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18-Apr-2014 1:06am PDT  

 

VISIONFEST

14 Annual May 14, 2014 to May 18, 2014

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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.

Feature
Feature projects are accepted in all genres and may deal with any subject matter or content, with the exception of pornographic material, which will automatically be disqualified during the pre-selection process.
Documentary
Documentary projects are accepted in both, short form (under 45 minutes) and feature length (over 45 minutes). All subject matter is accepted, except for graphic depictions of pornographic material that would exceed the equivalent of an MPAA rating of NC-17.
Short Subject
Short Subject projects are accepted in all genres.
Experimental/Animation
Experimental and animated projects are accepted in all genres.
Work in Progress/Trailer
This is the non-competitive forum of the festival, where projects are screened only for showcasing purposes.
Web Series Pilot
Pilot episodes of proposed Web Series are accepted in all genres.
For Kids By Kids Shorts
Short films (no longer than 30 minutes) in all genres are accepted. Story lines and themes must reflect the initiative's mission, which is to positively address the topic of bullying in an effort to raise awareness and diminish the affluence of this dangerous and troubling practice.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
VISIONFEST: THE OTHER FESTIVAL (VF) encourages and promotes domestic filmmaking. With guidelines that exclude the submission of foreign entries and focusing exclusively on U.S. based product, VF remains one of the very few "domestic" film festivals on the East Coast. VF brings attention to the American independent filmmaker with the same enthusiasm and effort that most other film festivals spend on their own "international" entrants. The long-term VF goal is to bring the American filmmaker abroad and around the world by bringing VF product to other international forums and into the hands of global media and overseas audiences. The VF mission is supported and driven by the Domani Vision Film Society, which itself was created to bring American visionaries together in an effort to introduce their work abroad. Founded and curated by U.S. based filmmakers, VF is loyal and supportive to its participants and is always ready to bring forth their works for extended or additional exhibition opportunities by way of its ongoing, archival library. VF participants become part of a family... and a family that stays together flourishes together.

Looking to submit your screenplay to the Visionfest Features & Shorts Screenwriting Competition? Submit via the listing below:
http://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=4613


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
VISIONFEST: THE OTHER FESTIVAL, which this year celebrates its 14th annual run at New York's Tribeca Cinemas, is known primarily for its friendly rapport with its participating filmmakers and the generally relaxing environment that is created throughout the annual event. Speaking directly to one of the executive directors or one of the producers is not impossible at VF... it's the norm.

VF Staff is made up of filmmakers or filmmaking aspirants who volunteer their services and support for the fun and exciting opportunity to network, learn from the other filmmakers at the many sidebar events organized by VF's parent organization, the Domani Vision Film Society, and mingle with everyone in attendance at the festival's nightly after-parties.

The submission process and guidelines of VF are similar to most other festivals in the country, with the exception of the one most significant rule: Entries must be U.S. projects only; foreign works are not accepted (although submissions may contain some elements in foreign languages, which must be subtitled but may not exceed 1/3 of the overall content of the project).

Film and video projects (in categories such as feature, short subject, documentary, experimental/animation, web series pilots, and works-in-progress) are selected from a national 'call for entries.'

The chosen entries are strategically programmed into entertaining, and often thematically connected blocks, running approximately two hours apiece. These projects are also previously viewed and voted upon by a specially selected jury that assigns "outstanding achievement" honors in various categories, such as directing, writing, editing, etc.
On the festival's opening night, following the first official screening, nominations in approximately 16 categories are announced and made public via the festival's own social sites and press and media outlets.
The results, however, remain confidential to limited festival staff throughout the duration of the event, and are finally announced in a special awards ceremony, on the final evening of the festival run. This year, selected projects will also be automatically eligible (at no additional fee) for consideration in other Domani Vision Film Society events/screenings. Also, as part of the 2014 edition, VISIONFEST is proud to bring back its FKBK Showcase: For Kids By Kids... No Bullies Allowed, a sidebar initiative featuring digital shorts created by filmmakers under 18 years of age. A special category for FKBK will be included in this year's "Call for Entries."

The Domani Vision Film Society, a New York based, non-profit organization devoted to encouraging, representing, and promoting independent film and media production nationwide, via educational programs and other community events, remains the primary force behind VF. The Domani Vision Award for Emerging Talent, one of the festival's most prestigious honors, is being assigned for the 14th consecutive year. This special award is bestowed upon filmmakers who possess "a unique vision" and "the courage to experiment with the (film/video) medium in an uncompromising, cutting edge manner."

Previous honorees have continued their filmmaking journeys with very prolific pace: Meg Thayer (2001 Domani Vision Award for her feature directorial debut, TRUE RIGHTS), currently lives in Los Angeles, where she recently completed a Made-For-Cable feature for the Sci-Fi Channel. Eric Patrick (2002, ABLUTION) returned to Visionfest during VF07 with STARTLE PATTERN. Clifton Childree (2003, THE FLEW) returned at VF05 with another award-winning effort, titled SHE SANK ON SHALLOW BANK. Graham Robertson (2004, ABLE EDWARDS) is part of an award-winning team of production designers based in L.A., and his film was picked up for extended festival circuit runs by Steven Soderbergh, who is credited as executive producer. Steve Balderson (2005, FIRECRACKER) is enjoying continued kudos and awards for his feature effort, which also received a *** 1/2 review by the late, Pulitzer-prize winning critic, Roger Ebert. (2006, A COAT OF SNOW) recipient, Gordy Hoffman (winner of the 2003 Sundance / Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award) is at the helm of the Bluecat Screenwriting Competition, one of the country's most prestigious script contests. 2007 honoree, Nate Meyer (PRETTY IN THE FACE) is gearing up to shoot a new independent feature. 2009 Production Award winner, LIKE DANDELION DUST, starring Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper, was released theatrically in 2010.

