SITGES - Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya (51)

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Deadlines

24 May 2018
Call for entries

31 Jul 2018
Final deadline

9
days

15 Sep 2018
Notification date

05 Oct 2018
14 Oct 2018

Address

Sant Honorat, 32,  08012, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain


Festival description
Fantastic Films
Short Films
Feature Films


Qualifiers
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Festival requirements
 Fiction
 Documentary
 Animation
 Fantastic
 Terror
 Experimental
 Music Video
 Other
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Any language
 Any language
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a) To submit a film to the Festival and simplify its viewing by the Program Committee, it is important to follow the instructions below:

- Submit the short or feature length film via the platform:

www.festhome.com

- Short films can be submitted as: live action short films, animated short films or Brigadoon section (short film). They can only be submitted in one of the three categories.

- Feature length films must be submitted as: feature length films or Brigadoon section (feature length). They can only be submitted in one of the two categories.

- DVD/Blu-Ray or viewing links will not be accepted.

- We will accept the submission of works in progress. This production status must be pointed out when submitted to Festhome, checking the applicable box or indicating it in parenthesis following the title.

b) The Festival will charge a submission fee* for viewing:

SHORT FILMS (AND SITGES COMING SOON): 25 Euros

FEATURE LENGTH FILMS (AND SERIAL SITGES): 55 Euros

VR – 360º FILM: 40 Euros

* This fee does not include any submission taxes that Festhome might apply.

Payment will be made at the time the submission is done via the www.festhome.com platform.

c) The submission deadline is:
SHORT FILMS – July 31st
FEATURE LENGTH FILMS – July 31st

d) In the event that it is selected, the Program Committee will designate the section to include the feature length and/or short film.

e) The Festival will only contact the producers/distributors of the selected films, who will receive an additional form (the entry form) to be able to formalize participation in the Festival. This first communication may take place up until early September (lineup deadline).

Notes to keep in mind for submitting SHORT FILMS to the Festival
The Program Committee will only take into consideration short films satisfying the following conditions:

• All short films must be fantastic genre with a 2017/2018 production date.
• The maximum runtime for short films, in all sections, will be 30 minutes.
• The short films may be included in the following sections:

Official Fantàstic Selection

Shorts previously unreleased in Spain. The winning short in this section will automatically be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood for the Oscar® awards.

Noves Visions Section

Shorts previously unreleased in Spain. Pieces with an experimental or avant-garde orientation.

Anima’t Section

Animation shorts previously unreleased in Catalonia. The winning short in this section will automatically be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood for the Oscar® awards.

Nova Autoria Section

Directly contact the Barcelona SGAE office through your film school.
Please do not send materials to the Festival or to the www.festhome.com platform.

Brigadoon Section

Independently produced shorts. Not necessarily previously unreleased in Spain. However, pieces that have been shown on the
Internet will not be taken into consideration.

We ask you to please read the Festival’s complete rules and regulations (see below).
The Festival is certified by the FIAPF (The International Federation of Film Producers Associations).``

Festival start: 05 October 2018      Festival end: 14 October 2018

The SITGES - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is a specialized, competitive fantastic genre Festival in accordance with the regulations established by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations). The Festival has also been declared a “Qualified Festival” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® in the United States. This means that those shorts winning the awards for “Best Short Film” in the Official Fantàstic Selection and “Best Short Film” in the Anima’t category will automatically be taken into consideration by the Hollywood Academy Awards® selection committee.

See festival's Rules and regulations.

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR SUBMITTING FILMS TO THE 51st SITGES –
INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL OF CATALONIA.

a) To submit a film to the Festival and simplify its viewing for the Program Committee, please follow these instructions:

Submit the short or feature length film via the festhome.com platform.

FEATURE LENGTH FILMS can be submitted to: Feature and Medium Length Films; Brigadoon (Feature Films). They can be submitted in one of these two categories only.

SHORT FILMS can be submitted to: Live Action Short Film; Animated Short Films; Brigadoon (Short Films). They can be submitted in one of these three categories only. Please be sure to carefully read the notes to keep in mind for submitting short films to the Festival at the end of this document.

TEASERS/TRAILERS must be submitted to Sitges Coming Soon category. The maximum runtime of the pieces submitted must be 10’.

SERIES must be submitted in Serial Sitges. Only the first episode will be accepted, with a maximum runtime of 90’.

VIRTUAL REALITY–360º FILM pieces must be submitted to Samsung Sitges Cocoon. Please be sure to carefully read the notes to keep in mind for submitting VIRTUAL REALITY–360º FILM works to the Festival at the end of this document.

