12th Annual

Beloit International Film Festival

February 24, 2017 to March 05, 2017

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Best Wisconsin (any Category)
Feature length narrative or documentary films submitted here will represent Wisconsin in the special audience-voting based "WI/IL showdown." Films will be competing against films from the opposing state.
For the Best Wisconsin Awards, the director, producer, or a cast member must presently or have previously reside(d) in Wisconsin, or the film must have been shot in Wisconsin.

Best Illinois (any category)
Feature length narrative or documentary films submitted here will represent Illinois in the special audience-voting based "WI/IL showdown." Films will be competing against films from the opposing state.
For the Best Illinois Awards, the director, producer, or a cast member must presently or have previously reside(d) in Illinois, or the film must have been shot in Illinois.
Narrative Feature
Fictional films 40 minutes in length or longer, including credits.
Documentary Feature
Documentaries 40 min in length or over, including credits.
Narrative Short
Fictional films 40 minutes in length or less, including credits.
Documentary Short
Non-fiction films 40 min in length or less, including credits.
Best Wisconsin Short
Short narrative or documentary films submitted here will represent Wisconsin in the special audience-voting based "WI/IL showdown." Films will be competing against films from the opposing state.
For the Best Wisconsin Awards, the director, producer, or a cast member must presently or have previously reside(d) in Wisconsin, or the film must have been shot in Wisconsin.
Best Illinois Short
Short narrative or documentary films submitted here will represent Illinois in the special audience-voting based "WI/IL showdown." Films will be competing against films from the opposing state.
For the Best Illinois Awards, the director, producer, or a cast member must presently or have previously reside(d) in Illinois, or the film must have been shot in Illinois.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Beloit International Film Festival brings the world to Beloit, and Beloit to the world. We showcase the work of today’s independent film makers, remember the classic film through many screenings during the festival, and bring filmmakers from around the world to celebrate film. Through these actions and interactions, we present our community with the best small town film festival in the world.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

This coming February, Beloit, with the support of The Hendricks Group and Visit Beloit will present the 12th annual Beloit International Film Festival in association with Beloit College. Scores of narrative and documentary feature length and short films will be presented in seven numerous venues throughout the Beloit area. The Festival will present a series of prestigious BIFFY awards, presented at the end of the festival.

In past years BIFF was attended by a number of industry luminaries including actors John Voight, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Bobby Coleman and Kevin Farley along with legendary Hollywood film producer Steve McEveety who served as BIFF's 2009 honorary chairperson, and John Shepherd the President of MPower Pictures. Social events are in the early planning stages but we expect that they will be interspersed throughout the extended weekend.

Screening venues will include locations on the Beloit College campus as well as historic buildings, and restaurants around the city of Beloit.

The full program will be released in the winter, but solicitation of films, advertisers and volunteers will start immediately. Watch the website at www.beloitfilmfest.org. Film makers interested in participating or submitting materials should go to www.withoutabox.com and check the listing for the Beloit International Film Festival for more information or call (608) 312-4256.

ORGANIZERS

Adam Fogarty (Program Director); Adam Fogarty (Program Director); Adam Fogarty (Programming Director); Adam Fogarty (Programming Director); Ana Kelly; Ana Kelly (bucho web mistress); Gary Meier; Greg Gerard (Operations Director); Greg Gerard (Operations Director); Greg Gerard (Operations Director); Greg Gerard (Operations Director); Max Maiken (Festival Registrar); Max Maiken (Festival Registrar); Max Maiken (Festival Registrar); Rick McGrath (Web Virtuoso); Rod Beaudoin (Executive Director); Rod Beaudoin (Executive Director); Rod Beaudoin (Executive Director); Rod Beaudoin (Executive Director); Zeljana Okanovic (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES

ENTRIES

The selection committee would prefer that all entries/screeners be submitted as a Secure Online Screener, with second preference being DVD NTSC.

Your entry should be labeled with the following information: Title, Director and Running time, contact phone and email. If you are submitting in a format other than DVD NTSC please indicate this on the DVD.

There is no limit to the amount of entries you may submit.

Select the category that seems most appropriate. If you wish to enter multiple categories, you must select your primary category and then send an email to the festival requesting consideration for additional categories. There will be no additional fee for this if the festival grants permission.

Fill out the entry form carefully. Please type or print clearly. One form is required per entry. Photocopy extra copies as needed.

A short synopsis of 2 to 4 lines is required for Short, Animation, and Student categories. A short synopsis in addition to a longer synopsis of approximately 125 words is required for the Documentary and Feature categories. You are required to submit this with the entry form. The synopsis will be used for the jury committee, the program book and web site, if accepted. Each submission should also include at least one still production photo or slide, a press kit and bio and photo of the director.

Notification of acceptance will be emailed on approximately December 15th, 2016. You will be notified for each submission.

If you are entering as a student, a photocopy of a current student ID, as well as an endorsement must accompany your entry from your instructor

Check or money order is accepted for entries. Credit cards can only be used when submitting through Without A Box.

Complete care is given to every entry. The festival, however, cannot be responsible for damage to, or loss of, material submitted. Additionally, the festival is held harmless from damage to or loss of print en route to the festival.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit, for discounted fees, to the Beloit International Film Festival online by logging onto www.withoutabox.com, the international film festival submission website. You may use a credit card when submitting through Without A Box.


