7th Annual

Unreal Film Festival

September 21, 2018 to September 23, 2018

International
Film
Video
Short
Feature
Competition
Film Market
Submit Online
585 S Holmes St
Memphis TN 38111
USA
Phone: 2512282982
contest@cellardoorcinema.com
http://www.unrealfilmfest.com

SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Feature Film
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Feature Length Films (over 75 mins.)
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Short Film
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Short Films, (under 30 Mins in Length.)

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Unreal Film Festival is a Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genre exclusive film festival. Accepting both short and feature length films with multiple awards in each category, winning and selected films will be screened at the annual Unreal Film Festival, during early fall in Memphis, TN.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Unreal Film Festival only accepts sci-fi, fantasy, or horror films of either short or feature length.

There are three categories to enter: feature length horror/sci-fi/fantasy films, short horror/sci-fi/fantasy films, and local horror/sci-fi/fantasy films. Local films must be shot within a 100 mile radius of Memphis, TN. Multiple awards are given by our judging panel including but not limited to: best feature film, best short film, best local short film, best director, best performance, best screenplay, best cinematographer, best Editor, best practical FX, best CG and compositing, and best wardrobe and make-up.

Selected films are announced in August and filmmakers and representatives are encouraged to attend and introduce their film. Space is also available to filmmakers who wish to sell copies of their film at the festival.

ORGANIZERS

Cain Winstead (Festival Registrar); Cain Winstead (Festival Registrar); Duane Craig (Filmmaker); Jason Weter (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES

Entries may be a sci-fi, fantasy or horror genre films. Hybrid genres (Action/Sci-fi, Comedy-Horror, etc.) are welcomed, but ALL entries must at least have elements of sci-fi, fantasy or horror to be eligible for entry into the festival. Films may be either short (35 minutes or less) or feature length (longer than 75 minutes).

Films submitted to the festival must not be, or have ever been, available for wide release in the United States. This includes any and all video-on-demand or streaming service, DVD/bluray/digital sales, wide theatrical release, and/or televised broadcast available in the United States. If any film is released to the wide market between submission to the festival and its screening at the festival (if selected), the film is disqualified at the discretion of the festival with no refund on the submission fee.

If a film has been previously released to a wide audience as described in section 3a, a film may be eligible for submission if the submitted version is significantly different than the previous version available for wide release. Significant difference is determined by the festival judges on a case-by-case basis.

Films completed prior to September 23rd, 2017 are not eligible for submissions.

Films submitted that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. The festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of submission fees, any film that contains significant non-English spoken dialogue that does not include accompanying on-screen English subtitles.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

2018 UNREAL FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PARTIES: These terms and conditions are between the Unreal Film Festival (hereafter referred to as “the festival”) and the submitting parties (hereafter referred to as “the applicant.”) These terms and conditions are in regards to the submission process in where the applicant submits their film(s) for consideration to the festival as well as release of rights from the applicant to the festival to screen the film(s) submitted by the applicant if they are selected by the festival.





In consideration, the above parties agree to the following:




ELIGIBILITY:


1) To be eligible for submission into the “short film” category, the film must have a projected running time of less than 35 minutes with no minimum time requirement.

2) To be eligible for submission into the “feature film” category, the film must have a projected running time of over 75 minutes with no maximum time limit.

3a) Films submitted to the festival must not be, or have ever been, available for wide release in the United States. This includes any and all video-on-demand or streaming service, DVD/bluray/digital sales, wide theatrical release, and/or televised broadcast available in the United States. If any film is released to the wide market between submission to the festival and its screening at the festival (if selected), the film is disqualified at the discretion of the festival with no refund on the submission fee.

3b) If a film has been previously released to a wide audience as described in section 3a, a film may be eligible for submission if the submitted version is significantly different than the previous version available for wide release. Significant difference is determined by the festival judges on a case-by-case basis.

4) Films completed prior to September 23rd, 2017 are not eligible for submissions.

5) Films submitted that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. The festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of submission fees, any film that contains significant non-English spoken dialogue that does not include accompanying on-screen English subtitles.

6a) Films must be submitted via a screener hosted on a secured streaming service such as Vimeo or YouTube. If a passcode is required to view the applicant’s screener, the passcode must be provided.
6a i.) In the event that the applicant remits an updated version of the film to the festival after having submitted a previous version of the film to the festival during the same calendar year, the festival is under no obligation to view any or all of the updated version.

