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19-Apr-2014 10:21am PDT  

 

Columbus International Film + Video Festival

62 Annual November 09, 2014 to November 23, 2014

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1021 E. Broad St
Columbus OH 43205
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Phone: 614-444-7460
info@chrisawards.org
http://www.chrisawards.org

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Science + Technology
Works in this division address topics in the fields of science or technology.
Social Issues
Works in this division address any
issues affecting society. Topics may include politics,
economics, culture or any subject of importance to
the public. The division welcomes studies of both
history and current events. This is often the most
competitive division, so if your film can be placed
elsewhere it is recommended to do so.
Student Competition
Works in this division must be made by
a student or student team. We encourage creative
approaches and themes, but are also interested in work developed in traditional genres and styles.
{NEW} A new high school category has been added to this division, with discounted entry fees for productions made by or with high school students. This category will have its own special awards and will be juried by the students and faculty of the Columbus College of Art & Design. Works entered in this category are limited to a total run time of 15 minutes or less.
Animation
Works in this division use animation
as their primary practice. The division welcomes all
topics and foci, and encourages creative applications
of animation. The Festival has a long-standing tradition
of animation for all ages. We are interested in
animation for both children and adults. The CIV+VF
has traditionally presented a Saturday Morning
Cartoons For Kids program for children of all ages as
part of the Festival’s regular programming. For the second year in a row we are pleased to announce a
$1,000 screening fee award dedicated to the works
chosen for our Saturday Morning Cartoons/First Night screenings. The child-friendly animated works chosen for the screenings will receive a screening fee for the use of their work thanks to the generosity of the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.
Narrative
Works in this division are fictional works from all genres, subjects and styles. The division welcomes works that explore new ways of telling a story.
Arts
Works in this division address topics in the field
of the arts. These documentaries explore the depth
and diversity of the arts, whether as a documentary
or as documentation of dance, music or theater. This
division welcomes new approaches to bringing the arts to life and making their meaning and significance clear to the public.
Humanities
Works in this division address topics in the fields of humanities. These documentaries explore the depth and diversity of culture, such as history, philosophy and language. This division welcomes new approaches to bringing the humanities to life and making their meaning and significance clear to the public.
Experimental Short
This division seeks videos made with limited budgets by people interested creating media works in a non professional, nonbroadcast arena. Works must be under 10 minutes. Top winners in this division will not receive the Chris Award but instead will receive a special award and be included in a screening. This Division is ajudicated by a special screening audience after an initial jury process
by the Executive Director.
Mental + Physical Health
Works in this division cover aspects of mental and physical health. They may have been made for professionals in the field and/or the general public. Narrative, fictional, instructional, docu-drama or documentary may be eligible.
Educational
Works in this division are designed
to teach something to a selected or self-selected
audience. The division welcomes traditional training,
how-to, educational and teaching films, as well as more subtle or bold ways of instruction using narrative or technical means. These works can be for children and/ or adults.
Promotional / Industrial
Works in this division demonstrate what a business, organization, or individual has done or can do. These works are targeted to specific or potential clients, or specific or general audiences. This division welcomes bold new approaches to promotional film, be they in business, non-profit or political arenas.
Religion + Spirituality
Works in this division address topics in the field of religion and spirituality.
LGBT
Works in this division of the CIF+VF must
focus on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and/or experience in some meaningful way. The works may be in any genre: narrative, documentary, experimental, feature length
or shorts. This division is sponsored by Stonewall
Columbus <www.StonewallColumbus.org> and
includes an up to $1000 travel award to bring winning filmmakers to the CIF+VF. Several screenings at the 62nd CIF+VF will be dedicated to LGBT works, also sponsored by Stonewall Columbus. {NEW} Stonewall Columbus is also sponsoring discounted entry fees for LGBT works entered in the LGBT Division. All works entered in the LGBT Division will be at 50% of standard entry fees. To qualify for this discount, the work MUST be from an LGBT filmmaker or have an LGBT character of substance in the film (ie; NOT a minor LGBT character but rather the focus of the film).
FILM TREATMENT COMPETITION
Please note that this division is not a film category, but rather a competition for five-page film treatments consistent with the submission guidelines of the Writers Guild of America.
A treatment is the narrative description of a proposed feature, short film, documentary or television production. It outlines the balance between character development and plot advancement. The treatment’s purpose is to sell the proposed project to those who can bring the story to production—studios, producers, directors and independent investors. Treatments
are also the first step in protecting the ideas of the screenwriter, even before the screenplay itself is written or completed. It is both a legal and creative device to secure the prospective value of the story and to define why the screenwriter believes it has the potential for critical acclaim and commercial success.
Each submission must meet the following guidelines:
• Cover page with the working title, a one-paragraph premise and the intended audience
• Film treatment of no more than five pages, double- spaced, in narrative format
• Adapted works are eligible, but must include written permission from the copyright holder
• Entries may be submitted on paper, or in Word or PDF compatible formats only
• Submissions not meeting these requirements will not be eligible for competition.
ONE AWARD will be given in recognition of the BEST TREATMENT. The top three entries will receive a professional script analysis/marketing strategy, courtesy of Mojofilter, and a copy of Montage, screenwriting software by Mariner Software.
Total Value $1,000 for each Film Treatment winner.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Dedicated to serving filmmakers and their audiences by celebrating
excellence in film making, the Columbus Film Council believes in educating and entertaining people with the art and experience of film and video.

