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American Conservation Film Festival

12 Annual October 30, 2014 to November 02, 2014

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P.O. Box 889
Shepherdstown WV 25443
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Phone: 304-876-7373
info@conservationfilm.org
http://www.conservationfilm.org

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

Conservation Films - Independent
Independently produced films that use the power of imagery to inform and inspire audiences to become engaged in environmental conservation issues.
Conservation Films - Produced for Broadcast
Conservation Films produced for Broadcast use the power of imagery to inform and inspire audiences to become engaged in conservation. These films are primarily produced for cable and broadcast networks. The films may or may not have aired, but their audience and primary client would be a network or established series.
Student Conservation Films and Videos
Student conservation films use the power of imagery to inform and inspire audiences to become engaged in conservation. Students must be enrolled in an accredited high school, undergraduate or graduate school.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Our mission is to promote outstanding films and the arts that educate and inspire people to become engaged in conservation.

The motivating force behind the American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) is the power of imagery to inform and inspire. As environmental issues become increasingly global, understanding our individual roles in the biosphere and the global human community is more important than ever. Yet many of us don't appreciate how our actions, lifestyles, and cultures affect the world we live in.

Film is a powerful medium for breaking through the information overload of modern life, helping us connect with the natural world around us in ways we otherwise wouldn’t. With our emphasis on the intersection between people and the environment, ACFF provides a venue to explore these issues and bring them back to our own lives, through high quality films and discussions with filmmakers and other experts.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) was started in 2003 by a group of volunteers who shared both a devotion to film arts and a commitment to sound environmental science. They also shared belief that attitudes about the environment are shaped by experiences in it, and that people and their cultures are an essential part of Earth's biosphere.

The venture was begun and remains in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the location of two partners who have provided the venues for ACFF films since the festival's founding: the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center and Shepherd University. From the outset, ACFF struck a chord with local filmgoers and tourists from the nearby Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland regions. ACFF has expanded its audience by keeping ticket prices low and presenting some of its films free of charge.

Now in its 12th Season, the American Conservation Film Festival has grown to include a student film competition that attracts submissions from young filmmakers around the globe and a growing industry partnership presence. ACFF also hosts guest lecturers to help frame the topics of films that illuminate pressing environmental issues.

We attract nearly 200 quality submissions each year, reflecting the festival's strong and growing reputation with professional filmmakers. They appreciate ACFF's way of making the filmmakers and their work the focus of the festival. ACFF rolls out the carpet for its filmmakers by hosting special "meet the filmmaker" events and filmmaker forums.

As the festival has matured, so has ACFF as an institution. The ACFF Board of Directors reflects a range of interests and backgrounds; people who share the vision of sustaining a quality arts organization that is focused on environmental education.

ORGANIZERS
Kristy Cherry (Festival Coordinator)

GENERAL RULES
American Conservation Film Festival
2014 Submission Guidelines

Since submission of a film constitutes acceptance of these Entry Rules & Regulations (by filmmakers and their agents), please review this document carefully.

The American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) promotes and presents its unique branding of conservation film by presenting outstanding films that have a new and unique viewpoint on a topic and provoke thought about the viewer’s fundamental understanding of themselves, the environment, and our culture. All the films ACFF presents ultimately explore individuals and society’s relationship with the natural world and our efforts to conserve what we can, and how we cope with what we can’t save. This can be achieved by presenting films that deal with and show:

The myriad ways humans interact with wildlife and wild places.

Issues driven by natural resource conservation.

Humans as part of the environment, and/or living in a continuum of cultural tradition.

Conservation of cultures, communities, and or lifestyles in conjunction with changes in the natural world.

How youths encounter and understand the natural world.

Films that are selected by ACFF are chosen by a committee of media and conservation professionals. The quality of storytelling, production value, aesthetics, and topic are principle factors in the selection of films for ACFF.

All films being submitted to ACFF shall have completed production in the past 2 years, and will be duplicated for internal use by the selection committee and board of directors.

Entries are accepted on NTSC DVD and will not be returned. DVD entries must adhere to professional production standards that will ensure compatibility and playback on standard consumer desktop DVD players. DVD RW discs have the lowest compatibility with consumer players and will not be accepted for judging by ACFF. It is the entrant's responsibility that the program that is entered can be easily identified on the DVD menu. Whenever possible, programs with non-English soundtracks should be submitted with subtitles.

All selected films and solicited materials by ACFF will be programmed into the November festival for that programming year and be used for promotional and marketing materials. All selected films will be screened in public venues (some venues will have an admission fee).

If this is a STUDENT production be sure to choose that designation on the Submission Form. A student is defined as one who is enrolled at an accredited high school, undergraduate, or graduate school, including such programs as AFI. A student is not required to be a film or video major, but must identify their school and year of study on the entry form. No student production can have been produced as a work for hire.

ACFF is not responsible for notifying any parties other than the entrant, through its contact person, of entry status or of any questions or determinations regarding the entry.

