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2019 Shorts Challenge!

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You may submit your project through FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/AnnapolisFilmFestival until December 1, 2018.
After that you may submit your project by emailing the PDF package directly to programming@annapolisfilmfestival.net
Final deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019

A pitch competition to make your short film!
TRUTH IN STORYTELLING

For our 2019 Shorts Challenge, the Annapolis Film Festival is requesting pitches for a short film that addresses how truth in storytelling is handled in filmmaking today.

We are looking for relevant ideas for a short documentary or short narrative film, which reveal the inspiration and the struggle for honesty and accuracy in filmmaking. This includes issues of telling true stories with a fictional license, docs that underscore truth in storytelling, and/or hybrid filmmaking that combines documentary and fictional elements. What are the positive or negative effects of dealing with TRUTH in filmmaking.

Be creative and interpret this as you see it. Please submit the following in a full package saved as a PDF or Word document:

1) Synopsis of your short film concept that meets this theme. No more than one page allowed.

2) Photo deck of prospective film subjects or representational photos and/or a written description. Links to video clips allowed, but not required.

3) Short preliminary budget.

4) Personal bio/resume. Five film projects will be chosen for a 5 – 7 minute live pitch session to be held in front of a festival audience and a panel of industry judges on the stage. The prize-winner will receive camera, lighting, and post-production packages including sound design and mix.

The short film will premiere at the 2020 Annapolis Film Festival, should it meet our usual standards.

You may submit your project through FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/AnnapolisFilmFestival until December 1, 2018. After that you may submit your project by emailing the PDF package directly to programming@annapolisfilmfestival.net Final deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2019 The Annapolis Film Festival is proud to announce its inaugural Shorts Challenge – a pitch competition! This year’s topic is women/girls issues at home & around the globe. Please submit a synopsis of your short film concept that meets this theme. No more than one page is advised. Both narrative and documentary concepts are accepted. In addition, please send a photo deck of prospective film subjects and/or a written description of the main ones. Video clips allowed, but not required. Please send a personal bio/resume as well as a short preliminary budget. Please email all of this to programming@annapolisfilmfestival.net by January 31, 2019 with the subject line AFF Shorts Challenge.

THE PROCESS

· All proposals will be reviewed by a selected group of industry professionals. Five film projects will be chosen for a live pitch session during the Annapolis Film Festival, March 21 – March 24, 2019, to be held in front of a festival audience. Filmmakers will have five to seven minutes to pitch their stories and show short clips (if available, not mandatory) of their concept to three industry judges on the stage who will critique the pitches in front of the audience.

After all the pitches are completed, the audience will vote via cell phones/text to vote. The combined vote of the judges, curators, and audience will determine the award-winner, which will be announced at the Saturday Bash and again at the Best of Fest on Sunday.

THE PRIZE

1) Sound design, mix and music composition from Baltimore’s Studio Unknown
2) A lighting package from Serious Grip and Electric (near Baltimore)
3) A camera and sound rental package from LensProToGo.com (can be shipped for 4 days 3 times or 12 shoot days total to anywhere in the U.S.)
4) Post-production package (near D.C.)

This is valued at approximately $30k in goods and services

THE PREMIERE

The short film will premiere at the Annapolis Film Festival, 2020. However, we will review the film as it is being made and it will have to meet our usual standards for final acceptance.

If the film should be invited to screen at another festival first, the filmmaker would need to get permission from the Annapolis Film Festival. We will determine, on a case-by-case basis, if the film can screen at another festival first.

The five finalists will be given one round-trip ticket to the festival, one hotel room for up to four nights, 2 All-Access passes and a chance to win the video, sound and post package.

Submission deadline – January 31, 2019
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