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23-Apr-2014 10:48pm PDT  

 

San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival

9 Annual February 20, 2014 to February 22, 2014

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Feature Film
A dramatic film of any genre, created either for theatrical release or direct video distribution. It must not be an anthology collection, but contain a single primary story. Minimum of 80 minutes.
Documentary
A ten to one hundred-twenty minute documentation of political, cultural, theological, social, scientific, historical, or other subject matter presented in a factual and informative manner. Partial reenactments are permitted, but no more than 25% of the documentary may be purchased stock footage.
Film Short
A four to fifteen minute story presented using any traditional dramatic film techniques, including animation. The short film should be a complete story, rather than a prelude to or excerpt of a longer work.
Promotional Media
Three to twenty-four minutes of any industrial or promotional video. The entered media can be an excerpt or the entire product. This category includes political media, infomercials, educational and training films, and seminar videos. As with all other categories, judges will consider the relevance and coherence of the submission in the context of a distinctively biblical worldview, and its ability to advance a Christ-honoring message through excellent production values and content which is biblically sound.
Commercial Advertisement
A 15, 30, or 60 second broadcast commercial advertising a product or service. The commercial does not need to have been broadcast, but it does need to accurately represent an existing product or service. All formats of television advertising are permitted, including broadcast promotions and political ads. Filmmaker must either own the rights to the product or service, or have the copyright holders permission. As with all other categories, judges will consider the relevance and coherence of the submission in the context of a distinctively biblical worldview, and its ability to advance a Christ-honoring message through excellent production values and content which is biblically sound.
Festival Trailer
A 30, 60, or 90 second promotional trailer advertising the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Submissions can be animated shorts, live-action, spoofs, or any other appropriate approach. Trailers must be exactly 30, 60, or 90 seconds (For example, a commercial filmed at 30 frames per second would need to be exactly 900, 1800, or 2700 frames respectively). SAICFF Trailers may be produced in any standard format (NTSC, PAL, etc.). A Copy of the official SAICFF logo is available on the SAICFF website (http://www.saicff.org/festival/competition/categories/logo/) for optional use in your trailer competition entry.
3-Page Treatment
A three page written condensation of a proposed film, documentary, or TV dramatic production, covering the basic ideas and issues of the production as well as the main characters, locations, and story angles. Treatments must be original concepts, not adaptations of existing works, unless all necessary rights are fully owned by the writer.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
1. To encourage the production of films which inspire the highest ideals, the clearest and most noble biblical values, and which do so with a commitment to holiness.

2. To motivate the next generation of Christian filmmakers to create "epistemologically self-conscious films" - films that reflect a distinctively and presuppositionally biblical worldview. We want our applicants to strive to bring "into captivity every [frame] to the obedience of Christ."

3. To offer a joyful vision of victory and hope to the burgeoning movement among home educators and other Christian students, amateurs, and professionals committed to taking advantage of our current technological revolution, to advance the work of Jesus Christ on this earth through the medium of film.

4. To facilitate the development of alternative and independent vehicles for producing and distributing films outside the Hollywood machine, which will build, bless, and benefit the American family.

5. To provide a platform for Christians to present their art, to network with others, and to encourage independent Christian filmmakers in their mission by offering appropriate recognition for excellence in Christian film production.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Update Oct. 21, 2013: The Christian Filmmakers Academy and SAICFF for 2014 have been postponed. Due in part to financial concerns and for other reasons, the Board of Vision Forum Ministries is looking to bring greater accountability to our practices and events, and therefore is allowing more time before launching this significant event once again. A relevant issue to address is that though the 2012 SAICFF was a great spiritual victory, lacking the necessary sponsorships it resulted in a significant financial loss. Vision Forum Ministries has maintained a large loss at this event for several years now, but the reality is that a ministry of our size cannot sustain this under the present model.

We believe the Christian Filmmakers Academy and the SAICFF are best executed in conjunction with each other, and that more time is needed to raise and put funds in order to maintain the previous level of excellence. Therefore, both events for 2014 are postponed with the anticipation of opening them again in 2015. Any funds paid in advance for film submissions, Academy participation or SAICFF entree fees will be refunded.


About the SAICFF:
The San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival is proud to offer the Best of Festival Jubilee Award. Additionally, other cash, service and product awards will be given to Jubilee Award winners in the following categories: best feature, best documentary, best short, best promotional media, and best commercial advertisement.

The SAICFF also offers special category awards for best festival trailer, best treatment, best original score, and an audience choice award.

To learn more about the festival, as well as the Christian Filmmakers Academy, please visit the festival website at www.saicff.org.


ORGANIZERS
Doug Phillips (Founder) ; Nathan Barnes (Coordinator) ; Nathan Barnes (Coordinator)

GENERAL RULES
1. All films must be submitted on DVD (Region 1 or multi-platform — must be compatible with all DVD players). DVD-R or DVD+R, non-rewritable media should be used. Applicants must submit six DVD copies of each submission to be considered for the Jubilee Awards.

