11th Annual

DTLA Film Festival

October 23, 2019 to October 27, 2019

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
High-quality feature narratives are welcomed. They can be of any subject, any category, any genre with special consideration that embrace the "personal vision" mantra of independent filmmaking.

We embrace a unique diversity of the cultural and ethnic communities of Los Angeles - including Asian, Mexican, Central American and African-American and welcome stories in these niches.

Several awards will be given in the Narrative Feature Category.
Shorts
We strive to honor the short film's unique role in cinema. We give special consideration to those short films not previously screened in the Los Angeles area.

Multiple awards are presented in the short films category: narrative, animation, documentary, music video, and experimental.

Films in this category qualify for an award.
Music Documentary
We are enthusiastic about music documentaries and have a long history of showcasing them - especially those not previously screened in Los Angeles. From punk to pop, classical to reggae, rap, hip hop, Latin we want to see your film if it's nonfiction and about music. Note: We're looking for films about musical artists, groups, bands and the impact of music on pop culture. Music videos are accepted in the short film category.

Films in this category qualify for an award.

Documentary Feature
We're looking for high-quality feature documentaries on any subject.

Special consideration is given to documentaries that embrace a niche within the Los Angeles cultural spectrum.

Possible subjects include but aren't limited to: character studies, ethnic communities, social issues, active lifestyles, sporting figures, entertainment figures, environmental, etc.

We embrace the unique diversity of the cultural and ethnic communities of Los Angeles and welcome stories in these niches.


Films in this category qualify for an award.
Web Series
We are accepting scripted web series of all genres.

Films in this category qualify for an award.
Student Films in all categories
Student Entries: (In all categories-Narrative Feature, Shorts, Music Documentary, Documentary Feature, Web Series) Project must be submitted by a student enrolled in a school or film was made when submitter was a student. If selected you will be required to submit a copy of valid student ID or letter of enrollment from the school to be eligible in the student category.
Television Pilots
Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival is looking for women, people of color,
LGBTQ+ and underrepresented creative trailblazers to submit their completed
TV PILOTS. We are particularly interested in pilots that are either
written, directed, and/ or produced by underrepresented groups, or contain
content that represent them. Selected creators will have the opportunity to
attend our networking event and panel of TV professionals. Our mission is
to present, promote, encourage and/or expand diverse perspectives to the
culturally rich Downtown Los Angeles community as well as to TV executives,
showrunners and other industry professionals. **TV PILOTS must be a minimum
of 20 minutes and maximum 45 minutes. ALSO ACCEPTING TV PILOT SIZZLES,
sizzles must be a minimum 3 minutes and maximum 15 minutes**

Films in this category qualify for an award.
Animated Web Series
Animation Web series: - Submissions should have a minimum of two episodes
(of the same project) totaling at least 10 minutes of total run time. - All
genres are welcome (drama, comedy, action, Syfy, Documentary, LGBTQ,
Script, Horror, etc. - Projects originating from outside of the United
States are eligible. If the submitted content is a continuation of an
existing series, only new episodes are eligible. Short Animated
Films/Videos: max 20 minutes Animated Films: minimum 65 minutes.
Feature Screenplay
Must be under 130 pages Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced or have rights optioned. Screenplays must be submitted as a PDF document. Screenplays accepted with or without a title page. Screenplays should be written in English in Standard Industry Format. Prizes and Judges TBD, table read for winners.
Pilot Screenplay
Must be under 65 pages. Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced or have rights optioned. Screenplays must be submitted as a PDF document. Screenplays accepted with or without a title page. Screenplays should be written in English in Standard Industry Format. Prizes and Judges TBD
Short Screenplay
Must be under 60 pages. Entrant’s screenplay must not have been produced or have rights optioned. Screenplays must be submitted as a PDF document. Screenplays accepted with or without a title page.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Set in historic center of the Film Capital of the World, DTLA Film Festival (Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles) has as its mission to exhibit a wide array of independent films by and about groups traditionally underrepresented in the commercial Hollywood film industry, notably women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community.

The festival also strives to reflect the unique cultural diversity of the neighborhoods of DTLA and L.A.’s surrounding Eastside communities – home to more ethnic groups than any other place in the world.

Finally, the festival embraces DTLA as a nexus of the New Urbanism movement. It provides a platform for films that explore the history, architecture, cultural diversity and contemporary social and political issues of the modern urban landscape. At the same time, it strives to call attention to DTLA’s historic and increasing important role In Los Angeles’ creative industries where film, music, video games and digital entertainment media converge.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

DTLA Film Festival was established in 2008 and proclaimed by L.A. Weekly to be among the Top 5 Film Festivals in Los Angeles. The festival celebrates the renaissance of downtown LA (DTLA) in all its facets - its historic movie palaces, its legendary cultural institutions, its thriving business and residential communities, and its unique ethnic-cultural diversity.

DTLA is the midst of a building boom not seen since the 1920s. Dozens of restaurants, lounges, galleries and hotels have opened in the last year. Established digital and other corporate brands, creative agencies and high-tech start-ups are setting up shop. DTLA is the most exciting place to be in Los Angeles - its new creative nexus - and DTLA Film Fest is the largest film event in DTLA.

