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16-Apr-2014 3:09pm PDT  

 

West Chester International Short Film Festival

10 Annual April 25, 2014 to April 27, 2014

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252 East Market Street, PMB#252
West Chester PA 19382
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Phone: 484-639-9237
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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Young Filmmaker Entries (age 18 or under)
This category is for Young Filmmakers (age 18 and younger). While anyone is welcome to submit, acceptance preference will be given to filmmakers residing in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania.

All films must be in keeping with the MPAA ratings of G, PG, or PG-13.

This category is not a judged competition, there are no awards.

Multiple entries by youths are not permitted - one film per youth only.
Drama
Films that are typically live-action, non-comedic, and follow straightforward narrative forms.
Comedy
Comedy films are generally live-action films with a humorous plot or premise.
Documentary
Documentary Films can be live action, animated, or multimedia, and feature a subject matter detailing actual events or people.

"Mockumentaries" should be submitted in the Comedy category.
Animation
Animated films are films which tell their story through a sequence of still images, usually drawn (using a computer or more traditional methods). Subject matter can vary widely from children's entertainment to more adult-themed fare.
Art/Experimental
Art/Experimental films tell their story using artistic, innovative, or nontraditional methods.

Plot lines can cover a wide array of topics, or be nearly non-existent.
Student Drama
Films that are typically live-action, non-comedic, and follow straightforward narrative forms, as produced by post-secondary (university) students.
To qualify for the Student Filmmaker Categories, a filmmaker must be enrolled in Film School or undergraduate or post graduate university, or have graduated in 2013.
Films completed as thesis or class projects in 2012 and 2013 will be accepted, even if the student filmmaker has graduated.
A copy of the Student I.D. as provided from the school is required with the submission. If submitting using Withoutabox's Secure Online Screener, a scan of the ID can be emailed to films@westchesterfilmfestival.com, or a photocopy snail-mailed to our address. ALWAYS include the name of your film and the WAB entry number on all correspondence.
Student Comedy
Student comedy films are generally live-action films with a humorous plot or premise, as produced by post-secondary (university) students.
To qualify for the Student Filmmaker Categories, a filmmaker must be enrolled in Film School or undergraduate or post graduate university, or have graduated in 2013.
Films completed as thesis or class projects in 2012 and 2013 will be accepted, even if the student filmmaker has graduated.
A copy of the Student I.D. as provided from the school is required with the submission. If submitting using Withoutabox's Secure Online Screener, a scan of the ID can be emailed to films@westchesterfilmfestival.com, or a photocopy snail-mailed to our address. ALWAYS include the name of your film and the WAB entry number on all correspondence.
Student Animation
Animated films are films which tell their story through a sequence of still images, usually drawn (using a computer or more traditional methods). Subject matter can vary widely from children's entertainment to more adult-themed fare.
To qualify for the Student Filmmaker Categories, a filmmaker must be enrolled in Film School or undergraduate or post graduate university, or have graduated in 2013.
Films completed as thesis or class projects in 2012 and 2013 will be accepted, even if the student filmmaker has graduated.
A copy of the Student I.D. as provided from the school is required with the submission. If submitting using Withoutabox's Secure Online Screener, a scan of the ID can be emailed to films@westchesterfilmfestival.com, or a photocopy snail-mailed to our address. ALWAYS include the name of your film and the WAB entry number on all correspondence.
Student Documentary
Documentary Films can be live action, animated, or multimedia, and feature a subject matter detailing actual events or people.
"Mockumentaries" should be submitted in the Comedy category.
To qualify for the Student Filmmaker Categories, a filmmaker must be enrolled in Film School or undergraduate or post graduate university, or have graduated in 2013.
Films completed as thesis or class projects in 2012 and 2013 will be accepted, even if the student filmmaker has graduated.
A copy of the Student I.D. as provided from the school is required with the submission. If submitting using Withoutabox's Secure Online Screener, a scan of the ID can be emailed to films@westchesterfilmfestival.com, or a photocopy snail-mailed to our address. ALWAYS include the name of your film and the WAB entry number on all correspondence.
Student Art/Experimental
Art/Experimental films tell their story using artistic, innovative, or nontraditional methods.
Plot lines can cover a wide array of topics, or be nearly non-existent.
To qualify for the Student Filmmaker Categories, a filmmaker must be enrolled in Film School or undergraduate or post graduate university, or have graduated in 2013.
Films completed as thesis or class projects in 2012 and 2013 will be accepted, even if the student filmmaker has graduated.
A copy of the Student I.D. as provided from the school is required with the submission. If submitting using Withoutabox's Secure Online Screener, a scan of the ID can be emailed to films@westchesterfilmfestival.com, or a photocopy snail-mailed to our address. ALWAYS include the name of your film and the WAB entry number on all correspondence.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The West Chester Film Festival's mission is to Entertain, Enlighten and Educate the public through innovative film. By hosting an annual short Film Festival, we provide a platform for filmmakers to inspire audiences to experience this art form firsthand.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Ten years! Be a part of this historic milestone in our historic community by submitting your film, and planning to attend our Fest - April 25-27, 2014.

