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|Short films up to 5 minutes in length, of any genre, that explore the theme of 'being free'.
|5 to 30 minute fiction film, exploring the theme of 'being free'.
|5 to 30 minute documentary film, exploring the theme of 'being free'.
|Feature fiction - 30 to 120 minutes in length
|Feature length documentary - 30 to 120 minutes
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Let’s All Be Free Film Festival explores and celebrates what it means to be free via the medium of film.
We seek to create an open forum that will encourage constructive dialogue and debate around the idea of what it means to be free in all its manifestations, with the aim of creating greater understanding and awareness between people.
We want to use this enhanced knowledge and insight to implement a tangible, positive force for good in the world around us, and inspire others to do the same.
We welcome anyone who is interested in becoming involved, in whatever way they can. If you have something to say about what being free means to you, then we want to hear it!
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Let’s All Be Free Film Festival explores and celebrates what 'being free' means to people all over the world, via the medium of film.
LABF Festival 2016, will be a celebration and exploration of what being free means to people from all across the globe.
The festival will seek to screen the most brilliant and thoughtful international films, all struggling to define: What being free means to you? You will be surrounded by a group of diverse individuals who are curious about the answer to this question. This shared curiosity, along with the medium of film, will be our common language through the festival.
It will be a festival of learning; exploring; and aesthetic enjoyment; of familiarity and occasional discomfort. We hope you laugh; sympathize; become inspired, uneasy, or unsure; but in the end find hope within confusion. We hope your assumptions will be challenged; your energies renewed; and your mind opened to the possibilities and definitions of a freer future.
Make sure you are part of our continuing adventure, and that your film joins the film 'dialogue' that will help define what a freely lived life can mean.
We seek to create a comfortable and open forum that will encourage constructive dialogue and debate around the notion of being free, with the aim of creating greater understanding and awareness around this vital issue.
We also hold great festival parties that include live music, and a celebration of food and drink from around the world. These are always great forums for our participants, special guests, and audiences to mingle, network, and to simply enjoy while sharing creative ideas.
For more information about the LABF Festival 2016, check out our website at www.letsallbefree.com
We welcome anyone who is interested in becoming involved, in whatever way you can. If you have something to say about what being free means to you, then we want to hear it.
"The Let’s All Be Free Film Festival was brilliant – I really hope it’s back next year!” (Hannah Khalil, BBC)
"LABF is an extremely warm and welcoming festival. It was a great place to meet film makers working in challenging territories and inspired good conversation and debate." (Sophie Austin - Filmmaker)
“Definitely a bright new star on London’s film festival circuit and hopefully here to stay.” (Life Is A Festival)
"There's a great community vibe about the festival that extended beyond the festival itself into social media and beyond. The festival goes out of it's way to promote every film and director that gets selected. Great festival." (Hamish Downie - Filmmaker)
"LABF is a really unique festival. Run by a lovely team across a series of delightfully intimate venues around East London, I felt immediately at home as a first-time filmmaker. The program was dynamic and varied. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone, and I hope to be back next year!" (Charlie Dupre - Filmmaker)
Let’s All Be Free was founded in 2012 by award-winning film director Tariq Nasir, who has been exploring issues of equality and what it means to be free all his life. Born in New York to an American mother and a Palestinian father, Tariq has always wanted to improve communication and understanding between people, a shared aim of the Let’s All Be Free project.
With its overwhelmingly successful beginning, The Let’s All Be Free Film Festival has caught the world’s attention - and we want you to be part of the next one!
Harriet Brine (Festival Director); Nadia Nasir (Programmer); Tariq Nasir (Founder & Artistic Director)
All submissions must be films that relate to the theme of ‘being free’.
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Films can be fiction, documentary, docu-fiction, mockumentary, experimental, of any genre as long as it is under 5 minutes and relates to the theme of being free or freedom, whatever your interpretation of that may be.
So, your film might be examining different types of freedom; perhaps freedom of speech, information, or expression. Or your film may be asking what makes someone feel free, or feel that they are not free? Your film could be taking a look at a personal freedom, philosophical freedom, religious freedom, political freedom, economic freedom; or being free to travel, to work, to marry, to just to be yourself. We are looking for many different and interesting interpretations!
DEADLINES: Online screens must be received by the respective deadline.
