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21-Apr-2014 12:12am PDT  

 

INDIE FEST USA International Film Festival

8 Annual: October 09, 2014 to October 12, 2014

 

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DEADLINES & ENTRY FEES

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

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
 
February 28, 2013
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00


May 30, 2013
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00


September 1, 2013
Late Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00



NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately 15-Sep-2013


RUNTIME
A runtime of any length is permitted


COMPLETION DATE
No requirement for completed by date.


PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world


PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement


DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
BLU-RAY
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    
Media Files
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .WMV (Windows Media)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


PRESSKIT REQUIREMENTS
A press kit is requested but not required, including:


PRIZES & AWARDS
This category is a competition.


1st Place
Award winners compete for a total of $250,000 in sponsor provided prizes and awards
Sponsor:Festival Sponsors
Value of Goods/Services: 250,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.


CATEGORY RULES
OFFICIAL INDIE FEST USA SUBMISSION RULES:

Please note: Payments by check or money order for entry fees are no longer accepted due to risk.

Your submission fee is for consideration in BOTH qualifying festivals for one price IF submission is prior to the first festival late deadline of March 30th. This gives you double the chance of being selected as an official selection. After the first qualifying festival late deadline your submission is for the 2nd qualifying festival only.

1) This is the next generation of film festival! Celebrating everything about independent film including the music and arts behind the scenes and the entire independent community we all love.

2) All screening submissions must be region one (1) or region (0) encoded and in NTSC format.

3) Please do not send any promotional materials including press released or postcards. Your film is judged by its quality and your filmmaking abilities, not promotional materials.

4) Please be sure to enter under the correct category (e.g. Feature, Short, Music Video, Underground/Art film, Student film, Foreign film, Comedy, Documentary etc).

5) There are no restrictions on distribution status. There are no requirements or restrictions for premiere status to submit to the festival. We welcome all films and genres. Films with mature content must indicate such on the DVD. Pornography is not permitted under any circumstance; there is a difference between art and pornography.

6) All submission screeners must go through a three (3) stage screening process to qualify for selection. After completing the screening process notification of acceptance will be sent out by email, post or notified by phone. Please do not email the festival for status you will be notified of selection when your film completes the screening submission process.

7) The festival will accept works in progress but the final screener must be received by the festival 10 days prior to the festival should you be selected. Films not received will be disqualified.

8) All films selected and notified by the festival will be sent to the judging panel for consideration of awards. We do not release our list of industry judges in order to prevent unjust influences or favoritism.

9) This is a true competition festival attended by industry and media. We also use audience voting and polling.

10) Due to the large number of submissions the festival only notifies of acceptance directly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We do use the WAB system to notify all filmmakers of status.

11) As films are selected they are notified of selection and sent to programming for inclusion into the festival film schedule. Filmmakers are notified in the order of selection and not submission dates. Please be patient as your film goes through our screening process. We are unable to reply to emails asking if your film has been selected or where it is in the screening process.

12) The official exhibition format for the festival is DVD or Blue Ray unless announced otherwise. Any filmmakers wishing to have their film projected in another format other than stated (HD Cam, BetaCam, Digibeta etc.) must provide their own equipment at their expense during their screening, and accept all liability for such use and rental. Filmmaker provided equipment will be removed at the end of their screening and returned to the filmmaker. We can also accept films in digital formats of mp4, mkv, mpeg, and wmv.

13) After a film has been selected and the filmmaker is notified, the film will be listed on the festival web site under official selections. Once you are notified please send us by email a promotional photo in Gif or Jpeg format only and a 120 word film synopsis for inclusion on the festivals web site and in the official program. You may also send a web page link to your films web site which will be linked from ours.

14) Remember the promotional picture and synopsis you send us will also be used in the festivals official program. If you do not supply a 120 word synopsis your program listing will only show your title and promotional picture.

15) Please be sure to send your screener in as soon as possible, but always before the postmark deadline shown on your entry confirmation. Late submissions received after the postmark deadline will be assessed a late charge unless waived by the programming director.

16) All entry fees paid are non-refundable.

17) All entered films grant Indie Fest USA a non-exclusive limited use agreement to use film titles or trailers or film posters for festival and film promotional use only including online, print or broadcast media to promote the festival and selected films to the industry and general public. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual Property.

18) Official selection films must provide their final exhibition copy to the festival programming department 10 days prior to the festival. Disk’s must be auto run and have NO trailers, menus or other features.

19) We are unable to do screen or sound tests during the festivals open screening times or between screenings. No filmmakers are permitted in the projection area at any time for your personal safety.

20) Please direct all questions or requests to the festival staff. No one other than official festival staff is authorized to accept requests or make decisions, or provide venue information in regards to INDIE FEST USA.

21) Please under no circumstances what so ever place, post or hand out any promotional materials, flyers, postcards etc. where restricted by signs. Filmmakers will have opportunity to place film posters and materials at the screening venues or at other event locations approved by the festival. Filmmakers violating this rule will be removed from the festival. Keep it fun for everyone and don’t break this rule.

22) All entered films grant Indie Fest USA a non-exclusive limited use agreement to use film titles or trailers or film posters for festival and film promotional use only including online, print or broadcast media to promote the festival and selected films to the industry and general public. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual Property.

23) Official selection films must provide their final exhibition copy to the festival programming department 10 days prior to the festival. DVD’s or Blue-ray’s must be auto run and have NO trailers, menus or other features.

INDIE FEST USA is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless INDIE FEST USA from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.