The Four Corners Film Festival is three days of virtual high-quality independent films. The festival showcases a diverse range of film making voices. Submissions for films and screenplays are open through August 15th, 2021.

This year our focus is on careers in the film industry. How many professions are behind the camera in support of making a film. How to write a screenplay through Distribution of your film. We are offering interactive workshops, webinars, and discussion panels with industry professionals.

Your Pass provides virtual access to all workshops, panels, the awards ceremony, and all selected films and screenplays!

Winners and Runners Up will receive publicized laurels, and industry recognition.

FOUR CORNERS FILM FESTIVAL
2021 FILMS - RULES
1. Competition is open to U.S. and International entries. Please check individual categories for additional requirements.
2. Feature films are 40 minutes in length or longer.
3. Short films are under 40 minutes in length.
4. Films not in English must be subtitled in English.
5. Films that have shown theatrically or been broadcast on television in New Mexico prior to the Festival or are available on DVD or VOD are not eligible for consideration.
6. Entries must not have been publicly shown before January 1, 2021
7. Entries must be submitted for pre-screening on Vimeo or YouTube link. If you use a secured link, you are REQUIRED to keep us updated with passwords or your film may be rejected.
8. Works in progress are accepted but are not encouraged. We cannot promise that we will be able to watch re-edited submissions. Please only submit works in progress if submitting close to final deadline.
9. You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and pay an entry fee for each.

FESTIVAL SCREENING

The individual or corporation submitting the film warrants that he/she is authorized to commit the film to at least three screenings at any time during the 2021 Four Corners Film Festival (FCFF) – September 15-17, 2021. Selected entries must send festival screening copy digitally as a hi-res .MOV or .MP4 File.

LIABILITY

Do NOT send original prints or master copies. Digital films submitted for Video on Demand (VOD) on the Eventive platform are secured with DRM Technology and NAGRA NexGuard Invisible forensic watermarking at no additional cost. Each individual user and session. Meaning any unauthorized use can be traced right back to the source. And a pre-roll piracy warning will alert users that their unique stream can be tracked.” (See https://eventive.org/antipiracy).

Four Corners Film Festival (FCFF) is held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity or screening of any film.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT

Entrant agrees to grant FCFF permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed – in whole or in part – SOLELY for purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival.

CHECKLIST

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR ENTRY:
• Entry fee (must be paid online).
• Three (3) Line Synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website) If you do not send a synopsis we will create one on your behalf. Your synopsis may be edited for length, and/or to remove spelling and grammar errors.
• FEATURE-LENGTH FILMS: 250 Word Synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website, space permitting)
• NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS: Include proof of residence or proof that the entry was shot predominantly in the state of New Mexico.
• Accepted entries must submit at least one digital 300dpi still photo from the film and at least one web-ready still at 72dpi and 560×315 pixels.
• Trailer of your film either as a digital download, or a public link to YouTube or Vimeo.

DISCLAIMERS

By submitting my screenplay to the Four Corners Film Festival, I:
• recognize that Four Corners Film Festival, its representatives and files are replete with ideas and stories for theatrical motion pictures and television programs and that new ideas for motion pictures and television programs are constantly being submitted to FCFF. I also recognize that many stories and ideas are similar and often different stories and ideas related to one or more common underlying themes.
• agree to indemnify FCFF and its representatives, including its judges and readers, against any and all claims, expenses, losses or liabilities that may be asserted against FCFF and its representatives at any time in connection with said Material, or any use thereof, including without limitation those arising from any breach of the warranties and promises given by me herein.
• hereby release and discharge FCFF and its representatives, including judges and readers, from any and all claims and demands and will not assert, maintain, or assist any party in asserting or maintaining any claims or demands against FCFF arising out of, or in connection with the Materials, including without limitation, any and all claims for libel, rights of publicity, theft, or misappropriation of ideas or trade secrets or infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights.
• warrant I am the sole owner and author of the Material submitted.
• agree that any part of the submitted Material which is not novel or original and not legally protected may be used by FCFF without any liability on FCFF.
• FCFF shall not be under any obligation to me with respect to the submitted material except as may later be set forth in a fully executed written agreement between us.
• have retained a copy of the Material and agree that FCFF shall not be obligated to return the Material to me.
• acknowledge that FCFF is under no obligation to use the Material in any manner. I warrant it is original to me and that I am the author and owner of the Material.

