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Film Submissions 

  •  We invite Filmmakers from the United States and all International countries to submit their films to the Berkshire Short Film Festival.  

  • Films made after January 2017 will be accepted via FilmFreeway.

  • Please submit through the link provided. All submissions must be paid through FilmFreeway and is non-refundable.

  • We will accept more than one entry per Filmmaker. A separate submission fee must be paid for each film entry. 

  • Waivers will not be given for the first year of this Festival. 

  • Filmmakers may be asked to provide a Blu-ray disc of their film if accepted. 

  • Films will be selected by a panel of screeners. Each film will be reviewed by a minimum of two screeners for acceptance.

  • All submitting Filmmakers will be notified by FilmFreeway via email by August 24, 2019 if their film was accepted into BSFF or not. Accepted Selections will receive Festival Laurels and the Filmmaker package, an informational packet for travel and two passes for the event. 

  • No waivers will be given for the first year.

Film Categories


Narrative                    Mini-Short                    Animation                 Berkshire

(under 22 min)




(under 5 min)

(under 22 min)

*Narrative and Documentary submissions must fulfill at least one of the following qualifiers

(under 22 min)

*Shot in Berkshire County

*Filmmaker from Berkshires

*Significant scene in Berkshires

*Theme is about Berkshires

*Can be Documentary with 

  Berkshire County tie-in. 

The following categories will be awarded trophies on the day of the Festival. 

Best in Festival*

Best Performance

Best Supporting Performance

Best Cinematography

Best Score

Best Screenplay*

Best Local Short - Berkshire Block*

Best International Short*

Audience Choice Award*

* Winners in these categories will win Final Draft 11 screenwriting software. 

Submit early for the lowest pricing. Students and Berkshire Locals will receive discount pricing if ID and proof of residency within
Berkshire County, MA is authenticated. 

Deadlines and Fees

  • Extended Deadline          August 7, 2019   Narrative $45/Student $30          Mini-Short $40     Berkshire $40  


Filmmakers notified of Official Selection by August 24, 2019    


Event Date: September 28, 2019 


Rules and Terms

The Berkshire Short Film Festival(BSFF) will take place September 28, 2019 in Pittsfield, MA at The Robert Boland Theatre and at the Berkshire Museum. 

No Submission Waivers will be granted for the Festival. Please do not email and ask for Waivers. 

1. Submission Deadlines 
Submissions will be accepted from November 15, 2018 until August 1, 2019. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format 
Films must be submitted via online screener ONLY. We do not accept films sent over by DVD. Blu-Ray may be requested if you are accepted as a back-up for the day of screening. They will only be returned if you provide a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope. 
We do not accept subsequent cuts or more complete versions of submitted films, therefore changing or updating the originally submitted link is not accepted.

3. Submission Eligibility 
All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2017. 
There is no premiere policy for short films.

Submissions in which one of the Festival Organizers is a top line Filmmaker are ineligible for Awards.

Any film submission in which any of the Festival Organizers or Judges are associated will be scored by individuals not associated with the film.

4. Submission Fee 
All submissions for BSFF are to be paid through FilmFreeway platform. The submission fee is non-refundable. 

5. Shipping 

For selected films ONLY -  If the film is selected for the Festival all shipping and postage costs for Blu-rays and additional materials sent to and returned from BSFF must be borne by the submitting party. Berkshire Short Film Festival will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. All charges must be pre-paid.

6. Notification 
Berkshire Short Film Festival will make every attempt to complete all Official Selections by August 24, 2019 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the Blu-ray if needed to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

7. Festival Screenings 
Selected films may be asked to provide a backup Blu-ray. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the Blu-ray.

All foreign language films MUST contain English subtitles. 
Blu-ray will be used as backup only.  

8. Scheduling 
Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of BSFF. While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, BSFF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. BSFF will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. 
No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.

Festival Awards 
Jury prizes for Best in Festival, Best International Short, Best Screenplay, Best Performance, ,Best Supporting Performance,  Best Cinematography,  Best Score, and Best Local Short and the Audience Award.

If shortlisted for a Jury prize the online screeners of the film must be made available for the duration of the festival for all the jury members.

FINAL DRAFT screenwriting software awarded to Best in Festival, Best International Short, Best Local Short, Best Screenplay and Audience Award Winners. Copies of screenwriting software to be delivered via email links after the conclusion of the Festival. 


If shortlisted for a Jury prize the online screeners of the film must be made available for the duration of the festival for all the jury members. The film will be disqualified if the film is not available. 

No Submission Waivers will be granted for the Festival. Please do not email and ask for Waivers.