Overview
FilmocracyFest is an innovative film and media festival, bringing together the best of traditional festival events, while integrating unique digital programs to create a memorable and productive experience. Cofounded by Jon Fitzgerald former director of multiple prestigious festivals such as Slamdance, AFI, and Santa Barbara.

In addition to presenting creative programming options for audiences, filmmakers will all be earning a percentage of screening fees for their participation.

Founded on the basis of 4 key pillars (Discovery, Mentorship, Networking, Experience), the Festival will create opportunities for industry professionals and audiences to discover emerging voices in storytelling, while providing points of intersection between emerging talent and established veterans. Talent is the lifeblood of this industry and the festival aims to engage the creative community and support networking opportunities. In addition to the special events, the Festival will enable online audiences to participate through unique gamification programs, supported by the Filmocracy streaming platform.

Audiences will have the opportunity to Leave ratings & earn treasure chests filled with virtual currency (popcorn). They can customize avatars and earn prizes for their interactions.

We will combine online screenings & Q&As with unique digital experiences, script readings, show tapings and live events. As the modern film festival experience is being reinvented, FilmocracyFest endeavors to create an exciting and productive experience for filmmakers, industry and audiences alike.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary Short
Audience Award
Student
New Media
Filmmaker to Watch

FILMOCRACY AWARD CATEGORIES

Story
Dialogue
Cinematography
Performances
Music
Characters

Each submission must be accompanied by a submission fee paid in full and a working screener in order to be considered. Once we have all necessary materials, the submission will be marked “In Consideration”. It is the submitter’s responsibility to make sure that all submission requirements are met. If your film has not been listed “In Consideration” 7 business days after submission, please contact us to find out what is needed to move your film into consideration.

Press kits and cover letters are not required but are appreciated. If you wish to submit either, please attach it to your submission. DO NOT send hard copies to our office; they will be recycled.

SCREENERS
All projects must be submitted via secure online screener - either as a password protected Vimeo link attached to your submission or uploaded directly to FilmFreeway. Online screeners must be available to stream; we do not accept any films that must be downloaded.

The submitter is responsible for ensuring that their screener link and password is active through at least December 31, 2020. In the event of a password or URL change after submitting, email us immediately. If we discover an error with the screener, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. Failure to respond by the final submission deadline will result in disqualification without refund of submission fees.

SUBTITLES
All foreign-language films must be submitted with English subtitles. If we discover a foreign-language submission is missing subtitles.

COMPLETION DATE
In accordance with Seed&Spark’s “2020 Film Festival Survival Pledge” we are maintaining the completion date requirements of our previous submission cycle.
Therefore, any project that was completed on or after October 1, 2018 will be eligible for consideration for the 2020 Filmocracy Fest.

For more information on the pledge, please visit:
https://try.seedandspark.com/film-festival-pledge/

WORKS IN PROGRESS
Works-in-progress are accepted with the following stipulations:
Incomplete projects must be clearly listed as such. Films should be marked as either a “Rough Cut” or “Work In Progress/WIP”. All incomplete materials or changes to be made should be clearly indicated (ex: temporary score, missing VFX, no color-correction) both in your cover letter and the film cut itself (ideally as a title card at the start of the film).

The submitter may update their screener up until the final deadline, as long as the link and password for the submission remains the same. Updated cuts must be accessible via your FilmFreeway account. We cannot accept updated cuts via email.
No updated cuts will be accepted after the final submission deadline: September 4, 2020.

ACCEPTED FILMS
All works selected must be available by November 31 for inclusion in the festival.
Upon acceptance into the 2020 FilmocracyFest, you grant FF the right to utilize an excerpt from your film for promotional purposes.

All accepted films will screen at least once during the festival, with the possibility of an encore screening for select films/shorts blocks when appropriate. All scheduling is purely at the discretion of the FF staff.

Flash drives will only be returned upon request, and local drives are pick-up only. We cannot return international flash drives, so we highly recommended sending them online. Flash drives left after a year will be recycled.

DCP capability is limited and dependent on the screening venue. DCP must be approved by the Print Traffic department after the schedule has been finalized. FF is not responsible for any shipping expenses of unapproved print formats.

Any kind of film exhibition (16/35/70mm) is rare and solely at the discretion of the programmer, venue capabilities and schedule allowances. It is not a format that can be guaranteed at the time of acceptance. If you choose to submit, it is best to assume that (if selected) a digital version would most likely be chosen for exhibition.

Schedule and screening venues are decided solely at the discretion of the programming staff, and FF cannot guarantee that any film will play in a DCP-capable theater. Please be prepared to have an alternate print format available. If approved for DCP, you must provide a backup format (such as Blu-ray or a digital file).

SCREENING FEES
FilmocracyFest does not pay screening fees up front, but will pay the Filmmaker 35% of the ticket sales for their screenings (on and offline).