A young and rarely avant-garde festival celebrating the creative documentary film. One of the most powerful catapults for creating cinema audience in Macedonia. It overwhelms, they say, with its warmth and quality. The wonderful KurshumliAn vibrates with film stories, workshops and live performances, doc-talks under a magical fig tree and music under the night sky. Out in the open, every summer since 2010.

ONION AWARD– for Best Film in the Main Competition Program
YOUNG ONION AWARD – for Best Film by first or second-time director
ONION SEED AWARD – for Best Student Film
SLICED ONION AWARD- for Best Short Film
MORAL APPROACH AWARD- for the film with best ethical approach

FILM ENTRY REGULATIONS
8th Creative Documentary Film Festival MakeDox
19th – 25th August 2017

1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

1.1. Objective
MAKEDOX aims to promote creative documentary film production in Macedonia and to support documentary story telling in general. MAKEDOX focuses on creating a stimulating environment for the exchange of experience and knowledge of documentary creation and promotion of films with cinematographic quality, offering the creative point of view of an author, both in terms of content as well as in form.

1.2. Dates
Creative Documentary Film Festival “MakeDox” is organized by the Association MAKEDOX. It will be held from 19th to 25th of August 2017 in Skopje, Macedonia and accompanied with the MakeDox Traveling Cinema (decentralized festival event) through 6-10 Macedonian villages in September 2017.

1.3. Eligibility
Submission to the Festival is open to creative documentary films of all running times, topics, style and production technologies completed and/or publicly screened after 1 January 2015.
MakeDox Festival will give priority to national, regional, world and international premieres. Films that have been previously publicly screened and televised in Macedonia are not eligible for competition unless the MAKEDOX’s Managing Board has given specific authorization. Films that were previously submitted to the Festival and were not selected will not be reconsidered for the 2017 Festival.

1.4. Entry fee
The submission to the festival is free of charge.

1.5. Acceptance of the regulations
Submission implies acceptance of these Film Entry regulations by filmmakers, producers and their agents and guarantees the accuracy of the data entered into it.

2. PROGRAM

2.1. Competitive Sections
The “MakeDox” festival program in 2017 consists of three competitive sections:
- Onion – Main Competitive Program open to mid- or full-length creative documentaries from all countries of the world.
-Young Onion -Newcomers Competitive Program open to creative documentaries that are the director’s first or second documentary film (mid or full-length) from all countries of the world.
- Onion Seed - Competitive Program of Students’ creative documentary films of any length from all countries of the world.
-Sliced Onion – program of short creative documentary films (up to 30 minutes).

2.2. Non- competitive programs
- Region in focus - program of creative documentary films from one country or region.
MAKEDOX might also include other non-competitive programs, such as retrospectives, special or thematically curated programs.
MAKEDOX retains the right to make the final decision on the program in which a film will be shown.

3. JURY & AWARDS

3.1. Jury
The MAKEDOX Managing Board appoints an independent international jury for each category.
Exception is the Onion Seed that doesn’t have to be international. In evaluating the films, each jury shall follow their own criteria and follow the Festival Rules.

3.2. Awards
The official awards of MakeDox 2017 are:
- Onion Award– for Best Film in the Main Competition Program
- Young Onion Award – for Best Film by first or second-time director
- Onion Seed Award – for Best Student Film
- Sliced Onion Award- for Best Short Film
-Moral Approach Award- for the film with best ethical approach.

The official awards consist of an art work or a statue. Special awards can be given by the Juries, MAKEDOX, professional organizations, citizens associations, media, etc.

4. SUBMISSION OF FILMS

4.1. Entry Form
Films can only be submitted through online submission platform FilmFreeway.
The films can be submitted by directors, producers, distributors or national film authorities responsible for representing the films. The submission of a film is free of charge.

4.2. Submission deadline
The deadlines for submissions to MakeDox 2017 are:
- 28th of February, 2017 - for films completed in 2015
- 31st of March, 2017 - for films completed in 2016
- 15th of April, 2017 - for films completed in 2017
The Festival is not obliged to view late entries.

4.4. Preview copy
All submissions require English language subtitles, with exception of films with English or no dialog. To complete the submission, the “MakeDox” Festival requires a downloadable preview copy with a valid password until 25th of August 2017.

In case the applicant is not able to provide the Festival with an on-line preview copy, DVD copy of the film accompanied with a hard copy of the submitted entry form should be send to:
MAKEDOX
att. Petra Seliskar
Dunajska 195
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Please mention: “No commercial value, for cultural purpose only” and “No value” or “Insurance value for custom purpose only 10 EUR”.

The DVDs will not be returned.

4.5. Archive
All submitted films (screeners) shall remain in the MAKEDOX archives and may be used for educational purposes. For any kind of public projection, permission from its authors will be required. For easier storage, films can also be stored in a digital data base.

4.6. Submission costs
All costs of the film submission to MAKEDOX are the responsibility of the participants who are entering the films.

4.7. Selection
All films presented at “MakeDox” Festival are selected and invited by the Festival Program Department. In case the Program Department decides not to include a submitted film, applicant will be notified as soon as possible and no later than 5th of August.

4.8. Announcements
The full screening schedule will be announced in August 2017, one week prior to the festival on the MAKEDOX web site.
Announcement of the selected films as well as film programs are at the discretion of the “MakeDox” Festival.

5. SELECTED FILMS

5.1. Participants’ obligations.
Participation in the Festival requires the unconditional adherence to its regulations as set out here.

