Questions regarding entry:

Feature Films & Short Films:

Application

 

Please review the Rules & Regulations on our website, (BeachCitiesInspirationalFilmFestival.com) BEFORE

completing the submission form at FilmFreeway.com.

 

 

GUIDELINES - By submitting to Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, (BCIFF) you understand and agree that:

1. How do I submit my film to the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival?

 

 

  • c) Selected films must be delivered on DCP and Blu-ray/DVD (or Blu-ray/DVD and .MOV file) to Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, (BCIFF) within 14 days from notification of acceptance/selected. After a film has been a Semi-Finalist, the filmmaker will be notified. Semi Finalist doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that you are now eligible for the awards consideration and you can use the festival Laurel’s for your promotions.

  • d) The filmmaker assumes the cost of the shipping to/and from the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, (BCIFF.) The BACKUP Bluray/DVD will not be returned.

  • e) Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2019 to enter the competition. Films completed prior to Jan. 1, 2019 may be submitted for screening consideration only - not for competition. All remaining rules, regulations and fees remain the same.

  • f) Films that have been submitted to BCIFF in previous years are eligible to be resubmitted, provided they are eligible according to all of BCIFF current rules.

  • g) After a film has been a Semi-Finalist, the filmmaker will be notified. Semi Finalist doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that you are now eligible for the awards consideration and you can use the festival Laurel’s for your promotions.

  • h) All non-English films must have English subtitles.

  • i) Do NOT send stills or press kits. If your film is selected we will ask you to E-mail us still(s) in .Jpeg format and trailers.

  • J) Roku Platform: The Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival has it's own channel on Roku on which the streaming occurs as part of our film festival. Roku is the platform in which our event is available so those who can't attend can still appreciate the films via subscription.

 

  • k) We sell tickets to an audience wanting to watch your movie at the festival this not only allows you to compete professionally, but to also get your film projected into a professional venue. Filmmakers compete for recognition, accolades and prize money. Paying a fee for submission to a film festival does not guarantee your films acceptance, nor does it guarantee that a film will be shown at the festival, or on our Roku platform.

  • l) The Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival is on the Roku platform in the United States, which provides a greater opportunity under a subscription based viewership for filmmakers. Filmmakers are able to promote their film using our platform to investors, producers, distributors, cast, crew, friends, family, and through their social media websites. A filmmaker does not share in the ticket sales of a films screenings at a film festival, nor do they share on the Roku platform.

 

  • m) It is extremely difficult in this day and age, where each film produced is competing not only for recognition, but also for the attention of an audience. Independently produced projects can be a stepping stone, but without an opportunity to be seen they can be lost to the shelf of obscurity. Many a project can be produced to perfection, yet never find their audience because of the lack of a single producers ambivalence, and the inability to spend a lifetime promoting one single film. When the stage is set never miss the opportunity to have your film appreciated, never miss the opportunity to make a difference in the life of your audience for the true meaning of being a “filmmaker” is the art and the ability to make more films.

  • n) if your film is selected, it cannot be withdrawn for any reason; the film hasn’t been and will not be available online or as a rental until the conclusion of our festival; the film will not be screened in the Orange County, California and neighboring areas prior to BCIFF in the case of features. Documentary & Short Films don’t need to be Orange County, California premieres, but if BCIFF selects your documentary or short film before other festivals in Orange County, California area, you agree to show your film at BCIFF first.)

  • o) that you will ensure the delivery of your film’s DCP+Blu-ray/DVD or Blu-ray/DVD +.MOV file to BCIFF within 14 days from notification of acceptance. The BCIFF reserves the right to change any: dates; deadlines; terms; enforce disqualification; venues at its sole and absolute discretion.

  • p) that the BCIFF will not be held liable in case your exhibition materials are lost or damaged, or for any claims arising from improperly secured rights/permissions for your film.

  • q) Submitter accepts the decision of the Judges as final.

  • r) Employee's and Family members of the BCIFF, WSW Foundation, as well as Sponsors of the Film Festival are not eligible to participate in this contest.

  • s) A film entered under a special waver, or for less than 50% of the submission fee at the time of entry will not be eligible for any prize money or trophy awards. 


2. Can I mail or fax my submission form?
 


3. How do I pay my submission fee?
 

  • After filling out the submission form, you will be able to pay the submission fee. Cards accepted:  Amex, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. You can also pay the submission fee via Paypal.

 

STUDENT SHORT FILM:

4. If I am submitting a Student Short Film is there a submission fee?
 

  • a). There is a Reduced SUBMISSION FEE for Student Short Film(s).

  • b). Fee Wavers:  You will be required to send a copy of a valid, (Current) student ID and a cover letter, (on School Letterhead) from your school Teacher, Counselor or the Department Chair as your School Sponsor for the submission fee to be lowered. A password is

  • c). Student submissions of Feature and Documentary Films will be required to pay a submission fee. (No fee lowered permitted on Feature Films, or Documentary Films.)

 

  • d). The Student Film(s) must be submitted with the required Letter and Student ID  directly to the BCIFF producer W.S.W. Foundation address.  All remaining rules and regulations remain the same.


