10th Annual

Tacoma Film Festival

October 08, 2015 to October 15, 2015

 
Category

Short Narrative (Fiction; Animated or Live-Action) - [1-45 minutes]

 

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
February 28, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 15.00
Regular Deadline
March 30, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 25.00
Late Deadline
April 30, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
WAB Extended Deadline
June 20, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 40.00

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


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately August 3, 2015

RUNTIME
Shorts: maximum 45 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after January 1, 2014

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

PREMIERE STATUS
Projects must be a premiere in Tacoma

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution

3 SUBMISSION COPIES REQUIRED

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

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

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
OTHER
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
DVD VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DVD
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
BLU-RAY
REGION 0    
REGION 1    
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DCP    
DigiBeta    
Analog VideoNTSCPALSECAM
BetaSP    
Media Files
  CD-ROM
  .FLV (Flash Video)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .WMV (Windows Media)
  .AVI (Audio-Video Interleaved)
Film Gauge
  35mm

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English
OTHER


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.


Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Audience Choice Award Short
Audience Choice Award Short- filmmakers not from the Pacific Northwest are eligible for this award. Winner will be chosen based on audience votes.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Narrative Short
Best Narrative Short winner is decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Local Audience Choice Award Short
Puget Sound area/Pacific Northwest filmmakers are eligible for the Local Audience Choice Award Short. Winner will be decided based on audience votes.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Regional Film
Awarded to the best Northwest film, as decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Director
Awarded to the Best Director of a Feature or Short, as decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Value of Goods/Services: 50 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Actor
Awarded to the Best Actor of a Feature or Short, as decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Value of Goods/Services: 50 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Actress
Awarded to the Best Actress of a Feature or Short, as decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Value of Goods/Services: 50 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Cinematography
Awarded to the Best Director of Photography of a Feature or Short, as decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Value of Goods/Services: 50 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Screenplay
Awarded to the Best Screenwriter of a Feature or Short, as decided by our panel of judges. Films are placed in competition at the sole discretion of the Tacoma Film Festival.
Sponsor:Tacoma Film Festival
Value of Goods/Services: 50 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

Short Narrative - fiction films (animated or live-action) 45 minutes or shorter.

To be considered for 2015, the Tacoma Film Festival requires:
1. A completed entry via withoutabox.com
2. A DVD/Blu-Ray (region 1 or 0), NTSC format ONLY, or secure online screener of your film (via WAB or a link in the cover letter).
3. The required and appropriate entry fee.
4. English language or English subtitles.
4. The film to have been completed no earlier than January 2014.

ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION RULES
- Entries should be submitted on NTSC DVD/Blu-Ray or via secure online screener only. The Tacoma Film Festival requires three (2) submission copies of each film. All filmmakers will be notified when our offices receive your submission(s).
- Please make a note in your submission if you have any connections to the Pacific Northwest region.
- Returning TFF alumni filmmakers’ entry fees are waived. To request a waiver, please include the film title and year it played in Tacoma and email us at tacomafilmfestival@gmail.com.
- Preview screeners or exhibition DVDs will not be returned unless a request is made to return it and a pre-paid/SASE is provided.
- Please do not submit works in progress. Please do not include multiple submissions on one DVD.
- Music videos, instructional films, industrials or promotional videos are not appropriate for submission.
- Entry fees will not be refunded.
- Your film must be postmarked no later than the deadline under which you've registered. If the submission is not postmarked appropriately, or if a payment is received after a postmark deadline, we will not view your film until the difference is paid to the Tacoma Film Festival. It is the responsibility of the filmmaker or submission contact to ensure that all requirements are met. The festival retains the right to disqualify an entry, with no refunded fee, if submission guidelines are not met.

If your film is selected:
- All submitters will be notified of our decisions (whether accepted or not) by July 17th, 2015.

- Filmmakers should be prepared to submit a final exhibition copy of their film to be used for screening by September 1st. DCP, 35mm, Digibeta, BetaSP, Blu-Ray or digital files are preferred, though other formats can be discussed according to exhibition capabilities. The TFF reserves the right to show films during the festival using DVDs should mechanical or venue issues make it necessary to do so. Films may be shown once or several times during the festival at various locations throughout Tacoma. Our objective is to show your work in the way you intend audiences to see it - please let us know what you have in mind for exhibition and we will work with you towards achieving those goals.

- Should your film be selected, we want you to attend! While we are a non-profit organization and may not have the funds to contribute towards filmmaker travel and/or lodging, please don't hesitate to ask! We will do whatever we can to help. TFF grants two All Access Festival pass per film to those filmmakers planning to attend (the pass is good for admission to all films and special events) plus the best hospitality our festival can offer. Don't miss our annual Filmmaker mixer! Free food and beverages are provided, along with the perfect opportunity to network with other filmmakers!

- Portions of your submitted material may be copied and utilized for the purpose of promoting your film. Upon submission, filmmakers grant the Tacoma Film Festival the right to use clips and press materials from the film for promotional purposes unless the filmmaker requests otherwise in writing.

- You are responsible for shipping the exhibition copy to the festival. TFF will pay domestic ground shipping only to return exhibition copies. Non-ground or international shipping must be paid by the filmmaker.

No phone inquiries, please. Please email us with questions: tacomafilmfestival@gmail.com. Thank you!