This upcoming edition of VF14 will also feature the return of the Feature Screenwriting Competition, as well as a Short Script Contest for writers under 18, as part of the FKBK initiative, as mentioned above.

ORGANIZERS
Bruno Derlin (Director) ; Frank Lewallen (Management) ; Jana Frindtova (Producer)

GENERAL RULES
RULES & GUIDELINES - TERMS & CONDITIONS

VISIONFEST 14 encourages and promotes domestic filmmaking: Projects may be shot on international locations but cannot have foreign financing and the production entity/entities must be based in the United States of America. Films that contain dialogue spoken in foreign languages may be submitted, provided that the film's primary language is English (no more than 1/3 of the film's dialogue can be in a foreign language)

Submitted projects are NOT eligible if they have screened in more than (1) other New York based film festival less than 60 days prior to the prospective VISIONFEST 14 screening. New York "Premiere" status is preferred, but not mandatory.

Projects that are available in their "complete" versions for online public viewing prior to their prospective VF14 screening may automatically be disqualified and/or removed from awards consideration and possibly from the film festival line-up altogether. Exceptions may be made for those projects that are participating in online film festivals or other legitimate online competitions. Such exceptions will be made solely by a Domani Vision Executive Branch.

Projects must have a completion date that is no earlier than January 1, 2013.

Submitted 'previews' must be in MiniDV or DVD formats (NTSC only) or in the following Digital Media Files: .mov, .avi, .mp4 and will not be returned, unless a S.A.S.E. (including the proper shipping and handling costs) is provided by the filmmaker(s).

All 'previews' for projects that qualify for festival exhibition shall remain in possession of festival committee for archival reference and/or 'festival trailer' production.

Projects must have been completed on budgets that do not exceed $US 2.5 Million

For the INDEPENDENT VISION SHOWCASE, special "outstanding achievement" awards are bestowed upon qualifying entries. Honorees are chosen by a select group of industry professionals, who are given special advance screenings of the projects that are included in the festival's 'official' screening line-up, to facilitate the casting of their votes. Special Jury Prizes may also be given in special categories determined by the Board of Trustees of the Domani Vision Film Society.

Please make company check or money order payable to:

DOMANI VISION FILM SOCIETY
PMB 155
6402 18th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11204

SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES may be negotiated for feature-length projects with a completion date of January 1, 2014 or later, provided written proof of completion dates is made available to festival programming directors and the project is being submitted with "world premiere" status.

PLEASE NOTE:

ONLY (1) ONE PROJECT PER SUBMISSION -ADDITIONAL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED SEPARATELY WITH RESPECTIVE ENTRY FEE(S).

PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING: Preview (MiniDV/DVD only or appropriate digital files) - company check / money order when not paying by credit card on WAB.

In the event that your project is selected for the Independent Vision Showcase, you may be required to provide additional items, such as photos (digital and/or hard copy) and revised synopses. Also, an additional "Permission to Exhibit" document will be sent to you via electronic mail, and that will have to be signed by you and returned to our offices prior to your festival screening.

Projects that are selected for the 2014 film festival line-up will also be eligible for consideration in other Domani Vision Film Society events and/or special screenings at no additional cost for submission.

PLEASE NOTE:
Filmmakers are responsible for ALL shipping/handling costs & arrangements for exhibition prints and related materials.

VISIONFEST / DOMANI VISION FILM SOCIETY shall not be held liable for damages and/or loss resulting from shipping/handling and/or other technical problems which may occur during the submission process.

Looking to submit your screenplay to the Visionfest Feature Screenwriting Competition? Submit via the listing below:
http://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=4613

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Submitted projects are NOT eligible if they have screened in more than (1) other New York based film festival less than 60 days prior to the prospective VISIONFEST 14 screening. New York "Premiere" status is preferred, but not mandatory. For "works in progress" NYC Premiere status is required. Projects that are available in their "complete" versions for online public viewing prior to their prospective VF14 screening may automatically be disqualified and/or removed from awards consideration and possibly from the film festival line-up altogether. Exceptions may be made for those projects that are participating in online film festivals or other legitimate online competitions. Such exceptions will be made solely by a Domani Vision Executive Branch. Projects must have a completion date that is no earlier than January 1, 2013. Projects must have been completed on budgets that do not exceed $US 2.5 Million ONLY (1) ONE PROJECT PER SUBMISSION - ADDITIONAL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED SEPARATELY WITH RESPECTIVE ENTRY FEE(S). In the event that your project is selected for the Independent Vision Showcase, you may be required to provide additional items, such as photos (digital and/or hard copy) and revised synopses. Also, an additional "Permission to Exhibit" document will be sent to you via electronic mail, and that will have to be signed by you and returned to our offices prior to your festival screening. Filmmakers are responsible for ALL shipping/handling costs & arrangements for exhibition prints and related materials. VISIONFEST/DOMANI VISION FILM SOCIETY shall not be held liable for damages and/or loss resulting from shipping/handling and/or technical problems. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless VISIONFEST/DOMANI VISION FILM SOCIETY from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. VISIONFEST/DOMANI VISION FILM SOCIETY is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.