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22-May-2015 9:08am PDT  

 

Free Speech Film Festival

3 Annual November 11, 2015 to November 11, 2015

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American INSIGHT
Box 347
Penn Valley PA 19072
USA
Phone: 6106179919
freespeech@americaninsight.org
http://freespeechfilmfestival.or...

SERVICES COMING SOON • The Competition has a current Festival Participation Agreement, but has not yet posted a Call For Entries.

Free Speech: You Define It!
DEADLINES + FEES
Early Deadline: July 4, 2015 - $40
Regular Deadline: August 5, 2015 - $45
Final Deadline: September 6, 2015 - $50

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The 2015 Free Speech Film Festival’s mission is to provide an online, unbiased framework to practice, promote, and preserve the principles of free speech through the power of film and social media; and to establish a vehicle of communications for citizens around the globe.



ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival seeks to provide a forum for free expression among individuals who wish to promote a free society, regardless of where they live.

The Free Speech Film Festival is a low-cost, grassroots, sustainable program that unites students, scholars, poets, artists, scientists, writers, educators, and the general public in conversations about the history and future of Free Speech.

The Festival explores all the meanings of Free Speech within socially-acceptable boundaries. We do not promote hate speech or porn, and we reserve the right to define these terms.

Only one film each year wins American INSIGHT's Free Speech Award. The winning film is screened at the Free Speech Award Ceremony, and promoted in perpetuity on American INSIGHT's online educational Free Speech Storyline. The Storyline traces the stories of heroes who have given their lives to promote individual rights and personal freedom since the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215.

Celebrating 800 years of Freedom... one Free Speech Award-winning film at a time!


ORGANIZERS
Margaret Chew Barringer (Founder / Chairman) ; Robert Haskell (Secretary / Treasurer) ; Robert Haskell (Treasurer)

GENERAL RULES
RULES & REGULATIONS
By agreeing to the terms and conditions stated herein, participants in American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival unconditionally accept the these rules and regulations:

SELECTION COMMITTEE
American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival Jurors will be selected from among Philadelphia’s best-known writers, lawyers, scientists, recording artists, media specialists, scholars, historians, civic groups and cultural institutions. Upon their request, jurors may reserve the right to remain anonymous.

Jurors will not be prejudiced by film length, subject matter, filmmaker. Jurors will follow established Judging Criteria (below) as they select American INSIGHT’s six “Official Selection” films. Although it is understood that any evaluation of artistic material involves a certain degree of subjectivity, their decisions will be considered final.

From the final six “Official Selections,” one film will be selected to receive the 2015 Free Speech Award. The winning film will be announced and screened at American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Award Ceremony on November 11th. Comments on the topic of Free Speech by leaders from the fields of law, science, media, art, literature, art, academia, history, and/or civic engagement will precede the screening.

JUDGING CRITERIA
Theme: relevant to Free Speech and/or the Rule of Law.
Emotional Impact/Audience Appeal: visually appealing and entertaining; engenders emotional response; creates a lasting impression.
Structure/Story: clear, logical, effective plot with a meaningful and unique story line.
Audio/Music Composition: appealing soundtrack, original, consistent volume, no background noise.
Cinematography: effective visuals, lighting, camera angles.
Editing: smooth flow, creates emotional response from the viewer.

DEADLINES + FEES
Early Deadline: July 4, 2015 - $40
Regular Deadline: August 5, 2015 - $45
Final Deadline: September 6, 2015 - $50

SUBMISSIONS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200 FILMS RECEIVED!

Email Notification of acceptance or rejection by October 1, 2015.
Free Speech Award Ceremony: November 11, 2015.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
- Submissions must be made electronically through Withoutabox .
- Guidelines must be followed by all applicants, or films will not be accepted.
- Defective submissions will not be accepted into the Festival.
- Multiple submissions are permissible; however, each submission must be accompanied by its own Entry Form and submission Fee.

ACCEPTED FORMATS
- Withoutabox Online Screener
- NTSC Region 0 (or) Region 1 DVD

DVD Submissions
DVD submissions should be mailed to the address provided below for screening purposes: American INSIGHT, Box 347, Penn Valley, PA 19072

All DVDs must be accompanied by a completed entry form and a synopsis of the submitted film.

All DVDs must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee, unless the entry fee was paid through WithoutaBox.

