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REGULATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE NEW LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA

The 37th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema will be held in La Habana, from December 3th to 13th, 2015. The Festival promotes and awards those works whose significance and artistic values contribute to enrich and reaffirm the Latin American and Caribbean cultural identity.

Each year the Festival calls for entries to the Competitions in Fiction, Documentary, Animation, Opera Prima, Unproduced Script, Poster as well as the Competition for the ALBA Cultural’s Postproduction Award “Our America First Copy”. Besides that, the programme includes a showcase of contemporary world cinema, the Industry Sector initiatives as well as meetings and seminars on issues of cultural interest, especially cinema.


PROGRAMME

The Festival’s program comprises the following sections:

IN COMPETITION

The annual competition for the CORAL awards showcases a selection of the most recent production of Latin America and the Caribbean. The competition includes Fiction, Documentary and Animation films, as well as Unproduced Scripts and Posters. First fiction features by Latin American and Caribbean filmmakers compete separately for the Opera Prima CORAL Awards.


LATIN AMERICA IN PERSPECTIVE

An all-encompassing panorama of Latin American production, which complements the official selection screening In Competition. It consists of a series of thematic programs dealing with historical memory, social struggles, emigration, the politics of diversity, music and art in Latin America, films for children and adolescents, as well as a wide spectrum of cinematic approaches covering from fantastic and horror cinema to the poetics of avant-garde.


OTHER LATITUDES

INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASES

Focused in national cinemas, trends in contemporary moviemaking and the output of film schools and institutions.

CONTEMPORARY WORLD PANORAMA

A showcase of some of the most outstanding and representative titles in recent cinema.

DOCUMENTARY PANORAMA

Makes way for the ascending prestige, diversity and presence achieved by documentary filmmaking.


AROUND THE FESTIVAL

TRIBUTES

Devoted to outstanding personalities of cinema and culture.

RETROSPECTIVES

Dedicated to prominent figures and movements in film history.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Screening films that bear a particular relevance in the context of the Festival.

SEMINARS

Theoretical forums open to a range of issues on culture and cinema.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Exhibitions, concerts, as well as the launching of books and magazines.


INDUSTRY SECTOR

Calls for the competition for the ALBA Cultural Postproduction Award “Our America First Copy” and programs a series of initiatives intended for professionals in filmmaking, production and distribution which include workshops, seminars, lectures and master classes.



OFFICIAL SECTION IN COMPETITION

FILM COMPETITION

• The competition is open to works of Fiction, Documentary and Animation. Fiction stands for three competitive categories: Long Feature Film, Opera Prima (first feature films) and Short & Medium Length Film .

• Only films on a Latin American subject produced in 2014 or 2015 will be accepted.

• Dialogues, narration and other filmic texts must be in Spanish ; otherwise, a Spanish subtitled version must be available. Subtitling costs will be covered by the producer.

• A film can only be entered once for the Festival consideration.

• Besides that, those films previously screened at any other international film event held in Cuba do not qualify for the Competition slot but will be eligible to the remaining sections of the Festival.

Apart from the films in competition, this section will host a number of titles to be screened Out of Competition.


UNPRODUCED SCRIPT COMPETITION

• Only scripts for fiction feature films on a Latin American theme will be accepted.

• Competition is restricted to authors coming from Latin American or the Caribbean countries.

• Scripts must be original (no literary adaptations allowed).

• Only one script per author will be allowed in competition.

• A script can only be entered once for the Festival consideration.


POSTER COMPETITION

• Posters' subject will be Latin American cinema (films, showcases, festivals).

• Format and design of the posters are free .

• A poster can only be entered once for the Festival consideration.


POSTPRODUCTION COMPETITION “OUR AMERICA FIRST COPY”

1. The Competition is open to works of Fiction, Documentary and Animation on a Latin American subject produced in 2014 or 2015 that are currently in postproduction. Only films by authors from Latin American and the Caribbean will be accepted. This competition has its own regulations, which can also be accessed at the Festival web.



SUBMISSIONS

• Submission of films, unproduced scripts and posters should be accomplished through the Festival website www.habanafilmfestival.com or directly at the offices in La Habana, before August 30 th 2015 .

