14th Annual

First Look Student Program at The Starz Denver Film Festival

November 05, 2014 to November 16, 2014


Category

Student Short Films

 

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, 2014
Regular Discounted
Student Fee 25.00 20.00
Regular Deadline
June 30, 2014
Regular Discounted
Student Fee 25.00 20.00
Late Deadline
July 30, 2014
Regular Discounted
Student Fee 30.00 25.00
WAB Extended Deadline
August 10, 2014
Regular Discounted
Student Fee 45.00 30.00

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


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately October 25, 2014

RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 30 minutes

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 & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
BLU-RAY
REGION 1    

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
BLU-RAY
REGION 1    
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
HDCAM    
Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
Film Gauge
  35mm

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Producer
> Biography/Filmography - Writer
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Fliers
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director
> Press Clippings
> Anecdotal Accounts

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

The Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award
A juried award presented every year to the best student film made by a U.S. student.
Sponsor:No Sponsor

Liberty Global International Student Award
Top 5 finalists will be flown to the festival, provided hotel accommodation and credentials.
Sponsor:Liberty Global
Value of Goods/Services: 12,000 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

The First Look Student Film Program – 2014
ENTRY FORM

Eligibility Requirements
All films must have been completed after July 2012.
Films may not have screened in the Denver/Boulder metro area prior to the dates of SDFF. While a Colorado premiere is not a requirement for SDFF, it is taken into account when selecting the final program
Feature films must not have screened on U.S. television, in commercial release or on the Internet prior to the dates of the festival
All films not in English must be subtitled in English for presentation.

Submission Materials
In order for a film to be properly submitted and checked in, it must include:
Completed Entry Form
Preview DVD - Please indicate on the screener the title of the film as well as the run time
Proper Entry Fee

Entry materials will not be returned. All press kits and DVD screeners will be recycled
Multiple entries may be submitted by one person, but each film must come on a separate screener with a separate entry form.

If Your Work is Selected - Screening Requirements
SDFF can project works in 35mm, HDCAM, BluRay, and some DCP.
An electronic press kit, complete with production stills, 300 word synopsis and biography of the director must be sent to the DFS office as soon as possible.
5 additional DVD copies of your film should be sent to the DFS office for press requests
Film trailers, EPKs, posters and postcards should be sent to the DFS office for press and marketing departments
Exhibition copies should be received in the DFS office no later than October 14th

RULES AND GUIDELINES

SHORT LENGTH ONLY: For our purposes short length means 30 minutes or less.

PREVIEW TAPES WILL NOT BE RETURNED

ELIGIBILITY: All entrants must either be currently enrolled in a college, university or graduate-level or master's level institution OR, must have been enrolled, but recently graduated, from a college, university or graduate-level or master's level institution. "Recently Graduated" is defined as someone having graduated within one year of the festival submission deadline. The submitted film must have been primarily executed while you were enrolled as a student.