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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) offers an exciting array of film screenings, industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, and entertainment mixers that bring the spirit of Hollywood to beautiful Richmond, Virginia at the historic Byrd Theatre. In 2011, USA Today called the 1,300-seat theatre, "One of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States."
An inclusive and spirited festival designed to honor true film artists; RIFF welcomes produced films and screenplays of all genres and niches (features & shorts). New this year, RIFF has an additional category for music videos.
With the aim of promoting established filmmakers and discovering up-and-coming talent, the festival works to promote its participating filmmakers and writers through various media outlets and production partners. RIFF is an exciting collaborative platform for writers and filmmakers as it brings great talent together and helps launch careers.
Additionally, RIFF has an additional platform that highlights unique projects that focus on using film as a powerful art form for creating awareness and social change. The festival is one of the few that offers annual production opportunities through their separate production award and parent production partner, The Moving Image Xchange LLC (The MIX).
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
All Official Selection filmmakers and writers receive free entry to screenings, industry panels, mixers, the red carpet awards, and various other networking events throughout the fest.
This year's production opportunity is TBD: In the summer, RIFF will announce details about the Corporate Production Short Film Award, so stay tuned. This is a separate category that all entrants may enter for free as long as they have at least one entry into a main category. See the rules and guidelines page for further details.
Outside of promoting existing projects, filmmakers, and writers, RIFF serves as a catalyst for producing forward thinking projects that help transcend traditional creative norms.
Heather Waters (Owner)
We accept short films and scripts (40 min/pages or less) and feature films and scripts (41 min/pages or more). Please check appropriate length entry upon checkout.
All entrants must submit their entry form and payment online through Withoutabox. You may then submit your script or film electronically through Withoutabox or choose to mail it to our office. If mailing, you must include your Withoutabox entry number, film title, and contact information. Address: Richmond International Film Festival, c/o The MIX, 3126 W. Cary Street, #605, Richmond, VA 23221. The competition is not responsible for submissions that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit.
All applicants (s) testify to be at least 18 years or older and warrant as the author of submitted material that they are the sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal and equitable rights thereto with the full and exclusive rights to submit material to the competition.
We will accept collaborative work, however, each writer must fill out and sign the online entry application and release form. If selected as a winner, it is up to the winners to split the prize money equally between them.
DVD FORMAT. If mailing your preview material, we only accept films on DVD (NTSC). All other formats will be disqualified. All preview media must be labeled with your entry number, film title, running time, and personal contact information including email address. If selected as Official Selection, you will be notified as to what formats will be accepted for your venue.
Please label the outside of your package: FOR PREVIEW ONLY – NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. Your preview material will not be returned, so please do not send master copies. Do not send media kits or other marketing material unless your film has been chosen as Official Selection. Submissions may not be withdrawn once completed, and entry fees are non-refundable. The competition is not responsible for submitted materials that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit.
ONLINE SCREENER FORMAT. If submitting your film online, you must do so through Withoutabox or password protected vimeo.com page. However, all other sites outside of Withoutabox or Vimeo are ineligible. Submissions may not be withdrawn once completed, and entry fees are non-refundable.
Non-English language films must have English subtitles.
Scripts submitted online must be submitted in a PDF, Final Draft, or Microsoft Word file. If submitting by mail, it must be typed in English, and printed on single or double-sided paper; it must be 3-hole punched with pages numbered; be headed by the title page, which includes title of work and WGA registration number if applicable; font must be 12-point Courier, Courier New or Courier Final Draft (please no exceptions). The festival reserves the right to return the script if the above procedures are not followed. If the script is based on a true story, it should be noted on the title page.
Applicant understands that it is their sole responsibility to copyright and protect their own submitted material.
Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). We do not accept adaptations. Submissions may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished, produced or un-produced that is not already in public domain. If it is in public domain, it is eligible for the contest.
Multiple entries are permissible but each entry must be accompanied by a separate signed entry form and a separate entry fee.
Entrants are free to enter their submitted material to other contests; however, writers must not have already received a prize that includes a 'first look' clause, an option, or any other quid pro quo involving the writer's submitted entry to the Richmond International Film Festival. If a submitted project becomes optioned or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the festival judging period, the applicant must notify us and that entry will no longer be eligible for an award.
All submission forms must be filled out through Withoutabox. Submission materials must be received via postal mail or transmitted electronically via Withoutabox on or before the Early, Regular, Late or Final entry deadline, and the entry fee paid in full through Withoutabox in order to qualify for the respective submission rate. Online entries may be submitted up until midnight Eastern Time on the final or extended deadline date. Postal entries must be postmarked by the respective deadline. Any entries submitted or payments postmarked after the final or extended deadline will be disqualified.
RIFF reserves the right to extend the entry deadline.
All entrants understand and agree that there are a diverse amount of story contexts and ideas, and in no way is RIFF or The Moving Image Xchange LLC responsible not now or in the future of borrowing or stealing from an idea, copy written concept, or storyline from an entry.
