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04-Mar-2015 2:47pm PDT  

 

American Black Film Festival

19 Annual: June 11, 2015 to June 14, 2015

  HBO Short Film Competition

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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
 
March 10, 2015
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00



NOTIFICATION DATE
04-May-2015


RUNTIME
Shorts: From 1 minutes to 20 minutes


COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after 01-Jan-2014


PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world


PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement


DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Project must not have distribution


SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
BLU-RAY
REGION 0    
REGION 1    

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


PRESSKIT REQUIREMENTS
A press kit is required with the entry form, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Writer
> Statement by the Director


PRIZES & AWARDS
This category is a competition.


1st Place
HBO Short Film Award
Sponsor:HBO
Cash Award Value: 10,000 U.S. Dollar


CATEGORY RULES
1. Films must have been directed and/or written by a person of African descent.
2. Filmmaker must be 18 years of age or older.
3. Competition is open to U.S. and international entries.
4. Films must be in the English language or contain English subtitles.
5. Films must be a festival premiere (have had no previous major festival screenings under its current or any former title, or in any form that is, in HBO's opinion, substantially similar to or derivative of the current film) through the scheduled ABFF screening date of June 13, 2015.
6. Films must have commenced principal photography on or after January 1, 2014.
7. In addition to the above, films must not exceed the maximum running time of twenty (20) minutes and must not have been previously submitted to the HBO Short Film Competition under its current or any former title, or in any form that is, in HBO's opinion, substantially similar to or derivative of the current film. Films must not have had any previous exhibition on broadcast or cable (by means of any method or medium) or online. Employees of Home Box Office, Inc. ("HBO") and any other Time Warner entity (including all permanent and temporary employees) and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household are not eligible to participate in the HBO Short Film Competition.
8. Each entry must be submitted via Withoutabox.com by no later than the deadline of March 10, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

SUBMISSION MATERIALS

Each submission entails the following:

Submit your film and information online via Withoutabox.com. In addition to the information required on page 1 of this form, your submission must include the following:

1. Film synopsis
2. Photo still from the film
3. Filmmaker bio
4. Filmmaker photo
5. A PDF copy of your executed HBO Short Film Competition Release downloadable from ABFF.com.

Please download, sign and scan a digital copy to be included with your submission.
Payment of the $45 submission fee online is required at the time of submission.

Please note: Applicants will be notified of the festival's decision by May 4, 2015.


IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED

1. You agree that you will not negotiate with anyone other than HBO prior to September 18, 2015, with respect to acquiring any rights in the film.
2. You agree that you will be solely responsible for the shipping of your film to and from the ABFF Office. If your film is selected as a semi-finalist or finalist, you will be required to provide one high resolution downloadable digital copy of your film for semi-final jury and final screening purposes, to be delivered promptly following notification of your selection, but no later than May 20, 2015.
3. Immediately after notification of your selection, you must deliver to ABFF one (1) photo still from the film, one (1) photo still of the qualifying filmmaker (jpeg. format) and any additional press materials.
4. HBO will provide round-trip air and hotel accommodations and festival credentials for you (if there is more than one filmmaker, one (1) must be selected to represent the film) and one (1) guest.