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06-Mar-2015 8:24pm PDT  

 

Burbank International Film Festival

7 Annual September 09, 2015 to September 13, 2015

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

Feature Films
Feature films should be 50 minutes or more in length.
If you feel your film is not represented by any of the other Feature Film Categories, please submit it here.
Feature Documentaries
A Feature Documentary should be 50 minutes or more.

Documentary Filmmaking is the foundation of cinema. The first filmmakers carried their bulky cameras around the globe documenting incredible people and the amazing world around them.

The Burbank International Film Festival respects this long and remarkable tradition while emphasizing new forms of practice and artistic innovation. We view these films as creative tools for personal expression and exploration of the world around us. Tell us your story.
Short Documentaries
A Short Documentary should be 50 minutes or less.

Documentary Filmmaking is the foundation of cinema. The first filmmakers carried their bulky cameras around the globe documenting incredible people and the amazing world around them.

The Burbank International Film Festival respects this long and remarkable tradition while emphasizing new forms of practice and artistic innovation.
Tell us your story.
Adapted Screenplays
An adapted screenplay is a screenplay that interprets another source, like a novel, a short story, a play, or even another film.
Original Screenplays
Original screenplays are based on original ideas and not adapted from an existing idea/stories.
Student Films
Student Short films should be 50 minutes or less in length. A student currently enrolled in any film school or institution must create student films. These categories are at a discounted rate for students. Please make sure to place a scanned image of your student ID into the Press kit for verification of CURRENT student status.
Animated Short
Animated Shorts can be any type of animation (i.e. Traditional, Stop Motion, 2D, or 3D animation, etc.)
Foreign Language Feature
Foreign Language Feature films should be 50 minutes or more in length and the main language used in the film should be a language other than English. Please include English subtitles. Films can be of any genre.
Foreign Language Short
Foreign Language Feature films should be 50 minutes or less in length and the main language used in the film should be a language other than English. Please include English subtitles
Special Invitees - Shorts (registration code required)
Special Invitees only (registration code required). Please contact the Festival for more information. Short Film Submissions
Comedy Short Films
Submit your comedy shorts to the Festival with a running time of 50 minutes or less.

Short Films by Women
Short films directed by, written by, or regarding women's issues. Feature films should be under 50 minutes in length. Films can be of any genre.
Horror/Thriller Short Films
Supernatural, Terror, Vampires, Witchcraft, Werewolves, Zombies, Monsters and Mutants. Thrillers include Conspiracy Theories, Governmental cover-ups, action thrilers, etc. Any film that keeps you guessing as to what happens next.
Science Fiction/Fantasy Short Films
Science Fiction and Fantasy films can include Action Sci-Fi, Alien Invasion, Extra-Terrestrial Encounters, Cyber Punk, End of the World, Fairy Tales, Fantasy Films, Superhero films and everything else out of this world.
Dramatic Short Films
Dramatic Short Films
New Media
New Media is the convergence of audio, video and written media, delivered on the web or mobile devices. This New Media category is focused on webseries, podcasts, viral videos, website videos, experimental and more. Contact the film office if you have any questions.
Faith-Based Films
BIFF is proud to announce a New Short Film Category for the festival. Short Films in the Faith-Based category contain themes that are religious or spiritual in nature, (comedy or drama) and can be up to 20 minutes in length. If you have any questions about this category, please send inquiries to milleniumconcepts@gmail.com
Retrospective Short Films
Retrospective Short Films films must have been produced earlier than 2013, but has no time stamp and can be of any genre including LGBT. We're just looking for great short films here! Has your opus been overlooked in other previous festivals and still needs the attention and spotlight it truly deserves? This is the category for you.
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Thriller/Horror Feature Films
Any feature film that has a Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller or Horror theme. If you are not sure your feature film falls under any of these very specific genres, than enter it in the regular Feature Film category or contact the festival for clarification.
Machinama
Machinima is an emerging genre category designed to showcase short films using real-time 3-D game engines or virtual worlds as a filmmaking platform. This form of virtual filmmaking employs many of the same elements associated with both live-action and animated films including storyline, character development, sound design, and production design. It enables original exploration of the visual form by leveraging the capabilities of digital media in the modern world.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Our mission is to promote up-and-coming artists by providing a gateway to expand their careers in the entertainment industry. We shine a light on the unknown artist of today, helping them become the celebrated filmmakers of tomorrow.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
THE 7th ANNUAL
BURBANK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

AN IMDB QUALIFYING FESTIVAL

(Burbank, CA) The seventh annual Burbank International Film Festival (BIFF) presents five-days of film screenings from around the world in 20 categories and kicks-off with a special Opening Night Screening and Gala Reception. The Festival continues with Film Screenings, Celebrity Red Carpet Events, After Parties and Receptions and will culminate with a star-studded Closing Night Gala Dinner and Awards Show.

