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19-Apr-2014 2:25am PDT  

 

San Pedro International Film Festival

3 Annual October 10, 2014 to October 12, 2014

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15021 Ventura Blvd
#795
Sherman Oaks CA 91403
USA
info@spiffest.org
http://www.spiffest.org

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

FEATURE FILM
Feature Films in consideration will be 65 minutes or more and released no earlier than July 2013.
SHORT FILM
Short Films must be no longer than 30minutes
DOCUMENTARY FILM
Documentary Films must be no longer than 90minutes.
EcoDox
Documentary films submitted for the EcoDox category must have an environmental theme, i.e. oceans, earth, recycling, conservation, etc. and preferably be no more than 180 minutes.
SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
Screenplay Competition is for feature film screenplays
STUDENT FILMS
STUDENT FILMMAKERS (22 and under, student ID required) Please indicate the ages of film's writer, director, & producer in your submission.
FEEL THE RUSH
Feel the Rush explores the human need for an adrenaline rush beyond the norm and explore extreme sports.
3D PROGRAM
3D Program will showcase any film, doc or short on any topic.
WEBISODES
One episode of a web series
TV PILOT
TV pilots with approximate runtime between 24 and 48 minutes.
MUSIC VIDEOS
Native American
This category is for Native American filmmakers.
ANIMAL RIGHTS

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFF) is a nonprofit organization that serves the San Pedro Los Angeles Harbor community. Our mission is to connect the local community with Hollywood and international filmmakers and professionals.

To fulfill this mission, the San Pedro International Film Festival will present multiple film programs over the course of three days of the festival and during the year, inviting filmmakers and industry professionals to attend the festival for the purposes of leading discussions and/or workshops with local and visiting audiences. In doing so, we act as a catalyst for education and action on issues that affect the local communities and individuals.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In 2012, SPIFF's inaugural year, Silver Linings Playbook won Best Film, months ahead of it's Oscar nominations and award. In 2013, SPIFF hosted Ernie LaPointe, Sitting Bull's great grandson and screened the documentary film Sitting Bull's Voice. Who knows what we'll do in 2014!

San Pedro was established in the 1800's it was eventually annexed to Los Angeles in 1909 as LA grew and needed a port. On the other hand, San Pedro was a fishing hub as well as a port and in dire need of police and water infrastructure. Once voted as the most dangerous city in the US, San Pedro has also been home to the historic Warner Grand built in 1931 by Jack WArner, the 1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike that unionized the ports, Charles Bukowski, Robert Towne who wrote China Town and is now a bustling film location.

The San Pedro International Film Festival was founded to celebrate the diverse culture and community of San Pedro with a wide spectrum of independent film, documentaries and shorts. SPFF is committed to exhibiting films that embody inspiring entertainment for all, works that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the intent that these films enlighten audiences while providing invaluable exposure for filmmakers, local and international.

Some of DW Griffith's early short films were shot in San Pedro. These days you're more likely to find film crews for NCIS, Mad Men, Dexter and more other films like Usual Suspects and Gone in 60 Seconds.

The site, at the southern end of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, on the west side of San Pedro Bay, was used by Spanish ships starting in the 1540s. Native Americans The peninsula, including all of San Pedro, was the homeland of the Tongva-Gabrieleño Native Americans people for thousands of years. In other areas of the Los Angeles Basin archeological sites date back 8,000 -15,000 years. The Tongva believe they have been here since the beginning of time. Once called the "lords of the ocean," due to their mastery of there ocean going canoes called Ti'ats. Many village covered the coastline. The Tongva lived in a virtual paradise, till colonization. Their first contact with Europeans in 1542 with João Cabrilho (Juan Cabrillo), the Portuguese explorer who also was the first to write of them. Chowigna and Suangna were two Tongva settlements of many in the peninsula area, which was also a departure point for their rancherias on the Channel Islands. Legend has it that the Native Americans blessed the land of Palos Verdes, making it the most beautiful place on Earth. The Tongva, or Gabrielino, Indians called the San Pedro area Chaaw.

ORGANIZERS
Ziggy Mrkich (Festival Director) ; Ziggy Mrkich (Producer)

