TOFIFEST International Film Festival

Tofifest // Międzynarodowy Festiwal Filmowy TOFIFEST

15th edition

Oct 21 - Oct 29, 2017
Torun, Poland

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 Tofifest has got its own, exceptional programme feature . For us, the cinema that we present is the art creatively commenting on reality and being an integral part of it.

This rebellliousness is what has been making Tofifest outstanding from other film festivals in Poland. From the beginning we have sticked to the rule of showing “rebellious cinema”, which looks for the truth about contemporary man, provokes discussions on difficult social or political problems and all the human issues that cannot be ignored. Such films are mostly presented in ON AIR International Competition, where a picture takes sides in a discussion.

Exceptional artists, going against the grain of certain tendencies or clichés. But also phenomena from the history of cinema, acclaimed cult, loved by many people too ashamed to admit it… These are next territories of Tofifest’s exploration. Discovered, explored, revealed.

However, as a cultural event, the festival is not only its programme, but it is the viewer that counts the most. Films are made for people after all.

This year our motto says, “Because everyone has a rebel inside”.

Why? Because it is something that everyone used to have, has right now or will have.
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Festival website http://www.tofifest.pl/en

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Class Founded: 2003
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Jun 01, 2017

Early bird deadline: Aug 15, 2017
Regular deadline: Aug 15, 2017
Late deadline: Aug 15, 2017

Notification date: Aug 15, 2017

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Awards Total prize money: 15,000.00 USD
Festival sections
FROM POLAND Polish competition
The competition is intended for feature films, documentaries and animations made in Poland or with the Polish co-production in 2015 or 2016. Priority in selection is given to films outside regular distribution in cinemas.
ON AIR International Feature Film Competition
The competition is intended for first and second films of directors. Accepted are films that were made in 2015 or 2016. Priority in selection is given to premiere films (i.e. those that were not presented in Poland at any festival held before the 14th edition of the Festival).
SHORTCUT International Short Film Competition
The competition is intended for short documentaries, animations, experimental and short-feature films, no longer than 35 minutes, that were made in 2015 or 2016. Priority in selection is given to premiere films (i.e. those that were not presented in Poland at any festival held before the 14th edition of the Festival).
General rules TOFIFEST International Film Festival (hereinafter referred to as “Festival”), organized by Fundacja Biuro Kultury, will be held on 21–29 October 2017 in Torun, Poland.

1. Purpose of the Festival
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Presentation of trendsetting, ambitious, auteur cinema. The Festival presents a cinema showing independent and bold content, taking up substantial and original subjects, seeking to establish cultural bridges between different regions—geographical as well as social. The Festival discovers talented young artists, both Polish and foreign, and extensively promotes their films. The Festival is open to artists from all over the world.

2. Festival Competitions
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The Festival holds three competitions:

(1) ON AIR International Feature Film Competition. The competition is intended for first and second films of directors. Accepted are films that were made in 2016 or 2017. Priority in selection is given to premiere films (i.e. those that were not presented in Poland at any festival held before the 15th edition of the Festival).
(2) SHORTCUT International Short Film Competition. The competition is intended for short documentaries, animations, experimental and short-feature films, no longer than 35 minutes. Priority in selection is given to premiere films (i.e. those that were not presented in Poland at any festival held before the 15th edition of the Festival).
(3) FROM POLAND Polish competition. The competition is intended for feature films, documentaries and animations made in Poland or with the Polish co-production in 2016 or 2017. Priority in selection is given to films outside regular distribution in cinemas.

In the case of films with exceptional artistic value the Organizer may waive the requirements of Rules and Regulations.

3. Other Sections
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The Festival consists of a number of non-competitive sections. The Director of the Festival has the right to select films not qualified for the competitions for other sections of the programme. Current list of sections is available on the Festival’s website: www.tofifest.pl.

4. Festival Selection
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The deadline for submitting film to all Competitions is 15 August 2017.

In case of failure to comply with the Rules and Regulations the Festival is not required to consider the film for selection.

Every submitted film (with dialogues) whose original language is not English must be subtitled in English or attached with a dialogue list with time codes.

The film must be attached with the following materials:
— synopsis of the film,
— film stills,
— photo and biography of the director,
— English dialogue list with time codes in digital format.

The Festival does not return media submitted for selection. They are retained in the Festival Archives.

All films submitted for Competitions will be reviewed by the Selection Committee appointed by the Organizer of the Festival. The Director of the Festival decides on the admission of the submitted film to the Festival at the request of the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is not required to explain their decision.

Following formats are eligible for festival screenings: Blu-Ray and DCP. DVD and 35 mm film copies are also accepted under special circumstances.

The festival does not charge for film submissions.

5. Participation in the Festival
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The Applicant of a qualified film is required to provide an original film medium within the period prescribed by the Organizer. In case the competition copy is not provided by the indicated date the Festival has no obligation to present the film in the Competition.

The Director of the Festival reserves the right to invite, after the deadline for submissions, films of their choice to participate in the Festival.

Technical quality of provided film copies will be one of the criteria for their eligibility.

The qualification of the film to one of the Competitions is equivalent to accreditation to the Festival for one person representing the film. The Festival provides a three-day accommodation for only one representative of the qualified film. Any questions can be directed at competition@tofifest.pl.

The Festival Office may facilitate booking accommodation and gaining accreditation for additional people from the film crew. The intent to personally participate in the Festival should be indicated in the submission form.

The Applicant agrees to the public screening of the film as part of the Festival (no more than 3 screenings).

The Applicant agrees to the screening of the film during shows promoting the Festival in Poland and abroad. Each time the screening schedule will be sent to the Applicant.

The Applicant agrees to the presentation, within the limits prescribed by law, of the fragments of the film and film stills on television and in other electronic media, publications, advertising, on the website of the Festival and in other promotional materials of the Organizer—solely for the purpose of the promotion of the Festival.

The Applicant may consent (applicable for SHORTCUT Competition) to the screening of the film on online film portals.

The Applicant agrees to the provision of the preview copy of the film to representatives of the film industry and journalists accredited to the Festival for the purpose of closed screenings, in case the need arises.

The Applicant agrees to the publication of information about the film on the Festival’s website and in the official prints (catalogue, programme, leaflets, etc.) and press materials.

The Applicant agrees not to withdraw the film from the Festival.

6. Awards
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The Festival offers following Awards:
(1) Grand Prix—Golden Angel: award for the best film in the ON AIR Competition (20,000 PLN),
(2) Silver Angel: award for the best director of a film in the ON AIR Competition (20,000 PLN),
(3) Golden Angel: award for the best film in the SHORTCUT Competition (15,000 PLN),
(4) Golden Angel: audience award for the producer of the best film in FROM POLAND Competition,
(5) Honorary non-competititive Awards:
— Flisak: Award of the Mayor of Torun for the best artist from the region,
— Award for Artistic Insolence to the outstanding character of Polish and European cinema,
— Award for the Rising Star of European Cinema for the most promising artist of European cinema.

The information about establishing other Festival Awards, which are not mentioned in these Rules and Regulations, will be announced on the website of the Festival.

Material awards will be presented during the awards ceremony. Awards for winners not present at the ceremony will delivered by the Organizer.

Money awards will be paid after the Festival. In order to receive a money award it is required to provide, within 14 days after being informed about the award, personal data in accordance with the form provided by the Organizer and signed by the winner.

7. Concluding Remarks
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Submission of a film to the Festival constitutes acceptance of these Rules and Regulations.

The Director of the Festival decides in matters not covered by the Rules and Regulations.