Fernleif Productions Annual

"Best of the Best"

2016-17 Competition


The Annual Best of the Best Competition (BOTB), is looking for the Best of the Best in films and screenplays. The winner in each category receives $1000 prize to help promote their amazing work within the industry. You are competing against some of the best in the industry. Now is your time to shine.

This worldwide competition strives to give emerging writers, filmmakers and actors an opportunity to compete based on their talent alone. If you feel that the work you have created is better than anything else out there, then this is the competition for you. Accepting submissions from all over the world, BOTB is open to an amazing array of talent from both established and emerging markets.

We thank you for your support and look forward to your best work!!

Film Competition Categories:

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

Writing Competition Categories:

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

Cash Awards of $1000 each:

Both the Best of the Film Catogory and the Writing Category will each receive a cash prize of $1000.

Call for Entries Opens: July 1, 2016

New Year Deadline: January 1, 2017

First Call Deadline: February 1, 2017

Early Bird Deadline: March 1, 2017

Regular Deadline: April 1, 2017

Late Deadline: May 1, 2017

Extended Deadline: June 1, 2017




See your hard work get the reward it deserves


  • Cash awards for best in each 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)

Additional information on Judging and Screening process:

JUDGING – June 16-22, 2017
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 ONE, in each category, was the Best of the Best.  The screenplay with the highest number of winning votes will be awarded the top Writing prize of $1000.

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 the point where 4 hours of runtime (or a maximum of 5 short films) has been reached, those films will move to the final screening competition.  At the screening, the judges will decide the winner of the top Film prize of $1000.

Registration fee to become an online judge is $10 payable only through PayPal. Tickets will stop being sold on June 15, 2017. Tickets are non-refundable but fully transferable with advance notice to Fernleif Productions, Inc.
If you are going to attend the screening, this $10 fee will be returned to you at the screening.


This is an exclusive event for a limited number of 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 of $1000. 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.

Ticketing for the Screening event cost $100 and is limited to the first 50 paid reservations.  Screening Attendance fee is payable only through PayPal. Tickets will stop being sold on June 15, 2017 or 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 – June 23, 2017 – 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 Screen Room Directions