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27-Mar-2015 10:23am PDT  

 

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

12 Annual: February 06, 2015 to February 16, 2015

  Documentary Films & Videos

 

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
 
July 1, 2014
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Discounted
Documentary Feature (over 50 min.) 40.00 35.00
Documentary Short (15 - 50 min.) 30.00 25.00
MiniDoc (15 min. or under) 25.00 20.00


September 2, 2014
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted
Documentary Feature (over 50 min.) 50.00 45.00
Documentary Short (15 - 50 min.) 40.00 35.00
MiniDoc (15 min. or under) 30.00 25.00


October 14, 2014
Late Deadline
Regular Discounted
Documentary Feature (over 50 min.) 60.00 55.00
Documentary Short (15 - 50 min.) 50.00 45.00
MiniDoc (15 min. or under) 40.00 35.00


October 25, 2014
WAB Extended Deadline
Regular Discounted
Documentary Feature (over 50 min.) 80.00 75.00
Documentary Short (15 - 50 min.) 70.00 65.00
MiniDoc (15 min. or under) 60.00 55.00



NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately 20-Dec-2014


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
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SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

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Film Gauge
  35mm

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


PRESSKIT REQUIREMENTS
Do not submit a press kit.


PRIZES & AWARDS
This category is a competition.


Best Feature Documentary
Cash and prizes TBA. Given to one film or video more than 40 minutes in length.
Sponsor:TBA


Big Sky Award
Cash and prizes TBA. Given to one film or video about the American West.
Sponsor:Big Sky Documentary Film Festival


Best Mini-Doc
Cash and prizes TBA. Given to one film or video under 15 minutes in length. Winning film automatically qualifies to compete for the Best Documentary Short Academy Award the following year.
Sponsor:TBA


Best Short Documentary
Cash and prizes TBA. Given to one film or video between 15 and 40 minutes in length. Winning film automatically qualifies to compete for the Best Documentary Short Academy Award the following year.
Sponsor:TBA


CATEGORY RULES
This festival is open to non-fiction films and videos from any production date from anywhere in the world.

2015 SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

DATE OF COMPLETION: Films of any completion date are eligible for submission.

LENGTH: MiniDocs (15 minutes and under), Shorts (1 - 40 minutes) and Features (over 40 minutes), Big Sky Award (any length)

LANGUAGE: DVD preview screeners and exhibition masters must either be in English or have English subtitles.

RIGHTS & CLEARANCES: Big Sky expects all filmmakers to secure music and talent rights to their films for festival exhibition. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question. Big Sky will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared copyrighted materials. In order to submit, you must agree to the Terms of Entry listed at the end of the online application.

PREMIERE REQUIREMENT: Big Sky does not have specific premiere requirements. However, the festival does take previous screenings and broadcasts into consideration when making selections, particularly when a film has already screened in Montana.

ROUGH CUTS: Rough cuts are accepted for entry. If you submit a rough cut, we cannot guarantee that the programmers will be able to review an updated cut. If you are submitting a rough cut, make sure it is indicated as such on your submission copy. Include information such as intended final running time and work remaining to be completed.

WORKS-IN-PROGRESS: Big Sky does not exhibit works-in-progress at the festival. Films must be completed by mid-January 2015 in order to be screened.

EXHIBITION FORMATS: Big Sky screens the following exhibition formats at the festival - High Definition - 35mm, Blu-Ray, and Quicktime files. Standard Definition - DVD (for films that originated in standard definition only). Films that originated in high definition must submit one of the accepted HD formats for screening.

FESTIVAL NOTIFICATION: Notification will be sent by email to the Primary Contact listed on the entry form by mid-December 2014. You are responsible for updating Big Sky directly regarding any change to the Primary Contact information and ensuring that emails from programming@bigskyfilmfest.org are not blocked by spam filters.

All entry deadlines are postmark deadlines. Entries postmarked after each deadline may not be considered. Submission fees are non-refundable.

SUBMISSION FORMAT: Big Sky requires ONE (1) DVD preview screener in the NTSC (Region 1 or 0) or PAL format. Include the film title, running time, tracking number, and format (NTSC or PAL) on each disc. If available, paper sleeves are preferred. Sending a physical DVD is strongly encouraged even if your submission includes an online screener.

PAYMENT: Submission fees can be paid by credit card via Withoutabox or by check. If paying by check, please be sure to include your tracking number on the check.

RETURNS: Preview materials will NOT be returned.