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|U.S. Narrative Feature Films
|U.S. Narrative Feature films must be narrative works of fiction with a total run time over 45 minutes and must not have distribution in the U.S.A to be considered for competition. All Genres of feature films, including “Mockumentary” style feature films should be submitted into this category. Any feature films primarily financed and produced outside the U.S.A. should be submitted in the International Narrative Feature Film category. To be considered for this category your film must be financed in the U.S. -- U.S. Narrative Feature films with distribution can still be submitted and will be considered for the non-competitive "LIFF Picks Showcase" category.
|U.S. Documentary Feature Films
|Films submitted to the U.S. Documentary category must be non-fiction with a total run time of 45 minutes or longer. U.S. Documentary feature films must have been primarily financed and produced in the U.S.A. Documentaries primarily financed and produced outside of the U.S.A. should be submitted to the International Documentary category. U.S. Mini-Documentaries under 45 minutes should be submitted to the U.S. Short Film Category. U.S. Documentary Feature films with distribution can still be submitted and will be considered for the non-competitive "LIFF Picks Showcase" category.
|U.S. Short Films
|Films submitted to the U.S. Short Film category can be narrative or documentary and must have a total run time under 45 minutes with no distribution in the U.S.A. U.S. Short films must have been primarily financed and produced in the U.S.A. Any films primarily financed and produced in foreign countries should be submitted in the International Short Film Category. Student Short films (University level), Youth Films (High school and younger), Music Videos, Animation, Web Short Content/Series and experimental films should be submitted in their respective categories, regardless if they are International in origin.
|International Narrative Feature Films
|International Narrative Feature films must be narrative works of fiction with a total run time over 45 minutes and must not have distribution anywhere in the world. All Genres of International feature films, including “Mockumentary” style films should be submitted into this category. International Narrative films must have been primarily financed and produced outside the U.S.A. Any feature films primarily financed and produced in the U.S.A. should be submitted in the U.S. Narrative Feature Film category. International submissions in foreign languages must include subtitles in submission screeners and selected film exhibition formats. International Narrative Feature films with distribution can still be submitted and will be considered for the non-competitive "LIFF Picks Showcase" category.
|International Documentary Feature Films
|Films submitted to the International Documentary Feature film category must be non-fiction with a total run time of 45 minutes or longer. International submissions in foreign languages must include English subtitles in submission screeners and selected film exhibition formats. International Documentary feature films must have been primarily financed and produced outside the U.S.A. Documentaries primarily financed and produced in the U.S.A. should be submitted to the U.S. Documentary Feature film category. International Mini-Documentaries under 45 minutes should be submitted to the International Short Film category. International Documentary Feature films with distribution can still be submitted and will be considered for the non-competitive "LIFF Picks Showcase" category.
|International Short FIlms
|Films submitted to the International Short Film category can be narrative or documentary and must have a total run time under 45 minutes with no distribution anywhere in the world. International submissions in foreign languages must include English subtitles in submission screeners and selected film exhibition formats. International Short films must have been primarily financed and produced outside the U.S.A. Any films primarily financed and produced in the U.S.A. should be submitted in the U.S. Short Film category. Student Short films (university level), Youth Films (high school and younger), Music Videos, Animation and experimental films should be submitted in their respective categories, regardless if they are International in origin.
|Films submitted to the Experimental Cinema category can be financed, produced and filmed in any country and can be any length. International submissions in foreign languages must include English subtitles in submission screeners and selected film exhibition formats. Experimental Films should experiment with story, technique, style or message in a significant and obvious way, and not fall into any other LIFF Submission category. Music Videos with a total run time over 10 minutes would be considered experimental. If LIFF determines your film does not fit this category we will re-submit your film in the appropriate category.
|Films submitted to the Music Video category can be financed, produced and filmed anywhere in the world, but must have a total run time under 10 minutes in length. Music Videos should contain very little, if any, dialogue and should feature one primary song. Music style films with a total run time over 10 minutes should be submitted to the Experimental Film category.
|Films submitted to the Animation category can be financed, produced and filmed anywhere in the world and can be any run time in length. Animation films should clearly be primarily animation with little or no live action. International submissions in foreign languages must include English subtitles in submission screeners and selected film exhibition formats. Student or Youth Animation films should be submitted in their respective categories.
|The Youth Film category provides a platform for young aspiring high school filmmakers to present their films alongside more experienced filmmakers. Films submitted to the Youth Film category must have a total run time under 45 minutes and must be produced and filmed by students attending High School level or younger. Films produced and filmed by University level students should be submitted to the "University Film Competition" film category. All Youth and University films get a discounted submission fee.
