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Toronto International Film Festival

39 Annual September 04, 2014 to September 14, 2014

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Canadian Features | Longs Métrages Canadien
Feature films with runtimes of 50 minutes or longer, directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and produced or co-produced in Canada.

Note: The Festival expects all films it presents to be at minimum North American premieres unless special arrangements have been made with the Festival Organizing Committee.
Canadian Documentary Features | Longs Métrages Documentaire Canadien
Documentary films with runtimes of 50 minutes or longer, directed by a Canadian citizen or resident, and produced or co-produced in Canada.

Note: The Festival expects all films it presents to be at minimum North American premieres unless special arrangements have been made with the Festival Organizing Committee.
Canadian Shorts | Courts Métrages Canadien
Films with runtimes less than 50 minutes, directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and produced or co-produced in Canada.

Note: The Festival expects all films it presents to be at minimum North American premieres unless special arrangements have been made with the Festival Organizing Committee.
International Features
Non-Canadian films with runtimes of 50 minutes or longer.

Note: The Festival expects all films it presents to be at minimum North American premieres unless special arrangements have been made with the Festival Organizing Committee.
International Documentary Features
Non-Canadian documentary films with runtimes of 50 minutes or longer.

Note: The Festival expects all films it presents to be at minimum North American premieres unless special arrangements have been made with the Festival Organizing Committee.
International Shorts
Non-Canadian films with runtimes of less than 50 minutes.

Note: The Festival expects all films it presents to be at minimum North American premieres unless special arrangements have been made with the Festival Organizing Committee.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The principal objective of the Toronto International Film Festival is to promote and encourage awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of cinema. Our mandate is to present the most outstanding films produced in every part of the world. Films are selected on the basis of quality and originality. Preference is given to premieres. The Festival also promotes contacts between industry professionals to assist in the development of the Canadian motion picture industry.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Toronto International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious international film festivals in the world. For 11 days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals and media watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new talent.

THE NUMBERS
• The Toronto International Film Festival Presents one of the world's largest annual showcases of Canadian film.
• Presents at least two public and one press & industry screening of every invited film.
• Accredits over 4,000 Canadian and international industry delegates. • Accredits over 1,100 Canadian and international media.

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
• Received approximately 4,000 international and Canadian submissions and screened 288 feature films and 78 short films.
• Had 15 programmes in which films from 70 countries were screened.

As one of the world’s most important cultural events, the Festival consistently strives to set the standard for excellence in film programming.

The Festival also serves as a platform for Canada's artists to share their stories. Audacious in its selection and supported by the intelligence and breadth of its international audience, the Festival has become the landmark destination for the moving image and is forging ahead, seeking new ways to engineer creative and cultural discovery through film.

The level of engagement the Festival sustains from year to year is unique. Enthusiastic audiences and filmmakers are privy to unprecedented levels of access to one another as they exchange ideas about the art and business of filmmaking.

Up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers gain unparalleled insight into the workings of the international market. Media from around the globe converge on the Festival, creating buzz and stirring excitement over films and the talent behind them. Film buyers and other industry professionals, meanwhile, can choose from extensive additional screenings and specialized industry programming that empower them to make informed business decisions for days and months ahead. The Festival also provides excellent resources and networking opportunities for film-industry professionals and buyers.

From the efficiency and dedication of the Festival’s staff and volunteers to its vast contribution to the culture and economy of the City of Toronto, the Toronto International Film Festival has earned its long-standing reputation as a leader in the international film community.

SUBMISSIONS CATEGORIES
Canadian Features | Longs Métrages Canadien

Feature films with runtimes of 50 minutes or longer, produced or co-produced in Canada and directed by a Canadian citizen or resident.

Canadian Documentary Features | Longs Métrages Documentaire Canadien

Documentary films with runtimes of 50 minutes or longer, produced or co-produced in Canada and directed by a Canadian citizen or resident.

Canadian Shorts | Courts Métrages Canadien

Films, including documentaries, with runtimes less than 50 minutes, produced or co-produced in Canada and directed by a Canadian citizen or resident.

International Features

Non-Canadian films with runtimes of 50 minutes or longer.

