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International Family Film Festival

18 Annual May 01, 2013 to May 05, 2013

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Feature Films
All films produced on digital/video/film for television or theatrical release are eligible for competition. Maximum film length is 120 minutes.
Short Films
All films produced on digital/video/film for television or theatrical release are eligible for competition.
Student Short Films
All films produced on digital/film/video for television or theatrical release are eligible for competition.
Feature Screenplay
Competition is open to feature & short screenplays that abide by the IFFF Mission Statement.
Any subject may be covered within these five categories: Drama, Comedy, Animation, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Musical

Feature Screenplays must be no longer than 120 pages. All screenplay entries must be written in english and any revisions after submission are not accepted. The format is 11 pt Courier Font on 3 hole paper bound with brads. Please include a 50 word synopsis, character description and screenwriter resume. The Short Screenplay must be no longer than 44 pages.

No "shooting or directors" script and illustrations or promotional materials accepted. Any screenplay that is optioned or has negotiations at the time of submission are not accepted.

The screenplay must be protected with the WGA or Copyright registration number.

To have a Screenplay returned, please include a SASE.

All judging is done without knowledge of writers identity. Do not include your name within the screenplay. All decisions by the IFFF Jury are final.

A Screenwriters Showcase on March 25, 2012 will spotlight the Finalists from all five categories with a "reading" of one scene from each category of the feature & short screenplays by professional actors at the Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA.

The announcement of the Finalists will be listed on the IFFF website by January 9, 2012, and the Winners will be announced on March 25, 2012 at the IFFF Screenwriters Awards Ceremony.
Short Screenplay
Competition is open to short screenplays that abide by the IFFF Mission Statement.
Any subject may be covered within these categories: Drama, Comedy, Animation, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Musical

Short Screenplays no longer than 44 pages. All screenplay entries must be written in English and any revisions after submission are not accepted. The format is 11 pt Courier Font on 3 hole paper bound with brads. Please include the category, a 50 word synopsis, character description and screenwriter resume.

No "shooting or directors" script and illustrations or promotional materials accepted. Any screenplay that is optioned or has negotiations at the time of submission are not accepted.

The screenplay must be protected with the WGA or Copyright Registration number, and if this is an international entry please provide your country's protection number.

To have a Screenplay returned, please include a SASE. Otherwise the screenplay is destroyed at the conclusion of the festival.

All judging is done without knowledge of writers identity. Do not include your name within the screenplay. All decisions by the IFFF Jury are final.
All screenwriters will sign a Script Release Form in order for the festival to provide contact info to interested parties.

A Screenwriters Showcase will spotlight the Finalists from all four categories with a "reading" of one scene from each category by professional actors on March 31, 2013 at the Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, CA.

The announcement of the Finalists will be listed on the IFFF website by January 28, 2013, and the Winners will be announced on March 31, 2013 at the IFFF Screenplay Awards Ceremony.
Youth Fest! Film
The purpose of the IFFF Youth Fest! is to foster a greater understanding of family through discovery, the creation and sharing of quality stories from around the world. The IFFF Youth Fest! gives young filmmakers ages 8-18 from across the US and abroad, the opportunity to participate in important film panels, network with their peers and professional filmmakers, and to premiere their films & screenplays before a live audience.
Youth Fest! Screenplay
IFFF Youth Fest! Vision Statement: The vision of the IFFF Youth Fest! is to foster a greater understanding of family through discovery, the creation and sharing of quality stories from around the world. The IFFF Youth Fest! gives young filmmakers ages 8-18 from across the US and abroad the opportunity to participate in important film panels, network with their peers and professional filmmakers, and to premiere their films before a live audience.

IFFF Vision Statement: “IFFF builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by independent artists and production companies.”

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
"IFFF builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by independent artists and production companies." The IFFF promotes and encourages the creation and sharing of family films through film and screenplay adjudication, industry panel discussions, film exhibition and educational outreach enables IFFF to accomplish its' vision. The IFFF accomplishes this mission by producing year round events including an annual 5-day international film and screenplay competition (open to student and professional filmmakers) and festival for the general public to attend. Included in the Festival is the IFFF Screenwriters Showcase, film and screenplay related Panel Discussions and various networking events. The IFFF also sponsors the Youth Fest! Festival to showcase the young student (ages 8-18) films and screenplays.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The International Family Film Festival (IFFF) will begin its' eighteenth annual FILM & SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL on May 1-5, 2013 in Hollywood, California at the Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038. This is also a Market for Film Distributors worldwide.