Since 2008 the festival has screened more than a thousand narrative and documentary features and shorts. We embrace diversity in front of and behind the camera. We lean toward films that push the creative envelope. And through the years we've honored an array of artists who have contributed to independent cinema Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Malcom McDowell, John Hawkes, Laura Dern, Mark Ruffalo, Charles Burnett, Penelope Spheeris, Allison Anders and Robert Altman.

Our audience is comprised of entertainment industry professionals: producers, agents, filmmakers, film financiers and other film, music, TV, video game, Internet, marketing and fashion industry creatives. Films at our festival enjoy the advantage of being seen by the industry influentials that can make a difference in your film and your career.

The 11th Annual DTLA Film Festival will be held October 23-27, 2019. Our primary screening venue is Regal L.A. Live Stadium 14, the only multiplex in downtown Los Angeles, featuring state-of-the-art a/v equipment and facilities. The multiplex is part of the larger L.A. Live entertainment complex featuring 25 restaurants and lounges as well as the Grammy Museum, the Staples Center and other entertainment venues. DTLA is the hub of Los Angeles, and L.A. Live is the hub of DTLA.

This year's festival will be bringing back it’s screenwriting competition accepting features, shorts and TV Pilots. The majority of the festival's 100+ screenings this year will continue to be reserved for movies of all genres and themes. DTLA Film Fest remains committed to its tradition of fearless innovation and diversity in programming.



Awards & Prizes

Prizes are awarded in all the major categories (best picture, director, cinematographer, screenwriter, actors), divided by genre: narrative feature, documentary feature, and shorts.




ORGANIZERS

Greg Ptacek (Festival Director); Karolyne Sosa (Programming Director); Leann Barna

GENERAL RULES

DTLA Film Festival (Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles) - October 23-27, 2019.

SUBMISSIONS RULES:

DTLA Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from the festival.

1. Entries must be submitted by April 1, 2019 (Regular Deadline). Late submissions will be accepted June 15, 2019, however, higher fees will apply.

2. Completed submission form, submitted electronically via Withoutabox. DVD's are not accepted.

3. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles (unless special arrangements have been made with festival.)

4. If selected to screen at DTLAFF 2019, all filmmakers of feature-length films including documentaries are required to submit a DCP screening copy (must meet the below DCP Hard Drive requirements) and a back-up Blu-Ray. Entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition video materials to DTLAFF. Screening copies (DCPs and back-up Bly-Rays) will be available for retrieval by the filmmakers or his/her designated representative at the filmmakers’ cost at the conclusion of the festival.

5. Student Entries: Project must be submitted by a student enrolled in a school or film was made when submitter was a student. If selected you will be required to submit a copy of valid student ID or letter of enrollment from the school to be eligible in the student category. --

DCP Hard Drive Formatting

·We are only capable of playing two types of aspect ratios in our cinema (Flat and Scope):

1. 2K Flat (1.85:1) Resolution: 1998x1080

2. 2k Scope (2.39:1) Resolution: 2048x858

3. 4k Flat (1.85:1) Resolution: 3996x2160

4. 4K Scope (2.39:1) Resolution: 4096x1716

The L60/alchemy can do max:
3D @ 2K resolution - 120 fps total - i.e. 60 per eye.
3D @ 4K resolution - 60 fps total - i.e. 30 per eye.
·Please note the hard drive that will hold the DCP must be formatted for Linux EXT2, or Linux EXT3 to work properly with the servers.

·Your content must be PC compatible as our projectors will not read MAC files.

·The content needs to be an unencrypted wrapped DCP file (It can be encrypted as long as we have keys/KDMs).

NOTE: For shorts and Web series and TV pilots if selected your final screening copy must be:

Quicktime .mov format
ProRes 422 HQ codec
Uncompressed Stereo or 5.1 surround Linear PCM audio embedded in the QT file
1 second of black & silence at the beginning and end of the QT files
For publications purposes, if your film/video is selected for screening, entrants must be prepared to supply at least three electronic images (publicity stills) either in jpeg or PDF format, 300 dpi, under 2K. Selected filmmakers have the option of submitting a standard size movie poster which will be displayed prior to their screening.

NOTE: Only electronic images will be accepted for the official festival catalog-program. We also encourage submitting as much publicity material that is available and a complete credit list. These additional materials cannot be returned. Any materials that entrants wish to be seen by the programming committee should be submitted in duplicate with this application.

Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by the festival’s Director of Programming.

DTLAFF does NOT CONSIDER films that require SCREENING RENTAL FEES.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows:
I have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility requirements. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true. This film is not subject to litigation and is not threatened by any litigation. I hold Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival Los Angeles (DTLAFF) harmless from damage to or loss of any submitted materials en route to the Festival. I allow Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival (DTLAFF) to use all submitted materials for promotional and festival screening purposes, including but not limited to using excerpts for festival marketing and promotional reels, press releases, www.dtlaff.com website exhibition, marketing materials. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival.