15th Annual

East End Film Festival

June 01, 2017 to June 25, 2017

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East End Short
The festival also actively encourages the participation of films that can be categorised as being of particular relevance to East London. To qualify under the ‘East London’ category the film must must fit at least one of the following criteria:

1. The producer, director or writer lives, works or studies in East London.
2. A significant part of the film’s production or post-production took place in East London.
3. The film significantly reflects one of the many communities or cultures of East London – this may include UK wide and world cinema – or seeks to promote the rich cultural diversity of East London.

East London, for the purposes of the EEFF, is classified as comprising the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest, and Greenwich.

N.B. Submission is free of charge for residents of Tower Hamlets, who should request a fee waiver when submitting. Please quote THR in the reason box. A waiver code is not required, please leave the waiver code box blank.
UK Feature
Features originating from anywhere in the UK.

N.B. Submission is free of charge for residents of Tower Hamlets, who should request a fee waiver when submitting. Please quote THR in the reason box. A waiver code is not required, please leave the waiver code box blank.

International Feature
Feature films originating from outside the UK.
Documentary Feature
Documentary film originating from anywhere in the world. Duration OVER 49 minutes.

N.B. Submission is free of charge for residents of Tower Hamlets, who should request a fee waiver when submitting. Please quote THR in the reason box. A waiver code is not required, please leave the waiver code box blank.
UK Short
Short films originating from anywhere in the UK.

N.B. Submission is free of charge for residents of Tower Hamlets, who should request a fee waiver when submitting. Please quote THR in the reason box. A waiver code is not required, please leave the waiver code box blank.

International Short
Shorts originating from anywhere else in the world outside the UK.
Long Short (UK & International)
Films of between 21 and 49 minutes.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

One of the UK's largest film festivals, the East End Film Festival is an annual multi-platform festival presenting a rich and diverse programme of international premieres, industry masterclasses, free pop-up screenings and immersive live events. The EEFF’s mission is to discover, support, and exhibit pioneering work by global and local independent filmmakers, and to introduce viewers to innovative and challenging cinematic experiences.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Founded in 2001 as a platform to showcase local filmmakers, the East End Film Festival has rapidly expanded in the last decade to become an internationally recognised platform for brave, boundary pushing cinema from all over the globe. Featuring premieres, special events, workshops, outdoor screenings, music, art, poetry and high profile guests, the festival has represented more than 60 countries to date, screening more than 100 feature films each year alongside shorts programmes, industry training and live cross-platform events. The festival also retains a commitment to cinema relevant to East London (in both setting and promoting talent) within a programme that embraces the best in international film.

The festival's awards system includes: Best Feature (reserved for first and second time directors), Best Documentary, Best UK Short Film, Short Film Audience Award and the Accession Award, which is reserved for a particular craft within filmmaking. Previous festival guests include: Danny Boyle, Hugh Grant, Clive Owen, Ron Perlman, The National, Ben Wheatley, Irvine Welsh, Armando Bo (Oscar winning screenwriter, Birdman), Aiden Gillen, and many more. PLEASE NOTE THAT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE SHORT FILM AUDIENCE AWARD, EEFF WILL NOT BE RUNNING ITS AWARDS PROGRAMME IN 2017, WHICH WILL RESUME IN 2018. READ ON FOR MORE DETAILS.

EAST END FILM FESTIVAL The Shape of Things to Come…..
• Beginning Spring 2018, East End Film Festival is moving to a new permanent annual position
• 2017 will be a celebratory gateway year running over 4 long weekends in June. Celebrating the different programme areas of the EEFF whilst signposting the festival's move to new dates, the structure of EEFF 2017 will be as follows:

EAST END FILM FESTIVAL ROOTS Weekend
1st – 4th June 2017
Four days of FREE and subsidised film screenings across multiple East London cinemas, with guest masterclasses, panel discussions & debate, children’s workshops, cross-arts performance & exhibition, and a touring programme of pop-up events within the local community.

EAST END FILM FESTIVAL UNSIGNED Weekend
8th – 11th June 2017
Four days of World and UK Premiere fiction and documentary feature film screenings of titles currently without distribution. This weekend will include multiple Q&A’s, talks, distributor engagement activity, training and networking opportunities.

EAST END FILM FESTIVAL PRE-RELEASE Weekend
15th – 18th June 2017
Four days of high-profile Premiere screenings across multiple cinemas, of feature and documentary titles due for theatrical release later in the year, complete with high profile guests, Q&As, parties and events.

EAST END FILM FESTIVAL ALL STARS Weekend
22nd – 25th June 2017
Four days of dynamic, new multi-media commissions, film screenings, panels, events and parties celebrating the festival's rich history of cross-platform exhibition, culturally charged debate, diverse community engagement and innovative multi-media events.

N.B. Submission is free of charge for residents of Tower Hamlets, who should request a fee waiver when submitting. Please quote THR in the reason box. A waiver code is not required, please leave the waiver code box blank. Proof of address will be requested.


