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Welcome to the home of "stories aching to be told," sponsored by Final Draft, the Lonely Seal Company Group, and PageCraft. 

We're committed to the success of our creators far beyond our festival dates, so welcome to day one of a great friendship.

Our 2020 virtual festival was a rousing success, with over 1,3400,000 + hits over five days. Our 2021 edition returns to The Regent Theater in Arlington, MA, a 105-year-old Vaudeville gem, from October 6-10, 2021, when we will also offer advanced streaming options.

Check out our complete 2020 Winners List: https://lonelysealfestival.com/2020-festival-winners/

We showcase our winners at our booth during the Cannes Film Festival/Cannes Film Market. We're deeply committed to your growth and continued success far beyond our festival dates, so check out our five-star reviews from filmmakers, screenwriters, songwriters and musicians like you, and then submit your fantastic creativity to us today!

BTW- For those of you that use Kik, we just started a room to help writers/filmmakers/creators strategize their career. its #Podofseals on the Kik app.

Film Prizes (In-Kind)

GRAND PRIZE AWARD

Grand Prize – $100,000 (in-kind) One-year of international film distribution from Lonely Seal Releasing, ($50,000),  a dedicated custom page hosted on our website for 12 months, showcasing the film and filmmaker(s), complete with monthly updates, trailers, ($12,000) and SEO, ($18,000), targeted marketing to cinema buyers at Cannes in May 2020 ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

* Our Grand Prize may be awarded to ANY FILMED PROJECT film in our festival.

SPECIAL AWARD

Best Female Filmmaker $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of advice ($10,000).

FEATURE FILM & FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS:

Best Feature Film - $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of advice ($10,000).

Best Documentary Feature - $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of advice ($10,000).

Best International Feature - $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of advice ($10,000).

Best Script Accessible Feature Film $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of advice ($10,000).

SHORT FILM AWARDS

Best Short Film $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Best International Short - $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of advice ($10,000).

Best Documentary Short - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of advice ($10,000).

Best LBGTQIA Short - $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of advice ($10,000).

SCREENPLAY AWARDS

Best Feature Screenplay $20,000 - A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of advice ($10,000).

Best Script Accessible Feature Screenplay $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes

Best Short Screenplay $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes.

Best Script Accessible Short Screenplay - $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at Cannes.

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Narrative Feature Audience Award $20,000 (in-kind) - A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of advice ($10,000).

Documentary Feature Audience Award $20,000 (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of advice ($10,000).

Short Film Audience Award $20,000 (in-kind) - A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Short Documentary Audience Award - $20,000 (in-kind) - A showcase and targeted marketing to buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

MUSIC AWARDS

Best Music Video $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

Best Song $20,000 - (in-kind) A showcase and targeted marketing to worldwide cinema buyers at Cannes ($10,000) and four months of strategic advice ($10,000).

KEY DATES

Submissions open on August 25, 2020
The early bird submission deadline is October 31, 2020.
The regular submission deadline is February 28, 2021.
The late submission deadline is May 31, 2021.
The extended deadline is July 31, 2021.

Selected films and Screenplays will be notified by August 20, 2021.

All winners will be announced on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at our awards ceremony.

Good Luck!

FILM FESTIVAL RULES & REGULATIONS

-- Competition is open to U.S. and International entries.

-- Entries must not have been publicly shown before 2020. 

-- Entries must be submitted online through FilmFreeway.

-- You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and pay an entry fee for each.

-- Grand Prize Winner has the option to decline the international film distribution portion of the award. In such an event, all other portions of the Grand Prize will remain valid.

LIABILITY
Every possible care will be taken with entries while in our possession, however, we cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or additional charges incurred en route, or due to normal wear and tear, or due to equipment failure. Additionally, Lonely Seal International Film and Screenplay Festival 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.

THE FOLLOWING MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR ENTRY

-- Entry fee (must be paid online).

--3-Line Synopsis. 

--Feature Films: Please include no more than a 250-word synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website).

--Accepted entries must submit at least one web-ready still at 72dpi and 560x315 pixels.

