THROUGH THEIR EYES INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

March 5/6, 2016

 

The THROUGH THEIR EYES Independent film Festival is a Concurrent Event held as an integral part of the WILDERNESS, WILDLIFE & HUMAN INTERACTION CONFERENCE put on by the Cochrane Research institute, CRI, at the Cochrane Ranchehouse, Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, on March 5th and 6th 2016. Films must address any or all of the THEMES of the WILDERNESS, WILDLIFE & HUMAN INTERACTION, CONFERENCE

These THEMES are wide-ranging and multiple. Films can include examinations of the relationship between wilderness and humanity in the past, present, or the future, investigations of the interaction between wildlife and wilderness amongst different peoples and tribal societies, interviews, explorations of ways of learning from past experience, of understanding the importance of both cultural and biological diversity, illustrations of new and old methods conserving biodiversity of wild and domestic landscapes, spotlighting new research and original thinkers. They can even be funny.

 

Films in all Categories will be judged, the HARE, and other prizes awarded

SECTION 1. RULES & REGULATION ON SUBMISSION CAN BE FOUND IN ANOTHER DOCUMENT.

SECTION 2. CATEGORIES 

The THROUGH THEIR EYES Indie Film Festival screens new films and spotlights new Film makers of all ages from all around the world who are creating No-budget, Short, and Short- short narrative, documentary and animated films with huge ambitions and tiny budgets.

 

SUBMISSION FORMATS

The Festival, THROUGH THEIR EYES, organizers and judges would like to be able to play a Blu- ray or DVD film as soon as it is inserted. Please do not include extra visuals of any sort, just The Film, with title and credits.
Make absolutely sure your film plays all the way through no matter what submission format in chosen. Please ensure that your Blu-ray or DVD will play in a standard Blu-ray or DVD player and make sure your disc must be authored as a Blu-ray or DVD before mailing to The Festival. Remember to send your disc in a Jewel container. Whatever you do, don’t just burn a video file to a disc as data.

VERY IMPORTANT For DVDs, if at all possible, mail an NTSC, region 1 or region free (region 0) DVD when you submit to The Festival. PAL/region 2 can also be accepted if there is no alternative. For DVD with formats other than NTSC or region codes other than 0 or 1, please mark this CLEARLY on the face of the disc and on the DVD Case. For Blu-ray please stick to a disc formatted for region A as it is unlikely we will be able to play discs formatted for Regions B or C. Please make sure that the following information is CLEARLY printed or directly on the face of your disc,

NAME OF FILM; COUNTRY OF ORIGIN; FORMAT (for example NTSC DVD) REGION (for example Region 0); DATE SUBMITTED 

 

SUBMISSION DATES

Expression of Interest application dates to The Festival THROUGH THEIR EYES are from October 1 to December 26th, 2015.

THROUGH THEIR EYES Festival office will respond by e-mail shortly* upon receipt of Applicant’s Expression of Interest Form, by sending out a Film Submission Form if the Application has been accepted.
* If Expression of Interest is sent by mail the process will take a little longer.

Applicant’s anticipated Deadline date for the Applicant’s mailed submission of The Film to The Festival should be clearly stated on the Expression of Interest document and should be between October 1 and December 26th, 2015

The deadline dates for film submission is February 1, 2016, Film will not be accepted with a postmark later than that date.

Film submission can be by mail or by courier:

All films must be submitted to the institute on a single disc (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL or Blu-ray) sent to P.O.Box 484, Cochrane, Alberta, T4C 1A7, Canada, by the final postmarked date (February 1 2016, Final post date). 

 

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES:

Festival Programme Categories: Films submitted to The Institute for consideration for The Festival may apply in one of several categories. There are THREE MAIN CATEGORIES. Each of these is subdivided by time (No-Budget Feature Film, Short Film, and Short-short Film), by format (Narrative, Documentary, Animated) and by the age of the Film makers (Adult, 13 to 18 years of age,12 and under years of age). Film makers aged 18 years and under are welcome to enter Adult Categories. Adults are not permitted to enter any under 18 Categories.

The Institute reserves the right to determine eligibility of any Film for any of the Festival submission categories. The following is a description of each submission category, along with the eligibility requirements for each:

Films, whose dialogue is not in English or French, would benefit from having subtitles if that is a workable possibility.

Adult: Narrative, Animated, Documentary Films
Adult: No-Budget Feature Film (45 minutes or over), Short Film (under 45 minutes) Adult: Short and Short-short Films

13 to 18 years of age: Narrative, Animated, Documentary Films
13 to 18, years of age: Short (under 45 minutes) or Short-short (10 minutes and under) Films

12 years and under: Narrative, Animated, Documentary Films
12 years and under: Short (under 45 minutes) or short-short (10 minutes and under
)

 

Formats for submission:
No-Budget Feature (45 minutes & over), No age requirement

  1. No-Budget Narrative Feature Film, 45 minutes or over,(budget under $50k)

  2. No-Budget Documentary Feature Film , 45 minutes or over, (budget under $50k)

  3. No-Budget Animated Feature Film , 45 minutes or over, (budget under $50k)

    Short Films, (under 45 minutes): No age requirement

  4. Short Narrative Films (under 45 minutes

  5. Short Animated Films (under 45 minutes

  6. Short Documentaries (under 45 minutes)

    Short-short Films (10 minutes or under) age requirement.

