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Competition

Competition opens for submissions on Monday, April 25 2016.

Please read ALL of the below rules and regulations for the Foyle Film Festival before entry.

Keys: FFF - Foyle Film Festival, CM - Competition Manager, LIM - Light In Motion.

Anything in CAPITALS means that you should pay particular attention to the rule/regulation stated.

 

Date and Venues

The 2016 Foyle Film Festival will take place in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th November 2016.

 

Organisers

The 2016 Foyle Film Festival is a project of the Nerve Centre and  is programmed and managed by the Festival Director Bernie McLaughlin. The competition is managed by Eavan King.

 

COMPETITION REGULATIONS – Please read carefully before submitting to the Festival.

By entering FFF you are agreeing to all of the Competition rules and regulations stated below by FFF, Withoutabox and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (for International Short, Irish Short and Animation).

Please see http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/rule01.html for full Oscar rules and regulations.

 

LIGHT IN MOTION COMPETITION CATEGORIES

The Light in Motion competition section of the Festival is divided into the following categories:

  1. Best International Short

  2. Best Irish Short

  3. Best Animated Short

 

  1. Best Documentary*

            * Documentary competition is not Oscar affiliated

 

Rule 1: All films must be completed after 1 January 2015.

 

Rule 2: For submission purposes, we will accept Secure Online Screeners via VIMEO or a posted DVD for the Festival Competition. Please note all successful finalists will be required to submit their film on Blu-Ray DVD for exhibition.

 

Rule 3: All entries are to be made through Withoutabox. No exceptions. You must enter and pay online and upload your Secure Online Screener or send your DVD to the festival office.

 

Rule 4: You can only enter your film into one category.

If you are entering more than one film please make sure that they are eligible for each category you wish to enter and pay the separate fee for each film. If you wish to enter a number of films (i.e from a Film Collective) you must list each film as a separate Secure Online Screener/DVD and pay a fee for each entry.

 

Rule 5: The Festival reserves the right to place films into alternative categories if it feels it is to the benefit of the filmmaker. This will be discussed with the filmmaker before any decision is made.

 

Rule 6: Your film must not be available in full online or have been shown on another medium e.g. TV. If your film is on YouTube, etc. then it will be automatically withdrawn from the competition. Excerpts of your film, totalling no more than ten percent of its running time are exempted from this rule.

A documentary is also exempt in that it can have screened on another medium, but again not available in full online.

Please note, whilst it is desirable, It is not essential for a film to premiere at the Foyle Film Festival in order to make it eligible for competition selection.

 

Rule 7: Subtitles

The significant dialogue or narration of all films must be in English, or the entry must have English-language subtitles. Exceptions can be made for films that contain little or no dialogue.

 

Rule 8: SUBMISSION

For submission purposes, Foyle Film Festival will accept Secure Online Screeners via VIMEO or DVD for the Festival Competition.  Foyle Film Festival is open for competition submissions from 25 April 2016 – 23 September 2016.

 

SECURE ONLINE SCREENER:

Filmmakers should upload their Secure Online Screeners to a secure server on VIMEO only or provide credentials for accessing their project on Vimeo.  The films may then be viewed directly via a participating festival’s Withoutabox account along with the competitors entry form and fee.

Only when your entry has been fully completed, online screener uploaded via VIMEO and paid for in full, will your listing be updated as “In Consideration”.

Secure Online Screeners can be uploaded in High Definition up to 1080p and file sizes up to 10GB. HLS video streaming adapts playback to your internet connection speed and can seamlessly stream HD 1080p quality video depending on the quality of the file uploaded.

To minimize upload and playback issues, all filmmakers using Secure Online Screeners on VIMEO are asked to review their upload in full before submitting.

SUBMITTING ON DVD:

If posting a DVD copy as submission please ensure to include the following information on the disc and box/envelope for postage:

Name of film  

WAB Tracking number

Category you wish to enter

Aspect ratio

Contact details for submission contact

Duration of film

ONLY SEND THE FINAL COMPLETED VERSION OF YOUR FILM.  WE DO NOT ACCEPT RE-EDITS OR WORKS IN PROGRESS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE SUBMISSION PERIOD FOR THE 2016 FOYLE FILM FESTIVAL IS FROM MONDAY 25 APRIL TO FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2016.

COST OF SUBMISSION PER ENTRY IS £40 for non-WAB members and £35 for WAB members.

All fees must be paid. FFF and Withoutabox take failure to pay the relevant and correct fee very seriously. An email from the CM will be sent to the entrant in this event. After a warning, failure to pay will result in disqualification.  YOUR FILM WILL NOT BE VIEWED IF THE RELEVANT PAYMENT HAS NOT BEEN MADE.

A Waiver (free entry) may be granted only to select filmmakers who have been invited to submit by the Festival Director. Please do not email us and ask us for waiver. We receive thousands of requests and all are turned down.

Rule 9: Duration

All Short films should not be more than 40 mins. long. Documentaries must be a minimum of 40 mins. long.

 

Rule 10: Definition of film categories and affiliations

The categories of Best International Short, Best Irish Short and Best Animation are Academy Award  and BAFTA affiliated. Winners of each of these competition categories at Foyle Film Festival are eligible to qualify for Oscar consideration without the standard theatrical run.

For BAFTA consideration, British short films and animations which screen as part of the LIM Awards at Foyle film Festival are eligible for consideration for the Short Film Awards at BAFTA.

For BIFA consideration, independently funded British feature films (fiction and documentary) screening at Foyle Film Festival qualify for consideration in the British independent Film Awards.

International Short & Irish Short:  Foyle Film Festival accepts narrative shorts for these categories (under 40 minutes) which have been produced after 1 January 2015. 
There is no premiere policy for short films in competition at Foyle Film Festival -  shorts which have been screened at other Festivals can be submitted.

