3rd Annual

Other Worlds Austin / Under Worlds Austin

December 01, 2016 to December 04, 2016

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SciFi Features
SciFi features can be any film set in another world, reality or time. Action Films, Comedies, Horror, and Dramas can all be science fiction if the setting or story lines have a particular SciFi bent. Films will be judged and selected based on their narrative quality. Documentaries and Animation will be accepted as long as the films are story-based and not experimental or facts-and-figures types of filmmaking and would be of interest to SciFi fans. Features must be 41 minutes or longer.
SciFi Shorts
A short is any SciFi film 40 minutes or shorter. SciFi can be any film set in another world, reality or time. Action Films, Comedies, Horror, and Dramas can all be science fiction if the setting or story lines have a particular SciFi bent. Films will be judged and selected based on their narrative quality. Documentaries and Animation will be accepted as long as the films are story-based and not experimental or facts-and-figures types of filmmaking and would be of interest to SciFi fans. Music Videos will be acceptable if they tell a cohesive story (think "Take On Me" by A-ha).
Fan Films
A Fan Film is any short or feature based on pre-existing characters or properties (that the filmmaker does not own). Common examples might utilize characters or worlds from Star Wars, Star Trek, the Marvell Universe or even Flash Gordon. Other examples of fan films are ‘lost’ Twilight Zone episodes (done entirely in the style of the original series), fake commercials or trailers for films that based on pre-existing characters or properties that do not exist, mash-ups of characters from different universes, or using new audio or new video in sync with existing video or audio for new effect. The rule is creativity – what can a fan do to make a new work out of something they don’t own, without hope of making a penny? Films can be one-minute or feature length and of any production quality, we are looking to reward ingenuity, not your ability to buy an authentic stormtrooper costume.
Horror Features
Horror films aim to create a sense of distress, panic, alarm, and dread for the audience. They can be unsettling either through what is portrayed on screen, or the thoughts they provoke inside the viewer, preying on our worst fears and nightmares. Documentaries and Animation will be accepted as long as the films are story-based and not experimental or facts-and-figures types of filmmaking and would be of interest to Horror fans. Features must be 41 minutes or longer.
Horror Shorts
Horror films aim to create a sense of distress, panic, alarm, and dread for the audience. They can be unsettling either through what is portrayed on screen, or the thoughts they provoke inside the viewer, preying on our worst fears and nightmares. Documentaries and Animation will be accepted as long as the films are story-based and not experimental or facts-and-figures types of filmmaking and would be of interest to Horror fans. Music Videos will be acceptable if they tell a cohesive story (think "Take On Me" by A-ha). Shorts must be 40 minutes or shorter.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Other Worlds Austin is one of the premier SciFi film festivals in the USA. After two years of sold out screenings, World and US premieres, and dozens of visiting filmmakers, we've decided to add Horror to the mix. Under Worlds Austin, on the same weekend and as part of the Other Worlds Austin, will bring the best in fresh horror to Austin, under the same careful curatorial eye that has gotten rave reviews from audiences and press alike. Other Worlds Austin was selected 'Best of Austin' by the Austin Chronicle, and labelled 'Best Visions of the Future.' With a team of programmers who love genre films, write genre films, or make genre films of their own, we are in this for one reason only, to put on a great festival. We are looking for great stories that aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of the audience, thrilling them both visually and intellectually. OWA is firmly committed to supporting exciting filmmakers, by giving them exhibition opportunities for films that are often overlooked on the film festival circuit.

Other Worlds Austin is dedicated to bringing the best in SciFi to Austin, TX. Our programming team looks past budgets or the Hollywood push to find great stories, and give them their Austin premiere. Although we would love to be a film's World or US Premiere, there are plenty of films making the festival circuit that right now have very little opportunity to play this town, one that has embraced Science Fiction for years and may just be the center of 'geek' culture. Why wait for a film to come out on VOD (or at all) if we can give it a chance to screen in a theatre before an audience of SciFi fans.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Other Worlds Austin debuted in 2014, founded by Bears Fonte, former Director of Programming for Austin Film Festival (2012-14). Each year he found more and more great SciFi that he didn't have room to screen at AFF, and each year he saw more and more films on the festival circuit that he wanted to bring to Austin. After Bears left Austin Film Festival, one of the first things he did was figure out how to take this idea to the next level. After two years of sold out screenings, World and US premieres, and dozens of visiting filmmakers, we've decided to add Horror to the mix. Under Worlds Austin, on the same weekend and as part of the Other Worlds Austin, will bring the best in fresh horror to Austin, under the same careful curatorial eye that has gotten rave reviews from audiences and press alike. Other Worlds Austin was selected 'Best of Austin' by the Austin Chronicle, and labelled 'Best Visions of the Future.'

