21st Annual

Palm Beach International Film Festival

April 06, 2016 to April 14, 2016

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

Narrative Feature
Narrative Feature category is open to all narrative genres except horror (which has its own category - see below) and should be greater than 40 minutes in length.
Documentary Feature
Documentary Feature category is open to all documentary genres and should be greater than 40 minutes in length.
Short
Short Film category is open to all genres and should be 40 minutes or less including credits.
Music Video
Music Video category is open to all genres and should be 40 minutes or less including credits.
Horror Feature
Horror Feature category is open to non-mainstream films of the macabre, supernatural, and fantasy nature. These can include ghosts, aliens, vampires, werewolves, demons, gore, torture, vicious animals, evil witches, monsters, zombies, cannibals, serial killers, and sexually explicit material. They should be greater than 40 minutes in length.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Founded in 1996, The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) was the brainchild of local business and civic leaders who felt a film festival would offer an exciting cultural venue for the community, be a tremendous fundraiser for film and television education, and provide an excellent opportunity to introduce filmmakers to the area's resources.

PBIFF is unwavering in its commitment to supporting emerging filmmakers of today and tomorrow. We strive to recognize new and original voices throughout the world and channel the excitement of cinema into our local schools. For two decades the festival has showcased thousands of award-winning films while playing host to filmmakers, actors, industry professionals, and press from around the globe.

Today the Palm Beach International Film Festival is renowned industry-wide as a destination for distributors and exhibitors to screen films and meet filmmakers, as we've formed a unique partnership with international and domestic distribution outlets, along with independent theater owners and film bookers from around the country. PBIFF is looking forward to fostering these relationships and helping independent filmmakers get their projects seen by larger audiences.

COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION

The Palm Beach International Film Festival is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Unlike many festivals around the country, PBIFF has dedicated itself to making a difference in the lives of young people by helping to fulfill their dreams in the world of film. Over $1.5 million has been donated over the years to provide new technologies for optimal learning in the form of grants and scholarships. Past activities have included seminars, workshops, and "hands-on" experience with filmmakers and professionals from all areas of the industry. The climax of student activities is the Student Showcase of Films, held during the annual film festival. Here, these young artists are the focus. Student filmmakers from high school, community college, and university levels enter their work in competition for scholarship money and the chance to have their film shown on the "big screen" during the festival.



ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Palm Beach International Film Festival celebrates both the history and the future of the film industry with nine days of films from around the globe, including post-screening discussions with filmmakers and cast, special events, parties, networking opportunities, industry panels, and student filmmaking programs. The lineup includes narrative features, documentaries, and short films, many of which are World and U.S. Premieres. PBIFF’s prizes include Jury Awards in four competition categories: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film and, new for 2016, Best Horror Feature. The audience selects the People's Choice Award for Best Film. There is also a special award for Best Local Film. Winners receive an engraved glass plaque and minimum $2000 cash prize. For the third year, “The Jewish Experience” will offer a program of Jewish and Israeli-centric movies.

HISTORY

In 2003 PBIFF became a "Competitive" Festival, joining the ranks of other great film events such as Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, and Venice. In 2014 PBIFF, in a first-ever collaboration of its kind, joined forces with the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to present a spotlight on Canadian films. For the 21st PBIFF in 2016, a number of changes are in store. The “New” Palm Beach International Film Festival, under new President and CEO Jeff Davis, has moved into its first-ever permanent home, The Palm Beaches Theatre in Manalapan. The gorgeous 250-seat venue will host the annual Festival as well as film events all year long. Davis brings a long and distinguished career in the entertainment industry to PBIFF, including affiliations with major motion picture distributors as producer of such notable films as ROCK OF AGES and JERSEY BOYS. He’s staged a live version of I LOVE LUCY and backed legendary recording artists including Little Anthony and the Imperials, Tommy James and the Shondells, and Eddie Money.

