Join us for the 4th Annual Mastic Beach Mini Indie Film Fest: Celebration of Grit!

Following last year's fest, where we hosted renowned actor Austin Pendleton (My Cousin Vinny, What’s Up Doc?), and showcased the work of local artists and industry professionals such as John Gray (Household Demons, Extra Innings), and Alexandra Boyd (Widow’s Walk), we have already begun preparations for this year!

We are so eager and excited to showcase more films and host more guests, but expect to see some changes to the programming this year. We can't wait to reveal what we have coming!

Free your schedules for September 30 - October 2 because you won’t want to miss a second of what we are planning for you. Over the course of the weekend we will screen select films, engage in industry talk backs, celebrate local artists as well as those abroad, and dance the night away to live music!

Please carefully read the following criteria for what we are programming around for 2022. We are now accepting submissions on FilmFreeway:

*Student Short (both competitive & exhibition)...
Student submissions will be considered for The Pearl Award which will be selected by our jury; 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, Documentary…move us, Children's...for the kids, Thriller...have us on the edge of our seats!

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

*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 potential categories are:

*Grand Jury Award

*Audience Award

*Student Jury: The Pearl Award

The Celebration of Grit Award: Ol' Gritty Blue 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 2016 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
  • Ginew Benton

    Awesome as always. I can’t wait to be a part of next year too

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    We can't wait either! We always look forward to your work, Ginew!

  • Thank you very much for including my short screenplay, Purple Heart, for your new table read!

    Excellent communication, friendly staff and organizers! A fabulous experience!

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Beverly! It was a pleasure for us to feature your screenplay! Hope you submit more for our 2022 season!

  • 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!