71st Annual

Edinburgh International Film Festival

June 21, 2017 to July 02, 2017

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

Feature Fiction
ALL FEATURE FICTION FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST UK PREMIERES.

NOTE: WE ACCEPT ONLINE AND DVD SCREENERS.

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71st edition.

Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences ground-breaking and exciting films from around the world. EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.

EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Work that has previously been publicly screened or broadcast in Britain will not be accepted. This includes online screenings.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

EIFF regards a Feature Film as over 30 minutes.

ALL FEATURE FICTION FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.
Feature Documentary
In 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival began life as a documentary festival. As such, non-fiction filmmaking always has a special place in our hearts.

ALL FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.

NOTE: WE ONLY ACCEPT ONLINE AND DVD SCREENERS.

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71st edition.

Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences ground-breaking and exciting films from around the world. EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.

EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Work that has previously been publicly screened or broadcast in Britain will not be accepted. This includes online screenings.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

EIFF regards a Feature Film as over 30 minutes.

ALL FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST UK PREMIERES.
UK Short Animation
THERE IS NO PREMIERE RULE WITH REGARDS SHORT ANIMATION SUBMISSIONS.

NOTE: WE ACCEPT ONLINE AND DVD SCREENERS.

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71st edition.

Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences ground-breaking and exciting films from around the world. EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.

EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

There are no theatrical premiere restrictions for short animated films at EIFF. Films CAN have previously been publicly screened, broadcast or otherwise made publicly available (including online) in the UK.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

EIFF regards a short film as 30 minutes and under.

THERE IS NO PREMIERE RULE WITH REGARDS SHORT ANIMATION SUBMISSIONS.
UK Short Fiction
ALL UK SHORT FICTION FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A SCOTTISH PREMIERE.

NOTE: WE ACCEPT ONLINE AND DVD SCREENERS.

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71st edition.

Edinburgh International Film Festival invites submissions of short-form works that suffuse originality, ambition and aesthetic innovation. We are seeking the new generation of strong cinematic voices that explore individual and collective stories, narratives, threads and vital and exciting ideas through their work.

Short films that make us think and feel differently; proffering layers of interpretation and insight, original perspectives and pioneering techniques of interrogation of themes and issues both familiar and uncommon. Work that exudes confidence and panache and tests the parameters of the format while reveling in the particular advantages of a compact format. Submissions that collapse the space between documentary and fiction, and work shot on real film particularly welcome.

Work that has previously been publicly broadcast in the UK will not be accepted.

Work that is or has previously been publicly available online in the UK will not be accepted.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

EIFF regards a Short Film as under 30 minutes.

ALL SHORT FICTION FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A SCOTTISH PREMIERE.


UK Short Documentary
ALL UK SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS MUST AT LEAST BE A SCOTTISH PREMIERE.

NOTE: WE ACCEPT ONLINE AND DVD SCREENERS.

In 1947, the Edinburgh International film Festival started life as a documentary film festival. As such, non-fiction filmmaking has always held a special place in our hearts.

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71st edition.

Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences ground-breaking and exciting films from around the world. EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.

EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Work that has previously been publicly broadcast in the UK will not be accepted.

Work that is or has previously been publicly available online in the UK will not be accepted.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

EIFF regards a Short Film as under 30 minutes.

ALL UK SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A SCOTTISH PREMIERE.

Feature Experimental
ALL FEATURE EXPERIMENTAL FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.

NOTE: WE ACCEPT ONLINE AND DVD SCREENERS.

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71st edition.

Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences ground-breaking and exciting films from around the world. EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.

EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Work that has previously been publicly screened or broadcast in the UK will not be accepted. This includes online screenings.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

EIFF regards a Feature Film as over 30 minutes.

ALL FEATURE EXPERIMENTAL FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.
UK Short Experimental
ALL UK SHORT EXPERIMENTAL FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A SCOTTISH PREMIERE.

NOTE: WE ACCEPT ONLINE AND DVD SCREENERS.

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71st edition.

Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences ground-breaking and exciting films from around the world. EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.

EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Work that has previously been publicly screened or broadcast in Scotland will not be accepted. This includes online screenings.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

EIFF regards a Short Film as under 30 minutes.

ALL UK SHORT EXPERIMENTAL FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A SCOTTISH PREMIERE.

Feature Animation
ALL FEATURE ANIMATION FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.

NOTE: WE ACCEPT ONLINE AND DVD SCREENERS.

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71st edition.

Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences ground-breaking and exciting films from around the world. EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.

EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Work that has previously been publicly screened or broadcast in the UK will not be accepted. This includes online screenings.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

EIFF regards a Feature Film as over 30 minutes.

ALL FEATURE ANIMATION FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST UK PREMIERES.


World & International Short Animation
ALL WORLD AND INTERNATIONAL SHORT ANIMATION FILM SUBMISSIONS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.

NOTE: WE ACCEPT ONLINE AND DVD SCREENERS.

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71ST edition.

Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences ground-breaking and exciting films from around the world. EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.

EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Work that has previously been publicly screened or broadcast in the UK will not be accepted. This includes online screenings.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

EIFF regards a Short Film as under 30 minutes.

ALL WORLD AND INTERNATIONAL SHORT ANIMATION FILM SUBMISSIONS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.
World & International Short Fiction
ALL WORLD AND INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.