The West Chester Film Festival (WCFF) started in 2004 as an effort to attract international films to a wonderful community. The WCFF includes a wide array of independent short film and interactive educational workshops presented throughout quaint downtown West Chester, PA. Not to be missed is the Closing Night Awards Party, which concludes the Festival on Sunday evening. One of the best Cultural events in Chester County, PA, our festival improves and grows every year

Not only does the Festival offer a great opportunity to screen outstanding film works created by talented independent filmmakers, the WCFF Workshop Series continues to be a Festival highlight. Past workshops have included a comedy short film challenge involving audience members and the Film Festival's own short film "Stunt Friend", which began as a screenwriting competition and was completely cast, filmed, edited and scored during one Festival weekend. Other workshops have brought directors, performers, writers, editors, and others involved in every aspect of film production to share their experiences with our audiences. Keep an eye on our website – www.westchesterfilmfestival.com - for details.

Welcome the 2014 West Chester Film Festival… Small Town, Big Film!

ORGANIZERS
Anne Skillman ; Carol Quigley (OTHER) ; Carol Quigley (OTHER) ; Carol Quigley (OTHER) ; David Hoopes (Board Member) ; David Hoopes (Board Member) ; David Hoopes ; Greg Voltz (Judge) ; Kevin Fitzpatrick (Board Member) ; Kevin Fitzpatrick (Board Member) ; Kevin Fitzpatrick (Board Member) ; Marty Hoban (Filmmaker) ; Michael Dimenna ; Renee McGusty ; Sarah Beck ; Sarah Beck

GENERAL RULES
2014 Film Competition:

PLEASE INCLUDE FILM TITLE AND WAB ENTRY NUMBER WITH ALL CORRESPONDENCE, INCLUDING ALL EMAIL.

1. A screening committee determines which films shall be exhibited, submissions are not guaranteed to be shown. All decisions of the committee are final. Except for the audience award, separate juries select festival winners.

2. The Award Categories are: Best Animation, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, Best Drama, Best Art/Experimental Film, Best Student Film, H. Paul Fitzpatrick Audience Choice Award, Pennsylvania Filmmaker, and Best Film by a Woman Filmmaker. Each award is an original glass statuette, except for the Best Film by a Woman Filmmaker which will be a prize donated by the Regional Center for Woman in the Arts. An awards ceremony will be held Sunday, April 27, 2014.

3. Total running time must be 30 minutes or less.

4. There is no limitation on when or where the short was produced.

5. Films previously submitted to the Festival will not be accepted.

6. Include a self addressed and stamped postcard if you wish to receive entry receipt notification. However, we prefer tracking through Withoutabox.com

7. We will not accept films with graphic violence, excessive foul language, or graphically explicit sexual encounters.

8. Do not submit works in progress. Incomplete films submitted with a script and a promise to be completed by the festival date will not be considered under any circumstances.

9. Commercial, industrial, instructional, or promotional films will not be accepted.

10. Foreign language films must have English subtitles, or contain minimal dialog not necessary for understanding the film.

11. Entries must be submitted in NTSC format on DVD Region 0 or 1, or submitted using the "Secure Online Screener" system. A DVD or digital copy may be requested for internal use. Entries must be labeled with the title, WAB entry number, and total running time. Student entries should be marked "Student."

12. Student entries must include a copy of the Filmmaker's student ID card. A photocopy can be mailed with a DVD submission. If submitting using Withoutabox's Secure Online Screener, a scan of the ID can be emailed to films@westchesterfilmfestival.com, or a photocopy snail-mailed to our address. ALWAYS include the name of your film and WAB entry number on all correspondence.

13. To qualify for a Pennsylvania Filmmaker Award, the film entered must have been directed by a Pennsylvania resident. Proof of residency must be submitted with the film (copy of drivers license). If submitting using Withoutabox's Secure Online Screener, a scan of the license can be emailed to films@westchesterfilmfestival.com, or a photocopy snail-mailed to our address. ALWAYS include the name of your film and WAB entry number on all correspondence.

