The 2020 Directors Circle Festival Of Shorts has officially opened its call for entries and will accept submissions internationally of short length films in any and all genres including Narrative, Documentary, Comedy, Horror, Experimental, Animation, Religious/Spiritual, Gay/Lesbian and all genres of Music Videos for our 2020 Festival.
We will accept all forms of religious, Christian, and spiritual films including African, African American, Gay/Lesbian, Black, Hispanic, Islamic, Latino, Jewish, Native/Aboriginal and student films from the United States and around the world.
Festival horror categories for films will include Horror, Thrillers, Science Fiction, Suspense, Grindhouse Horror, Horror Documentary, Horror Animation, and student horror films.
Our Film Festival shall accept music videos from around the world of cross-continent and cross-genre productions of all ranges from Pop, Punk, Rock, Alt-Country, Country-Western, Folk, Reggae, Hip-Hop To Electronica, Jazz, Blues, Zydeco, Industrial, Gothic, Karaoke, Avant-Garde, World Music, and Experimental.
The Directors Circle Festival Of Shorts is internationally recognized as a premiere showcase for creative, inspiring, and influential films of all types. Bold visions, adventurous ideas, skillfully crafted and artistically inspired projects are the kinds of films we are looking for.
Since debuting our Fest in 2010 we have gained even more recognition among the film viewing public and Filmmakers, not to mention production houses and distributors, because they no longer have to travel to find the next film that will make Hollywood sit up and take notice. Currently, convenience is the name of the game, especially for the independent film industry.
The 2020 DCSF will host a live Festival screening event in the great City of Erie Pennsylvania that will screen the best and most innovative films of the 2020 season. Housed in the historic Renaissance Centre located in beautiful downtown Erie, the 2020 DCSF will take place Friday November 27 through Saturday December 5, 2020, with our physical Festival running consecutively with the opening weekend.
One of the unique things about the Directors Circle Festival of Shorts is our home, Erie, Pennsylvania, perfect for a weekend getaway to our Film Festival with all of its historic and picturesque locations.
Our forty-mile slice of Lake Erie waterfront bears no resemblance to the major urban centers of Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, being entirely low-rise and extremely leafy. Indeed you hardly realize you are downtown until you find yourself in the shady park-like town square, on 6th Street between the main thoroughfares of Peach and State streets.
There are several places of cultural interest in the city, all within walking distance of our Festival are several museums devoted to history, art and science that include the Erie Maritime Museum that has a fascinating display on the geological and ecological development of the Great Lakes and also focuses on warships of different periods including the elegant US Brig Niagara which is usually moored outside and is part of the museum.
Undoubtedly, Erie’s main attraction is the elongated comma-shaped peninsula of Presque Isle State Park, which bends east from its narrow neck three miles west of downtown until it almost touches the city’s northernmost tip.
The park is maintained as a nature preserve and has wide sandy beaches good for swimming, backed by thick woods offering a series of trails.
Our unique Film Festival reaches new heights internationally for independent film festivals presenting our films in a way unlike any other film festival in the world via our online screening platform and theater system. Viewing interactively online allows independent Filmmakers and fans to take pleasure in the films worldwide on the go, from work and from the comfort of their own homes. In the technologically advanced world we live in, where communication and convenience MUST be at the tips of our fingers, we knew this was the next progressive step in film festivals.
Our online Festival is presented in a virtual theater setting that will allow users to watch the films while the films remain completely safe from download or reproduction.
Films in our Festival cannot be downloaded, the films HAVE NO EMBEDDING CODE and the HTML codes of the films, if copied and pasted, the films will not play, therefore they CANNOT be placed on other websites. The only time and place they can be viewed is in our festival. In short, we have gone to great lengths to set this system up to protect the safety and security of each Filmmaker’s film, always keeping the Filmmaker in mind. Basically, it is just as secure as a brick and mortar theater screening, only much better.
We made the decision to screen films online because of two reasons, first we understand that Filmmakers around the world pour not only all of their time and heart into their work but also most of their money. Because of financial and time constraints independent Filmmakers most times find it difficult to attend the screenings of their film. Now not only can the Filmmaker attend, but all of their friends and family members can as well. In addition, the number of attendees to the Festival is literally limitless giving the Filmmaker much more exposure for their work.
