The BHFF serves as a cinematic cultural template for emerging filmmakers and screenplays writers who wish to express their uniqueness through the lens of past excellence while trying to make alliances with sources of power in the cinematic industry. The BHFF merges today’s filmmaking pioneers with the wealth of cinematic heritage by edifying and developing the filmic community through sponsoring community-based literacy needs. For this reason, the BHFF dedicates up to $10,000 in grants to inspire and support the next generation of innovative artists in the film industry. Also, the BHFF aims to involve and serve the next generation of entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and advocates in its community to provide cause work opportunities.


The International Beverly Hills Film Festival is proud of its outstanding ability to recognize some of the past and future most unique experiences by bringing them into the present. From the first film ever shot in Hollywood, “In Old California” by D.W. Griffith, to discovering Federico Fellini’s last film “Verso La Luna Con Fellini,” (Towards the Sun with Fellini) staring Federico Fellini and Roberto Bernini, The BHFF is honored to pay homage to past greats and rising stars.

Considered among the most exclusive film festivals in the world, in one of the most exclusive cities in the world, the Beverly Hills Film Festival is proud to play host over an intimate five (5) day event with over 30,000 attendees. The BHFF brings together 100s of media from around the globe with over 600 million media impressions reported annually and growing. Designed to bridge the world of premiere cinema with the renowned community of Beverly Hills, the BHFF is an event with world-class screenings at AMPAS, Writers Guild, and the TCL Chinese Theaters, along with expert panel discussions and workshops, nightly theme parties, and charity benefit events. The festival concludes with a black tie awards ceremony.

We welcome filmmakers, writers, and the Beverly Hills community to share in the celebration of art and culture in this wonderful city of international acclaim.

Awards & Prizes

17th Annual
Beverly Hills Film Festival
April 26, 2017 to April 30, 2017


The Beverly Hills Film Festival offers the following award categories:

The Golden Palm Award ($1000 Grant)
1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
Student Screenplay Writer ($1000 Grant)

Golden Palm Award for Best Feature ($2,500 Grant)
Best Director
Best Male Performance
Best Female Performance
Best Producer
Best Film Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editor
Best Foreign Film
Best Animation ($1000 Grant)
Student Filmmaker ($1000 Grant)

Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best Short Film

Best Feature Film
Best Documentary ($2,000 Grant)
Best Short Film ($1,500 Grant)

Rules & Terms


Date of Submission:

Earlybird Deadline: August 15th, 2016
Regular Deadline: November 15th, 2016
Late Deadline: December 15th, 2016
Extended Deadline: January 15th, 2017
Notification Date: Approximately Feb 1st, 2017

The BHFF only accepts Online screeners.


- Submission fees
- All required fields through Online platform
- All films must include responses to the following: Synopsis (in English), 2 high resolution stills from the film, full cast and credits list, and an official film poster


1. All payments and fees for submissions must be paid through the Online submission process. The BHFF does not accept any mailed payments.
2. There are absolutely no refunds.
3. The BHFF does not wave submission fees to preserve the integrity of the competition and its participants’ artistic works.


- The BHFF accepts films of all genres
- Feature films must be 50 minutes and over in length.
- Short films must be 49 minutes or less in length.
- The BHFF considers all films regardless of commercial, theatrical, or television plays in the US.
- Prior festival screenings are considered. However, prior screenings are not preferred and may be one of the determining factors for including a film into the festival.
- World and U.S. premieres are not required.
- All films in a language other than English MUST include subtitles in English for festival screening.
- Works-in-progress will be considered. PLEASE NOTE: Upon acceptance, filmmakers must deliver completed film for festival screening by set deadline.


- The BHFF accepts screenplays in all genres
- Multiple screenplays may be submitted by one writer
- Upon acceptance, only 1 screenplay per writer is selected
- The BHFF accepts screenplays in all publication styles, including MLA, APA, Chicago
- Screenplay submissions are not required to include artwork


Upon being accepted as an Official Selection entry at the BHFF, each participant is required to comply with the following regulations:
- All Official Selections must submit a U.S. format DCP AND Blu-Ray
- All DCP and Blu-Ray of the Official Selections must be submitted by February 15th, 2017 deadline
- All DCP and Blu-Ray submissions must include the Title, tracking #, Director(s)’ name, TRT, Contact Info, and Genre
- All Official Selections must ship BOTH their DCP and Blu-Ray as one package to the below address by the February 15th, 2017 deadline. The BHFF is absolutely not responsible for lost or damaged packages. Senders are responsible for tracking their safely-packaged and insured shipments.
- All filmmakers are highly encouraged to have a backup master of their film at the screening.
- All filmmakers are required to pick-up their DCP and Blu-Ray after their screening
- If filmmakers cannot arrange their DCP and Blu-Ray pick-up after their screening, they are required to submit a prepaid shipping parcel/envelop with their initial DCP and Blu-Ray package.
- If applicable regarding shipping, the BHFF is absolutely not responsible for damages during shipping.


