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From: christopher sullivan <csulli {AT} saic.edu>
Date: September 26, 2007 4:27:05 PM CDT
Subject: Fwd: Call for Entries: Wisconsin Film Festival (deadline 31.Dec.07)

This is a great and really well run festival, good for indy docs, Indy features,
and experimental shorts. great theaters, with hundreds of people in the seats.
Chris.


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    Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 16:21:30 -0500
    From: Wisconsin Film Festival <info {AT} wifilmfest.org>
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 Subject: Call for Entries: Wisconsin Film Festival (deadline 31.Dec.07)

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to unsubscribe and you'll immediately be removed from any Wisconsin Film
Festival lists. The Wisconsin Film Festival does not share this list with
others.]

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WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
3 to 6 April 2008
the tenth year 


The call for entries is open now through the deadline of December 31, 2007.

Download the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and ENTRY FORM



This four-day festival is set in ten downtown theaters, all within walking
distance, in the heart of Madison, Wisconsin, the state's capitol city. The
Festival presents the best new American independent and world cinema (feature,
documentary, experimental), restored films, and the work of Wisconsin
filmmakers through juried competitions. Over 175 carefully selected films and
an attendance of nearly 30,000 make this an extremely popular, lively event in
a city known for its friendliness and eclectic culture.

Please help us reach out to filmmakers around the world by sharing this call for
entries with others (and schools, newspapers, film societies).

Wisconsin Film Festival
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706 USA
tel: +1 877-963-3456
fax: +1 608-262-6589
wifilmfest.org



Deadline for all submitted material is December 31, 2007.

The Wisconsin Film Festival welcomes narrative, documentary, experimental, and
animated films or videos of any length.

There are three categories:

-- Open Reel (general submissions of any length, open to all)

-- Wisconsin's Own (films of any length from filmmakers with "Wisconsin ties")

-- Wisconsin Student Shorts (films under 60 minutes by Wisconsin college
students or Wisconsin residents attending college in another state)

::

IS THIS FESTIVAL RIGHT FOR MY FILM?

We talk about whether films are "a good fit" for the Wisconsin Film Festival,
because it's hard to define or predict whether something will work in the
program. 

We present quality work that may not otherwise be seen in commercial theaters,
and projects outside the mainstream film industry. We are looking for
competence in the filmmaking craft; work that has vision and spirit; original
subjects and well-told stories; and diverse voices.

The audience is terrific. Attendance in 2007 was 28,700 over just four days.
Many folks have been coming since the beginning, and many make the Festival a
priority on their spring calendar. We look for films that represent different
facets of filmmaking, from polished productions to no-budget gems. Each year's
selection of films is a blend of significant pictures scouted from around the
world, combined with smaller, under-the-radar works that illustrate a variety
of filmmaking styles.

If your film is selected -- that unpredictable "good fit" -- we'll work hard to
ensure that your film is always safely cared for, that your screening is
promoted equally in the Festival program, that we build a good audience, and
that the screening is on time with the best possible picture and sound
quality.

See last year's complete film list for a sense of what makes up the Wisconsin
Film Festival program:

::

HOW IS THE WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL DIFFERENT?

There are many festivals that share our same interest in sustaining what's good
about motion pictures. We're not unique. But the Wisconsin Film Festival is
frequently described as having a relaxed, informal atmosphere, which is
certainly true.

We don't do red carpets, gala events, or have VIP access. Why? Because the
audience knows that what matters is what's on screen. This Festival is about
bringing great motion pictures -- large and small -- to Madison for
well-organized screenings in front of enthusiastic (and usually sold-out)
crowds. It's not about celebrity culture or people paying to get special
access. Ticket prices are low ($7, or $4 for students) and are available to
all.

The theaters are all legit auditoriums, ranging from 155 seats to 1500+. We
don't use make-shift screening locations in places not suited for film.
Whenever possible, films are screened on 35mm or 16mm (in 2007 there were seven
film venues). Theaters dedicated to video are equipped for the Festival with
high-quality professional projectors and decks that show clear, bright images
(no HD, though). And all these theaters are close enough to easily walk
between.

Some festivals rely entirely on submissions for their titles. Others barely
bother. A portion of the Wisconsin Film Festival program always comes from this
submission process, as part of our commitment to showcasing emerging talent.

There is no specific quota to be met in any category, nor in feature-length vs.
short films. Each work is judged solely on its individual merit. Films shown in
other festivals or in limited noncommercial exhibition are eligible. Preference
is given to films without significant exposure in Wisconsin markets prior to
the Festival.

