7th Annual

Redemptive Film Festival

November 02, 2012 to November 03, 2012

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2537 Belmont Stakes Drive
Virginia Beach VA 23456
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Phone: (757) 966-0312
redemptivefilms@cox.net
http://www.RedemptiveFilms.com

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Professional Film
The Professional Category includes the following sub-categories:
* Commercials
* Public Service Announcements
* Narratives
* Documentaries (any length up to 90 minutes)
* Animation (any length up to 90 minutes)
Professional Low Budget Film
The Professional Low Budget Category ($30,000 and less) includes the following sub-categories:
* Commercials
* Public Service Announcements
* Narratives
* Documentaries (any length up to 90 minutes)
Distinctly Gospel Screenplay
The Distinctly Gospel Category is an exclusive category of the Redemptive Film Festival. Sub-categories in the Distinctly Gospel category is:
* Scripts (maximum 90 pages)
Student Film
The Student Category is for any student. You will be judged against your peers rather than against persons who make their living producing television and video programs. Student Categories include:
* Narrative - any length below 30 Minutes
* Animated Shorts (1-10 Minutes)
* Documentary Shorts (less than 30 minutes)
* Scripts (maximum 45 pages)
Distinctly Gospel Film
The Distinctly Gospel Category is an exclusive category of the Redemptive Film Festival. Sub-categories in the Distinctly Gospel category are:
* Show Opening (show opening for any televised Christian television program)
* Come to Church (televised advert for church attendance)
* Gospel PSA
* Parables (earthly stories with heavenly meaning, less than 5 minutes)
* Gospel Shorts (any genre, less than 15 minutes)
* Short Bread (any genre, less than 30 minutes)
* Manna (any genre, longer than 30 minutes, but less than 2 hours).
* Scripts (maximum 90 pages)
Student Screenplay
The Student Category is for any student. You will be judged against your peers rather than against persons who make their living producing television and video programs. Student Screenplay Categories is:
* Scripts (maximum 45 pages)

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Redemptive Film Festival is an international festival, now in its seventh year, aimed at providing a forum for filmmakers (professionals or students), to showcase and be rewarded for their work on themes that depict the redemptive purposes of God, either through human beings or supernatural occurrences. Our festival also participates in the process of redeeming and empowering victims of modern day slavery.

Films can be of any genre and need not be overtly religious, nor draw conclusions. The exception to this rule is our exclusive "Distinctly Gospel" category.

The festival is partnering with International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.

Entries in the Redemptive Film Festival will be judged by a panel of professionals with years of experience in many aspects of cinema and television. All entries which meet the Redemptive Film Festival's strict standards of excellence will receive the Redemptive Storyteller Award (for more information, see festival site's Awards page).

As in previous years, there will be a Redemptive Film Boot Camp which will run concurrently with film screenings on Friday, September 15. Sessions will include, Film Animation, Marketing the Redemptive Film, Developing the Story and Cost Cutting Techniques. The Jurors' favorites will be screened at a special awards ceremony to be held in Virginia Beach, Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 5:00 P.M.

For the purposes of this competition, a redemptive film is any film whose main purpose is to depict the act of redeeming, rescuing, or delivering any person from a state of crisis or helplessness. We believe that most often, God uses humans to redeem other humans, though sometimes He intervenes through other methods. We are looking for films that portray this reality.

Films which demean religion, include gratuitous violence, nudity or profanity are not suited for this competition. Films do not need to reflect Christian teachings but must adhere to basic Judeo-Christian values, such as the respect for life, justice and morality.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The following are the 2012 categories

Please note: Winners may or may not be screened at awards ceremony.

Student (Short Films Only):
* Narrative (less than 30 minutes)
* Animated Shorts (1-10 Minutes)
* Documentary Shorts (less than 30 minutes)

Student Screenplay
* Screenwriting (maximum 45 pages)

Professional
* Commercials
* Public Service Announcements
* Narratives
* Documentaries (any length up to 90 minutes)

Professional Low Budget*
($30,000 and below)
* Commercials
* Public Service Announcements
* Narratives
* Documentaries (any length up to 90 minutes)

Distinctly Gospel
Exclusive category of the Redemptive Film Festival
* Show Opening (show opening for any televised Christian television program)
* Come to Church (televised advert for church attendance)
* Gospel PSA
* Parables (earthly stories with heavenly meaning, less than 5 minutes)
* Gospel Shorts (any genre, less than 15 minutes)
* Short Bread (any genre, less than 30 minutes)
* Manna (any genre, longer than 30 minutes, but less than 2 hours).

Distinctly Gospel Screenplay
* Screenwriting (maximum 90 pages)


*Professional low budget films will receive the Professional award but will be judged separately from other higher budget films

ORGANIZERS

Christopher Cunningham (Chief Storyteller); Christopher Cunningham (Executive Director); Christopher Cunningham (Executive Director); Christopher Cunningham (Executive Director); Dahlia Cunningham (Administrative Director); Yamil Jalil (Festival Registrar); Yamil Jalil (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES

Frequently Asked Questions/Rules

Q: Who is hosting the Redemptive Film Festival?
A: The festival is hosted by FireWorks International, a non-profit Christian media production company. We are also involved in the production of narratives and documentaries. Our website is www.fireworkstv.org. The values of FireWorks International are 1) Truth well told. 2) Simplicity of message. 3) Excellence in presentation.

