The Trail Running Film Festival

3rd edition

Nov 30 - Dec 02, 2018
Seattle, United States

Open Call Oct 04, 2017 - Oct 15, 2018  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 latest and greatest full length and short films showcasing the challenges, beauty and community inherent in the world of trail running. From world class filmmakers to the best works made by weekend warriors The Trail Running Film Festival takes the audience on a virtual run through forests, up mountains, beyond emotional obstacles and across the finish line. It’s a night filled with friends, fun and inspiration. full text less text

Festival website http://www.trailfilmfest.com

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Class Founded: 2015
Festival category: D (local player)
Dates Open call: Oct 04, 2017

Regular deadline: Sep 01, 2018
Late deadline: Oct 15, 2018

Notification date: Nov 01, 2018

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Awards Total prize money: 9,000.00 USD
Festival sections
Amateur Shorts Competition
A competition of films made by anyone who does not work in the film industry or get paid to make films.
Best Cinematography
Awarded to the film that does the best job capturing the beauty of trail running.
Best Humor
Awarded to the film that does the best job highlighting the humor in trail running
Features Competition
A competition of films 30 minutes or longer
Mid Lengths Competition
A competition of films between 10 and 29 minutes.
Shorts Competition
A competition of films under 10 minutes.
General rules MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Showcase the challenges, beauty and community inherent in the world of trail running. From world class filmmakers to the best works made by weekend warriors The Trail Running Film Festival takes the audience on a virtual run through forests, up mountains, beyond emotional obstacles and across the finish line. It’s a night filled with friends, fun and inspiration.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Trail Running Film Festival has existed in many forms over the years starting out as just a bunch of like minded folks coming together to watch trail running movies the night before a trail race in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. We eventually outgrew that space and the fest went into hibernation for a few years only to emerge in the Spring of 2013 again the night before a trail race but this time in a 125 seat theater. Since then we've grown into doing a three night festival in Seattle and a world tour.

GENRE
All films must be about trail running and or the folks who run trails. Films about ultra running that do not include trails will also be considered.

PROGRAMMING CATEGORIES
The program committee reserves the right to place submissions under the category they feel suits the film best, and to add new categories or change the names of the programming categories.

Competition categories include:
Features (30 mins or longer)
Mid Lengths (10 to 29 mins)
Shorts (under 10 mins)
Amateur
Best Cinematography
Best Humor

Out-of-Competition categories include:
Headliners
Special Screenings

RUNNING TIME:
Features must be 30 minutes or longer. Mid Lengths must be 10 to 29 minutes. Shorts must be less than 10 minutes. minutes in length. Running time is calculated from the head frame to the last frame of the end credits.

FILM SELECTION
The competition is not selected with a "thumbs up" - "thumbs down" mentality, and we really detest that word "rejected." All films are watched by a previewing committee and scored by:
Originality/Creativity(worth 10% of the overall score)
Plot/Pacing/Structure(worth 10% of the overall score)
Characters/Subject Matter(worth 10% of the overall score)
Cinematography(worth 10% of the overall score)
Entertainment Value(worth 10% of the overall score)
Soundtrack(worth 10% of the overall score)
Overall Quality of Film/Video (worth 40% of the overall score)


ROUNDS
There are three rounds in the festival: First, Finalist and Official Selection. The Programming Director selects films for the festival from the finalists at his or her discretion based on the highest previewer scores and their notes. There will also be a tour before the three day festival to have your film considered for the tour your film must be submitted by September 1st. To be considered for the festival you must submit before October 15th.

ALL FILM DESERVES A HOME
To encourage the independent spirit, The Trail Running Film Festival strives to find a home for all films that qualify in competition. This gives the filmmaker a chance to give their work exposure even if they may not make the festival finals. The festival also hosts special screenings and a North American tour throughout the year plus we often highlight films via social media that don't make the finals or our festival tour line up.

COMPLETION DATES:
All films in Competition must have completed production and filming in 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018.

PRIOR SCREENINGS:
Entries may not have been previously submitted into The Trail Running Film Festival without the written permission of The Trail Running Film Festival.

