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Greater Reading Film Festival

8 Annual October 03, 2013 to October 06, 2013

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Berks Arts Council
PO Box 854
Reading PA 19603
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Phone: 610-898-1930
Fax: 610-898-1932
film@berksarts.org
http://www.berksarts.org

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Feature Film - Narrative
Accepting narrative feature films in any genre over 50 minutes in length.

The Narrative Feature Film category has one prize of $250 for the best narrative feature film of the festival!
Best Narrative Feature Film - $250 Cash
Short Film - High School
Accepting short films in any genre under 50 minutes in length. Films must be created by students in high school or home schooled- proof of student status is required.

The Short Film - High School category has the following prizes available: First Place Winner, Honorable Mention (at discretion of judges)
Short Film - College
Accepting short films in any genre under 50 minutes in length. Films must be created by students in college- proof of student status is required.

The Short Film - College has the following prizes available: First Place Winner, Honorable Mention (at discretion of judges)
Short Film - Adult/Post-College
Accepting short films in any genre under 50 minutes in length. Films can be created by amateur or professional filmmakers that are either out of college or over 25 years of age.

The Short Film Category has the following prizes available: First Place Winner, Honorable Mention (at discretion of judges)
Feature Film - Documentary
Accepting documentary feature films in any genre over 50 minutes in length.

The Documentary Feature Film category has the following prizes available: First Place Winner $250 cash prize, Honorable Mention (at discretion of judges)
Best Documentary Film - $250 Cash

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
To promote the appreciation of cinematic art and films of social significance through education, exhibition, and competition of emerging filmmakers.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Located in scenic southeastern Pennsylvania, the Greater Reading Film Festival, inaugurated in 2006, is committed to bringing quality independent, student and niche films to the big screen. Conceived by a group of local film enthusiasts and industry professionals, the film festival is presented each year by the Berks Arts Council. The festival’s mission is to promote the appreciation of cinematic art and films of social significance through education, exhibition, and competition.

Past festivals guest panelists include Kelly McGillis, Lisa Eichhorn, Farley Granger, Jenna Haring Hill, Mark Dworkin, Melissa Young, Alan Hines, Sean Gaston and John Dahl (via Skype)

Along with our film competition, the 2013 festival will feature select classic and documentary films with a focus on food. While not a requirement for the competition films, we encourage food related films for the 2013 festival.

ORGANIZERS
Gary Spencer (Production Manager) ; Karen Haver (Festival Registrar) ; Karen Haver (Festival Registrar) ; Karen Haver (Festival Registrar) ; Karen Haver (Festival Registrar) ; Steve Dzielak (Festival Associate)

GENERAL RULES
Greater Reading 8th Annual Film Festival, October 3 - 6, 2013, is now accepting entries for its feature film and short film competition. All genres will be accepted: animation, live action, documentary, memoir, narrative fiction, etc. The feature film competition is an open competition, accepting films from all levels of experience in both narrative and documentry. The festival is seeking short films in three categories: high school students, college students and adults. Winners will be recognized during the festival.

Eligibility Requirements:

The feature film competition is open to everyone. The short film contest is open to everyone in three age categories: High School Students (Grades 9-12 in 2012-2013 school year); College Students (Under the age of 25 and enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program during the 2009-2013 school years); Adults.

Submissions to the Greater Reading Film Festival can be shot or created in any format (Film, digital video, animation, flash, etc.).

All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

Submissions length: feature films must be over 50 minutes but not longer than 180 minutes; short films must be under 50 minutes but not shorter than 2 minutes.


Submission format:
USA-Region playable DVD (DVD-R, DVD+R) at XP (Highest) quality (Full screen Hi-resolution). No other media formats (VHS tape, etc.) will be accepted. We are also able to exhibit in DCP (Digital Cinema Package, JPeg2000 formats.)

How to Submit:
Must submit the Greater Reading Film Festival release for on-screen talent, voice and music.

Must submit a small filmmaker biography or back story no more than 250 words in length.

Submission deadlines are postmark dates.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Greater Reading 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 during the festival or as part of the monthly film series, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Greater Reading 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. By submitting a film to the Greater Reading Film Festival, the filmmaker is agreeing to having the film screened during the festival without a screening fee or commission. By submitting to the Greater Reading Film Festival you also give the Festival rights for twelve months to exhibit your film as part of the monthly film series. A commission of 20% of the ticket sales will be sent to you. This applies only to the film series and not the festival screenings.