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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
International in scope, local in flavor -- the Rockport Film Festival's mission is to celebrate independent cinema on the Texas Coast, providing a venue and creating an audience for independent films in one of America's top 10 coastal art colonies.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Rockport Film Festival showcases shorts, features, docs, animations, and student films, welcoming filmmakers and filmmakers to a laid back three-day event that highlights talent from around the world.
RFF offers an affordable retreat where art meets environment, where filmmakers, professionals, and enthusiasts can network, relax, and enjoy films that are rarely seen elsewhere without having to wait in long lines or navigate multiple theater venues.
Films with a Texas or Southwest flavor or works that focus on fine or performing arts and humanitarian themes are strongly considered, but RFF screens a wide variety of films from all over the world. Because RFF takes place in one primary venue, each selection stands out, making it an excellent festival to premiere your film.
Lodging is typically offered to all exhibiting filmmakers as well as RFF credentials.
The RFF is produced by Rockport Center for the Arts & supported by the Rockport Rotary Club. All proceeds from the festival benefit these two non-profit entities, dedicated to promoting the arts and humanitarian efforts in communities local and worldwide.
Elena Rodriguez (Managing & Creative Director)
1.Submissions are made through WithoutABox (WAB), using the WAB online entry forms.
2.All genres are welcome! International films must be either be in English or have English sub-titles.
3.Films must be available for screening during the festival, November 1-3, 2018.
4.By submitting a film to RFF, you agree to allow highlights or excerpts of your film (e.g. a trailer) to be placed on the RFF website and used for other marketing and promotional purposes. You also agree to allow RFF to promote the future year's festivals by using your film, in whole or part, in promotional "Best of" screenings. RFF will never solicit or screen your film outside the promotion of the RFF.
5.You may submit as many entries as you like. Each entry requires its own entry fee.
6. If submitting your entry on DVD, please use region 0 or 1 format. Include the title of the film, running time and category on the DVD along with the WAB number. On the case please include, running time, name of contact person, phone # and/or e-mail address, category and WAB number.
7.Submit physical copies of films to Rockport Film Festival, 106 S. Austin Street, Rockport, TX, 78382.
8. Digital entries may be uploaded via the Withoutabox secure online screener service, or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Secure Vimeo/You Tube links are also accepted. Please provide a link for digital entries and do not attach files larger than 2MB to your email.
9.The selected works will be exhibited in DVD or digital format. Exhibition submissions can be DVD Region 0 or 1. We also accept Quicktime (.mov) files in H.264 codec; or secure Vimeo downloads.
10.Exhibition copies will not be returned unless explicitly requested with a pre-paid mailer included. RFF is not responsible for lost or damaged DVDs or tapes. DVD screeners are not returned.
11.The entry fee is non-refundable and constitutes agreement with RFF terms and conditions.
12.Filmmaker must have obtained all clearances for exhibition and must certify that the work is original and no disputes regarding ownership exist on the film. RFF is not liable for any infringement of copyright, and is granted rights to exhibit the film as part of the RFF program.
13.All entries must be postmarked/inboxed by September 1st, 2018.
14.Notification of selection will occur on or before October 11, 2018. RFF does not offer paid transportation or screening fees. Lodging is typically available to attending filmmakers on a first come, first serve basis.
15.Awards will be presented to the following categories and announced after the festival concludes.
Standard Competition Awards:
BEST FICTION FEATURE
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
BEST FICTION SHORT
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
BEST STUDENT FILM
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
Special Jury Awards (if warranted):
BEST OF FEST AWARD
CREATIVE SPIRIT AWARD (Fine or Performing Arts)
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Terms & conditions: By entering the Rockport Film Festival, entrants release, and hold the promoter and host and other contest entities harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and action of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the Rockport Film Festival. The Rockport Film Festival is neither responsible nor liable for any claim involving copyright, trademark or royalty infringements related to any film entered or exhibited at the festival. The applicants are responsible for their own insurance and are not covered by the festival's insurance. The submitted works will not be returned unless submitter sends a pre-paid mailer with the submission. Filmmaker certifies and agrees with these terms upon completion of entry application.