Join us for the 3rd Annual Mastic Beach Mini Indie Film Fest: Celebration of Grit!

Following last year's entirely-virtual fest, where we showcased the work of filmmakers and artists such as Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer, Click), Susan Merrell (author of Shirley), and many others, the MBMIFF is going hybrid this year with both in-person and virtual programming!

Over the course of the weekend we will screen select films, engage in industry talk backs, celebrate local artists, and dance the night away to live music!

Please carefully read the following criteria for what we are programing around for 2021 in addition to the impressive international selections we have received in the past:

*Student Short (both competitive & exhibition)...
which will be paired with a professional feature film to kick off our programming. This prestigious recognition will set the tone for our festival; live talk back if in the area or on Zoom if not local to speak to audience and festival producers. Open to Undergrad and Grad filmmakers.

*Short and Feature Films...
for programming on Friday, Saturday, and our traditional Sunday Dinner screening - Comedy...make us laugh, Rom-Com...make us sigh, Drama...make us cry, Thriller...have us on the edge of our seats!

*Saturday Matinee: Children's Films...
we are partnering with our local library to screen either short or feature films for children; potential talk back with filmmakers paired with live entertainment.

*Short Films for our Midnight Screening...
we want to feature horror short films this year but we'll take some experimental work, too!

*Sunday Brunch: Poet Round Table & Student Films (out of competition)...
virtual screening of High School and Undergrad College submissions of live action, animation or experimental films; pre-taped or live talk backs with filmmakers and producers!

*Sunday Dinner Screening...
Short and Feature Films; feel good films, moving documentaries that will be screened along with a good old fashioned Italian Sunday dinner.

*Screenplay Submissions (out of competition)...
we will be curating a series of short film readings; we will help with casting local actors to read new works or screenplays that have been recently filmed and may be in post production...we will feature production stills during the reading with a talk back with all the screenwriters.

Festival goers will get to experience productions that extol hard work, strength, and courage, and leave feeling inspired, hopeful, and spirited.

Please subscribe on our website for future developments regarding the festival as they unfold. Looking forward to seeing you in November!

All films submitted will be in competition. The categories are:

*Grand Jury Award

*Audience Award

*Student Jury Award

The Celebration of Grit Award goes to an industry professional that we admire and commend for their grit in filmmaking.

Thanks for your interest in the Mastic Beach Mini Indie Film Fest! Please review the following terms and rules before submitting. Reversal of expectations are only cool in stories.

By submitting your film, you agree that MBMIFF can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purposes.

To submit a film, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.

The festival team will review films in their entirety at least twice before the final festival program is selected.

Please note:

1. Entries in foreign languages must come with English subtitles.

2. All entries must have been completed in 2015 or after.

3. You must own or be given all of the rights to anything you submit to the festival.

4. Multiple entries are allowed. But keep in mind the entry fee must be paid for each one.

5. Submissions are not guaranteed to be shown.

6. After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified. At that time it is required that the filmmaker forward their full press kit to the festival team. The press kit must include: headshot, bio (with any personal links and social media handles), director's statement, logline, and production stills.

7. Submissions are NON-refundable. We cannot be held liable for materials which are lost or damaged.

Please acknowledge that the film submission fee does not guarantee acceptance and no refund will be provided if my film is not selected.

Applicants who do not follow the guidelines will not be accepted.

You agree to the above statements with your submission.

Overall Rating
  • This film festival offers various film programs, film forums to audiences and visitors. Also, This fest has a lot to see.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Ju! We were so happy to our first official feature of the festival be ATLANTIC CITY! Excited to screen your other work in the future!

  • İzem Ayşegül Topal

    Awesome festival! They are really really really great!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, İzem. We were to happy to have your film screened and our audience loved your talk back after. Hope you can join us again in the future!