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International Children's Film Festival India: The Golden Elephant

18 Annual November 14, 2013 to November 20, 2013

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Children's Film Society India, 8th Floor, Films Division Complex, 27 Dr.G. Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai.
8th floor Phase I Bldg
24 Dr G deshmukh marg, films division complex
Mumbai Maharashtra 400026
India
Phone: +91-22-23516136
Fax: +91-22-23522610
18goldenelephant@cfsindia.org
http://www.cfsindia.org/

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Competition International
The International Competition will screen children’s fiction - features, shorts, live action and animations - that adheres to globally recognized standards of excellence in film-making.
NOTE : NO DOCUMENTARIES PLEASE

ICFFI only accepts films that are shot on

* Film: 35 mm / 35 mm super
* Video: Red/ HD Cam

NOTE 31st AUGUST 2013 DEADLINE IS A RECEIVE BY DEADLINE
Competition Asian Panorama
This section will present the best of children’s films from Asia and aims to encourage talented film-makers from Asia who are making high quality, sensitive and entertaining films exclusively for children.
NOTE : NO DOCUMENTARIES PLEASE

NOTE JULY DEADLINE IS A RECEIVE BY DEADLINE

ICFFI only accepts films that are shot on

* Film on Video: Full HD Cam with resloution 1920 X 1080
Competition Little Directors
The aim of this section is to encourage children to experiment with the moving image, and stimulate pursuit of film-making both as an art as well as a creative expression of their point of view.
NOTE: NO DOCUMENTARIES PLEASE
ONLY CHILDREN FROM INDIA CAN APPLY

NOTE: JULY DEADLINE IS A RECEIVE BY DEADLINE
Children's World / Country Focus
Every year the festival prides itself for screening outstanding high quality entertaining cinema from different regions of the world in the non-competition Children’s World section.

In the Country Focus section, we are delighted to present a retrospective of some of the best children’s features, shorts, live action and documentaries

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Objectives of The Golden Elephant
• To promote cinema that is created exclusively for children
• To bring together high quality, entertaining, multi-cultural cinema for children who will otherwise not have access to such content
• To cultivate insight and understanding of other cultures, lives and experiences through the medium of film
• To encourage children’s content that is non-violent, humane and thought provoking
• To catalyze critical appreciation and creative pursuit of cinematic arts amongst children and young people
• To support the work of talented and dedicated children’s film-makers and encourage the exchange of ideas amongst them


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
International Children’s Film Festival India (ICFFI) also popularly known as The Golden Elephant is a biennial festival that strives to bring the most delightful and imaginative national and international children’s cinema to young audiences in India. Outstanding features, shorts, live action and animation films are screened over seven days of festive celebrations, attended by more than one hundred thousand children and hundreds of film professionals from across the world.

ICFFI is organized by Children’s Film Society India (CFSI) – a national government body committed to nurturing a dynamic children’s film culture in the country. Since its inception in 1955, CFSI has been producing, exhibiting and distributing exclusive, entertaining and enriching content for children. Amole Gupte the renowned film maker , actor and director is the current chairman of CFSI.

Every two years, the festival begins on 14th November, the birth date of Jawaharlal Nehru – India’s first Prime Minister – also fondly referred to as Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru), because of his love for children. Nehru established CFSI soon after India’s independence with the hope that indigenous and exclusive cinema for children would stimulate their creativity, compassion and critical thinking. It is this vision of Nehru that guides ICFFI.

In a world that is cluttered with consumerist & often violent content for children, ICFFI is committed to promoting cinema that is humane and non-violent, and yet delightful and fun! Special care is taken to program films that cultivate an understanding of other cultures, lives and experiences and encourage children to reflect on the world around. Workshops and open forums at the festival aim towards stimulating critical appreciation and creative pursuit of cinematic arts amongst young people.

ICFFI is one of the largest and most colourful children’s film festivals in the world. A unique feature of the festival is its audience: more than a hundred thousand children travel from little villages and towns from across India to view high quality international children’s cinema that they would never be exposed to otherwise. Here they rub shoulders with other kids, eminent guests and directors from different parts of the world.

ICFFI is dedicated to these little delegates and to those imaginative film-makers who attempt to make films for the toughest audience of all – children!