5.2. Catalog and publicity materials
All contact persons of selected films will receive a request for catalog and publicity materials upon confirming participation in the “MakeDox” Festival. The requested materials should be sent as soon as possible, but no later than 1st of July 2017. “MakeDox” Festival accepts no liability in the event that its publications reproduce inaccuracies in the submitted materials.

5.3. Required materials
Following materials will be required for all selected films:
- Screening copy of the film in one of the following formats:
HD formats: Blu Ray, HD DVD and HD H264 encoded Quicktime movie.
SD formats: BETACAM SP PAL, DVCAM PAL, DV PAL, mini DV PAL and DIGITAL BETACAM PAL, with a matching DVD made from the same source as the tape(s).
- A brief synopsis (up to 50 words) and a long synopsis (up to 300 words)
- Director’s biography/filmography
- Director’s photography (300dpi JPEG image)
- A minimum of three film stills (300dpi JPEG image)
- A film poster in a digital format (300dpi JPEG image)
- A Trailer and/or selected clips (mpg2 format/720×576/pal/25fps)
- Press and/or promotional materials (poster, leaflet and/or press dossier)
- English language dialog list with time codes (if the film is not

5.4.
Delay in delivery of the above mention materials can cause a canceling of the film selection.

5.5.
The number of films in each program will depend on the running time of individual films. Every selected film will be shown not more than three times during the “MakeDox” Festival and not more than twice during the Traveling Cinema.

5.6.
Films will be shown with both English and Macedonian subtitles.

5.7.
MakeDox reserves the right to use up to 3-minute excerpt of the films selected in one of its programs, for promotional purposes (excerpt of short films will not exceed 10% of their total running time).

5.8.
A director or an authorized person who has submitted the film or accepted the invitation to participate in one of the programs is obliged not to withdraw the film from the “MakeDox” Festival after the announcement of the official program.

5.9.
The directors, producers and distributors of the awarded films shall commit to mention the award in official and promotional materials of the film as well as during the film’s distribution.

5.10.
The Festival retains the right to reject film copies of low technical quality that could create problems during screening.

6. SHIPMENT AND RETURN OF FESTIVAL SCREENING COPIES

6.1
Detailed shipment information will follow upon acceptance of the film.

6.2.
Unless authorized by the MAKEDOX, the film copy must be made available for the whole festival period and must arrive in Skopje before 1st of August 2017. The sender is requested to inform the MAKEDOX of the means of dispatch, date of shipment and Airway bill number.
In case MAKEDOX shares the film copy with another festival, it is the responsibility of the participant to inform both festivals of the correct shipping addresses and all contact details.

6.3.
The film must be sent prepaid by sender. No collect shipments are accepted unless authorized by the Festival. MAKEDOX will pay for the inbound expenses of the film and the sender shall bare the outbound expenses of the screening copy. MAKEDOX will note cover any additional costs for tax and custom clearance in the country of return.

6.4.
A pro forma invoice must accompany the film copy stating the name of the sender, the title of the film, format and length. Please state: “Temporary export. For cultural purpose only. No commercial value. Insurance value for custom purpose only not higher than 10EUR. No commercial transaction involved.”

6.5.
All screening copies will be returned within four weeks after the Festival. It is the responsibility of each participant to inform MAKEDOX in due time on the details of the return address as well as the desired date of arrival of the screening copy.

6.6.
MakeDox shall be responsible for storing and safekeeping of the film copy only from the moment of receipt to the moment of its return.

6.7.
Damage to the film copy must be reported to the Festival in writing within a month after return and prior to any following screening.

7. PRESS MATERIALS & PUBLICITY

7.1.
By summiting the Entry Form, the applicant authorizes MAKEDOX to use and publish all the above specified materials in the festival catalog, on the Internet and in the press.

7.2.
After the official selection of a film, MAKEDOX is qualified to use excerpts from the film, a maximum of 3 minutes, nationally and internationally for promotional purposes (excerpts of short films will not exceed 10% of their total running time).

8. ACCOMODATION & ACREDITATION

8.1.
The authors of all selected films are invited to take part in the “MakeDox” Festival. MAKEDOX will provide the necessary accreditation and promotion of their film.

8.2.
Subject to availability of funds, MakeDox may invite the director or other representative of a film and cover their travel and/or accommodation expenses.

9. FINAL PROVISIONS

9.1.
All entries of films made to MAKEDOX presuppose knowledge of and an acceptance of the rules and regulations set herein.

9.2.
These rules and regulations are written in Macedonian and English languages. For the purposes of interpretation, Macedonian version shall be authoritative.

9.3.
The MAKEDOX Management Board will decide upon all matters that are not covered by these rules and regulations in accordance with the Festival regulations and the Statute of MAKEDOX.

9.4.
In case of any dispute, the competent court in Skopje shall have jurisdiction over all issues related to these Rules and Regulations.

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  • Sean Stiller

    I was unable to attend this year's festival but all of my interactions with the team were very professional. I hope to submit next year and make it in person!

    September 2017
  • Laura Belinky

    Great experience. Beautiful place, high-quality outdoor screenings, excellent program and very interesting talks under the fig tree.

    Worth noting that all the screenings are outdoors, in a beautiful ancient building, which makes it a unique experience.

    Full disclosure: I got invited to this festival with my short film. I had never been in the Balkans and it was very interesting to be there. The highlight for me was the location and the programming, with well lined up multi-layered, beautiful films. Meeting very experienced documentary directors at the fig tree talks was especially nice.

    September 2017