1st Annual

Collective International Film Festival

April 01, 2017 to April 01, 2017

International
Film
Video
Short
Feature
Competition
Film Market
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Ages 19+ Living in Poverty
Living in Poverty- We want filmmakers to tackle the issue of poverty in a nontraditional way. Filmmakers to give life must the perspective of “how does it affect me,” and “why should I care?” All too often in our society people give this bleak answer, and your goal is to answer it for them. Make people see why they should care about poverty and show them how it truly affects them.
Ages 19+ Identity: Your Narrative, Real or Fictional
Identity: Your Narrative, Real or Fictional- This Category speaks for itself, come up with any narrative and submit it!
Ages 19+ “Fear me not, I mean well”
Fear me not, I mean well”- We are specifically looking for satirical films that best fit this phrase, For example Bashar Al-Assad’s use of Emergency Laws. Filmmakers are free to make a satirical show, similar to The Colbert Report, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, or The Daily Show.
Ages 13-18 Living in Poverty
Living in Poverty- We want filmmakers to tackle the issue of poverty in a nontraditional way. Filmmakers to give life must the perspective of “how does it affect me,” and “why should I care?” All too often in our society people give this bleak answer, and your goal is to answer it for them. Make people see why they should care about poverty and show them how it truly affects them.
Ages 13-18 Identity: Your Narrative, Real or Fictional
Identity: Your Narrative, Real or Fictional- This Category speaks for itself, come up with any narrative and submit it!
Ages 13-18 “Fear me not, I mean well”
Fear me not, I mean well”- We are specifically looking for satirical films that best fit this phrase, For example Bashar Al-Assad’s use of Emergency Laws. Filmmakers are free to make a satirical show, similar to The Colbert Report, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, or The Daily Show.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Welcome to the Collective International Film Festival or CIFF. We here at the CIFF are proud to announce this first annual event, our goal is to create awareness, and encourage diversity by bringing people together to work on a common goal.

Filmmakers can win up to $1,500 and 17 other cash prizes are up for grabs. Our categories reflect our goals, mirroring what we stand by: Living in poverty pushes filmmakers to think out of the box about an issue that is so often put in the dark, and prodded with opinion. We aim to put a floodlight on poverty, with a globe at its center. Identity narratives are the best way to help feel how constricting and different slipping on someone else’s shoes truly is. This is the key to diversity, you never feel closer to someone else after you not only hear, but see their story. “Fear me not, I mean well,” allows contestants to find a common ground on grim issues while being playful and creating awareness for the issue of their choice.

Every Year towards the end of the festival we bring all the contestants together. The Filmmakers Convention serves as a way for filmmakers to meet each other, mingle, and talk about engaging in projects together. There is no better way to build a bridge than bringing people together. Conversing, sharing ideas, forging a commitment to a labor of passion, side by side, hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” sign up today.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The CIFF was created in 2016 out of the meeting hiring Richard Polley by Faizan Haq. Mr. Haq immediately brought up how he wanted to bring people of all races, nations and religions to come together to work on films that affect our perception of the world on a daily basis. Together they have worked tirelessly since that day they first sat down together, hitting the ground running. They are both very proud on this day to say, "We are up and running, and we can't wait to view and screen films from around the world." Please sign up today!

GENERAL RULES

Collective International Film Festival Official Rules

Footage:
-Stock footage or footage may be used.
-Animation and special effects are permitted, as long as the team has rights to the stock footage.
-Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them.

Camera:
-Any type of video or film camera may be used. There is no limit to the number of cameras.
-We expect films to be submitted in 720p to 1080p.

Music Rights:
-Participating group must have the rights to any music used in its film and must provide releases for all music used. As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed, but you must have rights to use them.

Total Run Time:
-The finished film must be a minimum of 3 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 10 minutes in duration, including end credits.

