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24-Apr-2014 11:54am PDT  

 

Southern Circuit - Tour of Independent Filmmakers

38 Annual September 01, 2014 to December 31, 2014

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SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Fiction
Southern Circuit accepts submissions from filmmakers to tour the Southeastern United States screening their work and engaging new audiences. We accept feature length work (minimum of 45 minutes). We do not accept short films. Submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2011. Don't forget to write the same WAB tracking IDs on ALL DVDs submitted for this program.
Documentary
Southern Circuit accepts submissions from filmmakers to tour the Southeastern United States screening their work and engaging new audiences. We accept feature length work (minimum of 45 minutes). We do not accept short films. Submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2011. Don't forget to write the same WAB tracking IDs on ALL DVDs submitted for this program.
Animation
Southern Circuit accepts submissions from filmmakers to tour the Southeastern United States screening their work and engaging new audiences. We accept feature length work (minimum of 45 minutes). We do not accept short films. Submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2011. Don't forget to write the same WAB tracking IDs on ALL DVDs submitted for this program.
Experimental
Southern Circuit accepts submissions from filmmakers to tour the Southeastern United States screening their work and engaging new audiences. We accept feature length work (minimum of 45 minutes). We do not accept short films. Submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2011. Don't forget to write the same WAB tracking IDs on ALL DVDs submitted for this program.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
As the nation's first regional tour of independent filmmakers, Southern Circuit provides filmmakers with the paid opportunity to participate in a multi-venue tour of the Southeastern United States, screen their films for new audiences, and engage audiences in discussions about the content and production of their films.

Southern Circuit is a program of South Arts. South Arts, a regional arts organization, strengthens the South through advancing excellence in the arts, connecting the arts to key state and national policies, and nurtures a vibrant quality of life.





ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Southern Circuit seeks films, including animation, documentaries, experimental and narrative work, for consideration for the Circuit through an annual nationwide open call for submissions.

Southern Circuit is open to any filmmaker living in the United States with a valid driver's license. Filmmakers may submit a feature-length work (45 – 120 minutes).

Southern Circuit is composed of three separate Circuits, each with six filmmakers (for a total of 18 filmmakers) who travel (by air & auto) to an estimated eight communities each throughout the Southeastern United States. The Circuit tours take place the months of September, October, November, February, March, or April. Filmmakers will tour an estimated 10-12 days.

Screening partners for the 2014-2015 tour are required to host a post-screening Q&A for each Southern Circuit filmmaker in their community. Other events that filmmakers may be invited to in conjunction with screenings may include a dinner prior to the screening, coffee with local filmmakers, a post-screening reception, a classroom presentation with university or high school students, etc.

Filmmakers selected for the 2014-2015 Southern Circuit receive:

* A $400 screening fee for each screening on the tour. Total screening fees may total as much as $3,200.
* Paid travel expenses (domestic airfare, car rental, gas expenses, airline baggage fees) for the tour.
* A per diem of $175 (per evening away from home) to cover expenses for meals and lodging.
* Logistics and travel support from the South Arts staff.
* Marketing support from South Arts and the host venues for each screening

In return, selected filmmakers agree to:

* Travel to designated partner venues throughout the Southeastern United States.
* Present a screening from approximately 45-120 minutes in length.
* Engage audiences in a 30-minute post-screening Q&A discussion of the work, the film-making process, and their lives as artists.
* Participate in program-related events coordinated by screening partners on the tour, such as private dinners, public receptions, classroom presentations, etc.
* Participate in the Southern Circuit blog interviews to further promote the tour.

Hear what previous touring filmmakers say about their tours:

"As I try to wrap up the tour - hard to do because it was such a rich experience and such a whirlwind - I realized how insular Esther's and my world is in NYC. It's easy to think that NYC is the center of the universe, and that's where all the cool and smart people live, and where anything that's really important that happens. (I guess most snobs don't realize they're snobs.) It was a wonderful experience to meet so many talented and extraordinary smart people -- from Tupelo to Charleston -- who truly love, have sharp insights, and tremendous knowledge about film. I'm sure we'll remember our Southern Circuit Tour our whole lives."
Rob Kuhns, Birth of the Living Dead

"Leaving the theater after the screening I thought to myself, 'If the rest of the stops on this tour are half as good as the first stop, I’m in for a hell of a good time.' I was right."
Joe York, Pride & Joy

“Now that my Southern Circuit Tour has come to an end, I must confess that I have traveled with feature films all over this country (and one even played in France), but this is by far the most rewarding trip I've ever taken with a film. Hands down. No comparison. In the life of the low-budget documentary filmmaker, these journeys don't happen often and I will treasure every moment. Thank you!”
John Beck, Harvest

“Going on the Southern Circuit is a good reason to make more films.”
-David Simpson, A Good Man

