Submission Requirements and Eligibility

RULES & REGULATIONS FOR SUBMISSION

 

GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF A FILM TO THE MARIETTA FILM FESTIVAL:

 

NOTE: The submission categories and program categories that are referenced and identified as capitalized terms in this Section I of these Rules and Regulations, and the eligibility requirements for each, shall be understood as having the definitions and descriptions assigned to them in Sections II and III of these Rules and Regulations below.

 

If 50% or more of a Film’s financing originated from sources within the United States, the Film will be considered a Domestic Film.

 

If more than 50% of the Film’s financing originated from sources outside of the United States, the Film will be considered an International Film.

 

If the Film’s final running time is projected to be less than 50 minutes, the Film is considered a Short Film.

 

If the Film’s final running time is projected to be 50 minutes or more, the Film is considered a Feature Film.

 

Documentary Films of any length are accepted for submission.

 

Narrative and Documentary Feature Films that have been released theatrically or screened on television are not eligible for submission to the Festival.  This does not include “work-in- progress” screenings in which an incomplete version of the film was previously screened.

 

Feature Films that have previously been exhibited theatrically or on television and/or released via DVD, VOD or any other new media format ARE eligible for submission to the Festival.

 

Films are eligible for submission no matter when they were completed.  There is no “completion window” for consideration.

 

Films that have been submitted for Festival consideration in previous years may be resubmitted for consideration for this year’s festival. 

 

It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials included within the submitted Film. The Festival expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for copyright infringement. 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 content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Film makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any copyrighted content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend the Festival, the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

 

It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the owner(s) of any and all trademarked content or materials included within the submitted Film. The Festival expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any trademarked content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution or unfair competition. 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 trademarked content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Film makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any trademarked content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend the Festival, the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the Film from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories of libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, violation of rights of publicity, theft of trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of express or implied contract (“Third Party Claim(s)”). The Festival expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film that are or may be the basis for any Third Party Claims based upon any of the foregoing legal theories or others. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that is or may become the subject of any Third Party Claims. In the event that any Third Party Claim(s) shall be asserted by any person or entity, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend the Festival, the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any and all fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that each of any of them may incur in connection therewith.

 

Applicants submitting Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that contains significant non-English spoken dialogue that does not include accompanying on-screen English subtitles.

 

All Films must be submitted to the Festival on a single DVD or uploaded via the Secure Online Screener function of Withoutabox or FilmFreeway (preferred method). The Festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from Applicant, any Film that is not submitted using the correct format or who submit but fail to provide a screening copy.  one of these two formats. If the Film is submitted in multiple parts on multiple discs, the Festival reserves the right to judge the Film based on the first disc included, with no further obligation to view the contents of the remaining discs.

 

It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the submitted DVD plays in its entirety on an industry-standard NTSC DVD player prior to submitting it to the Festival. In the event that a submitted disc does not play in an industry-standard standard DVD player, 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 replacement copy of the Film. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission  fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film whose initially submitted disc does not play on an industry-standard DVD player.

 

It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the submitted disc arrives at the shipping destination provided to the Applicant upon completion of the submission form. In the event that a submitted disc does not arrive at the designated shipping destination within the deadline window selected by the Applicant, 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, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that does not arrive at the designated shipping destination within the deadline window selected by the Applicant.

 

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 the updated version.

 

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 may 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. The Festival disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant and inform the Applicant of any payment delinquency or other deficiency of a submission form.

 

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 disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any 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.

 

The Festival is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Film any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Film, any information relating to the manner in which the Film is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that the Festival or any reviewers of the Film may hold concerning the Film; any reasons why the Film, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Film specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations.  The Festival disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible or liable for, the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding any Film that are or may be obtained by the Applicant or any other representative of the Film; any communications by any representative of the Festival or the Festival relating to the Film or the Festival selection process; the manner in which the Film shall be, is or was considered and reviewed; the  identity or identities of any specific reviewers of the Film; and/or any failure on the part of the Festival or the Festival to provide the Applicant or any other representative(s) of the Film  with information concerning the Festival’s consideration and/or review of the Film.

 

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES & ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Films submitted to the Festival for consideration for the Festival may apply in one of six submission categories. The following is a description of each submission category, along with eligibility requirements for each:

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS

Any scripted or improvisational narrative work of fiction with a running time of 50 minutes or more, including films that are shot in a "mockumentary" style.

 

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS

Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of less than 50 minutes, including films that are shot in a "mockumentary" style.

 

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Any non-fiction film of any length WITH THE EXCEPTION OF, and NOT INCLUDING, entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events.  If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit in this category, but the Festival reserves the right to ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted.

 

AWARD CATEGORIES

Awards can be given in the following categories*

  • Film Awards
    • Best Domestic Feature Film
    • Best International Feature Film
    • Best Domestic Short Film
    • Best International Short Film
    • Best Documentary Film
    • Best Local Film

 

  • Individual Awards
    • Best Lead Actor/Actress in a Feature Film
    • Best Lead Actor/Actress in a Short Film
    • Best Supporting Actor/Actress in a Feature Film
    • Best Supporting Actor/Actress in a Short Film
    • Best Director in a Feature Film
    • Best Director in a Short Film
    • Best Cinematography in a Feature Film
    • Best Cinematography in a Short Film
    • Best Writing in a Feature Film
    • Best Writing in a Short Film
    • Best Editing in a Feature Film
    • Best Editing in a Short Film
    • Best Wardrobe
    • Best Soundtrack
    • Best Makeup

 

SUBCATEGORIES

  • Women in Film
    • Best Film
    • Best Director
  • Veterans in Film
    • Best Film
    • Best Director
  • Latino Films
    • Best Film
    • Best Director
  • African American Films
    • Best Film
    • Best Director

 

*Awards will be given if there are sufficient qualifying films/nominees for the award category.

 

Festival Screening copy of the film must be provided via a downloadable link no later than one week prior to the festival. 

 

 

UPCOMING DEADLINES

 

EARLY BIRD

February 15, 2019

 

REGULAR DEADLINE

April 15, 2019

 

LATE DEADLINE

June 15, 2019

 

WAB EXTENDED DEADLINE

 

2019 FESTIVAL DATE

August 1-4,  2019

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