Fantastic Planet: Sydney Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival

Fantastic Planet

7th edition

Nov 24 - Dec 04, 2019
Estimated
Sydney, Australia

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Documentary, Music video, Narrative fiction
Film length Full length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, B-Movie, Dark comedy, Fantastic, Fantasy, Foreign, Horror, Mystery, Science fiction, Thriller

Mission / description Now in it's 7th year, Fantastic Planet is Sydney, Australia's premier genre film festival, and remains dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of independent fantastic cinema.

Founded by the team behind Australia's leading horror film event - A Night of Horror International Film Festival - Fantastic Planet showcases the latest in science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and cult cinema, and hosts a number of parties, forums, and special events.

In 2016, Fantastic Planet Film Festival will again be taking place in conjunction with A Night of Horror Film Festival. Together the festivals provide Australia's leading showcase of independent genre specific cinema. Combined, the fests screened over 100 films in 2015. Both festivals retain independent programs and their own specific award categories. The festival prides itself in presenting the work of independent filmmakers not only to enthusiastic audiences but also to media and leading industry professionals.
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Festival website fantasticplanetfilmfestival.com

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Class Founded: 2008
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Mar 01, 2016

Early bird deadline: Apr 29, 2016
Regular deadline: Jun 30, 2016
Late deadline: Aug 31, 2016

Notification date: Nov 04, 2016

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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
General rules n submitting your film or video to Fantastic Planet Film Festival you guarantee that you have all the relevant permissions, licenses and releases for your film or video to be screened in a public exhibition. You must have in your possession the permissions, licenses and releases for the submitted film or video's music, script, actors etc.

The festival requires preview screeners of films to initially be submitted online, i.e. with private Youtube or Vimeo links. We no longer accept physical submissions, i.e. DVDs.

There is no restriction as to the year that the film was made.

If your film is selected to screen at the festival, you must supply us with a copy of your film in one of the following formats: Blu-Ray, DCP, digital media file (avi, .mov, or mpeg-2.), or DVD.

While care will be taken, we are unable to guarantee the safety of your Blu-Ray, DVD, hard drive, or film while in our possession, or in transit. If your film is selected to screen at the festival, please do not send a master copy, or your only copy of the film.

After the festival, hard drives containing digital files submitted to the festival for exhibition will be either returned to entrant or forwarded to another film festival as requested by entrant.

After the festival, 35mm feature film prints and hard drives containing digital files submitted to the festival for exhibition will be either returned to entrant or forwarded to another film festival as requested by entrant.

Festival only pays for return shipping. We do not pay for shipping both ways of DCP or film prints. If selected to screen at the festival, filmmaker agrees to arrange for and pay for shipping of film or DCP to the festival in Sydney, Australia. Filmmaker also agrees to provide necessary KDM for any DCP sent to the festival at no expense to the festival.

Additional publicity materials (stills, posters etc.) are welcome but not required.

Please select the most relevant category for your film. You may choose between:

1. Feature Films: Any feature length film (45 to 140 minutes in duration) that deals with science fiction, or fantasy themes. Documentaries and animations are also welcome.

2. Short Films: Any live action film (45 minutes or under in duration) that deals with science fiction or fantasy themes. Your film can be narrative fiction, experimental, or even a short documentary about science fiction or fantasy.

3. Short Animations: Any animated film (45 minutes or under in duration) that deals with science fiction or fantasy themes.

If you are entering an unproduced screenplay please select from:

4. Screenplay (Feature): For feature length screenplays between 45 and 130 pages in length. (Please read additional screenplay competition rules and terms below).

5. Screenplay (Short): For short screenplays that are less than 45 pages in length. (Please read additional screenplay competition rules and terms below).

A panel of judges, selected by Lovecraft 21C Productions, will decide the winners of each of the above categories. The winners of each category will be announced at the festival’s award night. In all cases, the judges' decisions are final.

Entrants whose films are chosen for screening at the festival will be notified by early November 2016. Entrants whose films are selected will be given a free ticket to the screening of their film at Fantastic Planet Film Festival 2016.

If you decide to attend the festival and require accommodation while in Sydney we are able to recommend local hotels/motels, but unable to cover any costs that your travel or accommodation might incur.

By entering the festival you agree to commit to, abide by, and give your confirmation and assent to the following statement:

"I authorize Lovecraft 21C Productions to screen the film listed above, upon the film's acceptance in Fantastic Planet Film Festival. For the purpose of the screening I authorize Lovecraft 21C Productions to market the film in whatever manner they see fit. I acknowledge that Lovecraft 21C Productions holds the screening rights of the above listed film for Fantastic Planet Film Festival. I confirm that all other rights remain the sole property of myself and/or my nominated production company. I hereby confirm that all material used in the production of the film is the original work of myself or my nominated production company, or is work for which I or my nominated production company have obtained with releases, including but not limited to actors' performances and the musical score. I guarantee that I have obtained all the necessary permissions, licenses and clearances to enter this film into Fantastic Planet Film Festival, and that the film and the screening of the film by Lovecraft 21C Productions, does not infringe the moral and ethical rights including copyright of any third party. If entering a screenplay, I guarantee that I have obtained all the necessary permissions, licenses and clearances to enter this screenplay into Fantastic Planet Film Festival. I understand that my submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into Fantastic Planet Film Festival, and that nobody representing Lovecraft 21C Productions or Fantastic Planet Film Festival has guaranteed my acceptance into the festival prior to this submission. I have read and agree to the rules and conditions of Fantastic Planet Film Festival. I have also read and agree to any specific rules relating to the category that I am entering my film, video, or screenplay."

SCREENPLAY COMPETITIONS RULES AND TERMS

There is no restriction to the year that the screenplay was written.

Screenplays must be submitted electronically, the festival no longer accepts physical paper submissions.

All screenplays should be formatted in accord with industry standards.

Please include a paragraph synopsis.

No rewritten/corrected pages will be accepted once entry is received.

Screenplay must be in English.

Screenplay must not have been previously optioned, purchased, in production or produced.

Screenplays written as adaptations of other works must have secured rights before being submitted.

If a winning screenplay is the work of more than one writer, any prize will be split evenly amongst the writing team.

Screenplays will not be returned (they will be destroyed after the competition). So please do not send the only copy of your script.

The entrant retains copyright to their screenplay. The entrant agrees that he or she will never assert against Lovecraft 21C Productions or Fantastic Planet Film Festival any claim or action based on plagiarism, infringement, confidential or fiduciary relationship, implied contract, idea theft, unfair competition or any other theory arising in connection with their submission to Fantastic Planet Film Festival, and the entrant understands that Lovecraft 21C Productions accepts no liability of any kind for the unauthorized use of all or part of such submissions by any person. In this regard, the entrant hereby absolutely releases and forever discharges Lovecraft 21C Productions, Fantastic Planet Film Festival and its officers, employees, volunteers, judges, readers, affiliates, and associates, individually and collectively, of or from any and all claims, liabilities, damages, legal fees, expenses, debts, actions, and causes of action against Lovecraft 21C Productions or Fantastic Planet Film Festival of every kind whatsoever, now and in the future, in connection with the entrant's submission.