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27-Feb-2015 4:31pm PDT  

 

Palm Beach International Film Festival

20 Annual March 26, 2015 to April 02, 2015

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2101 South Congress Ave
Delray Beach FL 33445
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Phone: 561-362-0003
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http://www.pbifilmfest.org

SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
Narrative Feature category is open to all narrative genres 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 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.

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.

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

PBIFF celebrates both the history and the future of the film industry with eight 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. 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 its 20th Anniversary Festival in 2015, PBIFF has spread its wings with a satellite location in Naples, Florida. Now the Festival spans from Palm Beach County on the shores of the Atlantic to the beautiful Gulf Coast.

PBIFF has enjoyed a remarkable level of success to date. 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. Proceeds generated each year go to the Palm Beach County Schools to provide new technologies for optimal learning in the form of grants and scholarships.

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, Fay Wray, and Robert Morse, to name a few.
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Mission:
The Palm Beach International Film Festival was organized to develop, coordinate, and promote local, domestic, and international independent films in Palm Beach County and to increase public awareness of, and participation in, cinema as an art form. Now it reaches the Gulf Coast, as well, with a satellite location in Naples. The Festival strives to recognize new and original voices, and channel that excitement into a path for success. For today's filmmakers, to connect them with exhibitors who can bring their films to a larger audience through their movie theaters. For tomorrow's filmmakers, grants and scholarships to area schools, offering students an opportunity to pursue their dream for a career in the film industry.

Vision:
The Palm Beach International Film Festival strives to be the greatest means to ENGAGE the community around us through the magic of cinema, while EDUCATING them about world issues -- past, present, and future -- via one of the most ENTERTAINING and powerful mediums available to everyone today: FILM. In so doing, we can help send present and future filmmakers onto a path to greater success.



ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Eight 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…all set against the background of our tropical South Florida beaches and waterways, from Palm Beach County to our new satellite location in Naples on the beautiful Gulf Coast.

Recent honorees and special guests 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, and multiple Tony, Drama Desk, and Emmy Award-winning actor Robert Morse.

Last year’s film highlights included critically acclaimed films and festival favorites BELLE, LOCKE, DOM HEMINGWAY, and OBVIOUS CHILD. In a first-ever collaboration of its kind, PBIFF joined forces with the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to present a spotlight on Canadian films. Our sidebar “The Jewish Experience” featured 26 Jewish and Israeli-centric films, including 15 from Israel.

Filmmakers partied under the stars, got tips at our informative seminars “Trials and Tribulations of Healthcare and Benefits for the Independent Filmmaker” and “Making Movies - How Do They Do It?” and networked with industry professionals and fellow filmmakers during “Toast of the Town – A Tribute to Classic Hollywood” at the EAU Palm Beach Resort & Spa.

The 2014 jury-selected winners including Jill D’Agnenica’s LIFE INSIDE OUT (Best Feature Film), Patrick Mark’s FABERGÉ: A LIFE OF ITS OWN (Best Documentary Feature), and Pierre Stefanos’ BRIGHTON (Best Short Film). A Special Mention went to Joel Novoa’s GOD’S SLAVE (ESCLAVO DE DIOS). The Audience Choice Awards went to Paul Davis’ CATHEDRAL CANYON (Best Feature Film), Tim Phillips’ LION ARK (Best Documentary Feature), and Justin Liberman’s TOBACCO BURN (Best Short Film).

164 films were screened, consisting of 82 features and 82 short films. The features included 30 World, International, North American, and US Premieres.

The 2014 jury-selected winners including Jill D’Agnenica’s LIFE INSIDE OUT (Best Feature Film), Patrick Mark’s FABERGÉ: A LIFE OF ITS OWN (Best Documentary Feature), and Pierre Stefanos’ BRIGHTON (Best Short Film). A Special Mention went to Joel Novoa’s GOD’S SLAVE (ESCLAVO DE DIOS). The Audience Choice Awards went to Paul Davis’ CATHEDRAL CANYON (Best Feature Film), Tim Phillips’ LION ARK (Best Documentary Feature), and Justin Liberman’s TOBACCO BURN (Best Short Film).

164 films were screened, consisting of 82 features and 82 short films. The features included 30 World, International, North American, and US Premieres.


ORGANIZERS
Carol Marshall (National Publicity) ; Larry Richman (Artistic Director) ; Randi Emerman (CEO)

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 indicate the COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION, LANGUAGE(S), and TOTAL RUNNING TIME (at time of submission). You can add this information to your WAB online details or include it in your Withoutabox Online Cover Letter.

1. This film is available to screen between March 26-April 2, 2015. If my film is selected for the “Best of the Fest” program, I authorize the screening of this film for up to 60 days after April 2, 2015. Screening format for the “Best of the Fest” is to be determined.
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.
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.
4. I hold The Festival 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.
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 agreement.
9. The Festival must be notified of return routing information no later than March 13, 2015. 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. 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, 2015. 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.
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, 2015.
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.
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 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. Competition films are selected by a panel of judges. A limited number of films will be selected for juried competition by a select programming committee. Competition categories are the following:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Short Film

2. All films shown at the PBIFF (opening and closing films excluded) will be included in the competition for Audience Choice Award in the following categories:

Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Short Film
Local Film

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

I, (name) ___________________________________ 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 competion, please check here _______

We will notify you on or around February 26, 2015 if your film has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Palm Beach International Film Festival. We will contact you. Please do not contact the festival office. You must complete the Terms of Submission Agreement on the next page 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 indicate the COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION, LANGUAGE(S), and TOTAL RUNNING TIME (at time of submission). You can add this information to your WAB online details or include it in your Withoutabox Online Cover Letter. PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (PBIFF) OFFICIAL COMPETITION INFORMATION 1. There is no additional fee if your film is selected for official competition. Competition films are selected by a panel of judges. A limited number of films will be selected for juried competition by a select programming committee. Competition categories are the following: Best Narrative Feature Best Documentary Feature Best Short Film 2. All films shown at the PBIFF (opening and closing films excluded) will be included in the competition for Audience Choice Award in the following categories: Narrative Feature Documentary Feature Short Film Local Film 3. Please complete the following information if you would like to have your film eligible for selection as an official competition film. I, (name) ___________________________________ 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 competion, please check here _______ We will notify you on or around February 26, 2015 if your film has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Palm Beach International Film Festival. We will contact you. Please do not contact the festival office. You must complete the Terms of Submission Agreement on the next page 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: I have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered. To the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true. 1. This film is available to screen between March 26-April 2, 2015. If my film is selected for the “Best of the Fest” program, I authorize the screening of this film for up to 60 days after April 2, 2015. Screening format for the “Best of the Fest” is to be determined. 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. 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. 4. I HOLD THE FESTIVAL 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. 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 AGREEMENT. 9. The Festival must be notified of return routing information no later than March 13, 2015. 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. 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, 2015. 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. 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, 2015. 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. 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 FESTIVAL IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT 501 (c)(3) ORGANIZATION AND WILL NOT PAY SCREENING FEES OF ANY KIND IN ANY AMOUNT. NO EXCEPTIONS.