OPPORTUNITIES BULLETIN #172 September 2017
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:
submissions: BBC Arabic Festival 2018
submissions: The 40th edition of Cinéma du réel - International
Documentary Film Festival
submissions: Global Migration Film Festival 2017
submissions: Filmmakers of the Year Film Festival 2017
submissions: Watersprite Film Festival 2018
submissions: FEST New Directors | New Films Festival
1. Call for submissions: BBC Arabic Festival 2018
The 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
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:
It must have been
made after January 1, 2016.
The subject matter
must concentrate on an exploration of the political and social
situation in, or directly affected by, the Arab world.
The work must be
either a short film, documentary, reportage, or a piece of
digital journalism and satisfy the criteria for each category.
considered by the judges for the BBC Arabic Young Journalist
Award must be between 18 and 30 on 15 June 2016.
decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants or their
work will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The deadline for submissions is on 20 October 2017.
To submit your film and for for further infomration on the rules and
regulations, please visit the website:
2. Call for submissions: The 40th edition of Cinéma du réel -
International Documentary Film Festival
Submissions 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.
The festival features four competitive sections of non-fiction films
of all lengths:
Films Competition - first and second films
The festival's deadlines:
between 1 April 1st and 31 August 2017: submission and viewing
material: 13 October 13th
after 1 September 2017: submission and viewing material: 24
Films still under
completion on 24 November 2017: online submission 24 November;
viewing material: 22 December.
Submission fee is 7€
Please note that only films produced after 1 April 2017 will be
considered for the competitions.
For further information on rules and regulations, please visit
Feel free to contact the festival’s office if you have any question:
3. Call for submissions: Global Migration Film Festival 2017
The 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.
This year’s 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.
The Global 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 this spirit.
Selected films 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.
Rules & Terms
*Deadline for entry*
Films of all genres (feature, documentary, animation) and lengths
will be accepted from 3 July to 17 September.
Films should 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
Films in English
are preferred. Subtitles are encouraged, even if the characters
speak English, to ensure maximum comprehension for global
Films in other
languages are encouraged, but must have subtitles in English.
Films should be at
least 25 minutes in length for consideration. ('i am a migrant'
category accepts films from 1 to 3 min)
Films completed in
or after 2013, or over the past five years, will be considered.
Films may only be
submitted by individuals with the legal right to negotiate the
use of the work.
The festival will
inform applicants if their film has been selected by mid
For 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 film’s director.
*There is no fee to submit films*
*Films produced with any financial support from IOM are eligible for
the competition, but not eligible for grants.
Awards & Prizes
Professional filmmakers worldwide – to be part of the official
selection of the Global Migration Film Festival
Emerging filmmakers from 92 select countries - three awards of
I am a migrant short films - awards of 100$ to 20 selected films.
For further information, please visit the website:
4. Call for submissions: Filmmakers of the Year Film Festival
The 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
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 for you.
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.
Awards & Prizes
Filmmakers 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 Silver Award.
filmmakers are honored at the Awards Ceremony.
The overall winner
will receive a statue during the Awards Ceremony in Jakarta. The
festival will grant awards for attendant winners in Jakarta.
The festival's deadlines:
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
5. Call for submissions: Watersprite Film Festival 2018
The Watersprite Film Festival is once again welcoming submissions
from student filmmakers from across the globe for its international
The 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
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
All films must have
a total running time of 20 minutes or less.
All 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.
All 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.
In 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.
Please 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 nominees.
For further information on rules and regulations, please visit the
The 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 better!
6. Call for submissions: FEST New Directors | New Films
The 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
The festival 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.
The festival 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 viewers).
The festival is accepting films under the following formats:
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 the production.
The Film Submission process consists of 3 stages:
Read the Film
Submission Rules and Regulations for FEST 2018:
Fill in the Film
Submission Form. (as complete as possible):
Proceed to the
respective payment of the Submission Fees:
The final deadline for submissions is on 4th of March 2018, at
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