In 2018 the Top Dog Film Festival will screen over 2 hours of the most inspirational, heart warming and entertaining films related to the dogs and their human companions from independent film makers around the globe.

IF YOUR FILM DOES NOT HAVE A RELEVANCE TO DOGS - PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IT! Only DOG related SHORT films under 40 minutes will be considered. Please read the categories of films we are looking for carefully to ensure your film fits our criteria.

The Top Dog Film Festival will include a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics relevant to dogs and their humans.

We are looking for a broad selection of films to fill a 2 hour program. We are searching for one longer film film (30mins to 40mins) and a number of short films (30 minutes and shorter) to make up our program.

In 2018 we plan on screening over 20 times around Australia and beyond.

Awards & Prizes

As a festival tour we pay a screening royalty each time your film is screened rather than a one off festival prize. This way you are rewarded each time our audience sees your film.

Rules & Terms

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ENTRY INTO THE TOP DOG FILM FESTIVAL
1. RULES:
a. All entries will be viewed prior to the festival by a pre selection committee chaired by the Programming Director.
b. Finalists chosen by the committee will be viewed by the public at the Top Dog Film Festival.
c. Films selected for the tour will be announced June 2018.
d. Applicants must have the intellectual property rights and distribution rights to enter this film into the competition. Applicants must acquire the performing rights for any music contained in the film and provide evidence should it be required.

2. ENTRY DETAILS:
a. The dispatching of any entry to the film competition implies acceptance of all regulations by the Applicant.
b. Films produced prior to the year 2017 will not be eligible for the competition.
c. Film makers from any country may enter the tour and are encouraged to attend the screenings.
d. Films may be of any length and submitted by both professional and amateur fimmakers.
e. Submission of films does not guarantee their screening at the Festival.
f. A screening fees will be paid calculated on the number of minutes screened on the tour. If your film is selected for the tour a screening fee contract will need to be signed by both the Applicant and the Festival.
g. A completed and signed entry form must accompany each film otherwise it can not be considered for inclusion.
h. Films in any language other than English MUST have English subtitles or be dubbed in English to be considered for inclusion.
i. All submissions will be retained by the Festival for selection and archival purposes and will not be returned.
j. The Applicant grants the Festival and its successors, licensees and assigns the right to copy the entry in its entirety to facilitate technical operations of the Festival Tour, in and through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised.

3. TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
a. Preferred format to receive and screen films is 16:9 ratio PAL format, preferred export settings for Quicktime files are Apple Pro Res 422 (HQ) at HDTV 1920x1080 square pixels. Audio 48kHz, 24-bit discrete channel or 44.1kHz and 16-bit stereo.
b. Only accept one film per disk (if submitting on Blu-ray)
c. Disks/files SHOULD NOT include bars and tones at the beginning of the programme.
d. Disks/files should always default to menu giving the capability to select ‘play’ or ‘play film’ from the menu.
e. Disks/files should not have advertisements at the beginning of playback. Any disk locked into playing adverts at the beginning of the film will not be eligible for entry. When ‘play’ is selected the disk should go only to the film.
f. Sound levels should conform to professional broadcast standards.
g. We encourage submissions of films in High Definition on either Blu-ray or hard drive, preferably in 720p, 1080p. These will be copied onto additional hard drives for supply to relevant venues, which will be wiped immediately after the festival.
h. We also encourage submissions via digital download from fast servers, youTube or Vimeo.
i. Upon request hard drives can be returned after the festival at the Applicants cost, using recorded/tracked mail. Should you wish to use a courier instead, we ask that the filmmakers make their own arrangements and cover the costs.
j. Blu-ray disks will not be returned unless submitted with a reply paid envelope.

4. PROMOTIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Once your film has been selected for the Top Dog Film Festival the following must be submitted:
a. A minimum of 3 high-resolution promotional still photographs at 300dpi must be submitted electronically or on disc for each film.
b. All images must be labeled with film title, location and photographer credit (or provided in a separate word document) and images must include rights to be used for film promotional purposes.
c. Two (2) minutes of footage from each film entry to be used for promotional purposes. This can be 720 or 1080 HD, preferably supplied digitally.
d. The Festival Tour reserves the right to use up to two (2) minutes from each entry submitted for promotional purposes including but not limited to the tour Trailer.

5. SUCCESSFUL ENTIRES:
a. The Top Dog Film Festival will inform all Applicants of the status of their application once short listing is complete. If accepted the preferred format is a high definition digital file.
b. All entries give the right to Top Dog Film Festival to show the film at the Festival Tour. A signed agreement outlining royalties will be issued once successful films have been confirmed for inclusion in the Top Dog Film Festival. Film makers will be remunerated on the basis of minutes screened throughout the duration of the tour.
c. By submitting pictures/images and signing this form the image/picture copyright holder is giving permission to the Top Dog Film Festival to use these images for festival promotion and documentary purposes. The copyright of these images will always remain with the copyright holder.
d. The Applicant grants permission for the Top Dog Film Festival to release contact details to the Media and Top Dog Film Festival tour hosts in Australian and globally.

All film makers are responsible for obtaining any permissions required by copyright law in the use of any music and images used in their films. Top Dog Film Festival will take no responsibility for copyright infringement. If the Top Dog Film Festival thinks it necessary, proof of copyright will be asked for. Failure to produce proof in writing from the copyright holder will result in automatic expulsion from the competition.