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17-Apr-2014 8:16pm PDT  

 

Sunscreen Film Festival

9 Annual May 01, 2014 to May 04, 2014

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1776 11th Ave N
St Petersburg FL 33713
USA
Phone: 727-259-8417
info@sunscreenfilmfestival.com
http://www.sunscreenfilmfestival...

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. Please see "mixed media" for all commercials, experimental shorts, and music videos.
Narrative Features
Feature length entries shall be 45 minutes in length or longer. Features 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 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.

FLORIDA FILMMAKER QUALIFICATION:
To qualify for the discounted Florida 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.
Screenplay
Feature Screenplays:

Narrative screenplays 90-150 pages in length.
The winning script selected will be produced into a film.

FAQ's

Who's involved? LA Based Distribution Company Indican Pictures, Production Company Red Baron FIlms and Consulting Producer David Brookwell (Soul Surfer).

Do I retain the rights to my script? Yes all rights remain with the writer. The winning screenplay will need to sign a contract with the production company allowing the use of the screenplay in order to be produced.

What's the budget? The selected screenplay will be for a film budgeted at around $500,000.

What happens with the rest of the scripts? 5 scripts will be selected as finalists. All scripts are read by professional readers and if there are scripts they like in addition to the winning script those can be passed along to producers and production companies for consideration with the writer's permission.

Does ordering coverage help or hurt my chances? The coverage is for the writer's benefit it has no effect on the outcome of the contest.

Coverage Service:
The Coverage Service includes a brief plot synopsis and then offers an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. The Coverage Service also offers the screenwriter some recommendation as to what "the next step" could be with their screenplay and writing. Our Readers' goal is to assist you in crafting your submission into something that can advance in competition and impress agents, managers and producers. Standard Coverage will be available within two months from the time you submit your work. A notice will be sent to the e-mail address you provided in your screenplay application form when your Coverage is available.

Coverage Readers are Hollywood professionals who read and provide coverage for major Studios, Agents, Producers and production companies.

Industry-standard coverage is two pages of synopsis and one page of comments. This all varies depending on the story -- more intricate plots usually have a longer synopsis.

Manhattan Beach, CA based Production and Management Company Red Baron Films http://www.redbaronfilms.com/ and Los Angeles based Distribution Company Indican Pictures http://www.indicanpictures.com/ will select the winning screenplay to be produced.

“This is an amazing opportunity for screenwriters everywhere. The one thing every writer wants is their script to get into the hands of someone who can get their screenplay made. No matter where you live this is that opportunity” commented Festival Director Tony Armer.

Red Baron Films will develop and produce the winning script. Indican Pictures will have first right of refusal to acquire and distribute the film. Indican distributes domestically and internationally to all media platforms (Theatrical, Video, TV, VOD, Streaming, Ancillary, Internet).

Red Baron Films President Robert Enriquez had this to say “We’re excited for the opportunity to select a great script to turn into a great film”. Red Baron Films produces independent films and represents actors in Film, TV, Video Games, and more.

All genres are welcome, including but not limited to:
Christmas (holiday themed {Thanksgiving, Halloween, New Year’s})
-live action family with a solid uplifting message (that includes dogs, cats – any cute animal works)
-faith based
-horror
-westerns
-sci fi (streamlined/designed for low budget)
-rom/coms
-war
-action
Screenplays will be accepted from October 23rd – February 15th, 2014. The finalists will be announced on April 1st, 2014.

Winner announced May 3rd at the Sunscreen Film Festival.

Hispanic/Latino/Spanish language Film Shorts
This year Sunscreen is pleased to announce a focus on Latin films, shorts, and documentaries. Florida, in particular the bay area, 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
This year Sunscreen is pleased to announce a focus on Latin films, shorts, and documentaries. Florida, in particular the bay area, 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 Documentaries
This year Sunscreen is pleased to announce a focus on Latin films, shorts, and documentaries. Florida, in particular the bay area, 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.
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.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Sunscreen Film Festival is dedicated to educating the public about the art of visual storytelling, enhancing opportunities for local filmmakers to develop their craft, and increasing the public's awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset. We believe 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, the Sunscreen Film Festival challenges expectations by providing filmmaker centered programing, networking opportunities, and intensive workshops. All of which truly make Sunscreen one of the "Coolest Film Festivals" in the U.S.

The Festival recently expanded and now in addition to the main festival in St. Petersburg, FL every spring, Sunscreen will hold "Sunscreen West" in Manhattan Beach, CA every October.

Over the course of four days in April 2013, the Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Pete showcased more than 85 short and feature films, including films of all styles and genres as well as music videos, mixed media, student films, documentaries and feature films from around the world. Exclusive parties, workshops and panels with celebrities and special guests from the film industry provide a warm, educational atmosphere for filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike.

Make no mistake, these are not your typical interactions with filmmakers. Its our mission to only bring in top talent who are willing to interact at a personal level with filmmakers, teaching classes, and answering questions in professional settings.

The 2013 Sunscreen Film Festival screened over seven hundred film submissions. Over 85 short and feature films were selected. The star studded festival has featured such celebrity guests as John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Billy Dee Williams, Patrick Wilson (The Watchmen, Little Children, Hard Candy), Michael Rooker (Days of Thunder, JFK, Cliffhanger), Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum), Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl), Jeff Donovan (Changeling, Burn Notice), 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), and Screenwriters Dean Batali (That 70's Show), Stephen DeSouza (Die Hard) and Timothy Sexton (Children of Men) and celebrity judge, Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons). Return guests such as John N. Flynn and Jamie Fleming (MGM Hollywood Classics) hosted the fourth annual Distribution and Finance Panel. Hosting our largest Actor's Workshop was Patrick Wilson teaching a Master Class.

Sunscreen West takes place at Raleigh Studios (home to the Marvel soundstages) in Manhattan Beach. Keeping with Sunscreen's tradition, Sunscreen West features great films, workshops with top industry talent and great parties.

The BayWalk entertainment complex in St. Petersburg, FL is the central hub and "heart" of the flagship Sunscreen, FL, with festival screenings, information and ticket sales based in one location. Muvico's BayWalk 20 is the primary film screening venue, with parties and workshops rounding out the festival at a variety of spectacular venues throughout downtown St. Petersburg and the city's waterfront.

Filmmakers attending Sunscreen 2014 will get to experience their films in a state-of-the-art theater, have access to all festival screenings and workshops, have access to special hospitality areas for filmmakers and industry guests.

Sunscreen presents an overall audience favorite award and juried awards in the following categories:
Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Director
Best Student Film
Florida Fresh Filmmaker Award
Best Florida Film
Best Feature Film
Best Spanish Language Film
Best Screenplay
Best Web Series

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 since then. We are looking forward to having them back to search for more films in 2014. Dozens of films over the years and four films in 2013 received offers of distribution from sales agents and distributors. Distributor Indican Pictures and Sales Company Fairway Film Alliance are sponsors of the fest and are looking for films to distribute. Don't miss out on getting your film distributed in 2014!

Don't forget your Sunscreen! Make your plans to join us in May 2014 in St. Petersburg, FL and Manhattan Beach in October for another spectacular season of films and fun in the sun!

ORGANIZERS
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 Florida 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, 2013. 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 2013 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, 2013. 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.