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24-May-2015 8:18am PDT  

 

Tacoma Film Festival

10 Annual: October 08, 2015 to October 15, 2015

  Washington State Resident [Proof of residency is required]

 
 

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
 
February 28, 2015
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *


March 30, 2015
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *


April 30, 2015
Late Deadline
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *


June 20, 2015
WAB Extended Deadline
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *



NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately 03-Aug-2015


RUNTIME
A runtime of any length is permitted


COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after 01-Jan-2014


PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects must originate from WA


PREMIERE STATUS
Projects must be a premiere in Tacoma


DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution



3 SUBMISSION COPIES REQUIRED

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
BLU-RAY
REGION 0    
REGION 1    

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
BLU-RAY
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DCP    
DigiBeta    
Analog VideoNTSCPALSECAM
BetaSP    
Media Files
  CD-ROM
  .FLV (Flash Video)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .WMV (Windows Media)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
Film Gauge
  35mm

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements
A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.


Prizes & Awards
This category is a competition.


Local Audience Choice Award Feature
Puget Sound area/Pacific Northwest filmmakers are eligible for the Local Audience Choice Award. The winner will be decided by audience votes.
Cash Award Value: 750 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


Best Regional Film
Awarded to the best Northwest film, as decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 750 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


Best Feature Documentary
Best Feature Documentary winner is decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 750 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Feature winner will be decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 750 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


Best Narrative Short
Best Narrative Short winner is decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


Best Short Documentary
Best Short Documentary winner is decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


Local Audience Choice Award Short
Puget Sound area/Pacific Northwest filmmakers are eligible for the Local Audience Choice Award. The winner will be decided by audience votes.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar


Best Director
Awarded to the Best Director of a Feature or a Short, as decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Value of Goods/Services: 50 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


Best Actor
Awarded to the Best Actor of a Feature or a Short, as decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Value of Goods/Services: 50 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


Best Actress
Awarded to the Best Actress of a Feature or a Short, as decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Value of Goods/Services: 50 U.S. Dollar


Best Cinematography
Awarded to the Best Director of Photography of a Feature or a Short, as decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Value of Goods/Services: 50 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


Best Screenplay
Awarded to the Best Screenwriter of a Feature or a Short, as decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Value of Goods/Services: 50 U.S. Dollar


Category Rules
Washington State - a film of any length or genre from filmmakers residing in Washington State. Filmmakers submitting in the discounted Washington State category must provide TFF with proof of permanent residence within Washington State.

To be considered for 2015, the Tacoma Film Festival requires:
1. A completed entry via withoutabox.com
2. A DVD/Blu-Ray (region 1 or 0), NTSC format ONLY, or secure online screener of your film (via WAB or a link in the cover letter).
3. The required and appropriate entry fee.
4. English language or English subtitles.
4. The film to have been completed no earlier than January 2014.

ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION RULES
- Entries should be submitted on NTSC DVD/Blu-Ray or via secure online screener only. The Tacoma Film Festival requires three (2) submission copies of each film. All filmmakers will be notified when our offices receive your submission(s).
- Please make a note in your submission if you have any connections to the Pacific Northwest region.
- Returning TFF alumni filmmakers’ entry fees are waived. To request a waiver, please include the film title and year it played in Tacoma and email us at tacomafilmfestival@gmail.com.
- Preview screeners or exhibition DVDs will not be returned unless a request is made to return it and a pre-paid/SASE is provided.
- Please do not submit works in progress. Please do not include multiple submissions on one DVD.
- Music videos, instructional films, industrials or promotional videos are not appropriate for submission.
- Entry fees will not be refunded.
- Your film must be postmarked no later than the deadline under which you've registered. If the submission is not postmarked appropriately, or if a payment is received after a postmark deadline, we will not view your film until the difference is paid to the Tacoma Film Festival. It is the responsibility of the filmmaker or submission contact to ensure that all requirements are met. The festival retains the right to disqualify an entry, with no refunded fee, if submission guidelines are not met.

If your film is selected:
- All submitters will be notified of our decisions (whether accepted or not) by July 17th, 2015.

- Filmmakers should be prepared to submit a final exhibition copy of their film to be used for screening by September 1st. DCP, 35mm, Digibeta, BetaSP, Blu-Ray or digital files are preferred, though other formats can be discussed according to exhibition capabilities. The TFF reserves the right to show films during the festival using DVDs should mechanical or venue issues make it necessary to do so. Films may be shown once or several times during the festival at various locations throughout Tacoma. Our objective is to show your work in the way you intend audiences to see it - please let us know what you have in mind for exhibition and we will work with you towards achieving those goals.

- Should your film be selected, we want you to attend! While we are a non-profit organization and may not have the funds to contribute towards filmmaker travel and/or lodging, please don't hesitate to ask! We will do whatever we can to help. TFF grants two All Access Festival pass per film to those filmmakers planning to attend (the pass is good for admission to all films and special events) plus the best hospitality our festival can offer. Don't miss our annual Filmmaker mixer! Free food and beverages are provided, along with the perfect opportunity to network with other filmmakers!

- Portions of your submitted material may be copied and utilized for the purpose of promoting your film. Upon submission, filmmakers grant the Tacoma Film Festival the right to use clips and press materials from the film for promotional purposes unless the filmmaker requests otherwise in writing.

- You are responsible for shipping the exhibition copy to the festival. TFF will pay domestic ground shipping only to return exhibition copies. Non-ground or international shipping must be paid by the filmmaker.

No phone inquiries, please. Please email us with questions: tacomafilmfestival@gmail.com. Thank you!