The Beacon Independent Film Festival (BIFF) is taking submissions for year five!


UPDATE: The deadline for submissions has passed.


Submissions run from November 15, 2016 through May 15, 2017.

Early submission rate until January 15, 2017:

Shorts — $15 Features — $25

General submission rate, January 16 – May 15, 2017:
Shorts — $25 Features — $35


Notification Date:
June 15, 2017

FAQ’s and guidelines:

When is the festival?
BIFF comes around each September. Mark your calendar for our 2017 festival: September 15-17.

What are the Submission deadlines for BIFF 2017?
We encourage you to submit your film before January 15, to take advantage of lower submission fees.

Early Submission: November 15 – January 15, 2017
General Submission: January 16- May 15, 2017

Is there a submission fee?
As an entirely volunteer-run, non-profit organization, BIFF has instituted a non-refundable submission fee to enable us to process submissions and aid in program development.

Early submission rate until January 15, 2017:
Shorts — $15 Features — $25

General submission rate:
Shorts — $25 Features — $35

How can I pay?
Please pay through FilmFreeway.

Do you give out awards?
For our 5th season, BIFF will announce a juried best- film award. Please stay tuned for details.

Does BIFF have premiere requirements?
While we do not require premiere screening rights, we also take no responsibility for stipulations of your distribution agreements or copyrights for prior television, film, internet or festival showings.

Further, please let us know where and when you are screening so we can help to promote your work!

Am I required to obtain rights for copyrighted material included in my film?
Legally, clearance for copyrighted material included in your film must be obtained before public screening. BIFF does not check for, nor take responsibility for the inclusion of uncleared materials in film submissions or selections. Filmmakers are responsible for securing festival clearance rights for music, stock footage or any other material, to avoid potential rights infringements.

Can I submit my film as a “rough cut”?
Absolutely. Please indicate your estimated completion date, and your intentions for the project.

Submissions can be considered as “Works In Progress” or as completed works.
How can I get my DVD back?

We are happy to return DVD’s if you provide us with a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the appropriate postage. BIFF takes no responsibility for lost or returned screeners.

Does BIFF project digitally at the Festival?
Yes! In most cases, BIFF projects digitally.

June 15, 2017

Beacon Independent Film Festival joins Beacon After School Program

biff-logoThe Beacon Independent Film Festival is pleased to announce our participation in the Beacon After School Program. B.A.F.F. (the Beacon Afterschool Film Festival) will give participants an opportunity to learn the basics of filmmaking by creating a Public Service Announcement (PSA). Kids will learn about several aspects of filmmaking including using the filmmaking equipment, story development with a focus on short-form storytelling and the basics of post-production. We will create a short video to share at the end of this session. For more information about the Beacon After School Program go to