FILM COMPETITION
On the final evening each year, we honor the film industry's finest creators of animation and visual effects with the "Friz" Award, The IFFF Film Excellence Award, and the Best Film Awards in all categories of drama, comedy, animation, documentary, educational, mixed media and musical.
2012 Friz Award honored the Director of the Dreamworks Animation SKG film "Kung Fu Panda 2" Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
Some of the past "Friz" Award honorees include Friz Freleng, Bill Farmer, Andreas Deja, Chuck Jones, Charles Schulz, Marco Marenghi, Dreamworks "Shrek" team, Phil Roman, and Henry Selick, to name a few.

The 2012 IFFF Film Excellence Award honored Margaret Loesch from Hub TV, Past Honorees have been the Hallmark Channel, Sony/ImageWorks, Warner Bros, Disney Studios, and Walden Media. This Award recognizes consistently high standards, production qualities and excellence of storytelling in the family genre of cinematic arts.

The IFFF Top Applause Award is decided by an audience secret ballot. The 2012 Award went to "Life Fine Tuned", Director Nina May, Renaissance Women Productions.
The 2012 IFFF Spirit Award honoree was "The Letter Writer", Christian Viussa, Director/Writer with Mirror Films.
The Best Child Actor was given to Aley Underwood in "The Letter Writer".
The IFFF Pearl Award sponsored by PearlParadise,com was awarded to "Reconciliation", Director Chad Ahrendt, Clean Freak Productions.

2012 Feature Film Winners
Bet Drama: "Brother's Keeper" Desert Wind Films
Best Drama-foreign: "Anshi Bala" Kazakhstan Studios
Best Comedy: "Ira Finkelstein's Christmas" Von Piglet Productions
Best Documentary: "Three Days (of Hamlet), TMG
Best Animation-foreign: "Wapos Bay: Long Goodbyes" Canada, Wapos Bay Productions
Best Musical-foreign: "Gentle Breeze Pavilion" China, Henan Film & TV Production Group
Best Producer-foreign: "The Noodle Man" China, Ligeng Tan
Best Cinematography Award-foreign: "Blossoming Lily" China, Beijing Yu He Hua Yi TV Media Company
IFFF Foreign Award of Excellence: "The Star and the Sea", China, Silver Moon Productions, Ltd

2012 Short Film Winners
Best Drama: "The Blue Bike", Director Hong Zhou
Best Drama-foreign: "The Decree" UK, Director Mel Melcer
Best Comedy: "Switchboard" Director Ambika Leigh
Best Comedy-foreign: "Sally and the Egg" Italy, Director Domenico Ciolfi
Best Animation-foreign: "Light" Syria, Animator Lana Ballani
Best Documentary: "My Hero Report", Director Jeanne Meyers
Best Documentary-foreign: " Normal Day" Egypt,Director Chakir Lakhlifi
Best Educational: "The Shark Riddle", Directors Laura & Robert Sams
Best Mixed Media: "Nanuq", Directors Jill Jones, Brent Yontz
Best Mixed Media-foreign: "The Power of Generations" Bahrain, Director Mohammed Jassim

2012 Best Student Shorts
Best Drama: "White Sugar in a Black Pot", Director Rachel I. Johnson, New York University
Best Drama-foreign: "Invasion from Planet Schrump" Germany, Director Nadine Keil, University of TV & Film, Munich
Best Comedy: "Welcome Home", Director Dale Arroyo, New York University
Best Animation: "8 Second Dance", Director Trey Moya, University of Colorado, Denver, Digital Animation Center
Best Documentary: "Mijo", Director Chithra Jeyaram, University of Texas, Austin
Best Musical: "I Don't Know, Alaska!", Director Dave Scala, University of New York
Best Mixed Media: "Made in China", Director Kellen Moore, Chapman University
Best Educational: "Even Handed" Directors Samantha Highsmith, Gabriella Huggins, Spyhop Productions

2012 Screenplays
Best Drama: "My Wooden Wings" Rachel Callaray
Best Comedy: "My College Essay" Mary Krell-Oishi
Best Animation: "The Fifthe Beetle" Abraham Frank]
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy: "Mischief Makers" Elise Jackson

