BMPA Competition Categories

International Short-Film Competition     |     International Spoof-Writing Competition

International Short-Film Competition:

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Live-Action and/or Animated Motion Pictures with a Run Time not exceeding 30 Minutes and a Total Budget not exceeding $50,000 US (not including deferred payment). No exceptions.

      Entry Guidelines:

  • Submitted motion picture must be 30 Minutes or under.
  • Submitted motion picture must have a production budget of $50,000 US or under (not including deferred payment).
  • The Boston Motion Picture Awards reserves the right to request a detailed accounting of the submitted film's budget.
  • Submitted motion picture must have been completed after January 1, 2006.
  • If the submitted motion picture is in a spoken language other than English, you must submit an English subtitled version of the film.
  • If the submitted motion picture's screenplay was adapted from other material, you must have acquired the rights to the original work.
  • All necessary rights, permissions, and clearances (including, but not limited to, rights to all music used in the motion picture) have been obtained for public promotion, exhibition, and/or sale of the submitted motion picture.

As far as form and genre go, almost anything is acceptable. Dramas, comedies, documentaries, music videos, animation, and experimental motion pictures are all accepted. (In other words, unless it's a commercial or a training film, you're probably safe.) If you're unsure whether your motion picture qualifies, please feel free to e-mail us.

To view the competition's complete rules, please click here: BMPA Rules.


International Spoof-Writing Competition:

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Original comedic screenplays that parody (or "spoof") films, television shows, books, plays, literary/film genres, people, characters, and/or current events

      Entry Guidelines:

  • Submitted screenplay must be no more than 10 Pages (not including cover page).
  • Submitted screenplay must be entirely your own work, and you must own the rights to the screenplay.
  • Submitted screenplay must not be, or at any time have been, optioned, sold, or produced.
  • Submitted screenplay must be in English.
  • Submitted screenplay must be in proper script format.

As far as content goes, the script must be a parody (or "spoof"). While we have no specific rules regarding what you can and cannot parody, we recommend something from the following list: films, television shows, books, plays, literary/film genres, people, characters, and/or current events. If you have a question regarding a possible entry, please feel free to e-mail us.

To view the competition's complete rules, please click here: BMPA Rules.

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