1st Annual

Big River International Independent Film Festival

July 07, 2016 to July 08, 2016

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Midway GA 31320
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Dramatic Narrative Feature
Feature Narratives run a minimum of 60 min.
Dramatic Narrative Short
Films 59 minutes or less.


The selection process at Big River Film Festival is transparent. Each and every film submitted is seen at least twice (most receive more viewings). If one of the first two pre-screeners (members of our selection committee - which is comprised of professional filmmakers) says yes, the film goes before our third level of pre-screening. The programming staff of Big River work collaboratively with our selection committee to narrow down the films that will be invited to the festival.


At Big River, we seek to promote independent film makers from across the globe. We share the vision of diversity, appreciation, and passion for film making. We seek to distinguish the cultural richness of film and screen writing. We seek out unique, talented screen writers and film makers from every legitimate category to launch their projects in a global market.


Samone Norsworthy (Founder)


Competition is open to U.S. and International entries. Films that are considered premiers are eligible as well as films that have been screened at any Film Festival are eligible to submit. If your film has been released via any home video outlet or broadcast on TV or the Internet in its entirety, it is not eligible for submission.

Additional cash prizes are available in many categories for films that elect to have their World or North American Premieres at the 2016 BRFF.

The only Premiere requirement is that the film has not been released to the general public or screened via any home video outlet or broadcast on TV or the Internet. Some exceptions are made for locally produced films.

Entries must be submitted for pre-screening via online screener service, i.e. (vimeo, etc.) or on DVD or BluRay. (Region 1 or 0 Standard). We ask that you use recyclable packaging. Please do not place any paper stickers on the DVD as this causes problems with the equipment.

If you are burning a consumer disc, write your Project Title, Run Time, and Contact # on the disc with a Sharpie pen. Please test your consumer-burned DVD on several makes and models of players before sending it to our offices.

Works in progress are accepted and encouraged. We can not promise that we will be able to watch re-edited submissions. Please only submit works in progress if submitting close to final deadline.

You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form for each.


Festival Screening The individual or corporation submitting the film warrants that he/she is authorized to commit the film to at least two screenings at any time during the Live Big River Film Festival (BRFF). Selected entries must send a festival screening copy on HD Cam (NOT HDCam SR), DCP, and BluRay (for backup purposes only, preferably). It is strongly recommended that you bring or send a backup method of exhibition (e.g. HDCam to back up DCP; BluRay to back up HDCam).

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 wear and tear, or equipment error. Do not send original prints or master copies. Additionally, BR 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 cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant or preceding festival. All international entries must be sent with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. For films accepted into the Festival, the entrant is responsible for inbound shipping.

Reproduction Agreement
Entrant agrees to grant BR permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed – in whole or in part – SOLELY for purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival. Please note that due to schedule conflicts, some jurors may need to view your films on disc. If you submitted a rough cut, it is VITAL that you send a copy of the final edition of your film on DVD. This final copy will also serve as an exhibition back-up, in case your selected method of exhibition does not work.