SUBMISSIONS: All films must be submitted via Withoutabox. Films not submitted via Withoutabox will not be considered.
SUBMISSION FORMATS: The only submission formats that are accepted are Secure Online Screeners (SOS). No other submission formats are accepted.
PRIOR SUBMISSIONS: An entry that has been previously submitted to the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival is not eligible unless it has been re-edited, or otherwise altered so that it is substantially a different film.
FEE WAIVERS: Fee waivers will not be granted under any circumstances.
WORKS IN PROGRESS: Works in progress will not be accepted for consideration.
LENGTH: Films are to be no more than 120 minutes in duration.
GENRE / TYPE: Films must not be over 120 minutes, and must not be music videos, commercials/promos, corporate videos or educational videos.
SUBTITLES: All films not in English language must be subtitled in English.
COMPLETION DATE: All films must have been completed from 1st January 2014 onward.
POSTAGE / CUSTOMS: All postage and customs costs are the responsibility of the sender. Films will not be taken into consideration if received after the late deadline (postmarked before the deadline is not sufficient). Submission DVDs will not be returned.
EXHIBITION FORMATS: The only accepted exhibition formats are .mov or .mpeg digital files.
PROMOTIONAL USE: Let’s All Be Free Film Festival reserves the rights to use up to 30 seconds of all selected films, trailers and press kits for promotional purposes.
Have any questions about the festival? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
All films that are submitted must be the entrant’s original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Contestants agree that they have obtained all required permissions regarding music, sound and/or images presented in the film. By entering the competition, the entrant agrees that the Let's All Be Free Film Festival will not be held liable for any copyright infringements perpetrated by you or your short film.
Entrants may enter more than one film into the Let's All Be Free Film Festival, but may not enter the same film into different categories.
The Let's All Be Free Film Festival reserves the right to not screen any film(s) for any reason it deems valid.
Winners will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that their short film is original and he/she holds all rights. Failure to sign and return the form within the required time period (30 days) or provision of false information may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. Affidavits of winners under 18 years of age at time of award must be countersigned by parent or legal guardian. Affidavits are subject to verification by the Let's All Be Free Film Festival and its agents.
Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their films submitted.
Entry materials submitted will not be returned to the entrant. The Let's All Be Free Film Festival is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, or misappropriated entries.
Winners are selected by a judging panel of industry professionals who may be substituted at the discretion of the competition organizers. All entries are judged equally based on these 6 areas: Compliance to the theme of the festival (exploring, discussing or examining the different types of freedom and what it means to be free – or not – in the world today); Content Originality (quality of storyline, and script); Production (camera work, lighting, and shot composition); Post-Production (editing, transitions, pacing, continuity, and flow); Image (focus, colour, and lighting); Sound Quality (clarity, consistency of audio levels, and lack of noise).
Winners will be announced on 6th April 2014 and will be notified by email, and will also be listed on the festival website at www.labfff.com. The Let's All Be Free Film Festival will use its best efforts to announce the winners at the designated time, but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays.
All prizes will be awarded to the first name as it appears on the entry form, and division of prizes among co-directors is the responsibility of the winners. However, multiple directors will be listed on our website and in all press releases. The Let's All Be Free Film Festival will use its best efforts to send prizes out in a timely fashion. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winner. The Let's All Be Free Film Festival will not pay any winners' taxes. Please note that any prizes which are sent to winners from Sponsors may take longer than prizes sent directly from the Let's All Be Free Film Festival. If the winner has not received any portion of sponsored prizes within 180 days and has not responded to the Let's All Be Free Film Festival, the Let's All Be Free Film Festival will no longer be responsible for delivery of sponsored prizes.
By entering the Let's All Be Free Film Festival, contestants and/or their parents or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of the competition and its judges, which are final and binding in all matters. Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official competition rules and regulations as established herein. Employees, their families, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not eligible. If entrant is under 18 years old, the signature of a parent or guardian is required.
The Let's All Be Free Film Festival reserves the right to extend the competition deadline for any unforeseen reasons if needed. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's name, likeness, and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. Entrant also agrees for Let’s All Be Free Film Festival to use the press kit the entrant will send, including trailer and a 30 seconds extract of the film (without plot spoiler) for advertising and publicity purpose. Void where prohibited.