The Treasure Coast International Film Festival's mission is to shine the spotlight on the sun-kissed Treasure Coast Film Industry. The Treasure Coast International Film Festival will showcase independent films in a variety of venues on the Treasure Coast, while exposing their neighbors and the world to culturally diverse films and providing plenty of networking opportunities during all our special events, seminars, parties and filmmaker's nightcaps. The films will also compete based on various categories, including Best Feature, Documentary, Short Director, Cinematography, screenplay, editing, and student film category.

Treasure Coast International Film Festival, where the Filmmakers are the stars.


Entries already publicly screened in other venues, including other film festivals, within St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin Counties (Treasure Coast, Florida) March 1, 2020 would not be eligible to screen in the 2018 Treasure Coast International Film Festival.

Language: Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles with the original language soundtrack.

Not all films officially selected will be eligible for competition.

The selection committees' and juries' decisions are final.

Films submitted must have been completed after January 1, 2018.
Films publicly screened in the U.S. must include information: when, where and awards received with entry form.

At the filmmakers expense, all films on any format will be insured against damage or loss for mailing and while participating at TCIFF during the festival. By not following this request, you are automatically accepting responsibility for the damage of your film in transit or at the festival.


Deadline: All preview submissions must be shipped prepaid and packed in proper containers. All films postmarked on or just before our final film submission deadline must be sent via special handling to arrive in
our offices no later than 4 business days after the final deadline date, unless previous arrangements have been made. No submissions and/or screeners will be returned.

Payment: See FilmFreeway payment options

Entry fee is nonrefundable.


Complete the Official Entry and Release Form and read the Rules and Regulations in their entirely. Next, enclose the original Official Entry Form (make a copy for your records) with a labeled case for the DVD and movie file(NTSC only)" and applicable entry fee made payable to Treasure Coast Film Society.

Treasure Coast Film SocietyTCIFF
1101 S.W. Gardena Avenue
Port St. Lucie, FL 34953


Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail around February 28, 2020 and, in most cases, sooner. Please make sure your email address provided will be operational at that time.


Previewed Video file or DVD entries will NOT be returned and will become part of the TCIFF private library.


Each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee and a legible (prefer printed or typed) original signed, Official Entry and Release Form.


For preview purposes, only DVD (NTSC only) and movie files on flash drive, or online screeners will be accepted. Do not put multiple works on the same flash drive and DVD's. Submissions must be submitted in plastic safe cases. DVD's must not include labels or stickers of any kind. Please test your DVD on several makes and models of players. DVD+ ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.


If you need a quick acknowledgment of receipt of your submission, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard.


If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide a trailer on DVD formatted in MPEG video sent by mail to the festival office or provided as an online download.

The following press Kit requirements must be fulfilled along with the DVD and submission form sent with your submission.

1) Key film Still MUST BE 300dpi JPEG image (color unless film is in B/W)
2) Film description of 25 to 50 words
3) Synopsis of 150 - 200 words
4) Previous press releases about film
5) Complete principal cast and production credits listing.

The following materials are also appreciated:
posters, flyers, (preferably with Festival dates), and post cards.

Preview DVD's MUST BE CLEARLY labeled with film title, total running time and contact information (name, address, phone number & e-mail address).

Do not send tapes in fiber filled envelopes without being inserted in a plastic covered case, as that may damage your tape and our equipment.

DO NOT send any original or master copies of anything.


The filmmaker is responsible for shipping costs to the TCIFF offices for all materials and prints.

Filmmaker will pay ground shipping to return exhibition copies (only) to the address designated by the Print Source and only when requested by filmmaker prior to the conclusion of the festival.

Under certain circumstances TCIFF can forward the film to another festival/destination; however, TCIFF will not cover any shipping costs on films. All shipping requests must be paid by the

Title of work and name of entrant must be on all mailing containers and mailing labels, video boxes, photographs, videocassettes, film containers, must be numbered (1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.).


Import declaration statements: all non-U.S. entries must be sent via air mail registered with the declaration:

A) For 35mm films: "Free entry claimed under #724.10 (960.55) U.S. Tariff Act. To be returned following the Festival."

B) For videotapes/DVD's: "Free entry claimed under #724.12 (960.60), U.S. Tariff Act. No commercial value, for Festival use only, to be returned following the Festival."

Entrants must assume all responsibility for clearing films and videotapes through U.S. and/or foreign customs officials. TCIFF is not responsible for foreign/US duties on incoming or outgoing films. The Treasure
Coast International Film Festival WILL NOT handle any custom clearances on any end. TCIFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in Rules and Regulations or Festival scheduling.

TCIFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless TCIFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Kevin O'Neill

    Joe and his team truly care about filmmakers and go out of their way to make them feel special about their craft.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your gracious review. We hope to see you next year.

  • Denny Klein

    While Covid19 has greatly affected film festivals, TCIFF delivered this year. The level of communication and quality has given me a great value and I am glad that I entered into this festival. As we move forward, I know that TCIFF is a must stop for me as a filmmaker.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you. We look forward to your future works.

  • Jeffrey Ault

    A well programmed festival. It showcases a diverse range of genres and subject matters. The Corona virus upended the initial schedule and you have to give credit to the staff to pushing forward and screening live. Online festivals are an easy way to have your film pirated. Command Shift 5. You need in person networking in this business.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank You. We look forward to seeing you in next year's event.

  • Bill Williams

    This is the first festival I attended since the coronavirus pandemic began. In light of all the social distancing and related obstacles, the film festival was well executed.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    It was quite challenging. However, thanks to all the filmmakers, we were able to present our event while following all pandemic guidelines. We are looking forward to next year, under much better circumstances. See you then.

  • This festival communicated thoroughly throughout the entirety of a very rough season for all (corona). Unfortunately, we were not able to attend due to these circumstances but we were delighted to be awarded Best Feature and Best Director anyway. I know some festivals simply award who attends so it was refreshing to see them stick to their choices no matter what. I will absolutely attend in the future and I would gladly donate to this awesome festival so that they can keep it up and running every year!

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for making a great point. It is always our pleasure to award all films truly deserving, whether the filmmaker is able to attend or not. We hope to see you next time.