The submission of works in progress will be accepted. This production status must be pointed out when submitted to Festhome, checking the appropriate box or indicating it in parenthesis following the title.

DVD / Blu-Ray are not accepted. Likewise, viewing links received outside the festhome.com platform will not be taken into consideration.

b) The Festival will charge a submission fee for viewing. This fee does not include any submission taxes that Festhome might apply.

FEATURE LENGTH FILMS: 55 Euros
SHORT FILMS: 25 Euros
TEASERS/TRAILERS: 25 Euros
SERIES: 55 Euros
VR – 360º FILM: 40 Euros

Payment will be made at the time the submission is done via the festhome.com platform.

c) The submission deadline for all categories is 31st July 2018.

d) In the event that it is selected, the Program Committee will designate the section to include each piece.

e) The Festival will only contact the selected films, which will receive an additional entry form to be able to formalize participation in the Festival. This first communication may take
place up until the beginning of September (lineup deadline).

Notes to keep in mind for submitting SHORT FILMS to the Festival:

The Program Committee will only take into consideration short films satisfying the following conditions:

All short films must be fantastic genre with a 2017/2018 production date.

The maximum runtime accepted for short films, in all sections, is of 30 minutes.

The short films may be included in the following sections:

Official Fantàstic Section

Shorts previously unreleased in Spain. The winning short in this section will automatically be taken into consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood for the Oscar® Awards.

Noves Visions Petit Format Section

Shorts previously unreleased in Spain. Pieces with an experimental or avant-garde orientation.

Anima’t Section

The winning short in this section will automatically be taken into consideration by the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Oscar® Awards.

Nova Autoria Section Short films made by Catalan film school students. The SGAE’s headquarters in Catalonia will centralize the reception of all the pieces, through a preselection made by the schools. This will be the only submission channel (they will not be submitted via the www.festhome.com platform).

Brigadoon Section

A selection of feature length films, documentaries and short films, made in 2017/2018, independently produced and thematically oriented in horror and fantasy. The selected pieces will be included among premieres, retrospectives, tributes, and/or cult movies.

It is not necessary for them to be unreleased in Spain. However, pieces that have been published on the Internet will not be taken into consideration.

Notes to keep in mind for submitting VIRTUAL REALITY – 360º FILM pieces to the Festival:

The Virtual Reality – 360º FILM pieces must be submitted in this section like in any other Festival section. Once the submission has been made, Festhome will automatically request the
screening file in order to complete the submission. This file must be uploaded to the platform for it to be downloaded, and viewed by the Festival’s Selection Committee with Virtual Reality – 360ºFilm Gear Vr devices. The pieces must comply with the following technical requirements:

VIDEO
Format mp4
One of the following types of 360º spherical video:
Standard 360 monoscopic
360 stereoscopic Superior (left eye) / Inferior (right eye) > Recommended
360 stereoscopic Left / Right
Minimum resolution of 3840x2160
Speed of 24 fps to 60 fps
Codecs must be h.264 or h.265

AUDIO
Only the following audio setting will be accepted:
Stereo
Binaural > Recommended
Quadraphonic

We ask you to please read the Festival’s complete rules and regulations (see below).

The Festival is acknowledged by the FIAPF (The International Federation of Film Producers Associations).

Fundació SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya
Sant Honorat, 32 · 08870 Sitges
www.sitgesfilmfestival.com
contacto: films@sitgesfilmfestival.com

RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE 51st SITGES – INTERNATIONAL
FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL OF CATALONIA.


I) THE FESTIVAL
The Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia is a competitive festival, specializing in fantastic genre, festival in accordance with the regulations established by the FIAPF.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood has also declared the Festival to be a “Qualified Festival” for the Oscar® Awards. This means that those shorts winning the awards for «Best Short Film» in the Official Fantàstic Selection and «Best Short Film» in the Anima’t section will automatically be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood for the Oscar® Awards.


II) SECTIONS


The Festival consists of the following sections:

Official Fantàstic In Competition / Out-of-Competition
Special Screenings
Òrbita
Noves Visions
Panorama Fantàstic
Anima’t
Seven Chances
Midnight X-Treme
Brigadoon
Sitges Classics (retrospectives and tributes)
Serial Sitges
Sitges Coming Soon
Sitges Cocoon


2. 1. Official Fantàstic In-Competition Section

Feature length films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain, produced in 2017/2018 and fantasy-themed, interpreting this concept in a broad sense, while bearing in mind at all times that quality and the creation of tendencies are a priority objective.

