THE CLASS OF 2017 SHORT FILMS

Any narrative fiction or animation film of SOUTH AFRICAN origin originating from a film school or institution and which is the final year production of the film students in 2017 with a running time between 15 and 45 minutes including credits qualify as a THE CLASS OF 2017 SHORT FILM.
These Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. The Class of 2017 Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world in 2017.
Notwithstanding the above mentioned the film may not have been broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform before October 12th, 2017.

Submission Regulations
1. Eligibility
1.1 Submissions may be fiction, documentary, animation or experimental of any length. Only films completed no more than 18 months prior to the Call for Entries of the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival will be considered for competition purposes. Films completed before this time will be screened but not considered for the competition section.

1.2 Preference will be given but is not limited to submissions that have not been distributed theatrically or screened at other festivals in South Africa prior to the 2017 Festival.

1.3 South African Entries entered for the South African Awards Section will not have screened at any other festival in South Africa prior to the 2017 edition of the CTIFMF.

2. The CTIFMF program is generally grouped into ten programming groups:
1. World Cinema.
2. Independent Films.
3. New Voices. (First Feature Directors)
4. Arabian Nights.
5. That’s So Gay (New LGBTQ releases),
6. Eco Cinema where we will focus on eco-friendly films about people and our planet.
7. Films on Reconciliation and Acceptance.
8. Class of 2017. (Work of final year Film Students of 2017)
9. Cinema of Conscience that will include films about social and political issues.
10. Special Programs (Retrospectives and Focuses).

Entry Format & Presentation Format:
3.1 The completed ENTRY FORM must be sent digitally to entries@filmfest.capetown

3.2 Films with commentary or dialogue in languages other than English must be subtitled in Englishfor consideration. Preview copies in DVD format or online viewing links of films must be submitted. No VHS tapes will be accepted.
Should be presented in either 35mm film, Betacam SP (PAL) video, Digibeta (PAL) High Quality DVD Bluray or DCP (with key). The Festival will accept other formats on a case-by-case basis and subject to availability of equipment.

4. Entry Deadline
We appreciate your commitment to CTIFMF. There is no entry fee until June 15th, 2017 (Early Bird Entries) after that the festival will charge an entry fee of 50USD until the second and final deadline of 31st August 2017.

5. Program Selection, Attendance and Awards
5.1 All entries are viewed and chosen by a Programming Committee appointed by the Festival Director. Final selections are at the sole discretion of the Festival Director.
5.2 The Festival will pay for hotel accommodation for the Director of the film or the Producer who-ever may attend but only for 4 days of the Festival. No refund of the travel expenses is provided for the participants attending the Festival.
5.3 Awards will be decided and presented by a team of International Jury Members.

6. Notification
Entrants will be notified of the decisions of the Selection Committee by August 31st, 2017

7. Customs, Shipping & Handling
Festival screening copies must be clearly labeled and sent via courier with a tracing number when your film is selected. Do not send exceptional formats other than formats agreed upon.

8. For international participants
8.1 The Customs Declaration should state, “Preview copy is for Cultural purposes and Festival consideration and it will be returned to its country of origin and has no commercial value.” The Print Coordinator will contact accepted submissions with specific shipping instructions.
8.2 ALL festival screening prints for selected films must arrive at the Festival Office no later than September 15th, 2017.
8.3 The participant will pay all shipping costs to Cape Town. The Festival will only pay the cost of shipping exhibition prints back to the participant. Please forward your tracking number and name of the film to info@filmfest.capetown

9. Insurance
The Festival will make every effort to ensure the safe keeping of all productions submitted for competition that are in its care or control.
Stringent measures are in place to keep all prints safe however, the Applicant assumes all risk of loss or damage and must have films insured.

10. The Jury reserves the right to cancel, vary, integrate awards and mentions and has the authority to suspend the prize in case the winners or their delegates do not participate in the prize-giving ceremony.

11. The Festival Board retains the power to decide on all matters not specifically dealt with in these regulations.