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16-Apr-2014 9:13am PDT  

 

DOC NYC

5 Annual November 13, 2014 to November 20, 2014

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

Competition Features (NYC premiere requirement)
Contemporary documentaries from around the world – 41 minutes in length or longer – that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft and innovation in storytelling.

Only feature documentary submissions that are NYC premieres will be considered for inclusion in DOC NYC's competitive Viewfinders and Metropolis sections.
Competition Shorts (NYC premiere preferred, but not required)
Contemporary documentaries from around the world – under 41 minutes – that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft and innovation in storytelling.

NYC premieres preferred, but not required.

Winning short film will qualify for consideration in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
Non-Competition Features (NYC premiere preferred, but not required)
Contemporary documentaries from around the world – 41 minutes in length or longer – that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft and innovation in storytelling.

NYC premieres preferred, but not required.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
DOC NYC is an annual event celebrating documentary storytelling across multiple fields emphasizing film and including photography, prose and more. The eight-day festival takes place in the heart of Greenwich Village at the IFC Center and at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea.

“In its fourth year, DOC NYC, another New York upstart, has boldfaced its claim to being the country's largest documentary festival. This year's lineup is the biggest yet. It is also, I'm pleased to report, easily the best.” – Village Voice

“What was that about eight million stories in the naked city? With 73 feature films, 39 shorts, and panels and discussions, the weeklong DOC NYC gives New Yorkers even more to chew on.” – The New York Times

“In only its fourth year, DOC NYC feels like an institution.” – Filmmaker Magazine

“DOC NYC has cemented itself as one of our favorite festivals of the cultural calendar." – Flavorpill

“DOC NYC has become an essential summit for all kinds of documentary filmmaking.” – Wall Street Journal


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
DOC NYC burst upon the scene in 2010 with an inaugural event that was hailed as “ambitious” (New York Times) and “selective but eclectic” (Village Voice). DOC NYC showcases new achievements in documentary film along with retrospectives, panels and conversations. DOC NYC seeks to make connections that happen “only in New York.”

In only four years, DOC NYC has grown to become the largest documentary film festival in America. In 2013, the festival welcomed over 100 special guests including Sarah Polley, Noam Chomsky, Ricki Lake, Michael Moore, Michel Gondry, Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, Jonathan Franzen, Kathleen Hanna, Greil Marcus, Grace Lee Boggs, Nat Hentoff, Chuck Workman, and The Mekons. Audience attendees included Harry Belafonte, Rosario Dawson, Martha Stewart, Cornel West, Naomi Watts and many others. 2014 jury prizes winners included “A World Not Ours”, “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step” and "Softening", with the SundanceNow audience award presented to "Web".

COMPETITION SECTIONS (note: feature competition sections may be reorganized in 2014, but eligibility requirements would stay the same):

Viewfinders – A competition section that covers non-fiction perspectives from around the world. Eligibility requires New York City premiere with preference given to World or U.S. premieres. Past titles include World premiere of "Web" and "Shenandoah", U.S. premiere of "The Dark Matter of Love", "Rafea: Solar Mama" and “Far Out Isn't Far Enough.”

Metropolis – A competition section of non-fiction stories based in New York City. Eligibility requires New York City premiere with preference given to World or U.S. premieres. Past titles include World premieres of "Patrolman P", "More Than the Rainbow", "To Be Heard", and “Lost Bohemia.”

Shorts Program – a selection of non-fiction shorts, organized thematically. Past titles include Doug Block's "The Children Next Door" and Lucy Walker's "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom." **The winning film qualifies in the Documentary Short Subject category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.**

NON-COMPETITION SECTIONS

These films are all feature-length and have no eligibility requirement.

Special Presentations – Events with high profile guests. Past titles include the World Premieres of "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy" with Noam Chomsky and Michel Gondry in person, “Darkness on the Edge of Town” with Max Weinberg attending and "Can't Stand Losing You" with Andy Summers attending; US premieres of "Finding Vivian Maier", "Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love you" with Rufus Wainwright attending, "Charlotte Rampling: The Look" with Charlotte Rampling attending, "The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical", presented by entertainer Michael Feinstein, an evening with Elliott Erwitt, and others.

American Perspectives - past titles include World Premiere of "Kids for Cash" + screenings of "Only The Young", "Code of the West", "Brooklyn Boheme", and others.

International Perspectives - past titles include US Premiere of "Things Left Behind", "The Mosuo Sisters" + screenings of "Jealous of the Birds", "Perdida" and "Oma and Bella".

Sonic Cinema - past music films include World Premiere of "Revenge of the Mekons", "Harlem Street Singer" and "Musicwood" + US Premieres of "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" and Jonathan Demme's "Enzo Avitabile: Music Life".

Midnight Docs – High adrenaline films for the late night crowd. Past titles include "Hungry", "Kink", "My Amityville Horror", "Bettie Page Reveals All", "U2 3D"; "Inni."

