40th Annual

Montreal World Film Festival

August 25, 2016 to September 05, 2016

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Feature Films / Long Métrage
Above 60 min.
Short Films / Court Métrage
Short films of 35 minutes or less.
Medium length films of 36 to 59 minutes.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Since its founding 40 years ago, the Montreal World Film Festival has remained faithful to its founding principles. The MWFF offers film lovers and professionals a rich program based on cultural diversity, innovation, independence and creativity. The success and international reputation of the Montreal World Film Festival are firmly linked to these principles and goals.

Influence Communication, Canada's top information broker and aggregator, which collects and aggregates 700,000 news items from around the world, analyzed fallout from the Montreal World Film Festival and concluded that it is "Quebec's standard-bearer in international media", the Quebec event that is the most widely covered around the world.

The programming of commercials cinemas is dominated by blockbusters. Without the Montreal World Film Festival and its annual selection of some 400 films from 80 countries, the Montreal film landscape would be drastically reduced.

In addition to its program of screenings, the 2016 Festival will present a wide series of film-related activities. We invite you to consult our web site regularly for details.

The World Film Festival is the only competitive film event in North America recognized by FIAPF, the International Federation of Film Producers' Associations.

ORGANIZERS

Ubavka Ferzanovic (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES

To see the list of 13 CASH PRIZES (total 1 million US$) please go to:
http://www.ffm-montreal.org/

To review the MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL and
STUDENT FILMS FESTIVAL Regulations IN ENGLISH, please see:
http://www.ffm-montreal.org/en/submit-a-film.html

Pour consulter les Règlements du Festival EN FRANÇAIS :
http://www.ffm-montreal.org/inscrire-un-film.html

THE 40th MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
August 25-September 5, 2016
1432, de Bleury
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2J1 CANADA
Tel.: 1 514 848-3883
Fax: 1 514 848-3886
info@ffm-montreal.org
www.ffm-montreal.org

REGULATIONS

I. GOALS
The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world. The Montreal World Film Festival is accredited by the FIAPF as the only competitive festival in North America.

SECTIONS
COMPETITIVE SECTIONS
Please see:
http://www.ffm-montreal.org/en/press-releases/130-mwff-announces-golden-chelem-with-13-cash-prizes.html
World Competition
First Films World Competition
Special Chinese Film Festival
Canadian Cinema
Documentaries of the World
Student Film Festival (see separate regulations)

NON-COMPETITIVE SECTIONS
World Greats
Focus on World Cinema (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania)
Tributes
Francophone Film Festival (Francophone cinema is found in almost all sections of the WFF)
Cinema Under the Stars

SELECTION
The Festival selects and invites films and determines in which section they are presented. See “Eligibility to the different sections”.

For selection purposes, please send directly to the Festival the entry form, entry fee and a Blu-ray region free or DVD (NTSC or PAL) or a link with password. The submission film copy should be in English OR in French; with English OR with French subtitles. The entry form and entry fee must be included with the submission Blu-ray or DVD or link.

Also, it is possible to submit the film through WITHOUTABOX too.


SUBMISSION DEADLINES
July 10, 2016 for feature films of 60 minutes or longer;
June 10, 2016 for short and medium length films of 59 minutes or less.

ENTRY FEE
An entry fee is required for all submissions sent to the Festival or completed through WITHOUTABOX:
120CAD$ for each feature film (60 minutes or longer)
50CAD$ for each short or medium length film (59 minutes or less)

TRANSPORTATION COSTS
Shipping and brokerage costs of screening copies to and from the Festival are the responsibility of the producer or his agent. This policy applies to films selected and invited by the Festival, as well as those sent to the Festival for consideration (selection).

SCREENING COPY DELIVERY
Screening copies of films participating in the different sections of the Festival should be sent PREPAID BEFORE AUGUST 5, 2016 to the following address:

MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
1432 de Bleury Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2J1 CANADA
Tel.: 1 514 848-3883

A pro forma invoice should be affixed to the outside of the package in order to facilitate customs clearance. Screening copies should be sent directly to the Festival by a delivery service which includes customs clearance (examples: FEDEX, DHL, EMS).