This is accomplished by organizing and producing the Columbus International Film + Video Festival.



ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
There is a $1000 Travel Award for filmmakers (of any type) to attend the CIF+VF. The filmmakers chosen will attend the Festival and one filmmaker may perform the final adjudication for the 2014 Greater Columbus Arts Council Media Fellowships. The filmmaker chosen to adjudicate the Fellowships will receive an honorarium as well as travel funds. These awards are not limited by division so all filmmakers are in consideration for these awards. The award amounts (travel and honorariums) are dependent upon travel and housing costs incured by the Festival.

This year Stonewall Columbus will choose an LGBT filmmaker to attend the screening of their film and bring the filmmaker to the CIF+VF, all expenses paid.

Over $1000 worth of stock footage from VideoBlocks will be awarded at the CIF+VF as well as a special one year download membership to their sites worth almost $500.

$1200 worth of software from Jungle Software will be awarded as special Jungle Software Awards consisting of 3 copies of Gorilla 5. Gorilla 5 is designed for the professional filmmaker Everything is at your fingertips, including scheduling, budgeting, full contact management, a locations module, and story boarding functions.

For the second year in a row we are pleased to announce a $1,000 screening fee award dedicated to the works chosen for our Saturday Morning Cartoons/First Night screenings. The child-friendly animated works chosen for the screenings will receive a screening fee for the use of their work thanks to the generosity of the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.

Short film winners will have an opportunity to be considered for inclusion into an upcoming issue of The Journal Of Short Film, a quarterly DVD journal containing 90-120 minutes of independent short film per issue. For more information about The Journal of Short Film visit www.TheJSF.org

In the Film Treatment Division ONE AWARD will be given in recognition of the BEST TREATMENT. The top three entries will receive a professional script analysis/marketing strategy, courtesy of Mojofilter, and a copy of Montage, screenwriting software by Mariner Software. Total Value $1,000 for each Film Treatment winner.

Join the hundreds of independent and corporate producers who enter their productions in the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, aka the Chris Awards. This most distinguished competition, with its coveted Chris Statuette, has been awarding quality productions since 1953! We are the longest running Film Festival in the USA.

Although only 50 to 100 or so films are screened each year, each Division (except for Experimental and Student Films) can award both a First Place Chris Award and other awards at the jury's discretion. As that we are a 12 day Festival we do not have the screen time to show all of the winning work. We do show additional work throughout the year at our Near Monthly Screening Series.

The Columbus Film Council was founded in 1950 by Dr. Edgar Dale, professor of educational media at The Ohio State University, and other media professionals interested in promoting the use of 16mm motion pictures. Dale was an early advocate of using the latest media as tools for education and communication. In 1953, their efforts grew into the Columbus Film Festival, further spreading the gospel of easy-to-use 16mm film and the documentary wonders it made widely available. Today the Festival is called the Columbus International Film + Video Festival, or the CIF+VF. The Festival has run continuously since, making it the longest-running film festival in North America. Through the years, the Festival has honored thousands of films, filmmakers, and producers. The Chris Award is proudly displayed in production offices around the world. The Chris Award has also at times been a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards. The Festival’s awards remain a revered prize for industry professionals, but the organization is equally passionate about supporting independent film. The juried competition focuses on rewarding the world’s best films, regardless of origin, while the Festival serves to promote and screen more and more films every year.


ORGANIZERS
Susan Halpern (Festival Director)

GENERAL RULES
Submissions must comply to be eligible for Festival competition.
If you have questions, please contact (614) 444-7460, or e-mail: info@chrisawards.org

*We prefer entries be sent by mail (post) if possible.

*DVDs of each entry should indicate the title, running time, and name of the entry and entrant.

* Any incoming shipping, wire, banking, or other charges will be billed back to the entrant and must be paid before the entry is eligible for competition.

* Please let us know if your email address changes between time of receipt of entry and notification of results in mid-to-late September! Otherwise you will not be advised of, or receive any award you may have won.

Due to the high cost of creating and shipping our hand-cast hand- engraved awards, the CIF+VF has instituted a new awards policy. All certificates will be awarded and mailed via US Post to certificate award winners. All of the filmmakers who attend the CIF+VF will receive their statuettes, plaques, and certificates in person, without charge. All other winners will receive a virtual image of their award as well as customized laurels suitable for print and/or web usage. Actual award statuettes and plaques will be available for the award recipients to purchase through the CIF+VF web site. Sorry about that.

Liability: Although every possible care will be taken with your entry
materials while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send any original materials.

Eligibility Dates: Films and videos produced in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 are eligible for entry into the 2014 Festival.

Re-entry: Entries from previous Columbus International Film + Video
Festivals are eligible for this year’s competition if they are a revision, or
entered in a different division than the original submission, and were
produced during or after 2011.

English Language: All entries must have audio essential to the message on an English language soundtrack or English subtitles. An English translation script is not an acceptable substitute with the exception of foreign student entries.

Foreign language student entries: Although the jury panel would
prefer an English soundtrack or English subtitled production, if this is not possible, you may submit an English language script with your entry. This exception applies only to student entries.


JUDGING CRITERIA

*Judging panels consist of carefully selected professionals experienced in production or with expertise in their respective areas. Jurors do not participate in the evaluation of any category in which any organization with which they are affiliated has an entry.

* Productions are evaluated on a seven point merit system, with the Chris Statuette presented to work receiving a rating of seven, the Bronze Plaque to productions receiving a rating of six, and Honorable Mention to productions with a rating of five.

* The Silver Chris (Best of Division) winners will be considered for the Best of Festival Award. A special panel will determine this special award.

The following criteria are applied during the judging process:

* Target audience *Credibility
* Purpose * Organization and Development
* Concept and Creativity * Technical proficiency

Primary Factors and hints for determining placement of an entry into a particular Division:

* Purpose
* Target audience
* Subject matter
* Style (narrative, documentary, animation)

* You might want to enter it in more than one Division (a separate fee for each entry). Each Division has a different jury.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The entrant has full rights to submit the entry and authorize its use. Promotion Rights: Producers or distributors who enter the Festival grant permission for their entries to be presented at any Festival screening or event unless we are otherwise notified at the time of entry. Liability: Although every possible care will be taken with your entry materials while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send any original materials. We do not return any materials sent to us. Publicity: Images, trailers, and reproducible stills may be used in Festival Programs and publicity materials. Division Transfer: You, the entrant, best know the material and its purpose; however, each division chairman has the right to change the division of an entry if another placement seems more appropriate. We keep the winning entries for the Chris Collection Archives. Entry productions that do not win or grant permission for inclusion in the Chris Awards Collection will be discarded. Awards: Due to the high cost of creating and shipping our hand-cast hand- engraved awards, the CIF+VF has instituted a new awards policy. All of the filmmakers who attend the CIF+VF will receive their statuettes, plaques, and certificates in person, without charge. All other winners will receive a virtual image as customized laurels suitable for print and/or web usage. Actual award statuettes and plaques will be available for the award recipients to purchase through the CIF+VF web site. Sorry about that. Entrant has read and agrees to abide by all Festival rules.