The 2017 Inland Empire Film and Beer Festival

2017 Film Submissions –LOOKING FOR NEW VOICES!!

Submissions are now open for the Inland Empire Film and Beer Competition which will occur on October 14, 2017 at the California Theater in San Bernardino California.

The Inland Empire Film and Beer festival seeks short films from around the world. The shorts films can be narrative, web series premieres, documentary, or experimental. There will be a special category for those films that utilize the world's healing beverage of beer in their film.

Note: Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per film and are non-refundable. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission.

Students: The Film and Beer Competition requires students to provide a copy of a their current registration receipt.

ELIGIBILITY

OVERVIEW: The Inland Empire Film and Beer Festival seeks to feature new voices in Independent Cinema. If you incorporate beer into your film that's will be rewarded as well. This is a juried competition featuring a jury of industry professionals from a major Hollywood distribution company, media personalities, and marketing directors.

ELIGIBILITY: The Inland Empire Film and Beer Competition is open to all residents of the world. Films must have been produced by January 1, 2016.

REGISTRATION FEE: Registration fee is $25 for students and $50 or all non-students. If student you will need to attach current school registration form with submission.

REGISTRATION PERIOD: Registration will take place beginning on February 1, 2017 and will close at midnight on August 1, 2017.

COSTS: All costs associated with the production of the Entry are solely the responsibility of the Entrant.

DEADLINES: The deadline stated above can be for works in progress. Final cuts of films are due no later than 30 days prior to the festival screening date.

DELIVERABLES:

Your Digital Film or DVD File Specifications: (No Blu-Rays)

24 frames per second (NOT 23.98)
1920×1080 (file must be native 16×9)
HD QUICKTIME FILE (Apple ProRes HQ is recommended)
Audio should be 48khz stereo.

Your finished film as per the specifications above. Your film should not be shorter than 4 minutes and not longer than 50 minutes. This includes credits.

If selected you will receive an email submission letter with details about admission. Each accepted filmmaker may receive up to two passes for themselves and a guest.

You may deliver your film on a Thumb Drive, Hard Drive, Data DVD (no Blu-Ray) or Downloadable Online Link. Upon delivery, we will check to make sure all deliverables are on your drive.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: All submitted films must meet high technical standards as determined by Slate Inc. Films that have significant technical issues (bad audio, audio out of sync, etc.) may be disqualified from competition and not screened at the film festival. Team leaders are strongly urged to make sure that the technical aspect of their film is of the highest quality possible.

SCREENING OF I.E Film and Beer Festival: All eligible submissions will be screened during the October 14, 2017 screening time.

SELECTION OF WINNERS: Entries will be judged by a process in which a qualified panel of judges will evaluate each eligible Entry based on the following judging criteria:

Creativity (45%)
Technical Merit (45%)
Use of beer (10%)

The Top Entry will be declared the winner. In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken based on the highest score in the first Judging Criteria, continuing thereafter to each Judging Criteria in order, as needed to break the tie. Entrants agree that Slate Inc management has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this Project and that all decisions of The Inland Empire Film and Beer Competition management are final and binding.

WINNERS/AWARDS:

Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony to be held at Ritual Brewery in Redlands California. A variety of awards and prizes will be presented to various winners of The Inland Empire Film and Beer Competition.

Following is a list of awards to be presented for The Inland Empire Film and Beer Competition competition. Other awards may be included at the prerogative of the jurors and/or Slate Inc. management.

Awards & Prizes

Grand Jury Best of Festival $500 Cash Prize, Free Camera Rental Package, Free Postings in Backstage Magazine

Best Director Prize - Camera Rental Package and Free Casting notices in Backstage

