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October Newsletter (2023)



The 2022 Burbank International Film Festival, which ran September 8th - September 11th, treated filmmakers to the biggest AMC screens to view their work; red carpet VIP treatment with top Getty photographers; and an Awards Show Gala Hosted by Christine Lakin! The films impressed audiences all week long, and we can see the bright futures ahead for these talented creatives. There's a reason BIFF grows in prestige every year, and it's because the quality of storytelling is alive and well in Burbank. Submissions open TOMORROW, November 1, 2022 on Film Freeway for next year's Festival.

First Entertainment Credit Union makes 15 year old filmmaker Violet Zeug's dreams come true by awarding her the "L.A. County Young Student Filmmaker Award!" FECU has sponsored BIFF for 8 wonderful years. More Award Winners can be discovered by clicking below:

Sponsor Fun Ton Grip & Lighting hosted the amazing BIFF after-parties at their massive 3-Stage Studio located near Downtown Burbank. "Over 11,000 sq/ft of blank creative space, ready to support your vision! Create multiple sets at once or give your crew room to spread out - the whole space is yours!"

More Than a Stage...

  • VIP Greenroom

  • Hair/Makeup Room

  • Production Office

  • Grip, Lighting & Production Supplies

Filmmakers Breakfast Panel

BIFF opened up the 2022 Festival with a fun, informative and delicious Thursday Morning Breakfast Panel at Milano Ristorante Italiano & Wine Bar in Burbank. Speakers included Maria Collis from Leomark Studios Distribution; Sound Editor Vickie Sampson (pictured); & MIchael Bravin from Canon Cameras. Maria commented, "Thanks for having me and for having events like this one. The best part of film festivals for me is meeting filmmakers, and it was a really well-attended event by a bunch of very nice folks." Thank you, Maria!


Presenters & Filmmakers shined bright this year! One filmmaker commented, "We had an amazing time at this festival that is truly in the heart of the film industry. The team makes you feel very special and are extra accommodating. The awards gala felt like the Emmy's. We look forward to next year!" Another filmmaker added, "The whole BIFF experience was one I’ll never forget and the Awards Gala was the highlight of the year.... [W]e are extremely grateful for the opportunity and honor that BIFF has given our film and we hope to share many more of these moments in the future. Thank you so much." BIFF looks forward to watching these talented filmmakers grow in their careers!

Meet Alessandro Gentile

Winner of the inaugural "Tim Burton 'Native Burbank' Visionary Award" for his short film, "Lodo!" After receiving the Award, Alessandro shared "I've been here in Burbank for quite some time now, and it's really an amazing town to live in.... I'm a huge fan of Tim Burton. 'Big Fish' & 'Edward Scissorhands' are movies that really changed my life. Thank you so much. It's a great honor."

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