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American Conservation Film Festival

13 Annual October 23, 2015 to November 01, 2015

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P.O. Box 889
Shepherdstown WV 25443
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info@conservationfilm.org
http://www.conservationfilm.org

SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, 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 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
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
The American Conservation Film Festival is dedicated to promoting outstanding films and the arts to educate and inspire people to become engaged in conservation. The motivating force behind ACFF is the power of imagery to engage, inform and inspire.

ACFF:
Provides a venue for diverse range of conservation films that rarely receive a wide showing;
Celebrates conservation film and video in the fun, eclectic atmosphere of historic Shepherdstown, WV;
Showcases independent, historic, publicly funded and Appalachian films;
Offers an education component that complements the film selections and supports those interested in conservation filmmaking;
Supports young filmmakers as they are beginning their careers.




ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
2015 Deadline: April 15, 2015

The American Conservation Film Festival was created by a group of volunteers who shared both a devotion to film arts and a commitment to conservation. They also shared the belief that attitudes about the environment are shaped by our experiences in it and that people and their cultures are an essential part of Earth’s biosphere.

The venture started and has remained in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, the location of two partners who have provided the venues for ACFF films since the Festival’s founding in 2003: 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 Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland regions. ACFF has expanded its audience by keeping ticket prices low and presenting many of its films free of charge.

We now attract more than 150 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. A film festival truly becomes festive when the creators join us and we strive to do everything we can to facilitate their presence.

ACFF also invites guest lecturers to help frame the topics of films that illuminate pressing environmental issues.

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
Hilary Lo (Festival Coordinator)

GENERAL RULES
American Conservation Film Festival
2015 Submission Guidelines

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 is dedicated to promoting outstanding films and the arts to educate and inspire people to become engaged in conservation. The motivating force behind ACFF is the power of imagery to engage, inform and inspire.

ACFF:
Provides a venue for diverse range of conservation films that rarely receive a wide showing;
Celebrates conservation film and video in the fun, eclectic atmosphere of historic Shepherdstown, WV;
Showcases independent, historic, publicly funded and Appalachian films;
Offers an education component that complements the film selections and supports those interested in conservation filmmaking;
Supports young filmmakers as they are beginning their careers.

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 October festival. 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).

Entry materials will not be returned.

Multiple entries will be accepted provided they are submitted individually. You may resubmit film(s) submitted in the past that were not accepted as long as the film has been completed in the past 2 years.

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 a designated date. DVDs will not be returned. If requested, Blu-Rays can be returned after 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

If selected, I agree to have the film screened in the 2015 American Conservation Film Festival. 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 2015 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 is dedicated to promoting outstanding films and the arts to educate and inspire people to become engaged in conservation. The motivating force behind ACFF is the power of imagery to engage, inform and inspire. 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 October festival. 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). Entry materials will not be returned. Multiple entries will be accepted provided they are submitted individually. You may resubmit film(s) submitted in the past that were not accepted as long as the film has been completed in the past 2 years. 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 a designated date. DVDs will not be returned. If requested, Blu-Rays can be returned after 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.