MAKE A FILM IN ONE MONTH (BETWEEN APRIL 1ST AND MAY 1ST) AND WIN BIG!

About The Different Faces Different Voices Film Festival:

The Different Faces Different Voices film festival launches for the first time in 2016! It was created by the non-profit Harvard Square Script Writers, one of the oldest professional screenwriting organizations in the country in collaboration with Women in Film and Video/New England, the 3rd oldest chapter of Women in Film and Television in the world. The festival is aimed at encouraging filmmakers to explore often untold stories of the human experience.

About The Flicks4Chicks Contest:

In this first year the contest focuses on Flicks4Chicks. Between April 1st and May 1st of 2016 filmmakers, of both genders, are challenged to write and produce a 10 minute (or shorter) film incorporating a strong female protagonist. The goal of this particular competition is to go beyond the Bechdel test. In the original challenge (based on a 1985 cartoon by Alison Bechdel) a woman put forth the following requirement for any film she would agree to see - the movie had to have at least two women in it who talk to each other about something other than a man.

In the Flicks4Chicks contest we ask filmmakers to create cinematic narratives where women characters are taken beyond that minimum standard, shown pursuing their own goals, engaging in exciting adventures, overcoming significant odds and feeling victorious (or at least gaining knowledge) by the end of the experience. In other words, we encourage the kind of stories that have often, historically, featured men at the core.

The competition promotes original fictional stories that focus on the realities of a wide variety of females (of differing races, ethnicities and ages) embracing their own destinies, taking charge of their lives as fully realized human beings, and not simply as Hollywood caricatures or sidelined shadows.

Filmmakers may come from anywhere in the world but must complete their film in English (or with English subtitles) and must have a female in at least one of the following creative roles: producer; director; director of photography; writer; editor.

At the start of the competition on April 1st, each team will receive, via email, a choice of three “situations” that they may take in any number of directions, e.g., two women embark on a road trip after tragic events have befallen both of them or a young professional must prove her worth in a work environment where everyone thinks she is a token hire, or a young woman of color enters a new school, only to encounter subtle prejudice which she must combat.

All submissions must be made via FilmFreeway.

There will be awards in a number of areas and the top films will be screened at our fabulous festival in Cambridge, MA on June 29th and 30th.

Awards & Prizes

Awards will include:
Best Beyond-the-Bechdel Film
Best Different Face Different Voices Diversity
Best Direction
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Acting - Female
Best Acting - Male
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Musical Score
Best Costumes
Best Special Effects
Best Sound Engineering
Best Storyline
Best Dialogue

Prizes:
Cash and product prizes, including $2,500.00 each to top two films (see above)
Your work will be screened at our Festival.
Specific cash, product and services prizes will be announced as the contest progresses.

Rules & Terms

MAKE A SHORT FILM BETWEEN APRIL 1ST AND MAY 1ST AND WIN BIG, FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES AND RULES BELOW.

HOW TO SIGN UP
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT YOU MUST FIRST SET UP AN ACCOUNT WITH FILMFREEWAY BEFORE YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR THIS CONTEST.

FOR PURPOSES OF INITIAL CONTEST SIGNUP, WE ONLY NEED YOUR NAME, A PLACE-HOLDER PROJECT TITLE SUCH AS FILMBYYOUR_NAME, AND BASIC SUBMITTER INFO. FROM YOUR ACCOUNT.

ONCE YOUR ACCOUNT IS SET UP, YOU CAN LOG IN AND SELECT THIS CONTEST FROM THE CHOICE OF FILM CONTESTS AND PAY THE SIGN-UP FEE. IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A DISCOUNT CODE, YOU WILL ENTER THAT IN YOUR CART, UPON PAYMENT. YOU WILL RECEIVE A WELCOME FROM US WITHIN 48 HOURS OF SIGN-UP.

AT ANY TIME BETWEEN APRIL 1ST AND MAY 1ST YOU MAY OPEN UP YOUR PROJECT FILE AND SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED FILM TO FLICKS4CHICKS.

