Presenting it’s screenings and side activities in an accessible structure, Accessible Film Festival is an annual event where the best examples of the world and Turkish cinema meet with the movie goers, creating a space where everyone can share the experience of cinema equally.

While the Festival presents the best recent and the classic examples of the world and Turkish cinema under thematic sections, it also hosts parallel activities such as Q&A sessions with the film crews, workshop for children, VR experiences etc.

Due to the health concerns created by COVID-19 pandemic, the Festival will be organized in a hybrid format in 2021, involving both in-person and online screenings. The hybrid edition of Accessible Film Festival will host socially-distanced screenings in Ankara where strict measures would apply, while offering access to an online version at the same time. However, the course of the pandemic will determine physical screenings will be included or not in the Festival.

In 2021, the newly-organized and extended Festival will feature a new program structure, with a new competition section to be presented in October.

As usual, all films at the Festival will be accompanied by Turkish Audio-Description (AD) for those who are vision impaired and Turkish Caption Subtitling (CS) for those who are hearing impaired or hard of hearing. The Q&A sessions, workshops, panels and other parallel activities within the Festival will be realized in an accessible structure and all venues will be selected from the accessible ones. 

The International Short Film Competition which aims promoting and circulating short films and encouraging dialogue between the audience, young directors and cinema professionals will be held for the first time within the framework of the Festival. The best short films of the recent world cinema will compete for the Audience Award, Best Film, Best Director and Best Script awards. While the Audience Award will be decided by the votes of the audience, a Jury consisted of directors, actors/actresses, film critics, cinema professionals etc. will decide the Best Film, Best Director and Best Script awards.


ACCESSIBLE FILM FESTIVAL
11-17 OCTOBER 2021
SHORT FILM COMPETITION REGULATIONS

1. PURPOSE
International Short Film Competition which is organized within the framework of Accessible Film Festival (hereinafter also referred to as the “Festival”) aims promoting and circulating short films and encouraging dialogue between the audience, young directors and cinema professionals.

2. ORGANIZATION AND DATES OF THE COMPETITION
International Short Film Competition will be held between 11-17 October 2021 by Puruli Culture&Art. The 9th Accessible Film Festival will be a hybrid festival offering screenings in Ankara as well as online. Online screenings will be available on a DRM protected streaming platform within the territory of Turkey only. If the physical festival is unable to be held due to extreme circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the Festival will take place online only.

3. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
a) Short films with a running time of no more than 20 minutes are accepted for consideration. Entry to the Festival is open to all short films, with no limitations regarding the theme. Only fiction and animation films are accepted. Promotional or commercial films are not accepted.
b) Short films made in 2020 and 2021 are accepted.
c) Films available on internet, broadcasted on television or commercially released on VOD, DVD, Blu-Ray or any other format are not eligible.

4. SUBMISSION
a) Deadline for submissions is 10th of July, 2021. The submissions are only open through filmfreeway.com. Any submission made outside this platform won’t be considered.
b) Submission fees for the International Short Film Competition:

- Earlybird: From 20th of April to 20th of May 2021: 5 €
- Regular: From 20th of May 2021 to 20th of June 2021: 7 €
- Extended: From 20th of June 2021 to 10th of July 2021: 10 €

c) In case of cancellation of the submission, or in case the film is not eligible, the submission fee will not be reimbursed.
d) Preview copies must have English subtitles (not applicable to films where English is the original language).
e) The following materials must be attached to the online submission:

-High-resolution trailer of the film (if available)
-High-resolution photos from the film
-Poster of the film (in .jpeg, .pdf etc.)
-Presskit of the film (if available)
-Short biography of the director in English
-Photo of the director (in .jpeg, .pdf etc.)

5. SCREENINGS
a) Film screenings will be held both in screening venues and online. The physical screenings will be held in Ankara only. Online screenings will be held through a DRM protected streaming platform with geo-blocking (only viewers from Turkey will be able to access the films.) The films will be screened in their original language with Turkish and English subtitles. Optionally, Turkish audio-description, Turkish dubbing and Turkish closed captions will be available for those who are vision or hearing impaired. 
b) Eligible formats for screening copies of selected films is DCP for the physical screenings and digital file (MP4, .MOV file, h264 or ProRes) with the technical specs same as the DCP copy for online screenings as well as preparing the accessibility facilities of the film. This is extremely important for providing the synchronicity of accessibility facilities. (Turkish audio-description, Turkish dubbing and Turkish closed captions.)
c) The films will be screened max. 2 times at the screening venue/s and streaming of the film could be max. 72 hours on the digital screening platform during the Festival.
d) Applicants are not entitled to claim screening fees for the screenings of their films in the competition.
e) All selected films should have English dialogue list in .srt or .xml format.