International Documentary Features

Non-Canadian documentary films with runtimes of 50 minutes or longer.

International Shorts

Non-Canadian films with runtimes of less than 50 minutes

Note: The Festival expects all films it presents to be at minimum North American premieres unless special arrangements have been made with the Festival Programming Department.

PROGRAMMES
The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival will include, but will not be limited to, the following programmes:

• City to City
• Contemporary World Cinema
• Discovery
• Gala Presentations
• Masters
• TIFF Docs
• Short Cuts Canada
• Special Presentations
• TIFF Kids
• Visions

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NOTE: Selected films will be placed in the appropriate programme by the Festival Programming Department in consultation with the filmmaker and/or film representative (producer, distributor, sales agent, etc.).

The Toronto International Film Festival is supported by:
Lead Sponsor Bell; Major Sponsors RBC, L'Oréal Paris, Visa; Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada and the City of Toronto.

®The Toronto International Film Festival is a registered trademark of Toronto International Film Festival Inc.

ORGANIZERS
Hali Hamilton (Manager, Programme Services) ; Kerri Craddock (Financial Contact) ; Kerri Craddock (Manager, Festival Programming)

GENERAL RULES
CANADIAN SUBMISSIONS
Rules and Regulations 2014

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINES
CANADIAN SHORTS (under 50 minutes):
Submissions due (must be postmarked by): May 2, 2014
Late Submissions: The Festival will accept late submissions of Canadian Short Films between May 2 and May 30, 2014. An increased entry fee will apply. If your film is not ready for screening by May 30th, you must contact the Canadian Short Film Selection Committee immediately.

CANADIAN FEATURE FILMS (50 minutes and over):
Submissions due (must be postmarked by): May 2, 2014
Late Submissions: The Festival will accept late submissions of Canadian Feature Films between May 2 and May 30, 2014. An increased entry fee will apply. If your film is not ready for screening by May 30th, you must contact the Canadian Film Selection Committee immediately.

NOTE: If you wish your film to be considered for Midnight Madness, please also send a letter along with your submission indicating that you wish to be considered for this programme.

CANADIAN DOCUMENTARIES (50 minutes and over):
Submissions due (must be postmarked by): May 2, 2014
Late Submissions: The Festival will accept late submissions of Canadian Documentary Films between May 2 and May 30, 2014. An increased entry fee will apply. If your film is not ready for screening by May 30th, you must contact the Canadian Film Selection Committee immediately.

NOTE: Programmers will view only one version of a submitted film.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

TIFF expects all Films that it presents at the Festival to be, at minimum, North American premieres, but reserves the right to present films that are not.

i. A Film will not be eligible for consideration and should not be submitted if:
a. the Film was completed prior to September 1, 2013; or
b. the Film was previously submitted to TIFF for Festival consideration.

ii. All Feature Films must be submitted as DVD screeners (as described below). All Short Films must be submitted online via Withoutabox as described below. All selected Films must be available to screen in DCP (D-Cinema) by August 15, 2014. TIFF may, but is not required to, permit certain selected films to be screened in the following alternative formats: (i) 35 mm or (ii) HDCAM. By selecting HDCAM or 35mm as an exhibition format, this may restrict venue possibilities for your screening. Additional detail regarding these screening formats will be provided to selected Films upon invitation. TIFF does not screen work in any other format.

iii. Not have been previously screened commercially in Canada (exceptions may be made for French and non-English-language films which have played without English subtitles) nor available on the Internet prior to September 16, 2013 (exceptions may be made for Canadian short films previously posted online).

iv. Be in their original language with English subtitles, if the original language is other than English.

v. Films previously submitted to the Festival and not programmed will not be reconsidered for the 2013 programme.


SUBMISSION FORMATS
For programming consideration, the Festival only accepts feature films on DVD. All short films must be submitted online via Withoutabox.
• DVDs must be formatted in MPEG-2 video for Region 1/North America or Region 0/ “no region, i.e., that the DVD is authored as a video DVD and is not burned as a data disk containing Quicktime or other similar file formats.
• DVDs must be labeled with the following:
o Title
o Production Company
o Company Address
o Telephone Number
o Director’s Name
o Length in Minutes
o Withoutabox Tracking Number
• Please test your DVDs thoroughly before sending.
• Please indicate if the submission is a rough cut or work-in-progress.
• Screen burn-ins are acceptable.
• There is no programming value for DVD submissions arriving in unusual or unorthodox containers. Please avoid excessive packaging and the inclusion of any materials other than what are specified.

