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Montreal World Film Festival

38 Annual August 21, 2014 to September 01, 2014

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Feature Films / Long Métrage
Above 60 min.
Short Films / Court Métrage

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Since its founding 38 years ago, the Montreal World Film Festival has remained faithful to its founding principles. The MWFF offers film lovers and professionals a rich program based on cultural diversity, innovation, independence and creativity. The success and international reputation of the Montreal World Film Festival are firmly linked to these principles and goals.

Influence Communication, Canada's top information broker and aggregator, which collects and aggregates 700,000 news items from around the world, analyzed fallout from the Montreal World Film Festival and concluded that it is "Quebec's standard-bearer in international media", the Quebec event that is the most widely covered around the world.

The programming of commercials cinemas is dominated by blockbusters. Without the Montreal World Film Festival and its annual selection of some 400 films from 80 countries, the Montreal film landscape would be drastically reduced.

In addition to its program of screenings, the 2014 Festival will present a wide series of film-related activities. We invite you to consult our web site regularly for details.

The World Film Festival is the only competitive film event in North America recognized by FIAPF, the International Federation of Film Producers' Associations.

ORGANIZERS
Danièle Cauchard (General Director) ; Daniele Cauchard (OTHER) ; Serge Losique (Director) ; Ubavka Ferzanovic ; Ubavka Ferzanovic (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES
Pour consulter les règlements du Festival EN FRANÇAIS:
http://www.ffm-montreal.org/inscrire-un-film.html

To review the Festival Regulations in ENGLISH, go to:
http://www.ffm-montreal.org/en/submit-a-film.html


THE WORLD FESTIVAL - MONTREAL 2014
August 21 - September 1, 2014
1432 de Bleury St.
Montreal (Quebec) Canada
H3A 2J1
Tel.: (514) 848-3883
Fax: (514) 848-3886
E-mail: info@ffm-montreal.org
Internet: www.ffm-montreal.org


REGULATIONS

I. GOALS
The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.


II. SECTIONS
The World Film Festival - Montreal 2014 will include the following sections:

a) World Competition
b) First Films World Competition
c) Hors Concours (World Greats, out of competition)
d) Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
e) Documentaries of the World
f) Tributes
g) Our Cinema
h) Cinema Under the Stars
i) Student Film Festival (see separate regulations)


III. SELECTION
The Festival selects and invites films and determines in which section they are presented. See “Eligibility to the different sections”.

For selection purposes, please send a Blu-ray or DVD (NTSC or PAL), even if the film was shot on another format.


IV. DEADLINES
Note: if your film is completed, we strongly advise sending your DVD in early as the number of films the Selection Committee has to screen rises sharply when deadline approaches;
Submission deadlines for films for consideration by the Selection Committee (the registration form and other requested documents must be included with the submission Blur-ray or DVD):
- January 1st to July 4th : feature films (60 minutes or more);
- January 1st to June 13th : shorts and medium length films (less than 60 minutes);
- August 2nd : deadline for reception of screening copies of films selected by the Festival and excerpts for television.


V. ENTRY FEE
An entry fee is required of all submissions sent to the Festival:
- CAD $100 for feature length films (60 min or more)
- CAD $40 for each short or medium length film (less than 60 min)


VI. TRANSPORTATION COSTS
Shipping and brokerage costs of screening copies to and from the Festival are the responsibility of the producer or his agent. This policy applies to films selected and invited by the Festival, as well as those sent to the Festival for consideration.


VII. DELIVERY OF PRINTS
Screening copies of films participating in the different sections of the Festival should be sent PREPAID BEFORE AUGUST 2nd to the following address:
MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
1432 de Bleury St.
Montreal (Quebec) Canada H3A 2J1

A pro forma invoice should be affixed to the outside of the box in order to facilitate customs clearance. A notice of dispatch should be sent to the Festival by email or fax, indicating the title of the film, date of shipment and carrier (AWB).

Screening copies should be sent directly to the Festival by a delivery service which includes customs clearance (examples: FEDEX, DHL, EMS).

The screening copy will be returned AT THE RECIPIENT’S EXPENSE. The Festival must be informed IN WRITING of any change of address for the return of a print.



VIII. INSURANCE
The Festival will assume insurance responsibility from the time the carrier has delivered the film to the Festival's offices until it is returned to the carrier.

