Questions & Answers
My movie is 4mn12 long, can I still submit it or shall I cut it somewhere?
Send it as it is, and let us decide whether those 12 secs are worth it or not. However, note that as you may be thinking of a new movie, it might be interesting in the creative process to include time limits, which are very challenging. Some movies that we choose do not last longer than two minutes and are definitely brilliant.
Can I submit several films ?
Of course, but make sure you fill in one registration form per each film you submit. Yet you may gather several movies on only one DVD, which saves time.
Can I submit a film that I directed fifty three years ago ?
Yes you can, we do not set any limits about production dates. However, if your film was shot more than three years ago and has been shown in many festivals, needless to say that new movies might be considered first.
What physical formats can I use to submit my film ?
DVD or MiniDV (SDV or HDV). If we select your movie, we’ll ask you to provide us with the best resolution material.
Would you be interested in two minutes of my cat sleeping ?
Your private life may be of some interest, but try first to show your movie outside your relatives’ circle. If these people react, feel free to send us your masterpiece. We do not guarantee its selection, but it will be considered.
Do I have to pay anything to submit my film ?
Submissions are absolutely free.
How about author’s rights for music ? What if I use a music I like for my soundtrack but I don’t know the author ?
There is no way for us to check if author’s rights (music, images, etc.) have been paid. You can still submit your film to any festival, knowing that if the author’s rights haven’t been paid, its diffusion will subsequently turn out to be very limited. For instance you won’t be able to sell it for TV use, or publish it as DVD. The easiest way to purchase music rights is to ask directly the beneficiary (author, singer, producer, etc.)
You can also check JewelBeat Background Music website, or any other website of this kind, to find a great deal of royalty free musics (click on the link for more details).
A good alternative would also be to ask a musician you know to give you a hand on your project.
What is the deadline to send my movie?
February 15th, postmark deadline.