The non-commercial customs value of a package must not exceed 10CAD$

The screening copy will be returned AT THE RECIPIENT’S EXPENSE. The Festival must be informed IN WRITING of any change of address for the return of a print.

INSURANCE
The Festival will assume insurance responsibility from the time the carrier has delivered the film to the Festival’s offices, until it is returned to the carrier.

In the case of damage or loss of a print, the Festival will reimburse an amount not exceeding the value of the print.

If a producer or his agent borrows his print from the Festival for screenings organized outside official Festival screenings, the Festival will not be responsible in case of loss or damage during that period.

ACCEPTANCE
To register or send a film for any section of the Festival implies acceptance of these regulations by the producers or their agents.

It is mandatory to fill out item No. 10 of the registration form “Agreement”.

FILMS MAY NOT BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE FESTIVALAFTER THEY HAVE BEEN REGISTERED AND SELECTED.

The President of the Festival has the right to decide all cases not foreseen by these regulations.

PROMOTION AND PUBLICATION OF THE AWARDS
Participation in the Festival implies that the winners in all the competitive sections will use first and foremost in all their publicity (posters, announcements, etc.) the name and the logo of the World Film Festival and the award.

ELIGIBILITY TO THE DIFFERENT SECTIONS
Films selected and invited for the different sections must meet the following criteria:

WORLD COMPETITION
Feature films of 60 minutes and longer;

Short fiction or animation films of 15 minutes or less:

- be in DCP or ProRes422 File;
- have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
- priority will be given to world premieres;
- not have been screened commercially outside the country of production;
- not have participated in any international festival or event;
- not have been presented on television or the Internet;
- Canadian films must not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada or abroad, except by special permission of the Festival;
- films in a language other than French or English must be subtitled in French AND in English;
- films in French language must be subtitled in English;
- films in English language must be subtitled in French;
- the presence of the director of the film and the main actor (or actress) is mandatory for films in the World Competition.

Short films in World Competition
In addition to the above-mentioned criteria, short fiction or animation films should not exceed 15 minutes;

FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION
Only director’s first fiction feature films (of 60 minutes or longer):

- be in DCP or ProRes422 File;
- have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
- priority will be given to world premieres;
- not have been screened commercially outside the country of production;
- not have participated in any international festival or event;
- not have been presented on television or the Internet;
- Canadian films must not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada or abroad, except by special permission of the Festival;
- films in a language other than French or English must be subtitled in French AND English;
- films in French language must be subtitled in English;
- films in English language must be subtitled in French;
- the presence of the director is mandatory for films in the First Films World Competition.

WORLD GREATS - NON-COMPETITIVE SECTION
Films selected and invited to participate in this non-competitive section must meet the following criteria:

- only feature films (of 60 minutes or longer) in DCP or 3D or ProRes422 File;
- have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
- not have been presented on television or the Internet;
- not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada and PREFERABLY in North America too;
- films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English.

FOCUS ON WORLD CINEMA (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania) - NON-COMPETITIVE SECTION
Fiction and animation films with any running time: feature films of 60 minutes or longer; medium length films of 36 to 59 minutes; short films of 35 minutes or less:

- be in DCP or ProRes422 File;
- have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
- not have been presented on television or the Internet;
- not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada and PREFERABLY in North America too;
- films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English.

DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WORLD
Documentary films with any running time: feature films of 60 minutes or longer;
medium length films of 36 to 59 minutes; short films of 35 minutes or less:

- be in DCP or ProRes422 File;
- have been completed after last edition of the Montreal World Film Festival;
- not have been presented on television in North America or the Internet;
- not have been screened commercially in Canada or in any cinematographic event in Canada and PREFERABLY in North America too;
- films in a language other than French must be subtitled in French or in English.

TRIBUTES
This section, by invitation only, is dedicated to noted cinematic creators: directors, actors, producers, directors of photography, scriptwriters…

EXCLUSIONS
Industrial, advertising and instructional films are not eligible for any of the sections of the Festival (competitive and non-competitive). The same applies to racist, obscene, excessively violent and propagandistic films.

JURIES
The Board of Directors of the Festival each year appoints the members of the different juries. Members of a jury cannot be associated with any film participating in the Competition. The President of the Festival or his delegates attend the juries’ deliberations but does not have the right to vote or to discuss about any film.

