VIS Vienna Shorts is Austria's leading short film festival and qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® and the Austrian Film Awards. Every year at the end of May/beginning of June, the festival is all about international short films with a maximum length of 30 minutes, attracting 10.000 visitors and 600 industry representatives.

VIS wants to create tension and encourage fantasies, pique people’s curiosity and incite discussions, in short: generate the desire for short films. No matter if fiction or documentary films, animated or experimental work – at best, the experience of watching a film doesn’t end with the credits rolling and the festival represents enrichment for both the local audience as well as international short filmmaking.

Awards & Prizes

Each competition has its own international expert jury and its own awards and cash prizes. In addition two grand jury prizes are awarded to the best fictional film and the best animated film of all competitions, qualifying them for the Academy Awards® (Oscars®). The winner of the Austrian Competition is automatically qualified for the Austrian Film Awards.

Rules & Terms

SUBMISSION TERMS - VIS 2017

1 GENERAL INFO
2 ELIGIBILITY
3 JURY/AWARDS
4 EXCLUSIVITY
5 DEADLINES & NOTIFICATION
6 ENTRY FEE
7 ADDITIONAL MATERIAL
8 SCREENING COPIES
9 DISPATCH/SHIPPING OF SCREENING COPIES
10 RIGHTS
11 SEVERABILITY & ARBITRATION

1 GENERAL INFO
This is an agreement between you (the “submitter” )

and

Independent Cinema - Verein zur Förderung unabhängigen Filmschaffens
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viennashorts.com

in its capacity as the organiser of the Oscar® and Austrian Film Awards accredited event “VIS Vienna Shorts - International Festival for Short Film, Animation & Music Video”
(“the festival”, “VIS Vienna Shorts”, “VIS”, “we”, “us”)

If you have any questions contact us at: film@viennashorts.com.

Distribution Companies & Film Schools
For distribution companies & film schools special regulations apply. Please contact us at: film@viennashorts.com.

2 ELIGIBILITY

2.1 Length & country of production
All films with a running time of 30 minutes or less are eligible for submission. There are no limits regarding the country of production or the director’s/producer’s nationality. Exception: for the Austrian Competition and the Austrian Music Video Competition only films with Austria as at least one country of production, or with an Austrian director or producer are eligible.

2.2 Year of production
The film has been finished on, or after the 1st of January 2016

2.3 Re-Submissions
Films that have been submitted to previous editions will not be accepted

2.4 Competitions
The film can be submitted to one of five competitions, each with a specific curatorial approach – please read the mission statements before choosing which competition to submit your film to. The festival reserves the right to assign the film to a category that is different from the category it has been submitted to originally. Please submit films with Austria as at least one country of production, or with an Austrian director or producer to the Österreich Wettbewerb (Austrian competition) or the Austrian Music Video Competition. The categories are:

Fiction & Documentary (international competition)
Animation Avantgarde (international competition)
Österreich Wettbewerb (Austrian competition)
International Music Video Competition
Austrian Music Video Competition.

2.5 Language
If the film has dialogue or text that is not in English, English subtitles have to be provided – except for music videos where subtitles are not mandatory. For selection purposes screener copies of films in German without subtitles are accepted.

3 JURY/AWARDS
3.1 Each competition has its own international expert jury and its own awards. In addition two grand jury prizes are awarded to the best fictional film and the best animated film of all competitions. The grand jury prizes qualify the awarded films for the Academy Awards® (Oscars®)

3.2 The total in cash prizes in each competition:
Fiction & Documentary: EUR 5.000,-
Animation Avantgarde: EUR 3.050,-
Austrian Competition: EUR 6.000,-
International Music Video Competition: EUR 1.050,-
Austrian Music Video Competition: 1.000,-

3.3 The prizes and the amount of cash awarded may be subject to change.

4 EXCLUSIVITY

4.1We do not believe in strict premiere rules and therefore it is not mandatory for films to premiere at VIS, however we do want to ensure a high level of relevance of the films to our audience. Consequently Viennese, Austrian and especially international premieres are highly encouraged and will be received favourably.

4.2 Films that are submitted to the festival will only be selected, if they have not been screened in Vienna anywhere but at VIS from the 1st of January 2017 until after the end of the festival. Exempt from this rule are private (team) screenings and screenings in a museum or gallery context.

5 DEADLINES & NOTIFICATION

5.1 The general call runs from the 11th of October 2016 until the 4th of January 2017 with an extended deadline until the 31st of January (see 6. ENTRY FEE). No films will be accepted after the extended deadline.

5.2 The submitter will be notified of the selection status (accepted / rejected) until the 4th of April via E-Mail

5.3 If selected the screening copy of the film must arrive at the festival office by the 18th of April 2017.

6 ENTRY FEE
The film you submit to VIS is being screened by professional curators and programmers. In order to ensure the quality of the selection process we charge an entry fee. In addition to the festival’s entry fee the platforms we work with might charge a submission fee.

