakers will share 25% (twenty-five percent) of all Traveling Film Festival Sales gross receipts paid to LSR, except for the following: LSR will keep 100% of all sponsorship money raised and 100% of all donations, grants, and gifts given to the Lonely Seal Film Traveling Film Festival, and or The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay, and Music Festival and or Lonely Seal Releasing. Producer(s) hereby irrevocably authorizes LSR at all times during the term of any License Agreements to which this Agreement applies, to collect on its behalf all gross receipts paid pursuant to this License Agreement.

4. EQUITABLE DIVISION OF FILMMAKERS PROFITS. Filmmakers will share in a “Filmmakers
Profit Pool. Feature Films, Documentaries, Short films, Web Series and Music Videos 60 minutes or longer will equally share 50% of 100% of the FILMMAKERS PROFIT POOL. Short Films, Documentaries, Music Videos and Web Series shorter than 60 minutes will equally share 50% of 100% of the FILMMAKERS PROFIT POOL.

5. COSTS. LSR will pay for all costs associated with producing, advertising, marketing and
distributing the Traveling Film Festival.

6. EXPENSES/ADMINISTRATIVE FEES. $0. LSR shall waive its $50,000 administrative fees.

7. PAYMENTS. Payments from LSR to The Producer will commence on the 30th day of the month immediately following the month in which LSR receives payment for the first screening. Additional payments due will be paid within 30 days after LSR receives the payments. Any payments due from exhibitors to LSR at the end of this term will be paid to The Producers within 30 days after LSR receives outstanding payments.

8. INDEMNIFICATION. The Producer(s) will indemnify LSR and hold harmless LSR against, and in respect of claims, losses, expenses, costs, outside attorney’s fees, obligations, and liabilities it may incur by reason of Producer’s breach of or failure to perform any of its warranties, guarantees, and liabilities under this agreement. LSR will indemnify and hold harmless Producer against, and in respect of, claims, losses, expenses, costs, outside attorney’s fees, obligations, and liabilities it may incur by reason of LSR’s breach or of failure to perform any of its warranties, guarantees, and liabilities under this agreement.

9. WARRANTIES. By signing this agreement Producer represents and warrants that it owns and controls all of the distribution and exploitation rights for The Film in the territory for which LSR is engaged hereunder. The Producer will also indemnify LSR and its employees from all losses arising from any breaches of the foregoing representation and warranty.

10. CREATIVE PROCESS AND CONTROVERSY INDEMNIFICATION. By signing this agreement
Producer agrees that LSR is acting as an agent for the sale of The Film only and thus is not responsible for nor contributing parties to the creative process of the making of this FILM, nor is LSR responsible for any controversy that arises from the Film’s release.

11. RIGHT OF TERMINATION. LSR or the Producer shall have the right to terminate this
agreement if the terms of the agreement are not being met. Written notification must be given, and the offending party shall have 90 days to correct the breach, if not corrected within this time period the agreement will be terminated. All agreements made with buyers/licensing companies shall complete the contracted periods and all payments will be made according to this agreement
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12.ARBITRATION. LSR and The Producer shall attempt to resolve any problems or disputes in a spirit of professionalism and cooperation. In the event the parties themselves cannot resolve a dispute, such dispute shall be submitted to, determined and settled by formal arbitration at the joint equal cost to the parties.

This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California. The parties agree that this letter-agreement shall be binding and enforceable between them unless changes are agreed to by both parties and submitted in writing to both parties.

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  • Yulia Petrova

    I love Lonely Seal festival! In my first year being on this festival, I had an awesome experience! Huge thank you to very friendly and welcoming Hammad Zaidi and Jonathan Nadeau for organisation of this festival, big support of filmmakers and creative people! I will remember this festival as a great time of inspiring conversations, finding a new friends and watching great movies! Highly recommend!

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    Response from festival:

    Yulia,

    We sincerely hope you find your way to Boston next October too, because we would love to continue to showcase your music!

  • Rachel Thomas-Medwid

    I absolutely loved this festival! After seeing the high quality of films/music I'm honored that one of my feature screenplays was included as a finalist. Hammad and Jonathon have created a very special event that provides an intimate setting for mingling and meeting other filmmakers (Hammad's seminar was especially helpful)! Thank you so much for this opportunity...I'm planning on submitting again and would love to come back next year!

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    Response from festival:

    Rachel,

    We absolutely loved meeting you and having your bright energy there all weekend. You’re a fantastic dialogue was a pleasure to read and we would be honored to share location work again in the future so please please please please please send us more material for next year!

  • This was an incredible festival! Hammad was great and communicated extremely well, even moving my film when I had conflicts with another festival. I am humbled to be an honorable mention among such great films in such a great festival.

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    Response from festival:

    Ryan,

    Thank you for the kind words. We were honored to play your amazingly quirky, yet clearly genius short film, and we can't wait to see what you do next!

  • What a great festival experience! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend, but the communication has been unbelievable. It was great to see someone who I met at another Festival, earlier this year be recognized as an honorable mention in the screenplay competition. I've already scheduled the event dates for 2020 on my calendar. Can't wait to attend. I highly recommend this festival to all filmmakers and screenwriters!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Joseph,

    Thank you for the kind words. You written words bounce off the page and we can't wait to read your next creation!

  • You couldn't ask for a better festival, or for better organizers. Hammad and Jonathan are incredible. They communicate quickly and with such personal care. You can tell they really want the participants to succeed and grow, and they have created a beautiful opportunity here. Lonely Seal was wonderful for artists to network, and for high quality films and music to be showcased. I thought this was a brilliant festival, and I look forward to being a part of it over the years as it continues to grow. Awesome fest.

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    Response from festival:

    Valerie,

    Jonathan and I loved meeting you and and we are proud to have showcased your amazing work.