Eligibility
To be eligible for consideration:
(1) Entrants must comply with all of these Entry Rules & Regulations, including deadline(s) and entry material requirements, and selected film requirments
(2) Non-English language works must either have English subtitles or by dubbed into English.
(3) Student Films must be produced by a student enrolled in an accredited school (high school, university or graduate school)

Note: Entry materials will not be returned unless arranged prior to submission. Entries will not be accepted for preview on film, although screenings on film may be arranged for potential entries.

Multiple entries will be accepted provided they are submitted individually. You may renet film submitted in the past that were not accepted.

If we select your film
You will need to provide:

• An exhibition copy of the invited work, in one of the Exhibition Formats specified below
• Press kits, including film stills (PDF and/or TIFF files on MAC-formatted disks), a synopsis, production credits and director bio. Note that if materials are not submitted by the applicable deadline, we reserve the right to secure substitute materials from other sources.

Exhibition Formats

We exhibit in DVD and BLU-RAY. We prefer the highest possible quality media. If invited, you must be able to provide one of the aforementioned formats.

Shipping
If your work is selected, you will be responsible for delivery of 2 copies of the exhibition DVD or Blu-Ray to the Shipping Address (below) by the designated date. If requested, ACFF will arrange and cover the cost of the return shipping of your DVDs or Blu-rays after the conclusion of the Festival. Please pack your media carefully. All submissions must be sent prepaid (including any applicable customs fees).

US Postal Service Shipping Address:
ACFF Festival Director
PO Box 889
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

UPS and FedEx Shipping Address:
Mark Madison
American Conservation Film Festival
c/o NCTC
698 Conservation Way
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
304-876-7373

Questions?
If you have questions regarding the entry process, please send an email to: info@conservationfilm.org.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I agree to have the film screened in the 2014 American Conservation Film Festival if selected. I have read and agree to the festival submission and participation guidelines and certify that I am authorized to submit this work to the American Conservation Film Festival, and that all materials included in the work have been legally cleared for use. I understand that the preview submission is property of the ACFF. American Conservation Film Festival 2014 Submission Guidelines Since submission of a film constitutes acceptance of these Entry Rules & Regulations (by filmmakers and their agents), please review this document carefully. The American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF) promotes and presents its unique branding of conservation film by presenting outstanding films that have a new and unique viewpoint on a topic and provoke thought about the viewer’s fundamental understanding of themselves, the environment, and our culture. All the films ACFF presents ultimately explore individuals and society’s relationship with the natural world and our efforts to conserve what we can, and how we cope with what we can’t save. This can be achieved by presenting films that deal with and show: The myriad ways humans interact with wildlife and wild places. Issues driven by natural resource conservation. Humans as part of the environment, and/or living in a continuum of cultural tradition. Conservation of cultures, communities, and or lifestyles in conjunction with changes in the natural world. How youths encounter and understand the natural world. Films that are selected by ACFF are chosen by a committee of media and conservation professionals. The quality of storytelling, production value, aesthetics, and topic are principle factors in the selection of films for ACFF. All films being submitted to ACFF shall have completed production or been aired in the past 2 years, and will be duplicated for internal use by the selection committee and board of directors. Entries are accepted on NTSC DVD and will not be returned. DVD entries must adhere to professional production standards that will ensure compatibility and playback on standard consumer desktop DVD players. DVD RW discs have the lowest compatibility with consumer players and will not be accepted for judging by ACFF. It is the entrant's responsibility that the program that is entered can be easily identified on the DVD menu. Whenever possible, programs with non-English soundtracks should be submitted with subtitles. All selected films and solicited materials by ACFF will be programmed into the November festival for that programming year and be used for promotional and marketing materials. All selected films will be screened in public venues (some venues will have an admission fee). If this is a STUDENT production be sure to choose that designation on the Submission Form. A student is defined as one who is enrolled at an accredited high school, undergraduate, or graduate school, including such programs as AFI. A student is not required to be a film or video major, but must identify their school and year of study on the entry form. No student production can have been produced as a work for hire. ACFF is not responsible for notifying any parties other than the entrant, through its contact person, of entry status or of any questions or determinations regarding the entry. Eligibility To be eligible for consideration: (1) Entrants must comply with all of these Entry Rules & Regulations, including deadline(s) and entry material requirements, and selected film requirments (2) Non-English language works must either have English subtitles or by dubbed into English. (3) Student Films must be produced by a student enrolled in an accredited school (high school, university or graduate school) Note: Entry materials will not be returned unless arranged prior to submission. Entries will not be accepted for preview on film, although screenings on film may be arranged for potential entries. Multiple entries will be accepted provided they are submitted individually. You may renet film submitted in the past that were not accepted. If we select your film You will need to provide: • 2 exhibition copies of the invited work, in one of the Exhibition Formats specified below • Press kits, including film stills (TIFF and/or pdf files on MAC-formatted disks), a synopsis, production credits and director bio. Note that if materials are not submitted by the applicable deadline, we reserve the right to secure substitute materials from other sources. Exhibition Formats We exhibit in DVD and Blu-ray. We prefer the highest possible quality media. If invited, you must be able to provide one of the aforementioned formats.