46th Annual

USA Film Festival

April 20, 2016 to April 24, 2016

 
Category

International Short Film & Video Competition

 

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
December 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Regular Deadline
January 15, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Late Deadline
February 15, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00

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


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately April 19, 2016

RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 60 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after January 1, 2015

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
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    
Film Gauge
  16mm
  35mm

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:


Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Fiction
Includes narrative works, dramatized events and adaptations of literary or dramatic works. Winning filmmaker will receive a complimentary DCP conversion of their film (approximate value $1,000 - $5,000 depending on length of film). Select cash awards to be announced.
Sponsor:No Sponsor
Value of Goods/Services: 3,000 U.S. Dollar

Non Fiction
Includes documentaries or portraits of actual persons or events. Winning filmmaker will receive a complimentary DCP conversion of their film (approximate value $1,000 - $5,000 depending on length of film). Select cash awards to be announced.
Sponsor:No Sponsor
Value of Goods/Services: 3,000 U.S. Dollar

Animation
Includes animation of graphics or three-dimensional objects. Winning filmmaker will receive a complimentary DCP conversion of their film (approximate value $1,000 - $5,000 depending on length of film). Select cash awards to be announced.
Sponsor:No Sponsor
Value of Goods/Services: 3,000 U.S. Dollar

The Student Award
Student works may be entered in any of the main categories, but only student works qualify for this additional award. Winning filmmaker will receive a complimentary DCP conversion of their film (approximate value $1,000 - $5,000 depending on length of film).
Sponsor:No Sponsor
Value of Goods/Services: 3,000 U.S. Dollar

Special Jury Award
The National Jury awards multiple prizes at will for special achievement in any category. Winning filmmakers will receive a complimentary DCP conversion of their film (approximate value $1,000 - $5,000 depending on length of film).
Sponsor:none
Value of Goods/Services: 3,000 U.S. Dollar

The Texas Award
Works shot in Texas, or made by current residents of Texas and filmmakers with ties to Texas are eligible for this additional award. Winning filmmaker will receive a complimentary DCP conversion of their film (approximate value $1,000 - $5,000 depending on length of film).
Sponsor:No Sponsor
Value of Goods/Services: 3,000 U.S. Dollar

The Experimental Award
Works that explore personal experience or film and video forms in innovative ways (can employ elements of animation, fiction or documentary). PSAs, music videos, industrials and educational films may also be submitted in this category. Winning filmmaker will receive a complimentary DCP conversion of their film (approximate value $1,000 - $5,000 depending on length of film).
Sponsor:No Sponsor
Value of Goods/Services: 3,000 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

All entries must be under 60 minutes in length. Running time is calculated by timing the head frame to the last frame on the end credits.

Your DVD screener must be POSTMARKED by the deadline date.

The appropriate entry fee must accompany each entry. This nonrefundable fee covers screening and handling costs, and will not be returned.

The film or video must have been completed between January 1, 2015 and February 15, 2016.

Films or videos using non-licensed, copyrighted musical or literary properties without legal permission are not eligible.

Eligible finished formats include 70mm, 16mm and 35mm film, DVD, Beta SP, DigiBeta, IMAX, HDCAM, DV/DVCAM, DCI, Blu-Ray and conventional VHS in the standard American NTSC format. (It is understood that there exists a multitude of shooting formats for video production.)

Screener DVDs must be technically fit for projection and should be placed in sturdy shipping cases. Each DVD must be clearly marked with the title and the entrant's name and email address.

The competition is open to professional and nonprofessional filmmakers.

Entries must be submitted in the completed form in which they will be judged.

The decisions of the Jury are final. The Jury reserves the right not to select a winner in any given category. The Jury reserves the right to change a category to the benefit of the film.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All short films submitted into the Competition REMAIN IN COMPETITION until the National Jury makes its final decisions and announcement on April 24, 2016. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE FESTIVAL TO INQUIRE ABOUT THE STATUS OF YOUR FILM. All entering filmmakers will receive a list of winning films in May.