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Indie Spirit Film Festival

7 Annual October 17, 2014 to October 19, 2014

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315 E Costilla St
Colorado Springs CO 80903
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Phone: (719) 502-5521
steve.kurtz@ifsoc.org
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative - Feature Length
Any film that is feature length (40+ minutes) in any genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, etc.
Documentary - Feature Length
40+ minutes in length
Foreign Language Film - Feature Length
40+ minutes in length and not primarily in spoken English
Narrative - Short
Under 40 minutes
Animation - All Lengths
All forms of animation of any length
Student - Feature Length
Student Films: You must prove that you are enrolled in an academic program. This category is open to all genres and will also be considered for awards.
Horror - Feature Length
40+ minutes in length
Native American - Feature Length
40+ minutes in length
Colorado Spotlight - Feature Length
40+ minutes in Length
Films having to relate to Colorado and especially the Colorado Springs area. Relationship to Colorado could be: filmmaker from Colorado, filmed in Colorado, etc.
Environmental - Feature Length
40+ minutes in length
Sports/Outdoor - Feature Length
40+ min in length
Films about sports or outdoor activities.
Documentary - Short
Under 40 minutes
Foreign Language Film - Short
Under 40 minutes
Student - Short
Under 40 minutes
Student Films: You must prove that you are enrolled in an academic program. This category is open to all genres and will also be considered for awards those categories.
Horror - Short
Under 40 minutes
Native American - Short
Under 40 minutes
Colorado Spotlight -Short
Under 40 minutes
Films having to relate to Colorado and especially the Colorado Springs area. Relationship to Colorado could be: filmmaker from Colorado, filmed in Colorado, etc
Environmental - Short
Under 40 minutes
Sports/Outdoor - Short
Under 40 minutes

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Indie Spirit Film Festival is an annual event for filmmakers (professionals and students) and film lovers alike, with a superb program of feature films, shorts, docs, and animation from around the world. Indie Spirit also has sub-themes in which Native American and Colorado films are showcased.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The INDIE SPIRIT FILM FESTIVAL (ISFF) showcases the work of independent filmmakers amidst the mountainous backdrop of Colorado Springs, Colorado and is about filmmakers, audiences, and film professionals establishing a relationship and supporting independent film.

ISFF has showcased films from all over the globe, covering a variety of subjects and genres in its first six years. 99 percent of the films shown during the festival come through Withoutabox submissions. The festival has quickly become Colorado Springs' largest film festival, with numerous filmmakers and film fans attending screenings, Q & A sessions, filmmaker panels, parties and receptions.

Boasting a broad, unrestricted selection of films, ISFF presents genre-specific awards, as well as Best Short, Feature, Documentary and Festival Director's Choice. Several films from previous years have achieved further success on the festival circuit and many films are in distribution.

Now in its 7th year, the 2014 Indie Spirit Film Festival will take place October 2-5, 2014 in Colorado Springs.

ABOUT Colorado Springs
Located at the foot of Pikes Peak, with metropolitan area population of approximately 670,000 Colorado Springs boast a major university and college as well as the United States Air Force Academy. Along with hiking trails, a world- class hotel, art galleries, shops and restaurants, Colorado Springs is just 60 minutes from Denver. It is the home of the United States Olympic Training Center and headquarters of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as well as several Olympic sport governing bodies. Colorado Springs has several Top Ten awards and recognition's among them, Bicycling Magazine “Friendliest Bike City in America", Men's Fitness, "Fittest City in America", Women's Health, "The Best Places to Live for Women" Men's Fitness, "Top Sports Town" Forbes, "America's Most Pet-Friendly City" MSNBC, "Best Cities to Live, Work and Play". Colorado Springs and the surrounding area was a major film industry hub before LA and along with New Mexico the first states to have a state film commission and has been the filming location for several major motion pictures.

ORGANIZERS
Chris Loud (Director) ; Jim Turner (Director) ; Jim Turner (Director) ; Jim Turner (Director) ; Matthew Stevens (Director) ; Matthew Stevens (Director) ; Steve Kurtz (Director) ; Steve Kurtz (Director) ; Steve Kurtz (Director)

GENERAL RULES
OFFICIAL INDIE SPIRIT SUBMISSION RULES:

1) All screening DVDs submitted must be region one (1) or region zero (0) encoded and in NTSC or PAL format, or Windows Media, Quicktime or MPEG. If possible, send in three copies of your film on DVD. If not, the Indie Spirit Film Festival reserves the right to duplicate up to two additional copies of your screener for JUDGING PURPOSES only.

2) Payments made by check for entry fees must be made out to the Independent Film Society of Colorado.

3) Please be sure to send your screener in as soon as possible, but always before the postmark deadline shown on your entry confirmation. Late submissions received after the postmark deadline will be assessed a late submission fee of $15.00 unless waived by the programming director.

4) All entry fees paid are non refundable. Checks returned due to NSF will be assessed a $25.00 return check fee and may be assigned to collections

5) Please do not send any promotional materials including press released or postcards. Your film is judged by its quality and your filmmaking abilities, not promotional materials. Press kits are required after acceptance only.

6) Please be sure to enter under the correct category. Feature, Short, Art film, Student film, Foreign film, Horror, Native American Film, Documentary, or Colorado Spotlight.

7) There are no restrictions on distribution status. There are no requirements or restrictions for premiere status to submit to the festival. We welcome all films and genres. Films with mature content must indicate such on the DVD. Pornography is not permitted under any circumstance; there is a difference between art and pornography. The festival's management has the final say in what is considered inappropriate material.

8) All submission screeners must go through a screening process to qualify for selection. After completing the screening process notification of acceptance will be sent out by email, post or notified by phone.

9) The festival will accept works in progress but the final screener must be received by the festival 30 days prior to the festival should you be selected.

