Lonely Seal Film, Screenplay and Music Festival

Swimming Forward

The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay, and Music Festival is sponsored by Final Draft, Page Craft, FilmFreewayHourglass24, and Lonely Seal Releasing. Our 2019 festival will grant $400,000+ of in-kind prizes.


Thanks to an amazing inaugural year, we are excited to announce we’re expanding in 2019. Not only are we adding a day to our event at the incredible Regent Theatre in Arlington (Boston) MA, but the value of our in-kind prizes shooting up from $240,000 to $400,000+. We’re also adding a music festival/contest, and we are also adding a new division to our screenwriting contest. We’re committed to helping filmmakers, writers, and musicians chase down their wildest dreams, so dream big and apply today!

Here’s what’s new for 2019:

Music Festival

Sound Byte,” is a filmed Battle of the Bands’ Web/TV series, where the winner will earn a record contract, heavy SEO/PR support, and music equipment sponsorship. Sound Byte will be held at the Regent Theatre, a 100+-year-old cinema house in Arlington (Boston) MA. on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Sound Byte Grand Prize Winner – $100,000 of in-kind services- A record contract from Hourglass24, ($50,000) heavy SEO marketing, ($36,000) a custom website, ($5,000) a custom APP, ($5,000) and musical equipment sponsorship ($4,000).

Best Music Video – $8,750 – A website or APP, and SEO.

Best Songwriting – $8,750 – A website or APP, and SEO.

The music video and song winners will also play during the web/TV episodes, as a part of their prize package.

New Addition to our Screenplay Contest

In addition to our screenplay contest, we are excited to announce Script Accessible,” a screenwriting contest for writers with disabilities and non-disabled writers who write about disabled lead characters.

EMBRACE ABILITY. These two simple words are our bedrock. The development process of creating “Script Accessible” started several decades ago, when a head injury turned my healthy six-month-old body into one that would someday house a writer that types with one usable hand. Since then, I’ve spent my entire life embracing my abilities, rather than my inabilities. It’s that passion that I created the “Script Accessible” screenwriting contest. My mission is to encourage writers with disabilities to make their voice heard and to inspire all writers to create more stories with disabled characters. “The globe is our community and we strive to inspire every inch of it.”

Script Accessible was housed at the Slamdance Screenwriting Contest in 2009-2010 and was sponsored by WGA-West. Gia Milani, our 2009 winner, “All the Wrong Reasons,” which was announced during Slamdance in January of 2010,  not only went on to be produced, but it won the Discovery Award of the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.

Gia Milani, “All the Wrong Reasons,” with Hammad Zaidi.

R. Ian Simpon, “Below The Waist,” with Hammad Zaidi.

Here’s what’s not new, which is why it’s so very cool.

Our Cinematic Oasis – The Regent Theatre in Arlington (Boston) MA.

Our films screen at the Regent Theatre, a 100+-year-old cinema house in Arlington, Massachusetts (Boston).