OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #172 September 2017
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.
for submissions: BBC Arabic Festival 2018
for submissions: The 40th edition of Cinéma du réel - International
Documentary Film Festival
for submissions: Global Migration Film Festival 2017
for submissions: Filmmakers of the Year Film Festival 2017
for submissions: Watersprite Film Festival 2018
for submissions: FEST New Directors | New Films Festival
1. Call for submissions: BBC Arabic Festival 2018
BBC Arabic Festival is currently calling for films for its 2018 edition,
which is open to filmmakers, journalists and the general public whose work
explores key issues in today's Arab world. Through this open call, the
festival seeks a bold and diverse range of filmmaking from across the region,
by Arab and non-Arab, professional and first-time filmmakers.
The BBC Arabic
Festival is an annual week-long event that screens short films and
documentaries about current social and political changes taking place in the
Arab world. The festival takes place at the iconic art-deco Radio Theatre at
BBC's Broadcasting House in central London. The screenings take place
alongside a series of talks, presentations and performances that highlight
current events and freedom of expression in the Arab world. The official
selection of films also have the potential to air on BBC Arabic television as
part of our special TV programming produced exclusively around the festival.
The BBC Arabic
Festival runs as a competition judged by a panel of journalism and film
experts and practitioners, who will present an award to a winner in each
category at the televised Awards ceremony. BBC Arabic also offers the Young
Journalist Award to a non-fiction filmmaker aged 18 to 30. The Award
comprises of a programme of bespoke training, mentoring and equipment. There
is also the potential for their next project to be aired on BBC Arabic TV and
presented by them at the next Festival.
Terms and Conditions
For a work to
be eligible it must meet the following criteria:
must have been made after January 1, 2016.
subject matter must concentrate on an exploration of the political and
social situation in, or directly affected by, the Arab world.
work must be either a short film, documentary, reportage, or a piece of
digital journalism and satisfy the criteria for each category.
being considered by the judges for the BBC Arabic Young Journalist Award
must be between 18 and 30 on 15 June 2016.
judges' decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants or their
work will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
deadline for submissions is on 20 October 2017.
your film and for for further infomration on the rules and regulations,
please visit the website: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40273169
2. Call for submissions: The 40th edition of Cinéma du réel -
International Documentary Film Festival
are now open to the 40th edition of Cinéma du réel - International
Documentary Film Festival, which will be held from 23 March until 1 April
2018 in Paris.
features four competitive sections of non-fiction films of all lengths:
First Films Competition - first and second films
Short Films Competition
completed between 1 April 1st and 31 August 2017: submission and viewing
material: 13 October 13th
completed after 1 September 2017: submission and viewing material: 24
still under completion on 24 November 2017: online submission 24
November; viewing material: 22 December.
that only films produced after 1 April 2017 will be considered for the
For further information on rules and regulations, please visit the
Feel free to
contact the festival’s office if you have any question: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Call for submissions: Global Migration Film Festival 2017
Global Migration Film Festival invites professional and emerging filmmakers
to submit films for the 2017 edition. The festival is still receiving film
submissions until the 17th of September.
festival will take place from 5 – 18 December 2017 in countries and venues to
be announced later this year. All screenings will be free of charge.
Migration Film Festival showcases perception-changing films that capture the
challenges and promise of migration for those who leave their homes in search
of a better life and the unique contributions migrants make to their new
communities. The festival was launched by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in
will integrate the Global Migration Film Festival menu, which will be made
available to over 100 countries organizing the Festival locally. Each country
will select from that list which film(s) they will screen in their region.
Filmmakers will receive a list with the countries and venues of where their
film will be screened by November.
Films of all
genres (feature, documentary, animation) and lengths will be accepted from 3
July to 17 September.
portray the challenges and promise of migration and contributions migrants
make to their new communities. Films that challenge negative perceptions of
migrants, defy stereotypes and feature positive and welcoming actions by and
toward migrants are encouraged.
in English are preferred. Subtitles are encouraged, even if the
characters speak English, to ensure maximum comprehension for global
in other languages are encouraged, but must have subtitles in English.
should be at least 25 minutes in length for consideration. ('i am a
migrant' category accepts films from 1 to 3 min)
completed in or after 2013, or over the past five years, will be
may only be submitted by individuals with the legal right to negotiate
the use of the work.
festival will inform applicants if their film has been selected by mid
each selected film, the submitter or the filmmaker should be prepared to
provide stills from the film, a trailer and a bio and photo of the
*There is no
fee to submit films*
produced with any financial support from IOM are eligible for the
competition, but not eligible for grants.
filmmakers worldwide – to be part of the official selection of the Global
Migration Film Festival
filmmakers from 92 select countries - three awards of $1,500.