SCREENWRITING CONTEST RULES & REGULATIONS

All entries are eligible to win the top prizes.

Employees (and their immediate families) of The Lonely Seal International Film and Screenplay Festival and any of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies or festival sponsors, are not eligible to win.

There is no limit on the number of screenplays you can submit; however, each screenplay must be submitted separately and accompanied by its own completed submission form.

Feature Film Screenplays must be between 70-120 pages, must be in English and must be submitted in proper script format.

By submitting the material, the applicant hereby agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend the festival & its employees from any liability, claims, and damages in connection with the submission and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the entry fee.

I/We agree to hold the Lonely Seal International Film, Music and Screenplay Festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any music video, advertisement, film or media submitted to the Festival.

TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL TERMS

This agreement is between Lonely Seal Releasing /Lonely Seal Traveling Film Festival hereinafter referred to as “LSR,” land the RIGHTS HOLDERS of the films that have agreed to take part in the LONELY SEAL INTERNATIONAL TRAVELING FESTIVAL,  Hereby referred to as (“The Producer”) with respect to LSR’s Traveling Film Festival. 

LONELY SEAL RELEASING/TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL LIVE SCREENINGS ONLY NON-EXCLUSIVE LICENSING AGREEMENT.

SCOPE OF AGREEMENT
NORTH AMERICA & WORLDWIDE. LSR shall hold the right to include the film as part of the
LONELY SEAL TRAVELING FILM FESTIVAL for live screenings in North America and
worldwide. This is a non-exclusive agreement and the film is free to pursue all other avenues and opportunities without restriction.

1. TERM - The term shall commence upon the producer signing of this agreement and shall
remain in full force and effect for 24 months. LSR shall be granted an additional 24-month term at the end of this agreement, unless the producer provides written notice of their intention not to renew the contract, within 90-days prior to the end of this agreement.

2. COMMISSION. LSR shall receive a set flat percentage of 75% of 100% of gross receipts paid to, or for its account pursuant to any License Agreements that are negotiated for or entered into during the Term. LSR will keep 100% of all sponsorship money raised and 100% of all donations, grants, and gifts given to the Lonely Seal Film Traveling Film Festival, and or The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay, and Music Festival and or Lonely Seal Releasing. Producer(s) hereby irrevocably authorizes LSR at all times during the term of any License Agreements to which this Agreement applies, to collect on its behalf all gross receipts paid pursuant to this License Agreement.

3. FILMMAKERS PROFIT POOL. Filmmakers will share 25% (twenty-five percent) of all Traveling Film Festival Sales gross receipts paid to LSR, except for the following: LSR will keep 100% of all sponsorship money raised and 100% of all donations, grants, and gifts given to the Lonely Seal Film Traveling Film Festival, and or The Lonely Seal International Film, Screenplay, and Music Festival and or Lonely Seal Releasing. Producer(s) hereby irrevocably authorizes LSR at all times during the term of any License Agreements to which this Agreement applies, to collect on its behalf all gross receipts paid pursuant to this License Agreement.

4. EQUITABLE DIVISION OF FILMMAKERS PROFITS. Filmmakers will share in a “Filmmakers
Profit Pool. Feature Films, Documentaries, Short films, Web Series and Music Videos 60 minutes or longer will equally share 50% of 100% of the FILMMAKERS PROFIT POOL. Short Films, Documentaries, Music Videos and Web Series shorter than 60 minutes will equally share 50% of 100% of the FILMMAKERS PROFIT POOL.

5. COSTS. LSR will pay for all costs associated with producing, advertising, marketing and
distributing the Traveling Film Festival.

6. EXPENSES/ADMINISTRATIVE FEES. $0. LSR shall waive its $50,000 administrative fees.

7. PAYMENTS. Payments from LSR to The Producer will commence on the 30th day of the month immediately following the month in which LSR receives payment for the first screening. Additional payments due will be paid within 30 days after LSR receives the payments. Any payments due from exhibitors to LSR at the end of this term will be paid to The Producers within 30 days after LSR receives outstanding payments.

