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Austin Film Festival

21 Annual October 23, 2014 to October 30, 2014

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

Narrative Feature
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 41 minutes or longer. Feature films must be at least a Texas Premiere, but US and World Premieres are always preferred.
Narrative Short
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 40 minutes or less. Shorts must be Austin premieres, although Texas Premieres are preferred.
Narrative Student Short
Any student narrative work of fiction with a running time of 40 minutes or less. Open to students ONLY and must include proof of enrollment. The film must be the work of a current student or completed during the time the filmmaker was a student. Student Shorts must be non-animated, narrative works only. Documentary and Animated Shorts should be entered in their respective category. Shorts must be Austin premieres, but Texas Premieres are preferred.
Documentary Feature
Any non-fiction work of film with a running time of 41 minutes or longer. Feature films must be at least a Texas Premiere, but US and World Premieres are always preferred.
Documentary Short
Any non-fiction work of film with a running time of 40 minutes or less. Shorts must be Austin premieres, although Texas Premieres are preferred.
Animated Short
Any animated narrative work of fiction with a running time of 40 minutes or less. Open to any form of animation. Animated Shorts must be narrative works only, no experimental pieces. Shorts must be Austin premieres, although Texas Premieres are preferred.
Dark Matters Feature
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 60 minutes or longer that could be labelled horror (including particularly dark suspense, thriller or sci-fi films) .Films must be at least a Texas Premiere, but US and World Premieres are always preferred.
Comedy Vanguard Feature
Films must be Feature-length, 60 minutes or longer.
Films should be easily identified as belonging to the Comedy genre. Films may be any style of Comedy (Slapstick, Farce, Mockumentary) but AFF is especially looking for fresh voices that push the boundaries of Comedy in unexpected ways.
Films must be Texas Premieres (prefer World/North American/US Premieres)

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.

Austin Film Festival recognizes the writer as the heart of the creative process of filmmaking and strives to uncover outstanding, emerging filmmakers; serve as a creative catalyst for legendary, contemporary and rising talent; foster their development through panels, workshops and master classes conducted by professionals; recognize, encourage, and challenge the skills of these new filmmakers and provide outreach opportunities to writers and filmmakers.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Known as “The Writer’s Festival,” for the past 20 years, Austin Film Festival has prided itself in seeking out films that display strong storytelling, both written and visual. From highly anticipated Hollywood fare to the finest in independent filmmaking, AFF aims to showcase the films and filmmakers that audiences want to see, whether they know it or not. Last year we programmed 28 world premiere features and several US premieres and are always looking to discover a new talent. Moviemaker Magazine just named Austin the #1 city in which to be a moviemaker for 2013, as well as selecting AFF as one of the top 25 Coolest Film Festivals around. We have been listed time and time again as one of Moviemaker's Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.

This year is Austin Film Festival's 21st Season and and festival runs from Oct. 23-3, 2014. In addition to the Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature categories, last year we added a brand new DARK MATTERS category, to showcase horror films, which was a great success. 5 films made their World or US Premiere as part of the Dark Matters Series.

AFF awards jury and audience awards in the Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Narrative Student Short, Documentary Short, Documentary Feature, Dark Matters Feature and Animated Short categories. In addition, we screen many films submitted in the festival out of competition in our shorts programs, our Comedy Vanguard, Heart of Film Texas Independents, or Write/Rec sections. In 2013, five of our features were picked up for distribution during the festival.

2012's Animated Short Jury and Audience Award winner, Head over Heels, was shortlisted for an Academy Award. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, the 2011 AFF Best Animated Short Jury and Audience Award Winner, went on to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 2012. In 2000, Jason Reitman won the Jury Award for his short film In God We Trust and later won AFF Audience Awards for Juno (2007) and Up in the Air (2009). In 2003 and 2005, Cary Fukanaga received AFF awards for his student short films; Fukanaga has since gone on to direct the critically acclaimed Sin Nombre (2009) and Jane Eyre (2011).

In addition to the films, our annual Screenwriter's Festival draws high profile Hollywood talent like 2013 panelists Paul Thomas Anderson, Elaine May, Jenji Kohan, David Shore, Shane Black, Robin Swicord, Nick Kazan, Dan Petrie Jr, Roberto Orci, Terry Rossio, Ed Solomon, Ron Nyswaner, Leslie Dixon, Beau Willimon, Robert Rodriguez, Jim Taylor, Rian Johnson, Mark Johnson, Ray McKinnon, Jeff Nichols, Scott Neustadter, and John August. Our 2013 Awardees were Jonathan Demme, Callie Khouri, Vince Gilligan, Barry Josephson and Susan Sarandon. The AFF Film Competition gives every filmmaker the chance to network with these stars, all of whom come to Austin looking to meet fellow artists.

