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20-Apr-2014 9:40pm PDT  


New Hope Film Festival

5 Annual July 25, 2014 to August 03, 2014

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6542-A Lower York Rd., #219
New Hope PA 18938

DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Art House Feature
Full-length narrative feature film.
Documentary films.
Mid-Atlantic Film
Projects with particular appeal to audiences in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia may be submitted in this category.
Films created by film students while they are enrolled in any school worldwide. Former students may submit films they created in school even though they are no longer enrolled.
Short films with runtimes of 40 minutes or less.
Music Video
Music videos from around the world. English subtitles are not required in this category, but standard music video format, including notation of artist, song title, label (if applicable) and album (if applicable), is preferred by the Festival's judges. Awards will be granted across a number of musical genres.
One episode of a web series.
TV Pilot
TV pilots with approximate runtimes of 24 and 48 minutes.

New Hope Film Festival is especially interested in discovering and nurturing new and overlooked filmmakers and writing talent from around the globe.

The 2014 New Hope Film Festival is sponsored by Comcast Corporation, Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc., Greater Philadelphia Media, and the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce. The 5th annual festival will take place from July 24 - August 3, 2014. Decisions will be emailed by April 15, 2014. Top award winners will be announced in Variety.

About the Festival
Touted as the "emerging 'Sundance East'" in a June 2012 Huffington Post article, this internationally respected indie fest was founded by D. F. Whipple, an author screenwriter and long-time resident of the New Hope, Bucks County area. Whipple formed New Hope Film Festival with a group of artists who shared his passion for discovering and nurturing independent artists, especially those who’ve been overlooked by established festivals. This includes international films, which the Festival is eager to attract.

What Makes the Festival Different
Every film submitted is watched with a keen perspective on quality and artistic expression. Artistic standards are extremely high, but neither budget nor prior notoriety is a determining factor—the art must shine through. This approach brings significant prestige, satisfaction and credibility to the filmmakers whose works are accepted.

With a strong publicity and marketing program that includes an annual awards announcement in Variety as well as press coverage in mainstream outlets such as NBC, ABC, The Huffington Post, The Times of India and more, this cutting-edge and growing festival is a powerful bridge between indie obscurity and the mainstream.

The Location
Over the years, New Hope has attracted and been home to many talented producers, screenwriters, actors, playwrights, and performance art enthusiasts. Home of the Bucks County Playhouse, where actors such as John Travolta, George C. Scott, Robert Redford, Helen Hayes, Andrea McArdle and Colleen Dewhurst have graced the stage, the village is centrally located less than an hour from Philadelphia and an hour and a half from New York.

Filmmakers are responsible for submitting DVD or Blu-ray disks that have been pre-tested for imperfections. If a disk freezes or doesn't launch in judges' machines, the Festival reserves the right to reject the submission on such grounds alone. Disks handed to event managers at the venue will not be screened.

Tickets sold for Festival events are non-refundable.

Events are subject to the Festival's cancellation policy: The Festival reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel any event due to storm, power outage, flood, war, civil unrest, fire, earthquake or any other circumstance deemed beyond the Festival's control. Our policy is to cancel all movie screenings during severe storms and power outages until electrical power is stable and restored in order to protect projection and audio equipment from potentially permanent damage.

Under any such circumstances, tickets are non-refundable, but the Festival may, at its sole discretion and subject to availability, offer tickets to another, previously scheduled event of the Festival.

The Festival does not offer fee waivers, discounts, invitations to become an Official Selection, or any other form of preferential treatment that Festival directors feel would be out of step with the Festival's mission of providing a level playing field for all filmmakers. Filmmakers seeking a waiver because the required fee is beyond their current budget are advised to wait until the next Early Submissions period, find a sponsor and/or earn the fee through an additional source of income. The Festival's organizers do not respond to pitches for individual projects, and filmmakers writing the Festival with requests or demands for other forms of preferential treatment will typically not receive a response.


FILM SUBMISSION AGREEMENT By clicking on Agree, below, the undersigned (“Filmmaker”) hereby irrevocably offers to New Hope Film Festival (“Festival”) the right to screen the film, TV pilot, music video or webisode submitted herewith (“Film”) at the Festival at times to be determined by the Festival in its sole discretion. Filmmaker understands and agrees that once Festival accepts Filmmaker’s offer by selecting the Film for the Festival, Filmmaker shall have no right to remove the Film from the Festival, but Filmmaker shall not be barred from submitting or screening the Film at any other film festival or event outside a 10 mile radius of New Hope. If Festival selects the Film for the Festival, Festival shall have the irrevocable right, but not the obligation, to screen the film at the 2014 New Hope Film Festival, in Festival’s sole discretion. If the Film is revised or re-edited between the date of submission and the date of screening, Festival shall have the right to choose which version of the Film to screen, in Festival’s sole discretion. Festival reserves the right to revoke selection of the Film for screening if Festival determines, in its sole discretion, it has good cause to do so; one example of good cause as used herein is unprofessional behavior by Filmmaker or Filmmaker’s representative(s). Even if Festival revokes selection of the Film for cause, the terms of this Agreement shall remain binding and in force. Filmmaker irrevocably grants Festival the right to use, for promotional purposes, an excerpt from the Film if it is selected for screening at the Festival. The undersigned individual or corporation submitting the Film (referred to as “Filmmaker” herein) hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and to accept the terms of this Submission Agreement as Filmmaker or Filmmaker’s authorized representative; that it understands and accepts the terms of this Submission Agreement; and that all information it has provided on the WithoutABox® submission form is accurate and may be used by Festival for promotional purposes. Filmmaker shall indemnify and hold New Hope Film Festival harmless 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 in connection with the Film involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and/or loss of or damage to the screening videos submitted. In particular, Filmmaker expressly warrants it has obtained all necessary copyright clearances for original works of authorship used in the Film. If the Film is selected as an official film of the Festival, Filmmaker shall have the right to promote the Film as an “Official Selection of the New Hope Film Festival” in perpetuity. Any award granted to Filmmaker may also be promoted in perpetuity. Festival will pay Filmmaker no additional compensation nor be liable to Filmmaker under any circumstances.