WORLD COMPETITION

Feature films
The jury must award the following prizes:

Grand Prize of the Americas (Best Film)
Special Grand Prize of the Jury
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Screenplay
Best Artistic Contribution
Innovation Award


For feature films, only one of the above prizes may be shared.

Short films
1st Prize
Jury Award

The jury will not award more than two prizes in the “Short films” category.

FIRST FILMS WORLD COMPETITION
A different jury from the World Competition jury will award the following prizes:
Golden Zenith -
Silver Zenith
Bronze Zenith

SPECIAL CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION
1st Prize
2nd Prize

PUBLIC AWARDS
The general public will vote for the winners in the following categories:
People’s Choice Award for a film in the section FOCUS ON WORLD CINEMA
Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Film from Latin America


47th STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Montreal, August 27-31, 2016

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 10, 2016

4. ELIGIBILITY
Students who are, or were, studying in schools or universities (or other
recognized educational institutions) during the production of their film,
are eligible.

The film must have been completed after the last Student Film Festival. The
film should not have been presented on the Internet or in Canada. A student
may submit several films.

Running time: feature films of 60 minutes or longer; medium length films of
36 to 60 minutes; short films of 35 minutes or less.

STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL
1432 de Bleury Street
Montreal (Quebec) Canada H3A 2J1

Tel.: 1 514 848-3883 / Fax: 1 514 848-3886
program@ffm-montreal.org
www.ffm-montreal.org

REGULATIONS

The 47th Student Film Festival will be held from August 27 to August 31,
2016, during the Montreal World Film Festival.

1. AIM
The aim of the Student Film Festival is to help discover new talent by
presenting films made by students from schools and universities within the
framework of an international event.

2. SECTIONS
Films with any running time are accepted in the following categories:

• ANIMATION
• DOCUMENTARY
• EXPERIMENTAL
• FICTION

3.1. NATIONAL COMPETITION
The following prizes will be awarded:

• NORMAN McLAREN AWARD (Best film) - 10 000$
• JURY AWARD (Best New Director)
• AWARDS BY CATEGORY: ANIMATION, DOCUMENTARY, EXPERIMENTAL, FICTION
Honourable mentions may also be conferred.

3.2. INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
The following prizes will be awarded:

• BEST FILM - 10 000$
• JURY AWARD (Best New Director)
• AWARDS BY CATEGORY: ANIMATION, DOCUMENTARY, EXPERIMENTAL, FICTION
Honourable mentions may also be conferred.

5. REGISTRATION
Must be received PREPAID by JUNE 10, 2016 including:

a) Blu-ray or DVD or link with password; the submission film copy should be
in English
OR in French, with English OR with French subtitles
b) Completed entry form for each film
c) The entry fee of 50 CAD$ per film
d) Also, it is possible to submit the film through WITHOUTABOX

6. SELECTED FILM
a) As soon as you have received confirmation of the selection of your film,
please send a film still for reproduction in the catalogue (the email
address will be indicated in the confirmation letter);

b) If the registration film copy is not the final version or the final
format, please send the new screening copy PREPAID before AUGUST 5, 2016.

c) FESTIVAL SCREENIGN COPY can be:
ProRes422 file preferably or DCP or Blu-ray zone free or DVD

7. EXCERPTS FOR TELEVISION & INTERNET
The Festival may authorize television broadcast of a short excerpt of any
production included in the Student Film Festival. The Festival may make
available one excerpt on its website for the promotion of the film.

8. TRANSPORTATION
Each film should be sent PREPAID. Participants are responsible for
transportation costs BOTH WAYS. The customs value of a package sent to
Canada must not exceed 10 CAD$.

9. INSURANCE
Arrangements for insuring the films during transportation to and from the
Festival must be made by the participants. The Festival will be responsible
for the films while in its possession. The Festival cannot be held
responsible for any loss or damage made to a film during transit.

10. AGREEMENT
Submission of a film to the Festival implies acceptance of these
regulations. Films may not be withdrawn from the Festival after they have
been submitted and selected. The direction of the Festival will rule on all
cases not foreseen by these regulations.