3rd LOS ANGELES WORLD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ®

The LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is a part of World International Film Festival - a global industry event held around the year in the world’s biggest cities. This around-the-world film festival tour showcases some of the very best independent films on the scene today. It will bring new films and audiences together in locales that are international centers of the arts, creating a meeting place for auteurs and cineastes, filmmakers and movie fans. Welcome to the World International Film Festival.

SECTIONS

The World International Film Festival will include the following sections:
World Competition
American Cinema
Cinema Cinema of Asia, Africa, and Australia
Documentaries of the World Animation
Student and Children’s Cinema

INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS

New York City
Los Angeles
Toronto
London
Hong Kong
Singapore
Brisbane
Berlin
Rome
Vienna
Amsterdam
Reykjavik
Athens
Geneva

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The World International Film Festival is a global industry event held around the year in the world's biggest cities:
New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Berlin, Amsterdam, Reykjavík and many others – an around-the-world fllm festival tour bringing together filmmakers and film fans, auteurs and cineastes, great new independent movies and a global audience.

MISSION

This around-the-world film festival tour showcases some of the very best independent films on the scene today.
It will bring new films and audiences together in locales that are international centers of the arts, creating a meeting place for auteurs and cineastes, filmmakers and movie fans. Welcome to the World International Film Festival.

You can submit your film to one of our locations lake you do with many other festivals, but you can select a festival tour of more than 20 cities and countries.
The fee that a filmmaker pays to submit to our festival tour of more than 20 cities and countries is: $99.
That fee is for submission to the World International Film Festival for 1 year period from the date the payment was made.
If someone's film is accepted at that period of time, their film is placed on the "tour" of the festival cities for the rest of the year, in as many festivals as filmmaker want to be part of.
You will be submitting for acceptance or rejection to One basic festival festival: World International Film Festival - which happens to conduct a festival tour of 20 or more cities.

Main objective of the World International Film Festival (WIFF) is to provide the opportunity for filmmakers from all over the world to excel, and to have the best work selected and showcased in a celebration of cinema, as well as to give filmmakers a platform to network amongst fellow professionals and cinematic artists. The World International Film Festival is looking forward to fostering these relationships and to helping extraordinary filmmakers get their projects seen by global audiences.
WIFF unites cinematic, cultural, and educational objectives by presenting its film discoveries.
The World International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing new and innovative films while fostering the next generation of filmmakers. It is a strong advocate for social change, and encourages cultural diversity and understanding between nations. It strives to foster the movie art of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema and promoting meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

World International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the spirit, passion, and skill of the best new filmmakers from around the world for audiences around the world.
We are also including and actively supporting not only the finest examples of classic moviemaking, but works that are experimental, breaking ground in new non-narrative forms and crossing over into the video arts. All films will be reviewed as they are submitted, and the best in each category will be chosen to screen at the festival. A jury of industry professionals will then view the finalists and choose the winning selections.
Filmmakers planning on attending should notify the film festival as soon as possible, so their names may be listed in the scheduled program at the venue where their film will be shown.
A substantial number of accredited national and international press, TV and film buyers and distributors also participate. Final jurors for the World International Film Festival will come from a selection of industry professionals in film production, distribution, new media, and festival programming from Sundance, AFI, Slamdance, SXSW, and more.

GENERAL RULES

Submission Guidelines: The World International Film Festival accepts online screeners for submission purposes. Entries should be submitted by secure password-protected internet link to the work on: Vimeo.com or YouTube.com. The link must not be visible to the public. Works in progress will not be considered for competition or screened at the film festival. All entries must be properly uploaded and received by the film festival in DCP format two months on or before the festival event for consideration.