14. International entrants not paying through Withoutabox must use international money orders paid in US dollars through a US affiliated bank.

15. Submissions are NON-RETURNABLE. We cannot be held liable for materials which are lost or damaged. Please do not send original materials.

16. Entry fees are non-refundable.

17. The number, dates, times, and locations of screenings are at the discretion of the West Chester Film Festival. Children's films and films produced by youths may only be shown once. Other films may be shown more than once.

18. Please select only one category in which to submit your work. An entry's category may be changed at the discretion of the West Chester Film Festival.

19. Additional opportunities for screening accepted films may be available outside the scheduled Festival dates. You may be asked upon acceptance of your film to participate in these events.

20. Applicants who do not follow the guidelines will not be accepted.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I / We will indemnify and hold harmless the West Chester Film Festival, its sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities, and expenses, including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims, based on material submitted to the West Chester Film Festival. I / We also certify that I / we hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film. If accepted to the festival, West Chester Film Festival hereby has my permission to use my name, the film (in whole or in part), photos, and press material for West Chester Film Festival promotion. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker understands and agrees to all the terms and conditions. General Rules for 2014 Film Competition: PLEASE INCLUDE FILM TITLE AND WAB ENTRY NUMBER WITH ALL CORRESPONDENCE, INCLUDING ALL EMAIL. 1. A screening committee determines which films shall be exhibited, submissions are not guaranteed to be shown. All decisions of the committee are final. Except for the audience award, separate juries select festival winners. 2. The Award Categories are: Best Animation, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, Best Drama, Best Art/Experimental Film, Best Student Film, H. Paul Fitzpatrick Audience Choice Award, Pennsylvania Filmmaker, and Best Film by a Woman Filmmaker. Each award is an original glass statuette, except for the Best Film by a Woman Filmmaker which will be a prize donated by the Regional Center for Woman in the Arts. An awards ceremony will be held Sunday, April 27, 2014. 3. Total running time must be 30 minutes or less. 4. There is no limitation on when or where the short was produced. 5. Films previously submitted to the Festival will not be accepted. 6. Include a self addressed and stamped postcard if you wish to receive entry receipt notification. However, we prefer tracking through Withoutabox.com 7. We will not accept films with graphic violence, excessive foul language, or graphically explicit sexual encounters. 8. Do not submit works in progress. Incomplete films submitted with a script and a promise to be completed by the festival date will not be considered under any circumstances. 9. Commercial, industrial, instructional, or promotional films will not be accepted. 10. Foreign language films must have English subtitles, or contain minimal dialog not necessary for understanding the film. 11. Entries must be submitted in NTSC format on DVD Region 0 or 1, or submitted using the "Secure Online Screener" system. A DVD or digital copy may be requested for internal use. Entries must be labeled with the title, WAB entry number, and total running time. Student entries should be marked "Student." 12. Student entries must include a copy of the Filmmaker's student ID card. A photocopy can be mailed with a DVD submission. If submitting using Withoutabox's Secure Online Screener, a scan of the ID can be emailed to films@westchesterfilmfestival.com, or a photocopy snail-mailed to our address. ALWAYS include the name of your film and WAB entry number on all correspondence. 13. To qualify for a Pennsylvania Filmmaker Award, the film entered must have been directed by a Pennsylvania resident. Proof of residency must be submitted with the film (copy of drivers license). If submitting using Withoutabox's Secure Online Screener, a scan of the license can be emailed to films@westchesterfilmfestival.com, or a photocopy snail-mailed to our address. ALWAYS include the name of your film and WAB entry number on all correspondence. 14. International entrants not paying through Withoutabox must use international money orders paid in US dollars through a US affiliated bank. 15. Submissions are NON-RETURNABLE. We cannot be held liable for materials which are lost or damaged. Please do not send original materials. 16. Entry fees are non-refundable. 17. The number, dates, times, and locations of screenings are at the discretion of the West Chester Film Festival. Children's films and films produced by youths may only be shown once. Other films may be shown more than once. 18. Please select only one category in which to submit your work. An entry's category may be changed at the discretion of the West Chester Film Festival. 19. Additional opportunities for screening accepted films may be available outside the scheduled Festival dates. You may be asked upon acceptance of your film to participate in these events. 20. Applicants who do not follow the guidelines will not be accepted.