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19-Apr-2014 6:01pm PDT  

 

Brisbane International Film Festival

23 Annual December 04, 2014 to December 14, 2015

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PO BOX 15094
City East Brisbane
Brisbane QLD 4002
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Phone: 61 7 3248 0500
biff@biff.com.au
http://www.biff.com.au

DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

World Cinema
BIFF accepts feature and short films from all around the world. Entries produced in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
2014 marks the 23rd edition of the Brisbane International Film Festival, Queensland's prestigious film event.

With an impressive film program that included 137 features and 45 short films in 2013, BIFF provides a focus for film culture in Queensland by showcasing the best and most interesting cinema from around the world. Each year BIFF draws film enthusiasts to view an entertaining mix of local and international films, retrospectives and colourful events that embrace the vibrant art of filmmaking. BIFF is dedicated to cultivate film lovers and to deepen the appreciation of film as an art form.

BIFF is a showcase for contemporary international cinema and also acts as a platform for local Australian and Queensland productions. Last year, BIFF festival hits included Palme d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour, Like Father, Like Son, Only Lovers Left Alive, opening film The Railway Man (partly shot in Queensland) and closing film 12 Years A Slave. The festival’s 45 Australian premieres ranged from the highly anticipated The Grandmaster, Golden Leopard winner Story of my Death, the controversial and boundary-pushing Moebius, Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur, and Academy award nominee The Square.

BIFF’s 2013 program also pay tribute to late masters such as Chris Marker and Yasujiro Ozu with newly restored prints. Cinephiles immerse themselves in a series of essay films and documentaries on film auteurs. Most notably, BIFF in collaboration with the Australian Cinémathèque at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art presented a full retrospective on one of cinema’s most celebrated film poet, Andrey Tarkovsky, alongside two small retrospectives on Australian award-winning director Fred Schepisi and Merchant Ivory Productions.

The festival takes place on the cusp of the Australian summer, in a relaxed and welcoming environment. In 2013, guests were many and various, hailing places as diverse as the UK, Hong Kong, US, Singapore, and Tibet. In previous years, BIFF has attracted some of the big names in world cinema, including Tippi Hedren, Kevin Spacey, Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia, Carey Mulligan, Agnes Varda and Ryan Kwanten.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Since the first festival in 1992, more than 436,000 film-goers have immersed themselves in the BIFF experience. BIFF has become a well-renowned Australian festival, launching films like The Full Monty, The Usual Suspects, A Prairie Home Companion, Fay Grim, Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?, An Education, Somewhere, Road to Nowhere, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Let the Bullets Fly, The Grandmaster, Blue is the Warmest Colour, The Railway Man and 12 Years A Slave.

Past retrospectives have included tributes to Abel Ferrara, Agnès Varda, Dennis Hopper, Hiroshi Shimizu, Jackie Chan, Jacques Demy, Jean Cocteau, Joseph Losey, Larry Cohen, Roman Polanski, Seijun Suzuki, Stanley Kubrick, Tsui Hark, Yasujiro Ozu, Luis Buñuel, Olivier Assayas, Shoot Shoot Shoot - The First Decade of the London Film-Makers' Co-operative, A Lens on the Beat Generation, Jeanne Moreau, Arthur Penn, Andrey Tarkovsky, Fred Schepisi and Merchant Ivory Productions.

For detailed information please visit the BIFF website http://www.biff.com.au

ORGANIZERS
Christian Gesche (Programming Assistant) ; Kiki Fung (Head Programmer)

GENERAL RULES
22nd Brisbane International Film Festival
Submission Guidelines

Submissions for the 22nd Brisbane International Film Festival in 2013 are now open and will ONLY be accepted through Withoutabox.

Entries close on Friday 5 July 2013

All preview copies must be received by Friday 19 July 2013

Only submissions accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline, will be accepted.

