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Call for Film Submissions to the 4th Eko International Film Festival: Deadline 30 September 2013


 

The 4th edition of the Eko International Film Festival, Lagos, which will take place from 18-23 November, is accepting film submissions until 30 September (with late submissions accepted until 15 October 2013).  See the rules on their site or quoted below:

SUBMIT ENTRIES FOR THE 4TH EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 18-23, 2013, LAGOS, NIGERIA.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

Standard Deadline: September 30, 2013.

Late Deadline: October 15, 2013.

Call For Entry Form

THE MAIN SECTIONS

Feature Film
Short Film
Fiction
Comedy
Drama
Horror
Documentaries
Student Film
1 minute short films.

ELIGIBILITY

Films must fit into one of the nine categories:Feature,Short, Fiction, comedy, documentaries, drama, Horror, Student Film 1 minute.

All music and other copyrighted materials used in the films must be original or filmmakers must have obtained permission in writing from the owner, such permissions to be submitted with the film.

All films must be submitted in English or subtitled in English.


GENERAL RULES:

Films must be submitted on DVD NTSC or PAL (please test before sending) and be available for screening on 35mm composite condition, Beta SP or Digi-Beta Video (NTSC only for festival screening).

Films must be available for screening during the Eko International Film Festival.

Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for EKOIFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened at major cinemas and on cable network or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.

Films that have played in Nigeria in a theatrical setting to a public audience are not eligible to be screened at the EKOIFF 2013.

Additional Narrative Feature Film Entry Requirements:

Feature-length Films must be 60 minutes or longer (recommended length 90 minutes).
Open to anyone (and all nationalities) who wishes to enter.

Additional Narrative Short Film Entry Requirements:

Films must be short narratives of 40 minutes or less (recommended length 10 minutes).
Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

Additional Narrative Student Short Film Entry Requirements:

Films must be short narratives of 40 minutes or less (recommended length 10 minutes).
Open only to students (must include proof of enrollment from accredited university or college).

One Minute Short Film Entry Requirements:

Entries must be short films of 1 minute (recommended length).
Award will be given to the best 1 minute film.
Open to any form of animation.
Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

Additional Documentary Feature Films Requirements

Films must be Documentaries, 40 minutes or longer
Open to anyone who wishes to enter.
Additional Documentary Short Film Requirements
Films must be Short Documentaries, 40 minutes or less
Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

SUBMISSION IS FREE

Please Note: Eko International Film Festival does not collect entry fees.
In a similar respect the EKOIFF does not solicit films to be in competition.
Only films submitted will be considered for competition.

Returns and Acknowledgments:
VHS tapes, DVDs, and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. They will be destroyed after the final screenings at the film festival.
Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry.

Safety and piracy issue

The festival is concerned that filmmakers’ rights should be protected against piracy. EKOIFF is establishing procedures that will guarantee these are up to profession’s best practice. These are inspired by the anti piracy actions taken in the USA and worldwide.

FILM COMPETITION AWARDS:

Eko International Film Festival welcomes partners and sponsors for the following prizes.

Nollywood Divas Awards

Jury Awards:

Narrative Films Awards

Documentary Films Awards

Short Film Awards

Eko International Film Festival Film Submission Agreement Form

Submissions from July 1- October 15, 2013
I, (first name:)…………………………………………………..
(last name:)…………………………………………………………..
Act as right owner hereafter described as “The filmmaker” own right for the following film (film name)…………………………..

The filmmaker grants permission to Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF) and Supple Communications Limited to use clips of your film for promotional use.

The filmmaker grants the non-exclusive right for EKOIFF and Supple Communications Limited to screen, exhibit and distribute your film in its entirety for any promotion or project under the festival or foundation’s name for up to one year after the 2012 festival. EKOIFF and Supple Communications Limited may also actively pursue other distribution opportunities for your film.

The filmmaker grants EKOIFF and Supple Communications Limited and other third parties at their discretion the right to film, videotape and/or photograph your appearance or voice for any and all marketing and promotional activities for the festival.

Your submission of an entry into the Eko International Film Festival constitutes an agreement between you and EKOIFF and Supple Communications Limited, and that by submitting your film for consideration, you agree to all of these rules, terms and agreements.

Date../../2013
Name: ………………………………
Signature: …………………………

Send with your DVD to
Hope Obioma Opara
The President
Eko International Film Festival
Supple Co mm unications Limited
1, Bajulaiye Road,
Morocco Bus Stop
Shomolu, Lagos,
Nigeria.
Email: submissions@ekoiff.org

PS: ONLY SPONSORED PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED.

