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23-May-2015 3:18am PDT  

 

Sunscreen Film Festival West

3 Annual October 02, 2015 to October 04, 2015

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

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

Narrative Shorts
Narrative Shorts must be under 45 minutes in length. They may include any form in any genre. Please see "mixed media" for all commercials, experimental shorts, and music videos.
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 30 minutes. Feature-length animated films can be entered as Narrative Features.
Music Videos
Includes promotional clips for songs or short form narratives which rely heavily on a song or piece of music for their impact.
Experimental shorts
Experimental entries can be in any genre, format or medium. Entries must be under 45 minutes.

CALIFORNIA FILMMAKER QUALIFICATION:
To qualify for the discounted California Filmmaker rate, you MUST enclose with your preview copy documentation of the Florida-based locations and resources used in your film. If this material is missing, we may disqualify your entry without notice.
Hispanic/Latino/Spanish language Film Shorts
For the 3rd consecutive year Sunscreen is pleased to announce a focus on Latin films, shorts, and documentaries. California is among the largest Latin markets in the US. This years festival will have a dedicated theater and Hispanic/Latino/Spanish language focused events to engage and challenge the local film community which we hope will result in further exposure to Latin films, and an increased awareness of Latin filmmakers.
Hispanic/Latino/Spanish language Film Features
For the 3rd year Sunscreen is pleased to announce a focus on Latin films, shorts, and documentaries. California is among the largest Latin markets in the US. This year's festival will have a dedicated theater and Hispanic/Latino/Spanish language focused events to engage and challenge the local film community which we hope will result in further exposure to Latin films, and an increased awareness of Latin filmmakers.
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.
Animated Feature
Animated Features over 45 minutes.
Narrative Feature
Narrative features over 45 minutes long will be accepted.
Feature Screenplay Submission (46-120 pages)
Feature screenplays will be reviewed by industry professionals and will be in competition for Best Feature Screenplay.

The top 5 screenplays will be announced on August 15, 2015 and winner will be announced at awards ceremony on October 3, 2015 during the film festival.,
Feature Screenplay with coverage (46-120 pages)
Feature screenplays will be read by industry professionals and entered into the Best Feature Screenplay competition. Coverage will be provided by industry executives.

The top 5 screenplays will be announced on August 15, 2015 and winner will be announced at awards ceremony on October 3, 2015 during the film festival.,
Short Screenplay Submission (1-45 pages)
Short Screenplays must be between 1-45 pages. Screenplays over 45 pages will be disqualified. All shorts will be read by industry professionals and will be entered into the Best Short Screenplay competition.

The top 5 screenplays will be announced on August 15, 2015 and winner will be announced at awards ceremony on October 3, 2015 during the film festival.,
Short Screenplay Submission with coverage (1-45 pages)
Short Screenplays must be between 1-45 pages. Screenplays over 45 pages will be disqualified. All shorts will be read by industry professionals and will be entered into the Best Short Screenplay competition. Coverage will be provided by industry executives

The top 5 screenplays will be announced on August 15, 2015 and winner will be announced at awards ceremony on October 3, 2015 during the film festival.,
Short Web Series Pilot Screenplay
Short Screenplays must be between 1-45 pages. Screenplays over 45 pages will be disqualified. All shorts will be read by industry professionals and will be entered into the Best Short Screenplay competition.

The top 5 screenplays will be announced on August 15, 2015 and winner will be announced at awards ceremony on October 3, 2015 during the film festival.,

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Sunscreen Film Festival 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.

Over the course of three days in October, the Sunscreen Film Festival West in Hermosa Beach, CA will showcase an array of Films and videos, and host exclusive parties, workshops and panels with celebrities in a cozy atmosphere for filmmakers and film lovers alike.

Filmmakers attending SSFF West 2015 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 2014 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, 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 (Days of Thunder, JFK, Cliffhanger), 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 an overall audience favorite award and juried awards in the following categories:

Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Director
Best California Film
Best Feature Film
Best Spanish Language Film or Latino Made Film
Best Web Series
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay
Best Web Series pilot Screenplay


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 2015!

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
Diana Romero (Programming Director SSFF West) ; J. Tyler Martinolich ; Robert Enriquez (West Coast Fest Director) ; Tony Armer (Director)

GENERAL RULES
1. Productions may be created in any format, but all entries for pre-screening must be on DVD, Blu-Ray disc, or in a digital file readable on Apple OS X.
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. When submitting a film for screening on DVD, please provide two copies in case of shipping damage or defective media. We recommend extra padding around and inside Amaray cases, as they tend to crack and shatter in shipment.
5. Entries must be postmarked by the deadline date.
6. Works-in-progress may be accepted for consideration, provided a completed version will be available by April 1, 2013.
7. We do not require, but STRONGLY RECOMMEND providing an "all audiences" trailer for your film in DVD format. This will greatly increase your chances of being included in potential television promotions for the Festival.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. The Sunscreen Film Festival makes every effort to exhibit submitted films in the best possible quality. We do not recommend DVD as a mastering or exhibition format due to the amount of video compression required. Please note the availability of any non-tape digital formats (direct exports from non-linear systems, for instance) available for screening. Any technical questions can be directed to info@sunscreenfilmfestival.com

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Only complete entries (including entry, payment, and DVD, tape or 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, case or videotape. 3. All entries must be accompanied by the synopsis of the production's content (online on Withoutabox). 4. Entries to be considered for Best California Film must be accompanied by documentation of the Florida locations and services used in the film's production. 5. Films promoting or advertising products or services for "for profit" companies (excluding music videos) will not be given consideration. 6. Entrants will be notified of acceptance into the program by or about September 1, 2014. Sunscreen Film Festival does not guarantee notification for entries that are not accepted for the Festival. 7. Entrant stipulates that they control all rights to the submission and that public exhibition is authorized during the 2014 Sunscreen Film Festival if the film is accepted to the Festival. 8. If selected, entrant agrees to provide a copy of the film in an approved format for public exhibition no later than September 15, 2013. 9. Exhibition copies of subtitled films MUST include "burn-in" subtitles. "Player generated" subtitles are not acceptable. 10. If the Entrant wishes to decline acceptance to the Sunscreen Film Festival, it must be provided in writing no later than September 20, 2014. 11. There are no refunds of submission fees. 12. 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, on a CD or DVD 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. 13. 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, 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. 14. 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. 15. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Sunscreen 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.