20th Annual

Kansas City FilmFest

April 13, 2016 to April 17, 2016

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

Narrative Short
Narrative (fiction) films of 40 minutes or less from any filmmaker produced anywhere in the world are accepted for entry.
Narrative Feature
Narrative (fiction) films greater than 40 minutes in length, from any filmmaker produced anywhere in the world are accepted for entry.
Documentary Feature
Documentary films greater than 40 minutes in length, from any filmmaker produced anywhere in the world are accepted for entry.
Documentary Short
Documentary films of 40 minutes or less minutes from any filmmaker produced anywhere in the world are accepted for entry.
Heartland Student Short
Student films of 40 minutes or less in any genre: animation, documentary, narrative, fiction from * Kansas or Missouri.
KCWIFT Short Screenplay Contest
Kansas City Women in Film & Television and Kansas City FilmFest Short are holding their fifth annual short screenplay competition. The goals are to support female screenwriters, as well as to encourage all writers to create strong female protagonists. The contest winners will be eligible to receive prizes that support these goals.
Length of script must be fifteen (15) pages or less in the standard screenplay format.
• Scripts must be original screenplays.
• Only female screenwriters (including all-female teams) may submit scripts of any genre for the $1,000 Best Short Screenplay Prize. Female screenwriters of all ages are welcome to enter.
• Screenwriters of all genders may submit scripts of any genre for the $500 Best Female Protagonist Prize. Screenwriters of all ages are welcome to enter.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Kansas City FilmFest unites educational, cultural and film organizations in a celebration of independent filmmaking. Each year the festival builds on its tradition of bringing inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining films to Kansas City audiences and offers opportunities for artists and filmmakers to network, and develop their craft and art. KCFF encourages filmmakers to attend the festival so they can have the opportunity to interact and engage with our great Kansas City audiences!


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Kansas City FilmFest is a festival of juried films, seminars, panels, special events and parties. It's a collaborative, multi-day, annual cultural event designed to celebrate the creativity and hard work of independent filmmakers from around the world! A mix of local, national and international award winning films are screened over a period of 5 days.

Over the years, our visiting filmmakers let us know how much they've enjoyed screening for, and interacting with, our engaged and enthusiastic audiences! Filmmakers planning on attending should notify Kansas City FilmFest as soon as possible, so their names may be listed in the scheduled program with their film to be in attendance.

Visiting Filmmakers, Jurors and Special Guests will be invited to attend a fantastic Kansas City experience- complimentary KC BBQ , and tour of the Kansas City Jazz Museum and Negro League Baseball Museum.

Seminars with local and national film professionals are held on various aspects of filmmaking. Visiting filmmakers, industry professionals and Kansas City audience members socialize at special events and parties throughout the festival.

Women Making Movies is a sidebar during the festival that focuses on the unique contributions of women making films. Top women film professionals share their experiences and work through film programs, seminars and panel discussions.

Final jurors for KC FilmFest 2016 will come from a selection of industry professionals in filmmaking, distribution, film media, and festival programmers from Sundance, AFI Silverdocs, Slamdance, SXSW and more.

Reel Spirit, is a 2nd-12th grade program, led by educators seeking to educate students and mentors; engage imaginations and empower future leaders though filmmaking. Reel Spirit: Young Filmmaker Showcase recognizes achievement in cinematic productions and provides young filmmakers an expanding, authentic audience.

Categories for Entry are: Narrative Feature, Short Feature, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Animation Short, Heartland Student Short, and KCWIFT Short Screenplay. A Heartland Filmmaker Award may be awarded by the Programming Directors for an outstanding feature if the filmmaker currently resides in Missouri or Kansas, was born in Missouri or Kansas, or the film was shot in Missouri or Kansas.

ABOUT THE SCREENPLAY CONTEST:
Kansas City Women in Film & Television and Kansas City FilmFest Short are holding their fifth annual short screenplay competition. The goals are to support female screenwriters, as well as to encourage all writers to create strong female protagonists. The contest winners will be eligible to receive prizes that support these goals.

The Kansas City FilmFest is the longest running and largest film festival in the Kansas City Metro Area. It's presented and governed by the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, a nonprofit arts organization, which debuted its first film festival in April 1997.

ORGANIZERS

Barbara Noble (Board Chair); David Barnard (Vice Chair); Veronica Elliott Loncar (Executive Director)

GENERAL RULES

Fiction, experimental and/or animation films may be original or adapted from a previously published source. All footage must be original. Documentaries may include footage from other sources. In ALL genres the music may be original or an interpretation but you must certify receipt of any and all releases &/or permissions. To be considered for competition, no public screening should have been held in the Kansas City Metro Area past December 1, 2015.

Submission implies acceptance of the Rules and Regulations by all producers, directors and/or their agents submitting material.
Submission Guidelines:
• NO ENTRY FEE WAIVERS.
• Works in progress will NOT be considered for competition or screened at KC FilmFest 2016.
• All work must be completed and submitted no later than the deadline date (December 18, 2015.
• Entries must have been completed by September 1, 2014.
• All films must be in English or subtitled in English.
• The filmmaker(s) must secure all rights, licenses, clearances and releases necessary for exhibition. A completed entry through FilmFreeway will be accepted as acknowledgment of the entrant having done so.
• All entry materials become the property of the Kansas City FilmFest and will not be returned. No refunds. By submitting this material you acknowledge the Jubilee's right to copy any submitted material for KC FilmFest's non-commercial use only.