|LIFF Picks Showcase (Non-Competitive)
|Films of all lengths, genres and types are eligible for selection in the LIFF Picks category, including International Films. The "LIFF Picks Showcase" is a non-competitive category made up of films selected by the festival's film committee. Films submitted that already have distribution or are disqualified from competing in other categories of LIFF are eligible to submit to the LIFF Picks showcase category. This category is designed to showcase a unique combination of films that are carefully selected for their cinematic accomplishments and film achievements. Some selections might serve to identify the year's festival theme or help focus on a particular niche genre. International submissions in foreign languages must include English subtitles on submission screeners and selected film exhibition formats.
|Films submitted to the Extreme Sports category should have an extreme sports theme tied into the film in some way. Extreme Sports Films can be financed, produced and filmed anywhere in the world and can be any run time in length, but must not have distribution in the USA.
|Web Series & Web Content
|Web Series and Content must be original short form material, not just a short film uploaded to the internet. Web Series or "Webisodes" should be submitted to this category and up to 3 episode are allowed with one (1) submission fee. If LIFF determines your film does not fit this category we will re-submit your film in the appropriate category.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Laughlin International Film Festival
October 15-18, 2015
Our goal at LIFF is to create an exciting, professional and prestigious event that operates as a platform for U.S. and International filmmakers to showcase their films & network with fellow filmmakers in a unique environment, enjoy the casinos and attractions of Laughlin, Nevada. LIFF offers the residents of Laughlin and Bullhead City, AZ the opportunity to experience cinema from a wide range of genres and formats, including a "LIFF Picks" showcase screening non-competitive films selected by the Festival Committee.
Films are screened at the state-of-the-art Laughlin Stadium 9 cinemas on 3 screens in the heart of Laughlin over 4 days, in conjunction with social networking events, film workshops & panel discussions, plus after parties. The festival is kicked off Thursday night with opening night red carpet arrivals, opening night Film Screening with filmmaker Q&A and then a sponsored afterparty. Social events include: the Friday Night LIFF Halloween & Cosmic Bowling Party, Saturday Filmmaker Workshops, Screenings & Awards Ceremony, Sunday Breakfast & Filmmaker Panel. Films are screened all day Friday, Saturday & Sunday in 3 theaters. Filmmakers accepted to LIFF will receive free All Inclusive VIP Passes to LIFF for the entire event. LIFF is the perfect get-away road-trip adventure that will prove to be an amazing weekend experience you won't forget!
To further encourage young future filmmakers, LIFF designates a special category for "YOUTH" (18 and under) and also works closely with the local City of Bullhead's Accelerated Learning Center to promote a special "LIFF YOUTH WORKSHOP" every year for local youth interested in filmmaking and entertainment along with Festival attendees. LIFF also supports the local Spring Tri-State Film Festival and awards the festival's Winning Films a free submission into LIFF.
For more Festival information visit: www.LaughlinFilmFestival.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The LIFF Team is working with the local Laughlin Stadium 9 Cinemas, Laughlin Outlet Center and participating Casinos: Tropicana, Aquarius & Riverside to bring you an exciting and prestigious event that you don't want to miss! Laughlin, Nevada sits on the Colorado River across from Bullhead City, Arizona near the tri-state intersection of California, Arizona and Nevada. Laughlin is roughly 95 miles south of Las Vegas and and 290 miles from Los Angeles. The weather in Laughlin during October is ideal with views of scenic mountain ranges accompanied by a refreshing river walk between the resorts.
Whether you are a filmmaker or a film fanatic, get your cast and crew together and adventure to Laughlin: Reserve a Filmmaker Suite at one of the host hotels and get a filmmaker group rate. Hit the local cinemas for some great Independent films, then some fun social networking events at the casinos, not to mention there is always gambling and buffets.
LIFF where Hollywood meets the Colorado River
For more festival information visit: www.LaughlinFilmFestival.com
Dagmar (Mara) Karsen-Puhm (Executive Director)
; Dave Davidson (Executive Director)
; Erik Puhm (Film Festival Director)
; Mara Karsen Puhm (Co-Founder)
; erik puhm (Film Festival Director)
LAUGHLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015
General Rules and Terms
Feature Films -- over 45:00 minutes
Short Films -- less than 45:00 minutes
All film submissions must be shipped prepaid and packed in proper packaging to arrive at the LIFF submission address postmarked no later than their respective deadlines:
EARLYBIRD DEADLINE – March 15, 2015 - $25.00
REGULAR DEADLINE – May 17, 2015 - $35.00
LATE DEADLINE – June 28, 2015 - $40.00
WAB EXTENDED & FINAL DEADLINE – August 1, 2015 - $45.00
*Films must have been completed within three calendar years prior to the calendar year of the festival (i.e. for October 2015 festival, films completed no earlier than October 2012.
*Films can only be submitted to LIFF twice, permitting they were completed within two calendar years prior to the film festival calendar year. Films can only be accepted to LIFF one time.
1. Films submitted to the festival can be feature length (over 45 minutes) or short film (under 45 minutes) in English or in the original language with English subtitles.
2. Films submitted to competitive categories in the Laughlin International Film Festival must not have major distribution in the United States of America or anywhere in the World, unless selected by the festival committee as an official LIFF Pick. The Laughlin International Film Festival does not require accepted films have their premiere at our festival.
3. By submitting your work to the Laughlin International Film Festival you are claiming your entry as your original work, and assuring that it does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other individuals, companies or studios.
4. By submitting to the Laughlin International Film Festival, all listed creators authorize the submission and accept LIFF’s general rules, terms and conditions. All films are nominated and voted upon by an impartial jury of filmmakers, industry professionals and aficionados.
5. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter your film or work into the Laughlin International Film Festival. If a participant is under 18 years of age, he/she can submit their film in the Youth category, but only if a Parent Consent Form is complete and signed by one of the participant’s parents or legal guardians.
6. DVD Screeners are preferred submission format, but Online Screeners may be accepted, determined by the Programming committee. Two (2) playable DVDs are required for Submission and must be formatted in Region 1 or Region 0.
*DVDs must be labeled clearly with the title, running time and contact information (including name, email, address and phone number).
7. LIFF will not transfer PAL for viewing - send NTSC format only.
8. Film Submission DVD Screeners will not be returned by LIFF, with the following exception: LIFF allows filmmakers to send self-addressed, pre-paid return-packaging with their submission material in order to have their DVD screeners returned. Returns will be made at LIFF’s convenience after determination regarding acceptance or non-acceptance of the film. For accepted films, the return will be after the film festival. Paid postage and a neat legible address printed on the return packaging are required for return of submission materials. LIFF cannot return original materials submitted for review, unless pre-paid return-shipping material is included in the submission by the filmmaker.
9. Only complete paid entries will be processed. This includes entry fee, entry form and two (2) playable DVD Screeners in Region 0 or 1. Please do not send Press Kits with submissions, as Press Kits will be requested upon acceptance prior to the festival. All international entries must be sent 'free domicile' to the LIFF office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.
10. If your Submission is accepted: a full-resolution copy of your film (preferably High Definition Quicktime File for short work and a playabe Blu-Ray for feature films) will be requested immediately and must arrive at the Festival headquarters no later than 21 Calendar days from the last day acceptance announcements are mailed out.
*LIFF will request accepted films provide one of the following Video formats for Festival presentation (subject to change): Full Resolution QuickTime Pro-Res File via Dropbox or on a USB Thumb Drive, DATA Blu-Ray Disc / DATA DVD-R Disc. HDCAM, HDCAM-SR, Digital Beta Cam are also acceptable formats, but 35mm & 16mm prints will not be accepted. We prefer a Dolby Encoded Stereo LT/RT audio configuration for surround sound presentation, but this is not required. If submitting a Quicktime file, please make sure to include a 2 Track Stereo Mix, in addition to a 5.1 mix if available. The LIFF Team will try and work with filmmakers as much as possible to accept any type of formats and make conversions available for presentation.
*Please do not send the only copy of your film, or non-replaceable items. The Laughlin International Film Festival takes the utmost care in the handling of your entry material, but LIFF is not responsible for films and/or materials stolen, missing, or lost in transit.
11. Confirmation of receipt of a film entry will only occur under special arrangement. Notification that a film has NOT been accepted by LIFF will be by E-mail only. Notification of acceptance to the festival will be by both E-mail and U.S. mail. Upon receipt of acceptance notification, filmmakers are requested to immediately e-mail Submissions@LaughlinFilmFestival.com to acknowledge receipt of their acceptance letter.
* All LIFF correspondence will be done via E-mail or US mail ONLY to the original submitter’s contact info provided on the submission forms and WAB/FF.
12. If an entry is accepted by LIFF, a required “Materials Packet” will be requested thereafter for exhibition and promotional purposes. The Materials Packet that is requested for accepted films will be primarily digital and will include some of the following: stills from the film; press materials; headshots and filmography of Director, key Cast and Crew; and Video trailer (if available). Please do not send in press materials until asked to do so by LIFF.
13. Entrants agree, by submission of their film, that if they are accepted, they will allow usage of clips from their film for: promotional print, the Internet, television, radio, and at live Festival events, when requested by the Festival programmers.
14. Tickets for all film screenings and all festival associated events can be purchased at www.Laughlinfilmfestival.com as well as on-site at the theaters.
15. All accepted films will receive four (4) complimentary all-inclusive LIFF passes for the duration of the festival, however LIFF has the right to adjust the number of complimentary passes dependent on how many films LIFF accepts and other coordination details. Six (6) additional all-inclusive passes can be purchased at a 25% discount off the advertised price, per accepted film. Individual screening tickets and all day passes can be purchased at 20% off for cast & crewmembers of accepted films who do not receive an All Inclusive Filmmaker Pass. Only cast & crew members listed by the film’s submitter or in the credits are eligible for these discounts, and all discounts only apply to tickets sold on-site during the Film Festival. It is important for a selected film to have a presence at the festival and LIFF encourages all selected films to have at least one member of the film's production staff / and or cast, present, for the screenings and special events of the festival. We always like to formally introduced/acknowledged attendees at various events during our festival and offer Q&A sessions after Film Screenings.
16. In the event that any award or prize-winning work has multiple authors/creators, LIFF will aim to present awards and/or prizes in such a way that they can be divided equally among listed creators, if possible. In the event that only a single award can be granted to multiple authors, LIFF is not responsible for determining how awards will be shared.
17. The number(s), date(s), time(s), and locations of film screenings are subject to the discretion of the Laughlin International Film Festival, LLC. LIFF reserves the right to change festival programming at any given time if need be, including combining categories for exhibition purposes. Please note festival dates, screening times, venues, social events, award Gala and Q&A sessions are subject to delay or change at any time.
18. Entry fees are payable by Credit Card (Visa, Master Card or American Express via PayPal), Check or Money Order to: Laughlin International Film Festival. Fees for foreign entries should be paid by credit card, in traveler's checks in U.S. dollars or International money orders in U.S. dollars.
19. The Laughlin International Film Festival reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. Entries in our competitions are void where prohibited by law. Entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars before films will be viewed. All fees paid to the Laughlin International Film Festival at any time or location: including the Internet, are non-refundable.
20. Any filmmaker or member of a film entourage causing a disruption or acting aggressively, disrespectfully or threateningly to any of the volunteer staff, festival guests, Facility workers or employees of LIFF may have their film pulled from exhibition at any time without refund and/or their festival passes revoked.
21. Filmmakers are hereby notified that LIFF is not required to provide hotel rooms and/or travel accommodations for any filmmakers or attendees.
We look forward to watching your film and Thank You for submitting and supporting the 2015 Laughlin International Film Festival!
If you have any questions feel free to email us at: Submissions@LaughlinFilmFestival.com
All Official LIFF details can be found at:
© 2015 Laughlin International Film Festival, LLC
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree that to the best of my ability, I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Laughlin International Film Festival (LIFF). I hold LIFF harmless from damage to or loss of the submitted film materials en route due to improper containers or otherwise, including during the course of the Festival's possession of the film.
The act of submitting the entry form via paper or electronically on WAB constitutes acceptance without reservation of all rules, terms and conditions of LIFF. If accepted, ALL Filmmakers are REQUIRED to sign a legal document stating they own the legal rights to their submission materials including the rights to present the material in front of the public without infringing on any copyright laws.
LIFF is a competitive showcase for Domestic and International feature films, documentaries, short films, University level films, Youth films, music videos, animation, experimental films, web series and content and extreme sports videos. The LIFF Film Committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. Only works completed from October 2012 forward are eligible for selection and competition. There is no limit to the number of entries per filmmaker, but each film can only be submitted to LIFF twice .
Non-English language produced films must have English subtitles.
Return address and paid-packaging must be provided with your submission in order for LIFF to return your submission screeners.
If selected, participants must submit a high resolution full quality QuickTime file, preferably Pro-Res 23.98 frame rate, via Dropbox.com/download, or delivering the material on a USB Thumb Drive, Blu-Ray or Data DVD-R to the LIFF office by the deadline LIFF provides in the acceptance letter. HD-CAM, HDCAM-SR & DigiBETA are also acceptable formats. Exhibition Format requests may change and not all the above listed formats may apply.
LIFF will always try its' best to accommodate differing media formats submitted by filmmakers.
If you have any submission questions feel free to email us at:
All Entry fees are non-refundable.