Submissions for the ‘Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth’ – 2017

If you have any submission queries, please download our FAQ document, and please read the Rules & Regulations thoroughly before submitting your project. You may also email Program Coordinator at submission@siffcy.org

Important dates:
The annual ‘Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth’ will be held December 11th -17th 2017, in New Delhi-India

Submission deadlines:
Thursday 31th August, 2017– Early Bird
Sunday 15th October, 2017 – Extended Deadline

Submissions are open for the following categories:

1. FEATURE FILMS (60 min and above)

The film should be a Feature Film (Fiction: Both Live action & Animation).
It should have been PRODUCED AFTER January 2014.
Film/s should be in Digital format/ DVD format and Blu Ray

2. SHORT FILM (Below 30 Min)

All short films / documentaries shot on film or Video (Analog / Digital format) produced after January 2014 within a running duration of 30 minutes to 60 minutes are eligible for the festival.

Entries of all short fiction films / short documentaries / short animation shall be accepted only in DVD format or Online.

3. SHORT DOCUMENTARY (Below 30 minutes)

All short films / documentaries shot on film or Video (Analog / Digital format) between 1st January 2014 within a running duration of below 30 minutes are eligible for the festival.

Documentary competition section must not exceed duration of more than 28 minutes.

Entries of all films / documentaries / animation shall be accepted only in DVD format or online.

4. SPECIAL FILMS BY STUDENTS

Films made by students of any age group and shot on any format are eligible for the festival

How to Submit

SEND VIA EMAIL

1. Please e-mail the completed form (Filled, signed and Scanned) and other required attachments to: submission@siffcy.org by September 30, 2017.

2. Please mention the subject “Film Submission / Title of the film / Category / Country name”

3. Please send any online screener link + Password (Link should be well

protected/water marked) on the body of the e-mail.

Attachments:

 • Directors Biography(2-5 pages)
 • Director’s Photograph (Head Shot + Profile)
 • Stills from the film (at least 3)
 • Synopsis

YOU CAN ALSO SEND VIA POST/COURIER

1. Please send a Screener DVD (Water marked)

2. Please send a sample DVD of the director’s previous work/ Biography, Director’s photograph (2), Synopsis, Working stills (3).

NOTE: The DVD should be clearly marked with the company name and the title of the project.

AND

“For SIFFCY-2017 India , SELECTION AND PREVIEW PURPOSE, FOR CULTURAL USE only ‐ Not for commercial use.” The courier invoice should mention “No Commercial Value ‐ Value for Customs Purposes US$ Two / INR 100 only.

Postal Address:

Submission of films
SIFFCY

C/O SMILE FOUNDATION
V-11, Level One, Green Park Extn.
New Delhi 110016, India
Ph : +91-11-43123700
Fax: +91-11-41354454
E-mail: submission@siffcy.org
Website: www.siffcy.org
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INTRODUCTION

SIFFCY: This is an annual films festival, organized by Smile Foundation – India, it’s a special film platform devoted to a greater appreciation of meaningful cinema made for children & youth. This is a unique festivals which showcases films with substance only, support emerging filmmakers having ideas for value based films & recognize the leaders/promoters of this industry for highlighting the diverse perspectives of Good Cinema through their films. The festival presents features, shorts, live action and animation films over one week, with a projected attendance of more than fifteen thousand children and hundreds of film professionals and eminent guests from around the world this year

Important Dates for 2017 Edition:
Festival Dates: 11th-17th December 2017 (New Delhi, India)
Submission Dead Lines:
Early deadline-31th August 2017 / Late Dead line: 30th September 2017

OBJECTIVES

• To promote meaningful cinema that meant for children & youth
• To bring together high quality, entertaining, multi‐cultural cinema for children & youth.
• To cultivate understanding of other cultures, lives & experiences through the medium of film.
• To catalyze critical appreciation and creative pursuit of cinematic art amongst children & youth.
• To support the work of talented and dedicated children & young film‐makers and encourage the exchange of ideas amongst them.

