Entry deadline April 15th, 2017

International Film Festival

About the International Film Festival

The Turquoise Bay International Underwater Film Festival is open to well-known professional filmmakers, rising filmmakers and amateur videographers. Outstanding prizes will be awarded to the winning films and finalists. The winner of the Stan Waterman Legacy Award
and finalists will be officially announced on June 30, 2017.

For the 2017 edition, TBIUFF screenings will occur throughout the year at various venues in the United States and Canada.

We have also added a documentary short category to our festival.



Best of Show : Stan Waterman Legacy Award


Short Film under 7 min.

1st Place : Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort - 7 day all-inclusive dive package for 2 persons in Roatan (value of $3 000)

2nd Place : Epic Diving - Gift certificate to dive Tiger Beach or the Great hammerheads in Bimini (value of $1 000)

3rd Place : Hollis - Dive regulator LX150 Yoke/DC7 and dive computer DG02 (value of $760)


Documentary under 26 min.

1st Place : Aquatica/Amphibico - Gift Certificate (value up to $4 000)

2nd Place : Ocean Quest - 7 day dive and stay package in Newfoundland, Canada (value of $1 500)

3rd Place : Mares - Dive regulator and dive computer (value of $800)


General Rules

1. Films are limited to 7 minutes in the short film category and 26 minutes in the documentary category. No minimum length is required.

2. Films may contain no more than 30% of surface footage in the short film category and 50% in the documentary category, the remaining portion being underwater.

3. Films may contain no more than 10% of animated stills.

4. Films must have been completed after January 1st, 2015.

5. Footage must have been taken in a natural environment and wildlife must not have been restrained, harassed or injured in any way.

6. All films submitted may contain voice-over tracks and/or music. The music should be royalty free and filmmaker must own the rights to use it.

7. The language must be English. Films can be captioned or subtitled in English.

8. Open to any location and any theme.

9. Films will be judged by an international panel. Judging criteria will include: originality of theme, quality of editing, storyline and aesthetic quality of images.

10. The festival reserves the right to not award all the prizes should the quality of the submitted film be judged unsatisfactory.

11. Finalists will be notified by email on June 15, 2017.

12. Prize winners will be officially announced on June 30, 2017.

13. There is no limit on the number of entries submitted by a same participant.

14. Participants must follow all the instructions as stated in the "Submission Process" tab.

15. All submission must be under 3GB of data. If a file exceeds this limit, please contact us to make arrangements.

16. Deadline for submission: April 15, 2017 at midnight EST (GMT -5).

Submission Process

Submission Process

1. Deadline for submission: April 15, 2017 at midnight EST (GMT -5).

2. Entry fees: $25 USD / short film under 7 min and $30 USD / short documentary, max. length of 26 min.

3. Click on this button for payment of entries for a Short Film (Paypal).


4. Click on this button for payment of entries for a Documentary (Paypal).


4. Download the form at the following link: www.turquoisebayfilmfestival.com/pdf/submission.pdf   

5. Send a photo of the filmmaker with the completed form at: submission@turquoisebayfilmfestival.com   

6. For all questions, please call 1-819-357-4390 (Canada) or write to: info@turquoisebayfilmfestival.com