/slash Filmfestival is Austria's leading festival for Fantastic Film. Each year around 60 carefully selected movies from genres such diverse as horror, science-fiction, fantasy and animation are screened to an enthusiastic audience. In the seven years since its foundation in 2010 the festival greatly expanded in size and importance, tripling the number of visitors as well as attracting top-notch talents from the movie industry.
Among the film professionals who've graced us with their presence at the festival's main venue, the beautiful one-screen movie theatre Filmcasino, are pope of trash John Waters (Pink Flamingo), legendary director Joe Dante (Gremlins), Italian horror maestro Dario Argento (Suspiria), Hollywood actor Crispin Glover (Back to the Future), screenwriter and director Joe Cornish (Attack the Block, Ant-Man) as well as exploitation film guru Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger).
As a film festival designed to be closely attuned to the soul of its audience, the winner of our short film competition, comprised of two approximately 90 minute-long programs, will be identified by popular vote after the respective screenings. The winner will be awarded with an official certificate as well as 1000 Euro worth of prize money, sponsored by FAMA – Film and Music Austria.
1 GENERAL INFO
This is an agreement between you (the “submitter” )
Verein zur Förderung des Fantastischen Films
as the organiser of the event
“/slash Filmfestival – Festival des Fantastischen Films”
(“the festival”, “/slash Filmfestival”, “/slash”, “we”, “us”)
If you have any questions contact us at: email@example.com
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.
As a Festival of Fantastic Film we accept submissions from genres like horror, science fiction and fantasy in all forms of artistic expression and style, such as fiction, documentary, animation or experimental cinema. We will not under any circumstance accept image videos, commercials or showreels.
2.3 Year of production
The film has been finished on, or after the 1st of January 2017
Films that have been submitted to previous editions will not be accepted
If the film has dialogue or text that is not in English, English subtitles have to be provided. For selection purposes screener copies of films in German without subtitles are accepted.
3.1 The cash prize in total will be EUR 1000
3.2 Payout of the prize money will be done via regular Bank transfer for Austrian and EU citizens (IBAN has to be provided) or PayPal for international winners (PayPal account has to be provided)
3.3 The prize and the amount of cash awarded may be subject to change.
4.1 The entrant agrees that his or her film will not be screened publicly in Vienna from July 1 until the final notification of the selection status (due end of July).
4.2 If the film is being accepted for /slash Filmfestival 2018, the entrant agrees that his or her film will not be screened publicly in Vienna outside of the festival until after the end of the festival. Exempt from this rule are private screenings and television broadcasts.
5 DEADLINES & NOTIFICATION
5.1 The general call runs from April 09 2018 until June 15 2018 with an extended deadline until June 30. No films will be accepted after the extended deadline.
5.2 The submitter will be notified of the selection status (accepted / rejected) until the end of July through the submission platform or via E-Mail.
5.3 If selected the screening copy of the film must arrive at the festival office no later than the 4th of September.
6 ENTRY FEE
The film you submit to /slash Filmfestival is being screened by a group of film professionals, curators and programmers. In order to ensure the quality of the selection process we charge an entry fee. In addition, the submission platform might charge a submission fee.
6.1 Fees during general call
6.1a Entries by Austrian Filmmakers: free
6.1b Entries by all other Nationalities: 7$
6.2 Fees during extended deadline
6.2a Entries by Austrian Filmmakers: 15$
6.2b Entries by all other Nationalities: 15$
6.3 The entry fee may be subject to change and is payable only via the submission platform.
7 ADDITIONAL MATERIAL
In addition to a screener file you are asked to at least submit the following
7.1 Three film stills (300 dpi as either png or jpg)
7.2 Director’s biography and filmography
7.3 A list with previous screenings of the film, including awards
7.4 Main credits
8 SCREENING COPIES
8.1a Film: 35mm, 16mm
8.1b Digital Cinema: DCP (unencrypted, Interop, SMPTE, 2k, 24fps, 25fps, 30fps)
8.1c Video: BluRay
8.1d File: best possible quality (e.g. ProRes, H.264…)
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 4th of September.
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 /slash Filmfestival archive.
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 /slash 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 /slash 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 /slash 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: Award-winning films at /slash may be shown again, 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 us 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 Promotion: If your film is selected to be included in the program you grant us 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.
10.9 Meta material: If your film is selected to be included in the program you grant us 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.
Adapted with permission from “VIS Vienna Shorts Submission Terms 2017”