An electronic press kit must be submitted to the World International Film Festival via email: info@worldinternationalfilmfestival.com The filmmaker(s) must secure all rights, licenses, clearances, and releases necessary for exhibition. Work may originate in any film, video, or digital medium. All footage must be original. The music must be original or licensed. You must certify receipt of any and/or all releases and/or permissions. All works made in a language other than English must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Please do not send any paper press kits, other print materials, DCP’s, Blu-rays, or DVD’s unless they are requested by the festival. All entry materials become the property of the World International Film Festival and will not be returned. There are no refunds of entry fees. After you submit your work for review online, the link must not expire until after you are notified of the jury panel's selections. Press kits, screenplays must be submitted in English.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION GUIDE

If your work is selected, we will post it on our website and notify you by e-mail. We will notify you if you are not accepted as well. Screenplays and Press Kits must be submitted in English. Screenplays and Press Kits must be submitted in one of the following file formats: Microsoft Word (.doc), PDF (.pdf), Final Draft (.fdr, .fdx, .fds), Rich Text (.rtf), Plain Text (.txt). The trailer (teaser), must be submitted in the following file formats: HD [1080p] and be uploaded on youtube.com. The exhibition version (film) must be submitted in the following file formats: Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in EXT 2 format, plus 2 Blu-ray discs.

RETURN OF MATERIALS

will not return screener materials. The World International Film Festival does not give waivers or discounts. The World International Film Festival does not pay any rental fees for submitted work. 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.

LOSS & DAMAGE

Every precaution will be taken to safeguard films, videos, and publicity materials while they are in the possession of the World International Film Festival. However, if loss or damage occurs, the film festival cannot accept or assume responsibility.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

All non-English films must have English subtitles. Only one online submission per film is accepted.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (WIFF).

Awards & Prizes

AWARDS The World International Film Festival presents over 35 awards to filmmakers in competition, as determined by the awards jury.

WINNERS:

ONE (1) OVERALL GRAND JURY WINNER
ONE (1) BEST FEATURE FILM
ONE (1) OVERALL AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER
ONE IN EACH CATEGORY (5) NARRATIVE CATEGORY WINNER
ONE (1) DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY WINNER
ONE (1) DOCUMENTARY (SHORT) CATEGORY WINNER
ONE (1) EXPERIMENTAL CATEGORY WINNER
ONE (1) SHORT FILM WINNER
BEST DIRECTOR (1) OVERALL GRAND JURY WINNER

All winners will be awarded with the World International Film Festival AWARD.

Rules & Terms

Any filmmaker can submit his Screener (Films, Scripts, Trailers and Press Kits).
Entries may be only entered as an online screener.
Entrant agrees to grant Film Festival permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed - in whole or in part - SOLELY for purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival.
The Screenplays and Press Kits must be submitted in the following file formats:
The file formats you can choose from include Microsoft Word (.doc), PDF (.pdf), Final Draft (.fdr, .fdx, .fds), Rich Text (.rtf), Plain Text (.txt).

If your work is selected, we will post it on our website and notify you by e-mail. We will notify you if you are not accepted as well. Screenplays and Press Kits must be submitted in English. Screenplays and Press Kits must be submitted in one of the following file formats: Microsoft Word (.doc), PDF (.pdf), Final Draft (.fdr, .fdx, .fds), Rich Text (.rtf), Plain Text (.txt). The trailer (teaser), must be submitted in the following file formats: HD [1080p] and be uploaded on youtube.com. The exhibition version (film) must be submitted in the following file formats: Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in EXT 2 format, plus 2 Blu-ray discs. We don't accept KDM encrypted DCP's.