All labels must state filmmakers name, contact information, title, run time, and the submission’s WAB Tracking Number.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL OR MASTER COPIES OF YOUR SUBMISSIONS.

Participant is responsible for any and all shipping costs.

Please do not ship any materials in fiber envelopes.

RESTRICTIONS
Restricted to individuals 18 years old or above.

Uncompleted films will not be accepted.

American INSIGHT’s selection committee(s) reserves the right to determine inappropriate content, such as violence, hate speech, defamation, or pornography; if any content is deemed by the committee(s) to be such, the film will not be accepted.

Previously broadcasted and/or independently/commercially distributed films will not be accepted.

LENGTH
No submissions can be greater than 60 minutes in length, or less than 60 seconds.

INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
International submissions will ONLY be accepted through Withoutabox, including the Entry Form and Entry Fee.

All non-English films must include English subtitles.

All International film submissions must agree with copyright rules and regulations.

If selected for inclusion in the Festival, you must make available a DVD (NTSC Region 0 (or) 1) for exhibition purposes.

TRAILERS
Filmmakers submitting to the Free Speech Film Festival may submit trailers of 120 seconds or less along with their signed Entry Form and Entry Fee. Trailers may be included in American INSIGHT’s online pre-Festival promotional activities. Trailers can be submitted by DVD, YouTube link, or Withoutabox. All terms and conditions regarding American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival apply to Trailer content.

NOTIFICATION
Submitter is responsible for notifying American INSIGHT of any and all changes in contact information as soon as they occur.

All communication will be through email to the primary email address provided, including: reception of submissions, acceptance and non-acceptance of submissions into Festival, defective submissions, etc.

Notification of acceptance status will be sent no later than October 1, 2015.

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
The final SIX films selected may be promoted by their filmmakers as “Official Selections” of American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival.

Acceptance of the film by American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film in no way obligates the Festival to screen or award any film, and such additional actions are done so at the discretion of the Festival and its committee(s).

“Official Selections” for American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival are selected by the Selection Committee, based solely on the Judging Criteria stated above.

“Official Selections” are in no way an endorsement of the film’s content by any representative of American INSIGHT.

UPON SELECTION
If a Submitter has thus far not made a DVD copy of their film available, an NTSC Region 0 (or) Region 1 DVD should be mailed to the address provided below for exhibition purposes: American INSIGHT, Box 347, Penn Valley, PA 19072

All labels must state filmmakers name, contact information, title, and run time.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL OR MASTER COPIES OF YOUR SUBMISSIONS

Press kits will be requested upon notification of acceptance.

Participant is responsible for any and all shipping costs.

Please do not ship any materials in fiber envelopes.

Press Kits
Do not submit press kits until notified (unsolicited kits will not be returned).

Upon notification of acceptance, press kits will be requested and preferably should be submitted through Withoutabox.

Press Kits should include: still photos (300 dpi); synopsis of the film (100 words or less); optional 120 second Membership Trailer; filmmaker statement, photo, and biography.

Upon notification of acceptance, three weeks before the Festival Awards Ceremony, these items should also be mailed to American INSIGHT by the filmmaker, if available: posters, flyers, postcards, etc.

FEES + SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Early Deadline: July 4, 2015 - $40
Regular Deadline: August 5, 2015 - $45
Final Deadline: September 6, 2015 - $50


LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200 FILMS RECEIVED!

What filmmakers receive:
All participating filmmakers are mentioned on American INSIGHT's Free Speech Award Ceremony 2015 Credit Roll, and promoted online.

SIX “Official Selection” filmmakers receive Free Passes to the Free Speech Award Ceremony; and their films are promoted by American INSIGHT for a period of one year.

ONE 2015 Free Speech Award-winning film is featured at American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Award Ceremony; the filmmaker is invited to speak on camera for American INSIGHT’s historical archives; and the winning film remains on American INSIGHT's online, educational Free Speech Storyline in perpetuity.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Entry Fees are non-refundable. Filmmakers retain the copyright of their film General Information. All archival materials used in your films must be credited within the film itself and be included within its run time. The submitter and/or undersigned expressly warrants that it has obtained all necessary copyright clearances for original works of authorship used in the film, and all rights and clearances necessary to exhibit the film. The submitter and/or undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, fees, and expenses (including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos submitted, and any claims arising out of, or in connection with, the exhibition of the film.