Fernleif Productions Eighth Annual

"Back in the Box"

2016 Competition


IMDB Recognized Competition

Back in the Box Competition - IMDB 2015 Winners

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 categories for Animation and Documentary

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 FILMS SCREENED: December 23,2016

See your hard work come to life


  • Cash awards for best in category
  • 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)

JUDGING – December 15-22, 2016
This portion is done online and is open to the general public.

Judges will have an opportunity to view the semi-finalist entries in both the Film and Writing categories.  After careful consideration, they will vote on which awards, in each category, should be notinated.  The screenplays with the highest number of winning votes will be awarded the top Writing prizes.

The short and feature length films with the highest number of votes will become finalists and be screened.  The number of films that will be screened depends on the run time of the winning entries.  Votes will be tallied and runtimes calculated based on the number of votes received.  At a minimum, the Best Picture and Best Short Film will be screened. Additional films may be screened as time allows.  At the screening, the judges will decide the winners of the top Film prizes.

Registration fee to become an online judge will stop being sold on December 14, 2016
Tickets are non-refundable but fully transferable with advance notice to Fernleif Productions, Inc.
If you are going to attend the screening, this cost will be subtracted from the Screening ticket price.

SCREENING – December 23, 2016
This is an exclusive event limited to only 50 participants who are serious about moving forward with projects and will be an informal mix between actors, producers and directors.

Discussion topics include how actors can make contact to directors and producers of indie films when they’re available and ready to work. Directors attending will include filmmakers who have active projects they want to move forward with.  Producers attending will include representatives who are actively searching for key projects to invest in.  Representatives from Fernleif Productions will also be in attendance looking to expand their portfolio of projects including films and talent for not only short films investment, but for additional talent for creating content for electronic games and applications.

Actors – here’s your chance to make direct contact with directors about how to connect with them when it comes to indie films casting, performance, marketing or anything else.

Directors - here’s an opportunity to discover and network with LA’s wealth of acting talent. 

Producers – here’s an opportunity to discover new opportunities and get in on projects on the ground floor.

The 50 people who hold the exclusive “Screening” tickets will be the final set of judges for the films that have progressed to the final round.  They will decide which lucky filmmaker will take home the grand prize. If your film is one films being screened, here is a great opportunity to show off your work to a captive audience and make great contacts for future projects.

Tickets for Screening event is will be limited.  Tickets will stop being sold on December 14, 2016 or will be stopped as soon as the total sales reaches 50 paid reservations.
Tickets are non-refundable, but are fully transferable with advance notice to Fernleif Productions, Inc.  Attendee must be on the final list in order to be admitted to the screening.


SCREENING LOCATION – December 23, 2016 – 1PM to 5PM
The finalists in the Film competition will be screened in the Ocean Screening Room in beautiful Santa Monica, California the premier digital cinema in Santa Monica.  What better place to see a film in summer than on the coast of sunny California.  Here, you will xperience a breathtaking vista of the Pacific Ocean from the theater entrance. Chosen by Universal, Disney, Paramount and Sony as the Santa Monica Academy Awards screening venue, Ocean Screening also screens for Grammy Awards as well as Sundance. Screening location subject to change.

The Ocean Screening Room is located at 1401 Ocean Ave, 1st floor (cross street Santa Monica Blvd.). Ocean Screening shares the same building as Sushi Roku and Water Grill. The screening room is located on the lobby level.  Directions can be found here:

Ocean Screening Room Directions