Prizes and Key Dates


— Competition is open to U.S. and International entries.

— Entries must not have been publicly shown before 2023.

– For our Arlington, MA (Boston) Festival, preference is given to Boston Premieres.

— Entries must be submitted online through FilmFreeway.

— You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and pay the separate entry fee.


Every possible care will be taken with entries while in our possession; however, we cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage, or additional charges incurred en route due to normal wear and tear or equipment failure. Additionally, Lonely Seal International Film and Screenplay Festival is held harmless from any claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses that may be incurred because of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, or film screening.


— Entry fee (must be paid online).

–3-Line Synopsis.

–Feature Films: Please include no more than a 250-word synopsis (may be used for the Festival Program and website).

–Accepted entries must submit at least one web-ready still at 72dpi and 560×315 pixels.


All entries are eligible to win the top prizes.

Employees (and their immediate families) of The Lonely Seal International Film and Screenplay Festival and any of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies or festival sponsors are not eligible to win.

There is no limit on the number of screenplays you can submit; however, each screenplay must be submitted separately and accompanied by its completed submission form.

Feature Film Screenplays must be between 70-120 pages in English and submitted in proper script format.

By submitting the material, the applicant hereby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the festival & its employees from any liability, claims, and damages in connection with the submission and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the entry fee.

I/We agree to hold the Lonely Seal International Film, Music, and Screenplay Festival harmless and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any music video, advertisement, film or media submitted to the Festival.