Short Animation: Foyle Film Festival accepts animated shorts for this category (under 40 minutes) which have been produced after 1 January 2015. 
There is no premiere policy for animated films in competition at Foyle Film Festival -  animations which have been screened at other Festivals can be submitted.

Documentary: Foyle Film Festival accepts feature length documentaries for this category (minimum duration of 40 minutes) which have been produced after 1 January 2015. 
There is no premiere policy for documentary films in competition at Foyle Film Festival -  documentaries which have been screened at other Festivals can be submitted.

Rule 11: Publicity

The Festival reserves the right to use extracts from submissions for TV, online and radio  coverage or any other publicity that is used in the promotion of the Festival.

We do not require a full press kit at time of entry. If successful, we will ask for a press kit and a short promotional clip for marketing use if/when your film is accepted. PLEASE use the Withoutabox on-line press kit service. It's free for all the basic press kit requirements. In the interests of saving the environment please do not send lots of paper.

 

Rule 12: Standard and Extended Deadlines

All entries for FFF should arrive before the regular deadline of Friday 23 September 2016.

There is an exclusive extended deadline for WAB Members. WAB members can submit up to Friday 7 October 2016 provided the Secure Online Screener/submission DVD reaches the Foyle Film Festival by this deadline. (Applications arriving after this date will not be accepted).  Please ensure you keep a copy of the accompanying rules and regulations.  The Festival reserves the right to change the criteria under certain circumstances.

 

Rule 13: Film Format & Shipping (Festival Exhibition)

Films selected for screening during the Festival are to be on blu-ray DVD format. If your film is selected for screening, please note that we accept all regions and aspects (NTSC, PAL and SECAM). We would prefer regions 0, 1 (USA) or 2 (UK). Please see the category technical requirements for a complete list of acceptable regions. Please make sure that your DVD plays in a DVD/Blu-Ray player before sending it to us. The film festival is not responsible for fixing badly transferred data.

PLEASE NOTE: ALTHOUGH YOU CAN SCREEN YOUR FILM ON  BLU-RAY DVD FORMAT DURING THE FESTIVAL, IF YOUR FILM WINS AT FOYLE FILM FESTIVAL, IT MUST BE AVAILABLE ON 35mm FILM PRINT ONLY IF YOU WISH TO ENTER IT FOR OSCAR CONSIDERATION.  THE ACADEMY WILL MAKE NO EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE.

Shipping Instructions for Exhibition

Exhibition will be on Blu-Ray DVD. When accepted, if you do wish to send an exhibition DVD, it must reach the FFF office at the time stated by CM once accepted.  This date must be respected. Beyond this deadline the film's participation in the Festival cannot be guaranteed.  Notification of dispatch of the DVD to the Festival should be sent in advance.

The shipping cost of the DVD (Submission/Exhibition) to the Festival plus the customs and fees is the responsibility of the sender and the sender alone (this includes customs fees incurred at either end).  MARK ON YOUR SHIPMENT "FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY TEMPORARY IMPORT" and of low/no value. If you want to pay for insurance, this is done solely at your own discretion.

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOYLE FILM FESTIVAL WILL NOT PAY ANY COSTS RELATING TO ANY COURIER/POSTAGE - INCLUDING FEDEX - THAT FILMMAKERS CHOOSE TO SEND THEIR ENTRIES WITH. THE FILMMAKER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF GETTING THE FINAL EXHIBITION COPY OF THE FILM ON DVD TO THE FESTIVAL. ALL COSTS AND DUTIES, ETC., ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FILMMAKERS.  FURTHER, IF ANY FILMMAKER USES A COURIER AND TRANSFERS THE COST TO FOYLE FILM FESTIVAL, THEN THIS ENTRY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED WITHOUT ENTERING INTO ANY DISCUSSION.

Use of packaging

If at all possible please avoid using padded envelopes. We cannot recycle them. If your DVD arrives broken through postage we will allow you to send another copy without paying an extra fee. If this happens at a much later stage we may be unable to allow for time to post and screen. The CM has discretion in all matters.

 

Returns

We regret that we cannot return any exhibition DVDs.

 

Rule 14: Festival Competition Selection

A special committee nominated by the Festival management selects the films for the Festival programme. The Festival management may invite films for the competition and programme.

The final selection of successful submissions will be e-mailed to all submitters via WAB by Friday 21 October 2016.

Emails can be mislaid ... so please assume if you have not heard from us by the specified deadline (21 October 2016) via your Withoutabox notifications that you have been unsuccessful at this time.

Films go through several rounds of selection by panel. Please do not assume that provisional shortlisting guarantees you a place on the final shortlist. All successful applicants will be informed via email by 21 October 2016. The selection committee's decision is final.

The category winners will be announced at the closing evening LIM Awards Ceremony, Sunday 20 November 2016. Absent winning filmmakers will be contacted by telephone or email. Winners in all categories will receive a Light In Motion (LIIM) Award Plaque and certificate. If you cannot be present at the ceremony, your LIM Award will be mailed to you.

 

WITHOUTABOX SUBMISSION LINK: Use the following URL to submit your entry digitally - https://www.withoutabox.com/login/1733

 

Festival Competition Contact

Any enquiries or if you would like clarification on any of the above please contact:

Ms. Eavan King

Competition Manager

Foyle Film Festival

Nerve Centre

Derry-Londonderry

BT48 6HJ

Northern Ireland

 

E: e.king@nervecentre.org

T: +44 (0)28 7126 7432 (Ask for Foyle Film Festival Office)

 

Good Luck.

Eavan King, Competition Manager FFF 2016