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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | Opportunities Bulletin #148 September

OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN # 148 – September 2015

N.B. The information below is provided directly by the organizers of events, festivals, audio-visual organizations or independent film projects. The Royal Film Commission Jordan (RFC) cannot be held accountable for it.

In this bulletin:
  • Call for submissions: The 5th Edition of Luxor African Film Festival
     
  • Call for submissions: Sundance Film Festival 2016
     
  • Call for entries: The 66th Berlin International Film Festival – (Berlinale Shorts & Generations)
     
  • Call for submissions: The 15th Tribeca Film Festival 2016
     
  • Call for entries: Japan Film Festivals – WASABI Creation
     
  • Call for entries: The 10th Byron Bay International Film Festival

1. Call for submissions: The 5th Edition of Luxor African Film Festival
 
The management of Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), whose fifth edition will take place from March 17th until 23rd, 2016, is calling for films for the festival's different competitions.

LAFF will screen long and short films produced in African countries, made by African filmmakers, who are concerned by African subjects through 2015 productions.

The festival consists of 4 competitions: Long Narratives, Long Documentaries, Short Films (Narratives and Documentaries) and The International Competition of Freedom Films as well as other special sections.

Film submissions to The festival are open from until mid December 2015.
 
The deadline for delivering prints of the selected films to the festival’s headquarter is by the end of January 2016.

To submit you film and for further information, please visit the festival’s website:
http://www.luxorafricanfilmfestival.com/en/Festival/Regulations

2. Call for submissions: Sundance Film Festival 2016
 
Submissions to the 2016 Sundance Film Festival are now open. The festival will be running from January 21st until 31st, 2016.

Each year, The festival selects 120-125 Feature Films and 60-80 Short Films to play in one of 13 Festival programs. However, you may not submit your film directly to any one specific program. Instead, you must select from one of six submission categories, listed below:

U.S. NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS
U.S. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS
U.S. SHORT FILMS
INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS

For more details on the festival’s submission categories, please visit:
http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival/about

Rules and regulations for submissions to the 2016 Sundance Film Festival:
http://www.sundance.org/pdf/submissions/2016_Submissions_Rules.pdf

Deadline dates and submission fees vary based on category of entry. Short films must have a total running time of less than 50 minutes, including credits.

All films with running times of 50 minutes or longer must be submitted in one of the four feature film categories.

LATE SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

U.S. and International Short Films:
Monday, 21st of September, 2015 - $80 entry fee

U.S. and International Feature Films:
Monday, 28th of September, 2015 - $110 entry fee

To submit your film and for further information, please visit the festival’s website:
http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival/about

3. Call for entries: The 66th Berlin International Film Festival – (Berlinale Shorts & Generations)
 
The 66th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 11th until 21st, 2016 and the festival is currently preparing the new edition. As student short films are very welcome at the Berlinale, the festival invites students to take part in the COMPETITIONS FOR SHORT FILMS.

Berlinale Shorts

Berlinale Shorts is hosting up to 30 short films. They compete for the Golden and the Silver Bear, The Audi Short Film Award (endowed with € 20,000) as well as for the Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards. The winner of the Golden Bear qualifies for being eligible for next year’s short film Oscar ®.

Eligibility:

  • Duration no longer than 30 minutes.
  • Production completed no earlier than 2015.
  • The film may have participated in national competitions or side selection in festivals in the country of its origin, but not outside the country of origin.
  • Films may not have been broadcast nor posted online nor as VOD.
  • World premieres are preferred.

Generation

“Generation” is hosting two competitions with short films dedicated to a young audience: Kplus screens programmes for children of various age groups; short films for an audience from 14 years on are presented in the 14plus competition. A Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film is awarded in each competition. Participants in both competitions also run for the awards of the Generation Kplus or 14 plus International Juries, endowed each with € 2,500.

Eligibility:

  • Duration no longer than 20 minutes.
  • Production completed no earlier than 2015.
  • World and international premieres are preferred. European premieres are accepted.