GENERAL RULES
LENGTH: Films for the competition will be in two categories and these times must include all titles and credits:
Short Film: 45 minute maximum
Feature Film: 65-150 minutes
STUDENT FILMMAKERS (22 and under) Please indicate the ages of film's writer, director, & producer in your submission.
FILMMAKERS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD: Please have a parent or legal guardian submit film on your behalf.
PREVIEW "SCREENER" FORMAT: All films should be uploaded or submitted on DVD or BLU-RAY. We require TWO DVDs, or TWO BLU-RAYs depending on media you choose to send. Please properly label (see below).
ONE FILM PER DISK: Please make sure there is only one film per DISK, multiple submissions require multiple entry fees and separate disks.
PRIZES: Prizes differ each year and will be announced as soon as we secure them from sponsors before the festival takes place..
SUBTITLES: All non-English language films must be subtitled or dubbed in English.
ENTRY FEES: Are non-refundable.
LABELING: YOUR SUBMISSION MUST BE LABELED PROPERLY TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION.
LABELING FILMS: Put the WAB tracking number on the envelope you are using to send in the submission. Please insure your DISK is clearly labeled on BOTH the DISC cover and the DISC itself in below format:
FILM TITLE
TOTAL RUN TIME
CONTACT NAME & PHONE NUMBER
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS
WAB TRACKING NUMBER
DO NOT PUT STICKER LABELS ON DISCS, as they peel off and get caught in the players. Professionally painted discs, Permanent Marker or LightScribe labeling are best to label your Discs.
LABELING SCREENPLAYS: On cover page, include title, page count, writer's name, contact phone number, email address, and WAB tracking number.
Professionally mastered DISKS are preferred for ease of use in various brand-name players.
AFTER SUBMISSION ACCEPTANCE: In order for your title to be included in the Festival, you must agree to provide the following materials to SPIFF within 14 days of acceptance:
1. For film, at least one screen shot of the title, and box art if available. Image must be in jpg format, 300 dpi,
2. If available, a trailer of the program in digital format.
3. Exhibition format(s) of your project, delivered no later than 14 days after acceptance (BluRay preferred).
4. Copies of press releases and additional press materials.
5. If you have costume characters, swag, or would be available to appear at the festival, please let us know in an email once your title is accepted.
6. In addition to the Exhibition Copy of your film (DVD, BLU-RAY, Film or HDCam: dependent on the venue we place you in and its available formats), we also require 3 DVD DISK copies for the industry jury of the competition. These DVDs will NOT be returned.
SPIFF prefers BLU-RAY for festival screenings of High-Definition Films. Filmmakers screen DVD's & Blu-Ray's at their own risk. If a participant chooses to screen their movie on DVD, they must send an additional 2 copies professionally mastered to insure against skipping. We also require back-up copies for all Blu-Ray discs in the form of 1 Blu-Ray AND 1 DVD. MAKE SURE THEY ARE FULLY TESTED AND FUNCTIONAL ON AT LEAST TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF BRAND NAME PLAYERS BEFORE YOU SEND THEM.
Participants agree that their film or clips from it and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, SPIFF website and for any promotional purposes which SPIFF deems appropriate, for that current year of submission.
SPIFF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged prints. While the utmost care will be taken with regard to prints, it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility (i.e.insurance). The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmaker.
If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. SPIFF will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copy written materials.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

LENGTH: Films for the competition will be in two categories and these times must include all titles and credits: Short Film: 45 minute maximum Feature Film: 65-150 minutes STUDENT FILMMAKERS (22 and under) Please indicate the ages of film's writer, director, & producer in your submission. FILMMAKERS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD: Please have a parent or legal guardian submit film on your behalf. PREVIEW "SCREENER" FORMAT: All films should be uploaded or submitted on DVD or BLU-RAY. We require TWO DVDs, or TWO BLU-RAYs depending on media you choose to send. Please properly label (see below). ONE FILM PER DISK: Please make sure there is only one film per DISK, multiple submissions require multiple entry fees and separate disks. PRIZES: Prizes differ each year and will be announced as soon as we secure them from sponsors before the festival takes place.. SUBTITLES: All non-English language films must be subtitled or dubbed in English. ENTRY FEES: Are non-refundable. LABELING: YOUR SUBMISSION MUST BE LABELED PROPERLY TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION. LABELING FILMS: Put the WAB tracking number on the envelope you are using to send in the submission. Please insure your DISK is clearly labeled on BOTH the DISC cover and the DISC itself in below format: FILM TITLE TOTAL RUN TIME CONTACT NAME & PHONE NUMBER CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS WAB TRACKING NUMBER DO NOT PUT STICKER LABELS ON DISCS, as they peel off and get caught in the players. Professionally painted discs, Permanent Marker or LightScribe labeling are best to label your Discs. LABELING SCREENPLAYS: On cover page, include title, page count, writer's name, contact phone number, email address, and WAB tracking number. Professionally mastered DISKS are preferred for ease of use in various brand-name players. AFTER SUBMISSION ACCEPTANCE: In order for your title to be included in the Festival, you must agree to provide the following materials to SPIFF within 14 days of acceptance: 1. For film, at least one screen shot of the title, and box art if available. Image must be in jpg format, 300 dpi, 2. If available, a trailer of the program in digital format. 3. Exhibition format(s) of your project, delivered no later than 14 days after acceptance (BluRay preferred). 4. Copies of press releases and additional press materials. 5. If you have costume characters, swag, or would be available to appear at the festival, please let us know in an email once your title is accepted. 6. In addition to the Exhibition Copy of your film (DVD, BLU-RAY, Film or HDCam: dependent on the venue we place you in and its available formats), we also require 3 DVD DISK copies for the industry jury of the competition. These DVDs will NOT be returned. SPIFF prefers BLU-RAY for festival screenings of High-Definition Films. Filmmakers screen DVD's & Blu-Ray's at their own risk. If a participant chooses to screen their movie on DVD, they must send an additional 2 copies professionally mastered to insure against skipping. We also require back-up copies for all Blu-Ray discs in the form of 1 Blu-Ray AND 1 DVD. MAKE SURE THEY ARE FULLY TESTED AND FUNCTIONAL ON AT LEAST TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF BRAND NAME PLAYERS BEFORE YOU SEND THEM. Participants agree that their film or clips from it and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, SPIFF website and for any promotional purposes which SPIFF deems appropriate, for that current year of submission. SPIFF holds no responsibility for lost or damaged prints. While the utmost care will be taken with regard to prints, it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility (i.e.insurance). The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmaker. If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. SPIFF will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copy written materials.