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18-Apr-2014 6:33am PDT  

 

Independent Film Festival of Boston

11 Annual April 23, 2014 to April 30, 2014

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276 Washington Street
PMB 385
Boston MA 02108
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info@iffboston.org
http://www.iffboston.org

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

Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Short Film

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Independent Film Society of Boston, a 501(c)3 non-profit, produces the annual Independent Film Festival of Boston each spring. Our mission is to showcase emerging filmmakers and visual artists and to provide an enhanced and engaging experience for audiences by creating an interactive forum with direct access these artists.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Named "Best Film Festival in Boston" in 2011 and 2012 by the Boston Phoenix and deemed by Moviemaker as one of 2008's Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee, the Independent Film Festival of Boston was founded in 2003. It is the premiere festival in New England and has a noted national reputation. Due to audience demand, in 2005 IFFBoston expanded from four to six days and since then has expanded to 8 days. Our next event will take place April 23-30, 2014 in various venues across the Greater Boston area including the historic Somerville, Brattle, and Coolidge Corner Theatres.

IFFBoston showcases approximately 100 films, holds nightly parties, daily panel discussions, and has an awards ceremony where 7 or more prizes are given out at values up to $20,000. In 2003 there were 10,000 attendees and 10 sold out shows. By 2010, we'd steadily grown to 23,000 attendees, making IFFBoston the highest attended film festival in New England by a wide margin. IFFBoston's audience continues to grow.

In 2013, Casey Affleck joined our team as Creative Advisor to the festival.

We exhibit a selection of narrative features, documentary features, experimental films, short films, and animated films. Along with emerging talent, we have hosted a number of special guests including actor/director Steve Buscemi, director Albert Maysles, director John Waters, writer/director/actor Miranda July, director Harmony Korine, director Guy Maddin, director Bobcat Goldthwait, actor Kevin Kline, director Alan Ball, director/actor Melvin Van Peebles, actor/director Chris Eigeman, writer/director Rian Johnson, comedian Denis Leary, actor Michael Cera, actor Chris Cooper, actor Sir Ben Kingsley, actor Hal Holbrook, actor Famke Janssen, actor Danny Huston, actor Michael Cera, actor Jesse Eisenberg, actor Robert Vaughn, actress/director Julie Delpy, actor Jim Sturgess, actress Illeana Douglas, comedian Bob Odenkirk, comedian Fred Armisen, comedian Rob Corrdry, actor Bill Pullman, actor Dylan Baker, actor Will Arnett, actress Eliza Dushku, actor James Urbaniak, actress/director Amber Benson, actor Fran Kranz, actor/writer/director Lake Bell, director Michael Almereyda, Professor Noam Chomsky among many others.

Along with quality programming, IFFBoston prides itself on treating filmmakers well. Selected feature-length filmmakers are offered transportation to and from sponsored airline cities as well as hotel accommodations. Filmmakers are provided with festival all-access passes. The festival provides a filmmaker's lounge stocked with abundant food, drink, desserts, internet access, games, press interview areas, and other treats generously sponsored by local vendors.

ORGANIZERS
Adam Roffman (Program Director) ; Brian Tamm (Managing Director) ; Brian Tamm (Managing Director) ; Brian Tamm (Managing Director) ; nancy campbell (Programmer/Managing Director)

GENERAL RULES
Program
All genres are accepted.
Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.
Works in progress must be at least 95% complete at the time of submission deadline. It should be clearly marked on the screening copy along with a statement of what aspects of the film will be added or changed by February 15, 2014.
Accepted films may not screen in the state of Massachusetts between acceptance date and date of screening at the Independent Film Festival of Boston.

Awards
IFFBoston has awarded over $20,000 worth of prizes to winning films in its previous festivals, including professional services, software packages, and film gear from sponsors including Avid and Panavision. Films in competition are juried by a group of industry professionals and audience awards are determined by balloting following each film.
Award categories:
Grand Jury Prize Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize Documentary Feature
Grand Jury Prize Short
Special Jury Prize Narrative Feature
Special Jury Prize Documentary Feature
Special Jury Prize Short
Audience Award Feature
Audience Award Documentary
Audience Award Short
Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing

IMPORTANT
Checks or money orders must be payable in US dollars and made out to:
Independent Film Society of Boston

Film Submission
Any submission received without payment indicated or received will not be considered.
Screeners of submitted films must be received within 10 days of the deadline that it was submitted prior to. Any submissions received after that point will only be moved into consideration when the difference between the previous and most current deadline fee is paid.

Each film submission MUST include the following: DVD (NTSC) labeled with the title, director's name, running time, and contact number. (We do not accept film prints or any other screening format.) NOTE: This does not refer to not EXHIBITION Format. For optimum festival exhibition we screen HDCam, DCP and 35mm prints ONLY. Filmmaker must be able to provide one of those formats if accept to screen.

Entry Fee
Students must submit a photocopy of current school ID.
Any submission received without payment indicated or received will not be considered.
Screeners of submitted films must be received within 10 days of the deadline that it was submitted prior to. Any submissions received after that point will only be moved into consideration when the difference between the previous and most current deadline fee is paid.


Please mail the above materials to:
Independent Film Society of Boston
276 Washington Street
PMB 385
Boston, MA 02108


Selection
The festival programming committee will select and invite films at its discretion. Those selected will be contacted via email or telephone on or around March 25, 2013. If selected, you will need to submit additional materials. Detailed instructions will be given at that time. Please do not send additional materials until requested.


Questions
If you have any additional questions regarding the submission process or the festival, please see our website www.iffboston.org. Please send an email to info@iffboston.org if you require further information.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Upon notification of acceptance to the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston), the accepted filmmaker must respond promptly to agree to screen their film at the festival. Once the filmmaker has agreed to screen at the festival, the Independent Film Festival of Boston reserves the right to screen said film 2-3 times during the festival and screen clips of the film to promote the screenings. Accepted films may not screen in the state of Massachusetts prior to the Independent Film Festival of Boston once they have been submitted. 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. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Independent Film Festival of Boston 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.