7th Annual

Silk Road International Film Festival

March 08, 2018 to March 12, 2018

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MAILING ADDRESS: Treascon
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SILK ROAD DOCUMENTARY
Any non-fiction film of international origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, with the exception of entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted. In order to qualify as an International Documentary Feature Film, the director or producer must be from a country part of the Silk Road territories or at least one country from the Silk Road territories must be a place of production. Please see territory listing under Rules & Regulations.
SILK ROAD FEATURE
To submit to this category, your film must be a scripted or improvisational work of fiction of international origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, including films that are shot in a "mockumentary" style. In order to qualify as an Silk Road Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction. Director or Producer must be from a Silk Road Territory or the film was produced in a Silk Road territory.
SILK ROAD ANIMATION
To submit to this category animation must be any frame-by-frame animated video or film made for the cinema, television, video, internet and the mobile phone may be entered with a running time of 50 minutes or more.
SILK ROAD SHORT
To submit to this category, your project must be a narrative fiction, documentary or animation of Silk Road territory origin with a running time of less than 50 minutes, including credits. In order to qualify as a Silk Road Short Film, the producer or director must be from a Silk Road Territory or was produced in a Silk Road Territory.
STUDENT FILM IRELAND
Films, animations, documentaries made by Students attending Universities/Film Schools in Ireland.
***Student films: Must state what school, college and university which you are attending in the submission. *** Will not accept previous submissions
STUDENT FILM INTERNATIONAL
Films, animations, documentaries made by Students attending Universities/Film Schools Internationally (excluding Ireland) ***Student films: Must state what school, college and university which you are attending in the submission.
*** Will not accept previous submissions

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Silk Road International Film Festival celebrates cinema, culture and art, presenting films from countries, which were once part of the historical network of the Silk Road ancient trade routes and focuses in particular on Asian, Arab, Persian, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean and European cinema.

LOCATION
Ireland/Europe

CATEGORIES
Silk Road Documentary
Silk Road Features
Silk Road Animations
Silk Road Shorts
Short Films Ireland
Short Film International

World renowned filmmakers attend each year to give masterclasses and seminars,
such as Mahmoud Kalari and Vittorio Storaro.

FILM FESTIVALS CINERGY
A union of Film Festivals around the world, to promote talents in filmmaking

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
Exhibitions, chats with industry guests, masterclasses and seminars.

GOAL
To promote cinema of the Silk Road internationally & facilitate international contacts between filmmakers. To narrow distances between people & cultures, to break boundaries & foster cross-cultural collaboration & social change.

Goal:

To hold film screenings, premieres, exhibitions, panels, chats with industry guests, free courses and workshops.

To bridge cultures and minds through the medium that is film surrounded by ‘postal stop’ events.

To facilitate international contacts between filmmakers, thus raising international dialogue, understanding and cultural integration.

To create a dialogue and multicultural awareness through the medium that is film for children.

Vision:
To provide a platform for professional & student filmmakers to showcase their work internationally.

To provide a platform for filmgoers to view and learn from the countries invited other cinematic influences.

To promote intercultural cinema and dialogue.

To encourage co-productions and new film treaties between Silk Road countries and European member countries.

To become a ‘traveling festival’, the Silk Road Film Festival can be held in any country internationally.

Today, more than two thousand years after it originated, we invite you to travel along the Silk Road with us. A journey along the roads that once connected the distant lands of East, South and Western Asia with the Mediterranean and European world. A journey that once ensured not only trade but cultural exchange and international understanding.

The Silk Road Film Festival aspires to continue the Silk Road cultural heritage, which in its heyday sustained a multicultural collaboration that strung together diverse groups. Just like the silk moth weaves webs into luxurious fabrics, so do the silk routes entwine ideas and philosophies, fostering multicultural interaction.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Silk Road International Film Festival is held annually during the month of March in Dublin, Ireland.

