Burbank, California is the Media Capital of the world and it's here that Hollywood filmmaking first began. As such, our mission is to promote up-and-coming artists by providing a gateway to expand their careers in the center of the entertainment industry. We shine a light on the unknown artist of today, helping them become the celebrated filmmakers of tomorrow. As such, we are committed to providing a unique filmmaker and film festival experience few can offer.

BIFF also attracts and welcomes film Distributor's looking for a variety of products to market and sell throughout the world. Distributor's need films for theatrical, DVD, VOD, internet streaming as well as other online and worldwide distribution platforms. We pride ourselves on being able to put festival filmmakers in direct contact with distributors looking for fresh content.

The ninth annual Burbank International Film Festival begins with an Opening Night Ceremony, Featured films and Gala Reception. The five-day festival includes film screenings, Q & A's featuring celebrities and industry professionals, red carpet receptions, parties and special events that will culminate with the Closing Night Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on the final day.

BIFF also honors Industry Icons in the world of film, music and art. These include, (IRON MAN 3) Writer/Director Shane Black, (JAWS) Screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, Award-winning Actor John Savage (DEER HUNTER), Lou Ferrigno (THE INCREDIBLE HULK), Academy Award-winning Make-up Artists Rick Baker (THE WOLFMAN) & Stan Winston (TERMINATOR 2 & 3), Creature and Concept Designer Neville Page (OBLIVION, AVATAR), Academy Award-winning Animation Directors Brenda Chapman BRAVE) and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2) and award-winning composers Marco Beltrami (World War Z), and Christopher Young (SPIDERMAN 3) to name a few.

Burbank is the preeminent Media and Entertainment Capitol of the World. The grandeur of its skyline is comprised of the world's best studios and production houses which include Warner Brothers, Disney, The Burbank Studios, Universal Pictures, ABC, NBC, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network to name a few. Burbank prides itself on a high quality of life, combining 21st century technology with a small-town feel.

The Burbank International Film Festival captures its home city's rich history and movie making magic by promoting fresh pieces of cinematic art by up and coming filmmakers from around the globe. We shine a light on the brilliant unknown talents of today, leading them to become the celebrated filmmakers of tomorrow.

BIFF has also introduced new award categories to keep its festival at the forefront of the industry. Celebrities and industry professionals from behind and in front of the camera play crucial roles in the festival's selection process. Guest judges have included RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Patricia Bethune (True Blood/Mad Men), Daniel Roebuck (Lost), writers Andy Glickman (Mad About You), Ben Bledsoe (Glee) as well as legendary animator Bill Plympton to name a few.

Awards & Prizes

A beautiful custom-designed crystal-based BIFF Award is presented to the winner in each category at the Star-Studded Closing Night Dinner & Gala Awards Show.

Rules & Terms

Burbank International Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from Burbank International Film Festival.

1. Entries must be postmarked by the date of the Final Deadline.(i.e. Submission for Regular Deadline Submissions should be postmarked by May 31st, 2017 at the latest.)

2. Entrants must submit only an ONLINE digital version of their film for viewing consideration. NO DVD's, Blu-Rays or Computer Files will be accepted.

3. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying digital ONLINE Preview Copy in the accepted format. Three high resolution production stills or high resolution screen captures taken from your film, a log-line and short synopsis along with the directors full name and biography. Please be sure and note if your film will be any kind of Premiere: World, US, West Coast or Los Angeles.

4. All entries must be in English or subtitled, unless special arrangements have been made with the festival.

5. Please attach/write FilmFreeway Tracking ID on submission materials for tracking purposes.

6. Students must include proof of student status with the submission (i.e. copy of current and valid student I.D.) or their film will not be judged as a student film and could be disqualified.

7. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by the Festival Director.

8. By submitting, the filmmaker agrees to let the festival use excerpts from their screeners for use in BIFF 2017 trailers, publicity and promotions.

9. Burbank International 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 has all pertinent legal clearances and is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Furthermore, once a film is submitted, approval is granted for festival screening whether it is accepted in other film festival or not. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Burbank International 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 screened or entered.

8 Reviews

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    Paul Mowry

    They have good screening venues and I enjoyed the pre-launch party. The panel on distribution was a glorified sales pitch and not very helpful.

    December 2016
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    Adam Bradshaw

    I was really disappointed by this festival. Glad to have our project screen at a nice theater but there were only 15 people in attendance, 10 of which we brought. Excusing that, we were excited for the Awards Gala but were again let down. The gala really felt like a slap in the face to filmmakers as it seemed to care more about recognizing celebrities. It started by starting over an hour late, being herded into a separate room from celebrities prior to the ceremony with a step and repeat that didn't even have lighting and a cash bar that was advertised as an open bar for filmmakers. Concerning the award ceremony another filmmaker said it perfectly so I will just quote them "they spent so much time honoring actors who weren't even there to accept these awards and giving lengthy speeches that when they actually got to the awards, they decided out loud to skip over naming the projects that had been selected in categories and just naming the winners so we had no idea what award we were even nominated for. Which I felt was kind of disrespectful to all the projects and people who represented them, who made up the bulk of the people attending this event." We were excited to be selected but overall felt let down by a festival who seemed to care more about its press than the filmmakers and their films.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    We're really sorry you felt that way Adam. Nobody is more disappointed with empty seats than we are. It doesn't serve the the festival or the filmmaker. We're disappointed that you focused mainly on the Closing Night and didn't mention any of the other four days of programming for the festival. We don't want anyone to have a bad experience. It was a mistake to not mention the Nominees and we apologize. I hope you will still consider us again next year. Happy Holidays!

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    stephen Martin

    They never did an kind of Q/A after any of the shorts - which for indie filmmakers is one of the most important parts.

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Stephen, just so you know, we do not have Q&A's after the screenings so we can show more films and showcase more filmmakers like yourself. The more people talk after the films, the less time we have to program others. Would you really prefer that your film or someone else's film not screen at the festival because another filmmaker wanted to talk about how great their film is? We screened over 140 films last year as opposed to 100 the year before. I hope you can understand we why we do this, and we hope you will still consider submitting more of your great films in the future. :)

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    Romina Schwedler

    This is my second time at the festival and I just can't say enough good things about it. I had some of the best times of my life there and not only watched high quality work day after day but also enjoyed the after parties, the very informative distribution panel, the networking, and of course the red carpet fun and the outstanding opening and closing galas!

    My film had its world premiere at the festival this year and I couldn't have asked for a better theater, a more welcoming team or a warmer audience to make that day extra special for me and my cast & crew.

    It was particularly difficult to see this season come to an end after such a memorable experience and I certainly look forward to hopefully being a part of the Burbank International Film Festival again in the years to come.

    September 2016
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    Tom Vogel

    Glad to have been part of this exceptional film festival!

    Could not make it as the distance from Australia is a bit of a hindrance. Not just a matter of jumping in a car.

    Hope to be part of the next one. I'll save my pennies and try to make it.

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    I actually want to come to Australia sometime and dive The Great Barrier Reef. It's on my bucket list. We'll see. :)