OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.
|This is for feature films made in the United States or Internationally which are either directed, produced or written by a woman of any ethnicity and from any country.
|Documentary Competition - films can be International or Domestic in origin and they must be Directed, Produced or Written by a women from any country in the world.
|This is the Screenplay category is for UN-PRODUCED scripts written or co-written by a woman in this category. We will honor the best screenplay written by a woman from the United States or Internationally anywhere in the world.
|This category is open to any woman who has directed,produced or written a short film in any country worldwide.
|This category is for women who directed a commercial, spec commercial, PSA or music video in the United States or Internationally.
|This is for mid length films, documentaries or shorts with running time of 40min to 60min. We at the festival will decide which competition category to program them in. These films must have been Produced, Directed, or Written by a woman.
|To submit for the Webisode category this must have been Produced, Written or Directed by a Woman in any country in the world.
|This category is open to any woman who has Directed,Produced or Written a Animated short film in any country in the world.
|This category is open to any woman who has Directed,Produced or Written an Animated Feature length film in any country in the world.
|Special Documentary of Focus
|This Documentary must be Produced, Directed or Written by a Woman and of Special nature in the following topics: Animal Rights (dogs, cats, etc.), Green, World climate issues, Environmental, Animal Preservation, Plants, Wildlife, Nature, Political Activism/Expose, Agriculture or Medical Research.
We will be taking submissions of any length in this category.
|TV Pilot Script
|This (Teleplay) TV or Cable script needs to be written by at least one woman. It can be in any genre and can be submitted with full treatment or just the pilot script.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
LA Femme Film Festival supports and nurtures the entertainment productions of women for the benefit of international and domestic audiences worldwide. We are a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural diverse Film Festival devoted to women in key positions of film productions domestically and internationally.
The main objectives of the festival are:
> To Platform new emerging talent and support established women in crossover roles.
> Support the upward growth potential of entertainment opportunities for women in film.
> To profile films celebrating entertainment "by women for everyone" in October yearly.
> To assist in independent filmmakers distribution of their feature films which are platformed in our festival with domestic theatrical, streaming and home video distribution.
> To create opportunities for feature film, TV and commercial production for women in live action and animation world wide.
>We create Partnerships that give opportunities for women filmmakers in all media worldwide.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
About LA Femme.org and LA Femme International Film Festival
The chief goal for LA Femme International Film Festival is discovering emerging artists, presenting alternative points of view, platforming films and filmmakers for domestic and worldwide distribution and to assist in creating distribution outlets for such artists. We want to help get your film distributed and you recognized!
LA Femme has a first look distribution partners where LA Femme successfully pairs filmmakers with distribution executives at the major studios and independent distribution companies. These distribution relationships are exciting since our films are screened by the distribution community annually. So, distribution is open to all those selected to screen not just the winners of the festival. Our winning films and a very large amount of our selected films have secured some sort of distribution. Five of our Documentaries were screened on the Independent Documentary Channel in 2012 and IDC were judges for several years. Our filmmakers receive distribution deals from the major studios and international distribution companies annually!
In both 2017 seven films were brought to distribution partners and deals were struck, 2017 screenplay and TV Pilot winners were read by CBS and Sony diversity divisions, a high profile literary manager interviewed the winners; 2016 and 2015 the winners in the screenplay, TV pilot, short and feature competitions were viewed by CBS, NBC, Sony diversity divisions as well as some additional requested shorts, features and scripts. Since the inception of the festival we have helped or enabled through our festival distribution for over 500 films or documentaries. An extremely high percentage of our official festival selected films have gone on to gain recognition for their films, agency representation, and production deals. Our screened films annual do very well with distribution companies based upon the high level of screening criteria our festival entries go through during the selections process. Distributors know this and know that once screened at LA Femme International Film Festival the film has a achieved a certain level of professionalism.
Selected Past Successes:"The Bet" and "Raw Cut" distribution deals. The screenplay winner in 2013 received a production deal for their feature. "Green Street Hooligans" opened in 2000 theaters nationwide. "The Colt" award winner was shown on the Hallmark Channel. "Beautiful Dreamer" award winner was picked up by Showtime, "My Mother Children of War” winner received limited theatrical distribution. "TRE" received distribution. "Moondance Alexander" award winner opened in selected theaters nationwide, "Counting Backwards" directed by Aprill Winneyand and “Love Hurts" directed and Written by Barra Grant both gained distribution. "B-Girls" Written and Directed by Emily Dell went on to get domestic distribution, "Truth About Kerry" Written and Directed by Katie Torpey has received distribution and the subject of the documentary “Atlantic Crossing: "A Robot’s Daring Mission” Produced by Dena Seidel lives in a National Museum to name just a few or our filmmaker successes.
We host 5-6 educational panels every year from marketing, to pitching to distribution. They are the golden highlight of the festival and always packed with industry professionals.