The Silk Road Film Festival celebrates cinema, culture and art, presenting films from regions, which were once part of the historical network of the Silk Road ancient trade routes and focuses in particular on Asian, Arab, Persian, African, Mediterranean and European cinema. The festival is held in Ireland to promote cinema of the Silk Road internationally and to facilitate international contacts between filmmakers thus narrowing distances between people and cultures, breaking boundaries and fostering cross-cultural collaboration and social change. World renowned filmmakers attend each year to give master classes and seminars, such as Bela Tarr, Mahmoud Kalari, Tony Kearns, Alex Oh and Vittorio Storaro.

The 7th Silk Road International Film Festival (SRFF) will have film screenings, premieres, exhibitions, panels, chats with industry guests, free courses and workshops.

ORGANIZERS

Carla Mooney (Co-Founder/Director); Carla Mooney (Co-Founder/Director); Carla Mooney (Co-Founder/Director); Carla Mooney (Co-Founder/Director); Delwyn Mooney (Co-Founder/Director); Delwyn Mooney (Co-Founder/Director); Delwyn Mooney (Co-Founder/Director); Steinar Oli Jonsson (Co-Founder/Director); Steinar Oli Jonsson (Co-Founder/Director)

GENERAL RULES

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY
Unless a Special Waiver is granted by SRFF

Films must have been produced during the production years 2016 and 2017.
Films must not have been broadcasted and/or made available on television, the internet, mobile phones and/or any other public viewing platform now known or thereafter devised before and until the end of SRFF. With exceptions for films that have screened in their country of origin.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

SILK ROAD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
READ THE FOLLOWING RULES & REGULATIONS CAREFULLY
Silk Road International Film Festival will be held annually during the month of March.
Silk Road International Film Festival (SRFF) welcomes films from countries, which were part of the historical network of ancient trade routes across the Afro-Eurasian landmass that connected East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean and European world, as well as parts of North and East Africa.

The Countries/Accepted Territories
Silk Road Countries
Middle East & Asia, North & East Africa, Caucasus Region
Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, East Timor, Brunei, China, Japan, Korea, UAE, Jordan, Kuwait, Kurdistan, Egypt, Oman, Palestine, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Israel, Russia, Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Somalia, Sudan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
EUROPEAN UNION (EU), plus EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (EEA), EUROPEAN FREE TRADE ASSOCIATION (EFTA), PRE-ACCESSION & SCHENGEN COUNTRIES
EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, Greenland, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, San Marino, Monaco, Vatican City, Andorra, Liechtenstein
EUROPEAN ECOMONIC AREA (EEA):
Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway
PRE-ACCESSION COUNTRIES:
Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Iceland, Turkey, Kosovo
OTHER SCHENGEN COUNTRIES:
Andorra, Monaco, San Marino
EUROPEAN FREE TRADE ASSOCIATION (EFTA):
Switzerland
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1 – GENERAL ELIGIBILITY
Unless a Special Waiver is granted by SRFF
Films must have been produced during the production years 2015 and 2016
The festival presents current film productions from the countries listed.
2 – ELIGIBILITY FOR THE SILK ROAD FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
The 2018 edition of SRFF will present The Silk Road International Film Festival Awards in following categories:
A – SILK ROAD DOCUMENTARY
Best Documentary
Best Director (This prize is shared with other categories)
Best Cinematographer (This prize is shared with other categories)
Best Music Score (This prize is shared with other categories)


B – SILK ROAD FEATURE
Best Feature
Best Music Score (This prize is shared with other categories)
Best Director (This prize is shared with other categories)
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematographer (This prize is shared with other categories)
C – SILK ROAD ANIMATION
Best Animation
Best Director (This prize is shared with other categories)
Best Music Score (This prize is shared with other categories)
D – SILK ROAD SHORT
Best Short
Best Director (This prize is shared with other categories)
Best Actor (This prize is shared with other categories)
Best Actress (This prize is shared with other categories)
Best Cinematographer (This prize is shared with other categories)
Best Music Score (This prize is shared with other categories)

