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26-Apr-2015 5:16pm PDT  

 

Mirage International Film Festival

1 Annual August 13, 2014 to August 17, 2014

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MAIN EVENT
As the main competition program of the Mirage Film Festival, MAIN EVENT hosts all feature-length films and is judged by a panel of distinguished professionals and established filmmakers. Awards in this category are given for achievements in filmmaking, acting and screenwriting.
DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN
The Darkest Before the Dawn competition program focuses on films of varying genres, thematic tones and shooting styles. From horror to crime thrillers, sci-fi to neo noir, and everything in between, the films in this program are exclusively shown at night, to best support their edgy nature.
CINEMA MAVERICKS
A special competition program highlighting features produced in the spirit of true indie films... high on passion and ambition, low on budget. In order to qualify, films must have been produced for less than $1.5 Million (USD).
WORLDCINE - INT'L FILMS
We believe that diversification in films offers exposure to unique experiences and opens our minds and imaginations to new horizons. The WorldCine program seeks to highlight features from around the globe. In order to qualify, a film should be shot and/or financed outside of the United States.
NEWCOMER - FIRST TIME DIRECTOR COMPETITION
In the spirit of our goal to discover and highlight new and emerging independent artists, the Newcomer competition program is available exclusively for first time, feature directors.
THE DOCKECT - DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Documentaries move us. Challenge us to act. Inform us of tales of real life heroes, and some time villains. The Dockect seeks to bring the best of the documentary world to the festival’s center stage.
FILM BLUEPRINT - SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Designed to bring new and emerging scribes into the limelight, the festival’s Film Blueprint, original screenwriting competition is judged by a panel of established writers, top literary agents and producers.
INSTITUTE OF CINEMA - INSTITUTIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION
A distinct competition category highlighting the very best in student produced short films from around the world. Open to current and recently graduated film school students, the program offers awards and prizes for achievements in filmmaking, acting and screenwriting.
SCHOOL OF HARD TAKES - INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM COMPETITION
A short film competition program designed to give independently produced short films a voice of their own at the festival. The program offers awards and prizes for achievements in filmmaking, acting and screenwriting.
NEW MEDIA MARVELS - NEW MEDIA / WEBISODE COMPETITION
Media Marvels is exclusively for new media content - webisodes, web series, web based shorts, music videos, animated shorts or any other interactive media content. Finalists in this category will be announced a month before the festival, with the top three prizes determined by festival attendees as part of the audience awards.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Mirage International Film Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers present their films to audiences, industry professionals and distributors from around the globe. In order to best achieve this, the festival strives to create an immersive, high energy environment that promotes networking and the awe-inspiring wonderment that only great cinema is capable of producing.

Beyond supporting emerging and established filmmakers, our various special events, educational series and film marketplace are specifically designed to help attendees of all levels expand their industry acumen, form wide ranging industry connections and foster their overall careers. The spirit of the festival will permeate from every screening, meeting and attendee. The Festival will screen over 250 feature and short films over five days this summer in Las Vegas, Nevada. With a plethora of distributors, sales & production companies and production executives guaranteed to attend, filmmakers and attendees will have unprecedented access to industry professionals.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Film Competition Categories

FEATURE-LENGTH FILMS

The Festival welcomes submissions for feature films in narrative and documentary categories. All selected features will participate in the festival’s MAIN EVENT competition. We strongly believe that a film from any category could take the Festival’s 2014 Best Feature award, be it Darkest Before the Dawn, Cinema Mavericks, the Dockect or any category. Entering all films into the MAIN EVENT puts everyone on an even playing field in the completion and recognizes the best from across all different styles and genres in the independent film community.

In addition, Mirage International Film Festival offers filmmakers several competitive sub-categories designed specifically to recognize excellence within various genres and help promote the various styles, methods and techniques that populate the ever expanding world of cinema.

Main Event - main competition program for all eligible feature-length films

Darkest Before the Dawn - dedicated to showcasing feature length genre films

Cinema Mavericks - feature-length films with budgets less than $1.5 million USD

Newcomer - available exclusively for first-time, feature-length directors.

