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Submit to Baalbeck’s Intl. Film Festival

Submit your film to Baalbeck’s International Film Festival
**2018 Festival Dates – the 7th & 8th of September**

Film Submission Deadlines
Submissions Period – June 23, 2018, to July 23, 2018.
Submissions Deadline – July 23, 2018.

Submit to Baalbeck’s International Films Festival in 2 simple steps:
BIFF is open to Lebanese, Arab and international films from around the world, in one of the following categories:
– Short Film
– Short Documentary
– Animated Short

option # 1. By submitting with filmfreeway
option # 2. By clicking on “submit your film

Rules & Regulations
1. BISFF accepts submissions from filmmakers worldwide, including students movies
2. Filmmakers should be 18 years old and above when submitting to the festival.
3. The film must be produced after 2016.
4. The length of the film should not exceed 20 mins.
5. Non-English films need to be subtitled in English
6. Fill in the submission form or apply via filmfreeway.
7. a Vimeo link OR link to a downloadable file (via WeTransfer/Dropbox). Youtube links are not accepted.
8. The entrant agrees that up to three minutes of their film may be used by BISFF in promotional activities including a trailer screening to the press and media and on the festival’s website.

Important Note about Travel & Accommodation

The festival does not support the “travel and visa expenses” of contestants living outside Lebanon and wishing to attend the festival. The organizers might, however, be able to share with the contestants a list of travel funds that they can apply to.
The festival does not support travel insurance, it’s each contestant’s responsibility to make the necessary travel insurance before coming to Lebanon. The BISFF can only offer basic first aid and medical care where needed.

Due to limited resources, the festival can only cover the accommodation of applicants who do not reside in Lebanon. The hotel choice and information will be shared by the organizers to the concerned contestants. Should contestants choose to stay in a hotel different than the one provided by the organizers, it is then their sole responsibility to cover the related costs.
Lebanese contestants wishing to stay in Baalbeck for the full duration of the festival are invited to check the Live Love Baalbeck page for some hotel addresses.

Selection Timeline

The Official Selections will be announced in August.

Contestants will be notified via e-mail; each contestant will be asked to send us his Full HD (1920 – 1080) film via mail (regular mail/express mailing services /or/ by uploading it via Wetransfer/Dropbox) or by simply dropping it by hand (for directors residing in Lebanon).

The mailing address will only be sent to the accepted contestants and communicated by e-mail to them.


The awards will be announced during the festival. The BIFF will disseminate five awards as follows:
Best Short Lebanese Documentary
Best Short Lebanese Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Short Animated Film
Best Short Film

Note on Security

Baalbeck has a very welcoming and safe environment, and during summertime, Baalbeck welcomes a lot of tourists and is guarded by national policemen all day/night long. However, the festival will share with contestants a security note to advise them on some important considerations.
On another hand, the festival will organize several walking tours to discover the city with the contestants. The contestants are also encouraged to check the Live Love Baalbeck page on our website.


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