College Town Film Festival

3 Annual February 25, 2015 to November 17, 2015

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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. Because of the academic cooperation, Documentaries are generally programmed in small groups so that our partner University Professors can moderate the Q&A with the filmmakers as well as create specific classroom experiences with the Principle of the Film or the Director. We strongly prefer online screeners so that the entire jury may easily view the films. Vimeo protected screeners are a fine option as well.
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 are generally programmed in small groups so that our partner University Professors can moderate the Q&A with the filmmakers as well as create specific classroom experiences with the Principle of the Film or the Director. We strongly prefer online screeners so that the entire jury may easily view the films. Vimeo protected screeners are a fine option as well.
Web Series
We accept Web Series submissions of any style and genre and build discussions around new media, crowd funding and help web series producers reach the college demographic. This demographic consumes web content at a much higher rate than the general population.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Dear Filmmakers,

The College Town Film Festival is happy to be entering it's third year. Along the journey, we have met talented filmmakers and artists; we have been hosted by engaged, intellectually curious students; and we have been welcomed (and challenged) by world-class faculty members who have come to define our festival.

Sure, we’ve seen some great films and we’ve even organized a few legendary parties — but the thing we’re most proud of — is the power of the festival to bring together a University to examine your film, discuss your ideas and chart a path into the future.

And because that’s our real mission, we do things differently than every other film festival on the planet. First of all, your film will screen on several college campuses. Second, we screen one film at a time. When your film screens at our festival it has our attention and the attention of the University. We work hand-in-hand with professors, who often provide extra-credit assignments that correspond to a film’s subject matter or theme… resulting in students who are doubly-invested in the experience. And each film is assigned a faculty moderator who introduces the film and leads a post-film panel discussion.

Needless to say, the best screenings are attended by the filmmakers. That’s why we help with travel. Sometimes it’s airline tickets, usually it’s a hotel room for a few nights… often it’s both. But always the reason is the same: we want to hear your voice; learn about the backstory and listen to your plans for the future… and always, argue the merits of your film.

But beware: the conversations are real. Sometimes we agree; more often we argue — never do we pull-any-punches. That is the deal we have for you: we won’t pretend to be “the next Sundance” (blah, blah, blah) and you won’t have to worry that we’ll subject you to an audience programmed to agree with you just because you’re in the room.

We’re not interested in how your film was financed or how much it cost or why you cast the girl with the lisp. We just want to know one thing: of all the movies you could have made, why did you make this one?

So submit your film. Know that it will be reviewed by thoughtful judges. That it will be given careful consideration. And when it is accepted… we don’t just want a copy of the DVD… we want you.



Festival Dates
Februry 25 - 28 2015 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 and location TBD


November/December date and location TBD

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Although we are entering our third year, we have done 2 per year so the February festival will be our 5th.

Our goals:

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.

All while being a FILM-MAKER centric festival that puts the filmmakers 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 (Director); Eric Zudak (Director); Eric Zudak (Director); Eric Zudak (Executive Producer); Mike Petty (Producer)

GENERAL RULES

CTFF strongly prefers online screeners for consideration, provided via Withoutabox or as a secure online screener (Vimeo etc)

Deadlines

Features
Earlybird Deadline - November 5, 2014
Regular Deadline - November 15, 2014
Late Deadline - November 25, 2014
WAB Extended Deadline - December 1, 2014

Shorts
Earlybird Deadline - November 5, 2014
Regular Deadline - November 15, 2014
Late Deadline - November 25, 2014
WAB Extended Deadline - December 1, 2014

Categories:
Feature length Film: At Least 80 minutes
Short Film: up to 30 minutes
Web Series (3 episodes or 40 minutes)


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) two exhibition copies of the invited work and one protected online screener.

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. CTFF 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

CTFF strongly prefers online screeners for consideration, provided via Withoutabox or as a secure online screener (Vimeo etc) 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. CTFF 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. Deadlines Feature Length Earlybird Deadline - November 5, 2014 Regular Deadline - November 15, 2014 Late Deadline - November 25, 2014 WAB Extended Deadline - December 1, 2014 Short Form Earlybird Deadline - November 5, 2014 Regular Deadline - November 15, 2014 Late Deadline - November 25, 2014 WAB Extended Deadline - December 1, 2014 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.