THE REAL TO REEL YOUTH MEDIA SHOWCASE IS A LOCAL COMPETITION THAT HONORS YOUTH WHO MAKE ORIGINAL AND UNIQUE MEDIA PROJECTS THAT ADDRESS AN ISSUE PLAGUING THEIR LOCAL OR GLOBAL COMMUNITY. WE SEEK YOUTH PARTICIPANTS WHO CREATIVELY EXPRESS THEIR VISION FOR POSITIVE CHANGE.

Film is a universal language, spoken across the globe. Better Youth, Inc., believes the human experience is a collection of stories. In our third year, in addition to stories about social issues and affecting positive change, we are highlighting that focus on reunification.

As a community, we need to stand together and stand strong as we overcome daily obstacles that can impede our ability to succeed. These stories can be found in our families, in our relationships, in our communities, across political boundaries and perhaps even within ourselves. "Reunification" may mean something different to everyone. We all have our struggles, we’ve all been knocked down. However, whether we run, walk, or crawl, we need to keep going. It’s these stories that shape who we are as a nation, a gender, an individual.

WE ARE SEEKING HIGH SCHOOL (14-18) & COLLEGE (19-24) AGED YOUTH TO SUBMIT MEDIA THAT INSPIRES, INFORMS AND GENERATES DIALOGUE THAT CALLS FOR ACTION AND SOLUTIONS.

As you formulate your film please consider these questions.. These are only suggestions please feel free to experiment with the theme.

• What is your idea of reunification?
• How can the essences of reunification be captured via film?
• How do you see the broken being repaired?
• Does single parent households effect reunification ?
• How does the foster care system contribute to reunification or a lack of?
• How can reunification be described within politics ?

“Through the art of film, youth and communities around the world will be reunified.”

Our GUEST ARTIST Over The Years:
ACTRESS MONIQUE COLEMAN (High School Musical. NBC's Miranda's Rights)
Melvin Jackson Jr. (Everybody Hates Chris, The Wire, and BET'S New Addition)
Bill Duke ( Director, Actor, Philanthropist)

The REAL TO REEL Youth Media Showcase Has Been Supported By:
THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS. (a federal agency.)
CITY NATIONAL BANK(
FINAL DRAFT and more...

Fee Waivers -
First week of submissions receive a submission waiver.

Showcase Awards –
We’ll be announcing specific Media Awards closer to the festival.

At The Showcase –
When you attend RTR as a Filmmaker will meet fellow young filmmakers, network with industry leaders and grow as a filmmaker. It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience.

ELIGIBILITY
• The film’s director(s) must have been between 14- 24 years old at time of filming.
• All music and other copyrighted material used in films must be properly licensed.
• All films must be in English or subtitled in English

MEDIA CATEGORIES:
All films (national and international) may be submitted into only one category.

• DRAMA
• THRILLER/SUSPENSE/ACTION
• ROMCOM/COMEDY
• SCI-FI/EXPERIMENTAL
• DOCUMENTARY
• ANIMATION

SUBMISSION PROCESS:
Online Submission only.
Must be completed online no later than 12 midnight PST on July 15, 2017.

Preferred Method : ONLINE LINK and SYNOPSIS
FilmFreeway, our submission site, will accept links to Vimeo and/or YouTube videos for your submission

Synopsis : The 3-line synopsis you submit when filling out your online application will be used in the showcase program, on the Better Youth website and for other promotional platforms including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, so write an interesting, compelling description of your film. RTR reserves the right to edit the synopsis for length and grammar.

All films will be viewed by our selection committee via our secure screening process.

NOTIFICATION
If your film is selected to be part of RTR 2017, you will be notified via email on or about September 1, 2017. You will also be notified by email if your film is not selected.

Please make sure that you notify us if your email changes, and add realtoreel@betteryouth.org to your safe sender email list.

FEEDBACK
Unfortunately, we are unable to respond with any feedback or explanations if your film is not accepted. The need for additional editing is the most common factor making the difference between a film that is selected and a film that is not. But we also receive many more worthy films than we have programming space to screen, so don’t be discouraged if your film does is not accepted.

FILMMAKER/GUARDIAN RELEASE
I acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, I am duly authorized to submit this film to REAL TO REEL (RTR) and to grant permissions related to its use and distribution.

I grant permission to RTR to use film clips/stills for promotional use. I allow RTR and any third parties at RTR the right to film, videotape and photograph my appearance and voice for any and all marketing and promotion of the showcase and youth program. I also agree to the use of my name, likeness, portrait or pictures, voice and biographical material about me for educational, program or series publicity and organizational promotional purposes.

