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18-Apr-2014 6:50pm PDT  

 

PollyGrind Film Festival

5 Annual October 16, 2014 to October 18, 2014

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P.O. Box 751992
Las Vegas NV 89136
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Blood-o-Rama (Horror/Gore Feature)
Any and all Independently produced horror films of any subgenre (vampires, monsters, torture porn, slashers, werewolves, ghosts, horror comedies, found footage, etc., with the exception of zombies, which have their own category) with a budget of any size, over 60 minutes in length are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Frontiers Anew (Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Adventure/Western Feature)
Any and all Independently produced science fiction, fantasy, steam punk, action or adventure films with a budget of any size, over 60 minutes in length are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Area-X (Exploitation/Sexy Feature)
X marks the spot! Any and all Independently produced exploitation, sexploitation, nudie cutie, sexy films (whether they are comedy, romance or drama exploring sexuality), retro-sploitation, blaxploitation, Mexploitation, Canuxploitation, B-movie homage, bikesploitation, Z-movie, or drive-in schlock films with a budget of any size, over 60 minutes in length are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Weirdville (Cult/Quirky/Dark Comedy/Off-Kilter Drama Feature)
Any and all Independently produced weird, cult, quirky, mumblecore, dark comedy or off-kilter drama features with a budget of any size, over 60 minutes in length are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
CrimeTime (Thrillers/Action/Film Noir Feature)
Good vs. bad and bad vs. badder! This category is open to many genres and sub genres (ie: true crime dramas, serial killer thrillers, super hero films, film noirs, action, suspense, pulp, gangster, etc.). Basically, any and all Independently produced films with a budget of any size, over 60 minutes in length that deal with criminal activity, femme fatales or feature themes of good vs. evil are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Really Reel (Documentary/Biopic/Extreme Sports Feature)
Any and all all Independently produced nonfiction documentary films and nonfiction dramatized films with a budget of any size, over 45 minutes in length are welcome. Aside from straight documentaries, we also want cinéma vérité, docudramas, biographical films, auto-biographical films, biopics (biographical motion pictures), historical films, films based on or inspired by true stories, as well as extreme sports, homegrown and underground movement videos. Especially projects where the subject is art, music, film, social media, burlesque, skateboarding, rockabilly, grindhouse, sex, porn, drugs, pop culture, comics, theatre, horror, crime, counterculture, outlaws, renegades, revolutionaries, wacky characters, underdogs, misfits, outsiders, extreme sports athletes, visionaries, lowbrow, tattoo and kustom artists, designers or pioneers. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
The Outcasts (Banned/Rejected/Censored Feature)
DISCOUNT FOR REJECTED WORLD PREMIERES! Special discounted category for any and all Independently produced controversial films with a budget of any size, over 60 minutes in length that have been banned, rejected or censored by other festivals, theaters, cities, states or countries are welcome. We want the good, the bad and the ugly! There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world. MUST BE A FESTIVAL WORLD PREMIERE! If the film has already premiered, please enter the project in the Polly U category.
Arthouse on the Left (Avant-Garde/Experimental Feature)
Any and all Independently produced arthouse, avant-garde, experimental, recycled footage, abstract, video art or alternative films with a budget of any size, over 60 minutes in length are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Twisted Toons (Animation/Illustrated Film/Green Screen Feature)
Any and all Independently produced animated, anime, illustrated, digital backlot, or green screen heavy projects with a budget of any size, over 60 minutes in length are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Polly U (Underground/Fringe/Guerrilla Feature)
Any and all Independently produced underground, edgy, sexy, counterculture, fringe, feral, transgressive, guerrilla projects, and films with extreme, controversial or graphic/explicit violent, taboo, or sexual content. The films don't really need to fit a certain genre and can even blend genres. Budget of any size, over 60 minutes in length are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Zombiepalooza (Features and Shorts about the Undead)
This is a special category created due to the high volume of quality zombie projects we receive each year. Any and all Independently produced zombie films with a budget of any size are welcome, both shorts and features. While zombie films (generally fall into the horror genre, some cross over into other genres, such as comedy, drama, science fiction, thriller and romance, so there is no mandatory genre for entries. (Additionally, the zombies of your film do not have to play by any living dead rules and they can be called Zombies, Geeks, Walkers, The Dead, Cauldron-Born, Abominations, Rotters, Biters, Lurkers, Corpses, Unmentionables, Skin Puppets, Flesh Dolls, Soulless Husks, The Undead, Horrors, Ghouls, Ghasts, Brain Biters, Infected, Hollows, Rot-Walkers, Wraith, Revenants, Goons, Flesh-Eaters, Night-Walkers, Hungerers, Shuffling Horrors, Restless Dead or whatever you feel like calling them.)There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
New Wave (New Filmmakers/Debut/Sophomore Feature)
SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR DEBUT AND SOPHOMORE WORLD PREMIERES! This is a special category focusing on new filmmakers. We want to world premiere your debut or sophomore feature films. PollyGrind prides itself on not only finding and screening great projects, but championing them and the careers of their makers. Any genre of film is welcome - drama, comedy, horror, etc. What we are looking for is defiantly independent visions. Whether that defiance is on screen or off and results in a work of art that is highly stylized, shocking, full of great social commentary, filled with great dialogue, thought provoking, innovative, sexy, bloody, or just extremely cool, PollyGrind wants to see it! There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world. MUST BE FILMMAKER'S FIRST OR SECOND FEATURE FILM AND MUST NOT HAVE HAD A WORLD PREMIERE AT THE TIME OF ENTRY! If the film has already premiered, please enter the project in one of the other categories.
Phony Baloney (Spoof/Parody/Found Footage/Mockumentary Feature)
Any and all Independently produced found footage, mockumentary, spoof, self aware, metafilm, homage, parody or satire features with a budget of any size, over 60 minutes in length are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Medium Cools (Medium Film Competition, 31 to 60 minutes)
Any and all Independently produced medium length films (short feature or long shorts) of any genre with a budget of any size, under 60 minutes in length, but over 30 minutes are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
ShortCuts (Short Film Competition, 1 to 30 minutes)
Any and all short films of any genre under 31 minutes in length are welcome, including but not limited to short films from professional filmmakers or studios, all independently produced short films, including stand alone projects or those made in hopes of getting funding for features, 48 Hour Film Projects, college thesis films, and high school or younger student films. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
The Others (Webisode/TV Series Episode)
Independently produced webisode, TV series episode or any other unique submission (ie: opening credits for feature films or TV shows) with a budget of any size, under 55 minutes in length are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Musical Moon Walks (Music Video Competition)
Any and all music videos of any genre that are under 16 minutes in length are welcome. In addition to filmmakers, submissions from bands, artists, promoters and record labels are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Coming Soon (Real Trailer/TV Commercial/Ad Spot)
Any and all real trailers for projects of any genre coming soon. We welcome trailers for short films, features, documentaries, books, a web series and more. Fun online promos and TV commercials for products, music, Kickstarter or Indie GoGo campaigns, video games and more are welcome as well. In addition to filmmakers, submissions from distributors, studios, authors, companies and more are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Probably Not, But Possibly Coming Soon (Fake Trailer/TV Commercial/Ad Spot)
Fake trailers for fake films and/or dream projects of any genre, as well as ad spots for fake products, the event itself or in the spirit of grindhouse or drive-in cinema. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Lady's Touch (Written/Directed/Produced by Women)
SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR WOMEN/GIRLS! NEW FOR 2013! This is a special discounted category created due to the high volume of quality projects made by women and girls each year that many times get overlooked by a lot of other festivals. Either the director, the producer or writer must be female. (For example, a male may direct the film as long as the producer or writer is a female, and a man may be the writer or producer as long as a woman is the director, etc.) Any and all Independently produced films with a budget of any size are welcome, both shorts and features. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Young Gunz (Written/Directed/Produced by Under 18)
SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR FILMMAKERS UNDER 18! NEW FOR 2013! This is a special discounted category created due to the high volume of quality projects that are being created by those that are under 18. Thanks to technology, filmmakers are becoming younger and younger and we hope to be a festival that showcases some of that talent each year. In 2012 we gave out awards to Best Director Under 18 and Best Director Under 15. Now that we officially have a category, we are hoping to give out more awards. Any and all Independently produced films with a budget of any size are welcome, both shorts and features. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.
Words! Words! Words! (Short/Feature Screenplays)
NEW FOR 2013! By popular demand, PollyGrind now has a competition category that accepts unproduced scripts - features and shorts, as well as stage plays and teleplays, from professionals and students. All genres are welcome! There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world. The Standard fee applies to all scripts that are over 60 pages long, regardless if they are intended for the screen, stage or televsion. The Short fee is for scripts less than 60 pages long. Student discounts are for students of any kind, regardless of age.
Drama Galore
Any and all Independently produced films that don't fit in our other categories, including but not limited to dramas, dramedies, comedies and rom coms, with a budget of any size, over 60 minutes in length are welcome. There is no completion date requirement. Projects can originate from any country in the world.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
PollyGrind is an international film festival that is all about artistic freedom. Our aim is to celebrate individuality, diversity, creativity and empowerment by showcasing the work of filmmakers with defiantly independent visions. We are always on the lookout to spotlight as many different types of projects as we can.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
PollyGrind Film Festival, which takes place every October in Las Vegas, has been nicknamed the "film festival of a different breed" dnd in its first four years, has seen more than 80 of its official selections land distribution deals.

