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DC Shorts Film Festival

11 Annual September 11, 2014 to September 21, 2014

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DE-ACTIVATED SERVICE • Call for Entries is current, but online submission is de-activated at this time. You may submit by traditional means, or check back soon in case things change.

General Films
===> DC SHORTS IS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS VIA OUR WEBSITE: DCSHORTS.COM Please visit this website for rules, entry fees, online forms and more. <===

DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films, created by new and established filmmakers in an era when the art of filmmaking is opening to all. We select films from every genre for our competition screenings — with a special focus on films created by metropolitan Washington, DC-based directors and writers. After each screening, filmmakers have the opportunity to speak to the audience as part of a moderated panel.

We accept films in ALL genres, and program screenings so audiences see as many different types of films as possible.
Food Films
Do you have a FOOD-THEMED FILM? Through a special partnership with Whole Foods, we are actively seeking U.S. films with strong food-related themes.
Spanish Films
In 2014, we will honor the country of Spain and the work of Spanish filmmakers. If your film was created and produced in Spain, or the director carries a passport from Spain, please enter under this category.
Local Films
Films created and produced within a 60-mile radius of the White House.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
DC Shorts champions short filmmaking.

Recently named the Coolest Short Film Festival by Moviemaker Magazine, the DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast of the United States. In 2013, we screened 152 films from 21 countries in 18 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a total audience of 9.300 people. We also hosted a table read of six screenplays, and awarded the winner an incredible prize of $2,000.

DC Shorts is currently not taking submissions through Withoutabox. Please visit our web site at DCSHORTS.COM for entry information.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The 11th DC Shorts will be September 11-21, 2014 in locations throughout Washington, DC.

DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films created around the globe. In 2013, we received over 1,200 entries from 51 nations. We ultimately programed 152 films into 18 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a combined audience of over 9,300 people.

• Our main judging criteria is STORY. Do you have an interesting, original story about developed, well-written characters? If so, then you are a good fit for us.

• We screen ALL GENRES and styles of films.

• We screen films from :30 seconds to 20 minutes. Longer films may be considered, but are generally difficult to program. We will not consider any film over 30:00.

• ALL ENTRANTS RECEIVE WRITTEN FEEDBACK from the selection panel. This information has been invaluable to thousands of past entrants – and is the reason we have been a top pick of Moviemaker Magazine year after year.

• Films that screened at past DC Shorts Film Festivals have gone on win countless other competitions, including the Academy Awards.

• Washington, DC has some of the most sophisticated audiences in the world. In a city with over 70 film festivals a year, DC Shorts continues to be a dominant force for film distribution in the region.

• The DC Shorts Film Festival is the LARGEST SHORT FILM EVENT on the East Coast of the United States.

• DC Shorts just topped the list as Moviemaker Magazine’s COOLEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL – an honor we are trilled about!

DC Shorts is currently not taking submissions through Withoutabox. Please visit our web site at DCSHORTS.COM for entry information.

ORGANIZERS
Jonathan Gann (Director) ; Laura Gross (Media Relarions)

GENERAL RULES
THE REVIEW PROCESS

DC Shorts is proud to be one of a small number of festivals to provide feedback to ALL entrants. We also pride ourselves on our open judging process — we explain how it works before you enter, provide feedback after decisions have been made, and allow you the opportunity to call us for additional feedback and comments. For the 2014 Festival, we expect to review more than 2,000 short films and 200 screenplays. We hope to include around 150 films in the final showcases. You do the math—the competition is very tough.

After we open your package, the DVD is removed from all packaging and placed into a blank envelope with a code number for identification. From this point on, films are only referred to by this code number. If you submit via online screener, your file is given a code number for identification.

Our screeners are local filmmakers, industry professionals, film enthusiasts, and trained members of our audience. All screeners are interviewed and screened before they are trained – and all have attended previous versions of DC Shorts as paying audience members or presenting filmmakers. We believe that if they are willing to pay to sit though your film, then their opinions are valid.

Screeners are placed into teams, which are assigned films in a random process. It is possible that your film will be watched by an industry professional, just as it is possible that a team it will be watched by of other professionals or students.

Films are watched in their entirety (rare among film festivals) and evaluated online using our proprietary software on aspects such as strength of plot, originality, technical proficiency, acting, editing, and sound design. Screeners are also asked to leave a personal comment as to how they believe the film will play to our audience.

Films viewed online are subject to the computer hardware and speaker setup of the individual screener. Some have high-end speaker systems and large screens, while others still use older PC laptops and built-in speakers.