ORGANIZERS
Amirbanu Sumnani (Programmer) ; Children's Film Society India (Festival Director) ; Dr. Shravan Kumar (Festival Director) ; Krishnan V. (Deputy Festival Director) ; Krishnan V. (Deputy Festival Director) ; N Kulkarni (General Assistant)

GENERAL RULES
RULES AND REGULATIONS

ICFFI is organized by Children’s Film Society India (CFSI) – a autonomous body under Ministry of information and Broadcasting, Government of India committed to nurturing a dynamic children’s film culture in the country. Since its inception in 1955, CFSI has been producing, exhibiting and distributing exclusive, entertaining and enriching content for children. With an enviable catalogue of around 250 films in 15 different languages, CFSI remains the prime producer of children’s cinema in South Asia.

18TH ICFFI OFFICIAL PROGRAMME

Competition
• International
• Asian Panorama
• Little Directors

Non-competition
• Children’s World
• Best of CFSI

Other
• Open Forums
• Workshops
• Special events

DATES
The 18th edition of ICFFI will take place from 14th to 20th November, 2013.

CONTACT:18goldenelephant@cfsindia.org or festival@cfsindia.org

WEBSITE: www.cfsindia.org

URL: http://cfsindia.org/film-festival

RULES & REGULATIONS FOR SUBMISSION
The festival accepts entries in the Competition Sections in accordance with the criteria outlined below:

Right of Participation

Participation in the Festival implies adherence to the regulations below. It is the responsibility of producers, distributors, sales agents, other organizations submitting a film to ensure that they are legitimately entitled to enter a film in the Festival and are in a position to make the exhibition and publicity material available for screening in the festival upon selection.
In case of dispute of interpretation of the regulations of participation, the Festival Director shall have the right to adjudicate on all disputes including those relating to the matters not specifically covered by Rules & Regulations, as well as allowing exceptions. The decision of the Festival Director shall be final and binding on the participants concerned.
The festival directorate reserves the right to exclude films which are not in conformity with the aims of the festival or which could offend the national feelings of any participating country or contain visuals/ dialogues that are discriminatory, offensive or inappropriate for children’s viewership.
Submission
Film Submissions must be made by duly filling the Official Festival Entry Form The submission should be sent with preview screeners and other documentation material as specified.

Entry Form is available on http://cfsindia.org/film-festival/ . It can be downloaded, printed, filled, signed & sent to the ICFFI Office.
Deadline for Submissions
Duly filled entry form & DVDs must reach the festival office before August 15th, 2013. This deadline must be strictly observed.

Film Entry Fee
The Festival charges an entry fee of 10 USD for each entry outside India. An entry fee of Rs.500/- for Indian entry ( Not Applicable for Little Directors.)

Language & subtitles
Films must be submitted in their original language. Films in language other than English, should be subtitled in English.

Please include the following materials with duly filled and signed entry form:

Two Preview DVDs of the film, labeled with the film title, director’s name, year of production, length, format.
One DVD with the following information:
Filled Entry Form (Microsoft Word File)
Synopsis of the film (100 words for feature film & 50 words for Shorts film)
Directors note or statement on the film (50 words)
Biography of the director (50 words)
Filmography of the director
Two or more high resolution(600 dpi) stills from the film
Latest photograph of the director(passport size, jpeg)
Electronic Press Kit (E.P.K.) including posters of the film
Payment of entry fee of 10 USD (International), Rs.500/- (within India) payable to Children’s Film Society India by electronic / wire transfer. The Bank details are as follows:
Name of Beneficiary : CHILDREN’S FILM SOCIETY, INDIA
Name of the Bank : State Bank of India
Address of Bank : Kalpataru, 39, Pedder Road,Mumbai – 400 026.
Account No. : 10366466460
Type of Account : Current Account
Branch Code : 00510
IFS Code : SBIN0000510
Swift Code : SBININBB532
MICR Code : 400002065

Note: Please note that your application will be processed only on receipt of entry fee in our account.
Photographs being sent digitally should be 600dpi resolution, TIFF (preferred) or JPEG.
The above listed enclosures (including preview copies) will not be returned and will be added to
the festival archive.

Note: Do not send master tapes or film prints for preview screening, as the preview tapes/DVDs will not be returned.
All material submitted to the Festival will be retained for archival purposes.