6.1 Fees during general call
6.1.a Fiction & Documentary: EUR 12,-/USD 14,-
6.1.b Animation Avantgarde: EUR 8,-/USD 9,-
6.1. c International Music Video Competition: EUR 5,-/USD 6,-
6.1.d Because the festival receives funding from the Austrian government no fees are charged for the Austrian Competition & Austrian Music Video Competition

6.2 For all competitions the fee for the extended deadline is: EUR 20,-/USD 22,-. For the Austrian competitions it is EUR 10,-/USD 11,-.

6.3 The entry fees may be subject to change and may be different on individual submission platforms due to the platforms’ specific regulations.

7 ADDITIONAL MATERIAL
In addition to a screener file you are asked to at least submit the following

7.1 At least one film still (300 dpi)

7.2 Director's filmography

7.3 A list with previous screenings of the submitted film, including awards

7.4 Main credits

7.5 Information about previous screenings in Austria

8 SCREENING COPIES

8.1Accepted formats
8.1.a Film: 35mm, 16mm
8.1.b Video: DigiBeta, Betacam SP
8.1. c DCP (unencrypted, Interop, SMPTE, 2k, 24fps, 25fps, 30fps). The DCP must be tested in a theater beforehand.
8.1.d We do not accept files as screening copies. If you need recommendations on DCP-technicians that offer special reduced rates for participants of VIS 2017 please contact us at film@viennashorts.com.

8.2 A backup file must be submitted along with the screening copy.

8.3 The screening copy must arrive at the festival office not later than the 18th of April 2017.

8.4 If the film has dialogue or text that is not in English, the film must be submitted with English subtitles.

8.5 The festival does not pay rental fees, licence fees or other such fees for films that are screened in competition. The selected filmmakers are not awarded financial compensation for participating in competition but will be supported in attending the festival.

8.6 The films will be insured by the festival for the entire time of their being in the festival’s possession.

9 DISPATCH/SHIPPING OF SCREENING COPIES

9.1 By mail or courier.

9.2 All deliveries from outside the European Union must be marked with the phrase “no commercial value - for cultural purposes only”.

9.3 We will not accept shipments for which we would have to bear shipping fees, duties, taxes or customs duties, and will not assume any responsibility for such shipments.

9.4 Costs: The applicant is responsible for the costs of sending the viewing and screening copies to the festival. The festival covers the costs of returning/forwarding screening copies.

9.5 Return of copies: All screening copies will be sent back to the address they were shipped from (or forwarded to an address specified by the submitter) as registered mail as soon as possible after the festival.

9.6 Please note: Preview copies will not be returned, but stored in the VIS Vienna Shorts archive.

10 RIGHTS

10.1 You guarantee that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the film you submit to us and that you are entitled to transfer the rights to us as specified in this agreement.

10.2 By submitting the film, you guarantee that all (intellectual property) rights needed for screening during VIS and other uses described in this agreement have been cleared.

10.3 By submitting the film you guarantee that the screening or other use of the film by VIS does not infringe rights held by third parties.

10.4 By submitting the film you agree to indemnify the festival against all third-party claims in connection with screening the film during VIS and other uses described in the terms. This includes covering any legal costs that might be incurred.

10.5 Screening: The festival is entitled to show the selected films during the duration of the festival any number of times.

10.6 Best-of programs: If the film receives an award at VIS 2017 the festival reserves the right to show the film free of charge two times within a year from the festival as part of a best-of program to promote the winning films/filmmakers as well as the festival. If the film is to be shown the submitter will be informed ahead of time.

10.7 Press screeners & archive: You grant VIS Vienna Shorts the nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual and unlimited right to make copies of the film in order to make these copies available to press or industry representatives only and to archive these copies. The festival guarantees to exercise this right within reason and always with the benefit of the filmmaker in mind. These copies will not be used for commercial screening purposes by any means.

10.8 Educational use: You grant VIS the the nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual and unlimited right to use the archived copies for noncommercial educational purposes in Austria.

10.9 Video library: You grant the festival the nonexclusive, and royalty-free right to include the film in the video library regardless of the selection status of your film. The video library is open during the duration of the festival to accredited national and international industry guests only; the films may be made available at screening booths. You furthermore grant the festival the right to share your contact information with interested industry guests.

10.10 Promotion: If your film is selected to be included in the program you grant VIS the nonexclusive, royalty-free right to show – online, via television or in cinemas, in single form or as part of a showreel – excerpts of up to 30 seconds of the film for advertising and promotion purposes.

10.11 Meta material: If your film is selected to be included in the program you grant VIS the nonexclusive, royalty-free, unlimited and irrevocable right to publish submitted meta material such as (but not limited to) film stills, the title and credits of the film, and the director’s name.

11 SEVERABILITY & ARBITRATION

11.1 If a provision of this agreement is or becomes illegal, invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, that shall not affect:
11.1a the validity or enforceability in that jurisdiction of any other provision of this agreement; or
11.1b the validity or enforceability in other jurisdictions of that or any other provision of this Agreement.

11.2 This agreement is governed by Austrian law. The place of arbitration shall be Vienna, Austria, the language of arbitration shall be German.