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Vancouver International Film Festival

33 Annual September 25, 2014 to October 10, 2014

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

International Narrative Features
We welcome submissions of quality feature-length films from outside of Canada that have been produced within the previous year and not publicly screened or broadcast in the Vancouver area prior to VIFF. Relevant series: "Cinema of Our Time", representing the most innovative and exciting cinematic developments from around the globe; "Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia", the largest annual exhibition of films from East Asia in North America. First or second films from Asia are eligible for the “Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema” (cash prize). All features screened at VIFF are eligible for the “Rogers People's Choice Award for the Most Popular Film”.
International Nonfiction Features
Open to nonfiction films from outside of Canada produced within the previous year and not publicly screened or broadcast in the Vancouver area prior to VIFF. Relevant series: “Nonfiction Features”, the largest annual showcase of documentary and essay films within a general festival context. Each year, over 100 nonfiction feature-length nonfiction films play to 50,000 people. Special sub-strands include the particularly cinematic films on the environment, and the popular "Arts and Letters" series which celebrates the visual and performing arts. Films are eligible for audience awards.
International Shorts
Open to short films in all genres produced outside of Canada within the previous year and not publicly screened or broadcast in the Vancouver area prior to VIFF.
Canadian Features / Documentaries
Open to feature-length films of all genres produced in Canada after June 1, 2013 and not publicly screened or broadcast in the Vancouver area prior to VIFF. Our Canadian Images series is one of the world's largest annual public exhibitions of new Canadian cinema. Exceptionally well-attended, it's truly a point of pride for VIFF. Films in this category are eligible for a variety of adjudicated and audience awards, including Best Canadian First Feature. Furthermore, VIFF's B.C. Spotlight initiative offers two cash awards to British Columbia filmmakers: the B.C. Emerging Filmmaker Award and Best B.C. Film.
Canadian Shorts
Open to short films in all genres produced in Canada after June 1, 2013 and not publicly screened or broadcast in the Vancouver area prior to VIFF. These films are eligible for a $2,000 cash prize for Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
A socially conscious not-for-profit arts organization, VIFF’s mandate is “to encourage the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world, and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia and Canada”.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Founded in 1982, the Vancouver International Film Festival has long been established as of one of the largest and most successful film festivals in North America, both in terms of audience attendance (approximately 150,000 for each of the last 10 years) and the number of films shown (approximately 380.)

The 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival will be held September 25 to October 10, 2014. The festival began in 1982.

VIFF's Film and TV Forum runs from October 1-4, 2014.

SCOPE

VIFF operates the state of the art Vancouver International Film Centre and Vancity Theatre year-round. It also produces a the annual Film and Television Forum which hosts a series of seminars, roundtable discussions, master classes, tête-à-tête meetings and speed dating sessions designed to explore the trends and opportunities in both the Canadian film and television landscape and in the international marketplace.


SERIES

VIFF is a microcosm of its home city: cosmopolitan, innovative, friendly, culturally complex and accessible. The sections of the festival also reflect the city's orientation:

DRAGONS AND TIGERS: THE CINEMAS OF EAST ASIA - the largest annual exhibition of East Asian films outside Asia.

NONFICTION FEATURES - Over the past fifteen years the VIFF has given its large program of documentary and essay films front-and-centre status. It is internationally recognized as one of the largest and most successful showcases of nonfiction cinema in a general festival context. Last year 50,000 people viewed 100 nonfiction films.

CANADIAN IMAGES - A large but carefully selected series reflecting the importance of the motion picture industry in British Columbia. Canadian Images may well be the best-attended annual showcase of new Canadian film in the world.

CINEMA OF OUR TIME - Our general international section comprises the most innovative and exciting cinematic developments from around the globe.

SPOTLIGHT ON FRANCE - This annual sidebar celebrates the unique achievements of France's strong national cinema.

ALTERED STATES – A late night series featuring some of the best international genre films of the year, as well as fantastic cinema that defies ready classification.

