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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
$30,000+ IN PRIZES FOR SHORT FILMS THAT MAKE US THINK.
PovertyCure is an international coalition of over 250 partner organizations and over 1 million individuals spanning 143 countries. We produce films and educational resources advancing partnership-based solutions to poverty that challenge the status quo and champion the creative potential of the human person.
We are now calling on our fellow filmmakers to join us in the first PovertyCure International Short Film Festival ("PCFF"). Starting June 10th, we will be accepting short film submissions 25 minutes or less in the documentary, narrative, and music video categories. Films will compete for a $10,000 Grand Prize, plus $20,000+ in additional awards.
Submit today via Without A Box or via one of the other submission methods set forth below. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about joining us as a sponsor.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
+ Grand Prize $10,000
+ Best Narrative Film $5,000
+ Best Documentary Film $5,000
+ Audience Choice Award $3,000
+ Best Student Narrative $2,500
+ Best Student Documentary $2,500
+ Best Music Video $2,000
NOT YOUR TYPICAL FILM FESTIVAL
The subject and challenge of the PCFF is notably not poverty, but rather human flourishing. This is more than a semantic switch; it’s a fundamental change in mindset.
Too often we frame the issue of poverty in terms of people’s needs and how we can meet those needs. In doing so, we misunderstand the problem and sometimes make ourselves the protagonists of other people’s stories. It’s time to reframe the discussion around the creative capacity of the human person. How can people create prosperity for their families, communities, and societies? What are the foundations that allow people to thrive and what are the impediments?
From poverty alleviation to human flourishing, from paternalism to partnership - we invite you to join us for a different kind of festival. Submit today.
DOCS, NARRATIVES, & MUSIC VIDEOS < 25 MINUTES
We will be accepting short films (25 minutes or less) from the narrative, documentary, and music video genres and calling on filmmakers to engage the intellect of viewers by pushing the boundaries of mainstream mental models and illuminating new ways of thinking about development. Submissions will open June 10th, 2013 and run through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on September 30th, 2013. Official Selections and Finalists will be announced in November and featured on our website and social media platforms. Those filmmakers will actively compete for the Audience Choice Award powered by Facebook while awaiting the decisions of a special jury of internationally renowned experts and filmmakers who will determine the winners of the Grand Prize and other awards.
If your film is longer than 25 minutes, you may still submit and be considered in the first round of judging. However, to be eligible for the final round of judging for the cash prizes, you must deliver a 25 minute or less version of your film by October 28th, 2013.
NEW YORK CITY AWARDS SHOW, GRAND PRIZE WINNER SCREENING, AND PRE-SCREENING OF THE POVERTYCURE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
The city is like poetry; it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines.
― E.B. White
The Helen Mills Theater is a unique, state-of-the-art theater in Midtown Manhattan. On Thursday December 12th, we will gather for a reception, awards ceremony and announcing of the cash prize winners of the PCFF, screenings of the Grand Prize winning film, and last but not least, an exclusive pre-screening of the PovertyCure feature documentary to be released in 2014.
ON FAITH AND INCLUSIVITY
Our faith is fundamental for us as we seek to live out our call to serve one another, especially those who are most in need. We are inclusive of people from all backgrounds and faith traditions. On our website, in our Partner Network, in our videos, and indeed throughout all the resources we publish, you will encounter a diversity of ideas and individuals from all corners of the globe. This intercultural, interfaith respect and collaboration is a crucial element of our mission to foster a more constructive and intelligent dialogue on development. So whatever your background, we invite you to join us on this journey with an open heart and an open mind.
Anielka Münkel (Project Manager); Mark Weber (Associate Producer & Content Developer)
+ Submissions Open June 10, 2013
+ Early Deadline June 30, 2013
+ Regular Deadline July 31, 2013
+ Late Deadline August 31, 2013
+ Extended Deadline September 30, 2013
+ Official Selections and Awards Finalists announced November, 2013
+ PCFF Awards Show December 12, 2013
Judging of the PovertyCure International Short Film Festival is based on excellence in content, creativity, storytelling, and educational value. Committees of film and development professionals will screen all entries in the process of selecting "Official Selections," "Finalists," and "Winners." Award winners for the awards listed above, with the exception of the “Audience Choice Award,” will be selected by a special jury comprised of esteemed expert judges from around the world. All decisions of the judges are final.
