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21-Apr-2014 5:10am PDT  

 

Destiny City Film Festival and Screenplay Competition

1 Annual July 31, 2014 to August 03, 2014

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Feature Narrative
Fiction (animated or live-action) films 45 minutes or longer.
Feature Documentary
Non-fiction films 45 minutes or longer.
Short Narrative
Fiction (animated or live-action) films 44 minutes or shorter.
Short Documentary
Non-fiction films 44 minutes or shorter.
Student Film
A film of any length and genre. Filmmakers submitting in the discounted Student category must provide DCFF with a copy of a valid student ID before the film can be placed into consideration. To receive the student submission rate, the filmmaker must be enrolled in an accredited school (K-12, undergrad or graduate) at the time of production.
Pierce County Student Film
Submission is free for films of any length and genre from a student residing in Tacoma. Filmmakers submitting in the FREE Tacoma Student category must provide DCFF with a copy of a valid student ID and proof of permanent residence within Tacoma city limits before the film can be placed into consideration. To receive the student submission rate, the filmmaker must be enrolled in an accredited school (K-12, undergrad or graduate) at the time of production.
Pierce County Resident
Submission is free for films of any length and genre from a filmmaker residing in Pierce County, Washington. Filmmakers submitting in the FREE Pierce County Resident category must provide DCFF with proof of permanent residence within Pierce County lines before the film can be placed into consideration.
Washington State Resident
A film of any length or genre from a filmmaker residing in Washington State. Filmmakers submitting in the discounted Washington State category must provide DCFF with proof of permanent residence in Washington State.
TheFilmSchool alumni
A film of any length or genre from a TheFilmSchool (Seattle, WA) alumni. DCFF will personally verify all filmmakers submitting in this category are graduates of TheFilmSchool in Seattle, Washington (thefilmschool.com). Any filmmaker who submits in this category and is not a graduate of TheFilmSchool will be disqualified from festival consideration.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Filmmakers and story-tellers make film festivals possible. Period. This is why our loyalty is to you and the invaluable artistic talents you provide to film culture. The Destiny City Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is a homegrown, true-Tacoma community event, inspired by our city’s nickname – The City of Destiny – and is built to showcase the best independent films from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Join us for the inaugural Destiny City Film Festival, July 31-August 3, 2014 for top-quality programming of films, workshops, events, and panel discussions. Our mission is to enhance the vitality of independent filmmaking and story-telling by showcasing vibrant films to curate an engaged and supportive community audience.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
This four-day festival is organized by people who believe at the heart of every great movie is a great story, one that is destined to invigorate an audience through the art form of film. DCFF credits the ingenuity of independent filmmakers for continuing the tradition of compelling storytelling through motion pictures in the digital age, whether told in the documentary, animated, experimental, or narrative form. It is our passion to provide screens for the finest of these independent films and strengthen the local film community by building an engaged audience.

Tacoma is known as the “City of Destiny” because of its history as the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late nineteenth century, and today, is far more than just the little sister of Seattle. In the past two decades, a thriving arts community has flourished out of Tacoma’s blue-collar roots as Washington’s largest port. The historic museums and theaters anchoring the downtown arts culture have witnessed the cultivation of new galleries, delicious restaurants and cafes, relaxed pubs loaded with Northwest microbrews, endearing boutiques, and with them, the revival of Tacoma.

The first annual Destiny City Film Festival (July 31-August 3, 2014) will be hosted by one of Tacoma’s oldest movie theaters and, at ninety years old, is one of the oldest continuously operating movie theaters in the country—the historic Blue Mouse Theater in the Proctor District of Tacoma, Washington.

Tacoma’s location – in the shadow of Mount Rainier and on the rim of Puget Sound – provides breathtaking views and a wide range of outdoor activities that are particularly extraordinary in the summer months. Especially at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park, whose 700 acres makes it one of the nation’s largest urban parks. Although Seattle is only a drive away, we guarantee that you’ll want to stick around to explore all that the City of Destiny has to offer!

Audiences and filmmakers attending the festival can expect top-quality programming of films, workshops, and panel discussions. DCFF aims to enhance the vitality of independent filmmaking in the South Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest by playing local films along with the best being produced from around the world. The Northwest cinema landscape and the thriving talent of its filmmakers deserve to be held to a higher standard—and audiences deserve to see great movies. The experienced and devoted DCFF staff is thrilled to be the middleman.


ORGANIZERS
Brook West (Operations) ; Emily Alm (Festival Founder and Director) ; Emily Alm (Festival Founder and Director) ; Emily Alm (Festival Founder and Director)

GENERAL RULES
To be considered for 2014, the Destiny City Film Festival requires:
1. A completed entry via withoutabox.com
2. Two (2) DVD/Blu-Ray discs (region 1 or 0), NTSC format ONLY, or secure online screener of your film.
3. The required and appropriate entry fee.
4. English language or English subtitles.
5. The film to have been completed no earlier than January 2013.

ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION RULES
- Entries should be submitted on NTSC DVD or via secure online screener only. The Destiny City Film Festival requires two (2) submission copies of each film. All filmmakers will be notified when our offices receive your submission(s).
- Please make a note in your submission if you have any connections to the Pacific Northwest. Filmmakers who reside in Pierce County will receive two (2) festival ticket vouchers just for submitting.
- Please label each disc and box with film title and Withoutabox tracking number. Each entry must be accompanied with its own entry form and submission fee.
- Preview screeners or exhibition DVDs will not be returned unless a request is made to return it and a pre-paid/SASE is provided by the filmmaker.
- Please do not submit works in progress. Instructional films, industrials, propaganda or promotional videos are not appropriate for submission.
- Your film must be postmarked no later than the deadline under which you’ve registered. If the submission is not postmarked properly, or if a payment is received after a postmark deadline, we will not view your film until the difference is paid to the Destiny City Film Festival. It is the responsibility of the filmmaker or submission contact to ensure that all requirements are met. The festival retains the right to disqualify an entry with no refunded fee if submission guidelines are not met.
- While every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted, DCFF cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage en route or otherwise.
- Submission to DCFF equals acceptance of all terms and conditions of the entry process.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true and that I am duly authorized to submit this film to Destiny City Film Festival (DCFF). I acknowledge that ALL submission materials become the property of DCFF, and that I accept all of the submission regulations stated within the the entry form. By entering the Destiny City Film Festival, I release and hold the promoter and host and other contest entities harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and action of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the festival. DCFF will handle the films with care but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during the shipping, preview or screening. DCFF is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark or royalty infringements related to the work. Applicants are responsible for their own insurance and are not covered by the festival's insurance. DCFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.