The Middlesex Film Festival is a regional online festival intended to spark creativity and collaboration for Middlesex County, MA by celebrating the best of the best in student film making from across the country.

Awards will be given to the following:
Best of Fest
Best Massachusetts Film
Special Jury Award
Audience Favorite


Please read all of these terms carefully prior to submitting.

All films MUST be created during the time which the submitter was a registered student at an accredited institution whether it be middle school, high school, college and/or university. Any films made the submitter outside of being a registered student will be disqualified.

All genres are eligible for consideration.

All films must have been completed after January of 2020.

Middlesex Film Festival is run by the Chelmsford Student Film Festival, INC. a registered Massachusetts Non-Profit Corporation.

1. Submission starts and deadline dates: Open on June 1st, 2021. "Early Deadline" for entries is July 16th, 2021. "Regular Deadline" is August 31st, 2021. "Late Deadlineā€¯ is September 20th, 2021.

2. All deadlines are RECEIVED-BY deadlines. They indicate the dates that films must UPLOADED by those dates.

3. Entry fees are non-refundable.

4. A completed entry form and appropriate fee (payable to Chelmsford Student Film Festival, INC. in U.S. dollars only) must accompany your entry.

5. Eligible works must have been completed after January 2020. Films available to publicly view online (via YouTube, Vimeo or some other web service) may not be selected or screened.

6. Accepted running times are as follows:
NARRATIVE and DOCUMENTARY SHORTS: 55 minutes or shorter

7. Projects in a foreign language (other than English) must have English subtitles prior to submission.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Please read carefully the following terms and conditions in connection with your submitted entry materials to the Middlesex Film Festival. Submission of your film acknowledges acceptance of the General Rules and Terms and Conditions of the Middlesex Film Festival:

1. I/We attest that I/we have read and understand and complied with the General Rules of the Festival, that I/we am/are the sole owner(s) of legal right and title thereto have absolute authority to submit the Material to the Festival.

2. I/we understand that by submitting said Material, I/we authorize the Festival to exhibit the Material, whether it be online or in-person during the 2021 Festival date if the Material is selected for exhibition by the Festival. The Middlesex Film Festival reserves the right to screen said film up to 3 times during the festival and screen provided clips/trailers of the film to promote the screenings in advance and during the festival.

3. I/we will indemnify and hold harmless the Festival, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on Material submitted to the Festival.

4. I/we understand that the Festival is not responsible for any type of damage to or loss of the Material while it is in the Festival's possession, or while en route to or from the Festival, and I/we release the Festival, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, from any and all liabilities regarding damage to or loss of the Material while en route to or from the Festival or while in its possession.

5. I/We agree that any dispute arising between me/us and the Festival shall be subject to binding arbitration pursuant to the then effective Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award all appropriate relief, including equitable or injunctive relief; provided, however, that the arbitrator is not authorized to award punitive damages. The award issued by any such arbitrator may be entered and confirmed as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. The commonwealth with jurisdiction over any disputes relating to this agreement is Massachusetts, and the sole location for proper venue is Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

6. Selection into the 2021 Middlesex Film Festival will permit the Festival to use their name, and/or likeness & publicity stills, film or video footage, title, and log-line of Material, in pre & post-competition publicity & promotional efforts. This may include additional post-festival screenings and events.

7. The Festival may, at its own discretion, transfer the submitted Material to a compilation DVD for Festival screening and the resulting DVD may be used for Festival promotional purposes. However, said compilations are not sold or distributed by the Festival.

8. Should Material win one or more awards "Award(s)" at the Festival, I/we am/are authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing Material to name the individual(s) listed on the Award Designation List to receive any and all Award(s). If Material is eligible for Award(s) and no one was designated to accept it/them, the Award will be deemed forfeit and another award winner will be chosen.

Overall Rating
  • Mariel Folk

    Sincere thanks to the Middlesex Film Fest team for their acceptance and showing of 'On the Island' and their absolutely stellar communication throughout the process! I was unfortunately unable to attend, but it was clearly a fun and thoughtful event from such a thoughtful team. Congrats to the fest team, my fellow filmmakers, and especially the award winners!

    November 2021
  • Honored to have participated in this festival, communication was great as well as organization of the festival. Will be applying again with out a doubt with future projects

    November 2021