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16-Apr-2014 9:18am PDT  

 

Grand Rapids Film Festival

5 Annual April 09, 2014 to April 13, 2014

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PO Box 1772
Grand Rapids MI 49501
USA
Phone: 616-717-0048
Fax: 616-301-1500
info@grfilmfestival.com
http://www.grfilmfestival.com

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Feature
“We realized that the important thing was not the film itself but that which the film evokes.”
~Fernando Solanas

From social to humanitarian issues, from politics to prejudice…we are looking for films that educate, inspire as well as entertain. The art of storytelling is a passion that is designed to share. You are asking your audience to invest a certain amount of their life to watch the sum of your passion… what will the take-away be for them?

Specific Rules for this Category:
•Maintain the GRFF rules and terms/conditions
•Minimum of 45 minutes
Documentary
“In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.”
~Alfred Hitchcock

The documentary category is designated for submissions that blend insightful probing of the truth with creative expression that best tells the story it uncovers. This category is not an editorial as much an insight that allows the viewer to come to their own objective conclusion. As the truth of the subject matter is revealed, it should educate and challenge the viewer.

Specific Rules for this Category:
•Maintain the GRFF rules and terms/conditions
•Minimum of 45 minutes
Animation
“My road is towards the creation of a fresh perception of the world. Thus I decipher in a new way the world unknown to you.”
~Dziga Vertov

Developing artificial images to communicate that which real life cannot. We are looking for animations that take the audience to a level of identification that real-life would struggle to reveal. With that said, show us a new level animated storytelling. Oh and by the way…there is nothing wrong with eye-candy!

Specific Rules for this Category:
•Maintain the GRFF rules and terms/conditions
Student Short Film
“Style is something that's extremely important, but it must grow naturally out of who and what you are and what the material calls for. It cannot be superimposed.”
~William Friedkin

The student categories of feature, documentary and music video will be held to the same guidelines as the professional entrants but because they will be judged separately. We are looking for work that will make an imprint on your culture.
Student Documentary
“Style is something that's extremely important, but it must grow naturally out of who and what you are and what the material calls for. It cannot be superimposed.”
~William Friedkin

The student categories of short, documentary and music video will be held to the same guidelines as the professional entrants but because they will be judged separately. We are looking for work that will make an imprint on your culture.
Student Music Video
“Style is something that's extremely important, but it must grow naturally out of who and what you are and what the material calls for. It cannot be superimposed.”
~William Friedkin

The student categories of feature, documentary and music video will be held to the same guidelines as the professional entrants but because they will be judged separately we looking for peer to peer impact that will make an imprint on your culture.
Short Narrative
“Reality changes; in order to represent it, modes of
representation must change.”
~Bertolt Brecht

Make no apologies for submitting a short! You know what you want to say. You use well the resources that are available, just remember, The art of storytelling is a passion that is designed to share. You are asking your audience to invest a certain amount of their life to watch the sum of your passion… what will the take-away be for them?

Specific Rules for this Category:
•Maintain the GRFF rules and terms/conditions
•Maximum of 45 minutes
Documentary Short
“Reality changes; in order to represent it, modes of
representation must change.”
~Bertolt Brecht

As with the full-length documentary category, the short category stands by the same principles of researching and communicating the truth of a given subject in a creative way that enhances the understanding. These submissions can be just as powerful as full length submissions because they are straight to the point!

Specific Rules for this Category:
•Maintain the GRFF rules and terms/conditions
•Maximum total run time of 45 minutes

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
GRFF (Grand Rapids Film Festival) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 with a mission to stimulate and perpetuate the creative talent of aspiring and professional filmmakers while engaging the community and reinforcing the benefits of filming in the state of Michigan. Additional aims include: providing a platform for filmmakers to express their voice through cinematic arts and connect them to publishers and distribution opportunities; offering education workshops for students, professors, and professionals to grow in their craft; and connecting film enthusiasts to great films.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The non-profit’s goals are:
1. To expose Michigan, and in particular, Grand Rapids to independent filmmakers while continuing to elevate Grand Rapids as a center for of cinematic arts. Grand Rapids has incredible resources, locations, and talent to offer within its own city limits, as well as within a 60-mile drive in any direction.
2. To stimulate and perpetuate aspiring and professional filmmakers by giving them a venue for the expression of their voice through cinematic arts—a voice that resonates through films that are inspiring, message driven, or challenging.
3. To create networking opportunities for students, professors, and industry professionals that will enable the creation, completion, and distribution of quality projects.
4. To give viewing audiences quality, independent movies that raise the bar for cinematic arts.
5. To build an event that continues to bring fun, newcomers, dollars, exposure, and recognition to Grand Rapids.
6. To support the local film industry, a growing asset for economic development in our state, by helping to attract an educated and creative workforce.
7. To deliver educational programming through a demonstrative Production Workshop. This is designed to demonstrate each step of the filmmaking process through the exercise of producing a three minute short film from conception to completion, and connecting various panel and lecture components into one cohesive experience. Many regional industry professionals and academics will lend in the effort of producing this portion of the programming.