8. INDEMNIFICATION. The Producer(s) will indemnify LSR and hold harmless LSR against, and in respect of claims, losses, expenses, costs, outside attorney’s fees, obligations, and liabilities it may incur by reason of Producer’s breach of or failure to perform any of its warranties, guarantees, and liabilities under this agreement. LSR will indemnify and hold harmless Producer against, and in respect of, claims, losses, expenses, costs, outside attorney’s fees, obligations, and liabilities it may incur by reason of LSR’s breach or of failure to perform any of its warranties, guarantees, and liabilities under this agreement.

9. WARRANTIES. By signing this agreement Producer represents and warrants that it owns and controls all of the distribution and exploitation rights for The Film in the territory for which LSR is engaged hereunder. The Producer will also indemnify LSR and its employees from all losses arising from any breaches of the foregoing representation and warranty.

10. CREATIVE PROCESS AND CONTROVERSY INDEMNIFICATION. By signing this agreement
Producer agrees that LSR is acting as an agent for the sale of The Film only and thus is not responsible for nor contributing parties to the creative process of the making of this FILM, nor is LSR responsible for any controversy that arises from the Film’s release.

11. RIGHT OF TERMINATION. LSR or the Producer shall have the right to terminate this
agreement if the terms of the agreement are not being met. Written notification must be given, and the offending party shall have 90 days to correct the breach, if not corrected within this time period the agreement will be terminated. All agreements made with buyers/licensing companies shall complete the contracted periods and all payments will be made according to this agreement
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12.ARBITRATION. LSR and The Producer shall attempt to resolve any problems or disputes in a spirit of professionalism and cooperation. In the event the parties themselves cannot resolve a dispute, such dispute shall be submitted to, determined and settled by formal arbitration at the joint equal cost to the parties.

This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California. The parties agree that this letter-agreement shall be binding and enforceable between them unless changes are agreed to by both parties and submitted in writing to both parties.

Overall Rating
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  • Katy Dore

    The festival was so well organized and programmed. I was honored to have ODD BIRD included in the excellent films in 2020. Many thanks to the Lonely Seal Team for the enthusiastic response to our work and for organizing such a wonderful festival.

    February 2021
  • Aamir Ali

    I am so grateful to Lonely Seal for honouring my documentary "STRIVE" with Best Film Accessible Award. Thank you, Hammad and Jonathan, for bringing the stories that matter to a single platform for the world and giving a chance to filmmakers like myself to showcase their work. Everything about the festival was top notch. I will definitely look forward to experiencing this festival every year.

    December 2020
  • Carly Bryant

    We're so grateful for Lonely Seal honouring our award-winning indigenous documentary "MY BLOOD IS RED" with Best International Documentary. One of the world's most filmmaker-sympathetic festivals perhaps because they're filmmakers themselves and understand the struggle and the challenges. They were a real pleasure to deal with and we thank them for giving the story of the indigenous holocaust the visibility it so tragically deserves. An absolutely world-class experience.

    November 2020
  • Sandra Garfunkel

    My team applied to Lonely Seal (with many festivals under our belts for other shorts -- including top levels fests) because we thought it sounded interesting -- like a filmmaker-focused event where we could see great films, but also connect with like-minded artists. Unfortunately, the pandemic didn't give us the opportunity to gather in-person (for any festival), but Hammad and Jonathan really delivered on the filmmaker-focused feel in spite of the obstacles.

    Before the festival even started, Hammad spoke with me for over an hour, offering guidance and feedback on future projects. He was very generous and helpful. It didn't stop there, as he and Jonathan (Hammad's partner in 'crime') held meetups throughout the festival for filmmakers to connect and ask questions. And the selections of films were really top-notch.

    If you want to apply to a festival that will nurture you as a filmmaker and offer an outlet for networking, this is a great festival.

    November 2020
  • Joan Philo

    This is a thoughtful, creative, exciting international film and music festival. Well done!

    November 2020