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BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit

4 Annual November 03, 2014 to November 09, 2014

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

MARINE LIFE and ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
This category recognizes the most outstanding films whose main story relates to Marine Life. Some examples include: interesting behavior, the animal's habitat, its role within the ocean ecosystem, the relationships between species or how they are impacted by humans.
MARINE SCIENCES
This category recognizes the most outstanding films whose main story relates to Marine Life. Some examples include: interesting behavior, the animal's habitat, its role within the ocean ecosystem, the relationships between species or how they are impacted by humans.
OCEAN ISSUES
This category recognizes the best films whose focus is on issues threatening our ocean's health, sustainability, biodiversity and/or ability to provide life support for our planet.
Some examples are:
- Plastic Pollution - Invasive Species
- Marine Debris & Entanglement
- Coral Bleaching - Climate Change
- Ocean Acidification - Unsustainable Fishing
- Habitat/Ecosystem Degradation
- Marine Mammals in Captivity
- Toxins & Contaminates
- Species Threats; Ex: Tuna Fishing, Whaling, Turtle Poaching, Shark Finning, Dolphin Kills
- Other Ocean Health Issues
CULTURAL CONNECTIONS People and the Sea
This category is for films that communicate the human inter-connectivity to the sea. This category includes cultural, social, economic, spiritual and health connections as well as maritime history, archeology and anthropological perspectives.
EXPLORATION and ADVENTURE
This category recognizes the best films featuring ocean exploration, adventurous exploits, research expeditions or other activities relating to ocean discovery and understanding.
CHILDRENS FILMS and PROGRAMS
This category recognizes the best films or programs that present information about our ocean to young audiences in an engaging, entertaining way and age appropriate way.
FEATURE FILM DOCUMENTARY
This category recognizes outstanding work in Feature Ocean Documentary films. Qualifying films are documentaries or factual visual media produced for theatrical release or distribution in a commercial cinema. This category includes 3D, IMAX and other large format films.
EDUCATIONAL NON-BROADCAST
This category is for films under 40 minutes produced specifically for use in non-broadcast settings, such as in museums, zoos, parks, aquariums, or other institutional/educational venues that effectively advance awareness and appreciation of the oceans.
CINEMATOGRAPHY
This category recognizes excellence in cinematography within the Ocean environment. The quality and artistry of both underwater and topside cinematography will be evaluated.
EMERGING FILMMAKER
This category is for films produced by non-student emerging filmmakers. Recent graduates, new independents and those with no more than one production that has been commercially distributed are invited to submit to this category. Past Winners of this category are ineligible.
STUDENT FILMMAKER
This category is dedicated to recognizing student filmmakers enrolled in a verifiable academic program. No age restrictions. Proof of student status should be sent in with submission materials.
SHORTS
The Short Film category recognizes outstanding storytelling and production values in films on any relevant topic with a run time between 3 to 20 minutes.
SHORT-SHORTS under 3 minutes
This category recognizes the best ocean related videos under 3 minutes in length. This includes Amateur Videos, Online One-Off or Series, Multi Media Projects, Commercials, Public Service Announcements, etc. and recognizes excellence in story telling, impact and creativity. Video may originate from any digital camera or device such a mobile phone.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
This category recognizes excellence in ocean related films produced in a non-English language. However, all films must have English subtitles for judging and Festival screenings.
SURFING and OCEAN SPORTS
This category recognizes films that showcase ocean sports such as surfing, paddle boarding, rowing, sailing, free diving, swimming or other aquatic based activities while showing a connection between the sport and ocean stewardship.
BROADCAST TV PROGRAM
This category honors the best ocean focused program which has aired or is slated to air on broadcast television. The program should advance appreciation, awareness and understanding of the ocean, marine life and/or humanity's inter-connectivity to the seas.
Individual episodes of your choice from a series may be submitted for evaluation in this category.
ANIMATION
This category recognizes achievement in the use of animation to convey engaging ocean stories and marine conservation information. This category recognizes all forms of animation, including 3D.
FEATURE FILM NARRATIVE
This category recognizes outstanding Narrative Feature Films that share stories in which the ocean, marine animals or other relevant ocean elements play a central role in the story. The films in this category may be character-based or issue driven and should be longer than 40 minutes in length. This category includes 3D, IMAX and other large formats.
CONSERVATION INNOVATION and SOLUTIONS
This category recognizes the best films showcasing CONSERVATION Initiatives, effective SOLUTIONS, new INNOVATIONS or successful STRATEGIES that address issues threatening the sustainability of the ocean, its marine life or its ability to provide adequate life support for the planet.
TAMPA BAY STUDENT Film
This category is for films that are created by students who are enrolled in a Tampa Bay area K-12 school or other similar type of educational program. Please submit name and location of the school and teacher's name with entry materials.

