ALMERIA WESTERN FILM FESTIVAL



Deadlines

01 Mar 2017
Call for entries

15 Aug 2017
Festival closed

Address

MIRLO,  04200, TABERNAS, ALMERIA, Spain


Festival description
WESTERN FILMS
Short Films 20'<
Feature Films


 
Festival requirements
 Fiction
 Documentary
 Animation
 Fantastic
 Terror
 Experimental
 Music Video
 Other
 Genres
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Any language
 Subtitles 
Spanish
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• OFFICIAL SECTION FOR FULL-LENGTH WESTERN FILMS:

COMPETITIVE AND INTERNATIONAL CHARACTER
National and international full-length films, produced in the two years (2016 and 2017) prior to the date of the festival. The films can have already been performed in other festivals celebrated before the AWFF, although the selection committee will appreciate if the film is performed for the first time in Spain and, particularly, in the AWFF. This section is competitive and will have a programming including between five and eight full-length films, in addition to another full-length film already performed in cinemas, which will open the festival week.

• OFFICIAL SECTION FOR SHORT WESTERN FILMS:

COMPETITIVE AND INTERNATIONAL CHARACTER
Films of Spanish nationality and foreign films with a maximum duration of 20 minutes (including the film credits) and a premiere date later than January 1st 2016. The selection committee will appreciate if the film is performed for the first time in Spain and, particularly, in the AWFF. This section is competitive and will have a programming including between five and ten professional short films.

• OFFICIAL SECTION FOR FILM SCHOOL TRAINING OF WESTERN GENRE:

COMPETITIVE AND NATIONAL CHARACTER
Audiovisual Works of Spanish nationality with a maximum duration of 10 minutes (including the credits) and a premiere date later than January 1st 2016. The director and a considerable part of the technique team must have been enrolled in a professional training center, academy, film school, or public or private university in Spain during the academic year 2015/2016 or 2016/2017. We will leave work’s creation to your discretion (fiction, video creation, false commercial, video clip, etc.), but all the works have to be framed in the western genre.

Festival start: 11 October 2017      Festival end: 14 October 2017

International western film festival

The awards for every official section taking part in the competition -full-length films, short films and film school training- will be:

OFFICIAL SECTION FOR FULL-LENGTH FILMS COMPETITION

• AWARD FOR THE BEST FULL-LENGTH WESTERN FILM 2017
AWFF Award 2017: it will be given by the jury of the Official Section of full-length films to reward the best full-length fiction work.
Note: if the number of films presented allow us to choose among different types of western, we reserves the right to divide the award and give two different awards: “Award for the best western” and “Award for the best neo-western”.
• AWARD FOR TECHNICAL-ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO THE WESTER GENRE
AWFF Award 2017: It will be given by the Jury of the Official Section of Full-lengths Films to a professional who has contributed to the spreading and renovation of the international western genre: scriptwriter, film director, art director, production designer, director of photography, sound engineer, composer, head of wardrobe, head of make-up and costumes, visual effects, etc.
• AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE
AWFF Award 2017, given by the Jury of the Official Section of Full-length Films to an actor or actress who has played the principal or the minor role in one of the films taking part in competition.
• AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST WESTERN FULL-LENGTH FILM
AWFF Award 2017, given by the audience who has watched the film projections of the Official Section, including the opening film, although this is not taking part in competition.

OFFICIAL SECTION FOR SHORT FILMS AND FILM SCHOOL TRAINING COMPETITION

• AWARD FOR BEST WESTERN SHORT FILM
AWFF Award 2017, given by the Jury of the Official Section of Short Films. It is given in honor of the best fictional short film.

• AWARD FOR BEST PRACTISE IN SCHOOL TRAINING
AWFF Award 2017, given by the Jury of the Official Section of Short Films. It is given in honor of the best audiovisual short practice.

The Jury of the Official Section of Full-length films, Short films and Film School Training will be formed in the weeks previous to the celebration of the festival and it will be announced in our web site and other media.
The awards given in every section of the competition will involve:
- A trophy designed with the image of a cowboy coming through the door of the Saloon- which is similar to the logotype of the festival and includes an engraved text in the base referring to the award.
- Prize with proven economic value, in collaboration with entities and partner agencies collaborating with the festival.
- No cash prizes are contemplated.
The decision of the Jury will not be subject to appeal.

Personal data will be treated in compliance with the current legislation (Ley orgánica 15/1999).

