Welcome to the 6th Annual Bonita Springs Short Film Fest Competition


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.

Our film makers asked and we are answering; 2019 will introduce brand new categories this year like, Music Video. Check all categories under our PRIZES webpage

This year’s festival topic is


Pick any subject matter and genre (comedy, drama, documentary, western, etc) and imagine a story that would include some fun, real or imaginary, secrets about Bonita Sorings.

Maybe be there was a great mystery that was never solved, a love story that was never told, waterways and parked waiting to be re-discovered, monsters lurking under the Gulf of Mexico or the Imperial river, a pirate’s treasure looking to be discovered, etc. Let your imagination be your guide.

Just remember that a significant portion of your short film must be recorded in the City of Bonita Springs, your film/video must be 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.

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.

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