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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Our mission is to foster a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of the many people, cultures and perspectives of our world through regular interaction with great films and filmmakers.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Named one of Moviemaker Magazine's "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in 2018, the RiverRun International Film Festival is a regional festival based in Winston-Salem, NC and is principally known as a filmmaker-friendly event dedicated to showcasing the year's best new international cinema. Founded in 1998, RiverRun screens new narrative, documentary, student and animated films each spring from established and emerging filmmakers around the world. In addition to the Festival's annual short and feature-length juried competitions, RiverRun also presents a broad range of special events, regional premieres of significant films, celebrity tributes, family programs, retrospectives, panel discussions and parties. RiverRun is also an Academy Award qualifying festival in the Documentary Short and Animated Short categories!
Christopher Holmes; Christopher Holmes (Senior Programmer); Mary Dossinger (Program Manager)
2019 Film Competition and Selection Requirements:
Filmmakers entering films for competition must complete and send in the Entry Form and fee (if applicable). A screening committee will evaluate and select films to be presented at the 2019 RiverRun International Film Festival. During the Festival, a jury of industry professionals will select Festival winners with the exception of the Audience Award which will be decided by audience voting.
Criteria for Submission:
• FOR NC STUDENTS WHO WANT TO SUBMIT FOR FREE – PLEASE SUBMIT VIA RIVERRUN’S WEBSITE - http://riverrunfilm.com/submit-a-film/
• All entries must be sent or postmarked no later than December 1, 2018.
• All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2017.
• All films must be in English or have English subtitles. Non-subtitled or dubbed foreign language films will not be considered.
• All clearances must be obtained for exhibition.
• Entries may be submitted on DVD (preferably NTSC format) with a label indicating the title and running time. They may also be submitted online. If submitting online, please send to email@example.com.
• In an effort to become a greener Festival, RRIFF asks that all filmmakers limit the materials used to send in films and submit their films in small, eco-friendly packaging, or, preferably, just send all materials online.
• Only the Producer, Director, Screenwriter or someone closely connected to the film may complete the application. Schools may submit films on behalf of student filmmakers in the Student Category.
• Only complete entries will be accepted. This includes the non-refundable entry fee paid to the order of RRIFF, a completed entry form and a DVD or online screener.
• Films submitted in previous years will not be accepted for submission.
• The programmers at RiverRun actively pursue the best in American independent and world cinema for the annual Festival. Films that have been released on video or DVD, have been widely screened on television or cable, or have been released theatrically preclude the Festival from accepting those films for competition. Exceptions are sometimes made for such films to be programmed at the Festival in non-competitive sections but are determined on a case by case basis.
• Films previously screened publicly in North Carolina will not be eligible for competition, but could be included in special non-competitive sections.
Film Categories for Competition:
• Feature-length films (narrative or documentary) must be 40 minutes or longer.
• Film Shorts (narrative, documentary, experimental, animated) must be 40 minutes or less.
• Student films must have been completed after January 1, 2017 and proof of enrollment is required. Student films may not exceed 30 minutes.
Although RRIFF is a competitive festival, some films may be included in the program in a non-competition section.
Unfortunately, RRIFF is unable to provide comments about specific films not accepted due to time and resource constraints. No DVD screeners will be returned.
Selected filmmakers may expect the following:
• Filmmakers whose films are accepted for competition will be notified by email by approximately March 1, 2019. All the privileges due filmmakers will be specified in this correspondence.
• Each accepted film is entitled to one (1) VIP pass, giving free access to all events and screenings (subject to availability) at the Festival. These passes are non-transferable and must be worn at all times in clear view. Passes are not sent by mail, but must be picked up in person at the designated Festival site.
• RRIFF promotes the schedule of screenings via media including newspapers, emails, television and radio. RRIFF encourages filmmakers to help promote their films by promoting their screening(s) to industry professionals, distributors, the press and the general public.
• For entries selected to the 2019 Festival, an exhibition print or video of the film in proper format (DCP, Bluray or File (MP4 or MOV (H.264)) must be received by RRIFF no later than March 22, 2019. Failure to comply with technical specifications may result in the removal of the film from Festival competition.
• Filmmakers may not install banners or posters at the theaters without the official authorization of RRIFF.
• 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. The individual or corporation submitting this film additionally grants the RiverRun International Film Festival the right to one or more public screenings of the entry during the dates of April 4-14, 2019. Entries that are not completed or available for screening must pull their entry prior to February 1, 2019 or the film will be screened as entered.
The management of the RiverRun International Film Festival reserves the right to decide all questions regarding rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein.
Questions: Please call 336-724-1502 or visit the website at www.riverrunfilm.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The management of RiverRun International Film Festival reserves the right to decide all questions regarding rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein.
RiverRun 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.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless RiverRun 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 entered.