Welcome to the 2018 MPAC Film Fest! A premiere platform showcasing select short media content from emerging and established independent storytellers with unique voices and innovative visions. Taking place October 11-13, 2018, the Bi-Annual MPAC Film Festival presents compelling new independent films.

The Festival fosters valuable alliances and working relationships between independent artists and the film industry. Principal line-up includes:

- Opening Ceremony
- Artist Lounge Opens
- Special Screening of UMC's 5th Ward - Episode I with Director Talk Back with Greg Carter and Alfred Cervantes
- Kickoff Party with live DJ in Artist Lounge
- Speaker Series: "Intersections of Entertainment and Activism", "Social Media Storytelling: The Fast & Fury of Cell Phone Filming", "From Artist to Activist: How to Use Your Platform for Social Change"
- Interactive Panels: "Women and Artists of Color: Redefining Ourselves in Front of and Behind the Camera", "Lights, Camera, Action: Being a Media Mogul - Business, Economic, and Wealth Creation", "Catalyze Film Culture: The Social Media Influencer"
- Short Film Screenings with Filmmaker and Director Talk Back
- SPEAK! Monologue Competition
- Vendors Row: There is something for everybody
- Closing Awards Ceremony

The MPAC Film Festival is produced by Mack Performing Arts Collective (MPAC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to "Cultivating the Interest of Performing Arts by Exposing, Educating and Entertaining.” MPAC prides itself on procuring Hollywood celebrities and leading industry experts to give back to the next generation of talent by teaching education workshops, participating in panel discussions and networking events through our education program, benefiting the youth and young adults, aspiring and veteran talent of performing and visual arts primarily in the areas of acting, theater, TV/film/radio, comedy, music and writing.

∆ REGISTRATION (Passes): MPAC Film Festival & SPEAK! Monologue Competition officially open August 1, 2018.

The Festival has seven (7) competitive categories and two (2) special recognition awards:
- Best Dramatic Short
- Best Comedic Short
- Best Suspense/Thriller
- Best Original Screenplay
- Best Student Short
- Best Director
- Best in Fest
- MPAC First-time Filmmaker Award
- MPAC Activism Award (Film themes tackling Race Relations and/or Social Awareness)

ELIGIBILITY & SCREENING REQUIREMENTS
• Please review requirements. Refunds will not be made for filmmakers who submit films that are ineligible. Please reference the following:
• All films must have been completed on or after January 1, 2017.
• Minimum run time: 3:00 minutes.
• Maximum run time: 30:00 minutes.
• Each Filmmaker can submit up to three (3) works, as separate entries.
• There is no premiere requirement for short films and episodic content.
• All Genres accepted, except violently graphic, explicit and/or pornographic material.
• Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival consideration and presentation.
• Please observe the running time frames for your submission:
o High School Short films: Grades 10-12 (between 3:00 - 7:00 minutes, including credits)
o Short films (between 3:00 - 15:00 minutes, including credits)
o Long short films (between 15:01 - 30:00 minutes, including credits)
• Works-in-progress will not be accepted during the 2018 festival.
• Top Race Relations/Social Awareness themed works will receive special recognition.
• Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated in the “screening requirements”) for Festival screenings. No exceptions will be permitted.

JUDGING MATRICES
Films are weighted in nine (9) separate categories and averaged as follows:
-Originality / Creativity
-Direction
-Writing
-Cinematography
-Performances (overall ensemble)
-Production Value (overall quality)
-Pacing
-Structure
-Sound / Music

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING
• Completed submission form, submitted electronically via FilmFreeway.
• We prefer all screeners to be submitted digitally online.
• Entry fee payment
• Submission feedback will not be provided during the 2018 season.
• Do not submit a press kit. We will request press kits only once a film has been accepted.

ADDITIONAL RULES, REGULATIONS & GUIDELINES
1. Entrants confirm and warrant that they have the required legal authority to submit the entry into the festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

2. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after it has been selected. Judging decisions are final.

3. We reserve the right to use portions of the film or any related screenshots for promotional and marketing purposes leading up to the event. We will not use any portion of the film whether visually or in text format that will give away the ending or spoil the film for viewers in any way.

** By submitting your film, you agree to the rules and guidelines stated above and if any of the guidelines are not followed completely and your film is deemed to be disqualified, you understand that no submission fees will be refunded in part or in full.

Further, the undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless MPAC Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity and screening.