2012 Youth Fest! Short Film Winners
Best Drama (14-18): "impetuous" Director Michael Tanner Cusumano
Best Drama-foreign (14-18): "Onion Skin" Canada, Director Joseph Procopio
Best Drama (14-18 class): "The Drama", Shadow Mountain High School, Arizona
Best Comedy-foreign (14-18): "Going Up!" UK, Director Harvey Griffin
Best Documentary (14-18): "Making Molehills Out of Mountains", Director Max Greenwald
Best Mixed Media (14-18): "The Hollow Chronicles" Director Kaleigh Kailani
Best Drama (8-13 class): "Treasure Hunt", FreshiFilm teacher Alex Kopel, Piedmont Parks & Recreation
Best Animation (8-13): "Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest" Animator Perry Chen
Best Animation (8-13 class): "Twister Town" FreshiFilm teacher Anne Turley, Ross Parks & Recreation
Best Animation-foreign (8-13 class): "I Wish I Went to Ecuador" UK/Ecuador: Bricknell Primary School, UK: Marianitas School, Maquipucuna, Ecuador
Best Documentary (8-13): "Hello" Director Anika Parekh

2012 Youth Fest! Screenplay Winners
Best Drama (8-13): "Jay-R" Writer Kyrin Grime
Best Comedy (8-13): "Puwaii" Writer Jolie Jacqlueline Vanier
Best Sci/Fi/Fantasy (14-18): "Jade" Writer Kaleigh Kailani
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2011 Feature Film Winners
Best Drama: "Christmas Angel" SunWorld Pictures
Best Drama-foreign: "Horizon" (China) Zixun International Culture Media
Best Comedy: "Monster Mutt", Illusion Industries
Best Comedy-foreign: "One Week" (China) Onon Choi
Best Documentary: "The Young Composers Challenge", University of Central Florida
Best Documentary-foreign: "The Masters of Chinese Traditional Medicine" (China), Henan Chinese Medicine Institute
Best Musical: "Bright Lights and Promises", SAP Films
Best Musical-foreign: "The Singer" (China) Xiao Xiang Film Group, Ltd

2011 Short Film Winners
Best Short Drama: "Hero" Brent Huff, Zac Titus
Best Short Drama-foreign: "My Dad and Spike" (UK), Murat Kebir
Best Short Comedy: "Buddha's Bracelet" Trententertainment
Best Short Comedy-foreign: "Connect" (UK) Frank Morris
Best Short Animation: "El Salon Mexico", Paul Glickman, Tamarind King
Best Short Animation-foreign: "20 Anos" (Cuba), ICAC
Best Short Documentary: "Voices of Sculpture", Palace Productions
Best Short Documentary-foreign: "Mistura-The Power of Food" (Peru), Julia Patricia Perez
Best Short Educational: "The Enemy of A Smile" Hessam Nowzari, DDS
Best Short Mixed Media: "A World Without Numbers", Red Red Rose Productions
Best Short Mixed Media-foreign: "The Show With the Elephant" (Germany), WDR

2011 Student Short Film Winners
Best Student Drama: "Jeremy" Brian Faye-Chapman University
Best Student Drama-foreign: "Colors and Boots" (Brazil) Juliana Vicente-Preta Porte Filmes
Best Student Comedy: "Deaf Jeff" Ingi Larusson, Miami University
Best Student Comedy-foreign: "Masquerade" (Canada), Blake Ponto, Powell River Digital Film School
Best Student Animation: "Prayers for Peace" Dustin Grella-School of Visual Arts, NY
Best Student Documentary: "Animation: A Palette of Possibilities" Angela Hinton-University of North Carolina
Best Student Educational: "Perspective" Jon Byron-Chapman University


SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
The IFFF Screenwriters get special attention at the IFFF Screenwriters Showcase, will spotlight the 2 Finalists in feature & short length screenplays in each category of drama, comedy, animation, musical, & sci-fi/fantasy. All screenwriters shall select a scene from the screenplay and specify the page numbers pertaining to that same scene should their screenplay be selected as a Finalist in a designated IFFF screenplay category for the
Sscreenwriters Showcase. The Screenwriters Awards Ceremony is immediately following the Showcase, and the Reception is after that.

This event is open to the public, and is a market for production companies looking for family-suitable projects.

2011 Feature Screenplay Winners:
Drama: "Under Pressure" by Eric W. Carlson
Comedy: "Redberry Road" by William Tyler Mitchell
Animation: "Sheila, the Gila Monster" by Donna Laemmlen
Sci-Fi/Fantasy: "The Passage" by Michael Raymond

2011 Short Screenplay Winners:
Short Drama: "The Great Sambini" by Paula & Scott Merrow
Short Comedy: "The Language of Love" (Canada) by Katarzyna Kochany
Short Animation: "Grizzly" by Chris Hewitt
Short Sci-Fi/Fantasy: "The Beast on 92nd Street" by Bruno Bonugli

