A DIFFERENT REALITY - A DIFFERENT SKIN

An uncertain future makes it crystal clear that the flexibility to adapt is key for survival. In those terms, Morbido 2020 will have a hybrid identity. The festival will take place on the pay tv channel Morbido TV, online, a drive-in and hopefully in theaters, fully respecting the sanitary guidelines of Mexico City.

Because of the pandemic and the present sanitary restrictions we will not be able to host international nor national guests but we underline that all our screenings will be accompanied by Q/A Sessions with the filmmakers in our selection. These sessions will be broadcast on Morbido TV and its app during the festival.

SHORT FILM SELECTION / Pay TV + Online 
31st Oct through Nov 6th

FEATURE FILM SELECTION / Drive In + Cinemas
 31st Oct through Nov 6th

Important:
Due to the present conditions we remain alert to the development of the pandemic or any other extraordinary situation. In case festival dates or festival venues need to be modified we will duly inform all participants.

The Day of the Dead celebration is one of the most representative festivities in Mexican culture, so we decided to honour traditional sugar skulls by turning them into Mórbido’s official award.

This year prizes will be awarded in two different categories:
• Films from Latin American
• Films from the Rest of the World

In each category Morbido Fest will award the following prizes:

• Gold Skull: Audience award for feature films
• Blood Skull: Directors’ award for feature films
• Wood Skull: Press award for feature films
• Bronze Skull: Special Mentions for feature films
• Little Gold Skull: Morbido award for short films
• Little Silver Skull: Morbido award for animated short films
• Little Bronze Skull: Honorable Mention for short films

The festival reserves the right to award Honorable Mentions to those feature and short films that merit distinction. On this edition there will be no physical prizes.

ELIGIBILITY
Morbido accepts films of all productions techniques and budgets produced between 2019 and 2020.

Accepted running times for entries to the festival are:
• Fiction Feature Films: minimum running time 60 minutes
• Documentary Feature Films: minimum running time 45 minutes
• Short films: up to 30 minutes

In order to be eligible for the 2020 Official Selection, it is imperative that submitted feature films have not been screened at any other fantasy and horror film festival in Mexico. We are looking for Mexican, Latin American and World Premiers.

In the case of short films, these have no restrictions if they have been exhibited at other fantasy and horror film festivals in Mexico. Nevertheless, our selection team will be keen to select short films that have not been screened at other fantasy and horror film festival in Mexico. We are looking for Mexican, Latin American and World Premiers.

SUBMISSIONS 
To enter the selection process all filmmakers must complete or send the following documents and materials:

a) 3 Stills from the film at 300 DPI in either JPG, TIFF or PSD format
b) Vertical Poster of the film with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI in JPG or TIFF format
c) Trailer of the film in high quality QuickTime format or link to downloadable trailer
d) Links to all available social media of the film

Any fee generated by FilmFreeway is independent of the inscription fee to the festival.

SUBMISSION FEES
Taking into account the adverse situation worldwide, specially for cultural creators, we have decided to lower our inscription fees.

The inscription fee for each submitted feature film is $10 USD.
The inscription fee for each submitted short film is $4 USD.

SELECTION PROCEDURE
All submitted films will be entered into the selection process once the festival has received all the after mentioned documents and materials. Two or more members of the selection team view submitted films. All programming selections are at the discretion of the festival director, whose decision is final.

SUBTITLES
Upon acceptance of a film to the official selection the film must be subtitled:
• Subtitles are the responsibility of its’ producers
• If the film is in Spanish, the films must be subtitled in English
• In any other language, subtitles must be in Spanish

MORBIDO will acknowledge whoever signed the entry form as the sole representative of the selected film. This individual will be responsible regarding all aspects of the films’ participation in the festival. Confirmation from the film’s representative signifies the full acceptance of the festival’s guidelines, with no exceptions.

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Screening formats in the Official Selection are DCP, Blu-Ray and QuickTime H264.
Morbido Fest will establish screening dates and times for all selected films. Submitting films to Morbido Fest implies full acceptance of the festival’s guidelines. Any situation not included in this call for entries will be considered and resolved by the festival’s management.

Films in our main programme can screen up to three times with others twice. Films may be screened privately to accredited guests. Films may also be included in other public programmes, subject to the submitter’s permission.

PUBLICITY
All promotional materials (stills, posters, trailers & social media) are essential for the timely promotion and publicity of selected films. These materials can and will be reproduced by Morbido publications & website as well as pay TV and press in all platforms. We invite you to deliver these materials in a timely fashion. Help us promote your work.

SHORT FILMS

If your short film is selected for Morbido 2020, you accept that your film will play on Morbido TV and its’ app during the duration of the festival. Therefore, for Morbido TV: we ask for basic pay tv broadcast rights for a 3 week window for the following territories: Mexico, Argentina and Chile. For the app we required SVOD Rights for a 3 week window for Latin America.

The short film blocks along with the Q&A sessions will play from the 31st of October through November 6th. With possible replays from the 7th through the 22nd of November. Once this 3 week window is over the short film programs will not be available in either Morbido TV nor the app.

The festival will establish the order and play date of the selected works.

FEATURE FILMS
Features will be screened in a drive-in and if the situation permits in a theater.
Q&A with the filmmakers will be prerecorded.
The festival will establish the order and play date of the selected works.

DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS FOR SELECTED FILMS
The festival’s management reserves the right to decline screening copies of a film that are deemed of insufficient technical quality for their presentation.

CONTACT
In case of any doubts, questions or need for further clarification, please write to: entries@morbidofest.com

Overall Rating
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  • Ashlea Wessel

    Love Morbido! Abraham and Daniela were so welcoming and enthusiastic, and it really felt like they fully engaged with each and every film that they programmed. Wonderful vibes, programming and an all-around awesome fest.

    November 2020
  • Ivan Basov

    I don't know why, but I actually think that MORRRRRRBIDO is the coolest name a festival can have, period. Even though the event's proper conclusion will only happen in December, it's already the best virtual experience I've ever had. The quality of interviews, the artwork for the virtual edition, the stylish delivery of every shorts block, the ability to see every film from halfway across the world, and the magnificent programming! Effin' maravilloso. Treat yourself and make sure you submit your scary flick to this kickass festival.

    November 2020
  • Ricardo Hidalgo Fernández

    Muy satisfecho y agradecido con el festival. Aplausos a todo el equipo de Mórbido.

    November 2020
  • Inti Javier Carrizo Ortiz

    I've been two times at Morbido Fest: the first was the premiere of my first feature film and the experience was just incredible. I was only a small director, but they made me feel like one of the big shots in Mexico City. I will never forget the experience. The second time was a remote release for my new shortfilm because of COVID, and the team was great. Great communication and networking. Believe me: This is a must for filmmakers in LATAM.

    November 2020
  • Clare Pearce

    Fantastic festival! An honour just to have been selected. Thank you, Morbido!

    November 2020