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17-Apr-2014 5:52am PDT  

 

Beloit International Film Festival

10 Annual February 20, 2015 to March 01, 2015

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444 E. Grand Avenue
Suite 100
Beloit WI 53511
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Phone: (608) 313-1200
Fax: (608) 313-8822
greggerard.biff@gmail.com
http://www.beloitfilmfest.org

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

Best Wisconsin (any Category)
We will be featuring a special "Best Wisconsin Awards" presentation in a variety of categories that will be presented at the BIFF '15 Awards Ceremony. For the Best Wisconsin Awards, the director or producer must reside in Wisconsin or the film was shot in Wisconsin.

International Animation (any length)
With this category BIFF will bring the world view to Beloit, Wisconsin. Screenings of traditional and contemporary world cinema will allow us to share with our citizens and guests a representation of creative thought from throughout the world. Any film, regardless of country/state, is considered International.

International Documentary
With this category BIFF will bring the world view to Beloit, Wisconsin. Screenings of traditional and contemporary world cinema will allow us to share with our citizens and guests a representation of creative thought from throughout the world. Any film regardless of country/state is considered International.

International Feature
With this category BIFF will bring the world view to Beloit, Wisconsin. Screenings of traditional and contemporary world cinema will allow us to share with our citizens and guests a representation of creative thought from throughout the world. Any film, regardless of country/state, is considered International.

International Short
With this category BIFF will bring the world view to Beloit, Wisconsin. Screenings of traditional and contemporary world cinema will allow us to share with our citizens and guests a representation of creative thought from throughout the world. Any film regardless of country/state is considered International.

International Student
With this category BIFF will bring the world view to Beloit, Wisconsin. Screenings of traditional and contemporary world cinema will allow us to share with our citizens and guests a representation of creative thought from throughout the world. Any film regardless of country/state is considered International. To qualify for International Student, the Producer or Director MUST be a student with valid ID.

Best Screenplay Award
Filmmakers who wish to have their project considered for the Best Screenplay Award should submit to this category.

With this category BIFF will bring the world view to Beloit, Wisconsin. Screenings of traditional and contemporary world cinema will allow us to share with our citizens and guests a representation of creative thought from throughout the world. Any film regardless of country/state is considered International.

Best Soundtrack Award
Filmmakers who wish to have their project considered for the Best Soundtrack Award should submit to this category.

With this category BIFF will bring the world view to Beloit, Wisconsin. Screenings of traditional and contemporary world cinema will allow us to share with our citizens and guests a representation of creative thought from throughout the world. Any film regardless of country/state is considered International.

International LGBT Film
Films with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered themes. These films can be either shorts or feature length narrative or documentary works.
International Comedy Short
Comedy Short Films under 45 minutes in length
International Music Video
Music Videos under 10 Minutes in Length
Best Illinois (any category)
This award is for the Best Illinois film in any category.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Beloit International Film Festival is dedicated to enhancing the creative impulses of our community. We see this as another great opportunity for Beloit to make its mark, attracting new audiences and offering new cultural excitement for permanent and potential residents and families from throughout the area. We are excited about putting a silver-screen glow on the dark days of winter.



ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
This coming February, Beloit, with the support of The Hendricks Group and Visit Beloit will present the tenth annual Beloit International Film Festival in association with Beloit College. Scores of short, documentary and feature films will be presented in seven venues throughout the Beloit area. In addition, the Festival will include a series of prestigious BIFFY awards.

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. We have ordered the red carpet for 2015, our tenth anniversary, and expect the same kind of star power to be in attendance. Social events are in the early planning stages but we expect that they will be interspersed throughout the extended weekend.

Prizes and grants awarded at BIFF since it's inception have totalled thousands of dollars. BIFF 2015 promises another opportunity for competing filmmakers to share a wealth of rewards for their considerable efforts toward creating high quality cinema and for bringing their work to the BIFF audience.

Screening venues will include locations on the Beloit College campus as well as historic buildings, and restaurants around the city of Beloit. BIFF also features venues in Janesville, WI and Rockford, IL.

The full program will be released in the fall 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 608-313-1200 (ask for Greg Gerard).




ORGANIZERS
Alex Allen (Executive Assistant) ; Ana Kelly (bucho web mistress) ; Chloe Prange (URock Intern) ; Courtney Yates ; Eunhye Jang ; Greg Gerard (Operations Director) ; Jacy Pieper (Intern, BC) ; Jim & Nancy Heidt ; Kat Tow (The Most Interesting) ; Kat Tow (The Most Interesting) ; Katia Colin ; Ken Kaplan (Financial Director) ; Ken Kaplan (Treasurer of the Board) ; Kristin Peterson ; Kristin Peterson ; Kristy McClammer (Director of Filmmaker Hospitality) ; Kristy McClammer (Director of Filmmaker Hospitality) ; Kristy McClammer (Hospitality Intern) ; Mario Viramontes ; Mario Viramontes ; Nancy Heidt ; Rick McGrath (Web Virtuoso) ; Rod Beaudoin (Executive Director) ; Rod Beaudoin (Executive Director) ; Sabina Van Tilburg (BC Intern) ; Sarah Healey (Director of Hospitality) ; Sarah Healey (Director of Hospitality) ; Travis Stowers (Administrative Assistant) ; Tyler Oldenburg (Social Media) ; Zeljana Okanovic (Festival Registrar) ; danny sangra (Festival Registrar) ; danny sangra (Festival Registrar) ; yaniv cohen (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, 2013. 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 August 31, 2014 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 September 30, 2014. 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 number of screenings, days and venue is at the sole discretion of the festival.

Accepted films and videos will be notified by approximately October 31, 2014

RELEASE

I acknowledge that, if accepted to participate, I will agree to comply with the 2015 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, 2013. 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, 2013 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, 2013. 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 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, 2013. RELEASE I acknowledge that, if accepted to participate, I will agree to comply with the 2014 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.