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Chicago International Children's Film Festival

31 Annual October 24, 2014 to November 02, 2014

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Live-action Feature Films
Live-action productions of 60 minutes or longer are considered features. The festival accepts both live-action and animated submissions. In the event that a production includes both live-action cinematography and animation, please identify the category in which it should compete.
Animated Feature Films
Animated production of 60 min or more. The festival accepts both live-action and animated submissions. In the event that a production includes both live-action cinematography and animation, please identify the category in which it should compete.
Live-action Short Films
Productions of less than 40 minutes are considered shorts.
Animated Short Films
Animated film of less than 40 minutes length. In the event that a production includes both live-action cinematography and animation, please identify the category in which it should compete.
Documentary Feature Films
If the CICFF receives a substantial number of documentary entries, there may be a separate competition category for documentaries. Otherwise, a documentary submission will compete in the category selected on the Entry Form. A production is considered a documentary if it takes as its subject actual people, places, and events and presents them in a non-fictional context.
Live-action Television Production
A submission is considered a television production if its intended distribution is television broadcast or direct-to-video release rather than a theatrical release. The Festival reserves the right to place feature-length television productions in the feature film awards category. Multiple episodes of a television series must be submitted separately. Do not subm episodes and productions that will not have aired on national network or cable television in the United States by the time of the festival.
Animated Television Production
In the event that a production includes both live-action cinematography and animation, please identify the category in which it should compete.
A submission is considered a television production if its intended distribution is television broadcast or direct-to-video release rather than a theatrical release. The Festival reserves the right to place feature-length television productions in the feature film awards category. Multiple episodes of a television series must be submitted separately. We strongly encourage the submission of episodes and productions that will not have aired on national network or cable television in the United States by the time of the festival.
Child-produced Films (directed by children aged 6 to 14)
Films that have been produced by children aged 6 to 14 are considered to be “child-produced.” An adult supervisor is allowed; however, the entire film must be conceived and produced by children with minimal adult input. There is no entry fee for child-produced films.
Documentary Short Films
If the CICFF receives a substantial number of documentary entries, there may be a separate competition category for documentaries. Otherwise, a documentary submission will compete in the category submitted to. A production is considered a documentary if it takes as its subject actual people, places, and events and presents them in a non-fictional context.
Teen-produced films (directed by ages 15-18)
Films that have been produced by children aged 15-18 are considered to be teen-produced. An adult supervisor is allowed; however, the entire film must be conceived and produced by teens with minimal adult input. Teen-produced films must match the Festival criteria outlined in Festival guidelines. There is no entry fee for teen-produced films.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
It is the mission of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival to set an internationally- recognized standard of excellence in film and television production for children. We strive to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers by awarding prizes, by showcasing international films of the highest quality, and by providing a professional forum through which quality children's films may gain increased distribution and access to wider audiences. The Festival is also committed to engaging young viewers with positive media images and using media as a tool for learning.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF) is the largest festival of films for children in North America featuring an average of 250 animated, live-action, and documentary films from 50 countries. The Festival welcomes over 23,000 Chicago area children, adults, and educators to the screenings, and over 100 filmmakers, media professionals & celebrities attend the Festival to lead interactive workshops with kids.

Festival founded in 1984.

The first juried, competitive festival of international films for children in the US.

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival is an annual, competitive film festival presented by Facets, a non-profit media arts organization dedicated to programming and distributing international film.

Programming live-action and animated features, shorts, TV episodes and specials, documentaries, as well as works of children and young filmmakers, the CICFF is one of the most unique festivals in the country, showcasing the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value-affirming new cinema for children.

The CICFF is also honored to be an Academy Award Qualifying Festival.

The Festival operates a small but dynamic market for foreign and U.S. distributors, buyers and festival programmers.

With over 1,000 entry submissions, the CICFF awards prizes in 18 categories.

The Festival also features year-round media literacy workshops for children, parents and teachers.

ORGANIZERS
Ann Vikstrom (Programming Director)

GENERAL RULES
Rules and Regulations

1.) Organization. The Chicago International Children's Film Festival is an annual, competitive film festival presented by Facets Multi-Media, Inc., a non-profit media arts organization dedicated to programming and distributing international film. The Chicago International Children's Film Festival is recognized as an Academy-qualifying festival. Now in its 30th year, is the largest festival of films for children in North America and is recognized as an Academy-qualifying festival. In 2013, the CICFF presented over 280 films from 47 countries.

2.) Mission.It is the mission of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival to set an internationally- recognized standard of excellence in film and television production for children. We strive to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers by awarding prizes, by showcasing international films of the highest quality, and by providing a professional forum through which quality children's films may gain increased distribution and access to wider audiences. The Festival is also committed to engaging young viewers with positive media images and using media as a tool for learning.