ORGANIZERS
Griffith Iffith (Technical Director, IFC Center) ; Harris Dew (Director of Programs and Promotions, IFC Center) ; John Vanco (Vice President & General Manager, IFC Center) ; Raphaela Neihausen (Executive Director) ; Thom Powers (Artistic Director)

GENERAL RULES
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
• Previously submitted documentaries will not be accepted, unless the film has undergone significant content changes (60% or more) and meets all other submission requirements.
• Feature documentaries are more than forty one (41) minutes. Shorts are forty one (41) minutes or less, including all credits.
• If the documentary is in a language other than English, it must be subtitled or dubbed in English.
• Promotional, instructional or industrial films, and raw documentation of performances are not eligible.
• To be eligible for inclusion in the Metropolis or Viewfinder competition sections, the documentary must not have screened publicly in NYC prior to the Festival, nor have been broadcast on US television.
• For non-competition sections, NYC premiere preferred but not required. The documentary must not have been broadcast on US television or online before the festival.

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES:
• Please submit one DVD (Region 1 or Region-free NTSC).
• Each DVD must have an individual outer case.
• All entries must be labeled with the title, running time, WAB tracking number, and contact information (contact name, e-mail and phone number). This information must be on the DVD itself and on the outer case.
• DOC NYC will make every attempt to contact you if there is damage to an entry, but cannot be held responsible if entry is not considered due to poorly recorded or unplayable media.
• Please do not send submissions in fiber-filled envelopes, as the dust damages DVD players.
• Filmmakers may submit more than one documentary; each documentary must be accompanied by its own Entry Form and Entry Fee.
• All entries must be sent with prepaid shipping. Collect or C.O.D. (cash on delivery) shipments are not accepted. DOC NYC will not assume responsibility or accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Please indicate on your shipping bill that all transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender.
• The Entry Fee is non-refundable.
• DVDs and other submitted materials will not be returned. Please do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.
• All entrants will be notified of their status by Sept. 8, 2014 via e-mail.
• Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing programming@DOCNYC.net
• Due to the number of submissions, DOC NYC cannot provide feedback on any entries.
• For questions regarding submissions, see DOC NYC FAQs or email programming@DOCNYC.net with "ENTRIES" in the subject line.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By submitting this documentary, I understand that I am agreeing to the following: • I have the legal right to represent and to submit this documentary film to DOC NYC ("DOC NYC"), IFC Theatres LLC (“IFC”), and Powershausen LLC (“Powershausen”) and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true; • There is no action, suit, claim or proceeding pending, affecting or, to the best of my knowledge, threatened against this documentary film or its producers in connection with this documentary film; • Music and any other third party material clearances and all copyright clearances are my sole responsibility. None of DOC NYC, IFC or Powershausen will be held responsible for any legal disputes regarding the exhibition of this film. Noncompliance may affect, delay, and/or disqualify my entry. • If this documentary is selected for screening at DOC NYC, I grant each of DOC NYC, IFC and Powershausen the right to screen this documentary at the Festival; • I understand and agree that my film entry, if selected for the DOC NYC Festival, may be used for promotional purposes for the DOC NYC Festival and/or its partners; and I grant each of DOC NYC, IFC, Powershausen and its partners the rights to use footage (not to exceed 5 minutes), stills and/or titles and information from the film for such promotional purposes; • Should this documentary win any award, I am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film entry to receive all cash prizes and awards and to distribute them appropriately; • I fully indemnify and hold DOC NYC, IFC and Powershausen, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, sponsors, licensees and assigns harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses in connection with my documentary film, including: o reasonable attorneys’ fees and other expenses of defense arising from or in connection with any breach of any of the foregoing agreements, representations or warranties or from or in connection with any litigation or any claim or proceeding commenced by a third party alleging or arising from libel, slander, defamation, invasion of privacy, infringement, unauthorized use or any other right of such third party or wrongful conduct o damage to or loss of the film print or videotapes en route to or from DOC NYC or during the course of DOC NYC Festival's possession of the entry; o and any claims which may arise in connection with my documentary film. IF SELECTED: If your documentary is selected to screen in the DOC NYC Festival, you will need to provide the following: o Projection print or video by required deadline. Filmmaker is responsible for the delivery costs of the print shipment to the festival, including any applicable customs fees. DOC NYC will return the print to the supplier or to the next destination as indicated by the supplier at the festival's conclusion. The festival does not provide extra insurance for originals or masters. o Press kits, trailers, promotional materials and additional screeners for preview; o Screener copies for the DOC NYC press liaison (optional) Please do not send these materials until your film is selected for the program. The festival reserves the right to complete any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered. Note: DOC NYC has the right to change any information contained in this document (including Festival dates, venues, events, awards and eligibility requirements) without further notice.