FOUR CORNERS FILM FESTIVAL
2021 SCREENPLAY ENTRY – RULES (continued)
1. Original Content: All entries submitted to the Four Corners Film Festival (FCFF) Screenwriting Competition must be original works by the applicant. If the script is an adaptation or based on source material to which the entrant doesn’t own the rights, permission to adapt the original work must be submitted as the first page in the screenplay PDF.
2. Submissions: Submissions must be made online. No mailed or emailed entries are accepted. FCFF does not allow changes to the categories after submission. All submissions are final, and FCFF does not issue refunds or adjustments of entry fees. Each submission will be sent a confirmation email once payment is processed.
3. Multiple Categories: Entrants may submit the same entry to more than one category. Each category entered requires an entry fee for that category.
4. Formatting: Screenplays must be formatted according to industry standards. Pages must be numbered and typed in 12 point Courier font. All entries must be submitted in English. Include title only on title page. The author’s name should NOT appear on the title page or anywhere on the script, to preserve anonymity and fairness. MovieMagic Screenwriter, Final Draft, and Celtx are suggested programs.
5. Length:
• Feature -- 75-150 pages
• Short -- 1-35 pages
• 30 minute pilot -- no longer than 40 pages for single camera format, no longer than 60 pages for multi-camera format
• 60 minute pilot -- no longer than 75 pages
6. Revisions: FCFF considers all entries to be complete. You may not send in revisions after the screenplay or teleplay has been submitted. In addition, we will not accept a script for a feature that is under 40 pages with a notice: “to be continued.”
7. Ineligibility: The FCFF Screenwriting Competition does not accept novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, scripts for existing TV series, or works that are not original. Scripts also must not have been sold or currently be under option prior to 10/3/19. FCFF employees, including seasonal staff, board members, sponsors, and their immediate families, are not eligible to submit in any category.
8. Judging: Scripts will be judged numerically on several different criteria (including, but not limited to, structure, premise, and entertainment value.) Awards, selections, and decisions of FCFF are final.
9. Winner Notification: Semi-finalists and finalists will be notified by August 1, 2021 Winners in each category will be announced September 1, 2021.
10. Co-Authors: If a screenplay has more than one author, it is up to the authors to decide how many authors to list on the application and who will be the primary contact e-mail. Awards are given per entry, not per author. Therefore, groups of authors associated with one entry are responsible for the division of awards, including laminates. FCFF does not assume responsibility for arrangements with regard to laminate or cash divisions.
11. New Mexico Category: The writer must have been born in New Mexico, or currently reside in New Mexico. The entrant is responsible for the authenticity of this claim and any inquiry regarding that authenticity. You may be asked to provide proof of residence at any point during the duration of the contest.
12. Copyright: All entrants are encouraged to register their screenplays with the Writers’ Guild of America, East or West: www.wgaeast.org/script_registration, or www.wga.org/registration/index.html, and with the U.S. Copyright Office.

DISCLAIMERS

By submitting my screenplay to the Four Corners Film Festival, I:
• recognize that Four Corners Film Festival, it’s representatives and files are replete with ideas and stories for theatrical motion pictures and television programs and that new ideas for motion pictures and television programs are constantly being submitted to FCFF. I also recognize that many stories and ideas are similar and often different stories and ideas related to one or more common underlying themes.
• agree to indemnify FCFF and its representatives, including its judges and readers, against any and all claims, expenses, losses or liabilities that may be asserted against FCFF and its representatives at any time in connection with said Material, or any use thereof, including without limitation those arising from any breach of the warranties and promises given by me herein.
• hereby release and discharge FCFF and its representatives, including judges and readers, from any and all claims and demands and will not assert, maintain, or assist
any party in asserting or maintaining any claims or demands against FCFF arising out of, or in connection with the Materials, including without limitation, any and all claims for libel, rights of publicity, theft, or misappropriation of ideas or trade secrets or infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights.
• warrant I am the sole owner and author of the Material submitted.
• agree that any part of the submitted Material which is not novel or original and not legally protected may be used by FCFF without any liability on FCFF.
• FCFF shall not be under any obligation to me with respect to the submitted material except as may later be set forth in a fully executed written agreement between us.
• have retained a copy of the Material and agree that FCFF shall not be obligated to return the Material to me.
• acknowledge that FCFF is under no obligation to use the Material in any manner. I warrant it is original to me and that I am the author and owner of the Material.

Overall Rating
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  • Shawn Landrum

    Well put together, I truly enjoyed the festival and the workshops. Thanks for the selection!

    November 2020
  • Thanks so much for selecting and honoring my short film - The ORDER.

    November 2020
  • Very honored to have my screenplay, "The Loser's Club," chosen as an Official Selection. This such a classy competition and extremely well-run Festival. Thanks you. I will definitely be enetering again next year!

    October 2020
  • Andrew Bystrom

    It was great to have my film, “Too Good to be Forgotten” be selected in the Four Corner’s Veteran Stories category. They had a good selection of films that I enjoyed watching. It was fun! They did an excellent job in these trying times.

    October 2020
  • Brian NezBegay

    For having to change the format of the film festival to online only, it was a great festival with lots of good films and sessions!

    September 2020