8th Annual

Burbank International Film Festival

September 07, 2016 to September 11, 2016

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Burbank CA 91505
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Films
Feature films should be 50 minutes or more in length.
If you feel your film is not represented by any of the other Feature Film Categories, please submit it here.
Feature Documentaries
A Feature Documentary should be 50 minutes or more.

Documentary Filmmaking is the foundation of cinema. The first filmmakers carried their bulky cameras around the globe documenting incredible people and the amazing world around them.

The Burbank International Film Festival respects this long and remarkable tradition while emphasizing new forms of practice and artistic innovation. We view these films as creative tools for personal expression and exploration of the world around us. Tell us your story.
Short Documentaries
A Short Documentary should be 50 minutes or less.

Documentary Filmmaking is the foundation of cinema. The first filmmakers carried their bulky cameras around the globe documenting incredible people and the amazing world around them.

The Burbank International Film Festival respects this long and remarkable tradition while emphasizing new forms of practice and artistic innovation.
Tell us your story.
Adapted Screenplays
An adapted screenplay is a screenplay that interprets another source, like a novel, a short story, a play, or even another film.
Original Screenplays
Original screenplays are based on original ideas and not adapted from an existing idea/stories.
Student Films
Student Short films should be 50 minutes or less in length. A student currently enrolled in any film school or institution must create student films. These categories are at a discounted rate for students. Please make sure to place a scanned image of your student ID into the Press kit for verification of CURRENT student status.
Animated Short
Animated Shorts can be any type of animation (i.e. Traditional, Stop Motion, 2D, or 3D animation, etc.)
Foreign Language Feature
Foreign Language Feature films should be 50 minutes or more in length and the main language used in the film should be a language other than English. Please include English subtitles. Films can be of any genre.
Foreign Language Short
Foreign Language Feature films should be 50 minutes or less in length and the main language used in the film should be a language other than English. Please include English subtitles
Comedy Short Films
Submit your comedy shorts to the Festival with a running time of 50 minutes or less.

Short Films by Women
Short films directed by, written by, or regarding women's issues. Feature films should be under 50 minutes in length. Films can be of any genre.
Horror/Thriller Short Films
Supernatural, Terror, Vampires, Witchcraft, Werewolves, Zombies, Monsters and Mutants. Thrillers include Conspiracy Theories, Governmental cover-ups, action thrilers, etc. Any film that keeps you guessing as to what happens next.
Science Fiction/Fantasy Short Films
Science Fiction and Fantasy films can include Action Sci-Fi, Alien Invasion, Extra-Terrestrial Encounters, Cyber Punk, End of the World, Fairy Tales, Fantasy Films, Superhero films and everything else out of this world.
Dramatic Short Films
Dramatic Short Films
New Media
New Media is the convergence of audio, video and written media, delivered on the web or mobile devices. This New Media category is focused on webseries, podcasts, viral videos, website videos, experimental and more. Contact the film office if you have any questions.
Faith-Based Films
BIFF is proud to announce a New Short Film Category for the festival. Short Films in the Faith-Based category contain themes that are religious or spiritual in nature, (comedy or drama) and can be up to 20 minutes in length. If you have any questions about this category, please send inquiries to milleniumconcepts@gmail.com
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Thriller/Horror Feature Films
Any feature film that has a Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller or Horror theme. If you are not sure your feature film falls under any of these very specific genres, than enter it in the regular Feature Film category or contact the festival for clarification.


Burbank, California is the Media Capitol of the world and it it here that Hollywood filmmaking began. As such, our mission is to promote up-and-coming artists by providing a gateway to expand their careers in the center of the entertainment industry. We shine a light on the unknown artist of today, helping them become the celebrated filmmakers of tomorrow. We are committed to showcasing, enhancing and providing a unique filmmaker and film festival experience few can offer.




(Burbank, CA) The seventh annual Burbank International Film Festival (BIFF) presents five-days of film screenings from around the world in 20 categories and kicks-off with a special Opening Night Screening and Gala Reception. The Festival continues with Film Screenings, Celebrity Red Carpet Events, After Parties and Receptions and will culminate with a star-studded Closing Night Gala Dinner and Awards Show.

BIFF also honors Industry Icons in the world of film, music and art. These include, (IRON MAN 3) Writer/Director Shane Black, (JAWS) Screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, Award-winning Actor John Savage (DEER HUNTER), Lou Ferrigno (THE INCREDIBLE HULK), Academy Award-winning Make-up Artists Rick Baker (THE WOLFMAN) & Stan Winston (TERMINATOR 2 & 3), Creature and Concept Designer Neville Page (OBLIVION, AVATAR), Academy Award-winning Animation Directors Brenda Chapman BRAVE) and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2) and award-winning composers Marco Beltrami (World War Z), and Christopher Young (SPIDERMAN 3) to name a few.

It all started in Burbank. In the 1920's, Burbank began to flourish with both entertainment and aviation. Both industries came to Burbank because of its location and the available space. The motion picture business moved to Burbank starting with First National Pictures who bought a 78-acre piece of land. The company was soon taken over by another young company founded by four Brothers by the name of Warner.

Today Burbank is the preeminent Media and Entertainment Capitol of the World. The grandeur of its skyline is comprised of the world's best studios and production houses which include Warner Bros., Disney, Universal Studios, ABC, The Burbank Studios, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network to name just a few. The Burbank International Film Festival captures its home city's rich history and movie making magic by promoting fresh pieces of cinematic art by up and coming filmmakers from around the world.

Jeff Rector (President / Artistic Director); Simon Lutterbie (Treasurer); Michelle Goulet (Secretary), Pamela Van Zandt (Board of Directors); Reed Shusterman (Board of Directors), Jordan Kizwani (Board of Directors).


LeAnne Hamilton


Burbank International Film Festival - Burbank, CA

Submissions Rules

Burbank International Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from Burbank International Film Festival.

1. Entries must be postmarked by the date of the Intended Deadline, (i.e. Submission for Extended Deadline Submissions should be postmarked by May 31st, 2016 at the latest.)

2. Entrants must upload an ONLINE digital copy of your film for viewing consideration. DVD's, Blu-Rays and computer files WILL NOT be accepted.

3. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying digital ONLINE Preview Copy in the accepted format.
Three high resolution production stills or high resolution screen captures taken from your film, a log-line and short synopsis along with the directors biography. Please be sure and note if your film will be any kind of Premiere, World, US, West Coast or Los Angeles.
4. All entries must be in English or subtitled, unless special arrangements have been made with the festival.

5. Please include your WAB Tracking ID with submission materials for tracking purposes.

6. All Student Films must include proof of student status with the submission (i.e. copy of current and valid student I.D.) or their film will not be judged as a student film and could possibly be disqualified.

7. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by the Festival Director.

8. By submitting, the filmmaker agrees to let the festival use excerpts from their screeners for use in BIFF 2016 trailers, publicity and promotions.


The cost of any shipping to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or C.O.D. shipment will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to Burbank International Film Festival will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by the shipping company.


Burbank International 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 has all pertinent legal clearances and is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Furthermore, once a film is submitted, approval is granted for festival screening whether it is accepted in other film festival or not. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Burbank International 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 screened or entered.