CREATE A SHORT COMEDY FILM FOR THE WICF FILM FESTIVAL

1. RACHEL BLOOM’S COMEDY SHORT CHALLENGE
Use the opening line of dialogue provided by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s co-creator, writer, and star Rachel Bloom - "YOU CAN'T DO THAT". Film a comedy short between 1 to 5 minutes. Win $1,000 and a one-on-one mentoring call with Rachel Bloom!

*Take advantage of the Regular Deadline Fee and register for Rachel Bloom's Comedy Short Challenge now, then wait to upload your film when it is ready. The Deadline to upload your project is February 13, 2017.

2. WICF COMEDY SHORT CONTEST
Enter to win $500 by submitting your comedic short films that are between 1 to 10 minutes. This contest is a great opportunity for filmmakers to submit comedic content that they have already created!

The festival will feature original comedic content created by filmmakers from all over the WORLD.

Feel free to enter both film categories. But remember: each submission requires an individual application and entry fee. You may submit no more than 5 entries in each category through filmfreeway.com.

WICF FILM FESTIVAL MISSION:

WICF Film Festival is hell-bent on paving the way for more unconventional female characters and storylines to be written, directed, and produced by women. We are looking for female-driven short comedy films that go beyond the typical tropes. All genders are welcome to submit, but the film's protagonist must be a woman, and a woman must hold AT LEAST ONE of the following roles: Producer, Director, or Writer.

THESE STATISTICS STINK, SO GET YOUR CAMERAS AND START FILMING!

WOMEN BEHIND THE CAMERA: “In 2015, women accounted for 9% of directors, up 2 percentage points from 2014. In other roles, women comprised 11% of writers, 26% of producers, 20% of executive producers, 22% of editors, and 6% of cinematographers.”
- The Celluloid Ceiling Report

WOMEN IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA: “In 2015, females comprised 22% of protagonists, 18% of antagonists, 34% of major characters, and 33% of all speaking characters in the top 100 domestic grossing films.”
- The It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World Report

TWO FILM CATEGORIES TO SUBMIT TO - HERE ARE THE DETAILS - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

1.) Rachel Bloom’s Comedy Short Challenge

WICF is thrilled to partner with Rachel Bloom for this short film challenge! “Even though it feels like women have made strides in film, women still only make up about 6% of film directors. Awareness is the first step, women becoming filmmakers is the next one!” --Rachel Bloom

YOUR CHALLENGE is to create a 1 to 5 minute short comedy film using this OPENING line of dialogue (provided to WICF by Rachel Bloom):

“YOU CAN'T DO THAT.”

The dialogue is intentionally broad, to allow your own creative spark to shine through. You'll need to show us your comedic storytelling skills, and find a way to take your film in an unexpected direction that will thrill the judges.

ABOUT RACHEL BLOOM
Rachel is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer, best known for creating, writing, and playing the lead role of Rebecca Bunch in The CW comedy-drama series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy and a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR RACHEL BLOOM’S COMEDY SHORT CHALLENGE

*PLEASE NOTE: Take advantage of the Regular Deadline Fee and register for Rachel Bloom's Comedy Short Challenge then wait to upload your film when it is ready. The Deadline to upload your project is February 13, 2017.

1. If you do not have one already, set up an account with FilmFreeway.

2. For the purpose of initial contest sign up, we only need your name, basic submitter information and a place-holder project title. Example: Jane Smith’s Project for WICF/Rachel Bloom

3. Once your account is set up, login, select Rachel Bloom’s Comedy Short Challenge and pay the submission fee.

4. Upload your film when it is ready. The deadline to upload your film for Rachel Bloom’s Comedy Short Challenge is February 13, 2017.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
All genders are welcome to submit. For films to qualify, the protagonist of the film must be a woman, and a woman must hold AT LEAST ONE of the following roles: Producer, Director, or Writer.
The film must be original and completed in the time frame of the contest November 21, 2016 through February 13, 2017. Material gathered or shot before November 21, 2016 will not be accepted.