Dispatch of submission material
DVDs for selection must be clearly marked: “For 18th International Children’s Film Festival of India SELECTION PURPOSE / CULTURAL PURPOSE only – Not for commercial use.” The courier invoice should mention “No Commercial Value – Value for Customs Purposes US$ Two / INR Rs 100 only. The cost of the courier charges for the preview material is to be borne by the applicant. Additionally, the sender should inform the Festival by fax or e-mail, the title of the film, the date and means of shipment, and the AWB number. The duly filled form & preview DVDs and other material must be sent to:

18th ICFFI Festival Cell,
Children’s Film Society India
8th Floor, Films Division Complex,
Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai – 400026. India
Tel. : +91-22- 23516136 Fax : 91-22-23522610
Email : 18goldenelephant@cfsindia.org or festival@cfsindia.org

Selection
A selection Committee appointed by CFSI will select films for participation and their category. The decision of the committee will be final.

I. COMPETITION INTERNATIONAL
The section will screen children’s fiction that adheres to globally recognized standards of excellence in film-making.

Eligibility

The films eligible for the International Competition Section must be: Fiction-Live action (Feature length); Fiction-Live action (Short); Animation (Feature length); Animation (Short). Films with duration of 60 minutes or more will be considered Features and films with duration of less than 60 minutes will be considered Shorts.
Format for Exhibition: 35mm Print/DCP/HDCAM/BLU-RAY
The films must have been produced after August 2011.
All Indian films must be censored by CBFC.
JURY INTERNATIONAL The Chairman of CFSI appoints the members and Chairperson of the International Jury. The Jury is composed of five eminent personalities from India and abroad. A person who has participated in the production/ promotion of any film selected for the section may not serve on the Jury. Chairman, CFSI or his representative may attend jury deliberations but will take no part in the voting. Jury members are sworn to secrecy. Jury discussions ballots remain strictly confidential.

CHILDREN’s JURY INTERNATIONAL The Chairman of CFSI appoints the members of the International Children’s Jury from amongst the child delegates attending the Festival. The Children’s Jury is composed of seven children aged 8 to 14, representing regional diversity. At least three members of the children’s jury must be girls.

Awards for films in Competition International

A Golden Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 200,000 for Best Film (Feature)
A Silver Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 100,000 for Best Film Runner up (Feature)
A Golden Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 200,000 for Best Director (Feature)
A Silver Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 100,000 for Best Director Runner up (Feature)
A Golden Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 200,000 for Best Screenplay (Feature)
A Golden Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 200,000 for Best Short
A Silver Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 100,000 for Best Short Runner up
A Golden Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 200,000 for Best film, Children’s Jury
Special Mention Plaques may be awarded at the discretion of the Jury. This will not carry a cash prize.
Certificate of Participation to all films presented in this section.
Note: In all categories, the awards except those specifically mentioned for the Director shall be given to the producer of the film.

II. COMPETITION ASIAN PANORAMA
This section will present the best of children’s films from Asia and aims to encourage talented Indian film-makers who are making high quality, sensitive and entertaining films exclusively for children.

Eligibility

The films eligible for the Asian Competition Section must be: Fiction-Live action (Feature length); Fiction-Live action (Short); Animation (Feature Length); Animation (Short). Films with duration of 60 minutes or more will be considered Features and films with duration of less than 60 minutes will be considered Shorts.
All films must have been produced in Asia.
Format for Exhibition: 35mm Print/DCP/HDCAM/BLU-RAY
The films must have been produced after August 2011.
All the films must be censored by CBFC.
JURY ASIAN PANORAMA The Chairman of CFSI appoints the members and Chairperson of the Asian Panorama Jury. The Jury is composed of five eminent personalities. At least two Jury members will be from outside India. A person who has participated in the production or promotion of any film selected for the section may not serve on the Jury. Chairman, CFSI or his representative may attend jury deliberations but will take no part in the voting. Jury members are sworn to secrecy. Jury discussions and ballots remain strictly confidential.

CHILDREN’s JURY ASIAN PANORAMA The Chairman of CFSI appoints the members of the Children’s Jury Asian Panorama from amongst the child delegates attending the Festival. The Children’s Jury is composed of seven children aged 8 to 14, representing regional diversity. At least three members of the children’s jury must be girls.

Awards for films in Competition Asian Panorama

A Golden Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 200,000 for Best Asian Panorama Film (Feature)
A Silver Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 100,000 for Best Asian Panorama Film Runner up (Feature)
A Golden Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 200,000 for Best Asian Panorama Director (Feature)
A Silver Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 100,000 for Best Asian Panorama Director Runner up (Feature)
A Golden Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 200,000 for Best Asian Panorama Screenplay (Feature)
A Golden Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 200,000 for Best Asian Panorama Short
A Silver Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 100,000 for Best Asian Panorama Short Runner up
A Golden Elephant trophy plus cash prize of Rs 200,000 for Best Asian Panorama Film, Children’s Jury
Special Mention Plaque may be awarded at the discretion of the Jury. This will not carry a cash prize.
Certificate of Participation to all films presented in this section
Note: In all categories the awards except those specifically mentioned for the Director shall be given to the producer of the film.

III. COMPETITION LITTLE DIRECTORS
The aim of this section is to encourage children and young people in India to experiment with the moving image, and stimulate pursuit of film-making both as an art as well as a creative expression of their point of view.

Eligibility

Films must be made by individual child aged 6 to 16, residents and citizens of India.
Films made by children under the guidance of adults are eligible but the contribution of adults should be confined to training or facilitating the process & should not be extended to areas like scripting, shooting, story-boarding or animating.
Films must be suitable for children – content should have no explicit violence, sexual reference or coarse language.
Only Fiction films (both Live Action and Animation) are eligible. Non-Fiction / Documentary films are not acceptable.
Films can be shot on any video format available: HD, DVD, Mini DV etc.
Format for Exhibition: 35mm Print/DCP/HDCAM/BLU-RAY/DVD with resolution of 1920X1080 (PAL)
The films must have been produced in 2011/2012/ 2013.
Only films that have been cleared of rights (including musical rights) will be accepted.
Films must be entered by nominated parent (for individual entries) or teacher/supervisor/trainer/ mentor (for group entries), on behalf of the Director/Crew.
It is the obligation of the nominated parent/ teacher/trainer/mentor entering the film for Competition (from now on referred to as ‘Legal Guardian/Escort’) to ensure that the director and/or director’s Legal Guardian own all copyright for or have written permission to use all underlying works included in the film including music, performance and script.
Note: Legal Guardians should be aware that the participant indicated on the entry form as the Little Director of the film will be asked to act as the film’s representative during the festival and for publicity purposes. Please indicate on the entry form in whose name the award will be distributed in the event that the film wins an award.

LITTLE DIRECTORS JURY The Chairman of CFSI appoints the members and Chairperson of the Little Directors Jury. The seven member Jury is composed of eminent personalities from the field of film-making and education. The Chairman, CFSI or his representative may attend jury deliberations but will take no part in the voting. Jury members are sworn to secrecy. Jury discussions and ballots remain strictly confidential.

Awards for films in Competition Little Directors

A Golden Elephant trophy for Best Film Little Directors
A Silver Elephant trophy for Best Film Runner up Little Directors
Special Mention Plaques may be awarded at the discretion of the Jury.
Certificate of Participation to all films presented in this section
Note: No cash awards will be given in this section

NON COMPETITION
Every year the festival prides itself for screening outstanding high quality entertaining cinema from different regions of the world in the non-competition Children’s World section. As a special bonus this year this section will include a festival of festivals consisting of award winning works since the last ten years from 2003 till 2013.

In the Country Focus section, we are delighted to present a single country specific collection of the best of children’s features, shorts, live action, animation and documentaries.
Since its inception CFSI is dedicated to making delightful and meaningful cinema for children. Films produced by CFSI have been directed by some of the brightest and most imaginative talents of the Indian film industry. Best of CFSI will showcase the most popular CFSI titles, some of which have been recently restored.

POST SELECTION RULES & REGULATIONS

Obligations on Selection

Films selected may not be withdrawn from the Festival programme after its publication.
During the Festival, the selected films in 18th ICFFI may not be screened outside the Festival venues in India before its official presentation.
The producers/ distributor/sales agent or other organization who have submitted the film will have no objection to the use of excerpts of the selected film for preparing promotional material to be shown on television for publicity purposes.

No Screening Fee
As a matter of policy ICFFI will not be able to provide screening fee for any film entered or invited to the Festival.

Programming
The programming of the films selected is entirely at the discretion of the Festival Management whose decision is irrevocable. Each film may be screened up to a maximum of five times during the Festival.

Screening Format
Films selected in the festival will be screened in DVD 1920X1080 resolution (PAL) format.

Language Version & Subtitles

All films must be screened in their original version, with English subtitles. The version released in the country of origin is regarded as the original version of the film.
The cost of subtitling is the responsibility of the producer.
English translation of the dialogue list must be provided to the festival organizers along with exhibition material.
Publicity Material
Producers and distributors are required to provide an appropriate supply of press brochures, photos and video excerpts.
For promotion of the films on Television, the applicant should provide a maximum 3 minute EPK in DVD format. This will be returned along with the DVD upon explicit demand by the applicant.

DVDs of films selected for screening must be directed to:

DVD Co-ordination, 18th ICFFI Festival Cell
Children’s Film Society India
8th Floor, Films Division Complex,
Dr. G. Deshmukh Marg,
Mumbai – 400026. India
Tel: +91-22- 23516136
Fax: +91-22-23522610
Email: 18goldenelephant@cfsindia.org or festival@cfsindia.org
Website: www.cfsindia.org
Url: http://cfsindia.org/film-festival

Dispatch & Return of Film DVDs

Film DVDs with 1920X1080 resolution (PAL) selected for participation should be sent by airfreight pre-paid. All transportation / shipping costs (including customs clearance) to Mumbai, plus fees for insurance while in transit, must be borne by the participants. The Festival Director reserves the right to refuse any shipment involving unpaid costs.
Wherever feasible, DVDs may be sent through diplomatic channels to missions in either Mumbai or New Delhi. DVDs received through diplomatic channels will be returned through the same channels.
Additionally, the sender should inform the Festival by fax or e-mail, the title of the film, the date and means of shipment, the amount paid for dispatch and the AWB number.
The same film DVDs will be returned by the Festival or its shipping agent according to the DVD owner’s instructions. Festival pays only return freight for the DVDs. DVDs sent for selection will only be returned upon explicit demand and at the applicant’s expense. Requests can be submitted until six months after the Festival.
The deadline for arrival of the film DVDs in Mumbai of selected films is October 25th 2013. The date stipulated for the film DVDs arrival in Mumbai must be respected at all costs.

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FESTIVAL
The Festival Directorate will cover the storage and insurance of the Exhibition material viz: 35mm Print/DCP/HDCAM/BLU-RAY after receipt while they are at its storage facilities in India. In the rare case of damage or loss of Exhibition material sent for screening in the festival, the Festival is only responsible for the costs involved in repair of the damaged Exhibition material or making a new Exhibition material of the damaged one according to the current rates for ordering a standard Exhibition material in India.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
The Festival Directorate may deny participation to any Exhibition material unable to meet the technical requirements for a public screening of good quality.

CHANGES AND ALTERATIONS
The Festival Management reserves the right to make changes in the profile of the Festival, if it becomes necessary to do so due to circumstances beyond his/her control.

JURISDICTION
All disputes in respect of any matter relating to the ICFFI-18 shall be subjected to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts and forums in Mumbai.

SPECIAL REQUEST FOR NON-COMMERCIAL SCREENINGS AFTER THE FESTIVAL
Children’s Film Society India is committed to show good children’s cinema to rural children from low-income backgrounds who would otherwise, never have the opportunity to access such content. DVD screenings of Children’s films tour the country through festivals organized by State and District Governments reaching approximately four million children across India absolutely free of cost!

We request producers/right holders of films selected for the 18th ICFFI to allow their film to be screened in CFSI organised non-commercial mini festivals till December 2014. We will not be able to provide screening fees for these films, but hope that we have your goodwill and support in reaching your delightful film to children across India. Exhibition Format for these non-commercial screenings can be 35mm Print/ DCP/ HDCAM/ BLU-RAY as instructed and provided by producers/right holders.

Note: Granting permission for post-festival non-commercial screenings is not mandatory to participate in the 18th ICFFI, but would be highly appreciated.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By signing below and submitting his/her film through WAB for entry into 18th ICFFI indicates that he/she holds all necessary rights for the submission of the film, and that he/she has read, understood and agreed with the festival rules & regulations.