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|DCIFF defines Feature Films as fiction films between 41 mins and 120 mins. (we rarely shows films that are over 2 hours). We welcome fiction films in all genres. We also look forward to the submission of thrillers and horror movies as we always reserve one or two spots for our Horror Night held in honor of the important role the genre has in forwarding independent filmmakers. We are equally interested in the lyrical, the dramatic, the amusing, the ironic, the symbolic, the unexpected and the conversation.
|DCIFF defines a short as a fiction film 20 minutes or less in length. However, if your film is 20 - 40 minutes in length, it will be considered. The festival welcomes all content except adult films. Experimental and art films will be programmed in the experimental category. Please note that we are are known for holding one Fright Night Horror Film Extravaganza every year as part of the festival. If your film mixes genres, it is best to put this in the Short Category. If you are a student and you also submit a Valid Student ID, you may use the special Student Fee Category for films up to 30mins.
|Animation is an area that DCIFF has made a central part of the festival from 2013 going forward as it is clearly an area of immense creativity and innovation in independent filmmaking. We welcome animation submissions from 2 minutes to 90 minutes and all genres (except adult films). The festival does not have a dedicated family or children's section and so our selection committee will look for animation that is not produced exclusively for children.
|DCIFF seeks innovative documentaries on any topic. We like to take conceptual risks, we love aesthetics and we pay attention to the craft of documentary filmmaking. The festival has gnerally screened at least one documentary about music each year. DCIFF normally presents about 5 feature length documentaries and up to 15 documentaries of 30 minutes in length or less. In 2014, a documentary won Best of Fest.
|To qualify as a student film, you MUST be a CURRENT STUDENT with a Valid ID (you must submit a copy of your ID with your submission with current dates on the card). If your card does not have dates, you must submit a letter from your school or equivalent form.
DCIFF expects most student submissions to be shorts (up to 20 mins.) If you are submitting a feature film, you can submit this under the Features section where there is a Student Fee rate as well. Please note that DCIFF does not have a specific Student section or award. Student films are presented alongside other selected works. The only exception to this is work created while in High School and there is now a separate category for this.
|High School Students
|To honor the incredible creativity and talent that we see in films made by filmmakers before they have left school. This separate category means that submissions are not selected against seasoned filmmakers with good equipment and oodles of experience, but are judged in a category alone and screened in a special sidebar.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Washington DC Independent Film Festival (dciff.org) - "The festival that brings independent film culture to Washington, DC" (Washington Post) showcases the best in independent film from around the world with a special section devoted to Metro DC filmmakers. DCIFF presents world premieres, award winning features, shorts, animation and documentaries by local, national and international filmmakers.
The festival's goal is to help filmmakers find a place in the marketplace through effective screenings, intensive outreach online and to the traditional press and long term support. The festival also hosts many workshops and seminars and 2014 sees the first intensive legal clinic and workshop for filmmakers. The festival also hosts a Film Library at the festival where buyers and press can view any film that is in competition during festival hours and, unique to DCIFF, the Independent Film Summit on the Hill held yearly where filmmakers can meet with government representatives to discuss the issues which specifically address our industry.
For 2014, in addition to our usual programming, DCIFF has expanded both the animation section of the festival to include feature-length films and the experimental and art film offerings. In addition, for the first time there is a section devoted to high school filmmakers. The festival also has a strong music component and we welcome fiction and documentary films about musicians and music. We have also become known for our strong documentaries and welcome more documentaries which we try to screen with a relevant panel discussion.
Films are essentially selected through the submission process, rather than by invitation (with the exception of honorees or VIPs) or by visits to other film festivals, and are reviewed by a group of people with media experience. All films are finally viewed by the festival programmer. We hope that this makes for an equal opportunity film submission and screening process. Only after review do we decide if we wish to invite any final applications.
As DCIFF2014 goes into it's sixeenth year after two years of notable success and widening impact under new leadership with a great new team, we work with dedication to deserve filmmaker trust in our process and our event. Please note that DCIFF is a 100% volunteer-run festival and ALL submission dues go towards programming and outreach. We try to keep our submssion fees reasonable and accordingly, we rarely offer fee waivers.
WE ARE RECEIVING MANY SUBMISSIONS THIS YEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE MISTAKENLY STATED THAT THEY ARE DCIFF ALUMNI. PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR THIS AS YOUR FILM IS NOT IN CONSIDERATION AS A DCIFF ALUM UNLESS YOU SEND US THE YEAR YOU SHOWED A FILM AT DCIFF AND THE NAME OF THE FILM SCREENED FOR US TO CHECK THIS OUT.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Washington, DC Independent Film Festival (dciff.org) showcases world premieres, award winning features, shorts, animation and documentaries by local, national and international filmmakers. Of late we have honored such talents as Jorge Saralegui, Les Blank, Harry Shearer and Q'orianka Kilcher. DCIFF also presents a music festival highlighting the best of local independent sound. Founded in 1999, the Washington, DC Independent Film Festival showcases each year up to 70 features, shorts, animations, and documentaries including independent films that have won awards in renowned festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Cannes to World Premieres. We have recently developed a reputation as a strong launching pad for first feature films.