Durban International Film Festival 18-28 July 2013, Call for Entries, Deadline 15 March 2013 for shorts and documentaries, 5 April 2013 for Feature Films


Media Release

Durban International Film Festival Call for Entries for 34th edition

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), invites filmmakers to submit their entries for its 34th edition which takes place from 18th to 28th July 2013. DIFF, the largest film festival in Southern Africa, features over 250 screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world with a special focus on films from South Africa and Africa. The festival hosts a film competition component and also presents screenings in township areas where cinemas are non-existent.

The festival considers films completed in 2012 and 2013, and there is no charge for entry. All submissions must be entered via the Eventival online system at http://vp.eventival.eu/cca/diff2013. Please create a visitor account to submit. The deadline for all entries, including receipt of samples, is 15th March 2013 for short films and documentaries; and 5th April 2013 for feature fiction films.

The extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers and industry professionals includes the 6th Talent Campus Durban (19th to 23rd July) in cooperation with Berlinale Talent Campus, and the 4th Durban FilmMart (19th to 22nd July) in partnership with Durban Film Office.

 

cross-posted from H-AFRLITCINE

DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013
DIFF 2013 – CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), invites filmmakers to submit their entries for its 34th edition which takes place from 18th to 28th July 2013

SUBMIT NOW!

DIFF, the largest film festival in Southern Africa, features over 250 screenings of cutting-edge cinema from around the world with a special focus on films from South Africa and Africa. The festival hosts a film competition component and also presents screenings in township areas where cinemas are non-existent.

The festival considers films completed in 2012 and 2013, and there is no charge for entry. All submissions must be entered via the Eventival online system at http://vp.eventival.eu/cca/diff2013. Please create a visitor account to submit.

The deadline for all entries, including receipt of samples, is:

Short Films and Documentaries – 15th March 2013

Feature Fiction Films – 5th April 2013

The extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers and industry professionals includes the 6th Talent Campus Durban (19th to 23rd July) in cooperation with Berlinale Talent Campus, and the 4th Durban FilmMart (19th to 22nd July) in partnership with Durban Film Office.

visit our website<http://www.durbanfilmfest.co.za/> | follow on Twitter<https://twitter.com/DIFFest> | like on Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/DurbanInternationalFilmFestival>

FESTIVAL ENQUIRIES:
Phone: +27 (0)31 260 2506/1816
Fax: +27 (0)31 260 3074
Email: diff@ukzn.ac.za<mailto:diff@ukzn.ac.za>

The festival is supported by the National Film and Video Foundation, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the City of Durban and other valued funders and partners.

Haraka! a contest for fictional short film projects made by african film makers under 40 years old, Application Deadline: 15 October 2012


CFI Press Release:

Haraka!*

Supporting new talents in short African films

For 23 years, Canal France International (CFI) has supported media development and modernisation in southern countries. In Africa, in addition to its historical role with TV channels, CFI takes part in the structuring and reinforcement of the programme industry through a strategy of increased support: purchasing and pre-purchasing of rights, distribution of over 250 hours´ worth of programmes produced in Africa to state and commercial TV channels across the continent and technical and artistic training programmes aimed at production teams.

Haraka! mobilizes the energy of a new generation of directors. In this context, CFI is now launching Haraka!  a contest for fictional short film projects, with the aim of mobilizing the energies of a new generation of directors who are determined to film at all costs. By providing the means to young directors under 35 years old (associate producer must be under 40 years old)  within sub-Saharan Africa, who have already acquired the basics of the job, to enhance their experience, CFI hopes to spot new talents and contribute to the injection of more dynamism to the sector.

Haraka! would like to be an alternative to the classic support mechanisms for production implemented by sponsors from the North, on which the procedures and time limits often slow down the momentum of the creators they intend to help. Between the frantic pace of Nollywood and the never-ending wait for windows and subsidies, there is room for a new approach adapted to the economy and dynamics of Africa, in which digital technology, small budgets, swift execution and individual energy is combined.

That´s the gamble for Haraka! Quick!

12 short films on the theme of life in Africa today

Haraka! takes into account fiction film projects of between 5 and 15 minutes and of which the screenplay is inspired by the theme Living in Africa today. In total, 12 projects will be selected in 2012 and CFI will allocate an even sum of 10,000 euros. In order to facilitate a wide circulation of the selected works , the short films will be broadcast on African television channels. The selection jury will be made up of audiovisual professionals. The candidates must send their application file before the 15th October 2012.

