Sydney Film Festival

SFF // Sydney Film Festival

63rd edition

Jun 08 - Jun 19, 2016
Sydney, Australia

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description The Sydney Film Festival is one of the longest running events of its kind in the world. Each year the festival brings the best new films from around the world to audiences in Australia. As well as brand new features from over 50 countries, SFF screen documentaries, short films and retrospectives. The festival hosts a number of awards to recognise excellence in filmmaking, including the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, (which are Academy Award eligible), the Documentary Australia Foundation Award and the International Official Competition, which celebrates 'courageous and audacious filmmaking'. full text less text

Festival website www.sff.org.au

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Class Founded: 1954
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Oct 27, 2015

Regular deadline: Feb 26, 2016
Late deadline: Feb 26, 2016

Notification date: May 05, 2016

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Fees Fees range from 37.00 to 77.00 AUD (27.01 to 56.21 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 70,000.00 USD
General rules ENTRIES FOR THE FESTIVAL HAVE NOW CLOSED. If you have any questions about submissions, please contact Simon Anlezark on simon@sff.org.au.

REGULATIONS OF THE 2016 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

NOTE: SEPARATE REGULATIONS APPLY TO THE 2016 DENDY AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILMS AND THE 2016 DOCUMENTARY AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION AWARD FOR AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY. Click through to those categories under "Submit Your Film" to check their regulations.

1. Introduction
1.1 Sydney Film Festival (SFF) (Level 2, 10 Hickson Road, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia. ABN 84 000 233 741) is organised by the Board and Staff of the Sydney Film Festival. The SFF is a non-commercial organisation, incorporated in New South Wales (NSW) as a non-profit-making company under the Corporations Act 2001.
1.2 The SFF is recognised by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) as a competitive specialised festival and is subject to its regulations.
1.3 The 63rd Sydney Film Festival will take place in Sydney, Australia, from 8 to 19 June 2016.
1.4 The mission of the SFF is: to develop and deliver a sustainable world class film festival, which engages all stakeholders and achieves critical acclaim by presenting a unique program that inspires, challenges and entertains an increasingly broad and diverse audience.
1,5 The Sydney Film Festival reserves the right to alter the regulations and/or terms and conditions without notice.

2. Categories of the Sydney Film Festival
The festival is composed of the following main categories:
2.1 The Official Section (non-competitive) reserved for fiction films and documentaries (non-fiction) of any length, which are innovative, informative, challenging and/or entertaining in style or content.
2.2 The Official Competition established to reward new directions in film and endorsed by FIAPF (see clause 4).
2.3 A Retrospective Section (non-competitive) paying tribute to a filmmaker, film movement or genre and designed to make a contribution to film history.
2.4 The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films (competitive) for recent Australian productions under 40 minutes in length, incorporating the Live Action Short Award, Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director, Yoram Gross Animation Award and Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award.
2.5 The Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary (competitive) for recent Australian documentaries of any length.