6. SELECTION
a) A selection committee, chosen by the Festival team will be appointed to view all submissions for pre-selection. The pre-selection results will be delivered to the applicants by 30th of July 2021.
b) Only one film per director is accepted.
c) The right holders of the selected films will have to send a file/copy for the screening, as well as a dialogue list in English in .srt or .xml format with timecode to the Festival team until 13th of August, 2021. Failure to send these materials will cause the exclusion of the film from the selection. The directors have the chance to withdraw their films from the competition until this date. After 13th of August, 2021, they will not have this option.
d) The Festival reserves the right to use the promotional materials submitted previously both during and after the Festival. The Festival also has the right to use short excerpt from the film if the film doesn’t have any trailer.
e) The materials received from the right holders of the selected films will be used on the outputs of the Festival (catalogue, website, social media accounts etc.) considering the Personal Data Protection Law in Turkey (Law Number:6698).

7. HOSPITALITY
a) The Festival aims to invite one director or representative of each film in competition to Ankara for 3 days. Hotel accommodation and daily meals will be provided. These provisions are subject to change due to conditions related to budget, pandemic etc.
b) The director or representative of the film is expected to attend the Award Ceremony of the Festival which will be held either physically or virtually according to the Covid-19 restrictions.
c) If the Festival is held virtually only, online pre-recorded Q&A sessions will be held with the directors of the selected films. These videos will be screened through the streaming platform to be used during the Festival as well as the Youtube channel of the Festival.

8. AWARDS
a) The Jury of the Festival awards the following Prizes:
1. Best Film
2. Best Director
3. Best Script
4. Audience Award

b) None of the awards may be given to joint winners; only one winner may be chosen by the jury.
c) If the Jury would like to give an award except these categories, it might be Special Jury Award only.
d) Best Film Award is given to the producer of the film.
e) Best Director Award is given to the director of the film.
f) Best Script Award is given to the script writer of the film.
g) Audience Award is given to the producer of the film.

9. THE JURY
a) The Jury is composed by representatives from various fields of film industry, audiovisual and academic world. Consisted of 3 persons, the Jury is responsible for awarding the prizes. 
b) The producers, directors and other film crews who are involved in the making of a film included in the competition can not be a member of the Jury.
c) The Jury members watch the films at the screening venue if the Festival is held in hybrid format. Otherwise they watch the films from the preview copies if the Festival is held only virtually.
d) The Jury makes its decisions with absolute majority (2 votes).

10. PROCESSING RIGHT
The film participating in the International Short Film Competition is called as the WORK whose characters, stories, script and dialogues have already been created by the right holder who signed the regulation. The right holder acknowledges and agrees that she/he has transferred the processing right on the WORK to Puruli Culture&Art for making the submitted film accessible for the disabled individuals, limited to the duration of Accessible Film Festival.
The new processed work whose accessibility applications (audio description and closed caption) have been prepared by Puruli Culture&Art is called the PROCESSED WORK. Puruli Culture&Art keeps a copy of the PROCESSED WORK in it’s archive after the Festival ends. The intellectual property rights of the accessibility applications of the PROCESSED WORK belongs to Puruli Culture&Art. With the acceptance of this regulation, the right owner accepts that Puruli Culture&Art can negotiate and/or make verbal or written agreements with third parties about the screening of the PROCESSED WORK without prejudice to the right owner’s intellectual property rights on the WORK. The decision on the screening of the PROCESSED WORK belongs to the right owner of the film. Also the right owner has a right to request a screening fee for the screening of the PROCESSED WORK.

11. AUTHORIZATION
For other issues which are not mentioned in the regulation text, the authorization right belongs to Puruli Culture&Art.
The producers, directors and other film crew are deemed to have accepted this regulation. It is the responsibility of the applicant, the legal owner of the film, to inform the people who contributed to the production of the film about this regulation.