NOTE: WE ACCEPT ONLINE AND DVD SCREENERS.

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71st edition.

Edinburgh International Film Festival invites submissions of short-form works that suffuse originality, ambition and aesthetic innovation. We are seeking the new generation of strong cinematic voices that explore individual and collective stories, narratives, threads and vital and exciting ideas through their work.

Short films that make us think and feel differently; proffering layers of interpretation and insight, original perspectives and pioneering techniques of interrogation of themes and issues both familiar and uncommon. Work that exudes confidence and panache and tests the parameters of the format while reveling in the particular advantages of a compact format. Submissions that collapse the space between documentary and fiction, and work shot on real film particularly welcome.

Work that has previously been publicly screened or broadcast in the UK will not be accepted.

Work that is or has previously been publicly available online in the UK will not be accepted.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

EIFF regards a Short Film as under 30 minutes.

ALL SHORT FICTION FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.
World & International Short Documentary
ALL WORLD AND INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.

NOTE: WE ACCEPT ONLINE AND DVD SCREENERS.

In 1947, the Edinburgh International film Festival started life as a documentary film festival. As such, non-fiction filmmaking has always held a special place in our hearts.

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71st edition.

Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences ground-breaking and exciting films from around the world. EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.

EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Work that has previously been publicly broadcast in the UK will not be accepted.

Work that is or has previously been publicly available online in the UK will not be accepted.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

EIFF regards a Short Film as under 30 minutes.

ALL WORLD AND INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.
World & International Short Experimental
ALL WORLD AND INTERNATIONAL SHORT EXPERIMENTAL FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.

NOTE: WE ACCEPT ONLINE AND DVD SCREENERS.

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71st edition.

Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences ground-breaking and exciting films from around the world. EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.

EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Work that has previously been publicly screened or broadcast in the UK will not be accepted. This includes online screenings.

Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

EIFF regards a Short Film as under 30 minutes.

ALL WORLD AND INTERNATIONAL SHORT EXPERIMENTAL FILMS MUST BE AT LEAST A UK PREMIERE.


MISSION & OBJECTIVE

As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 71st edition. Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences ground-breaking and exciting films from around the world.

EIFF seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and provide a forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work.

EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Give your film the best start: Submit your film to Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Successful submissions will be showcased before public and industry audiences at the 2017 edition of one of the world's most respected film festivals. What better way to start your new film on its path in life...

The longest continually running film festival in the world, Edinburgh International Film Festival is now preparing its 71st edition. Over the years, EIFF has continued to bring UK audiences the most innovative and exciting films from around the world. The 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival, a 12-day event, will take place from 21 June to 2 July 2017.

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a delightful place in which to showcase and discover new cinema. In 2016 EIFF hosted audiences of over 50,000 whilst welcoming over 1,500 industry delegates, guests and press. The Festival profiled 160 feature films and 30 short film programmes, alongside a selection of special events and screenings.

Submissions are open from 1 November 2016.





ORGANIZERS

Diane Henderson (Deputy Artistic Director); Diane Henderson (Head of Programming - EIFF); Neil Fox (Projects Coordinator)

GENERAL RULES

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

The Festival is committed to screening high quality new film and video work in all genres from around the world.

- EIFF ONLY ACCEPTS SUBMISSIONS BY DVD SCREENER OR SECURE ONLINE SCREENER.

- Each film category has its own premiere rules relating to previous public screenings, broadcasts or the availability of the film online - PLEASE CHECK PREMIERE RULES BEFORE SUBMITTING.

- Promotional films are NOT eligible (e.g. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).

- All submitted films should be no more than 12 months old by June 2017.

- EIFF regard a Short film as 30 minutes or under, and a Feature film as over 30 minutes.

- EIFF will not consider previously submitted work unless it has been considerably re-edited/re-shot. If you are unsure, it probably means it hasn't been changed enough. Please include a cover letter with details of the changes made. If we already viewed your film as a rough cut last year, we usually will not consider it for the following year.

- The final selection of all films presented at the Festival and their placement in the programme is the responsibility of the Artistic Director.

- There are three submissions deadlines:
Earlybird - Wednesday 14 December 2016
Regular - Wednesday 18 January 2017
Late - Wednesday 15 February 2017

- ALL SUBMISSIONS TO EIFF MUST BE ON DVD OR SECURE ONLINE SCREENER. We accept DVD PAL and DVD NTSC. You must label the disk with the film’s title and WAB tracking number. We can not preview on U-matic or Beta SP. Please note, multiple submissions must be on individual DVDs - e.g. 1 DVD per film submission.

- Further rules, regulations and FAQs can be found on our website www.edfilmfest.org.uk/submissions



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

If my film is accepted to screen at EIFF:

* I agree to a short extract (max. 3 minutes) being included in any radio, TV or video programme or in a cinema trailer for the EIFF; to additional public screenings of my film at the EIFF and to my film being given a press/industry screening at the EIFF.
* I confirm the film has not and will not be screened in the UK before the festival in June 2017.
* I consent to the submission of my film for consideration in any awards that may be made in the context of the EIFF.
* I certify that all rights and clearances have been obtained.
* I certify that I will not withdraw my film from the EIFF after acceptance by the EIFF selection board.
* I have read and agree to abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
* I confirm that the above information is correct to the best of my knowledge

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