Entry fees are as follows and all prices include GST:

Entries submitted by 26 April 2013 (Early bird deadline)
Short: AUD $30.00
Feature: AUD $50.00

DVD/package must be received by BIFF by Friday 10 May 2013

Entries submitted from 27 April to 17 May 2013 (Standard deadline)
Short: AUD $40.00
Feature: AUD $60.00

DVD/package must be received by BIFF by Friday 31 May 2013

Entries submitted from 18 May to 14 June 2013 (Late deadline)
Short: AUD $50.00
Feature: AUD $70.00

DVD/package must be received by BIFF by Friday 28 June 2013

Entries submitted from 15 June to 5 July 2013 (Extended deadline)
Short: AUD $75.00
Feature: AUD $95.00

DVD/package must be received by BIFF by Friday 19 July 2013

1. Eligibility
The festival will NOT accept films that
a. have previously screened in any format or duration in Queensland
b. have been broadcast online or on Australian television except under special circumstances.

In general, films must have been completed after 1 January 2012.

2. Categories
A film is considered a Short if its 30 minutes or less in length.
A film is considered a Feature if its 31 minutes or more in length.

3. Deadlines and Entry Fees
As stated above

4. Fee Waivers
Unfortunately, BIFF is not able to waive the entry fee as we rely on these fees to administer the large numbers of entries.

5. Preview Copy
A preview copy of your film must be submitted for selection purposes.
BIFF cannot accept formats other than DVDs for previewing films.
Each preview copy must be submitted through Withoutabox and have paid the appropriate entry fee. If your film is accepted for screening at the festival, you must be prepared to supply a 35mm, Betacam, Digibeta, HD Cam (not HD Cam SR), E Cinema package or DCP format for screening.
Please do not include publicity materials with your preview copy.
Preview copies will not be returned.

6. Submission
Only submission accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline, will be accepted/considered.
Films submitted without will not be considered.
All deadlines are postmarked. All preview copies must be received within two weeks of the deadline for which they were submitted, to be considered.
All preview copies must be received by BIFF office by Friday 19 July 2013 to be considered. Any copies received later than that date will not be considered.

7. Late Entries
Late entries will only be considered under exceptional circumstances and only on advice of the Head of Screen Culture.

8. Submission Address
BIFF encourages submissions to be delivered on regular mail rather than by courier.
By Regular Mail:
Brisbane International Film Festival
PO BOX 15094
City East Brisbane, QLD, 4002
Australia
By Courier:
Brisbane International Film Festival
L15, 111 George St
Brisbane City, QLD, 4000
Australia

9. Selection
Selected films will be invited by official invitation. The festival will consider submitted entries and if accepted for screening at the festival, the entrant will be advised in writing. The festival is not required to explain why a film was not selected for screening.

10. Screening Format
Eligible formats are 35mm, DCP (D-cinema) and Sony HDcam. We cannot screen from DVD, Blu-ray, HDcamSR or any other format that is not listed here.
For 35mm film prints, we screen 24fps in aspect ratios of 1.37, 1.66, 1.85, or 2.35. We accept sound formats of mono, stereo, Dolby SR and Dolby SRD (Dolby Digital). For Sony HDcam tapes, we accept HD 1080 format in the following frame rates: 50i, 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 59.94i. We do not accept PsF.
If your video image is other than the native 16:9 you must have it pillarboxed or letterboxed during the lab transfer for it to be screened without any image distortion. DCP must be DCI compliant, however content does not need to be encrypted.
If content is locked keys must be open for a testing period specified by the festival, and HDcam backup copy must be provided in addition.
Please note that short films may be transferred to a compile and screened from format during the festival.

11. Number of Screenings
It is festival policy to schedule feature films on no more than two occasions.

12. Subtitles
Entries produced in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.

13. Awards
The festival’s BIFFDOCS (Documentary Competition) section is competitive with a cash award of AUD $25,000. Eligible documentaries must
a. be over 60 minutes in length, completed after 1 June 2012
b. not have screened publicly in Australia prior to 14 November 2013.
c. not have been released theatrically outside their country of origin more than 12 months prior to 14 November 2013.
Documentaries may only enter the competition by invitation from BIFF. Complete BIFFDOCS guidelines can be found on http://www.biff.com.au/biffdocs.
Except for the BIFFDOCS section the festival is non-competitive.

14. Publicity Material
Applicants whose films are accepted for screening at the festival are required to send the following promotional materials for inclusion in the official festival catalogue and/or pre-publicity:
a. at least two copies of the film’s DVD preview screener
b. at least three high resolution stills from the film
c. electronic Press-kit
d. film posters and flyers (if available)
e. background material on the director
f. copies of press reviews (if available)
g. a preview trailer (for feature films)
The festival reserves the right to use an excerpt from the film not exceeding three minutes for promotional purposes.

