5th Annual

Annapolis Film Festival

March 30, 2017 to April 02, 2017

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P.O. Box 667
Annapolis MD 21401
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature Film
A narrative feature is any narrative film running 40 minutes or longer.

Please do not submit a work-in-progress, rough cut, or incomplete version.

Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance no later than 1/15/2015.
Narrative Short Film
A narrative short is any narrative film running under 40 minutes.

Please do not submit a work-in-progress, rough cut, or incomplete version.

Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance no later than 1/15/2015.
Documentary Feature Film
A documentary feature is any documentary film running 40 minutes or longer.

Please do not submit a work-in-progress, rough cut, or incomplete version.

Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance no later than 1/15/2015.
Documentary Short Film
A documentary short is any documentary film running under 40 minutes.

Please do not submit a work-in-progress, rough cut, or incomplete version.

Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance no later than 1/15/2015.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The mission of the Annapolis Film Festival is to encourage the development of all aspects of the creative arts in and around Annapolis through the cinema experience. We seek independent films, features, documentaries and shorts, that will inspire, enlighten and entertain all audiences on a variety of topics, promoting Annapolis as a cultural arts center.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Annapolis Film Festival made its debut in March 2013. Nestled on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, the city is best known for its rich naval history, its charm as a vacation destination and its many restaurants and galleries. The film festival has had an extraordinary first four years with five venues in the historic and walkable city center and annual attendance of over 7000.

The Annapolis Film Festival is seeking a total of 50–70 films to be shown March 30 through April 2, 2017. The festival showcases a strong line-up of documentary and narrative films from up and coming independent filmmakers. We present a balanced program of comedy, drama and issue-oriented films with a common focus on excellence in storytelling.

In addition, we strongly encourage submission of films with a tie to Maryland (made in Maryland or with a producer, director, or actor from Maryland). Films with a nautical theme, environmental films and films on African American culture and history have a special appeal to this community.

The 2016 Annapolis Film Festival will include a Short Film Juried Competition with awards of $500 each to the Narrative Short and the Documentary Short displaying exceptional creativity, originality and skill in script, direction, acting and high quality production values. Five shorts in each category will be nominated and judged by a jury of industry professionals. In addition, some travel expenses for the winning filmmakers will be covered.

Beyond the screenings, the festival offers educational and networking opportunities. We host an engaging and lively series of panel discussions with leading industry professionals. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to participate in these events, as well as numerous receptions that provide a fun and relaxed environment to meet and discuss your work with industry colleagues.

Past season guests have included director Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter), Oscar winning screenwriter David S. Ward (The Sting), Oscar winning editor Gabriella Cristiani (The Last Emperor), actor/director S. Epatha Merkerson (Law and Order), actor Rory Culkin (Gabriel) and noted speaker/writer/producer Ambassador Shabazz.

As a relatively new and rapidly growing festival, AFF wishes to continue to strengthen the reputation of this beautiful city as a haven for filmmakers to showcase global perspectives and independent thought.


ORGANIZERS

Juliet Burch (Programming Consultant); Lee Anderson; Monica Schorn; Patti White (Artistic Co-Director); Programming Department (Programming )

GENERAL RULES

Submissions to the Annapolis Film Festival must not be scheduled for theatrical release prior to April 24, 2017.

Submissions must not be scheduled for broadcast on television prior to May 3, 2017.

Submissions must not have had prior screenings in Annapolis.

Submissions must be in English or subtitled in English.

Narrative and documentary feature films must have a run time of a minimum of 40 minutes.

Narrative and documentary short films must have a run time of under 40 minutes.

DVDs must be clearly labeled with title, running time and contact information. Please include name, address, phone number, email address and WAB tracking number.

Entry Fee is non-refundable.

All films submitted must be free from any legal dispute and filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music and public exhibition.

Selected films must be delivered no later than 2/7/17.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I agree to the terms outlined in the General Festival Rules for the Annapolis Film Festival. The General Rules are as follows: 1.) The Annapolis Film Festival is accepting entries with a completion date for production of January 1, 2015 or later for the 2017 festival. 2.) Please note that the festival accepts secured online screeners or DVD screeners. If submitting DVD screeners, send two (2) copies of your submission in NTSC DVD format. 3.) Entries should be accompanied by any required materials (e.g. student IDs, fees, pre-paid mailers and press kits). 4.) Filmmakers will be notified by approximately January 20, 2017 if their film has been accepted to the Annapolis Film Festival. 5.) Upon acceptance, exhibition copies and additional press materials will be requested. Exhibition material must be received no later than 2/7/17. I agree to donate my submitted DVD preview screeners to the Annapolis Film Festival archive, where Annapolis Film Festival staff may continue to review them after the conclusion of the festival. If I wish to opt out of this donation, I will send an email to programming@annapolisfilmfestival.net and provide the festival with a prepaid mailer along with my submission. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Annapolis Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.