18th Annual

The Calgary International Film Festival

September 20, 2017 to October 01, 2017

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Music on Screen - Documentary or Narrative Feature
Music on Screen - Documentary or Narrative Feature

Narrative or documentary Feature over 60 minutes in runtime, where the primary focus is music, ie rockumentary, musical, musician biopics, stories featuring musicians

NOTE: Submitting under this category will not prevent your film from being considered for programming in other sections should your film be suitable for the festival, however if you qualify as Alberta Narrative or Documentary please submit as such.
Narrative Feature - Canadian
Feature films from Canada over 60 minutes runtime.

Secure Online Link (optional):
You are encouraged to include a secure online screening link in your cover letter, as an alternate viewing option for staff.
Narrative Feature - International (outside Canada & U.S)
Feature films from outside of Canada and the U.S, over 60 minutes in runtime.

If your film is a co-production with the U.S. or Canada, please select the section for your submission, which is the primary.

Secure Online Link (optional):
You are encouraged to include a secure online screening link in your cover letter, as an alternate viewing option for staff.
Narrative Feature - U.S
Films from the U.S over 60 minutes in runtime.

If your film is a co-production, please select the section for your submission, which is the primary.

Secure Online Link (optional):
You are encouraged to include a secure online screening link in your cover letter, as an alternate viewing option for staff.
Documentary Feature
Documentary feature films, produced outside of Alberta, over 60 minutes in runtime.

Secure Online Link (optional):
You are encouraged to include a secure online screening link in your cover letter, as an alternate viewing option for staff.
Short Film - International
Any USA or international short film, with a runtime of 30 minutes or less.

Secure Online Link (optional):
You are encouraged to include a secure online screening link in your cover letter, as an alternate viewing option for staff.
Short Film - Canadian
Short films from Canada, with a runtime of 30 minutes or less.

Secure Online Link (optional):
You are encouraged to include a secure online screening link in your cover letter, as an alternate viewing option for staff.
Short Film - Alberta
Alberta made short films, with a runtime of 30 minutes or less.

POINT SYSTEM (for eligibility):
The following point system is used to determine Alberta eligibility--a minimum of five (5) points is required:

Albertan location (2 points)
Resident Albertan principle cast member (1 point)
Resident Albertan writer (1 point),
Resident Albertan producer (1 point),
Resident Albertan director (1 point),
Albertan funding source (2 points).

****If you are an Alberta production please contact programming@calgaryfilm.com to receive a FEE WAIVER code.

In order for the fee to be waived filmmakers must contact the programming department to request a waiver PRIOR to submitting their film.

Secure Online Link (optional):
You are encouraged to include a secure online screening link in your cover letter, as an alternate viewing option for staff.
Alberta Narrative Feature
This is for Alberta narrative feature films only, over 60 minutes in runtime that were produced in Alberta, Canada.

POINT SYSTEM (for eligibility):
The following point system is used to determine Alberta eligibility--a minimum of five (5) points is required:

Albertan location (2 points)
Resident Albertan principle cast member (1 point)
Resident Albertan writer (1 point),
Resident Albertan producer (1 point),
Resident Albertan director (1 point),
Albertan funding source (2 points).

**If you are an Alberta production please contact programming@calgaryfilm.com to receive a FEE WAIVER code.

In order for the fee to be waived filmmakers must contact the programming department to request a waiver PRIOR to submitting their film.

Secure Online Link (optional):
You are encouraged to include a secure online screening link in your cover letter, as an alternate viewing option for staff.
Alberta Documentary Feature
This is for Alberta documentary feature films only, over 60 minutes in runtime that were produced in Alberta, Canada.

POINT SYSTEM (for eligibility):
The following point system is used to determine Alberta eligibility--a minimum of five (5) points is required:

Albertan location (2 points)
Resident Albertan principle cast member (1 point)
Resident Albertan writer (1 point),
Resident Albertan producer (1 point),
Resident Albertan director (1 point),
Albertan funding source (2 points).

**If you are an Alberta production please contact programming@calgaryfilm.com to receive a FEE WAIVER code.

In order for the fee to be waived filmmakers must contact the programming department to request a waiver PRIOR to submitting their film.

Secure Online Link (optional):
You are encouraged to include a secure online screening link in your cover letter, as an alternate viewing option for staff.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 short and feature length multi-genre films, from Canada and over 40 other countries.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

CIFF exists to transform the way visual stories are shared and experienced. We discover and share the best and most remarkable, especially those that would not otherwise be seen. We champion filmmakers, especially new voices, for the delight and benefit of the audience, to whom we are a guide and provider of the best stories, presented within a remarkable festival environment.

We are proud to be the first to debut and give exposure to new filmmakers, particularly championing and fostering Alberta’s own creative voices. Highlighting their work alongside that of established contemporaries, we celebrate the new energy and ideas they bring to the future of the art form, and make them an integral part of the exciting milieu of the festival.