ARTS & LETTERS - A popular showcase of films celebrating the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on music-related films.

"VIFF is a large, wholly unspoiled celebration of world cinema fostered to bring moviemakers and their wares into intimate contact with a rare, oh-so-coveted prize: a large, attentive and enthusiastic audience" - Philip Williams, MovieMaker.

"The best annual showcase of Pacific Rim cinema outside Asia.” - Dennis Lim, critic and member of the New York Film Festival's selection committee.

"Over the years, I had been deeply impressed by the quality and scope of its programming. My visit verified those beliefs. For the six days of my stay, I enjoyed an array of important films presented to a public that seemed to be immersed in the qualities of intelligent, sophisticated contemporary cinema." - Dimitri Eipides, Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival, and Director of the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival.

ORGANIZERS
Alan Franey (Festival Director) ; Linda Gorrie ; Mark Peranson (Film Programmer) ; Shelly Kracier (Review/Programming)

GENERAL RULES
CANADIAN ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY
Films entered in Canadian Images must be Canadian productions or co-productions which have not been broadcast (television or internet), distributed on DVD or screened commercially (ie: an advertised public screening for which admission is charged, excluding film school graduation screenings) in the Vancouver area. Films should have been completed after June 1, 2013.
Entry form should be submitted to the Festival by June 20, 2014 (postmarked) along with a preview DVD (not blu-ray) or secure online screener.
If this is not possible, please contact the Festival office to arrange a preview screening. Preview copies should be subtitled in English or accompanied by an English language dialogue list.


INTERNATIONAL ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY
The Vancouver International Film Festival accepts entries of feature and short length films. Films entered in the Festival must not have been screened commercially, or broadcast, in the area of Vancouver.
Entry form should be completed and returned to the Festival by July 4, 2014 (postmarked), along with a preview DVD copy (no blu-ray).
Preview copies should be subtitled in English or accompanied by an English language dialogue list.

SHIPPING AND RETURN
The Festival is not responsible for returning DVD copies except upon request.
Preview materials must be shipped prepaid. VIFF will not accept collect shipments, and accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to preview materials.
The sender is responsible for prepayment of return materials if they are not picked up in person.
You must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or advise our office regarding courier shipment if you want preview tapes or other materials returned to you.
International submissions can be cleared at our end easily if package indicates title of film and is marked: "For Festival purposes only. Will be cleared by addressee. Contents will be returned." DVD screeners must be valued at $1.00 Canadian for customs clearance.
Entrants will be notified regarding the results of the Festival’s selection process by September 9, 2014. (Please do not phone for results).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PRESENTATION Accepted films for the Festival can be exhibited in 35mm formats with optical or magnetic soundtracks, or on video formats (NTSC or PAL) including HDCam and HDCam-SR, or on DCP. The number, date(s), time(s), and location(s) of screenings of films is at the discretion of the Festival. PUBLICITY The Vancouver International Film Festival requests an information package for each confirmed film, ideally including the following: a) a brief written description of the film, including credits b) a selection of electronic images or website c) 2 posters d) DVD or Beta clip (NTSC format only) for broadcast purposes e) DVD preview copy f) press kits including a complete credit list and director’s filmography. SHIPPING 1. Once a film has been accepted for participation in the Festival, detailed shipping instructions will be sent to the print supplier. 2. The Festival agrees to cover transportation and insuring prints both ways directly to and from the actual print supplier, or to cover one-way transportation when the print is shipped to or from other festivals. 3. Each print sent to the Festival from outside of Canada enters the country on a Canada Customs "Duty Free Temporary Admissions Permit" and must be returned after the Festival. LIABILITY In case of loss or serious damage to a print, the obligation of the Festival is limited to compensating the producer or distributor only to the cost of making a new print. CONSENT Participation in the Vancouver International Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of these regulations. Vancouver International 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 Vancouver International 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.