25th Annual Dallas Videofest
call for entries.
Since 1986 the Dallas Video Festival, now VideoFest, has specialized in fiercely independent, imaginative, unusual, provocative and sometimes description-defying electronic media. VideoFest is still a bastion of true independent media, offering viewpoints and voices and visual styles that don’t always have expression in more mainstream festivals. September 27 - 30, 2012 at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Regular deadline May 15 * Late deadline June http://www.videofest.org/call-for-entries/
Dallas, TX – The Video Association of Dallas is accepting entries for its VideoFest 25 that will be Sept. 27-30, 2012 at the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas. To enter work into VideoFest, sign up for a free account with indee.tv, and then go to http://indee.tv/index?festival=videofest. Entries will be accepted until June 1, 2012.
Since 1987 the Dallas Video Festival, now VideoFest, has specialized in fiercely independent, imaginative, unusual, provocative and sometimes description-defying electronic media. VideoFest is still a bastion of true independent media, offering viewpoints and voices and visual styles that don't always have expression in more mainstream festivals. We're a filmmaker-friendly festival whose audience is hip, sophisticated, adventurous, intelligent, and offbeat, and who care more about seriously watching your film than attending parties. We offer both style AND substance.
Instead of one big prize, we give over $8,000 in honorariums to every artist whose work we show. Individually, it's not a lot of money, but it basically pays back your entry fee and, more importantly, gives us some tangible way for us to honor your work and thank you for being the heart and soul of VideoFest.
Most works are selected by Artistic Director Bart Weiss, with the exception of short works by Texas artists, which are selected by a jury. Works selected into The Texas Show are given special attention as the closing program of the Festival, and the works are authored to DVD. Short Texas works not selected into The Texas Show can still be eligible for the Festival if selected by Mr. Weiss.
Rules for Submissions
Works submitted by mail on DVD have additional $10 charge. Works submitted via an online link are not charged the additional fee.
VideoFest 25 is open to professional and non-professional filmmakers working in all genres: documentary, narrative, animation and experimental. There are no length or thematic or content restrictions, although works which reflect innovation, creative storytelling, alternative viewpoints, diversity, multidisciplinary explorations, or off-the-beaten path subjects compete strongly.
Works previously submitted are not eligible. All video entries must have been originally produced within the last two years and/or post-produced in video or some electronic form. Works submitted by Mail on DVD have additional $10 charge. Works submitted via an online link are not charged the additional fee. Works must be submitted in NTSC format. Works that are accepted will be notified and at that time entrants will send works in h264 Quicktime formats.
Works using non-licensed, copyrighted music or other copyrighted works or literary properties without legal permission are not eligible. Questions: contact us.
Entries must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2012
Here's what to do:
Read the rules before you fill out the Registration Form. Read all the rules first. Please. Really. We mean it.
Fill in the Online Registration Form. Fill in all the required fields. This information goes straight into our database, so if there is an error with your information (i.e. name, address, phone number, email, etc.) it will become a repetitive error, so please make sure all information is complete and correct. Please note in the comments section any idiosyncrasies of your program title or name (lower case proper names, unusual spellings or punctuation, etc.).
Please do not refer to "attachments" in lieu of providing requested information online. Although you may include a more detailed bio or synopsis as part of your press kit or as a supplement, you must include a short synopsis and a short bio in the online form. It helps to have your program description, bio, length, etc., ready in electronic format, ready to cut and paste, before you start filling out the registration form.
When you have filled in every field with all required information about your entry, hit submit. You will automatically be assigned a registration number. Your registration number is unique to your program and you will need to reference this number on all items submitted. Be sure to print a copy of your registration form to keep for your records. You don't have to include a copy when you ship your tape.
Mail or ship your DVD very soon after submitting online. DO NOT SHIP IN A FIBER-FILLED ENVELOPE. Bubble-packs are okay.
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If you didn't pay online, send your check or money order, to:
4329 Belmont Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75204
Postmark your entry by June 28th, 2012.
Wait patiently until we inform you if your program is accepted. We will notify accepted programs on or around Aug. 20, 2012, via email.
You May Include These Optional but Recommended Items:
Photos: ONE hard copy or electronic version of b/w production still or color slide from the work. All electronic images must by print quality (300 dpi or greater) and clearly labeled with your registration number. Please do not email photos, video files or graphics unless requested. If your photos or program clips are downloadable from a website, please indicate so in the comments section of your registration. All photos must have a caption (identify characters, description of action, or visual style if experimental) and photo credit (who took the photo). This is very important because if you don't have a photo description and photo credit, the press likely won't print it.
Press Kits. Send press kit that contains program synopsis, cast and crew lists, biographies of key personnel, reviews, press clippings, etc.
Indee or Videofest will not mail back any unaccepted packages. Please only send items that you do not wish to have returned back.
Very Important Rules:
DO NOT SEND MASTER TAPES
DO NOT SHIP TAPES OR DVDS IN FIBER-FILLED ENVELOPES, Items shipped in fiber-filled envelopes will not be accepted. We repeat. Items shipped in fiber-filled envelopes will not be accepted.
Works using non-licensed, copyrighted music or other copyrighted works or literary properties without legal permission are not eligible
Keep us informed of address changes. At the end of the Festival, we actually send you participating artists money. Yes, money. If we don't know where to find you, we can't send you money, now can we?
Selection Process and Awards:
Festival director, Bart Weiss, will chooses all entries for the five days of Festival programming, with the exception of The Texas Show, a juried program that is mastered to DVD and toured to non-theatrical venues after the Festival. To be eligible for The Texas Show, the work must be under 25 minutes and have been produced in Texas or by a Texas resident.
The Best of the Texas Show ($250) will be given to the Texas Show program that receives the popular vote of the audience.
The Festival program is not formally announced until all entries have been received and reviewed and the entire festival schedule set.
Artists whose programs are not accepted will be notified via email.
If Your Program is Accepted:
Artists whose programs are accepted will be notified as accepted by email as soon as practicable, followed by a letter mailed first class mail. Professional format (Quicktime in h264 format on DVD disc, USB drive or hard drive) and additional information will be requested at that time. A screening fee will be paid for tapes accepted, payable after conclusion of the Festival.
If your entry is accepted into the Festival, your show tape will be returned to you as soon as practicable after the Festival via UPS 2nd day air, if not in Dallas/Fort Worth, or UPS ground or 1st class mail if you reside locally.
Festival program book, press clippings, your photos, honorarium and other items will be mailed to you at a later date, often several months after the Festival.
Please be sure to keep us informed of any address, telephone, or email changes.
WHAT: VideoFest 25
Presented by the Video Association of Dallas
WHERE: At the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St.
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 27 7-11:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28 7-11:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29 noon-11:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
TICKETS: All-Festival Pass: $50
All-Evening Passes: Thursday or Friday $20
All-Day and Evening passes: Saturday or Sunday $25
Seniors (60 or older) and students with ID: $10 off
Some selected programs will be $6 per program available at event only
Special: 5 Films for $5 each, see any 5 films during the 4 days of
VideoFest 25 for $25
Tickets will be available at the door or online at videofest.org
INFO: Video Association of Dallas
T: (214) 428-8700
Press: Lisa Taylor, 214-914-1099, email@example.com
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