An international jury, chosen by the Festival’s Direction team, will present the following awards:

Best Feature Length Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Fantastic Genre Short Film (this short will automatically be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood for the Oscar® Awards).

If considered convenient, the jury will reserve the possibility of awarding up to a maximum of three special mentions.

The audience will vote to decide on the Grand Audience Award for best fantastic genre feature film.

The José Luis Guarner Critics’Award will be presented by the Associació Catalana de Crítics i Escriptors Cinematogràfics (Catalan Association of Film Critics and Writers) to the best feature film included in the Official Fantastic In Competition
Section. This association will also present the Citizen Kane Award for Best New Director, for which all filmmakers presenting their debut film at the Festival, in its Official Fantàstic Section are eligible.

In addition, the Carnet Jove jury, made up of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 30, will present the Carnet Jove Award for best fantasy genre feature film.

This section contains a subsection for films programed in the official Out-of-Competition Section.

This section includes a subsection for short films produced in 2017/2018, with a maximum runtime of 30 minutes and previously unreleased in Spain, and which are eligible for the award for best Official Fantàstic In Competition Short Film.

2.2. Special Screenings

Films programmed as a tribute, for their suitability or other justified reasons, which don’t necessarily have to be a premiere in Spain.

2.3. Òrbita Section

Feature length films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain, produced in 2017/2018 and belonging to genres closely related to the fantastic genre, like thrillers, action movies, adventure or black comedy.

A jury composed of the audience will present the award for best feature film.

2.4. Noves Visions
Fantasy-themed films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain and produced in 2017/2018, with a commitment to experimentation, new languages and formats and generic hybridization.

An international jury will present awards for best feature film, best Director and up to three special mentions. These awards will be cross-sectional within this section. The award for best Noves Visions Petit Format short will also be presented.

On an exceptional basis, the Festival reserves the right to program films previously screened out of official competition at another Spanish film festival.

This section contains a subsection for short films by Catalan film school students, grouped together under the name Nova Autoria. The selected shorts (based on a pre-selection performed by the participating schools), in collaboration with the SGAE, compete for the following awards: best screenplay, best director and best music.

2.5. Panorama Fantàstic Section

Fantasy and Horror-themed films of all nationalities, previously unreleased in Spain, produced in 2017/2018 and with an independent inclination.

On an exceptional basis, the Festival reserves the right to program films previously screened out of official competition at another Spanish film festival.

By popular vote, the audience will present an award to the best fiction feature film and a Panorama Documenta award to the Best Documentary in this section.

2.6. Anima’t Section
Animated feature films produced in 2017/2018, previously unreleased in Catalonia.

The Festival reserves the right to select films presented at other festivals in non-competitive sections.

Anima’t includes a subsection for short films produced in 2017/2018 with a maximum runtime of 30 minutes. The selected shorts must also be previously unreleased in Catalonia.

The Selection Committee reserves the possibility of selecting advertising, promo or music video pieces that it considers to have sufficient artistic and cinematic value as short films, as long as they are thematically related to the Festival’s
area of specialization.

An international jury will present the following awards: Award for Best animated short film (this short will automatically be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood for the Oscar® Awards) and the Award for Best animated feature length film.

2.7. Seven Chances Section
Seven feature films, related to the Festival’s thematic area, selected in collaboration with the Associació Catalana de Crítics i Escriptors Cinematogràfics (Catalan Association of Film Critics and Writers). They must all be previously unreleased in Catalonia and have no commercial distribution in Spain at the time of their selection.

2.8. Midnight X-treme Section
A selection of the best independent horror movies. The films in this section are eligible for the Midnight X-treme Award, presented by the Carnet Jove Jury. This competition is limited to films produced in 2017/2018, previously unreleased in Spain.

2.9. Brigadoon Section
A selection of independently produced horror and fantasy themed feature length films, documentaries and short films, made in 2017/2018. The selected pieces will be included in premieres, retrospectives, tributes and/or cult movies. It is not necessary for them to be previously unreleased in Spain. However,
pieces that have been published on Internet will not be taken into consideration.

A jury will present the Paul Naschy Brigadoon Award for the best fantastic genre short film.

2.10. Sitges Classics Section
Encompasses the Festival’s retrospective, particular tributes, anniversaries and collaborations.

2.11. Serial Sitges Section
A selection of genre TV series, TV movies, web series and other similar formats.

2.12. Sitges Coming Soon Section
A selection of upcoming Catalan, Spanish and Latin American productions.

2.13. Sitges Cocoon Section
Pieces produced in 2017/18, shot and shown in Virtual Reality – 360º Film format. The Selection Committee will choose the pieces to be programmed in the in competition and out-of-competition subsections. The in competition films may not have participated previously in any film competition in Spain. A jury will present the award for the best Sitges Cocoon film.

