The 6th Annual Cinema at the Edge Festival (CATE) celebrates independent films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice, or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium.

This year, the Cinema at the Edge Film Festival, founded by Festival Director Michelle Danner, will screen domestic and international films from over a dozen different countries. The program includes features and short films with genres ranging from Comedy, Horror, Action, Romance and Drama. The documentaries cover powerful, controversial and socially prominent topics that spark conversations regarding the Refugee crisis and conflicts in the Middle East, LGBTQ Rights, racial discrimination, and women’s inequality.

Previous years at CATE featured audience favorites from Sundance, SXSW and other major festivals, while maintaining a focus on world or regional premieres, challenging films that deserve a second look, and showcasing local artists. CATE has become a platform for artists to showcase their creativity through film and about the voices that need to be heard.

Jury and Audience awards will be given to the best film in each category. All selected filmmakers will benefit from networking opportunities, packed screenings and the festival's signature pub crawl. Our Panels and Juries have included executives at film distribution companies which will give each filmmaker the opportunity to get distribution.

Located in the heart of Santa Monica, Edgemar Center for the Arts is a two theatre and art gallery complex designed by Frank Gehry, just minutes away from the beach. Cinema at the Edge offers plenty to see and experience. At the center's inaugural ceremony Steven Spielberg welcomed cinema fans and noted, "Here we have a venue that can turn out some extremely experienced, daring and resourceful artists."

Awards & Prizes

Jury awards will be given in each category. While the programmers are thrilled to give independent filmmakers a vehicle of expression, an additional commitment is to see that the standout titles at the festival have an opportunity to screen for distributors. Therefore the winners of the jury award in each category will be viewed by industry professionals working in international film distribution and considered for acquisition in addition to a cash prize.

Rules & Terms

GENERAL RULES
Cinema at the Edge is open to independent film of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium. Each year we select and exhibit narrative features, documentary, and short films. Films previously submitted (and not selected) may be reentered if there has been significant change to the edit. You must complete an entry form for each film submitted.

DEADLINES

Early Deadline: September 15, 2017 (postmarked by) - Entry Fee: Features $45, Shorts $30

Regular Deadline: December 15, 2017 (postmarked by) - Entry Fee; Features $55, Shorts $35

Late Deadline: February 28, 2018 (postmarked by)- Entry Fee: Features $65 , Shorts $45

Entries must be submitted by NTSC DVD or through a secure online screener (FilmFreeway, Vimeo, etc.). Region free NTSC DVD's are preferred for screening purposes. We do not accept VHS or video data files for screening purposes.

Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Please do not send elaborate presentation materials, press kits, binders, etc. with your entry. All that is necessary to send is a clearly identified DVD or digital file. If your film is selected for the festival we will contact you about images and press kits.

DVD SCREENING:
DVD's and cases must be labeled (preferably using permanent marker/ink) with film title, filmmaker name, phone, email and FilmFreeway tracking ID number. Please place DVD's in a DVD sleeve, no hard plastic cases of any kind.

INTERNET LINKS (URL)
If you have a link (ie., Vimeo) you must submit via FilmFreeway and send an email to cinemaattheedge@gmail.com with the link, title of film, director, and FilmFreeway tracking number.

SECURE ONLINE SCREENING:
This option is available for all categories.

ENTRY FEES
Entry fees must be in U.S. funds only paid through FilmFreeway. Entry fees are per film entered, and must accompany the entry form for confirmation. Entry fees are non-refundable.

SHIPPING
Cost of shipping exhibition prints to the festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid.

MAIL ENTRIES TO:
Cinema at the Edge
℅ Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

NOTIFICATION
The festival selection committee makes all programming decisions. If accepted we will notify filmmakers by email and phone. Films not selected will receive notification by email. If accepted the DVD or BlueRay of your film will need to be in our office by March 14, 2015. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know.

CATEGORIES
Please select only ONE category for your entry when completing your entry form. For our purposes 'feature' refers to films 60 minutes and over. We reserve the right to re-categorize submissions as we deem appropriate.

RETURN OF SUBMISSIONS/SCREENERS
Due to the large number of entries received submission materials and videos will not be returned.

HOW TO CONTACT US
For more information email us at cinemaattheedge@gmail.com

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Cinema at the Edge is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. the individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Cinema at the Edge from and against any an all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by any reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

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    Koura Linda

    we had a wonderful time at cate 2017! the staff were professional and friendly and the films screened were really excellent!
    my only down vote is that the speakers went out before my screening and we were delayed for about a half hour and the sound when we screened was still a bit off.
    i did attend other screenings before mine and they had great a/v!
    we met some really wonderful people, the venue was great and there was convenient and inexpensive parking nearby. the parties and networking were awesome! but closing night they took the award winners for photos and then when we got to the reception all the food was gone :/
    i think they had way more people in attendance then they anticipated which is a good problem!! and they later brought out additional food. but running out of food was an issue during the weekend.
    over all though it was such a wonderful experience i give it 5 stars as an over all rating! i suggest submitting to this festival and take it as a high honor if you get selected as they really do screen many high quality and well made films!

    May 2017
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    Paolo Monico

    Honored and humbled that my film screened CATE and was awarded the Audience Award for Best Short Film! With Love and Gratitude. Paolo Monico

    May 2017
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    Jennifer Townsend

    I left CATE thinking, I'm got to tell my filmmaker friends in Seattle about this special, intimate festival in Santa Monica. My crew and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it. I felt it was the perfect venue for my film, 'Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise.'

    Michelle Danner, who heads the fest, is a spirit of graciousness. The audiences were enthusiastic and supportive. The volunteers, ever so helpful and accommodating. Long live CATE!

    May 2017
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    Nicholas Thurkettle

    So glad that, when the CATE reached out to me through social media, I answered and submitted my film. A high quality celebration of truly independent film in Los Angeles is a valuable thing; and I loved getting to spend the weekend down near the water in Santa Monica. The schedule had something of a tendency to get backed up and the facility could get very crowded between screenings; but this is a side effect of the fact that the organizers are doing great work filling the seats for our films - another important distinction among LA fests.

    All the staff and volunteers I encountered were lovely - would absolutely submit again!

    May 2017
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    Alexandra Spector

    They didn't test the projection equipment with either of the screener formats we provided ahead of time, which delayed our screening for nearly an hour while one of the organizers ran out to buy a new blu ray player with a sold-out audience was sitting in the theater.

    We also won the Audience Award for Best Feature, but the Festival never sent us the cash prize we were awarded. This experience was pretty disappointing.

    June 2016