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20-Apr-2015 11:30pm PDT  

 

DOC NYC

6 Annual November 12, 2015 to November 19, 2015

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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 – 40 minutes or shorter – that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft and innovation in storytelling.

NYC premieres preferred, but not required.

The 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, America's largest documentary festival, is an annual event based in New York at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theatre and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas. Voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the "top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world", the eight-day fest showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. DOC NYC seeks to make connections that happen “only in New York.”

"This cinematic bonanza covers everything new and noteworthy in the world of documentary filmmaking.” - The Huffington Post

“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

“An essential event on the cinephile's calendar.” - TimeOut New York

“Images that dare you to turn away.” – The New York Times

“The most comprehensive celebration of the nonfiction form in the five boroughs or anywhere else for that matter.” - AM New York

“Bigger isn't always better. But when it comes to DOC NYC, now the largest documentary film festival in the U.S., the five-year-old upstart event has proven itself a worthy new addition [...] By all accounts, screenings have been selling out; the country's top documentary filmmakers, from Albert Maysles to D.A. Pennebaker, are showing up for tributes and events; and sales agents are closing deals on select world premieres." - Indiewire


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In five years, DOC NYC has become America's largest documentary film festival. In 2014, the festival showcased 150+ films & events, presented by 200+ filmmakers & special guests. Past guests include Jim Carrey, Sarah Polley, Noam Chomsky, Ricki Lake, Michael Moore, Michel Gondry, Errol Morris, Oliver Stone, Jonathan Franzen, Kathleen Hanna, Spandau Ballet, Greil Marcus, Grace Lee Boggs, Bela Fleck, Nat Hentoff, Chuck Workman, and The Mekons. Audience attendees have included Harry Belafonte, Rosario Dawson, Fred Armisen, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Stipe, Martha Stewart, Darren Aronofsky, Cornel West, Naomi Watts, among others.

2014 grand jury prizes winners included “Cairo Drive,” “Homme Less” and "Mirror Image," with the SundanceNow Doc Club audience award presented to "The Hand That Feeds."

COMPETITION SECTIONS (note: feature competition sections may be reorganized in 2015, 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 premieres of "Almost There," "Kasamayaki," "No Control," "Web," "Shenandoah;" U.S. premieres of "The Dark Matter of Love," "The Wound and the Gift," "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 "Rubble Kings," "Patrolman P," "Some Kind of Spark," "Stop," "More Than the Rainbow," "To Be Heard" and “Lost Bohemia.”

Shorts Programs – Selections 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), Amy Berg's "An Open Secret," "Can't Stand Losing You" (with Andy Summers attending); U.S. premieres of "Finding Vivian Maier," "The Yes Men Are Revolting," "Do I Sound Gay," "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 Premieres of "Kids for Cash," "Florence, Arizona," "Grazers: A Cooperative Story," "A Murder in the Park," "Sex and Broadcasting," and screenings of "Only The Young," "Code of the West," "Brooklyn Boheme" and others.

International Perspectives - Past titles include World Premieres of "Every Last Child," "Miss Tibet;" U.S. Premieres of "Things Left Behind," "The Mosuo Sisters" and screenings of "Jealous of the Birds," "Perdida" and "Oma and Bella."

Jock Docs - Past sports themed titles include World Premieres of "Althea," "Opposite Field" and "Top Spin."

Sonic Cinema - Past music films include World Premieres of "Revenge of the Mekons," "Salad Days," "Harlem Street Singer" and "Musicwood" and U.S. 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 World Premieres of "Haunters" + screenings of "Hungry," "Kink," "My Amityville Horror," "Bettie Page Reveals All," "U2 3D" and "Inni."

ORGANIZERS
Basil Tsiokos (Director of Programming) ; Griffith Iffith (Technical Director, IFC Center) ; Harris Dew (Vice President, Programs & Promotions, IFC Center) ; John Vanco (Senior 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 forty one (41) minutes or longer. Shorts are forty (40) 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 or online before the festival.
• For non-competition sections, NYC premiere is preferred but not required. The documentary must not have been broadcast on US television or online before the festival.

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES:
• DOC NYC does not use Withoutabox's Secure Online Screeners. To submit a digital version, email a Vimeo link and password to submissions@docnyc.net.
• If you change the password associated with the Vimeo link, make sure to email the updated password to submissions@docnyc.net.
• If submitting a Vimeo link/password, you should also mail one DVD as a back-up.
• Submitted DVDs should be Region 1 or Region-free NTSC. Only one DVD of each submission is requested.
• Each DVD you submit must be sent in a sleeve or outer case to prevent damage.
• All entries must be labeled with the title, running time, WAB tracking number, and contact information (contact name and e-mail). This information must be on the DVD itself and on the outer sleeve or 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, but 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. 9, 2015 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.