ENTRANTS
All film Festival entrants or submitters must by 18 years of age or older. Those who are not the legal age to enter contracts must have written permission from their parent or legal guardian.

The film entrant or submitter concedes they are authorized to exhibit the film at the festival, and grant the permissions to the festival outlined in the rules.

LANGUAGE:
Festival is open to international cinema. Dialogues that are not in English must be subtitled in English.

PERMISSIONS:
Permission to use stills and excerpts from the submitted film, not to exceed 2 minutes, for promotional purposes (in print, theatrically, broadcast, internet or all other means as well as released to the news media) is considered granted upon submission as well as copying and archiving the entries to Blu-ray, DVD, Hard Disk, Tape or other means for projection for the festival, and for the purpose of previewing and judging.

The filmmaker, entrant and submitter concede they are authorized to use all images, likenesses, music and sounds in their entry, and that the exhibition will not violate or infringe any copyright, privacy right, publicity right, patent, trademark, service mark or any other property or personal right, and does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity nor is the film subject to or threatened by litigation. The filmmaker, entrant and submitter grants permission to the festival to screen the entry at the festival including the festival market, and agrees to hold harmless The Trail Running Film Festival, its sponsors, entities, officers, committee members, attorneys, and advisers from any and all claims, losses, liabilities or attorneys' fees that may be held against any of the foregoing in connection with the Film entry or the Festival's use thereof.

CONTENT:
The festival encourages films that portray the human race and trail running in a positive light, and will take films of all sorts into consideration.

ELECTRONIC PRESS KITS:
Press Kits should be simple and can be emailed. Photos may be submitted as a jpeg, tif or eps file with the correct aspect ratio. If the screenshots originate from standard video they should be resized to SQUARE pixels (ie: 1024 x 576.) Written files may be a text file or included in the body of the email.
The files must include:
• 2 color still screenshots that represent a SCENE FROM THE FILM.
• 1 headshot of the DIRECTOR.
• Complete credits of the principal cast and production crew.
• Director's Bio: A short bio about the director in 50 - 100 words.
• Synopsis: a short description of the film in 50 - 125 words without revealing crucial or surprise plot elements.
The festival reserves the right to complete any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available, and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.

SUBMISSION FORMAT/EXHIBITION FORMAT:
We only accept digital files no hard copies(DVDs, BluRay, etc) .HD H264 files are encouraged. The higher resolution the better.

SELECTION NOTIFICATION:
The competition finalists and other films selected for The Trail Running Film Festival will be notified by email. Participation in the festival implies understanding and acceptance of all regulations and requirements of The Trail Running Film Festival and the entrant must comply by all submission deadlines of the submission copy, exhibition print, publicity stills, director's photo, director's bio, a completed submission form, as well as all other publicity for the press such as postcards. For more information contact the festival at:
Website: www.trailfilmfest.com
Email: trailfilmfest@gmail.com

Terms
The entrants agree they have read and accepted all rules and regulations of The Trail Running Film Festival. The filmmaker, entrant and submitter concede they are authorized to use all images, likenesses, music and sounds in their entry, and that the exhibition will not violate or infringe any copyright, privacy right, publicity right, patent, trademark, service mark or any other property or personal right, and does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity nor is the film subject to or threatened by litigation. The filmmaker, entrant and submitter grants permission to the festival to screen the entry at the festival including the festival market, and agrees to hold harmless The Trail Running Film Festival, Outdoor Arts and Recreation, it's sponsors, entities, officers, committee members, attorneys, and advisers from any and all claims, losses, liabilities or attorneys' fees that may be held against any of the foregoing in connection with the Film entry or the Festival's use thereof. Permission to use stills and excerpts from the submitted film, not to exceed 2 minutes, for promotional purposes (in print, theatrically, broadcast, internet or all other means as well as released to the news media) is considered granted upon submission as well as copying and archiving the entries to Blu-ray, DVD, Hard Disk, Tape or other means for projection for the festival, and for the purpose of previewing and judging.