Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Robinson International Short Film Competition


PurposeTo honor the legacy of Sanford N. Robinson, this short film competition will help further the careers of the winning filmmakers by awarding significant monetary prizes and offering exposure for their films.

The competition is an international competition open to any and all independent filmmakers, including college and graduate level film students, as well as professionals in the field. 
• Must be a Pittsburgh premiere (no prior public Pittsburgh screenings or TV broadcasts)
• Films completed in 2009 or later
• Screening formats: 35mm, Beta SP (NTSC), Digibeta (NTSC), HDCAM, Blu-ray
• Foreign language films must have English subtitles
• Must be forty (40) minutes or less

Acceptable genres include narrative, documentary, or animated films. Submissions must contain an essence of Jewishness as represented by theme, history or culture.

Call For Entries

Entries are due January 31, 2012. Submission fees are as follows:

Entry Fee:

By December 23 - $10
By January 15 - $20
After January 15 - $30

Payments from outside of the U.S. must be in the form of a U.S. bank check, money order or credit card. Personal checks are not accepted from outside the U.S.

Checks and Money Orders should be made payable to: JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum. Please do not send cash. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Return of submission:
Submissions will not be returned unless a self-addressed stamped return envelope is included with submission.

Entry Format:
Submissions must be on DVD – NTSC format only. DVDs in PAL format will not be accepted. International films must be formatted for Region Code 1 (North America) or Region Code 0 (Universal).

Entry Form:
All applicants are encouraged to complete an online entry form. A printed copy of the completed entry form must also be included with your DVD submission. The following information will be needed to complete the entry form: film synopsis (50 word maximum), country of origin, type of film, length of film, screening and broadcast history, honors and awards, filmmaker's contact information, biography, and personal statement (100 word maximum).

Submissions should be mailed to:

JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum
Attn: Robinson Competition
234 McKee Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Entrants may submit more than one film. Each entry requires a separate DVD, entry form and entrance fee.

Awards and Presentation

Up to ten films will be selected for presentation by JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum at an Awards Evening in early May. The winning films will be announced immediately following the screening.

1st prize: $10,000
Honorable Mention: 2 winners at $3,000 each

Filmmakers will be notified in March of their selection. It is the desire of JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum and the Robinson Family that all selected filmmakers will make every effort to attend the Awards Evening. Attendance, however, is not mandatory to receive a prize.

Additional Terms and Conditions

JFilm is not responsible for late, lost, damaged or ineligible entries. Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their submitted films. By entering this competition, the entrant certifies that they have the legal right to submit and exhibit the film. The applicant is responsible and liable for any breach of rights or the law in the submission and exhibition process. Award winners will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that their short film is original and that he/she holds all rights. Affidavits of winners under 18 years of age at time of award must be countersigned by parent or legal guardian. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winners. By entering the competition, the entrant grants the right to publish or transmit portions of the film for the purpose of press or promotion, unless otherwise noted. Additionally, entry constitutes permission to use winners' name, likeness, and voice for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. Void where prohibited.