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Registration ended: 02/01/2015
Contest Begins: 10/09/2014   Ends: 09/11/2015
FEE: $55/$50 Registration Expired

Big Island Film Festival brings Filmmakers and Film Lovers together every May at The Mauna Lani Resort. We are hosted by The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i with one venue at The Shops at Mauna Lani, and supported by a growing list of participating sponsors. There is always something different to experience with exciting brand new films each year.

Our celebration of narrative filmmaking includes features and shorts from Hawaii and around the world, Filmmaker Workshops, celebrity Receptions & Salutes, a charity fundraiser, the Awards Brunch and more. Closing night “Best of the Fest” is an opportunity to show the Audience Choice Feature and Short films one more time, and to celebrate the music of Hawai’i.

We are thrilled and proud to be selected for MovieMaker Magazine’s acclaim, from 2007 to 2011, including “20 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee," “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and “Cool Fests 2011: Counting Down 20 Can't-Miss Festivals.” In 2012, the Hollywood Foreign Press surprised BIFF with a Film Festival Award.

Big Island Film Festival Feature Screenplay Contest

There will be three layers of judging.

Step One: Submissions will go to professional readers who will read the first ten pages. These entries will be narrowed down to nine semifinalists. Those selected will be contacted and asked to identify where Act 1 ends.

Step Two: Those nine scripts will go to a more experienced professional reader who will narrow the nine semifinalists down to three finalists based on the First Act. Feedback will be available to finalist at the film festival.

Step Three: Final decision as to winner will be made by veteran screenwriter/screenwriting instructor and/or a professional script consultant.

Finalists will be announced no later than March 15, 2015. Winner will be announced at the Awards Brunch of 2015 Big Island Film Festival on May 25, 2015.


Feature [60-140 pages]
- All Genres

Languages: English

Festival Association

Tags: Workshops, Feature, USA, We accept Student writers, Action, Adventure, Children, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Thriller, Western, Network / Industry Connections