PBIFF was the launching pad for the #1 most profitable movie of all time, Joel Zwick’s MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. Following its world premiere at the 2002 festival, the film took in worldwide gross revenue of $369 million on a $6 million budget, giving it a return on investment of 6150% -- a record which stands to this day. Rick McKay’s BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE debuted at PBIFF 2003 and won the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature. It went on to become the hit documentary of the 2003-2004 festival circuit, garnering a Television Critics Association Awards nomination and the New York Film Critics Online award for Best Documentary. More recently, John Wager’s COMEDY WARRIORS: HEALING THROUGH HUMOR, which premiered at PBIFF 2013 and won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature, was broadcast on Showtime and went on to win a prestigious 2014 Television Academy Award for bringing awareness to this important social issue.

Recent honorees include long-time Palm Beach resident Burt Reynolds, THE BLIND SIDE’S Quinton Aaron, A DOLPHIN'S TALE's Charles Martin Smith , ETHEL'S Rory Kennedy, James Cromwell, Oscar® nominee Richard Jenkins, everyone's favorite Mom, June Lockhart (LASSIE, LOST IN SPACE). Tristan Rogers (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, GENERAL HOSPITAL), longtime United Artists CEO David Picker, legendary actors and real-life couple Renée Taylor & Joseph Bologna, multiple Tony, Drama Desk, and Emmy Award-winning actor Robert Morse. In 2015 the Festival presented awards to Tom Arnold and BOYHOOD'S Ellar Coltrane.

Throughout its history filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world have supported PBIFF by donating their services to the festival, including Adrien Brody, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Richard Jenkins, Malcolm McDowell, Anant Singh, James Whitmore, Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway, Jacqueline Bisset, Richard Zanuck, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Louise Fletcher, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Boyle, John Daly, Lesley Ann Warren, Roger Moore, Ann-Margret, Sylvester Stallone, Esther Williams, Burt Reynolds, Michael Caine, Anouk Aimee, Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Evans, Michael Clarke Duncan, Ben Gazzara, and Fay Wray.

Last year’s movie highlights included critically acclaimed films and festival favorites WELCOME TO ME, WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, and Oscar nominee TANGERINES.

The 2015 jury-selected winners included Morgan Matthews’ X+Y (Best Feature Film), Joshua Salzberg’s WALKING MAN and John Rowe’s OMO CHILD: THE RIVER AND THE BUSH (tie for Best Documentary Feature), and Charlie Tyrell’s I THOUGHT I TOLD YOU TO SHUT UP!! (Best Short Film). The Audience Choice Awards went to Kent Moran’s THE CHALLENGER (Best Feature Film), Judith Olney’s SWANK FARM (Best Documentary Feature), and Kazuko Golden’s A SONG FOR MANZANAR (Best Short Film). The special award for Best Local Film went to Matt Florio for MAMA NEEDS A RIDE.

120 films were screened in 2015, of which 50 were foreign, representing 24 countries. Nearly 80 features were presented, including 30 World, International, North American, and US Premieres. Over 60 filmmakers and actors chose to attend. Many made the trip here at their own expense from countries such as Canada, Israel, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela, to name just a few. In its second year, our popular sidebar “The Jewish Experience” featured 32 Jewish and Israeli-centric films, including 10 from Israel.


ORGANIZERS

Jeff Davis (President & CEO); Larry Richman (Executive Vice President )

GENERAL RULES

Please indicate the PREMIERE STATUS of your film, e.g. World, US, Florida, Palm Beach County, etc. and include this information with your submission. Please advise us if there is a change at any time. Also please indicate the COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION, LANGUAGE(S), and TOTAL RUNNING TIME (at time of submission). Please include this information in your WAB online submission details.

1. This film is available to screen between April 6-14, 2016.

2. This film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by litigation. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Palm Beach International Film Festival (“The Festival”) and its Competition, if applicable, there are no contractual restrictions or prohibitions on the tender of this film to the Festival and the ability of the Festival to screen this film and show it to the general public.

