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21-Apr-2014 7:42am PDT  

 

Blue Water Film Festival

5 Annual September 27, 2013 to September 28, 2013

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PO Box 611109
Port Huron MI 48061
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Phone: 734-658-6490
bwff@bluewaterfilmfestival.com
http://www.BlueWaterFilmFestival...

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Michigan/Ontario Feature Length Films
Feature length films are considered to be anything over 40 minutes. To qualify, the filmmaker must reside or have filmed the project in the State of Michigan, USA or Province of Ontario, CANADA.

We accept each movies in their category. The films are then rated against themselves to decide what will be shown the day of the festival, as it is a competition.
Michigan/Ontario Short Films
Short films are considered to be anything 39 minutes or less. To qualify, the filmmaker must reside or have filmed the project in the State of Michigan, USA or Province of Ontario, CANADA.

It is based on its own merits. Whether it is a documentary, short or any genre.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Our mission is to provide Michigan and Ontario independent filmmakers with an opportunity to showcase their talents to wide-ranging audience filled with leading industry professionals, fellow filmmakers and film enthusiasts.



ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In 2009, the Blue Water Film Festival (BWFF) was the first film festival developed in Michigan that focused entirely on the state's burgeoning independent film industry. Filmmakers that either lived in or shot their film in Michigan were eligible for submission to the Port Huron-based festival. As the festival has grown in its five years of existence, submission eligibility has now expanded to include the Province of Ontario.

Each film submission is viewed in its entirety by the BWFF's Film Selection Committee. Film finalists are chosen by the Committee and then screened by the current year's Panel of Judges.

Leading industry professionals, all with a strong tie to either Michigan or Ontario, are invited each year to participate as a festival judge and they include Emmy, Golden Globe and Oscar-winning actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, cinematographers and editors as well as make-up artists and hair stylists.

Previous judges and special guests of the festival have included Emmy Award-winning actor, TIMOTHY BUSFIELD ("Thirtysomething", "Field of Dreams", "The West Wing"); G4 TV personality, filmmaker and author, CHRIS GORE (founder of Film Threat magazine, author "The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide"); horror film icon, SID HAIG ("The Devil's Rejects", "Kill Bill: Part II", "House of 1,000 Corpses", "Jackie Brown"); comedian, LONI LOVE ("Chelsea Lately", VH-1's "I Love the 70's/80'/90's); Academy Award-nominated producer, STEVE BANNATYNE ("If a Tree Falls...", "Informant", "Goodbye Solo") actress, KATHLEEN ROSE PERKINS (Golden Globe Award-nominated "Episodes", "NCIS", "Til Death", "American Horror Story"); actor and producer, CURTIS ARMSTRONG ("King of the Nerds", "Akeelah and the Bee", "Ray", "Revenge of the Nerds"); comedian, DAVE COULIER ("Full House", HBO's "Detroit Comedy Jam", HBO's "Comic Relief"), Emmy Award-nominated hairstylist and director, STACEY K. BLACK ("Glee", "The Artist", "The Closer", "Nip Tuck") and former Walt Disney animator, JOHN WEBBER ("Pocahontas", "Lilo and Stitch", "Hercules")

Official Selections of the Blue Water Film Festival are screened in the historic, 1,150 seat McMorran Place Theatre in downtown Port Huron, Michigan.

BWFF finalists are eligible to win monetary prize awards and gifts, including a $1,000 prize for first place.

ORGANIZERS
Jeremy Stemen (Executive Director) ; Jeremy Stemen (Executive Director) ; Jeremy Stemen (Executive Director) ; John Kelly (Director) ; Kelly Kennedy (Film Selection Chairperson) ; Kelly Kennedy (Film Selection Chairperson) ; Kelly Kennedy (Film Selection Chairperson) ; Ryan Charron (VIP and Luminary Concierge)

GENERAL RULES
All film entries to the Blue Water Film Festival (BWFF) MUST be independent and additionally meet one of the two following criteria:
a.) The entry must have been filmed in the state of Michigan or Ontario.
b.) The person submitting the film must have participated in the production of the entry and have a permanent address in the state of Michigan or Ontario.

Feature-length films are considered to be films over 40 minutes in runtime, while short films are 39 minutes or less in runtime.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. All film entries to the Blue Water Film Festival (BWFF) MUST be independent and additionally meet one of the two following criteria: a.) The entry must have been filmed in the state of Michigan or Ontario. b.) The person submitting the film must have participated in the production of the entry and have a permanent address in the state of Michigan or Ontario. 2. All film submissions must be submitted by Friday, June 14, 2013 3. Entries submitted WILL NOT be returned. Please copyright all material. 4. All foreign language films must contain English subtitles. 5. Each film submission must have its own individual entry form and entry fee. Please make check or money order payments payable to the “Blue Water Film Festival”. 6. All Ontario film submissions must be paid in U.S. currency. 7. The BWFF requests that a trailer is provided for all film submissions (including documentaries, shorts, animation, etc). 8. The BWFF requests that all film submissions chosen as finalists send press kits (promotional material) by Tuesday, August 9, 2013. The press kits may include, but not limited to: posters, film stills or other materials to promote the film festival finalist. This material will not be returned and is property of the BWFF. 9. The BWFF is not responsible for infringement on the copyright, trademark or other rights of any individual, business or organization. Any copyrighted material or music cannot be used without permission by the artist and must be obtained by the filmmaker. 10. The BWFF requests that all film submissions chosen as finalists remove the selected film, if shown in its entirety, from the internet. Trailers are acceptable on the internet for promotional purposes.