In the case of damage or loss of a print, the Festival will reimburse an amount not exceeding the value of the lab print. This rule applies to films selected and invited by the Festival, as well as those sent to the Festival for consideration.

If a producer or his agent borrows his print from the Festival for screenings organized outside official Festival screenings, the Festival will not be responsible in case of loss or damage during that period.


IX. ACCEPTANCE
To register or send a film for any section of the Festival implies acceptance of these regulations by the producers or their agents. FILMS MAY NOT BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE FESTIVAL AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN REGISTERED AND SELECTED.

The General Director of the Festival has the right to decide all cases not foreseen by these regulations.


X. PROMOTION AND PUBLICATION OF THE AWARDS
Participation in the Festival implies that the winners in all the competitive sections will highlight the name and the logo of the World Film Festival and the award won in all publicity (posters, announcements, etc.)


ELIGIBILITY TO THE DIFFERENT SECTIONS
Films selected and invited for the different sections must meet the following criteria:

1. WORLD COMPETITION
Feature films:
• be in DCP;
• have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
• priority will be given to world premieres;
• not have been screened commercially outside the country of production;
• not have participated in any international competition;
• not have been presented on television or the Internet;
• Canadian films must not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada or abroad, except by special permission of the Festival;
• DCP in a language other than French or English must be subtitled in French AND English;
• DCP in French language must be subtitled in English;
• DCP in English language must be subtitled in French;
• the presence of the director of the film and the main actor (or actress) is mandatory for films in the World Competition.
Short films:
In addition to the above-mentioned criteria, short films in the World Competition should meet the following criteria:
• length should not exceed 15 minutes;

2. FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION
• director’s first fiction feature-length film;
• be in DCP or HDCAM (no HDCAm-SR);
• have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
• priority will be given to world premieres;
• not have been screened commercially outside the country of production;
• not have participated in any international competition;
• not have been presented on television or the Internet;
• Canadian films must not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada or abroad, except by special permission of the Festival;
• DCP in a language other than French or English must be subtitled in French AND English;
• DCP in French language must be subtitled in English;
• DCP in English language must be subtitled in French;
• the presence of the director is mandatory for films in the First Films World Competition.


3. HORS CONCOURS (WORLD GREATS, OUT-OF-COMPETITION)
Films selected and invited to participate in this non-competitive section must meet the following criteria:
• feature films in DCP or HDCAM or 3D (no HDCAM-SR);
• have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
• not have been presented on television or the Internet;
• not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada;
• films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English.


4. FOCUS ON WORLD CINEMA (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
Feature films:
• be in DCP or HDCAM (no HDCAM-SR);
• have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
• not have been presented on television or the Internet;
• not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada;
• films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English;
Medium length films:
• length between 36 and 60 minutes;
Short films:
• maximum length 35 minutes;


5. DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WORLD:
Feature films:
• be in DCP or HDCAM (no HDCAm-SR);
• have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
• not have been presented on television in North America or the Internet;
• not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada;
• films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English.
Medium length films:
• length between 36 and 60 minutes;
Short films:
• maximum length 35 minutes;


6. TRIBUTES
This section, by invitation only, is dedicated to noted cinematic creators: directors, actors, producers, directors of photography, scriptwriters, etc.


7. EXCLUSIONS
Industrial, advertising and instructional films are not eligible for any of the sections of the Festival (competitive and non-competitive). The same applies to racist, obscene, excessively violent and propagandistic films.


JURIES
The Board of Directors of the Festival each year appoints the members of the different juries (WORLD COMPETITION and FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION). Members of a jury cannot be associated with any film participating in the Competition. The General Director of the Festival or his delegates attends the juries’ deliberations but does not have the right to vote.

a) WORLD COMPETITION
Feature films
The jury must award the following prizes:
- Grand Prize of the Americas (Best Film)
- Special Grand Prize of the Jury
- Best Director
- Best Actress
- Best Actor
- Best Screenplay
- Best Artistic Contribution
- Innovation Award
For feature films, only one of the above prizes may be shared.

