41st Annual

Montreal World Film Festival

August 24, 2017 to September 04, 2017

 
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, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
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, 2017

RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 60 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after September 1, 2016

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

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
French
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Media Files
  Other - Digital

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
French
English


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - 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.

1st Place
Short films can be presented in Competition or out of Competition. Decision is made by the Selection Committee. SHORT FILMS: 1st Prize and Jury Award. PUBLIC AWARDS: Best Canadian Short Film Award

Category Rules

THE 41st MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
August 24-September 4, 2017

1432 de Bleury Street
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2J1
Tel.: (514) 848-3883
info@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. 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
a) World Competition
b) First Fiction Films World Competition
c) Chinese Film Festival
d) Documentaries of the World
e) Student Film Festival (see www.ffm-montreal.org)

NON-COMPETITIVE SECTIONS
f) World Greats (out of competition)
g) Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
h) Francophone cinema (found in almost all sections of the Festival)
i) Tributes
j) Our Cinema (Quebec, Canada)
k) 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 send the entry form, entry fee and Blu-ray region free OR DVD (NTSC or PAL) OR online link with a password; OR submit the film through WITHOUTABOX.

IV. DEADLINES
Submission deadlines for films for consideration by the Selection Committee:

July 10, 2017 for feature-length films (60 min or longer);
June 15, 2017 for shorts and medium-length films (less than 60 minutes).
June 15 for the Student Film Festival (see www.ffm-montreal.org)

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

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

CAD $150 for feature-length films (60 min or longer);
CAD $60 for each short or medium-length film (less than 60 min).
CAD $60 for any film submitted to the Student Film Festival

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 to the Festival 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 7, 2017 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 RECIPIENT’S 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 projections). 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 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;

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). 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.

a) WORLD COMPETITION
Feature films
The jury must award the following prizes:

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
For feature films, only one of the above prizes may be shared.

Short films
1st Prize and 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 and Bronze Zenith

c) CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL
A committee of experts will award the following prizes:
1st prize, 2nd prize and 3rd prize

d) 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
Best Canadian Short Film Award.