THE ONLY MONTHLY FESTIVAL AND FILM MARKET IN NORTHEAST OHIO - Accepts Movies from all over the World.
FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE IN AUGUST 2016. WE HAVE CHANGED OUR VENUE, BUT ARE LOOKING TO BE BACK ON TRACK. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.
We have postponed the Festival to August 2016 as we undergo changes, including finding a new venue, but we are still in consideration with all the movies. We apologize for the change in plans, but we have exciting updates to announce in the future! We will let everyone know about an updated venue and schedule of movies after July 24th, 2016.
This is our Inaugural Year, and we aim to be different from any other Festival out there. We are Filmmakers who have designed the Festival around what every Filmmaker needs: Marketing and Distribution. Our winners will receive marketing packages and distribution from Prelude2Cinema. READ THE DESCRIPTION OF OUR FESTIVAL AND EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED- WHICH IS TO GET YOUR MOVIE AN AUDIENCE.
PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS MONTHLY FESTIVALS.
We will list the Schedule of Movies at the Festival Website. VISIT WEBSITE FOR INFO.
During April 2016, we will do select screenings of past submissions and in May 2016 return with Festival Award Winners and New Submissions.
LATE MAY 2016
Two to Three Days- Awards and Special Host
Get Ticket online or at the Door. Filmmakers will receive two free passes.
We hope to also offer cash packages from our sponsors, which we are gathering now.
The Festival will be monthly throughout 2016 at Shaker LaunchHouse: a business incubator. Instead of just screening your movie, we will offer a "Cinematic Experience" and have pop-up stores and entertainment from musicians and staged readings and interact with the audience who will vote on which movie should reach a wider audience.
Will you answer my questions if I contact you?
While we are currently busy working on developing this Festival and our other projects, we strive to respond to questions within a reasonable amount of time. However, some of your questions might already be answered. PLEASE READ THE FAQS BEFORE SENDING US AN EMAIL.
Why hold a Monthly Event?
Prelude2Cinema is seeking movies to distribute and produce. The festival allows us to build our brand and find which movies are marketable to an audience. The focus on distribution is what makes us a little different from other festivals. Prelude2Cinema wants to work closely with the films we choose and develop a distribution and marketing strategy for the winners of the festival. Some movies may be screened at more than one festival. Our goal is to find Movies for the purpose of Distribution, which can eventually create a broader audience beyond initial screenings at film festivals. We think big.
Why aren't submissions free?
Submission fees help to cover the cost of hosting the event, such as securing the venue, taking care of advertising, paying our staff to screen the films and market the filmmakers and the festival and much more in an effort to create a viable independent filmmaking industry in Northeast Ohio. We have worked to make the fee as affordable for new filmmakers as possible and will offer waivers in select cases; however, to keep the Festival running, we currently do need to charge a small entrance fee.
Is there a fixed screening schedule?
We are working on the details of this, but we have changed the schedule from time to time based on filmmaker appearances. We hope to have a set schedule starting in August 2016 to announce.
Do we give laurels?
Not every film festival does, but we are working to provide this in addition to a variety of awards that you will be able to showcase with your film.
I have a suggestion. Can I tell you what it is?
We are open to suggestions, but we do have a vision and so we will listen to suggestions, but we also have to keep our vision in mind.
Will you let me know if you don't accept my movie?
We believe that it is important to communicate with everyone who enters our Festival. At this time, we are still a small festival and can only accept a certain number of movies. If your film is not chosen this first time around, perhaps try again in the future. Submit your best work for consideration. We look forward to seeing your talent!
Awards & Prizes
Distribution and Marketing from Prelude2Cinema
MOVIES ACQUIRED BY PRELUDE2CINEMA WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THIS FESTIVAL
Gathering Sponsors now, so stay tuned for updates.
Visit official site for Trailers from Movies at "Prelude2Cinema presents"
SCREENPLAYS BEING ACCEPTED. We are looking at production of movies and we will do a "staged reading" of the opening scene from at least two to three features. We will work on producing one of the features or a short from those submitted.
Rules & Terms
We are looking for original shorts and features. As a Filmmaker, it is your responsible to make certain you own the rights to the story, and have permission to use the brands and music in the movie.
Do not submit works in progress. Do not submit industrial or instructional works.
-All linear films under 45 minutes are considered short films.
If you join the CRUSADE, you get 15% (fifteen percent) off.
WE PREFER ONLINE SUBMISSIONS THROUGH FILMFREEWAY
-All films must be submitted as either an online screener or on 2 DVDs (Region1 US DVD format is preferred. If not region 1, please let us know. We accept region free DVDs) for consideration by the Selection Committee. Please check DVD to make certain it plays properly. Or send an online link. Password links are fine as long as you provide the password.
-All DVDs must be labeled clearly with title, runtime, contact info, and FilmFreeway tracking number.
-Movies will be screened February 2016, so please get Early entries in by January 31st, 2016. Regular entries in by February 20th, 2016.
Screenings planned for February
-DVDs submitted will NOT be returned.
After submitting, please check your FilmFreeway account to make sure that your submission meets our requirements and has been accepted for consideration. It is your responsibility to make sure all requirements are met and necessary information is given.
Prelude2Cinema reserves the right to use images from films selected in Festival marketing purposes (web, print media, and television).