(Please Note: This is for film submissions only, If you are looking for the Screenwriting Contest, head to: http://www.otherworldsaustin.com/screenplays/)

ORGANIZERS

Bears Fonte (Founder and Artistic Director); Don Elfant (Director of Marketing and Development); Jordan Brown; Jordan Brown (Associate Artistic Director)

GENERAL RULES

Films will be judged and selected based on their narrative quality. SciFi features can be any film set in another world, reality or time. Action Films, Comedies, Horror, and Dramas can all be science fiction if the setting or story lines have a particular SciFi bent. Want to know what SciFi is? Check out our SciFi Checklist by founder Bears Fonte: http://www.otherworldsaustin.com/what-is-scifi/. Horror films aim to create a sense of distress, panic, alarm, and dread for the audience. They can be unsettling either through what is portrayed on screen, or the thoughts they provoke inside the viewer, preying on our worst fears and nightmares. Documentaries and Animation will be accepted in either genre as long as the films are story-based and not experimental or facts-and-figures types of filmmaking and would be of interest to genre fans (we've played docs every year). Music Videos will be acceptable if they tell a cohesive story (think "Take On Me" by A-ha). A Fan Film is any short or feature based on pre-existing characters or properties (that the filmmaker does not own). Common examples might utilize characters or worlds from Star Wars, Star Trek, the Marvel Universe or even Flash Gordon. Other examples of fan films are ‘lost’ Twilight Zone episodes (done entirely in the style of the original series), fake commercials or trailers for films that based on pre-existing characters or properties that do not exist, mash-ups of characters from different universes, or using new audio or new video in sync with existing video or audio for new effect. The rule is creativity – what can a fan do to make a new work out of something they don’t own, without hope of making a penny? Films can be one-minute or feature length and of any production quality, we are looking to reward ingenuity, not your ability to buy an authentic stormtrooper costume. Features must be 41 minutes or longer, Shorts 40 minutes or shorter. Fan Films can be any length.

This competition is for finished films only. See
www.OtherWorldsAustin.com/submissions for our Film FAQ.

Features, Shorts and Fan Films must be submitted on DVD, Blu-Ray (please test before sending) or as an online screener. DVDs may be NTSC or PAL, Blu-Ray submissions must be NTSC. If your entry is unable to be watched by our programmers due to issues with your upload or disk creation, your film will be disqualified and no refund will be made. If you need assistance with your Withoutabox screener upload, please contact Withoutabox directly at https://www.withoutabox.com/filmmaker/faq. You may also mail us a physical copy. We recommend burnt disks (DVDs and BluRays) be tested in more than one player.

Features, Shorts, and Fan Films must be available to screen as a digital
file. Please note: we do NOT screen films on DVD, Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file, DO NOT SUBMIT your film. Again, we WILL NOT screen films on DCP at the festival.

Films may not have been shown publicly (online, theatrically, on VOD or at a festival) prior to January 1, 2014. If a film was submitted to Other Worlds Austin in 2015, we are happy to reconsider it for 2016, but only recommend resubmission if significant changes have been made. Films must be available for screening during Other Worlds Austin, December 1-4, 2016. Films must be Austin premieres but no other premiere status is required. Quality of filmmaking equal, some preference will be given to World, US or Texas Premieres. Short films and Fan Films available publicly online will be eligible for the festival, but features will not. Short films that have appeared on US network or cable television will also be eligible for screening at the festival, features that have appeared on US network or cable television or available for VOD/download/purchase will not be eligible for screening at the festival.

PLEASE NOTE: Other Worlds Austin does NOT waive entry fees. We are a small festival and entry fees are the primary source of income for the running of the festival. Some films may be invited to submit to OWA by the Artistic Director after screening at a major festival. This will be on a case-by-case basis and will be initiated by OWA. Please do not email us and ask for a waiver. Because the audience decides all awards, each film selected to screen at OWA will have the same chance to win the cash prize. We understand the financial constraint of filmmaking and costs of submitting to festivals and have kept our fees low in order to allow the most number of submissions as possible. We hope you can find it in your budget to submit your film.

