The International Film Awards (The IFAs) is a festival to celebrate world cinema without language or cultural barriers. We want to discover, promote and nurture the art of independent cinema and exceptional film talent from around the world, and give emerging talent a platform to take steps forward. Hosted in the beautiful cities of Newcastle and Gateshead. Working in partnership with other International Film Festivals in sister-cities, our aim is to promote the work of independent filmmakers internationally.
Supported by Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, International Newcastle and creative organisations in the North East of England. Our venues include the beautiful Tyne Theatre, Dance City, Alphabetti Theatre and other cultural venues across both the cities.
Filmmakers will not only get exposure to industry professionals but The IFAs would further support collaboration, distribution guidance and co-production opportunities for our Film makers.
Awards and certificates will be announced soon for our 2nd year.
Our winners will also be promoted at International Festival Partners.
Rules & Terms
THE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS (TM) Newcastle/Gateshead
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SUBMISSION
The International Film Awards (aka The IFAs) is an entity and trademark of The Independent Film Academy CIC (The IFA).
The International Film Awards is a festival to celebrate world cinema without language or cultural barriers. We want to discover, promote and nurture the art of independent cinema and exceptional film talent from around the world, and give emerging talent a platform to take steps forward. Hosted in the beautiful cities of Newcastle and Gateshead. Working in partnership with other International Film Festivals in sister-cities, our aim is to promote the work of independent filmmakers internationally.
Supported by Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, International Newcastle and creative organisations in the North East of England. Running the festival in cultural venues across both cities.
Please read these rules carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of the submission rules detailed in this document.
The IFA holds the right to change or amend the following Rules & Regulations at any time at its discretion.
GENERAL RULES FOR ALL FILMS
Copyright & Intellectual Property: The applicant (submitter) or producer/s of the film must hold and or own all the copyrights and intellectual property of the film or film materials in its entirety.
Payments Rules: Any filmmaker submitting two projects must fill separate forms and pay separate fee for each project. We reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees. Any fee paid is NON refundable.
Submissions Categories and Eligibility Requirement:
Shorts: Must be under 20 minutes, including End Credits.
Features: Films must be at least 50 minutes and above.
Films must not be more than 2 year old from the date of the festival.
General Submission Rules:
Films that have had theatrical release or screened at festivals will be considered. Any film made available online / publicly for free will not be accepted or will be disqualified.
Re-submissions: Projects that have been previously submitted for consideration are eligible for re-submission, but only if the film/project has been changed significantly since the previous year/submission. Our programming team has the sole authority on its decision.
The programming of the film is completely at the programming teams discretion, their decision to Screen or not to Screen the film at a given time, date, during or after the festival is Final, regardless of being an Official Selection.
Genre: All the genres are accepted, please specify which genre you're submitting your film in.
Corporate or Promotional Films are ineligible, please do not submit films that are made for a client. Documentaries that discuss social change / awareness and funded or commissioned by a corporate organisation can be submitted provided all copyright are cleared. The IFA will not have any obligations towards the client, and holds exclusive right to make a decision on selection of the film.
Language & Subtitles:
Projects in English Language: We require subtitles IN English with every project. Subtitles in another language may be requested.
Projects in Non-English Language: MUST provide with English Subtitles, as well as the subtitles of the original language may be requested.
Please notify if your film is a Premier! (Country or World)
Completion Status: Any project submitted must be complete on the day of submission, or otherwise must be discussed with the programming team in advance of the submission and clearly mentioned as work-in-progress.
Material & Formats:
Online Screeners: Private and Password Protected link only. (Via FilmFreeway, Vimeo or YouTube, etc.)
DCP: A hard copy in a Pen-Drive/USB Drive with Apple PRO-RES as well as H264 in [dot].MOV format. and 2 copies of DVDs.
Tech: It is the sole responsibility of the Filmmaker to make sure the digital files work,
The IFA holds the right to disqualify any film that does not work, we strive to give the best experience to our audiences and filmmakers, make sure every film runs smoothly during the screenings, the festival cannot be held responsible for any technical fault.
Stills: Every project is required to submit 3 stills from the film (other than the poster).
Trailers: Trailers are a MUST for feature length films and web-series.
Poster/s: Every project is required to submit a poster! Two in case of features.
All shipping and postage costs for the submission package/DCP and additional materials sent to and returned from International Film Awards TM (Newcastle/Gateshead) must be borne by the applicant (producer/filmmaker). No cash on delivery shipments.
Review & Decisions:
Once you’re Project is officially selected our programming team will contact you to discuss the filmmakers’ contract/agreement.