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24-Apr-2014 2:35pm PDT  

 

Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival

5 Annual July 20, 2014 to July 27, 2014

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434 ½ E. Northwest Highway
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Palatine IL 60074
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Narrative
Narrative feature films must be a work of fiction with a running time of 45 minutes or more. Films can be of any genre, shot in any style and can be "based on true events". The festival welcomes a variety of narratives including (but not limited to): live-action, animation, experimental, etc.
Short Narrative
Narrative short films must be a work of fiction with a running time of 44 minutes or less. Films can be of any genre, shot in any style and can be "based on true events". The festival welcomes a variety of narratives including (but not limited to): live-action, animation, experimental, etc.
Feature Documentary
Documentary feature films must be a work of non-fiction with a running time of 45 minutes or more. Documentaries may contain some dramatization of actual events, however the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival reserves the right to determine which category is best suited for the film.
Short Documentary
Documentary short films must be a work of non-fiction with a running time of 44 minutes or less. Documentaries may contain some dramatization of actual events, however the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival reserves the right to determine which category is best suited for the film.
Music Video
Music videos may only feature one song per video. There are no running time restrictions in this category. The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival reserves the right to determine which category is best suited for the film.
Series Pilot
Series pilots must be the first episode of a series (or an intended series) for either television or internet. Pilots must not exceed a running time of 90 minutes. Particularly with longer episodes, the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival reserves the right to determine which category is best suited for your film.
Illinois Film
Illinois films must be works produced in the state of Illinois or made by an Illinois filmmaker. These films can be of any length, style or genre. The festival welcomes a variety of Illinois films including (but not limited to): live-action, animation, experimental, etc. Selected films in the category will be eligible for the Best of Illinois Award (as well as other awards).

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) is a not-for-profit organization based in the greater Chicagoland area. The festival seeks out bold and innovative filmmakers that utilize story elements in a new and exciting way, presenting character-driven independent cinema that is fueled by the filmmaker's passion for the art without large studio support.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival will be presenting its 2014 festival from July 20 - 27 at the historic Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center in Palatine, Illinois (a close northwest suburb of Chicago). In 2013, the festival exhibited over 40 films from around the globe that competed for a variety of awards that ranged in genre, production, performance and audience categories. A complete list of potential awards can be found on our official Facebook page: http://facebook.com/bwiff.

Each film selected for exhibition and competition is screened in one theater over the course of one week. Judges experience each film for the first time along with the audience. During the festival's week-long run, filmmakers are encouraged to attend and participate in live Q&A's moderated by a festival judge, enjoy delicious meals with pass holders and partake in any potential panels. Each accepted feature filmmaker will receive two festival passes. Each accepted short, music video and series pilot filmmaker will receive one festival pass.

Beyond the summer festival, the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival is proud to present exciting programming year-round. Every month throughout the year, the festival hosts a “First Wednesday” event called the Blue Whiskey Cinema Series presenting both classic motion pictures as well as new independent films. Films submitted for the annual festival may also be considered for this monthly series.

In the long-term, BWiFF strives to build a reputation for exhibiting rare and compelling independent films while bridging the gap between the film-goer and the filmmaker.

ORGANIZERS
Ashley Alysa France (Marketing & Publicity Manager) ; Jeff Greene (Director of Operations) ; Michael P. Noens (Festival Director) ; Tony Schiavone (Head of Programming)

GENERAL RULES
All discount earlybird submissions must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 13, 2013. All early submissions must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 28, 2014. All regular submissions must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 18, 2014. All late submissions must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 2, 2014. Any submissions postmarked after the Withoutabox extended deadline will be considered for the following year's festival.

The festival does not enforce any category subject restrictions. Films can be of any style or genre. Above all, BWiFF seeks strong, passionate, unique storytelling. Each submission is carefully considered solely on its own merit by the festival programming committee.

Any and all submissions for the 2014 festival must have been completed no earlier than January 2011.

Film producers are responsible for all insurance and shipment costs. Although due care will be exercised and staff will contact the submitter in the event a defective disc is received, BWiFF cannot assume any liability for damage to entries. Submissions will not be returned. Every effort will be made to send notifications by June 27, 2014, however, due to the high volume of entries received, possible e-mail complications, or inaccurate information provided by the submitter, some notifications may not be received by the official notification date. BWiFF will not be liable in any manner for the failure of notification. If you have not received notification by June 27, 2014, we encourage you to please contact our programming department at programming@bwiff.com.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Entrants must agree to all Entry Terms and Conditions, which also includes deadline and entry material requirements. Please read all Entry Terms and Conditions in their entirety as submission fees are non-refundable. The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition for promotional purposes (limited to the season in which the film was submitted). (1) Non-English language produced films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English. (2) Submission DVDs will not be returned. BWiFF is not liable for any submission shipping costs or screening fees. (3) By submitting, the filmmaker grants BWiFF non-exclusive permission to exhibit the film (if selected). (4) Only NTSC DVD (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL or DVD+R DL) or Secure Online Screener submissions will be accepted. All DVD entries must be submitted and postmarked no later than the Withoutabox extended deadline of May 9, 2014. It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to ensure that the DVD or Blu-ray submitted plays in its entirety on an industry-standard DVD or Blu-ray player prior to submitting it to the Festival. (5) BWiFF is not responsible for any packaging or shipping costs in the return of exhibition copies and/or other promotional materials. Although due care will be exercised and staff will contact the entrant in the event a defective disc is received, BWiFF cannot assume any liability for damage to entries. If the entrant has not received notification that their submission was received by June 27, 2014, it is the responsibility of the entrant to contact our programming department. (6) Electronic press kits (which should include film stills, director(s) photos, brief director bio, producer(s) photos, brief producer bio, synopsis and production credits) are encouraged and must be submitted by the applicable deadline. In the event they are not, BWiFF reserves the right to secure substitute materials from other sources. All hard copy photos provided must be clearly identified on the back. Promotional materials will not be returned and may be used for any festival marketing. (7) Filmmaker shall indemnify and hold harmless Blue Whiskey Independent 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 submission materials entered. (8) Selected films and their respective filmmakers agree to participate in the publicity for the festival as well as other promotional opportunities. Festival staff may require a high resolution Quicktime trailer (or 30 second clip) and social media info (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, etc). This media will be used to promote the individual films at the festival. (9) If filmmaker's work is not selected for competition, filmmaker agrees to allow festival to include film in the Blue Whiskey Cinema series held monthly between August and June following the annual festival. If filmmaker's work is not selected for festival competition, the festival does not guarantee acceptance to the Blue Whiskey Cinema series. (10) Accepted filmmakers who plan on attending the Festival are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and all other expenses. Each accepted feature film will receive two festival passes. Each accepted short film and music video will receive one festival pass. (11) All of the above submission eligibility guidelines and general rules are subject to change by the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival without notice.