The BHFF assigns an expert committee of professionals in the field of Composition to review and consider the Official Selection entries. The festival does not recognize a limit for the number of accepted screenplays in the competition. All Official Selection entries compete for the following categories:
- 2nrd Runner-Up
- 1st Runner-up
- The Golden Palm for Best Screenplay


To allow and encourage the participants in this category to be part of the rare opportunity of preserving and investing in the arts and humanities, the BHFF invites all K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students to participate in this remarkable competition by sharing their film or screenplay with uniquely chosen artists from around the globe. All student participants are to comply with the following eligibility requirements:

1. All student participants must pay the required submission fee. The BHFF does not wave or refund submission fees to preserve the integrity of the competition and its participants’ artistic value.

2. The recipient of The Beverly Hills Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award will receive a grant of $1,000 (U.S. dollars).

3. The recipient of The Beverly Hills Film Festival Student Screenplay Award will receive a grant of $1,000 (U.S. dollars).

4. Any student attending an accredited K-12 institution within and outside of the United States of America is eligible to participate. Foreign institutional accreditation laws must comply with the national accreditation regulations of the chosen institution.

5. Any undergraduate student attending an accredited two or four-year higher education institution within and outside of the United States of America is eligible to participate. An undergraduate student is defined as one who has not yet received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or has applied for graduation in the current academic year.

6. Any graduate student attending an accredited four-year higher education institution within and outside of the United States of America is eligible to participate. A graduate student is defined as one who has not yet received a Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree or has applied for graduation in the current academic year.

7. All student participants must submit a signed and dated letter of reference from a faculty member, program director, department chair, department dean, vice president, or president of their home institution. The reference letter must officially introduce the student participant by his/her legal name, providing his/her student identification number/code, the official title of the student film or screenplay, the eligible BHFF film category the student would like to participate in, and a brief description of the student’s artistic intention and future academic and career goals. All letters must be in PDF form. The student participants in the film competition should email their letters of reference to studentfilm@beverlyhillsfilmfestival.com , and the student participants in the screenplay competition should email their letters of reference to studentscreenplay@beverlyhillsfilmfestival.com by the submission deadline. Letters received after the submission deadline, along with letters without an official signature and date will automatically disqualify the submitted film or screenplay from any form of participation.

8. The BHFF only accepts student submissions in the following film categories: documentary, short subject, and animation.

9. The BHFF accepts multiple film OR screenplay submissions per student. Each participant must pay the required submission fee for each entry separately. If chosen as an Official Selection, the BHFF only accepts ONE submission per participant.

10. Upon being accepted as an Official Selection for the upcoming festival, each accepted student filmmaker or writer must agree to the Terms and Conditions of the BHFF if he/she wishes to have the film screened during the festival, or if he/she wishes to have the accepted screenplay title and author(s) published on the BHFF official website.

11. Upon agreeing to the BHFF Terms and Conditions of film screening, each accepted student film must have an in-person representation. The BHFF does not screen films that do not have, at least, one person representing them at the assigned theater.

12. Student films selected as Official Selections that have successfully been screened during the festival with proper, in-person representation, are eligible for being considered for the prestigious Beverly Hills Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award during the Awards Night Ceremony.

13. The BHFF does not provide any form of legal and/or travel assistance to international student filmmakers and/or writers who wish to either attend the festival or represent their accepted film during the festival. The student filmmakers and writers must accept full responsibility for all their legal travel requirements.


The BHFF recommends Filmmakers and Screenplay Writers attending the festival to consider the following promotional opportunities:
- 50 postcards and/or business cards, displaying any work information and BHFF official laurel
- All promotional documents should not reference any other film festival other than the BHFF
- Accepted filmmakers as Official Selections must bring a poster of their film mounted on a foam/cork board back. Each filmmaker must provide his/her own easel to display the poster during the festival.


- The Beverly Hills Film Festival 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 the Beverly Hills Film Festival 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.


