13th Annual

COMMFFEST (Global) Community Film Festival

October 10, 2018 to October 16, 2018

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

ALL GENRES
Category 1- All genres - Social and Cultural issues and
and independent cinema
Cinema Verite
Cinéma vérité is a style of documentary filmmaking, combining naturalistic techniques with stylized cinematic devices of editing and camerawork, staged set-ups, and the use of the camera to provoke subjects.

Films can be on any topic and genre.
This is a new category in addition to the general ALL GENRE category
Childrens Films
Civil Rights Movement
any film that can shed light on these eras 50's 60's 70's
as well as the civil rights movements today.
Info that has been lost forgotten or overlooked

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

COMMFFEST mission statement:
To advance education by raising the cultural, artistic and aesthetic expression of the community and to advance the public’s appreciation of the arts through related artistic workshops and panel discussions, while promoting the works of filmmakers and artists alike.

COMMFFEST is a platform to share great stories with enthusiastic audiences.

The 2018 COMMFFEST will harmonize the disciplines of film, music, art, theatre connecting the human experience to public exhibits with forums for dialogue about social issues and cultural exchanges.

"At this stage of history either one of two things is possible. Either the general population will take control of its own destiny and will concern itself with community interests, guided by values of solidarity, sympathy and concern for others, or alternatively there will be no destiny for anyone to control."
- Noam Chomsky

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The 2018 COMMFFEST will celebrate 13 years from October 10-16 screening in movie theatres and exhibition spaces, presented yearly by a group of dedicated volunteers. COMMFFEST a charitable corporation makes its home in one of Toronto’s most fast growing, economically diverse neighbourhood, Old Town Toronto, where many languages are spoken and where memorable films like Robcob; Cinderella Man, Chicago, X-Men, The Hurricane, and Against the Ropes were created.

COMMFFEST is a film and arts festival that presents a broad range of local and international films representing current affairs and relevant issues that affect our society.

COMMFFEST provides opportunities for emerging filmmakers, artists, musicians and global community stakeholders to express themselves freely and to connect with audiences on a more personal level. This unique blend of film, filmmakers and audiences creates a dynamic atmosphere to provoke thought and stimulate further understanding and exploration of ideas, attitudes, and emotions that can foster change – starting with the communities in which we live.

The last 13 years Commffest has built a valuable platform for introducing new and emerging filmmakers as well as bring together communities and not for profit organizations with government officials in panel discussions to tackle pertinent issues often resulting in more funding and support for these groups.

Commffest strives to educate and create a hospitality environment where filmmakers and attendees can mix and mingle over food drink and entertainment.

Since showcasing her films with Commffest, Eleanor Mc Grath’s films have not only received world wide recognition but acquisitions in the broadcast market.

TESTIMONY- Filmmaker Eleanor Mc Grath
As an independent film-maker, you work often for a year or possibly years to direct, edit, produce a film and then comes the waiting game to be selected by a film festival. COMMFFEST is more than a community film festival in Toronto; it is an art festival with a world perspective and I am most fortunate to have been part of the 2015 film festival programming with my documentary, "Forgotten". COMMFFEST's vision is to share stories that demonstrate the strength, struggles and beauty of humankind while providing a strong platform for independent film makers to showcase their perspective and vision of our world today and into the future. We need festivals like COMMFFEST who step away from the mainstream and champion works where the viewpoint is critical, enlightened or visionary in their approach to conflicts or issues that prevail throughout Toronto, Canada, North American and worldwide.

Behzad Sedghi
Filmmaker

For me, COMMFFEST has been where my films have finally reached their maturity by connecting through the big screen with their audience. It is this connection that is essential for any artistic endeavour. As this may be the case with most other festivals, however, in my direct experience with COMMFFEST I clearly felt that each artist was given special attention, a chance to have a dialogue about their creation and ultimately was embraced in a celebration of their achievement. COMMFFEST founders and organizers are filled with the love of films and arts and clearly possess the vision and generosity to make this celebration happen every year. I look forward to being part of the next celebration either as an artist or a member of its community.

COMMFFEST mission statement:
To advance education by raising the cultural, artistic and aesthetic expression of communities and to advance the public’s appreciation of the arts through related artistic workshops and panel discussions, while promoting the works of filmmakers and artists alike.

The programming: The films are chosen by a jury of professionals from a globally solicited call for submissions. Once chosen, the programming is created to generate discussion around specific world events and themes, provoking dialogue and acceptance of others and their concerns.

AWARDS
The COMMFFEST AWARDS: Best Film and Honorable Mention are the two categories for the MADA (Making a Difference) Awards. The MADA goes to filmmakers whose work champions’ social good and community enrichment. Whether young or old, seasoned or just beginning, cinematic storytellers are welcomed into COMMFFEST with opportunities to engage and inspire audiences

More about COMMFFEST

COMMFFEST attracts educators, artists, politicians, business leaders, socially conscious organizations and trendsetters.
Local Educational engagement:
Children from local schools Nelson Mandela Public School, Market Lane Public School, St Michael’s Catholic School, The Downtown Alternative School and afar now include the COMMFFEST festival experience as part of their annual curriculum.

COMMFFEST’S unique diversity invites the world to one local community event over 8 days in Toronto. FILMS OF ANY GENRES (global and local) CULTURAL, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY ISSUES ACCEPTED combined with independently produced films. Included in that mix are childrens' issues, poverty, human rights LGBTQ, women's rights, third world struggles, environmental issues affecting communities, e.t.c



ORGANIZERS

sandie de Freitas (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES

FILMS OF ANY GENRES THAT PERTAIN TO CULTURAL, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY ISSUES ARE ACCEPTED FOR SUBMISSION.
All films submitted "In Competition" pay the flat entry fee of $80.00 regardless of the films length in order to be considered for a MADA Awards.
All submissions are required to release the information of previous screenings.

FOR LOCAL FILMMAKERS:
Are expected to promote their films and attend their screenings

To be eligible for awards:
All films submitted "In Competition" pay the flat entry fee of $80.00 regardless of the films length in order to be considered for the
MADA Awards.
All local filmmakers are expected to promote their films and attend their screenings.
Films can not be screened during the same time frame as another festival within that area.

ALL FILMMAKERS SHOULD PROMOTE THEIR FILM TO FRIENDS, SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIAL CONTACTS LISTS OR EMAILS TO ENSURE A HIGHER TURN OUT.
Festival submissions DVDs and online screeners
DVDs must be formatted in MPEG-2 video for Region 1/North America or Region 0/ “no region, i.e., that the DVD is authored as a video DVD and is not burned as a data disk containing Quicktime or other similar file formats. DVDs must be labeled with the following:
o Title
o Production Company
o Company Address
o Telephone Number
o Director’s Name
o Length in Minutes
o Withoutabox Tracking Number
Please test your DVDs thoroughly before sending. Please avoid excessive packaging and the inclusion of any materials other than what are specified.
ONLY ONLINE CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED! ALL OTHER METHODS OF PAYMENT MAY DELAY THE PROCESSING OF YOUR SUBMISSION!

WE DO NOT WAIVE ENTRY FEES.


***IMPORTANT!***
For submissions sent by UPS and FedEx, please be sure to include "Entry Code: #65" on the shipping label to ensure your package is successfully delivered. Please be sure to put "No commercial value" and indicate its value under $20.00, on the submission package. The Festival will not assume responsibility for, nor will it accept, shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges be billed to the sender.
Thank you.

Sandie de Freitas
COMMFFEST Community Film Festival


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

COMMFFEST COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for 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 COMMFFEST COMMUNITY 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.