14th Annual

Sunscreen Film Festival

April 25, 2019 to April 29, 2019

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Sunscreen Film Festival
1204 15th Street North
St. Petersbug FL 33705
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Shorts
Shorts must be under 30 minutes in length. They may include any form in any genre and originate from anywhere in the world. Non-English speaking films in this category are eligible for both the Best Short Film award and Best Foreign Language Film award.
Documentary Features
Documentary Features must be over 45 minutes in length. They may cover any topic and originate from anywhere in the world. Non-English speaking films in this category are eligible for both the Narrative Feature award and Best Foreign Language Film award.
New Media Series
New Media, the pilot episode of a series is usually the best to showcase, must be under 15 minutes in length. They can be on any topic, and originate from anywhere in the world.
Narrative Features
Narratives Features must be over 45 minutes in length. They may include any form in any genre and originate from anywhere in the world. This also includes Animated Features. Non-English speaking films in this category are eligible for both the Narrative Feature award and Best Foreign Language Film award.
Animated Shorts
Animated Shorts must be under 25 minutes in length.
They may include any form in any genre and originate from anywhere in the world.
Documentary Shorts
Documentary Shorts must be under 25 minutes in length.
They may include any form in any genre and originate from anywhere in the world.
Foreign Language Short
Shorts must be under 30 minutes in length. They may include any form in any genre and originate from anywhere in the world. Non-English speaking films in this category are eligible for both the Best Short Film award and Best Foreign Language Film award.
Foreign Language Feature
Narratives Features must be over 45 minutes in length. They may include any form in any genre and originate from anywhere in the world. This also includes Animated Features. Non-English speaking films in this category are eligible for both the Narrative Feature award and Best Foreign Language Film award.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Sunscreen Film Festival is organized and presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to education, economic development, informing the public about the art of visual storytelling, enhancing opportunities for local filmmakers to develop their craft and art, and increasing the public’s awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Sunscreen Film Festival is known for its friendly atmosphere in a sun-kissed waterfront setting in St. Petersburg FL. The Fest screens top notch independent films, provides workshops and panels packed with Hollywood talent, hosts great parties and is the top film festival in the St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Florida area.

In 2013 the festival expanded to Los Angeles and now holds the Florida version in the spring and the Los Angeles version in the fall each year.

The star-studded Sunscreen Film Festival has featured celebrity guests, producers, directors and more. Some of these include; John Travolta, Ron Perlman, Kelly Preston, Patrick Warburton, Gary Busey, Joe Morton, Billy Dee Williams, Ed Asner, Patrick Wilson, Michael Rooker, Joe Panotoliano, Robert Davi, Daphne Zuniga, Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Phil Cooke, Ralph Winter, Chris Wyatt, Sean Covel, Esai Morales, Dean Batali, Stephen DeSouza, Nancy Cartwright and many more!

In 2013-2014, Sunscreen Film Festival was one of only 23 film festivals in the country to be sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. We've also been named one of the Top 25 Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine.

Sunscreen’s workshops are consistently some of the best in the festival world. Year after year, top Hollywood talent is brought in to share their knowledge and network with you, the filmmaker. From the Producers of X-Men and Napoleon Dynamite to the screenwriters of Die Hard and That 70’s Show, to major distributors, to big name actors, our guests all participate in teaching workshops and panels for you!

Sunscreen has also welcomed distribution and acquisitions executives from companies including Showtime, Lionsgate, and Indican Pictures. You never know who you'll meet and what can happen next for you and your film.

Our goal is to encourage the creation, production, and exhibition of independent film in Florida and Southern California through our educational programs and public screenings, thereby increasing awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset.

ORGANIZERS

Blair Skinner; Blair Skinner (Programming Director); Chris Eaton (Festival Director/ Programming ); Dave DeBorde (Education Director); Lisa Mansell (Events Director); Robert Enriquez (Co-Founder); Tony Armer (Co-Founder)

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. Works-in-progress may be accepted for consideration, provided a completed version will be available by April 1, 2019.

5. 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 and social media promotions for the Festival.

6. For each accepted entry, the Sunscreen Film Festival will allocate up to two (4) filmmaker passes to all festival events. A representative of your film must notify the Festival that you will be attending and pick up all passes at check-in.

7. Based upon availability, Sunscreen will arrange discounts at hotels for filmmakers traveling to the Festival. This is dependent on budget and is provided on a first come, first serve basis.

8. 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 or DCP). High-res .mov files under 5 GB in NTSC format. Any technical questions can be directed to Chris@sunscreenfilmfestival.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, Withoutabox tracking 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 March 7, 2018. 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 2018 Sunscreen Film Festival 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 April 7, 2019.
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 March 15, 2019.
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, 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.
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 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.