RIGHTS GRANTED

By submitting a work for consideration (a Work), entrant hereby grants the Festival the following non-exclusive, irrevocable rights: To curate and assemble the Work into traveling programs to be exhibited and publicly-performed in the Festivals extended, national annual tour through 2015-2016; To compile the Work into format groupings (e.g., short, animation, documentary) on a DVD or Blu-ray, or appropriate media for projection; To exhibit and publicly-perform portions of the Work, as selected by the Festival, on the Festivals website(s); To use and display the names, voices, photographs, likenesses, and biographies of the entrant and the Works director and producer for advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Works in any media now or hereafter known throughout the universe; and To use, publicly display, and publicly perform moving images and stills from the Works for advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Works in any media now or hereafter known throughout the universe.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

Entrant hereby represents and warrants that as of the submission of this Entry Form and at all times thereafter: Entrant has all requisite power, authority, and approvals to sign this Entry Form and grant the rights granted in this Entry Form; Entrant has all right, title, and interest in and to the Work for the purposes outlined in this Entry Form, and has cleared all copyrighted material (e.g., music and stock footage) included in the Work; Neither the Work nor any of its elements infringes upon the copyrights or trademarks of any person or entity; and The exhibition and public performance of the Work will not violate the rights to privacy of any person, constitute defamation against any person, or in any other way violate the rights of any person or entity.

You need to send us 1 copy DCP, 2 BLU-RAY, 2 DVD, MP4 (if you don't have all this - send what you have, but without DCP we can't screen your film)
TO our PRODUCTION CENTER: LUCY LAI, 5 EISENHOWER STREET, STRETTON, BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA 4116, tel: 07 32735620
email: worldinternationalfilmfestival@gmail.com
Please use FedEx, DHL or any other fast shipment.
We are going to use this copies for the other festival locations in our system as well as for World Theatrical release if your film would be selected.
Any deal with the film would be discussed with you first and we will never sign anything without your approval.

DCP format (the hard drive to be in EXT2, EXT3 or NTFS) and SMPTE (24 fps) OR (25 fps)
Compression codecs - jpeg 2000, bitrade 250 or 200 max, audio channel mapping - can be 6 channels
USB 3.0 prefer, USB 2.0 - allowed
The frame size in pixels: FLAT 1998x1080 pixels SCOPE - 2048x858 pixels.
Disk format do you accept - NTFS.
EXT2 is preferred (inodes size must be 128, which is the default). EXT3 can be used but inode size must be 128 or less (this has to be set), so EXT3 can sometimes work but its not the best option. And NTFS will work in most cases, but it is a windows based format, and if the drive is not un-mounted correctly, it may not be recognized when ingest is attempted.

Digital Cinema Package (DCP)
The film needs to be delivered to our theatres in a specific format.
The content format used by Digital Cinema is JPEG-2000 at a 2K resolution (adjusted to accommodate scope or flat format). Audio is uncompressed 5.1. This is all packaged in MXF file format.

The final package is called a DCP (Digital Cinema Package). The DCP is loaded onto a removable hard drive using a CRU DX115 compatible sled caddy.

Our Dolby DSS200 server and supplemental Real D 3D kit allow for both 2D and 3D screenings of DCPs. While DCP movies of 4K resolution are acceptable, they will be exhibited in 2K. The industry standard of 24 frames per second, XYZ color space, 12-bit color and uncompressed sound are all required.
All hard drives containing DCPs must be formatted for Linux ext2/ext3 or Windows NTFS.
Please note that DCP movies from major distributors are often copy protected and require licensing keys to unlock. In order to verify functionality the keys (one for advance testing and one for the screening) should be provided to The Theatre well in advance of the screening and allow the movie to be played for testing purposes with sufficient time so that any potential problem may be rectified.

Some questtions:

- Do you need the DCP to have subtitles on the movie or do you need them in another file?
We need the DCP with subtitles on it.
If the film is in ENGLISH - for ENGLISH SPEACKING COUNTRIES - WE DON'T NEED subtitles.
For the rest world - need. For Spain - Spanish, for China - Chinese.
Singapore films are better with English & Chinese subtitles in same time

- The languages of the film are Arabic and English.
We provide English subtitles for the dialogues in Arabic.
Do you need English subtitles at the English dialogues as well?

Answer:
Normally if it is showing in English speaking country, the English subtitle is not needed, but if there is English subtitle, it is ok too.
I think English subtitle is ok for English dialogues

If we have a basic DCP version of the film with or without any subtitles, we can easy any subtitles by redo DCP from the SRT file which you send us.

