42nd Annual

Montreal World Film Festival

August 23, 2018 to September 03, 2018

 
Category

Feature Films / Long Métrage

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in Canadian Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Regular Deadline
July 8, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 160.00 155.00
Student Fee 60.00 55.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately August 8, 2018

RUNTIME
Features: minimum 60 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after September 1, 2017

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
Online
  Secure Online Screener
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0
BLU-RAY
REGION 0
Media Files
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (QuickTime)

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
French
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DCP    
Media Files
  Other - Digital

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
French
English


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> 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

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Awards Determined by Section
WORLD COMPETITION_Feature films: Grand Prix of the Americas (Best Film), Special Grand Prix of the Jury, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Artistic Contribution, Innovation Award._ FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION: Golden Zenith, Silver Zenith, Bronze Zenith._ CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL: 1st prize, 2nd prize, 3rd prize._ DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WORLD: 1st prize, 2nd prize._ PUBLIC AWARDS_ The general public will vote for the winners in the following categories: Award for the Most Popular Fiction Film off our non-competitive sections,_ Award for the Most Popular Canadian Film,_ Award for the Best Francophone Feature Film,_ Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Film from Latin America.

Category Rules

I. GOALS
The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world. The Montreal World Film Festival is recognized by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) and is subject to its guidelines.

II. SECTIONS
COMPETITIVE SECTIONS
World Competition
First Fiction Films World Competition
Chinese Film Festival
Documentaries of the World
Student Film Festival (see separate regulations)

NON-COMPETITIVE SECTIONS
World Greats (out of competition)
Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
Francophone cinema (found in almost all sections of the Festival)
Tributes
Our Cinema (panorama of films from Quebec and Canada)
Cinema Under the Stars

III. SELECTION
The Festival selects and invites films and determines in which section they are presented. See “Eligibility to the different sections”.

For selection purposes, please submit the film through WITHOUTABOX (preferably); OR send directly to the Festival the entry form, entry fee and VIMEO link with password; OR Blu-ray OR DVD (NTSC or PAL).

IV. DEADLINES
Film submission deadlines for consideration by the Selection Committee (the entry form must be included with submission link or Blu-ray or DVD):

July 8 for feature-length films (60 min or longer);
June 8 for shorts and medium-length films (less than 60 minutes).
June 8 for any film submitted to Student Film Festival

Note: if your film is completed, we strongly advise sending your submission early as the number of films the Selection Committee has to view increases rapidly as the deadline approaches.

V. ENTRY FEE
An entry fee is mandatory for all submissions sent to the Festival.

CAD 160 for a feature film (60 min or longer)
CAD 60 for a short or medium film (less than 60 min)
CAD 60 for any film submitted to Student Film Festival (feature or medium or short film

VI. ACCEPTANCE
To register or send a film for any section of the Festival implies acceptance of these regulations by the producers or their authorized representatives. It is mandatory to fill out item No. 10 "Agreement" of the entry form.

After a film is invited to the Montreal World Film Festival, the producers or their representatives must confirm its participation within 7 days.

FILMS MAY NOT BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE FESTIVAL AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED BY THE PRODUCERS OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES.

The General Director of the Festival has the right to decide all cases not foreseen by these regulations.

VII. TRANSPORTATION COSTS
Shipping to and from the Festival (including brokerage costs and insurance during transportation) of screening copies are the responsibility of the producer or their representatives. This policy applies to films selected and invited by the Festival, as well as those sent for consideration.

VIII. SCREENING COPIES DELIVERY
Screening copies of films participating in the different sections of the Festival and the excerpts for television should be sent PREPAID BEFORE AUGUST 10, 2018 to the following address:

MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
1432 de Bleury Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2J1 Canada
Tel.: 1 514 848-3883

A pro forma invoice should be affixed to the outside of the package, with the following declaration: FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. Screening copies should be sent directly to the Festival by a delivery service which includes customs clearance (examples: FEDEX, DHL, EMS).

The declared value for customs must not exceed CAD 10 per shipping.

The screening copy will be returned AT THE PRODUCER’S OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES EXPENSE. The Festival must be informed IN WRITING of any change of address for the return of a print.

IX. DCP
The Montreal World Film Festival prefers unencrypted DCP for programming flexibility. The Festival recommends unlocking the DCP from the moment it arrives in Montreal until the last day of the Festival (for its inspection before screenings). If the DCP is encrypted, the Montreal will not cover the costs of KDM generation and delivery.

X. INSURANCE
The Festival will assume insurance responsibility from the time the carrier has delivered the film to the Festival's offices until it is returned to the carrier.

In the case of damage or loss of a screening copy, the Festival will reimburse an amount not exceeding the value of the lab print.

