Fernleif Productions Ninth Annual

"Back in the Box"

2017 Competition


IMDB Recognized Competition

Back in the Box Competition - IMDB 2016 Winners

The 9th 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, 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 Film, Best Short Film, Best Feature Screenplay, Best Short Screenplay, as well as 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 cash 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 Animation and Documentaries.

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: January 15, 2017

First Call Deadline: July 13, 2017

End of Summer Deadline: August 17, 2017

Early Bird Deadline: September 14, 2017

Regular Deadline: October 12, 2017

Late Deadline: November 16, 2017

WAB Deadline: December 7, 2017




FINAL FILMS SCREENED: December 22, 2017

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 15-21, 2017

Judges will have an opportunity to view the submissions that become "Official Selections" entries in both the Film and Writing categories.  After careful consideration, they will vote on which awards, in each category, should be given.  The screenplays with the highest number of winning votes will be awarded the top Writing prizes. All judging is open the the general public

The short and feature length films with the highest number of votes will become finalists. The winning Short and Feature films will be screened. 

SCREENING LOCATION – December 22, 2017 – 1PM to 5PM
The Winners of the 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. All screenings are open to the general public

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