BIFF also honors Industry Icons in the world of film, music and art. These include, (IRON MAN 3) Writer/Director Shane Black, (JAWS) writer Carl Gottlieb, Award-winning Actor John Savage (DEER HUNTER), Lou Ferrigno (THE INCREDIBLE HULK), Academy Award-winning Make-up Artists Rick Baker (THE WOLFMAN) & Stan Winston (TERMINATOR 2 & 3), Creature and Concept Designer Neville Page (OBLIVION, AVATAR) and Academy Award-winning Animation Directors Brenda Chapman BRAVE) and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2) to name a few.

It all started in Burbank. In the 1920's, Burbank began to flourish with both entertainment and aviation. Both industries came to Burbank because of its location and the available space. The motion picture business moved to Burbank starting with First National Pictures who bought a 78-acre piece of land. The company was soon taken over by another young company founded by four Brothers by the name of Warner.

Today Burbank is the preeminent Media and Entertainment Capitol of the World. The grandeur of its skyline is comprised of the world's best studios and production houses which include Warner Bros., Disney, Universal Studios, ABC, The Burbank Studios, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network to name just a few. The Burbank International Film Festival captures its home city's rich history and movie making magic by promoting fresh pieces of cinematic art by up and coming filmmakers from around the world.

ORGANIZERS
Jeff Rector (President / Festival Director); Edward Clift Jr. (Director of Education and Dean of the Woodbury University Media Department); Pamela Van Zandt (Director of Communications); Braxton Davis (Director of Production); Reed Shusterman (Director of Submissions), Simon Lutterbie (Treasurer), Michelle Goulet (Secretary).

ORGANIZERS
George Saunders (Screenwriter) ; Ken Mora (Producer) ; LeAnne Hamilton

GENERAL RULES
Burbank International Film Festival - Burbank, CA

Submissions Rules

Burbank International Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from Burbank International Film Festival.

1. Entries must be postmarked by the date of the Intended Deadline, (i.e.
Submission for Extended Deadline Submissions should be postmarked by May 31st, 2014 at the latest.)

2. Entrants must submit one copy in DVD format only for viewing consideration. DVD must be submitted in 5 1/2 x7 1/2 inch DVD box no jewel CD cases no Paper sleeves.

3. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying Preview Copy in one of the accepted formats, A few high resolution production stills taken from your film, a short, medium and long synopsis and a director bio.

4. All entries must be in English or subtitled, unless special arrangements have been made with the festival.

5. Please attach/write WAB Tracking ID to/on submission materials for racking purposes.

6. Students must include proof of student status with the submission (i.e. copy of current and valid student I.D.) or their film will not be judged as a student film.

7. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by the Festival Director.

8. By submitting, the filmmaker agrees to let the festival use excerpts from their screeners for use in BIFF 2013 trailers, publicity and promotions.

SHIPPING

The cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or C.O.D. shipment will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to Burbank International Film Festival will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by the shipping company.

Please waive the Delivery Signature requirements when mailing any submissions that require it.


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PREFERRED SCREENING FORMAT FOR PREVIEWS ARE IN A NTSC DVD (NTSC FORMAT). SECURE ONLINE SCREENERS ARE ALSO ACCEPTABLE.

PLEASE INCLUDE DIGITAL PRESS KIT WITH A MINIMUM OF 3 PRODUCTION STILLS TAKEN FROM YOUR FILM.

ALL EXHIBITION COPIES MUST BE FORMATTED AS A REGION 1 DVD

YOUR EXHIBITION COPY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN 5-1/2" X 7-1/2" DVD CASE. PLEASE PRINT WITHOUTABOX NUMBER, TITLE, CATEGORY AND TRT (TOTAL RUNNING TIME ON SPINE OF DVD CASE.


12-XXXX -- NAME OF FILM ----- SUBMISSION TYPE (I.E. SHORT FILM) ------ 05:35


PLEASE DO NOT PLACE ANY LABELS/STICKERS ON THESE DVD'S. WRITE ON THEM WITH SHARPIES.

ALL DVD's MUST HAVE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION, YOUR WITHOUTABOX TRACKING ID, TITLE AND RUNNING TIME WRITTEN ON IT.


************ IMPORTANT SHIPPING INFORMATION ************

YOUR EXHIBITION COPY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN 5-1/2" X 7-1/2" DVD CASE.

PLEASE, NO CD JEWEL CASES, NO PAPER SLEEVE. DO NOT WRAP YOUR DVD IN A PIECE OF PAPER AND SEND IT IN. DO NOT DROP A DVD IN AN ENVELOPE AND JUST SEND IT. IT WILL PROBABLY GET DAMAGED AND YOU’LL HAVE TO SEND ANOTHER COPY. THANK YOU.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Burbank International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Furthermore, once a film is submitted, approval is granted for festival screening whether it is accepted in another film festival or not. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Burbank International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos screened or entered.