6th 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 “SECRETS OF BONITA”

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 our City. 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.

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 that though you have full copyright ownership of your creative work, the organization of the festival does reserve the right to use your film for promotional purposes of the festival, and, or, of the City of Bonita Springs. 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 20th, 2019.

If you have submitted an entry, but have not received a film submission confirmation from the organization you must contact us NO LATER than Monday October 21st.

AWARDS: This year we have a 2-day event and cash awards to reward our filmmakers, to be handed at the Red carpet Gala and Awards Ceremonies at the PRADO Stadium 12 Theaters in Bonita Springs, on Thursday November 7th, and Saturday November 9th.

A panel of Bonitian judges selected by the organization will determine the winning selections.