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24-Apr-2014 11:53am PDT  

 

Route 66 Film Festival

13 Annual November 07, 2014 to November 08, 2014

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937 S. Henrietta
Springfield IL 62704
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Phone: 217-494-4974
route66filmfestival@gmail.com
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Animation
Accepts animated films of any genre or length no longer than 30 minutes.
We encourage filmmakers to select no more than 2 genres.
Comedy
Accepts both short and feature-length films. Short films no longer than 30 minutes; feature films no longer than 120 minutes (films of 90 to 100 minutes are preferred).
We encourage filmmakers to select no more than 2 genres.
Drama
Accepts short and feature-length no longer than 120 minutes (films 90 to 100 minutes preferred). May include any genres including Sci Fi, Adventure, Thriller, Horror, etc. We encourage filmmakers to select no more than 2 genres.
Experimental
Accepts short films no longer than 30 minutes. We encourage filmmakers to select no more than 2 genres.
Foreign Language
Foreign language films must have English subtitles. Both short films and feature-length of any genre are welcome. Short films of no longer than 30 minutes; feature no longer than 120 minutes (films 90 to 100 minutes preferred).
We encourage filmmakers to select no more than 2 genres.
Debut Film
This category is limited to filmmakers who are entering their first film in a festival. Films may be any genre and made by persons of any age. Short films no longer than 30 minutes; feature films no longer than 120 minutes (90 to 100 minutes preferred).
We encourage filmmakers to select no more than 2 genres.
Student Showcase
Films of any genre no longer than 30 minutes in length are accepted. Films must be made by students 4th year of college or younger. They may be produced as a school project or by school-age filmmakers independently.
We encourage filmmakers to select no more than 2 genres.
Made in Illinois
Films in this category may be any genre, however, they must be filmed in Illinois. Subject matter is not limited to Illinois stories, but this category is intended to showcase Illinois filmmakers and Illinois settings. Short films no longer than 30 minutes; feature no longer than 120 minutes (90 to 100 minutes preferred). We encourage filmmakers to select no more than 2 genres.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Our mission is to support and recognize independent filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds. The general theme of our festival is journey, whether emotional, physical, spiritual or personal. We strive to introduce audiences to talented artists from around the world, as well as the American Midwest.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Moviemaker magazine, in its spring 2008 issue, listed the Route 66 Film Festival as one of the 25 festivals worth the entry fee. Ours was also a featured festival at the 2009 International Film Festival Summit in Las Vegas.

The Route 66 Film Festival began in 2002 as a part of the Mother Road Festival, celebrating the vehicles and history of the famous highway. It is currently a separate event from the car show. We have screened films from many countries, including Belgium, France, South Africa, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Great Britain, Uruguay, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

We celebrate diversity and welcome films of all lengths and genres. We like good stories that inform and touch us, and ask audiences to vote for their favorites from films in various genres. Judges select films for official awards. This is a festival that has something for everyone.

Several films screened at our festival have subsequently received distribution on Netflix and gone on to be honored at other festivals. We are proud that three of the short films screened at our festival have also been nominated for Oscars.

All entries selected for the festival will receive 2 free passes to the festival. Film makers are invited and encouraged to attend to interact with other film makers and the audience.

ORGANIZERS
Hugh Moore ; Hugh Moore ; Lana Wildman ; Lana Wildman ; Thea Chesley (Director of Communications and Marketing) ; Thea Chesley (Director of Communications and Marketing)

GENERAL RULES
Rules for Films
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1. Films can be any length, any genre with the following exceptions: Only films under 30 minutes will be accepted in the genres of Animation, Experimental and Student Showcase; and features longer than 120 minutes will not be accepted. Features of 90 to 100 minutes are strongly encouraged.
2. We encourage filmmakers to select no more than 2 genres; one primary and one secondary.
2. Films should feature some kind of journey--physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual.
3. Submissions may be submitted online or on NTSC DVD in Region 0 or Region 1 format. If a film is selected for the festival, the film maker must provide an NTSC DVD by October 15th.
4. Please indicate WAB tracking number and running time on the DVD.
6. Submit a separate entry for each film submission.
7. Foreign language films must have English subtitles. White letters with black outlines are strongly recommended for maximum readability.
8. Student fees apply to students in elementary and secondary schools, as well as students in colleges, universities and film schools.
9. DVDs will not be returned.
10. Submissions must be postmarked by August 15, 2014. Make checks payable to Route 66 Film Festival.
11. If submitting by DVD, send DVD, application form, fee, and a short bio of the filmmaker in secure packaging to:

Route 66 Film Festival
Siobhan Johnson
P.O. Box 5010
Springfield, IL 62701

12. Filmmaker should suggest an MPAA rating for their film. Ratings do not disqualify films from consideration. We like to schedule films for appropriate audiences.
13. Biographical and synopsis information is required if submitting via WAB.

Trophies will be awarded for judges' choices in various categories including Best of Fest, as well as Audience Favorite. The committee reserves the right not to present awards in all categories and to add categories for films that merit special recognition.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Filmmakers hereby grant the Route 66 Film Festival the right to utilize, for promotional purposes, any film submitted and/or accepted to the Festival, either in its entirety or an excerpt thereof. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby agrees that, unless said film is withdrawn prior to the close date for submissions, (August 15, 2014) if selected for the festival, the filmmaker will provide to the festival a copy of the film in DVD format on or before October 15, 2014. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Route 66 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. Fees will not be waived except at the discretion of the Board.