4th Annual

Borrego Springs Film Festival

January 12, 2017 to January 16, 2017

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Box 756
786 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs CA 92004-0756
Phone: 1-760-518-0509
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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

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 mission of Borrego Springs Film Festival is to bring filmmakers and film fans to our unique and beautiful desert region, and to provide an environment where quality independent films that stimulate heart and mind will be screened, discussed, and enjoyed. We strive to expose audiences to the artistry, issues, and perspectives in current independent film by providing quality, well-attended events where filmmakers can exhibit their work, engage in networking, and have a great experience.


Borrego Springs Film Festival occurs in a small desert resort town an easy drive from Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and San Diego. It is surrounded by the 640,000 acres of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which includes desert, dunes, mountains, and beautiful vistas. This natural beauty has long attracted tourists and filmmakers and explains the area's strong historical connection to films and Hollywood. The earliest feature was filmed 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 film making.

The 2017 Borrego Springs Film Festival will occur January 12-16 and will showcase Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Latino features and shorts. Films will be screened at the 180-seat Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center where capacity or near-capacity audiences can be anticipated for every film screening. Networking events and parties will occur at various local resorts throughout the weekend. Awards will be presented in each major category as well as a People’s Choice Award.


Daniel Wright (Filmmaker); Fred Jee (Festival Committee Chair); Joan Leopold (Treasurer)


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.

Fee Waivers
Submission fees will be waived for any film in which all or part was shot in Borrego Springs, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Ocotillo Wells SVRA, or on or near the Salton Sea. Email entries@borregospringsfilmfestival.com to request waiver by providing location details.

Film Stills
If your film is accepted, you must be able to provide a minimum 300dpi and high quality film still.

The 3-line synopsis you submit when filling out your application will be used in the festival guide, on the BSFF website, and for other promotions. BSFF reserves the right to edit the synopsis for length and grammar.

Multiple Entries
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, and on a separate DVD, if mailed in rather than uploaded.

If your film is selected to be part of BSFF 2017, you will be notified via email on or about November 15, 2016. 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 entries@borregospringsfilmfestival.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.

Exhibition Film Requirements
Films selected for BSFF 2017 will be asked to submit an exhibition copy as a full resolution QuickTime file (pro-res 422 is best). The exhibition copy of film must be received no later than December 15, 2016. Exhibition copies will not be returned unless filmmaker includes a pre-paid envelope or makes other shipping arrangements.


By submitting this film:

You acknowledge and agree that to the best of your knowledge, you are 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 2017 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.

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If your film is accepted into BSFF 2017, you grant BSFF the non-exclusive right to right to show and market your film in its entirety as BSFF sees fit at the 2017 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 my 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.