DCIFF is the only festival in the world that brings its filmmakers to Capitol Hill to meet and discuss film related issues with members of Congress. The Washington, DC Independent Film Festival also hosts several events with veteran independent filmmakers as well as focused professional seminars and interactive film events. Often there are "Film Sessions" (where several films and Question and Answers with the filmmakers are presented in a 2-3 hour session).
Finally, the festival partners with many organizations and institutions to assure great events. In 2013 there were screenings held at The Washington National Cathedral and the Voice of America Building while in 2012 the festival partnered with The Smithsonin Institution. In all cases, the festival strives to assure a quality projection and sound experience for both the filmmaker and the audience.
The films compete for audience awards and one Grand Jury Award. Winners receive financial and promotional support when and where available.
Deirdre Evans-Pritchard (Festival Registrar)
; Deirdre Evans-Pritchard (Executive Director)
; Russell Imrie (Festival Registrar)
; joanne cassidy (counsel)
Non-refundable submission fees: Please make your checks or money orders, (or International money orders, for foreign countries) payable to DCIFF, if not paying online via credit card.
Be sure to address submissions as follows:
Attention: Deirdre Evans-Pritchard, DCIFF
3115 44th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Checklist for the submissions to the DCIFF (these materials will NOT be returned):
* Completed online entry form.
* Non-refundable entry fee
* Properly labeled DVD or Blu-Ray(on the box and the disc itself) with WAB Tracking ID, title of the film, name of the director and length.
*Although a full press kit is not necessary, we do require the following elements with your entry form:
1) jpeg photo of production.
2) jpeg photo of the director.
3) Director's bio.
In the Withoutabox Cover Letter Section, please indicate if you have sent the required elements via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please write the film title in the subject line of the e-mail) or if these elements are available in your Withoutabox online Press Kit (free and easy to use!).
You MUST be a DCIFF Alumni (meaning that your film had been accepted and screened at a previous DC Independent Film Festival) in order to qualify for the No Entry Fee for regular submission for all DCIFF Alumni. Please email the year your film screened and the title to email@example.com. All films that do not qualify will have the fee waiver immediately REVOKED and will have the balance due reflected on the DCIFF Withoutabox entry form.
By submitting to the festival, the filmmaker(s) acknowledges that no film accepted for screening in competition at DCIFF may be withdrawn without the express written permission of DCIFF given in DCIFF sole discretion. There are no exceptions to this rule even in the case of technical issues. In the event a screening print is not delivered, DCIFF reserves the right to screen publicly the DVD or VHS submission.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Terms of Submission
* I am authorized to submit this film to the DC Independent Film Festival for consideration and have read, understood and agreed to all entry requirements.
* I understand that no film accepted for screening in competition at DCIFF may be withdrawn without the express written permission of DCIFF given in DCIFF sole discretion. There are no exceptions to this rule even in the case of technical issues. In the event a screening print is not delivered, DCIFF reserves the right to screen publicly the DVD or VHS submission.
* I release DCIFF from all responsibility for any and all film loss or damage.
* All of the above information and statements are accurate. I promise to contact DCIFF immediately regarding any changes to the information above, including Premiere status of my film or exhibition format. Failure to provide complete and updated information or failure to submit an exhibition copy of my film by the above-stated deadlines may cause the elimination of my film from competition.
* All rights and permissions are in place for my submission (it is the sole responsibility of the applicant to obtain any and all necessary rights and permissions).
* By submitting my film for consideration, I grant permission to DCIFF to use any portion of my film and related materials for promotion in all media, including DCIFF catalogues, flyers, posters and the DCIFF website.
* I am DULY authorized to submit this film to the DC Independent Film Festival and its competition ("DCIFF") and I have read, understood and agreed to all entry requirements.
* I UNDERSTAND AND AGREE that IF THIS FILM IS ACCEPTED for screening in competition at the DCIFF it MAY NOT BE WITHDRAWN WITHOUT EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE DCIFF. THE DCIFF RESERVES SOLE DISCRETION TO SCREEN THIS AND ALL FILMS ACCEPTED TO COMPETITION. There are no exceptions to this rule even in the case of technical issues. In the event that a screening print of this film is not TIMELY delivered, DCIFF reserves the right to screen publicly the VHS or DVD submission tape.