5. What is the submission deadline, fees and time guidelines for the 2021 Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival?
 

  • The submission deadlines for the 2021 Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival are posted on the FilmFreeway.com website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AWARDS:


"First Place Award" - The Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival Award (tm.) is a custom stunning hand blown "Crystal Glass Blue Ocean Wave," a real gem of an award. A spectacle of its own the wave is uniquely covered with small delicate crystals simulating lifelike water droplets which refract the light. Each one is hand made to perfection simulating the view of the inside of a massive curling blue ocean wave with the Film Festival's Logo engraved on the crystal pedestal, (5.6 lb). Each Award sits on a crystal pedestal base with the winners movie title, a laurel and the winning year engraved into the crystal. (The image is posted on this Website.) Value of the award exceeds $1,500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



"Special Recognition Award" - Crowning Blue Waves are cut into the top of the Special Recognition Award and is mounted on a smooth rectangle base. The award has a blue glow to it and on the face beatifully engraved with the: winners movie title, Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival Logo (tm.), a laurel and the winning year. (The image is posted on this Website.) Value of the award exceeds $350.

Total prize value include: the awards, trophy value, a framable winners certificate and sometimes an honorarium. (Awards are entirely in the discretion as well as the jusidiction of the Judges.)

DEADLINES:

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Submissions Begin: February 16, 2020
•    Early Bird Deadline: September 5, 2020
•    Regular Fee Deadline: October 9, 2020
•    Late Deadline: October 31, 2020
•    Final Deadline: December 24, 2020
•    Drop Dead Deadline: February 14, 2021
 
PRICES:  (Current prices are shown on FilmFreeway.)

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Early Bird Fee: Feature $. /Short $. /Documentary $.
•   Regular Fee: Feature $. /Short $. /Documentary $.
•   Late Fee: Feature $. /Short $. /Documentary $.  
•   Final Deadline: Feature $. /Short $. /Documentary $.
•   Drop Dead Deadline: Feature $. /Short $. /Documentary $.

•   Drop Dead Deadline: Student Short Film - $. (This fee is mandatory if  you are late in submitting your Student Film.)

•   One Minute Film: $ - Drop Dead Deadline $.
 
TIME GUIDELINES:

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Short films: 1 to 39 min.
•    Documentary: 25 min and up.  
•    Features: 40 min and up.

 

SUBMITTING FILM:
 
6. I already finished my submission form; can I make changes to it?

 

  • When you finish and submit your submission form, you may not make any changes to it.

 
7. Can I make a submission if my film is not completed?

 

  • In order to receive consideration for your film submission it must be completed at the time of submission.

 
8. Can I submit multiple films?

 

  • Yes, you can submit multiple films if each meet’s eligibility requirements. Each film submitted will need a separate submission form and a separate fee paid.

 
9. Will I get a confirmation when I submit my film(s)?

 

  • Yes, you will get a confirmation E-mail with a submission number.

 
10. What format do I need to submit my film in?

 

  • a). Digital submission via "Film Freeway" complete the application and pay your fee. When Instructed you must submit (2) Blu-ray/DVD Format, directly to the BCIFF producer W.S.W. Foundation address.

 

  • b). We accept online password protected screeners.  Selected films must be delivered on DCP and Blu-ray/DVD (or Blu-ray/DVD and .MOV file) to BCIFF within 14 days from notification of acceptance.


11. Do I have to obtain rights for music or other copyrighted materials in my film?
 

  • a). When you submit your film, you do not yet need to have the rights. If your submission is selected you will need to sign a release certifying that you have received all rights. 

 

  • b). You will need to have all the necessary rights/permissions proof submitted 14 days from notification of acceptance. You must submit documents directly to the BCIFF producer W.S.W. Foundation address.

  • c). The BCIFF will not be held liable in case your exhibition materials are lost or damaged, or for any claims arising from improperly secured rights/permissions for your film.

12. Is there an age requirement?

  • There is not an age requirement for filmmakers. The submitter must be at least 18 years old, (under age requires parent approval.) parental documents must be submitted directly to the BCIFF producer W.S.W. Foundation address.

 
13. Can I submit to other festivals other than the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival?

 

  • Yes, your submission to other festivals will not impact the submission with the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival if outside Orange County, California.

 
14. Does my films premiere status matter?

 

  • All films submitted are required to have an Orange County, California premiere. The film may not have been shown publicly in Orange County, California before the festival with the exception of Documentaries and Student Films which may have been exhibited at school or for educational purposes.


NOTIFICATION:
 
15. How will I know if the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival selects my film?

 

  • An E-mail will be sent to the submitter to notify them that their film submission has been selected.

  • Be sure to keep your contact information up to date; you must submit documents directly to the BCIFF producer W.S.W. Foundation via E-mail.



FESTIVAL:
 
16. When is the Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival?

 

  • “Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival” will be April 25, 2021.

     
        Film Submission - Link:
  
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/BeachCitiesInspirational

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