The “Audience Choice Award” will be selected by the public according to the number of Facebook “likes” assigned to each film’s web page listing on PovertyCure.org. The film page listing with the most “likes” by 2:00 p.m. (EST) on December 5th, 2013 will be declared the winner. Voters must have Facebook accounts and be logged into Facebook in order to vote. Only one vote per individual is permitted. Filmmakers suspected of knowingly encouraging voter fraud by any means, including but not limited to the duplication of Facebook identities (i.e. a single user operating multiple Facebook accounts), will be disqualified at the sole discretion of the PCFF organizers.
- The film is no more than 25:00;00 minutes in length, including all credits.
- If the film is in a language other than English, it must be subtitled or dubbed in English.
- Promotional, instructional or industrial films, and raw documentation of performances are not eligible.
- To qualify for student awards, a film must have been directed, produced, or written by a student enrolled full-time in an accredited academic institution for 50% or more of the film’s creation. Entrants may be asked to provide proof of said enrollment.
- Entrants must be 18 or older.
SUBMISSION OPTIONS & GUIDELINES
OPTION 1 – DIGITAL SUBMISSION (PREFERRED)
Submit a “Secure Online Screener,” information, and payment through Without A Box. Without A Box will prompt you for the amount due for the submission fee according to date of entry. All required fields listed on Without A Box must be received by PovertyCure no later than September 30, 2013 in order to be considered for the contest. PovertyCure is not responsible for refunding submission fees for late or incomplete submissions.
OPTION 2 – DVD SUBMISSION VIA “WITHOUT A BOX”
Fill out your “Without A Box” submission information and submit two DVDs (Region 1 or Region-free NTSC) to the following address: Acton Institute, Attn: PovertyCure Film Festival, 98 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Each DVD must have an individual outer case. All entries must be labeled with the title, running time, WAB tracking number, and contact information (contact name, e-mail and phone number). This information must be on the DVD itself and on the outer case. You may pay via Without A Box or include a check made payable to “The Acton Institute” in the amount designated on Without A Box according to your date of submission. Without A Box will prompt you for the amount due for the submission fee according to date of entry. Last but not least, print and sign the Consent to Right of Use and Terms & Conditions documents; without these signed documents, your film will not be eligible for the competition and any submission fees you may have paid will not be refunded. All required materials listed above must be received by PovertyCure no later than September 30, 2013 in order to be considered for the contest. PovertyCure is not responsible for refunding submission fees for late or incomplete submissions.
OPTION 3 – DVD SUBMISSION NOT USING “WITHOUT A BOX”
Submit two DVDs (Region 1 or Region-free NTSC) to the following address: Acton Institute, Attn: PovertyCure Film Festival, 98 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Each DVD must have an individual outer case. All entries must be labeled with the title, running time, and contact information (contact name, e-mail and phone number). This information must be on the DVD itself and on the outer case. You may pay via Without A Box or include a check made payable to “The Acton Institute” in the amount of $40, which is our flat rate for non Without A Box submissions. We encourage you to save some money and submit through Without A Box (Options 1 or 2 above), which will prompt you with the appropriate payment amount based on the date of your submission. Last but not least, print and sign the Consent to Right of Use and Terms & Conditions documents; without these signed documents, your film will not be eligible for the competition and any submission fees you may have paid will not be refunded. All required materials listed above must be received by PovertyCure no later than September 30, 2013 in order to be considered for the contest. PovertyCure is not responsible for refunding submission fees for late or incomplete submissions.
ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
+ PCFF will make every attempt to contact you if there is damage to an entry, but cannot be held responsible if entry is not considered due to poorly recorded or unplayable media.
+ Please do not send submissions in fiber-filled envelopes, as the dust damages DVD players.