Best Actors - Various Gift Cards

Screenplay - Various Gift cards

Cinematorgaphy - Effects Software

Best Use of Beer

Various Audiance Awards

Rules & Terms

I. GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF A FILM TO THE REDLANDS FILM AND BEER FESTIVAL:
NOTE: The submission categories and program categories that are referenced and identified as capitalized terms in this Section I of these Rules and Regulations, and the eligibility requirements for each, shall be understood as having the definitions and descriptions assigned to them in Sections II and III of these Rules and Regulations below.
1) If 50% or more of the Film’s financing originated from sources within the United States, the Film may only be submitted as either a U.S. Narrative or Documentary Feature Film, or as a U.S. Short Film.
2) If more than 50% of the Film’s financing originated from sources outside of the United States, the Film may only be submitted as either an International Narrative or Documentary Film, or as an Experimental Short Film.
3) If the Film’s final running time is projected to exceed more than 50 minutes, the Film may be rejected.
4) Your film weather internationally or domestic does not need to premiere at the Inland Film and Beer Festival.
5) All Films do not have any premiere requirements. U.S. and International Short Films do not forfeit their eligibility for submission to the Festival if they were previously released theatrically or on DVD, broadcast on television or the internet, or screened at any number of film festivals in the world.
6) Films completed prior to January 1, 2016, are not eligible for consideration for the 2017 Festival.
7) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials included within the submitted Film. Slate Inc. expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for copyright infringement. Slate Inc. reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Film makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any copyrighted content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend Slate Inc., the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, thatany of them may incur in connection therewith.
8) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the owner(s) of any and all trademarked content or materials included within the submitted Film. Slate Inc. expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any trademarked content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution or unfair competition. Slate Inc. reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with any unauthorized inclusion of trademarked content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Film makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any trademarked content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend Slate Inc., the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.
9) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the Film from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories of libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, violation of rights of publicity, theft of trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of express or implied contract (“Third Party Claim(s)”). Slate Inc. expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film that are or may be the basis for any Third Party Claims based upon any of the foregoing legal theories or others. Slate Inc. reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that is or may become the subject of any Third Party Claims. In the event that any Third Party Claim(s) shall be asserted by any person or entity, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend Slate Inc., the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any and all fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that each of any of them may incur in connection therewith.
10) Applicants submitting Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. Slate Inc. reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that contains significant non-English spoken dialogue that does not include accompanying on-screen English subtitles.
11) All Films must be submitted to SLATE Inc. on a single DVD (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL, or DVD+R DL) or uploaded via the Secure Online Screener function of YouTube or vimeo links. SLATE Inc. reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from Applicant, any Film that is not submitted using one of these two formats. If the Film is submitted in multiple parts on multiple discs, Slate Inc. reserves the right to judge the Film based on the first disc included, with no further obligation to view the contents of the remaining discs.
12) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the submitted DVD plays in its entirety on an industry-standard DVD player prior to submitting it to the Festival. In the event that a submitted disc does not play in an industry-standard standard DVD player, Slate Inc. will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to obtain a replacement copy of the Film. Slate Inc. reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film whose initially submitted disc does not play on an industry-standard DVD player.
13) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the submitted disc arrives at the shipping destination provided to the Applicant upon completion of the submission form. In the event that a submitted disc does not arrive at the designated shipping destination within the deadline window selected by the Applicant, Slate Inc. will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to obtain a submission copy of the Film. SLATE Inc. reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that does not arrive at the designated shipping destination within the deadline window selected by the Applicant.
14) In the event that the Applicant remits an updated version of the Film to Slate Inc. after having submitted a previous version of the Film to Slate Inc. during the same calendar year, Slate Inc. is under no obligation to view any or all of the updated version.
15) In order to be considered for the Festival, the Applicant must fill out the Festival submission form that can be obtained by emailing SLATE Inc. at info@slate-inc.org. SLATE Inc. reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that is not submitted through one of these channels.
16) SLATE Inc. reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with a submission form that is considered to be delinquent due to the non-payment of any or all submission fees. Slate Inc. may attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to bring the payment status of the account up- to-date. Slate Inc. disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant and inform the Applicant of any payment delinquency or other deficiency of a submission form.
17) Upon completion of the Festival selection process, SLATE Inc. will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Film’s acceptance status. Slate Inc. disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the submission period (March 15, 2017 – August 1, 2017).
18) Slate Inc. is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Film any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Film, any information relating to the manner in which the Film is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that Slate Inc. or any reviewers of the Film may hold concerning the Film; any reasons why the Film, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Film specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations.
Slate Inc. disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible or liable for, the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding any Film that are or may be obtained by the Applicant or any other representative of the Film; any communications by any representative of Slate Inc. or the Festival relating to the Film or the Festival selection process; the manner in which the Film shall be, is or was considered and reviewed; the identity or identities of any specific reviewers of the Film; and/or any failure on the part of Slate Inc. or the Festival to provide the Applicant or any other representative(s) of the Film with information concerning Slate Inc.’s consideration and/or review of the Film.
19) Submission fees will not be refunded. Please budget accordingly.