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College Town Film Festival

2 Annual April 17, 2014 to November 17, 2014

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10061 Riverside Dr.
#774
Toluca Lake CA 91602-2560
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Phone: 8186881807
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Narritive Feature Length
CTFF accepts Narrative Feature Length Films of any genre and presented in any language.
Narritive Short
CTFF accepts Narrative Short Films of any genre, and presented in any language. In general, short films will screened both with a feature length and as part of a Shorts program at each festival stop.
Documentary Feature Length
CTFF accepts Documentary Feature Films on any topic, and because of the academic cooperation, Documentaries are paired with University Professors who moderate the Q&A with the film maker and are some of the best attended events at the College Town Film Festival.
Documentary Short
CTFF accepts Documentary Short Films on any topic, and because of the academic cooperation, Documentaries usually are paired with University Professors who moderate the Q&A with the film maker as well as create specific classroom experiences with the Principle of the Film or the Director.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
We want your film to travel to three college towns for three screenings and discussions. Join us on a ground breaking road trip and cinematic journey to save indie film by introducing the spirit of independent film making to America's next generation.

We're not just searching for your film. We want your voice too.
Join in the conversation to promote, debate and save the spirit of indie film.

Festival Dates
April 17-20 in STATE COLLEGE, PA
at the StateTheater
(http://thestatetheatre.org)
in conjunction with
Department of Film/Video & Media Studies
College of Communication
School of Theater
at Penn State University

September/October date TBD ATHENS, OH
at the Athena Cinema
In cooperation with
University College
School of Fine Arts
Scripps College of Communications
Patton School of Education
at Ohio University

November/December date and location TBD


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
We want to FOSTER the relationship between Indie Film and general audiences.

And to EXPOSE future professionals to the nuts and bolts of Indie Film-making.

By ENGAGING academics, students, general audiences, and industry professionals in conversations about films.

While being a FILM-MAKER centric festival by putting the film makers at the center of our program.

THE FILM MAKER
Film Festivals are expensive. Travel, room and board and other expenses can, and commonly do, equal 25-50% of the production budget of the entire project – sometimes for a single festival. But hey, we knew it was a dangerous job when we took it. The real problem is not the expense but the low rate of return on that investment. Film Festivals too often have no real upside for the producer and fail through either incompetence or indifference to support or promote the film in any real way and offer nothing to mitigate the ephemeral nature of the live event. CTFF has been designed differently.

Fewer films means less revenue but brings with it two key advantages. First, by limiting the number of films accepted the probability for a full slate of high quality films suitable for our 18-34 demographic is increased. Second, the festival organizers can take time to promote and support all of the worthy films in the program.

WORKING WITH ACADEMICS
The film industry is perhaps the most relationship driven business in the world.  For most of the professional world a college degree is a baseline requirement and as such is an entrée into the workforce.  The film industry is different.  It is a contract business – the projects are fixed duration and department heads have almost complete discretion with respect to hiring.  The hours are long and the stakes are high and a hiring mistake can have severe consequences.  All of this creates an atmosphere where established relationships are a significant factor in hiring. 

The CTFF wants to foster a connection between higher education and vocational education and facilitate the formation of professional networking through internships with the festival. The relationships made during the festival offer graduates a point of entry into the professional world as well as provide distinguished alumni a framework to give something back to their programs. The collaboration of students at institutions affiliated with the CTFF guarantees audience interest at the institution, ensuring a built in fan-base.

OUTREACH
The final component of the CTFF is the educational outreach aspect. In addition to the stated goals of the festivals to promote an awareness of independent films, there are crucial pedagogical features of the festival that are central to the mission. Representatives from the films being shown at the schools hold master classes and/or seminars with students from theater departments, film production programs, music department and all the many other cross-curricular aspects of the selected films. This could be production, advertising and promotion, or a thematic tie-in with a specific educational discipline such as Psychology or Philosophy.

Because of this structure, students can ask questions of veteran actors, writers, directors and producers, but this experience also provides a forum to discuss the story elements of the films in an educational context. This encourages unprecedented opportunities for interdepartmental cooperation and incentive for the University to become involved in all aspects of the festival.

ORGANIZERS
Candace Brownlee (School Administrator) ; Eric Zudak (Executive Producer) ; Eric Zudak (Producer) ; Eric Zudak (Producer) ; Eric Zudak (Producer) ; Mike Petty (Producer)

GENERAL RULES
Deadlines

Features
Earlybird Deadline - December 15, 2013
Regular Deadline - December 28, 2013
Late Deadline - January 10, 2014
WAB Extended Deadline - January 31, 2014

Shorts
Earlybird Deadline - December 15, 2013
Regular Deadline - December 28, 2013
Late Deadline - January 15, 2014
WAB Extended Deadline - January 20, 2014

Categories:
Feature length Film: At Least 80 minutes
Short Film: up to 30 minutes
Screenplay Competition


Eligibility Requirements:

Language:
All films must be in English or with English subtitles.

Submission Package Requirements
Entry Form:
Each Submission must have a completed and signed entry form.

Rules for selected films:
Filmmakers for the competition will be notified.

IF YOUR WORK IS SELECTED If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Festival: You must execute a release agreement wherein you (i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at; and (iii) indemnify and hold harmless US college Film Festival LLC, its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film. You must deliver to the address(es) designated by the Festival (i) one exhibition copy of the invited work. We recommend you ship via courier in order to permit the tracking of your entry once it leaves your hands. All exhibition copies must be delivered in DVD or BluRay format. For purposes of submission, all preview copies must be submitted on DVD, Bluray or by Secure Online Screener. USCFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. Final program determinations will be made available to entrants in writing via email. Except in emergencies, please do not call the festival offices.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Deadlines Features Earlybird Deadline - December 15, 2013 Regular Deadline - December 28, 2013 Late Deadline - January 10, 2014 WAB Extended Deadline - January 31, 2014 Shorts Earlybird Deadline - December 15, 2013 Regular Deadline - December 28, 2013 Late Deadline - January 15, 2014 WAB Extended Deadline - January 20, 2014 Categories: Feature length Film: At Least 80 minutes Short Film: up to 30 minutes Screenplay Competition Eligibility Requirements: Language: All films must be in English or with English subtitles. Submission Package Requirements Entry Form: Each Submission must have a completed and signed entry form. Rules for selected films: Filmmakers for the competition will be notified. IF YOUR WORK IS SELECTED If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Festival: You must execute a release agreement wherein you (i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at; and (iii) indemnify and hold harmless US college Film Festival LLC, its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film. You must deliver to the address(es) designated by the Festival (i) one exhibition copy of the invited work. We recommend you ship via courier in order to permit the tracking of your entry once it leaves your hands. All exhibition copies must be delivered in DVD or BluRay format. For purposes of submission, all preview copies must be submitted on DVD, Bluray or by Secure Online Screener. USCFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. Final program determinations will be made available to entrants in writing via email. Except in emergencies, please do not call the festival offices.