Please Note; a special screening & recognition event will be held for all Tampa Bay students who enter/participate in this category.
BEST USE of MUSIC
This category includes Music Videos and recognizes the vital role music and the soundtrack plays in creating visual media that engages its viewers. Judges will be looking for excellence in the use of music to enhance the cinematic experience. This category recognizes both Original Scores and Sourced music which is utilized creatively and effectively.
PRESENTER LEAD Program or Film
This category is awarded to the best ocean focused program that utilizes a Host / Presenter to make the production engaging, entertaining and informative.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The BLUE Ocean Film Festival (BLUE) merges the creative energy of filmmakers with the foundation of science and conservation to bring together the very best of the Ocean Arts & Sciences... to share the world's most exceptional ocean films... to honor and support the filmmakers and... to promote ocean stewardship around the globe.



ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Make A Film... Make A Difference

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival
A Global Ocean Summit
November 3-9, 2014

Film Festival | Industry Conference | Conservation Summit

Never has there been a more exciting or important time to be a filmmaker focusing on our ocean.

On November 3-9, 2014, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival returns to the US East Coast to present its 4th international ocean film festival, conservation summit, and industry conference.

Recognized as one of the world's premiere ocean events, BLUE has now become an annual festival, alternating between the US and Monaco.

Our film competition offers categories for all levels of expertise and provides opportunities to receive international recognition and mingle with a who's who in ocean filmmaking, photography, science, exploration and conservation.

Past festival attendees include James Cameron, HSH Prince Albert II, Edward James Olmos, Amber Valetta, Jackson Browne, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Captain Don Walsh, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Jane Lubchenko, US Senator Sam Farr, Dr. Robert Ballard, David Doubilet, Brian Skerry and many other distinguished ocean icons.

Showcasing the most entertaining & inspiring ocean films of our time, BLUE encourages filmmakers of all ages and level of expertise to be a part of the momentum that has become the Festival's hallmark.

BLUE 2014's festivities will take place throughout Florida's Tampa Bay region, with event headquarters situated along St. Petersburg's picturesque waterfront. With an array of nightly events and the Festival's alluring location, BLUE offers what many past attendees say is a life changing experience.

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival's audience is made up of many different groups that include professional filmmakers, photographers, explorers, scientists, conservationist and thousands from the general public who are interested in learning more about the ocean or just want to have an entertaining evening out.

In 2012, there were more than 550 of the world's finest underwater filmmakers, photographers, media professionals and marine scientists from 20 different countries who converged at BLUE.

More than 150 outstanding ocean films were screened over 8 days, and Industry Conference attendees were able to participate in 40+ educational workshops, pitching sessions and enjoy numerous networking opportunities.

BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit offers a robust slate of events over 7 days consisting of:

1) International Film Competition: Honoring all genres of Ocean related films. The best ocean films from around the globe are selected to be screened and celebrated during the festival and recognized at the BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony.

2) Industry Conference: Offering a robust slate of workshops for professional development. The seminars and hands-on skill building workshops focus on underwater & ocean related visual media, communication skills & excellence in underwater productions.

3) Conservation Summit: International leaders in Ocean Issues and Policy head up important discussions, lectures & panel presentations.

4) Community Outreach Programs: BLUE offers numerous exceptional activities and mentoring opportunities for area youth.

BLUE is an opportunity to get your film in front of key decision makers, an international audience and participate in a "Not to Be Missed" event offering both the seasoned professionals and newcomers an unforgettable experience.

ORGANIZERS
Ashley Sponaugle (Assistant Director) ; Ashley Sponaugle (Assistant Director) ; Charles Kinder (COO) ; Deborah Kinder (CEO)

GENERAL RULES
GENERAL RULES:
Submission of a film to our competition constitutes acceptance of our Rules and Regulations. All submissions entered into the competition are eligible for the Best of BLUE Award (Best of Festival) We apologize in advance, but we are unable to offer Entry Fee waivers.

Please review the following information in its entirety.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Once we have received your film submission, we will email you with a link and instructions where to up load your film.

PREVIEW / EVALUATION FORMAT:
h.264 up to 5mbps

EXHIBITION FORMAT:
For the purpose of public screening, filmmakers will be required to provide a digital master copy of the film.