By submitting my film, I am indicating that I understand, comply with and agree to the Terms of Entry and the eligibility requirements.
Submissions are only accepted through our Filmfreeway or other online accounts.
An entrant must accept our prescreening process;

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 World International Film Festival from and against any and 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 reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Apply online via FilmFreeway to our Festival and, after fully completing the online entry form, click “submit”. Please note the online entry form will require you to submit a password-protected URL that links to your film in order to be completed, so plan accordingly and be sure the film has been fully uploaded and the link and password work prior to filling out your online entry form.

All physical entry materials received by the Festival will not be returned and will be destroyed or discarded by the Festival.

Great care will be taken with entries while with us, however we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage incurred en route, or due to normal wear and tear

By submitting a film through FilmFreeway, the Filmmaker agree to grant the Festival the right to use the title, synopsis, and trailer of the Film for advertisement purposes, including use of those materials on the Festival's website. The links to submission screeners should be publicly closed.

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    Ben Bloore

    Bad communication and bad selection process. Our short film was accepted but since then we have received no word on our acceptance, no laurel and generally no informtion regarding our selection what so ever. These festival entrie aren't cheap and festival organizers should acknowledge this. Poor!

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Here's how our system works: After a film is accepted, there is a notification letter sent from FilmFreeway. Once it comes, the filmmaker is expected to respond to the festival. If there is no response or letter from the filmmaker, we attempt to send the response manually, two or three more times. If there is still no response, then we can do nothing with the film... Your film was pre-selected at the last moment, after the schedule of the festival was completed and confirmed -- as we see from the history. We were glad to grant you some fee waiver codes for our next festivals, which are coming in December 2016 and January 2017. Our Festival's Support Service is working 24 hours a day, including Saturdays and Sundays. Thirty-five international operators are receiving about 1,000 letters from filmmakers per day, or about 100 new film submissions per day. We respond to every letter we get within the next 24 to 72 hours, and we're usually on the quicker side, depending on the question. If you would like to test our communication, please write us, as we are open to anyone to contact us: worldinternationalfilmfestival@gmail.com
    If you were not responding and were just waiting for the festival to contact you -- we did attempt to, repeatedly. We're sorry you didn't reply at the time.

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    Vlado Priborsky

    Great Festival, great Team! The first time for me, and now I have the BEST LIFE STORY FILM AWARD.
    Awesome! Thank you very much Los Angeles Wold International Film Festival!

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks a lot. Here is the link to youtube: https://youtu.be/omTEELQQaUQ

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    Jon Callow

    An excellent, well-organised world film festival with a personal touch. I'm thrilled to have had my film "The Fischer Enquiry" screened at The Crest and to have won the Best Independent Film award. I highly recommend this film festival, whether you're entering your own film or going along as part of the audience. This is a great platform with huge potential. Best wishes to all.

    November 2016
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    Kumar Raj ( Rajendrakumar M. R. )

    Great Film Festival amazing experience .
    We received Best film Awards @ Los Angeles World International Film Festival .
    God bless you and your team for making this event grand & successful
    Warm regards
    Umair Siddiqui ( Film Festival Director )
    C: +919773503615
    Kumar Raj Productions

    November 2016
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    Vitaly Sumin

    We are honored to accept the award for BEST ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION OVERALL GRAND JURY WINNER at the Los Angeles World International Film Festival 2016. We were thrilled just to be a part of this incredible festival that reaches beyond international borders, and winning this award made it that much more special. This festival appeals to exactly the type of eclectic, intelligent, thoughtful movie-lover we wanted to reach with our film, and we couldn’t have been happier to be included among a diverse collection of amazing films. As a bonus, we got to premiere our film in the Crest Westwood Theatre—a jewel of a venue. This has been an amazing experience, and we are so honored to have been a part of this festival. Thank you!

    November 2016