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05-Mar-2015 11:32pm PDT  

 

Hoboken International Film Festival

10 Annual May 29, 2015 to June 04, 2015

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Paramount Theatre
17 South Street
Middletown NY 10940
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Phone: (845) 683-1535
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature Films
Feature films must be fictional and 60 minutes or over TRT. This category includes cash prizes for the following: Best Feature ($1000); Best Screenplay ($500); Best Director ($500); Best Actor ($500); Best Actress ($500).

The grand-prize winner of the juried award for Best Narrative Feature Film will receive a $1000 cash prize.
Narrative Short Films
Short films must be under 60 minutes TRT. This category includes a cash prize for the following: Best Short Film ($500).
Documentary Films
Documentary features are over 60 minutes, and shorts are under 60 minutes. This category includes a cash prize for the following: Best Documentary ($500).
TV Pilots
TV Pilots may include presentations or full-length pilots, and must be over 5 minutes TRT but no more than 60 minutes. This category includes a cash prize for the following: Best TV Pilot ($250).
Screenplays
HIFF will accept submissions of unproduced feature-length screenplays for this category. Screenplays must be at least 90 pages but no more than 130 pages. This category includes the following prize: Best Unproduced Screenplay ($500).

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Hoboken International Film Festival ("HIFF") is dedicated to showcasing and promoting fine non-studio films, TV pilots, and screenplays from filmmakers throughout the United States and internationally.

The best submissions will be rewarded with cash prizes in nearly ten categories. As will be discussed in the next section, HIFF has quickly become one of the top ten best film festivals in the world.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Now in its tenth year, the 2015 Hoboken International Film Festival (“HIFF”) is being held May 29 to June 4, 2015 at the breathtaking Paramount Theater in Middletown, New York. With the Gala Awards Ceremony hosted by Gilbert Gottfried, HIFF will showcase numerous film and TV stars, and the world’s most cutting edge films. HIFF continues to grow – in 2014 HIFF had over 1,500 film submissions from all over the world, and less than 10% were accepted (the competition is fierce). Festival attendance eclipsed 15,000 people last year. A star-filled event, HIFF has had several Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees, and numerous other fan-favorite celebrities at screenings, award ceremonies and special events.

With a celebrity jury comprised of several elite actors, filmmakers and industry leaders, and powerhouse partners that include WCBS FM, ShopRite, Anheuser-Busch, News 12, The Comfort Inn, Mediacom, Marketplace Today, Orange County, Verizon Wireless, Mid-Hudson News, Leo Kaytes Ford, Middletown Press & Promotions, Bonfun, Poor Bobby’s Tavern, O’Connor Davies, Pearce Law, The Paramount Theater, and many more, HIFF, hosted by Middletown, NY, is a worldwide renowned film festival.

The 2014 HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award was personally accepted by Academy Award Nominee BURT YOUNG (Rocky; Back to School; The Adventures of Pluto Nash; Mickey Blue Eyes; Rocky sequals) at HIFF’s Opening Night Celebrations on May 30, 2014.Past recipients of the HIFF Lifetime Achievement award include Eric Roberts ( Academy Award nominee; The Pope of Greenwich Village; The Expendables; The Specialist; Star 80); Robert Loggia (Academy Award & Emmy Nominee; Independence Day; Scarface; Jagged Edge; Big); Cloris Leachman (Academy Award, 4-Time Golden Globe,19-Time Emmy Winner & Nominee); Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas; Romeo + Juliet; The Cooler; Nixon); Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi; Batman; Lady Sings the Blues; Emmy nominee), Carroll Baker (Academy Award Nominee & Golden Globe Winner; How the West Was Won, Baby Doll, Kidergarten Cop); and Charles Durning (2-Time Academy Award, 4-Time Golden Globe, 8-Time Emmy winner & nominee; Tootsie; The Sting; O’ Brother Where Art Thou).…Shortly, the 2015 HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be announced.

HIFF awards the winning filmmakers with cash prizes in several categories. There are also awards given in several other categories, and there are numerous top distribution companies in attendance of the festival and monitoring the Official Selections.

HIFF will be held from May 29 - June 4, 2015.

For festival highlights, please visit:
www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com.

