2020 SUBMISSIONS


2020 BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL call for submissions will open October 1, 2019. 

Selected films will be chosen by the end of March and announced in April. The 15th annual festival will be held May 28 – 31, 2020 at the Triplex Cinema, the historical Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, the Phoenix Theaters’ Beacon Cinema and other venues throughout Great Barrington and Pittsfield. The 2020 festival will mark the 15th annual season and showcase nearly 75 of the best films that are currently being produced in independent filmmaking. BIFF 2020 will once again feature an audience award and a juried prize for documentary and narrative feature films sponsored by GWFF. The Juried Prize will carry a $5,000 cash prize.

The Berkshire International Film Festival is for filmmakers and film lovers alike to be entertained, educated and inspired. BIFF seeks to celebrate independent film and to recognize and pay tribute to accomplished artists on both sides of the camera in the international, national and regional film community.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) is for filmmakers and film lovers alike to be entertained, educated and inspired. BIFF seeks to celebrate independent film and to recognize and pay tribute to accomplished artists on both sides of the camera in the international, national and regional film community. BIFF aims to provide filmmakers, producers, directors, writers and actors an environment to collaborate, present their work, and interact with each other and with film audiences. Specific priorities of the Festival are to showcase the most challenging and topically relevant documentaries each year, and provide a platform for Berkshire filmmakers.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) is for filmmakers and film lovers alike to be entertained, educated and inspired. BIFF celebrates independent film and recognizes and pays tribute to accomplished artists on both sides of the camera in the international, national and regional film community. We provide filmmakers, producers, directors, writers and actors an environment to collaborate, present their work, and interact with each other and with film audiences. Our priorities are to showcase the most challenging and topically relevant documentaries each year and provide a platform for Berkshire filmmakers.

We have honored or had special events with Arthur Penn, Kevin Bacon, Philippe Petit, Kathleen Kennedy, Patricia Clarkson, Douglas Trumbull, Marina Abramovic, Gregory Crewdson, Darlene Love, Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheila Nevins, Mariel Hemingway, John Landis, Karen Allen, Bruce Dern, Paul Krugman, Darlene Love, Conrad Anker, John Carroll Lynch, Kent Jones, Charles Randolph, Christopher Plummer, Rachel Weisz and Martin Scorsese.

The BIFF awards Juried Prizes for narrative and documentary films. The $5,000 prize is sponsored by GWFF and an audience award for best short film also carrying a $2500 prize sponsored by the Berkshire Bank. We also give Audience Award prizes for Documentary, Narrative and Short Films with no financial compensation.

GENERAL RULES

Films must be a Berkshire Premiere (films must not have previously been screened in the Berkshires, with the exception of Berkshire fund-raising film events.)

All films must be submitted via online screener for consideration.

Only one title per entry.

The preferred format for films to be showcased at the BIFF is DCP. Other formats allowed are Blu-Ray or DVD. BIFF can ONLY screen shorts on DCP format.

Selected filmmakers will be notified approximately March 30, 2020.