Call for entries to Big Island Film Festival

Early-bird entries with reduced fees for the Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid Hawai’i may be sent in through Friday. But entry submissions by Maui and other filmmakers will be accepted until Feb. 1, 2014.

Acclaimed as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “Coolest Film Festivals,” the popular event series for filmmakers and film lovers will take place May 22 to 26, 2014 in an oceanfront setting on Hawaii Island’s luxury Kohala Coast.

Specializing in narrative filmmaking, the “talk story film festival” offers multi-location screenings, social events and networking opportunities, celebrity receptions, screenwriting workshops and more. A closing night “Best of the Fest” features a top Hawaiian music concert and movies chosen by the audience from festival entries.

Last year’s celebrity honorees included Vincent Kartheiser, “Pete Campbell” on the award-winning drama “Mad Men,” and Kate McKinnon, featured player on “Saturday Night Live.”

Early bird entry fees through Friday are $50 for a feature, $40 for a short, and $30 for student. The regular deadline is Jan. 1 and costs $60, $50 and $35, respectively. Late and final submission is Feb. 1 at $70, $60 and $40. All films shot in Hawaii or made by filmmakers from the Hawaiian islands will get a 25 percent discount.

For rules and applications, call (808) 883-0394 or visit