We watch everything that is submitted. We do not farm out "prescreening" to
others (for the Wisconsin categories there is a prescreening process by
Festival staff before films are seen by the jury; see the downloadable
guidelines for more info).

And we write original descriptions of each film for the program guide, because
the audience wants to know what we like about your movie.

If your film is selected, a certain number of tickets to your film's
screening(s) will be reserved along with a ticket package for other films. We
of course encourage anyone connected to the production to attend, but the
Festival can only set aside a small number of tickets for each filmmaker. The
Wisconsin Film Festival regrets that it is not able to financially support the
travel expenses of all filmmakers. Acceptance of your film into the Festival
program should not be interpreted as also including travel costs or other
expenses.

More about the Wisconsin Film Festival:

::

A FEW DETAILS

Your film must have been completed after January 1, 2006.

You can submit more than one film, as long as each work meets the applicable
criteria. Each film must have its own submission form, entry fee, and DVD/VHS
tape.

The Festival will not consider:

-- Commercials or advertisements. Music videos. Educational, industrial,
medical, or institutional films. Video games. Stand-alone trailers. Films with
prior significant theatrical exhibition, commercial TV broadcast or webcast, or
commercial video distribution.

-- Films submitted to the Wisconsin Film Festival in past years.

-- Films completed before January 1, 2006.

-- Work that will not be completed by February 15, 2008. The Festival does not
include "works in progress" in its final program.



entry fees ($US):
Feature films (60 min. or more): $30
Short films (less than 60 min.): $20
Student films (any length): $10 (with photocopy of valid student ID)

Student status is counted when your film was created. If you made your film when
you were a student, and have now graduated, you may still submit that film as a
student.

Deadline for all submitted material is December 31, 2007.

Download the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and ENTRY FORM

Everyone will be notified of their film's status (accepted or not accepted into
the Festival) no later than February 15, 2008. At that time we'll also notify
any Wisconsin filmmakers who are receiving awards for their work.

Feel free to call (+1 877-963-3456 or +1 608-262-9009) or email if you have
questions <info {AT} wifilmfest.org> -- we look forward to seeing your work.

A call-for-entries poster may be also requested by sending an email to
<info {AT} wifilmfest.org>. Film schools, societies, clubs, and organizations are
encouraged to spread the word.

= = = = =

[If this announcement has come to you in error, please click the following link
to unsubscribe and you'll immediately be removed from any Wisconsin Film
Festival lists. The Wisconsin Film Festival does not share this list with
others.]

----- End forwarded message -----


Chris Sullivan
Animation/ film 
Dept. of Film/Video/New Media
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Title: 2008 Wisconsin Film Festival call for entries

[If this announcement has come to you in error, please click this link to UNSUBSCRIBE and you’ll immediately be removed from any Wisconsin Film Festival lists. The Wisconsin Film Festival does not share this list with others.]

 

WFF logoWISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
3 to 6 April 2008

the tenth year

 

The call for entries is open now through the deadline of December 31, 2007.

Download the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and ENTRY FORM
<http://2008.wifilmfest.org/docs/2008_submission_guidelines.pdf>

bullet

This four-day festival is set in ten downtown theaters, all within walking distance, in the heart of Madison, Wisconsin, the state’s capitol city [see map]. The Festival presents the best new American independent and world cinema (feature, documentary, experimental), restored films, and the work of Wisconsin filmmakers through juried competitions. Over 175 carefully selected films and an attendance of nearly 30,000 make this an extremely popular, lively event in a city known for its friendliness and eclectic culture.

Please help us reach out to filmmakers around the world by sharing this call for entries with others (and schools, newspapers, film societies).

Wisconsin Film Festival
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706 USA
tel: +1 877-963-3456
fax: +1 608-262-6589
info {AT} wifilmfest.org
wifilmfest.org

bullet

Deadline for all submitted material is December 31, 2007.

The Wisconsin Film Festival welcomes narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films or videos of any length.

There are three categories:

Is this festival right for my film?

We talk about whether films are “a good fit” for the Wisconsin Film Festival, because it’s hard to define or predict whether something will work in the program.

We present quality work that may not otherwise be seen in commercial theaters, and projects outside the mainstream film industry. We are looking for competence in the filmmaking craft; work that has vision and spirit; original subjects and well-told stories; and diverse voices.

The audience is terrific. Attendance in 2007 was 28,700 over just four days. Many folks have been coming since the beginning, and many make the Festival a priority on their spring calendar. We look for films that represent different facets of filmmaking, from polished productions to no-budget gems. Each year’s selection of films is a blend of significant pictures scouted from around the world, combined with smaller, under-the-radar works that illustrate a variety of filmmaking styles.