2011 Youth Fest! Short Film Winners:
Best YouthFest! Drama: "Amanda", Michael Tanner Cusumano
Best YouthFest Comedy: "Contagious" (Canada), Susan & Katherine Procopio
Best YouthFest Animation: "Hungry for Health" (UK), Students at Aidan's CE High School
Best YouthFest Documentary: "(Ex)Changed", Angad Singh
Best YouthFest Musical: "Chicken Pox" Kevin Zhai
Best Short YouthFest! screenplay: "The Farm", by Julia Monahan

NEW POLICY for the Movies on the Move! program : All short format films may be given the opportunity to be screened at Schools, Libraries, Park & Recreation Centers, Senior Centers and/or Community Centers across America (the “Free Community Screenings”). The film selection process will be determined at the discretion of the IFFF Board of Directors. The filmmakers will be notified, and will be asked to provide written permission to use their film for this project. The Free Community Screenings will not enable the facilities to charge entrance or admission fees, and no royalties will be paid for short format films included in the Free Community Screenings. IFFF will use their best efforts, however, to provide online links (e.g. to Amazon or iTunes) and/or other such promotional consideration to the filmmakers if their film is selected for the Movies

The International Family Film Festival (IFFF) is a California non-profit 501 (c) (3), which was founded in 1993,and operates through grants and donations from Corporations, Memberships, sponsorship and entry fees. Fed ID #95-4464954.


ORGANIZERS
Chris Shoemaker (Executive Director) ; Suzanne Shoemaker (Marketing Director)

GENERAL RULES
18th Annual International Family Film Festival
IFFF FILM AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITION GUIDELINES
April 24-28, 2013

Film & Screenplay Deadline is January 25, 2013.

FILMS
1. Film and Screenplay entries must abide by the IFFF Vision Statement: IFFF builds a peaceful global family through the discovery and sharing of quality stories by independent artists and production companies.

2. All film entries must have been completed after September 2011 to be eligible for the 2013 competition. Other films may be screened “for presentation only.” Student Films are produced by students who have attended an accredited or certified professional film school at a collegiate, university or have a certificate from the presenting institution or school. Youth Fest! Student entrants may be requested by the IFFF to submit proof of attendance or program completion in order to complete the entry process.

3. The producers of all Official Selections screened by IFFF may use the opportunity for marketing their films to domestic and international distributors. Marketing and promotional guidelines are available from IFFF. After every screening, the producers/cast members are invited to a Question & Answer session with the attending audience.

4. All film entries produced on digital/video/film/DCP for television or theatrical release are eligible for competition. All film entries must be in English, or dubbed or sub-titled in English.

5. All film entries must include 2 screening DVD/Blu-ray (NTSC only), the entry fee, and a CD with the following items: (1) completed entry form, (2) up to a 50 word synopsis, (3) proof of ownership (WGA or copyright), (4) Director’s resume, and (5) resumes of principals. The Press Kit (including production stills and poster) is for IFFF display during the festival. It will be requested upon “Official Selection” notification to the film’s producer. Incomplete forms may cause delays.

6. Include a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) if you want your DVD/Blu-ray/DCP copies or Press Kit returned, otherwise they will remain in the IFFF archives.

7. Unlimited multiple entries are accepted with a separate entry fee & completed entry form for each film entry.

8. All 2013 film & screenplay entrants grant the IFFF (this year only) the right to copy part of their production for judging, exhibition, national broadcast, website, and/or other IFFF promotional purposes.

9. NEW POLICY for the Movies on the Move! program : All short format films, may be given the opportunity to be screened at Schools, Libraries, Park & Recreation Centers, Senior Centers and/or Community Centers across America (the “Free Community Screenings”). The film selection process will be determined at the discretion of the IFFF Board of Directors. The filmmakers will be notified, and will be asked to provide written permission to use their film for this project. The Free Community Screenings will not enable the facilities to charge entrance or admission fees, and no royalties will be paid for short format films included in the Free Community Screenings. IFFF will use their best efforts, however, to provide online links (e.g. to Amazon or iTunes) and/or other such promotional consideration to the filmmakers if their film is selected for the Movies on the Move! program inclusion.

10. All films must be entered on 2 DVDs (NTSC) for judging. No PAL versions accepted. Please specify the format for screening purposes: DVD, Blu-Ray, 3-D/DCP, or 35mm film. The screening format for international entries must be on DVD (NTSC) or Blu-Ray (NTSC) or DCP. Any international films on 35mm for public screening will NOT be accepted.

