45th Annual

Athens International Film + Video Festival (Ohio)

April 09, 2018 to April 15, 2018

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P. O. Box 388
75 West Union Street
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Athens OH 45701
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Phone: 740-593-1330
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Experimental
Works that strive to expand the formal and content boundaries of motion picture arts, and that express personal involvement with the medium. Generally films entered into in this category are non-narrative. To be eligible for competition works must have been completed on or after January, 1, 2016
Documentary Short
Works that utilize nonfiction material to construct a story, an argument, and/or a statement about the real world. The total running time for a documentary short is no longer than 40 minutes. To be eligible for competition works must have been completed on or after January, 1, 2016.
Narrative Short
Works that tell a fictional story. Narrative shorts must have a running time of 40 minutes, or less. To be eligible for competition works must have been completed on or after January, 1, 2016.
Documentary Feature
Works that utilize nonfiction material to construct a story, an argument, and/or a statement about the real world. The total running time for a documentary feature is a minimum of 40 minutes. To be eligible for competition works must have been completed on or after January, 1, 2016.
Narrative Feature
Works that tell a fictional story. Narrative features must have a running time of 40 minutes, or more. To be eligible for competition works must have been completed on or after January, 1, 2016.
Animation
Works, of any length, that utilize animation techniques, including but not limited to: traditional drawing, stop-motion, computer animation, and other technical processes for generating non-live-action films. To be eligible for competition works must have been completed on or after January, 1, 2016.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Athens International Film and Video Festival's mission is to celebrate independent and alternative motion picture arts. This entails a commitment to: educating our regional audiences about the cinematic arts; and supporting, through presentation, the work of artists from around the globe.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

History

Founded in 1974, the AIFVF has been presenting the best in international film for 45 years. Known globally as a festival that supports cinema from underground and marginalized populations, the AIFVF represents the values that we share as a community. It is a champion of justice and provides a voice for underrepresented artists and viewpoints on a global level. For four decades, Athens International has embraced experimental, narrative, short-form, feature length, and documentary films from every corner of the globe, offering filmmakers a stellar platform for public exposure and an environment that values artistry above marquee names and industry relationships.

The Competition Process

Each year, a Prescreening Committee comprised of artists, students, and community activists watch all the films and videos entered in the competition. After all entries have been watched, the pre-screeners evaluate all entries to determine films to include in public screenings.
Cash prizes of $1000.00 USD are awarded by guest jurors, in the following categories: Feature Documentary, Short Documentary, Experimental, Feature Narrative, Short Narrative, and Animation. There are two additional awards chosen by the jury: The Black Bear Award for best use of sound and The Film House Award (Sponsored by ARRI Camera) for visionary filmmaking. Festival Jurors will be announced just prior to the festival and awards will be announced on the final day of the festival.

We are an Academy Qualifying Festival in the Short Narrative, and Animated Short, categories.

Competition films are programmed around various themes that emerge from the films selected; our intention is to group films into shows that reflect a common thematic thread. For our 2017 competition 2,200 films were submitted. From these; 235 films from 41 countries were chosen to screen over the week of the festival.
AIFVF is unable to provide screening fees for works in competition but we do our best to provide the best hospitality we can for visiting filmmakers.


Filmmaker Perks

The Athens International Film and Video Festival also sponsors guest artists screenings, that often include workshops and additional opportunities for artists to meet with audience members fellow filmmakers and members of our community.

All visiting filmmakers and their guests are provided with lunch everyday in our filmmaker lounge during the festival. In the past with help from our sponsors the festival has provided half the cost of hotel rooms for visiting filmmakers as a way to ease the costs associated with visiting Athens during the festival. AIFVF also provides free ground transportation from the Columbus, Ohio airport.

We host special workshops and talks for filmmakers by our guest artists. In 2016 Ed Lachman (academy nominated cinematographer of "Carol" and "Far from Heaven") and Charles Burnett ("Killer for Sheep", "To Sleep With Anger") led discussions and answered questions about their process and careers. Last year we moderated a panel discussion on Women and Comedy, had extended interviews with artist/activist Sabaah Folayan and photographer/media artist Martha Rosler and held special screenings including a screening of Harlan County followed by a special post-screening discussion with Jerry Johnson (one of the coal miners in the film).

ORGANIZERS

David Colagiovanni (Director); David Colagiovanni (Festival Director)

GENERAL RULES

Ohio based students are eligible to submit for free- please contact us by email for more information.

Entries that have been submitted to previous Athens International Film and Video Festivals are not eligible.

AIFVF does not provide screening fees for films in competition.

Because of the number of entries received, not all entries are chosen to screen during the Festival. A prescreening committee, comprised of filmmakers, videomakers, and other artists associated with the Athens Center for Film and Video, will watch and evaluate each entry to determine which works are selected for screening during the Festival.

All works that evidence a high regard for artistic innovation, sensitivity to content, and personal involvement with the medium will be welcomed.

* Please note *
We do not accept mailed in screeners (please do not send DVDs, BLURAYs, or flash drives to our office).

We do not accept prescreening materials through email and are unable to download files from sharing services. Submissions are only accepted through WAB or our other online accounts.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

AIFVF does not provide screening fees for films in competition.

An entrant must accept our prescreening process; Entries must be original works. Athens International Film + Video Festival (Ohio) 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 Athens International Film + Video 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.
By submitting your film you agree (if selected) to let the Athens International Film + Video Festival screen your film during the festival.