I am a migrant
short films - awards of 100$ to 20 selected films.
information, please visit the website: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/GlobalMigrationFilmFestival
4. Call for submissions: Filmmakers of the Year Film Festival
Filmmakers of The Year Film Festival (FYFF) was established to celebrate
filmmaking in general. The festival's main mission is to honor and promote
films that have won awards and at excellent quality carrying unique methods
of storytelling, produced with exceptional technique and crafted with passion
and love for the betterment of filmmaking. The festival will be held between
22-30 November 2017.
If your film
has previously won awards or you feel your film is good enough to compete
with the winning filmmakers from around the world, then this Film Festival is
FYFF receives submissions from all over the world. The festival accepts
feature and short film, and documentary (any length), and welcomes ambitious
newcomers to star their excellent films. The festival appreciates all the
hard work every department contributes to making a film. With an all-in-one
package, juries of the festival will value various performances such as
directing, cinematography, editing, performance, story, acting, sound,
production design, costume design, music, etc. The festival would give separate
awards if they got selected.
of the Year Film Festival (FYFF) will give awards for the overall winner
as The Filmmaker of the Year, and give Platinum Award, Gold Award, and
accepted filmmakers are honored at the Awards Ceremony.
overall winner will receive a statue during the Awards Ceremony in
Jakarta. The festival will grant awards for attendant winners in
23 September 2017: Third Late Entry Deadline
12 October 2017: Special Deadline
28 October 2017: Final Deadline
1 November 2017: Notification Date
22 - 30 November 2017: Event Date
For further information on rules and regulations, please visit the
5. Call for submissions: Watersprite Film Festival 2018
Watersprite Film Festival is once again welcoming submissions from student
filmmakers from across the globe for its international film competition.
Watersprite philosophy is that talented, budding filmmakers should be
rewarded for their hard work no matter where in the world they are. For that
reason, if an entrant’s film is nominated for an award, they will be flown
over to Cambridge, UK – for free – to attend the Awards’ Ceremony held at the
Watersprite Film Festival in February 2018.
Awards are up
for grabs in a wide range of categories: with everything from exceptional
animation, original film scores, and production design being rewarded, not to
mention the potentially life changing Filmmaker of the Future prize – awarded
for a film that tries to makes a difference in the world or presents a story
we have not heard before. The winner of this award gets the opportunity to
participate in a producers’ workshop at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
films must have a total running time of 20 minutes or less.
films must either be in English, or submitted with English subtitles.
Any non-English language films with dialogue which have been submitted
without English subtitles will not be considered.
films must have completed production no earlier than April 2016.
Resubmissions are not permitted. You may, however, enter an additional
film for consideration. The festival will not accept more than two films
from one entrant per year.
order for a film to be eligible for a Watersprite technical award, the
person responsible for that particular technical aspect of the film must
have been a student at the time of the film’s production, with the
exception of ‘Best Acting Performance’. ‘Student’ is taken to mean those
in, or having spent no more than a year as a graduate from, education. Proof
of enrolment will be required at the submissions stage. Please see the
Awards section for further details on categories.
note that if your film is nominated it is expected that a member of your
team attend the Awards Ceremony on 24 February 2018. Travel bursaries
will be offered to all nominees from around the world. The festival will
also assist with visas and find free or affordable accommodation for all
information on rules and regulations, please visit the website: https://www.watersprite.org.uk/submissions/submissions-guidelines-2018/
deadline for submissions is on 15 October 2017, or at the point when 500
films have been submitted, so the sooner entrants submit their films the
6. Call for submissions: FEST New Directors | New Films
submissions period for the 2018 FEST New Directors | New Films Festival is
now officially open.
The event will
take place between the 18th and 25th of June 2018 in Espinho, a beachside
city and one of the summer hotspots of Portugal
is divided into several categories, competitive and non-competitive, with 2
main award categories: Short films by filmmakers up to the age of 30 (Silver
Lynx competition); and Features from directors who are on their first or
second production, regardless of their age (Golden Lynx competition). NEXXT
is a competitive section dedicated to student films, co-programmed in
partnerships with universities from around the world.
also hosts several non-competitive sections, such Flavours of the World
(focusing each year on specific countries), Be Kind Rewind (a retrospective
section) and FESTinha (proposing screenings and activities for the younger
is accepting films under the following formats:
and Non-Fiction feature films (minimum length is 55 minutes) from
directors who are on their first or second feature length project,
regardless of age.
Documentary, Animation and Experimental Short films (up to 54 minutes of
duration) from directors up to the age of 30 (including) at the end of
Submission process consists of 3 stages:
the Film Submission Rules and Regulations for FEST 2018: http://site.fest.pt/media/26229/rules-2018.pdf
in the Film Submission Form. (as complete as possible): http://site.fest.pt/en/new-directors-new-films/film-submission-form-2018/
to the respective payment of the Submission Fees: http://fest.us14.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=3677d2574ffbf931148e94fc0&id=f231508fcf&e=c06f6e5808
deadline for submissions is on 4th of March 2018, at midnight.
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