39th Annual

Montreal World Film Festival

August 27, 2015 to September 07, 2015

 
Category

Short Films / Court Métrage

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

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

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Regular Deadline
June 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 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 August 10, 2015

RUNTIME
A runtime of any length is permitted

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after September 1, 2014

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    

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
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Fliers
> One-Sheet Art - Posters

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place
Short films can be presented in Competition or out of Competition. Decision is made by the Selection Committee. SHORT FILMS: - 1st Prize - Jury Award PUBLIC AWARDS: - People’s Choice Award - Award for the Most Popular Canadian Film - Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Film from Latin America - Best Documentary Film Award - Best Canadian Short Film Award

Category Rules

THE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL - MONTREAL 2015
August 27 - September 7, 2015
1432 de Bleury Street
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2J1
Tel.: (514) 848-3883
Fax: (514) 848-3886
E-mail: info@ffm-montreal.org
Internet: www.ffm-montreal.org


REGULATIONS

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.


II. SECTIONS
The World Film Festival - Montreal 2015 will include the following sections:

a) World Competition
b) First Films World Competition
c) Hors Concours (World Greats, out of competition)
d) Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
e) Documentaries of the World
f) Chinese Cinema
g) Tributes
h) Our Cinema
i) Francophone Cinema (Francophone cinema is found in all sections on the WFF)
j) Cinema Under the Stars
k) Student Film Festival (see separate regulations)
l) Cinema Under the Stars
m) Canadian Student Film Festival (see separate regulations)


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 send a Blu-ray or DVD (NTSC or PAL) or a link with password.


IV. DEADLINES
Note: if your film is completed, we strongly advise sending your DVD in early as the number of films the Selection Committee has to screen rises sharply when deadline approaches;
Submission deadlines for films for consideration by the Selection Committee (the entry form and other requested documents must be included with submission Blu-ray or DVD):
- January 1st to July 6th : feature films (60 minutes or more);
- January 1st to June 15th : shorts and medium length films (less than 60 minutes);
- August 3rd : deadline for reception of screening copies of films selected by the Festival and excerpts for television.


V. ENTRY FEE
An entry fee is required of all submissions sent to the Festival:
- CAD $100 for feature length films (60 min or more)
- CAD $40 for each short or medium length film (less than 60 min)


VI. TRANSPORTATION COSTS
Shipping and brokerage costs of screening copies to and from the Festival are the responsibility of the producer or his agent. This policy applies to films selected and invited by the Festival, as well as those sent to the Festival for consideration.


VII. DELIVERY OF COPIES

Screening copies of films participating in the different sections of the Festival should be sent PREPAID BEFORE AUGUST 3rd to the following address:

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

A pro forma invoice should be affixed to the outside of the box in order to facilitate customs clearance. Screening copies should be sent directly to the Festival by a delivery service which includes customs clearance (examples: FEDEX, DHL, EMS).

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


VIII. 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 copy, the Festival will reimburse an amount not exceeding the value of the lab copy.

If a producer or his agent borrows his 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.


IX. ACCEPTANCE
To register or send a film for any section of the Festival implies acceptance of these regulations by the producers or their agents. It is mandatory to fill out Item No. 10 of the entry form "Agreement". FILMS MAY NOT BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE FESTIVAL AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN REGISTERED AND SELECTED.

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


X. 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 all publicity (posters, announcements, etc.) the name and the logo of the World Film Festival and the Award.


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 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 competition;
• 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;
• DCP or File in a language other than French or English must be subtitled in French AND English;
• DCP of File in French language must be subtitled in English;
• DCP or File in English language must be subtitled in French;
language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English;
• films competing for national awards (César, Goya, Donatello, etc.) are eligible;
• 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 meet the following criteria:
• length 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 competition;
• 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;
• DCP or File in a language other than French or English must be subtitled in French AND English;
• DCP or File in French language must be subtitled in English;
• DCP or File in English language must be subtitled in French;
• the presence of the director is mandatory for films in the First Films World Competition.


3. HORS CONCOURS (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 3D or ProRes 422 File;
• 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 or in any cinematographic event in Canada;
• films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English.


4. FOCUS ON WORLD CINEMA (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
Feature films:
• be in DCP or ProRes 422 File;
• 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 or in any cinematographic event in Canada;
• films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English;

Medium length films:
• length between 36 and 60 minutes;

Short films:
• maximum length 35 minutes;


5. DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WORLD:
Feature films:
• be in DCP or 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;
• films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English.

Medium length films:
• length between 36 and 60 minutes;

Short films:
• maximum length 35 minutes;


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.


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

a) WORLD COMPETITION
Feature films
The jury must award the following prizes:
Grand Prize of the Americas (Best Film)
Special Grand Prize of the Jury
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Screenplay
Best Artistic Contribution
Innovation Award
For feature films, only one of the above prizes may be shared.

Short films
1st Prize
Jury Award
The jury will not award more than two prizes in the “Short films” category.


b) FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION
A different jury from the World Competition jury will award the following prizes:
Golden Zenith
Silver Zenith
Bronze Zenith


c) PUBLIC AWARDS
The general public will vote for the winners in the following categories:
- People’s Choice Award
- Award for the Most Popular Canadian Film
- Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Film from Latin America
- Best Documentary Film Award
- Best Canadian Short Film Award.