Other Worlds Austin does not pay screening fees under any circumstance. By submitting your film, you are agreeing to screen your film without a screening fee or any other compensation if selected.

Please include in your cover letter if your film was SHOT IN TEXAS (include locations) or made by TEXAS FILMMAKERS. Because WAB does not require address or location information in their submissions, it is possible we may miss this important fact, and we are always on the lookout to support local filmmakers. Also please let us know if the film is written or directed by a FEMALE so you can be considered for the Mary Shelley Award. We don't want to miss your film!


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

COMPETITION CERTIFICATION I/We have read all of the Other Worlds Austin (a.k.a. Festival or OWA) rules. I/We understand and have complied with these rules. I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission, or if a Fan Film, my/our original take on pre-existing characters with no desire to supersede applicable copyright law. I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I/we fully indemnify the Festival against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my/our knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct. I/We understand that failure to adhere to the Festival rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. I/We agree to hold Other Worlds Austin harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival. Features must be 41 minutes or longer, Shorts 40 minutes or shorter. Fan Films may be any length. Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

FILM COMPETITION GENERAL RULES & GUIDELINES: Films will be judged and selected based on their narrative quality. Documentaries and Animation will be accepted as long as the films are story-based and not experimental or facts-and-figures types of filmmaking and would be of interest to SciFi fans. Music Videos will be acceptable if they tell a cohesive story (think "Take On Me" by A-ha). A Fan Film is any short or feature based on pre-existing characters or properties (that the filmmaker does not own). Features must be 41 minutes or longer, Shorts 40 minutes or shorter. Fan Films may be any length. SUBMISSION RULES: Features, Shorts and Fan Films must be submitted on DVD, Blu-Ray (please test before sending) or as an online screener. DVDs may be NTSC or PAL, Blu-Ray submissions must be NTSC. If your entry is unable to be watched by our programmers due to issues with your upload or disk creation, your film will be disqualified and no refund will be made. If you need assistance with your Withoutabox screener upload, please contact Withoutabox directly at https://www.withoutabox.com/filmmaker/faq. You may also mail us a physical copy. We recommend burnt disks (DVDs and BluRays) be tested in more than one player. Films may not have been shown publicly (online, theatrically, on VOD or at a festival) prior to January 1, 2014. If a film was submitted to Other Worlds Austin in 2015, we are happy to reconsider it for 2016, but only recommend resubmission if significant changes have been made. Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees. PLEASE NOTE: Other Worlds Austin does NOT waive entry fees. We are a small festival and entry fees are the primary source of income for the running of the festival. Some films may be invited to submit to OWA by the Artistic Director after screening at a major festival. This will be on a case-by-case basis and will be initiated by OWA. Please do not email us and ask for a waiver. Because the audience decides all awards, each film selected to screen at OWA will have the same chance to win the cash prize. We understand the financial constraint of filmmaking and costs of submitting to festivals and have kept our fees low in order to allow the most number of submissions as possible. We hope you can find it in your budget to submit your film.

EXHIBITION RULES: Films must be available for screening during Other Worlds Austin, December 1-4, 2016. Films must be Austin premieres but no other premiere status is required. Quality of filmmaking equal, some preference will be given to World, US or Texas Premieres. Short films and Fan Films available publicly online will be eligible for the festival, but features will not. Short films that have appeared on US network or cable television will also be eligible for screening at the festival, features that have appeared on US network or cable television or available for VOD/download/purchase will not be eligible for screening at the festival. Features, Shorts and Fan Films must be available to screen as a digital file. Please note: we do NOT screen films on DVD, Blu-Ray, HD-CAM, or DCP. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file, DO NOT SUBMIT your film. Again, we WILL NOT screen films on DCP at the festival. Other Worlds Austin does not pay screening fees under any circumstance. By submitting your film, you are agreeing to screen your film without a screening fee or any other compensation if selected.

RETURNS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: DVDs, Blu-Rays and any additional materials will not be returned under any circumstances. All entries will be acknowledged through the Withoutabox communication system. If your submission has not been moved 'in consideration' with a Blue Dot within a month of submitting, please email us.