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19-Apr-2014 10:44pm PDT  

 

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

9 Annual March 06, 2014 to March 09, 2014

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503 - 207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC V6B 1H7
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Phone: 604-685-1152
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http://www.womeninfilm.ca

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Short
A short film is under 20 minutes and may be a documentary, narrative, animated or experimental film in any genre.
Mid Length
A mid-length film is between 20 and 70 minutes and may be a documentary, narrative, animated or experimental film in any genre.
Feature Length
A feature length film is over 70 minutes and may be a documentary, narrative, animated or experimental film in any genre.
Screenwriter Mentorship Award
This award gives THREE Canadian female screenwriters a mentorship with an experienced, senior screenwriter. A Mentor (TBD) will be matched with the Mentee and a meeting will be set up to include professional feedback on the Mentee's submitted script and career advice.
In addition to the Mentorship, THREE WINNING SCREENWRITERS will receive:
• A publicly staged reading of a segment of their screenplay
• A pass to the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, 2014
• An opportunity to pitch their screenplay (or others) at the Festival Pitch Sessions in front of Industry professionals—directors, producers, funders
• An entry in the Best Screenplay Award (cash award), and tickets to the Award presentation

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Vancouver Women in Film Festival aims to:
- facilitate opportunities for audiences to engage in the artistic vision of women filmmakers
- initiate opportunities for women filmmakers and audiences to interact
- create opportunities for the local, Canadian and international filmmaking community, including industry representatives, to interact
- stimulate dialogue among audiences
- showcase and celebrate the achievements of women working in screen based media



ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Each year since 2006, the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VWIFF) has showcased 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 organization 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 2011are eligible.

In addition to offering independent filmmakers a professional screening opportunity, the festival pays artists fees to all filmmakers, and all films are entered to win cash awards.

Short films submitted by members of Women in Film + Television Vancouver 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_2010.html

Short films under 15 minutes submitted by members of Women in Film + Television Vancouver are entered into the Women in Film International Showcase.

As well as featuring films by women from around the world the festival offers networking events, workshops, gala and industry events and new this year: The Screenwriter Mentorship Award.

The goal of this award is to give THREE female screenwriters a mentorship with an experienced, senior screenwriter and increase their opportunities to becoming a produced screenwriter. Mentorship will include a meeting with Mentor (TBD) who will be matched with the Mentee. Meeting will include professional feedback on their submitted script and career advice.
In addition to the Mentorship, THREE WINNING SCREENWRITERS will receive:
• A publicly staged reading of a segment of their screenplay
• A pass to the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, 2014
• An opportunity to pitch their screenplay (or others) at the Festival Pitch Sessions in front of Industry professionals—directors, producers, funders
• An entry in the Best Screenplay Award (cash award), and tickets to the Award presentation

ORGANIZERS
Women in Film and Television Vancouver

GENERAL RULES
The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival accepts documentary, narrative, animated and experimental films in any genre and any length.

Short films are under twenty minutes.
Mid-length films are between 20 and 70 minutes.
Features are over 70 minutes.

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 exposure in the Vancouver B.C area prior to the festival are not eligible.

Films that are accessible to view or down load online are not eligible.

Films must have been completed after March 2011.

Selection and Notification:
1. 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 + Television Vancouver.
2. Filmmakers will be notified of the decision by mid January 2014.
3. 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!
4. If selected for VIWIFF 2014, exhibition copies must be delivered to WIFTV by January 31, 2013.
5. Exhibition copies must be accompanied by two DVD screeners or, preferably, a link to a password protected site where your film can be viewed by festival organizers and press.
6. Filmmakers, or their representatives, of selected films must cover the cost of shipping to the festival. The festival will cover return shipping.
7. Exhibition formats will be accepted in PAL or NTSC but must be one of the following: Blue-ray, Digi BetaCam, HDCam, DCP
8. Promotional materials of films selected for VIWIFF 2014 become the property of VIWIFF 2014 and can be used to promote VIWIFF 2014 in all mediums including film, television, radio and the internet.

Submission:
1. Submissions are accepted through Withoutabox.
2. Submission screeners may be uploaded through Withoutabox (preferred method) or two DVD copies may be mailed directly to the festival.
3. 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.
4. DVD screeners may be either PAL or NTSC and must be labeled with the film title, running time and filmmaker contact information.
5. Works in progress are accepted and must be labeled accordingly.
6. VIWIFF 2014 is not responsible for compatibility issues if DVD preview copies do not play.
7. Preview DVDs will not be returned.
8. Ensure that your WAB tracking # is clearly marked on the outside of your package when mailing to the festival.
9. 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 and screening history.

A press kit is not required at the time of submission.
Do not send paper press kits with your submission DVDs.

Payment of submission fees:
1. WAB will accept payment by Visa or Mastercard (using PayPal). It will also allow you to pay by international money order: write the invoice number on the money order and mail your payment to us with your submission package.
2. All payments must be in CANADIAN DOLLARS. Please do not send cash.
3. Money orders must be payable to WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION VANCOUVER
4. Entry fees are entirely non-refundable.

Festival Address:
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Women in Film + Television Vancouver
503-207 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6B 1H7

Telephone: 604-685-1152

Enquires: info@womeninfilm.ca

To see the Screenwriter Mentorship Award Rules, please click on this category heading above.


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.