15. Freight
All films must be sent pre-paid. If for some extraordinary reason the producer(s) or distributor(s) are unable to supply a film under these conditions, the film may still be accepted but only if prior arrangements have been made with the Head of Screen Culture.
BIFF will only pay the in-bound shipping and customs charges for films invited to the festival.

To ensure shipments originating outside of Australia clear customs without delay, please follow these instructions:
a. Include 3 copies of a Proforma Invoice (declaration of contents) containing the following information: Sender’s name, address and telephone number, Receiver’s address (festival address,) Title of Film and format (e.g., 35mm) Length of film, Fair market value (standard are $50 AUS for tapes and $100 AUS for feature-length 35mm print and DCP). Please note the value must not exceed $1000 AUS in order to clear Australian customs without delay. Also include Country of manufacture, Declaration “Goods on loan for festival purposes only. No commercial value. Non-pornographic”. Sender’s signature
b. The proforma invoices must be included with the courier waybill.

16. Liability
Films accepted by the festival are indemnified while in our possession and in transit while being returned to the entrant or forwarded to the next destination. In the event of print loss or damage, the festival’s liability shall be limited to the cost of making a new screening copy according to current laboratory rates for a standard print.

17. Consent
Entry in the festival implies consent to screening and publicity in accordance with the regulations stated above.

18. Privacy Disclaimer
The personal information you have provided to us will not be used for any reason other than that expressed in our privacy policy as set out on our website http://www.biff.com.au/privacy. Please contact BIFF or Screen Queensland at +61 7 3248 0500 or biff@biff.com.au if you wish to access, remove or update personal information you have provided us.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