E – STUDENT FILM IRELAND
Winner wins a trip to participate in International competition in Notre Dame University International Film Festival, Lebanon in November. Flights & Accommodation covered.
Sponsor: Film Festivals Cinergy
F – STUDENT FILM INTERNATIONAL
Best Student Film International

3 – ELIGIBILITY BY CATEGORY
Silk Road Documentary: To submit to this category any non-fiction film of international origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, with the exception of entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events are accepted. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted. In order to qualify as an International Documentary Feature Film, the director or producer must be from a country part of the Silk Road territories or at least one country from the Silk Road territories must be a place of production. Please see territory listing under Rules & Regulations.
Silk Road Feature: To submit to this category, your film must be a scripted or improvisational work of fiction of international origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more, including films that are shot in a "mockumentary" style. In order to qualify as an Silk Road Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction. Director or Producer must be from a Silk Road Territory or the film was produced in a Silk Road territory.
Silk Road Animation: To submit to this category animation must be any frame-by-frame animated video or film made for the cinema, television, video, internet and the mobile phone may be entered with a running time of 50 minutes or more.
Silk Road Short: To submit to this category, your project must be a narrative fiction, documentary or animation of Silk Road territory origin with a running time of less than 50 minutes, including credits. In order to qualify as a Silk Road Short Film, the producer or director must be from a Silk Road Territory or was produced in a Silk Road Territory.
Student Film Ireland: Films, animations, documentaries made by Students attending Universities/Film Schools in Ireland.
***Student films: Must state what school, college and university which you are attending in the submission. *** Will not accept previous submissions
Student Film International: Films, animations, documentaries made by Students attending Universities/Film Schools Internationally (excluding Ireland) ***Student films: Must state what school, college and university which you are attending in the submission.
*** Will not accept previous submissions
*Exceptions require an authorization of the festival.
4 – SELECTION COMMITTEE & JURY
Selection Committee: SRFF will solely appoint selection committees to review all submissions. The committees will decide on the official selections.
5 – SUBMISSIONS
Submit your film to the Silk Road International Film Festival through Withoutabox.

All films must be submitted via Withoutabox as a Secure Online Screener (SOS) or mailed to us on a single disc (Blu-ray or DVD). We do not accept links via e-mail! If you choose to provide a Vimeo link on your submission application, please ensure that you select “Anywhere” under the “Where can this video be embedded” section of your video’s privacy settings.

Physical discs may be submitted to us in three formats: Blu-ray disc, DVD, or dual-layer DVD. Please refrain from submitting multiple films on a single disc. If you do so, we will only view the first film on the disc. You do not need to include menus, trailers, production stills, or any other video clips on your disc. Our preference is to receive a Blu-ray or DVD that starts playing your film as soon as it is inserted. We would prefer that discs be sent in a simple paper sleeve in order to cut down on waste. It is of the utmost importance that you ensure that your film plays all the way through regardless of which submission format you select! Digital uploads should be viewed in their entirety before they are attached to your submission application. Please ensure that physical discs play all the way through in a standard Blu-ray or DVD player before mailing them to us! Discs must be authored as a standard Blu-ray or DVD; do not simply burn a video file to a disc as data. If you choose to upload your film or provide a Vimeo link via the Withoutabox Secure Online Screener system, please do not send in a physical disc!

For DVDs, it is highly preferred that you send us an NTSC, region 2 or region free (region 0) DVD when submitting to us, but we will accept other formats as well (such as PAL). If you are sending a DVD that has a region code other than 0 or 2, and/or a format other than NTSC, please mark this CLEARLY on the face of the disc and on the DVD sleeve or case. If you choose to submit your film on Blu-ray, we ask that you ONLY submit a disc formatted for region B! Due to region coding issues with the format, most of our Blu-ray players will not play discs that are formatted to regions A or C. Please write or print your project’s title and tracking number directly on the face of the disc.

