DocsBarcelona, Festival Internacional de Cine Documental (2019)

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Deadlines

23 Oct 2017
Call for entries

20 Dec 2017
Festival closed

15 Mar 2018
Notification date

16 May 2018
27 May 2018

Address

Rosselló 184, 2º 3ª ,  08008, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


Festival description
Short Films >40'
Feature Films >40'


Qualifiers
 
Festival requirements
 Fiction
 Documentary
 Animation
 Fantastic
 Terror
 Experimental
 Music Video
 Other
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 January 2016
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Languages 
English
 Subtitles 
English
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The Official Section is open to films that meet the following criteria:

- They can be considered documentaries given their content.


- They fit into the section for which they are programmed, given their themes.

- They were produced later than January 2016.*


- They last a mínimum of 40 minutes. *

- They have not commercially premiered in Spain. *


- They have not premiered on VOD in Spain. *


- They have not been broadcast on television in Spain. *


* The Festival management reserves the right to make an exception and program films that do not meet these requirements.

Documentaries will be presented in their original version. If English is not the original language, the film must be subtitled in English.

- Rough/Fine Cuts: The Festival will accept rough cuts, only one preview cut of each film. If needed, DocsBarcelona will request an updated version and will contact the applicants directly.

Festival start: 16 May 2018      Festival end: 27 May 2018

DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival is a festival specialized in the documentary genre, consisting of competitive international sections, non-competitive sections and master classes. All of the films that make up the different sections will be selected by an international programmers committee.

DocsBarcelona Award for Best Film- 5,000€

New Talent Award

What the doc Award

Latitud DocsBarcelona Award -Postproduction work for the winner's next film.

Amnisitia Internacional Catalunya Award

Audience Award

The 21th edition of the DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival will be held from 16 th to 27th May 2018.

The following regulations apply to films registering for the competitive sections Panorama , What the Doc Section and Latitud DocsBarcelona.

The Panorama section groups a selection of the best documentary of the international panorama more recent. The films of this section compete for the Prize DocsBarcelona to the Best Documentary and the Prize Nine Talent to the best film of the director’s debutants. The films of this section compete for the Prize What the Doc.

The What the Doc section groups a selection of the riskiest films and innovative of the documentary scene.

And for last, the section Latitud DocsBarcelona is a competitive section that groups a selection of the best documentary of the Iberian Peninsula and of Latin America. It award is sponsored by Antaviana Films.

The films of the three sections opt also to the Press International Amnesty Catalonia, awarded by the same organisation and to the Prize of the Public, awarded by the public assistant.

1. General submission requirements

Deadlines:

Submission form deadline: 4th December 2017
Confirmation: Selected participants will be notified no later than 15h March 2018

Festival programmers select the documentaries that will participate in the Panorama, What the Doc and DocsBarcelona Latitud sections; their decision is final.

When a film is selected, DocsBarcelona will notify the applicant who will send the entry form to formalize his/her participation in the Festival.

Eligibility criteria:

The Official Section is open to films around the world.

DocsBarcelona Latitud Section is open to films produced in the following countries: Spain, Portugal and America Latina countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela).

For three sections, film must meet the following criteria:

- They can be considered documentaries given their content.
- They fit into the section for which they are programmed, given their themes.
- They were produced later than January 2016.
- They last a minimum of 40 minutes.
- They have not commercially premiered in Spain.
- They have not premiered on VOD in Spain.
- They have not been broadcasted on television in Spain.





The Festival management reserves the right to exceptionally program films that do not meet these requirements.

- To submit a film to the Festival the only procedure accepted is to upload the documentaries to the www.festhome.com platform (which also allows Vimeo and You Tube links). DVDs or other physical formats will not be accepted.

- Documentaries will be presented in their original version. If English is not the original language, the film must be subtitled in English.

- Rough/Fine Cuts: The Festival will accept rough cuts, only one preview cut of each film. If needed, DocsBarcelona will request an updated version and will contact the applicants directly.

- The participant guarantees that the film submitted is original and unpublished and that it is not subject to any contracts, assignments or third-party licenses relating to copyright, intellectual property or other rights other than those belonging to the creators of the film.
Submission fee: The Festival will charge a submission fee of 10€ (including taxes) to cover the processing and viewing of your film. Submission fees are non-refundable.
* Exemption: there is a fee waiver for films that have previously participated in the Speed Meetings, Pitchings or RoughCut Screenings at DocsBarcelona. These films must only pay the transactional fee charged by the FestHome platform.
To benefit from it, an email must be sent to festival@docsbarcelona.com before the inscription detailing the edition and the activity where the project was presented.
If the documentary does not meet all these requirements, it will not be eligible for selection.
2. Awards
The submitted documentaries will compete for the following awards:

- DocsBarcelona Award for best Film:
With a cash prize of 5,000€, this award is for films not competing for the New Talent Award, produced after January 2016, and not commercially released in Spain (in cinemas and/or VOD) or broadcasted on Spanish TV. This prize is awarded by the DocsBarcelona Jury.

