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.
- For the 2016 Boca Black Film Festival, the competition is limited to applicants and/or residents of the United States.
- Screenplays must have one principal writer member that is black, African-American, African, Afro-Latino, Caribbean, or other recognized heritage of the African diaspora.
- Submitted scripts must be original screenplays, and the sole property of the applicant(s).
- Applicants should not make a living as a working film, media or television writer within the last seven (7) years.
- Feature, documentary 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. High school seniors that graduate in spring and summer 2016 are eligible. All other applicants must not have been awarded a high school diploma at the time of submission. Proof of age may be requested.
- All entries must be in English.
- Entries must be in PDF format and submitted electronically via email.
- Scripts must be in PDF format.
- Only the TITLE of the screenplay should appear on the front cover page.
- A second title page with contact information is not required for registration submissions, but applicant must complete online application in its entirety.
- The author’s name must NOT appear anywhere in the script in order to preserve the integrity in the judging process.
- Feature screenplays must be between 75 and 125 pages in length. Absolutely No exceptions.
- Short screenplays must be between 5 and 55 pages in length. Absolutely No exceptions.
- Student screenwriters should refer to the above guidelines. Submissions may be short and/or feature screen works.
- Screenplays must have been written on or after January 1, 2014. Screenwriters should make every attempt to copyright screenplay before submission to the film festival. The Boca Black Film Festival strongly supports the collective advocacy efforts of the MPAA to protect creative film works. For more information, visit the Writers Guild of America, East, or the Writer’s Guild of America, West (wgaeast.org or www.wga.org).
- Applicant(s), either individually and/or collaboratively, may submit up to a maximum of two (2) screenplays only.
- Screenplays submitted under a pseudonym and/or pen name other than the legal name of applicant will be disqualified.
- NO substitutions will be allowed once screenplay has been submitted, either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplay. Screenplays will not be returned.
- Entry screenplays that have become optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, will immediately become disqualified and no longer be eligible for competition awards.
- Screenplays that have won any Screenplay competition, contest, script reading and/or Film Festival competition with any award amount equal to or of greater value than $1,500 are NOT eligible.
- Screenplays that have previously won, including but not limited to features, narratives, shorts, webisodes, loglines, outlines, treatments, pitches or any other developmental written content or materials related to screenplays or screenwriting, 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.
- Screenplay 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.
- All award decisions will be considered final, as determined by jury panel of the Boca Black Film Festival 2016.
- Applicants must include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission in order to receive acknowledgement of entry receipt.
- Screenplays may be disqualified, at any time, should there be questionable ownership or litigation, regarding its content, subjects and/or any other materials, at any stage of the submission process.
- Notifications to applicants will be sent by postal mail within 10 days of the late registration deadlines. Finalists 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. Additional sponsor prizes may be awarded, at discretion of sponsors.
- Regular Deadline: June 1, 2016. Late Deadline: June 10, 2016.
We Celebrate Cinema Art!
Feature Screenplay Submission Deadlines and Fees:
- Each entry will be read and analyzed by three readers.
- Early Deadline: May 15 @ 11:59 pm, $40 entry fee per screenplay
- Regular Deadline: June 1 @ 11:59 pm, $50 entry fee per screenplay
- Late Deadline: June 10 @ 11:59 pm, $75 entry fee per screenplay
Short Feature Film Screenplay Submission Deadlines and Fees:
- Each entry will be read and analyzed by three readers.
- Early Deadline: May 15 @ 11:59 pm, $30 entry fee per screenplay
- Regular Deadline: June 1 @ 11:59 pm, $40 entry fee per screenplay
- Late Deadline: June 10 @ 11:59 pm, $60 entry fee per screenplay
- Student Screenplay Submission Deadlines and Fees:
- Each entry will be read by two readers
- Student Deadline: June 10 @ 11:59 pm, $30 entry fee per screenplay
- Students should supply color copy of one’s current, school-issued identification
- Limited entry-fee scholarships may be available for hardship