ORGANIZERS

Alison Poltock (Co-founder and Festival Director); Alison Poltock (Director); Andrew Simpson (Co-Director and Festival Programmer); Dimitris Boutourelis (Programme Producer)

GENERAL RULES

East End Film Festival (EEFF) submission guidelines and procedures 2017

The East End Film Festival 2017 will take place in venues and cinemas across East London and aims to showcase cutting edge independent films from all over the globe. Following different format in 2017, EEFF 2017 will take place across four long weekends in June, as opposed to one eleven day run as in most years (EEFF will return to its usual format in 2018, when the festival will be moving to Spring).

Please be sure to read the terms and conditions before submitting your film.

N.B. Submission is free of charge for residents, employees and students of Tower Hamlets. Please see the Submission Fee Waiver section below for further details.

Submission format:

Films entered for selection must be submitted via Withoutabox online screener or DVD format only. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLINE LINKS (OTHER THAN THE WITHOUTABOX ONLINE SCREENING PLATFORM) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Title, Unique Reference Number/withoutabox number, screening format and running time must be clearly labelled on the DVD. Submitted DVD's will not be returned but may be collected from the EEFF Office during office hours by arrangement. You may also include a SAE with correct postage for the return of your film.

Screening format can be 35mm, 16mm, BluRay and DCP for feature films, with short films to be submitted on DCP, with some exceptions.

The EEFF is an international film festival with an international programme, and welcomes submissions from all parts of the international filmmaking community.

EEFF also welcomes film that are relevant to East London (whether in setting, production or residence of filmmakers), which the festival always seeks to support within the festival programme. To qualify under the East London category you must fit one of the following criteria:
- The producer, director or writer lives, works or studies in East London.
- A significant part of the film's production or post-production took place in East London.
- The film significantly reflects one of the many communities or cultures in East London (this may include UK wide and world cinema), or seeks to promote the rich cultural diversity of East London.

East London, for the purposes of the Festival, is classified as comprising the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest, and Greenwich.

In addition to the above, all submissions must have been completed since January 2016. Feature submissions must not have previously been released in the UK on any format.The EEFF reserve the right to use any material provided to us for marketing purposes. All films in a language other than English must be subtitled or submitted with a script translated into English.

Submission Fee Waiver: Tower Hamlets Residents, Employees and Students

Submission is free of charge for residents, employees and students of the London borough of Tower Hamlets. Please request a fee waiver when submitting online, and quote THR in the reason box. Leave the waiver code box blank, as a waiver code is not required.

To verify your eligibility, proof of your Tower Hamlets address, employment, or place of study is required. Please send a photocopy of one of the following forms of evidence to the East End Film Festival office along on completion of your Withoutabox submission:

- A utility bill (e.g. gas, electricity, water, telephone)
- A bank/building society statement
- A Council tax bill
- A pay slip
- Proof of enrollment on Tower Hamlets full-time course
- Valid College/University student card

NB: Proof must be dated within 6 months of your submission date.

Shipping and postage: DVD submissions should be sent to the festival's shipping address, which will be provided on request.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL SHIPPING AND POSTAGE COSTS TO AND FROM THE FESTIVAL MUST BE BORNE BY THE SUBMITTING PARTY, including those for the submission package and, if the film is selected, for all prints, tapes and additional materials sent to and returned from EEFF. EEFF will not accept COD shipments and will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid. EEFF will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party. To avoid customs fees, please ensure all tapes and/or prints are labelled 'For temporary, cultural purposes only. No commercial value. Non-pornographic.'

Selection of films:

Features and shorts will be selected by festival programmers and guest programmers. Eligible submissions are further reviewed and selected under the following criteria:

- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production
- Relevance to overall EEFF Criteria
- Limitations and availability of screening slots
- Availability of film rights for distribution

Festival awards: Please note that with the exception of the Short Film Audience Award, EEFF awards will not be in operation in 2017. They will return in 2018 when the festival has moved to the Spring.

Festival screenings and scheduling:

EEFF is able to screen 35mm, DCP or Blu Ray for feature films, and DCP for short films. EEFF aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection. EEFF assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival print or tape.

Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of EEFF. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, EEFF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. EEFF will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection, and no film may be screened outside the Festival during the Festival and before its official presentation without the agreement of EEFF.

If you have any questions please email film@eastendfilmfestival.com


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Submission to the Festival implies acceptance of its Rules.

EEFF endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 29 April 2017. Notification will be by email.

EEFF is able to screen 35mm, DCP, BluRay for feature films, and DCPs for short films. Please note that DVD and high-resolution digital files will only be used as a screening format on extremely rare occasions.

All hardcopy DVD submissions must be posted to our festival office (details provided on request).

East End Film Festival accepts online entries submitted via Withoutabox

EEFF aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection. EEFF assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival print or tape.

Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of EEFF. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, EEFF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. EEFF will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection, and no film may be screened outside the Festival during the Festival and before its official presentation without the agreement of EEFF.