9th Annual

Catalina Film Festival

September 25, 2019 to September 29, 2019

 
Category

Conservation Film Series (Worldwide)

 

Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
October 31, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 15.00 *
Extended Early Deadline
November 29, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 20.00 *
Last Chance - Extended Early Deadline
December 21, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 25.00 *
Regular Deadline
January 10, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Extended Regualr Deadline
February 13, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Last Chance - Extended Regular Deadline
March 21, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Late Deadline
April 11, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Extended Late Deadline
May 3, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Last Chance - Extended Late Deadline
May 25, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 49.50
WAB Extended Deadline
June 15, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 50.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.


Category Details

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately July 15, 2019

RUNTIME
Shorts: From 1 minutes to 25 minutes
Features: From 60 minutes to 180 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after September 1, 2017

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

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DCP    
Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  DCP
  FILM
Film Gauge
  35mm

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Producer
> Biography/Filmography - Writer

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Best of Fest Conservation
Crystal trophy with various Sponsored Festival prizes (prizes and values vary from year to year and aren't usually secured until closer to the event). The dollar value reflects past festival prizes we've given for this category in the form of industry packages, services, and gifts. This category is not promised to receive prizes other than our trophy, as anything additional depends on our sponsors' generosity.
Sponsor:TBA

Special Jury Prize
Certificate with various Sponsored Festival prizes (prizes and values vary from year to year and aren't usually secured until closer to the event). The dollar value reflects past festival prizes we've given for this category in the form of industry packages, services, and gifts. This category is not promised to receive prizes other than our trophy, as anything additional depends on our sponsors' generosity.
Sponsor:TBA
Value of Goods/Services: 500 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

CATALINA FILM INSTITUTE
Revised October, 2018

All films must have a completion date NO GREATER than 2 years before the first day of this film festival. Once already exhibited and/or tracked online, re-edits and/or changes of title do not count as a new completion date for your project. Scripts do not have a completion date restriction unless the project was produced into a film NO GREATER than 2 years before the first day of this festival.

LENGTH: These running times must be inclusive of all titles and credits:

Short Films: 1-25 minutes
Feature Films: 50-180 minutes

Short Films Length & Festival Programming Pains Explained:
The Catalina Film Institute believes "short" films should be... SHORT (25 minutes and under). We believe this is a reasonable industry standard for any film festival's programming needs when programming 120 minute programming blocks (90 minute film program, filmmakers' Q and A, venue load-in/ loud-out). Longer short films will be considered, and have been accepted in the past, but we believe they push the envelope of what is considered an industry standard “short”, also, they take up a greater portion of the film block; keeping our judges from highlighting 2-5 more great short films (usually 5-10 minutes long) that would be rejected to accept longer films. To put it more simply, a 30 minute short is 1/3 the length of a feature film, therefore it will dominate that entire shorts' block.

FEATURE FILMS: A World, North American, USA, West Coast, California and Los Angeles Premieres are preferred, not required. WITH THAT SAID, for eligibility; other LOS ANGELES PREMIERES / SCREENINGS can NOT be within 30 days before or during our festival within Los Angeles County. You do not qualify for our festival if you are screening/premiering in Los Angeles County within 30 days from our event. Films that have been exhibited theatrically outside of the festival circuit, broadcast on TV, the Internet, released to the public via any home video or other distribution platform including, but not limited to, pre-sales for DVD, Blu-ray or video on demand (outside of the Festival Circuit) are not eligible for the Festival. Films with distribution deals that are only traveling the festival circuit, and are not being publicly exhibited or displayed, are still eligible for competition.

STUDENT FILMMAKERS (Any aged person with proof of attending a film school, institute, academy, or program that their project is a result of). Please indicate the ages of the film's writer, director, and producer in your submission. Student filmmakers have the right to submit their film into any of the non-student film categories. If so, you will have to pay the full price for that category and agree to compete against professional filmmakers within that respective category.

FILMMAKERS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD: You must have a parent or legal guardian submit the film on your behalf to qualify.

DEADLINES: Deadlines are firm, so please send us your project within 14 days of submission and payment. Please contact us if this is a problem and/or you need extra time. If submitting to our very Last Deadline for entries, you must send your project within 7 days of payment (without any possible extensions) or it will run the risk of not being reviewed or considered by our screening judges.

SUBMISSION FORMAT:

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS IN HIGH DEFINITION ONLY. This also allows your film to be reviewed by our screeners/reviewers as quickly as possible.

Please submit your project digitally through this site or some other acceptable secure online screening format with your submission.

This film festival is used to help the Catalina Film Institute’s non-profit mission sustain and thrive to help foster the growth of filmmakers all year long. CFI WILL NOT PAY to ship any print, exhibition copy, or print materials back to you (as that would be a large expense for our organization). If you do wish to have materials sent back, you must provide us with a pre-paid envelope and/or pre-paid shipping label if you need any materials sent back to you or to another festival following ours. No exhibition copy is allowed to be picked up at the film festival unless our Tech Department signs off on it, as we are fully responsible for the safety and security of your material until the last day of the event.

SUBTITLES: All non-English language films must be subtitled or dubbed in English. Please make sure they are embedded into your film, not separate or optional subtitle files on a menu; they sometimes do not carry over to the digital film you've submitted.

ENTRY FEES: Non-refundable. We DO NOT give refunds on submission fees, so please do not ask. Once your film is submitted we have 3 film-industry screening professionals look over and grade each project. CFI believes all festivals should be transparent and submitters are entitled to see their scores and grades, just ask if you'd like CFI to send them, it is part of your entry fee and we want you to know that you didn't just simply get a "yes" or a "no", we DID watch/read and grade your project.

