4th Annual

Sunscreen Film Festival West

September 29, 2016 to October 02, 2016

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Sunscreen Film Festival West
1600 Rosecrans Avenue
4th Floor, Building 7
Manhattan Beach CA 90266
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Phone: 310 321 7828
blairskinner7@gmail.com
http://www.ssffwest.com/

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

Narrative Shorts
Narrative Shorts must be under 45 minutes in length. They may include any form in any genre.
Documentary Shorts
Documentaries on any subject under 45 minutes in length.
Documentary Features
Documentary films on any subject 45 minutes or longer in length.
Animated Shorts
Animation entries can be in any genre, format or medium. Entries must be under 45 minutes. Feature-length animated films can be entered as Narrative Features.
Web Series
A Web Series is a fiction or non-fiction series of videos, in episodic form, released on the Internet. It is an "Internet TV series". Episodes can be on YouTube, individual websites or hosted in any of a wide variety of Internet locations. This category includes only episodic videos created for the Internet.
Narrative Feature
Narrative features over 45 minutes or longer in length. They may include any genre.
Foreign Language Documentary Shorts
Documentaries on any subject under 45 minutes in length. They must originate from outside the US.
Foreign Language Documentary Features
Documentaries on any subject 45 minutes or longer in length. They must originate from outside the US.
Foreign Language Shorts
Narrative Shorts must be under 45 minutes in length. They may include any genre. They must originate from outside the US.
Foreign Language Features
Narrative features over 45 minutes or longer in length. They may include any genre. They must originate from outside the US.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Sunscreen Film Festival West is dedicated to educating and entertaining the public on the art of visual storytelling. By increasing the public's awareness and support of local filmmakers we are creating a cultural and economic asset to our community. We know that by facilitating and building a film festival we will provide storytellers a venue to effectively tell their stories in all formats; whether feature, short, animated, scripted or unscripted and now web series. Great storytelling is the core of effective filmmaking, whether the intent is to motivate or simply to entertain an audience.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

One of only 23 Film Fests in the country to be sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences starting in April 2013. Named one of the top 25 film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine and one of the "Coolest Film Festivals" in the U.S.

Filmmakers attending SSFFW 2016 will have access to all festival screenings and workshops, have access to special hospitality areas for filmmakers and industry guests and all VIP parties and events.

The 2015 Sunscreen Film Festival received over seven hundred film submissions. The number of submissions has been growing exponentially each year.

The star studded Sunscreen Film festival has featured such celebrity guests as John Travolta, Ron Perlman, Kelly Preston, Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld), Joe Morton (Termintaor 2, Scandal), Billy Dee Williams, Ed Asner, Patrick Wilson (The Watchmen, Little Children, Hard Candy), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Days of Thunder), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids 1-3), Producers Dave Anderson (The Prince of Egypt), Phil Cooke and Ralph Winter (X-men, Fantastic Four), Chris Wyatt and Sean Covel (Napoleon Dynamite), Esai Morales (La Bamba, Caprica, Criminal Minds) and Screenwriters Dean Batali (That 70's Show), Stephen DeSouza (Die Hard) and celebrity judge, Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons).

In 2014 we had Head of Physical production; Mitchell Bell from Marvel Studios; head of Dreamworks Animation Casting, Christi Soper; Soul Surfer Producer, David Brookwell; Lionsgate Domestic Distribution, Joanna Fang amongst many other professionals. Many writers ranging from Brian Bradley of ABC’s UNCLE BUCK to Industry Veteran Gary Murphy who has credits From HAPPY DAYS, NIGHT COURT, MALCOM IN THE MIDDLE and the EXES.


Sunscreen presents juried awards in the following categories:

Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Animated Film
Best Director
Best Feature Film
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Web Series
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best Actress


Get Your Film Distributed!!! In 2008, Sunscreen offered our first guaranteed Distribution Prize in conjunction with York Entertainment. Since then Sunscreen has had distribution and acquisitions executives actively looking for films at every festival. (Showtime, Lionsgate, Indican Pictures, etc etc) Distributor Indican Pictures (Picked up and distributed 4 films from last years festival) Don't miss out on getting your film distributed in 2016!