The terms of registration to the competition can be downloaded from the website http://www.cfi.fr

Download the registration form and eligibility criteria here: Haraka_term_registration

About Canal France International (CFI)

As a subsidiary of France Télévisions funded by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, CFI has acted for the past 20 years as the French operator in media development aid for 150 partners in Africa, Arab world, Balkans, Caucasus, Asia. Its method: to mobilize the best expertise and know-how from professionals in the French media to the service of media modernization of these Countries, through initiatives of advice and training, audits and studies

http://www.cfi.fr

Contact: CFI–Pierre Jalladeau / 00 33 1 40 62 32 52 / pju@cfi.fr

The Global Film Initiative Announces Summer 2012 Feature Film Production Grants: Application Deadline 16 July 2012


The Global Film Initiative Announces Feature Film Production Grants on their website. Fortunately, Nigeria and many other African countries are eligible for the grant.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS SUMMER 2012 FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION GRANTS APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 16, 2012

In its continuing effort to promote original storytelling by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the Summer 2012 cycle of its narrative feature film production grants program. Applications are accepted for feature-length, narrative film projects in all stages of production by directors from eligible nations of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania. Applications may be submitted from May 15, 2012 through July 16, 2012, and granting decisions are announced in October 2012.* APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 16, 2012 *For Applications, Eligibility Requirements and Granting Guidelines, please visit: http://www.globalfilm.org/granting.htm

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About the Granting Program The Global Film Initiative’s Granting Program awards fifteen to twenty grants per year, of up to $10,000 each, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. Funds received from grants are used to support completion of film production and to subsidize post-production costs such as laboratory and sound mixing fees, and access to advanced editing systems. Since the Initiative’s founding in 2002, the Granting Program has awarded 122 grants to filmmakers worldwide. Grant recipients include:

  • BEATRIZ’S WAR (A GUERRA DA BEATRIZ), dir. Bety Reis, East Timor  First locally produced and directed narrative feature film from East Timor. GFI grant awarded in 2011.
  • THE MIRROR NEVER LIES, dir. Kamila Andini, Indonesia Awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.
  • MISS LOVELY, dir. Ashim Ahluwalia, India Official Selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard). GFI grant awarded in 2010.
  • LA RUTA DE LA LUNA, dir. Juan Sebastián Jácome, Panama World Premiere at the 2012 International Film Festival Panama. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.

For more information about the Granting Program, please visit: http://www.globalfilm.org/programs.htm

Questions about our Granting Program? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)page.

Grant Guidelines:

GUIDELINES FOR FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION GRANT SUMMER 2012 GRANTING CYCLE

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED: MAY 15, 2012 – JULY 16, 2012  APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 16, 2012

Definition of Grants Pre-Sale Option Application Instructions Eligibility Requirements Materials to be Submitted With Application Timeline of the Global Film Initiative Granting Cycles Mailing Address

Definition of Grants:

  • The Global Film Initiative awards up to ten (10) Production and/or Honorable Mention grants per funding cycle (Winter and Summer).
  • Grants are awarded to film projects in pre-production, production and post-production
  • Each Production Grant is in the amount of USD $10,000 with a pre-sale option.
  • Each Honorable Mention award is in the amount of USD $1,000.
  • Grants are not awarded to documentary and short film projects.

Pre-Sale Option:

  • Each applicant may request to be considered for a pre-sale option for U.S. and Canadian distribution.
  • Applicants who elect the pre-sale option may be offered a distribution contract for all U.S. and Canadian distribution rights if awarded a grant; the finished film will be included in the Initiative’s Global Lens film series for distribution.

Application Instructions

  1. Determine project eligibility
  2. If project is eligible, complete and send two (2) copies of application form with two (2) copies of all supporting materials to The Global Film Initiative before application deadline (projects submitted without required application and supporting materials will not be accepted)
  3. All applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and received within five (5) business days of the deadline. The Global Film Initiative will confirm via email receipt of all projects received, but will not track shipments of individual projects.

