Sydney Film Festival

SFF // Sydney Film Festival

65th edition

Jun 06 - Jun 17, 2018
Sydney, Australia

Open Call Nov 01, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018  Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Any type, Animation, Children, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Narrative fiction, TV
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Melodrama, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Social issues, Spiritual, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description For 65 years, the Sydney Film Festival has been bringing the best new films from around the world to audiences in Australia. As well as new features from over 55 countries, SFF screens documentaries, short films and retrospective titles. The festival hosts a number of awards to recognise excellence in filmmaking, including the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship, 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 fiction filmmaking'. full text less text

Festival website http://www.sff.org.au

Rate Favorite Share Submit your film SELECT SUBMISSION CATEGORY Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary SFF 2018 entries under 40 mins SFF 2018 entries over 40 mins

Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

Description Sydney Film Festival's first Australian short film awards were presented in 1970 and the festival has been showcasing the best local short film productions ever since. The Live Action Short Award, sponsored by Dendy Cinemas, provides a $7,000 cash prize while the Yoram Gross Animation Award, sponsored by Yoram and Sandra Gross carries a $5,000 cash prize. Both awards are Academy Award® eligible. The Rouben Mamoulian Award, named after the Hollywood director who presented the first award in 1974 and also sponsored by Dendy Cinemas, carries a cash prize of $7,000 and will be presented to the best director from the 10 films in the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films. A jury of film industry representatives will select one film from among the Australian short fiction films screening in the 2018 Festival to be awarded the Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award, a cash prize of $5,000.
Dates Open call: Nov 01, 2017

Regular deadline: Feb 28, 2018
Late deadline: Feb 28, 2018

Notification date: May 04, 2018
Fees
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Short
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All lengths
Early bird deadline    42.99 AUD    40.00 AUD
Regular deadline    42.99 AUD    40.00 AUD
Latest deadline    42.99 AUD    40.00 AUD
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Restrictions Film shouldn't have been finished before Feb 28, 2017
Premiere status is not required
Category rules REGULATIONS FOR SUBMITTING ENTRIES IN THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL’S 2018 DENDY AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILMS

NOTE: SEPARATE REGULATIONS APPLY TO THE 2018 DOCUMENTARY AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION AWARD FOR AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY PRIZE AND GENERAL SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM.

1. The aim of the competition is to publicise and promote Australian short films (for the purposes of this competition, the term 'film' refers to works completed on film or digitally).

2. Entries must be Australian productions, with a maximum running time of 40 minutes at 25 frames per second, completed since 28 February 2017.

3. Entries must be in English or with English subtitles.

4. Films produced by TV stations, or made for a television series are ineligible. This does not exclude films commissioned by TV stations from independent producers which, in the opinion of the judges, are not episodes in a series with a continuing narrative.

5. All entrants must pay a flat fee of $40.00 (includes GST) per film entered. There is no additional charge for films which qualify for the supplementary categories (Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director, Best Screenplay).

6. Entries may have been previously screened on television, festivals, websites or commercially in theatres. This is no bar to entry.

7. Films which have previously screened in the Sydney Film Festival, in or out of competition, are not eligible for this competition.

8. Entrants must make clear on the official entry form which of the two categories they wish to enter: Best Live Action Short [fiction only] or Yoram Gross Animation Award (see point 12 for category definitions). Each film is eligible for only one category.

9. The last date for entries is 28 February 2018. The festival reserves the right to accept late entries, subject to the jury's progress and programming deadlines. Under no circumstances will an entry be presented to the judges if it is not the final finished work, including title credits, final sound and image.

10. Finalists' works will be exhibited to the public at the Sydney Film Festival on DCP. The cost of freighting finalists' drive/s to the festival must be borne by the entrant. Finalists' works will be returned at the festival's expense. The festival will insure drives while they are in its possession.

11. 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.

12. There will be one award in each category. Therefore, under no circumstances, will a prize in any category be split between more than one film.

13. The categories are defined as follows:
13.1 BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT Dramatic films whose substance is invented by the imagination;
13.2 YORAM GROSS ANIMATION AWARD Films are eligible for the Yoram Gross Animation Award if a substantial part of the film is animated. Entrants for this award should detail in the space provided whether the film is totally animated or contains a substantial proportion of animated sequences (other than in its title sequences).
13.3 THE ROUBEN MAMOULIAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR: A jury of film industry representatives will select one film from the 10 finalists to be awarded the overall prize for Best Director, The Rouben Mamoulian Award.

13.4 EVENT CINEMAS AUSTRALIAN SHORT SCREENPLAY AWARD: A jury of film industry representatives will select one film from among the Australian short fiction films screening in the 2018 Festival to be awarded the Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award, a cash prize of $5,000.

14. PRE-SELECTION AND JUDGING: Entries to the Best Live Action Short and Yoram Gross Animation Award categories will be viewed by separate pre-selection panels. A total of 10 finalists will be nominated by mid-April 2018 and announced prior to the festival (around early May). A jury of film industry representatives will select one film from the 10 finalists to be awarded the Best Live Action Short award, which carries a cash prize of $7,000; one film to be awarded the Yoram Gross Animation Award, which carries a cash prize of $5,000; and one film to be awarded The Rouben Mamoulian Award, which carries a cash prize of $7,000. The winners will be announced at the festival's award ceremony. The director(s), or his/her nominee(s), of the winning film(s) will receive the relevant cash prize.

15. Once a film has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Sydney Film Festival's Short Film Awards, the entrant must forward to the SFF office the following materials by 9 April 2018:
15.1 At least four high resolution stills (by email) from the selected film;
15.1 A one paragraph synopsis and a one page synopsis (in English);
15.2 A director's statement about the film;
15.3 The director's photo, biography and filmography;
15.4 An online copy of the film; as well as any other documentation that might contribute to the promotion of the work.
15.5 Two sets of at least four different excerpts of maximum 2 minutes in length, the film's trailer and an electronic press kit with scene clips and interviews. Excerpts must be provided in broadcast quality full resolution Quicktime file (preferably ProRes).

16. 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 (6 to 17 June 2018).

17. By submitting the SFF Entry Form and the above materials, the entrant(s) grant to SFF a non-exclusive licence throughout the world to:
17.1 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);
17.2 use stills from the submitted materials and descriptive material about the selected film in the marketing and promotion of the 2018 Sydney Film Festival, the official festival program and on the official festival website;
17.3 make information extracted from the submitted materials available to the press.

18. By submitting the SFF Entry Form the entrant accepts the Rules and Regulations for participation.
18.1 The entrant may not withdraw the film from the SFF once it has been selected for participation.
18.2 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 paragraphs 18 and 19.

19. Each work selected as a finalist will receive six complimentary tickets to the public screening of their film, 10 general tickets to regular festival screenings and invitations to the awards presentation for the film's director(s) and producer(s). The tickets are sent to the person nominated as the film's contact person and should be shared between the film's producer(s) and director(s).

20. The judges' decision will be final.

21. Films in any way connected with Dendy Cinemas, Yoram Gross Film Studios, Event Cinemas, or their associated companies or made by board members or full-time staff of the Sydney Film Festival or their families are ineligible.

22. All correspondence shall be addressed to: Programs Manager, Sydney Film Festival Programs, Sydney Film Festival, PO Box 96, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012. No correspondence or discussions will be entered into after the judging has taken place.

23. The Sydney Film Festival reserves the right to alter the regulations and/or terms and conditions without notice.