6th Annual

Toronto Independent Film Awards

March 17, 2017 to March 18, 2017

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International
Film
Video
Short
Feature
Competition
Film Market
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401 Richmond St W
#258
toronto ON M5V 3A8
Canada
Phone: 416-799-9443
info@tifa.ca
http://www.tifa.ca

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

Feature Film- No budget (budget $25,000 and under)
A feature film has to be over 45 minutes in length and has to have a budget of $25,000 and under.

Feature Film- Micro budget (budget $26,000- $50,000)
A feature film has to be over 45 minutes in length, under 180 minutes in length and has to have a budget between $26,000 and $50,000.

Feature Film- Low budget (budget $51,000- $100,000)
A feature film has to be over 45 minutes in length, under 180 minutes in length and has to have a budget between $51,000 and $100,000.

Feature Film- Mid budget (budget $101,000 +)
A feature film has to be over 45 minutes in length, under 180 minutes in length and has to have a budget of over $101,000.

Short Film
A short film has to be under 45 minutes.

Documentary - Short
A Documentary Short has to be under 45 minutes in length.

Documentary - Feature
A Feature Documentary has to be over 45 minutes and under 180 minutes.

Student Film
A film produced by a Student from any film school.
Music Video
A music video with a maximum length of 15 minutes.
Subtitling is not necessary for Music Videos!
Screenplay
A screenplay of any length. (Short or Feature)
Experimental Film
An Experimental Film can be of any length, and of any genre.
Animation
An Animation can be of any length of under 150 minutes.
Children's Film
A Children's film can be of any length of under 150 minutes.
Web Series
This category is strictly for Web Series, episodes of any length, in total no longer then 150 minutes. .

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Mission Statement

TIFA, the Toronto Independent Film Awards Inc. (formerly known as Toronto International Film and Video Awards Inc. TIFVA) is dedicated to awarding and showcasing the best independent films from around the world.



ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

TIFA was started by independent filmmakers who understand the process of submitting to festivals and the challenges met when trying to get recognition for their work by professionals in the industry. That’s why TIFA offers so much – we want to support filmmakers and writers in any way we can!

TIFA’s core beliefs are the following – Accessibility, Equality and Diversity.

At TIFA we believe that everyone should be given equal opportunities to express their talents in film. For this reason TIFA screens and awards films and screenplays from every country, in all genres, and a range of independent budgets.
To help level the playing field we accept feature films in four sub-categories based on the project’s budget so films are not competing against others made at higher budgets. We also highlight categories that are often overlooked such as experimental films, web series, animations, music videos and children’s films.
TIFA is a strong supporter of diversity in filmmaking. Everyone has a story to tell and promoting diversity in the industry can only make it better. This year TIFA has received submissions from over 40 countries as we continue to expand our reach year after year. Our nominee list from 2015 included submissions from 18 countries! TIFA also believes in providing a platform for underrepresented groups in the industry to showcase their efforts through focused panels and events such as our women in filmmaking panel and various networking events.

In 2016 submissions are accepted in 14 categories.


ORGANIZERS

James Dubbeldam (Executive Director); Jeff Applewhite (Director of Operations)

GENERAL RULES

General Rules

Criteria

If your film fits the following criteria enter your film under the WAB criteria - what have you got to lose? There are great prizes as well as audience and industry exposure for your work in a great Canadian Film event.

* Your short film must be no longer than 45 minutes, including credits.
* Feature films must be a minimum of 46 minutes.
* Scripts must be no more than 180 pages long
* All entries must follow the criteria as listed by WAB, including the entry fee.
* All entries in a language other than English must be sub-titled or dubbed.
* All screeners must be viewable on a standard dvd player- not just for play on a computer. Your film will be disqualified if not. (not applicable when submitting an online screener)
* You must have secured the broadcast rights for all material (including music) and cast used in your film. We can't legally screen your work in public unless these rights have been secured, and we won't (proof that rights have been secured must be supplied, if required).
* By submitting you allow TIFA to show your submissions trailer wherever TIFA decides (i.e. website and youtube channel)
* You allow TIFA to use photos and information from your press kit on the TIFA website and on other promotional material

That's the main criteria, but check out the terms and conditions below for the fine print.

NOTE: All submission screeners must be POSTMARKED BY January 5, 2017.

TORONTO INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (TIFA) 2016
SUBMISSION CHECKLIST
□ 1X DVD of your film, for selection purposes only (if not submitting an online screener)
Please Send your DVD and Entry From to:
Toronto Independent Film Awards (TIFA)
401 Richmond St. W. #258
Toronto, ON
M5V 3A8
Canada



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please read the following terms and conditions carefully:

It is a condition of entry that the film (Film) is entered by the producer or director of the film. As the producer/director/entrant (Producer) of the film you must understand and agree to the Terms & Conditions of Entry outlined below.

1. To validly apply to enter the Film Festival, the Producer must: (a) Complete the entry criteria (b) Send 1 DVD copy of your Film to (or an online screener); Toronto Independent Film Awards (TIFA)
401 Richmond St. W. #258, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8 Canada

2. By applying to enter the Film Festival, the Producer/Director/Entrant acknowledges that the conditions contained within this entry form (including the Terms & Conditions Of Entry) create a binding agreement between the Toronto International Film and Video Awards (TIFA) ('the Festival') and what who will be addressed as ‘the Producer’.

3. The Festival has the right, in its' absolute discretion and without giving reasons, to choose the Films to be selected for judging in relation to the Festival screening date;

4. If the Film is not selected for the screening night of the Festival, the Festival organisers will make the Film available for collection after the 5th of January, 2017. If the Film is not collected by 31st January, 2015, the Festival has permission to destroy the Film.

5. The Producer makes the following guarantees to the Toronto Independent Film Awards (TIFA):
(a) the Film complies with the criteria for entry as contained within this entry form
(b) all the actors have consented in writing to the use of their acting in the Film;
(c) the Producer has permission from the owner of the copyright in the sound recordings and lyrics comprising the soundtrack to the Film, to use those sound recordings and lyrics in the Film;
(d) the Producer has obtained from each contributor to the Film authorisation for the Festival to use the contributors name and likeness in connection with any publicity for the Toronto Independent Film Awards (TIFA);
(e) the Producer is entitled to grant to the Toronto Independent Film Awards (TIFA) permission to make use of the rights referred to in clause 6, and the use or exploitation of the Film in the Festival or related publicity as contemplated by this entry form will not violate the rights of any third party;
(f) all details in this entry form are true and correct;
(g) the Producer indemnifies the Toronto Independent Film Awards (TIFA) and any party related to the Toronto Independent Film Awards (TIFA), including sponsors, advertisers, and venue operators from any and all claims in relation to the guarantees provided by the Producer in clause 5 of this entry form, and any matter which arises from the viewing and/or screening of the Film as part of the Festival.

6. In consideration of the Festival viewing the Film for the purpose of Selection for the Festival, the Producer grants the Festival non-exclusive rights to do any and all of the acts now or subsequently comprising the copyright in the Film, including:
(a) all acts in connection with the Toronto Independent Film Awards (TIFA), including viewing, screening and publicity associated with the Festival;
(b) to communicate the Film to the public, in connection with the Toronto Independent Film Awards (TIFA).

7. Notwithstanding anything contained in this entry form, the Producer will not grant any rights in the Film to any person where the grant of such rights would put the Toronto Independent Film Awards (TIFA), it’s sponsors, advertisers, venue operators, or related entities in breach of any agreement or arrangement made known to the Producer by the Festival or of which the Producer should reasonably be aware.

8. The Producer authorises the Festival to do any and all acts comprised in the Withoutabox Terms and Conditions.

9. The Producer authorises the Festival to use the Producer’s name and likeness in connection with any publicity related to the Festival.

10. The Festival reserves the right to cancel, change, exchange, reduce or increase prizes and categories listed on the website.

11. The agreement created by this entry form is made in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is governed by the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of Ontario. The Producer will do such acts and sign, or cause to be signed, such instruments as the Festival may reasonably require for the purpose of this agreement. The Producer must not assign or licence its’ interest under this agreement. Where any party comprises more than one person, a reference to that party includes each such person severally and all such persons jointly. A reference to a person includes a body corporate. The singular includes the plural and vice versa. The words and expressions used in this agreement have the meanings given to them in the Copyright Act, 1968, unless expressly stated to the contrary in this agreement. In the case of any inconsistency between the provisions of this entry form and any other language contained in this document, the provisions of this entry form prevail. I, the Producer, understand and agree to the Terms and Conditions as outlined above