Make your plans to join us in Hermosa Beach for another spectacular season of films and fun in the sun! Don't forget your Sunscreen!

ORGANIZERS

Blair Skinner (Programming Director); Julie Nunis (Executive Director of Community Development); Marquel Skinner (Director of Executions); Robert Enriquez (Festival Director); Tony Armer (Co-Founder); Ty Leisher (Coordinating Prod and Tech Liason)

GENERAL RULES

1. Productions may be created in any format, but all entries for pre-screening must be in a digital file.
2. Productions must be entered by the primary rights holder or their authorized representative. If you are acting on the behalf of the rights holder of the film, you may be required to furnish proof of authorization.
3. All entries must be in English, dubbed in English or contain on-screen English subtitles. Non-English entries submitted without dubbing or on-screen English subtitles will be automatically disqualified.
4. Entries must be postmarked by the deadline date.
5. Works-in-progress may be accepted for consideration, provided a completed version will be available by August 1, 2016.
6. We do not require, but STRONGLY RECOMMEND providing an "all audiences" trailer for your film in online format. This will greatly increase your chances of being included in potential television promotions for the Festival.
7. For each accepted entry, the Sunscreen Film Festival will allocate up to four (4) filmmaker passes to all festival events. A representative of your film must pick up all passes at check-in.
8. Based upon availability, Sunscreen will arrange lodging or discounts at hotels for filmmakers traveling to the Festival. This is dependent on budget and is provided on a first come, first serve basis.
9. The Sunscreen Film Festival makes every effort to exhibit submitted films in the best possible quality. We only accept digital files for exhibition(except feature films if they choose to send a DVD or Blu-Ray but not required). High-res .mov files under 5 GB in NTSC format. Any technical questions can be directed to blairskinner7@gmail.com.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Only complete entries (including entry, payment, and media file) will be processed and considered for screening.
2. Entrant's name, address, WAB entry number, and the production's title must be on each disc or case.
3. All entries must be accompanied by the synopsis of the production's content (online on Withoutabox).
4. Films promoting or advertising products or services for "for profit" companies (excluding music videos) will not be given consideration.
5. Entrants will be notified of acceptance into the program by or about August 24, 2016. Sunscreen Film Festival does not guarantee notification for entries that are not accepted for the Festival.
6. Entrant stipulates that they control all rights to the submission and that public exhibition is authorized during the 2016 Sunscreen Film Festival West if the film is accepted to the Festival.
7. If selected, entrant agrees to provide a copy of the film in an approved format for public exhibition no later than Sept 1, 2016.
8. Exhibition copies of subtitled films MUST include "burn-in" subtitles. "Player generated" subtitles are not acceptable.
9. If the Entrant wishes to decline acceptance to the Sunscreen Film Festival, it must be provided in writing no later than Sept 1, 2016.
10. There are no refunds of submission fees.
11. If your film is selected for screening, entrants will be required to immediately supply a press kit for promotional purposes consisting of A) an approved story synopsis of less than 150 words B) at least one photograph of a scene in the film for our Program Guide and C) a brief statement about the film from a key member of the creative team. These materials should be provided digitally with artwork or photos in a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. We do not require but appreciate any additional publicity material that is available (posters, postcards, etc.) and a complete credit list. These materials cannot be returned.
12. Participants agree that all materials related to their film (including excerpts of the film) may be published for any promotional purpose related to the Sunscreen Film Festival West, including the Festival Program, Festival Web Site, and any local or national media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently or in combination with images from other films to promote the film and the Sunscreen Film Festival West.
13. Productions must be entered by the primary rights holder or their authorized representative. If you are acting on the behalf of the rights holder of the film, you may be required to furnish proof of authorization.
14. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Sunscreen Film Festival West 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.