2nd Annual

The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

August 03, 2018 to August 12, 2018

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
All Genres accepted. Fiction or Non-Fiction. Films over 40 minutes in length may submit under this tier.
Narrative Short
All Genres accepted from all countries around the world. Must be under 40 minutes in length. May be Fiction or Non-Fiction.
Documentary Feature
Non-Fiction Documentaries covering any subject or genre. Submissions from all countries accepted. Films over 40 minutes in length may submit under this tier.
Documentary Short
All non-fiction subjects and genres accepted. Films must be under 40 minutes in length.
Animation & Experimental Short
Must be under 40 minutes in length. Submissions accepted from around the world.
Animation & Experimental Feature
All films over 40 minutes in length may subsmit under this tier. Submissions from around the world are accepted.
Music Videos
To qualify as a music video, your film must be musically driven with little to no dialog and must be associated with an existing band or musician. Videos must be under 10 minutes in length.
Web Series
Web Series can be One or More episodes no longer than 40 minutes in length.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is a non-profit organization established to support the development of Independent Filmmakers and help expand the audiences of independent cinema from around the globe.Founded by four local independent filmmakers with a passion to get movies made and to have those artistic voices heard and understanding the struggle in todays film environment to showcase truly independent cinema, their goal is to establish a presence and awareness of cinematic creativity throughout Kew Gardens Queens, NYC and neighboring communities.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as an event that New Yorkers are “taking note of,” and with coverage in major media including The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Time Out New York, Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema returns for it's second year, taking place from August 3 to August 12, 2018.

As a non-profit organization, KGFC Film Fest was established to support the development of and help expand the audiences for independent cinema from around the globe. Offering incredible exposure to fantastic filmmakers, KGFC Film Fest is quickly becoming the festival to have your film recognized. Our first year received 400 submissions, both feature and short length films from around the world, of which 157 were carefully selected. Two feature films acquired a sales agent (and are on the fast track to a distribution deal), while two more feature films earned the attention of an independent film distributor in Los Angeles leading to acquisition interest.

KGFC promises to offer as many promotional opportunities to our filmmakers by allowing them to participate on the KGFC Festival Talks Daily Podcasts. KGFC Film Fest also invites selected filmmakers to participate on their independent filmmakers panels, and works to get as much press coverage for all the films as possible. (our 2017 festival saw over 30 films being featured in numerous media coverage across Queens and NYC!) Because our festival takes place in a small town, we offer filmmakers a more intimate experience, allowing them to network with their audience and their peers, plus the Festival staff will be hard at work promoting every film that gets accepted, to ensure that audiences attend your screening.

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema accepts all lengths and genres, so we encourage filmmakers from around the globe to submit their work for a chance to have it screened at The Kew Gardens Cinema. Built in the 1930's, it is Queens, New Yorks oldest and only operating Art House Movie Theater, and at Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This Year, KGFC Film Fest is expanding their festival presentations to include music videos and web-series!

New this year, all selected films will be converted to DCP by the festival, at no cost to the filmmaker, for optimal viewing quality. Filmmakers will then have the opportunity to purchase the DCP at an incredibly discounted rate. In addition, all filmmakers who submit a film will have the opportunity to purchase a DCP conversion of their film at the same discounted rate, regardless whether or not their film is selected.

Every filmmaker that submits their film(s) will automatically be receiving a 1 year subscription to Videomaker.com, a leading subscription service that focuses on guiding independent filmmakers with online tutorials and publications (a $20 value).

As a competitive festival, award winning films will not only walk away with beautiful statuettes, but with various sponsor prizes including sales consultations and opt-in distribution offers.

You can rest assured that all submitted films are watched in their entirety by our programmers, which we know is a major concern when it comes to choosing which festival to submit to. Along with our daily screenings, we host intimate panel conversations with independent filmmakers, producers, distributors and sales agents. Something many festivals often overlook. You can expect red carpet premieres and familiar faces.