3. The Festival will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright. I hereby warrant that all consents and permissions have been obtained from all persons, actors, producers and copyright holders for the aforementioned material and all other components included in the film. I hereby agree to defend, indemnify and hold the Festival and its officers and directors harmless from all liabilities, claims, demands, causes of action and damages including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs arising from any breach of this Agreement by me or the Company and any intellectual property infringement actions arising from the Film, the actors and content therein.

4. I HEREBY HOLD THE FESTIVAL AND ITS DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS HARMLESS FROM DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF THE PRINT EN ROUTE OR OTHERWISE DURING THE COURSE OF THE FESTIVAL’S POSSESSION OF THE FILM AND AGREE TO PROVIDE THE FESTIVAL A PRINT OF THE FILM AT MY OWN RISK AND/OR PROVIDE MY OWN INSURANCE TO COVER LOSS AND/OR DAMAGE OF THE PRINT.

5. Competition Entries only - Should this film win an award for any of the categories listed on this submission form at The Festival, I am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to receive any awards.

6. I agree that all materials will be sent prepaid and understand and agree that neither fees, submission videos, nor materials will be returned whether or not my film is accepted.

7. I understand/agree that acceptance of my film does not guarantee airline or hotel accommodations for talent or production crew and no costs or expenses shall be tendered by the Festival unless the Festival in its sole discretion elects to tender the expenses.

8. I UNDERSTAND/AGREE THAT THE COST OF SHIPPING AN INCOMING PRINT TO THE FESTIVAL MUST BE PAID BY THE ENTRANT OR PREVIOUS FESTIVAL. PBIFF WILL PAY OUTGOING SHIPPING TO RETURN THE PRINT TO THE ENTRANT OR TO ANOTHER FESTIVAL DESTINATION. HOWEVER, PBIFF WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR UNREASONABLE CHARGES TO EXPEDITE A PRINT TO ITS NEXT DESTINATION WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN AGREEMENT.

9. The Festival must be notified of return routing information no later than March 20, 2016. Exhibition copy can be released directly to filmmaker following its final screening and completion of release paperwork.

10. I understand/agree that the number of screenings, days, and venues is at the sole discretion of The Festival.

11. If The Festival accepts my film, I agree to provide for The Festival duplicate screeners of the submission screener for press reviews at my sole cost. I also understand and agree that I will be charged for a morning theatre rental should I demand that my film be shown to the press theatrically. Only select films will be shown to the press prior to the festival.

12. All information included on this submission application will be utilized in the program guide and the website. Any corrections must be received in writing by February 1, 2016. Changes will not be made after this date. The Festival will not be responsible for handwritten interpretations or typos.

13. We will not transfer PAL format for viewing – only forward NTSC format.

14. The Festival has the right to disqualify any film whose premiere status has changed from the status listed on this submission document.

15. The Festival reserves the right to change screening times and locations at their discretion. I acknowledge that the Festival has not tendered to me any representations or warranties regarding any screening of my film, success of my film, any prizes, awards or any other compensation.

16. Should your film be accepted by a distribution company and be ineligible for screening during the Palm Beach International Film Festival, we must be notified no later than February 1, 2016.

17. Your film will also be ineligible for inclusion in the 2015 festival if your film has screened at any other film festival in Palm Beach County and Broward County.

18. Films being entered must not have been broadcast (TV or internet) or exhibited commercially in the U.S. prior to The Festival.

19. The Parties acknowledge that a substantial portion of negotiations and execution of this Agreement occurred or shall occur in Palm Beach County, Florida, and that, therefore, without limiting the jurisdiction or venue of any other federal or state courts, each of the Parties irrevocably and unconditionally agrees that any suit, action or legal proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be brought exclusively in the courts of record of the State of Florida in Palm Beach County or the court of the United States, Southern District of Florida.