The deadline for submitting films is on 17th of November, 2015.

To apply and for further information, please visit: http://www.berlinale.de/en/HomePage.html

For any inquiries, please get in touch with:
Berlinale Shorts: Sarah Schlüssel (shorts@berlinale.de, t. +49.30.25920-212)
Generation: Julia Bräuer (braeuer@berlinale.de, t. +49.30.25920-423)
Programme Organisation: Brigitte Abel (abel@berlinale.de, t. +49.30.25920-446)

4. Call for submissions: The 15th Tribeca Film Festival 2016
 
The Tribeca Film Festival has opened submissions for the 15th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, to be held from April 13th until 24th, 2016.

The Festival welcomes submissions of feature-length and short films, in both the narrative and documentary categories.

Tribeca also welcomes submissions for their interactive storytelling program. This program, which includes an award, celebrates new trends in digital media and recognizes creators who employ an innovative, interactive, web-based or multi-platform approach to story creation. Through open submissions, selections will be presented to the public at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

Key deadlines:

16th of October, 2015 at 6 p.m. EST

Early entry deadline for short length and feature length film entries

25th of November, 2015 at 6 p.m. EST

Official entry deadline for short length and feature length film entries as well as storyscapes project entries. This is the final deadline for storyscapes projects and short films.

23rd of December, 2015 at 6 p.m. EST

Late entry deadline for feature world premieres completed after the official deadline only.

To submit your film and for further information, please visit the festival’s website: https://tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions

Questions regarding film or storyscapes submissions, please send an email to: entries@tribecafilmfestival.org

5. Call for entries: Japan Film Festivals – WASABI Creation
 
There are many film festivals big and small throughout Japan's 47 prefectures every year. WASABI Creation helps filmmakers around the world to showcase their creative works, and tell their stories to the people of Japan.

There are more than 100 films festivals in Japan every year. These film festivals welcome films from around the world to be part of their celebration. However, due to language and cultural barriers, only few films make it to the screens of these film festivals in Japan.

WASABI Creation believes that good stories should be shared regardless of language or culture. It aims to bridge the gap between Japan and the rest of the world by assisting filmmakers to showcase their work in front of the audience of Japan.

How it works?

Filmmakers shall complete and submit an application form and send it to: hi@wasabicreation.com


Information in the application form is translated into Japanese and submitted to the film festival organizers.
The film festival organizers will conduct the judging process and select the award winners according to their judging criteria.
WASABI contacts the filmmakers if they receive an award, with follow up procedures.
Japanese subtitles are not required at the judging stage.

The deadline for receiving applications is on 16th of September 2015.

To apply and for further information, please visit the website: http://www.wasabicreation.com/#!film-festivals-in-japan/c1rtr

6. Call for entries: The 10th Byron Bay International Film Festival
 
2016 marks Byron Bay International Film Festival’s (BBFF) 10th anniversary. The festival is to be held from October 14th until 23rd, 2016 at Byron Bay – Australia.

If your creativity is cutting edge or you have a message to tell, your film could be part of this festival that’s fusing artistry, education and innovation to enhance worldview and collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film.

All films entered will automatically be considered for nomination in any award categories that the film might qualify for during the selection process. BBFF awards include but are not limited to: Best Film, Documentary, Short Film, Drama, Cinematography, Surf Film, Animation, Experimental Film, Environmental Film, Music Video, Best Young Australian Filmmaker (open to Australian Director’s under 25) and an award for the Best Local Film.

BBFF is open to films of all lengths and all genres and warmly welcomes all accepted filmmakers to attend. Films in competition must have been completed after January 1st, 2013.

Some of BBFF2016’s standout opportunities include the chance for young Australian directors under 25, to be BBFF’s Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year and for emerging artists to be featured alongside big names nominated for BBFF’s coveted Best Music Video award.

Regular Entry Deadline: 11th of February 2016
Final Entry Deadline: 10th of June 2016

To apply and for more information, please visit the festival’s website: www.bbff.com.au

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