I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree to the following:

- I have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility and submission requirements
- All the statements and documents provided are authentic and accurate
- In consideration for the selection opportunity into the Beverly Hills Film Festival, I release and discharge the Beverly Hills Film Festival from any and all claims, demands, or causes of actions related to misappropriation or infringement of copyright or violation of any other right arising from or relating to my submission hereunder.
- I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Beverly Hills Film Festival from any claims that arise as a result of my screenplay and/or film submission or screening of my film (upon selection) as well as from damage to or loss of any submitted documents or materials en route to the festival.
- I have all rights necessary and am duly authorized to submit this screenplay and/or film to the Beverly Hills Film Festival.
- I understand, as the authorized and responsible representative of my selected screenplay and/or film, any prize awarded to the selected screenplay and/or film is to be received by me or any other singular, official representative of the selected screenplay and/or film.
- I understand that the Beverly Hills Film Festival may disqualify and reject any submission that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, is not in compliance, in whole or in part, with the mentioned Terms.
- I understand that the Beverly Hills Film Festival does not issue any form of refund to any selected screenplay and film regardless of circumstances.

4 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Paul D. Bestolarides

    Great festival! Loved networking and meeting talented filmmakers!

    August 2016
    Twitter profile
    Response from festival:

    Dear Paul,
    We are very glad that you had a good time at the Beverly Hills Film Festival. We hope that you utilized all our great resources. Our mission is to constantly improve and top our last festival, so we hope to see you once more at the next BHFF in April of 2017.

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    Roderick Bentley

    This was my first time submitting a screenplay to the Beverly Hills Film Festival screenplay competition or attending the event. I was accepted to the festival for my script Heartless and in turn was given a pass to attend the film screenings and forums. I did not have the funds to attend the Awards Ceremony/Dinner but I did have good time at the Festival. The Volunteers, Staff and several of the Nominees were really friendly and charismatic. My only negative about the Beverly Hills Film Festival was that the actual screenplay competition wasn't very clear in the process and judging of the competition. Being my first time at this competition I sent a couple of emails to get answers and clarification but never got a response... All in all it was a positive experience and will probably check the festival out again next year. Congrats to all the Winners!

    June 2016
    Twitter profile
    Response from festival:

    We are very glad that you enjoyed yourself at the festival, and we are positive that you will have an even more constructive and beneficial time at the festival next time as you focus on growing your storytelling skills and developing your career networking links with all the opportunities that the BHFF provides. We wish you the very best, and please know that we are here to answer any questions you may have.

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    raymond harrison

    I've been fortunate to have my feature screenplays TOBACCO ROSES in 2014, DR DIE in 2015 & THE ANTWICKMITES in 2016 become Officially Selected! Presently, I am working on GLADIATOR WARS Z OF THE WORLD for the 2017 festival! It is amazing the people I've met and relationships I've built. I am so happy I've found the BHFF family to support my cinema passion! Hard work, perseverance and focus perfecting my craft and the LOVE I have for my adventures I create keeps me creating while working my day job as a Bus Operator driving the DEUCE on the Vegas Strip. So I am saving the funds to attend the Gala for next year. I even brought my 85 year old mother to the Gala and the Press Opening Night. She took photos with me on the Red Carpet. This will be a memory she'll always cherish of her first born son. The BHFF Staff greeted her with a warm heart. Thanks BHFF you are helping make my Cinema dreams a reality!

    May 2016
    Twitter profile
    Response from festival:

    Dear Raymond,
    It is always a joy to have your artistic work presented at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, and we would like to deeply thank you for your years of dedicated support and diligence, presenting your work and participating in all the BHFF functions. We hope to see you in 2017 and read another fascinating screenplay of yours.

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    Danielle Parker

    This was worth entering. My only complaint is the cost to attend the awards gala was "way way" out of reach, especially for any budding screenwriter. So...I didn't go, and knock back a star on Networking for that. They want to see the up-and-comers, find a way to showcase them without the made-it-already bucks required. But all in all, a worthwhile event, and glad I entered.

    May 2016
    Twitter profile
    Response from festival:

    Dear Danielle,
    Thank you for participating in the Beverly Hills Film Festival. We are very proud of presenting our filmmakers and screenplay writers with numerous educational and networking opportunities every single day of the festival, so the Awards Night Ceremony is not the only chance to meet individuals in the industry. The Beverly Hills Film Festival has dedicated all its efforts in creating an affordable experience for its artists according to the living expenses of Southern CA. We hope to see you and your artistic work in the future festival.