2. Films must have been completed no earlier than June 1, 2012.

3. Films must be available for screening during the festival, February 20-22, 2014

4. Each film should have a simple DVD menu with an icon to play the movie. After selecting “play,” screen should go black for one second and film should then immediately start without any further delay (no trailers or special introductions, please).

5. Audio can be mastered in either Dolby 5.1 surround sound or stereo sound.

6. Films produced, primarily financed, or initiated by a major Hollywood film studio are ineligible for competition.

7. Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

8. By submitting a film to the SAICFF, the filmmaker agrees to allow the film to be screened at the festival February 20-22, 2014 and to allow short portions of the film to be used by Vision Forum Ministries and the SAICFF for promotional purposes.

9. Individual filmmakers are free to offer multiple submissions. Each submission must be accompanied by its own entrance fee and submission form.

10. Finalists will be selected based on excellence in their conformity to the criteria, categories, guidelines, and festival objectives.

11. Finalists who have produced their film using 35mm composite condition, 16mm composite condition, Beta, or Digi-Beta may request the screening of their film at the festival using these formats, but the final decision on the format for screening is at the discretion of SAICFF.

12. DVDs will not be returned under any circumstances. Receipt of films will be sent by e-mail correspondence.

13. Application fee is non-refundable.

14. Jubilee Awards will be presented to the individuals or teams responsible for the winning films on February 20-22 2014 during the SAICFF Jubilee Awards presentation ceremonies. In addition to the grand prize for the best overall submission, our jurors will be presenting category awards. All awards are based on the overall merit of the entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant a category award.

15. Semi-finalists will be notified via e-mail by January 10, 2014 if their film will be screened at the 2014 SAICFF and considered with the other finalists for a Jubilee Award.

16. All Jubilee Award semi-finalists will have their films screened at the 2014 SAICFF and will be featured in the program brochure.

17. All entry lengths are calculated from black to black, and must include all opening and closing credits, logos, etc.

18. In order for a semi-finalist to be considered for a Jubilee Award, at least one of the following people must be in attendance at the SAICFF Jubilee Awards Ceremony on Saturday, February 22 to receive any potential awards: The film’s Producer, Director or Lead Actor. Films not represented at the festival may still be screened but will not be considered for a Jubilee Award. This rule applies to all Jubilee Award categories. (Note: Special consideration may be given upon request for international film submissions.) The attendance rule also applies to semi-finalists who are eligible for the Best Young Filmmaker Award.

OBJECTIVES AND GUIDELINES
Contests require parameters and guidelines. Ours flow from the following principles: First, we want to encourage “epistemologically self-conscious films” — films that reflect a distinctively and presuppositionally biblical worldview. We want our applicants to strive to bring “into captivity every [frame] to the obedience of Christ.” Second, we hope to encourage the production of films which inspire the highest ideals, the clearest and most noble biblical values, and which do so with a commitment to holiness. Finally, we aspire to encourage the production of films which will be a delight and encouragement to the entire family.

We are not suggesting that all of the guidelines stated below are universals which should be applied in every context and setting. To the contrary, we recognize the significance of context, subtlety, mission, targeted audience, timing, and a host of other factors. What we are suggesting is that the goal of the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival is intended to be a film festival and contest which is appropriate for the entire family. Furthermore, it is our desire to take the aesthetic high road, and to craft a film festival which will be a blessing to Christian families.

We recognize the controversial nature of many of these subjects, but humbly request that, rather than seeing points of division or strife, our brothers and sisters in Christ who wish to participate in the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival and apply for the Jubilee Awards would honor our desire to please the Lord in the context of the goals of this film festival.

The Ten Commandments of Submitting Films for the Jubilee Awards:

First Commandment
You shall have no other philosophical God than the God of the Bible driving the message and methodology of your film. This means that the message and the means of communicating the message need to be distinctively Christian. This does not mean that Bible verses must be thumped in every frame of the film (or any frame), but neither does it mean that the Christianity of your film is so extremely subtle that it is virtually unrecognizable. Rise above the current humanistic philosophies and trends which dominate visual media and make epistemologically self-conscious films!

Second Commandment
In our desire to avoid many of the humanistic misrepresentations of the image of our incarnate Lord (i.e., the physically desirable Jesus, the Renaissance Jesus, the superman Jesus) — images which often communicate error and which have, on occasion, been stumbling blocks in worship for untold multitudes (especially young children who picture such images in their mind when praying to the Lord) — we respectfully request that, for the purpose of this film festival, pictorial representations of our Lord be excluded from submissions.

Third Commandment
The name of the Lord and any discussions about him are to be presented with the utmost of honor, and never with vanity. Taking the name of the Lord in vain, including in the form of “minced oaths,” is inappropriate. Furthermore, we discourage the careless or inappropriate use of super-trendy or crass language. One can be timely without sinking to the lowest common denominator of communication. Music, too, is a form of communication. Avoid incorporating music which is potentially offensive to a conservative, family-oriented audience.

Fourth Commandment
The moral law of God transcends all nations and civilizations because it reflects the eternal, unchanging character of God and is rooted in His creation order. The doctrine of the Sabbath itself is found in Genesis and is based on the fact that God created the world in six literal, 24-hour days and rested on the seventh. Insofar as it may be relevant, submissions are to reflect an appreciation and support for both God’s revealed law and His creation revelation. Favorable implicit or explicit portrayals of evolutionary philosophy are contrary to the goals of this film festival.

