11th. Children's Audiovisual Festival (FICAIJ), 2020
Venezuela-Colombia

The Children's Audiovisual Festival, known by its acronym FICAIJ, was born in Mérida, Venezuela, in 2010, and has consolidated itself after 10 years as one of the most important windows for exhibiting quality educational and alternative content as well as commercial content for children, adolescents, youth and families in the country and the region.

After having attended directly to more than 39 thousand participants in its 10 previous editions in Venezuela and facing the panorama of pandemic that we are living through the COVID-19, we assumed the challenge of transforming ourselves and activating our 11th edition in the web with main incidence in the three countries where the organization has presence.

History:
More than 1,400 short and long films from 80 countries around the world were broadcast on FICAIJ's screens, and more than 350 people, including children, adolescents, young people and adults, evaluated and judged these films.

Our jurors came not only from Venezuela but also from eight other countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Italy, Kenya and South Africa, participating in representation of their places of origin.

But it doesn't end there, our ambassadors attended events in 6 countries on behalf of the FICAIJ: Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Italy and the Dominican Republic, participating there with commissions of jurors or through audiovisual exhibitions and specialized workshops of the FICAIJ for children, adolescents, youth and families or for adult educators.

Philosophy:
We promote audiovisuals from a reflective and productive viewpoint, inviting children, adolescents and young people to take an active role as creators and prosumers.

Mission:
FICAIJ seeks to encourage the creation, production, exhibition and distribution of quality content for and by children, adolescents and young people in the region, stimulating the protagonism of children in all these processes.

1st FICAIJ Industry:
With the double purpose of strengthening, on the one hand, the production of children, youth and family contents at a regional level, and on the other hand, the training of teachers in education with and for media, a more evident need in view of the digital education imposed by the pandemic, the organization of FICAIJ assumes the challenge of developing the 1st. edition of its FICAIJ Industry, a training space aimed at the sector of production of contents for Latin American boys and girls and at the sector of education.

More information:
www.ficaij.com
www.facebook.com/ficaij
www.instagram.com/ficaij

Awards:

1) Children
The children's jury will declare as winners the works that meet the established internal criteria. The prizes awarded will be:

+5
a.- Best animated children's film +5
b.- Best live-action children's film +5
c.- Best animated children's short film +5
d.- Best live-action children's short film +5
e.- Best animated children's series +5
f.- Best live-action children's series +5
g.- Best "New Media" work for children +5

+8
a.- Best animated children's film +8
b.- Best live-action children's film +8
c.- Best animated children's short film +8
d.- Best live-action children's short film +8
e.- Best animated children's series +8
f.- Best live-action children's series +8
g.- Best "New Media" work for children +8

2) Teenagers
The adolescent jury will declare as winners the works that meet the established internal criteria. The prizes awarded will be:

+13
a.- Best animated teenage film +13
b.- Best live-action teenage film +13
c.- Best animated teenage short film +13
d.- Best live-action teenage short film +13
e.- Best animated teenage series +13
f.- Best live-action teenage series +13
g.- Best "New Media" work for teenagers +13

+15
a.- Best animated teenage film +15
b.- Best live-action teenage film +15
c.- Best animated teenage short film +15
d.- Best live-action teenage short film +15
e.- Best animated teenage series +15
f.- Best live-action teenage series +15
g.- Best "New Media" work for teenagers +15

3) Young people
The youth jury will declare as winners the works that meet the established internal criteria. The prizes awarded will be:

+18
a.- Best animated film for youth people +18
b.- Best live-action film for youth people +18
c.- Best animated short film for youth people +18
d.- Best live-action short film for youth people +18
e.- Best animated series for youth people +18
f.- Best live-action series for youth people +18
g.- Best "New Media" work for youth people +18

Rules of participation

Categories:
1) Children
+ 5 (from 5 to 7 years)
+ 8 (from 8 to 12 years)

2) Teenagers:
+ 13 (from 13 to 15 years)
+ 15 (from 15 to 17 years old)

3) Young people
+18 (from 18 to 23 years old)

Areas:
1) Made for children, adolescents and young people
2) Made by children, adolescents and youth.

