Submit FAQ

2016 Submissions Information

  • The submissions deadline is a “postmarked by” deadline. If your film is postmarked past the deadline you will be prompted to make the additional payment to bring your account up to date.
  • Rough cuts and works-in-progress are accepted.  Be sure to note on the submission cover letter what elements are still being worked on.
  • All films completed after January 1, 2016 are eligible for submission.
  • You may submit more than one film, each must be submitted individually on FilmFreeway.
  • If you cannot upload your film via FilmFreeway, please fill out the NON-FFW form.  Email: to inquire.
  • Submission materials will not be returned due to the large number of entries.
  • Filmmakers of any age may submit their film.
  • Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance by August 21, 2017
  • Student Shorts must be produced through an accredited educational institution.
  • Student filmmakers must note that he film was a student film production in the synopsis/cover letter field of your FilmFreeway submission and send a photo copy of your current student ID. If you do not provide a CURRENT copy of your student ID you will be prompted to make an additional payment in order to bring your account up to date.

Additional FAQs

Is it a postmarked deadline or received by deadline?

The submissions deadline is a postmarked by deadline.

How would I go about requesting a fee waiver?
Unfortunately, due to the numerous requests, we are unable to make any adjustments to the fee structure.

Should I include anything with the submission?
Please be sure to label the DVD or BluRay with the title, contact information, FilmFreeway tracking number and run time.

Do you accept rough cuts/work-in-progress?
Yes, we do consider rough cuts and works-in-progress. Please note in the submission cover letter what elements are still being worked on.

Can I get confirmation that you received my submission?
Yes, soon after we receive your submission and payment, your film status on FilmFreeway will be changed to green.

When and how will filmmakers be notified of their acceptance? 
Our final decisions will be announced on approximately September 19th.  All filmmakers will be contacted via email.

Can I still submit if my film has distribution or has aired on television?
Yes, however our only requirement is that films must be Baltimore premieres, however exceptions can be made at the discretion of the BIBFF Festival Director.

Does my film need to be a World Premiere?
Your film must only be a Baltimore premiere to be considered. However, higher premiere status will be taken into consideration when making final decisions.

Can I submit a Web Series to the BIBFF?

Yes, the following provides general submission information for submission of  Web Series:

  • Entrants must submit three original episodes of the Web series for consideration (as one file)
  • Running Time: Each episode must be no more than 8 minutes in length
  • All genres accepted: animation, drama, comedy, documentary style, reality based etc.
  • All other submission requirement and deadline as indicated for features and short films apply to web series

Can I submit more then one film?
Yes, but each film must be submitted and paid for separately through FilmFreeway.

Do you accept multiple submissions on one DVD / BluRay?
No, please send only ONE film per DVD or BluRay please.

What materials (i.e.: tapes, press kits, etc) should be sent?
It is not required to send any additional materials, however if you wish, we do accept electronic press kits.

What additional information do I need to provide for submission as a student filmmaker?
A copy of your student ID and a note that the film was a student film production in the synopsis/cover letter field of your FilmFreeway submission.

Do I need to have all my music rights cleared?
It is suggested that you retain at least film festival rights for your music.

If my film is not chosen, may I speak with a programmer for notes or feedback?
Unfortunately due to time constraints and the large number of submissions, we are unable to give individual feedback.