19th Annual

The Calgary International Film Festival

September 19, 2018 to September 30, 2018

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

Music on Screen - Documentary or Narrative Feature
From the grassroots of rock n’ roll to hip-hop and folk and everything in between: the best of movies where music plays the starring role. i.e. 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. If you are an Alberta Narrative or Documentary please submit as such.
Narrative Feature - Canadian
From sea to sea – the series celebrates our country’s most inspiring, diverse and promising films.
Narrative Feature - International (outside Canada & U.S)
A spin of the globe: a captivating world of rich stories from beyond our borders. Note: All foreign language films are played with English subtitles.
Narrative Feature - U.S
New and emerging voices from the United States vibrant, independent movement, with an emphasis on under-the-radar and cutting-edge style and story.
Documentary Feature
An uncensored view of the real world: showcasing gripping, entertaining and enlightening stories from around the globe.
Short Film - International
Any U.S. or international short film with a run time of 40 minutes or less.

Vimeo and Youtube links are our preferred form of submission.
Short Film - Canadian
Short films from Canada with a run time of 40 minutes or less.

Vimeo and Youtube links are our preferred form of submission.
Short Film - Alberta
Please request a fee waiver BEFORE submitting.
Must meet the Alberta point requirements to qualify. (Total of 5 points required)

In order for the fee to be waived, filmmakers must contact the programming department. Please contact programming@calgaryfilm.com.

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).
Alberta Narrative Feature
This is for Alberta narrative feature films only.
Please request a fee waiver BEFORE submitting.
Must meet the Alberta point requirements to qualify. (Total of 5 points required)

In order for the fee to be waived, filmmakers must contact the programming department. Please contact programming@calgaryfilm.com.

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).
Alberta Documentary Feature
This is for Alberta documentary feature films only, Please request a fee waiver BEFORE submitting.
Must meet the Alberta point requirements to qualify. (Total of 5 points required)

In order for the fee to be waived, filmmakers must contact the programming department. Please contact programming@calgaryfilm.com.

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).
Late Shows - Narrative Feature
Dark, twisted and daring late night selection of genre films, ranging from sci-fi to horror, thriller and fantasy films from around the world, with no shortage of high-intensity suspense, shock, gore and action.

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. If you are an Alberta Narrative or Documentary please submit as such.
Youth Series (films suitable to ages 14-18) NEW
A diverse range of genres and stories from around the world, with themes targeted to younger audiences and those looking for innovative, youthful, fun and at times challenging subject matter.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Calgary International Film Festival's mission is “to entertain and engage audiences by curating the most innovative and compelling films, and creating remarkable festival experiences.”

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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

To achieve our mission, we host participating filmmakers – both locally and from abroad – and connect them with the audience through interactive post-screening Q&A’s, networking events, and moderated panels and film talks that are attended by the general public.

Each year’s line-up is grouped into easily identifiable categories – Headliners, Canadian, New American, World Cinema, Documentaries, Music on Screen, Late Shows and Shorts. We present eight awards to outstanding films selected by our audience and esteemed jurors.

The recipient of the Calgary International Film Festival's Best of Shorts Award is eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards®.

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:

1) The film was completed after June 1, 2017 and not previously submitted to the Calgary International Film Festival.

2) Must be at minimum a Calgary premiere i.e. cannot have been screened publicly in Calgary prior to the 2018 Festival, including broadcast versions of any length or other local film festivals. (This includes Cast/Crew screenings for features)

3) Must not be available online in any form (iTunes, VOD, Netflix etc.). Unless it's only available outside of Canada, or if it's a theatrical release, then must be in a province outside of Alberta. * Not applicable for short film submissions.

4) SHORT FILMS - priority is given to films that have not yet screened in Calgary and are not yet available online. We do accept competition-based created shorts, where screening online is part of the process (e.g. Telus Storyhive).

5) All applicable licenses and waivers of copyrights, moral rights, trademarks and other such intellectual property rights have been secured by the filmmaker(s)
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.

6) May not have submitted to the Festival previously in any stage of completion (i.e. films that were submitted as rough cuts will not be reconsidered)

7) Submission fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

8) Submission deadlines are at 11:59 PM MST of the posted date.

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 the Calgary International Film Festival's Preview and Selection Committees. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.

* The Calgary International Film Festival 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 the Calgary International Film Festival 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 the Calgary International Film Festival 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 15, 2018.

* 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 (Alberta, Documentary, Narrative)
Audience Choice Award - Short Film (Alberta, Documentary, Live Action or Animated)
Best Canadian Narrative Feature Film Award - Jury award of $10,000 - An emphasis on emerging directors and those who do not yet have a history of major theatrical distribution
Best of Shorts – Jury award - Best Short Film (Live Action or Animated, Best Documentary Short & Best Alberta Short Film)

The recipient of Calgary International Film Festival'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 the Calgary International Film Festival 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, the Calgary International Film Festival 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 the Calgary International Film Festival, its officers, directors, agents, successors and assigns, whether or not caused by the act, neglect, or default of the Calgary International Film Festival, its officers, directors, agents, successors and assigns, or otherwise.

Notwithstanding the above, the Calgary International Film Festival'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 the Calgary International Film Festival 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 the Calgary International Film Festival 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 the Calgary International Film Festival 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 the Calgary International Film Festival 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.