The Int’l Women’s Film Festival (IWFF) hosted by the UP Film Institute (UPFI) is an annual exhibition of films by and about women — the one and only running women’s film festival of is kind in the Philippines held during Women’s Month. It aims to highlight the importance of raising women’s consciousness, promoting women’s rights and empowerment primarily through cinema.
To give an added venue for women filmmakers to exhibit their works, UPFI is
launching the Third IWFF Short Film competition. The competition is open to local and international women filmmakers. However, in the spirit of inclusiveness and openness, this year’s competition will accept entries from individuals who may not be female at birth (such as transgenders and intersexed people) but who identify as women.
The IWFF Festival Committee would like to invite women filmmakers from all over the world to be part of this event by submitting their works. All genres are accepted. There is no entry fee to join this competition. Successful entries will be exhibited at the festival. Trophies and prizes will be given away to the best works.
The following are the complete guidelines for the competition:
1. The International Women’s Film Festival Short Film and Video Competition
is open to all women and women-identified filmmakers, video makers and
multimedia artists from all over the world. Submissions from individuals,
groups or organizations are welcome as long as the primary filmmakers are
women. Students and young filmmakers are highly encouraged to participate.
2. Entries must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2007. Works
should reflect this year’s festival theme of “Wandering Wondering Wonderful Women.”
3. Works could be in any language, but they should have English subtitles. Entries without subtitles will not be accepted.
4. Entries can belong to any genre/categories such as narrative, documentary, animation, experimental or multi-media. Works can also be of mixed genres.
5. The running time of entries must not exceed 30 minutes.
6. We will accept preview DVD and Mini-DV copies in NTSC format only. However, works could have originated in any of the following formats:
– Any Film format (35mm, 16mm, 8mm)
– Any Video NTSC/PAL-SECAM format (HD, DVD, S-VHS, Mini-DV etc.)
– Any multi-media/ new media device/s or using various information and
communication technology (ICT) tools or software/hardware (e.g.
computer-generated vector/fractal images, flash animation, etc.)
7. When selected for the competition, the preview copies will already serve as the exhibition copies. Filmmakers will be contacted to submit clearer (possibly NTSC DVD) versions only if their preview copies are found to be defective and hence unsuitable for large-screen projection.
8. Submitted works will not be returned to applicants and they will automatically become part of the UPFI IWFF archives. In this regard, please do not send your original works or master tapes/copies.
9. The cost of shipping and handling the submissions should be shouldered by the sender. When sending the package, please declare in the mail that contents have “No Commercial Value” or “For non-commercial/ festival purposes only.” The IWFF organizers will not shoulder any taxes, custom dues/duties/ fees, delivery fees or any in-transit insurance in receiving the entries nor will they be held responsible for damage inflicted upon the packages resulting from the process of mailing.
10. All works must strictly be independent works and not produced for commercial purposes. Commissioned works are not allowed.
11. For submissions of several entries in one package, each entry must be properly labeled with the following:
– Title of Entry (original title/English translation of title)
– Name of Participant/ Place and Country of origin
– Running Time
12. All entries must be submitted with the following materials:
- Duly accomplished application form
- Two (2) production stills for each entry (as printed out in 3×5 or 5×7
inches or scanned JPEG files with at least 300dpi resolution or higher
stored in a CD)
- One-page synopsis of the entry in English
- Short profile of the filmmaker/s in English (brief biography, sample
- promotional write-ups or published reviews in English (or if translated in
English, please indicate publication source), if any
IWFF SHORT FILM COMPETITION APPLICATION FORM
The following information can be copied, printed and filled out by the entrants to serve as the Application Form (please have one separate copy for each entry):
IWFF 2008 SHORT FILM AND VIDEO COMPETITION APPLICATION FORM
Title of entry (original and English):
Country of origin:
Running time (Length in minutes):
Year of completion:
Color/Black and White:
Representative of the production/contact person:
Other notable credits:
Has the work been shown theatrically?
If yes, where?
Has it aired on television?
If yes, where and in what context (as part of a program, as special feature,
Has it been broadcast on the internet or publicly exhibited somewhere?
If yes, where and in what context?
Festival/s where the work was previously entered:
Previous award/s received by the work:
13. The entries should reach the IWFF organizers by February 18, 2008.
Please address entries to:
Ms. Libay Linsangan Cantor (Competition curator)
c/o UP Film Institute (Academic Division)
College of Mass Communication, Plaridel Hall Annex Building, Ylanan Road, University of the Philippines Diliman Campus Diliman, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES 1104
Telefax: (632) 920-6863
Email: [url]upfi.academic@ gmail.com[/url]
14. The submissions will be pre-screened by a panel composed of the members of the IWFF organizing committee. Shortlisted works will then be screened by an official Board of Judges composed of notable women media practitioners and women’s rights advocates in the Philippines. The composition of the Board of Judges will be revealed during the festival ceremonies. The best works from all the entries will be selected by them.
15. All shortlisted entries will be screened during the duration of the festival (March 2008) at the UP Film Institute Cine Adarna theater. The winners will be announced during the awarding ceremony scheduled during the last day of the festival. Winners will be notified by telephone or email. The process of picking up/delivery of the prizes will be discussed individually with each winner to assess the most feasible mode of transaction.
16. Awards for the winning entries shall be given to the filmmaker or video director indicated in the entry form. For joint directorial works, the group must assign a single representative to act on its behalf. All official communications shall be addressed to this representative. The organizers shall not be held liable for any controversy regarding the sharing of awards among the members of the group.
17. The organizers of the International Women’s Film Festival reserve the right to dub/copy to any format the winning works for archival and promotional puposes.