Films will be accepted from Jan. 1 to May 31

On Jan. 1, the Beacon Independent Film Festival (BIFF) will begin accepting films for consideration for the third annual festival. The open submission process will extend until May 31. The 2015 festival will be held at University Settlement Camp in Beacon Sept. 18–20.

Filmmakers can submit their films directly through the film festival’s website,, or by going to and searching for the Beacon Independent Film Festival. BIFF accepts narrative and documentary feature films, short films and works in progress. Animated films can be submitted within those categories. All rules and regulations can be found on the organization’s website.

Founded by Beacon resident Terry Nelson, the Beacon Independent Film Festival celebrates filmmaking and the act of watching films with others in your community. It is a grassroots event that strives to make good film accessible to everyone. Films screened either do not have a distributor or are only lightly distributed; all represent a diversity of voices and perspectives.

Local, national and international filmmakers are featured and many of them participate in discussions with the audience after their movies are shown. Within its own community, the Beacon Independent Film Festival wants to create a strong film program to further enhance Beacon’s current reputation as an arts mecca.

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