Starting October 2019, Deptford Cinema joins in the BFI's nationwide three-month celebration of the musical film genre with our own very special and very spectacular season! From the 'Golden Era' of fabulous foot-tapping ruled by the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers double act, right through to more provocative takes like Bob Fosse's Cabaret, lesser-seen milestones such as the all-black cast of Cabin in the Sky, and on to the 21st Century smashes like La La Land, we will pick you and sweep you right through nine decades of Hollywood's musical history in eight screenings!

Deptford Cinema's season programmers are looking for short film submissions to play before each of our eight main feature films in the season lineup. The shorts, no more than 15 minutes in length, should critique, explore or pay homage to the musical genre in exciting, thought-provoking and innovative ways. Filmmakers who make successful submissions via our FilmFreeway page will be offered a pair of free tickets to the screening to see their work and the main feature itself, and the cinema will promote their work as part of the marketing campaign. Filmmakers are welcome to introduce their films and filmography to the audiences before the screenings!

Films in the season and screening dates are:
Top Hat 21 October, Cabin in the Sky 28 October, A Star is Born 4 November, Guys and Dolls 11 November, Cabaret 18 November, All That Jazz 25 November, Chicago 2 December, La La Land 9 December.

About the venue:
Deptford Cinema is being built by the community, for the community. Although our 40 seat cinema is open for business and fully functional, we are all in the process of completing our darkroom, gallery space and a fully licensed cafe/bar. The programming of events and films is open to anybody to show the films they want, and the cinema will be a hub for all things film in Lewisham. Approaching its fourth year of regular screenings, Deptford Cinema is now the oldest operating cinema in Lewisham.

The London Borough of Lewisham was one of only two London boroughs with no dedicated cinema. Deptford Cinema is a not-for-profit community led project that decided it was time to make this change, with the building of a new venue for film and arts on Deptford Broadway.

Deptford Cinema is a community based and community focused volunteer-run organisation that operates by means of an open participatory structure. Every week, trustees facilitate meetings attended by volunteers, during which decisions on our programme - from films to special events and exhibitions - are made collectively by consensus. Discussions and decisions regarding the organisation's administration, finances, publicity and visual identity are also held and made by consensus during our weekly meetings.

Deptford Cinema's season programmers are looking for short film submissions to play before each of our eight main feature films in our Movie Musicals season lineup. The shorts, no more than 15 minutes in length, should critique, explore or pay homage to the musical genre (particularly the American musical genre) in exciting, thought-provoking and innovative ways. Filmmakers who make successful submissions via our FilmFreeway page will be offered a pair of free tickets to the screening to see their work and the main feature itself, and the cinema will promote their work as part of the season marketing campaign. Filmmakers are welcome to introduce their films and filmography to the audiences before the screenings!

We reserve the right to assign the short film to preface whatever main feature we feel is appropriate based on each short's age rating, content, run time and other factors. We will inform filmmakers in advance as to what date slot we are offering for their short.

Films in the season and screening dates are:
Top Hat 21 October, Cabin in the Sky 28 October, A Star is Born 4 November, Guys and Dolls 11 November, Cabaret 18 November, All That Jazz 25 November, Chicago 2 December, La La Land 9 December.

SUBMISSION SPECIFICATIONS
- Must submit a film relevant, in some way, to the Theme of the respective season of competition.
-There is no age rating limit, but filmmakers should inform us as to their estimate as to the rating their short deserves.
- Maximum Running Time: 15 Minutes
- All films must have been completed after January 1, 2016, though we do not require premiere status.
- All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles. Non-English entries without subtitles will unfortunately be disqualified.

The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By entering your film for consideration for the festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
- Only completed entries will be processed and considered for screening.
- Only completed films may be submitted and will be considered.
- Should your film be selected, you will be required to provide a Quicktime ProRes File of your film. We do NOT accept DCP files.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the volume of entries received, DCFF cannot give individual feedback on submissions.

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Entry into the festival constitutes permission to use stills, posters and excerpts and or trailers, as part of the marketing for the festival via our social media channels.

You acknowledge that no submission fee refunds (if any are asked for) are given once this application has been submitted. You also acknowledge that you will not receive any compensation for the use of your film by the festival in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.

A complete electronic version of your short must be made available to the festival no later than two weeks before the screening. Failure to do this may result in the film not being screened despite being selected due to the logistical challenges this will cause.

Submissions without sufficient promotional details provided may not be utilised in the festival promotional output, therefore please ensure that a full film summary and poster is submitted to gain the full benefits of the festival exposure.

Films submitted to the incorrect category, or which clearly do not belong in that genre, will be disqualified from the festival. Any submission fees in these cases will not be refunded. Once submitted to any particular genre specific season, a film cannot be moved to another category. Again if the film is submitted to the wrong season no submission fees can be refunded. In other words please take care when submitting.

Films with graphic adult content cannot be screened (this mainly relates to pornographic content, but includes anything in extreme bad taste) and again will be disqualified.
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You understand and acknowledge that, if you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker Release on your behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker, if applicable, you understand and acknowledge that you are agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of your child or a child for whom you are a legally designated Guardian.

You should inform us what age rating you think is appropriate for the short you have submitted, as we must inform our audience in advance. We reserve the right to assign the short film to whatever main feature we feel is appropriate based on the age rating and other factors.