Finally, we want this to be an amazing experience for everyone that attends - so expect to have activities such as Karaoke, Movie Trivia night, Comedy Night, Outdoor Screenings and After Parties hosted by our wonderful sponsors!


ORGANIZERS

Brian Geldin (Publicist); Caroline Lim (Festival Treasurer); Jayson Simba (Festival Founder/ Director)

GENERAL RULES

Entry Rules and Regulations

1. Objectives: Our Mission is to celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival to support the development and expand the audience reach of independent cinema from around the globe

2. Dates: Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema will take place from August 3, 2018 to August 12, 2018

3. Programs: Films will be considered for inclusion in the following programmatic categories

Documentary Feature
Narrative Feature
Narrative Short (40 min or under)
Documentary Short (40 min or under)
Animation & Experimental Feature
Animation & Experimental Short
Web-Series
Music Video


4. Competitions:

Audience Award

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Audience Award for Best Short

Jury Prizes

Best Narrative Feature Competition
Best Narrative Short Competition
Best Documentary Feature Competition
Best Documentary Short Competition
Best Animated/Experimental/Music video Competition
Must See Web-Series
Best Director Competition
Best Actor/Actress Competition
Best Supporting Actor/Actress Competition
Best Editing Competition
Best Sound Competition
Best Screenplay Competition
Best Cinematography Competition
Best Make-up & FX Competition


5. Submission Guidelines

A. Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), FilmFreeway Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film. The Festival will not consider trailers or rough edits for selection purposes.

B. Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

i. be available to screen by August 3, 2018. Filmmakers must provide the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in acceptable HD digital formats (MUST be professionally authored). PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening location, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.

ii. not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to August 3, 2018.

iii. be in their original language with English subtitles when applicable.

iv. have completed production between 2015-2018.

v. films previously submitted to the Festival and not programmed will only be considered for the 2018 Festival if they meet all the other eligibility requirements as outlined here, and only if it has changed significantly from the previous version submitted.

vi. Entries must be received at our New York office address (NOT postmarked), by June 3rd, 2018.

C. Deadlines: Early submission is strongly encouraged with reduced entry fees until December 6, 2017. Final submission deadline is April 18, 2018. The Festival is not obliged to view late entries.

D. Entry Fee Schedule:
All entry fees must accompany your submission for consideration in the Festival.

FEATURE FILMS (40 minutes and above, fiction or non-fiction)
Early Deadline for all Entries From November 1, 2017 - December 6, 2017
$40.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From December 7, 2017 - January 31, 2018
$55.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 1, 2018 - March 14, 2018
$70.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 18, 2018
$85

SHORT FILMS & WEB SERIES (40 minutes or less)
Early Deadline for all Entries From November 1, 2017 - December 6, 2017
$30.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From December 7, 2017 - January 31, 2018
$45.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 1, 2018 - March 14, 2018
$60.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 18, 2018
$75

MUSIC VIDEOS (10 minutes or less)
Early Deadline for all Entries From November 1, 2017 - December 6, 2017
$25.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From December 7, 2017 - January 31, 2018
$40.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 1, 2018 - March 14, 2018
$55.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 18, 2018
$70

STUDENT FEATURE FILMS (with photocopy of current student ID)
Early Deadline for all Entries From November 1, 2017 - December 6, 2017
$35.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From December 7, 2017 - January 31, 2018
$50.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 1, 2018 - March 14, 2018
$65.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 18, 2018
$80.00

STUDENT SHORT FILMS (with photocopy of current student ID)
Early Deadline for all Entries From November 1, 2017 - December 6, 2017
$25.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From December 7, 2017 - January 31, 2018
$40.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 1, 2018 - March 14, 2018
$55.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 18, 2018
$70.00


E. Submission Materials:

Mail all submissions to:
Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
ATTN: Submissions
60 1 avenue 12C
New York, NY 10009

Send a printed copy of your completed Entry Form.