  7. Adult Short-Short (10 minutes & under) Narrative Film.

  8. Adult Short-short (10 minutes & under) Documentary Film.

  9. Adult (10 minutes & under) Animated Film..

  10. 18 years of age to 13 years of age, Short-short (10 minutes & under) Narrative Film

  11. 18 years of age to 13 years of age, Short-short (10 minutes & under) Documentary Film

  12. 18 years of age to 13 years of age, Short-short (10 minutes & under) Animated Film

  13. 12 and under years of age Short-short (10 minutes & under) Narrative Film

  14. 12 and under years of age Short-short (10 minutes & under) Documentary Film

  15. 12 and under years of age Short-short (10 minutes & under) Animated Film

 

Eligibility Requirements for submission

Documentary, or Narrative Films that have been or will be screened at other Festivals prior to January 01, 2016 are eligible for inclusion in the Festival, but not the Festival’s Competition Programmes.

Documentary, or Narrative Films that have been or will be screened at one or more private screenings for which tickets were not available to the general public retain eligibility for submission to The Festival in all categories

The CRI is interested in communicating good ideas and being barrier-free. As such, Films shot on smartphones and edited on Window's Movie Maker (PC) or iMovie (MAC) are encouraged. Films shot and edited through other means are also gladly accepted. Films must address the conference Themes and demonstrate the perspectives of children, youth, and adults. And some might even be funny. 

 

NO-BUDGET FEATURE FILMS

No-budget means budget under $50k. There is no age limitation. Only films that are world premiers are eligible for our Dramatic competition programme but No-Budget Narrative or Documentary Feature Films that have been screened at up to two other festivals anywhere in the world are still eligible for our out-of-competition programmes.

  1. , No-Budget Narrative Feature Film: No age requirement. All submitted Films in this category have a running time of 45 minutes or more, including credits. Narrative films will include films that are shot in the “ mockumentary” style. In order to qualify as a Narrative Feature Film the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction.

  2. No-budget Documentary Feature film: No age requirement. In the Documentary format the films must be non-fiction films with a running time of 45 minutes. These Films must not include entirely scripted or a fictionalization of actual events. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit in this category, but we will ultimately decide which programme is best suited to your subject Only films that are world premiers are eligible for our Dramatic competition, programme but No-Budget Documentary Feature Films that have been screened at up to two other festivals anywhere in the world are still eligible for our out-of-competition programmes 

 

SHORT FILMS

Short Film (under 40 minutes) No age requirement, Adult or under 18 it doesn’t matter. All submitted Films in this category must have a running time of 40 minutes or less, including Credits and Titles. 

     3. Short Narrative films (running time of under 40 minutes) may include films that are shot in the “mockumentary” style. In order to qualify as a Narrative Film the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction.

     4. Short Documentary Films (running time of under 40 minutes) must be factual and must not include entirely scripted or fictionalized actual events. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit in this category, but we will ultimately decide which programme is best suited to your subject

     5. Animated Short Films ( running time under 40 Minutes) The scope of animated films has grown with technology and gained ground as a distinct genre. Animation is more than just cartoons for kids and young-at-heart adults, and THROUGH THEIR EYES, The Festival, intends to the broadest possible range of intelligent, entertaining and provocative films from all around the globe. 

 

Short-Short (under 10 minutes)

Film: Age requirement. Adults enter their own adult category for Short-short Films. These are the films to spotlight new Film makers and the Categories are split by age: ADULT, 18 years of age to 13 years. 12 years and under.

     6. Adult Short-Short Narrative films (running time 10 minutes and under). Age category: ADULTThese Films may include films that are shot in the “mockumentary” style. In order to qualify as a Narrative Film the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction.

     7. Adult Short-short Documentary Films (running time 10 minutes and under). Age category: ADULT. These Films must be factual and must not include entirely scripted or fictionalization of actual events. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit in this category, but we will ultimately decide which programme is best suited to your subject

     8. Adult Animated Short-short Films ( running time 10 minutes and under). Age category: ADULT. The scope of animated films has grown with technology and gained ground as a distinct genre. Animation is more than just cartoons for kids and young-at- heart adults, and THROUGH THEIR EYES, The Festival, intends to the broadest possible range of intelligent, entertaining and provocative films from all around the globe

     9. Short-Short Narrative films (running time 10 minutes and under). Age category: 18 years of age to 13 years old. These Films may include films that are shot in the “mockumentary” style. In order to qualify as a Narrative Film the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction.

     10. Short-short Documentary Films (running time 10 minutes and under). Age category: 18 years of age to 13 years old. These Films must be factual and must not include entirely scripted or fictionalization of actual events. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit in this category, but we will ultimately decide which programme is best suited to your subject

     11. Animated Short-short Films ( running time 10 minutes and under). Age category: 18 years of age to 13 years old. The scope of animated films has grown with technology and gained ground as a distinct genre. Animation is more than just cartoons for kids and young-at-heart adults, and THROUGH THEIR EYES, The Festival, intends to the broadest possible range of intelligent, entertaining and provocative films from all around the globe

Short-Short (under 10 minutes) Film: Age requirement 12 years and under. These are the films to spotlight really new Film makers

     12. Short Narrative films (running time 10 minutes and under). Age category: 12 years and under These Films may include films that are shot in the “mockumentary” style. In order to qualify as a Narrative Film the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction.

     13. Short Documentary Films (running time 10 minutes and under). Age category: 12 years and under.These Films must be factual and must not include entirely scripted or fictionalization of actual events. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit in this category, but we will ultimately decide which

programme is best suited to your subject
     14. Animated Short Films ( running time 10 minutes and under). Age category: 12 years 
and under The scope of animated films has grown with technology and gained ground as a distinct genre. Animation is more than just cartoons for kids and young-at-heart adults, and THROUGH THEIR EYES, The Festival, intends to the broadest possible range of intelligent, entertaining and provocative films from all around the globe.