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Submission Policies & Judging Process

Every film and screenplay submitted to the BSFFNYC is watched/read in its entirety from opening "Fade In" to the last credit. We do not toss aside you submission if we are not grabbed right away. We believe your submission fee should afford you that common courteousy.

BSFFNYC does not waive submission fees. The cash awards given to winning filmmakers and screenwriters is generated by submission fees.

Officially Selected films chosen to paticipate in the BSFFNYC are screened in a professional movie theater in New York City.

Officially Selected screenplays are given a live staged reading with professional actors. This event is open to the public and audio recordings are made available to the screenwriters.

All Officially Selected films and screenplays are judged by a national, indepent panel of working professionals. They score the films/screenplays on a series of 1 - 10 in several filmmaking/screenwriting categories such as directing, editing, character, and story. All the judges' ratings are averaged together to determine a submission's final score.

The film with the highest score wins in for each competition category: Comedy, Drama, Animation and Documentary.

The screenplay with the highest score wins for each competition category: Comedy and Drama.

The 2013 Judges list is T.B.A. Often we will announce additions to our judging panel through our Facebook page.

The 2013 Prizes & Awards are T.B.A.

If you have additional questions, please contact us:

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BSFFNYC 2012 Awards Packages included:

Past Judges

Jonathan Helfgot
EVP, Walden Media
Mr. Helfgot was a Senior VP at 20th Century Fox before making the move Walden Media. He has worked on the X-Men and Ice Age franchises, Borat, Walk the Line, The Simpsons Movie, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Taken, Night at the Museum, The Devil Wears Prada and Avatar, the biggest movie of all time.

Jordan Montminy
Jordan has been editing for film and television since 1997. He won an Emmy for his work on Between The Lions for PBS. His credits include Trauma: Life in the E.R., Dog the Bounty Hunter, The Salt-N-Pepa Show, and Frontline for PBS.

Kym Bernazky
Artistic Director, Collision Productions
Kym is a founding member of the silent comedy tour de force, Six Characters. Her new venture, Collision Productions is dedicated to the development of innovative, inter-discipline works of art. They produce theater, performance art, and live events in NYC.

Mohit Mahajan
Founder, 2WayTV & Play Festival Films
Mohit worked as a software engineer for Gemstar-TV Guide and Rovi Corporation before starting 2WayTV and designing Play Festival Films, the popular iPad app, which distributes award winning short films from top film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Palm Springs and more.

Michael Hirsch
Writer, Triangle: Remembering the Fire
Michael Hirsh spent countless days locating forgotten graves of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire victims. Through his efforts the last remaining unidentified vitcim are now known and their stroy told in HBO's documentary, Triangle: Remembering the Fire.

Monica Haim
Director, Awake Zion
Monica is a graduate of NYU. Her documentary, Awake Zion, explores the unsuspecting connections between Rasta, Reggae, and Judaism, through one woman's beat-laden adventure into the meaning of identity.

David Kohner Zuckerman
President, &
David is a producer, writer, and script consultant. He was Head of Development for Silver Lion Films. His credits include All I Want for Chirstmas, Chump Change, Crocodile Dundee in L.A. and Club Dread.