At the end of the first round, a list of the top 250+ films is generated by analyzing raw scores, rankings, trends and comments. These films are then sent to a second team of screeners consisting of former screeners, DC Shorts Board Members, local business people and sponsors. They watch each film and make programming notes, but do not add to the previous scores.

At the end of the second round, select screeners and the festival director choose a final lineup based on scores, the time constraints of showcases (each showcase runs for approximately 90 minutes, with an average of 8-10 short films featured in each showcase), and how films will play in a show with each other. We also try to include 10% of our films from filmmakers creating content around the greater Washington, DC region.

DC Shorts – and every major film festival – program the best films available that offer a fresh viewpoint or a unique story or character, meet programming time constraints, interest our audience, play well with the other films programmed, and are created by filmmakers we believe in.

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===> We highly recommend visiting our web site at http://dcshorts.com to review our submission process, read how we judge and score films, and to research past festivals to see the types of films we have shown over the last nine years.

DC Shorts is currently not taking submissions through Withoutabox. Please visit our web site at DCSHORTS.COM for entry information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

THE RULES AND SCREENING LICENSE AGREEMENT DC SHORTS GENERAL FILM COMPETITION Please read this agreement carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement. GUIDELINES FOR ALL FILMS. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2013. Films must not exceed 20 minutes in length, including credits. All non-English language films must have English subtitles. A separate entry form and additional entry fee must be submitted for each film. ENTRY FORM AND PREVIEW MATERIALS FOR ALL FILMS. All films must be submitted and paid for through dcshorts.com, filmfestivallife.com or withoutabox.com. Illegible or incomplete entry forms will not be accepted. Entry forms that do not include full payment of entry fees by April 30, 2014 will not be accepted. Preview copies must arrive to the Festival offices by May 9, 2014. DVD SCREENERS. For mailed materials, we can only preview films DVD (NTSC or PAL) — all other formats will be discarded and the entry not accepted. Preview media will NOT be returned. Preview media must be labeled with the entry confirmation number, film title, running time and entrant contact information (phone and email.) Films must be sent to DC Shorts, 1317 F Street, NW, Suite 920, Washington, DC 20004-1151 USA. Label the outside of your package “FOR FESTIVAL PREVIEW ONLY-NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.” Do not value the package any higher than $10 USD. Do not send media in fiber-filled envelopes as the dust can damage media and viewing equipment. Do not send media kits or other materials – just the preview media. Do not send film prints, master media or other originals. DC Shorts, its members, directors, employees, and volunteers are not responsible for lost, misplaced, and undelivered film and media. Submissions may not be withdrawn from the Festival once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of the Festival directors. There are no refunds for entries with incomplete entry forms, or incorrectly formatted preview materials. ONLINE SCREENERS. For online screeners, we accept online screeners through Withoutabox.com and Filmfestivallive.com, or Vimeo.com and Youtube.com (when submitted through our own submission form.) We will not watch films submitted on any other websites. DC Shorts, its members, directors, employees, and volunteers are not responsible for broken or incorrectly submitted URLs. Submissions may not be withdrawn from the Festival once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of the Festival directors. There are no refunds for entries with incomplete entry forms, or incorrectly formatted preview materials. REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS. All entries are automatically included in the general DC Shorts Film Competition. DC Shorts will review films in their entirety. Films will be watched and reviewed by members of the Selection Committee, a volunteer group of DC-area filmmakers, film enthusiasts and critics. Films are scored, and filmmakers will receive a short critique and feedback. After the final submission deadline, the Selection Committee will review the total scores of all the films in competition, and select final films from a group of the top scorers. In addition to the top scoring films, final screening decisions will be influenced by the time constraints of showcases (each showcase runs for approximately two hours, with an average of eight short films featured in each showcase). We will also select no less than 10% of films from filmmakers from the greater Washington, DC region. Award information is explained below. All prizes are subject to change, and updates to the prize package will be posted online at dcshorts.com AWARD INFORMATION. As of December 1, 2013, cash awards will be presented in the following categories: Outstanding First-Time Director which consists of a custom-made trophy and $250 cash award; Filmmakers’ Choice (chosen by filmmakers in attendance) which consists of a custom-made trophy and $250 cash award; Festival Director’s Choice (chosen by the Festival Director) which consists of a custom-made trophy and $250 cash award; and Outstanding Local Film (chosen by the Selection