We accept h.264 up to 20mbph, MPEG up to 50mbps,
ProRes (preferred), ProResLT, ProResHQ, (no ProRes 4:4:4:4), DCP

Blu-Ray or DVD region 0 or 1 if necessary. (DVD for productions only available as Standard Def) Please notify us for this option.

EXTERNAL DRIVE FORMATS:
HFS (preferred), NTFS, EXFAT, or FAT32 (FAT32 can only be used with files less than 4GB)

TO ENTER IN MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY:
Many films will qualify to be entered in multiple categories.
We DO allow you to submit your film into more than one category and encourage it if appropriate for your film.
PLEASE NOTE: An additional entry fee is required for each category entered.

Unfortunately, the Withoutabox portal does not offer an effective way to enter the same film into more than one category.
To submit the same film into multiple categories, you can proceed two ways:
1. CONTACT US: at entries@blueoceanfilmfestival.org

Please provide the following information:
Your Name
Title of Film:
Without A Box ID number:
Phone #
Email Address:
We will contact you to complete your submission for the additional categories and collect the additional entry fees.

or

2. SUBMIT THE ENTRY FORM FROM OUR WEBSITE
Go to www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org

The Entry form is available on our website under Film Competition.
Fill out and submit this form completed in its entirety, including method of payment for the additional entry fees. Mention you have also entered your film through Withoutabox.

ELIGIBILITY
For a film to be eligible for consideration:
(1) Entrants must comply with these Rules & Regulations, including deadlines, submission material, film length, entry fees and other requirements
(2) We are accepting films completed after July 1, 2011, unless special permission is granted by festival staff.
To request a completion date exception, email info@blueoceanfilmfestival.org
(3) We are an international event. Non-English language films are encouraged. However English subtitles of the narration must be included on both the Preview and Exhibition submissions.

KEY DATES:
Very Latest Date To Enter Film Competition: May 9, 2014
Category Finalists Announced: Expected to be around July 18, 2014
2014 Festival Dates: November 3-9, 2014

FESTIVAL LOCATION:
Festival Headquarters will be in St. Petersburg, FL with screenings and events taking place throughout the entire Tampa Bay area.

HOW TO ENTER
All entries must include the following:
1) All the requested information as specified through Withoutabox or through BLUE's online submission form. www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org
2) Payment of the applicable entry fees.
3) Student filmmakers please provide verification of student status.
4) Entries must be provided in the proper digital format.
5) All materials must be properly labeled with Contact Info, Film Title and Run Time.
6) It is Entrant's sole responsibility to ensure all materials arrive prior to the designated deadlines.
7) BLUE reserves the right to disqualify submissions which do not meet all of the festival's requirements or are received by our staff after the deadline.

FILM FINALISTS:
If your film is recognized as a category finalists you must fulfill all the requirements by the dates provided to you in order to secure a public screening during the festival.

COPYRIGHTS and PROPER CLEARANCES:
By submitting your film to BLUE's competition entrant accepts responsibility for obtaining appropriate clearances for the all of the images and music used in the film and is not involved in any type of current or pending litigation.
(a) Entrant certifies that the film being entered into competition has secured all the appropriate clearances to exhibit the film publicly, including music public performance clearances.
(b) Entrant and all entities associated with the submitted film indemnify and hold harmless BLUE Ocean Film Festival, LLC, its parent organization, its affiliates and any respective directors, officers, employees, volunteers or other representatives against any claim arising out of exhibiting your film any festival event. BLUE is not responsible for any copyright infringements resulting from public screenings or the printing of promotional materials which were supplied to the Festival.

REQUIRED ITEMS:
Entrant is to supply the following items prior to any deadlines:
(a) A broadcast quality screening master for public exhibition
(b) 30 second clip for use in the Awards Ceremony
(c) A highlight trailer not to exceed 2 min for promotional purposes

TIME CODES, WATERMARKS, CHANNEL BUGS:
All Screening Masters must have time-codes, watermarks and channel bugs removed. Any films received with any of these visible will NOT be screened and allocated time will be given to another film.

COMMERCIAL BREAKS:
All commercial breaks must be removed from Screening Masters. Films with commercial breaks will NOT be screened and allocated time will be given to another film.

RE-ENTRY:
If your film was submitted for a previous BLUE Ocean Film Festival, you cannot re-enter it unless there have been significant changes and all other eligibility requirements are met.

