Reel Genius International Film Festival

RGIFF // Reel Genius International Film Festival

1st edition

Jun 25 - Jun 28, 2017
Estimated
New Haven, United States

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Children, Commercial, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Music video, Narrative fiction, Student
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, Biography, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Foreign, Hip Hop, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Melodrama, Mockumentary, Mystery, Nature, News, , Parody, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Underground, Urban, War

Mission / description To support, promote, recognize and celebrate the diversity of human experience through the art of independent film—enriching, educating and inspiring audiences of all ages in order to be the premiere destination film festival in the Tri-State/ New England area.

VISION STATEMENT
The Reel Genius International Film Festival will be one of the preeminent film festivals in the world. As the art of film changes, the festival will adapt with it. We will be known for treating our visiting filmmakers with the highest level of hospitality. The festival will be a platform where film lovers and filmmakers can socialize and collaborate. We look forward to making this a community event for years to come.


Reel Genius International Film Festival will pride itself in seeking out films that display strong storytelling, both written and visual. From highly anticipated Hollywood fare to the finest in independent filmmaking, RGIFF aims to showcase the films and filmmakers that audiences want to see, whether they know it or not. In our first year, we look forward to programming world premiere features and several independent works, in an effort to discover new talent. Reel Genius International Film Festival searches submissions for the best stories. We are looking to include the most original and inspiring entries from all over the world in the festival, regardless of race, religion, or lifestyle. Please do not hesitate to submit a film that may not portray so-called ‘traditional’ characters or life choices. A great story shares a universal truth from a distinctive viewpoint.
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Festival website www.rgiff.org

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Class Founded: 2014
Festival category: C (national relevance, national player)
Dates Open call: Oct 14, 2014

Early bird deadline: Dec 31, 2014
Regular deadline: Mar 31, 2015
Late deadline: Apr 30, 2015

Notification date: May 09, 2015

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Fees Fees range from 25.00 to 55.00 USD . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: Participation, Jury & Audience Awards
General rules RULES AND REGULATIONS 2015

GENERAL RULES (Local & Embark Films:

ENTERING YOUR FILM

• All films must be submitted through FFL.
• Your film must be postmarked no later than the deadline under which you’ve registered. If a payment is received after a postmark deadline, we will not view your film until the difference is received.
• Each entry must be accompanied by its own entry form.
• If mailing, label disc and box with film title and FFL number.
• All submissions are notified by email upon arrival in our office.
• Notification will take place May 9, 2015; all entries, accepted or not, will be emailed on that date.
Please consider submitting a Secure Online Screener through FFL or Vimeo, instead of mailing a DVD to our offices.

ENTRY FEE SPECIFICS

For full list of entry fees and deadlines go to “Deadlines and Fees” on our website www.rgiff.org.

Embark Filmmaker: Entry fee is waived when you submit a Student Embark International Film before Regular deadline if you are not a local student of CT (USA). A fee of $30 is charged for all CT resident students.

Students must be, or have been, enrolled in an accredited school (HS or college) after 1/1/2014 at the time of production.

You do not need to be a student currently to submit your film.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

With the submission of this film I agree to the following:

• I am authorized to submit this film to the RGIFF for consideration.

• I have obtained all necessary rights and clearances.

• While every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted, I release the RGIFF from all responsibility for loss of or damage to submitted materials en route or otherwise

• I understand that all submitted materials become the property of the RGIFF, if selected may be copied and utilized for the purpose of promoting your film, and won’t be returned without a (optional) SASE.

• I have read, understand and agree to all the requirements as stated in the above "General Festival Rules."



IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED

• Filmmakers will be invited to RGIFF (in New Haven, CT)

• Your film may screen up to five times, with an additional screening should it win an award.

• Films will be placed in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of the RGIFF. International films are not eligible for competition. See Entry FAQs below for more info on films not eligible for competition.

• You are responsible for shipping the exhibition copy of your film to the festival.

• RGIFF will return/forward exhibition copies with ground shipping only. You must pay for expedited shipping if required.



Please Note: Reel Genius International Film Festival does not waive entry fees. RGIFF believes waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. The same rules and entry fees should apply to all applicants so no one film is favored over another. In a similar respect, RGIFF does not invite films to be in competition. Only films that are paid submissions will be considered for competition.
We understand the financial constraint of filmmaking and costs of submitting to Festivals and we still hope you can find it in your budget to submit your film.

