VISIONFEST is an annual, online film festival and screenwriting competition evolving from what began in 2001 as VISIONFEST: THE OTHER FESTIVAL (commonly referred to as VF) and founded by the Domani Vision Film Society LLC, an organization dedicated to bringing you tomorrow’s visionaries... today. Projects of various running times and in all genres will be accepted and made eligible for awards consideration and will be posted in their entirety during the online film festival run, from December 10 thru 15, 2018. Both, short form and feature length project applicants will have the option to decline online posting of their complete works if they choose to participate for awards consideration but prefer to only showcase their trailers to retain "premiere status" on their complete works.
Thanks to our 18-year tradition of "promoting domestic filmmaking" as one of the country's more highly regarded film festivals for quality of programming and exhibition, we truly understand the value and significance of providing artists with an opportunity to have their work viewed, voted upon by a jury of industry professionals, and getting a solid shot at coming away with prestigious "awards laurels" and recognition for their work. For this reason, all submitted entries, regardless of running time and online showcasing eligibility, will be considered in all appropriate categories for a chance to win our classic IVA Statuettes and/or other cash and/or goods and services prizes.
This newly rebranded, competitive film and screenwriting forum, offers artists a specialized and exclusive online showcasing platform where subscribers sign up to view excerpts or full versions of projects in competition, the same way audiences would attend film screenings at a film festival... Except that now, the viewing and voting can be done from anywhere in the world, during the online event from December 10 thru December 15, 2018, at visionfest.com, which will also host a “live streamed” awards announcement on December 22, 2018.
VISIONFEST is currently accepting short and feature length submissions for consideration in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Web Series Pilot, Music Video, Proof of Concept Trailers, in the Motion Picture Section, and Feature and Short Subject Scripts for the Screenwriting Competition. Projects of any genre may be submitted, 1-45 minutes for shorts; 45 minutes and longer for feature length works in the film competition.
In the Screenwriting Competition: 3-30 pages for short scripts; 80-130 pages for feature scripts. “Official Selections” will be included in the VISIONFEST Online Film Festival Line-Up (for screenplay finalists, selected sample excerpts only will be posted) and will be made eligible for award consideration, with viewers voting for the “VISIONFEST You Really Really Like Me Audience Award” and a Festival Jury voting for all other prizes.
On November 30, VISIONFEST will publish an official Finalists List on its website and social sites. Awards consist of ‘Outstanding Achievement’ cash and sponsored prizes in some categories (InkTip.com is a primary sponsor of the Screenwriting Competition) and Commemorative Statuettes and Certificates for all winning projects.
Following the sudden closure of New York’s Tribeca Cinemas in 2015, the original film festival’s public venue, the Domani Vision Film Society decided to put its annual live event into a hiatus in an effort to prepare a new, globally accessible version of its flagship film festival. Over the next two years, Domani Vision Film Society would continue to hold its annual VF Screenwriting Competition, issuing cash prizes and sponsored awards, while preparing this new, online film and screenwriting competition. Partnered with howtube.com, the “official” site that will host the competition films and scripts, and powered by DigiBro, a new concept in web design and content delivery, VISIONFEST will also showcase some of its past film festival favorites, promo trailers, and other fun, media content for a most entertaining and unique experience of its kind on the Web.
THE NEW VISIONFEST FORMAT
Our first 15 years gave our participating filmmakers and screenwriters the opportunity to showcase their work in a “live” New York City forum that provided a theater environment and a live audience. Our film festival held its screenings at the Tribeca Film Center, the Tribeca Grand Hotel, the NYU Cantor Film Center, Tribeca Cinemas, and in 2003, we were the first film festival ever to be held on the legendary U.S.S. Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum. These screenings were very successful and completely interactive, as each program would be followed by a Q&A with cast/crew in attendance, but they still had a limited maximum of viewers they could engage at one time, as our largest venue capped out at 330 seats. A large number of the selected films being showcased were made by artists residing outside the New York area and that, of course, meant that these films’ creators and collaborators often had to make very extensive travel and lodging arrangements just to attend the film festival and promote their screenings in person. And that’s a great thing, especially because it allows for filmmakers to get out and network and promote their work outside of and beyond their own city limits. But pair that with the expenses related to such travel and the marketing assets (posters, one sheets, press kits, promo postcards, etc.) needed to get the proper attention and focus to one’s work, and any budget dedicated to making a splash on the film festival circuit would begin to deplete quite rapidly.
