IMPORTANT INFORMATION : THIS SUBMISSION IS FOR 2020 !!!

All non-English films must have English subtitles, except films in Portuguese language.

At this time, we are only requesting online submissions and all materials must be viewable online, as we want to remain as green as possible.

By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened by the festival during the festival run, for which you are submitting, at no charge to the festival. If there are to be any additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement between the filmmaker and the festival.

All media selected by the festival will be asked to provide promotional materials, but we ask that no promotional materials be sent until selection.

By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted.

The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time, if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives.

The festival venue will be in the town of Teresopolis - Rio de Janeiro and selected films will be screened according to the festival schedule.

The festival´s venue:
Espaço Higino (Awards Ceremony)
Av. Oliveira Botelho, 365 - Alto
Teresópolis (City on Rio de Janeiro Hills)
Municipal Theater of the City Hall of Teresópolis (Screening Sessions)
Festival dates: 23rd to 25th of August 2020.

The winners who not attend to the award ceremony will receive an online version of the certificate.

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Trophy and Award Certificates:

Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Feature Film
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Web Series
Best Screenplay Short
Best Screenplay Feature
Best Music Video
Best First-time Filmmaker
Best Experimental Film
Special Jury Award

All non-English films must have English subtitles.
At this time, we are only requesting online submissions and all materials must be viewable online, as we want to remain as green as possible.
By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened by the festival during the festival run, for which you are submitting, at no charge to the festival. If there are to be any additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement between the filmmaker and the festival. All media selected by the festival will be asked to provide promotional materials, but we ask that no promotional materials be sent until selection. By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted.
The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time, if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives.

RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING POSTERS AND TRAILERS

It is very important for all filmmakers to readily have available posters and trailers and additional materials possible to submit to film festivals at the submission stage. Film festival directors appreciate these materials to work with, should your film get accepted to the festival submitted. As a Festival Director, I see professionalism and dedication to the film when the submitter sends a well made poster and a short trailer. This also helps the film festival better promote the selected films.

POSTER :
It’s important to get a frame from the movie or a photo still of the film that makes people look at it and think “I want to see this film” or “Who is that guy and why he is running?” or “Why is that woman crying?”.
A good poster should immediately grab people’s attention. A poster with only the title a background doesn’t convey any emotion and doesn’t mean anything.
Film festivals prefer to have posters in the the following proportion.
Recomended file size: 1400 pixels x 2100 pixels at 300dpi.
Make the Title stand out, but don’t make it so big that it distracts the important images in your poster.
Make sure to export it aa a JPEG, PNG or PDF.

TRAILER:
The trailer has to give the audience a glimpse of your film and just enough so as not reveal important parts of it. This will make the viewer curious about your film.
Place important information like: Title, Directed by…, important actors in the poster. Include festival laurels like Winner of Best Film or Best Director, and Official Selections from important festivals such as: Sundance, TIFF, etc...
Duration : The recommend length of a trailer should be between 1 and 2 minutes maximum.
Export : 1080p – MP4 or Quicktime mov file.
Even if your short film is 3 to 5 minutes long, creating a 1 minute trailer will make a good impression.

FINAL THOUGHTS
When a film is submitted to my festivals without a poster or trailer or sometimes without both, the judges takes points off the final rating of the film.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Reinel García Pérez

    Localizado na cidade de Teresópolis, bem ao pé da serra, o festival Brazil International Film Festival 2019 foi glaumoroso, com sua entrega de prêmios realizada no Espaço Cultural Higino. Essa edificação faz parte da história da cidade desde 1940 quando funcionava como hotel. Hoje é um local para festas e suas instalações relembram ainda a fase áurea dos cassinos. Nesse ambiente raro foi o encerramento do festival com muita emoção pela homenagem ao ator Lima Duarte, que segue em uma carreira cheia de entusiasmo pelo cinema brasileiro. Havia outros atores, atrizes, diretores, produtores e vários profissionais do audiovisual. Nossos anfitriões e diretores do festival, José Claudio Silva e Eliane Maciel, nos receberam com muita cortesia e com docinhos deliciosos feitos na própria cidade. Isso é um detalhe inesquecível em tempos tão bicudos que tudo parece tão fugaz. Parabéns e gratidão!

    September 2019
  • The Church of Almighty God (CAG)

    We are very thankful that the Brazil International Film Festival screened our film “The One Who Holds Sovereignty Over Everything”. Festival director Alice did a great job in organizing the festival, in replying each email quickly. With the timely and detailed notice for each step, everything went very well, Thanks be to all the team members. We look forward to sharing more wonderful films with your film festival soon. Thank you!

    September 2019
  • Ferdinando Maddaloni

    Independent festivals such as the Brazil International Film Festival are very important for all those who, after making a cinematographic product, are unlikely to find a distribution in the official circuits.
    What I personally seek a festival are public screenings and advertising (with TV, radio and newspaper interviews). In all this the BRIFF was perfect: an impeccable organizational machine guided by the always available Alice Maciel and Marcelo Cabral. In addition, organizing a trip to get to know the city full of surprises like Teresopolis (70 minutes from Rio De Janeiro) the participants could get to know each other, exchange opinions and experiences. Finally the awards ceremony was a magical evening, with a positive energy that could be felt in the air, thanks also to the histrionic conduction by José Claudio Silva and to the interventions of Eliana Maciel. Thanks BRIFF !!! Thanks FILMFESTIVALSGROUP !!!

    September 2019
  • Nawzad Shekhany

    I horned to attend the Brazil International Film Festival and to win "Best Feature Film" Award for my movie "Toren". The film festival has great staff very kindly and warm welcoming to all guests. I am so grateful for the hospitality, and the effort as well to make everything flexible with good result. I highly recommend the filmmakers to submit their films at this amazing film festival. Nawzad Shekhany - Germany

    September 2019
  • Matthew Snead

    I had such a good time at this festival and loved every minute. The people I met, the experiences. The organisers take care to look after everyone involved and a warm welcome is guaranteed!

    September 2019