God Country Family is a unique film festival established to showcase the work of filmmakers who deal with stories, themes, morals, and beliefs that are often ignored or even mocked by much of today's popular culture. As the fest's name suggests, we want to provide a welcoming space for cinema that deals with issues of faith; films that present the importance of patriotism; and stories that celebrate family life. Those ideals and relationships which are the foundations of a healthy and vibrant culture.
If your film or script fits any of the three (3) below types, then we want to consider it for God Country Family Film Festival. (Narrative feature films and documentaries, short films, music videos, TV and web content, as well as unproduced screenplays are all welcome.)
1: We're looking for films from all around the world that celebrate the power of faith: Life affirming stories that demonstrate the redemptive power of the blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Movies that examine the challenges and triumphs of being a Christian in the world, either in contemporary or historical times. We also hope to see films that uphold Biblical principles as well as films that examine and support the history and prophecy recorded in the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation.
2: We want to see films that celebrate traditional American values and experiences: That unique national ethos that makes America exceptional. The dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The sacrifices of America's armed forces and police to protect our families and freedoms. The hard work of farmers, ranchers, businessmen, tradesmen, miners, factory workers and all those who keep American agriculture and industry turning across this great land. Stories that reflect the values of our unique founding documents: The US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Movies about the ongoing battles to preserve those God given rights that are codified in the Bill of Rights: Religious liberty, freedom of speech, due process under the law, and freedom from tyranny.
3: We believe that the nuclear family - husband, wife, children - is the core and single most important unit of a nation's greater society. So we want to recognize this by screening films from all around the world that are appropriate for all ages: Family films, children's films, as well as films that reflect traditional family values. Stories with strong and positive messages: perhaps about the importance of faith, family, friendship, community, team spirit, loyalty, honesty or honor. Films that show the need for strong moral foundations and domestic stability in raising a family. Films about familial bonds that traverse generations. As well as films that examine threats to these traditions.
Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Music Video, Best Web or TV Content, Winner Feature Screenplay Competition, Winner Short Screenplay Competition.
God Country Family Christian Film Festival requires films initially be submitted via online screeners, i.e. private Youtube or Vimeo links. We do not accept physical preview copies (i.e. DVDs).
In submitting your film or video to God Country Family Christian Film Festival you guarantee that you have all the relevant permissions, licenses and releases for your film or video to be screened in a public exhibition. You must have in your possession the permissions, licenses and releases for the submitted film or video's music, script, actors etc.
There is no restriction as to the year that the film was made.
If your film is selected to screen at the festival, you must supply us with a copy of your film in one of the following formats: digital media file uploaded to our Dropbox account, or DCP shipped to us on a hard drive.
While care will be taken, we are unable to guarantee the safety of your hard drive, or film while in our possession, or in transit. If selected to screen at the festival, please do not send us a master copy, or your only copy of the film.
After the festival, hard drives containing digital files submitted to the festival for exhibition will be either returned to entrant or forwarded to another film festival as requested by entrant.
The festival only pays for return shipping. We do not pay for shipping both ways of DCPs or other exhibition mediums. If selected to screen at the festival, and unable to upload a digital copy of their film to the festival's Dropbox account, the filmmaker agrees to arrange for and pay for digital file/hard drive, and/or DCP shipping to the festival in Wisconsin, USA. Filmmaker also agrees to provide necessary KDM for any DCP sent to the festival at no expense to the festival.
Additional publicity materials (jpg stills etc.) are required if your film is selected to screen at the festival.
Please select the most relevant category for your film. You may choose between:
1. Feature films: Narrative length feature film (45 to 145 minutes in duration).
2. Documentary films: Feature length documentary films (45 to 145 minutes in duration).
3. Short Films: Live action short narrative films (45 minutes or under in duration).
4. Documentary Short Films: Short documentary films (45 minutes or under in duration).
5. Animated Short Film: Animated short films (45 minutes or under in duration).
6. Music Videos: Music videos 10 minutes and under.
7. TV or Web Content: Single episodes of web series or television series, and/or short films and/or videos, made primarily for exhibition or distribution on television or the internet (50 minutes and under in duration).
8. Feature Screenplay Competition: Competition for feature length screenplays.
9. Short Screenplay Competition: Competition for short film screenplays.
Judges, selected by Lovecraft 21C Productions LLC, will decide the winners of each award category. In all cases, the judges' decisions are final.
Entrants whose films are chosen for screening at the festival will be notified by early November 2019.
If you decide to attend the festival we are unable to cover any costs that your travel or accommodation might incur.
By submitting to the festival you agree to abide by and commit to the following statement: "I authorize Lovecraft 21C Productions LLC to screen the film or video listed above, upon the film or video's acceptance in God Country Family Christian Film Festival. For the purpose of the screenings I authorize Lovecraft 21C Productions to market the film or video in whatever manner they see fit. I acknowledge that Lovecraft 21C Productions holds the screening rights of the film that I submitted to God Country Family Christian Film Festival for the purposes of screening the film at the 2019 God Country Family Christian Film Festival. I confirm that all other rights remain the sole property of myself and/or my nominated production company. I hereby confirm that all material used in the production of the film or video is the original work of myself or my nominated production company, or is work for which I or my nominated production company have obtained with releases, including but not limited to actors, performances and the musical score. I guarantee that I have obtained all the necessary permissions, licenses and clearances to enter this film or video into God Country Family Christian Film Festival, and that the film and the screening of the film by Lovecraft 21C Productions, does not infringe the moral and ethical rights including copyright of any third party. I understand that my submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into God Country Family Christian Film Festival, and that nobody representing Lovecraft 21C Productions or God Country Family Christian Film Festival has guaranteed my acceptance into the festival prior to this submission. I have read and agree to the general rules, terms and conditions of God Country Family Christian Film Festival. I have also read and agree to any specific rules relating to the category that I am entering my film or video."
RULES AND CONDITIONS FOR SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS
There is no restriction to the year that the screenplay was written.
Screenplays must be submitted electronically online.
All screenplays should be formatted in accord with industry standards.
Please include a paragraph synopsis.
No rewritten/corrected pages will be accepted once entry is received.
Screenplay must be in English.
Screenplay must not have been previously optioned, purchased, in production or produced.
Screenplays written as adaptations of other works must have secured rights before being submitted.
The entrant retains copyright to their screenplay.
The entrant agrees that he or she will never assert against Lovecraft 21C Productions or God Country Family Christian Film Festival any claim or action based on plagiarism, infringement, confidential or fiduciary relationship, implied contract, idea theft, unfair competition or any other theory arising in connection with their submission to God Country Family Christian Film Festival, and the entrant understands that Lovecraft 21C Productions accepts no liability of any kind for the unauthorized use of all or part of such submissions by any person. In this regard, the entrant hereby absolutely releases and forever discharges Lovecraft 21C Productions, God Country Family Christian Film Festival and its officers, employees, volunteers, judges, readers, affiliates, and associates, individually and collectively, of or from any and all claims, liabilities, damages, legal fees, expenses, debts, actions, and causes of action against Lovecraft 21C Productions or God Country Family Christian Film Festival of every kind whatsoever, now and in the future, in connection with the entrant's submission.