Queen Palm International Film Festival is a quarterly film, music, and screenwriting competition with live Screening Events in Palm Springs, California. Our Live events include a Winter Screening Event, Spring Screening Event and a 3 Day Annual Screening Event & Awards Ceremony in September 2020.

QPIFF honors films from around the world with a vast array of awards in different categories and genres. Our festival's goal is to provide a platform of support that discover diverse voices with powerful missions and messages through movies, stories and music.

Each edition, Filmmakers can submit their projects to have them judged by award winning industry professionals against a high standard of merit and compete with other filmmakers across the globe. Every submission can add numerous additional judging categories but MUST submit to a MAIN CATEGORY to be considered for additional consideration. Please include the names being credited in your cover letter & credits.

All quarterly winners receive a stunning digital certificate & laurels. We award Gold, Silver, & Bronze in each category, as well as Honorable Mentions. All of our Royal Gem & Gold winners are automatically nominated as Annual Nominees and entered into our Annual Live Screening & Awards Show Event held in beautiful Palm Springs, California, where they will compete for a chance to win a prestigious Queen Supreme trophy and other amazing prizes.

Our jury will select a collection of top Winning films from our quarterly editions to have the opportunity to screen in front of a live audience at one of our Screening Events.

We are an Official IMDb qualifying festival. This means that all winners may add the awards to their IMDb titles.

Each Quarterly Edition all entries are privately reviewed in their respective categories by our Queen's Court Jury. Each submission is scored on various elements of the individual and the whole construction/execution of their work. Once fully reviewed by our jury, an overall score is calculated and it is placed in one of 3 categories:

No Crown/Not selected - Submissions that did not garner enough points to qualify as a selection of our festival.

Official Coronet Selections  - This is our first tier which represents showing some recognition to the submissions who had particular elements that show potential in their elements of their work. These are submissions who's work garnered enough points to receive our Official Coronet Selection Laurel Stamp, but did not receive enough points to continue in the competition or be considered for nominations or wins. Listed on website.

Official Crown Selection - This is our 2nd tier which represents a specific level of execution, delivery and skill that is our festival's qualifying standard. These are submissions who garnered enough points to receive our Official Crown Selection Laurel Stamp and qualify for a chance to be nominated or win in their category. Listed on website.

Nominees in all Categories - All nominees had to receive a specific amount of points in the nomination category to garner a nod from the jury. All nominees will receive an Official Nomination Laurel Stamp.

Honorable Mention Winner - Each main category & additional consideration category will have one selected project or possible ties for this honor. Winner receives an Official Honorable Mention Laurel Stamp & Beautiful Digital Certificate and are listed on our website. This category is also eligible to be invited by the jury to screen in front of a live audience at one of our single day events throughout the year. If invited you can choose to screen publicly with us or not.

Bronze Winner - Each main category & additional consideration category will have one selected project or possible ties for this honor. Winner receives an Official Bronze Winner Laurel Stamp & Beautiful Digital Certificate and are listed on our website. This category is also eligible to be invited by the jury to screen in front of a live audience at one of our single day events throughout the year. If invited you can choose if you would like to screen publicly with us or not.

Silver Winner - Each main category & additional consideration category will have one selected project or possible ties for this honor. Winner receives an Official Silver Winner Laurel Stamp & Beautiful Digital Certificate and are listed on our website. This category is also eligible to be invited by the jury to screen in front of a live audience at one of our single day events throughout the year. If invited you can choose if you would like to screen publicly with us or not.

Gold Winner/Annual Nominee -Each main category & additional consideration category will have one selected project or possible ties for this honor. Winner receives an Official Gold Winner Laurel Stamp & Beautiful Digital Certificate and are listed on our website. ALL GOLD WINNERS automatically become Annual Queen Supreme Nominees who advance to our live Annual Awards Show to compete for Trophies and Prize Packages. This category is also eligible to be invited by the jury to screen in front of a live audience at one of our single day events throughout the year or screen at our Annual 3 day Fest & Award Show each September.

Royal Gem Diamond Jury Prize Winner - Each main category & additional consideration category will have one selected project or possible ties for this honor. Winner receives an Official Royal Gem Laurel Stamp & Beautiful Digital Certificate and are listed on our website. ALL ROYAL GEM DIAMOND WINNERS automatically become Annual Queen Supreme Nominees who advance to our live Annual Awards Show to compete for Trophies and Prize Packages. This category is also eligible to be invited by the jury to screen in front of a live audience at one of our single day events throughout the year or screen at our Annual 3 day Fest & Award Show in September.

All quarterly winners will receive a stunning two-sided certificate (in PNG/JPG), ready for print, as well as beautiful winner laurels. We award Gold, Silver, & Bronze in each category, as well as Honorable Mentions. We also award the best films of the festival with our "Royal Gem Diamond Award" Certificate.

All Gold Award Winners in each category are automatically entered into our LIVE ANNUAL AWARDS EVENT in Palm Springs where they will compete against all Gold quarterly winners in their respective category for a chance to win a Queen Supreme Best of Fest Trophy and other amazing prizes. 

QPIFF offers a wide range of categories & awards.

*The 3 Gold Winners of our Screenplay Competition (Best Feature Script, Best Short Script, & Best TV Script) will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s global network of producers, managers, and agents. Every InkTip producer has been vetted via resume and references and demonstrated the ability to get movies made. Companies who are InkTip members include ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, and 20th Century Fox.