2.) WICF Comedy Short Contest

We are also accepting comedic short films that are between 1 to 10 minutes. This contest is a great opportunity for filmmakers to submit comedic content that they have already created. Only entries produced and completed after December 31, 2014 will be eligible. All genders are welcome to submit. For films to qualify, the protagonist of the film must be a woman, and a woman must hold AT LEAST ONE of the following roles: Producer, Director, or Writer.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
There are no dialogue requirements for WICF Comedy Short Contest. This category is SEPARATE from the Rachel Bloom’s Comedy Short Challenge.

The deadline to upload your Comedy Film Short is February 13, 2017.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ

The Best of Fest, Audience Choice Award, and Juried Official Selections in each category will be screened at The 8th Annual Women in Comedy Festival on Saturday, April 22nd at the Historic Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA. The winner of ‘Best of Fest’ and 'Audience Choice Award' in each category will be notified at the screening on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Feel free to enter both film categories. But remember: each submission requires an individual application and entry fee. You may submit no more than 5 entries in each category through filmfreeway.com.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRIZES ARE DIFFERENT FOR EACH CATEGORY. SEE AWARDS AND PRIZES FOR DETAILS.

ABOUT WICF (WOMEN IN COMEDY FESTIVAL):

The 8th Annual Women in Comedy Festival will be held from April 19th through April 23rd, 2017 in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Past live-performance headliners at WICF have included Maria Bamford, Jane Lynch, Wendy Liebman, Rachel Dratch, Kristen Schaal, Jen Kirkman, Morgan Murphy, Horatio Sanz, Kevin Allison, Ilana Glazer, Sasheer Zamata, Jackie Kashian and Kelly MacFarland.

WICF is a global comedy festival whose mission is to champion inclusion, challenge the status quo, and work towards closing the gender gap in comedy. We accomplish this by providing a platform for people of all backgrounds to learn, network, create, innovate, and perform comedy. As women are increasingly taking to the stage, stepping behind the camera, and filling up writer’s rooms, we are seeing a cultural shift where our audience is hungry to experience and celebrate film, story, and comedy from different perspectives.

IMPORTANT DATES

Early Deadline: January 9, 2017

Regular Deadline: January 30, 2017

Late Deadline: February, 13, 2017

Notification Date: March 6, 2017

Event Date: April 22, 2017

Best of luck!
The WICF Team

Awards & Prizes

The number of comedy film shorts chosen to be screened at the WICF Film Festival in both categories will be based on the number and quality of entries received. If your film has been selected to be screened at the Festival, you will be contacted by email February 27, 2017.

AWARDS FOR RACHEL BLOOM’S COMEDY SHORT CHALLENGE CATEGORY

A WICF award of $1,000.00 plus a one-on-one mentoring phone/skype call with Rachel Bloom will be awarded to the “Best of Fest” in the category of Rachel Bloom’s Comedy Short Challenge.

The "Audience Choice Award" winner will be awarded $250.00 in the category of Rachel Bloom’s Comedy Short Challenge.

AWARDS FOR WICF COMEDY SHORT CONTEST CATEGORY

A WICF award of $500.00 will be awarded to the “Best of Fest” in the category of WICF Comedy Short Contest.

The "Audience Choice Award" winner will be awarded $100.00 in the category of WICF Comedy Short Contest.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ
The “Best of Fest” winner in each category will be chosen by the WICF judges. The winner of “Best of Fest” in each category will be notified at the screening on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

The “Audience Choice Award” winner in each category will be chosen by the audience at the screening on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Filmmakers whose films have been selected to be screened at Women in Comedy Festival are requested but not required to attend the Festival.

ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
Comedic integrity
Cinematography
Screenplay
Acting
Sound Design
Editing
Film Score
Overall Production Value
Challenging the Status Quo
And in the Category of Rachel Bloom Comedy Short Challenge: Use of Opening Line of Dialogue

Rules & Terms

ALL ENTRANTS AGREE TO ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING RULES, TERMS, and CONDITIONS:

For films to qualify, the protagonist of the film must be a woman, and a woman must hold AT LEAST ONE of the following roles: Producer, Director, or Writer.

You must provide your film on a digital download for submissions.

Digital exhibition format will be used at the Festival theatrical location. If your film is selected, you must supply the highest possible quality digital version for conversion to DCP. High Definition formats are preferred. We recommend ProRes422 or DnxHD36

This is a comedy film festival only. All submissions must fall under the genre of comedy.