Entry fees are payable by credit card through Withoutabox. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
Each applicant will receive an e-mail notifying them of the competition results. It is the writer/filmmaker’s responsibility to keep their personal contact information that is on file with us and Withoutabox updated and current. RIFF has no responsibility for correspondence that is misdirected as a result of writer(s) failure to provide us with current contact information. We also encourage entrants to add RIFF to your email address list to ensure email correspondence is not sent to spam or bulk mail.
All winners are responsible for their own U.S. income tax withholding. RIFF and The Moving Image Xchange LLC is not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.
Contest applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the jurors.
If selected as Official Selection, a winner of the corporate award, or grand prize winners, you are responsible for your own personal travel and accommodation expenses if you would like to attend the festival or a production shoot.
CORPORATE AWARD WINNERS (One Writer; One Filmmaker) - This award is at the discretion of the festival each year, pending a corporate partner. It is a free bonus category that all entrants are eligible to enter for free as long as they've entered a project in at least one other main category, and they submit by the respective deadline. Transfer of Ownership: The winning writer and director of the Corporate Award category understand and agree that participation is completely voluntary. The winners agree that by accepting the prize money as the winners, they relinquish the ownership of their idea, vision, concept, treatment, and script to the participating Corporation and RIFF and The Moving Image Xchange LLC. The prize money is considered payment in full for the winner's work, and the winners no longer retain ownership of the submitted work. In addition to the cash prize/payment the winning writer and director receive, they will also get a writing or directing credit in the final Corporate Award production, and a prize package. RIFF/The MIX reserves the right to not provide the Corporate Sponsor Award portion of the contest.
Please read and understand the above Rules and Regulations; the associated licensing and release agreement found on the Withoutabox website. By submitting your entry, you expressly acknowledge and agree to be bound by these terms. Failure to adhere to the Richmond International Film Festival guidelines will result in disqualification and forfeiture of an entry fee and/or eligible prize.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
RULES & LICENSING AGREEMENT
Please read and understand the Festival Rules, Guidelines, & Licensing Agreement. By submitting your entry (film, script, and/or entry for the separate corporate contest submission) to the Richmond International Film Festival, you expressly acknowledge and agree to be bound by these terms. Failure to adhere to these guidelines or rules & licensing agreement will result in disqualification and forfeiture of an entry fee and/or eligible prize.
PROMOTION, PUBLICITY, MARKETING. Entrants permit The Richmond International Film Festival to use their name and/or likeness, contact information provided by participant, title of the work submitted, its logline and their results during the 2013-2014 festival year for publicity and promotional purposes.
THE MIX DIRECTORY. Entrants permit the festival and The Moving Image Xchange to list their name and/or likeness, contact information and any other professional relevant information in The MIX Directory. Applicants hereby agree that their submitted contact information may be released to interested parties hereunder. This is a feature available to all entrants; however, you may choose to opt out of it at any time by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you opt out, there is no exchange, transfer of prize or refund due to you because you chose to opt out of this complimentary prize.
Through various phases of the judging process, submitted material will be exposed to a network of influential third parties, included, but not limited to those companies and individuals listed on the Richmond International Film Festival website. All such third party participations in the judging process are not guaranteed. The Richmond International Film Festival will provide, though not obligated, applicant’s contact information and submitted work to any interested parties. RIFF/The MIX does not attest to or guarantee the validity of any subsequent agreements between applicant (s) and said parties.
THEATRICAL SCREENINGS. The Richmond International Film Festival reserves the non-exclusive right to screen and showcase all submitted films during the festival week. All ticket sales and proceeds are property of The Richmond International Film Festival.
INDEMNIFICATION. Applicant (s) indemnify and hold harmless The Richmond International Film Festival, its judges, The Moving Image Xchange (the MiX), affiliates, staff, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including legal fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on stories or films submitted to the Richmond International Film Festival.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION; GOVERNING LAW; FORUM. Entrant expressly acknowledges and agrees that the Richmond International Film Festival shall be entitled to injunctive or other equitable relief (an "Injunction") to restrain, prevent or enjoin any breach by a contestant under this short film contest, and the contestant hereby waives any right to notice of any action or proceeding for an Injunction and consents to and accepts entry of an Injunction in any court which may have jurisdiction in connection therewith. The prevailing party in any legal proceeding brought pursuant hereto shall be entitled to recover all of its attorneys' fees and all other costs related to such a legal proceeding. Unless otherwise stated herein, this Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the United States and the State of Virginia (without regard to the conflicts of law provisions thereof), and the contestant hereby submits to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Richmond County, Virginia.
By submitting my project to the Richmond International Film Festival, I acknowledge that I have read, understand and agree to, and will abide by all the terms and conditions of submission of materials to this competition, which are listed in this licensing and release form, and the rules & guidelines and content sections of the Richmond International Film Festival website.