Fifth Commandment
We are looking for films which actively extol the virtues of honor and multi-generational faithfulness. Disrespectful language or attitudes to parents is never to be presented in a positive light. Films which seek to be “relevant” by glorifying the spirit of individualism which dominates the modern youth culture are discouraged. Honor, covenant-keeping, multi-generational faithfulness, gratitude, and appreciation for parents are encouraged as themes and motifs to be presented within the film submissions.

Sixth Commandment
Do not glorify unbiblical and wicked violence. Of course, not all violence is bad or inappropriate. Some is actually Christ-honoring. In the context of the SAICFF, however, we exhort you to submit films that avoid gratuitous behavior and demonstrate restraint and respect for the diverse age groups represented by the people attending the film festival. More mature films will not necessarily be excluded, but may be subject to heightened scrutiny.

Seventh Commandment
Jesus said if you think adulterous thoughts, you are guilty of committing adultery. Intimacy is intended for the marriage bed, not the silver screen. Physical, romantic intimacy is meant for husbands and wives, not actors. Even a man or woman’s lips belong to their true spouse or future spouse, not to another actor or actress. Do not facilitate inappropriate or immoral behavior by having individuals (i.e., actors) not married to each other performing acts which are rightly reserved only to a married man and woman.

Eighth Commandment
Don’t steal other people’s work. We expect all submissions, including the soundtracks, to be consistent with the laws of intellectual property.

Ninth Commandment
Truth is essential to Christian films. Do not use the medium of film to slander other individuals. Film is an especially powerful medium for communication and should be handled with integrity.

Tenth Commandment
Do not create eye trap temptations or visual stumbling blocks for film viewers that lead to coveting something which is sacred and does not belong to them. Specifically, we want to strongly discourage the portrayal of all forms of immodest or inappropriate dress. Moreover, in a day and age of rampant immorality in which sensuality is paraded before the American people in every imaginable medium of communication, the Christian filmmaker should seek to honor Christ by maintaining the highest standards for the Lord.

Good Faith Affirmation Requirement
Filmmaker acknowledges the importance of bringing glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ and keeping His law at every step of the film production process (e.g., script-writing, casting, direction, production, marketing, etc.). With this in mind, the filmmaker warrants that, to the best of his knowledge, primary actors and senior associates of the film submitted are persons of good moral character. He further warrants that, to the best of his knowledge, he is not knowingly casting or hiring individuals for key acting roles or as senior staff who could reasonably be expected to compromise the message and worldview of the film through their interactions with the press or comments in the media.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Film Submission - I have read all of the rules and regulations for the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival ("SAICFF") Film Competition. I understand and have complied with these rules. I understand and accept that by agreeing to these terms and conditions, the physical copy of the film becomes the property of Vision Forum Ministries and SAICFF. I further agree to allow short portions of the film to be used by Vision Forum Ministries and the SAICFF for promotional purposes. - I warrant the submission of my original work and that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. I also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead. I fully indemnify Vision Forum Ministries and SAICFF against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct. - I understand that failure to adhere to SAICFF rules and regulations will result in disqualification. I agree to hold Vision Forum Ministries and SAICFF harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any screenplay/film submitted to the SAICFF or on any screenplay/film developed out of such submission. Commercial Advertisement - I certify that I either own the rights to the advertised product or service, or have permission from the copyright holder to make this advertisement. I further certify that I can and will produce evidence of my ownership or permission upon request. Trailer Submission - I have read all of the rules and regulations for the SAICFF trailer competition. I understand and have complied with these rules. I understand and accept that by agreeing to these terms and conditions, my trailer becomes the property of Vision Forum Ministries and the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival ("SAICFF") for promotional purposes. - I warrant the submission of my original work and that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. I also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead. I fully indemnify Vision Forum Ministries and SAICFF against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct. - I understand that failure to adhere to SAICFF rules and regulations will result in disqualification. I agree to hold Vision Forum Ministries and SAICFF harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any screenplay/film submitted to the SAICFF or on any screenplay/film developed out of such submission. Treatment Submission - I have read all of the rules and regulations for the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival ("SAICFF") treatment competition. I understand and have complied with these rules. I understand that the physical copy of the treatment will not be returned. - I warrant the submission of my original work and that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. I also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead. I fully indemnify Vision Forum Ministries and SAICFF against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct. - I understand that failure to adhere to SAICFF rules and regulations will result in disqualification. I agree to hold Vision Forum Ministries and SAICFF harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any treatment submitted to the SAICFF or on any treatment, screenplay, or film developed out of such submission. - I agree to allow Vision Forum Ministries and the SAICFF to use small portions of my treatment at the Christian Filmmakers Academy and San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival to encourage and educate other writers and filmmakers. I understand and accept that by agreeing to these terms and conditions, the physical copy of the film becomes the property of Vision Forum Ministries and SAICFF, and that I retain ownership and copyright of the production.