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BIFF entry deadline Feb. 1


The final deadline to submit films to the Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival (BIFF) is Feb. 1, 2010. Acclaimed as one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine, the 5th annual BIFF is a good venue for filmmakers to introduce their independent narrative short or feature length movies in several categories.

BIFF takes place May 12-16 at Mauna Lani Resort, “on location” in two luxury hotels, retail shopping center and restaurants. More than 80 entries (including several made in Hawaii) from 13 different countries have already been received.

Narrative films (not documentaries) are accepted, both “shorts” (30 minutes or less) and feature-length (60 minutes or more), completed after Jan. 1, 2009. Films shot in Hawaii or from filmmakers who live in Hawaii receive a 25 percent discount on entry fees (verification required).

BIFF is a movie-lover’s nirvana, with back-to-back screenings of short and feature-length films during the day, evening movies in two different locations, awards brunch, a screenwriting workshop with Ron Osborn (“Duckman,” “The West Wing,” “Moonlighting”), a pitch workshop, celebrity receptions for an actor and a filmmaker, and “Best of the Fest” concert with audience choice short and feature films.

For information, submission rules and application, visit or call 883-0394.

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