17th Annual

Beverly Hills Film Festival

April 26, 2017 to April 30, 2017


Short Subject


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
August 15, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Regular Deadline
November 15, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Late Deadline
December 15, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
WAB Extended Deadline
January 15, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately February 1, 2017

Shorts: maximum 50 minutes

No requirement for completed by date

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

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Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Producer
> Biography/Filmography - Writer
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Fliers
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director
> Press Clippings

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Short Subject Grant
Any film that is 1-49 minutes and 59 sec in duration is considered a short film. Due to it being the BHFF jury and audience’ favorite category of innovation and quality, every short entry is eligible for all awards categories, excluding Best Feature. The recipient of the Best Short Subject will also receive a grant of $1,500.
Sponsor:Beverly Hills Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 1,500 U.S. Dollar

Golden Palm Award
The Golden Palm Award is the highest Honor the BHFF gives out. It is the overall best film competing in all categories.
Sponsor:Beverly Hills Film Festival

Jury Award Short Subject

Audience Choice Award

Best Director

Best Editor

Best Producer

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Screenplay Produced

Best Foreign Film

Best Cinematography

Category Rules


Date of Submission:

Earlybird Deadline: August 15th, 2016
Regular Deadline: November 15th, 2016
Late Deadline: December 15th, 2016
WAB Extended Deadline: January 15th, 2017
Notification Date: Approximately Feb 1st, 2017

The BHFF only accepts Online screeners.

- Submission fees
- All required fields through Online platform
- All films must include responses to the following: Synopsis (in English), 2 high resolution stills from the film, full cast and credits list, and an official film poster

All payments and fees for submissions must be paid through the Online submission process. The BHFF does not accept any mailed payments.
There are absolutely no refunds.
The BHFF does not wave submission fees to preserve the integrity of the competition and its participants’ artistic works.

- The BHFF accepts films of all genres
- Feature films must be 50 minutes and over in length.
- Short films must be 49 minutes or less in length.
- The BHFF considers all films regardless of commercial, theatrical, or television plays in the US.
- Prior festival screenings are considered. However, prior screenings are not preferred and may be one of the determining factors for including a film into the festival.
- World and U.S. premieres are not required.
- All films in a language other than English MUST include subtitles in English for festival screening.
- Works-in-progress will be considered. PLEASE NOTE: Upon acceptance, filmmakers must deliver completed film for festival screening by set deadline.

Upon being accepted as an Official Selection entry at the BHFF, each participant is required to comply with the following regulations:
- All Official Selections must submit a U.S. format DCP AND Blu-Ray
- All DCP and Blu-Ray of the Official Selections must be submitted by the February 15th, 2017 deadline.
- All DCP and Blu-Ray submissions must include the Title, tracking #, Director(s)’ name, TRT, Contact Info, and Genre
- All Official Selections must ship BOTH their DCP and Blu-Ray as one package to the below address by the February 15th, 2017 deadline. The BHFF is absolutely not responsible for lost or damaged packages. Senders are responsible for tracking their safely-packaged and insured shipments.
- All filmmakers are highly encouraged to have a backup master of their film at the screening.
- All filmmakers are required to pick-up their DCP and Blu-Ray after their screening
- If filmmakers cannot arrange their DCP and Blu-Ray pick-up after their screening, they are required to submit a prepaid shipping parcel/envelop with their initial DCP and Blu-Ray package.
- If applicable regarding shipping, the BHFF is absolutely not responsible for damages during shipping.

The BHFF recommends Filmmakers and Screenplay Writers attending the festival to consider the following promotional opportunities:
- 50 postcards and/or business cards, displaying any work information and BHFF official laurel
- All promotional documents should not reference any other film festival other than the BHFF
- Accepted filmmakers as Official Selections must bring a poster of their film mounted on a foam/cork board back. Each filmmaker must provide his/her own easel to display the poster during the festival.

- The Beverly Hills Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes.
- The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
- The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Beverly Hills Film Festival 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 screening videos entered.

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree to the following:
- I have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility and submission requirements
- All the statements and documents provided are authentic and accurate
- In consideration for the selection opportunity into the Beverly Hills Film Festival, I release and discharge the Beverly Hills Film Festival from any and all claims, demands, or causes of actions related to misappropriation or infringement of copyright or violation of any other right arising from or relating to my submission hereunder.
- I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Beverly Hills Film Festival from any claims that arise as a result of my screenplay and/or film submission or screening of my film (upon selection) as well as from damage to or loss of any submitted documents or materials en route to the festival.
- I have all rights necessary and am duly authorized to submit this screenplay and/or film to the Beverly Hills Film Festival.
- I understand, as the authorized and responsible representative of my selected screenplay and/or film, any prize awarded to the selected screenplay and/or film is to be received by me or any other singular, official representative of the selected screenplay and/or film.
- I understand that the Beverly Hills Film Festival may disqualify and reject any submission that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, is not in compliance, in whole or in part, with the mentioned Terms.
- I understand that the Beverly Hills Film Festival does not issue any form of refund to any selected screenplay and film regardless of circumstances.