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|A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record.
|Shorts (Under 40 mins in duration)
|Features are over 40 minutes.
|STAGE PLAYS ENTRIES
Stageplays should be entered for the purpose of being transitioned to film for DVD or theatrical release only. Entries for stage plays must be completed works. There may be 1-3 plays selected for live performance during the festival. Live performances of stageplays will be limited to duration of 1 ½ hours.
|Imagine Me Youth Short Film Competition
|We are excited to the launch the Imagine Me Youth Short Film Competition for the 2016 Festival. Short films should be 40 minutes or less. Eligible ages are 5 to 18 years old.
Short Films that are submitted from schools must be accompanied by a letter from a school official granting permission for the project to be screened at IBFF.
|Must have a minimum of 3 episodes completed. A compilation of at least 2 episodes must be submitted as an online screener for initial screening. Maximum length is 30 minutes per episode. See festival rules for additional details.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Our mission is "Through the art of film, we celebrate the richness, diversity and creativity of storytelling for the cultural enrichment, progression and education of communities worldwide.
**The festival accepts entries from all races, colors, creeds and nationalities.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
WE'RE CELEBRATING 10 YEARS IN 2016. THE INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL IS EXCITED ABOUT YOUR FILM! SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO BE A PART OF THE 2016 FESTIVAL. IBFF IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING AND EXCITING FILM EVENTS IN THE SOUTHEAST.
WHY NOT CONNECT AND SHARE YOUR VISION WITH A WIDE AUDIENCE….. GET THE ATTENTION OF TOP NOTCH INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES…….. BUILD BUZZ FOR YOUR FILM……..NETWORK WITH FILMMAKERS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE…HAVE A CHANCE TO JOIN AN ELITE GROUP OF AWARD-WINNING FILMS.......FESTIVAL 2016, COMING IN OCTOBER!
Hazel Joyner-Smith (Founder & CEO); Ingrid Brown (Co-Founder & COO); Ivy Brown (VP of Creative Services); Tana McDonald (Film Programming Coordinator)
All entries must be submitted as an "online screener" in Withoutabox for judging, evaluation, audience feedback, and competition. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. Fees are non-refundable. Payment in US dollars may be made by money order, cashiers checks or online in Withoutabox. The film title must be clearly printed on all checks/money orders with the tracking number. Do not send cash. Please make payable to IBFF Nashville. Submissions will not be viewed unless entry fee(s) have been received.
All packages, fees if not paid online and inquiries should be addressed to:
International Black Film Festival
Attn: Film Competition Division
1451 Elm Hill Pike Suite 315
Nashville, TN 37210
Notifications will be made via email to the person listed as the primary contact unless filmmaker makes other arrangements. Upon acceptance, an acceptance package with further festival details (i.e. screening and festival schedule, special events, passes, etc) will be sent via e-mail.
• Notification of Acceptance: July 1, 2016
• Notification of Screening Schedule: August 15, 2016
Films entered into competition, whether international or from the US must be directed, produced, written or principally acted by an artist of African Descent. The festival does not accept films made before July 2014.
Upon acceptance you may send a Blu Ray by the final copy deadline of August 30, 2016. Filmmaker must make arrangements with festival staff to screen all formats other than DVD. The primary contact listed on the application will receive the letter of acceptance via email.
• Feature films and short films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.
• For submission purposes, online screeners may be of works-in-progress, films with temporary soundtracks, or digital outputs and should first be tested and in excellent condition before submitting.
• Filmmakers must deliver final format (as indicated) for Festival screenings. No exceptions will be permitted.
• Student entries must be works shot, directed, and produced by the student. Adult supervision must be limited to an advisory capacity.
You may clarify questions of eligibility prior to submission of entry by e-mailing us at email@example.com.
Upon submission, your EPK is required and must be received by via WAB with the following contents:
• Synopsis of film (50 words or less-Very Important!)
• Director Biography (Maximum 250 words)
• Hi-resolution photo of Director (300 DPI – 1 photo only)
• Prints, still photo or high-resolution digital images (300 DPI – 2 images only)
• One 30-90 second trailer
FINAL SCREENING FORMATS & REQUIREMENTS
If your film is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the festival will require:
• Blu Ray (NTSC) for all films
• Electronic Press kits with photo stills (color and black & white)
• Headshots of Director(s) (1 photo only)
• Biographies of Director(s)
• Film, Stageplay and Web Series trailers, clip reels, posters, postcards, and EPKs, if available.Trailers are highly recommended, if selected.
STAGE PLAYS ENTRIES
General Submission rules apply. Entries for stage plays should be entered for the purpose of being transitioned to film for DVD or theatrical release only. There may be 1-3 plays selected for live performance during the festival. Live performances of stageplays will be limited to duration of 1 ½ hours.
IMAGINE ME YOUTH SHORT FILM COMPETITION
General Submission rules apply. Short films should be 40 minutes or less in duration. Age range for participants is 5 years to 16 years of age. If film is submitted from a school project, submission must accompany written permission for project to submitted and/or screened.
General Submission rules apply. Must have a minimum of 3 episodes completed. A compilation of at least 2 episodes must be submitted as an online screener for initial screening. Maximum length is 30 minutes per episode. Upon selection, one episode will screen during the festival. Please provide a link to your show (YouTube, Vimeo etc) or a site of your choice. Private links are allowed, but IBFF must be provided with a password for viewing.
IBFFN will review and make a determination if it is believed that adult content (i.e. language, sexual content, nudity, violence) is not acceptable for the festival. If accepted, and is determined that content is not family- friendly, it may be screened in a later time slot. However, the festival does reserve the right to refuse any submission if deemed unfit for our viewers.
SELECTION OF WINNERS AND PRIZES
Films will be previewed and selected by a jury. One winner per genre will be selected and awards and/or prizes will be given for each genre to the DIRECTOR during the festival awards ceremony. Separate awards/prizes may be given to students and/or children in each genre.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Although every possible care will be taken with entries while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage that occurs during shipping. Please do not send originals under any circumstance. If film cannot be screened, festival staff will forward an e-mail to primary contact requesting another copy .
The entrant must pay all costs associated with the shipping and entry to the festival.
IBFF WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RETURN OF FILMS UNLESS FILMMAKER MAKES ARRANGEMENTS WITH FESTIVAL MANAGEMENT AND PAYS ALL ASSOCIATED FEES IN ADVANCE. FILMS WILL NOT BE RETURNED UNTIL AFTER THE FESTIVAL, UNLESS ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE IN ADVANCE WITH FESTIVAL MANAGEMENT.
Submission of an entry grants the festival permission to have accepted work photographed, locally telecast, and reproduced-either in part or in whole-for educational and /or publicity purposes unless otherwise requested in writing by the filmmaker. The Director and producer will be displayed on all print, video, web or media spots.