The 2016 Boca Black Film Festival returns for its third year as the film arts entertainment & educational festival for emerging and independent Black talent. Specifically designed for new and emerging Black artists in film, the Festival highlights cinema art that is inspired, created, cultivated and nurtured by Black content makers in independent cinematic artistic endeavors for film, television and new media.
The Boca Black Film Festival is the premier film festival for Florida’s new and emerging independent black filmmakers. With our third year, we are building our independent film community, locally and statewide, although we accept submissions from all over the country. The Festival hopes to attract new diverse voices that demonstrate strong creative genius in full-length feature projects, short films, and documentary storytelling that portrays a uniquely original story. Boca Black Film is committed to the promotion and preservation of black voices and perspectives, diverse images, content creation and cultural heritage awareness in film and new media. And, we are seeking film works that are traditional and non-traditional stories in various genres that represent these unique, diverse and colorful images.
Submissions send and placed into competition implies that filmmaker has read, understood and accepted the listed guidelines for competition eligibility for the Boca Black Film Festival 2016.
- For the inaugural 2016 Festival, the competition is limited to applicants and/or residents of the United States.
- Films must have one principal crew member (director, producer or writer) and/or cast member (leading actor) that is black, African-American, African, Afro-Latino, Caribbean, or other recognized heritage of the African diaspora.
- Submitted films—shorts, features and documentaries—must be original work of the Filmmaker and the property of the registrant(s) and/or applicant(s).
- Feature and short screenplay applicant(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
- Student applicant(s) must be attending a public or private high school in the United States, or is recognized by the public school district as a home-schooled pupil. All student applicants must be 19 years of age or younger and without a high school diploma at the time of submission. Proof of age may be requested.
- All entries must be in English.
- Feature-length films run 75 – 125 minutes. NO exceptions.
- Documentaries run 25 – 120 minutes. Documentaries are ineligible for student and/or short films. NO exceptions.
- Short films and student films have a running time of 5 – 10 minutes. NO exceptions.
- Feature and Documentary entries must be submitted on DVD NTSC or PAL and mailed prior to the deadline date to ensure delivery by the posted deadlines. Applicants responsible for shipping costs. And holds the sole responsibility to test DVDs in advance, prior to domestic mailing and/or shipping.
- All DVDs must be labeled with principal Filmmaker name, Running Time and Payment Confirmation number. Filmmaker may include a one-page typed cover letter and short synopsis. Do NOT send additional, unrequested materials, like press kits.
- Feature and Documentary films must have been completed after Jan 1, 2014. Absolutely no exceptions.
- The filmmaker retains all rights to intellectual property.
- Short film and/or Student filmmakers will complete the application process, pay appropriate fees and then, supply a personal web link, YouTube page or Vimeo (passwords, as needed) to view the submission online.
- And, it is the Filmmakers responsibility to copyright any and all of the aforementioned films on or before submission to the film festival. The Boca Black Film Fest strongly supports the creative process and work ethic that goes into one’s art and supports the advocacy efforts of the MPAA to protect the creative sector and intellectual property laws.
- The registrant/applicant must also hold all legal rights to the film submission(s) and if necessary, clearances for public exhibition.
- Only complete entry applications (application + fees, and/or web links/DVDs) will be processed for competition.
- Applicant(s), either individually and/or collaboratively, may submit up to a maximum of two (2) film screeners only. Each submission requires a separate application, submission payment and two (2) DVD NTSC or PAL screeners.
- Films submitted under a pseudonym and/or pen name other than the legal name of applicant will be disqualified.
- No substitutions will be allowed once film has been submitted. Films will not be returned.
- Films with United States distribution deals (obtained prior to selection process) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition. The Festival reserves the option to consider these works for a special screening.
- Films that have screened on United States network, cable television and/or public television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.
- Films that have become optioned, produced, purchased or obtained distribution between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, will immediately become disqualified and no longer be eligible for competition awards.
- Boca Black Film Festival 2016 will not share applicant and/or registrant contact information to third parties without consent.
- Films that have won any Film Festival competition or contest with any award amount equal to or of greater value than $1,500 are NOT eligible.
- Films that have previously won, including but not limited to features, narratives, shorts, loglines, webisodes, outlines, treatments, pitches or any other developmental written content or materials related to its screenplays or script, in any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, script reading or award of any kind, are NOT eligible. This exclusion applies to award recipients or honorees regardless of any monetary award.
Film Competition Notifications:
- Competition judges, readers and employees of the Boca Black Film Festival, past and present, and their immediate families, in addition to corporate sponsors and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.
- Applicants must include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission in order to receive acknowledge of entry receipt.
- All award decisions will be considered final, as determined by jury panel of the Boca Black 2016.
- The Festival reserves the right to use select images and/or film stills to be used for marketing purposes to include on-site photography and videography at festival event.
- Films may be disqualified, at any time, should there be questionable ownership or litigation, regarding its content, subjects and/or any other significant materials, at any stage of the submission or jury panel process. Filmmakers are required to collect appropriate releases for story, and/or music prior to film submission(s).
- Competition notifications are only supplied to the selected finalists, who will be contacted via phone and/or email.
- The Feature Winner(s) and at least one runner-up will receive trophy recognition and written critique/review and additional sponsor prizes, as yet to be determined.
We Celebrate Cinema Art
Feature, Screenplays & Documentary Submission Deadlines and Fees:
- Early Deadline: May 15 @ 11:59 pm, $40 entry fee per film
- Regular Deadline: June 1 @ 11:59 pm, $50 entry fee per film
- Late Deadline: June 10 @ 11:59 pm, $75 entry fee per film
Short Film Submission Deadlines and Fees:
- Early Deadline: May 15 @ 11:59 pm, $30 entry fee per film
- Regular Deadline: June 1 @ 11:59 pm, $40 entry fee per film
- Late Deadline: June 10 @ 11:59 pm, $60 entry fee per film
Student Film Submission Deadlines and Fees:
- Student Deadline: June 10 @ 11:59 pm, $30 entry fee per film
- Students should provide color copy of current, school-issued identification with application.
- Limited entry-fee scholarships and/or waivers may be available for financial hardship