10) As films are selected they are notified of selection and sent to programming for inclusion into the festival film schedule. Filmmakers are notified in the order of selection and not submission dates. Please be patient as your film goes through our screening process. We are unable to reply to all emails asking if your film has been selected or where it is in the screening process.

11) The official exhibition formats for the festival are DVD, Blu-Ray and HDCam. Any filmmakers wishing to have their film projected in another format other than stated must provide their own equipment at their expense during their screening, and accept all liability for such use and rental. Filmmaker provided equipment will be removed at the end of their screening and returned to the filmmaker.

12) After a film has been selected and the filmmaker is notified, the film will be listed on the festival web site under official selections. Once you are notified please send us by email a promotional photo in JPEG format only and a 25 word film synopsis for inclusion on the festivals web site, additionally, we will require several synopsis of varying lengths. You may also send a web page link to your films web site which will be linked from ours.

14) Remember the promotional picture and synopsis you send us will also be used in the festivals official program. If you do not supply a 25 word synopsis your program listing will only show your title and promotional picture.

15) All entered films grant Indie Spirit a non exclusive limited use agreement to use film titles or trailers or film posters for festival and film promotional use only including online, print or broadcast media to promote the festival and selected films to the industry and general public. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual Property.

16) Official selection films must provide their final exhibition copy to the festival programming department 15 days prior to the festival unless using your screener.

17) All selected filmmakers are provided a 10 minute projection and sound test the day of their screening at the theater. Times for these tests are 8 AM to 9 AM only. We are unable guarantee screen or sound tests during the festivals open screening times or between screenings.

18) Please direct all questions or requests to the festival staff. Do not contact the venue directly as they are unable to reply to your requests and are not authorized to accept requests or make decisions, or provide venue information in regards to Indie Spirit.

19) Indie Spirit generally does not accept films with exhibition screening fees, if your film does have screening fees please inform us on your cover letter when you submit your film.

20) Indie Spirit reserves the right to show all films accepted into the festival at another time following the festival as "best of Indie Spirit" presentation.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

OFFICIAL INDIE SPIRIT SUBMISSION RULES: 1) All screening DVDs submitted must be region one (1) or region zero (0) encoded and in NTSC or PAL format, or Windows Media, Quicktime or MPEG. If possible, send in three copies of your film on DVD. If not, the Indie Spirit Film Festival reserves the right to duplicate up to two additional copies of your screener for JUDGING PURPOSES only. 2) Payments made by check for entry fees must be made out to the Independent Film Society of Colorado. 3) Please be sure to send your screener in as soon as possible, but always before the postmark deadline shown on your entry confirmation. Late submissions received after the postmark deadline will be assessed a late submission fee of $15.00 unless waived by the programming director. 4) All entry fees paid are non refundable. Checks returned due to NSF will be assessed a $25.00 return check fee and may be assigned to collections 5) Please do not send any promotional materials including press released or postcards. Your film is judged by its quality and your filmmaking abilities, not promotional materials. Press kits are required after acceptance only. 6) Please be sure to enter under the correct category. Feature, Short, Art film, Student film, Foreign film, Horror, Native American Film, Documentary, or Colorado Spotlight. 7) There are no restrictions on distribution status. There are no requirements or restrictions for premiere status to submit to the festival. We welcome all films and genres. Films with mature content must indicate such on the DVD. Pornography is not permitted under any circumstance; there is a difference between art and pornography. The festival's management has the final say in what is considered inappropriate material. 8) All submission screeners must go through a screening process to qualify for selection. After completing the screening process notification of acceptance will be sent out by email, post or notified by phone. 9) The festival will accept works in progress but the final screener must be received by the festival 30 days prior to the festival should you be selected. 10) As films are selected they are notified of selection and sent to programming for inclusion into the festival film schedule. Filmmakers are notified in the order of selection and not submission dates. Please be patient as your film goes through our screening process. We are unable to reply to all emails asking if your film has been selected or where it is in the screening process. 11) The official exhibition formats for the festival are DVD, Blu-Ray and HDCam. Any filmmakers wishing to have their film projected in another format other than stated must provide their own equipment at their expense during their screening, and accept all liability for such use and rental. Filmmaker provided equipment will be removed at the end of their screening and returned to the filmmaker. 12) After a film has been selected and the filmmaker is notified, the film will be listed on the festival web site under official selections. Once you are notified please send us by email a promotional photo in JPEG format only and a 25 word film synopsis for inclusion on the festivals web site, additionally, we will require several synopsis of varying lengths. You may also send a web page link to your films web site which will be linked from ours. 14) Remember the promotional picture and synopsis you send us will also be used in the festivals official program. If you do not supply a 25 word synopsis your program listing will only show your title and promotional picture. 15) All entered films grant Indie Spirit a non exclusive limited use agreement to use film titles or trailers or film posters for festival and film promotional use only including online, print or broadcast media to promote the festival and selected films to the industry and general public. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual Property. 16) Official selection films must provide their final exhibition copy to the festival programming department 15 days prior to the festival unless using your screener. 17) All selected filmmakers are provided a 10 minute projection and sound test the day of their screening at the theater. Times for these tests are 8 AM to 9 AM only. We are unable guarantee screen or sound tests during the festivals open screening times or between screenings. 18) Please direct all questions or requests to the festival staff. Do not contact the venue directly as they are unable to reply to your requests and are not authorized to accept requests or make decisions, or provide venue information in regards to Indie Spirit. 19) Indie Spirit generally does not accept films with exhibition screening fees, if your film does have screening fees please inform us on your cover letter when you submit your film. 20) Indie Spirit reserves the right to show all films accepted into the festival at another time following the festival as "best of Indie Spirit" presentation.