5th Annual

Borrego Springs Film Festival

January 11, 2018 to January 15, 2018

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Box 756
786 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs CA 92004-0756
Phone: 1-760-518-0509
Fax: 760-767-5976

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Narrative Feature
Any narrative film 40 minutes or longer in length.
Narrative Short
A narrative film less than 40 minutes in length.
A documentary of any length.
A film of any length made by, featuring, about and/or for the Latino community.
Any form of animation in any length


The Borrego Springs Film Festival goal is to expose audiences to the artistry, issues, and perspectives of independent film. Providing quality, well-attended events where filmmakers can exhibit their work, engage in networking, and have a great experience.


* Alumni of the BSFF can submit their films for free *

The Borrego Springs Film Festival invites you to send in your film to our 5th annual event.

We are a young vibrant festival that takes place in one of the most beautiful locations in the United States: Borrego Springs, CA.

Our community supports the BSFF with enthusiasm and always sells-out our festival passes. Packed houses and a lively Q&A are all part of the event. We’re an old-school film festival. You’ll meet and greet your audience, have a blast, lounge with other filmmakers, and interact with everyone. We also have homemade cookies. Trust us, those cookies are worth the admission fee alone.

“What an amazing film festival. The town really comes out to support the BSFF and make all the filmmakers feel welcomed and appreciated. We’ve had three films in the festival in three years and had 3 sold out screenings. I can’t wait to come back next year.” —Devin Scott, She Wore Silver Wings

“The festival was delightful: a warm, supportive environment for filmmakers, with a terrific audience for every film due to your single venue concept, which so many festivals lack. I had a wonderful time!” —Steve Lerner, When the Well Runs Dry

“I arrived at my films screening to see a line around the block. The large theater was packed. The Q & A was full of questions. This is a very cool festival, in a very cool location.” —Greg Morgan, The Boatman

“I never imagined the film would end up in front of an audience in the most beautiful Californian setting. It's a real delight to hear the work manages to travel overseas, to be enjoyed by distant cultures. Long live the Borrego Springs International Film Festival!" —Martin Smith, Seagulls

BSFF filmmakers are honored guest in our town. We'll treat you to a wonderful opening gala, parties, a private lounge area, and discount lodging in Borrego Springs.

2018 is the most special year for the film festival yet. 5 years in and we're getting better while having more fun all the time.

Through generous support of the town residents we're now upgrading our theatre to include a bigger projection, surround sound, and 4k resolution.

Join us for what will be the best year of the BSFF. One huge theater, one big screen, and endless community enthusiasm!

The BSFF occurs in our small desert resort town surrounded by the 640,000 acres of Anza Borrego Desert State Park. This natural beauty has long attracted tourists and filmmakers and explains the area's strong historical connection to cinema production.

The earliest feature was made here in the 1920's and over 60 films have been shot here since. Film industry personalities come to Borrego Springs to live, work, and play. We welcome your creative energy to our film festival and invite you to join us in building a tradition celebrating innovative filmmaking.


Fred Jee (Committee Chair); Fred Jee (Festival Committee Chair)



• Films completed on or after July 1, 2016 are eligible.

• Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

• All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

All films may be submitted into only one category:

• Narrative Feature – any narrative film 40 minutes or longer

• Narrative Short – any narrative short film under 40 minutes

• Documentary – a documentary of any length

• Latino – a film of any length made by, featuring, about and/or for the Latino community

• Animation – any form of animation, any length

Pay entry fees online during the online application process.

If your film is accepted, you must be able to provide: a hi-res film still, a digital hi-res poster of your movie, a digital high-res image of the director and/or producer, and a synopsis of your film in 140 characters or less.

The BSFF features trailers of selected films during our screenings, as well as showcasing the trailers on our website and social media. Accepted films will provide a trailer no less than :30 and no longer than 2:15.

More than one entry may be submitted. However, each entry must be submitted as a new film with a separate online entry form, a unique registration number, an additional entry fee.

If your film is selected to be part of the BSFF, you will be notified via email on or about November 15. You will also be notified by email if your film is not selected. Please make sure that you notify us if email changes, and add borregospringsfilmfestival@gmail.com to your safe sender email list.

Unfortunately we are unable to respond with any feedback or explanations if your film is not accepted. The need for additional editing is the most common factor making the difference between a film that is selected and a film that is not. But we also receive many more worthy films than we have programming space to screen, so don’t be discouraged if your film is not accepted.


• All accepted film will submit screeners uploaded via the internet. mp4, prores, or DNxHD. DCP not available yet.

• The exhibition copy of your film must be received no later than December 5th. Accepted films that miss the deadline will be removed from the program and replaced.


By submitting your film: you acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, I am duly authorized to submit this film to Borrego Springs Film Festival (BSFF) and to grant permissions related to its use and distribution. Submitting a film to BSFF constitutes an agreement by and between the filmmaker/representative and BSFF.

You grant permission to BSFF to use film clips/stills for promotional use. You allow BSFF and any third parties at the festival the right to film, videotape and photograph your appearance and voice for any and all marketing and promotion of Borrego Springs Film Festival and Borrego Festivals Foundation.

You indemnify and hold harmless BSFF, its judges, affiliates, staff, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including legal fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on stories or films submitted to BSFF.

If your film is accepted into the BSFF, you grant BSFF the non-exclusive right to right to show and market my film in its entirety as BSFF sees fit at the festival. BSFF does not take any copyright or ownership of your film.

By submitting, you agree to all of these rules, terms and conditions. You acknowledge that no submission fee refunds are given once this application has been submitted. You also acknowledge that you will not receive any compensation for the use of your film by BSFF in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.

You understand and acknowledge that, if you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker Release on your behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker, if applicable, you understand and acknowledge that you are agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of your child or a child for whom you are a legally designated Guardian.