16th Annual

Washington DC Independent Film Festival

March 04, 2016 to March 13, 2016

 
Category

Short (includes experimental)

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
September 23, 2015
Regular Discounted
Projects less than 20 min. 20.00 15.00
Projects between 20-39 min. 25.00 20.00
Student films to 39 mins (with valid Student I.D) 0.00 *
DCIFF Alumni (submit name and year film shown at DCIFF) 0.00 *
Reminder Deadline
October 28, 2015
Regular Discounted
Projects less than 20 min. 25.00 20.00
Student films (20 to 39 mins) 20.00 15.00
Projects between 20-39 min. 30.00 25.00
DCIFF Alumni (submit name and year film shown at DCIFF) 20.00 15.00
Regular Deadline
November 28, 2015
Regular Discounted
Projects less than 20 min. 25.00 20.00
DCIFF Alumni (submit name and year film shown at DCIFF) 20.00 15.00
Projects from 20 to 39 mins) 30.00 25.00
Student Projects to 39 mins. 20.00 15.00
Late Deadline
December 6, 2015
Regular Discounted
Projects less than 20 min. 35.00 30.00
Student films to 39 mins (with valid Student I.D) 30.00 25.00
DCIFF Alumni (submit name and year film shown at DCIFF) 30.00 25.00
Projects between 20-39 mins 40.00 35.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 15.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately January 6, 2016

RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 40 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after January 1, 2015

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

PREMIERE STATUS
Projects must be a premiere in DC

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution

2 SUBMISSION COPIES REQUIRED

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0  
REGION 1  
BLU-RAY
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
Media Files
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  .WMV (Windows Media)
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (QuickTime)

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English
OTHER

EXHIBITION FORMATS
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
BLU-RAY
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DCP    
MiniDV    
DigiBeta    
DVCAM    
HDCAM    
DVCPro    
DVCPro50    
Analog VideoNTSCPALSECAM
BetaSP    
Media Files
  DCP
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .WMV (Windows Media)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English
OTHER


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Fliers
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director
> Press Clippings
> Anecdotal Accounts

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place
We do not yet know who the sponsor for this award will be, but we expect that there will be one. There will be a best Metro DC Filmmaker Award.
Sponsor:TBA

Category Rules

DCIFF usually defines shorts as fiction films 20 minutes or less in length. If your film is 20 - 39 minutes in length, it will of course be considered and we screen many longer shorts. However the submission fee is higher for longer films.

Please know that ALL our submission fees are used for programming and outreach for selected filmmakers. DCIFF is a 100% volunteer-run film festival and proud of it.

In order to qualify for the No Entry Fee for the Earlybird Deadline, you MUST be a DCIFF Alumni (meaning that your film had been accepted and screened at a previous DC Independent Film Festival) or be a student with a valid student I.D. All films that do not qualify will have the fee waiver immediately REVOKED and will have the balance due reflected on the DCIFF Withoutabox entry form.

Although a full press kit is not necessary, we do request the following elements with your entry form on a CD or via email.

1) Color jpeg photo still form the film.
2) Director's bio.

Please properly label DVD (on the box and the video/disc itself) with WAB Tracking ID, title of the film, name of the director and length.

In the Withoutabox Cover Letter Section, please indicate if;

a) you have sent the required elements via email to filmmakers@dciff.org and dciffsubmissions@gmail.com (please write the film title in the subject line of the e-mail) or if these elements are available in your Withoutabox online Press Kit (free and easy to use!).

b) what outreach and marketing tools you already have in place for your film

Questions about submissions should all go to: dciffsubmissions@gmail.com

***IMPORTANT!!!***

By submitting to the festival, the filmmaker(s) acknowledges that no film accepted and programmed for screening in competition at DCIFF may be withdrawn without the express written permission of DCIFF. There are no exceptions to this rule even in the case of technical issues. In the event a screening print is not delivered, DCIFF reserves the right to screen publicly the DVD or digital submission. This being said we hope to work with filmmakers to resolve all issues. Thank you.