22nd Brisbane International Film Festival Submission Guidelines Submissions for the 22nd Brisbane International Film Festival in 2013 are now open and will ONLY be accepted through Withoutabox. Entries close on Friday 5 July 2013 All preview copies must be received by Friday 19 July 2013 Only submissions accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline, will be accepted. Entry fees are as follows and all prices include GST: Entries submitted by 26 April 2013 (Early bird deadline) Short: AUD $30.00 Feature: AUD $50.00 DVD/package must be received by BIFF by Friday 10 May 2013 Entries submitted from 27 April to 17 May 2013 (Standard deadline) Short: AUD $40.00 Feature: AUD $60.00 DVD/package must be received by BIFF by Friday 31 May 2013 Entries submitted from 18 May to 14 June 2013 (Late deadline) Short: AUD $50.00 Feature: AUD $70.00 DVD/package must be received by BIFF by Friday 28 June 2013 Entries submitted from 15 June to 5 July 2013 (Extended deadline) Short: AUD $75.00 Feature: AUD $95.00 DVD/package must be received by BIFF by Friday 19 July 2013 1. Eligibility The festival will NOT accept films that a. have previously screened in any format or duration in Queensland b. have been broadcast online or on Australian television except under special circumstances. In general, films must have been completed after 1 January 2012. 2. Categories A film is considered a Short if its 30 minutes or less in length. A film is considered a Feature if its 31 minutes or more in length. 3. Deadlines and Entry Fees As stated above 4. Fee Waivers Unfortunately, BIFF is not able to waive the entry fee as we rely on these fees to administer the large numbers of entries. 5. Preview Copy A preview copy of your film must be submitted for selection purposes. BIFF cannot accept formats other than DVDs for previewing films. Each preview copy must be submitted through Withoutabox and have paid the appropriate entry fee. If your film is accepted for screening at the festival, you must be prepared to supply a 35mm, Betacam, Digibeta, HD Cam (not HD Cam SR), E Cinema package or DCP format for screening. Please do not include publicity materials with your preview copy. Preview copies will not be returned. 6. Submission Only submission accompanied by the correct fee, and received by the allocated deadline, will be accepted/considered. Films submitted without will not be considered. All deadlines are postmarked. All preview copies must be received within two weeks of the deadline for which they were submitted, to be considered. All preview copies must be received by BIFF office by Friday 19 July 2013 to be considered. Any copies received later than that date will not be considered. 7. Late Entries Late entries will only be considered under exceptional circumstances and only on advice of the Head of Screen Culture. 8. Submission Address BIFF encourages submissions to be delivered on regular mail rather than by courier. By Regular Mail: Brisbane International Film Festival PO BOX 15094 City East Brisbane, QLD, 4002 Australia By Courier: Brisbane International Film Festival L15, 111 George St Brisbane City, QLD, 4000 Australia 9. Selection Selected films will be invited by official invitation. The festival will consider submitted entries and if accepted for screening at the festival, the entrant will be advised in writing. The festival is not required to explain why a film was not selected for screening. 10. Screening Format Eligible formats are 35mm, DCP (D-cinema) and Sony HDcam. We cannot screen from DVD, Blu-ray, HDcamSR or any other format that is not listed here. For 35mm film prints, we screen 24fps in aspect ratios of 1.37, 1.66, 1.85, or 2.35. We accept sound formats of mono, stereo, Dolby SR and Dolby SRD (Dolby Digital). For Sony HDcam tapes, we accept HD 1080 format in the following frame rates: 50i, 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 59.94i. We do not accept PsF. If your video image is other than the native 16:9 you must have it pillarboxed or letterboxed during the lab transfer for it to be screened without any image distortion. DCP must be DCI compliant, however content does not need to be encrypted. If content is locked keys must be open for a testing period specified by the festival, and HDcam backup copy must be provided in addition. Please note that short films may be transferred to a compile and screened from format during the festival. 11. Number of Screenings It is festival policy to schedule feature films on no more than two occasions. 12. Subtitles Entries produced in languages other than English must be subtitled in English. 13. Awards The festival’s BIFFDOCS (Documentary Competition) section is competitive with a cash award of AUD $25,000. Eligible documentaries must a. be over 60 minutes in length, completed after 1 June 2012 b. not have screened publicly in Australia prior to 14 November 2013. c. not have been released theatrically outside their country of origin more than 12 months prior to 14 November 2013. Documentaries may only enter the competition by invitation from BIFF. Complete BIFFDOCS guidelines can be found on http://www.biff.com.au/biffdocs. Except for the BIFFDOCS section the festival is non-competitive. 14. Publicity Material Applicants whose films are accepted for screening at the festival are required to send the following promotional materials for inclusion in the official festival catalogue and/or pre-publicity: a. at least two copies of the film’s DVD preview screener b. at least three high resolution stills from the film c. electronic Press-kit d. film posters and flyers (if available) e. background material on the director f. copies of press reviews (if available) g. a preview trailer (for feature films) The festival reserves the right to use an excerpt from the film not exceeding three minutes for promotional purposes. 15. Freight All films must be sent pre-paid. If for some extraordinary reason the producer(s) or distributor(s) are unable to supply a film under these conditions, the film may still be accepted but only if prior arrangements have been made with the Head of Screen Culture. BIFF will only pay the in-bound shipping and customs charges for films invited to the festival. To ensure shipments originating outside of Australia clear customs without delay, please follow these instructions: a. Include 3 copies of a Proforma Invoice (declaration of contents) containing the following information: Sender’s name, address and telephone number, Receiver’s address (festival address,) Title of Film and format (e.g., 35mm) Length of film, Fair market value (standard are $50 AUS for tapes and $100 AUS for feature-length 35mm print and DCP). Please note the value must not exceed $1000 AUS in order to clear Australian customs without delay. Also include Country of manufacture, Declaration “Goods on loan for festival purposes only. No commercial value. Non-pornographic”. Sender’s signature b. The proforma invoices must be included with the courier waybill. 16. Liability Films accepted by the festival are indemnified while in our possession and in transit while being returned to the entrant or forwarded to the next destination. In the event of print loss or damage, the festival’s liability shall be limited to the cost of making a new screening copy according to current laboratory rates for a standard print. 17. Consent Entry in the festival implies consent to screening and publicity in accordance with the regulations stated above. 18. Privacy Disclaimer The personal information you have provided to us will not be used for any reason other than that expressed in our privacy policy as set out on our website http://www.biff.com.au/privacy. Please contact BIFF or Screen Queensland at +61 7 3248 0500 or biff@biff.com.au if you wish to access, remove or update personal information you have provided us.