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|A short film is under 20 minutes and may be a documentary, narrative, animated or experimental film in any genre.
|A mid-length film is between 20 and 60 minutes and may be a documentary, narrative, animated or experimental film in any genre.
|A feature length film is over 60 minutes and may be a documentary, narrative, animated or experimental film in any genre.
|The screenplay competition is open to English language feature screenplays from around the world that are written by, and about, women.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival aims to:
• create opportunities for audiences to engage in the work of women filmmakers;
• create opportunities for women filmmakers to interact with their audiences;
• create opportunities for the local, national and international filmmaking community—including audiences, industry representatives and media—to focus critically on the accomplishments of women in the filmmaking industry;
• showcase and celebrate the diversity of women working in screen-based media.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Now in its 10th year, the annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF 2015) showcases an impressive line-up of short, mid-length and feature films (narrative, documentary, experimental and animation) by established and emerging women filmmakers from around the world.
The four-day celebration is organized by Women in Film and Television Vancouver, a not-for-profit society founded in 1989 to advocate for, celebrate and promote women working in screen-based media.
The festival screens films of all lengths and genres and all films screened have women in at least three of the key creative roles: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer. Films completed after March 2012 are eligible.
As well as featuring films by women from around the world, the festival offers moderated question and answer sessions and panel discussions related to the films, artist talks, networking events, workshops, an awards ceremony, gala and industry.
In addition to offering independent filmmakers a professional screening opportunity, the festival pays artist fees and all films are entered to win cash awards.
Short films from BC are eligible to win one of three Legacy Awards, cash prizes sponsored by Legacy Filmworks Vancouver. Visit our website for further details: http://www.womeninfilm.ca/Legacy-Award-2014.html
Short films under 15 minutes that are submitted by members of Women in Film and Television Vancouver are entered into the Women in Film International Showcase Competition. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three films selected by the International Showcase Jury. For more information visit: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/WIFTIShort-Case
New this year, the festival is offering an International Screenplay Competition. VIWIFF 2015 is committed to highlighting the best stories the world has to offer that are written by, and about, women. The festival is a forum for collaboration and networking with other screenwriters and filmmakers who contribute to the visibility of women through the ongoing practice of their craft.
We encourage you to submit a feature film script of any genre, stretching, and perhaps breaking, the confines of the so-called “chick flick”. Enter the first act of the screenplay, to a maximum of 30 pages. . Screenwriters invited as official selections will be required to submit the entire script, without changes to the first act, in order to be eligible for an award nomination. Official Selections receive a festival pass and are entered to win cash prizes.
Women in Film and Television Vancouver
The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival accepts documentary, narrative, animated and experimental mid-length films.
To be eligible at least three of the following creative roles must have been filled by a woman: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer (one woman may serve in more than one role).
Films that have received television or theatrical release in the Vancouver, B.C area prior to the festival are not eligible. (Festival screenings are not considered as theatrical release.)
Films that are accessible to the public to view or download online are not eligible.
Films must have been completed after March 2012.
On-line screeners are accepted through WAB.
Alternatively, you may submit your screeners as two DVD copies sent by mail to the festival. If you are shipping internationally, the customs declaration should state that the preview video is “for cultural purposes” and has a value no higher than $2. DVD screeners may be either PAL or NTSC and must be labeled with the film title, running time and filmmaker contact information. The festival is not responsible for compatibility issues if DVD preview copies do not play. Preview DVDs will not be returned. Do not send paper press kits with your submission DVDs.
A list of the film's credits, including the gender of the Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer and Lead Performer, must be included with your submission, as well as a short synopsis, the film’s running time, genre and screening history. A press kit is not required at the time of submission.
Payment of submission fees:
Withoutabox payments are accepted with Visa or Mastercard (using PayPal).
Submission deadlines and regular submission fees are as follows, fees are non-refundable:
Short films (under 20 minutes):
If received by the early bird deadline of August 15th – $20
If received by the regular deadline of September 15th – $25
If received by the late deadline of October 15th – $30
If received by the extended late deadline of October 30th – $35
Mid-length films (between 20 and 60 minutes) :
If received by the early bird deadline of August 15th – $25
If received by the regular deadline of September 15th – $30
If received by the late deadline of October 15th – $35
If received by the extended late deadline of October 30th – $40
Feature films (over 60 minutes):
If received by the early bird deadline of August 15th – $30
If received by the regular deadline of September 15th – $35
If received by the late deadline of October 15th – $40
If received by the extended late deadline of October 30th – $45
SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION
Submissions will be reviewed by a selection of jurors appointed by the Festival Committee, a committee of the Board of Directors of Women in Film and Television Vancouver.
Filmmakers will be notified of the decision by mid January 2015.
All communications will be sent electronically, including selection and notification letters. Please make sure the email address and phone number provided on the entry form are correct!
If selected for VIWIFF 2015, acceptance of the invitation to screen at the festival must be received within one week of notification.
If selected for VIWIFF 2015, exhibition copies must be delivered to WIFTV by January 31, 2015.
Exhibition copies must be accompanied by a link to a password protected site where festival organizers and press can view your film. If this is not possible, two (unprotected) DVD copies will be accepted.
Filmmakers, or their representatives, of selected films must cover the cost of shipping to the festival. The festival will cover return shipping.
Exhibition formats will be accepted in PAL or NTSC, but must be one of the following: Blu-ray, Digi BetaCam, HDCam, DCP
At the time of acceptance, the following electronic promotional materials must be delivered: a short synopsis, a minimum of one (1) still photograph from the film, a list of the film’s credits, links to any social media sites or reviews related to the film, a list of awards (if any) the film has received, a list of all places the film has or will have screened prior to VIWIFF 2015.
If selected by VIWIFF 2015, a short clip or clips from the film (up to two minutes), in high resolution, must be delivered by January 31, 2015. These will be used for the festival trailer and other promotional opportunities.
Promotional materials of films selected for VIWIFF 2015 become the property of VIWIFF 2015 and can be used to promote VIWIFF 2015 in all media, including film, television, radio and the Internet.
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Women in Film + Television Vancouver
503-207 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival will make every effort to ensure the safe keeping of all films and videos submitted for exhibition. However, the applicant, in applying to the Festival, agrees to release the Festival, its Officers, Directors and other representatives from any and all claims arising in any way from the submission of materials by or on behalf of the Applicant, whether film, video or otherwise to the Festival. Your submission implies that you have the legal right to represent and submit this film for consideration along with your acceptance of VIWIFF regulations. It also implies that you have read and understand the festival regulations. Finally, you agree to allow VIWIFF the use of your film and publicity materials from your film for promotional purposes.