A Message from Bears Fonté, Director of Programming:

"Austin Film Festival searches submissions for the best stories. We are looking to include the most original and inspiring entries from all over the world in the festival, regardless of race, religion, or lifestyle. Please do not hesitate to submit a film that may not portray so-called ‘traditional’ characters or life choices. A great story shares a universal truth from a distinctive viewpoint. We can’t wait to see what you have to show us."

Submit today and your film could take its place in this year's lineup and the future's highlights!

ORGANIZERS
Barbara Morgan (Executive Director) ; Harrison Glaser (Film Program Coordinator)

GENERAL RULES
FILM COMPETITION GENERAL RULES & GUIDELINES:

- Films must be narrative or documentary works only.

- Narrative applicant must be one of the credited writers of the film. Documentary Applicant should be one of the credited directors of the film.

- Films must be submitted on DVD NTSC or PAL (please test before sending) or as an online screener and be available for screening as a digital file. Please note: we do NOT screen films on Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file, DO NOT SUBMIT your film.

- IMPORTANT NOTE: The Austin Film Festival is not responsible for the streaming quality of WAB Secure Online Screeners. If you choose to submit a Secure Online Screener and would like to guarantee the quality of your submission, AFF strongly suggests you submit a DVD in addition to your Secure Online Screener submission.

- Films must have been completed after April 1, 2013. Films must be available for screening during the Austin Film Festival, October 23-30, 2014.

- Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for AFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.

- Short Films that have played in Austin in a theatrical setting to a public audience prior to October 23, 2014 are not eligible to be screened at the Austin Film Festival. This is includes Shorts nights, public cast and crew screenings, or other festivals. The ONLY exception is that a short may play as part of a class screening for the UT RTF Program. We prefer shorts be Texas Premieres.

- Feature Films must be at least a Texas premieres. AFF will not screen features that have played at other Texas festivals or screened publicly in a theater in Texas (including a one night only screening in a rented space). We prefer World, North American and US Premieres and all things being equal, will often opt to program the film that has not yet had a release over one that has played several festivals.

- Filmmakers unsure whether or not to enter their film into the Narrative Feature Category or the Dark Matters Category should select Dark Matters so the film will be watched with that in mind. Austin Film Festival reserves the right to switch the entry category to fit programming needs and interests and films WILL NOT BE penalized for the original submission selection.

- Austin Film Festival reserves the right to change submission category at their discretion.

- Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees

- You MUST include your physical address either in your WAB entry or in your cover letter. Please do not submit a film without giving us your address, which we need for our records.

- Please include in your cover letter if your film was SHOT IN TEXAS (include locations) or made by TEXAS FILMMAKERS. We have special Out-Of-Competition categories for which your film may be eligible if it is not selected for the competition, and we don't want to miss your film!


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

NARRATIVE FEATURE REQUIREMENTS:
- Films must be feature-length narratives, 41 minutes or longer.
- Films must be Texas Premieres (prefer World/North American/US Premieres).
- Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

NARRATIVE SHORT REQUIREMENTS:
- Films must be short narratives of 40 minutes or less.
- Films must be Austin Premieres. We highly prefer the short be at least a Texas Premiere.
- Open to anyone who wishes to enter

NARRATIVE STUDENT SHORT REQUIREMENTS:
- Films must be short narratives of 40 minutes or less.
- Films must be Austin Premieres). We highly prefer the short be at least a Texas Premiere.
- Open only to students (must include proof of enrollment from
accredited university or college).
- The film must be the work of a current student or completed
during the time the filmmaker was a student.

ANIMATED SHORT REQUIREMENTS:
- Films must be animated short narratives of 40 minutes or less. Please note: Animated films over 40 minutes should be entered in the Narrative Feature category.
- Open to any form of animation. Animated Shorts must be narrative works only, no experimental pieces.
- Films must be Austin Premieres. We highly prefer the short be at least a Texas Premiere.
- Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE REQUIREMENTS:
- Films must be Documentaries, 41 minutes or longer.
- Films must be Texas Premieres (prefer World/North American/US Premieres).
- Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT REQUIREMENTS:
- Films must be Short Documentaries, 40 minutes or less.
- Films must be Austin Premieres. We highly prefer the short be at least a Texas Premiere.
- Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

DARK MATTERS FEATURE REQUIREMENTS:
- Films must be feature-length narratives, 60 minutes or longer.
- Films should be easily identified as belonging to the Horror
genre or a particularly dark suspense, thriller or sci-fi film.
- Films must be Texas Premieres (prefer World/North American/US Premieres).
- Open to anyone who wishes to enter.


PLEASE NOTE:
The Austin Film Festival does NOT waive entry fees. AFF believes waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. The same rules and entry fees should apply to all applicants so no one film is favored over another. In a similar respect the AFF does NOT invite films to be in competition, ONLY films submitted will be considered for competition.

