Welcome to the home of stories aching to be told. Our official selections are screened at the Regent Theatre, a 103-year-old Vaudeville gem in Arlington, MA (Boston), and our winners get showcased to international cinema buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.

Furthermore, The Lonely Seal Film, Screenplay and Music Festival is selecting wonderfully inspiring, humorous and or thought-provoking short films that promote positive images for the disabled, women, minorities and LBGTQIA people, in order to take part in our "Traveling Film Festival," that will screen in a minimum of four North American cities in 2020. Films selected for our "Traveling Film Festival" will collectively share in a pool of net profits (if any profits are made).

***BEING CONSIDERED FOR, AND OR ULTIMATELY CHOOSING TO TAKE PART IN OUR "TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL", IF INVITED TO DO SO BY OUR ORGANIZERS, IS ENTIRELY UP TO THE FILMMAKER, AND DOES NOT AFFECT OR INFLUENCE, POSITIVELY OR NEGATIVELY, ANY FILM(S) CONSIDERATION FOR OUR MAIN FESTIVAL IN ARLINGTON, MA.****

With 36 five-star reviews in our first year, we launched deep into FilmFreeway’s “Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals" within our first six days of eligibility. Our second festival, which runs this October 11-13, welcomes 65 films/docs/shorts/music videos, 77 screenplays, and four songs. We’re also expanding to four-days in 2020; October 8-11.

We're on a mission to create an enriching, fun and inspiring environment for our filmmakers, writers, musicians and festival attendees, so jump on in and apply today! Should you like to see how well we showcase our selected artists, check out www.LonelySealFestival.com, which gets well over 300,000 hits per month.

We are deeply committed to your success far beyond our festival dates, meaning as long as you keep in touch, we will always support your career rise.

We know there are thousands of festivals out there; many of which we love attending, but there is only one Lonely Seal. Our mission is to make the world a better place through the films, screenplays, and music we program, and we can't achieve that if you don't share your work with us, so please submit today!

The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay, and Music Festival is sponsored by 5A Studios, Final Draft, The Regent Theatre, Lonely Seal Releasing, Page Craft, Hourglass24 and Nadeau Media.

Our prizes total $400,000 + of in-kind services.

Film Prizes
Grand Prize – $100,000 (in-kind) One-year of international film distribution from Lonely Seal Releasing, with waived admin fees ($60,000), and marketing fees ($25,000) a sales percentage discounted to 15%, ($15,000), showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes in May 2020.

Best Script Accessible Feature Film $20,000 (in-kind) - A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

Best Script Accessible Short Film $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

Best Female Filmmaker $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

Best Documentary $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

Best International Film $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

Best Short Film $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

"An Incomplete Truth" $20,000 (in-kind) Post Production Credit Award, sponsored by 5A Studios in London. Thw winner of this award will be given a $20,000 post-production credit to use on their current film or a future production.

Screenplay Writing Contest Awards
Best Screenplay $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

Script Accessible Best Screenplay $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

Music Awards
Best Music Video $20,000  (in-kind) Four months of heavy SEO @$5,000 per month.

Audience Award Prizes
Narrative Audience Award $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

Documentary Audience Award $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

Short Film Audience Award $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

International Prizes
Best International Film $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

Best International Short Film $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes in May 2020.

Key Dates
Submissions open on August 20, 2019
The early bird submission deadline is October 31, 2019.
The regular submission deadline is February 28, 2020.
The late submission deadline is April 30, 2020.
The extended deadline is May 31, 2020.

Selected films and Screenplays will be notified by July 8, 2020.

All winners will be announced on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at our awards ceremony.

Good Luck!

FILM FESTIVAL RULES & REGULATIONS

-- Competition is open to U.S. and International entries.

-- Entries must not have been publicly shown before 2018. 

-- Entries must be submitted online through FilmFreeway.

-- You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and pay an entry fee for each.

-- Grand Prize Winner has the option to decline the international film distribution portion of the award. In such an event, all other portions of the Grand Prize will remain valid.

LIABILITY
Every possible care will be taken with entries while in our possession, however, we cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or additional charges incurred en route, or due to normal wear and tear, or due to equipment failure. Additionally, Lonely Seal International Film and Screenplay Festival is held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity or screening of any film.

