Femme Fatales of Film Noir
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is thrilled to launch Whidbey Island Film Festival 2019, January 12th and 13th featuring Femme Fatales of Film Noir. Brazen women, smart and in control, with bold and brassy personas, will fill the screen in our 246 seat main stage theatre. We’ve slotted four of the classics:
.1941, The Maltese Falcon features the secretive and seductive Mary Astor.
1944, Gritty and evil, tied up with a bow, Barbara Stanwyck stars in Double Indemnity.
1946, Rita Hayworth, as Gilda, plays a complex character, insecure yet gutsy, flip and fresh.
1946, The Killers features Ava Gardner and her shameless, sultry, and double-crossing beauty.

Produced by Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, the Femme Fatales of Film Noir Festival offers 2 days of events and film screenings featuring four classic noir films, and a number of new film noir short films, 3 minutes or less. We welcome you to join us at our theater in Langley, Washington, on beautiful Whidbey Island. See you at the movies!

We are currently working on a winning prize for the film noir short category, hoping to have a "gear package." Stay tuned!

Whidbey Island Film Festival is accepting up to 5 minute Film Noir inspired shorts
Please submit either a MP4 or MOV .

General Eligibility

Films must be available for screening during the Whidbey island Film Festival, January 12-13 2019.

Films with US distribution (obtained prior to being selected for WIFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition. We prefer that shorts not be publicly available online.

Private invite-only screenings (for instance for cast and crew or donors) do not affect a film’s eligibility.
WIFF reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.
Films that are selected to screen at the Festival may not necessarily be selected to be “in competition” for awards purposes. Notifications regarding potential selection for competition status possibly may occur subsequent to notifications of acceptance for exhibition.

Originality and Permissions; INDEMNITY

Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights.
Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights.
WIFF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.
Additional Information

We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their film only after it is fully finished and will judge each submission as a completed work, whether it is or not. Once a film is entered, we will not update the submission with a more recent cut. That said, because WIFFs focus is on story, minor technical changes will not affect the final decision of any film. Should the film be accepted to play during the Festival, the filmmaker will have the opportunity to supply the Festival with their most recent version.

Selected Films and Winners

1. WIFF has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.

WIFF explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by WIFF or by its volunteers.
Winners will be announced on January 9 2019.. The judges’ decision is final.
Winners receiving cash prizes are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.

RETURNS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
DVDs and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry.

COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

COMPETITION CERTIFICATION

I/We have read all of the rules, understand, and have complied with these rules.

I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission.

I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead.

To the best of my/our knowledge, all the statements herein are true and correct.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

I/We acknowledge that once an entry payment has been processed, WIFF will not provide a refund.

No revisions of materials will be accepted once entry has been submitted.

BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE WHIDBEY ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.