“Can't speak enough about what a great program this is.”
--Georgia Archer, Barbershop Punk

“Over the last two weeks, as I zipped around to ten cities in the South as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a question formed in my mind that became more and more urgent with each new city that I visited and with each new screening filled with curious, intelligent, arts-craving audiences. That question was why - why doesn't this exist anywhere else? Why doesn't every region in the United States have a circuit tour?”
--Ellen Bar, NY Export: Opus Jazz

“Up to the tour we'd screened mostly at really wonderful and well-known gay & lesbian film festivals, winning several awards and playing to packed houses. So, what I've looked forward to and enjoyed very much is playing to those new audiences on this Southern Circuit Tour, a tour that is bringing all sorts of people - southerners, northerners, gay, straight, young, old, Christian, non-Christian, etc. - to the film. How would they have seen this film otherwise, were it not for South Arts?”
--Stephen Cone, The Wise Kids

To read more thoughts from our filmmakers, visit the Southern Circuit blog at http://southerncircuit.blogspot.com/


ORGANIZERS
Ivan Schustak ; Jasmine Mackey ; Patricia French ; Teresa Hollingsworth (Senior Program Director)

GENERAL RULES
GENERAL RULES

I. Submission Rules

a. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
b. DVDs will not be returned
c. Filmmaker will assume shipping cost to Southern Circuit
d. Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work.
e. Southern Circuit does not accept rough cuts, only completed films.
f. All decisions made by Southern Circuit are final.

II. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be living in the United States with a valid driver's license. Filmmakers will be expected to drive between venues that are 300 miles or less.

b. Filmmakers must submit a feature-length work. Southern Circuit defines feature-length as no less than 45 minutes and no more than 120 minutes.

c. Submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2011.

d. Both preview online screeners and exhibition prints must either be in English or have English subtitles.

e. A film may not have a confirmed distribution deal at the time of submission. Works that receive distribution deals after they are submitted for consideration to Southern Circuit remain eligible to tour.

f. Southern Circuit does not have any premiere requirements. However, the program does take previous screenings and broadcasts into consideration during the selection process. It is the filmmaker's responsibility to notify Southern Circuit of any change in premiere status during the submission process.

g. If your film is selected, Southern Circuit will only screen in DVD and/or Blu-ray format.

III. Submission Requirements

Preview Screeners: Southern Circuit strongly prefers online screener via Vimeo. DVDs will also be accepted. If selecting this option, please submit two DVDs labeled with the WAB tracking number.

IV. Rights & Clearances

Entrant represents and warrants that all materials submitted shall be original work of the applicant (and its employees, if any), and not of any third party. Entrant warrants that it has good and marketable title to the entire submitted work. Entrant releases South Arts from any and all claims and causes of action whatsoever (including, without limitation, any infringement or violation of personal and/or property rights of any sort including, to the maximum extent permitted by law, defamation) arising from the use, production, promotion, distribution and exploitation, and presentation of the film. Entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold the South Arts harmless (including its directors, officers, and employees) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, suits, damage costs, and expenses (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs), and damages suffered, incurred, arising out of, or related to any claims that any part(s) or all of the film infringe upon any copyright or trademark (statutory or common law); constitute an invasion of the right of privacy or publicity; constitute a defamation; or constitute an infringement of any other right or any kind, of any third party.

V. Selection & Notification

Received submissions are entered into the first round of adjudication where it is reviewed by Southern Circuit programmers. Films that advance to the second round of adjudication are reviewed by invited jurors (filmmakers, film festival programmers, film presenters). Final selections are made by the screening partner selection committee who determine which films will be featured on the 2014-2015 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

The primary contact listed on the entry form will be notified of their film's status via email by June 13, 2014. It is the primary contact's responsibility to update Southern Circuit with any change in their relevant contact information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By submitting your film to the 2014-2015 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers you authorize that your work can legally be screened for festival presentations, and used for educational and community outreach purposes. Entrant represents and warrants that all materials submitted shall be original work of the applicant (and its employees, if any), and not of any third party. Entrant warrants that it has good and marketable title to the entire submitted work. Entrant releases South Arts from any and all claims and causes of action whatsoever (including, without limitation, any infringement or violation of personal and/or property rights of any sort including, to the maximum extent permitted by law, defamation) arising from the use, production, promotion, distribution and exploitation, and presentation of the film. Entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold the South Arts harmless (including its directors, officers, and employees) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, suits, damage costs, and expenses (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs), and damages suffered, incurred, arising out of, or related to any claims that any part(s) or all of the film infringe upon any copyright or trademark (statutory or common law); constitute an invasion of the right of privacy or publicity; constitute a defamation; or constitute an infringement of any other right or any kind, of any third party.