5th Annual Bonita Springs Short Film Festival


This film competition is an annual celebration of the City of Bonita Springs and is open to ALL genres, ages, and levels of skill. A panel of citizens of Bonita will judge each submission accordingly.

This year’s festival topic is dedicated to our love for Bonita Springs, under “BONITA LOVES…”

Pick any subject matter and genre (comedy, drama, documentary, western, etc.) with a clear reference to your love for Bonita Springs, or a particular aspect of our City, like the beach, the river, the dog park, sports, outdoor activities, music, festivals, events, children activities, kayaking, photography, wildlife, food, weather, etc…. your choices are endless, and make a film/video from 1 minute to 10 minutes long, with an interesting story for everyone to enjoy.

We’ll say it again: the minimum length is 1 (one) minute and the max is 10 (ten) minutes – We will be very strict about this rule.

EVERY film MUST contain at least 30 seconds of footage of Bonita Springs. You may use additional footage shot in other locations, as long as you hold the rights to that footage.
Photographic sequences are acceptable as long as they do not exceed 50% of the film’s length – We will also be very strict about this rule.

Films must be shot in at least 720p. Your Iphone or Android will do just fine, though make sure you keep close attention to the sound. If you need a camcorder we might also be able to provide you with one, though keep in mind that those resources are limited, can only be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis and for only a pre-determined length of time.

All entries must be “PG-13” rated for all audiences and uploaded onto our website. No mailing submissions will be accepted.

Remember to upload the highest possible quality. Also, be prepared to submit a flash drive with of your best high-resolution master within a week of being notified, should your entry be selected as a finalist. Failure to do so, will force the organization to show your original online submission at whatever resolution you’ve submitted.

And do not forget that you must include an application form, which you can download on this website, stating you have full copyright ownership. You may submit as many entries as you want, though each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry application.

All submitted entries will receive an official e-mail from the Film Festival organization confirming its acceptance.

DEADLINE: No mailing submissions are acceptable. Entries must be uploaded onto this website no later than midnight of Sunday October 14th, 2017.

If you have submitted an entry, but have not received a film submission confirmation from the organization you must contact us NO LATER than October 7th.

AWARDS: This year we have $2500 in cash awards to reward our filmmakers, to be handed at the Red carpet Gala and Awards Ceremony at the PRADO Stadium 12 Theaters in Bonita Springs.

A panel of Bonitian judges selected by the organization will determine the HENDERSON FRANKLIN BEST OVERALL FILM AWARD which carries not only bragging rights, and a trophy, but also a $1,000 cash award.

In addition, the judges will also determine the winners of FIVE other trophies and cash awards for the following categories:

The Bonita Springs Historic Society Award for Best Educational Film – $250 cash award.
The Prado Stadium 12 Theaters Award for Technical Achievement in Film – $250 cash award.
The Fine Mark Award for Aspiring filmmaker – For under 18 years-old – $250 cash award.
The Kathy McGrath Award for the best love story for Bonita Springs – $250 cash award at the gala.
The Heaven’s Scent Most Creative Award – $250 cash award.
The Momentum Brewhouse Peoples’ Choice Award: – $250 cash award (To be awarded at the gala through audience participation).

A collage of 20 seconds’ segments of all accepted films will be shown at the Gala, though only the top finalists’ entries, as chosen by the jury, will be shown in their entirety for the audience to appreciate, and vote on. The top finalists will be notified one week before the gala.

IMPORTANT: If you have any questions about location permits and filming authorizations please call us or email us in advance so we can provide with the necessary contact information. There are City ordinances about drones and other regulations that you must follow at all times. Don’t take any chances. We will help you with the paperwork as much as we can but ultimately you are the sole responsible for your actions. So have fun but remember to be considerate to your fellow citizens, respect their privacy and follow every City and traffic regulation at all times.