Bethesda Film Fest Application

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District invites filmmakers to submit recent, original work for the fourth annual Bethesda Film Fest, set for Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at Imagination Stage.

Eligibility
Up to five films will be selected to be shown. A film by a young filmmaker, under the age of 18, may also be chosen. Filmmakers whose films are selected will receive an honorarium of $500. Young filmmakers will receive a $250 honorarium. Short (5-30 minutes), documentary films by filmmakers from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia will be considered. Films must have been completed within the last two years. All topics are eligible. Filmmakers are required to attend the formal screenings March 18-19, 2016 and speak about their work. Filmmakers chosen for the 2015 festival are not eligible and may submit again for the 2017 festival.

Deadline
DVD entries must be submitted by Monday, Jan. 8, 2016. This is not a postmark deadline. Notification of the selection panel’s decision will be sent in January. The selection panel will choose up to five documentaries to screen at the Bethesda Film Fest.

Submission Guidelines
  • Filmmakers must be current, permanent residents of Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia.
  • Films must be between 5 and 30 minutes in length.
  • Films must have been completed within the last two years.
  • Filmmakers may only submit one film for consideration
  • Films with non-English dialogue must be submitted with English subtitles.
  • DEADLINE: All entries must be received by January 8, 2016.
  • Entries may be submitted online.
  • Entries may be submitted on DVD and must include a completed application form.
  • Make sure the film can be easily identified on the DVD menu.

Rights
The Bethesda Film Fest will not be held responsible if copyrighted materials or unauthorized materials are included in the film. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to secure proper permission from the copyright holder of music, stock footage, or any other material which could violate another entity’s copyright or exclusive use of the material.
     

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Download the PDF application


Applications must be submitted by Monday, January 8, 2016 to:

Bethesda Film Fest,
c/o Bethesda A & E District
7700 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814


Questions? Contact Brenna O'Malley at bomalley@bethesda.org.