The Festival does not accept the following:
o Content burned to Read/Write (RW) discs
o Blu-ray discs
o Trailers for selection purposes

SHIPPING OF SUBMISSION DVDs
Please see below “Shipping of Preview Submissions and Invited Films.”

RETURN OF MATERIALS
Preview DVDs will not be returned.

SELECTION
(1) TIFF will consider for inclusion in the Festival all eligible films that have been submitted by the above deadline and in accordance with these Terms. TIFF reserves the right to consider for inclusion in the Festival, and include in the Festival, films received at any time and through any means, channel or process, including means, channels or processes other than those outlined in these Terms. Nothing in these Terms or otherwise requires TIFF to select for Festival inclusion any of the Films submitted through the process outlined in these Terms.

(2) All selection decisions are at the sole and absolute discretion of TIFF, and are final and unreviewable. TIFF is not required to provide any feedback, comments or reasons, or any other information, regarding the selection or non-selection of any submitted Film or the process by which Films are or have been selected. TIFF is not responsible or liable for its selection decisions; for the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding the Film that are or may be obtained from the Applicant or anyone else; for any communications by any representative of TIFF relating to the Film or the Festival selection process; for the manner in which the Film shall be, is or was considered and reviewed; or for any failure on the part of the Festival to provide the Applicant or anyone else with information concerning TIFF’s consideration and/or review of the Film.

(3) TIFF will notify by August 11, 2014 all Applicants who have been selected to participate in the Festival. All Applicants who are not selected to participate in the Festival will be contacted by email on or around August 15, 2014. TIFF will contact Applicants using the contact information provided in the Withoutabox registration form. Applicants are responsible for providing correct and functional contact information. TIFF is not responsible for any failed attempts to contact Applicants using the contact information provided.

NOTE: To be considered Canadian, films must be a Canadian production or co-production and be directed by a Canadian citizen or Canadian resident. Only films directed by Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible for Canadian film prizes.

SCHEDULING
The scheduling of films is determined by the Festival. The International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) permits up to five screenings of invited films at the Toronto International Film Festival, including both public and press & industry screenings. The Festival assumes your consent to up to five screenings unless we receive a written petition otherwise. The date(s), time(s) and location(s) of exhibitions of the films shall be at the discretion of the Festival.

SCREENING PROTOCOL
The Festival expects that the filmmaker and any other guests attending with the film will be present for, at minimum, the first two public screenings of the film for both the introduction and question & answer session.

NOTE: All film screenings have an introduction and question & answer session, with the exception of those at Roy Thomson Hall, which only have an introduction.

EXHIBITION COPY LIABILITY
The Festival will insure the integrity of the exhibition copy from the time of delivery to the Festival to the time the exhibition copy is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss of or damage to an exhibition copy, the Festival must receive notification and independent verification of such loss or damage prior to October 19, 2012. The Festival's obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the damaged components thereof.

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INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSIONS
Rules and Regulations 2014

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINES
INTERNATIONAL SHORTS (under 50 minutes):
Submissions due (must be postmarked by): May 2, 2014
Late Submissions: The Festival will accept late submissions of International Short Films between May 2 and May 30, 2014. An increased entry fee will apply.

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS (50 minutes and over):
Submissions due (must be postmarked by): May 2, 2014
Late Submissions: The Festival will accept late submissions of International Feature Films between May 2 and May 30, 2014. An increased entry fee will apply.

NOTE: If you wish your film to be considered for Midnight Madness, please also send a letter along with your submission indicating that you wish to be considered for this programme.

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARIES (50 minutes and over):
Submissions due (must be postmarked by): May 2, 2014
Late Submissions: The Festival will accept late submissions of International Documentary Films between May 2 and May 30, 2014. An increased entry fee will apply.