2014 FILM COMPETITION GENERAL RULES:
• Films must be submitted on DVD NTSC (please test before sending) upon selection and as an online screener and be available for screening as a digital file. Please note: we do NOT screen HD-CAM, or DCP when considering films for our competition. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file, online link, DVD or Bluray, do not submit your film.
• IMPORTANT NOTE: Reel Genius Film Festival is not responsible for the streaming quality of Secure Online Screeners. If you choose to submit a Secure Online Screener and would like to guarantee the quality of your submission, RGIIFF strongly suggests you submit a DVD in addition to your Secure Online Screener submission.
• Films must have been completed after January 1, 2013. Films must be available for screening during the Reel Genius International Film Festival, June 25-29, 2015.
• Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for RGIFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.
• Short Films that have played in various festivals in a theatrical setting to a public audience prior to January 1, 2013 are not eligible to be screened at the Reel Genius International Film Festival. This includes Shorts Nights, public cast and crew screenings, or other festivals. The ONLY exception is that a short may play as part of a class screening for the EMBARK Program.
• We strongly prefer Feature Films be at least 41 minutes to 2 hours. While we will accept features that have played at other festivals or screened publicly in a theater, the film’s premiere status will be taken into account when making final selections. We prefer World, North American and US Premieres, and, all things being equal, will often opt to program the film that has not yet had a release over one that has played several festivals.
• If a filmmaker is unsure whether to submit their film in the Narrative Feature category or in one of the genre categories (Dark Matters or Comedy Vanguard), we recommend the latter. However Reel Genius International Film Festival reserves the right to switch the entry category to fit programming needs and interests. Films will not be penalized if the festival chooses to change the category.
• Please include in your cover letter if your film was SHOT IN NATIONALLY (include locations) or made by NATIONAL FILMMAKERS. We have special Out-Of-Competition categories for which your film may be eligible if it is not selected for the competition, and we don’t want to miss your film!
• Reel Genius International Film Festival reserves the right to change submission category at their discretion.
• Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees.

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
Films must be feature-length narratives, 41 minutes or longer.
Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

NARRATIVE SHORT FILM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
• Films must be short narratives of 40 minutes or less.
• Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

NARRATIVE STUDENT SHORT FILM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
• Films must be short narratives of 40 minutes or less.
• Films must be New Haven premieres. We highly prefer the short to be at least a CT Premiere.
• Open only to students (must include proof of enrollment from accredited university or college).
• The film must be the work of a current student or completed during the time the filmmaker was a student.

ANIMATED SHORT FILM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
• Films must be animated short narratives of 40 minutes or less. Please note: Animated films over 40 minutes should be entered in the Narrative Feature category.
• Open to any form of animation. Animated Shorts must be narrative works only, no experimental pieces.
• Films must be New Haven Premieres. We highly prefer the short to be at least a CT Premiere.
• Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS REQUIREMENTS
• Films should document a solid narrative structure and relay a fully- formed and impactful story.
• Films must be documentaries, 41 minutes or longer.
• CT Premieres strongly preferred, though World/North American/US Premieres are ideal
• Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM REQUIREMENTS
• Films must be short documentaries, 40 minutes or less.
• Films must be premieres. We highly prefer the short to be at least a CT Premiere.
• Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

DARK MATTERS FEATURE REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be stories that are easily identified as belonging to the horror, thriller, or sci-fi genres and embody dark themes, unconventional subject matter, or suspenseful sensibilities.
• Films must be feature-length narratives, 60 minutes or longer.
• CT Premieres strongly preferred, though World/North American/US Premieres are ideal
• Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

COMEDY VANGUARD FEATURE REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be original narrative films that encompass all forms of the comedy genre, where the only thing that outweighs the humor is the story.
• Films must be feature-length narratives, 60 minutes or longer.
• CT Premieres strongly preferred, though World/North American/US Premieres are ideal
• Open to anyone who wishes to enter.

COMEDY SPOOF SHORT/FEATURE REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be creative narrative films that encompass all forms of the original film being spoofed, where the only thing that outweighs the humor is the story.
• Short films must be 40 minutes or less.
• Feature films must be feature-length narratives, 60 minutes or longer.
• CT Premieres strongly preferred, though World/North American/US Premieres are ideal
• Open to anyone who wishes to enter.