BIFF Submission Deadline Creeping Up

January 13, 2016, 4:46 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 5:59 PM
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Big Island Film Festival courtesy photo.

Big Island Film Festival courtesy photo.

Filmmakers and screenwriters have just a couple more weeks to submit their projects for the Big Island Film Festival, which will run from May 26-30 at The Fairmont Orchid and The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Projects are required to be submitted by the final deadline on Feb. 1.

The week-long festival provides movie lovers a behind-the-scenes look at those involved in creating film. Hundreds of filmmakers and their families from Hawai’i and around the world attend the annual event.

One narrative screenplay presented at the festival will win the opportunity to be considered for representation by the Paradigm Agency

Industry leaders will host workshops at the festival, including names like Jen Grisanti, NBC’s story consultant, and screenwriter Ron Osborn of “Moonlighting” fame.


During the 2015 BIFF, Arielle Kebbel of “The Vampire Diaries,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson of HBO’s “Ballers,” and Will Estes of “Blue Bloods” were the celebrity honorees.


In addition to the main course festival, free family films will play on a schedule at The Shops and Mauna Lani and numerous events for networking and celebrity social events, screenwriting workshops, and a Hawaiian music concert are also on the slate.

An award ceremony closes out the event. On Monday, May 30, the “Gold Honu” award is presented to the Best Feature and Best Short in Family, Student, Animated, Foreign, Hawai’i, and Audience Choice categories.

Film submission rules, submission guidelines, and festival information is available on the Big Island Film Festival website.

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