PLEASE SUBMIT A DIGITAL PRESS KIT ON HERE! DO NOT SEND PRINTED PRESS MATERIALS, BIOS AND OTHER PROMOTIONAL ITEMS with your submissions. Not only will your film be viewed on its own merit by my multiple judges that won't see your printed materials, it only fills up the office with a lot of paper and product that we end up having to recycle or throw away.

AFTER SUBMISSION ACCEPTANCE: In order for your title to be included in the Festival, you must agree to provide the following materials to CFF within 14 days of acceptance:
1. For film, at least one to three production and/or screen shots of your project (not behind the scenes production shots). Image must be in JPG or PNG format and AT LEAST 300 dpi resolution.
2. A trailer of the film uploaded to us (we will send you an upload link) in .MOV or .MP4 format to promote your project to the world, media, and throughout the festival on our projection screens, website and social media channels (advantageous for short films as well).
3. Exhibition format of your project will depend on the venue we program your film into, delivered no later than 14 days after acceptance (various digital formats can be used in all venues, but DCP is only used in select venues we exhibit within).
4. Copies of digital press releases and additional press materials after acceptance ONLY, please do not send printed materials with submissions before you're accepted, it fills up the office with a lot of paper and product we end up having to recycle or throw away.
5. If you are available to attend the festival with crew and/or talent, please let us know in your cover letter. Once accepted into the festival, we will also send you an online form asking you who will be attending and how you are getting to the festival and the island.

CFF prefers HD digital formats for exhibiting High-Definition Films, or DCP ONLY if you're placed in a venue that can support DCP. Because our festival is partly on an island, a finalized and QC'd Blu-Ray backup copy is also required in case digital media fails for any reason (this has happened in previous years).

MAKE SURE YOUR EXHIBITION FILM (OR BACKUP COPY) DOES NOT HAVE A WATERMARK ON IT WHEN YOU SEND IT LIKE “Property of XYZ Films” - THIS COULD END UP BEING IN FRONT OF OUR AUDIENCE if you can't send us another in time. Your films are safe with us, we have a long history of protecting filmmakers intellectual property.

Participants agree that their film, clips from it and/or all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, on CFF's website, social media, and/or our media partners as well as for any other promotional purposes which CFF deems appropriate for the festival. CFF can use up to 10% or 3 minutes of your project for promotional use (whichever is less).

CFF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged media files. While the utmost care is taken with regard to your exhibition media, it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility (i.e. insurance). The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmaker. CFF WILL NOT PAY FOR MEDIA TO BE RETURNED, as that would be very costly for our non-profit organization with over 100 films accepted and exhibited annually.

If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. By submitting you agree to indemnify the Catalina Film Institute and all its subsidiaries, AKA’s, employee’s, directors, assigns, staff and volunteers from any wrongdoing involving the exhibition of your project. CFI will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copy written materials and reserves the right to reject your project if found it doesn't have clearance.

Participation in the online component of our film festival is highly encouraged, but it is elective for our selected filmmakers. CFI uses an encrypted password protected and established online film viewing service that will only be available to our film festival enthusiasts 30 days leading up to our film festival (so we have all online award-winning data by the festival’s award ceremony). Only filmmakers that choose to participate in our online component of the film festival will be eligible for our additional trophies/awards, prizes and worldwide industry exposure the Catalina Film Festival garners for our films year after year. Accepting to have your film a part of this online component is safe and keeps your film within the festival circuit, still keeping it qualified for other festivals.
All the same rules in this document still apply and are agreed to if you later elect to be a part of the online component of our film festival.

You are still eligible if you have a distribution deal, but no film project with at-large theatrical distribution and/or release dates before or during the festival's programmed dates will be eligible for submission, acceptance and/or exhibition at or during the event. This rule applies to all, but two of our categories, including at-large free public viewing (IE: Amazon, Netflix, Youtube, Vimeo, etc...) or at-large paid release dates (theatrical, DVD/Blu-Ray, VOD, etc..), including, but not limited to, advertised presales for your films DVD, Blu-Ray or VOD (As a non-profit company, we can not help you promote for-profit sales to your film as selectee to our festival). Our ONLY TWO categories that are allowed to be previously released and/or viewed online are our High School Student and Conservation Film competition categories. Projects with distribution deals and release dates AFTER the festival dates are still eligible for submission and/or exhibition. Although we diligently track your film and do our own research, it is your responsibility to inform CFF/CFI if the project's release date(s) have changed and are in conflict with this rule, as it will either be eliminated from our program and/or taken out of competition at our discretion.

I, submitter, have read and agree to the festival submission and participation guidelines and certify that I am authorized to submit this work to the Catalina Film Institute (CFI) and its subsidiaries. Any copyrighted materials included in the work have been legally cleared for use, and CFI is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from public screenings. By submitting you agree to indemnify the Catalina Film Institute and all its subsidiaries, AKA’s, employee’s, directors, assigns, staff and volunteers from any wrongdoing involving the exhibition of your project. CFI will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copy written materials and reserves the right to reject your project if found it doesn't have clearance.

I, submitter, hereby grants and assigns to CFI and its successors and licensees the right to copy the entry in its entirety to facilitate technical operations of the festival, in and through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised. All submissions will be retained by the Catalina Film Institute for pre-selection, film festival archives and — following written permission from the rights holder — event exhibition or a possible private exhibition with the Catalina Film Institute and/or Catalina Film Society.

I, submitter, acknowledge and agree that all matters not covered by these regulations, and questions arising from them, will be decided by Festival organizers or programmers at their sole discretion.