9th Annual

GOLD LION FILM FESTIVAL

October 15, 2013 to October 31, 2013


Category

Short

 

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
April 15, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Regular Deadline
July 15, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Late Deadline
August 15, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
WAB Extended Deadline
August 31, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 55.00

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


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately September 18, 2013

RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 45 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after January 1, 2012

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

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

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

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:


Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Golden Leo Award
Best Film of the Festival. Six to eight finalists will be selected by the screening committees. A six-member Awards Committee comprised of media professionals vote for the Golden Leo Award at a public screening of finalists under the supervision of the Price Waterhouse Cooper accountancy firm.
Sponsor:festival
Cash Award Value: 2,000 U.S. Dollar

Directors Choice
This award for outstanding achievement in short film direction is at the discretion of the festival director.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar

Student Filmmaker Award
To honor student filmmakers worldwide. This is an audience award, with the winner receiving highest score by viewers primarily made up of high school and college aged students from Europe, the U.S., Asian and Africa attending school in Swaziland and South Africa.
Sponsor:Waterford Kwamhlaba College
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

Bophayi Award
Special Jury Award for Best Animated Short of the Festival
Sponsor:TBA
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

Documentary Award
Newest Award for Best Documentary Filim of the Festival
Sponsor:TBA
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

Libubhesi Award
The LIBUBHESI AWARD is given to the outstanding festival film by a Swazi filmmaker. A special jury determines the winner.
Sponsor:festival
Cash Award Value: 2,000 Swaziland Lilageni

Category Rules

CRITERIA

All genres of film and video shorts up to 45 minutes in length are welcome. Greater lengths may be negotiated with the festival director. High-quality work is sought, and works of social commitment that illuminate the human condition in all its dramatic, comedic or musical manifestations. Cinematic innovation and works with a strong directorial point of view are encouraged. Fiction and non-fiction stories whose makers clearly show their passion for their subjects are sought.

Works must be completed after January 1, 2012. Exceptions may be allowed if permission received from festival director. Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.

Submissions accepted for the 2013 festival from January 17, 2013.


ENTRY FORMATS
Entries must be submitted on DVD. Please make us aware if we might use preview DVD screeners for festival exhibition if quality is acceptable to technical staff.


ENTRY PROCEDURE
The Gold Lion Film Festival uses Withoutabox for all entries. Please refer to www.withoutabox.com for entry application.

EACH ENTRY must be accompanied by:

* Entry Fee: Checks are payable to: GOLD LION FILM FESTIVAL. Do not send postal money orders from Canada or other nations, which cannot be processed by Swaziland's postal system.

* Title of work and name and e-mail of entrant must be on all materials and containers.

* A synopsis describing the work with main credits.

* For submissions using courier delivery services like FedEx or DHL, a street address is required. To request the festival street address, please contact festival at goldlion@realnet.co.sz.


Shipping Instructions
Send to:
The Gold Lion Film Festival
P.O. Box 3564
Manzini, Swaziland
Africa


SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS
Due to the volume of entries we cannot return tapes and DVDs.

Phone: Due to the erratic nature of telephony in Africa, correspondents are advised to contact the festival via e-mail.

Email: goldlion@realnet.co.sz


DISCLAIMER
All entries will be carefully processed, but neither the festival organizers, employees nor sponsors can assume responsibility for damage to or loss of materials submitted. The festival reserves the right to alter the awards or scheduling should conditions dictate.