Announcement of grant awards will be made in October 2012. For a timeline of the Global Film Initiative granting cycles, please click here.
Eligibility Requirements In order to be considered for a Global Film Initiative grant, a project must meet all of the eligibility criteria outlined below:

  • Application is for narrative, feature-length film project from DAC nation (more than 65 min.; no documentary or short films accepted)
  • Project is in pre-production, production or post-production stage (no projects in development accepted)
  • Production occurs in same nation of application (DAC nation)
  • Director was born in and is citizen of same nation of application (DAC nation)*
  • 50% or more of project’s total production funding secured/received
  • International, world and/or regional premiere(s) scheduled to occur after Sept. 30, 2012

*exceptions regarding citizenship may apply to applications from territories and/or regions without recognized sovereign governments

Materials to be Submitted With Application:  Two (2) copies of each of the following English-translated materials must be included (incomplete applications will not be processed):

  1. Completed application form
  2. Finished English-translated screenplay/script
  3. Rushes/dailies, selected scenes or rough cut/final cut (if available)
  4. Complete production budget
  5. Finance plan
  6. Copies of agreements with production financiers
  7. Complete production schedule
  8. Synopsis and logline
  9. Director’s statement
  10. Biographies of key production personnel
  11. Previous film(s) of filmmaker(s) (if available)

Note:

    • The Global Film Initiative does not fund documentary or short films.
    • Applications must be submitted by mail or courier — electronic or faxed applications will not be accepted.
    • Submission materials will not be returned to applicant.
    • All grant amounts are at the sole discretion of the Global Film Initiative.
    • Applications can be rejected at the sole discretion of the Global Film Initiative.

Timeline of the Global Film Initiative Granting Cycles

Winter Cycle November 15, 2011 – Application period open for Winter cycle January 16, 2012 – Deadline for submission to Winter cycle April 2012 – Winter cycle grant awards announced

Summer Cycle May 15, 2011 – Application period open for Summer cycle July 16, 2012 – Deadline for submission to Summer cycle October 2012 – Summer cycle grant awards announced

Mailing Address  Send applications and supporting materials to:

The Global Film Initiative – Granting Program 145 Ninth Street, Suite #105 San Francisco, CA 94103, USA             +1(415) 934-9500

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 16, 2012

Please note: all applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and received within five (5) business days of the deadline. The Global Film Initiative will confirm via email receipt of all projects received, but will not track shipments of individual projects.

Zuma Film festival, Abuja, 6-10 May2012, Call for films, Deadline 29 March 2012


Zuma Film Festival 2012, Abuja, invites submission of films for the 2012 edition of Zuma Film Festival. Entry closes 29 March 2012. For details visit http://www.zumafilmfest.gov.ng/

See call for entries, festival regulations, award categories, and press details.

ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL (ZFF), 2012

The Festival begins on Monday 6th and ends May 10th, 2012. “The Human Story, Connecting People “, the statement added, is the theme of the 6th edition of the film festival.

For the Competitive category; Feature, Documentary, Children, Student, Animation/cartoon, Short and Emerging Talents films qualify; while Nigerian Panorama, Universal films, Diaspora & African Films, National Film Institute(NFI) :Retrospect/Tributes qualify for the Non-Competitive category.

Entry forms can be downloaded/uploaded through the festival website : http://www.zumafilmfest.gov.ng. Entry forms are also available at the headquarters and liaison offices of the Nigerian Film Corporation. Completed entry forms can also be submitted at the listed addresses: The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival, Nigerian Film Corporation, 218T Liberty Dam Road, P.O. Box 639, Jos, Plateau State. The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival, Nigerian Film Corporation, Abuja Liaison Office, Shippers Plaza Opposite Ibro Hotel, Wuse Zone 5,Abuja. The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival, Nigerian Film Corporation,Kano Zonal Office, Audu Bako Secretariat, Zoo Road, Kano, The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival Nigerian Film Corporation, Lagos Branch Office, Ikoyi Road, Obalende, Beside Voice of Nigeria (VON)

All entries must be submitted with a 30sec trailer as part of the conditions, the statement further added.

In five days …

  • New film Premiere
  • Screenings (Competitive & Non-Competitive)
  • Film and Video Market/Exhibition (Film X)
  • Emerging Talent Film Festival
  • Master Classes
  • Workshop/Symposium/Colloquium
  • Film Location Expo

And more …

  • NFC Annual Film Lecture
  • NFC Annual Essay Competition Awards Presentation
  • Emerging Talent Film Awards
  • Zuma Film Festival Awards Night
  • Special Tributes/Retrospective

Guaranteeing an informative and thoroughly entertaining festival!