ORGANIZERS
Christopher Lind (Vice Chairman) ; Kenneth Del Vecchio (Chairman, Founder, Director) ; Kenneth Del Vecchio (Chairman, Founder, Director) ; Kenneth Del Vecchio (Chairman, Founder, Director) ; Kenneth Del Vecchio (Chairman, Founder, Director) ; Sean Tulner ; Sydney Houllihan (Director, Screenplay Competition) ; Theresa Teresi ; Theresa Teresi

GENERAL RULES
HIFF competition categories are open to United States and international entries. Feature films, short films, documentaries and TV pilots must be submitted on DVD or Blu-Ray for preview--NTSC only. Foreign language entries must have English language subtitles. Screenplays in the "Unproduced Screenplay" category must be submitted in English. Entries (excluding screenplays submitted in the "Unproduced Screenplay" category) must have been completed after January 1, 2009. Applicants may submit multiple entries.

Include contact information, with both an email address and phone number if possible, on all DVD, Blu-Ray and screenplay submissions. For DVD and Blu-Ray submissions, please submit in sturdy containers and/or bubble wrap to avoid damage. DVD, Blu-Ray and screenplay submissions will not be returned to the submitters.

Payments can be made through Withoutabox by credit card, or by check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to "Hoboken International Film Festival" or "HIFF". Checks and money orders should be sent to: Hoboken International Film Festival, Paramount Theatre,17 South Street, Middletown, NY, 10940. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Notification of Official Selections will be made by May 1, 2015. All responses will be made by email.

HIFF has the absolute, unconditioned right to screen any film or project submitted to HIFF.

Cash prizes are conditioned upon winners personal presence and acceptance at the festival's Gala Awards Ceremony. The winner of the jury awards for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film, Best TV Pilot and the Audience Award Best of the Festival, must be personally accepted by the projects' producer, director or executive producer in order to be eligible for the cash prizes. In order to receive any cash prize, the winner's film must have been submitted with the appropriate submission fee; films submitted without their respective submission fees are not eligible for cash prizes, though they may win HIFF award(s) and are entitled to the trophies if they do win any HIFF award(s).

In the event that HIFF pays for airfare and/or hotel accommodations for any filmmakers and/or any individuals whatsoever, those said filmmakers/individuals shall forfeit the right to receive any cash prize(s) in a monetary value up to an amount equal to HIFF's payment of his/her airfare and/or hotel accommodations.

Officially selected films will not have their screening format (eg - DVD, Blu-Ray) returned unless the fillmaker pays for the shipping. In that event, the filmmaker must supply HIFF with pre-paid self-addressed packaging, or another form of payment agreed upon by HIFF.

Please see specific categories for more information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

My entry is a screenplay or a feature film, short film, documentary film or TV pilot entered for judging on DVD or Blu-Ray. If my entry is selected for Festival screening at HIFF, I agree to rush a DVD (NTSC) or Blu-Ray (NTSC). I hold the Hoboken International Film Festival harmless from damage to the DVD/Blu-Ray en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival's possession of the DVD/Blu-Ray. I agree that if I want my exhibition DVD/Blu-Ray returned to me, I must pay for the shipping costs in the manner defined in HIFF's General Rules. I also agree to the following terms: Cash prizes are conditioned upon winners personal presence and acceptance at the festival's Gala Awards Ceremony. The winner of the jury awards for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film, Best TV Pilot and the Audience Award Best of the Festival, must be personally accepted by the projects' producer, director or executive producer in order to be eligible for the cash prizes. In order to receive any cash prize, the winner's film must have been submitted with the appropriate submission fee; films submitted without their respective submission fees are not eligible for cash prizes, though they may win HIFF award(s) and are entitled to the trophies if they do win any HIFF award(s). In the event that HIFF pays for airfare and/or hotel accommodations for any filmmakers and/or any individuals whatsoever, those said filmmakers/individuals shall forfeit the right to receive any cash prize(s) in a monetary value up to an amount equal to HIFF's payment of his/her airfare and/or hotel accommodations. I also agree that HIFF has the absolute, unconditioned right to screen any film or project that I submit to HIFF. HIFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition during the Festival for promotional purposes and at the gala awards ceremony. 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 Hoboken International Film Festival 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. By signing this document, I agree that I have read all of the instructions, rules and regulations set forth about HIFF on WAB including but not limited to the General Rules, and that I fully understand them and agree to abide by their terms and conditions.