Film Festivals and their events have become a powerful advertising tool and some support general groups. We have remained a step ahead of our competition through exemplary programming, networking, and professional panel events. We offer a professional atmosphere which creates a sense of 'opportunity' for participants to network with their peers and industry professionals. Our operating credo is: "By Women for Everyone."
We want all our filmmakers to go forward and secure distribution and recognition for their talents and we help you get there.
DISTRIBUTION FOR FESTIVAL WINNERS:
Our Distribution Partner screens all the films from the festival and often offers distribution deals annually to those selected from our screening schedule.
Our emphasis is on providing a complete film festival based on showcasing and celebrating commercially successful films written, directed, or produced by women and creating a system of access for those new to the industry directly to those established women industry professionals that they may not be able to access otherwise.
LA Femme International Film Festival is more than a festival it is an emergence of artistic, professional women who can make a difference in the entertainment community by creating productions that speak to a worldwide audience. We are the only festival of its kind to not only platform existing films and artists but will also assist in distribution and mentoring of such films and their artists. We also insure that our filmmakers get seen and are pro active in helping them active their dreams. Go to our website and read about our past honorees, panels, and our programming. We are the only woman's festival that has been around for more than a decade, the first to launch in Los Angeles and world renowned for the quality of the films screened. We help give women in entertainment opportunities!
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PLEASE NOTE that our deadlines are POSTMARK deadlines. Also note you will be disqualified if you are screening in another woman's festival in LOS ANGELES during the same weekend as our festival. We want to ensure that our festival attendees are able to participate and network with our industry professionals throughout the festival and if your attention is split then you may not make the most of the events or the contacts.
DO I HAVE TO SELECT THE CATEGORY I AM SUBMITTING TO?
Yes do your best to determine where it may fit. If your film is selected for the Festival, our Programming Staff will determine which program best suits the project. Make sure your application is complete. You will need to select and submit under shorts, features, screenplay, commercial or music video. It is the mid length films that most filmmakers have questions regarding.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE A WOMAN TO SUBMIT A FILM?
" NO this film festival is to support and nurture the development of women in leading film positions. But you will need to follow the below guidelines.
" A woman needs to be involved in one of the three film positions: Director, Producer, Writer
" Opening Night Premiere is by invitation only.
" We accept films from all countries world wide.
" We accept music videos and commercials.
HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH "SHORTS" FROM "FEATURES"?
The requirements are different for narrative Feature Films , shorts or documentaries.
NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS
" 1 to 40 minutes running length is considered a SHORT
" 60 to 120 minutes running length is considered a FEATURE
"40 to 59 minutes running length is considered a MID LENGTH FEATURE
" 50 minutes or more running length is considered a FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
"1 to 40 minutes running length is considered a SHORT DOCUMENTARY
" 30 seconds to 5 minutes running length is considered a Commercial/Music Video
" 20 minutes or less running length is considered a Webisode
" any length is considered for a Game
Any film falling between the times will be accepted ( as a MID LENGTH FILM) but decided upon by the festival staff what competition category it will be entered into.
ANYTHING THAT FALLS BETWEEN WE WILL DECIDE WHAT CATEGORY OF FEATURE, DOCUMENTARY OR SHORT.
WHEN DOES THE LA FEMME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TAKE PLACE?
The Festival will take place in OCTOBER in Los Angeles, CA
CAN I SUBMIT MY FILM AS A "ROUGH CUT"?
"Rough Cuts," "Avid Cuts," or "Temp Prints" will be accepted for screening. You should always list directly on the tape box which elements of your film are missing. This will assist us in the judging process.
CAN I SUBMIT MY FILM WITH A "TEMP TRACK" OR "SCRATCH MUSIC"?
"Temp Tracks," "Scratch Music," or "Temp Sound" will be accepted for screening and showing. Again, you should always list directly on the tape box which elements are missing.
CAN I ARRANGE A SCREENING FOR YOU OF MY FILM PRINT?
No. We now screen everything on DVD or DCP.
DO YOU ACCEPT DVD IN PAL OR NTSC FORMAT?
We accept DVD in NTSC formats or PAL DVD formats ONLY.
DOES LA FEMME PROJECT DIGITAL AT THE FESTIVAL?
Yes we do project on digital projection. However, the digital projection options are given at time of film selection in the festival.
HOW MANY FILMS CAN I SUBMIT?
As many as you like. Or you can re-submit your film if it was not selected last year. However, each submitted film must have its own online completed Submission Form, Entry Fee, and Supplemental Materials. DO NOT put multiple projects on the same screening DVD. Even if you are submitting a commercial or music video.
DOES IT MATTER HOW BIG MY BUDGET WAS, OR IF I HAVE AN AGENT OR CELEBRITIES, OR IF IT'S BLACK & WHITE, OR VIDEO, OR GENRE?
Not at all. Just send in the work. We will be selecting a wide variety of projects so no worries. We want to see what the indie feature filmmaker is producing.
