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|Amateur 4 Minute Film Challenge
|This category is for films that are under 4 minutes. Films from beginning and professional filmmakers and filmmakers of all ages are encouraged. This category is described as "amateur" because we are encouraging films from beginning filmakers, and the short length may be especially suitable for filmmakers with small (or no) budgets. Films should include any of the following topics: forests, rainforests, deforestation, indigenous and forest communities, biodiversity, climate change, sustainable development, community development, forest resources, and forest flora and fauna. We will accept films over 4 minutes on a case by case basis.
|Short Film Competition
|This category encourages films that engage audiences and inspire solutions to the challenges facing forests and their communities. Films covering any aspect of rainforests, and forests in general, are accepted. Potential topics include any of the following topics: conservation, deforestation, indigenous and forest communities, biodiversity, climate change, sustainable development, community development, forest products and resources, and forest flora and fauna. Short films are encouraged from professional and amateur filmmakers.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Films for the Forest is committed to raising awareness for forest and tropical forest protection, celebrating the beauty and resources of all forests, and providing opportunities to learn more about forest topics through the transcendent medium of film.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Films for the Forest is an annual international short film contest created by the non-profit Rainforest Partnership. Based in Austin, Texas, with partners and staff in South America, Rainforest Partnership is dedicated to conserving rainforests by partnering with communities that live in the forests.
In previous years Films for the Forest has received film submissions spanning four continents, been judged by an impressive list of award-winning filmmakers and environmentalists including Richard Linklater, Elizabeth Avellán, and Philippe Cousteau Jr., and has raised $60,000 for Rainforest Partnership’s projects with forest communities in Ecuador and Peru.
This year, Rainforest Partnership presents its 5th Annual Films for the Forest Film Challenge, in coalition with the SXSW Film Festival Community Screenings. The international community is invited to participate in this unique film experience, culminating with the screening of winning films at the SXSW Film Festival Community screenings in March 2014 in Austin, Texas.
We welcome creative, thought-provoking, and moving films that engage audiences and inspire solutions to the challenges facing forests and their communities today. Films may explore any aspect of forests and rainforests. Suggested topics include any of the following: conservation, deforestation, indigenous and forest communities, biodiversity, climate change, sustainable development, community development, rainforest resources, and forest flora and fauna. All film styles (e.g. documentary, narrative, animation, etc) are encouraged, as well as films from experienced and inexperienced filmmakers of any age.
Alena Jutilla (Film Student)
; Francisco Garcia (Festival Registrar)
; Karen Magid (Programs)
; Selena Xie
; nicole wagner (Director of Operations)
1. Since we are an environmental organization, online submission through www.withoutabox.com is preferred. However, if online submission is not possible, entrants must send two DVDs for consideration to Rainforest Partnership, 505 Willow St, Austin, TX 78704. DVDs must be clearly labeled with entrant’s name, address, phone and email. Please make sure the covers and DVDs are labeled with film name and total running time. Submission DVDs must be in the NTSC format.
2. All DVD copies of the films become Rainforest Partnership/Films for the Forest property, unless otherwise directed. If you wish to have your preview film returned, please supply a padded, self-addressed, stamped envelope.
3. Please do not send printed promo materials with your film. Press kit info can be included in an WAB online submission. For official selection films ONLY, filmmakers may need to supply 1-2 high-resolution digital promo stills for festival publicity PLUS a trailer for your film. We will notify you by email when we need these.
3. All entrants grant Films for the Forest (F3) and Rainforest Partnership the right to use film stills and portions of accepted films for promotional purposes.
4. Non-English entries must be submitted with English subtitles.
5. Entry fees are nonrefundable and may be paid in the form of Visa, MasterCard, check or money order paid in U.S. dollars.
6. Only films completed after January 1, 2012 will be considered for Official Selection. Films made prior to 2011 may be accepted on a case by case basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree to the following: 1. I have read, understand and fully comply with the festival specifications and guidelines; 2. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true; 3. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation; 4. I have received proper authorization to use any materials that I do not own (including but not limited to: footage, music and narration): 5. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival; 6. I agree to fully indemnify and hold the Rainforest Partnership/F3 completely harmless from any and all claims whatsoever that may arise as a result of usage of submitted materials. 7. I agree that I will not hold Rainforest Partnership/F3 responsible for any problems that may occur during the shipping of films (to the festival or from the festival). 8. Please note: because we are an environmental film festival, we strive to have sustainable practices. Do not send printed promo materials with your film. Press kit info can be included in your online submission.