RULES AND TERMS
ALL ENTRANTS AGREE TO ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING RULES, TERMS, and CONDITIONS:

One of the main characters must be a female.

A woman must hold AT LEAST ONE of the following lead creative roles: Producer, Director, Writer, Director of Photography, or Editor.

All submissions must be 10 minutes or shorter in length, including credits.

You must be 18 years or older to submit or your project must be submitted by a designated legal Producer of Record who is over the age of 21.

Each team may only produce and submit 1 film.

The story must be based on one of the situations assigned to you by the Flicks4Chicks contest.

The contest is open world-wide except where prohibited by law. All entries must be either in English or contain English subtitles.

All films must be submitted by midnight on May 1st via the FilmFreeway portal. No editing or revisions are permitted after entry.

Do NOT send stills or press kits.

Only entries submitted through FilmFreeway.com will be processed and considered for screening and awards. Submissions made in any other manner will not be accepted.

Only entries produced and completed between April 1st and May 1st 2016 will be eligible.

The film must be completed in that one month time frame of the contest. Material gathered or shot before April 1st will not be accepted.

Participants whose films are selected to be screened at the Different Faces Different Voices Flicks4Chicks film festival will be contacted by email and/or phone at least 2 weeks prior to the festival (June 29th and 30th).

Award Possibilities may include but are not limited to:

Best “Beyond The Bechdel Test” Concept
Best Different Faces Different Voices Diversity Depiction (breaking down stereotypes)
Best Comedy
Best Drama
Best Storyline
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Dialogue
Best Musical Score
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Direction

Winners must show photo identification to claim their prizes. Harvard Square Scriptwriters reserves the right to examine additional identification and may choose to accept or deny awarding the prize based on the identification presented.

Awards will be given to the specific winner, e.g., Best Editor prize will be given to the best editor; Best Film Prize will be awarded to the Producer of Record, etc.

All decisions by judges, programmers and organizers shall be made at their sole discretion and will be FINAL. NO REFUND of your entry fee will be permitted.

By submitting your entry, you confirm and warrant you have all necessary legal authority to submit the entry into the Flicks4Chicks Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry and to authorize use and exhibition of the film.

You warrantee that you have exclusive rights to your film as well as any pertinent releases including but not limited to use of all actors’ images and performances, any location usage, any trademarked or copyrighted images and music which appear in the film. Harvard Square Script Writers’ and Women in Film and Video/New England reserve the right to request proof of such releases at any time before films are screened.

By submitting your film, you agree to allow Harvard Square Script Writers and Women in Film and Video New England to exhibit your film in venues during its 2016 Different Faces Different Voices festival, regardless of subsequent distribution deals secured after the submission process. You further agree to allow Harvard Square Script Writers usage, in perpetuity, of clips from the film and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, in print, web for purposes of promoting this and other Different Faces Different Voices and Women in Film in Video events.

If your film is accepted for submission, you agree to grant Harvard Square Script Writers the right to show your film in its entirety on its website, video channel, and at the Different Faces Different Voices Flicks4Chicks websites for one year after the festival.

You must provide your film as a digital download when you submit. FilmFreeway accepts all major video formats.

Digital exhibition format will be used at the Festival theatrical location. If your film is selected, you must supply the highest possible quality digital version for conversion to DCP. High Definition formats are preferred. We recommend ProRes422 or DnxHD36.

The Different Faces Different Voices Flicks4Chicks Festival has no responsibility for loss, theft, or damage to the materials you submit.

By claiming a prize, you authorize the use, without additional compensation, of your name, likeness, and/or voice and photograph for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium now known or developed in the future throughout the world that Harvard Square Script Writers’ Different Faces Different Voices film festival deems appropriate.

By submitting an entry, you agree to the Rules, Terms, and Conditions as set forth above, and further agree to indemnify and hold the Harvard Square Script Writers and Women in Film and Video/NE and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders , sponsors, or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the "Festival Indemnitees"), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including attorneys’ reasonable fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Festival Indemnitees due to or arising out of your film and any other materials you submit in this Festival, or your conduct during and in connection with this Festival, including but not limited to claims of violation of copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation.