NOTE: Programmers will view only one version of a submitted film.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

TIFF expects all Films that it presents at the Festival to be, at minimum, North American premieres, but reserves the right to present films that are not.

i. A Film will not be eligible for consideration and should not be submitted if:
a. the Film was completed prior to September 1, 2013; or
b. the Film was previously submitted to TIFF for Festival consideration.

ii. All Feature Films must be submitted as DVD screeners (as described below). All Short Films must be submitted online via Withoutabox as described below. All selected Films must be available to screen in DCP (D-Cinema) by August 15, 2014. TIFF may, but is not required to, permit certain selected films to be screened in the following alternative formats: (i) 35 mm or (ii) HDCAM. By selecting HDCAM or 35mm as an exhibition format, this may restrict venue possibilities for your screening. Additional detail regarding these screening formats will be provided to selected Films upon invitation. TIFF does not screen work in any other format.

iii. Not have been previously screened commercially in Canada (exceptions may be made for French and non-English-language films which have played without English subtitles) nor available on the Internet prior to September 16, 2013 (exceptions may be made for Canadian short films previously posted online).

iv. Be in their original language with English subtitles, if the original language is other than English.

v. Films previously submitted to the Festival and not programmed will not be reconsidered for the 2013 programme.


SUBMISSION FORMATS
For programming consideration, the Festival only accepts feature films on DVD. All short films must be submitted online via Withoutabox.
• DVDs must be formatted in MPEG-2 video for Region 1/North America or Region 0/ “no region, i.e., that the DVD is authored as a video DVD and is not burned as a data disk containing Quicktime or other similar file formats.
• DVDs must be labeled with the following:
o Title
o Production Company
o Company Address
o Telephone Number
o Director’s Name
o Length in Minutes
o Withoutabox Tracking Number
• Please test your DVDs thoroughly before sending.
• Please indicate if the submission is a rough cut or work-in-progress.
• Screen burn-ins are acceptable.
• There is no programming value for DVD submissions arriving in unusual or unorthodox containers. Please avoid excessive packaging and the inclusion of any materials other than what are specified.

The Festival does not accept the following:
o Content burned to Read/Write (RW) discs
o Blu-ray discs
o Trailers for selection purposes

SHIPPING OF SUBMISSION DVDs
Please see below “Shipping of Preview Submissions and Invited Films.”

RETURN OF MATERIALS
Preview DVDs will not be returned.

SELECTION
(1) TIFF will consider for inclusion in the Festival all eligible films that have been submitted by the above deadline and in accordance with these Terms. TIFF reserves the right to consider for inclusion in the Festival, and include in the Festival, films received at any time and through any means, channel or process, including means, channels or processes other than those outlined in these Terms. Nothing in these Terms or otherwise requires TIFF to select for Festival inclusion any of the Films submitted through the process outlined in these Terms.

(2) All selection decisions are at the sole and absolute discretion of TIFF, and are final and unreviewable. TIFF is not required to provide any feedback, comments or reasons, or any other information, regarding the selection or non-selection of any submitted Film or the process by which Films are or have been selected. TIFF is not responsible or liable for its selection decisions; for the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding the Film that are or may be obtained from the Applicant or anyone else; for any communications by any representative of TIFF relating to the Film or the Festival selection process; for the manner in which the Film shall be, is or was considered and reviewed; or for any failure on the part of the Festival to provide the Applicant or anyone else with information concerning TIFF’s consideration and/or review of the Film.

(3) TIFF will notify by August 11, 2014 all Applicants who have been selected to participate in the Festival. All Applicants who are not selected to participate in the Festival will be contacted by email on or around August 15, 2014. TIFF will contact Applicants using the contact information provided in the Withoutabox registration form. Applicants are responsible for providing correct and functional contact information. TIFF is not responsible for any failed attempts to contact Applicants using the contact information provided.

NOTE: To be considered Canadian, films must be a Canadian production or co-production and be directed by a Canadian citizen or Canadian resident. Only films directed by Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible for Canadian film prizes.

SCHEDULING
The scheduling of films is determined by the Festival. The International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) permits up to five screenings of invited films at the Toronto International Film Festival, including both public and press & industry screenings. The Festival assumes your consent to up to five screenings unless we receive a written petition otherwise. The date(s), time(s) and location(s) of exhibitions of the films shall be at the discretion of the Festival.