*Our "Royal Gem" Screenwriter Winner will also receive a digital download of Final Draft 11, the brand new edition of Final Draft.

*Our "Royal Gem" Film winners will receive a 3 Month iPitch.tv Membership, a next-generation platform for creators of original pitches for TV, Film & Digital Media to connect directly with Hollywood Producers and Studio Executives.

--- OFFICIAL SELECTIONS & AWARDS (quarterly) ---

Best Feature Script
Best Short Script
Best TV Script
Best Trailer
Best Music Video
Best Microfilm (Under 5 minutes)

Best Feature Film - Drama
Best Feature Film - Comedy
Best Feature Film - Action/Horror/Mystery/Thriller
Best Feature Film - Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Best Feature Film - Animation/Experimental
Best Feature Film - Family/Faith Based
Best Feature Film - Sports/Inspirational
Best Feature Film - Documentary
Best Feature Film - Foreign
Best Feature Film - First Time Filmmaker
Best Feature Film - Love is Love (LGBT)

(0-45 minutes)
Best Short Film - Drama
Best Short Film - War/Military Drama
Best Short Film - Comedy
Best Short Film - Mystery/Thriller
Best Short Film - Action
Best Short Film - Horror
Best Short Film - Animation
Best Short Film - Social Awareness
Best Short Film - Silent/Experimental
Best Short Film - Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Best Short Film - Love is Love (LGBT)
Best Short Film - Family/Faith Based
Best Short Film - Sports/Inspirational
Best Short Film - First Time Filmmaker
Best Short Film - Dance/Fashion
Best Short Film - Foreign
Best Short Film - Student
Best Short Film - Young Filmmaker (Age 17 and Under)
Best Commercial/PSA

(0-45 minutes)
Best Short Film - Documentary

(Under 65 minutes)
Best Web Series/TV Pilot

Best Original Song
Best Original Score/Composition
Best Poster

--- ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATION CATEGORIES & AWARDS (bi-monthly) ---

Best Director
Best Writer
Best Producer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Young Actor (5-17)
Best Young Actress (5-17)
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Colorist
Best Music
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Best Sound Design
Best Visual Effects 

*Official Selections
-Queen Palm offers two types of Official Selections as detailed below.

*Crown Selections
-Comprised of all projects that receive top scores from our jury. These selections will receive our Royal Queen Palm Crown laurel and are eligible for nominations & awards. These projects will also be listed on our website and social media.

*Coronet Selections
-Comprised of all projects that have excellent technical and creative elements, but do not garner enough jury points for nomination eligibility or award eligibility. These selections will receive a smaller Coronet Crown Laurel and will be listed on our website and social media.

* We are looking for diverse filmmakers & compelling, unique stories. Films can be in the form of narrative (fiction), music video, documentary (non-fiction), trailers, or animation. Projects must be extremely high-quality and polished.

* All films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English)

* All submissions are ONLY privately reviewed by our Jury and compete in our quarterly editions to see who will qualify for our Annual Awards Show. The Queen's Court Jury will hand select submissions inviting them to screen at one of our live screening events. If the filmmaker/submitter can provide a DCP copy or DCP link of the project and wishes to premiere or screen publicly at our Festival, then and only then, will it be screened to the public. Those who are concerned about affecting your premiere status at another festival... Please note that QPIFF DOES allow films to submit, qualify to compete and possibly win at our festival, without being obligated to publicly screen at our events.

* The entrant can submit as many entries as they want, however you must submit to a MAIN CATEGORY to add ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATION. PLEASE NOTE: Submitting to ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATION does NOT guarantee a nomination. You are simply asking the jury to take an extended look at said category.

*Submissions can include scripts, feature films, short films, web series, and other additional consideration categories. With or without notice, a category may be removed from consideration at any time.

*Previously entered projects CAN NOT be re-submitted.

*Scripts must be submitted as PDF files in the proper screenwriting format.
- Short Screenplays may be a minimum of 2 pages and a maximum of 45 pages.
- Feature Screenplays may be a minimum of 46 pages and a maximum of 140 pages.
- TV Screenplays may be a minimum of 25 pages and a maximum of 130 pages.
- We request that the TITLE of the screenplay and WRITERS NAME both be listed on the title page.

*No Discount Code can be used to SCORECARD or REVIEW Category.

By submitting your film, take note that: 
- You agree to use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/screenshots) for promotional purpose. We upload some of the winners' trailers & key artwork in order to promote the films. 
- You must own all the rights to the video.
- Fees are not refundable.

Queen Palm International Film Festival does not accept the following: 

1. Amateur or Pornographic videos
2. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations 
3. Films which are made before 2017
4. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, low video resolution less than 1080p HD)

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  • Great festival, excellent communication and wonderful people all around.

    September 2019
  • Jean Gabriel Kauss

    One of the best festivals we have attended. Well organized, excellent communication and most importantly, a real appreciation for the films they invite and the filmmakers. We felt welcomed, everything was very clearly communicated and overall a terrific experience from a networking standpoint too! A Must Submit and MUST attend!

    August 2019
  • Kyle Kenyon

    This is a great festival with excellent communication from their team. We were honored to have our project included and can't wait to submit new ones in the future!

    August 2019
  • Joseph Channell

    We were thrilled when we found out that we were nominated 3 times and won 2 awards. This is a great festival and very organized! Will submit again in the future.

    July 2019
  • Love this festival. Well curated, and lots of fun!

    July 2019