The non-profit’s goals are:
1. To expose Michigan, and in particular, Grand Rapids to independent filmmakers while continuing to elevate Grand Rapids as a center for of cinematic arts. Grand Rapids has incredible resources, locations, and talent to offer within its own city limits, as well as within a 60-mile drive in any direction.
2. To stimulate and perpetuate aspiring and professional filmmakers by giving them a venue for the expression of their voice through cinematic arts—a voice that resonates through films that are inspiring, message driven, or challenging.
3. To create networking opportunities for students, professors, and industry professionals that will enable the creation, completion, and distribution of quality projects.
4. To give viewing audiences quality, independent movies that raise the bar for cinematic arts.
5. To build an event that continues to bring fun, newcomers, dollars, exposure, and recognition to Grand Rapids.
6. To support the local film industry, a growing asset for economic development in our state, by helping to attract an educated and creative workforce.
7. To deliver educational programming through a demonstrative Production Workshop. This is designed to demonstrate each step of the filmmaking process through the exercise of producing a three minute short film from conception to completion, and connecting various panel and lecture components into one cohesive experience. Many regional industry professionals and academics will lend in the effort of producing this portion of the programming.

ORGANIZERS
Garrick See (Writer) ; Jen Shaneberger ; Jen Shaneberger ; Jen Shaneberger ; Jennifer Shaneberger (GRFF Director) ; Melia Merrill (Business Manager)

GENERAL RULES



Rules and Guidelines:

Mission:
To stimulate and perpetuate the creative talent of aspiring and professional filmmakers, giving them a venue to express their voice through the cinematic arts, voice that resonates through inspiring and challenging films. Building community through connection to other filmmakers, publishers and distribution opportunities.

Film Timeline:
All projects developed, produced and/or distributed prior to three years of film festival. In other words, for the 2013 competition, all works must have been completed no earlier than May 1st 2010. Any work completed before that will be considered ineligible.

Film Entries:
The DVD must be clearly labeled with Entrant’s name, film title and running time. All films must be submitted on 3 NTSC (no menu) DVD's and must be accompanied by a completed entry form and payment of the nonrefundable fee. Films may be submitted on withoutabox.com, or by mail to: Grand Rapids Film Festival, PO Box 1772, Grand Rapids, MI 49501

Shipping Costs:
Cost of shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. C.O.D.’s will be refused. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit.

Payment Method:
For entry fees please enclose a check for the total amount of all included entries with a copy of each Entry Form, together, in an envelope marked “Payment”. (Make checks payable to: Grand Rapids Film Festival) Payments can also be made via credit card through withoutabox.com.

Refundable:
Entry fees are non-refundable and submission does not guarantee that the entry will be accepted in the festival for a screening.

Liability:
Although every possible care will be taken with entry DVD's while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original prints or tapes.

Jury:
All films will be viewed by the festival jury. All nominees will be notified by e-mail and awards will be given to the films selected as best in category.

Reproduction Agreement:
All entrants agree that clips of their film and other material relating to their project may be used or published in promotional materials for the festival.

Press Materials:
If selected, the GRFF will require a minimum of five press kits to include with production stills, director bio, production notes, full cast & crew credits and QuickTime trailer.

Please Send Entry Materials & Direct Inquiries To:
PO BOX 1772
Grand Rapids, MI 49501
E-Mail: info@grfilmfestival.com

All entries must be postmarked on or before the intended deadline to qualify.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Rules and Guidelines: Mission: To stimulate and perpetuate the creative talent of aspiring and professional filmmakers, giving them a venue to express their voice through the cinematic arts, voice that resonates through inspiring and challenging films. Building community through connection to other filmmakers, publishers and distribution opportunities. Film Timeline: All projects developed, produced and/or distributed prior to three years of film festival. In other words, for the 2013 competition, all works must have been completed no earlier than May 1st 2010. Any work completed before that will be considered ineligible. Film Entries: The DVD must be clearly labeled with Entrant’s name, film title and running time. All films must be submitted on 3 NTSC (no menu) DVD's and must be accompanied by a completed entry form and payment of the nonrefundable fee. Films may be submitted on withoutabox.com, or by mail to: Grand Rapids Film Festival, PO Box 1772, Grand Rapids, MI 49501 Shipping Costs: Cost of shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. C.O.D.’s will be refused. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. Payment Method: For entry fees please enclose a check for the total amount of all included entries with a copy of each Entry Form, together, in an envelope marked “Payment”. (Make checks payable to: Grand Rapids Film Festival) Payments can also be made via credit card through withoutabox.com. Refundable: Entry fees are non-refundable and submission does not guarantee that the entry will be accepted in the festival for a screening. Liability: Although every possible care will be taken with entry DVD's while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original prints or tapes. Jury: All films will be viewed by the festival jury. All nominees will be notified by e-mail and awards will be given to the films selected as best in category. Reproduction Agreement: All entrants agree that clips of their film and other material relating to their project may be used or published in promotional materials for the festival. Press Materials: If selected, the GRFF will require a minimum of five press kits to include with production stills, director bio, production notes, full cast & crew credits and QuickTime trailer. Please Send Entry Materials & Direct Inquiries To: PO BOX 1772 Grand Rapids, MI 49501 E-Mail: info@grfilmfestival.com All entries must be postmarked on or before the intended deadline to qualify.