In addition, you hear so much about the environment and global warming it got us thinking. When you realize how much power is used during the film fest, electricity for the building, natural gas for heat and the gasoline the people use to get to the fest it left quite the carbon footprint. By doing the greatest part of the Festival virtually it actually helps cut down on greenhouse gasses, making DCSF not only the safest virtual Festival, but one of the most environmentally friendly as well.
Forging the future of film festivals, while blending the best of yesterday, the Directors Circle Festival Of Shorts recognizes Filmmakers for outstanding achievements in their craft through creativity and imagination, while always paving the way and opening doors for the very talented Filmmakers world-wide.
Best of Genre Awards
Audience Choice Award
PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW ALL BELOW INSTRUCTIONS
Not following the guidelines, rules, regulations, or eligibility may be cause for disqualification.
Narrative Short........................49 or less minutes
Comedy Short..........................49 or less minutes
Documentary Short.................49 or less minutes
Horror Short.............................49 or less minutes
Religious/Spiritual.....................49 or less minutes
Gay/Lesbian............................ 49 or less minutes
Experimental............................ 49 or less minutes
Animation............................... 49 or less minutes
Music Video..............................15 minutes or less
Religious - Christian
Spiritual - African - Islamic
African American - Black
Hispanic - Native/Aboriginal
Wicken - Magical -Slashers
Thriller - Science Fiction
Suspense - Supernatural
Horror Animation - Horror Documentary - Horror Animation
Pop - Punk - Rock - Folk
Jazz, Blues, Zydeco
Country-Western - Reggae
Alt-Country - Electronica
Industrial - Gothic - Karaoke
Avant-Garde - World Music
Experimental - Hip-Hop
Only one title per entry form. Productions from 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 may be submitted. Do not submit works in progress.
All films must be submitted in Digital .MP4 Film File Format (NTSC system only) for consideration. All films submitted must be available on DVD for presentation.
Films submitted in digital format must be no larger in file size than 2 Gigabyte.
To ensure that your entry is properly processed, you must fill out the form completely and include proper payment.
Along with the film (Digital .MP4 Film File), press kits must include a black and white or color still of the film that is 1920x1080pxls or 1280x720pxls, a complete cast and crew list and a 250-word synopsis of the project must be included.
We will notify you by email when your entry has been received.
Films submitted must be no more violent and have no more adult content as that which would be considered as a NC-17 rated motion picture. NC-17 does not mean “obscene” or “pornographic” in the common or legal meaning of those words, and should not be construed as a negative judgment in any sense. The rating simply signals that the content is appropriate only for an adult audience. A NC-17 rating can be based on violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children. If your film meets with this requirement then we welcome it.
Exhibition entries should be submitted as a .MP4 File format, unless a DVD is requested. No DVDs will be returned.
Participation in the Directors Circle Festival Of Shorts implies understanding and acceptance of all terms included in this application.
Films submitted in the incorrect Category and/or submitted as a Short Length Film, but having a total runtime that is equal to that of a Feature Length Film, will be disqualified from consideration.
All films accepted into the 2020 Directors Circle Festival Of Shorts will be screened online through our Virtual Theatre system.
Films in this festival cannot be downloaded, the films HAVE NO EMBEDDING CODE and our HTML code if copied and pasted, the films will not play, and therefore they CANNOT be placed on other websites. The only time and place they can be viewed is in our festival. In short, we have gone to great lengths to set this system up to protect the safety and security of each filmmaker’s film always keeping the filmmaker in mind. Basically, it is just as secure as a brick and mortar theater screening, only much better.
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If selected, entrants agree and understand, that their film shall screen in either or both, our live festival event and/or our online festival event that utilizes our virtual theater platform. Entrants also understand that through the virtual theater platform films cannot be copied, downloaded, or reproduced by any virtual theater attendee, nor can the html code of any film be used in or on any other site, and that each and every film is completely secure and safe from theft due to the technology of the virtual theater that is unique to our system and is unlike any other utilized by any online festival throughout the world.
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