Fernleif Productions Eighth Annual

"Back in the Box"

2016 Competition


IMDB Recognized Competition

Back in the Box Competition - IMDB 2015 Winners


This is a competition, not a film festival. All judging is done by a panel of industry professionals, not by public viewing. If you would like to be considered for membership in this year's panel, please write to ADS@FERNLEIF.COM.

The 8th Annual Back in the Box Competition (BIB), offers some of the lowest submission fees with some of the highest acceptance rates on the festival circuit. Because BIB is a competition, and not a film festival, we are able to review many more submissions to give more artists a greater chance to showcase their work. BIB provides an exciting platform for ambitious filmmakers and screenwriters to showcase their skills in direct competition with other creative artists.

Featuring a diverse array of competitive categories (including Best Feature Screenplay, Best Short Screenplay, Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, and Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and many others), BIB works to shatter the boundaries placed not only between genres but also between undiscovered talents and eager audiences. We are looking for the Best of the Best in the field of entertainment. And we are hoping you are prepared the meet the competition head on.

A slew of prizes are available through participation in BIB. Several of prior year's winning screenplays have already moved into production, and some films had secured distribution. There's no telling what sort of remarkable stories or careers this year's competition will unleash.

We thank you for your support!!

Film Competition Categories:

Accepting both Short and Feature film entries of any length, including a category for Animation

Screenplay Competition Categories:

Accepting both Short and Feature screenplays, teleplays, and series format of any length.

Multiple award categories including:

Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay and many more.

Call for Entries Opens: February 11, 2016

First Call Deadline: July 14, 2016

End of Summer Deadline: August 18, 2016

Early Bird Deadline: September 15, 2016

Regular Deadline: October 13, 2016

Late Deadline: November 17, 2016

WAB Deadline: December 8, 2016



FINAL RESULTS POSTED: December 23,2016

See your hard work come to life


  • Certificates of Outstanding Awards
  • Possible Credit Listing on IMDB

There are several ways to submit. You can submit through FilmFreeway


Or submit through WithoutABox


Entry Fees depending on category and deadline added bonuses

(Prize awards and dates subject to change)