Reel Teal Film Festival is a student-run film festival presented by members of the Flicker Film Society at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Reel Teal aims to programs innovative films from filmmakers, students, and enthusiasts, to promote a community that fosters competition and cinematic diversity. Complete with a teal carpet, photographers, and Q&A with filmmakers, Reel Teal encompasses all your film festival and award show needs.
Every year we bring the best local productions alongside the best international selections to offer a low-key night of short films. Because of Wilmington's many productions we create an environment that is equally satisfying to the big production filmmaker as it is to the everyman college student.
As we go into our 11th year, we have huge aspirations. Last year was very successful with over 2,200 submissions and we hope to raise the bar even higher this year. This year, in order to encourage a stronger curation of unique films, we have implemented a small submission fee of one to ten dollars. The festival is also discounted for student filmmakers.
We invite all filmmakers to join us for a Q&A afterwards. With Reel Teal, we want to stress a duality of amateur and professional, artistic and entertaining. As always, we’re more than proud to have our event in Wilmington, North Carolina, home to one of the largest film communities east of Hollywood.
The event will be split up into two screening blocks. These blocks will be feature a filmmakers' lounge in between to give a chance for our guests to mingle with some of the top filmmakers of the year.
We will have an awards show following the festival to present the cash prizes and trophies to the winning filmmakers.
Awards & Prizes
We will award one $150 Grand Prize and one $50 Audience Choice Prizes during the festival in the form of either cash or check. All winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at the end of the night.
In the event that a filmmaker cannot make it to the festival, we will mail the trophy to them, as long as they reside within the United States of America. We will mail the cash prize internationally.
Rules & Terms
Information Concerning Reel Teal Film Festival
Notice: You may submit a maximum of 3 films to the festival, so as to make it fair for other filmmakers! In the case that someone does submit more than 3 films, we will disqualify them from the festival and they will not be allowed to submit anymore films without disqualification.
Section 1: Format Requirements
When submitting, you must have a screener available on FilmFreeway, Vimeo or another video streaming service.
If your film is selected for the festival, we will be in contact with you to receive the full quality file via an online file sharing service, or through a physical disc-based copy.
Section 2: Content Requirements
All submitted films must be under 15 minutes total runtime.
There is no required MPAA rating or specific content restriction; however, Reel Teal Film Festival encourages and promotes Filmmakers who do not use superfluous violence, nudity, language or other cultural taboos as substitution for real, thought-provoking content.
All Films that use a language other than English for more than ⅓ of total running time are required to either have A. English subtitles during the parts the foreign language is used, or B. an English dub over the foreign language.
It is not Reel Teal Film Festival’s responsibility to screen for potential copyright infringements, or deny acceptance based on the possibility of such an infringement. If the Filmmaker responsible for the infringement is caught due to the materials exhibition during the Festival, or an infringement is noticed by a festival attendee, no legal recourse can be taken against Reel Teal for whatever reason.
Section 3: All Other
Reel Teal Film Festival will send out emails to the Filmmakers whose Films were selected by December 30th, 2016. If you have not received an email by that date (sent to whichever address the entrant chooses in the entry form), check your spam filter. If you have not received any notification by January 1st, then unfortunately your film was not selected.
For those who do receive an email, please reply ASAP in order to confirm.
As a part of the festival, there will be a special Filmmaker Q/A section where audience members will engage with Filmmakers with various questions. If your film is selected please send a representative up during this portion to answer on behalf of the film - this could be you, a DP, producer, writer etc. If you, or a representative, cannot attend the festival, it will not be held against you, however please let us know so we can make name badges accordingly.