Information on participation in FICAIJ:
1) Registration begins on August 18th, 2020.

2) If you wish to participate with your audiovisual production, register your work through www.filmfreeway.com/ficaij

3) The Festival promotes the registration of:
a.- Animated feature films.
b.- Live-action feature films.
c.- Animated short films.
d.- Live-action short films.
e.- Animated television series.
f.- Live-action television series.
g.- Other works inserted within the new trends in media; that is, transmedia, multiplatform, digital, web, interactive, among others.

4) No matter if you are a minor, you must only attach the authorization or permission of your father, mother or representative in accordance with the policies and regulations that apply to your respective country or international laws on the subject of minors and/or adolescents.

5) The works received for the competition, in the different lines, will be submitted to a pre-selection process with a pre-qualifying jury that will be defined by the organization.

6) No restrictions will be made on the language of the film or audiovisual. If the film is in a language other than Spanish, the producer must send the subtitles in English in .srt or .txt format. This requirement is indispensable for the respective translation of the work into Spanish.

7) It is important to point out that any registration or shipping costs are to be paid by the person who registers the work. There is no limit to the number of works you can submit to the Festival.

8) The deadline for the reception of audiovisuals will be Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 11:55 pm, Colombia time.

9) All works made between 2017 and 2020 will be entered into the competition. Works from previous years can be entered but they will be exclusively included in the retrospective section of the Festival.

10) The qualifying jury will be divided into three classes:
1) Children
+ 5 (from 5 to 7 years)
+ 8 (from 8 to 12 years)

2) Teenagers
+ 13 (from 13 to 15 years)
+ 15 (from 15 to 17 years old)

3) Young people
+18 (from 18 to 23 years old)

11) In case there is only one or no film or audiovisual registered in any of the categories, the Festival may declare that line deserted, without this meaning that it cannot be screened in the framework of the Festival or other exhibitions.

12) There will not be shared prizes in any of the categories. The jury cannot declare any of the prizes deserted. The decision of the different juries will be unappealable. If they consider it, the juries can make some special or honorable mentions.

13) The natural or legal person who makes the registration of the audiovisuals that win prizes undertakes to mention them in all advertising and press material, using the Festival's logo and specifying the prize won.

14) The material sent to the Festival will not be returned by the organization.

15) The registration to the Festival implies that you have accepted each of the provisions contained in the numbers of these Rules.

16) You can express any doubt you may have, preferably before the closing date for the reception of films or audiovisuals.

17) FICAIJ, considering the importance of the promotion and diffusion of cinema and diverse audiovisuals, will include the audiovisual material selected in:

a.- Its school video library, in order to present it free of charge, with previous notification to the producer, in different exhibitions in educational institutions and other communities, at regional, national and international level.

b.- Its catalogue of audiovisual works for distribution, in order to represent them before possible clients interested in the commercialization of such titles, always with previous notification to the producer and authorization from him/her.

18) Any event not provided for in these Rules shall be resolved at the discretion of the Asociación Civil Grupo de Artes Escénicas y Audiovisuales Expresión Ixoye, and its commercial brand, Bura.

Overall Rating
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  • Gary Janks

    What a great privilege to be selected by this film festival! Even more, I was truly honoured and very grateful to be awarded the winner of the Best Message film for Chasing Mandela's Rainbow. Many thanks!!

    January 2020
  • Argenis Herrera Sánchez

    Maravilloso festival, en la capital cinematográfica de Venezuela!!!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Muchas gracias Argenis por ser parte de nuestra #OndaFICAIJ y por permitirnos pasar "Juana". :)

  • Muchas Gracias por la oportunidad.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Muchas gracias a ti Anthony por ser parte de esta experiencia. :)
    En breve te haremos llegar más información sobre el Festival, lo que pasó, cómo estuvo y algunas imágenes. Gracias, no dejes de participar.

  • Being unable to attend the festival it is hard to review all different aspects
    of the festival. It is great when the festival covers that gap with good film promotion and networking.
    Nice work guys
    see you next year

    June 2017
  • Heaven kid

    This is indeed a great film festival. Not only is the organization perfect, but the service is wonderful as well. We enjoyed being part of it.

    June 2017