SMR13 INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

The SMR13 International Independent Film Festival is an annual four (4) day IMDb certified event taking place in the second half of November, in Saint-Mitre-Les-Remparts, in the south of France, near Marseille.

It is first of all a physical festival that takes place in "La Manare", a hall dedicated to the show with a total surface of 1000m² and a capacity of 250 spectators.

The 8th edition of the SMR13 International Independent Film Festival will take place from 16 to 19 November 2023.

The festival is distinguished by its highly developed network, its passionate members and its trusted partnerships. It is a unique showcase for independent cinema and attracts professionals from all over the world.

Since its inception, the festival has been supported by a patron, an emblematic figure of independent cinema. John Carpenter (2018), director, screenwriter and composer (Halloween, The Thing, New York 1997...). Andréa Ferréol (2019), actress (La Grande Bouffe, Le Dernier Métro, La Scoumoune...). Francis Ford Coppola (2019), director and screenwriter (Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Dracula...). Virginie Lemoine (2020), actress (Famille d'Accueil, Nos années parallèles, Oscar...). Sean S. Cunningham (2021), director and producer (Friday The 13th, Spring Break, DeepStar Six...). Patrice Leconte (2022), director and producer (Les Bronzés, Les Spécialistes, Maigret...).

In response to the needs of filmmakers and independent film production companies, the festival has decided to expand its formula by offering, in addition to its annual event, a monthly online competition starting in January 2023. Thus, every month, the festival's selection committee will award prizes in all categories to the best productions and will compose the official selection for the annual competition from the monthly winners.

MONTHLY COMPETITION

The SMR13 International Independent Film Festival will award a "Digital Certificate" and a "Gold Award" in the following sections, in the feature or short film categories, to the winners of each month:

Best Film
Best Dramatic Film
Best Action Film
Best Comedy
Best Thriller
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Horror Film
Best Animation Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Student Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best Sound
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Young Actor and Actress
Best Music Video

The committee may, at its discretion, award a Special Prize or a Special Mention in any category.

ANNUAL COMPETITION

The jury will be able to award several emblematic prizes bearing the effigy of the Saint-Mitre-Les-Remparts mill, the "Moulin d'Or", for each of the short and feature film categories, including

Best Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Music
Best Actress
Best Actor
Special Jury Prize

The Audience Award will be given to one film only. It is awarded by the spectators present at the festival. Each spectator will receive a single ballot with his entrance ticket. A proportion is calculated according to the total number of spectators present during the screenings.

RULES

ORGANIZATION OF THE FESTIVAL

Art. 1 The objective of the festival is to promote independent cinema, a cinema with a limited budget but with an overflowing imagination.

Art. 2 The festival is organized on two levels: monthly and annual.
All the films entered and awarded in the monthly competition are in the running for the annual official pre-selection.

Art. 3 The selection committee, whose members are appointed by the French Association of Independent Cinema (AFCI), organizer of the event, will view all the films on a monthly basis from December to September.
Each film will have been seen by at least two thirds (2/3) of the committee members, and cannot be considered for selection if it has not obtained an average of ten (10) or more.
As part of the annual pre-selection, the committee will meet after the September closing date for applications each year to discuss the official selection.
The decisions of this committee are final and without appeal.

Art. 4 The festival's selection committee may, at its discretion, make a selection out of competition.

Art. 5 All films receive the same treatment, regardless of their origin or the origin of the members of their teams, and regardless of their ideological statements and commitments. No censorship of any kind can take place. Nevertheless, films of a racist, xenophobic, homophobic, pornographic or generally contrary to French law will be disqualified.

Art. 6 The festival reserves the right to change any information, including festival dates, locations, events, fees, awards and eligibility requirements, and its rules and regulations, without prior notice.

MONTHLY COMPETITION
Art. 7 A film must be entered in one or more categories to be in monthly competition in those categories only.
However, the choice of monthly categories does not prevent a film from being nominated and rewarded in another category during the annual event if selected.

Art. 8 A film that has not been awarded at the festival is allowed to be resubmitted in the following months, without limitation.

Art. 9 The SMR13 International Independent Film Festival will award and present a "Digital Certificate" and a "Golden Laurel" in the following sections, long or short film categories, to the winners of each month:

Best Film
Best Dramatic Film
Best Action Film
Best Comedy
Best Thriller
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Horror Film
Best Animation Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Student Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best Sound
Best actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best Young Actor and Actress
Best Music Video

The committee may, at its discretion, award a Special Prize or a Special Mention in any category.

Art. 10 Films entered in the categories of Best Trailer and Best Film Poster must also send the trailer and the film poster directly to the festival organization for consideration in the competition.

