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FFTG Awards 2020

5 - 13 December 2020

The Competition

FFTG Awards is an showcase, dedicated to bringing new audiences to the indie movie world

Nominated films will be screened on FFTG Awards Official Vimeo Channel during the festival dates for the Audience Choice Film of the Festival Award. The selection is divided into several categories, which include Quarantine Films, Mobile Films, Micro Short Films, Web Series, Screenplay Competition, Shorts, and Feature Films in all genres and for the first time, a FFTG exclusive category, based on the theme TELCO is being introduced. TELCO stands for Taking Easy Looking Completely Occupied™. For a Sample Film click here!

There is no entry fee for filmmakers with a valid student ID and Age 18 & below. We all are students of life forever, hence these films will be reviewed within their category (student) because we know they have limited resources and no budget. However, these category winners will be awarded as Best Film, Filmmaker, Actor, Actress, etc NOT with the title “Student”.

We present the Youngest Selection Committee for filmmakers 18 & below.

FFTG Awards Screenplay Competition 2020

We’re so excited to invite screenwriters to participate in the FFTG Awards Screenplay Competition 2020. All will be promoted right alongside our films. For submission information, dates and deadlines check out the submission categories below.

If you have any doubts at all about choosing the right category please do not hesitate to contact us at submissions@fftgawards.com. Watever Works. 

Dates & Deadlines

(**No entry fee for Filmmakers with Student Id and age 18 & below)

Submission Categories

TELCO

TELCO FILM

Film based on the theme TELCO – Taking Easy Looking Completely Occupied™

Show the world how you Telco

Under 5 mins including credits

All Genre

Made between August 2020 until the last date of festival submission 17th November, 2020

Quarantine Film

Under 10 mins including credits

All Genre

Made between April 2020 to 17th Novemeber, 2020

Mobile Film

Under 5 mins including credits

Made between 2019 until the last date of festival submission 17th November, 2020

All Genre

Shoot horizontal or Vertical. Pick your own format. 

Micro Short Film

Under 3 mins including credits

All Genre

Made between 2019 until the last date of festival submission 17th November, 2020

Web Series

Short or Long Format

No Runtime Restrictions

All Genre

Made between 2018 to November 17, 2020

Short Film

Includes Documentary, Experimental

Under 40 minutes including credits

All Genre

Year of Production does not matter and there is no premiere requirement

Feature Film

Includes Documentary, Experimental

Over 40 mins

All Genre

Year of Production does not matter and there is no premiere requirement

Screenplay Competition

Selection Committee

Rohit Gupta

Rohit Gupta

michael lester

Michael Lester

Raj Mehta

Raj Mehta

Shaheed Woods

Shaheed Woods

Prakash Nambiar-v2

Prakash Nambiar

Mike Vallese

Mike Vallese

Sashi Tikka

Sashi Tikka

Maggie Alexander

Maggie Alexander

Esha Tewari

Esha Tewari

Saumin3

Saumin Mehta

John Karafilis

John Karafilis

Al Mehicevic

Al Mehicevic

Marjon Verhoeven

Marjon Verhoeven

Shreyas Khatri

Shreyas Khatri

Sonny_Chathrath

Sonny Chatrath

MaxKarafilisjpg

Maximus Karafilis

Saniya

Saniya Anklesaria

rian-v5

Rian Mehta

Awards

Jury Choice Awards:

