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|U.S. Feature Films
|Films 40 minutes or greater are considered feature films. In order to qualify as an U.S. Feature Film, more than half of the submitted project's financing must originate from inside the United States.
|U.S. Short Films
|Films 40 minutes or less are considered short films. In order to qualify as a U.S. Short Film, at least half of the submitted project's financing must originate from within the United States.
|Films over 40 minutes are considered features. Apply to this category if you have a Non Narrative Non Fiction film.
|Documentary Short Films
|Films 40 minutes or less are considered short films. Apply to this category if you have a short documentary film.
|Animated Short Films
|Films 40 minutes or less are considered short films. Apply to this category if you have a short animated film.
|International Short Films
|Films 40 minutes or less are considered short films. In order to qualify as an International Short Film, at least half of the submitted project's financing must originate from outside the United States.
|International Feature Films
|Films 40 minutes or greater are considered feature films. In order to qualify as an International Feature Film, at least half of the submitted project's financing must originate from outside the United States.
|Action Sport Films
|Films based on high-impact action sports with a focus on Extreme Motorsports, Bike, Surfing, Snowboarding, Skateboarding and Adventure.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Celebrating its 15th year, The Malibu Film Festival ® is a premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film, held each October in and around Malibu, CA.
Malibu Film Festival caters to savvy, affluent individuals who care about the finest offerings. Malibu Film Festival brings together people, films and filmmakers among an affluent and powerful community. Each year Malibu Film Festival is coveted among the residents of Malibu as well as the surrounding cities. Known for its quality cutting-edge programming, Malibu Film Festival attracts an affluent, local, national and international consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Malibu Film Festival ®
A program of the non-profit Malibu Film Foundation, the Malibu Film Festival has introduced Los Angeles area audiences to some of the most ground-breaking films of the past decade.
In addition to showcasing a diverse spectrum of films, tributes and galas. Malibu also offers seminars with industry professionals including Directors, Screenwriters, Producers and Women's Panels, as well as provocative Q&A sessions with a diverse selection of filmmakers.
Malibu Film Market ®
A dedicated venue at Malibu Film Festival where industry personnel meet with filmmakers to strike distribution or production deals.
The culmination of the Malibu Film Festival is the Awards Ceremony. The competition juries, comprised of individuals from the worldwide film community with original and diverse points of view, select films from both the documentary and dramatic categories to receive a range of awards. Decided by Festival goers’ ballots, Audience Awards are bestowed upon films in each of the Festival’s competition categories.
Grand Jury Prizes
The ranking award is the Grand Jury Prize, which recognizes a film in both the Dramatic and Documentary Competitions as the best from the independent film community this year.
World Cinema Grand Jury Prizes
The highest award for international films, the World Cinema Jury Prize recognizes the best dramatic and documentary work in international independent filmmaking this year.
This award honors directors in the Dramatic Competition, Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, and World Cinema Documentary Competition.
This award celebrates excellence in cinematography in the Dramatic Competition, Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, and World Cinema Documentary Competition.
The Dramatic Competition jury chooses a film to receive this specific award, which honors outstanding screenwriting.
Screenwriting Award: World Cinema Dramatic
The World Cinema Dramatic Competition jury selects a film to receive this specific award, which honors outstanding screenwriting.
Documentary Editing Award
The Documentary Competition jury and the World Cinema Documentary Competition jury both choose a film to receive this specific award, which honors excellence in editing.
Audience Awards are bestowed upon films based on the results of ballots cast by Festival goers at the theaters after screenings. Audience Awards are presented to films in the Festival’s Dramatic Competition, Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, and World Cinema Documentary Competition. The U.S. Dramatic and Documentary Competition Audience Awards.
Jury Prizes in Short Filmmaking
The following prizes are bestowed on short films in the Festival that exemplify outstanding vision and creativity in their respective categories:
» Short Film Grand Jury Prize
» Short Film Jury Prize: U.S. Fiction
» Short Film Jury Prize: International Fiction
» Short Film Jury Prize: Non-fiction
» Short Film Jury Prize: Animation
Special Jury Prizes
The Dramatic Competition, Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, and Shorts Competition juries may, at their discretion, select films from each of these categories to receive special recognition for their unique vision or excellence.
Malibu Film Festival® sponsors include: Presenting Sponsors Lilly Lawrence, Wolk & Levine, LLP; Leadership Sponsors – Brosnan Family Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Malibu Lumber Yard, Glimcher, Nobu Malibu, Stella Artois; Casamigos Tequila, [Yellow Tail]; Sustaining Sponsors – Quiksilver, SIR, Studio 116, Britten Banners, Line 204, Steel Deck, VER, American Hi-Definition, Dolby, Patch Malibu, Malibu Life & Style, Kit Pearson Photography and Alex In The Kitchen. Local sponsors include Gracee Arthur, Marla & Peter Rosen, Mary Lou Saeby, Diana Benzaquen, Dave Osman, Karen Crystal. Malibu Film Festival recognizes critical support from the City of Malibu as the Festival Host City. The support of these sponsors and organizations will defray costs associated with the Festival and the nonprofit Malibu Film Foundations’ year-round programs for independent film and the animal rescue services provided by L.A. River Horse Rescue.
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; David Katz (Executive Director)
; Frank Giarmona
; Mike Hollindrake
; Nicole Carbonetta (Creative Director)
Upon submission, filmmakers are encouraged to:
1) LIKE Malibu Film Festival on Facebook to connect with jury and receive the latest festival updates;
2) POST a poster or production still from your film on Malibu Film
Festival's Facebook with a comment: Submitted my film to Malibu Film Festival today!
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4) POST a poster or production still from your film on Withoutabox's Facebook page with a comment: Submitted my film to Malibu Film Festival today!
Please note that the submission deadline dates are not postmark deadlines-- they are the dates by which your film MUST be received in our office! If your film does not arrive by the deadline for which you have registered, you will be prompted to make an additional payment in order to bring your account up to date.
We encourage filmmakers to submit their work as early as possible.
• Please note that the ONLY difference in the early submission deadline versus the final submission deadline is the fee discount. The submission process and consideration by the Programming Committee is not affected by the date you submit your film as long as it is postmarked by our final deadline - your chances are equal regardless of the day your film makes it into our offices, as long as it is postmarked by the final deadline!
• Films will be selected by the festival programmers.
• ALL films submitted to the festival are seen and scored by two different programmers. All films that have a higher average, or are a favorite of a programmer, go on to final deliberations. MFF selects its films by majority vote and nothing is offered early acceptance.
• Film Submissions Fees are non-refundable for any reason.
• If a film is accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition video materials to and from the festival venue. Complete press kits will be needed as soon after notification as possible. MFF cannot be held liable for your exhibition print/video materials which are lost or damaged.
• If your film wins either a Grand Jury or Audience award, you are required to mention that fact in posters and other promotional material if and when the film gets distribution.
• Please note festival dates are subject to change.
• MFF provides room, board or travel for filmmakers, when possible.
For More Information:
Most questions can be answered on our FAQ page. Once you submit you can check your Withoutabox online account to see if your film has been received.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to enter film work to 15th annual Malibu International Film Festival 2014. As the Director/Producer of the Film, entrants have submitted to the Festival, entrants represent and warrant to the Festival that the Film and all parts thereof are original; that the Film does not contravene the rights of any person or entity and that entrants own or control the Film and all parts thereof and have the sole authority to submit the Film to the Festival; the Film entrants submitted to the Festival is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation. Entrants acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between the Festival and entrants, and entrants further acknowledge that no such relationship is established by these guidelines, my submission of the Film, or by the Festival’s acceptance, review or retention of the Film.