We are an independent festival which screens films from North America, but pays special attention New Jersey movies. We plan to devote a day to screening films that appeal to audiences over 50, as well. We like to bring at least one person from Hollywood/New York as an honoree. Past guests have included Kevin Smith, Robert Downey, Sr. Terry Winter, Peter Dobson, Blanche Baker, William Forsythe, Chris Mulkey, Brian O'Halloran, Scott Schwartz, Tom Malloy, Louis Mandylor and Dominique Swain.

Awards & Prizes

Trophies for films; software and possible cash prizes for screenplays

Rules & Terms

Films
ENTRY FEES:
Early Deadline: May 1, 2017
One-minute film: $10
Short film under 60 minutes: $15
Feature Film or Documentary over 60 minutes: $25
Student film: $15

Regular Deadline: June 30, 2017
One-minute film: $15
Short film under 60 minutes: $25
Feature Film or Documentary over 60 minutes: $35
Student film: $20

Late Deadline: August 15, 2017
One-minute film: $20
Short film under 60 minutes: $30
Feature Film or Documentary over 60 minutes: $45
Student film: $25

Send a check/money order payable to the Downbeach Film Festival

Rules
• Judges will select up to 25 winners for the one-minute film to be shown in the One Minute Film Festival during the festival in October.
• Entry fees will not be returned.
• Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest reserves the right to impose a $20 surcharge for returned checks.
• Filmmaker agrees that he/she will be solely responsible for the delivery of his/her film materials to and from the festival venue.
• Entry title and name of entrant must be on all materials.
• Photographs and press kit will be needed if a film is accepted.
• I agree :
1. to the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;
2. this film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;
3. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest;
4. to hold the Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest harmless from damage to or loss of the DVD;
5. to hold the venue harmless from damage to or loss of the DVD;
6. to certify that I hold all necessary rights for this submission;
7. if chosen, I give Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest permission to stream portions of my video on the official website, and use clips on a promotional trailer;
8. if chosen I give Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest the right to include my film in accompanying promotional literature. I realize that the festival will not compensate me financially.

Scripts
ENTRY FEES:
Early Deadline: May 1, 2017
Feature 80 to 120 pages: $30
Short 10 to 40 pages: $15

Regular Deadline: June 30, 2017
Feature 80 to 120 pages: $40
Short 10 to 40 pages: $25
:
Late Deadline: August 15, 2017
Feature 80 to 120 pages: $45
Short 10 to 40 pages: $30

Student fee: subtract $5 off costs.

Send submissions, fee and entry forms to:
Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest
8 S. Franklin Avenue, #3139, Margate NJ 08402

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SCRIPT SUBMISSION
• Winners will receive software for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Cash prizes awarded based on total amount of submission fees.
• Various prizes for each category are dispensed only if deemed worthy by judges.
• Screenplays must be unproduced.
• Entrants must fill out entry form.
• All authors’ names should be listed on the entry forms.
• You may submit multiple entries; each screenplay submitted must include its
own separate entry form and fee.
• Scripts must be submitted via .pdf file or hardcopy on white paper in standard industry format bound with at least two brads. Feature scripts must be between 80
and 120 pages; Short scripts from 10 to 40 pages. Pages must be numbered.
• It is the responsibility of the screenwriters to ensure work is protected via
copyright or Writers Guild registration. Visit www.wga.org
Payment in the form of a check made payable to the Downbeach Film Festival must be sent with this application, release form and script.
• If you would like notification upon receipt of your materials, please include a
self-addressed stamped postcard.
• Scripts and materials will not be returned.
• Entrants retain all rights to their screenplays.

7 Reviews

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    Chris Cullen

    Such a great festival to meet other people in the industry. They really care about the film industry and support actors and filmmakers. It's one of those festivals that if you go once you have to keep coming back every year. Met so many great people and starting some great friendships just from being there. So much talent, great venues and awesome staff of people. Highly recommend this festival and if you are a Jersey filmmaker you should not be missing it!

    February 2017
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    Kylie Garcelon

    A warm community of filmmakers and film goers greeted us when we arrived for the New Jersey premiere of our short film Moral Compass. Checking in was easy and the screening location was great. The festival staff were professional and and very helpful. I really hope we can submit to Atlantic City Cinefest again! We were able to network with a bunch of filmmakers. The awards night was fantastic - I love Dante Hall. This festival really gives it's all to filmmakers both accomplished and emerging. Thanks AC Cinefest!!

    October 2016
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    Jack Skyyler

    My Favorite Film Festival! Great for networking! I've landed jobs in probably a dozen different feature films due to networking at this festival! The festival is right in Atlantic City so when you're not watching films you can be gambling or hitting the nightclubs as a VIP (if you network with the right people.)

    October 2016
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    Robert J. Rogers

    Thank you for honoring my screenplay, "Hell on Neptune". Your prestigious film festival looks great on my resume. To date, this story has garnered sixty-one (61) awards worldwide. Hopefully, when I meet with several production company's in San Francisco next week, they will see the same thing you did. Thank you again. Take care.

    R. J. Rogers ...
    "Hell on Neptune"
    "Dakota Caves - 2 Miles"
    "The Salt Box"

    October 2016
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    Rachel Albanese

    Seriously a great film festival in the Atlantic City. Very well organized with a warm, receptive team. A gem for the city with a lively film and acting community. I totally recommend the festival for filmmakers.

    October 2016