Agreements: If your film or video is accepted for screening by the KC FilmFest 2016, you agree to and understand the following:
• FORMAT: You agree to provide the festival an exhibition copy of the entry on the format indicated on the entry form. If your exhibition format is DVD or tape (DVcam, miniDV), it must be received no later than March 10, 2016 so we can build the program reels.

• SHIPPING: You are responsible for the arrangements and cost of shipping the exhibition copy to the Kansas City FilmFest.

• PUBLICITY: Upon acceptance, you must supply Kansas City FilmFest with digital stills and other digital and printed press materials. You should be available for interviews prior to and during KC FilmFest 2015.

• LOSS & DAMAGE: Every precaution will be taken to safeguard films, videos and publicity materials while they are in the possession of the KC FIlmFest/Jubilee. However, if loss or damage occurs, Kansas City FilmFest/Jubilee cannot accept or assume responsibility.

KCWIFT & KCFF SHORT SCREENPLAY CONTEST RULES
• Length of script must be fifteen (15) pages or less in the standard screenplay format.
• Scripts must be original screenplays. Scripts must be the sole property of the contest entrant(s). For legal reasons Kansas City Women in Film & Television (KCWIFT) and Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest will accept only original screenplays by copyright holders.
• Only female screenwriters (including all-female teams) may submit scripts of any genre for the $1,000 Best Short Screenplay Prize. Female screenwriters of all ages are welcome to enter.
• Screenwriters of all genders may submit scripts of any genre for the $500 Best Female Protagonist Prize. Screenwriters of all ages are welcome to enter.

PROCEDURES FOR SCREENPLAY CONTEST REQUIRED
• Entrant(s) MUST include on the TITLE PAGE: name(s), mailing and email address(es), phone number(s) and the prize category they're vying for: (1) BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY by a female writer or an all-female co-writing team; or (2) BEST FEMALE PROTAGONIST (female and male writers are eligible)
• Entrant(s) MUST include the script title on the first page of the screenplay (above "FADE IN").
• There is no limit to the number of screenplays a writer may submit. However, a separate entry fee is required for each screenplay and if a previously submitted screenplay is resubmitted, the author(s) must pay additional entry fee(s) for each resubmission, in accordance with the submission deadlines.
• Collaborative work by two or more female writers who share equally in its creation is eligible for the Best Short Screenplay Prize. Collaborative work wherein a female writer partners with a male writer in any capacity is eligible only for the Best Female Protagonist Prize.
• Collaborators’ names must be included during the submission process, and writing partners will divide equally any prize(s) awarded.
• Entries may be adapted from the entrant’s (or entrants’) original work but submissions may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced, unless the entrant(s) hold(s) a copyright to the original material on which the screenplay is based. If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that fact MUST appear on the TITLE PAGE and should be noted at the time the script is submitted.
• Scripts must be written or translated into English and may be submitted electronically. All scripts must be emailed in portable document format (PDF) to contest@kcwift.com, OR submitted through www.withoutabox.com (listed under Kansas City FilmFest). Payments will be processed through Withoutabox, FilmFreeway, PayPal or Square. Scripts submitted without an entry fee will not be considered.

• Screenplays NOT adhering to rules and regulations are subject to disqualification at the sole discretion of the judging panel.
• Screenwriters who are disqualified are NOT eligible for refund of any submitted fees.
• KCWIFT reserves the right not to release judges’ comments or the number of scripts received.
• KCWIFT reserves the right not to choose a winner.
• Finalists will be announced on March 7, 2016.
• Finalist scripts will be presented in a staged reading at the 2016 Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest. The contest winners of the Best Short Screenplay category, the Best Female Protagonist category and an Audience Choice Award (chosen from all finalists) will be announced at the KCWIFT/KC FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest ceremony (TBD). KC FilmFest will be April 13-17, 2016.

• Members of the KCWIFT board of directors, as well as past KCWIFT board members who have served terms ending less than two years prior to September 1, 2015, are ineligible. Contest judges and readers for the KCWIFT & Kansas City FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest are ineligible to enter, as are their family members and the family members of KCWIFT board members who have served terms ending less than two years prior to September 1, 2015.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
KCWIFT and Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest are hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any script submitted and accepted for promotional purposes. Due to the volume of submissions, KCWIFT will NOT return copies of submitted scripts. KCWIFT will request and is hereby granted the right to use footage from the project funded and created from the winning screenplay for promotional purposes related to KCWIFT and the KCWIFT & Kansas City FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest. This includes but is not limited to the KCWIFT and the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest websites, screenings, and social media platforms. Neither KCWIFT nor Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest holds any ownership rights to projects completed as a result of the KCWIFT & Kansas City FilmFest Short Screenplay Contest, nor are KCWIFT and Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest responsible for projects’ production, promotion or distribution.