THE FOLLOWING MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR ENTRY

-- Entry fee (must be paid online).

--3-Line Synopsis. 

--Feature Films: Please include no more than a 250-word synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website).

--Accepted entries must submit at least one web-ready still at 72dpi and 560x315 pixels.

SCREENWRITING CONTEST RULES & REGULATIONS

All entries are eligible to win the top prizes.

Employees (and their immediate families) of The Lonely Seal International Film and Screenplay Festival and any of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies or festival sponsors, are not eligible to win.

There is no limit on the number of screenplays you can submit; however, each screenplay must be submitted separately and accompanied by its own completed submission form.

Feature Film Screenplays must be between 70-120 pages, must be in English and must be submitted in proper script format.

By submitting the material, the applicant hereby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the festival & its employees from any liability, claims, and damages in connection with the submission and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the entry fee.

I/We agree to hold the Lonely Seal International Film, Music and Screenplay Festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any music video, advertisement, film or media submitted to the Festival.

TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL TERMS

This agreement is between Lonely Seal Releasing /Lonely Seal Traveling Film Festival hereinafter referred to as “LSR,” land the RIGHTS HOLDERS of the films that have agreed to take part in the LONELY SEAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVELING FESTIVAL,  Hereby referred to as (“The Producer”) with respect to LSR’s Traveling Film Festival. 

LONELY SEAL RELEASING/TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL LIVE SCREENINGS ONLY NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENSING AGREEMENT.

SCOPE OF AGREEMENT
NORTH AMERICA & WORLDWIDE. LSR shall hold the right to include the film as part of the
LONELY SEAL TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL for live screenings in North America and
worldwide. This is a non-exclusive agreement and the film is free to pursue all other avenues and opportunities without restriction.

1. TERM - The term shall commence upon the producer signing of this agreement and shall
remain in full force and effect for 24 months. LSR shall be granted an additional 24-month term at the end of this agreement, unless the producer provides written notice of their intention not to renew the contract, within 90-days prior to the end of this agreement.

2. COMMISSION. LSR shall receive a set flat percentage of 75% of 100% of gross receipts paid to, or for its account pursuant to any License Agreements that are negotiated for or entered into during the Term. LSR will keep 100% of all sponsorship money raised and 100% of all donations, grants, and gifts given to the Lonely Seal Film Traveling Film Festival, and or The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay, and Music Festival and or Lonely Seal Releasing. Producer(s) hereby irrevocably authorizes LSR at all times during the term of any License Agreements to which this Agreement applies, to collect on its behalf all gross receipts paid pursuant to this License Agreement.

3. FILMMAKERS PROFIT POOL. Filmmakers will share 25% (twenty-five percent) of all Traveling Film Festival Sales gross receipts paid to LSR, except for the following: LSR will keep 100% of all sponsorship money raised and 100% of all donations, grants, and gifts given to the Lonely Seal Film Traveling Film Festival, and or The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay, and Music Festival and or Lonely Seal Releasing. Producer(s) hereby irrevocably authorizes LSR at all times during the term of any License Agreements to which this Agreement applies, to collect on its behalf all gross receipts paid pursuant to this License Agreement.

4. EQUITABLE DIVISION OF FILMMAKERS PROFITS. Filmmakers will share in a “Filmmakers
Profit Pool. Feature Films, Documentaries, Short films, Web Series and Music Videos 60 minutes or longer will equally share 50% of 100% of the FILMMAKERS PROFIT POOL. Short Films, Documentaries, Music Videos and Web Series shorter than 60 minutes will equally share 50% of 100% of the FILMMAKERS PROFIT POOL.

5. COSTS. LSR will pay for all costs associated with producing, advertising, marketing and
distributing the Traveling Film Festival.

6. EXPENSES/ADMINISTRATIVE FEES. $0. LSR shall waive its $50,000 administrative fees.

7. PAYMENTS. Payments from LSR to The Producer will commence on the 30th day of the month immediately following the month in which LSR receives payment for the first screening. Additional payments due will be paid within 30 days after LSR receives the payments. Any payments due from exhibitors to LSR at the end of this term will be paid to The Producers within 30 days after LSR receives outstanding payments.