Committee) which consists of a custom-made trophy and $250 cash award. In addition, audience members in each screening will vote on Audience Favorite (one for each screening) which consists of a framed certificate and no cash award. Other awards are subject to change before the event, with an updated list to be posted at dcshorts.com. All awards will be announced at the final Filmmaker Brunch on Sunday, September 14, 2014. All prizes are subject to change, and updates to the prize package will be posted online at dcshorts.com. NOTE: Films available online for free viewing are not eligible for any award. NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE. Letters of Inclusion or non-inclusion, with a link to a breakdown of their scores and screeners’ comments, will be sent to the email address provided on the entry form no later than July 1, 2014. DC Shorts does not send physical mail — please ensure that your email address is accurate on your application. DC Shorts is not liable for emails delayed by spam filters, server rejections or outdated email addresses. SCREENING FORMATS. Films, acceptance contracts and other materials mentioned in the Letter of Acceptance must arrive at the Festival office no later than 11:59pm, July 20, 2014 on DVD (NTSC or PAL, no region coding); MiniDV (NTSC or PAL, DV or DVCAM); a data disc containing a digital file, or a digital upload. Films with incomplete materials by the deadline will forfeit their ability to screen in the festival. DC Shorts, its members, directors, employees, and volunteers are not responsible for lost, misplaced, and undelivered film and media. FILMMAKER AND WRITER ATTENDANCE. DC Shorts encourages filmmakers to attend the festival. To this end, we will assist every filmmaker (and one guest) who wishes to attend by providing a meal pass to be used at local restaurants, housing in a volunteer’s private home, hotel discounts, passes for public transportation, invitations to all parties, tours and events, and passes for all film screenings (either in the general theater or in our special Filmmaker Lounge.) DC Shorts is unable to provide financial compensation for travel expenses or additional expenses incurred during the Festival week. COMMUNICATIONS. DC Shorts does not send physical mail — please make sure the email address in your entry form is accurate. Changes of email address can be sent to infodcshorts.com. DC Shorts is not liable for emails delayed by spam filters, server rejections or outdated email addresses. DC Shorts staff can be reached by email at infodcshorts.com, or by mailing DC Shorts, 1317 F Street, NW, Suite 920, Washington, DC 20004 USA. The office phone number is 202-393-4266 PUBLICITY AND MARKETING. All selected films and scripts may be excerpted for publicity purposes. DC Shorts reserves the right to promote any film or script to print, broadcast or internet media as required to market the Festival or our parent organization. THEATRICAL SCREENINGS. By accepting inclusion in DC Shorts, the filmmaker grants non-exclusive rights to showcase their film during the festival week (September 19-29, 2013) in as many screenings as required. This includes the competition screenings and the “Best Of” showcase which will play after competition ends. In addition, DC Shorts has non-exclusive rights to repeat the showcases throughout the year for fundraising purposes. All ticket sales are property of DC Shorts. INTERNET BROADCAST. DC Shorts may make films screened at DC Shorts available for commercial internet broadcast and download. Filmmakers participating in this venture will receive 50% of the profits (total revenues collected minus total expenses to produce and distribute the content) from the licensing for internet broadcast and download. Filmmakers have the ability to opt out of this program upon acceptance into the festival. This is an optional program in which the filmmaker has the ability to opt-in on acceptance of the Participation Agreement, sent on inclusion into the festival. TELEVISION BROADCASTS. DC Shorts reserves the non-exclusive right to repeat the various showcases on local (DC metropolitan area) cable access channels without any further compensation to the filmmaker. This is an optional program in which the filmmaker has the ability to opt-in on acceptance of the Participation Agreement, sent on inclusion into the festival. CONTROLLING LAW, VENUE AND SEVERABILITY. This License shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the District of Columbia without consideration of conflicts of laws provisions and principles. All claims between the parties, regardless of legal theory and whenever brought, shall be resolved in the state or federal courts of the District of Columbia, USA, and you stipulate that you expressly submit to the personal jurisdiction of such state and federal courts, and you further agree that any judgment may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision, or portion thereof, of this Agreement to be unenforceable, the remainder of this License shall continue in full force and effect. COMPLETE AGREEMENT. This License constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the use of films and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous understandings regarding such subject matter. No amendment to or modification of this License will be binding unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of DC Shorts Film Festival. Nothing in this Agreement constitutes a waiver of DC Shorts’ rights under the United States of America patent and copyright laws or any other Federal or State law, nor of any of DC Shorts’ rights under the rules or laws of any country, territory, republic, and/or province.