Short films
- 1st Prize
- Jury Award
The jury will not award more than two prizes in the “Short films” category.


b) FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION
A different jury from the World Competition jury will award the following prizes:
- Golden Zenith
- Silver Zenith
- Bronze Zenith


c) PUBLIC AWARDS
The general public will vote for the winners in the following categories:
- People’s Choice Award
- Award for the Most Popular Canadian Film
- Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Film from Latin America
- Best Documentary Film Award
- Best Canadian Short Film Award.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

SHIPPING OF BLU-RAY OR DVD FOR SELECTION The submission DVD or Blu-ray must be sent to the Festival with the following statement: “without commercial value, for cultural purposes only”. In order to facilitate customs clearance, please indicate a maximum value of CAD 15. If the sender wishes to retrieve the DVD of Bly-ray, the messenger service and the account number has to be indicated. PRINTS The Festival will assume insurance responsibility from when the copy is delivered to the Festival’s office, until it is returned to the carrier. Copies must be sent PREPAID by a delivery service which includes customs clearance (example: FEDEX, DHL, TNT, UPS, EMS). THE DECLARED CUSTOMS VALUE OF ANY PACAKGE SENT TO THE FESTIVAL, MUST BE 15$CAD OR LESS. If the declared customs value is more than 15$CAD, the Festival will not assume the customs charges and the package will be sent back. The entry must be empowered by the production company to include this film in the Montreal World Film Festival. The undersigned submitter commits to not withdraw the film from the Festival. It is understood the Montreal World Film Festival will strictly abide by the regulations for international film festivals provided by the I.F.F.P.A. and is bound by any further agreement in this entry form. The Regulations of the Festival are part of this agreement. THE WORLD FESTIVAL - MONTREAL 2014 August 21 - September 1, 2014 1432 de Bleury St. Montreal (Quebec) Canada H3A 2J1 Tel.: (514) 848-3883 Fax: (514) 848-3886 E-mail: info@ffm-montreal.org Internet: www.ffm-montreal.org REGULATIONS I. GOALS The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world. II. SECTIONS The World Film Festival - Montreal 2014 will include the following sections: a) World Competition b) First Films World Competition c) Hors Concours (World Greats, out of competition) d) Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania) e) Documentaries of the World f) Tributes g) Our Cinema h) Cinema Under the Stars i) Student Film Festival (see separate regulations) III. SELECTION The Festival selects and invites films and determines in which section they are presented. See “Eligibility to the different sections”. For selection purposes, please send a Blu-ray or DVD (NTSC or PAL), even if the film was shot on another format. IV. DEADLINES Note: if your film is completed, we strongly advise sending your DVD in early as the number of films the Selection Committee has to screen rises sharply when deadline approaches; Submission deadlines for films for consideration by the Selection Committee (the registration form and other requested documents must be included with the submission Blur-ray or DVD): - January 1st to July 4th : feature films (60 minutes or more); - January 1st to June 13th : shorts and medium length films (less than 60 minutes); - August 2nd : deadline for reception of screening copies of films selected by the Festival and excerpts for television. V. ENTRY FEE An entry fee is required of all submissions sent to the Festival: - CAD $100 for feature length films (60 min or more) - CAD $40 for each short or medium length film (less than 60 min) VI. TRANSPORTATION COSTS Shipping and brokerage costs of screening copies to and from the Festival are the responsibility of the producer or his agent. This policy applies to films selected and invited by the Festival, as well as those sent to the Festival for consideration. VII. DELIVERY OF PRINTS Screening copies of films participating in the different sections of the Festival should be sent PREPAID BEFORE AUGUST 2nd to the following address: MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 1432 de Bleury St. Montreal (Quebec) Canada H3A 2J1 A pro forma invoice should be affixed to the outside of the box in order to facilitate customs clearance. A notice of dispatch should be sent to the Festival by email or fax, indicating the title of the film, date of shipment and carrier (AWB). Screening copies should be sent directly to the Festival by a delivery service which includes customs clearance (examples: FEDEX, DHL, EMS). The screening copy will be returned AT THE RECIPIENT’S EXPENSE. The Festival must be informed IN WRITING of any change of address for the return of a print. VIII. INSURANCE The Festival will assume insurance responsibility from the time the carrier has delivered the film to the Festival's offices until it is returned to the carrier. In the case of damage or loss of a print, the Festival will reimburse an amount not exceeding the value of the lab print. This rule applies to films selected and invited by the Festival, as well as those sent to the Festival for consideration. If a producer or his agent borrows his print from the Festival for screenings organized outside official Festival screenings, the Festival will not be responsible in case of loss or damage during that period. IX. ACCEPTANCE To register or send a film for any section of the Festival implies acceptance of these regulations by the producers or their