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16-Apr-2014 12:12pm PDT  


Bermuda International Film Festival

17 Annual March 21, 2014 to March 27, 2014

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P.O. Box HM 2963
Hamilton HM MX
Phone: 441-293-3456
Fax: 441-293-7769

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Narrative Live Action Short Films
The Bermuda International Film Festival is committed to showcasing the best in independent and international cinema from around the world. Our Bermuda Shorts category, is the festival's sole competition section, this section honors emerging filmmakers work in narrative short films. Please note these films must be under 41 minutes.

BIFF is a qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in the category of Short Film (Live Action). The Bermuda Shorts Award is juried by a panel of esteemed industry experts. The Bermuda Shorts winner will qualify for Academy Award consideration. BIFF is extremely proud of the many short film winners from past festivals that have gone on to successful careers and that have won Oscars.

To advance the love of independent film from around the world in Bermuda and to encourage and inspire young Bermudians to capture their very special narrative through the power of film.

BIFF launched in 1997 to advance the love of independent film from around the world in Bermuda and to encourage and inspire young Bermudians to capture their very special narrative through a camera lens. It has welcomed numerous celebrities and stars of the film world over the years, including Michael Douglas, Earl Cameron, Willem Defoe and Richard Dreyfuss. While there are more than 1,000 film festivals worldwide, only 62 are Academy Award qualifying festivals and BIFF is one for the Short Film (Live Action) Oscar. Since becoming a qualifying festival in 2004, two of our Shorts Award winners have gone on to win: Wasp (2005) and Toyland (2009).

BIFF is, however, much more than an annual event, the organization operates all year round to achieve its goals, hosting various BIFF Film Academy events. School screenings, filmmaking and screenwriting workshops, along with summer camps expose local people to the creative and dynamic world of independent cinema and nurture emerging homegrown talent. BIFF also hosts a monthly film series, BIFFlix, to bring the very latest movie movers and shakers to the big screen in Bermuda.

David O'Berine (Director of Programming)

These regulations apply to all sections:
-The film lender declares that he/she is empowered to lend the print of the film now entered and commits to refrain from withdrawing the film from the Festival.
-Films must have been completed after January 1, 2013
-Running Time for all Shorts Films must be 40 minutes or less
-BIFF will not consider previously submitted films
-Short Films may not have been released theatrically or shown online or television prior to the festival.
-BIFF presents all films in their original language. Non-English language films must have English subtitles
-If you are submitting a work- in- progress, the submission must be marked as a work- in- progress or rough cut. Only one version of the film may be considered, and replacement cuts are not accepted, so please keep this in mind when deciding when to submit.
-Please be sure you can provide your finished film in the exhibition format you are claiming it will be available in on your entry form.
-BIFF preferred screening format is HD-Cam but we can exhibit 35mm.
-If film is invited to screen entrants must cover the expenses related to transportation of the film print plus 2 DVD preview screeners to the Festival. BIFF will cover the outbound shipping costs, and entrants must cover the inbound shipping costs.
- When submitting video files with your entry please send them via email to
- BIFF ONLY accepts online screeners as well as private links such as YouSendIt or Vimeo


Agreement 1. I am authorized to submit this film to the festival. 2. All information provided on application form is true, to the best of my knowledge. 3. If the film is selected for the Festival, I give permission for the Bermuda International Film Festival to use images, sounds and excerpts from the work for promotional purposes in all media and on BIFF website. 4. I hold the Bermuda International Film Festival harmless from damage or loss of the print en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival's possession of the film. 5. This agreement constitutes approval that BIFF may present the film at the 2014 Bermuda International Film Festival.