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|Features are over 40 minutes no more than 2 hours in duration.
|Narrative Short Feature
|Shorts should be 40 minutes and under in duration.
|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.
|Documentary Short is 40 minutes or less in duration.
|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.
|Short Film Competition For Youth
|Imagine Me Youth Short Film Competition
Imagine Me Youth Short Film Competition Short films should be 40 minutes or less. Eligible ages are 5 to 16 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.
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
THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL(IBFF) IS HONORED THAT YOU HAVE CONSIDERED US FOR YOUR PROJECT.
AS 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 2018, COMING IN OCTOBER!
PLEASE TAKE YOUR TIME AND SUBMIT YOUR WORK TODAY AND LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED ANY ASSISTANCE!
Hazel Joyner-Smith (Founder & CEO); Ingrid Brown (Co-Founder & COO); Ingrid Brown (Film Programming Coordinator); Ivy Brown (VP of Creative Services); Noah Gregoire; Tana McDonald (Film Programming Coordinator)
There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. Fees are non-refundable. Payment in US dollars may be made online or mailed in by money order or cashiers checks only. The film title must be clearly printed on all money orders/cashiers check with the tracking number. Do not send cash. Please make payable to IBFF Nashville. Submissions will not be viewed unless accompanied by entry fee(s) .
All packages and inquiries should be addressed to:
International Black Film Festival
Attn: Film Competition Division
555 Marriott Drive Building 2 Suite 315
Nashville, TN 37214
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 2016.
All entries must be submitted via online screener or mailed on Blu Ray for judging, evaluation, audience feedback, and competition. Blu Ray and Digital Link are required by the final copy deadline. Filmmaker must make arrangements with festival staff to screen all formats other than Blu Ray or Digital Link. 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, DVD 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.
• For all submissions include the running time on the Blu Ray
• Indicate the region-coding of the disc, and, if the DVD is in PAL format, print “PAL” on the disc.
• If submitting a work-in-progress, indicate the elements that are incomplete on the Blu Ray.
**Competition films must NOT have received a contract from or been released by a major or independent distribution or broadcast company. You may clarify questions of eligibility prior to submission of entry by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Completed submission with fee
• Upload your online screener. DVD may be mailed if you are not able to upload
• Entry fee payment via online submission
• One press kit (Cover Art, Trailer, Synopsis, Director Bio and Pic) must be submitted electronically at the time of entry. Films that do not have press materials will be disqualified from selection.
ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT (EPK) REQUIREMENTS
Upon submission to Withoutabox, your EPK is required and must be uploaded at the time of submission. If you do not have an EPK the festival can help you with putting one together. Email us at email@example.com for details.
See requirements below.
• Synopsis of film (50 words or less-Very Important!)
. Film Cover Art
• 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 via vimeo or youtube link
FINAL SCREENING FORMATS & REQUIREMENTS
If your film is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the festival will require:
• Blu Ray and digital link.
• Electronic Press kits should be submitted at entry to be considered.
All international entries must be seen “free domicile” to the festival address, with all transportation charges, duties and taxes prepaid by the shipper. We cannot accept entries shipped via air-freight if customs and delivery fees have not been paid. All entries from outside the US should be sent Air Mail Registered or by a parcel or express service. Non-English films must have English subtitles.
STAGE PLAYS ENTRIES
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.
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 at 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.
Return Of Films
Films are not returned to filmmaker unless a special request is made to Festival Management before the festival begins. Festival staff do not have approval to release films to any member of the fimmakers party during the film festival. The filmmaker will be responsible for any expenses for the return of films.
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.