Big Blue Film Fest Schedule

January 26 – 27, 2024


Dates for Submitting A Film for 2024

August 1, 2023 | Film Submissions Open

August 18, 2023 | Early Bird Deadline

September 22, 2023 | Regular Deadline

October 20, 2023 | Extended Deadline (extra fees)

November 17, 2023 | Notification Date for Finalists

January 26-27, 2023 | Film Festival


Trailers from 2023 Film fest

Film Blocks & Breaks

The festival is broken down into blocks with an hour break given between each block. This allows you to grab food, explore our fantastic building or poke around the lovely city of Newport. There will be food and drink for purchase, as well as t-shirt and sticker sales! (cash only).

Friday, January 26

Kick-off reception

This first showing includes films and a reception at Hatfield's Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building (GVMSB). Awards will be presented to the winning filmmakers.

Saturday, January 27

On the second day of the festival, we will be showing films at GVMSB and at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Films will be shown in two-hour blocks, with a total of three blocks.


VENUE And Parking

Hatfield GVMSB Auditorium

  • Seating is limited to 250 people. Parking for the event is free. The lots are adjacent to the GVMSB. See this map for directions.
  • Food and drinks will be available for purchase in the lobby of the GVMSB.

Newport Performing Arts Center

  • Seating information
  • Food and drink information