18th Annual

Sarasota Film Festival

April 01, 2016 to April 10, 2016

 
Category

Narrative 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
November 20, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Student Fee 20.00 15.00
Regular Deadline
December 4, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Student Fee 30.00 25.00
Late Deadline
December 18, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Student Fee 40.00 35.00
WAB Extended Deadline
January 8, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00
Student Fee 55.00 50.00

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


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately March 4, 2016

RUNTIME
Features: minimum 41 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after April 1, 2001

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 0    
REGION 1    
Media Files
  Other - Digital

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DCP    

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.


Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Sponsor:No Sponsor

Narrative Feature Competition Jury Prize
A seven film competition of the finest fiction films in the Festival. Films selected by and at the sole discretion of programming staff.

Category Rules

Call For Entries 2016

18th Annual Sarasota Film Festival

Entry Rules and Regulations
1. Objectives: Our Mission is to celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing year-long programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of our community.

2. Dates: The 18th Annual Sarasota Film Festival will be April April 1-10, 2016.

Programs: Films will be considered for inclusion in the following programmatic categories

Short (40 min or under)
Documentary Feature
Narrative Feature
Sarasota and Florida Filmmakers

4. Competitions:

Audience Awards

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Audience Award for Best Documentary
Audience Award for Best In World Cinema
Audience Award for Best Short

Jury Prizes

Best Narrative Feature Competition
Best Documentary Feature Competition
Independent Visions Competition
Best Narrative Short Competition
Best Documentary Short Competition
Best Animated Short Competition

5. Submission Guidelines

A. Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), WAB Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film. Vimeo links can be sent to programming@sarasotafilmfestival.com. The Festival will not consider trailers or rough edits for selection purposes.

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

i. be available to screen by April 1, 2016. Filmmakers must provide the Sarasota Film Festival with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in DCP (MUST be professionally authored) at the Festival’s sole discretion. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening locations, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.

ii. not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to April 1, 2016.

iii. be in their original language with English subtitles when applicable.

iv. have been completed production within the last year.

v. films previously submitted to the Festival and not programmed will only be considered for the 2016 Festival if they meet all the other eligibility requirements as outlined here, and only if it has changed significantly from the previous version submitted.

vi. Entries must be received at our Cocoanut office address (NOT postmarked), by January 8, 2016.

Deadlines: Early submission is strongly encouraged with reduced entry fees until December 12, 2014. Final submission deadline is January 9, 2015. The Festival is not obliged to view late entries.

D. Entry Fee Schedule:
All entry fees must accompany your submission for consideration in the Festival.

Feature Films (41 minutes and above, fiction or non-fiction)
Deadline for all Entries By November 20, 2015
$40.00

Deadline for all Entries From November 21, 2015-December 4, 2015
$50.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From December 5, 2015-December 18, 2015
$60.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2016
$75

Short Films (40 minutes or less)
Deadline for all Entries By November 20, 2015
$30.00

Deadline for all Entries From November 21, 2015-December 4, 2015
$40.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From December 5, 2015-December 18, 2015
$50.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2016
$65

Student Feature Films (with photocopy of current student ID)
Deadline for all Entries By November 20, 2015
$20.00

Deadline for all Entries From November 21, 2015-December 4, 2015
$30.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From December 5, 2015-December 18, 2015
$40.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2016
$55

Student Short Films (with photocopy of current student ID)
Deadline for all Entries By November 20, 2015
$20.00

Deadline for all Entries From November 21, 2015-December 4, 2015
$30.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From December 5, 2015-December 18, 2015
$40.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2016
$55


Submission Materials:

Mail all submissions to:
Sarasota Film Festival
ATTN: Submissions
332 Cocoanut Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 32436

Send a printed copy of your completed Entry Form.

ii. A clearly marked DVD (NTSC) or Blu Ray Region (0 or 1) of your completed film, labeled with title, tracking number, running time and screening format. We also accept Withoutabox online screeners and e-mailed Vimeo links, but we require ALL submissions to be registered with one of our submission platforms. We cannot return submitted copies of films.

iii. Applicable entry fee submitted

Electronic Press Kits only. Hard copy materials submitted with the films will be discarded.

Selections: Films will be selected and entrants will be notified prior to March 4, 2016.

H. Requirements for Selected Films:
Once an entry has been reviewed and selected for the festival, a preliminary notification letter will be issued by email. All selected applicants will be notified by March 4, 2016. Upon notification, the Sarasota Film Festival may request additional press kits and press screeners for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

Any unused press materials may be picked up at the press office at the conclusion of the Festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday, April 10, 2016. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of immediately upon conclusion of the Festival.

Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Guide, website, ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and the Sarasota Film Festival.

J. Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

K Print Liability: The Sarasota Film Festival holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the Festival if this requirement is not met. The Festival will insure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the Festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, the Festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the drive(s).

Print Shipping:

Selected film prints must be received by PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to first screening date unless pre-approved by the Sarasota Film Festival.

Prints must be clearly marked with the film’s title, the sender’s return address and the Festival projection address exactly as listed below.

SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
C/O Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20
ATTN: Projection
1993 Main Street
Sarasota, Florida 34236

Prints will be returned to the Submission Contact within 10 days after the close of the Festival unless pre-arranged with the Sarasota Film Festival prior to March 28, 2016.

Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $50 for drives.

Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.

For more information please refer to the Festival website at www.sarasotafilmfestival.com or contact the Programmer at:

SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
332 Cocoanut Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 32436
Phone: (941) 364-9514
Fax (941) 364-8411
programming@sarasotafilmfestival.com