If your film is selected — that unpredictable “good fit” — we’ll work hard to ensure that your film is always safely cared for, that your screening is promoted equally in the Festival program, that we build a good audience, and that the screening is on time with the best possible picture and sound quality.

See last year’s complete film list for a sense of what makes up the Wisconsin Film Festival program:
<http://filmguide.wifilmfest.org/tixSYS/2007/filmguide/>

How is the Wisconsin Film Festival different?

There are many festivals that share our same interest in sustaining what’s good about motion pictures. We’re not unique. But the Wisconsin Film Festival is frequently described as having a relaxed, informal atmosphere, which is certainly true.

We don’t do red carpets, gala events, or have VIP access. Why? Because the audience knows that what matters is what’s on screen. This Festival is about bringing great motion pictures — large and small — to Madison for well-organized screenings in front of enthusiastic (and usually sold-out) crowds. It’s not about celebrity culture or people paying to get special access. Ticket prices are low ($7, or $4 for students) and are available to all.

The theaters are all legit auditoriums, ranging from 155 seats to 1500+. We don’t use make-shift screening locations in places not suited for film. Whenever possible, films are screened on 35mm or 16mm (in 2007 there were seven film venues). Theaters dedicated to video are equipped for the Festival with high-quality professional projectors and decks that show clear, bright images (no HD, though). And all these theaters are close enough to easily walk between.

Some festivals rely entirely on submissions for their titles. Others barely bother. A portion of the Wisconsin Film Festival program always comes from this submission process, as part of our commitment to showcasing emerging talent.

There is no specific quota to be met in any category, nor in feature-length vs. short films. Each work is judged solely on its individual merit. Films shown in other festivals or in limited noncommercial exhibition are eligible. Preference is given to films without significant exposure in Wisconsin markets prior to the Festival.

We watch everything that is submitted. We do not farm out “prescreening” to others (for the Wisconsin categories there is a prescreening process by Festival staff before films are seen by the jury; see the downloadable guidelines for more info).

And we write original descriptions of each film for the program guide, because the audience wants to know what we like about your movie.

If your film is selected, a certain number of tickets to your film’s screening(s) will be reserved along with a ticket package for other films. We of course encourage anyone connected to the production to attend, but the Festival can only set aside a small number of tickets for each filmmaker. The Wisconsin Film Festival regrets that it is not able to financially support the travel expenses of all filmmakers. Acceptance of your film into the Festival program should not be interpreted as also including travel costs or other expenses.

More about the Wisconsin Film Festival:
<http://2008.wifilmfest.org/about.php>

A few details

Your film must have been completed after January 1, 2006.

You can submit more than one film, as long as each work meets the applicable criteria. Each film must have its own submission form, entry fee, and DVD/VHS tape.

The Festival will not consider:

  1. Commercials or advertisements. Music videos. Educational, industrial, medical, or institutional films. Video games. Stand-alone trailers. Films with prior significant theatrical exhibition, commercial TV broadcast or webcast, or commercial video distribution.
  2. Films submitted to the Wisconsin Film Festival in past years.
  3. Films completed before January 1, 2006.
  4. Work that will not be completed by February 15, 2008. The Festival does not include “works in progress” in its final program.

entry fees ($US):
Feature films (60 min. or more): $30
Short films (less than 60 min.): $20
Student films (any length): $10 (with photocopy of valid student ID)

Student status is counted when your film was created. If you made your film when you were a student, and have now graduated, you may still submit that film as a student.

Deadline for all submitted material is December 31, 2007.

Download the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES and ENTRY FORM
<http://2008.wifilmfest.org/docs/2008_submission_guidelines.pdf>

Everyone will be notified of their film’s status (accepted or not accepted into the Festival) no later than February 15, 2008. At that time we’ll also notify any Wisconsin filmmakers who are receiving awards for their work.

Feel free to call (+1 877-963-3456 or or +1 608-262-9009) or email if you have questions <info {AT} wifilmfest.org> — we look forward to seeing your work.

A call-for-entries poster may be also requested by sending an email to <info {AT} wifilmfest.org>. Film schools, societies, clubs, and organizations are encouraged to spread the word.

 

[If this announcement has come to you in error, please click this link to UNSUBSCRIBE and you’ll immediately be removed from any Wisconsin Film Festival lists. The Wisconsin Film Festival does not share this list with others.]


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