Please review the Rules and Regulations carefully prior to completing your application form.
SUBMISSION FEES
In order for your film to be considered you have to pay a registration fee of
Silk Road Documentary: Regular Deadline €30, Late Deadline €40
Silk Road Feature: Regular Deadline €30, Late Deadline €40
Silk Road Animation: Regular Deadline €30, Late Deadline €40
Silk Road Short:Regular Deadline €20, Late Deadline €25
Short Film Ireland: Regular Deadline €10, Late Deadline €15
Student Film International: Regular Deadline €10, Late Deadline €15
Please enter in your full name and name of your film when making a payment.
Deadlines: Entries must be submitted online before the December 12th or by the 31st December (only through extended deadline date on Withoutabox submission). Online Submission Form must be completed in English. Submissions and/or material must be postmarked on/or before December 31st, 2017.
Submitted Material: If the original version of the film is not in English, the submitted DVD(s) or link must be subtitled in English. The submitter must label the cover of the DVD(s), with the following details:
Title of the film;
Online Submission receipt ID#;
The full name of the Director(s);
The duration of the film;
The original language(s) of the film;
Date of completion of production.
Submission Shipping: All shipping costs of the submitted material must be borne by the submitter/sender (Please note that it is recommended to use a courier for shipping submissions as regular post does not guarantee any expected arrival date). For the avoidance of doubt, the Submitted Material will not be returned to the submitter/sender. All submissions should be sent directly to the hereunder address with “For cultural use only” and “Without commercial value” clearly marked on the envelope.
SRFF ADDRESS:
Attention: Submissions Manager
Silk Road Film Festival
Treascon, Portarlington, Offaly, Ireland
NOTE ON ENVELOPE:
[film name] [online submission ID #];
“For cultural use only” and “Without commercial value”.
Submission of Works in Progress:
It is possible to submit a working copy of a film. When filling out the SRFF Submission Form as well as when labeling the DVDs copies, the submitter must make sure that it clearly identifies the submission as a ‘work-in-progress’. However, the final title of the film should be listed and not the working title. For the avoidance of doubt, all other terms related to submissions shall be herein applicable (i.e. submission of the work in progress DVD shall take place on or before October 31, 2017). If selected, SRFF must receive a DVD of the final version of the film by no later than December 1st, 2017.
Storage of Submissions:
SRFF retains the right to keep all submissions as well as associated materials for its internal use. SRFF reserves the right to transfer submissions to a master hard drive digital library, building a digital reference archive (“SRFF Permanent Digital Library”). SRFF will not theatrically or publicly screen for commercial purposes any films without the express written consent of the appropriate rights holder(s).

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6 – SELECTED FILMS
The Selection Committee will at its own discretion select the SRFF categories selections. If a film is selected for the SRFF Awards, SRFF will send an official selection letter by e-mail in January 2018 and will advise of further requirements and next steps. It is imperative to understand that SRFF hereby reserves the first right to announce the list of films included in its Final Lineup. The submitter shall in no case, prior to the announcement by SRFF of its Final Lineup, publicly confirm that the submitter’s film is part of SRFF.
The final SRFF programme selection will be announced by the end of January 2018. If a film has not been selected, SRFF will inform by e-mail within one week of the announcement of the final SRFF Programme selection. For the avoidance of doubt, SRFF is not obliged in any way whatsoever for providing any justification and/ or comments regarding the reasons for non-selection of a film.
FINAL SCREENING MATERIAL:
The final screening copy of the film can only be submitted in one of the following formats: (a) 35mm print; (b) HDCAM tape; (c) Digital Betacam PAL tape; (d) Betacam SP PAL tape; (e) Pro Res Digital File: (f) H 264 Digital File or (g) DCP* (h) BLU RAY Disk or protected link.
The submitter must label the cover of the screening copy, with the following details:
Title of the film;
The full name of the Director(s);
The duration of the film;
The original language(s) of the film + subtitles (if applicable);
Aspect ratio;
Tape speed for HDCam only.
If the original language(s) of the film is not in English, the final screening copy must be subtitled in English.
It is SRFF’s general policy to screen all non-English language films in their original language version with English subtitles. Exceptions to this general rule will be made on a case by case basis.
Selected films should be submitted with an Electronic Press Kit (“EPK”) of the film including but not limited to a high resolution copy of the trailer used for promotional purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, SRFF shall be entitled without prior notice to use the trailer online and on broadcast TV for periods of time to be solely decided by SRFF.
Deadlines:
SRFF must receive the SCREENING COPY of the film on or before February 5th, 2018. The screening copy of the film must be received in good condition and SRFF reserves the right to refuse screening copies if found to be not in good condition and request the submitter to re-submit a new copy. In the event that the submitter fails to submit a screening copy suitable for screening and in good condition, SRFF reserves the right to cancel the selection of the film without any liability whatsoever.

