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18-Apr-2014 8:40am PDT  

 

Best Shorts Competition

4 Annual: April 22, 2014 to April 22, 2014

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DEADLINES & ENTRY FEES

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

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
 
January 23, 2014
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 47.00
Student Fee 55.00 42.00


February 20, 2014
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 48.00
Student Fee 55.00 43.00


March 21, 2014
Late Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 49.00
Student Fee 55.00 44.00


March 28, 2014
WAB Extended Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 50.00
Student Fee 55.00 45.00



NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately 21-Apr-2014


RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 58 minutes


COMPLETION DATE
No requirement for completed by date.


PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world


PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement


DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
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SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
None Entered.

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


PRESSKIT REQUIREMENTS
A press kit is requested but not required, including:


PRIZES & AWARDS
This category is a competition.


Annual Humanitarian Award
Each year, Best Shorts grants its Humanitarian Award to one filmmaker for dedicated service to social justice, humanitarian causes or environmental issues.
Sponsor:Best Shorts Competition
This prize is shared with other categories.


Fast Focus Short Film Award
Fast Focus Media, in association with the Best Shorts Competition announces the Fast Focus Short Film Award. Winners of the award will receive national broadcast exposure as part of the Fast Focus New Filmmakers Series distributed to 350 Public Television stations nationwide. Winners will also receive worldwide exposure through Fast Focus’ highly trafficked YouTube channel which has about 2.3 million views monthly and Fast Focus’ own portal. The Fast Focus Short Film Awards were launched to give unparalleled recognition and national broadcast distribution to deserving creative filmmakers, musical artists, producers, writers and directors. Fast Focus is the longest running series of short programming on Public Television. As a recipient of the Fast Focus Short Film Award, emerging artists and filmmakers will join the likes of studios such as Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, EMI and Sony as well as legends like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke. Sponsor: Fast Focus Media, www.fastfocus.tv
Sponsor:Fast Focus Media
Value of Goods/Services: 2,500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


$4,800 Post Production Award
GreenHouse Studios in Burbank, California, an official sponsor of the Best Shorts Competition, generously provides a post-production opportunity once each year valued at up to $4,800 to one Best Shorts winning filmmaker. The filmmaker will receive up to two weeks use of state of the art hardware loaded with FCP Studio 3 editing software for a value of $2,000; HD color correction using Apple Suite with a GreenHouse colorist valued at $1,000, and a graphics package with free poster design and storyboards valued at $1,800. Greenhouse is an innovative studio that creates their own productions and assists Indie producers from beginning to end of the creative process. No purchase is necessary to take advantage of the free prize, but all additional services GreenHouse Studios offers, including transcoding, motion graphics, visual effects, audio work and artwork, will be available to the winner at a reduced rate. The winning filmmaker must travel to Burbank to utilize the prize and must use the award within two years. http://greenhousestudios.net/
Sponsor:GreenHouse Studios
Value of Goods/Services: 4,800 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


$1,500 Studio Award
Random Original Productions, Official Production Company of Best Shorts, is generously providing a production house opportunity valued at up to $1,500 to one Best Shorts winning filmmaker each year. The purpose of the sponsorship is to support filmmakers and the larger film community. The lucky filmmaker will receive access to a studio for three, twelve-hour production days. The studio is located in Everett, Washington.
Sponsor:Random Original Productions
Value of Goods/Services: 1,500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


Best of Show // Award of Excellence // Award Of Merit
After each seasonal deadline, quality and creativity are celebrated in three levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence and Award of Merit. Best of Show honors are granted only if worthy productions are discovered. Likewise, no more than 15% of entries are granted Awards of Excellence. Notable artistic and technical productions are recognized at the Award of Merit award level. Judging results letters will be sent by regular mail about two to four weeks after the final deadline to all participants, i.e., to those who were granted awards and those who were not granted awards. Free digital downloads of Best Shorts laurels will be made available to all winners.
Sponsor:Best Shorts Competition
This prize is shared with other categories.


Free Best Shorts Statuette
Each Best of Show winner will receive one free Best Shorts statuette. Other winners may order a Best Shorts statuette for a cost of $375 per statuette. Shipping is free within the United States but international orders will be charged a $60 shipping fee. The Best Shorts statuette is an elegant 24-K gold-plated achievement figure mounted on a piano finished rosewood base. The Best Shorts statuette is manufactured by the company that makes the world's most prestigious and celebrated awards, the Oscar, Emmy, Clio, Accolade and MTV Video Music Awards. The statuette is costly but is truly a work of art.
Sponsor:Best Shorts Competition
Value of Goods/Services: 375 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


CATEGORY RULES
1. Entries MUST be 57 minutes or less. (If you would like to enter a feature length film, documentary, or feature television program, please submit to the Accolade Competition at www.TheAccolade.net and the Indie Fest at www.TheIndieFest.com)

2. Submit online screener or send DVD in NTSC or PAL formats.

3. Label DVD cover with the WAB Tracking ID, length of film, filmmaker name and telephone number.

4. Submissions in other than English must be subtitled, dubbed or include an English transcript.

5. Written comments describing entries are invited and helpful during judging.

6. Entries will not be returned.

Note: The Best Shorts Competition is not a traditional film festival; it is an international awards competition. Judging results letters will be sent by regular mail about two to four weeks after the final deadline to all participants, i.e., to those who were granted awards and those who were not granted awards. Free digital downloads of Best Shorts laurels will be made available to all winners. Each Best of Show winner will receive one free Best Shorts statuette. Other winners may order a Best Shorts statuette for a cost of $375 per statuette. Shipping is free within the United States but international orders will be charged a $60 shipping fee. The Best Shorts statuette is an elegant 24-K gold-plated achievement figure mounted on a piano finished rosewood base. The Best Shorts statuette is manufactured by the company that makes the world's most prestigious and celebrated awards, the Oscar, Emmy, Clio, Accolade and MTV Video Music Awards. The statuette is costly but is truly a work of art.