Rules/Terms/Eligibility

 

  1. All entries must be 45 minutes or less and must be received by 6 pm on the final due date  July 12, 2020, to be considered. If more entries are received than there is allowable space, only the first films received for the maximum number in each category will be judged. We are accepting no more than 150 Super Short Films, 100 Center Short Films, and 50 Mega Short Films for the 2020 New Voice Short Film Festival.

  2. All submissions must be in the English language. We respect and understand that our industry and our community have a vast cultural array of individuals, however, at this time we are not accepting films in other languages even with subtitles.

  3. Multiple entries are allowed from a single filmmaker. A single filmmaker may submit several films to as many different categories as they chose, however, quality and value of film submission will be taken into consideration by the festival judges for individuals or groups who chose to submit 3 or more films to the 2020 festival.

  4. Online screening is mandatory. If you chose not to upload your project to Film Freeway’s site, you must provide an online link to your submission and be sure to include the password in an email correspondence sent directly to New Voice Short Film Festival. DVD submissions will not be accepted.

  5. New Voice Short Film Festival does not download submissions or accept Dropbox submissions. Please only send links to your media hosted on third party servers such as Vimeo or YouTube.

  6. Written comments describing entries are highly beneficial. Explaining why your film was made and or how your film is intended to grow, advance, or enlighten the world as a whole, will help our judges in understanding intentions that may otherwise be misunderstood.

  7. All submissions will be deemed Student Submissions; no professional or union related individuals are permitted to be involved in any part of your film submission or its creation. As New Voice Short Film Festival is a rare festival focused on opening the doors of festival participation to those who would otherwise not likely be able to participate, it is essential that no union affiliation or (deemed) professional involvement be utilized. Doing so could create an unfair advantage to those who might not have access to these types of organizations or individuals. Any submission found to have violated this rule will be automatically eliminated.

  8. All film submissions are required to honor and follow a standard of excellence that mandates questionable or vulgar language and/or actions be eliminated. Refusal to abide by this mandate will be grounds for removal from the festival and all judging without a return of submission fees. New Voice Short Film Festival does not believe that limiting a creators voice is ever acceptable, however, as our program is intended to inspire genuine excellence, we have taken the stance that excessive vulgar language, language that might be deemed offensive to individuals, cultures, religious beliefs, and or political affiliations is not acceptable. Please be conscious of your verbiage, and ensure that what is said is actually crucial to the development of your submission.

  9. Where your work will remain yours, all persons involved with creating your film project must be noted appropriately in your film credits, and submitting your film project to the festival is also granting permission for New Voice Short Film Festival, and its festival hosts, to utilize portions of your film in advertising promotions for New Voice Short Film Festival without further documentation required.

  10. Submission fees for each submission must be received with submission in order for your film project to be reviewed and judged. Best of Show Winner does not pay additional fees, this selection will genuinely be Best of Show.

Top 3 Super Short Films Awarded:
1st Place - Encouraging Excellence + $250 cash award.
2nd Place - Celebration of Creativity + $200 cash award.
3rd Place - Meritorious Mention + $100 cash award.
Super Short Submission Fee $50.00 Per Submission
Top 3 Center Short Films Awarded:
1st Place - Encouraging Excellence + $300 cash award.
2nd Place - Celebration of Creativity + 200 cash award.
3rd Place - Meritorious Mention + $100 cash award.
Center Short Submission Fee $75.00 Per Submission
Top 3 Mega Short Films Awarded:
1st Place - Encouraging Excellence + $400 cash award.
2nd Place - Celebration of Creativity + $300 cash award.
3rd Place - Meritorious Mention + $200 cash award.
Mega Short Submission Fee $100.00 Per Submission

1 Best of Show Award

Best of Show Award is granted to the one film selection from any of the categories, Super Short, Center Short, or Mega Short, which scores the highest by our judges as being the very best submission received in the festival. This individual (or group) will have special acknowledgment during the gala, as well as become one of our representatives for the following years New Voice Short Film Festival and receive a $500 cash award.

All Projects Will Be Judged On The Following

  • Originality / Creativity

  • Directing

  • Writing

  • Cinematography

  • Lighting

  • Performances

  • Production Value

  • Pacing

  • Structure

  • Sound & Music

  • Editing

  • Costuming

  • Locations Assessment

  • Respect of Rules/Terms/Eligibility

  • Emotionally Compelling

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