In five days …

  • New film Premiere
  • Screenings (Competitive & Non-Competitive)
  • Film and Video Market/Exhibition (Film X)
  • Emerging Talent Film Festival
  • Master Classes
  • Workshop/Symposium/Colloquium
  • Film Location Expo

And more …

  • NFC Annual Film Lecture
  • NFC Annual Essay Competition Awards Presentation
  • Emerging Talent Film Awards
  • Zuma Film Festival Awards Night
  • Special Tributes/Retrospective

Guaranteeing an informative and thoroughly entertaining festival!

The Commonwealth Foundation calls for short film proposals. Deadline 31 January 2012


The Commonwealth Foundation puts out a call for short film proposals from filmmakers age 18 or ove:

The Commonwealth Foundation is inviting filmmakers from across the Commonwealth to submit an idea for a short film about relationships. Individual filmmakers or collectives should submit a proposal which explores the theme of love in its broadest sense, whether inter-racial, inter-generational or within and between the sexes. The theme should be relevant to the filmmaker and their community.

We’re looking for original, bold and authentic films in any genre which entertain as well as stimulate and encourage debate both locally and globally.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 31 January 2012 (5pm GMT)

The entry guidelines are as follows:

Entry guidelines The film may be a drama or documentary, or a mixture of different genres, comedy or a more serious approach. The films can be made in your local language but in these cases must include sub-titles in English. The main aim of the film should be to engage and entertain, as well as stimulate and encourage debate, i.e. it should be an oblique and subtle exploration of a challenging issue in your community. The film should be up to 20 minutes (maximum) in length. Funding of between £3,000 and £8,000 per film is available. You must be available for an initial skills-building workshop in early March 2012 and available to make the film between March and May 2012. Depending on the sensitivity of the subject matter, the films may be made outside your community or country if necessary or appropriate. The resulting films will be shown locally and internationally to stimulate open debate around these issues, in local communities as well as national television and radio. The films may be shown anonymously if particularly sensitive.

For more information, see the call for proposals at the Commonwealth Foundation site.

Arterial Network and DOEN Foundation Mobile Phone Film Competition. Submission deadline: 31 October 2011


The Arterial Network and the DOEN foundation announce a Mobile Phone Competition.

The Arterial Network started as a dynamic, continent-wide network of non-government organisations, creative industry companies, festivals and individual artists engaged in the African creative sector at a conference – Revitalising Africa’s Cultural Assets – on Goree Island, March 2007.

The Arterial network is administered with a secretariate in Capetown, South Africa, and has an East African regional secretariate in Kenya, with other secretariates around the continent planned.

Competition

SUMMARY
The Arterial Network and the DOEN Foundation call for submissions of short films shot on cell phones for its first Mobile Phone Film Competition. The films will be evaluated by experts in various fields and public awareness and participation will be increased by on-line voting. So, anyone with a cell phone will now be able to become a filmmaker in the Arterial Network/DOEN Foundation Mobile Phone Film Competition. The festival aims at providing an opportunity to anyone to create and capture images to tell a story using mobile phones, the most accessible technology on the African continent.

Prizes for winners are as follows:
First Prize: 1000 Euros
Second Prize: 500 Euros
Third Prize: 250 Euros
Audience Choice Award: 150 Euros

Other prizes such as filmmaking training opportunities for the winners are currently being negotiated.

OTHER INFORMATION

General Submission Guidelines

1.Films may be on any theme but they must be original and tell a story (no documentaries or citizen journalism pieces will be accepted at this stage).
2.All films must be shot by cell phone to be viewed on a cellphone or computer screen.
3.Film may be submitted in French, English, Swahili, Arabic or Portuguese.
4.The running time for films may vary in length from 60 seconds to a maximum of 300 seconds (5 minutes).
5.Only work created by Africans living on the African continent will be considered.
6.Work submitted without a submission form will not be considered.
7.Films may only be in a Quicktime or Windows Media Player format.
8.File size must not exceed 10MB
9.Screen dimensions must be: Width = 320 pixels, Height = 240 pixels

Submissions must reach Arterial Network on or before 31 October 2011. Films may only be submitted electronically.
Download the Film Competition Application Form from here

Arterial Network reserves the right to select the best 10-25 films submitted and compile a collection for the purpose of promoting African filmmaking – and the winning entries in particular – on the African continent and internationally at film festivals and other distribution outlets. To this end, the copyright of the film will remain with the copyright holder/creator but Arterial Network may use the work for non-commercial purposes.

Arterial Network may disqualify entrants who go against the stipulated guidelines and the terms outlined above