The fifth-year festival considers any and all independently produced works, esepcially those that are slightly off kilter, innovative, stylistic, edgy, bloody, sexy or cool.

MovieMaker magazine named PollyGrind to its 2014 list of "50 festivals worth the entry fee" and its 2012 list of "25 festivals worth the entry fee." The magazine’s readers agree and voted it to MovieMaker's 2013 Top 5 Coolest Experiemntal/Underground Film Festivals.

Distribution contracts and consultations were awarded to winners in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and now feature selections are looked at for distribution through its new label PollyGrind Presents, while short films are considered as special features and for compilation releases through a number of outlets.

Films of the festival have signed with Lions Gate, Troma Entertainment, Alternative Cinema, Chemical Burn, Wild Eye Releasing, Breaking Glass Pictures, Sundance, Showtime, Autonomy Pictures, Midnight Releasing, Modern American Cinema, Media Blasters, Maya Entertainment, R Squared, IFC Midnight, Synapse Films and many more.

PollyGrind is also a member of Film Exchange, a multi-market screening network comprised of regional U.S. and International film festivals. Select winners at PollyGrind advance to screen at the RxSM Self-Medicated Film Expo (RxSM), which takes place in Austin, Texas each year alongside South by Southwest.

"We are not just a festival that looks to screen films," creator and director Chad Clinton Freeman said. "We are a year-round community that champions films, especially the underdogs or as the My Chemical Romance song lyrics said, 'the broken, the beaten and the damned.'"

"Variety is what we like best," Freeman continued. "We are a genre friendly underground festival that welcomes all types of films. We've screened everything from action, arthouse, horror, sci-fi, grindhouse, experimental drama, dark comedy, dramedy, hixploitation, mumblecore, horror comedy, crime, gore, found footage, avant-garde, bikesploitation, nunsploitation, exploitation, and thriller, to western, sexploitation, recycled footage, transgression, musical, mockumentary, documentary and more. And we are always looking to expand the scope of genres we screen."


FearNet has called PollyGrind "Boldly adventurous, audacious, and rebellious” as the festival was one of the first to screen, embrace and award the films Slime City Massacre, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, The Bunny Game, Dear God No!, Daddy's Little Girl and My Name is A by anonymous.

The IMDb qualifying festival also welcomes short films, medium films, webisodes/TV episodes, music videos, trailers/ad spots and fake trailers/ad spots, as well as screenplays from any genre.

What better place for the ultimate genre and underground film festival than Las Vegas, the home of glitz, glam, filth and sin, as well as cult filmmakers Ted V. Mikels, Albert Pyun, Christopher Webster, David Schmoeller and the late Ray Dennis Steckler.

Taking place in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world, PollyGrind is a community of creative individuals, created by filmmakers, that celebrates individuality, diversity, creativity and empowerment.

Chad Clinton Freeman is the founder and director of PollyGrind. He has been called the "new champion of unabashed B-movie sleaze" by ArrowInTheHead.com. Freeman is an independent filmmaker and mass media specialist with more than 20 years of newspaper, film, public relations and internet experience. He has been a part of all sides of film production, from planning, screenwriting, story development, pre-production, production, promotion and post production.

Praise for PollyGrind:

"Reveling in everything from arthouse to grindhouse to everything in between, PollyGrind has quickly made a name for itself as one of the up-and-coming premiere genre fests out there due to the success of each year of programming." - DreadCentral.com

"I have to give mad props to film programmer Chad Clinton Freeman for programming such a varied and amazing lineup; one that includes more equal numbers of new and innovative female and male directors than other genre film festivals out there." - Heidi Honeycutt, co-director and film programmer of Viscera Film Festival

"PollyGrind is full of interesting discoveries that deserve an audience." - Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly film critic

A "collection of blood, nudity and scares with art-house actresses playing every night creature from hookers to zombies." - Robin Leach, celebrity blogger/journalist

"It's a B-movie jamboree of awesomeness, and only Vegas has the balls to host such a pristine event." - ArrowInTheHead.com

"PollyGrind is the key festival for indie cult filmmakers to land distribution deals." - Jonathan Morken, Apprehensive Films

