IMDb Qualifying Film Festival.
Big stars like Danny Trejo (Heat / Machete), Michael K. Williams (The Wire) or Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell have been awarded at War of Films, as well as the most talented independent filmmakers. +2,900 filmmakers from 85 different countries have already trusted War of Films. This means that we have a lot of media exposure to be able to promote your projects.
We are filmmakers like you. We know perfectly what it costs to finish a project and the difficulties that the independent filmmaker has. For many years we also did round of festivals, we spent a lot of money but we saw that very few festivals helped us to take the next step. No festival connected us with film producers. No festival presented us with distributors.
WHAT WE OFFER?
-We CONNECT FILMMAKERS WITH THE FILM INDUSTRY.
-We collaborate with ten of the best film sales companies in the world. They work regularly with Netflix, HBO, Amazon video, and more than 14,000 buyers.
-Help with distribution. If your film is not selected and you have questions about distribution, we will always help you.
-Through our distribution network, your film can reach the most important Film Markets in the world:
-Ventana Sur Argentina.
WE ACCEPT PROJECTS WITHOUT A PRODUCTION YEAR LIMIT, OR A TERRITORIAL PREMIERE LIMIT.
Note: You do not have to be a winner to enter the distribution catalog. The distribution will depend on the needs of the market and the commercial agents. Therefore, your film may not win any awards, but it will be distributed.
You can do all the international festivals you want. Once selected, you decide when to start the distribution !!!
WHY SO MANY CATEGORIES? WHICH DO YOU RECOMMEND?
We always recommend the "All categories" option. It is without a doubt the best option. This category has an applied discount of 70% on the real cost. You compete in the main category of your project, plus all the individual categories such as (best director, best producer...), plus best trailer, best poster and we show your trailer in all the distributor rounds that we do during the year. And we also make a promotional post on our instagram.
But it all depends on your budget and your festival strategy, that is why we also have the option of registering you in the categories individually, so that each filmmaker can adapt to their needs.
THERE ARE MANY MONTHS LEFT FOR THE FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE. WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE OR SUBMIT NOW?
The two options are valid since all the projects registered in the festival have the same options. We do not select any films until we receive all submissions. But we recommend registering as soon as possible. Because we do the work of presenting the most interesting projects throughout the year. The market is very changeable and we don't wait until the end of the year to start distribution.
YEAR OF PRODUCTION. Major festivals ask for a world premiere so that they have exclusivity on your project. We are totally against this. Projects cost a lot of effort and money, a festival cannot have that much power over YOUR project. That is why we do not limit registrations to territorial premiere or year of production. All projects deserve second and third chances. A great example is a movie from 2016, discarded by all festivals and distributors, and in 2021 we got him a seven-year contract with an international distributor and an 18-month contract with HBO Europe.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN Short film Competition and Film Market + Short film?
-Short film competition is to compete to be the best short film of the festival and be screened in our annual event.
-Film Market + Short film: same as Short film competition but we try to find distribution for your project. We differentiate these two categories because some projects already have distribution but are interested in competing for the festival award as best short film.
CAN WE SEND YOUR PROJECT TO DISTRIBUTORS WITHOUT NOTICE?
No! We can send distributors, trailers or promotional material, but in no case will we send your movie or script without prior notice.
AM I OBLIGED TO ACCEPT AN OFFER FROM THE DISTRIBUTOR?
Absolutely NO. The project is always yours, all we do is contact distributors to help you find a commercial contract for your project. The offers we receive are sent to you and it is you who decide what to do with those offers. If you don't like the offer, we look for other options.
WHAT DOES WAR OF FILMS EARN FROM DISTRIBUTION CONTRACTS?
Any. It is a totally free service that we give as a festival. We believe that festivals have to try to help filmmakers more in taking the next step (screening is no longer enough). Festivals have contacts and should use them to help filmmakers.
-Best Feature Film
-Best Short Film
-Best Serie/Web/Pilot Tv
-Best Music Video
-Best Short Script
-Best Feature Script
-Best First time Screenwriter
-Best Female Director
-Best First Time Female Director
-Best First Time Filmmaker
-Best Original Screenplay
-Best Color Grading
-Best Sound Design
-Best Visual effects
-Best Indie Feature Film/Documentary (low Budget). Less than 50.000
-Best Indie Short Film (Low Budget). Less than 5.000
-Best Animated Film
-Best Experimental Film
We can award Honorable Mentions in categories that we consider.
All genres, all style and all thematics.
Production Year: No limit.
Feature more than 60 minutes.
Short film: maximum 60 minutes.
Series/Pilot Tv/Web Media: Unlimited
Music Videos: Unlimited
Screenplay: Shorts up to 30pag. / Feature up to 180 pag.
1. We accept films and scripts in: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.
We accept all other languages if they are subtitled in English, Spanish, French, German or Italian.
2. No fee waiver. All entry fees are non-refundable.
3. War of films can use samples of your work in a promotional way for the festival (maximum 1 minute).
4. Usage Rights
The participant declares and guarantees that he/she is the holder of all usage rights necessary for the use of the film in the context of this agreement and that he/she is in a position to effectively grant War of Films these rights. The participant guarantees that by using the film in the context of this agreement, no rights of third parties, including persons depicted in the film, are infringed. The festival is not responsible for any legal action that may occur for infringing these rights.
5. The festival does not pay a screening fee. At the live festival we screen the winner of Best Short Film and Best Feature Film.
6. Organizers reserve rights change, cancel or re-schedule the dates, venue, awards & categories without consent.
7. The festival reserves the right to include new categories such as: Best thriller, best sci-fi, best lgtb, best fantasy etc if it considers it appropriate. As well as eliminating categories if not the minimum number of participants is reached.
8. Our goal is to promote your work. By registering, you agree that we can send press releases about your project to distributors and festivals to promote your work.
Registration implies acceptance of these rules.
Response from festival:
Thank you very much Nicholas. We would have loved to meet you. What can we say about your project? Counting on Michael K. Williams was a great success and your short film will go down in history. You also showed us that you know how to handle yourself in different genres. I remember you introduced us: Erin, Owen, and the Loch Ness Monster, an animated short film. Very well directed. We send you a big hug and we hope to see you soon. Welcome to the War of Films family, Nicholas.