When it comes to film festivals they all claim to be different. But, well, we’re different! We’re perhaps the first film festival to look ahead at what artists will accomplish instead of behind at what they’ve already done. With that in mind we’re planning one or more dedicated networking sessions, we’re inviting speakers who should be of interest to content producers and we’re even booking an acting workshop. It’s all designed to leave you with more than you came with!
Best Documentary, Best Narrative, Best Web Media, Best Actor, Darkhorse (DarkOstrich?),
We reserve the right to alter/delete/amend these rules as we see necessary, and to allow exceptions when & where we deem it appropriate, without penalty to any qualifying work
As far as exceptions go, we will be the most flexible/lenient with documentaries.
We reserve the right to add or remove categories at no penalty to qualifying works previously submitted.
We reserve the right to add judging categories.
All works must include a title screen. We may be screening films back to back and the audience must know when one ends and another begins.
Works should be no more than 15 minutes in length, including credits/titles. ASK before submitting anything longer!
Online screeners are permitted for submissions. However, all works selected for inclusion within the festival should be available as .MOV files, on DVD or Blu-ray to ensure compatibility with venues: NO DPC FILES! One venue already told us "No" and the other isn't even a theater, it's a party space!
Works that glorify or advocate hate or violence will not be permitted. This includes bigotry of all kinds such as racism, homophobia and religious intolerance.
All subjects/genres are welcome except pornography. We do not accept pornography!
Works of any language are accepted though we recommend English subtitles.
BEFORE SUBMITTING, if there is any question about your work’s qualifications or if you need an exception to any rule (film length, for example), contact us FIRST, before you submit! Otherwise, we will not refund the submission fees for unqualified entries so check with us first if there is any doubt. You may be asked to make your work available to us.
Permissible works include film narratives, documentaries, animation and internet content and even music videos.
Internet content would be any video produced specifically for viewing over the internet. This would include webisodes, How To videos and the like.
Works could be produced at any time. There is no date restriction on works.
We will accept works which have already been publicly shown or made available online. We are accepting web content, after all. It would be unfair to everyone else if we didn't. Anyone is free to submit works for festival screenings without restriction but, any submission with a connection to the festival’s staff/volunteers will be excluded from consideration for awards.
The number of screenings, days and venues is at the sole discretion of the Festival. Publicized venues are subject to change so check for updates!
Works produced by people under 18 years of age must be submitted by an authorized representative (parent/etc.) 18 years of age or older.
By submitting a film a person is certifying that they have every legal right to the work, that they are either the copyright holder or legally represent the copyright holder of the work and that all content (dialogue, music, etc) is either original to the work or that they have obtained all rights and clearances. The submitter agrees to assume all responsibility for damages resulting from the public display of the work, including but not limited to all legal fees associated with copyright infringement claims or contract disputes.
DO NOT use FedEx, UPS or any carrier other than the postal service to ship entries or other materials. The USPS will not deliver materials from private shipping firms to a Post Office box.
DVDs, videos, drives and other materials submitted to the festival will not be returned.
Mailed inquires/submissions must include the film representative’s name, the title of the film, any tracking or identification number and all pertinent contact info including physical mailing address. Don't confuse us! The more information you give the less likely we'll be wondering who sent it.
Final selection of films will take place a month prior to the festival.
Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed the applicant may be subject to any fees.
AGAIN, if there is any doubt as to whether your work qualifies or if you need an exception, ask FIRST, before you submit! Otherwise, once your entry/payment is processed it will not be refunded. You may have to make your film/video available to us in order to answer your question.