Calgary international film fest.

5 May

i would really like to get something ready for this, but submission ends june 11th. all the fees would be waved because we’re albertan(nice!), so it wouldnt be expensive to enter. it seems the biggest problem would be having it done in time and paying to have it put onto 35mm film. which costs like 14 cents per frame for color.

so rounding up a story and team fast enough will be a challenge, but atleast i could jsut keep this in mind for next year when i have more time and experience.

SOOO. anyone intrested in helping or anyone with an story should LET ME KNOW?

Calgary International Film Festival Submission Regulations and Guidelines 2010
Participation in the Calgary International Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of the following Guidelines and Regulations.

Important Dates
June 11, 2010 Final Post-Mark Deadline for receipt of Submission Screener
Aug. 13, 2010 Notification of Official Selections complete
Sept. 17, 2010 Deadline for receipt of exhibition prints
Sept.23, 2010 Eleventh Annual Calgary International Film Festival opens
Oct. 3, 2010 Eleventh Annual Calgary International Film Festival closes

*Please note The Festival is not obliged to view entries received after the Submission Deadline.

The Calgary International Film Festival (“CIFF” or “the Festival”) accepts submissions of films of all lengths and subject matters for inclusion in the following programs: Galas, Headliners, Mavericks, Canadian Cinema, World Cinema (including American), Documentaries, Shorts, Music On Film, Late Shows, the Youth By Youth Film Series, and annual Spotlight programs (TBA).

Requirements for eligibility for 2010 selection:

the film was released after January 1st, 2009, and was not previously submitted to CIFF
all applicable licenses and waivers of copyrights, moral rights, trademarks and other such intellectual property rights have been secured by the filmmaker(s)
all applicable legal waivers have been obtained from all participants
exhibition print(s) will be complete and available for screening in Calgary between September 23rd – Oct 3rd 2010
exhibition print must be available on 35mm film, BetaSP (NTSC/PAL) , DigiBeta (NTSC/PAL), or HDCam
preview screeners accepted ONLY DVD formats – preview screeners must be labeled with title, director name and running time
films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English
short films should not exceed 40 minutes
shipping/mailing costs must be pre-paid, and insurance is recommended
Submission packages must be post-marked with all applicable fees and enclosures by the Deadline of June 11, 2010
International Submission Fees*:
Short films (under 40:00 minutes)
$25.00 CDN
Feature length films (over 40:00 min)
$40.00 CDN
Canadian Submission Fees*:
Short films (under 40:00 minutes)
$20.00 CDN
Feature length films (over 40:00 min)
$30.00 CDN
CIFF is pleased to waive fees for Albertan submissions. The following point system is used to determine Albertan eligibility (a minimum of 5 points is required).

2 points- Albertan location

1 point- resident Albertan principle cast member

1 point- resident Albertan writer

1 point- resident Albertan producer

1 point- resident Albertan director

2 points- Albertan funding source (with supporting documentation/letter)

*Per entry and non-refundable. Fees must be paid by VISA or MC online in Canadian funds to the Calgary International Film Festival to finalize the submission process online. The DVD screener must be postmarked by the Deadline of June 11, 2010 (*overseas entries should use a courier to guarantee arrivals in a timely manner).

Preference will be given to submissions that have not been distributed/screened theatrically or broadcast on television in Alberta prior to the 2010 Festival. All submissions are screened and evaluated by CIFF Preview and Selection Committees. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential. CIFF Programmers make final selections and determine in which section they are presented. Designation of a selected film’s program category, exhibition date(s), time(s), and location(s) is at the sole discretion of the Festival. The decisions of the Programmers are final. In addition, the entrant grants CIFF the right to exhibit the selected film up to three times during the Festival, in addition to daytime Press and Jury screenings (closed to the public).

Upon notification of selection, the entrant agrees to immediately supply CIFF with publicity materials and grants the Festival the right to utilize such materials for promotional purposes and to broadcast and/or screen clips.

The following is a list of materials required for each film once accepted at the Festival:

EPK (electronic press kit)
Film poster(s), hand bills, or associated collateral for Box Office & Venue
Select promotional clips and/or film trailer (on broadcast tape, DVD, or Quicktime)
Additional promo screeners for Publicity
(1) DVD backup, clean of watermarks and warnings, for projection backup
(min. 1) High resolution promo image (min 300 dpi)
Film website or trailer URL
Applicants will be notified by email regarding the results of the Festival’s selection process by August 16, 2010. Please do not contact the Programming Department regarding the status of your submission before that date.

