32nd Annual

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

February 01, 2017 to February 11, 2017

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

Feature: Fiction
Films over 40 minutes are considered features. Apply to this Category if you have a Narrative Fiction Feature Length film
Feature: Documentary
Films over 40 minutes are considered features. Apply to this category if you have a Non Narrative Non Fiction Film.
Feature: Animation
Films over 40 minutes are considered features. Apply to this category if you have an animated featured film.
Short: Fiction
Films 40 minutes or less are considered short films. Apply to this category if you have a short fiction film.
Short: Documentary
Films 40 minutes or less are considered short films. Apply to this category if you have a short documentary film.
Short: Animation
Films 40 minutes or less are considered short films. Apply to this category if you have a short animated film.
Feature: Local
Before submitting to this category, please e-mail us at programming@sbfilmfestival.org to let us know your local submission is on the way. In your e-mail, please tell us how you are related to the Santa Barbara community.

Local filmmakers are considered as living in Santa Barbara County. Student films completed at schools in the County are also considered as local films. If you are unsure as to whether or not your film qualifies as local please contact us before submitting.
*Santa Barbara County only.*
Short: Local
Before submitting to this category, please e-mail us at programming@sbfilmfestival.org to let us know your local submission is on the way. In your e-mail, please tell us how you are related to the Santa Barbara community.

Local filmmakers are considered as living in Santa Barbara County. Student films completed at schools in the County are also considered as local films. If you are unsure as to whether or not your film qualifies as local please contact us before submitting.
*Santa Barbara County only.*

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Now in its 32nd year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization with a mission to engage, enrich and inspire people through film.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is an eleven day event held in the seaside city of Santa Barbara, California (90 minutes north of Los Angeles). SBIFF is proud to present a diverse slate of more than 200 films to over 90,000 film enthusiasts. Our audience is a unique combination of film industry professionals, local, regional and International attendees, and a large student population.

SBIFF has devoted sections for documentaries that address social justice issues, nature and oceanography, food and wine, and the performing arts. Additional sidebars highlight contemporary world cinema from Nordic countries, Israel, Eastern Europe, Asia and Spain/Latin America.

In addition to showcasing a diverse spectrum of films, tributes and galas. SBIFF also offers seminars with industry professionals including Directors, Writers, Producers and Women in the Business Panels, as well as Q&A sessions with a diverse selection of filmmakers.

SBIFF has established itself as one of the premiere international film festivals and we look forward to building on that success in 2017 and creating opportunities for participants to network with some of the world's leading independent distributors and filmmakers. In addition to expanding our slate each year to highlight emerging genres, styles and regions, SBIFF is growing our free children's educational and community outreach programs which cumulatively serve over 18,000 students and families. Please visit our website for more information on these and other SBIFF programs at www.sbiff.org

ORGANIZERS

Michael Albright (Programming Director); Mickey Duzdevich (Senior Programmer / The Wave Film Festival Director); Roger Durling (Executive Director); Sean Pratt (Director of Operations); Whitney Murdy (Programmer)

GENERAL RULES

FILM ENTRY RULES

The accepted exhibition formats are:
-DCP (BluRay backup is requested)
-35 mm - Optical, Dolby A, Dolby Digital only
-Sony HDCam - Sony HD cam only 23.98 fps and 59.94 fps, Audio is STEREO only
-Digibeta - 29.97 fps, Stereo

NOTE: These formats may vary depending on the category. Please check the submissions guidelines or contact programming@sbfilmfestival.org

-All films must be in NTSC format. PAL is not accepted. It is the filmmakers responsibility to convert PAL to NTSC.
-Each tape/disc/hard drive for projection must be labeled with name, filmmaker, Contact info, Running time and aspect ratio (4*3 or 16*9)

**FEE WAIVERS NOT AVAILABLE **

-Entry fee is non-refundable.

-For preview purposes, DVD (NTSC only) is preferred.
-DVDs MUST BE CLEARLY labeled with film title and WAB ID #.
-DO NOT send press kits with your screener unless requested.
-DVDs will not be returned.

-We prioritize US and World Premieres.

-Films that have received national U.S. network television (including cable) or theatrical release prior to Festival are not eligible.

-No music videos or commercials.

-More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by its own online entry and entry fee.

-If your film is selected, original format prints will be due at the Festival offices no later than January 16th, 2017.

-The filmmaker will assume shipping costs of materials and print to SBIFF.

-If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide: digital stills from the film; digital press materials; and three 27x41 printed poster.

-Films produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles.

-Not all invited films officially selected will be eligible for competition.

-The selection committees' and juries' decisions are final.

-Title of film, WAB ID #, and name of entrant must be on all mailing containers, mailing labels, and film cases.

-If paying by check, the check MUST include the film title and WAB ID #

-Import declaration statements: all non-U.S. entries must be sent via air mail registered with the declaration:
A) for 35mm films: "Free entry claimed under #724.10 (960.55) U.S. Tariff Act. To be returned following the Festival."
B) for videotapes: "Free entry claimed under #724.12 (960.60) U.S. Tariff Act. To be returned following the Festival."

-Entrants must assume all responsibility for clearing films and videotapes through U.S. and/or foreign customs officials.

-SBIFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or Festival scheduling.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I agree to the terms outlined in the General Festival Rules for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival 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 Santa Barbara International Film 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.