The Plymouth Film Festival is taking place at the Plymouth Arts Centre on the 2nd and 3rd June 2018.

Showcasing a selection of the best short films from local, national, and international filmmaking talent, the Plymouth film festival is a chance to come and watch some amazing short films, and for filmmakers to showcase their work and be rewarded and recognised for it.

Plymouth film festival is open to everyone, regardless of your age, experience or genre of your film. Check out the different categories below to see which you'd like to enter. Please contact us if you are unsure as to your films eligibility.

SHORT FILMS MUST BE NO LONGER THAN 15 MINUTES.

FEATURE FILMS MUST BE BETWEEN 60 AND 150 MINUTES.

Best Fiction Film
Open to any genre of fiction film including animation, and experimental. If the film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Best Documentary Film
Open to all documentary films. If the film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Best South West Film
Highlighting and celebrating the best film-making talent within the local area, you must currently reside in one of the following counties: Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire to be eligible for this award. All genres of film are allowed. If the film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Best Student Film
Open to anyone currently in education, for any genre of film. If the film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Best Comedy Film
Open to all comedy films. If the film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Best Animation Film
Open to all animation films. If the film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Grand Prix Award
Awarded by a panel of esteemed judges this prestigious award will be chosen from among the nominated films, meaning all films entered in any category are automatically eligible.

Selected Feature Films
A Priority screening slot is given to any selected features. Additionally, as far as possible, expenses paid for at least 2 of your cast/crew to attend the festival and to do a Q&A after your screening. Please note that we are not a festival that is attended by a high number of distributors, and as such, the features we screen are highlights for our audiences and are very unlikely to result in the sale of your film. Please only enter if you are able to attend.

Awards & Prizes

Grand Prix Award
All films entered in any category are automatically eligible.
Prize - £1000

Audience Choice Awards

Best Fiction Film

Best Documentary Film

Best South West Film

Best Student Film

Best Comedy Film

Best Animation

Rules & Terms

PLYMOUTH FILM FESTIVAL 2018 SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
& TERMS AND CONDITIONS

FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 1st March 2018

THE ORGANISATION

1. The 2018 festival takes place in Plymouth, UK, on the 2nd, 3rd June 2018.

2. The final selection of all films presented at the festival and their placement in the program is the responsibility of the Film Programmer for Plymouth Film Festival the process is overseen by the festival’s Managing Director and Artistic Director. The organisation of the event and programming of all other non-competitive elements is the responsibility of the Artistic Director, Managing Director and the festival team.

ELIGIBILITY

3. The festival is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work from low to high budgets. We are also open to feature films released since 2016.

4. The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film for consideration including permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films. With this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at this film festival.

6. Short films must have a maximum duration of 15 minutes including credits. Features must be between 60 and 150 minutes.

7. Plymouth Film Festival does not require any premiere status but recognises that this may come into consideration during the selection process.

REGISTRATION AND DATA PROTECTION

8. Before you can submit your film you will be asked to register your contact and film details. These details will only be shared with Plymouth Film Festival. Plymouth Film Festival ensures this information will NEVER be used for anything other than direct contact from the festival or one of the festival’s submission partners and will NEVER be shared with anyone else.

ENTRY FEES & REFUNDS

9. There is a submission fee to enter your films to Plymouth Film Festival. These costs equate to the administration of the entries and viewing library facilities. We offer reduced rates for student submissions.

10. Plymouth Film Festival does not have the facility to apply refunds. Discounts and waivers must be sought before the films have been submitted.

11. The cost of submitting a film to the festival for 2017 is £20. For the student category it is £10. Discounts are available to early bird submitters.

12. A separate entry form and additional entry fee is required for each film submission.

DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS

13. Please ensure that the digital video file you're entering is the highest quality copy of your film, if your film is selected you will be contacted to confirm this.

14. For entry by postage please send a clearly labeled data disc (Entrants name and Film Title) with your film in the above file format to: Plymouth Film Festival, Studio A4, Pithay Studios, Bristol, BS12LZ.

15. Films that are submitted on unreadable discs or files will not be considered for selection, it is up to the applicant to ensure that the preview copy is in full working order. The festival is unable to return any data discs.

SELECTION PROCESS

16. A film’s success is dependent not on its budget or length, but on its core vision and the creativity/efficiency with which it communicates that vision. Programs consist of these diverse visions assembled in an order and rhythm so that even in contrast each is mutually complimentary.

17. Successful entrants will be notified of their inclusion in the festival by the 20th April 2018.

18. After selection, notification letters will be sent electronically; please provide an email address that is checked regularly and ensure that the user account plymouthfilmfestival@gmail.com is permitted to email you.

19. Due to the large amounts of submissions that the festival receives we are unable to give comments on individual films prior to submission or offer feedback for unsuccessful entries.

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

20. There are no fees for participating in the festival. Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the screenings of their films at the festival.

PUBLICITY

21. In addition to the reproduction of stills and clips of selected films (under 1 minute) for all Plymouth Film Festival publications, festival trailer, press and TV coverage, they may also be screened as part of preview screenings to promote the event.

SUBMISSION AGREEMENT

22. Within your submission you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the Terms and Conditions laid out in this document. By agreeing to proceed with your submission you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions and your application can then be processed. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these regulations.

23. In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.

24. Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.

25. A film that has been selected to screen may subsequently be removed from the schedule prior to the event for the following reasons:
i. Any unresolved dispute as to the films ownership causing potential problems.
ii. Falsification of information on entry form.
iii. Any reasonable grounds for concern over the films screening as determined by the festival organisers.

26. These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

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    Ethan Jahan

    great film festival , thanks to the founder for the hospitality , very friendly atmosphere ,

    June 2017
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    Fabien Luszezyszyn

    Plymouth Film Festival is a great and friendly festival.

    June 2017
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    Luke Jeffery

    Brilliant festival. A fantastic selection of films. Lots of opportunities to network. Highly recommended.

    June 2017
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    Andrew Rutter

    Wonderful festival run by friendly film enthusiasts who care about the films they show. Looking forward to attending again next year!

    June 2017
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    Liam Harris

    A really worthy festival, a brilliant venue with one of the best audiences we've come across on our festival journey. Couldn't fault it in anyway. Worth the trip no matter where you're coming from. Look forward to sending the next film back down to the south east.

    And thank you to the plymouth audience for such a wonderful reception that resulted in an audience award :)

    June 2017