3.) Notification of Festival Status. The Festival will inform all entrants no later than August 31, 2014, whether their submissions have been accepted. At that time, the primary contact person for each accepted film will receive the 2014 Shipment Information Worksheet to be completed and returned. The preview DVD and support materials of all entries, accepted or rejected, cannot be returned.

4.) Entry. Submit an entry by sending the following materials to the Festival, to be postmarked by May 1 or May 31, 2014.

a) Completed WAB Entry (one entry per film or episode)
b) A full-length preview DVD (formatted for multi-zone or Zone 1 (North America)) of the entry, clearly labeled with title of production. Each DVD must contain only one production; putting multiple entries on a single DVD will cause delays and may result in your film being rejected.
c) Entry fee in USD. U.S.-affiliated bank checks and international money orders should be made out to Facets and the title of the film(s) should be written on the check. Credit card payments can be paid online through Withoutabox.
d) Two high-quality images from the production. For marketing purposes, images MUST be at least 300 dpi. These may be e-mailed to as .jpgs or .tifs or sent by regular mail.
e) Director photo. This may be e-mailed to filmreg@facets.org as .jpgs or .tifs or online through WABl.
f) Production information, including cast and credits.
g) Director's filmography, including years of production.
h) Brief biographies of director(s) and principle actors.
i) Posters, press book, or other promotional materials if available.

5.) Entry Fee. The entry fee will be waived for submissions produced by children aged 6 to 14 and teens ages 15-18. For all others, the entry fee is as listed.

For early entries received by May 1, 2014, the standard entry fees apply:
Short film (under 60 minutes): $40.00 USD/$35.00 USD discounted
Feature-length film (60 minutes or longer): $80.00 USD/$75.00 USD discounted

For late entries received after May 1 but before May 31, 2014, the late entry fees apply:
Short film (under 60 minutes): $60.00 USD/$55.00 USD discounted
Feature-length film (60 minutes or longer): $100.00 USD/$95.00 discounted

Methods of payment include: US-affiliated bank check, credit card, or international money order. All checks should be made out to Facets Multi-Media and should include the title of the production(s) being entered. Please note that the entry fee is non-refundable.

6.) Eligible Films.
* The Festival accepts both live-action and animated submissions on DVD.
* Productions must have a copyright date of 2011, 2012 or 2013 to be eligible.
* All entries submitted must be suitable for children ages 14 and under.
* Premieres are given priority.
* All films whose original language is not English must be subtitled or dubbed in English. Dialogue lists or scripts are not acceptable as a substitution for this rule.
* Screening fees will NOT be paid by CICFF for print usage.

Definition of programming categories:

FEATURES AND SHORTS: Productions of 60 minutes or longer are considered features. Productions of less than 60 minutes are considered shorts.

LIVE-ACTION AND ANIMATED PRODUCTIONS: In the event that a production includes both live-action cinematography and animation, please identify (on the entry form) the category in which it should compete.

TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS: A submission is considered a television production if its intended distribution is television broadcast or direct-to-video release rather than a theatrical release. The Festival reserves the right to place feature-length television productions in the feature film awards category. Multiple episodes of a television series must be submitted separately.

Do not submit episodes and productions that have aired or will have aired on national network or cable television in the United States by the time of the festival.

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTIONS: A production is considered a documentary if it takes as its subject actual people, places, and events and presents them in a non-fictional context.

CHILD-PRODUCED FILMS: Films that have been produced by children aged 6 to 14 are considered to be "child-produced." An adult supervisor is allowed; however, the entire film must be conceived and produced by children with minimal adult input. Child-produced films must match the Festival criteria outlined in item 8 below. There is no entry fee for child-produced films. No more than three films may be submitted free of charge by a single child, team of children or producing organization.

TEEN-PRODUCED FILMS: Films that have been produced by teens aged 15 to 18 are considered to be "teen-produced." An adult supervisor is allowed; however, the entire film must be conceived and produced by children with minimal adult input. Teen-produced films must match the Festival criteria outlined in item 8 below. There is no entry fee for teen-produced films. No more than three films may be submitted free of charge by a single teen, team of teens or producing organization.

7.) Selection Committee. A selection committee comprised of filmmakers, educators, and children screens entries received by the Festival. The Selection Committee approves films for Festival participation and for competition. The CICFF’s Adult and Children’s Juries then judge competition films.

8.) Criteria.
Criteria for selection:
* The action of the film should be child-driven and the stories should be culturally authentic, timely, and of universal appeal.
* Films submitted to CICFF should be made for, rather than about, children.
* Film content should be creative, highly original, and demonstrate artistic and technical mastery.
* Content should speak positively to children of diverse backgrounds and cultures and should provide strong role models for both boys and girls.

Criteria for non-acceptance of films into the festival include:
* Excessive or gratuitous violence, nudity, or profanity.
* Content that advocates and supports racial, cultural, religious, or gender bias.
Films may also be disqualified for technical or procedural reasons, including:
* Any film not subtitled or dubbed into the English language. (This is enforced for both submission and Festival screening purposes. Scripts or dialogue lists may not be sent as a substitution for this rule.)
* Films that are purely educational or instructional in nature.
* Films that are intended primarily for an adult audience.

