Human Interest, Action Running Films
June - November 2017

Film Makers, Welcome to Run Nation Running Film Festival.

Before you read on, please note the festival focuses on 'running', or 'Athletics' as in the sport. We urge you to consider if your submission is relevant to the theme of the festival (Then again, you knew that already!)

Run Nation Running Film Festival has been formed to bring human interest stories to the wider community, using running as the medium of story telling. It wants to celebrate the power of running, how it inspires beyond oneself via creative expression through the medium of film, thus providing a truly interactive and immersive experience.

The inaugural festival was back in 2015 held in just Sydney, Australia. It was a compilation of a series of short films of various length. One of the pieces was the story of Kirrily Dear who ran 860km through the countryside of New South Wales, to raise awareness of Domestic Violence. The piece told of the physical and emotional toll it had on her, through the running and, at the same time, the many disclosures from women while she was out running. Another story was of the 2012 Boston Marathon Champion and former University of Louisville runner, Wesley Korir, who not only won Boston, but then ran for parliament in Kenya as an independent candidate, and won. That having been said, for fans of the sport. the film also is about why they run, why they race, what motivates them, and shows the Kenyan running phenomena up close and personal like never before. Both pieces truly epitomised what Run Nation Running Nation is all about, the human spirit.

In 2016 with a new set of inspirational stories, Run Nation Running Film Festival was screened in seven different venues to over 3500 audiences. It became a melting pot for runners and non-runners alike to truly come together and be completely immersed and inspired by the power of film.

A festival committee was formed in preparation for 2017 and beyond. It is made up of professional filmmakers and photographers, professional runners and weekend warriors, head of a National sporting body and a small group of passionate runners. Together with a fearless and passionate founder, RNRFF hopes to provide a platform for screening feature-length, documentary, short and student works with running as the means of storytelling.

The subject or theme must relate to sports, human interest focus, though running must be a central component, speaking to stories about athletes, sports organisations, coaches, heroism, record-breaking achievements, inspirational stories, impact of sports on family life, social role of sports internationally, mainstream and non-mainstream running from all over the world, women in running, LBGTI athletes and prejudice, health concerns, animals in running, etc.

The first screening for 2017 will premiere on June 01, 2017. The festival will then travel to Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney 2, Hobart, Rockhampton, Newcastle, Melbourne, Perth, Townsville, Blue Mountains, Central Coast

There is no particular focal point on the type of 'running'. The festival aims to be as inclusive from park runs, road marathons, athletics track running/racing or the ultra endurance epic mountain runs.

Don’t hesitate to submit your feature-length documentary. Once your film is selected, we offer to work in close consultation with the you, the filmmakers to create a special edited version that fits into our format.

Awards & Prizes

The 'Infinity award' is awarded to the Audience Award. It includes a $500 cash award and sponsor's prize. Trophies will be awarded to all other directors whose films are selected for the festival.

Categories vary. The may include (subject to change): Best Picture, Audience Award, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Documentary, etc.

For International films premiering in Australia, if chosen, the festival will provide a small travel allowance for those travelling to Sydney, Australia (June 01, 2017)

Rules & Terms

We are looking for submissions that celebrate the spirit and power of running (the sport) and how they inspire and touches the human spirit. Stories can come from any region. Priority is given to films premiering in Australia.

We are looking for narrative and documentary films, feature-length, shorts and everything in between RELATED TO RUNNING/ATHLETICS.

Depending on the category of submission, your piece can be of any length ranging from 1 - 5mins (Short, short), 6-20mins (Short) or Feature (20-40mins)

There are no time constraints for when the film was produced, nor are there location constraints for where the film takes place.

Online screeners and digital submissions preferred. Submission by mail will gladly be accepted, but please consider the environment in choosing your packaging material. For formats, please contact the organiser prior to submission of the preferred format (DVD, NTSC, blue ray etc) Minimum 1080 with a synopsis of your screener.

Please include the following in your submission
1. Trailer
2. High res image
3. Synopsis, audio and text

By submitting your film, you agree that you have rights to all content in the submission. You also agree to allow Run Nation Running Film Festival to show your film/photo at our festival and/or winter film series. Films may be shown at multiple screenings. Segments of the films may be used in trailers. Photographs, screen grabs or filmmaker submitted images may be used in promotional material and social media.

Fine(r) details

1. I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered.
2. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.
3. This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
4. I am duly authorised to submit this film to the Festival and its Competition and understand that the Festival holds the right to screen my images/ film for Festival screening and promotional purposes and to extract clips from this film for promotional purposes. I understand this may include online streaming of clips on Festival or Festival sponsor sites.
5. I understand that the Run Nation Running Film Festival ("Festival") and the parent company 'Buzz Events Management & Co. " (“Organiser”) are not responsible for any type of damage to or loss of the print during screenings, at any other time during the course of the Festival, while the film is in the Festival’s possession or while en route to or from the Festival, and I release Run Nation Running Film Festival ("Festival") and Buzz Events & Co. from any and all liabilities regarding damage to or loss of the print while en route to/from the Festival or while it is in their possession.
6. This film/image will not be available online publicly until the completion of the 2017 Run Nation Running Film Festival.fix