The Silicon Valley International Film Festival (SVIFF) was birthed for talented filmmakers who long to bring their vision to life but have difficulty meeting individuals with disposable income who desire to work alongside with them. It is no secret that here in Silicon Valley, the average salary can is significantly more than anywhere in the country and there are individuals with more disposable income than the average person. The team here at Silicon Valley Film will choose a slate of new films from the films submitted for consideration. We will then host this festival over a few days where tech executives, engineers, program/product managers, marketing managers, finance managers and others who work in tech will be invited to watch your films. Our festival will be unique in that it will take place over 3 days on site at some of the biggest tech companies here in Silicon Valley.
Filmmakers are treated to a full access pass and unforgettable networking opportunities with tech professionals & extremely talented filmmakers - we only accept the best so if chosen, expect your film to be screened alongside other high caliber films with our filmmakers being the future industry leaders. Also, our festival is aimed to help you prepare your pitch for your next project which will not only help you for our festival but for any future conversations. Tech employees at each site will be invited to take a break from work to watch the films submitted to the festival. During this time, filmmakers who have been accepted into the festival and tech professionals will have a chance to get to know each other.
It is our goal here at SVIFF to connect filmmakers with individuals who work in tech to bridge the gap and build lasting professional relationships that birth some amazing stories in a creative way.
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Awards & Prizes
IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED
--Filmmakers will be invited to Silicon Valley in the Bay Area, CA with an all access pass to all screenings at each tech site, networking opportunities with people who work in tech & screening of your film at a tech company in Silicon Valley where you will be able to pitch to those who work in tech.
--Exhibition Formats: We will be burning the films to one master copy so please be prepared to submit a link where we can download your film if your film is chosen to screen at our festival i.e: Vimeo, Dropbox, HighTail, WeTransfer, etc.
Rules & Terms
ENTERING YOUR FILM
--A working link to an online version of your film on FilmFreeway and/or Vimeo—and any necessary passwords to view the film—MUST be uploaded at the time of submission, along with your entry fee.
If any changes are made to the access of your film's link, please contact SVIFF at firstname.lastname@example.org with the updated information immediately, or your film may be disqualified from consideration.
--Each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form and fee.
--All submissions are notified by email upon verification of SOS upload or once credentials for Vimeo Screener are received.
--Notification will start taking place August through November of each year; all entries, accepted or not, will be emailed on that date.
Rules & Screening License Agreement
Please read this agreement carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.
A. GUIDELINES FOR ALL FILMS. The Silicon Valley International Film Festival takes place annually as part of The Silicon Valley International Film Festival. If submitting multiple films, a separate entry form must be submitted for each film.
B. ENTRY FORM AND PREVIEW MATERIALS FOR ALL FILMS. In order to qualify for the Silicon Valley International Film Festival, all filmmakers must submit through FilmFreeway. Incomplete entry forms will not be accepted. Preview copies of films must be submitted online or emailed directly to our office.
C. SUBMIT ONLINE. Silicon Valley International Film Festival strongly encourages online submissions. If you choose to submit in this format, you must provide a link to a private YouTube video or a link and password to a private Vimeo video. Only private YouTube or Vimeo links will be accepted. Submissions may not be withdrawn from The Silicon Valley International Film Festival once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of the series director.
D. REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS. After the final submission deadline, the Selection Committee will review all the films in their entirety, and select films for inclusion in the festival.
E. NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE. Letters of Inclusion or non-inclusion, will be sent to the email address provided on the entry form. Please make sure that your email address is accurate on your application. If accepted, the filmmaker grants permission for the film to be shown to all attendees of The 2017 Silicon Valley International Film Festival and to be used for all Silicon Valley International Film Festival promotional materials.
F. SCREENING FORMATS. Films, acceptance emails and other materials mentioned in the Acceptance Letter must be emailed and/or arrive at the Festival office no later than 11:59pm, November 1st through Dropbox, Vimeo, WeTransfer, Google Drive, HighTail or any other online platform where your film can be downloaded. All films will then be burned onto a master file for screening at all the festival locations. Films with incomplete materials by the deadline will forfeit their ability to screen in the festival. The Silicon Valley International Film Festival, its members, director, employees, and volunteers are not responsible for lost, misplaced, and undelivered film and media.
G. FILMMAKER AND WRITER ATTENDANCE. The Silicon Valley International Film Festival encourages filmmakers to attend the series.
The Silicon Valley International Film Festival is unable to provide financial compensation for travel expenses or additional expenses incurred during the festival.
H. COMMUNICATIONS. Please make sure the email address in your entry form is accurate.
I. PUBLICITY AND MARKETING. All selected films may be excerpted for publicity purposes. The Silicon Valley International Film Festival reserves the right to promote any film to print, broadcast or internet media as required to market the Festival.
J. THEATRICAL SCREENINGS. By accepting inclusion in The Silicon Valley International Film Festival, the filmmaker grants non-exclusive rights to showcase their film during the festival in as many screenings as required. All and any ticket sales are property of The Silicon Valley International Film Festival.
K. CONTROLLING LAW, VENUE AND SEVERABILITY. This License shall be governed by the laws of the United States and California State without consideration of conflicts of laws, provisions and principles. All claims between the parties, regardless of legal theory and whenever brought, shall be resolved in the state or federal courts of the State of
California, USA, and you stipulate that you expressly submit to the personal jurisdiction of such state and federal courts, and you further agree that any judgment may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision, or portion thereof, of this Agreement to be unenforceable, the remainder of this License shall continue in full force and effect.
L. COMPLETE AGREEMENT. This License constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the use of films and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous understandings regarding such subject matter. No amendment to or modification of this License will be binding unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of The Silicon Valley International Film Festival. Nothing in this Agreement constitutes a waiver of The Silicon Valley International Film Festival's rights under the United States of America patent and copyright laws or any other Federal or State law, nor of any of The Silicon Valley International Film Festival's rights under the rules or laws of any country, territory, republic, and/or province.
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