Shipping of Exhibition Prints
Upon invitation, participants will be contacted via email by the Print Traffic Coordinator with specific shipping instructions. Exhibition prints must arrive at the Festival office by September 17, 2010. Incoming shipping costs are the sole responsibility of the participant unless otherwise negotiated. Invited films must be shipped pre-paid, with all the necessary commercial invoices and customs paid, with return (or next festival) shipping information including the name of your preferred courier company and your account number.

Limitation of Liability and Indemnity Provisions
Although CIFF will take every reasonable precaution for the safekeeping and proper handling of entry and exhibition materials, including the Exhibition Print(s), from the time of receipt to the time of release to the Applicant’s courier company or shipping agent, CIFF shall not be liable to Applicant, his or her heirs, legal representatives, or dependents, or their respective assignees, for loss or damage to entry and exhibition materials arising out of the transportation to and from the Festival or the operations of CIFF, its officers, directors, agents, successors and assigns, whether or not caused by the act, neglect, or default of CIFF, its officers, directors, agents, successors and assigns, or otherwise.

Notwithstanding the above, CIFF’s liability for claims, costs, losses, damages of any kind or any other cause, including but not limited to liability for any fundamental breach of this agreement or for patent or copyright infringement and regardless of the form of action, shall not exceed the fees paid hereunder for the submission to the Festival. The fees charged by CIFF reflect the allocation of risk herein and the limited recourse to the Applicant provided for in this Agreement.

In addition, International participants should note that CIFF will not assume responsibility for, nor will it accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage.

Finally, Applicant shall indemnify and hold CIFF harmless of and from any and all claims, losses, liabilities (including negligence, tort and strict liability), damages, judgments, suits or legal proceedings, including court costs, expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees, related to the use by CIFF of the entry and exhibition materials, including but not limited to any claim that the Applicant’s entry and exhibition materials violates the intellectual property rights of another party.

Films invited to the 2010 Festival are automatically considered for nomination in all Award categories for which they are eligible. Nominations are made on the basis of achievement in form and content in their category by a jury of industry experts and leading cultural figures from Canada. Notification of nomination for Award(s) will be made by email by August 16, 2010 with the Acceptance Letter.

Award Categories (may be expanded or changed at any time)
Best Canadian Feature
Best International Feature Film Award
Best International Documentary
Best Short (Live Action, Animated, Documentary)
Best of Alberta Shorts
Audience Favourite

Accepted formats for preview screeners: DVD (all regions) *please note that the preferred format for submission is NTSC and preview screeners will not be returned.

Accepted formats for exhibition:
Film: 35 mm
Video: BetaSP (NTSC/PAL), DigiBeta (NTSC/PAL), and HDCam.
*Under special circumstances other exhibition formats may be considered.

Submission packages
The filmmakers are responsible for the accuracy of all submitted materials. The Festival accepts no liability in the event that its publications reproduce errors or omissions in submitted materials. All enclosures are mandatory and must be included for an entry to be complete.

Submissions MUST include all of the following:

A successfully entered online submission form
DVD preview screener (marked w/ Title, CIFF Submission ID#, Duration, Country, Director)
None of the enclosures will be returned. Preview screeners will not be returned. Screeners are retained by the Calgary International Film Festival, and housed in the CIFF Archives. Do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.

If using a mailer for your entry, use a bubble envelope, not a fibre-filled envelope. Loose fibre from torn fibre envelopes can cause damage to tapes and playback equipment. When submitting more than one film, please submit separately online for each film, using the provided Submission IDs for each title. Packaging a shipment together for all submitted films is permissible.

All submissions must be sent pre-paid (unless otherwise negotiated); the Festival will not accept Collect or COD shipments. Packages should be clearly marked, “Without commercial value. Non pornographic. For cultural purposes only. On Loan From Country of Origin”.

For Canadian Customs clearance, international submission packages should include all applicable labels, commercial invoices, customs declarations and waybills, and be valued at less than $25.00 CDN.

Complete submission packages should be sent in time to arrive on or before Submission Deadlines to:

Calgary International Film Festival
c/o Programming Department
1320 – 15th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB T3C 0X7


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