• Those interested are required to fill in and submit the online entry form at the Festival's website with all the requested data, including the author's biofilmography. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

FILMS: Entry of a film or video work will be accompanied by a DVD screener for selection in Spanish or with English subtitles , except for the Postproduction Competition “Our America First Copy”, where three DVDs must be submitted.

Moreover, CDs with press and publicity materials like stills, press kits and trailers could also be sent. The screener will carry solely the work registered. Checking the correct reproduction of the DVD before mailing it to the Festival is highly recommended as defective copies automatically invalidate the entry. Screeners will not be returned but archived by the Festival.

UNPRODUCED SCRIPTS: Submission of an unproduced script will be accompanied by three printed copies of the script in Spanish . The submitted copies will not be returned.

POSTERS: Submission of a poster will be accompanied by three copies of the definitive printed work. The submitted copies will not be returned.

• Submitted works (screeners, scripts and posters) must be sent at the sender's charge, labelled as follows: “NON COMMERCIAL VALUE - CULTURAL USE ONLY” . They are expected to arrive in our offices in Havana before August 30 th , 2015 . The Festival reserves the right to consideration.

• All correspondence should be sent to:

FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DEL NUEVO CINE LATINOAMERICANO - ICAIC

Calle 2 Nº 411, entre 17 y 19, Vedado, La Habana,
CUBA CP 10 400

Teléfono: 53 7 838 2841 / 53 7 838 2849

E-mail: festival@festival.icaic.cu

Web: www.habanafilmfestival.com



AWARDS

The following Coral Awards to the works In Competition will be delivered by the juries:


FICTION

Feature Length Film

Short or Medium Length Film

Special Jury Prize

Direction, Script, Cinematography, Performance (Male and Female), Art Direction, Editing, Original Music and Sound


OPERA PRIMA

Special Jury Prize

Artistic Contribution


DOCUMENTARY

Feature Length Film

Short or Medium Length Film

Special Jury Prize


ANIMATION

Feature Length Film

Short or Medium Length Film

Special Jury Prize


UNPRODUCED SCRIPT

Unproduced Script


POSTER

Poster


AUDIENCE AWARD

Delivered by public voting of spectators.


OTHER AWARDS

ALBA Cultural Postproduction Award “Our America First Copy”

FIPRESCI Award , by the International Federation of Film Critics

SIGNIS Award , by the World Catholic Association for Communication

TeleSUR Award , by the New Television of the South

Independent Awards , delivered by a number of Cuban and foreign institutions to films screening In Competition and in Latin America in Perspective



FILM PRINTS AND VIDEO COPIES FOR EXHIBITION

COPIES FOR THEATRICAL EXHIBITION

• Copies for exhibition must be available in the Festival's office before November 15 th 2015 .

• The films selected In Competition will screen in 35mm or Blu-Ray.

• Films selected in other sections will screen in Blu-Ray or DVD.

• The shipping costs to Cuba will be covered by the sender, while returning the copies to the origin will be the Festival's responsibility, with the exception of the customs taxes charged by each country upon importation.

• According to the Cuban Custom Office regulations, the film prints and video copies will enter the country as temporary imports.

• The insurance service contracted by the Festival covers the risks of fire, lost, theft and damage since the reception by the Festival until the return to the address indicated upon submission.

• In case of loss or damage, the compensation by Festival will cover exclusively the actual cost of a new copy. Complaints must be lodged within the three months period starting from the returning date.

• Copies should be sent by international courier (DHL or Copa Courier). Once dispatched, the sender will notify the date, number and courier service to our offices.

• The address to send the copies is the same that appears under SUBMISSIONS (see number 4)



FINAL ARRANGEMENTS

• The Festival decides which works will participate in the different sections of the event, as well as the date and time of each screening . Once the acceptance and programming details concerning a film were informed by the Selection Committee to the author, producer or any other interested part, and the latter had agreed with such a decision, the film cannot be withdrawn before its screening by the Festival.

• Submission implies the full acceptance of the above regulations. For further inquiries, please go to the Festival's web www.habanafilmfestival.com



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