THE ORGANISER

SIFFCY is organized by ‘Smile Foundation’ a national level development organisation directly benefitting over 300,000 children and their families every year, through 158 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, in more than 700 remote villages and slums across 25 states of India.

Along with its intensive welfare projects on the ground, Smile Foundation has also adopted the model of Civic Driven Change, under which it continuously strives to sensitize the privileged mass of the country so that they come forward, take on the social problems of the country as personal challenges and fight them back.

For some time now, Smile Foundation has been deploying films, which are creative, innovative and are a balance of the right content and the right quality, as a medium in sensitizing the masses, and engaging them proactively in the process of initiating social change. It has forayed into producing films of all kinds – documentary, short & feature; and has been hugely successful, winning several awards for its endeavours in all the categories.

Smile Foundation has already produced more than 60 short films and documentaries besides a feature film titled ‘I AM KALAM’ which has received more than 30 international awards and a National Award. It has produced Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award-winning annual TV series ‘Choone Do Aasman’ with NDTV. Smile Foundation has also been organizing very successful festivals and workshops.

RULES & REGULATIONS FOR SUBMISSION

- Films produced only after January 2016 are eligible for submission.
- Entry fees: 10 USD for feature film (Free for Short, Doc & Student films)
- Submission format: DVD / Online Screener link.
- Projection format: DCP/ DVD / BLU RAYS
- Materials: Film Screener, Trailer, 2 High Res Stills from the film, Directors’ photograph(Head Shot), Synopsis (Long & short both),
- Deadline: 30th September 2017 (Duly filled entry form & DVDs/Online screener must reach the festival office before. This deadline must be strictly observed. )
- LANGUAGE & SUBTITLES (Films must be submitted in their original language. Films in language other than English, should be subtitled in English)
- All Indian films must be censored by CBFC.

THE FESTIVAL ACCEPTS ENTRIES IN THE COMPETITION SECTIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CRITERIA OUTLINED BELOW:

1. FEATURE FILMS (Fiction: Live Action, Animation, 60 min and above)

The film should be a Feature Film.
It should have been PRODUCED AFTER January 2014.
Films should be in Digital format/DCP/DVD or Blu Ray

2. SHORT FILM (Fiction: Live Action, Animation, 30-60 min)

All short films / documentaries shot on film or Video (Analog / Digital format) produced after January 2014 within a running duration between 30 to 60 minutes are eligible for the festival.

Entries of all short fiction films / short documentaries / short animation shall be accepted only in DVD or online digital format.

3. SHORT DOCUMENTARY (Below 30 minutes)

All short films / documentaries shot on film or Video (Analog / Digital format) after January 2013 within a running duration of less than 30 minutes are eligible for the festival. Entries of all films / documentaries / animation shall be accepted only in DVD or online digital format.

4. SPECIAL FILMS BY STUDENTS

Films made by students of any age group and shot on any format & any length are eligible for the festival

RIGHT OF PARTICIPATION
  • • Participation in the Festival implies adherence to the regulations below. It is the responsibility of producers, distributors, and sales agents, other organizations submitting a film to ensure that they are legitimately entitled to enter a film in the Festival and are in a position to make the exhibition and publicity material available for screening in the festival upon selection.
  • • In case of dispute of interpretation of the regulations of participation, the Festival Director shall have the right to adjudicate on all disputes including those relating to the matters not specifically covered by Rules & Regulations, as well as allowing exceptions. The decision of the Festival Director shall be final and binding on the participants concerned.
  • • The festival directorate reserves the right to exclude films which are not in conformity with the aims of the festival or which could offend the national feelings of any participating country or contain visuals/ dialogues that are discriminatory, offensive or inappropriate for children’s viewership.
PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS WITH DULY FILLED AND SIGNED ENTRY FORM:

• Preview DVDs (region 0/5) of the film, labeled with the film title, director’s name, year of production, length, format ‐
Two DVDs of Each Film
• One DVD with the following information:
a) Filled Entry Form (PDF / Scanned)
b) Synopsis of the film (100 words for feature film & 50 words for Short films)
c) Two or more high resolution stills from the film (300 dpi)
d) Payment of entry fee for feature films: 10 USD ( USD Ten Only)
VIA - Electronic/ Wire Transfer ‐ The Bank details are as follows (please email on submission@siffcy.org for bank detail)

Note: Do not send master tapes or film prints for preview screening, as the preview tapes/DVDs will not be returned.