ELIGIBILITY

Works in progress, and industrial/instructional works are not eligible.

All entries must be postmarked no later than November 15th, 2016 and include the following: TWO (2) clean copies in DVD format, entry form, entry fee for each submission, synopsis, resume and photo.

If you cannot meet the eligibility requirement, you may apply but will not be considered for awards. Please check the appropriate box on the application for this consideration.


ACCEPTANCES

All films submitted must be available for festival presentation in DVD or Blu Ray DVD.

Please be aware that if you have not submitted a photo or synopsis it will not be included in the program book or web site. Any corrections received to the original submission material must be received in writing by December 19th, 2016. Changes will not be made after this date.

The Beloit Film Festival reserves the right to use clips from accepted entries, up to 3 minutes in length for publicity purposes. The festival reserves the right to show the submission for promotion and fund raising events up to three years past the date of the festival. Submitter can opt out of this clause by sending the festival a written request to opt out of this clause.

The festival reserves the right to screen submitted films in any way it sees fit for up to three years after the submission date. Please note, the Beloit International Film Festival does not pay licensing or screening fees for films submitted to the festival via WithoutABox or otherwise.

The number of screenings, days and venue is at the sole discretion of the festival.

Accepted films and videos will be notified by approximately Dec. 15, 2016.

RELEASE

I acknowledge that, if accepted to participate, I will agree to comply with the 2017 Beloit International Film Festival Policies & Procedures as included with this application, and agree to be bound by and comply with all those documents. I understand that the Beloit International Film Fest Committee is responsible for making final decisions with regard to the festival operations and I agree to abide by their decisions. I agree to provide the festival a print of my film(s) and I release the festival committee and any festival representative from any responsibility for the theft, damage or loss of the print en route to the festival or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

ENTRIES

The selection committee would prefer that all entries/screeners be submitted as a Secure Online Screener, with second preference being DVD NTSC.

Your entry should be labeled with the following information: Title, Director and Running time, contact phone and email. If you are submitting in a format other than DVD NTSC please indicate this on the DVD.

There is no limit to the amount of entries you may submit.

Select the category that seems most appropriate. If you wish to enter multiple categories, you must select your primary category and then send an email to the festival requesting consideration for additional categories. There will be no additional fee for this if the festival grants permission.

Fill out the entry form carefully. Please type or print clearly. One form is required per entry. Photocopy extra copies as needed.

A short synopsis of 2 to 4 lines is required for Short, Animation, and Student categories. A short synopsis in addition to a longer synopsis of approximately 125 words is required for the Documentary and Feature categories. You are required to submit this with the entry form. The synopsis will be used for the jury committee, the program book and web site, if accepted. Each submission should also include at least one still production photo or slide, a press kit and bio and photo of the director.

Notification of acceptance will be emailed on approximately December 15, 2016. You will be notified for each submission.

If you are entering as a student, a photocopy of a current student ID, as well as an endorsement must accompany your entry from your instructor

Check or money order is accepted for entries. Credit cards can only be used when submitting through Without A Box.

Complete care is given to every entry. The festival, however, cannot be responsible for damage to, or loss of, material submitted. Additionally, the festival is held harmless from damage to or loss of print en route to the festival.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit, for discounted fees, to the Beloit International Film Festival online by logging onto www.withoutabox.com, the international film festival submission website. You may use a credit card when submitting through Without A Box.


ELIGIBILITY

Works in progress, and industrial/instructional works are not eligible.

All entries must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2016 and include the following: TWO (2) clean copies in DVD format, entry form, entry fee for each submission, synopsis, resume and photo.

If you cannot meet the eligibility requirement, you may apply but will not be considered for awards. Please check the appropriate box on the application for this consideration.


ACCEPTANCES

All films submitted must be available for festival presentation in DVD or Blu Ray DVD.

Please be aware that if you have not submitted a photo or synopsis it will not be included in the program book or web site. Any corrections received to the original submission material must be received in writing by October 31, 2016. Changes will not be made after this date.

The Beloit Film Festival reserves the right to use clips from accepted entries, up to 3 minutes in length for publicity purposes. The festival reserves the right to show the submission for promotion and fund raising events up to three years past the date of the festival. Submitter can opt out of this clause by sending the festival a written request to opt out of this clause.

The festival reserves the right to screen submitted films in any way it sees fit for up to three years after the submission date. Please note, the Beloit International Film Festival does not pay licensing or screening fees for films submitted to the festival via WithoutABox or otherwise.

The number of screenings, days and venue is at the sole discretion of the festival.

Accepted films and videos will be notified by approximately December 15, 2016.

RELEASE

I acknowledge that, if accepted to participate, I will agree to comply with the 2017 Beloit International Film Festival Policies & Procedures as included with this application, and agree to be bound by and comply with all those documents. I understand that the Beloit International Film Fest Committee is responsible for making final decisions with regard to the festival operations and I agree to abide by their decisions. I agree to provide the festival a print of my film(s) and I release the festival committee and any festival representative from any responsibility for the theft, damage or loss of the print en route to the festival or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film.