Welcome to the 8th Annual Bonita Springs Short Film Fest Competition

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.

Each entry will be judged on its own merits, particularly in how they best showcase the theme for this year.

Check all categories under our PRIZES webpage.

This year’s festival topic is

Pick any genre (comedy, drama, documentary, western, etc) and tell us a story through film.

Remember that the higher the portion of your short film is recorded in the City of Bonita Springs, the higher your winning chances are

Each 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.

The festival is now accepting footage from any location, particularly from Southwest Florida, though judges like films shot in Bonita Springs, though you may use additional footage shot in other locations. Be absolutely syre you hold the rights to that footage. Failure to observe this rule can disqualify your entry. If you have doubts about using certain footage, from someone else, please contact us.

The Festival’s Gala will take place April 20th, 2023 at 6pm, at Prado Stadium 12 Theaters, in Bonita Springs.

IMPORTANT: If you have any questions about location permits, and filming authorizations, please contact us in advance, so we can provide you with the necessary contact information. There are City ordinances about boating, drones, and other safety regulations that you must follow at all times. Don’t take any chances. We will help you with the paperwork as much as we can, but ultimately you are the sole responsible for your actions. So have fun, but remember to be considerate to your fellow citizens, respect their privacy and follow every City and traffic regulation at all times.