If a producer or his agent borrows his screening copy from the Festival for screenings organized outside official Festival screenings, the Festival will not be responsible in case of loss or damage during that period.

XI. PRESENCE IN MONTREAL
The Montreal World Film Festival expects the invited films’ directors and leading actors to attend the presentation of their films at the Festival. However, the Festival will not cover the travel expenses and offers only a limited number of hotel rooms.

XII. PROMOTION AND PUBLICATION OF THE AWARDS
Participation in the Festival implies that the winners in all the competitive sections will use first and foremost in their publicity (posters, announcements, etc.) the name and the logo of the World Film Festival and the award.

XIII. FILM EXCERPTS
The participants agree to provide excerpts (30 or 60 seconds) for TV of Internet promotion of the films of the Festival.

XIV. ELIGIBILITY TO THE DIFFERENT SECTIONS
Films selected and invited for the different sections must meet the following criteria:

1. WORLD COMPETITION
Feature films:
• be in DCP of Pro Res 422 file;
• have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
• priority will be given to world premieres;
• not have been screened commercially outside the country of production;
• not have participated in any international festival or event;
• not have been presented on television or the Internet;
• Canadian films must not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada or abroad, except by special permission of the Festival;
• films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French AND in English;
• films in French language must be subtitled in English;
• films in English language must be subtitled in French;
• the presence of the director of the film and the main actor (or actress) is mandatory for films in the World Competition.

Short films
In addition to the above-mentioned criteria, short films in the World Competition should not exceed 15 minutes;

2. FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION
• director’s first fiction feature-length film;
• be in DCP or ProRes 422 file;
• have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
• priority will be given to world premieres;
• not have been screened commercially outside the country of production;
• not have participated in any international festival or event;
• not have been presented on television or the Internet;
• Canadian films must not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada or abroad, except by special permission of the Festival;
• films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French AND in English;
• films in French language must be subtitled in English;
• films in English language must be subtitled in French;
• the presence of the director is mandatory for films in the First Films World Competition.

3. WORLD GREATS (OUT-OF-COMPETITION)
Films selected and invited to participate in this non-competitive section must meet the following criteria:

• feature films in DCP or ProRes 422 file or 3D;
• have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
• not have been presented on television or the Internet;
• not have been screened commercially in Canada nor in any cinematographic event in Canada. Priority will be given to world and North American premieres.
• films in a language other than French or English must be subtitled in French OR in English.

4. FOCUS ON WORLD CINEMA (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
This non-competitive section includes fiction and animation films: feature films (60 minutes or longer), medium-length films (36 to 60 minutes) and short films (35 minutes or less).

• Feature and medium-length films must be in DCP or ProRes 422 file or 3D;
• Short films must be in ProRes 422 file;
• have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
• not have been presented on television in North America or the Internet;
• not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada. Priority will be given to world and North American premieres.
• films in a language other than French or English must be subtitled in French OR in English;

5. DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WORLD:
This section includes feature (60 minutes or longer), medium-length (36 to 60 minutes) and
short (35 minutes or less) documentary films.

• Feature and medium-length films must be in DCP or ProRes 422 File;
• Short films must be in ProRes 422 file;
• have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
• not have been presented on television in North America or the Internet;
• not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada. Priority will be given to world and North American premieres.
• films in a language other than French or English must be subtitled in French OR in English;

6. TRIBUTES
This section, by invitation only, is dedicated to noted cinematic creators: directors, actors, producers, directors of photography, scriptwriters, etc.

7. EXCLUSIONS
Industrial, advertising and instructional films are not eligible for any of the sections of the Festival (competitive and non-competitive). The same applies to racist, obscene, excessively violent and propagandistic films.

XV. JURIES
The Board of Directors of the Festival each year appoints the members of the different juries (WORLD COMPETITION and FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION, etc.). Members of a jury cannot be associated with any film participating in the Competition. The Festival chairman or his delegates attends the juries’ deliberations but does not have the right to vote.

WORLD COMPETITION
Feature films
Grand Prix of the Americas (Best Film)
Special Grand Prix of the Jury
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Screenplay
Best Artistic Contribution
Innovation Award

Short films
Best Short Film
Jury Award

FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION
Golden Zenith
Silver Zenith
Bronze Zenith

CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL
1st prize
2nd prize
3rd prize

DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WORLD
1st prize
2nd prize

PUBLIC AWARDS
The general public will vote for the winners in the following categories:
Award for the Most Popular Fiction Film off our non-competitive sections
Award for the Most Popular Canadian Film
Award for the Best Francophone Feature Film
Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Film from Latin America