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|With emphasis on projects that reveal the human spirit, we endeavor to showcase the best in documentary filmmaking with interest towards work that inspires cultural, environmental, and social awareness. Films must be feature-length documentaries, 60 minutes or longer. California Premiers strongly preferred, though World/North American/US Premiers are ideal.
|Dance Film Showcase
|Dance Film Showcase
The Dance Film Showcase strives to present the highest quality of visually engaging, sensory stimulating, movement-driven short film work.
We consider films under 15 minutes that engage at least one of these topics:
1) Dance for camera
2) Experimental film involving dance
3) Narratives about dance
4) Documentaries about dance
5) Films about movement
|The Youth program showcases films by budding filmmakers under the age of 18.
To be considered for the competition, films must be under 10 minutes or shorter.
|In our selection we focus on discovering new talent in the field of independent narrative filmmaking whose passion shines through in the art of storytelling. Films must be feature-length narratives, 60 minutes or longer. California Premiers strongly preferred, though World/North American/US Premiers are ideal.
|Nature & Wildlife
|Nature & Wildlife
Films with a focus on nature and or wildlife. Films must be 15 minutes or shorter.
|The Experimental program seeks risk-taking art-based work that utilizes cinema to create new ways of seeing. Films must be 15 minutes or shorter. Films must be a Topanga Premier. California Premier preferred.
|The Music Video selections are based on combining the forces of music and cinema to tell stories through song and visual imagery.
Our narrative shorts programming gathers the best in limited timeframe storytelling from around the globe. Films must exhibit strong narrative structure, character development, and effective storyline. Films must be 15 minutes or shorter. Films must be a Topanga Premier. California Premier preferred.
|Our screenplay competition will award best and runner-ups to the following categories: Comedy, Romantic, Sci-Fi, Drama. Scripts will be read by a high profile group of judges who work in the industry as writers, directors, and producers. Scripts must be 90-120 pgs.
|Interactive media proposals may be submitted free of charge for installations in outdoor and indoor venues. Projects must be self-installed and self-contained with the only necessity being power. Set up, strike, and all materials to be provided by the artist. Venues include tents & outdoor areas.
Films with a focus on new ways of creating and harnessing the planets energy sources. Any length of film is welcome.
Knowing most director’s get their start with Horror as their first feature film we encourage Horror films that engage, provoke and go beyond the norm by telling powerful stories with engaging characters supported by compelling cinematography and dynamic sound scores. Films must be shorts 15 min or under or feature-length narratives, 60 minutes or longer. California Premiers strongly preferred, though World/North American/US Premiers are ideal.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Topanga Film Institute (TFI) exists to connect, interact, and create a resourceful space to house a global community of filmmakers who continue to progress the art of storytelling in creative and effective ways. In search of the finest cinematic work in the world, we seek to compile an archive of media that represents an international collective of epic movies.
TFI is the primary host of the annual Topanga Film Festival, committed to passionate intelligent filmmaking that strives to tell innately human stories to inspire growth, change, and community. The festival seeks to present work that is courageous, educational, innovative, and provocative, endeavoring to create a comfortable space to share knowledge, artistry, and the love of cinema.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Topanga Film Festival is a true original. A chance to see great films under the stars in one of the most magical spots on the continent. A jewel of a festival.
~ Wendie Malick, actor
Nominated as "one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world" by Filmmaker Magazine the Topanga Film Festival, in its 11th year, programs short and feature films that challenge convention and tell stories that inspire new and original ways of seeing and understanding the world.
The pop-up, open air boutique film festival frequented by the Los Angeles film and music industry, environmentalists, foodies, and the eccentric Topangan community provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a wealth of international and local content that ranges from creative to educationally empowering.
After great success with the 10th Anniversary festival, TFF is looking to expand the festival with new categories for its 11th year. Categories added to the call this year include music video, experimental, and interactive installations. Also a new screenplay contest will be launched to further our interest in the art of storytelling and a horror competition to showcase the genre where many directors start.
Jury Prizes will be awarded to the best film in each category of competition.
A number of past filmmakers have seen their films acquired for distribution, and/or gone to receive critical acclaim and Academy Awards.
The Topanga Film Festival is project of Topanga Film Institute, a 501[c]3 non-profit organization.