Art. 11 The selection committee reserves the right not to award any prize in one or more categories if no film meets the quality criteria of the latter.

ANNUAL COMPETITION
Art. 12 All the films selected for the annual competition will be screened in their entirety on a large screen in optimal conditions.

Art. 13 In order to participate in the annual event, the film's registration must have been validated between the previous December and September. Only the monthly winning films will be submitted to the annual pre-selection.

Art. 14 The annual physical event will host two juries composed of a dozen professional and independent members of the film industry; actors, directors, composers, or technicians... Each jury is different every year, and is mainly composed of French personalities, but may include people from all over the world. It is customary for one or more of its members to be from the previous year's official selection, whether or not they are winners.
Art. 15 The nominees and winners will be announced by the jury during the festival at the award ceremony on the last day.
The decision of the jury members is final and without appeal.
The results will be communicated the next day and within fifteen (15) working days, by email and on the festival website.

Art. 16 The jury will be able to award several emblematic prizes bearing the effigy of the mill of Saint-Mitre-Les-Remparts, the "Moulin d'Or", for each of the short and feature film categories, including

Best Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinématography
Best Editing
Best Music
Best Actress
Best Actor
Special Jury Prize

Art. 17 The Audience Award will be given to one film only. It is awarded by the spectators present at the festival. Each spectator will receive a single ballot with his entrance ticket. A proportion is calculated according to the total number of spectators present during the screenings.

Art. 18 The awards for Best Documentary and Best Animated Film will be given to only one film between short and feature films.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
Art. 19 The festival does not impose any theme. All genres can be represented. There is no age limit for the members of the film crew, or for the socio-professional situation. All countries are accepted. There is no production deadline or exclusivity.

Art. 20 Short films are considered to be strictly less than forty (< 40) minutes in length. Feature films are considered to be forty (>= 40) minutes or more.

Art. 21 The monthly registrations take place between the first and the last day of the previous month. The monthly selections are notified on the tenth (10th) day of the following month, and the monthly winners are notified on the fifteenth (15th) day of the following month.

Art. 22 All films must have French subtitles. The absence of French subtitles will result in the disqualification of the film.

Art. 23 Films must be submitted only via the partner platform FilmFreeway (www.filmfreeway.com).
Films entered via other platforms are only eligible for the annual pre-selection and cannot claim any monthly award.

Art. 24 In case of annual selection, a link to download the film must be sent directly to the festival organization, with the following characteristics
- ProRes 4.2.2, failing that in mp4 or mov compressed format, h264 standard, with a minimum resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. DCP are not accepted.
Without receiving this link, the film will be considered disqualified.

Art. 25 The registration of the film will be taken into account only after reception of the payment.

Art. 26 Once paid, the registration fee cannot be reimbursed, even in case of withdrawal, disqualification or non-selection.

Art. 27 By registering his film on the partner platforms, the participant commits himself to present the said film at the festival and not to withdraw, implying the understanding and acceptance of the present rules. Any unjustified withdrawal may result in additional costs for the participant.

RIGHTS AND EXPLOITATION
Art. 28 The film must be the original work of the participant. By registering, the participant acknowledges that he/she owns or has obtained all the rights from any third party necessary for the exploitation of his/her work. The participant is solely and entirely responsible for any violation of French and international laws on intellectual property and copyright.

Art. 29 The participant transfers, free of charge, the exploitation rights of his work to the Association Française du Cinéma Indépendant (AFCI), for the duration of the SMR13 International Independent Film Festival within the framework of a festival screening at the "La Manare" hall, in Saint-Mitre-Les-Remparts, 13920, France. Thus, the AFCI will have the right to use the sequences, the trailer, the posters, the photos, the synopsis and/or the titles and information of the film for promotional purposes, in particular through the partner platforms (including FilmFreeway), the website and the social networks of the festival, and for the publicity campaign of the festival (physical displays, programs...).

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  • Nicolas Paban

    Une sacrée expérience, des films originaux et de qualité, de belles rencontres ... Un festival comme je les aime !

    December 2022
  • Ernesto Rowe

    I had a great experience at this festival. hope to take part again in the future. Thanks a lot, and all the best.

    November 2021
  • Christian Monnier

    Très heureux d'avoir participé au festival, et très heureux d'avoir remporté deux prix ! Un grand merci à toute l'équipe.

    November 2021
  • Johel (Karleener) Miteran

    Very nice festival , thank you for selecting "Croquis d'audience" !

    November 2021
  • Zacharie Heyblom-Taliercio

    Un festival magnifique, avec des personnes qui aiment le cinéma et veulent vous aider

    June 2021