OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.
|Category 1- All genres - Social and Cultural issues and
and independent cinema
|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
|Interfaith Theme Films
|shorts all genres
|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.
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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 2016 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
he 2017 COMMFFEST (Community Film Festival) will celebrate 12 years. COMMFFEST a charitable corporation makes its home in one of Toronto’s most fast growing, economically diverse neighborhood, 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 dedicated to presenting a wide variety of local, national, and international works both long and short that can transform and shape our views of the world.
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.
The 2017 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.
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.
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.
Filmmaker Leslye Abbey writes;
It was a thrill of a lifetime to come to the beautiful city of Toronto and be a part of the Commffest Film Festival.
Having Buffalo Nation: The Children Are Crying being awarded the MADA (Making A Difference Award) attests to the importance in acknowledging the suffering of America's indigenous people and the lack of knowledge thereof.
Your kindness to me and making me feel welcome was outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment and to top it off the Sunday Brunch was delicious.
Filmmaker Claudia Adams
As a filmmaker, I have learned that all the effort, money, suffering, long hours, dedication and commitment in the world won't lead to success. There is one more very essential piece of the puzzle. The film festival. A film, especially an independent film, isn't complete until it has found a festival that understands it and is passionate enough to include it as an Official Selection.
I am so grateful and honored that a festival as impressive as COMMFFEST understood what my documentary, DRY-CLEAN ONLY, was trying to say.
More about COMMFFEST
COMMFFEST attracts educators, artists, politicians, business leaders, socially conscious organizations and trendsetters.
COMMFFEST welcomes films of all genres,(drama , comedy , documentary etc.) combining independently produced films with socially conscious works that transform and shape our views of the world.
Exhibiting filmmakers will receive gift packages, restaurant certificates, and invitations to unforgettable networking and social engagements throughout the run of the festival. Each year, COMMFFEST presents its (MADA)"Making a Difference Awards" 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 open arms and with equal opportunities to engage and inspire audiences from across the planet.
sandie de Freitas (Festival Registrar)
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
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 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.
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.
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.