24th Annual

Austin Film Festival

October 26, 2017 to November 02, 2017

 
Category

Dark Matters Feature

 

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
March 31, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Regular Deadline
May 19, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Late Deadline
June 30, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00
WAB Extended Deadline
July 7, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 85.00 80.00

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


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately September 26, 2017

RUNTIME
Features: minimum 41 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after April 1, 2016

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

PREMIERE STATUS
Projects must be a premiere in TX

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Project must not have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
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SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Media Files
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (Quicktime)

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Dark Matters Jury Award
$1000 Cash Prize. Reimbursement (up to $500) of round trip airfare to Austin to attend the AFF, reimbursement of hotel accommodations at an AFF hotel (up to $500), the AFF Typewriter Award.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 1,000 U.S. Dollar

Audience Choice Award
Films in this category are also eligible for the AFF Audience Award.
Sponsor:TBA

Category Rules

Dark Matters Feature Film Entry Requirements:
- Films must be feature-length narratives, 41 minutes or longer.
- Films should have stories that are easily identified as belonging to the horror or thriller genre and that embody dark themes, unconventional subject matter, or suspenseful sensibilities.
- Films must be Texas Premieres (World/North American/US Premieres preferred).
- Open to anyone who wishes to enter.


General Rules
1. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.

2. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (Withoutabox), a password-protected streaming URL, or on DVD with NTSC or PAL formatting (please test before sending).

3. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Austin Film Festival (“AFF” or the “Festival”) is not responsible for the streaming quality of online screeners. If you choose to submit an online screener and would like to guarantee the quality of your submission, AFF strongly suggests you submit a DVD in addition to your online streaming submission.

4. In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival immediately with that change so we may update your record. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect the Festival will send an email to the submitter’s address on file to follow up. If a response with the correct information is not received within forty-eight (48) hours, the submission may be deemed ineligible.

5. AFF screens films as digital files during the Festival and does NOT screen films on Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file for exhibition, DO NOT SUBMIT your film.

6. Films must have been completed after April 1, 2016. Films must be available for screening during the Austin Film Festival, October 26-November 2, 2017.

7. Films that have been submitted to AFF in previous years are eligible to be resubmitted, provided they are still eligible according to all of AFF’s rules.

8. Films with US distribution (obtained prior to being selected for AFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.

9. Short Films that have played in Austin in a theatrical setting to a public audience prior to October 13, 2017 are not eligible to compete at the Austin Film Festival. This includes Shorts nights, public cast and crew screenings, or other festivals. The ONLY exception is that a short may play as part of a class screening for an accredited university’s film program. We prefer shorts be Texas Premieres.

10. Short Films that are publicly available online prior to the Festival may be considered for exhibition during the Festival, but will be ineligible for Jury Awards. We prefer shorts not be publicly available online.

11. Feature Films must be at least a Texas premiere. AFF will not screen features in competition that have played at other Texas festivals or screened publicly in a theater in Texas (including a one night only screening in a rented space). We prefer World, North American and US Premieres and all things being equal, will often opt to program the film that has not yet had a release over one that has played several festivals.

12. Private invite-only screenings (for instance for cast and crew or donors) do not affect a film’s eligibility

13. AFF reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.

Originality and Permissions; INDEMNITY

1. Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.

2. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in the film, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. AFF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

3. BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, THE APPLICANT HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ANY LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

Additional Information
1. We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their film only after it is fully finished and will judge each submission as a completed work, whether it is or not. Once a film is entered, we will not update the submission with a more recent cut. That said, because AFF’s focus is solely on story, minor technical changes will not affect the final decision of any film. Should the film be accepted to play during the Festival, the filmmaker will have the opportunity to supply the festival with their most recent version.

2. Filmmakers who are unsure whether to enter their film into the Narrative Feature Category or one of the genre categories (Dark Matters or Comedy Vanguard) should select the genre category so the film will be watched with that in mind. Austin Film Festival reserves the right to switch the entry category to fit programming needs and interests and films will not be penalized for the original submission selection.

3. Once an entry payment has been received we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed by an entrant for any reason, the entrant may be subject to any transaction fees or similar amounts incurred by AFF in connection with the dispute.

4. You MUST include your physical address either in your entry or in your cover letter. Please do not submit a film without giving us your address, which we need for our records.

5. Payments made with a check are subject to our Bounced Check Policy: If we receive a returned check from our bank for a payment you made, you will be invoiced for the original amount of the check plus a $25 bank fee. The payment of the invoiced amount will be due within 30 days of invoice date. We will not re-submit the original check, nor will we accept another check for repayment. Repayment must be made by money order or cashier’s check.

6. Please include in your cover letter if your film was SHOT IN TEXAS (include locations) or made by TEXAS FILMMAKERS. We have special Out-Of-Competition categories for which your film may be eligible if it is not selected for the competition, and we don't want to miss your film!

PLEASE NOTE:
The Austin Film Festival does NOT waive entry fees. AFF believes waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. The same rules and entry fees should apply to all applicants so no one film is favored over another. In a similar respect AFF does NOT invite films to be in competition. ONLY films submitted will be considered for competition.

We understand the financial constraint of filmmaking and costs of submitting to Festivals and we still hope you can find it in your budget to submit your film.

Selected Films and Winners
1. AFF has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.

2. AFF explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by AFF or by its volunteers.

3. Winners will be announced on October 28, 2017. The judges’ decision is final.

4. Winners receiving cash prizes are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.

RETURNS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
DVDs and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry.
COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.