+ Filmmakers may submit more than one film; each film must be accompanied by its own Entry Form and Entry Fee.
+ All entries must be sent with prepaid shipping. Collect or C.O.D. (cash on delivery) shipments are not accepted. PCFF will not assume responsibility or accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Please indicate on your shipping bill that all transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender.
+ The Entry Fee is non-refundable.
+ DVDs and submitted materials will not be returned. Please do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.
+ If you require confirmation of receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard.
+ Submissions are made to and reviewed by representatives of PovertyCure.
+ Filmmakers will only be contacted if they are selected for “Official Selection” or “Finalist” distinctions. Due to the number of submissions, PCFF cannot provide feedback on entries.
+ Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing email@example.com
For questions regarding submissions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with "ENTRIES" in the subject line.
IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED
+ If your film is selected for PCFF, you will need to provide the following:
Links to trailers and/or clips of your film on YouTube or Vimeo.
Press kit (print or digital, preferably the latter) including filmmaker biographies, promotional materials, photos, etc.
+ Optional link to the full short film on YouTube or Vimeo (this may give you an edge in the Audience Choice Award competition). The link can be unlisted or password protected if you choose. We would provide the password to visitors to our site.
+ “Official Selection” and “Finalist” films must provide an exhibition DVD or Blu-Ray copy of the film by November 30th. The filmmaker is responsible for the delivery costs, including any applicable customs fees. If filmmakers chose to mail their film on DVD for submission and the film has not been updated, sending an additional copy will not be necessary.
+ Official Selection and Finalists filmmakers are invited to attend the December 12th Awards Show in New York City, space permitting. Travel, lodging and other expenses, however, are not the responsibility of PovertyCure and shall be the sole responsibility of those who choose to attend.
Please do not send these materials until your film is selected for the program.
Note: PCFF has the right to change any information contained in this document (including Festival dates, venues, events, awards and eligibility requirements) without further notice.
PRESS KIT GUIDELINES
If your submission is nominated as an "Official Selection" or as a "Finalist," we will require an electronic press kit (EPK) to be sent to our festival team at email@example.com.
+ EPK to include:
+ Short biography for one or more of the filmmakers.
+ One or more headshot as jpegs at 300 dpi (suitable for print reproduction)
+ 2 film production stills as jpegs at 300 dpi (suitable for print reproduction)
+ Link to trailer(s) and clips (if applicable)
+ Logos and/or poster images
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
CONSENT TO RIGHT OF USE
Entry in this competition grants the Acton Institute, which owns PovertyCure, the right to use clips (3 minutes maximum), photographs (both still images taken from the film and any photographs of the film-makers), and names, likenesses and biographical data of the film-makers for publicity and promotional purposes for the Acton Institute and PovertyCure websites, as well as websites of PovertyCure's promotional partners, media sponsors, and web aggregators in perpetuity on a worldwide basis, in all media platforms, without consideration. The entrant grants the Acton Institute and PovertyCure the right to use any submitted materials for all promotional purposes on all existing and future media platforms in perpetuity on a worldwide basis, without consideration. The entrant grants the Acton Institute and PovertyCure the right to screen submitted films for the PovertyCure International Short Film Festival Awards Show on December 12th, 2013, without consideration. The entrant grants the Acton Institute and PovertyCure the right, in perpetuity, to host additional screenings of submitted films for not-for-profit, educational events only on a worldwide basis, in all media platforms, without consideration.
All entrants agree to release the DVD copies / digital files of their production for non-circulation reference at the Acton Institute and PovertyCure archive. DVD and publicity material submitted to PCFF will not be returned.