11. No film may be withdrawn from competition after January 25, 2013. All entry fees are non-refundable.

12. IFFF reserves the right to adjust the film schedule. Dates and times of film screenings at the Raleigh Studios - Hollywood are made at the sole discretion of the IFFF. All seats are general admission and show times may change without notice. IFFF shall be held harmless for any delays due to equipment failure or shipping delays and/or if the condition of the DVDs/disks/prints delivered prevents the screening.

13. The IFFF 2013 Official Film Selections producer(s) will be notified by email and/or snail mail, or/and www.wab.com, and will be listed on the IFFF website by February 8, 2013 or soon after.

14. Each film entry will be screened by the pre-screening committee and rated for general content, treatment of subject, production value, creativity, overall impact, and if the IFFF Vision Statement guidelines are followed. Final jury decisions will be determined by a jury of industry professionals. All decisions are final.

15. The 2013 IFFF Program Book deadline for Ads is March 5, 2013, and the Spec sheet is available on the website. Contact: Michelle Eskenazi at 818-679-5248 or email at: meskenazi@iffilmfest.org or info@iffilmfest.org

16. The IFFF Awards Reception, Ceremony and Buffet Dinner are on April 28, 2013 beginning at 6:30pm.


SCREENPLAYS
1. Screenplays that are currently optioned or sold are not eligible for competition.

2. Feature length Screenplays must be no longer than 120 pages, and Short Screenplays no longer than 45 pages. All screenplay entries must be written in English with the category listed, a 50 word synopsis. Any revisions after the entry has been entered are not accepted. Screenplays must be in 11 pt courier font., no promotional materials or illustrations are accepted, pages must be numbered and be on 3-hole punched paper with brads. All screenplays must be in English. Please send 2 copies.

3. All screenplays must have a Copyright# and/or WGA# in order to submit their project for this festival. International entries should protect their work with similar organizations within their respective country.This is a REQUIREMENT.
Each screenwriter will be given a Script Release Form that will become a requirement before the Festival begins, it allows the IFFF to give contact information to interested parties for production purposes.

4. All screenplay judging is done by industry professionals. IFFF Juries are final. Each screenplay is screened by the pre-screening committee and rated for general content, treatment of subject, production value, creativity, overall impact, and if the IFFF Vision Statement guidelines are followed. All decisions are final.
All screenplay entries must include a completed entry form, entry fee, 2 printed hard copies of the screenplay that do not have the writers name, a character description, and a 50-wod synopsis.

5. To have a screenplay returned, please include a SASE, otherwise all screenplays will be destroyed at the conclusion of the IFFF.

6. SCREENPLAY SHOWCASE & AWARDS CEREMONY with RECEPTION
April 28, at 2:00pm
In order to be prepared if your screenplay has been selected as one of the 2 Finalists that will be in the Showcase, you must indicate the scene with page numbers that you want performed on the entry form along with the character description. At the conclusion of the Showcase, the Screenplay Awards Ceremony & Reception will begin.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

SHIPPING: Address for all film and screenplay shipments: IFFF Business Office 4531 West Empire Avenue #200, Burbank, CA 91505 Event/Theatre location: Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038. April 24-28, 2013. The film to be projected at the IFFF shall be mailed or delivered to the IFFF business office, 4531 Empire Avenue, Suite #200, Burbank, CA 91505 and shall be postmarked no later than March 18, 2013. Each person entering a film is responsible for the insurance and shipment to the IFFF, and IFFF is responsible for the return shipment and insurance. IFFF provides insurance for loss or damage or replacement of your film or DVD/Blu-ray/DCP, but will not pay extra for originals or masters. Please include return mailing labels, and label all mailing containers clearly. IMPORT FILM DECLARATIONS All foreign DVD entries are to be marked:"Free entry claimed under #724.10 (960.55) US Tariff Act, to be returned after the IFFF is completed. No Commercial Value." QUESTION AND ANSWER AFTER EACH SCREENING All filmmakers and their crew and screenplay writers are invited to participate in a Question & Answer session after the film screening or reading of their screenplay at the Screenwriters Showcase. MARKETING The producers of all films and writers of screenplays can use this opportunity for marketing their films & screenplays to domestic and international distributors/agents. Marketing and promotional guidelines are available from IFFF upon request. PANEL DISCUSSIONS The industry related Panel Discussions are scheduled throughout the 5 days on topics such as Film Financing, Distribution/Marketing, Film Production (US & International) Incentives, Media Literacy, and Screenwriting Family Films. TROPHY & CERTIFICATE GUIDELINES Please indicate the name of the person(s) with titles or the company that is to be listed on the IFFF Trophy or Certificate if selected as a Winner or Finalist.