Additional Terms:
For the avoidance of doubt, once a film is selected, the submitter will not be able to withdraw nor change the Premiere status of the film at any given time before it is screened at SRFF unless accepted by SRFF in writing. In the event that the submitter is found to be in violation of any condition of the Rules and Regulations, SRFF at its sole discretion may chose to cancel and eliminate such film from the selection or the Final Lineup and SRFF Programme.

Print Shipping:
The participants have to cover the costs for transport, insurance and customs. SRFF undertakes to return the screening copy (only upon request & paid returned envelope) within 3 weeks of the end of SRFF. Print Insurance: Prints of all films selected for the SRFF Programme will be insured throughout the period in which they are in the festival’s custody and until it is shipped back to the submitter. In the case of loss or damage during SRFF, SRFF will be responsible only for the replacement value of the print, if the said print was originally received by the festival in good condition.

Screenings & Scheduling:
At the discretion of SRFF, the film may be screened prior to the festival an additional time for accredited press and industry members. SRFF will at its sole discretion decide on the dates and order of the screening(s) of each film.
Screener(s):
SRFF will make a digitized copy of the final subtitled DVD screener of the film for media screening purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, said digitized copy will only be viewed by media accredited delegates during the period of the festival and on a closed internal circuit. The digitization process is secure and no copy or duplication of the Film can be made by third parties.
7 – ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND UNDERTAKING
Submission and participation in SRFF Programme implies acceptance of the Rules and Regulations. The submitter hereby represents and warrants that he/she holds all rights in and to the film and its related materials and that he/she has the authority and capacity to submit the film and its related material for the SRFF Programme. Except as stated in the Rules and Regulations, the submitter acknowledges that SRFF shall not be held liable or responsible in any manner whatsoever for any loss or damage of whatever type or nature incurred as a result of the submission, acceptance and/or screening of the film and/or its related material.
Furthermore, the submitter undertakes to indemnify and keep SRFF indemnified against all liabilities, claims, demands, actions, costs, damages or loss arising out of the submission, acceptance and/or screening of the film and/or its related material. The submitter also understands and acknowledges that the SRFF Submission Form and the present Rules and Regulations form a consolidated and unified document and that therefore the SRFF Submission Form shall be considered as incorporated herein by reference.
8 – ADDITIONAL TERMS
Censorship: No editorial cuts or changes to any film will be made at any time by SRFF for any reason or under any circumstances.

Anti-Piracy Precautions: SRFF undertakes to take all possible anti-piracy precautions. All prints and associated copyrighted materials will be securely stored while on SRFF premises. Access is limited to SRFF’s nominated staff only and all movement of prints will be strictly monitored. No duplication or loaning is permitted and no prints will ever leave the custody and care of SRFF or its authorized agents during SRFF.

Festival Management’s Discretion: SRFF will decide in its discretion on all issues and matters not foreseen by these Rules and Regulations. SRFF further retains the right to permit exceptions to the application of these Rules Regulations at any time in its discretion.

Promotional Material: All SRFF selected films including SRFF Awards winners undertake to include, in a clear and visible manner, on the Home Video release of their film (i.e. DVD. Blu Ray, online availability…) and on any and all promotional material (including but not limited to posters, banners, EPK’s, websites…) a specific logo to be provided by SRFF.

Rights Holder:If you have any reason to believe you hold any rights regarding a videos, please contact us with support of your claim.