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21-Apr-2014 5:12am PDT  

 

American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund

4 Annual March 26, 2015 to March 30, 2015

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

Documentary Feature
A documentary feature shall be any film of 41 minutes or more.
Documentary Short
A documentary short is any film within the documentary film genre that is 40 minutes or less.
Animated Shorts
Any animated film 40 minutes or less.
American Documentary Film Fund
The American Documentary Film Fund is an adjunct event related to the American Documentary Film Festival.

The Film Fund submitters are not in any way required to submit a film to the festival- this is a separate event within the confines of the festival. We encourage first-time and established filmmakers to submit to the Film Fund competition where upwards of $50,000 may be distributed each year to winning project(s).

The Fund's participants are able to compete for financing for new projects as well as works in progress.

A panel of film industry professionals will review a select group of documentary filmmaker projects for funding consideration. Filmmakers shall provide detailed story outlines and budgets for their works in progress or new projects. Filmmakers will screen a five (5) minute preview of their film projects before the industry panel and take part in an up to 10 minute Q&A.

After the industry pitch, the filmmakers will screen their preview to a public audience prior to a regular festival screening, possibly perform a quick Q & A with the audience, and then at end of the closing awards ceremony, and if the panel decides on awards, the fund winner(s) will be announced. Winning filmmakers will be required to share their finished film at the American Documentary Film Festival within the first year of completion. The filmmaker(s) must include a film credit acknowledging the American Documentary Film Fund with the opening or closing credits. All filmmakers submitting for this fund must be U.S. citizens or legal residents in order to participate and they must attend festival for pitches and awards ceremony. The festival shall provide accommodation.

If you believe you have what it takes to make your pitch, please provide a package including your story outline, budget and a five (5) minute preview disc of work in progress or work to be shot, as well as a previous completed work as example (if already experienced) and submission fee paid by check or money order (made out to American Doc Film Fund) by credit card via Withoutabox.com.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund (AmDocs) is the largest documentary festival and market on the West Coast of the United States. Our main objective is to promote a world vision of film as seen through the eyes of the filmmaker of whomever or whatever their subject matter may be in order to educate and entertain the film-goer.

We are also proud to announce that in addition to documentaries, we are seeking short films in the ANIMATION genre, with particular emphasis in animated works that tell a true story.

In addition to the international film festival, we are proud to share the American Documentary Film Fund with independent American filmmakers who will participate and compete for financing for new projects as well as works in progress.

Seeing the bigger picture, one film at a time.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) is located in the beautiful resort community of Palm Springs, California. Strategically located 2 hours east of Hollywood, this film mecca boasts a favorable viewing audience, many self-proclaimed aficianados, as well as film-goers from around the world.

AmDocs was just listed as a Top 25 Film Festival Worth the Price of Submission by Movie Maker Magazine as well as one of the Top 5 Coolest Documentary Film Festivals in the world by the same magazine.

Our inaugural year had Oliver Stone receiving the "filmmaker who makes a difference award". Our second year awarded the unique contributions of Peter Coyote. In our third year we awarded our Filmmaker who makes a difference award to Harvey Weinstein as well as our first Rozene Supple Humanitarian Award to Cleve Jones. Each year the festival will strive to share a well-known filmmaker's work and at the same time introduce our wide audience to new filmmakers and their works.

We are currently seeking the documentary genre from filmmakers from around the world, with emphasis on contemporary affairs, domestic and international stories of human character and spirit, historical perspectives, biographies, politically charged tales as well as art/music portraits, and any true story that the filmmaker believes may have an appeal to the public.

If you are interested in sharing your film in a magical setting with an equally great location near the heart of the industry, then the American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund is a must on your festival submission list.

Our festival proudly showcases premieres from acclaimed directors as well as screen undiscovered and unknown films by first-timers- our goal is to screen as many films as possible within the festival's time slot, giving more filmmakers the opportunity at exposure, and giving your film the leg up on sharing your work with the world. The festival shall award cash prizes to the filmmaker(s) whose films receive the audience and/or juried favorites.

In addition to AmDocs 2015's main festival activities, AmDocs is proud to announce that ALL films submitted to the event will have the option to be added to the Rancho Mirage Public Library's catalogue for in-library viewing, free to public check out viewing, education outreach through primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as special events related to a particular subject matter through non-profits within the region. (The RMPL does not profit from check-outs of any of the films and is not permitted to reproduce or broadcast any of the films within the festival's catalogue unless specified by the copyright holder/filmmaker.) If at any time the filmmaker no longer wishes to participate in this special adjunct opportunity, you can opt out with a dated written letter requesting that your film no longer be included in our library holdings. For more information, please contact info@americandocumentaryfilmfest.com.

The festival works in conjunction with the Palm Springs Cultural Center-
The Palm Springs Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.


ORGANIZERS
Debbi Hinton (Director of Development) ; Rob Rochholz (Director of Social Media, AmDocs) ; Susan Cook (Archival Manager) ; Teddy Grouya (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES
Please make certain that when submitting you note your tracking number on all relevant materials, i.e., shipping envelope and disc(s). Also, each disc must have the contact information of the submitter. The festival is not responsible for returning submitted materials. We do not dispose of submitted material, it will remain in our festival archives unless instructed otherwise.

Film submissions must not have played at any other festivals within a 70 mile radius of Palm Springs, California.


FILM FUND SUBMISSIONS:
Filmmakers should provide for their works-in-progress for aid in completion funding or works to be begun :
1. Outline of the story/film;2. Five (5) minute excerpt or promo of said film, even if not started, we require this promo;3. A budget of said film, what has been paid, what is required for the completion funds, i.e., $2,500 for coloring;4. A previous completed work of submitting filmmaker where applicable;
5. If invited, filmmakers must attend the Film Fund's pitch competition and take part in said pitch to jury as well as potentially, the live audience in attendance at film festival.


American Documentary Film Fund is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless American Documentary 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.

Any payment by check must be made out to: Palm Springs Cultural Center

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

American Documentary Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless American Documentary 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. FILM FUND SUBMISSIONS: American Documentary Film Fund is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless American Documentary 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.