Join us for the first ever Ag & Art Film Festival! This film festival will be a celebration of agriculture and of art. Set in the agriculture town of Vacaville, California, the festival will feature films that have either agriculture or art as either a central theme or a big part of the film. We are accepting documentaries or narratives, shorts or features or web series. Vacaville is located a short drive from Napa Valley, San Francisco, and Sacramento.
Join us for a film festival celebrating agriculture & art through storytelling and cinema. The festival also connects festival goers to local farmers and local artists. Catered events will feature chefs who utilize locally-sourced food and wine. Films will screen at various locations in Vacaville, CA. (The film lineup will be announced August 1st.)
The inaugural festival takes place September 13-15 and is happening in conjunction with the City of Vacaville’s VACA (Vacaville Arts & Cultural Alliance) “Arts Week”. Many of the artists who make up Vacaville’s art community will come together and offer multiple performances, showings, and events during the week.
The Opening Night “Meet the Filmmakers” party on Friday night takes place at La Borgata Winery & Distillery in Pleasants Valley. The event will be catered by La Borgata Italian Deli. The party will introduce the festival filmmakers to fellow “ag and art” loving party guests. Other art groups in Vacaville - musicians & dancers, will perform as part of the art extravaganza planned for the evening. Local painters and sculptors will display their art around the winery as well.
The Saturday day screenings will begin at 10:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM with breaks in between and a longer break for lunch. Each screening will include a short, Q&A with the filmmakers (if in attendance.) The location for Saturday’s screenings will be posted on the festival’s website when announced.
On Saturday evening, the Ag & Art Film Festival teams up with Downtown Vacaville for a special, free for the community screening of “Biggest Little Farm” in Andrews Park. The night will also include a “farmers market” where families will be able to meet some of their local farmers, peruse farmer & artisan booths, purchase food, and watch a family-friendly, agriculture-themed film under the stars. Beer & wine will also be available to purchase.
A special, VIP Festival Pass-only area will be set up in the park. It will be catered by a chef who will be using locally-sourced food and feature wine from a local winery.
Sunday morning, VIP Festival Pass holders will join filmmakers and local farmers for a casual yet stimulating conversation about agriculture and art over a chef-created Farm Breakfast at a farm in Pleasants Valley.
The Sunday day screenings will begin at 10:00 AM and end around 5:00 PM with breaks in between and longer break for lunch. Each screening will be followed by a short, Q&A with the filmmakers (if in attendance.) The location for Sunday's screenings will be posted on the festival’s website when announced.
Sunday evening there will be a mini-awards session followed by a Closing Night Party. The event location will be in Downtown Vacaville.
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The Jury Award (Juried)
AAFF19 SUBMISSION BASICS:
(For 2019 Festival, September 13-15, 2019)
1 – All submissions received between January 28th, 2019 and July 30th, 2019 will be considered for Ag & Art Film Festival 2019 (AAFF19).
2 - Premiere status is taken into account for all sections, and films that have not yet screened in Solano County prior to AAFF19 will be given priority.
3 – Supporter engagement will be taken into account for all selections. We encourage you to have a website and be active on social media to discover your audience. Why? It's easier for us to promote you if we know who your audience is.
4 – The Jury Award competitive program will only consider submissions completed in 2017, 2018 or on track to be completed prior to AAFF19.
5 – Eligible submissions, if not chosen for the Jury Award competitive program will be considered for an Audience Award program
6 – Submissions not in English must have English subtitles.
OUR PLEDGE TO THE FILMMAKER:
1 – AAFF promises to watch each submission, from start to finish. Guaranteed. You took the time to submit your project to AAFF19 and we’ll take the time to watch it. (Please note that your Vimeo counter will not take into account views if embedded into FilmFreeway.com)
2 – At the end of each submission period, and during the final weeks of our selection process, AAFF will regularly update the main contact on the status of the film. If you change your email address, please be sure to update AAFF. Additionally, we ask that you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book, follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and please do not unsubscribe from our email list until films have been selected. This will ensure you receive all communications from AAFF during the submission period.
3 - AAFF will never share your contact information, or any part of your film, with a third party without your permission.
4 - Upon request, AAFF will extend screening notes to filmmakers, after the festival has ended.
IF ACCEPTED TO AAFF19:
1 - If selected to AAFF19, you will be asked to sign an Acceptance Agreement within five (5) business days of initial contact. Failure to do so forfeits acceptance into AAFF19.
2 - All commercial/private property including all trademark and copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. AAFF will not take responsibility for any infringement of copyrighted materials.
3 - Official selections will be asked to provide a DCP approximately four (4) weeks prior to the festival. Please do not submit to AAFF19 if you're not able to provide a DCP for screening purposes.
4 - Filmmakers with a feature or short film in the “Big Manure” competitive program will be asked to supply a password-protected link for our panel of jurors.
5 – While we will always ask first, Filmmakers agree that their film, or clips from it, and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, AAFF website, social networking sites, blog, and for any promotional purposes which AAFF deems appropriate.
6 – Filmmakers promise to provide AAFF with a full electronic press kit that must include a trailer, images for web and print, cast & crew information, and film synopsis. We can't promote you without your help.
7 – We ask that you participate in AAFF as much as possible. If you’re unable to attend your screening, please have a representative attend in your place. Please support your peers and celebrate independent cinema.
8 - The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmaker.
9 - AAFF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged films or promotional materials. The utmost care will be given with regard to films and promotional materials, but it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility.
10 - Take a deep breath, relax, and have fun!
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