Today, people are watching films on desktop computers, tablets, cell phones, and other streaming devices that are flooding the market in droves. Only big budget studio films have built in theatrical distribution campaigns and, occasionally, a handful of indie works that are ‘discovered’ at some of the higher profile film festivals (i.e. Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, etc.). But for those filmmakers whose works come to realization by way of crowdfunding, private fundraising, and in some cases, donating blood, the hope of getting a film noticed, let alone distributed, is an uphill battle. Many filmmakers are now focusing their efforts on making a strong enough impression with their work to be able to lure the attention of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, whose “development and production” divisions are frequently on the hunt for new talent, and there are several others moving in that general direction. And with filmmaking technology becoming more accessible in the mainstream, artists are employing groundbreaking methods of acquiring content and setting new trends while maintaining a grip on the traditional rules of creating cinematic works. Enter VISIONFEST, the online, competitive exhibition forum designed to pave the way for these new artists and to be “the Ultimate Springboard to the Mainstream.”
VISIONFEST is for content creators and filmmakers making projects in all genre categories. Submitted works may not have a completion date that is earlier than January 2015 – coinciding with the last year that VISIONFEST accepted films for its original 15-year run. The VISIONFEST “Official Selections” will be chosen by a panel of industry professionals and a list of Finalists will be published on the VISIONFEST website on November 30, 2018. A Special Jury will then vote for the assignment of awards honoring Outstanding Achievement. For the “VISIONFEST You Really Really Like Me” Audience Award, the “subscribing” audience will have access to the film festival’s line-up, and will then determine, by watching and voting online, what project will walk away with the prize. The VISIONFEST Web Team will keep track of total unique views and the overall time viewed for each project in the Official Selections Line-up. Merely refreshing a web page will not aid a particular Selection in earning higher scores; only “full” project views will be counted toward the final viewership tally. Projects that are only posted as "excerpts" are not eligible for Audience Awards - only Jury Prizes.
Our Festival Jury reviews the submitted works through private “password protected” screenings available exclusively to them, prior to the start dates of the film festival. Professional industry readers review all submitted scripts and VISIONFEST will announce up to 10 Finalists by November 30, 2018, as well as the finalists for the films line-up.
• All projects included in the VISIONFEST line-up will receive Official Selection laurels and will be eligible for Sponsored Prizes and Commemorative Statuette and/or Certificate Awards.
• The " VISIONFEST You Really Really Like Me” Audience Award, which consists of a Statuette and a Goods/Services Prize package valued at $1000, will be bestowed upon the Official Selection with the most overall views and highest ratings.
• All Official Selections of VISIONFEST will have the option to be included on the VISIONFEST Archives streaming platform hosted on howtube.com and distributed worldwide via our online partners and affiliates.
• The winning Feature Screenplay and the winning Short Script will receive a cash prize of up to $500. The 2nd & 3rd place Feature Screenplays and 2 Short Script Honorable Mentions, together with the winning #1 scripts, will receive free listings on InkTip.com (exposing the awarded works to producers nationwide), as well as Commemorative Certificates.
Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
By submitting your project to VISIONFEST, you attest that:
You have ownership rights and/or written permission to submit to VISIONFEST and that your submitted project was completed after January 1, 2015.
You grant VISIONFEST permission to use excerpts of your work (including trailer/teaser/film poster/stills) for promotional purposes and, if selected, you agree to provide a completed h264 (MP4) screening file, which will be used as the sole and exclusive asset to showcase your full or excerpted work for competition and programming on the VISIONFEST website and its content streaming affiliates (including but not limited to Roku, AppleTV, etc.)
You grant VISIONFEST the right to display in-video and/or advertising via its Distribution Affiliates.
You grant VISIONFEST the rights to make the project available and viewable through mobile applications and desktop applications on computers, mobile devices, tablets, connected televisions, and other media and technology (collectively, “Streaming Services”) including the VISIONFEST website and its affiliated content delivery outlets (including howtube.com, and/or on AppleTV, and Roku, collectively “Distribution Affiliates”).
