Film Festivals

There are two local world-renowned film festivals in the Berkshires, the Williamstown Film Festival and the Berkshire International Film Festival. Read below for more information. Check back frequently for submission dates to regional film festivals and other award opportunities.

The Williamstown Film Festival was founded in 1998 to fill a cultural gap in a part of Massachusetts known for its world-class museums, theater, music, and dance – the Berkshires. Because film seemed the missing link in an artistically rich region, some two dozen local residents and graduates of Williams College felt strongly that a film festival could bridge the gap. WFF honors the past in the shape of film classics, celebrates the present through seminars with provocative actors, directors, screenwriters, and producers, and explores the technologies taking independent film into the 21st century. Past honorees include Alec Baldwin, Patricia Clarkson, Barry Levinson, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Robert Osborne, Sigourney Weaver. 
The 15th annual festival will be held October 30 – November 3, 2013.

The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFFMA or “The BIFF”) is a world-class festival that is an integral part of the cultural fabric of the Berkshires. BIFF showcases not only the latest in independent feature, documentary, short, and family films but also lively panel discussions and special events focusing on filmmakers and talented artists from both sides of the camera. Past honorees include Patricia Clarkson, Douglas Trumbull, Arthur Penn.
The 8th annual festival was held from May 30 – June 2, 2013.


Western Massachusetts

Northampton International Film Festival
Location: Northampton, MA
Accepting: Documentary, Features, Shorts, World Cinema
Deadline: August 15

Williamstown Film Festival
Location: Williamstown, MA
Accepting: Documentary, Feature, Film, International, Short, Video
Deadline: August 26

Central and Eastern Massachusetts

Boston International Kids Film Festival
Location: Boston, MA
Accepting: Feature, documentary and short films for, by and about kids
Deadline: October 13
Happening: November 1 – 3

Boston Underground Film Festival
Location: Cambridge, MA
Accepting: Feature, Short, Medium Length
Regular Deadline: September 30
Late Deadline: November 4
Extended Deadline: December 30
Happening: March 27 – 31, 2014

Glovebox Film Festival
Location: Somerville, MA
Accepting: Short Films, animation
Deadline: August 1

New York City

Big Apple Film Festival
Location: New York City
Accepting: Animation, Feature and Short Film, Experimental, Feature and Short Documentary, Student Film
Regular Deadline: August 1
Happening: November 6 – November 10

Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series
Location: New York City
Accepting: Short Comedy Films of ALL Kinds
Spring Deadline: April 10 (also accept submissions year round)

Upstate New York

FilmColumbia Festival
Location: Chatham, NY
Accepting: Feature, Documentaries, Children’s Animation, Film Shorts
Deadline: August 5
Happening: October 23 – 27

Woodstock Film Festival
Location: Woodstock, NY
Accepting: Animation, Documentary, Feature, Music Video, Short, Short Doc, Student, Youth Teen, 
Regular Deadline: June 7
Extended (WAB Only): June 21 (Shorts); June 28 (Features); August 9 (Teen Films)


The rare film festival that unfolds entirely online and takes full advantage of our increasingly interconnected world.
Location: Online
Accepting: Live-action narratives, animation, documentaries, and music videos
Upcoming Deadline: July 15 (but happens year-round)
Happening: August 1 – 31 (but happens year-round) 


FilmColumbia Screenwriting Lab Residency 
The lab will provide a six day long intensive in an idyllic setting in Chatham, NY to refine and perfect your screenplay. Room and board will be provided for writers not living in the area.
Happening: September 16 – 22, 2013

Project Imaginat10n: The Film Contest
Now it’s your turn to sit in the director’s chair. Choose one winning photo from each of the 10 storytelling themes to begin your filmic journey. Hosted by Ron and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Winner Receives: $5,000 and film to be screened at the Canon Project Imaginat10n Film Festival 
Deadline: July 23, 2013
Long live imagination.


  • MA Film Office – Learn about all of the film festivals in the Greater Boston area
  • New England Film & Video – Learn about film + media job opportunities being offered in New England
  • WITHOUTABOX – Film/Video artists can check Withoutabox for a more comprehensive list of general-interest film festivals

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