"PollyGrind really is a celebration of independent films. That's what festivals should be about: exposing people to films that might escape their radar otherwise, not scheduling the same stuff that will be in multiplexes a few months later. I'm proud to have screened at a new festival that has its priorities straight, and the award is very sweet icing on the cake."- Greg Lamberson, director of Slime City Massacre, 2010 grand jury award winner

"Cinema's bastards and red-headed step children on display under one roof." - Adam Rehmeier, director of The Bunny Game, 2011 grand jury award winner

"We owe a good deal of our success to you and Pollygrind. You were one of the first festival directors to take a chance on us. The award we won brought some clout and started a whirlwind." - James Bickert, director of Dear God No!, 2011 best exploitation film

"The local multiplex is like a huge department store with many items mass produced in China. There is nothing original about the movies because most likely they are remakes or redundant sequels. Chad runs a specialty shop, where you find unique, quirky, wonderful movies. They stand alone, are made with passion and deliver a memorable experience. These are the things that make a lasting impression and continues, long after, in our psyche. PollyGrind is that one of kind specialty shop worth visiting year after year." - Alex Lugones, producer of The Super, 2011 best horror film

"I definitely also do need to tip my hat to both the PollyGrind Film Festival and Chad Clinton Freeman who totally pushed the hell out of this movie and a lot of other great movies as well. The responses we've been getting since PollyGrind have been amazing and it was such an amazing fest to be a part of." - Aramis Sartorio, director of The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol, 2011 best dark comedy

ORGANIZERS
Chad Freeman (Director) ; Christina Babcock (Secretary)

GENERAL RULES
ENTRY AGREEMENT

1. Feature, medium and short films, as well as music videos, webisodes/TV episodes, trailers and ad spot entries.
2. Films must be available for the festival on DVD or online screener for previewing and on DVD or Blu-ray for screening.
3. Each film entry must include entry fee, brief synopsis, list of principles, director's bio, electronic photo, and a DVD (NTSC only) or online screener for preview purposes.
4. The filmmaker will assume shipping cost.
5. Submission copies will not be returned.
6. DVDs must be clearly labeled with title of film, tracking number and contact information.
7. Films produced in languages other than English must have English subtitles.
8. All foreign entries should be clearly marked on the package as "No Commercial Value - For Cultural Purposes Only"
9. PollyGrind Film Festival will take all possible care in the handling of entries, but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during shipping, previewing, or screening.
10. Your digital signature on the entry form authorizes us to use your film for marketing purposes on television, in advertising, promotional items and/or news and other programs.
11. If your film is accepted to screen at the festival, you will be asked to immediately forward: stills, an online trailer, a poster and/or one-sheets.
12. Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, permits necessary to present their work. PollyGrind is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.
13. PollyGrind reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or festival scheduling. All submitters will be notified of any regulation or date changes that affect them. Any changes to regulations after a submitter has already submitted would not apply to them.
14. Selected entries will be notified on or before Sept. 1, 2014.

All submissions and requests for further information should be addressed to:
PollyGrind
P.O. Box 751992
Las Vegas, NV 89136-1992
(Please, no FedEx or UPS deliveries.)

HOW TO CONTACT US ONLINE
Please e-mail comments, questions and concerns to admin@pollygrind.com

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Legal: I, an authorized representative of the project being submitted (the "Film"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the Film's submittal for consideration for the PollyGrind Film Festival (the “Festival”): I duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights or interests to exhibit this Film at the Festival, (b) exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity; and (c) the Film is not subject to any litigation, arbitration, or other adversarial claim or proceeding, nor is the Film the subject of any threat of litigation, arbitration, or other adverse claim or proceeding. I further represent and warrant, on behalf of myself and the Film’s Owners, that the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity, and that the Film does not constitute or include a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from or associated with the exhibition of the Film at or in connection with the Festival. I warrant and agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Film’s Owners, that the Film is being submitted to the Festival voluntarily and without promise or inducement, and that the submission of the Film neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the Festival to accept the Film for the Festival, to exhibit the Film at the Festival, or to return the Film to me or others. I further agree, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Film’s Owners, that I and the Film’s Owners, in submitting the Film for consideration, are waiving and relinquishing any right to assert any claim or commence any proceeding against the Festival, based upon, arising out of or otherwise relating to the submission, exhibition, or failure to exhibit the Film. In the event that the Film is accepted by the Festival, I hereby grant, on behalf of myself and each of the Film’s Owners, each of the following rights to the Festival without reservations, conditions or qualifications: (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from or relating to the Film for promotional purposes; and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and to grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that, if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided the Festival with a written consent from my parent or legal guardian.