Founders: Urs Baur & Sara Baur-Harding
Festival Executive Producer: Bruce Royer
Festival Director: Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Festival Producer: Liz Granite
Additional Programmers: Sara Baur-Harding, Miranda Robin
Technical Director: William Preston Bowling
Site Manager: D. Miller
Screening Committee Members: Sara Baur-Harding, Devon Baur, Sue Moore, Jack Murphy
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To be eligible for competition, films must be between 1 and 15 minutes long.
The Youth program showcases films by budding filmmakers under the age of 18.To be considered for the competition, films must be under 10 minutes or shorter.
Documentary & Feature Films
To be eligible for competition, films must be between 60 and 120 minutes long.
Interactive media proposals may be submitted free of charge for installations in outdoor and indoor venues. Projects must be self-installed and self-contained with the only necessity being power. Set up, strike, and all materials to be provided by the artist. Venues include tents & outdoor areas.
• Screenplays must not have been optioned or sold prior to April 1, 2015.
• Screenplays must be the original work of the applicants. If based upon another’s life story, applicant(s) must attach a statement attesting to their rights to make such adaptations. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights.
• If a submission involves two or more writers as applicants, the award will be divided equally among them.
• Applicants may submit more than one screenplay in any chosen category. Each entry requires an application, payment and script.
• Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.
• No revisions or missing pages will be accepted once entry has been received.
• Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award.
• We strongly suggest that applicants register or copyright their screenplays with the Writers Guild of America, East (www.wgaeast.org/script_registration) or Writers Guild of America, West (www.wga.org/registration/index.html).
• The Screenplay Competition is only open to writers who do not earn a living writing for film or television.
• Screenplay submissions must be accompanied by a $40 (screenplay – regular deadline) or $50 (screenplay – late deadline) submission fee PER ENTRY and a completed entry form including authors’ original signatures. Please do not send a photocopy of your signature. Make checks or money orders payable to “Topanga Film Festival.” Only US money orders will be accepted. Online submissions will require an additional $5 processing fee per entry.
• If you are entering your script into both Comedy and Drama categories, please include two copies of your script along with two entry fees and two completed entry forms.
• Screenplays/Teleplays should be formatted according to current industry standards.
• To follow standard guidelines for format, consult any popular screenwriting or teleplay writing text for assistance.
• Font size must be 12 point and in Courier type.
• Screenplays must be narrative feature length (approximately 90-120 pages).
• Pages must be numbered in the top right hand corner.
• Pages should be two or three hole punched, bound between cardstock covers, and fastened by two or three metal brads.
• Pages may be double-sided
• Only the TITLE of the screenplay should appear on the front stock cover (legibly written or typed).
• A second title page with all contact information (TITLE, AUTHOR, AUTHOR’S ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, E-MAIL ADDRESS, and a BRIEF SYNOPSIS) should be included but kept separate from the script. The author’s name must not appear elsewhere in the script in order to preserve anonymity in judging process.
• Payments made with a check are subjected to our Bounced Check Policy: If we receive a returned check from our bank for a payment you made, you will be invoiced for the original amount of the check plus a $25 bank fee. The payment of the invoiced amount will be due within 30 days of invoice date. We will not re-submit the original check, nor will we accept another check for re-payment.
• Scripts must be in PDF format under 5MB.
• Only the TITLE of the screenplay should appear on the front cover page.
• A second title page with contact information is not required for online submissions.
• The author’s name must not appear anywhere in the script in order to preserve anonymity in the judging process.
• NO REVISIONS OR MISSING PAGES WILL BE ACCEPTED ONCE ENTRY HAS BEEN RECEIVED.
• Screenplays will not be returned under any circumstances.
• Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgement of the receipt of your screenplay/teleplay (Mailed-in entries only).
• Online submissions will receive a confirmation email.
• Notification letter will be send by postal mail by May 1, 2015. Semi-finalists will be contacted by phone around this time.
• Feedback will only be provided to writers who advance to the Second Round of judging or higher.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I have read and agree to the Festival submission and general rule requirements and certify that I am authorized to submit this film to the Topanga Film Festival. I understand that the Topanga Film Festival will retain the submission copy. No screeners will be returned under any circumstances. Once an entry payment has been processed, a refund cannot be provided. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees. Further, if accepted, I agree that the Topanga Film Festival will also be authorized to publish my contact information in its Print Source guide. I understand that Topanga Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt of any film submitted for a showcase and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for non-exclusive promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Topanga 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.