ii. A clearly marked DVD (NTSC) or Blu Ray Region (0 or 1) of your completed film, labeled with title, tracking number, running time and screening format. We also accept FilmFreeway online screeners and Vimeo links, but we require ALL submissions to be registered with one of our submission platforms. We cannot return submitted copies of films.

iii. Applicable entry fee submitted

F. Electronic Press Kits only. Hard copy materials submitted with the films will be discarded.

G. Selections: Films will be selected and entrants will be notified on or approximately by May 1, 2018.

H. Requirements for Selected Films:
Once an entry has been reviewed and selected for the festival, a preliminary notification letter will be issued by email. All selected applicants will be notified by May 15, 2018. Upon notification, the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema may request additional press kits and press screeners for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

Any unused press materials may be picked up at the press office at the conclusion of the Festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday August 12, 2018. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of 30 days upon conclusion of the Festival.

I. Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Guide, website, ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

J. Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

K Print Liability: The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the Festival if this requirement is not met. The Festival will insure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the Festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, the Festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the drive(s).

Print Shipping:

Selected film prints must be received by PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to first screening date unless pre-approved by the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

Prints must be clearly marked with the film’s title and the sender’s return address exactly as listed below.

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
ATTN: Projection
90-60 union tpke 8A
Glendale, NY 11385

Prints will be returned to the Submission Contact within 10 days after the close of the Festival unless pre-arranged with the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinemal prior to August 1, 2018.

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema does not cover any shipping and handling costs. Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $50 for drives.

Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.

Filmmakers must cover all shipping and handling cost associated with any award statuettes they may have won, unclaimed, at the closing night awards gala.

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema will not be held responsible for any damage to all materials shipped.

For more information please refer to the Festival website at www.kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com or contact the Programmer at:

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
60 1 ave 12C
New York, NY 10009
Phone: (929) 278-5432
Fax (718) 849-3457
info@kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TERMS & CONDITIONS

I agree to the following terms and conditions;

- Submission Guidelines -

- Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), FilmFreeway Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film.

- Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

i. be available to screen by August 3, 2018. Filmmakers must provide the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in DCP or other acceptable HD digital formats (MUST be professionally authored) at the Festival’s sole discretion. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening location, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.

ii. not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to August 3, 2018.

iii. be in their original language with English subtitles when applicable.

iv. have completed production between 2015-2018.

- Requirements for Selected Films -
Upon notification, the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema may request additional press kits and press screeners for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

- in order to qualify for any awards, filmmakers must provide a physical dvd or blu-ray copy of their completed film

Any unused press materials may be picked up at the press office at the conclusion of the Festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday, August 12, 2018. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of 30 days upon conclusion of the Festival unless otherwise arranged for pickup.

Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Guide, website, ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

Print Liability: The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the Festival if this requirement is not met. The Festival will insure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the Festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, the Festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the drive(s).

Print Shipping:
Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema does not cover any shipping and handling costs. Selected film prints must be received by PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to first screening date unless pre-approved by the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema.

Prints will be returned to the Submission Contact within 10 days after the close of the Festival unless pre-arranged with the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema prior to August 1, 2018.

Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $50 for drives.

Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.

Submission Perks:
i. All submitting filmmakers will receive a one-year Videomaker digital subscription approximately 30 days after final submission deadline.

ii. Filmmakers will have the opportunity to purchase t a discounted festival produced DCP of their film after August 13, 2018. Filmmaker will be responsible for all charges including shipping & handling rates and must allow 2-4 weeks for shipping.

iii. All submitting filmmakers whose films were not selected have the opportunity to order a festival made DCP of their submitted film, at a discounted rate, from September 1 2018 to October 1 2018. Orders must be placed within that time period. There are a limited amount of orders that can be placed, and DCP's are created on a first come, first serve basis. Filmmaker will be responsible for all charges including shipping & handling rates and must allow 2-4 weeks for shipping.