Your submitted work or excerpts of it will be available online within a “subscriber based and/or exclusive on demand” forum. Viewers of VISIONFEST will have to “register and sign in” to view, vote for, and review full versions of the works presented within the VISIONFEST program and/or its prior editions’ archives. In other words, it’s just like attending a film festival and buying tickets to see the films, except the film viewing will be done in the comfort of your own desired space and your own devices.
Entries must be U.S. made and while these may have foreign locations, the production entities must be based in the U.S. Projects may have English subtitles for portions of content that are not spoken in English, however these segments may not exceed 1/3 of the running time of the entire project.
Entry fees are paid online via our affiliated submission forums and are non-refundable.
Multiple entries are allowed with the provision that each entry is submitted with the appropriate entry fee and that it adheres to the Rules & Guidelines and the Terms & Conditions set forth by VISIONFEST.
* If selected, you may be asked to provide additional promotional content for your work, such as trailers, teasers, and cast/crew bios and/or interviews to be used exclusively for the promotion of VISIONFEST and its affiliated events (i.e. festival parties, additional behind the scenes content forums, etc.)
Our VISIONFEST Jury Panel will select their favorite works in multiple categories (i.e. Outstanding Achievement in Directing, Acting, Editing, etc.), and each award recipient will receive Jury Prize Laurels, in addition to the aforementioned prizes. VISIONFEST – Domani Vision Film Society LLC, based upon its own opinions and voting procedures, reserves the right to grant no awards if there is no entry that qualifies with sufficient merit.
VISIONFEST is a Domani Vision Film Society event presented by howtube.com
You agree to hold VISIONFEST - Domani Vision Film Society LLC, and howtube.com harmless from, and defended against all claims, demands, costs, judgments, losses, expenses (including attorneys’ fees), and liabilities resulting out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any works submitted to VISIONFEST or on any project developed out of such works.
In connection with this promotion, you grant to VISIONFEST and howtube.com the right to use photographs, film clips, stills, artwork, and the names and likeliness of Filmmaker and the actors appearing in your Project.
The term of this agreement shall be for the duration of VISIONFEST.
Screenplays must be unproduced scripts, written in English and in Industry Standard Format (feature length 80-130 pages; short form 3-30 pages).
For the Feature Screenwriting Competition, applicants must be 18 years of age and may reside anywhere in the world. Applicants must submit:
One copy of an original feature film screenplay (in digital formats only as defined within the submission forum selected), approximately 80-130 pages in length, formatted in industry standard screenplay format and written in English. (for Short Script Contest, screenplays should be between 3-30 pages)
Please note: Only original works are accepted. Submissions may not be based, in whole or in part, on material, fictional or nonfictional, produced or unproduced, published or unpublished, unless such material is in the public domain or if it was originally created and published/produced by the applicant(s), in another medium.
No revisions or updated versions will be accepted beyond the initial submission.
A completed application form and an 'entry fee' required for all entries.
Applicants may submit multiple entries, however, those must be submitted separately along with respective fee(s) for each separate submission.
Collaborative works are accepted and are treated as (1) submission, regardless of how many authors are responsible for creating the work.
VISIONFEST – Domani Vision Film Society LLC, based upon its own opinions and voting procedures, reserves the right to grant no awards if there is no entry that qualifies with sufficient merit.
The applicant(s) agree to hold VISIONFEST - Domani Vision Film Society LLC, and howtube.com harmless from, and defended against all claims, demands, costs, judgments, losses, expenses (including attorneys’ fees), and liabilities resulting out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any stories submitted to the VISIONFEST Feature & Short Script Competitions or on any screenplay developed out of such stories.
APPLICABLE TO ALL SUBMISSIONS (whether motion picture or screenplay form)
Submitted material shall be retained by VISIONFEST - Domani Vision Film Society LLC, and howtube.com for archival purposes and reference, with any and all related compensation waived by applicant(s). Should a project be featured on the VISIONFEST website as Video On Demand content viewable only through paid subscription, then VISIONFEST will negotiate a fair and respectable revenue share with the proprietor of the featured content, based on the terms and conditions of said negotiation and agreement.
The burden of obtaining copyright and all proprietary interests for the submitted material rests solely on the applicant(s).
To the accuracy of the information supplied, any false or misleading information on the application, or any failure to comply with the rules and regulations set forth by VISIONFEST - Domani Vision Film Society LLC, and howtube.com may result in disqualification and forfeiture of any awards or cash prizes.