SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If
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|Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 40 minutes or more. We prefer films that are thought provoking and uplifting, showcasing new authentic voices & fresh perspectives in independent cinema, however films on all subjects in any genre are welcome.
|Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of less than 40 minutes. We prefer films that are thought provoking and uplifting, showcasing new authentic voices & fresh perspectives in independent cinema, however films on all subjects in any genre are welcome. Short Films should be a complete story in itself and not a trailer for a film yet to be made.
|Any non-fiction film with a running time of 40 minutes or more but prefer less than 120 minutes total. Shorter docs have a better chance of getting programmed into the Festival. We prefer films that are thought provoking and uplifting, showcasing new authentic voices & fresh perspectives in independent cinema, however films on all subjects in any genre are welcome.
|Any non-fiction film with a running time of less than 40 minutes, not including entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events. We prefer films that are thought provoking and uplifting, showcasing new authentic voices & fresh perspectives in independent cinema, however films on all subjects in any genre are welcome.
|Films on all subjects in any genre are welcome. STUDENTS SHOULD SUBMIT ALL FILM TYPES AND LENGTHS TO THIS CATEGORY (feature film, short film, feature documentary & short documentary) Films should be a complete story in itself and not a trailer for a film yet to be made.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The mission of the Black Hills Film Festival is to bring high quality films from all over the world to the Black Hills of South Dakota; to build awareness of independent films and film as an art form; and to provide educational opportunities for filmmakers.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
SOUTH DAKOTA: BLACK HILLS FILM FESTIVAL –May 1 – 5, 2019
2019 is the celebration of the Tenth Annual Black Hills Film Festival. Alfred Hitchcock knew a great location when he saw it, and selected the Historic Black Hills of South Dakota for the film "North by Northwest," which also celebrates an Anniversary (60th) in 2019. BHFF presents quality films and industry work-shops in the region’s center for artistic and cultural events. Hosted throughout the years by such professionals as Actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gods and Generals), Native American Director Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals), Producer Sean Covel (Napoleon Dynamite, Carter and June), and Executives from Warner Bros Studios, the BHFF has always welcomed entries from the entire world! Winning films in competition receive bronze sculptured trophies - the coveted “Bronze Fedora.”
BHFF is a true celebration of cinema and the mavericks who do what it takes to get their vision to the screen. The festival takes over the mountain town of Hill City, Rapid City, and other Black Hills Communities to line up world-class films, receptions and powerful workshops. The filmmaker is the star of the Black Hills Film Festival. Screenings across the five days of the BHFF are solidly attended by an engaged community of artists and cinephiles and along with great receptions and mixers; award winners go home with custom bronze trophies and stories to last a lifetime.
Now seeking entries in feature length and shorts in narrative and documentary categories as well as student films. Special attention is given to projects dealing with Native American themes as well as South Dakota films for our “Reel South Dakota Stories” segment of the festival. BHFF would also like to encourage submission of COMEDY NARRATIVES in both short and feature lengths. Submit your Film(s) today!
Christine VanNess (Executive Director); Christine VanNess (Executive Director); Logan VanNess; Randal Iverson; Randal Iverson; Richard VanNess (Vice President / Festival Registrar); Ryan Hall (Vice President); Ryan Hall (Vice President)
RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. Films that have been screened in South Dakota within a 100 mile radius of the Black Hills Film Festival to a paying public audience are not eligible for competition for prizes at the Black Hills Film Festival.
2. Only one title per entry.
3. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.
4. All films must be the completed final version for consideration. NO ROUGH CUTS.
5. All films submitted must be available for exhibition on Blu-Ray, .MOV or DCP formats depending on the assigned venue. BHFF will notify accepted films of presentation format needed including electronic.
6. International or Non-English speaking films must be subtitled or dubbed in English.
7. All physical copies of entries except DCP will become the property of the Black Hills Film Festival and WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
8. BHFF reserves the right to decline awarding a prize in any category.
9. Films may not be withdrawn after acceptance into the Festival.
10. Final presentation copies must be received at BHFF headquarters by the date requested in acceptance email or it will not be screened and no refunds given.
11. Unfortunately, BHFF does not provide room, board or travel for filmmakers.
12. The entrant acknowledges and agrees that all matters not covered by these regulations, and questions arising from them, will be decided by Festival organizers or programmers at their discretion.
CHECKLIST: Entries will not be accepted without the following:
_____ Submission Fee
_____ 100 word Synopsis of film (if not already on entry form)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Selections: Films will be selected and entrants will be notified on or about March 1, 2019.
Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Program, on the Web Page, in all other promotional materials in all media. Posters, images from the film, and film clips or trailers may be used independently to promote the Black Hills Film Festival.
Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.
Notification: Upon filmmaker notification, BHFF requires press kits for each film, sent to the Festival complete with: a. One (1) to three (3) color photos representing the film to be used for advertising and the Festival program (not production stills), provided as digital images in the .jpeg, .tif, or .gif format b. Short description of the film and c. Two (2) Exhibition Digital or Blu-ray copies of the selected film (defined in your notification) for screening. ALL ITEMS MUST BE RECEIVED by the due date listed in your notification otherwise the film will not be shown and no refunds given.
The undersigned represents that they are legally responsible for the film hereby submitted, and has secured all rights, licenses, clearances and releases necessary for exhibition of the work to the public. The undersigned has read all of the BHFF rules and understands and has complied with these rules and warrants the submission is original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission and fully indemnifies the Black Hills Film Festival (BHFF) against any claim made for such violations of law. The undersigned agrees to hold the BHFF harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival.