Wallachia International Film Festival is a highly professional, industry connected film festival, an exclusive independent grassroots film festival taking place in an exquisite location in Downtown Bucharest, only hundreds of meters away from Dracula’s former court in the grand Old Town!
We won multiple cinema prizes including important awards at major film festivals, like Cannes, Locarno, Montreal, London, Milan, Miami and Atlanta. Also, our advertising work received accolades at Clio, Effie, In-Awe, Lion Awards, ANDY Awards and Ad’Or, while working for companies like Coca-Cola, UNICEF, McDonalds, Renault, Yahoo! and Nestlé-Purina.
But there’s nothing we love more than indulging ourselves with cinematic candies from all over the world, under the autumn night sky of Wallachia. We will be arguing for a long time about which ones we feel are the best, and about the most promising unproduced screenplays.
Welcome to Wallachia, the Legendary Land of Voivode Vlad III Dracula, universally known as Vlad the Impaler. Born in 1431, Vlad was an authoritarian Principe, he revolutionized the affairs of Wallachia and refused to pay tribute to the sultan Mehmed II, resulting in a bloody war with the Ottomans. Multiple works containing stories about Vlad's cruelty were published soon after his assassination in 1475. In 1897, Bram Stoker downgrades Prince Vlad to Count Dracula, a blood-sucking vampire inspired by Wallachian ancient folklore. Loosely based on the book, Dracula (1931) casts immortal Bela Lugosi as the doomed romantic Count.
Just think cinétopia! Feel hundreds of years of mythic Wallachian history under the night sky! It’s a 100% natural film affair!
We watch all movies, we read all screenplays and we select exclusively based on artistic merits. Networking doesn’t work on us. Only art.
The top awards for movies are VLAD THE IMPALER TROPHY for Best Movie, CROWN OF WALLACHIA for Best Director and GRAND PRIZE of the PUBLIC. For trailers & teasers the awards are: Best Trailer, Best Teaser. For student movies the awards are Best Short, Best Director, Best. For work in progress the awards are Best Feature, Best Featurette, Best Short. For music videos the awards are best music video, best director, best cinematography, best editing. For branded content the awards are best video, best director, best cinematography, best editing. Best TV episode and best webisode are to be awarded and also best photo in multiple categories. Each film, video, photo we designate as an "Official Competitor" will receive a high-resolution image of our Festival Laurels to be used for marketing and promotional purposes. All winners will receive high-resolution images of the Certificates of Awards. For screenplays, the awards are EAGLE OF WALLACHIA for Best Feature Screenplay, Best Featurette, Best Short Script , Best TV/WEB + Platinum, Gold, Silver & Awards!
ANY LENGTH MOVIE AWARDS:
VLAD the IMPALER TROPHY for Best Movie
CROWN of WALLACHIA for Best Director
GRAND PRIZE of the PUBLIC
Outstanding Fiction, Outstanding Experimental, Outstanding Animation, Outstanding Documentary + Platinum, Gold, Silver & Awards!
FEATURES AWARDS: Wallachia Best Feature
FICTION: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
DOCUMENTARY: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
ANIMATION: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
EXPERIMENTAL: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
FEATURETTES AWARDS: Wallachia Best Featurette
FICTION: Best Featurette, Best Director, Best Screenplay + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
DOCUMENTARY: Best Featurette, Best Director, Best Screenplay + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
ANIMATION: Best Featurette, Best Director, Best Screenplay + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
EXPERIMENTAL: Best Featurette, Best Director, Best Screenplay + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
SHORTS AWARDS: Wallachia Best Short
FICTION: Best Short, Best Director, Best Screenplay + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
DOCUMENTARY: Best Short, Best Director, Best Screenplay + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
ANIMATION: Best Short, Best Director, Best Screenplay + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
EXPERIMENTAL: Best Short, Best Director, Best Screenplay +Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
STUDENT FILMS AWARDS:
Best Short, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
TRAILERS & TEASERS AWARDS:
BEST TRAILER, BEST TEASER, BEST DIRECTOR + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
WORK IN PROGRESS AWARDS:
BEST FEATURE in progress, BEST FEATURETTE in progress, BEST SHORT in progress, BEST DIRECTOR + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
MUSIC VIDEOS AWARDS:
BEST MUSIC VIDEO, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST EDITING + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
FASHION FILMS AWARDS
BEST DIRECTOR, BEST EDITING, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
BRANDED CONTENT AWARDS:
BEST VIDEO, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST EDITING + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
BEST PHOTO in multiple categories + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
BEST TV EPISODE, BEST WEBISODE, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
FEATURE SCRIPTS: Eagle of Wallachia (assessments and services) + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
FEATURETTE SCRIPTS: BEST FEATURETTE (assessments and services) +Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
SHORT SCRIPTS: BEST SHORT ( assessments and services) + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
TV/WEB SCRIPTS: BEST TV SCRIPT, BEST WEB SCRIPT + Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
MUSIC VIDEO SCRIPTS: BEST MUSIC VIDEO SCREENPLAY + pre & post production services, Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards
Rules & Terms
Wallachia International Film Festival is a highly professional, industry connected film festival, designed to discover the directors, screenwriters and photographers of the new millennium and award their fresh, out of the box ideas in order to accelerate their careers.
We are gladly accepting all movies, shorts (up to 15 min.), featurettes (15 – 60 min.), features (60 – 180 min.) in 4 categories: fiction, documentary, animation and experimental, student films (under 25 min), trailers/teasers (under 5 min.), work in progress (under 15 min.), music videos (under 10 min.), branded content (under 30 min.), TV/WEB episodes (under 30 min.) Also, all unproduced screenplays are welcome: shorts (up to 15 pages), featurettes (15 – 60 pages), features (60 – 120 pages), TV/WEB scrips (under 30 min). Photography stills are a new addition to our program.
All non-English language films, videos and trailers must have English subtitles when submitted. Films must have been completed after August 30, 2016. Once submitted, the filmmaker agrees that film, video or trailer may be selected for screening at the Festival. The film, video or trailer must be available for free public screening during the Wallachia International Film Festival, September 11-13, 2020. No film, video, trailer or photography still may be withdrawn from the Festival program after the selection.
All movies, videos, trailers and photography stills must be submitted through FilmFreeway. For environmental reasons, we do not accept submissions by mail. The entry fee must be paid in USD and is non-refundable. All contestants must be at least 18 years old or otherwise must have the Tutor Express Authorization to participate. We gladly accept multiple movie entries per participant – for each movie submitted, the each movie entry fee should be paid in full. The organizers, sponsors, partners and judges and their immediate relatives are not authorized to participate with movie submissions to the Festival.
The sender of the submitted film, video, trailer or photography stills is responsible for all copyrights. All submissions must be original works of the author(s) and not in violation of any copyright laws, trademarks or intellectual property. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. WallachiaIFF shall not be held liable for any legal action that results from unlawful submissions of any submitted movie.
We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their films only after the films are fully finished, as the entry of a movie is final when the submission process is completed; no alterations are permitted after the film is accepted to be played at WallachiaIFF. Should the film be accepted to play during the Festival, the filmmaker should supply the Festival with its most recent version.
Entrants to the Wallachiaiff retain all rights to their movies, videos, trailers or photography stills; the organizers don’t hold any copyrights or selling rights of any submitted movie, video or photography still. WallachiaIFF will only publicize the name, the title and the location of the winners, the title of the movies, a brief description, the Jury’s motivations for choosing the winners and will only use very short excerpts for media in order to promote the WallachiaifF’s winners.
All entries must be sent before Augustr 3rd, 2020 while the results of the selection will be announced on August 22nd, 2020. The top awards are Vlad the Impaler Trophy for Best Movie, Crown of Wallachia for Best Director and Grand Prize of the Public. Also, in each category, the best movie is awarded Platinum, Gold, and Silver Awards. Winners receiving cash prizes are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local and state taxes. The grading of the movies is based exclusively on creative and artistic merits. The decisions of the Jury are final and cannot be contested. The Jury is headed by a President. The spectators will vote for the Grand Prize of the Public by raising their hands. The public’s access to the Wallachia PleinAir Cinétopia is by Invitation only.
Screenings are curated and scheduled to be aired during the Festival at the discretion of Wallachia International Film Festival. The Festival reserves the right to choose which selected films, videos and trailers will be screened.
We are gladly accepting fully written feature, featurettes and short screenplays, in order to discover the writers of tomorrow and actively participate in the actual production of their screenplays. The standard lengths of the accepted scripts (subsequent pages are not to be taken into consideration): Full-Length Features: 60 – 120 pages, Featurettes: 15-60 pages, Short Film Scripts: under 15 pages, TV/WEB scrips: under 30 pages.
All screenplays must be submitted only through FilmFreeway and must be written in English. We do not accept hard copies for environmental reasons. The texts should be submitted in one the following formats: fdx, pdf, doc, rtf. Please check the industry guidelines formatting layout before submitting. All screenplays should be accompanied by a 1-page synopsis.
The entry fee must be paid in USD and is non-refundable. The contestants must be at least 18 years old or otherwise have the Tutor Express Authorization to participate. Scripts written by multiple authors can enter the contest if all of them authorize the submission of the entry. Only one entry fee is required per entry, and the cash award will be split equally between the writers. Multiple scripts can be submitted; for each script submitted, the submission fee must be paid in full.
All submissions must be original works of the author(s) and not in violation of any copyright laws, trademarks, intellectual property rights or against basic moral standards. All entries must be owned by their submitting authors at the time of submission. WallachiaIFF shall not be held liable for any legal action that results from unlawful submissions.
Entrants to the WallachiaIFF retain all rights to their screenplays; the organizers don’t hold any copyrights or selling rights of any submitted text. Only the judges will have access to the selected scripts. Because similar ideas, stories, characters do appear, it is highly recommended that you register your script or have it copyrighted before submitting it. This can be done through a Writers Guild, a Registry or simply by mailing a copy of the entry to yourself. WallachiaIFF will only publicize the name and location of the winner, the title of the script and the Jury’s motivation.
All entries must be sent before August 3rd, 2020. The entry of a script is final when the submission process is completed, no future alterations to the text are permitted. Please do not include any other documentation with your submission.
The grading of the scripts is based exclusively on creative and artistic merits. In each category the best script is awarded the money prize and multiple services. Also, the first 3 finalists receives Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards, while the next 7 are awarded Achievement Diplomas. The decisions of the Jury are final and can’t be contested. The International Jury is headed by a President.
While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, WallachiaIFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes, postponements, or cancellations to competition scheduling, screenings, categories, prizes, rules, regulations and Jury membership.
By submitting your work to the WallachiaIFF, you agree to hold us, our affiliates, our employees and partners harmless from any claims and damages. WallachiaIFF explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by WallachiaIFF or by its associates.