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PLEASE READ! - Deadline is June 1st
As we grow PRINDIE into an important part of the festival circuit, we believe that it’s necessary to listen to filmmakers' wants and needs and develop our practices around that foundation. Last year we conducted a survey to better understand how indie filmmakers view film festivals and what draws them back time and time again. We also gathered insights on filmmakers' least favorite and most frustrating aspects of submitting to film festivals. What we learned is that a sense of mistrust sometimes develops due to a lack of transparency about festivals’ selection process. Many filmmakers also find fees to be cumbersome and, in some cases, limiting.
We truly want this to be a filmmakers’ festival and, with that value in mind, we revamped our submission fee process last year and plan to continue in the spirit of transparency and accessibility in the industry. Our latest entry guidelines are as follows:
Our latest entry guidelines are as follows:
If, after the first 10 minutes of your film, we feel the quality is to our programming standards, we will watch the entire film and consider it for our official selection. If your film is 10 minutes or under, then we will watch the film in its entirety regardless. This way we are able to extend a more affordable submission fee to our filmmakers while being clear about our review process.
We hope that this way of doing things helps make the process clearer while also making submissions more financially accessible for filmmakers. Again, we are hoping to cater as best we can to filmmakers’ wants and needs while sustaining the festival with our growing and dedicated team. If you have any comments, questions, or ideas as to how we can better serve your needs as artists, please feel free to email our Executive Director, Claire Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now Accepting Short Films
LIVE ACTION | DOCUMENTARY | ANIMATION | STUDENT
NO EARLY OR LATE SUBMISSION DEADLINES
WE GUARANTEE THE FIRST 10 MINS OF YOUR FILM IS WATCHED
$28 FEE FOR IN-COMPETITION SHORT FILMS
$18 FEE FOR IN-COMPETITION STUDENT SHORT FILMS
$40 EXTRA IF YOU WANT YOUR FILM WATCHED WITH ONE PAGE OF FEEDBACK
1. The final deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2020.
2. WE ARE ACCEPTING FILMS COMPLETED IN 2019 & 2020 ONLY. SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED AFTER FEB 23, 2020 WILL NOT RECIEVE A REFUND FOR NOT FOLLOWING THIS GUIDELINE.
3. Discounts do not apply to a “Submission with Feedback.” If you use a code on one of these categories, your film will be considered submitted, but you will not receive a refund or feedback.
4. Your fee guarantees we watch the first 10 minutes of your short film. Anything watched beyond the first 10 minutes is completely at the discretion of the screener/programmer unless you pay for a "Submission with Feedback."
5. Submitters must be authorized to submit their films/scripts to PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival for consideration and must have read, understood, and agreed to all entry requirements:
-Submitter must be the sole person responsible to make the decision to enter this media material and guarantee that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. They must also own the underlying rights to any adapted work, or the work must be in the public domain.
-When filling out the entry form and entering this media in the PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival, filmmaker hereby indemnifies, releases, and hold harmless PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival, its boards, employees, interns, volunteers, sponsors, co-sponsors, individual and institutional supporters from any liability related to the use of the entry.
-Submitter understands that by submitting their entry, they indemnify, release and hold harmless PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival of any responsibility and liability, for any or all damages or losses that may occur to their entry.
-Submitter is responsible and gives express permission to PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival to exhibit their entries at events which include but are not limited to judgings, preview exhibitions, festival screenings, and electronic on-line transmissions of the entry for judging purposes.
-PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival is not required to pay screening fees to any film accepted into the final selection.
-Films accepted into the official selection must be able to provide a screener with closed captioning in English or at very least their film script for our international jurors.
-All rights and permissions for any materials contained within the entry have been granted and submitter holds harmless PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival from any or all disputes or claims that may arise from these rights and permissions granted.
-Submitter gives permission to allow PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival to edit, revise, and expand any text or materials provided in their entry.
6. Submitter understands that the submission fee is non-refundable under any circumstance.