agents. FILMS MAY NOT BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE FESTIVAL AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN REGISTERED AND SELECTED. The General Director of the Festival has the right to decide all cases not foreseen by these regulations. X. PROMOTION AND PUBLICATION OF THE AWARDS Participation in the Festival implies that the winners in all the competitive sections will highlight the name and the logo of the World Film Festival and the award won in all publicity (posters, announcements, etc.) ELIGIBILITY TO THE DIFFERENT SECTIONS Films selected and invited for the different sections must meet the following criteria: 1. WORLD COMPETITION Feature films: • be in DCP; • have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival; • priority will be given to world premieres; • not have been screened commercially outside the country of production; • not have participated in any international competition; • not have been presented on television or the Internet; • Canadian films must not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada or abroad, except by special permission of the Festival; • DCP in a language other than French or English must be subtitled in French AND English; • DCP in French language must be subtitled in English; • DCP in English language must be subtitled in French; • the presence of the director of the film and the main actor (or actress) is mandatory for films in the World Competition. Short films: In addition to the above-mentioned criteria, short films in the World Competition should meet the following criteria: • length should not exceed 15 minutes; 2. FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION • director’s first fiction feature-length film; • be in DCP or HDCAM (no HDCAm-SR); • have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival; • priority will be given to world premieres; • not have been screened commercially outside the country of production; • not have participated in any international competition; • not have been presented on television or the Internet; • Canadian films must not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada or abroad, except by special permission of the Festival; • DCP in a language other than French or English must be subtitled in French AND English; • DCP in French language must be subtitled in English; • DCP in English language must be subtitled in French; • the presence of the director is mandatory for films in the First Films World Competition. 3. HORS CONCOURS (WORLD GREATS, OUT-OF-COMPETITION) Films selected and invited to participate in this non-competitive section must meet the following criteria: • feature films in DCP or HDCAM or 3D (no HDCAM-SR); • have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival; • not have been presented on television or the Internet; • not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada; • films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English. 4. FOCUS ON WORLD CINEMA (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania) Feature films: • be in DCP or HDCAM (no HDCAM-SR); • have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival; • not have been presented on television or the Internet; • not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada; • films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English; Medium length films: • length between 36 and 60 minutes; Short films: • maximum length 35 minutes; 5. DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WORLD: Feature films: • be in DCP or HDCAM (no HDCAm-SR); • have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival; • not have been presented on television in North America or the Internet; • not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada; • films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English. Medium length films: • length between 36 and 60 minutes; Short films: • maximum length 35 minutes; 6. TRIBUTES This section, by invitation only, is dedicated to noted cinematic creators: directors, actors, producers, directors of photography, scriptwriters, etc. 7. EXCLUSIONS Industrial, advertising and instructional films are not eligible for any of the sections of the Festival (competitive and non-competitive). The same applies to racist, obscene, excessively violent and propagandistic films. JURIES The Board of Directors of the Festival each year appoints the members of the different juries (WORLD COMPETITION and FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION). Members of a jury cannot be associated with any film participating in the Competition. The General Director of the Festival or his delegates attends the juries’ deliberations but does not have the right to vote. a) WORLD COMPETITION Feature films The jury must award the following prizes: - Grand Prize of the Americas (Best Film) - Special Grand Prize of the Jury - Best Director - Best Actress - Best Actor - Best Screenplay - Best Artistic Contribution - Innovation Award For feature films, only one of the above prizes may be shared. Short films - 1st Prize - Jury Award The jury will not award more than two prizes in the “Short films” category. b) FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION A different jury from the World Competition jury will award the following prizes: - Golden Zenith - Silver Zenith - Bronze Zenith c) PUBLIC AWARDS The general public will vote for the winners in the following categories: - People’s Choice Award - Award for the Most Popular Canadian Film - Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Film from Latin America - Best Documentary Film Award - Best Canadian Short Film Award.