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|Feature length narrative films qualify between 60-120 minutes.
|Short narrative films qualify at 6-59 minutes.
Regular animated shorts may apply here, but if the story is geared towards a child audience you are suggested to submit under Children's Animation category.
Western Films are encouraged to submit in BEST OF THE WEST CATEGORY
|The Great Outdoors
|Film Fest Twain Harte is proud to focus on a unique and topical category that is dedicated to films highlighting the great outdoors. Fictional or documentary films (15-120 minutes in length) themed by outdoor adventure, expedition, wildlife, environmental, or outdoor sports will create this defining niche within FFTH.
|All types of documentary films 15-120 mins in length are welcome to screen at FFTH.
"Mockumentary" style films are required to submit under the Feature or Short Narrative categories. Documentary films that have environmental, outdoor adventure or outdoor sports as the central focus should submit under THE GREAT OUTDOORS category.
|The Wild West Film Fest
|YEHAWW!!! Because Film Fest Twain Heart is located in the heart of California's historic gold country we are highlighting BEST OF THE WEST. While historic, old films shot in and around the area will be shown in a fete showcase we are excited to welcome new, independent Western works to the screen! Time qualifiers are 10 - 120 minutes.
|Films of any type geared towards a child audience. Animation or live action between 5-120 minutes in length.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
To provide and support the continuing education, inspiration and enrichment of our community through the showcasing of world-wide cinematic talent by offering emerging filmmakers a desirable venue for showcasing and promoting their films. As a non-profit organization, Film Fest Twain Harte raises money through the festival to create scholarships, enabling aspiring local students to further develop their craft in the cinematic arts on a higher level. Proceeds from the festival are also used to create free film and acting workshop, led by working professional directors and producers to further develop and harness the film making potential in the youth of our community. Academy Award Nominee, Sally Kirkland led our 2013 student workshop which was memorable and inspiring. As well in 2013, Film Fest Twain Harte partnered with the Mountain Youth & Community Theatre, dedicating festival proceeds towards bolstering this vital arts organization in our community.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Breathtaking landscapes of California's historic gold country combined with a top-notch film program set the tone for Twain Harte's historic 4th-Annual film festival this coming Labor Day Weekend, August 29th-September 1st, 2014.
Cinematic art is no stranger to our community. Over 300 films and television series have been shot in the county including: High Noon, Little House on the Prairie and Back to the Future. Film Fest Twain Harte takes pride in adding more cinematic traditions to our artistically vibrant community. In our inaugural year, FFTH was highlighted by host-honoree actors Jack McGee (Rescue Me, The Fighter, Moneyball) and Jeffrey Weissman (Back to the Future, Pale Rider). Hollywood stuntman legend, Loren Janes added to the vibrant programming schedule.
In 2012, Veronica Cartwright (The Birds, Aliens, The Witches Of Eastwick) graced Twain Harte crowds with her presence participating in a historic Q&A after a 50th Anniversary showcase of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. San Francisco Chronicle film critic, G.Allen Johnson served as guest judge on our panel and presented the first ever G.Allen Johnson Award of Excellence at our 2nd Annual Twainy Awards.
2013 was highlighted by the presence of Academy Award Nominee, Sally Kirkland who led student acting workshops as well as Jon Lindstrom (former Daytime Emmy Winner) who brought his feature "How We Got Away With It" and took home the prestigious "Twainy" Award: a $500 gold dipped bust of Mark Twain.
The film programming of our festival is unique and inspiring. As an international film festival, we attract new works from emerging filmmakers from around the state, nation and world. Feature length and short form narratives, docs, Children's Films, Family Friendly Films and Great Outdoor Films highlight a "Reel Experience in the Mother Lode."
For the first time in 2013, Film Fest Twain Harte introduced THE BEST OF THE WEST FILM FEST which encompassed a full day of Western programming. The guest lineup including vintage Hollywood Western actors and directors, along with new filmmakers to this genre promises to be a huge draw this coming year!
All filmmakers that are invited to showcase their work at Film Fest Twain Harte and The Wild West Film Fest receive complimentary Festival Passes and are encouraged to come speak about their films in front of full, vibrant audiences. Filmmakers are given the opportunity to market and network with industry professionals (from Los Angeles and San Francisco) and festival patrons while being given permission to sell their films on the premises.
Twain Harte is a quintessential mountain town in the heart of California's historic gold country. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Twain Harte is a short drive from Yosemite National Forest. The name of the town is derived from the last names of two famous authors who lived in surrounding areas: Mark Twain and Bret Harte.
Roger Haughton (Co-Director); Zack Gold (Festival Registrar)
FILM FEST TWAIN HARTE
DEADLINES: Deadlines are firm. No exceptions.
PREVIEW "SCREENER" FORMAT: All films should be submitted on WAB "Secure Online Screener Format". If this is impossible please contact us at twainhartefilmfest@gmail
PRIZES: Prizes differ each year and will be announced as soon as we secure them from sponsors before the festival takes place in August/September. Each year we present two films with a "Twainy" Award which is a $700 bronze dipped statue of Mark Twain. All categories compete for these trophies. Other award perks are announced on our website, twitter and facebook page as secured.
SUBTITLES: All non-English language films must be subtitled in English
AFTER SUBMISSION ACCEPTANCE: In order for your title to be included in the Festival, you must agree to provide the following materials to FFTH within 21 days of acceptance:
1. For film, at least one screen shot of the title, and box art if available. Image must be in jpg format, 300 dpi,
2. If available, a trailer of the program in digital format.
3. Exhibition format(s) of your project, delivered no later than 14 days after acceptance.
4. Copies of press releases and additional press materials.
5. In addition to the Exhibition Copy of your film (DVD, BLU-RAY, Film or HDCam: dependent on the venue we place you in and its available formats), we also require 2 DVD DISK copies for the industry jury of the competition. These DVDs will NOT be returned.
FFTH prefers BLU-RAY for festival screenings of High-Definition Films. Filmmakers screen DVD's & Blu-Ray's at their own risk. If a participant chooses to screen their movie on DVD, they must send an additional 2 copies professionally mastered to insure against skipping. We also require back-up copies for all Blu-Ray discs in the form of 1 Blu-Ray AND 1 DVD. MAKE SURE THEY ARE FULLY TESTED AND FUNCTIONAL ON AT LEAST TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF BRAND NAME PLAYERS BEFORE YOU SEND THEM.
FFTH holds no responsibility for lost or damaged prints. While the utmost care will be taken with regard to prints, it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility (i.e.insurance). The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmaker.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all music and images in their films.
All stated information, eligibility and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information are subject to change by Film Fest Twain Harte.
All producers submitting films grant FFTH the right to screen their film, if selected by the submissions committee, at various time(s) during Film Fest Twain Harte 2014: August 29th - September 1st
Participants agree that their film or clips from it and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, FFTH website and for any promotional purposes which FFTH deems appropriate EXCLUSIVELY for the 2014 festival.