TERMS OF ENTRY
By submitting this film, I understand that I am agreeing to the following: (1) I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this documentary film to PovertyCure International Short Film Festival ("PCFF") and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true; (2) I have read the “Consent to Right of Use” above, as well as all the rules, requirements, and guidelines written above, I understand it in full, and agree to all points. (3) The film I am submitting is not subject to any claims or litigation and is not threatened by any claims or litigation; (4) If this film is selected for screening at PCFF, I grant PovertyCure and PCFF the right to screen this documentary at PCFF without consideration; (5) I understand and agree that my film entry, if selected for PCFF, may be used for promotional purposes for PCFF and / or its partners in perpetuity, on a worldwide basis, in all media platforms, and without consideration; (6) I grant Acton Institute, PovertyCure, PCFF and its partners the rights to host future not-for-profit screenings and use footage, stills and / or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes in perpetuity, on worldwide basis, in all media platforms, and without consideration; (7) Should this film win any award, I am authorized and / or empowered by all parties legally representing this entry to receive all cash prizes and awards and to distribute them appropriately; (8) I am solely responsible for any local, state and/or federal taxes due or payable on any award. I understand and agree that payment of any cash award will be conditioned upon the completion and return of release forms as may be required by PCFF and/or may be subject to withholding of taxes. Winners will be required to sign and return a prize acceptance form, affidavit of eligibility, release of liability/publicity release, and/or IRS W-9 tax form. In the event entrant is selected as a winner but fails to comply with the foregoing within five (5) days after notification of selection, PCFF shall have the right to declare the prize forfeited by such entrant and the next lower finishing entrant succeeding to the cash award; (9) I fully indemnify and hold PovertyCure, Acton Institute, PCFF and its partners and their respective employees, officers, judges, organizers, and directors harmless from and against a) any and all claims or losses relating to damage to or loss of the film, print or videotapes en route to or from PCFF or during the course of PCFF’s possession of the entry; b) any and all claims or losses which may arise in connection with my film or entry, c) any and all claims or losses arising from or relating to breach of any warranty, representation or obligation hereunder, d) any and all claims or losses arising from or relating to any claim of defamation, libel, slander, misappropriation, copyright infringement or other infringement of third party intellectual property rights, and e) any injuries, losses, damages, claims, and actions of any kind arising from or relating to participation in PCFF, or violation of these terms, including, without limitation, actual, direct, indirect, consequential, punitive, special, or other damages; (10) I understand and agree that all judges' decisions are final and unappealable; (11) I understand and agree that all entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable; (12) I understand and agree that all entries shall become the property of PovertyCure and shall not be returned; (13) I represent and warrant that the use by PCFF, PovertyCure and/or Acton Institute of my film as contemplated herein including, but not limited to, by screening at PCFF will not violate any copyright or other third party rights; (14) PovertyCure is not responsible for lost, late, delayed, misdirected, damaged, postage due mail, incomplete, illegible, stolen or damaged entries; (15) All entries are subject to eligibility verification; (16) Void where prohibited by law or otherwise restricted; (17) The validity, construction and performance of this agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan, U.S.A. without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or regulations that would cause the application of the laws of a jurisdiction other than the State of Michigan. Any action to enforce the obligations created by this agreement shall be brought before a court of competent jurisdiction within the State of Michigan, Kent County. The parties consent to the jurisdiction and, to the extent permitted by applicable law, venue of the courts located in, or whose jurisdiction includes, Kent County, Michigan; (18) Neither PovertyCure nor Acton Institute shall be liable for failure or delay in performance of its obligations under this agreement to the extent such failure or delay is caused, directly or indirectly, by an act of God, act of a public enemy, war or national emergency, riot, epidemic, quarantine restriction, fire, flood, explosion, storm, earthquake, other catastrophes, terrorist attack, labor dispute or disruption, shortage of labor, fuel, power, materials, or supplies, transportation delays or any other cause or event beyond the reasonable control of PCFF; (19) neither PCFF nor the Acton Institute is responsible for technical, server, hardware or software failures, or other errors or problems which may occur in connection with PCFF, including, without limitation, interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, miscommunications, or technical failures, or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical or electronic errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of PCFF, the processing of entries, that may limit an entrant's ability to enter PCFF; and, (20) the sponsor of PCFF is PovertyCure, a program administered by Acton Institute, a Michigan non-profit corporation, of 98 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.