9.) Festival format of films selected. For Festival screening, all films must be 35mm with an optical or Dolby soundtrack; DCP (Digital Cinema Package); Blu-ray; or an exhibition-quality DVD. Do not submit a production if you cannot provide the Festival with one of these four formats. The Festival format that you indicate on the entry form must be the format that you provide for screening. However, to allow for multiple screenings the Festival may request you to provide an additional format.

10.) School screenings. Post-festival school screenings are an especially valued tradition at the CICFF. Consistent with festival policy, SCREENING FEES WILL NOT BE PAID by CICFF for print usage for these screenings.

11.) Prizes.

Adult Jury Prizes are awarded in these categories:
* Live-action Feature Films
* Animated Feature Films
* Live-action Short Films
* Animated Short Films
* Documentary Films

Children's Jury Prizes are awarded in these categories:
* Live-action Feature Films
* Animated Feature Films
* Live-action Short Films
* Animated Short Films
* Child-produced Films (directed by children aged 6 to 14)

Youth Jury Prizes are awarded in these categories:
* Teen-produced Films (directed by teens aged 15 to 18)
* Feature Film

Special Prizes awarded by the CICFF:
* Best of Fest Prize
* Emerging Director Award
* The Liv Ullmann Peace Prize
* Best Film for Young Children (Ages 2-5)

Awards are announced at the conclusion of each Festival. Awards are given in the form of certificates. Please note that awards are given to the director of the film, unless otherwise specified on the entry form.

12.) Juries. Awards are determined by several juries, including an Adult Jury;a Children's Jury; and a Youth Jury. The Adult Jury, comprised of filmmakers, critics, and educators, is separated into the following sub-juries: Animated Shorts & Features, Live-action Features, and Live-action Shorts. Television productions selected for competition will be judged by the Live-action Shorts Adult Jury and the Animated Shorts & Features Adult Jury.

The Festival's 70-member Children's Jury, led by a team of media educators, meets separately from the Adult Jury and the Youth Jury and awards its own prizes.

The Festival's 30-member Youth Jury, led by a team of media educators, meets separately from the Adult Jury and Children's Jury and awards its own prizes.

The Adult, Children's, and Youth Juries meet during the summer preceding the Festival. For special prizes, separate juries determine awards. Prizes may not be awarded in all categories if the juries feel that the entries do not meet the high standards of the Festival.

13.) Academy Qualification. Films that win first prize from the Adult Jury in the category of Live-action Short or Animated Short may become eligible to enter the Academy Awards competition.

14.) Correspondence. All correspondence to the Festival management, including entry forms and support materials, must be in the English language. We apologize for any inconvenience.

15.) Transportation of films selected. The Festival formats of films selected for festival inclusion must arrive at the Festival offices no later than September 16, 2014. Films are to be sent to the following address: The Chicago International Children's Film Festival, c/o Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60614 USA. All transportation costs of Festival formats to Chicago must be borne by the participant, including charges for customs clearance.

The Festival will pay the cost of shipping all films back to the participant, excluding charges for customs clearance. The Festival will not be responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations. The primary contact person for each film that is accepted into the Festival's program will be required to complete and return the 2014 Shipment Information Worksheet upon receiving it. This worksheet will provide further details regarding shipping procedures for Festival formats.

16.) Deadlines.
May 1, 2014: early postmark deadline for entry, support materials, and preview copy for Jury Selection.
May 31, 2014: late postmark deadline for entry, support materials, and preview copy for Jury Selection.
The Festival is not obligated to consider any submissions that are postmarked later than May 31, 2014.
September 16, 2014: Festival format due for all films selected for the Festival.

17.) Rulings. The Festival Committee and Facets Multi-Media, Inc. Board of Directors reserve the right to rule on cases not covered by these regulations.

18.) Participation Agreement. The Participation Agreement must be signed, or "checked" in this online version. Please note that digitally signing or checking the participation agreement is legally binding.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The person/company submitting this production to the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival agrees that: 1. All the information entered on this form is true and accurate. 2. In the event that the submission is accepted for screening, entrants are legally bound to provide the production in the Festival screening format indicated in this entry form by no later than September 16, 2014. 3. Post-festival school screenings are an especially valued tradition at the CICFF. Consistent with Festival policy, screening fees will not be paid by CICFF for print usage for these screenings. 4. By submitting my film, I grant permission for its use in the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival promotional materials, for press, promotional and public screenings, as part of the Festival’s outreach educational programs in schools, in area cultural venues and in the Festival’s online exhibition programs. 5. The undersigned is legally authorized by the producer and distributor to enter this film in the CICFF. Once entered, films may not be withdrawn from participation in the Festival. Accepting these Terms & Conditions indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to the above Participation Agreement as well as the General Regulations of the Festival.