6b) If the film maker would rather send a physical copy of the film, DVD, Blu-ray, or USB storage may be submitted directly to the festival. Shipping address will be provided upon completion of the submission form.
6b i.) It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the submitted physical media, if on a DVD or Blu-ray, is playable in its entirety on an industry-standard DVD player prior to submitting it to the festival. In the event that a submitted disc does not play on an industry-standard DVD or Blu-ray player, the festival will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the applicant using the information provided on the submission form in an effort to obtain a replacement copy of the film. The festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of submission fees previously collected from the applicant, any film whose initially submitted disc does not play on an industry-standard DVD or blue ray player.

6b ii.) DVD and Blu-ray submissions should be formatted for Region 0 (worldwide) or Region 1 (U.S./Canada) players. USB storage has no formatting restrictions or required file type for the submission, but the files contained on the USB storage must be formatted for home use (no DCPs for screeners).

6b iii.) It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that physically submitted media arrives at the shipping destination provided to the applicant upon completion of the submission form. In the event that a submitted physical media does not arrive at the provided shipping destination within the deadline window selected by the applicant or the physical media is damaged or some otherwise defective, the festival will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to obtain a submission copy of the film. The festival reserves the right to disqualify at its own discretion, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the applicant, any film that does not arrive at the provided shipping destination within the deadline window selected by the applicant.

6b iv.) If the applicant desires to have the physically submitted media returned to them, it is the sole responsibility of the applicant to make arrangements to do so, including but not limited to paying any and all shipping costs. The festival is not responsible for any damages or losses suffered during return shipment, nor is the festival responsible for the submitted media does not arrive to the provided shipping destination.


SELECTION PROCESS:


1) If, based on the rules and eligibility requirements set forth above in the section labeled “Eligibility,” the film submitted by the applicant is eligible for consideration by the festival, the film will be viewed in its entirety by one or more members of our selection committee and given the same initial level of consideration as all other films submitted to the Festival.

2) Upon completion of the festival selection process, the festival will attempt to contact the applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the applicant of the film’s acceptance status. The festival will not be held responsible for the failure to contact the applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the submission period.

3) The festival is under no obligation to provide comments or feedback regarding the submitted film to the applicant or any other representative of the submitted film. The festival will not be held responsible or liable for the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding any submitted film obtained by the applicant or any other representative of the submitted film.

4) If accepted into the festival, applicants will be notified to send two screening copies of the finished film to the festival for screening purposes. Digital files will only need to be sent once. Applicants who do not submit screening copies of their film by one month prior to the festival will be disqualified at the discretion of the festival. The festival is under no obligation to refund partially or in-full any entry fees into the festival.


In consideration, the above parties agree to the following:


GRANTS:


If the applicant’s film is selected for the festival, the applicant agrees to the following:

1) The applicant grants the right to the festival to screen the applicant’s film in its entirety during the Unreal Film Festival.

2) The applicant also grants the right to the festival to use stills, clips, posters, and trailers from the applicant’s film in order to promote the festival.

3) The applicant grants the right to the festival to screen the applicant’s film in its entirety up to two (2) additional times during promotional events for the festival, up until the date of the 2019 Unreal Film Festival.


INDEMNITY:


1) The applicant agrees that the rights granted in the section labeled “Grants” are theirs to give, that the work they are submitting is an original work, and that no material contained within the film(s) submitted is intellectual property owned by another entity that the applicant does not have permission to use.

2) It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted film. The festival will not be held responsible for the unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted materials within or relating to the submitted film. The festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the applicant, any film with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted materials.

3) The applicant agrees that their work does not intentionally defame any individual or group, nor does it infringe on any person’s personality rights, nor does it invade any person’s right to privacy.

4) If anything within the film(s) submitted by the applicant is found to infringe upon these agreements listed in the above three sections, then the festival is free from any and all liability and any and all liability is entirely the applicant’s.

ESCAPE:


For the rights granted above in the section labeled “Grants:”

1) If for whatever reason the applicant wishes to withdraw their film from consideration from the festival, they may do so at any time by contacting the submissions manager up until the announcement of the films selected for the festival. Any submission fees, partial or in full, collected by the festival will not be refunded. All rights granted in the section labeled “Grants” will be nulled.

2) If, at any time up until the scheduled time to screen the applicant’s film, the festival discovers that the applicant’s film does not meet the stipulations named in the section labeled “Eligibility,” the festival may disqualify the film and reject it from the festival. Any submission fees collected, in part or in full, will not be refunded.

3) The festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the applicant, any film with a submission form that is considered to be delinquent due to the non-payment of any or all submission fees. The festival will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to bring the payment status of the account up-to-date.

4) As described in section 2 of the section labeled “Indemnity,” the festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the applicant, any film with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted materials.


STATE OF EXECUTION:


1) This contract shall be executed under the laws of the state of Tennessee. All laws that apply to this contract should come from the state of Tennessee, regardless of the applicant’s home state or location of their business, agent, or representation of any kind, if applicable.