VII AWFF | 7TH ALMERIA WESTERN FILM FESTIVAL EDITION

RULES GOVERNING

- INTERNATIONAL FULL-LENGTH FILMS COMPETITION
- INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS COMPETITION
- NATIONAL FILM SCHOOL TRAINING COMPETITION
Registration period for all sections: March 1, 2017 – August 15, 2017

1. FESTIVAL OBJECTIVES
The 7th edition of the Almeria Western Film Festival (AWFF), organized by the Town Council of Tabernas, has the following objectives:

- To become one of the main references for the western film genre at an international level.
- The dissemination and promotion of western films to contribute to the knowledge of world cinematography.
- To give visibility to those audiovisual Works not used to find an exhibition place in a billboard.
- To value the 60 years old heritage which has inspired masterpieces of all genres, encoded several rules of film language and promoted the present and the future of the audiovisual industry, as well as its impact in the local economy.

2. DATE
The VII edition of the Almeria Western Film Festival will take place between October 11th and 14th 2017.

3. COMPETITION SECTIONS
The festival will have, in addition to its various activities, three competition sections for films, which will offer a panoramic view of the current western films at both national and international levels:

• OFFICIAL SECTION FOR FULL-LENGTH WESTERN FILMS:

COMPETITIVE AND INTERNATIONAL CHARACTER
National and international full-length films, produced in the two years (2016 and 2017) prior to the date of the festival. The films can have already been performed in other festivals celebrated before the AWFF, although the selection committee will appreciate if the film is performed for the first time in Spain and, particularly, in the AWFF. This section is competitive and will have a programming including between five and eight full-length films, in addition to another full-length film already performed in cinemas, which will open the festival week.

• OFFICIAL SECTION FOR SHORT WESTERN FILMS:

COMPETITIVE AND INTERNATIONAL CHARACTER
Films of Spanish nationality and foreign films with a maximum duration of 20 minutes (including the film credits) and a premiere date later than January 1st 2016. The selection committee will appreciate if the film is performed for the first time in Spain and, particularly, in the AWFF. This section is competitive and will have a programming including between five and ten professional short films.

• OFFICIAL SECTION FOR FILM SCHOOL TRAINING OF WESTERN GENRE:

COMPETITIVE AND NATIONAL CHARACTER
Audiovisual Works of Spanish nationality with a maximum duration of 10 minutes (including the credits) and a premiere date later than January 1st 2016. The director and a considerable part of the technique team must have been enrolled in a professional training center, academy, film school, or public or private university in Spain during the academic year 2015/2016 or 2016/2017. We will leave work’s creation to your discretion (fiction, video creation, false commercial, video clip, etc.), but all the works have to be framed in the western genre.

For registration it is compulsory to fill out the attached form: EXEMPLARY FORM (SEE THE EXAMPLE AT THE END OF THE DOCUMENT)
The AWFF 2017, just like we have been doing in the previous editions, will take care of the selection of films both in the full-length and in the short film sections, the participation of Spanish films, European films or Ibero-American as well as the national and international premieres incorporated.

A Committee will value all the works registered and will select the finalists between August 15th and 20th 2017. The decision of the selection committee will not be subject to appeal.

The organization team of the festival will communicate the selection of the finalist works to the producers and/or representatives of the works between the days August 20th and 31st 2017. The representative are committed to maintain the confidentiality about the selection until the festival makes public all the official sections on its web site and other media. The estimated date for the publication of the selection will be between September 1st and 10th 2017.

4. OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PARTICIPATION OF THE WORKS
The films registered to participate in the AWFF 2017 must fulfill, in addition to all the above, the following conditions:

- The formats of the copies must adapt to technical requirements of every section of the festival, preferably with AVI file format. Those works that do not take into account the technical guarantees required for its public screening could be rejected.
- The participants are committed not to remove the works from the official section once they have been selected and informed the producers and/or representative. In any case, the deadline to renounce the participation in the festival will be August 31st 2017.
- Once the selection has been notified in any of the competition sections, the participants will have ten calendar days –between September 1st and 10th 2017- to send the projection copies through a download link to the following email addresses:
coordinacion@almeriawesternfilmfestival.es

online@almeriawesternfilmfestival.es

The participants could also send the projection copies by regular mail to the following address:
Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Tabernas
Calle Mirlo, 1
04200 Tabernas (Almería) SPAIN

The festival reserves the right to remove form competition the works not arriving within the established period.

- The copies could be projected in original version with subtitles in Spanish or English –for Spanish language films- or dubbed in Spanish. The participants must provide the subtitles of the works, including them in the audio when they send the projection copies.

- Likewise, the participants have to send a ZIP file folder with the advertising material of the selected work between September 1st and 10th 2017: film poster, three advertising pictures in high resolution, list of credits, synopsis in Spanish and English (maximum 3 lines), age category, a photograph and the biography of the director (maximum 5 lines). This file folder has to be send to the following email:

online@almeriawesternfilmfestival.es

- The invitation for every film selected by the festival is strictly confidential for the organization (Town Council of Tabernas), the team in charge of the management of the festival and the producers or representatives of the film invited until the festival decides to announce it officially.