WorldCine - feature-length films which were financed and filmed outside of North America

The Dockect - non-fiction feature-length documentary films

SHORT-LENGTH FILMS

The Festival offers a robust competition program for short films, divided into institutional and non-institutional categories.

Institute Of Cinema - highlighting the very best in student produced short films

School Of Hard Takes - giving independently produced short films a voice of their own

FILM BLUEPRINT - SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

All epic projects start with a vision. And like the building of monolith skyscrapers that dot the city landscape, the first step in realizing that vision is putting your ideas on paper... as blueprints. This concept resonates strong in Mirage International Film Festival’s Original Screenwriting competition Film Blueprint.

We believe that all great films started as great scripts! Film Blueprint seeks to discover the next generation of great writers and provide a forum to highlight and recognize their scripts. This competitive category is judged by a distinguished panel comprised of top literary agents, screenwriters and development executives.

NEW MEDIA MARVELS - NEW MEDIA/WEBISODE COMPETITION

Mirage International Film Festival's New Media Marvels competitive program is designed to bring attention to the emerging world of new media. With the growing prevalence and wide reach of online streaming video sites, the internet is providing filmmakers with an easy and affordable avenue to present their alternative media to a global audience.

New Media Marvels is designed to recognize and reward exceptional work in the expanding new media landscape. With the increasing number of success stories of TV series, films and documentaries being developed and produced based on new media content, the Festival's New Media Marvels program provides a solid forum for these new age filmmakers to showcase their stories and network with distributors, producers and industry executives.

ORGANIZERS
Brent Singleton (Director of Operations)

GENERAL RULES
1. All submissions must fully comply with these Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film lengths, submission fees, submission instructions and other requirements.

2. All films must be in English, dubbed in English or with English subtitles at the time of submission.

3. Applicants submitting films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles.

4. Films submitted in previous years are eligible for submission again for 2014 Festival consideration, but only if the film was not an Official Selection in a previous year.

5. It is the sole responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization and permission from the owner(s) of any and all copyrighted or trademarked content or materials included within the submitted film and clear the film from any and all actual or potential legal claims prior to submission.

6. Film screeners may be submitted to the Festival using either a Private Vimeo link (preferred), or by mailing us a single playable Zone 1 (North America) DVD (not a data disk with a file of the movie) in either NTSC or PAL format for pre-screening. Please do not send film reels or original material. Also be sure to test your disk before sending and/or ensure your Vimeo link remains active for through the selection period (end of June).

7. "Works in Progress" WILL be accepted for feature film submission. Please include information as to what still needs to be completed (color correction, score, etc.) in the appropriate spot on the submissions form.

8. All submissions must be received by 11:59PM PDT on May 30, 2014, including receipt of payment and all entry materials.

9. Upon completion of the festival selection process, the Festival will notify filmmakers using the contact information provided on the online Submission Form. Please make sure the contact information you supply is accurate.

10. The Festival is unable to provide any comments or feedback regarding a submitted film.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