3. Conditions of Entry
Films are only eligible for selection in the SFF if they submit a Preselection Entry as detailed in clause 3.8 and meet the following criteria:
3.1 Films must have been completed since January 2015. The date of completion shall mean the date of the delivery or availability of a locked-off print, tape or final digital format.
3.2 Feature-length productions (over 40 minutes in length, fiction and non-fiction) must not have been shown publicly in the submitted version in NSW prior to their SFF presentation.
3.3 Films under 40 minutes in length (fiction and non-fiction) produced outside Australia must not have been shown publicly in the submitted version in NSW prior to their SFF presentation.
3.4 Films under 40 minutes in length (fiction and non-fiction) produced in Australia must not have been shown publicly, in the submitted version, in the Sydney metropolitan area prior to their SFF presentation. Such films may have screened publicly elsewhere in Australia.
3.5 For the purposes of these regulations, a public screening is any screening accessible to the public including television broadcasts, previews, online/DVD/video release, and festival screenings.
3.6 All works selected for the SFF will be presented in English or in their original language with English subtitles on DCP or 35mm. Further information on digital formats will be provided upon request. Subtitling is the sole responsibility of the film's producer.
3.7 Works that are solely promotional, educational or scientific in nature are not eligible for selection for the SFF.
3.8 Films submitting a Preselection Entry for the Official Competition must comply with the criteria in clauses 3 and 4. In the event of inconsistency between clauses 3 and 4, clause 4 prevails.
3.9 A valid Preselection Entry must be received at the SFF office by the official closing date, 26 February 2016, and must include:
3.9.1 A completed online Preselection Entry Form;
3.9.2 An uploaded film file of appropriate quality, with English subtitles (if the original language is not English):
3.9.3 A synopsis, a director's statement and biography and filmography of the director and producer;
3.9.4 The entry fee as follows: Short films $AUD37.00 (GST inc); Feature-length films $AUD77.00 (GST inc).
3.9.5 Entries will not be accepted without payment of the entry fee.
3.10 Uploaded film files will be used for the sole purpose of considering the suitability of the film for the festival program and will not be used for any other purpose, including marketing or festival screenings, without the permission of the rights holder.
3.11 The SFF is not liable for the cost of the return of DVDs submitted with a Preselection Entry. If the sender wishes to retrieve the DVD, a DHL or Fedex account number must be provided.
3.12 A film may be entered for selection in only one SFF festival.

4. Official Competition
4.1 The Official Competition has been established to reward new directions in film. The SFF will be seeking films that have emotional power and resonance, are audacious, cutting edge and courageous, and go beyond the usual treatment of a subject matter.
4.2 Films may only submit to the 2016 Official Competition by invitation from the SFF.
4.3 A maximum of 12 features will be presented to the Jury of the Official Competition.
4.4 The Jury, appointed by the SFF, will comprise five members and a maximum of two members will be of Australian nationality, and will be in alignment with FIAPF guidelines.
4.5 Selected films must meet the following criteria:
4.5.1 Films must be fictional and feature length (defined as over 75 minutes). The SFF reserves the right to invite non-fiction features if they clearly meet all other criteria.
4.5.2 Films must have been completed after 1 June 2015 and must not have been released theatrically outside their country of origin more than 12 months before the start date of the 2016 Sydney Film Festival (8 June 2016). The date of completion is the date of the delivery or availability of a locked-off print, tape or final digital format.
4.5.3 Films must not have screened publicly (see clause 3.5) in Australia prior to 19 June 2016.
4.5.4 Priority will be given to films that are world premieres provided all the criteria are met.
4.5.5 Films must have provided the SFF with the information and materials specified in Clause 3 and Clause 7.
4.6 The Jury will determine the winner of the award based on a simple majority of votes. The Jury President will exercise a casting vote in the event the Jury is unable to determine a winner. The final results will be known only by the Jury and SFF and will be kept secret until the announcement at the 2016 Official Competition Award Ceremony.
4.7 An SFF representative may attend Jury deliberations as an observer but will take no part in the voting or proceedings.
4.8 The director(s), or his/her nominee(s), of the winning film of the 2016 Official Competition will receive a cash prize of $AUD60,000.
4.9 Any person, including as determined by SFF, who has taken part in, or to have or perceived to have an interest in relation to, the production or distribution of a film in the 2016 Official Competition will declare that interest and will not participate in the selection or judging process.
4.10 Jury decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