5. AWARDS AND JURY
The awards for every official section taking part in the competition -full-length films, short films and film school training- will be:

OFFICIAL SECTION FOR FULL-LENGTH FILMS COMPETITION

• AWARD FOR THE BEST FULL-LENGTH WESTERN FILM 2017
AWFF Award 2017: it will be given by the jury of the Official Section of full-length films to reward the best full-length fiction work.
Note: if the number of films presented allow us to choose among different types of western, we reserves the right to divide the award and give two different awards: “Award for the best western” and “Award for the best neo-western”.
• AWARD FOR TECHNICAL-ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO THE WESTER GENRE
AWFF Award 2017: It will be given by the Jury of the Official Section of Full-lengths Films to a professional who has contributed to the spreading and renovation of the international western genre: scriptwriter, film director, art director, production designer, director of photography, sound engineer, composer, head of wardrobe, head of make-up and costumes, visual effects, etc.
• AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE
AWFF Award 2017, given by the Jury of the Official Section of Full-length Films to an actor or actress who has played the principal or the minor role in one of the films taking part in competition.
• AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST WESTERN FULL-LENGTH FILM
AWFF Award 2017, given by the audience who has watched the film projections of the Official Section, including the opening film, although this is not taking part in competition.

OFFICIAL SECTION FOR SHORT FILMS AND FILM SCHOOL TRAINING COMPETITION

• AWARD FOR BEST WESTERN SHORT FILM
AWFF Award 2017, given by the Jury of the Official Section of Short Films. It is given in honor of the best fictional short film.

• AWARD FOR BEST PRACTISE IN SCHOOL TRAINING
AWFF Award 2017, given by the Jury of the Official Section of Short Films. It is given in honor of the best audiovisual short practice.

The Jury of the Official Section of Full-length films, Short films and Film School Training will be formed in the weeks previous to the celebration of the festival and it will be announced in our web site and other media.
The awards given in every section of the competition will involve:
- A trophy designed with the image of a cowboy coming through the door of the Saloon- which is similar to the logotype of the festival and includes an engraved text in the base referring to the award.
- Prize with proven economic value, in collaboration with entities and partner agencies collaborating with the festival.
- No cash prizes are contemplated.
The decision of the Jury will not be subject to appeal.
Personal data will be treated in compliance with the current legislation (Ley orgánica 15/1999).

6. HOW TO PARTICIPATE
The registration of the films submitted to competition in the different sections of the festival is free of charge. To participate, you must proceed as follows:

1) FILMS SUBJECT TO ANALYSIS AND SELECTION
In the first phase, the producer, the director or the exhibitor of the full-length and short films will register their works. The registration period will be from Wednesday, March 1st to Tuesday, August 15th 2017.

The official means for registration is through these platforms:

FESTHOME
http://festhome.com
The costs of the online delivery are between 2€ for shortmovies and 8€ y de 8€ for full-length films >60min por envío. Any questions will be answered in the section “FAQs” or contacting throught the form “contact with us” of the website.

In case of using one of these platforms as a means of delivery, the participants will only have to fill out the registration form of this platform.

The participants could also send a copy to be analyzed and valued -through a permanent link, including the password- to the following email addresses:
direccion@almeriawesternfilmfestival.es
coordinacion@almeriawesternfilmfestival.es
Anyway, all the participants have to complete the registration form with all the necessary data.


2) FILMS SELECTED FOR COMPETITION
In the second phase, the full-length and short films selected by the valuation committee must be sent to the festival before Friday, September 15th 2017, also enclosing the corresponding promotional materials. All the materials must be sent in digital format and have to include a press-book, as established in the part 04 of the official announcement.

The online distribution of the materials will be done through the area reserved for mass media in the official web site of the festival:
www.almeriawesternfilmfestival.es
Likewise, you should send at least five posters to the mailing address of the festival.

3) PROGRAMMING
The Organization of the Almeria Western Film Festival will establish the order and the date of display of every film. Once the participation of the film has been confirmed, this film cannot be removed from the festival’s projection.

The registration means your acceptance of these terms, as well as the resolution by the Organization of any event not included here.

JOSÉ DÍAZ IBÁÑEZ JUAN FRANCISCO VIRUEGA
Mayor of the City Council of Tabernas Director of the Almeria Western Film Festival

7. FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS AND CONTACT

Festival headquarters are located in Tabernas:

Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Tabernas
Calle Mirlo, 1
04200 Tabernas (Almería) España
Tel. (+34) 950 36 50 02
Web Site: www.almeriawesternfilmfestival.es
Email: info@almeriawesternfilmfestival.es
Office hours: Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 15:00 pm approx.

  

 
  

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