Call for Entries
The AFF is now accepting submissions for the 2013 Annual Arab Film Festival, to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles, opening October 11th, 2013 in San Francisco. AFF is the largest and longest-running annual showcase in North America of works by independent Arab filmmakers that provide insightful and innovative perspectives on Arab culture, art, history and politics. Founded in 1996, AFF has grown into an important bridge between the Arab world, Arab-American communities, and the broader American public.
We accept submissions of all genres; features, documentaries, experimental works, short films, animations and beyond. While there is no submission fee, we strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their works early.
The deadline for entries is May 31st, 2013.
2013 ARAB FILM AWARDS
The Arab Film Awards will celebrate filmmakers whose enlightening and original works distinguish themselves in their category. A pre-screening committee will select four finalists in each category after viewing all the films participating in the festival’s competition. A jury made up of distinguished members of the film and academic communities will select the outstanding film and award a cash prize to the director of the winning film in the following categories:
Best Narrative Feature: 1500 USD
Best Documentary Feature: 1000 USD
Best Narrative Short: 500 USD
Best Documentary Short: 500 US
If you would like to be considered for the festival competition, please select it in the entry form. Screening fees will not be provided to films in competition. For consideration in the 2013 Arab Film Awards, the film must have been completed after January 1st 2011 and not have been shown in the San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles. To be considered as a Short, the work has to be less than 45 minutes long.
To be considered you must include the following with each film submission:
- A preview copy of the film in DVD format
- Completed entry form
Submission does not guarantee exhibition of the film in the 2013 Arab Film Festival. There is no submission fee for the Festival, and the Festival does not pay screening fees for submitted films.
Submissions should be sent to:
Arab Film Festival
333 Valencia Street Suite 325
San Francisco CA 94103-3568
|For preview purposes, entries must be submitted on DVD (region 0 or 1). Please test your consumer-burned DVD on several makes and models of players before sending it. Please be sure to label the DVD with the following information:|
1. Title of the Film
2. The full name of the Director(s)
4. Date of completion of production
Online screeners must be available for more than one viewing until June 1st
Please be sure that the film title and requested information are in English.
Official Selections will be shown during the Festival in their original film gauge or video format whenever possible. AFF only screens works available on 35mm, DigiBeta, DVD or Blu-Ray.
|All non-English language entries must have English subtitles for preview and for Festival presentation. Exceptions may be made for entries with no dialogue.
Ship your cassette or DVD in a bubble-pack envelope. A fiberpack envelope can cause damage to tapes and decks.
COSTS & LABELING
All shipping costs to and from San Francisco must be borne by the sender.
All tapes and DVDs must indicate title, shipper's name and return shipping address.
We recommend that all entries from outside the U.S. be sent Air Mail Registered or by a parcel or express service. We cannot accept entries shipped via air freight if customs and delivery fees have not been prepaid.
RETURN OF ENTRIES
Preview copies submitted become property of the Festival committee and will not be returned. The filmmakers retain all rights to their submitted films.