SCREENING PROTOCOL
The Festival expects that the filmmaker and any other guests attending with the film will be present for, at minimum, the first two public screenings of the film for both the introduction and question & answer session.

NOTE: All film screenings have an introduction and question & answer session, with the exception of those at Roy Thomson Hall, which only have an introduction.

EXHIBITION COPY LIABILITY
The Festival will insure the integrity of the exhibition copy from the time of delivery to the Festival to the time the exhibition copy is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss of or damage to an exhibition copy, the Festival must receive notification and independent verification of such loss or damage prior to October 19, 2012. The Festival's obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the damaged components thereof.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF FILMS THROUGH WITHOUTABOX.COM I. APPLICATION OF THESE TERMS & CONDITIONS (1) The following terms and conditions (the “Terms”) govern the submission of a film (the “Film”) to Toronto International Film Festival Inc. (“TIFF”), through Withoutabox.com (Withoutabox) for consideration for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (the “Festival”). To the extent that this document is inconsistent with any other document prepared by TIFF or anyone else, this document will take precedence. Any questions about these Terms should be directed to submissions@tiff.net. II. SUBMISSION AGREEMENT (1) By submitting the film to TIFF, the Applicant and Film Owners (the “Submitting Parties”) hereby warrant and represent that: (i) the Film is wholly original and is not copied from and does not include any other work that is the subject of copyright or other protection, unless such work is in the public domain or the Submitting Parties have obtained any and all consents, releases, licenses, and other authorizations or waivers of any kind necessary for the inclusion or reproduction of any person, character, location, thing, trade-mark, sound recording, musical composition or other work in the film; (ii) the Film does not defame any person or violate the common law or statutory rights, including, without limitation, the rights of privacy and publicity or any other right of any person; (iii) the Film is not the subject of litigation; (iv) there are no agreements, nor will there be any agreements made subsequent to the date of this Film submission that would or could have the effect of impairing the Submitting Parties’ ability to provide the Film as contemplated herein, or otherwise conflict with any provision of these Terms; and (v) the Submitting Parties have the full right, power and authority to submit the Film to TIFF for Festival consideration, and to grant all of the rights granted hereunder and in the Withoutabox registration form, and there is no obligation or disability which would in any way impair, restrict or impede the Submitting Parties from fully performing all obligations pursuant to the submission and these Terms. (2) The Submitting Parties agree to indemnify and hold harmless TIFF, its licensees, successors and assigns, and its and their members, officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, associates and affiliates (each, a “Releasee”), from any claim, suit, action or other proceeding brought against a Releasee and from any losses, costs, or damages, including the Releasee’s full legal fees and costs, which it may have suffered or incurred or may suffer or incur, directly or indirectly based on, in connection with, or arising from the use and exhibition of the Film submitted by the Applicant or the breach or alleged breach of any representation, warranty or other agreement made by the Applicant in these Terms, or in the Applicant’s Withoutabox registration form. (3) TIFF takes all reasonable anti-piracy precautions. While in TIFF’s possession, all Films are securely stored and regularly inventoried. Access to Films is limited to TIFF staff who require access in order to screen and consider submissions. No duplication and loaning of Films is permitted. By submitting a Film to TIFF, the Submitting Parties hereby release the Releasees from any and all liability in the event of theft, unauthorized access or copying, or any breach of copyright of the submitted Film while it is in TIFF’s possession. OTHER (1) TIFF reserves the right to rule, in its sole discretion, on cases and situations not foreseen by these Terms. The person who has completed this entry form has READ and AGREES TO ABIDE BY all regulations and statements provided with this form. For more Festival information, refer to the official website at tiff.net/thefestival or contact Film Submissions at: Toronto International Film Festival Reitman Square 350 King Street West Toronto, Ontario M5V 3X5 Canada Telephone: 416-599-8433/1-888-599-8433 Fax: 416-967-9477 Email: submissions@tiff.net ®Toronto International Film Festival is a registered trademark of Toronto International Film Festival Inc.