20. If any legal action or other proceeding is brought for the enforcement of this Agreement, or because of an alleged dispute, breach, default or misrepresentation in connection with any provisions of this Agreement, except as set forth herein, the successful or prevailing Party shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney's fees, court costs and all expenses from the non-prevailing Party even if not taxable as court costs (including, without limitation, all such fees, costs and expenses incident to appeals), incurred in that action or proceeding, in addition to any other relief to which such Party may be entitled.

21. THE FESTIVAL IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT 501 (c)(3) ORGANIZATION AND WILL NOT PAY SCREENING FEES OF ANY KIND IN ANY AMOUNT. NO EXCEPTIONS.


PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (PBIFF) OFFICIAL COMPETITION INFORMATION

1. There is no additional fee if your film is selected for official competition. 10 films per category will be selected for juried competition by a select programming committee. Competition winners are selected by a panel of judges. Competition categories are the following:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Horror Feature
Best Short Film

2. All feature films shown at the PBIFF (opening and closing films excluded) will be included in the competition for the People’s Choice Award.

3. You agree to the following information if you would like to have your film eligible for selection as an official competition film.

I am submitting my film for eligibility for selection into the official PBIFF film competition, and am aware there will be a maximum of 10 films per category selected.

4. If you DO NOT WANT to be included in the official PBIFF film competition, please notify us in writing in your WAB cover letter.