Q: What if my story does not have a Christian message?
A: Messages do not need to be overtly religious nor do they have to be Christian. The one exception to this rule is in our "Distinctly Gospel" category. If your story is redemptive in nature, it is well suited for our film festival. Films which demean religion, include gratuitous violence, nudity or profanity are not suited for this competition. Films do not need to reflect Christian teachings but must adhere to basic Judeo-Christian values, such as the respect for life, justice and morality.


Q: What do you mean by Redemptive Film?
A. For the purposes of this competition, a redemptive film is any film whose main purpose is to depict the act of redeeming, rescuing, or delivering any person from a state of crisis or helplessness. We believe that most often, God uses humans to redeem other humans, though sometimes He intervenes through other methods. We are looking for films that portray this reality.

Q: I live outside the US, am I permitted to enter?
A: Yes, we not only accept international applicants, but we welcome and encourage them. All foreign language films need to have English sub-titles and should be in the NTSC or PAL format. For PAl entries, please note this on the DVD so we can send the DVD to juries with that capability. For payment from outside the US, please use Withoutabox or send international money orders only.

Q: Who is permitted to enter?
A: Any professional or student in any country. There is no amateur category in this festival, so amateur films that are not student films will be judged along with the professional entries. If you have graduated, you may still enter the student category, as long as the film was made while you were a student.

Q: What formats do you accept for entries?
A: Submission formats for the film are mini-DV, Blu-ray and DVD. To ensure maximum compatibility, please burn DVD to DVD-R only. If you are a winner, you will be asked to submit an exhibit copy on DVD (without bugs), mini-DV, DV CAM or Large format or DV.

Q: How do I enter?
A: Redemptive Film Festival prefers the cost-saving paperless, International Film Festival Submission System (BrigitFest) found online at www.withoutabox.com. Through withoutabox, filmmakers throughout the US and Europe may quickly and accurately enter their films in our competition.

Withoutabox also offers the advantage of EXTENDED DEADLINES, ONLINE PAYMENT and ONLINE PRESS KIT with submissions. Members who choose to have an upgraded project also get $5 off their entry fees.

Q: What are the competition deadlines?
A: To receive the earlybird entry fee, your entry must be submitted by midnight, March 16, 2012. Regular deadline for this competition is May 4. Late deadline is July 27, 2012 and Without a box extended deadline is August 17, 2012. Notification date will be approximately August 17, 2012.


Q: Under what circumstance can I have the fee waived?
A: In the interest of fairness to all, we cannot waive any fees or late charges.

Q: Do I need to have a press kit?
A: A press kit is suggested, but not required. Stills and synopsis must be sent via email, or through withoutabox.com. Suggested press kit should include 2 stills from your film, a synopsis, and information about the director and producer of each film.

Q: Where do I send everything?
A. Checks and money orders should be made payable to "FireWorks International." Please label each DVD or tape with the WAB confirmation number. For Scrips (Student and distinctly Gospel Categories only), please send four copies of the scripts. A copy of the submitted form and two screening copies of the DVD should be sent to:

Redemptive Film Festival
2537 Belmont Stakes Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
U S A
Phone: (757) 966-0296
Email: Redemptivefilms@cox.net


Q: Is there a limit on the number of films I can send?
A: There is no limit on numbers of submission. Please treat each entry as a different entity, that is: use a different tape for each entry, different submission forms, etc. However, you may combine different entry fees on a single check. Please make sure you indicate that this is what you are doing.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Promotional Information

The Festival reserves the right to use stills and clips of films (in whole or in part) for promotional use on the web site and all other media to promote future events, all films selected for the 2012.

Our Grand Awards Ceremony may be streamed live over the Internet or Broadcast on television. Winners may opt out of having their films streamed or broadcast and permission will be requested before any streaming or broadcasting. In promoting the festival, some winning films may be shown on broadcast television - permission will be sought from each individual filmmaker before any such screening. Winners may opt out without any consequence.

The Festival reserves the right to complete any submission information not supplied by the Film Maker from whatever source available and will not be responsible for incorrect information. If no synopsis is supplied The Festival will write one without seeking any approval from the Film Maker.

The Festival reserves the right to publish all information provided on the entry form as it pertains to the film (not personal information).

By signing the entry form the Film Maker hereby represents that the video submitted is his/her original work and is not otherwise owned, created by, copyrighted, or trade marked by another individual or entity.

By signing the entry form the Film Maker agrees and understands that they will be receiving no monetary compensation for their video and/or performance therein.

By signing the entry form the Film Maker agrees to all above rules and regulations.