Welcome to the Topaz Film Festival by Women in Film Dallas, formerly known as the Flicks by Chicks Film Festival.

For 19 years, Women in Film Dallas has provided a platform for independent women filmmakers to promote their work through its annual film festival.

The Topaz Film Festival is an extension of the Women in Film Dallas Scholastic Grant Fund, a 501c3 that provides financial support through grants and scholarships to women in the pursuit of media arts degrees and those in the productions of film, television and screen-based media. Proceeds from the festival will serve to fund the scholastic grant.

This year’s program is tentatively set for September 8-13, 2020 and will consist of 4 short film blocks (Texas, comedy, student, and other shorts) and at least one centerpiece feature film (dependent upon submission volume).

Films are eligible if women are in two or more of the following positions, in the making of the film: director, writer, producer, director of photography, editor or composer.

We accept both narratives and documentaries in both feature and shorts categories. Shorts must be under the 20-minute mark, the shorter the better! Features are over 60 minutes.

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Best Texas Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Student Short
Audience Choice Awards
Best of Festival Award

2020 TOPAZ FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION RULES

The following rules govern all film submissions to the Topaz Film Festival (“TFF” or the “Festival”)

General Eligibility
1. Films are eligible if women are in two or more of the following positions: director, writer, producer, director of photography, editor, or composer.

2. Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee PER ENTRY and a completed online entry form.

3. Submission Fees are Final. No Refunds!

4. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.

5. In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival at topazfestival@wifdallas.org immediately with that change so we may update your record. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible, without a refund.

6. Films must be available for screening during the Topaz Film Festival, tentatively set for September 8-13, 2020.

7. Films that have been submitted in previous years are eligible to be resubmitted, provided they are eligible according to all of the festival’s current rules.

8. TFF reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.

9. Selected films must provide a downloadable digital file of their film for screening during the festival. No YouTube links will be accepted. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film in the requested format for exhibition, DO NOT SUBMIT your film.

10. We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their film only after it is fully finished and will judge each submission as a completed work, whether it is or not. Once a film is entered, we will not update the submission with a more recent cut. That said, because TFF’s focus is on story, minor technical changes will not affect the final decision of any film. Should the film be accepted to play during the Festival, the filmmaker will have the opportunity to supply the Festival with their most recent version, provided that no modifications have been made to the story itself.

11. Current WIFD board members or members of the film festival committee may have films submitted that they worked on for festival screening, but such films will not be eligible for festival prizes with the exception of an audience award.

Originality and Permissions; INDEMNITY

1. Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights.

2. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. TFF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

3. The Topaz Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Topaz Film Festival event for promotional purposes including but not limited to screenings in conjunction with Dallas Video Fest. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for public screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

4. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Women in Film Dallas, Women in Film Dallas Scholastic Grant Fund and Topaz Flicks from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Selected Films and Winners

1. The Topaz Film Festival has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.

2. TFF explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by TFF or by its volunteers.

3. Winners will be announced before or on August 19, 2020. The judges’ decision is final.

COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

COMPETITION CERTIFICATION

I/We have read all of the rules, understand, and have complied with these rules.

I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission.

I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead.

To the best of my/our knowledge, all the statements herein are true and correct.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

I/We acknowledge that once an entry payment has been processed, TFF will not provide a refund.

No revisions of materials will be accepted once entry has been submitted.

BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

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  • Nora Mariana

    What a fantastic festival! Wonderful lineup, great communications, and very welcoming organizers. They managed to put together an extraordinary festival even in the midst of a pandemic. I can't recommend this festival enough and very much hope we can experience it in person someday soon! -- Team ALINA

    October 2020
  • It was such a privilege to be a part of this festival which highlights and honors female filmmakers. I really appreciate how fun they made the event, especially considering this year being online due to COVID. The online mixer for the filmmakers was a really fun and unique experience too. Thank you for selecting "Another Child" for Topaz to be our home for our world premiere, and also honoring us with being chosen as the Premiere Feature Film. It was an incredible first experience, and one that I surely will never forget! Thank you Topaz Film Festival and Women in Film Dallas!

    October 2020
  • maisie hooper

    This festival was so fun to be a part of. It was extremely well organized, and the Topaz team was very helpful and communicative.

    September 2020
  • Robin Humbert

    This was a fantastic festival to be a part of. The programming was professional, with a good variety, and very creative- and the opportunities for the filmmakers were really great- especially given the health crisis. The organizers made special events for filmmakers to participate remotely and were very responsive with questions. I felt a very warm welcome to participate... even from home. This festival really inspired and uplifted me with the films they showed, community they exhibited, and overall management. Top notch!

    September 2020
  • Mackenzie Watson

    It was such a joy to be apart of this wonderful festival. The programming was fantastic and all communication with the team was friendly and organized. Very proud to have been apart of Topaz 2020!

    September 2020