SO WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? WHAT KIND OF FILMS STAND OUT?
Good story telling with a female in one of three key positions, Director, Writer, Producer. We look for well crafted films of all kinds with diverse voices that push the limits.
IF MY FILM IS NOT CHOSEN, MAY I SPEAK WITH A PROGRAMMER FOR NOTES OR FEEDBACK?
Unfortunately, no. With thousands of films to go through, we don't have enough time to speak or correspond with you individually about your film. Please forgive us. But what we will do is offer you one ticket to attend the festival and parties so that you can network if you film is NOT selected to screen.
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF MY FILM WAS SELECTED?
We will contact you via email the first week of September for those selected. If you are not selected because of the volume of submissions we will not be able to notify you of your rejection. We are working to resolve this notification process but please be understanding we are a very small staff. Please make sure that the email address and telephone you provide will be operational at that time of festival selection which is in September. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
DO YOU ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS ON DVD?
Yes, but since universal technical standards don't yet exist for burning and copying DVDs, please read the following FAQ carefully. Must be able to play any region.
DVD's must be submitted in plastic safe cases. These are the industry standard push-button hub, literature clip, full sleeve for artwork, dark plastic cases. Size is 5 1/4" by 7 1/2". No other cases of any kind will be accepted. If you do send an alternate case it will be discarded and replaced. Please don't waste money or efforts on artwork that fits other cases.
DVD's must be formatted for Zone 1 / North America or Zone 0 / All Regions. No other zones are accepted in the submission process, including projects in International Category.
DVD's must be formatted in MPEG video using the code of your choice. Neither QuickTime (.mov) or Microsoft (.avi) files are accepted.
DVD's must not include labels or stickers of any kind: only laser printed artwork, if any, should be on the disc itself. Many consumer labeling products (like stickers) can actually damage the disc and make it unplayable in our systems. If you are burning a consumer disc please write your Project Title, Film ID# and Contact # on the disc with a black Sharpie pen. PLEASE test your consumer-burned DVD on several makes and models of players BEFORE sending it to our offices. If in doubt, always send a back-up. Technical problems can delay the completion of your submission.
DO I GET MY DVDs BACK?
NO. We do not mail back any DVDs at all or DCP.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All submission are non-refundable. No exceptions.
All entries need to release and indemnify Completely the film festival from any liability on lawsuits or pending contractual disputes. The festival is not responsible for filmmaker contracts or for talent contracts or payments. The filmmaker is responsible for all clearances for their production. The festival has the full rights to show on the festival YouTube channel the trailer of your film. This trailer will remain on the festival channel until such time as the festival removes it or the filmmaker has requested in writing via standard mail service the request to remove it. The festival will have up to 30 days to remove the requested trailer from our channel. Links to the trailer may also be posted on our website through the festival YouTube channel. The festival has the full rights to publish or cause to be published your film still photo online and in print.
The Festival Committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project. Works will be categorized in competitive categories at the sole discretion of the Festival Committee. Works will be considered for competition only if they have been Directed, Written or Produced by a Woman. Works completed with in two years prior to the festival year date or latter are eligible for competition.
All submitted materials and Screeners become property of La Femme Film Festival and cannot be returned. We do not return any DVDs to the filmmakers under any circumstances. There are No refunds of submission fees. By submitting this material you acknowledge La Femme Inc. has the right to copy any submitted material for La Femme Film Festival for non-commercial use only and promotion of your trailer on LA Femme website, all our social media channels and outlets. LA Femme has the right during the festival to use and project selected films trailers, stills, talent and crew or producers names and likeness for use in commercials, printed ads, programs, website advertising for the festival, and website streaming of festival programming of the film festival. All trailers will be posted on the official LA Femme Website site and/or social media sites for promotion of your film ; acceptance of screening allows the festival use of your trailer for said promotion.
Applicants who are accepted into the festival will be informed approximately the first or second week in September of the festival year date. All others we regret that formal notification will not occur do to staff limitations. We are currently trying to resolve this issue of rejection notification. If you have not received an acceptance or rejection please contact us or check your junk mail. You will receive a notice via your WAB account on or around the third week in September after notice has been given to those accepted to the festival which is sent out in the second week in September. All those accepted will in addition get a phone call welcoming them to the festival.
You do not need to purchase a registration badge to submit a film for consideration or to have a film screen at LA Femme Film Festival. All filmmakers who are invited to show at the film festival will receive badges to attend the film festival. Also, those filmmakers who are not accepted into the festival will receive ONE pass to attend the festival as our way of giving back to filmmaker's efforts in creating art. We are the only festival in the world that empowers filmmakers by offering networking at the festival. We feel this opportunity should not be limited to just those accepted into competition. Any additional passes must be purchased separately.
No refunds will be given to filmmakers who purchase a registration at a higher rate, or who decide not to attend for any reason.