FESTIVAL ARCHIVES:
A copy of each film entry will be archived in our Festival's Video Library (for reference, archival, and educational purposes)

SHIPPING:
Film finalists are responsible for all shipping charges, insurance and customs fees required to provide the Festival with appropriate materials and a screening master.
In order to return or forward hard drives, DCP or other means used to supply the screening master you must arrange for return shipping, insurance and customs fees and provide a pre-addressed label with the return/forwarding destination. BLUE will provide packing materials and have staff handle the packaging of your return shipment. You may physically pick up your master in our office on the final day of the festival, Nov. 9th.

JUDGING:
All films will be evaluated through a tiered judging process with each film viewed in its entirety. The selection of finalists and category winners will be conducted by a jury of approximately 50 experienced professionals. The Jury will evaluate submissions on the basis of artistic excellence, creativity, scientific accuracy, technical achievement, entertainment value and ability to inspire appreciation and greater understanding of our ocean. The Executive Director and jury reserve the right to withhold an award or to create a Special Jury Award for films deserving special recognition.

ACCEPTED DEFINITION:
All ACCEPTED films are those who make it through the first round of evaluation. Due to the number of films submitted we are not able to publicly screen all accepted films. However all ACCEPTED films will be available for on-demand viewing during the Festival in our Screening Library.

FINALIST DEFINITION:
The CATEGORY FINALISTS are those accepted films that achieve the top evaluation scores. Some categories may have Honorable Mention recognitions.

SCREENINGS AT THE FESTIVAL:
All competition CATEGORY FINALISTS are guaranteed a public screened during the festival Nov. 3-9, 2014.

ACCEPTED FILMMAKERS BENEFITS:
All accepted filmmakers will receive the following benefits upon request:
- 4 Complimentary Single Screening Tickets to screening of your choice (providing screening is not sold out)

FINALISTS FILMMAKER BENEFITS:
Finalist Filmmakers receive the following benefits upon request:
- 2 Festival Film Screening Passes (access to all film screenings throughout the festival )
- 2 Admitted to the Finalist Filmmaker Pre-Awards Reception
- 2 tickets to the BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony and Gala on November 6, 2014
- 4 single screening tickets to one of your film's screenings.
- Ability to apply the $250 value of the 2 Film Screening Passes to an Industry Conference Pass, Conservation Summit Pass or additional BLUE Carpet Awards Tickets. (you must contact us to request the appropriate discount code)

SPECIAL JURY AWARDS:
BLUE's Executive Director and the competition Jury may choose to recognize outstanding achievements in additional areas other than those outlined in the regular competition categories.

SCREENINGS:
BLUE reserves the right to screen any film entry at the festival and to include the entry in future festival special events or retrospective presentations.

SCREENING FEES:
NO screening fees are paid for films entered into BLUE's competition and screened at the festival.

AWARDS:
Award engravings and certificates will be made out as specified on your entry application unless we are notified prior to September 1, 2014. Any special award titling requests after the award notification deadline will require a change fee. If no individual is specified to be the award recipient, then the award will name the production company/organization as the recipient. Duplicate awards will be available for order after the BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony for an additional fee. Award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes, customs fees, tariffs, insurance and other costs if any.

FESTIVAL OPERATIONS:
Entrants hereby grant and assign to the festival and its successors and licensees the right to copy the entry in its entirety to facilitate promotional efforts and the technical operations of the festival, in and through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised.

BLUE On TOUR
Entrant acknowledges that submitted films MAY be included in BLUE On Tour, a traveling educational outreach which provides a film and conservation program to non-profit groups, schools and other organizations around the globe. All Entries will be considered for inclusion in our BLUE On Tour traveling festival unless filmmaker or authorized representative specifically requests their film be excluded from the BLUE On Tour events.

BLUE ARCHIVES:
All film submissions will be retained permanently by BLUE Ocean Film Festival for educational, promotional, traveling festival, and archival library purposes.

BLUE 2014 FESTIVAL PROMOTIONS:
Promotional segments of the competition films must not exceed two minutes in length.

AUTHORITY TO ENTER the BLUE 2014 COMPETITION:
By submitting an entry to BLUE, entrant acknowledges that they have read and agree to abide by all the submission rules, that all information contained in application is true and correct. Entrant acknowledges that they are authorized to submit the film to the festival for the film awards competition.

By submitting to the Film Competition, entrant fully accepts the above responsibilities, terms & conditions.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By submitting an entry to BLUE entrant agrees that they have read and agree to abide by BLUE's festival & submission rules, that all information contained in application is true and correct, and that they are authorized to submit the film to the festival for the competition and public screenings. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless BLUE Ocean Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.