As the producer of the UK Tour of the Banff Mountain Film Festival and Ocean Film Festival we’re passionate about film and we think now is the time to share a range of independent films that go beyond mountains and oceans. We want to showcase films that dive deeper into personalities, struggles and triumphs with the brand new Yonder Film Festival.

Yonder Film Festival will showcase stories where the human spirit is at the very centre of the narrative, where boundaries are broken - physically, culturally and emotionally.

We’re looking for outstanding films/documentaries that feature captivating characters, tons of heart and engaging stories. Most importantly, we want to feature films that move, surprise and entertain our audience. We also believe in the importance of humour in filmmaking. If you think your film would suits the festival, we’d love to hear from you.

The unveiling of Yonder Film Festival (First Edition) will take place in London in October 2020.

To ensure each and every festival finalist is rewarded for their outstanding filmmaking, a screening royalty will be paid to you every time your film is shown at the festival.

The festival will also include a People’s Choice Award that will be awarded to the film with the greatest number of audience votes after the festival. The People’s Choice Prize will be a payment of £350.

Please read these Rules and Terms carefully as submission of any entry will imply an acceptance of all rules and terms by the entrant.

Festival Competition Rules
1. Films can be up to 55 minutes in length.
2. Film submissions are invited from both professional and amateur film makers.
3. All films in a language other than English must have English subtitles.
4. Films produced prior to the year 2017 will not be eligible for the competition.
5. A film submission does not guarantee it will screen at the Festival.
6. All film entries will be viewed prior to the festival by a festival selection committee.
7. Finalists chosen by the committee will be viewed by the public at the Yonder Film Festival date TBC.
8. The festival retains the right to screen the films twice during the festival. The festival will pay the filmmaker a screening fee each time the film is screened.
9. 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 Festival Trailer.
10. 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.
11. Films selected for the festival will be announced TBC.
12. All films entered into the Festival competition will also be considered for inclusion in the Festival Tour. If your film is selected, our team will contact you to arrange a separate licence agreement.
13. The final decision on the award winners and films included in the Yonder Film Festival will be at the absolute discretion of the Event Organisers (Snowline Media Ltd).

Entry Details

By submitting your film, you confirm that you have read, understood and agree to the following terms:
1. All submissions will be retained by the Festival for selection and archival purposes and will not be returned.
2. 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. You are duly authorised to submit this film to the festival and its competition.
4. You understand that the Yonder Film Festival, and its owner Snowline Media Ltd, are not responsible for any type of loss or damage to you pertaining to the film or its use by Snowline Media Ltd.

Grants of rights of waiver
By entering the film competition, the Entrant represents and warrants that:
1. The Entrant hereby grants Yonder Film Festival the rights to use the film as outlined in this entry form.
2. It owns all rights, title and interest, including the copyright and all intellectual property rights, in and to the film being submitted to the Festival and has the right to distribute, exhibit and promote the film in or through all media formats now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, the Internet throughout the universe.
3. All music licences (including, without limitation, all synchronisation, mechanical and master-use licences, as applicable) have been obtained and all payments have been made that are required for the public performance of the music incorporated in the film; and
4. No material in the film being submitted by the Entrant to the Festival is libellous or is slanderous or defamatory or violates any right of privacy or publicity of any person, and the full use of the rights in such film will not violate any rights, including copyright or moral rights, of any person, film or corporation.
5. By entering the Yonder Film Festival competition, the entrant acknowledges and agrees to all entry rules and regulations of the Festival.

Technical Information

1.Format: Preferred format to receive and screen films is 16:9 ratio PAL format at High Definition resolution (preferably 1080p). Files should be encoded as a .mp4 file (H.264 format) with a bit rate of preferably less than 30MB.
2. Frame Rate: Please submit the frame rate that your film was edited in, to a maximum of 30 frames per second (ideally 24fps or higher).
3. Audio: AAC audio codec is preferred with 48,000kHz sample rate and 320k bit rate
4. Submitting your film: We encourage submissions of films preferably through the FilmFreeway platform or via digital download from fast servers, YouTube or Vimeo.
5. Hard Drives: If a physical hard drive is sent, filmmakers can request that can be returned after the festival. This would be at the Applicants cost, using recorded/tracked mail. Should you wish to use a courier instead, we ask that filmmakers make their own arrangements and cover the costs.

Promotional Requirements
If your film is selected as a finalist for the Yonder Film Festival the following must be submitted:

1. A minimum of 3 high-resolution promotional still photographs at 300dpi should be submitted electronically for a film. We encourage the submission of more photographs if available.
2. All images should be labelled with film title and photographer credit (or provided in a separate word document) and images must include rights to be used for film promotional purposes.
3. We welcome the submission of film trailers from festival finalists to help us promote your film. We encourage a short version of 15-60 seconds and one longer version of over 60 seconds.
4. The Festival reserves the right to use all submitted promotional material for Festival promotional purposes across all media.