When asked what makes this festival different to others? As film makers ourselves, we know the hard work, sleepless nights, and passion that goes into a production - and once you've finished, the process of entering it throughout the film festival circuit.
We found lots of rules and limits with most, such as certain length requirements, specific genres, production dates within time frames, finalists must attend the event... and so forth.
Not that there is anything wrong with rules - they are what makes each festival their own!
However, this led us to create the Reel Time International Online Film Festival - a festival which has a range of categories to suit every productions, genre and length, available to all films worldwide, scripts, theatre plays, music videos, and those with a great idea but without all the means or finance to make a full film - trailers!
We are not even specifically looking for films in high production quality, in fact, we love indie films with either a low or no budget! We are looking for films that are creative, entertaining, and made or written with passion!
We have an Online Opening Night - where we show a portion of the Finalists Projects (No longer than 45 seconds / full Trailers) before announcing the winners! (We do not show full films, obviously due to copywriters, but show enough for the world wide audience to get a feel of entrants films, and we have links to film makers on our Finalists Section in our Website! This gives a chance for Film Makers to network their project more.
FILMS + SCRIPTS:
Mini Shorts Under 10 Minutes
Shorts Under 40 Minutes
Features 40 Minutes and Over
Theatre Production / Including Musicals
Judges Award for each category
Audience Choice Awards for both Music Video + Trailers
And... the exciting awards...
All Trailers, Music Videos and Films automatically go into the following awards:
Best Sound / Original Score
Best Makeup +
Best Costume Design
Category Winners receive a trophy and a certificate of recognition, with all finalists in each category receiving a Certificate, Gift Pack and Initiatives (For our first year, all Finalists were given the chance to attend free online film making courses from our amazing sponsors at Get Filming!)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR ENTERING THE REEL TIME ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL
As an entrant - please note, that your film/project will not be shown in its entirety in the YouTube Online Festival. (This is due to copywrite / unsolicited copying and distribution of your film) Only a small portion will be shown (Footage minimum 45seconds to aprox 1 minute that you provide to us once selected as a finalist) We will however provide the synopsis to your project on our website, with a link to your social media/sites if provided, and give audience members / potential industry persons the chance to contact you directly through us) Consider it a preview to network your project to a worldwide audience. This excludes Music Video Clips and Trailers - which will show entire footage provided for the Audience Voting Award.
1. Please DO NOT send copies of scripts, films or press kits. This is a paperless Film Festival.
2. Please include VIMEO passwords with your film link, alternatively your YouTube links.
3. We accept all short film types i.e. narrative, animation, documentary, family and foreign language (non-English language films should have English subtitles).
4. For those that choose to post, please note all shipping and handling costs to the festival office will be covered by the entrant. Please make sure to indicate "For cultural purposes only, no commercial value" on the shipping/ postal declaration.
5. Entries must be received or postmarked by 5pm, 1st of April each year to qualify for that years Festival.
6. If your film is selected for the competition you will be notified by email after 1st of May. To continue to be eligible as a finalist, you must email a 45 second to 1 minute footage of your film to us, or a link to a dropbox file / unsecured YouTube or Vimeo video.
7. The festival will keep all DVD copies and promotional material.
8. The entrant grants the Reel Time International Online Film Festival the rights to: Exhibit the films in the Reel Time International Online Film Festival event in the following times - Using up to maximum 45 seconds of a mini short, short or feature (Or limit you send to us), full trailer and full music video for the YouTube Online Festival.
9. The entrant grants the Reel Time International Online Film Festival the rights to: Exhibit photography and social links on the website. If someone wants to get in touch with the film maker, Reel Time will contact the film maker for permission first.
10. The producer warrants to the Reel Time International Online Festival that they have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter this film and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party.
11. The filmmaker and its agents agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless The Reel Time International Online Film Festival, its board, judges, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from all claims and demands, losses, damages, costs and liabilities relating to any films submitted to this festival.
12. Whilst the Reel Time International Online Film Festival will take due care of DVDs entered, the Festival will not be responsible for any loss and/or damage to DVDs while they are in the possession of the Festival or any of the venues hosting the Festival or the tour.
13. Films submitted will be considered for awards for all suitable Festival categories. The circumstance may arise that an award will not be given if no film is deemed outstanding in a category. Advertised prizes are subject to change.
14. In the unlikely event the festival is cancelled for any reason fees would be refunded but DVDs cannot be returned.
15. While we will make every effort to stick to screening times as printed, The Reel Time International Online Film Festival cannot be held accountable for changes to the schedule after schedule is announced.
16. A ‘Festival Favourites’ compilation DVD may be produced, and there may be an opportunity for entrants in the Short Film competition to be included on the DVD. Filmmakers would be contacted about this and revenue would be shared.