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29-May-2015 11:33pm PDT  


Colortape International Film Festival

2 Annual: November 15, 2014 to November 01, 2015

  0-60 Seconds Commercial Making Competition


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
Rolling Deadline Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 48.00 42.00
Student Fee 38.00 32.00

September 15, 2013
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Discounted

January 20, 2014
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted

March 4, 2014
Late Deadline
Regular Discounted

April 1, 2014
WAB Extended Deadline
Regular Discounted

Information not provided.

Shorts: maximum 1 minutes

No requirement for completed by date

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution


  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  .FLV (Flash Video)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
  .WMV (Windows Media)
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .FLV (Flash Video)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .WMV (Windows Media)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements
A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Color Print
> Production Still Photos - Black&White Print
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Color Print
> Photo of the Director - Black&White Print
> 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.

Best of Fest Award
Award for each category. Trophy to be given out at the award ceremony if a public ceremony is held. Otherwise a certificates is to be issued and posted to the winner and 2nd, 3rd place. For some categories prices or value packs are to be decided by sponsors, where applicable and if available at the time of the award.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules
I am authorized to submit this film to the festival. All information provided on application form is true, to the best of my knowledge. If the film is selected for the Festival, I give permission for Colortape International Film Festival [CIFF] to use images, sounds and excerpts from the work for promotional purposes in all media and on The CIFF website. I hold the Colortape International Film Festival harmless from damage or loss of the print en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival’s possession of the film. This agreement constitutes approval that CIFF may present the film at this years Colortape International Film Festival.

Submission requirements
Must send us 2x copies on DVD or BluRay to the following address:
Colortape International Film Festival, PO BOX 328 Mansfield, Brisbane, Qld 4122, Australia" once received you will automatically proceed past our 1st phase acceptance of pre-selection and will receive an extra 5 points. The DVD's or BluRay's are non-returnable. Do NOT send DHL please as we cant chase so many parcels to the distribution centre, as it is required in Australia. Please send them normal air mail, or UPS. Thank you.

The promo MUST be filmed in High Definition. Must NOT exceed sixty seconds including credits. Penalties will apply.

All terms and conditions outlined by Withoutabox must be reviewed and agreed to.

Participants will be judged on merit & creativity. More points will be awarded based on a film analysis conducted by the judges, with emphasis to be placed on the following criteria: filmmaker's application of the rule of thirds, correct TV aspect ratio, color correction in post production, camera handling, HD aspect ratio, directing of film, attention to details such as: continuity, line of action, choreography, DOP work, filming composition shots difficulty degree, eg: aerial or crane shot used, non-linear editing, acting, sound & talent voice overs, SFX, VFX, animation, lighting application relevant to particular scenes - low key & high key, chromakeying montage techniques used, if applicable, DVD authoring & jewel case presentation, dogma & film noir techniques used, if any, locations - if permits were required and obtained, and many other artistic & technical areas. The Budget used! Very important to remember: the pre-seleced top 10 fillmakers, will need to explain the budget they had to work with. Filmmakers note! We prefer to receive, view, judge and archive either following formats: DCP, including English subtitled DCP for the screening, DVD or BluRay discs.The DVDs/BluRay / DCP - MUST have the right to be shown in public and MUST be sent to our mail box, PO BOX 328 Mansfield, 4122 Brisbane Australia,via surface mail to be considered. Filmmakers note: it is not enough just to upload your vidlet online!

Important: filmmakers who submit ONLY online on withoutabox without sending us DVD/BluRay discs are heavily marked down. We need you to send your films via surface mail to us, so we can use it for public screening (meaning you will earn extra points from the viewers too) all these points will accumulate and give you a higher number of point eventually. For more info go to:

Thank you.


• Format: Quicktime, Quiktime, Quicktime! We like Quicktime. Although we accept several formats (.mpeg4, .mpeg2, .wmv), we prefer flash format and .mov files.

• CODEC: h.264 when possible

• Resolution Minimums: We accept both 16:9 (Wide Screen) and/or 4:3 (Standard Screen). Please do not letter box or edit your film to fit our player; we will make all necessary adjustments through the encoding process.

aspect ratio minimum resolution
4:3 640 x 480
16:9 640 x 360

• Data Rate: 1500 Kbps to 2.000 Mbps

• Frame Rate: Current (at least 24 fps)

• Sound: AAC, 48.000 kHz, Mono/Stereo, Best Quality, Bit rate 128kbps or better

• File Size: Films should be as close to 100Mb, but not over, 500mb. PREFERABLE PLEASE SEND (PAL FORMAT) DVD'S OR BLUERAY VIA SURFACE MAIL.

Since you have shot and made your commercial or promo, after spending endless hours of pre & post production work, from filming to editing, designing and rendering, finalized your master then now it’s time to render a version of your film for web upload. Just as there are endless shooting formats; also there are numerous rendering formats. Make your film stand out by delivering the highest quality, in either flash format or windows media format. amongst others. Quicktime (mov) is also an accepted format file. Always keep a copy of your master commercial or vidlet (film) safe and on file for future use. It is the responsibility of the registered member or entrant to upload the correct file format and must be as small as possible. Deliverables: 16:9 HD accepted format. The vidlet (film) can be made in your native language but MUST have English subtitles or dubbing.

Please submit your photo and info about yourself (the filmmaker) & your subject(s), cast and crew.

Adherence to the theme and creativity are two of the most important criteria requirements in your submission. Tip! If the film (vidlet) made using the right theme then this will attract the highest points.

Colortape International promotes the work of our competitors made in their own native language – as long as there is a Multilanguage selection subtitle embedded in your clip most importantly in English (if you are not a native English-speaker). We will not assess or award points on the English language used. However, if your vidlet is a winner or runner-up in one of the regions and will enter the world competition at international level, we would suggest to you to improve the language issue to suit most audiences world wide. Tip! You will have a better chance to progress in the competition at higher levels. Participants, directors or filmmakers submitting “0-60 Seconds” commercials/promos and/or 4.0 minute short films into this competition should upload a clear pre & post production snap shot (jpeg pref.) and a short biography or synopsis during the registration process, and must be attached to their profile and be readily available to provide us with more information about themselves, cast & crew and their subject if they are selected as winners.

Advertisements & Film Classification
Colortape International film festival will be given special customs and censorship clearances under which it is forbidden to allow persons under the age of 18 years to attend – this includes babies. However, some films included in the Commercials & Short Film Festival and post 2012 will be classified and in some cases children under the age of 18 will be allowed to attend certain screenings depending upon the classification awarded. Also if you will use children under the age of 18 in your own productions you MUST download a Parent Consent Form and have it signed with the legal guardian of the child prior to shoot your advertisement. A form must be completed for every child featured in the commercial or promo. A commercial or film's classification will be identified in the Colortape International Film Festival Guide section of the website.

For further information on Film Classification visit: