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|Narrative Short Film
|The Narrative short film is for films that tell a story, with a running time of 30 minutes or less.
|Young Filmmakers (middle-high school)
|This category is for films made by students in grades 6-12. We also will accept films that were created as 2011 high school senior projects. All genres will be accepted. Each film submission must include a copy of the student's school ID. (Homeschooled students can substitute a note from a parent, guardian, or instructor).
|The Documentary category is for non-fiction films up to 75 minutes in length.
|This category is for Animated films of 30 minutes or less.
|This category is for Experimental Short films up to 30 minutes in length. Experimental films are those concerned with non-traditional filmmakiing and editing techniques, and can be non-narrative.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
da Vinci Film Festival's primary objective is to provide a spectacular weekend for filmmakers to share their innovative work to a community that embraces the arts. Our film festival is part of da Vinci Days, Oregon's premier arts and science festival, and provides a regional venue for artists, educators, scientists, and cultural creatives.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The 15th annual daVinci Film Festival continues to grow, and what began as the screening of a handful of animated films has evolved into a six-day celebration of independent film.
We encourage filmmakers to embrace the "Spirit of da Vinci" by using new techniques and innovation in their filmmaking. This includes both the filmmaking process and the way the story is approached. Judges will select "Best in Category" winners, and two $150.00 cash prizes will also be awarded. The "Spirit of da Vinci" prize is awarded to the film that best exemplifies an innovative spirit, and the "Emerging Artist Award" goes to the film that best reflects the work of an emerging artist.
With a strong belief in nurturing young talent, we offer a venue for films made by young filmmakers (middle and high school).
The da Vinci Film Festival also offers:
*Filmmaker’s breakfast, providing a special welcome to guest filmmakers and networking opportunities.
*Hospitality and special hotel rates for visiting filmmakers.
*Opportunities for Q&As with audiences that are passionate about independent film, allowing for intimate, immediate feedback, and sharing of ideas.
*An "appropriate for all ages" film block will allow for additional showings of selected films.
* Special encore screenings of selected films may be presented during the winter months to promote the summer festival.
*A weekend of celebrations surrounding art, science and technology as part of the the da Vinci Days summer festival.
Film categories for 2013 are: Short Narrative (30 min or less), Animation (30 min or less), Documentary (75 min or less), Experimental, (30 min or less) and Young Filmmaker (middle and high school) (15 min or less).
For more information, please visit us at davincidays.org
The da Vinci Film Festival is seeking imaginative, innovative, and entertaining original works originating on any format. Submissions of any style are welcome, including narrative, animation, experimental, documentary, and music video. The festival attracts a wide range of audience. Some fims may screen in additional blocks identified as appropriate for all ages.
- Narrative Short
- Young Filmmaker (K-12)
- Experimental Short
- Independent Filmmaker (non-student)
- Student (college or film school)
- Young Filmmakers (middle or high school)
Productions must be independently produced, with the filmmaker retaining complete editorial control (i.e., no industrial or advertising films will be accepted). Educational documentaries produced at schools and colleges are acceptable. The language in all submissions must be in English or be subtitled in English and in NTSC format. Films in PAL format will not be accepted. Each submitted film must be the filmmaker's original work. The festival may request evidence to ascertain proof of originality. Works submitted by young filmmakers must be student-produced. Adult guidance and instruction is permissible, but the planning, production, and selection of subject matter must reflect student effort.
ACCEPTED FORMATS FOR SCREENING
ACCEPTED FORMATS FOR PROJECTION
DVD / For Short films, Electronic Files will be requested to be uploaded in a secure Dropbox in order to maintain the highest quality when creating compiled discs for viewing blocs.
- Early-bird deadline: Sept. 30, 2012
- Regular deadline: Nov. 10. 2012
- Late deadline: Dec.. 20, 2012
- Extended deadline: Jan 20, 2013
Filmmakers may submit more than one work, but please do not include more than one film per DVD. Each entry requires a separate entry fee.
Early: $35, Regular: $45, Late: $55
Student Filmmakers (college and film school)
Early: $30, Regular: $40, Late: $50
Young Filmmakers (middle - high school)
Early: $20, Regular: $30, Late: $40
Student filmmakers must send a copy of a student ID with each submission as proof of eligibility. If a film submitted as a Student film arrives without proof of eligibility, it will be considered disqualified until a valid ID is received or until the filmmaker pays to register as an Independent filmmaker.
AWARDS AND JUDGING
Awards will be decided by a panel of judges. The Spirit of da Vinci Award winner will be notified prior to the Festival. Film Category Award winners will be notified following the festival.
Each submission must include the following:
- Submission piece(s) labeled with title, category, director's name, running time, and aspect ratio. (Please do not include more than one film per submission.)
- Completed entry form.
- Photocopy of student I or other proof of student status (if entering as a student).
Incomplete submissions will not be considered for inclusion in the festival.
SHIPPING AND RETURN OF ENTRIES
Submissions must be shipped prepaid in a suitable container. Insurance is the responsibility of the submitter. We will not accept COD shipments.
International entries must be shipped “free domicile” to the festival address. All transportation charges, duties, and taxes must be prepaid by the shipper. Please be sure to include proper customs documentation as required by your shipping service, including a label marked “For Festival Screening Only. No Commercial Value.” The entrant’s name and production title must be included with each submission.
NOTE: No PAL, please - NTSC only.
Please send 2 copies of your submission. Submissions cannot be returned.
PRESS KITS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH FESTIVAL COMMITTEE
Notification of receipt and screening status will be sent to filmmakers by e-mail. If you cannot provide an e-mail address, please include two self-addressed, stamped postcards.
Please feel free to include a press kit with each submission. (A press kit will be required for all entries selected for screening.) Press kits should include a 25-word-or-less log line, a synopsis, and photos. If you are a Student filmmaker, you also may describe (in 25 words or less) the learning goal or experimentation in making the piece.
DISCLAIMER / LIABILITY
Reasonable efforts will be made to protect submissions from damage or loss. However, the festival, its management, juries, and the da Vinci Days Board of Directors cannot be held liable for damage or loss of submitted materials.
The da Vinci Film Festival reserves the right to close the call for entries ahead of published deadlines. All rights, including archive rights, music rights, and relevant appearance releases are the sole responsibility of the entrant. Relevant documentation may be requested as a condition of screening. Entry into the Festival acknowledges agreement to all conditions.
UNLESS OTHERWISE REQUESTED ON SUBMISSION FORM, SUBMISSION OF AN ENTRY GIVES THE FESTIVAL PERMISSION TO HAVE THE ACCEPTED WORK PHOTOGRAPHED, AND REPRODUCED FOR PUBLICITY PURPOSES. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT POST ENTIRE FILMS ONLINE.
INCOMPLETE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSION IN THE FESTIVAL.
*****A PRESS KIT WILL BE REQUIRED IF ENTRY IS ACCEPTED FOR SCREENING!*****
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
CERTIFICATION OF ENTRY
1. I am the owner of the piece that I have submitted to da Vinci Film Festival (da Vinci Days, Inc.). I acknowledge that I have the sole and exclusive ownership of all rights and have the full authority to submit the piece or I am duly authorized to submit this piece.
2. This piece is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
3. I will indemnify, defend and hold harmless da Vinci Days, Inc., its volunteers and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, complaints, causes of action, liabilities, judgments, losses, costs and expenses including reasonable attorneys fees arising out of or in connection with any and all claims and/or third party claims based on materials I am submitting.
4. I understand that the organizers of this Festival cannot be held responsible for the accidental damage or loss of any material submitted. Utmost care will be taken with each and every piece, but in the event of damage or loss, da Vinci Days, Inc., its organizers and sponsors cannot be held liable.
5. I authorize the da Vinci Film Festival to present my piece and/or excerpt from it for publicity purposes and/or publish material provided for publicity purposes.
6. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.
UNLESS OTHERWISE REQUESTED ON SUBMISSION FORM, SUBMISSION OF AN ENTRY GIVES THE FESTIVAL PERMISSION TO HAVE THE ACCEPTED WORK PHOTOGRAPHED, AND REPRODUCED (EITHER IN PART OR WHOLE) FOR PUBLICITY PURPOSES. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT POST ENTIRE FILMS ONLINE. FILMS MAY ALSO BE SHOWN AS PART OF A PREVIEW SCREENING FOR THE FESTIVAL.
WINNING FILMS WILL BE PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR AN ENCORE SCREENING AT A POST-FESTIVAL DA VINCI DAYS EVENT.