1st Annual

Mad in America's International Film Festival

October 09, 2014 to October 12, 2014

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We welcome films of varying technique, production style, and aesthetic treatment that embody the mission of Mad in America's International Film Festival. Examples might include films that look at the history of psychiatry, challenge the current system of mental health care, explore mainstream and alternative understandings of "mental illness", or highlight alternative treatment modalities.


MISSION: To foster the pursuit of social justice and human rights by bringing together an international collective of voices, perspectives, and artistic presentations that challenge the current mental health system and explore mainstream and alternative understandings of “mental illness.”


Mad in America’s inaugural International Film Festival will showcase short and feature-length films from around the world that explore the history of psychiatry. The festival is designed to encourage us to think anew about the nature of “mental illness” and our societal forms of treatment. Driven by a commitment to human rights and social justice, this four-day festival will foster dialogue about psychiatry and mental health via film screenings, panels, live performances, and audience discussions.


Laura Delano (Festival Registrar); Laura Delano (Festival Registrar)


Mad in America’s International Film Festival will screen both invited and submitted films. We welcome films made at any time, as well as films that have already been publicly screen, distributed, or premiered at other Festivals.

Mad in America is not responsible for checking the quality of your digital or DVD submission; we assume that your submission guarantees the screening quality of your film.


1. Mad in America (MIA) invites and selects the films that will be presented in the Film Festival.

2. Only films that meet the following criteria may be chosen for invitation to the official selection:

i) Short films up to forty (40) minutes in length, including credits, that embody the mission of the Festival and can be screened on DVD
ii) Feature films over forty (40) minutes in length, up to one hundred and forty (140) minutes in length, including credits, that embody the mission of the Festival and can be screened on DVD

3. Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival program during the event.

4. All non-English speaking films must be presented in their original version with English subtitles. It is highly encouraged, but not required, to have English language films subtitled in English for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. All subtitling expenses are to be met by the film’s producer.

5. Mad in America reserves the right to elect or not elect a jury for competition and screening. If MIA elects a jury, each jury member will vote by a secret ballot. No person having taken part in the production or promotion of a film in competition may be on the jury. If MIA choose not to elect a jury, it will determine prize winners by internal deliberation.

6. All films to be considered must be submitted by June 15th, 2014. Please submit your film once and in one format only. Please note that films submitted will not be returned.

7. Only DVD (Region 0 and 1, NTSC preferred) and digital submissions will be considered for selection.

8. Submission fees for the official deadline, May 15th, 2014, are as follows: Feature: $40; Short: $25; Student: No fee. Submission fees for the late deadline, June 15th, 2014, are as follows: Feature: $50; Short: $35; Student: No fee.

9. If your film is selected you will be notified on or around August 1st, 2014.

10. On being selected you must supply to us your work in DVD (Region 0 or 1, NTSC preferred) by August 15th, 2014 for screening purposes.

11. Any supporting marketing and PR material available for the films selected must be supplied by August 15th, 2014.

12. Mad in America can provide you with further details if your film is selected.

13. Any expenses for the shipping, screening and translation of films and DVDs presented to the selection committee with a view to their possible selection, are to be met by the film’s producers or relevant body. All expenses for the transportation and insurance of prints are also the responsibility of their owner.

14. If your film is selected for screening at the festival, it is not required that you attend the festival. Should you choose to attend, it must be at your own expense.

15. Mad in America has the power to settle all cases not covered by the present rules and regulations.

16. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of all the aforementioned regulations and respect of submission and screening conditions. Furthermore by completing the initial online submission form (you/ your company) agree to the Festival’s terms of the release as follows;

1) [You / The Company] hereby grant(s) Mad in America, Inc. permission to screen your film during it’s International Film Festival. For the avoidance of doubt the location and timing of your film’s screening shall be the sole decision
of Mad in America.
2) [You / The Company] [have/has] obtained signed release forms in relation to copyright and all other rights now known from all the cast, crew and any freelance contributors who were involved in the making of the film.

3) The film contains no material which is obscene, libellous or defamatory.

4) [You / The Company] [have/has] obtained the appropriate copyright clearances for all music used in the film (if required).

5) [You / The Company] will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, transport costs of the film to and from the Festival and travel costs and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film.

6) [You / The Company] will indemnify Mad in America against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.
7) [You / A director of the Company] [have/has] read, understood and agree[s] to be fully bound by these Terms and Conditions of Mad in America’s International Film Festival.
8) [You / The Company] understand[s] and agree[s] that any failure to follow and adhere to these Terms and Conditions may result in the disqualification of the film.

9) [You / The Company] hereby give[s] Mad in America a non-exclusive license to use [your/ its] name, [photograph / logo], and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities relating to the Festival, and its promotional activities and events.

10) [You / The Company] understand[s] that the Festival is not obliged to return the copy of the film that [you / the company] submitted to the Festival and confirm that [you / the company] [have / has] retained at least one other copy of the film.
11) [You / The Company] understand[s] that Mad in America accepts no liability for the loss or non-receipt of the film.

12) [You / The Company] understand[s] that there are no fees [due to you / it] for screening the film at the Festival or for any other matters arising from the submission of the film to the Festival and accept that Mad in America is therefore under no obligation to pay you any sums.

13) [You / The Company] agree[s] to be bound by the decision of the Mad in America or otherwise elected judges of the Festival whose decision will be final. [You / The Company] further understand[s] and agree[s] that the judges are not obliged to give any feedback to you regarding the film.

14) [You / The Company} confirm[s] and warrant [s]that [you are/it is] the author of the film and the sole and exclusive owner of all rights now known in the Film and [have /has] full and exclusive rights to submit the film to the Festival. [You / The Company] further warrant [s] that the film is not under option, nor has it been purchased by any third party. [You / the Company] also warrant[s] that there is no current dispute as to the ownership of the film and that no rights or permissions are required from any third parties before the film can be screened at the Festival.
15) [You / The Company] agree[s] that any legal dispute between [you / the company] and Mad in America will be heard in the American courts according to the law of the United States of America.