8. INDEMNIFICATION. The Producer(s) will indemnify LSR and hold harmless LSR against, and in respect of claims, losses, expenses, costs, outside attorney’s fees, obligations, and liabilities it may incur by reason of Producer’s breach of or failure to perform any of its warranties, guarantees, and liabilities under this agreement. LSR will indemnify and hold harmless Producer against, and in respect of, claims, losses, expenses, costs, outside attorney’s fees, obligations, and liabilities it may incur by reason of LSR’s breach or of failure to perform any of its warranties, guarantees, and liabilities under this agreement.

9. WARRANTIES. By signing this agreement Producer represents and warrants that it owns and controls all of the distribution and exploitation rights for The Film in the territory for which LSR is engaged hereunder. The Producer will also indemnify LSR and its employees from all losses arising from any breaches of the foregoing representation and warranty.

10. CREATIVE PROCESS AND CONTROVERSY INDEMNIFICATION. By signing this agreement
Producer agrees that LSR is acting as an agent for the sale of The Film only and thus is not responsible for nor contributing parties to the creative process of the making of this FILM, nor is LSR responsible for any controversy that arises from the Film’s release.

11. RIGHT OF TERMINATION. LSR or the Producer shall have the right to terminate this
agreement if the terms of the agreement are not being met. Written notification must be given, and the offending party shall have 90 days to correct the breach, if not corrected within this time period the agreement will be terminated. All agreements made with buyers/licensing companies shall complete the contracted periods and all payments will be made according to this agreement
.
12.ARBITRATION. LSR and The Producer shall attempt to resolve any problems or disputes in a spirit of professionalism and cooperation. In the event the parties themselves cannot resolve a dispute, such dispute shall be submitted to, determined and settled by formal arbitration at the joint equal cost to the parties.

This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California. The parties agree that this letter-agreement shall be binding and enforceable between them unless changes are agreed to by both parties and submitted in writing to both parties.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Anderson Clark

    Hammad and his colleagues are very supportive of filmmakers. I saw some great films at this fest, networked with interesting people and had an interesting Q&A after my film screened. I have a feeling that this new festival is going to grow in size and importance. Had a great experience.

    December 2018
    Logo
    Response from festival:

    Dear Anderson,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. We absolutely loved your film, and we can’t wait to see what you do next! Should you need any help with your current from moving forward, please reach out to us and let us know.

    Happy Holidays and thank you again!

  • The best part about this fest is the connections you make, especially with Hammad, the festival director. Hammad is a very wise filmmaker himself, with many years of experience; and plenty of advice to give. He was so kind in sharing his wisdom throughout the fest. He and the rest of the festival team are all so nice and very easy to communicate with. I had a blast at this little fest, and I am very excited to see how it grows in the future.

    October 2018
    Logo
    Response from festival:

    Jacob!

    Thank you for the kind words! It was wonderful meeting you! Based on your film, "The Being Who Fell From the Stars," it's obvious that you're overflowing with talent. We will always be here as a resource for you and all of our filmmakers, and I personally can't wait to see the feature script you pitched me to get made. Please keep in touch, and thank you again!

  • Lorette Bayle

    Producer, Hammad Zaidi and his team know the film industry first hand and have organized an amazing film festival with quality screening facilities, top notch panels and discussions and fun receptions/parties. I highly recommend this festival!

    October 2018
    Logo
    Response from festival:

    Lorette,

    Thank you for the kind words. We really appreciate them. We would also like to congratulate you for having two projects in our inaugural festiva thank you for the kind words. We really appreciate them. We would also like to congratulate you for having two projects in our inaugural festival. Thank you for your incredible creativity and we can’t wait to see what you do next.


  • Dear Lonely Seal Film Festival
    Thank you for helping young filmmakers to succeed and see their work.
    I am very happy to have played my film and share it, at this great festival.
    Be part of your amazing festival is honor to me.

    October 2018
    Logo
    Response from festival:

    Hamze,

    Thank you for your kind words. We greatly appreciate it. We were quite honored to play your film, and we are excited to see what you make next!

  • Ernie Charles

    Awesome feedback and inspiration. Great communication and encouragement for writers and filmmakers.

    October 2018
    Logo
    Response from festival:

    Earnie! Thank you so very much for your kind words. We LOVED your film, "I Think I Need a Drink." In fact, I think I've watched it about a dozen times. Please keep in touch with us, because we can't wait to see what you create next!