This contest shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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    Becca Berry

    Dear Genine & the Flicks4Chicks Team,

    Sorry it took awhile to write to you. We’ve been super busy putting the final post production touches on our final cut of “The Letter.” Thanks to your generous prize money, we were able to get the film professionally colored and sound designed. We wanted to say thank you so much and how deeply grateful we are for the opportunity and platform you gave us to tell a story that is rarely told—through not only a female perspective, but an Asian-American perspective. If it wasn’t for the contest, who knows when this story would’ve been told. The festival definitely fueled our fires to keep telling these stories. We hope to continue to share this film with other festivals and communities.

    Again, thank you all who made this festival possible and awarding us the prizes. We are very honored.

    Sincerely,
    Sydney Viengluang and Becca Berry
    Executive Producers

    P.S. See below for Katie's (best actor) Thank You:

    Dear Genine & The Flicks4Chicks,
    I want to thank you so much and I am truly grateful and thrilled with the Best Actor Award, and it is my honor to be part of the festival and the film“The Letter.”
    It has always been my mission to speak up for the one who cannot speak up for themselves, to tell everyone don’t give up, and keep working really hard. Ironically before reading the script of this film, I was almost on the verge of leaving LA. The script of “The Letter,” struck me so much that I felt the connection immediately and decided no matter what I had to tell this story, to let the whole world know the fear of inadequacy, the urge to move forward by putting the past behind, and re-start over and over again. There are many stories about challenging mother and daughter relationship among immigrant families; this story I saw beyond just conflict or culture shock. I found the resolution by discovering the deep down honest voice of an immigrant mother. Her courage to transform a nightmare into a good dream, then make it comes true is inspiring and touching.
    Finally, I want to thank the Different Faces Different Voice Film Festival and the Flicks4Chicks again by creating a platform for all of the female filmmakers and actors to honor their creative works. I also want to thank my director and writer Becca Berry and producer Sydney Viengluang for giving me the chance to be with this fantastic role.

    Thank You,
    Katie Chan

    August 2016
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    Lauren Myers

    First, congratulations on making the first year of this festival so memorable and special. My favorite aspect of the festival was the ability to meet new filmmakers who were at my level, and most all of them, new to directing.

    Panels - It would be best to have them be 1 hour and 15 mins or 1 hour and 30 minutes. The hour was not long enough to get to know the panelists, watch their content, and then have a Q & A to close it up.

    Screening blocks - They were just the right about amount of content to absorb.

    Wrap / After Parties - I liked that there was an official wrap party for the festival. However, because it was held on the first night, the second night there was no official place to celebrate awards won, films watched, and a close to the whole experience. It would be great to have after parties each night of the festival at local bars or brew pubs that would be willing to host, guests pay for their drinks. A group of us made an impromptu version of this and really enjoyed our last hurrah.

    Awards - Great presenters and thank you for giving them wonderful statements to say about the films and winners. It would be a lovely touch to hand the framed certificate or whatever the future acknowledgement will be to the awardee on stage instead of when it is all over.

    Programming - Perhaps there could be an opening day meet and greet brunch/ lunch before the first panel. Filmmakers and event coordinators could have an opportunity to network and introduce themselves, and probably enjoy sitting next to someone they just met before the panels start.

    Media & PR - LOVED the logos created for the festival. The printed festival program was well made. Perhaps with room permitting, having a short descriptive blurb about the film, who directed it, who stars in it would be nice to have in the printed and online programs.

    July 2016
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    Tiffany Jackman

    Great Festival. Love the positive energy of all the filmmakers there.

    July 2016
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    Kristy Thomas

    I participated in this film festival and I was blown away! I had constant communication with festival officials. I had a wonderful time working on the short film and appreciated all of the prizes that the competition had to offer. Great festival and I plan on submitting next year.

    July 2016