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Submissions for the 37th Cambridge Film Festival are now open!

 

Now approaching its 37th edition, Cambridge Film Festival is an internationally acclaimed celebration of Independent UK, European, and world cinema.

One of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country, CFF showcases both emerging and established artists’ works. The 2016 Festival saw an audience of over 10,000 film-lovers engaging with 206 films (88 Shorts) over 8 days in the beautiful & historic City of Cambridge.

 

In Praise of Cambridge Film Festival:

"An unmanageably rich feast, with a particularly strong strand of artists’ cinema, and a selection of silent revivals that put the recent London festival in the shade."
Henry K Miller - Sight & Sound.

"The Cambridge Film Festival is one of the key screen events in the UK calendar."
Empire.

"Easily outclasses its rivals".
The Times.

 

Below is information on eligibility and fees for the 2017 Festival.

 


SHORT FILMS in partnership with

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  • Films must be less than 30 minutes long and have been completed within the last 18 months.
  • All foreign language films must be subtitled in English.
  • Films are preferred to not have been released in the UK in any format, including online, or shown on UK television prior to its screening in the Festival. (Exceptions may be made in the case of films that are of a particularly high quality).
  • Filmmakers will not be able to withdraw their films once the Festival has confirmed their selection.

The Cambridge Film Trust is committed to supporting local filmmakers and therefore submission fees will be waived for filmmakers who are based in the Eastern region (Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk). Please email proof of address (a scan/pdf of a current utility bill) with the FILM TITLE - WAIVER as subject to submissions@cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk and the Submission Coordinator will send you a waiver code for your Film Freeway or Withoutabox application. Fees will be not be waived under any other circumstances so please do not contact us to request that we make an exception, as we will not able to do so.

 

FEATURES

  • Films must be at least 70 minutes long and have been completed within the last 18 months.
  • All foreign language films must be subtitled in English.
  • Films must not have been released in the UK in any format, including online, or shown on UK television prior to screening in the Festival. (In exceptional circumstances exceptions may be made).
  • Filmmakers will not be able to withdraw their films once the Festival has confirmed their selection.

The Cambridge Film Trust is committed to supporting local filmmakers and therefore submission fees will be waived for filmmakers who are based in the Eastern region (Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk). Please email proof of address (a scan/pdf of a current utility bill) with the FILM TITLE - WAIVER as subject to submissions@cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk and the Submissions Coordinator will send you a waiver code for your FilmFreeway or Withoutabox application. Fees will be not be waived under any other circumstances so please do not contact us to request that we make an exception, as we will not able to do so.

 

DOCUMENTARIES

  • Films must be at least 50 minutes long and have been completed within the last 18 months.
  • All foreign language films must be subtitled in English.
  • Films must not have been released in the UK in any format, including online, or shown on UK television prior to screening in the Festival. (In exceptional circumstances exceptions may be made).
  • Filmmakers will not be able to withdraw their films once the Festival has confirmed their selection.

The Cambridge Film Trust is committed to supporting local filmmakers and therefore submission fees will be waived for filmmakers who are based in the Eastern region (Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk). Please email proof of address (a scan/pdf of a current utility bill) with the FILM TITLE - WAIVER as subject to submissions@cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk and the Submissions Coordinator will send you a waiver code for your FilmFreeway or Withoutabox application. Fees will be not be waived under any other circumstances so please do not contact us to request that we make an exception, as we will not able to do so.

 

 


 

Rules & Terms

1) Submission Eligibility:

- Features and Documentaries must not have been released in the UK in any format, including online, or shown on UK television prior to their screening in the Festival. Only in exceptional circumstances will exceptions be made.

- It is preferred that Short films have also not been released in the UK. Exceptions may be made for films that are of particularly high quality.

- Only films completed within 18 months of the Festival are eligible for submission.

- All foreign language films must be subtitled in English (the costs of which are to be covered by the applicant).

- Previously submitted work will not be considered unless it has been substantially altered.

- All rights, permissions and clearances must be obtained prior to submission and applicants must ensure that they have the right to submit the work with regard to third parties connected with the production of the film in question. By entering your work, you agree to this and the responsibilities involved. The Cambridge Film Trust, the registered charity that runs the Cambridge Film Festival, assumes no responsibility for violation of copyright law.

 

2) Fees:

- The Cambridge Film Trust remain committed to supporting local filmmakers and therefore submission fees will be waived for filmmakers who are based in the Eastern region (Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk). Please send proof of address (photocopy of a current utility bill) with your submission entry form to submissions@cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk

- Fees will be not be waived under any other circumstances so please do not contact us to request that we make an exception, as we will not able to do so.

- Please note that submission fees will not be refunded

 

3) Selection:

- Selection will be carried out by the Cambridge Film Festival team. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection process and the decision of the Festival Director is final.

- Due to the high volume of entries, we will not provide individual feedback or enter into any discussion about your work.

- All successful submissions will be notified by email or over the phone. Please therefore make sure that we can reach you in the months of August and September so that we can confirm your film's inclusion in the Festival programme. We will also request that you send us press kits and that you arrange print transport during that period.

- Please note that only successful applicants will be notified.

 

4) Festival Screenings and Scheduling:

- All screenings during the Festival period will take place at the discretion of the Festival. We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised schedule at any time for any reason and will not accept liability for any costs incurred as a result of such changes.

- You cannot withdraw your film from the Cambridge Film Festival programme after its selection/participation has been confirmed and the film cannot be screened elsewhere before its presentation in the Festival without our prior agreement.

 

- The film must be available to screen in the following formats only:

DCP with a BluRay backup

 

- We will only accept these two formats and the Festival will not cover the costs of any format transfers or subtitling.

- DCPs of selected films must be received by the Festival one month before the start of the Festival.

- Please ensure that you have sufficient insurance to cover your work while in transit to and from the Festival.


 

DATES

  • Opening Date - April 4, 2017

  • Earlybird Submissions Close - May 7, 2017

  • Regular Submissions Close - June 25, 2017

  • Late Submissions Close - July 30, 2017

  • Notification Date - September 11, 2017

  • Event Date - October 19-26

 


 

All films are to be submitted online through FilmFreeway and Withoutabox

To submit via FilmFreeway (recommended) click here:

 

To submit via Withoutabox click here:

Submit on Withoutabox

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