- All material submitted to the Festival will be retained for archival purposes.

DISPATCH OF SUBMISSION MATERIAL

DVDs for selection must be clearly marked:

“For SIFFCY-2017 India , SELECTION AND PREVIEW PURPOSE, FOR CULTURAL USE only ‐ Not for commercial use.” The courier invoice should mention “No Commercial Value ‐ Value for Customs Purposes US$ Two / INR 100 only.
The cost of the courier charges for the preview material is to be borne by the applicant.
Additionally, the sender should inform the Festival by fax or e‐mail, the title of the film, the date and means of shipment, and the AWB number. The duly filled form & preview DVDs and other material must be sent to:

Submission of films - SIFFCY
C/O Smile Foundation,
V-11 Level one, Green Park Extn. New Delhi-110016, India.
Ph: +91 9999299262, +91- 11- 41354565. Fax: +91-11-41354454
Email: submission@siffcy.org
Website: www.siffcy.org , www.smilefoundationindia.org

SELECTION

A selection Committee appointed by SIFFCY will select all films. The decision of the committee will be final. And there should not be further question of any kind to it.

Eligibility
  • • The films eligible for the ‘Feature film Competition Section’ must be: Fiction‐Live action (Feature length); Animation (Feature length)
  • • The films eligible for the ‘Short film Competition Section’ must be: Fiction‐Live action (Short); Animation (Short).
  • Films with duration of 60 minutes or more will be considered Features and films with duration of less than 60 minutes will be considered Shorts.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  • • A SIFFCY trophy for Best Film (Feature)
  • • A SIFFCY trophy for Best Director (Feature)
  • • A SIFFCY trophy for Best Actor / Actress (in Feature)
  • • A SIFFCY trophy for Best Story (Feature)
  • • A SIFFCY trophy for Best Film (Short)
  • • A SIFFCY trophy for Best Documentary (Documentary)
  • • A SIFFCY trophy for Best Student film (Special Citation in 3 different age group)
  • • A SIFFCY trophy for Best film with special message (Special Citation in any category)
  • • Special Mention Plaques may be awarded at the discretion of the Jury.
  • • Certificate of Participation to all films presented in this section.
  • LANGUAGE VERSION, SUBTITLES & OTHER TERMS
  • • The cost of subtitling is the responsibility of the producer.
  • • English translation of the dialogue list must be provided to the festival organizers along with exhibition material.
  • • The deadline for arrival of the Film Prints/ Provided Exhibition Formats in New Delhi-India of selected films is November 30th 2017. The date stipulated for the film’s arrival in New Delhi must be respected at all costs.
  • • Granting permission for post‐festival non‐commercial screenings of officially selected films is pre-approved by the rights holder/producer. This is applicable for all selected films.

SPECIAL REQUEST FOR NON-COMMERCIAL SCREENINGS AFTER THE FESTIVAL

SIFFCY - Smile Foundation, India is committed to sensitize children & youth through meaningful cinemas. Print as well as DVD screenings of Children’s films will tour the country different activities ! We request producers/right holders of films selected for SIFFCY 2017 to allow their films to be screened in non-commercial shows/screenings after the festival. We will not be able to provide screening fees for these films, but hope that we have your goodwill and support in reaching your delightful film to children across India. Exhibition Format for these non‐commercial screenings will be DVDs and digital/online.

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FESTIVAL The Festival Directorate will cover the storage and insurance of the films after receipt while they are at its storage facilities in India.

JURISDICTION

All disputes in respect of any matter relating to the SIFFCY-2017 shall be subjected to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts and forums in NEW DELHI, India.

Please Note: This is understood that you agree to all the Terms & Conditions mentioned here when submit your film and by default allow siffcy-Smile Foundation to conduct non-commercial screenings of your film during & after the festival.

Thanking you
Festival Director - siffcy

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