We will notify you by February 15, 2016 if your film has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Palm Beach International Film Festival. We will contact you. Please do not contact the festival office. You must agree to the Terms of Submission Agreement below for your submission to be complete.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please indicate the PREMIERE STATUS of your film, e.g. World, US, Florida, Palm Beach County, etc. and include this information with your submission. Please advise us if there is a change at any time. Also please indicate the COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION, LANGUAGE(S), and TOTAL RUNNING TIME (at time of submission). Please include this information in your WAB online submission details. PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (PBIFF) OFFICIAL COMPETITION INFORMATION 1. There is no additional fee if your film is selected for official competition. 10 films per category will be selected for juried competition by a select programming committee. Competition winners are selected by a panel of judges. Competition categories are the following: Best Narrative Feature Best Documentary Feature Best Horror Feature Best Short Film 2. All feature films shown at the PBIFF (opening and closing films excluded) will be included in the competition for the People’s Choice Award. 3. You agree to the following information if you would like to have your film eligible for selection as an official competition film. I am submitting my film for eligibility for selection into the official PBIFF film competition, and am aware there will be a maximum of 10 films per category selected. 4. If you DO NOT WANT to be included in the official PBIFF film competition, please please notify us in writing in your WAB cover letter. We will notify you by February 15, 2016 if your film has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Palm Beach International Film Festival. We will contact you. Please do not contact the festival office. You must agree to the Terms of Submission Agreement below for your submission to be complete. TERMS OF SUBMISSION AGREEMENT (Please read carefully and thoroughly as this agreement is binding) I am responsible for this film being submitted and hereby warrant that I am authorized to commit the film for screening, and understand and accept these requirements and regulations. I agree to the following on behalf of myself and the Company (the Company and I may be referred to herein collectively and jointly and severally as “I” or “Company”): I have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered. I hereby agree as follows and represent and warrant to the Festival that all statements in this document are true. 1. This film is available to screen between April 6-14, 2016. 2. This film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by litigation. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Palm Beach International Film Festival (“The Festival”) and its Competition, if applicable, there are no contractual restrictions or prohibitions on the tender of this film to the Festival and the ability of the Festival to screen this film and show it to the general public. 3. The Festival will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright. I hereby warrant that all consents and permissions have been obtained from all persons, actors, producers and copyright holders for the aforementioned material and all other components included in the film. I hereby agree to defend, indemnify and hold the Festival and its officers and directors harmless from all liabilities, claims, demands, causes of action and damages including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs arising from any breach of this Agreement by me or the Company and any intellectual property infringement actions arising from the Film, the actors and content therein. 4. I HEREBY HOLD THE FESTIVAL AND ITS DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS HARMLESS FROM DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF THE PRINT EN ROUTE OR OTHERWISE DURING THE COURSE OF THE FESTIVAL’S POSSESSION OF THE FILM AND AGREE TO PROVIDE THE FESTIVAL A PRINT OF THE FILM AT MY OWN RISK AND/OR PROVIDE MY OWN INSURANCE TO COVER LOSS AND/OR DAMAGE OF THE PRINT. 5. Competition Entries only - Should this film win an award for any of the categories listed on this submission form at The Festival, I am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to receive any awards. 6. I agree that all materials will be sent prepaid and understand and agree that neither fees, submission videos, nor materials will be returned whether or not my film is accepted. 7. I understand/agree that acceptance of my film does not guarantee airline or hotel accommodations for talent or production crew and no costs or expenses shall be tendered by the Festival unless the Festival in its sole discretion elects to tender the expenses. 8. I UNDERSTAND/AGREE THAT THE COST OF SHIPPING AN INCOMING PRINT TO THE FESTIVAL MUST BE PAID BY THE ENTRANT OR PREVIOUS FESTIVAL. PBIFF WILL PAY OUTGOING SHIPPING TO RETURN THE PRINT TO THE ENTRANT OR TO ANOTHER FESTIVAL DESTINATION. HOWEVER, PBIFF WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR UNREASONABLE CHARGES TO EXPEDITE A PRINT TO ITS NEXT DESTINATION WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN AGREEMENT. 9. The Festival must be notified of return routing information no later than March 20, 2016. Exhibition copy can be released directly to filmmaker following its final screening and completion of release paperwork. 10. I understand/agree that the number of screenings, days, and venues is at the sole discretion of The Festival. 11. If The Festival accepts my film, I agree to provide for The Festival duplicate screeners of the submission screener for press reviews at my sole cost. I also understand and agree that I will be charged for a morning theatre rental should I demand that my film be shown to the press theatrically. Only select films will be shown to the press prior to the festival. 12. All information included on this submission application will be utilized in the program guide and the website. Any corrections must be received in writing by February 1, 2016. Changes will not be made after this date. The Festival will not be responsible for handwritten interpretations or typos. 13. We will not transfer PAL format for viewing – only forward NTSC format. 14. The Festival has the right to disqualify any film whose premiere status has changed from the status listed on this submission document. 15. The Festival reserves the right to change screening times and locations at their discretion. I acknowledge that the Festival has not tendered to me any representations or warranties regarding any screening of my film, success of my film, any prizes, awards or any other compensation. 16. Should your film be accepted by a distribution company and be ineligible for screening during the Palm Beach International Film Festival, we must be notified no later than February 1, 2016. 17. Your film will also be ineligible for inclusion in the 2015 festival if your film has screened at any other film festival in Palm Beach County and Broward County. 18. Films being entered must not have been broadcast (TV or internet) or exhibited commercially in the U.S. prior to The Festival. 19. The Parties acknowledge that a substantial portion of negotiations and execution of this Agreement occurred or shall occur in Palm Beach County, Florida, and that, therefore, without limiting the jurisdiction or venue of any other federal or state courts, each of the Parties irrevocably and unconditionally agrees that any suit, action or legal proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be brought exclusively in the courts of record of the State of Florida in Palm Beach County or the court of the United States, Southern District of Florida. 20. If any legal action or other proceeding is brought for the enforcement of this Agreement, or because of an alleged dispute, breach, default or misrepresentation in connection with any provisions of this Agreement, except as set forth herein, the successful or prevailing Party shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney's fees, court costs and all expenses from the non-prevailing Party even if not taxable as court costs (including, without limitation, all such fees, costs and expenses incident to appeals), incurred in that action or proceeding, in addition to any other relief to which such Party may be entitled. 21. THE FESTIVAL IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT 501 (c)(3) ORGANIZATION AND WILL NOT PAY SCREENING FEES OF ANY KIND IN ANY AMOUNT. NO EXCEPTIONS.