2014 Competition General Rules 1. All submissions must fully comply with these Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film lengths, submission fees, submission instructions and other requirements. 2. All films must be in English, dubbed in English or with English subtitles at the time of submission. 3. Applicants submitting films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. 4. Films submitted in previous years are eligible for submission again for 2014 Festival consideration, but only if the film was not an Official Selection in a previous year. 5. It is the sole responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization and permission from the owner(s) of any and all copyrighted or trademarked content or materials included within the submitted film and clear the film from any and all actual or potential legal claims prior to submission. 6. Film screeners may be submitted to the Festival using either a Private Vimeo link (preferred), or by mailing us a single playable Zone 1 (North America) DVD (not a data disk with a file of the movie) in either NTSC or PAL format for pre-screening. Please do not send film reels or original material. Also be sure to test your disk before sending and/or ensure your Vimeo link remains active for through the selection period (end of June). 7. "Works in Progress" WILL be accepted for feature film submission. Please include information as to what still needs to be completed (color correction, score, etc.) in the appropriate spot on the submissions form. 8. All submissions must be received by 11:59PM PDT on May 30, 2014, including receipt of payment and all entry materials. 9. Upon completion of the festival selection process, the Festival will notify filmmakers using the contact information provided on the online Submission Form. Please make sure the contact information you supply is accurate. 10. The Festival is unable to provide any comments or feedback regarding a submitted film. Additional Feature Film Requirements 1. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2011. Films must be available for screening during the Mirage International Film Festival on August 13 - 27, 2014. 2. Feature Films that have been released theatrically anywhere in the world are not eligible for submission to the Festival. This does not include "Work in Progress" screenings in which an incomplete version of the film was previously screened. 3. "Work in Progress" screenings at which tickets were available to the public are only eligible for the Festival if the version submitted is significantly different from the version previously screened. 4. Feature Films that have previously been exhibited theatrically at one or more private screenings for which tickets were not available to the general public retain eligibility for submission to the Festival. 5. Feature Films that have been previously released via any home video outlets (including, but not limited to, DVD, Blu-ray, or Video on Demand) or broadcast on television or the internet in any country are not eligible for submission to the Festival unless the version submitted is significantly different from the version that was previously released or broadcast. 6. Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution obtained at any time prior to being selected or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition. Should a selected film's distribution status change prior to the start of the 2014 Mirage International Film Festival, the film WILL BE removed from competition, but may be considered for special screening at the Festival's sole discretion. Additional Short Film Requirements 1. In order to participate in any competitive program, a short film must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2011. 2. Short Films must have been completed before May 30, 2014 to be eligible for the 2014 Festival. 3. A Short Film’s final projected running time must be less than 50 minutes. 4. Short Films do not have any premiere requirements. Additional Film Blueprint Requirements 1. Film Blueprint is open to any feature length screenplay (no less than 80 pages) that is an original work. "Original work" is defined as any screenplay that is not derived from any other intellectual property, excluding an original treatment created by the same writers of the subsequent screenplay. 2. All screenplays must be in English. 3. All submitted screenplays must have a verifiable copyright number or a WGA registration number. 4. Screenplays that have qualified for the quarterfinal round or higher in the Nicholls Fellowship are not eligible to compete at the 2014 Mirage International Film Festival. 5. Screenplays that are under option, are currently being produced, or have been produced into feature films prior to August 13, 2014 are not eligible. 6. All screenplays must be submitted in PDF format, with a title page that displays the script's copyright or WGA registration number. 7. No revisions or missing pages will be accepted once entry has been received. 8. By submitting a screenplay, you are confirming that the property is free and clear to submit, that you have the legal right to submit the screenplay for review, and have full legal rights of authorship for the screenplay. 9. By submitting a screenplay, the submitter is relinquishing any legal rights to pursue any action against the Festival and/or it's affiliates or subsidiaries in any matter involving the screenplay, the writers of such screenplay, and/or any intellectual work that is derived from the screenplay. 10. If a submission involves two or more writers, any awards given will be presented to the submitter unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Festival. 11. You may submit more than one screenplay to the Festival competition however each entry requires a separate submission form, fee and script. 12. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award. Additional New Media Marvels Requirements 1. New Media Marvels is open to all content that was exclusively created for the web or other interactive medium format. 2. Maximum length for new media content is seven (7) minutes in length. If your episodes are more than 7 minutes, please submit to the Short Film category. 3. In order to participate in the New Media Marvels competitive program, all new media content must have been completed after May 1, 2011. 4. All new media must be an original work and the submitter must control all underlying rights in order to submit. The submitter takes full responsibility of the material submitted, and that the material has all the appropriate legal clearances and licenses. 5. All entries must be the intellectual property of the submitter(s), or the submitter(s) must have permission for use of all content rights including music contained in the submission. 6. New media can be a web series, as long as each episode of that web series is no longer than seven minutes. Entry is per webisode. If a submitter wishes to submit a web series or multiple webisodes within a series, each webisode must have a separate submission form and entry fee.