In Rachel Bloom’s Comedy Short Challenge Category only entries with the OPENING line of dialogue “YOU CAN'T DO THAT.” will be eligible . (Note: dialogue refers to words spoken or sung) The film must be completed in the time frame of the contest November 21, 2016 through February 13, 2017. Material gathered or shot before November 21, 2016 will not be accepted.

In the WICF Comedy Short Contest Category only entries produced and completed after December 31, 2014 will be eligible.

Employees, officers, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, advertising and promotion agencies, and immediate family members of WICF are ineligible to participate. An “immediate family member” includes spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren.

Submissions for the “Rachel Bloom’s Comedy Short Challenge” must be between 1 to 5 minutes in length, including credits.

Submission for the “WICF Comedy Short Contest” Category must be between 1 to 10 minutes in length, including credits.

You must be 18 years or older to submit.

The contest is open world-wide except where prohibited by law. All entries must be either in English or contain English subtitles.

We will NOT look at works in progress, so please do not submit them.

All films must be submitted as they will appear at the Festival. No editing is permitted after entry.

Please do NOT send stills or press kits. If your film is selected we will request additional information at that time.

You may enter both film categories multiple times. But remember: each submission requires an individual submission, application and entry fee. You may submit no more than 5 entries in each category through filmfreeway.com.

Only completed entries through filmfreeway.com will be processed and considered for screening. Submissions made in any other manner will not be accepted.

Participants whose films are selected to be screened at WICF will be contacted by email on or about February 27, 2017. The winners of “Best of Fest” and “Audience Choice Award” in each category will be notified at the event on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at The Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA.

The winners will be notified by phone and/or email and must show picture identification to claim their prize. WICF reserves the right to examine additional identification and may choose to accept or deny awarding the prize based on the identification presented.

All decisions by judges, programmers and organizers shall be made in their sole discretion and will be FINAL. NO REFUND of your entry fee will be permitted.

By submitting your entry, you confirm and warrant you have required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry and to authorize use and exhibition of the film.

You must have exclusive rights to your film as well as any pertinent releases including but not limited to actors image, location image, trademarked or copyrighted image and music. WICF Producers reserve the right to request proof of such releases at any time before films are screened.

By submitting your film, you agree to allow WICF to exhibit your film in venues during its 2017 festivals, regardless of subsequent distribution deals secured after the submission process. You further agree to allow WICF usage of clips from the film and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, in print, web and at live festival events.

Films accepted for exhibition may be screened on the WICF website and sister websites after the Festival with permission from the film’s owner. Films may be maintained on these website for up to one year.

You are responsible for all shipping costs and risk of loss of your submitted materials to the Festival. The Festival has no responsibility for loss, theft, or damage to the materials you submit.

By claiming a prize, you authorize the use, without additional compensation, of your name, likeness, and/or voice and photograph for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium now known or developed in the future throughout the world that WICF deems appropriate.

By submitting an entry, you agree to the Rules, Terms, and Conditions as set forth above, and further agree to indemnify and hold the WICF and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders , sponsors, or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the "Festival Indemnitees"), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including \ attorneys’ reasonable fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Festival Indemnitees due to or arising out of your film and any other materials you submit in this Festival, or your conduct during and in connection with this Festival, including but not limited to claims of violation of copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation.

This contest shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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    Petey Gibson

    I had an amazing time at this festival, and was blown away by the shorts that were in the Rachel Bloom Challenge! It made my participation feel all the more special to be in such company.

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Petey! We loved having you and your films at the festival. You're amazing!

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    Serena Schuler

    A must-go for up-and-coming women in comedy. Fantastic slate of films screened at the Rachel Bloom Comedy Challenge, which was held at the classic Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. We felt thrilled to be a part of it. Very supportive community. Great workshops, panels, and parties!

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Serena! We will continue to build and create more access and opportunities! Your feedback is so important.

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    Synnove Godeseth

    Such a great festival.. Women in COMEDY! Awesome! We were thrilled to win Best in Fest 2017. Unfortunately none of our team could attend but communication was great and we really feel that this festival was perfect for our short film. Would definitely enter (and hopefully attend!) this festival again in the future.

    April 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Synnove! Hope to see more of your films and meet you and Lucie!