- New Talent Award for best film by a first-time director:
This award is for first feature-length films produced after January 2016. This prize is awarded by the DocsBarcelona Jury and it is not compatible with the Best Film Award.

- What the Doc Award:
they Opt to this prize the films selected for this section that groups the riskiest documentaries and innovative. This prize awards him the Jury What the Doc.


- DocsBarcelona Latitud Award:
Addressed to films selected for the so-called section that includes documentaries from Spain, Portugal and Latin-American countries. This prize is awarded by the DocsBarcelona Jury and, sponsored by Antaviana Films, it consists in services of completion work for the director’s next film.

- Amnistia Internacional Catalunya Award:
They Opt to this prize the films selected to the competitive sections Panorama, What the Doc and Latitud DocsBarcelona. This prize awards him International Amnesty Catalonia.

- Audience Award:
This award is given by the audience to the film with the highest score from audience votes in the sections Panorama, What the Doc and Latitud DocsBarcelona.

None of the awards can be declared not awarded or ex aequo.

Documentaries may be eligible for several awards. Once a film is selected, DocsBarcelona will decide what award(s) the film is eligible for.

DocsBarcelona reserves the right to incorporate some other award and the right to replace the prizes with others of equal or greater value when justly necessary. In any case, the relevant participants will be duly notified of such circumstances. The award winners are not entitled to request an exchange of their awards for any other prize.

The cash prizes are subject to the personal income tax legislation in force for Spanish productions and in accordance with any existing agreements for international double taxation for foreign ones.

Any decisions made by the festival management and the juries are final. Entry and participation of documentaries imply unconditional acceptance of the regulations.

Any questions or issues not set forth herein will be solved by the organization of the Festival management.


3. How to submit your documentary

To submit a film to the Festival the only procedure accepted is to upload the documentaries to the www.festhome.com platform (which also allows Vimeo and You Tube links). DVDs or other physical formats will not be accepted.

- Documentaries will be presented in their original version. If English is not the original language, the film must be subtitled in English.

- Rough/Fine Cuts: The Festival will accept rough cuts, only one preview cut of each film. If needed, DocsBarcelona will request an updated version and will contact the applicants directly.

- The participant guarantees that the film submitted is original and unpublished and that it is not subject to any contracts, assignments or third-party licenses relating to copyright, intellectual property or other rights other than those belonging to the creators of the film.



DocsBarcelona must receive:

- The submission confirmation via Fest Home Platform, which includes an online link. Please note that the password to your film link must not change until the end of the Festival.

- The payment of the 10€ submission fee (including taxes).

* Exemption: there is a fee waiver for films that have previously participated in the Speed Meetings, Pitchings or RoughCut Screenings at DocsBarcelona. These films must only pay the transactional fee charged by the FestHome platform.
To benefit from it, an email must be sent to festival@docsbarcelona.com before the inscription detailing the edition and the activity where the project was presented.
Your submission will only be accepted if all the required materials and information are received on time. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
In case of an invoice needed, please send your invoicing details (VAT number included) and the title of the film to: molivella@parallel40.com


4. Selection procedure, required items and authorizations

Selection Procedure:

Festival programmers select the documentaries that will participate in the the competitive sections Panorama, What the Doc and Latitud DocsBarcelona.

When a film is selected, the festival will notify the applicant no later than 15th March and will need to receive the entry form along with a copy of the Festival Rules.

DocsBarcelona is under no obligation to provide feedback to the applicants regarding the submitted films.

The Festival organization will decide the screening dates and times of each film. No film will be screened more than 3 times without the owner’s prior consent.

Formats:

The selected films must have an available screening copy in the following formats: DCP, Hard Disk or Blu-ray. The Festival will not accept copies that do not meet the minimum requirements for exhibition.

All selected films will be screened in their original language versions. If English is not the original language, the film must be subtitled in English.


In the event of damages to the screening copy as a result of its screening at the Festival, the owner must notify the Festival within one month of the return of such copy. At most, DocsBarcelona will cover the costs of making a new screening copy.

DocsBarcelona reserves the right to not return the submitted material -with the exception of the screening copy.

Required items for selected films:

The Festival must receive the screening copy of the documentary before 2nd May 2017.

The producer and/or distributor will provide DocsBarcelona with the information and promotional material (including the press kit, 5 photographs and a poster), the trailer or other promotional material, to enable DocsBarcelona to effectively promote the film.

The producer and/or distributor must also provide DocsBarcelona with a DVD copy for the Festival’s archive.

5. Contact information

Questions concerning regulations and/or submission process should be directed to festival@docsbarcelona.com

  

 
  

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