Opening Credits:
- 5 seconds of black to start
-A title card with the following: team name, team leader’s name, title, city, and date
-Must include the official Collective International Film Festival Logo (it can be found in the submit section on www.CIFF.biz) OR a title card with: “This film was submitted to the Collective International Film Festival www.CIFF.biz”
-2 seconds of black

Ending Credits:
-Must have a title card with: This film was submitted to the Collective International Film Festival www.CIFF.biz.
-For any future screenings, online or otherwise, films should retain the opening and ending credits, official Collective International Film Festival Logo OR title card that says: “This film was made for the Collective International Film Festival www.CIFF.biz”.
Media Formats:
-Must use the formats withoutabox has restricted submissions to.
-Format must be compatible with Vimeo requirements. If your film cannot be viewed on Collective International Film Festival equipment, it may be disqualified.
-Will only accept online submissions.

No Pre-Screening Distribution: (I changed this at the bottom and moved this)
-The Entrant should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to it receiving its official Collective International Film Festival premiere screening. This includes uploading the video to any website or screening the film for groups of anyone other than the team. The Entrant is encouraged to make a trailer of their film and distribute that instead. If you make a trailer and decide to enter, it should be no longer than 45 seconds, and you should send it in with your production documents. (All production documents must be sent to submission@ciff.biz before you submit your film on Withoutabox.)

Submission Notes:
-We recommend that you make sound levels relatively even throughout your film. (If your film has uneven sound or sound that peaks, it may be modified to protect the playback equipment.)
-Projection specs vary from theater to theater and are beyond the control of the Collective International Film Festival. If your film is very dark, it may be difficult to see in certain settings.
-We are expecting your use of common decency.

Production Documents:
- Each team must secure releases for talent, crew, music and locations (and any other applicable releases), which must be turned in before submitting films, along with team leaders agreement. The film/video will not be screened before the Collective International Film Festival Organizers receive the signed releases. All production documents must be sent to submission@ciff.biz.
- Release forms can be found on the Collective International Film Festival website in the submit section.

Eligibility:
-To be eligible for the Project, Entries must be the original work of the Entrant; must not infringe third-party's rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain pornographic material; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by the Entrant).
-Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the Collective International Film Festival, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. Collective International Film Festival reserves the right to make the final determination as to which Entries are eligible. Collective International Film Festival also reserves the right to refuse to screen a film or to make an announcement at the screening regarding the content of the film.

Official Film Entry:
-To be certified as an Official Film Entry, each participating group's film/video production must follow all rules herein. The Collective International Film Festival Organizers reserve the right to screen only certified Official Film Entries.

Entries Not Returned:
- No Entries (media or documents) will be returned.

Disqualification:
-Collective International Film Festival and Project Parties may, in their sole discretion, disqualify Entries deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I hereby acknowledge that I have read and understand the rules and terms for submitting a film to this competition and that the information contained in those rules and terms shall supersede any information found anywhere else on this or any other site.

By clicking “I agree” below, I freely and voluntarily give my full and complete acceptance of all the rules and terms listed herein.

Project Terms of Submission
By submitting to this Collective International Film Festival Project, each submitter warrants and represents that the submitter owns all rights to the submission he/she is entering in this Project, including, without limitation, the video or digital recording, and the performance contained in each submission. Each submitter further warrants and represents that the submitter has obtained permission from each person who appears in the submission to grant the rights to the Project Parties described in these Official Rules, and will submit copies of such permissions to the Project Parties. By submitting all parties affiliated with the team leader agrees to the Official Rules, and further agrees to indemnify and hold the Collective International Film Festival, Project Parties and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the Project Indemnitees), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Project Indemnitees due to or arising out of the submitter’s submission materials in this Project, or the Entrant's conduct during and in connection with this Project, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation. Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Collective International Film Festival and the Project Parties from any and all claims that any advertising, presentation, web content or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of Collective International Film Festival or the Project Parties infringes on the rights of submitter’s work as contained in any submission. By agreeing/submitting you are agreeing to have followed the CIFF official rules and filled out all production documents. The CIFF reserves all rights to update/edit all rules, disclaimers or production documents.

Limitations of Liability and Release
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