Call for Submissions

 

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

 

95815263ELIGIBILITY & RULES

Desert Rocks Film And Music Event Inc., herein after referred to as the Festival, is open to U.S. and foreign films in these categories:  Feature Films,  Short Films, Documentaries, Animation, Student Films (Features & Shorts), and Music Videos. This year, we also have a special sidebar category, Mardi Gras/New Orleans.

Films which have been broadcast on television, cable, or have had a theatrical release prior to the festival are not eligible.

Musicians compete by entering a music video and performing live at the event.

 

ENTRY FORMAT

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You may submit your entries as online screeners through filmfreeway.com or withoutabox.com . Or, you may submit your entries through this website.

If you are entering through this website, entries must be submitted on DVD.  DVDs must be playable on DVD players in all Regions (please test before sending). We require 3 DVDs per submission.  DVDs will not be returned.  Please do not send original or master prints.   Foreign language films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all music in their films.

You may submit more than one film or music video, but each entry must be on separate DVDs (x3), and accompanied by its own completed Submission Form and Entry Fee.  For all music videos, attach a typed or legible, hand-written copy of the song lyrics to the Submission Form.

To be eligible, entries must be paid for and postmarked by July 31, 2017, when submissions close.

THE PROCESS

To enter your film/music video, click on the PayPal button below to pay the submission fee.  Fees are non-refundable.  Once your submission fee is accepted, Click on ‘Download Submission Form’ below.  Download and print out the Submission Form, fill it out completely, and mail along with 3 copies of your DVD to:

Desert Rocks F.A.M.E., Inc._0000518
8752 SVL Box
Victorville, CA 92395

Filmmakers will be expected to MAIL their entries through the U.S. POSTAL SERVICE.  FedEx, UPS, and other shipping services WILL NOT deliver to a box number.  It is the responsibility of filmmakers to send their entries early, so their submissions are received by the deadline.  Filmmakers are responsible for insurance and mailing costs.  No shipment with fees due will be accepted. Mail your DVDs in a protective envelope. The Festival is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred in shipping.

All DVDs, mailing containers, and shipping labels must have the title of the work, name of entrant, and email address clearly marked on them.  For confirmation of receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard with each entry.  The Festival will not confirm receipt of submitted materials by telephone or email.

No revisions will be accepted once your entry has been made.

A list of finalists will be posted on the Festival website on or before August 31, 2017. Finalists will then be sent an email with laurels and further directions. If your entry is accepted as a finalist, you will then be required to submit a high-quality digital file of your film/music video for festival exhibition.  The digital file for your submission must be shipped or uploaded in time to reach the Festival office no later than, September 9, 2017.  Finalists will be given all the necessary details when contacted.

For technical details on the final, high-quality digital movie submission, please click ****HERE**** .

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Submission Fees:

Early Entry

Regular

Late Entry

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Deadline:

Deadline:

Deadline:

Extended Deadline:

April 30, 2017

June 30, 2017

July 24, 2017

July 31, 2017

Feature Films

$20

$30

$40

$50

Narratives &  Documentaries

Animation & Short Films

$15

$20

$30

$40

(50 minutes or less)

Student Films

(Must provide proof of student registration)

Student Feature

$15

$25

$35

$45

Student Short

$10

$15

$20

$25

(50 minutes or less)

Music Videos

$10

$15

$25

$35

(10 minutes or less)

 

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Submit Direct To Festival –Submissions Now Closed

 
 

 

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

 

JUDGING, AWARDS, and PRIZES

shapeimage_1All juried films will be screened by at least three panelists whose decisions will be final.  Audience Choice voting will be done during the festival.

Awards will be presented to the Director of the winning films.  Some award categories may have prize sponsors providing gifts.  Check back often for any possible updates of additional prizes.

Film Awards
Best of Festival, Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Student Feature, Best Student Short, Best Animation, Best Sidebar Film (Mardi Gras/New Orleans), Best Screenplay, and Audience Choice.  If, for any reason, there are not at least three films in a category, no award will be given away for that category.

The Best of Festival – Film will receive a $1,000 prize!

Band Awards
Best of Festival, Best Music, Best Lyrics, Best Stage Presence, Best Music Video, Best Sidebar (Mardi Gras/New Orleans) Themed Music Video, and Audience Choice.

The Best of Festival – Band/Music Video will receive a $500 prize!  There is also a $500 Audience Choice Award prize presented to one of the bands performing live at the festival.  Bands will be judged on originality, music, lyrics, stage presence and the content of their music video.  All music should be original music and lyrics written by members of the band.

A 1 year digital subscription for Videomaker Magazine (which includes both a digital download and access via our tablet app, a $20 value) will be awarded to all filmmakers that submit a film or music video to Desert Rocks Film And Music Event.

CONDITIONS & DISCLAIMERS

All finalists attending the festival are responsible for their travel, lodging, and all other expenses.

Stated submitter will be considered the Point of Contact for the film/band and thus will be the only one receiving emails and information regarding the status of acceptance in the Festival.

Finalists and winners agree to participate in publicity for the Festival as well as other promotional events, including the web site. Permission for the Festival to use an excerpt from any accepted form (not exceeding three minutes) for promotional purposes is considered granted unless otherwise noted.

Several band finalists (number of bands to be determined) will be awarded a slot to perform live at the festival. The bands chosen must confirm their attendance no later than SEPTEMBER 9, 2017.  This is an opportunity for bands to be seen by music producers who are looking for new artists to sign. If a band is not able to attend and fill the time slot, the next Runner Up band MAY be offered the slot. Music, or standup acts that will be performed live at the festival are required to be rated PG for general audiences, since it will be a family event. Any violation of this rating, including, but not limited to, nudity, obscene gestures, or foul language in lyrics or script used, will disqualify the bands, or standup act for any and all prizes, and the band or standup act will be removed from the stage immediately.

Films which have been broadcast on television, cable, or have had a theatrical release prior to the Festival are not eligible.

The number of screenings, date, time and location of the screenings are at the discretion of Desert Rocks F.A.M.E.

Foreign language films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.

All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all music in their films.

By submitting a completed and signed entry form I/we hereby certify that this is a submission of my/our ORIGINAL work and that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. I/we also warrant that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any other person, either living or dead, and I/we fully indemnify Desert Rocks F.A.M.E. Inc. against any and all claims made for such violations of the law. To the best of my/our knowledge, all of the statements made herein are true and correct. I/we understand that failure to adhere to the rules of the festival shall result in disqualification and forfeiture of the submission/entry fee. I/we agree to hold Desert Rocks F.A.M.E. Inc., as well as its officers and directors, harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses including but not limited to attorney’s fees arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, based on my/our film submitted to the festival or any subsequent developments.

For confirmation of receipt, include a self-addressed stamped postcard with each entry. The Festival will not confirm receipt of submitted materials by telephone or email.

Films and other film material will be handled with utmost care, but neither the Festival staff nor supporting theater organizations can assume responsibility for damage or loss of the film and other film materials, en route or otherwise, during the course of the festival’s possession of the film.

All stated information, eligibility and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information are subject to change by the Festival without notice.  Any changes to these guidelines (etc) will be provided in writing at the time of the change.

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