All titles on competition must be 360º films. If “Room-scale” experiences are presented, they could be accepted but out-of-competition.


III) CROSS-SECTIONAL AWARDS & LABELS

3.1. Focus Asia Award
All films produced by Asian production companies included in any of the Festival’s sections, as long as their subject matter falls within the context of the popular genres (thriller, action, fantastic), are eligible for this award.

All films must be previously unreleased in Spain. The Festival’s Selection Committee reserves the right to assess these criteria.

3.2 Méliès de Argent Awards
Awards presented to the best European fantastic genre feature film and short film included in any of the Festival’s sections and according to the Selection Committee’s nomination the winning featura longth and short films will be elegible for the Méliès d’Or Award, organized by the EFFFF (European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation).

3.3. Blood Window Award
All films of Latin American production included in any of the Festival’s sections, as long as their subject matter falls within the context of the fantastic genre, are eligible for this award.
The Festival’s Selection Committee reserves the right to assess these criteria.

3.4. Sitges Documenta Award
All non-fiction films included in any Festival section are eligible for this award.

3.5. Sitges Family Label
Encompasses all films included in the Festival for children and young people, intended to be seen with family.

3.5. Catalan Focus Label
Encompasses all Catalan productions included in the Festival.


IV) PROCEDURE FOR OFFICIAL PARTICIPATION IN THE EVENT OF SELECTION

4.1. The production company or distributor of the selected films will receive the entry form and a proposal from the senior staff regarding section, day and time of screening for their approval.

The production company or distributor will then commit to filling in and sending the entry form back to the Festival at least 40 days before the start of the Festival.

In the event that the Festival has to share the print with other festivals, it must be specified on the entry form, indicating the print’s availability during the dates of the Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

4.2. The company loaning the film must provide the Festival with high quality advertising material: stills, posters, press-books, trailers, etc., so the Festival can promote the film adequately.

The Festival reserves the right to not return this material.

4.3. In the event that it is necessary to subtitle the film, the company lending it must also provide the appropriate material: download link, DVD or Blu-ray and dialogue and/or subtitle list.

The Festival will not return this material, which will be destroyed once the Festival is over.

If the film has distribution in Spain, the distribution company must provide the Festival with a screening print in its Original Version with subtitles.

4.4. The screening formats for the selected films will be:

Feature length films included in the Official Fantàstic, Special Screenings, Òrbita, Noves Visions, Panorama Fantàstic, Anima’t, Seven Chances, Midnight X-Treme and Sitges Clàssics sections:

35 mm
DCP (in accordance with DCI standards). In the event that they are encrypted, the Festival will not cover the expenses derived from generating the DKDMs or KDMs.
HDCam (except SR)
DigiBeta

Short films included in the Official Fantàstic, Anima’t, Noves Visions Petit Format and Nova Autoria sections:

Non-encrypted DCP
HD quality digital file (.mov)

Feature length and short films included in the Brigadoon section:

HD quality digital file (.mov) DVD/Blu-Ray

Pieces included in the Serial Sitges and Sitges Coming Soon sections:

HD quality digital file (.mov)

Pieces included in the Samsung Sitges Cocoon section:

mp4 digital file

4.5. The Festival will cover the shipping costs generated by the shipping of prints to be screened, except in the event that the print needs to be sent to another film festival. In this case, the other Festival will pay for shipping costs from our address to theirs.

4.6. The Festival agrees to return the print as soon as possible, up to 20 days after the end of the Festival.

4.7. In the event that the print winds up getting damaged as a consequence of its screening at the Festival, the owner must inform the Festival within one month’s time, starting from
the date the print was returned.

The Festival’s responsibility will not exceed the cost specified on the entry form by the company lending the film.

4.8. The Festival organization will decide each film’s screening dates and times. No film included in any of the Festival’s sections will be screened more than 5 times, including the press
screening, without the owner’s previous consent.

4.9. As regards the recording of film clips for use on television programs, the Festival will comply with the rules established in the FIAPF regulations for specialized competitive festivals.

4.10. The Festival accepts all F.I.A.P.F rules & regulations for specialized competitive festivals.

4.11. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of the Rules & Regulations herein.

4.12. Any matter or dispute arising during the Festival that is not covered by these Rules & Regulations will be resolved by the Festival organization in accordance with international rules.

Fundació SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya
Sant Honorat, 32 · 08870 Sitges
www.sitgesfilmfestival.com
contacto: films@sitgesfilmfestival.com

  

 
  

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