Imbibe Cinema is a program of Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) designed to advocate for all cinema exhibiting creative, exceptional storytelling through the composition, collection, and distribution of positive media β€” occasionally paired with an apt beverage.

Selected documentary and narrative films will be showcased in the online monthly film series. Films selected will receive a featured article review and recognition in the Imbibe Cinema podcast.

𝐏𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐄 ππŽπ“π„: Imbibe Cinema is a year-round film series and the event date listed (September 30, 2024) marks the end of the 2023-2024 Imbibe Cinema season. Submissions will be considered for any month beginning October 2023 through September 2024.

The Imbibe Cinema monthly series does not enforce any category subject restrictions. Films can be of any style or genre. Each submission is carefully considered solely on its own merit.

Entrants (β€œEntrant”) must agree to all Submission Terms and Conditions, which also includes deadline and entry material requirements. Please read all Submission Terms and Conditions in their entirety as submission fees are non-refundable. Imbibe Cinema, an Illinois registered assumed name of Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival ("BWiFF"), is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition for promotional purposes.

I. All submissions are required to be submitted through FilmFreeway.

II. Entrant grants Imbibe Cinema non-exclusive permission to exhibit the film as part of the monthly subscription video on demand (SVOD) series for members at

III. Entrants are responsible for obtaining all third-party clearances, licensing, permits, and releases necessary to have their films exhibited. Imbibe Cinema is not responsible for any infringement claims, including but not limited to, credit, copyrights, and/or trademarks.

IV. Entrants indemnify and hold harmless Imbibe Cinema 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 exhibition and marketing materials submitted.

V. Imbibe Cinema is not responsible for any packaging or shipping costs in the return of exhibition copies and/or other promotional materials. Although due care will be exercised and staff will contact the entrant in the event defective materials are received, Imbibe Cinema cannot assume any liability for damage to entries.

VI. Electronic Press Kits (EPKs) are required and should include film stills, director(s) photos, brief director bio, synopsis, and above the line production credits. Trailers are required for all Feature films (narrative and documentary). Imbibe Cinema reserves the right to secure substitute materials from other related sources if needed.

VII. Films accepted for exhibition are expected to provide an HD digital file no later than the deadline provided in the written notice of acceptance. Films must be made available for download via FilmFreeway or Vimeo. Non-English language produced films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

VIII. Imbibe Cinema does not pay screening fees to official selections for exhibition.

IX. All of the above submission eligibility guidelines and general rules are subject to change by Imbibe Cinema without notice.