We understand the financial constraint of filmmaking and costs of submitting to Festivals and we still hope you can find it in your budget to submit your film.

RETURNS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
DVDs and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

COMPETITION CERTIFICATION I/We have read all of the Austin Film Festival (a.k.a. Festival) rules. I/We understand and have complied with these rules. I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I/we fully indemnify the Festival against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my/our knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct. I/We understand that failure to adhere to the Festival rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. I/We agree to hold the Austin Film Festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival. I understand that the festival projection format may change and I will be notified of the required format once my film is accepted. FILM COMPETITION GENERAL RULES & GUIDELINES: - Films must be narrative or documentary works only. - Narrative applicant must be one of the credited writers of the film. - Films must be submitted on DVD NTSC or PAL (please test before sending) or as an online screener and be available for screening as a digital file. Please note: we do NOT screen films on Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file, DO NOT SUBMIT your film. - IMPORTANT NOTE: The Austin Film Festival is not responsible for the streaming quality of WAB Secure Online Screeners. If you choose to submit a Secure Online Screener and would like to guarantee the quality of your submission, AFF strongly suggests you submit a DVD in addition to your Secure Online Screener submission. - Films must have been completed after April 1, 2013. Films must be available for screening during the Austin Film Festival, October 23-30, 2014. - Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for AFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition. - Films that have played in Austin in a theatrical setting to a public audience prior to October 23, 2014 are not eligible to be screened at the Austin Film Festival. This is includes Shorts nights, public cast and crew screenings, or other festivals. The ONLY exception is that a short may play as part of a class screening for the UT RTF Program. Feature Films must be must be at least a Texas premieres. AFF will not screen features that have played at other Texas festivals or screened publicly in a theater in Texas (including a one night only screening in a rented space). We prefer shorts be Texas Premieres. - Austin Film Festival reserves the right to change submission category at their discretion. - Filmmakers unsure whether or not to enter their film into the Narrative Feature Category or the Dark Matters Category should select Dark Matters so the film will be watched with that in mind. Austin Film Festival reserves the right to switch the entry category to fit programming needs and interests and films WILL NOT BE penalized for the original submission selection. - Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees - You MUST include your physical address either in your WAB entry or in your cover letter. Please do not submit a film without giving us your address, which we need for our records. - Please include in your cover letter if your film was SHOT IN TEXAS (include locations) or made by TEXAS FILMMAKERS. We have special Out-Of-Competition categories for which your film may be eligible if it is not selected for the competition, and we don't want to miss your film! ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: NARRATIVE FEATURE REQUIREMENTS: - Films must be feature-length narratives, 41 minutes or longer. - Films must be Texas Premieres (prefer World/North American/US Premieres). - Open to anyone who wishes to enter. NARRATIVE SHORT REQUIREMENTS: - Films must be short narratives of 40 minutes or less. - Films must be Austin Premieres. We highly prefer the short be at least a Texas Premiere. - Open to anyone who wishes to enter NARRATIVE STUDENT SHORT REQUIREMENTS: - Films must be short narratives of 40 minutes or less. - Films must be Austin Premieres). We highly prefer the short be at least a Texas Premiere. - Open only to students (must include proof of enrollment from accredited university or college). - The film must be the work of a current student or completed during the time the filmmaker was a student. ANIMATED SHORT REQUIREMENTS: - Films must be animated short narratives of 40 minutes or less. Please note: Animated films over 40 minutes should be entered in the Narrative Feature category. - Open to any form of animation. Animated Shorts must be narrative works only, no experimental pieces. - Films must be Austin Premieres. We highly prefer the short be at least a Texas Premiere. - Open to anyone who wishes to enter. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE REQUIREMENTS: - Films must be Documentaries, 41 minutes or longer. - Films must be Texas Premieres (prefer World/North American/US Premieres). - Open to anyone who wishes to enter. DOCUMENTARY SHORT REQUIREMENTS: - Films must be Short Documentaries, 40 minutes or less. - Films must be Austin Premieres. We highly prefer the short be at least a Texas Premiere. - Open to anyone who wishes to enter. DARK MATTERS FEATURE REQUIREMENTS: - Films must be feature-length narratives, 60 minutes or longer. - Films should be easily identified as belonging to the Horror genre or a particularly dark suspense, thriller or sci-fi film. - Films must be Texas Premieres (prefer World/North American/US Premieres). - Open to anyone who wishes to enter. PLEASE NOTE: The Austin Film Festival does NOT waive entry fees. AFF believes waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. The same rules and entry fees should apply to all applicants so no one film is favored over another. In a similar respect the AFF does NOT invite films to be in competition, ONLY films submitted will be considered for competition. We understand the financial constraint of filmmaking and costs of submitting to Festivals and we still hope you can find it in your budget to submit your film. RETURNS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: DVDs and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry.