1st Annual

Big Cause Docu Fest

February 04, 2013 to February 24, 2013

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Charlotte NC 28277
Phone: 704-761-8215

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Documentary Features
Non-fictional works. Must be 50 minutes or longer.
Documentary Shorts
Non-fiction works. Must be 49 minutes or shorter.
Student Films
Non-fiction works ONLY. Must be 100 minutes or shorter.


The Big Cause Docu Fest is an annual event dedicated to harnessing the power of non-fiction cinema to generate measurable positive change in our community and beyond. We plan to accomplish this by matching selected documentary films with local champions, be them individual activists or social justice organizations, and working together to build active events around their theatrical presentations.


The Big Cause Docu Fest (BCDF) is a production of Indie Film Force—a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization—and receives support from corporate sponsors, private foundations and individual donors.

Indie Film Force also produces the annual Charlotte Film Festival and the Charlotte Horror Fest.

The core goal of the BCDF to offer our audiences programming that is relevant to their lives, while providing them with an avenue through which they can find personally meaningful ways to participate and get involved in solving some of the challenges that currently threaten society and our planet.

Our screening venue is the beautiful Epicentre Theaters located in the heart of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina.


Louis Gurgitano


Submission deadline dates.
May 1, 2012 – Entry period starts
May 31, 2012 – Early deadline
July 31, 2012 – Regular deadline
August 31, 2012 – Late deadline
September 30, 2012 – Extended deadline

All deadlines are “Postmarked By” dates. No exceptions. No deadline waivers.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

Preview copies must be submitted on NTSC DVD (Region 0, Region 1).

A completed entry form and appropriate fee (payable to Indie Film Force in U.S. dollars only) must accompany your entry.

Neither preview nor exhibition copies of entries will be returned, unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Accepted running times are as follows:
DOCUMENTARY FEATURES: 50 minutes or longer
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS: 49 minutes or shorter
STUDENT FILMS: 100 minutes or shorter

Works in Progress are accepted only if submitted by the regular deadline. ‘Work in Progress’ or ‘Rough Cut’ must be clearly marked on the videotape or DVD. The final cut must be RECEIVED by September 30, 2012. Entry fees will not be refunded for entries that fail to submit a final cut by the required date.

Projects in a foreign language must have English subtitles prior to submission.

YOU MUST SUBMIT 2 DVD COPIES OF EACH FILM ENTERED FOR CONSIDERATION. We will NOT replace your original entry with an upgraded version after the deadline, unless your film is selected for exhibition.

All exhibition copies must be received by January 1, 2013 for inclusion in the festival.

If you are entering a student film, you MUST include a copy of the student’s I.D. with your entry package. The student needs to be credited in the film as Director or Producer.


Please read carefully the following Terms and Conditions.

“Festival” refers to the Big Cause Docu Fest. “Materials” refer to your entry materials to the Festival. You must accept these terms and conditions before your entry can be considered.

I/We attest that I/we have read and understand and complied with the Rules of Entry of the Festival, that I/we am/are the sole owner(s) of legal right and title thereto have absolute authority to submit the Material to the Festival.

I/we understand that by submitting said Material, I/we authorize the Festival to exhibit the Material during the 2013 Festival dates, if the Material is selected for exhibition by the Festival.

I/we will indemnify and hold harmless the Festival, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on Material submitted to the Festival.

I/we understand that the Festival is not responsible for any type of damage to or loss of the Material while it is in the Festival’s possession, or while en route to or from the Festival, and I/we release the Festival, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, from any and all liabilities regarding damage to or loss of the Material while en route to or from the Festival or while in its possession.

I/We agree that any dispute arising between me/us and the Festival shall be subject to binding arbitration pursuant to the then effective Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award all appropriate relief, including equitable or injunctive relief; provided, however, that the arbitrator is not authorized to award punitive damages. The award issued by any such arbitrator may be entered and confirmed as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. The state with jurisdiction over any disputes relating to this agreement is North Carolina, and the sole location for proper venue is Charlotte, North Carolina.

Festival finalists & winners will permit the Festival to use their name, contact information and/or likeness & publicity stills, film or video footage, title, and logline of Material, in pre & post-competition publicity & promotional efforts.

The Festival may, at its own discretion, transfer the submitted Material to a compilation DVD for Festival screening and the resulting DVD may be used for Festival promotional purposes. However, said compilations are not sold or distributed by the Festival.

Should Material win one or more awards “Award(s)” at the Festival, I/we am/are authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing Material to name the individual(s) listed on the Award Designation List to receive any and all Award(s). If Material is eligible for Award(s) and no one was designated to accept it/them, the Award will be deemed forfeit and another award winner will be chosen.