ORGANIZERS

Alex Rogalski (Features Programmer); Brenda Lieberman (Programming Manager); Brennan Tilley (Shorts Programmer); Brennan Tilley (Shorts Programmer); Cole Binder (Screening Technical Manager); Guy Lavallee (Features Programmer); Jennifer Crighton (Programming Administrator); Karilynn Thompson (Shorts Programmer); Karolina Gajewska (Operations Manager); Sachin Gandhi (Features Programmer); Stephen Schroeder (Executive Director); Veronica Reeves (Print Traffic Coordinator)

GENERAL RULES

ELIGIBILITY:

* The film was completed after January 1, 2016 and not previously submitted to CIFF

* All applicable licenses and waivers of copyrights, moral rights, trademarks and other such intellectual property rights have been secured by the filmmaker(s)

* Please do not change the screener link address or password of your submission. If you do, please notify us immediately or you risk your film not being previewed and thus considered for the festival.

* Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English

* For SELECTED FEATURE films, any theatrical, DVD, TV, digital and/or any screenings outside of the festival, must take place AFTER the Calgary International Fim Festival is over. Unless it's only available outside of Canada, or if it's a theatrical release, then must be in a province outside of Alberta.

* FEATURE Films must be a Calgary premiere. This includes local films.

* Submission fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

* SHORT FILMS - priority if given to films which have not yet screened in Calgary, or not yet available online. However we do accept competition based created shorts, where screening online is part of the process. i.e. Telus Storyhive.

ALBERTA FEE WAIVERS:

If you are an Alberta production and would like to receive a fee waiver, please contact the programming department: programming@calgaryfilm.com

In order for the fee to be waived filmmakers must contact the programming department to request a waiver PRIOR to submitting their film.

Alberta Point System: A minimum of five (5) points is required:

Albertan location (2 points)
Resident Albertan as a principle cast member (1 point)
Resident Albertan writer (1 point)
Resident Albertan producer (1 point)
Resident Albertan director (1 point)
Albertan funding source (2 points)

SELECTION:

* All submissions are screened and evaluated by CIFF Preview and Selection Committees. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.

* CIFF Programmers make final selections and determine in which section they are presented. Designation of a selected film’s program category, exhibition date(s), time(s), and location(s) is at the sole discretion of the Festival. In addition, the entrant grants CIFF the right to exhibit the selected film up to three times during the Festival, in addition to daytime Press and Jury screenings (closed to the public).

NOTIFICATION:

* Upon notification of selection, the entrant agrees to immediately supply CIFF with publicity materials and grants the Festival the right to utilize such materials for promotional purposes and to broadcast and/or screen clips.

* Applicants will be notified by email regarding the results of the Festival’s selection process by Monday August 21, 2017.

* Please do not contact the Programming Department regarding the status of your submission before that date.

* Upon invitation, participants will be contacted via email by the Print Traffic Coordinator with format confirmation, exhibition details, and shipping instructions. We will pay one-way shipping, on exhibition copies, unless otherwise negotiated.

AWARDS:

Audience Choice Award - Feature Film (Documentary Feature & Narrative Feature)
Audience Choice Award - Short Film (Documentary Short & Live Action or Animated Short)
Best of Shorts – Jury award - Best Short Film & Best Documentary Short
Alberta Spirit Award (Alberta Shorts films only) – Jury award

Note: Any additional award categories are still being finalized for 2017.

The recipient of CIFF's annual Best of Shorts Award is now eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards®, without the standard theatrical run that a film typically needs to qualify for an Oscar® nomination.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY PROVISIONS:
Although CIFF will take every reasonable precaution for the safekeeping and proper handling of entry and exhibition materials, including the Exhibition Print(s), from the time of receipt to the time of release to the Applicant’s courier company or shipping agent, CIFF shall not be liable to Applicant, his or her heirs, legal representatives, or dependents, or their respective assignees, for loss or damage to entry and exhibition materials arising out of the transportation to and from the Festival or the operations of CIFF, its officers, directors, agents, successors and assigns, whether or not caused by the act, neglect, or default of CIFF, its officers, directors, agents, successors and assigns, or otherwise.

Notwithstanding the above, CIFF's liability for claims, costs, losses, damages of any kind or any other cause, including but not limited to liability for any fundamental breach of this agreement or for patent or copyright infringement and regardless of the form of action, shall not exceed the fees paid hereunder for the submission to the Festival. The fees charged by CIFF reflect the allocation of risk herein and the limited recourse to the Applicant provided for in this Agreement.

In addition, International participants should note that CIFF will not assume responsibility for, nor will it accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage.

Finally, Applicant shall indemnify and hold CIFF harmless of and from any and all claims, losses, liabilities (including negligence, tort and strict liability), damages, judgments, suits or legal proceedings, including court costs, expenses and reasonable attorneys' fees, related to the use by CIFF of the entry and exhibition materials, including but not limited to any claim that the Applicant's entry and exhibition materials violates the intellectual property rights of another party.