5th Annual

First Time Fest

October 27, 2016 to October 31, 2016

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75 Grand Ave
2B
Brooklyn NY 11205
USA
mandy@metropoleink.com
http://www.FirstTimeFest.com

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Feature-Length Fiction
Fiction films produced inside and out of the U.S. states and territories
Feature-Length Documentary
Documentary films produced in and out of U.S. states and territories.
Shorts
Fiction or documentary short films produced inside and out of the U.S. states and territories

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

First Time Fest (FTF) is a five-day film festival taking place in New York City, celebrating the excitement and discovery of first time filmmakers. The Festival is unique in its exclusive focus on first films, by emerging filmmakers and by established filmmakers, along with a shorts program geared to up-and-coming filmmakers. A competition section by first-time directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, screenwriters and composers is the core of the Festival.

One film is selected to win the FTF Grand Prize, and up to three films are chosen to participate in the traveling First Time Fest Showcase in Los Angeles and other major U.S. cities. The Grand Prize includes guaranteed distribution. An Honorary John Huston award is also presented to an established filmmaker.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The main competition lineup consists of fewer than ten feature-length films. Fiction, documentary, and animated films are all eligible. Each film is screened once before an audience of industry professionals and the general public. A panel of four jurors judge each of the films. A shorts competition, aimed at directors developing features based on their material, is also a major part of the festival. Winners of the shorts contest receive one-on-one meetings with established producers. Previous festival venues have included AMC theaters, the Players Club, Core Club, Neuehouse, the Gansevoort, and the Roxy Hotel. The festival was founded by Mandy Ward & Johanna Bennett.

In previous years, awards have been presented by Martin Scorsese, awarded to (in person) Darren Aronofsky, Harvey Weinstein, and Julie Taymor. Established filmmakers are also invited to screen their first works, and in previous years these have included Sofia Coppola, Ethan Hawke, Michael Shannon, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

GENERAL RULES

* First Time Fest is seeking feature-length (greater than 72 minutes) and short (30 minutes and under) fiction and documentary films from first-time filmmakers
* “First-time filmmaker” is defined as the first feature film effort by one or more members of the production team. These team members can include:

• Producer
• Director
• Screenwriter
• Cinematographer
• Editor
• Composer

For example, a film may have a veteran producer, director and/or writer, but has a new (to feature filmmaking) editor or cinematographer. That feature would then qualify for submission to First Time Fest. Any feature debut effort in the above categories will qualify the film for submission.

*A COVER LETTER indicating the role (director, etc.) of the first time filmmaker must be included along with the submission.

* DVDs are accepted for preview screening, we also accept secure online screeners.
* DVDs must be labeled clearly with the title, running time, WAB registration number (if application is initiated through WAB) and contact information (including name, address and phone number).
* More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form and entry fee.
* If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide headshot and filmographies of the creative team members; b&w and/or color stills from the film; press materials; and video trailer (if available).
* The entry fee is non-refundable.
* DVDs and other submitted materials will not be returned. Please do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.
* If you want confirmation that your entry has been received by FTF, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard.
* All film entries selected for the Festival grant First Time Fest the rights to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.
* All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music, clips, and festival exhibition.
* The filmmaker agrees to deliver the hi-res Quicktime File or DCP to the festival no later than October 9, 2016.
*Films submitted to First Time Fest must not have any distribution attachments or agreements at the time of application or when screened at the Festival. The Grand Prize of First Time Fest is, in fact, US theatrical distribution and international sales representation from Cinema Libre Studio. The winning filmmakers are not obliged to accept any distribution or sales representation from Cinema Libre Studio, but must not have other distribution agreements in place at the time of the Festival. Films with distribution are not eligible for First Time Fest.

Each entrant warrants and represents that he/she is the creator of the submitted entry or the legal and duly authorized representative of the creator/rightsholder; that the entry is original and owned by entrant; that the entry is free of any claims by other parties; and that the entry was not created without authorization at one’s job, using your employer's equipment or on the employer's time, unless being submitted with employer permission. If an entry is disqualified an alternate winner will be selected by the judges based on the judging criteria.

Please send this application form along with 2 screener DVDs to

First Time Fest
Attn: Mandy Ward
75 Grand Ave, Suite 2B
Brooklyn, BY 11205
USA

www.FirstTimeFest.com
info@FirstTimeFest.com


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

* All film entries selected for the Festival grant First Time Fest the right to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.

* Each entrant warrants and represents that he/she is the creator of the submitted entry; the entry is original and owned by entrant; the entry is free of any claims by other parties

* All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music, clips, and exhibition.

* The filmmaker agrees to deliver the hi-res Quicktime File or DCP to the festival no later than October 9, 2016.

*The filmmaker acknowledges his/her film is to be critiqued in a public forum during the festival.