I understand I will be added to the RTR email newsletter lists and receive email updates from Better Youth. I can always unsubscribe via the email footer.
If this film is accepted into RTR 2017, I grant RTR the non-exclusive right to right to show and market my film related to RTR. This also includes but is not limited to presenting films as part of the RTR online showcase component. Submitting a film to RTR constitutes an agreement by and between the filmmaker/representative, and/or applicable Parent/Guardian of a minor aged Filmmaker, and RTR for exhibition and marketing purposes only. By submitting, I agree to all of these rules, terms and conditions.

I also acknowledge that I will not receive any compensation for the use of my film by RTR or Better Youth in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions. I release [Real To Reel/Better Youth, Inc], its employees, agents, and assigns from all liability which may arise from any and/or all claims by me or any third party in connection with my participation in the program.

I understand and acknowledge that, if I am under 18 years of age, my parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian Release on my behalf.

As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker if applicable, I understand and acknowledge that I am agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian Release on behalf of my child or a child for whom I am a legally designated Guardian.

MATERIALS RELEASE FORM
REAL TO REEL, respectfully requests permission to use DIGITAL MEDIA FILES (FILMS) which will become part of the festival program entitled, REAL TO REEL: YOUTH MEDIA SHOWCASE produced by BETTER YOUTH, INC.

Films will be screened for a live viewing audience, recorded for later broadcasts as well as distributed online via YouTube gallery. Full credit would be given to selected filmmakers during the screening, in program materials, and online marketing and promotion. Selected films may be used during pre-festival and post-festival events.

Permission granted is indicated such by submitting to Real To Reel.

RTR 2017 FAQ's
When and where does the showcase take place?
RTR 2017 is OCTOBER 2017 at LA FILM SCHOOL in Los Angeles, CA.

Where is the entry form?
Complete the entry form online via FilmFreeway.

Are online links accepted for submissions?
Yes! FilmFreeway allows you to submit your film in a number of ways including YouTube or Vimeo links.

What is the final deadline for entry?
Entry form and the film must be received by July 15, 2017 by 12 midnight PST.

If my film is selected, should I attend the showcase?
Definitely! You should begin thinking about plans to attend the showcase as soon as you submit your film. Over 300 young filmmakers and industry tastemakers will be in attendance making RTR is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, unlike any other youth film event in Los Angeles

Reasons to attend RTR:
• See your film shown in a state-of-the-art theater and grow as a filmmaker by receiving audience feedback following your film’s screening.
• Meet and learn from Hollywood industry professionals who attend RTR and participate in panels and workshops.
• Meet other young local filmmakers.
• Have fun! RTR is an event with music, food, and meeting great people.

Do you accept Commercials, PSAs, News Videos, or Trailers?
No. Our showcase's main focus is on narrative films and documentaries.
All films must fit into one of the six screening categories.

Can a rough cut be submitted if this is only what is available by the submission deadline? We strongly do not recommend submitting rough cuts. If you do send in a rough cut, make a title on-screen before the film that says what is rough or temp.

How are the films selected? Who watches them?
A team of RTR curators watches every film that is submitted. Each film is watched by at least three people and then a decision is made by final vote. Selection panelists rate films on voice, storytelling, filmmaking techniques, artistic excellence/merit and general audience appeal.

Do you give out any awards?
RTR presents Awards during the showcase, as well as other special awards and opportunities. These will be announced closer to the festival.

Can there by violence, nudity or swearing in my film?
Films that are excessively graphic for no apparent reason will likely not be shown.

Can my film screen publicly prior to RTR?
Yes

Can my film be online prior to RTR?
Yes

Do I get in free?
If your film is accepted, yes. Every film that is accepted gets 1 complimentary All Access Pass to RTR
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If you have additional questions about the rules, submission process or festival, email: sstewart@betteryouth.org.

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  • Rowan Quinn

    The Real to Reel festival was such an overwhelmingly positive experience. It was a unique environment with welcoming, helpful, bright people. Once settled in we never felt lost or out of place, there was always someone willing to answer questions or ask their own. A fabulous experience neither of us will be forgetting anytime soon, we were honoured to be a part of it.

    October 2017
  • Max Shoham

    this festival was a great opportunity for me!

    October 2017
  • Haediqal Pawennei

    The festival is very great, although I can’t attend the festival, but their communication is great!

    October 2017