5. Films invited to participate - General
5.1 Once a film has been selected to participate in the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, the entrant must complete an official SFF Entry Form (a more detailed version of the Preselection Entry Form) and forward it to the SFF office no later than 10 April 2016, accompanied by the following materials:
5.1.1 at least four high resolution stills (by email) from the selected film;
5.1.2 a one paragraph synopsis and a one page synopsis (in English);
5.1.3 director's statement about the film;
5.1.4 the director's photo, biography and filmography;
5.1.5 an online copy of the film ┬Čor five copies of the film on DVD; as well as any other documentation that might contribute to the promotion of the work.
5.1.6 in the case of films over 40 minutes in length, two sets of at least four different excerpts of maximum three minutes in length, the film's trailer and an electronic press kit with scene clips and interviews, Excerpts must be broadcast quality.
5.2 By submitting the SFF Entry Form and the above materials, the entrant(s) grant to SFF a non-exclusive licence to publicly screen the selected film at the Sydney Film Festival in theatres used by the festival and during its period of time (8 to 19 June 2016).
5.3 By submitting the SFF Entry Form and the above materials, the entrant(s) grant to SFF a non-exclusive licence throughout the world to:
5.3.1 publicly screen any submitted excerpts - or any selected excerpts as specified under the rights holder's agreement in the SFF Entry Form - from the submitted film on screen (cinema screen and monitors);
5.3.2 use stills from the submitted materials and descriptive material about the selected film in the marketing and promotion of the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, the official festival program and on the official festival website;
5.3.3 make information extracted from the submitted materials available to the press.
5.4 The entrant may not withdraw the film from the SFF once it has been selected for participation.
5.5 By entering in the SFF the entrant warrants that the rights to their films are cleared to allow the SFF to use the film for the purposes specified in paragraph 6.2.

6. Films invited to participate - Official Competition
6.1 Films selected for the Official Competition must comply with the criteria in clauses 5 and 6. In the event of inconsistency between clauses 5 and 6, clause 6 prevails.
6.2 By submitting the SFF Entry Form and the materials specified in clause 5.1 the entrant(s) in the Official Competition grant(s) to SFF a non-exclusive licence throughout the world in perpetuity (and at no cost to SFF) to:
6.2.1 screen the submitted Film to the Jury or members of the Jury for the purposes of determining the winner of the 2016 Official Competition;
6.2.2 publicly screen any submitted excerpts - or any selected excerpts as specified under the rights holder's agreement in the SFF Entry Form - from the submitted film on screen (cinema screen and monitors) at any SFF Awards Ceremony and at any pre- and post- SFF Awards functions;
6.2.3 use stills from the submitted materials at any SFF Awards Ceremony and any pre- and post- SFF Awards functions;
6.2.4 use stills from the submitted materials and descriptive material about the submitted film in the official program for any SFF Awards Ceremony and on the SFF's Official Website;
6.2.5 make information extracted from the submitted materials available to the press.
6.3 The licence specified in clause 5.2 is in addition to that granted under clause 6.2.
6.4 It is a condition of participation in the Official Competition that the winner of the Official Competition will use the name and logo of the SFF and the Official Competition in all their publicity in the most prominent position on all publicity material as agreed with the SFF.

7. The Audience Vote
7.1 The SFF audience is encouraged to rate the feature-length films (over 40 minutes in length) they have viewed on a scale of 1 to 5.
7.2 The count and result will be checked by a representative of a reputable company involved in public surveys or accounting. The decision of the survey/accounting company in relation to the counting and totalling of the vote is final. On all other issues relating to the audience vote the decision of the Sydney Film Festival is final.

8. Transportation of Selected Prints & Digital format
8.1 Presentation materials (e.g. DCP drive) of films invited to screen in the SFF must arrive in Sydney no later than 14 days before the first screening unless special arrangements are made with the SFF organisers.
8.2 The SFF will cover the cost of shipping the digital copy of the film to and from Australia. However, if the print/digital copy is to be forwarded to another festival the outward costs from Sydney must be covered by the festival receiving the print/digital copy, as is the usual arrangement between festivals recommended by FIAPF.
8.3 Films will be returned to participants within two weeks following the end of the SFF.
8.4 The SFF will insure works for all sections of the festival for the entire time the material (of whatever format) is in the SFF's custody either before, during, or after the festival, against any loss or damage.
8.5 The liability of the SFF is limited to reimbursement of the replacement costs of a new drive or print (in the case of retrospective works supplied on such formats), as per the prices declared by the entrant. All other costs or liabilities are specifically excluded.
8.6 The SFF may refuse to allow the participation of any film where the print or digital format of that film fails to meet the technical requirements for a public screening of good quality.