Liberation Docfest Bangladesh is a festival dedicated to documentary cinema, seeking to highlight the struggle for Liberation and Human Rights of people in various parts of the world and its contemporary significance. It seeks to uphold new forms of viewing the human suffering and struggle for justice in global perspective.
International Competition - 1000USD
National Competition - 100000 BDT
Youth Jury Award (Certificate only)
Only films that have been registered online can be considered for selection.
There are four sections in festival.
a. International Competition (Max 60 min)
b. National Competition (Max 60 min) and
c. Youth Jury Award
d. Cinema of the world (Out of competition)
Submitter must make sure the right category is selected during submission.
Documentaries that have been submitted for consideration in previous years are not eligible.
Films completed before 1st January, 2021, are not eligible for consideration for the both section of Festival.
It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the Film from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories of libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, violation of rights of publicity, theft of trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of express or implied contract (“Third Party Claim(s)”). The festival authority expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film that are or may be the basis for any Third Party Claim(s) based upon any of the foregoing legal theories or others. The festival authority reserves the right to disqualify any Film that is or may become the subject of any Third Party Claim(s). In the event that any Third-Party Claim(s) shall be asserted by any person or entity, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any and all fees and expenses.
Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the festival authority will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Film’s acceptance status. The festival authority disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the submission period (August 20, 2021 – January 10, 2022).
The decision of the festival authority regarding selection of the films will be considered as final and binding on all and will not be subject to discussions. Film once submitted and selected for final screening, will not be allowed to be withdrawn under any circumstance. Participation in the festival implies acceptance of festival rules and regulations.
Liberation DocFest Bangladesh is under no obligation to provide comments or feedback regarding the submitted film to the applicant or any other representative of the submitted film.
• Entry and participation imply unconditional acceptance of the regulations.
• After accepting LDF’s invitation a film can no longer be withdrawn from the program. Accepting the invitation means that the filmmaker, producer, distributor and other people or parties involved with the film all agree to participate in the festival.
• Any costs incurred as a result of cancellation or change of our initial agreement will be the liability of the filmmaker.
• Any exceptions to these regulations or decisions on cases not covered in these articles can be made by the Director of LDF.
B) FILM SUMISSION RULES:
There is no entry fee for participating in the film festival. Films may be entered by any organization/agency/producer/distributor/director, who hold the copyright of the film. There is no restriction on number of entries.
One entry form must be filled out for each film.
In order to be considered for the Festival, the Applicant must fill out the Festival submission form. The festival authority reserves the right to disqualify any Film that is not submitted through the mentioned channel.
The submission form should be filled properly as asked. Otherwise the festival authority will not accept the application form.
The preview copy of the film should be included in the submission form as web-link. The preview copy may be watermarked by “Preview only”.
After the film is selected, the festival authority will notify the applicant by mail. The web link of the film’s final copy (the particulars of the final copy is mentioned below) has to be provided by the applicant as soon as possible in the festival’s official mail address.
If the film is not selected, notification mail from festival authority will not be sent to the applicant.
Films will be acceptable for screening with the following particulars only:
• File format – MP4, MOV
• Aspect Ratio –16:9,
• Image Resolution – 1080*720 or 1920*1080.
Applicants submitting Films must contain on-screen hard-coded English subtitle, regardless of any language film. No individual file for subtitle, with the film will be accepted. The festival authority reserves the right to disqualify any film that does not follow these criteria.
The Festival Authorities will have the right to screen selective films in different cities of Bangladesh (as travelling festival) on non-commercial basis both in online(Geo-blocked for Bangladesh) and on site.
For promotional / publicity purposes, clippings from any film entered in the festival may be shown on the National / International Television / Local network / Internet, Social Medias etc.