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2020 Naples International Film Festival


2020 Film Submissions
Submissions Now Open

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DEADLINES


Early-bird Deadline: May 22, 2020
Regular Deadline: June 12, 2020
Late Deadline: July 2, 2020

Upcoming Festival
October 22-25, 2020


Categories

Narrative Features

Any original work of fiction 41 minutes or longer. Narrative feature films may be foreign or domestic.

Documentary Features

Any non-fiction feature length film 41 minutes or longer. Documentary feature films may be foreign or domestic.

Shorts

Any Narrative or Documentary film 40 minutes or less. Films may be foreign or domestic. NIFF programs short films in themed packages. We may also screen a short film before a Narrative or Documentary feature.

Florida Films

The Florida Films category is intended to celebrate, encourage, and support Florida filmmakers and the production of films in the state of Florida. Documentary Feature, Narrative Feature, or Short films must either include a filmmaker (director or producer) or cast member (leading actor/actress) from or currently living in Florida and/or have partial or principal photography shot in Florida.

Student Filmmaker Showcase: K-12 Division

Student filmmakers in the US, currently enrolled in grades K-12 (as of March 2, 2020), are invited to submit a short film with a running time of 10 minutes or less (including credits) completed any time after January 1, 2019. Films of all genres are accepted (documentary, narrative and animation). There is no premiere requirement for this category. Limit one entry per director. Films submitted in the Student Filmmaker Showcase category must be works written, directed and shot by students. Adult participation is limited to an advisory capacity. Applicants must submit proof of age with their submission. Please indicate the school you are attending and send a photocopy of your current student ID, driver license or ID card to naplesfilmfest@artisnaples.org or upload the photocopy to your submission.

Student Filmmaker Showcase: College/University Division

College and university students currently studying in the US (undergraduate or graduate) are invited to submit narrative, documentary or animated films with a running time of 40 minutes or less (including credits) completed any time after January 1, 2019. Films of all genres are accepted (documentary, narrative and animation). There is no premiere requirement for this category. Limit one entry per director. Films submitted in the Student Filmmaker Showcase category must be works written, directed and shot by students. Adult participation is limited to an advisory capacity. Applicants must submit proof of age with their submission. Please indicate the school you are attending and send a photocopy of your current student ID, driver license or ID card to naplesfilmfest@artisnaples.org.

Awards and Prizes

Work accepted to screen at the festival will be programmed in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of the Naples International Film Festival.

This year we’re thrilled to be awarding over $30,000 in cash prizes, which includes a $5,000 cash prize for our Focus on the Arts award given to a Narrative or Documentary film with an emphasis on one or more of the visual and performing arts.

Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Competition, $7,500
Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature Competition, $7,500
Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature, $2,500
Audience Award - Best Documentary Feature, $2,500
Audience Award - Best Short Film, $1,500
Focus on the Arts Award, $5,000
Indie Spirit Award, $750
Rising Star Award, $750
Best First Feature Award, $750
Programmers Choice Award, $750
Impact Award, $750

The Festival may also acknowledge special projects through additional non-cash awards each year.

 

General Rules
Rules for Submission

  1. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2019.
  2. All films must be available to screen during the Naples International Film Festival, October 22-25, 2020.
  3. Previous Screenings
    • Films must not have screened theatrically in Florida or be widely available in the US for video, Internet or TV distribution prior to October 22-25, 2020. Short films may have screened online.
    • Films must not have shown publicly in Collier or Lee Counties prior to screening at the Naples International Film Festival, October 22-25, 2020. This rule does not apply to the Student Filmmaker Showcase category.
    • If you are unsure if your film is eligible for festival consideration, please check with us before entering your film by emailing naplesfilmfest@artisnaples.org. Refunds will not be issued once a film is submitted.
  4. The Naples International Film Festival will not consider trailers or rough cuts for selection purposes.
  5. All films must be in their original language with English subtitles, when applicable.
  6. All films must be submitted and submission fees paid for through filmfreeway.com. Entries must be received by July 2, 2020. The Festival is not obligated to view late entries.
  7. The Naples International Film Festival accepts secure online screeners through Filmfreeway, Vimeo and YouTube. The festival no longer accepts DVD submissions.
  8. Films will be selected and entrants will be notified via email by October 5, 2020. All correspondence will be done by email; no information will be provided over the phone.
  9. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide individualized feedback to filmmakers.
  10. Artis—Naples reserves the right to make exceptions to the above rules at its sole discretion. Any exceptions to the submission rules must be approved by Artis—Naples.

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