Audience Choice Award

Spirit of FFTG Awards

Official Selections, Nominees and Winners

Eligibility Guidelines

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  1. We accept all fiction and non-fiction film genres. All age groups are accepted.
  2. Projects submitted must be the original work of the participant. All submission will be received through Film Freeway only. No Exceptions. 
  3. This movie link must not require download and must remain active and accessible through the closing date of the festival. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without accompanying submission link in accepted format.
  4.  Please include Film poster, two film stills and a director's headshot with your entry. These can be emailed or included with submission.
  5. For (up to) a 5 min interview, a set of questions about their chosen entry will be sent to the filmmaker. The filmmaker is then responsible for editing answers to the questions into a high res video, superimposed with the FFTG Awards logo. This completed edited video file must be sent back in the stipulated time communicated by the festival representative. If the filmmaker wishes for the festival to take care of the editing, there will be a nominal fee to do so. If the video is not received in the required format within the stipulated time, the festival reserves the right to disqualify the film.
  6. Feel free to send along any additional press material, cast and crew bios or any other information about your film.
  7. Filmmakers with Student ID's to submit the right category by providing Student ID.
  8. Filmmakers 18 and under can submit their film in the respective category by providing govt issued age proof id.
  9. You can submit from all the countries as being student filmmaker, or producer; there are no restrictions.
  10.  We consider films in any language but screened only in English. They need to be  SUBTITLED, DUBBED in English else the film will be disqualified. 
  11. Festival is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged entries.
  12. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by the Festival Director.
  13. Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and fee.
  14.  Any situation related to music and copyrights belongs to the sender.
  15. By submitting, you agree to publish your film's trailers & images and you agree to share your data for promotional purposes.
  16. Withdrawn films are considered they were disqualified and the fee will not be refunded. 
  17. All fees are non-refundable.
  18. Submitting is not a guarantee of being programmed.
  19. Written comments describing entries are beneficial. 
  20. Makers should authorize us to use the film in any platform independently or it will be disqualified. Once the contest is over, winners can upload their films on IGTV only not on their YouTube channel.
ELIGIBILITY/ RIGHTS
  1.  Submitted films should be an original work of the contestant.
  2.  We consider films regardless of their premiere status. Limited to If your film has already premiered at another festival at a physical venue or on the festival's site only.
  3.  Films available on the Internet are not eligible.
  4.  We consider films based on the competition program mentioned in rules and regulations.
  5. Features previously self-distributed by the filmmakers online are not eligible for consideration in Feature categories.
  6. There are no additional eligibility criteria for short films. All shorts are eligible!
  7. All screeners must be uploaded by the appropriate deadline.
  8. Deadlines close at 11:59 PM PST November 17th, 2020.
  9. We will contact entrants if there's anything wrong with the submission. If this occurs, you will need to fix the submission issue by the requested deadline, otherwise we can't guarantee that your film will be watched in time.
  10. The films submitted to the contest will remain in the files of the Festival and the video archives. 
  11. The works will not be commercially exploited. Before any other different use, the authors will be contacted for receipt of agreement. FFTG Awards is taking reasonable security precaution to protect the copyright of the film submitted to the Festival. Films dealing with all themes are allowed to the festival, with the only exception of advertising and pornographic.
  12. FFTG Awards has the right to exclude from the festival any film that is judged, at its sole discretion, not compliant with its ethical code or to the provisions of applicable law. In case of exclusion, the festival fee that has already been paid will not be reimbursed. We don't provide screening fees.
  13. The festival jury will also define, at its sole discretion, the winners of the festival categories. The names of the winners will be announced on the festival official website www.fftgawards.com, social media platforms and to the winners’ email address that are communicated at the time of the film submission.
  14. The Festival reserves the right to opt for a different genre than the one the candidate choose and indicated in the submission form;
  15. The Festival is not responsible for any spelling mistake or wrong information provided in the application. The titles and names of filmmakers used in all promotional materials will always refer to the ones provided in the application. Equally, title changes made by the filmmakers after the submission, may not be possible to alter, as such the applicant recognizes this at the moment of completing the submission.
  16. The festival programmers do not share festival selection committee comments or ratings with the public or submitting filmmakers. In fairness to all filmmakers, fee waiver requests will be declined.
  17.  Promotional materials of selected films become the property of the FFTG Awards and can be used to promote the Festival and the programs of the Festival in all mediums. 
RELEASE
  1. Your submission implies that you have the legal right to represent and submit this film for consideration along with your acceptance of FFTG Awards regulations.
  2.  By submitting this form, you also agree to allow the festival the use of your film and its publicity materials for promotional purposes. Please agree below.
  3. You accept these conditions by submitting to us.
  4. The producer grants FFTG Awards the rights to:
    (a) Exhibit the film online for the duration of the Festival, in a programmed session available ‘on-demand’ from the FFTG Awards website via Vimeo Premium.
    (b) Include a section of the production for promotional purposes.
  5. The producer warrants to the FFTG Awards that they have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter this film and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party. This includes use of music and literary material.
HOW WE PICK THE WINNERS FOR AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
  1. FFTG Awards is a simple and fair online competition which helps you to get more eyes on your work. Winning is everyone's right - our different award categories allow different kinds of filmmakers to participate and get a chance to win in different categories. The Best Film of the Festival is an Audience Choice Award & will be picked by the number of votes a film gets during the competition week regardless of its length & category. The filmmaker who will get the maximum number of votes, likes, and comments during the competition week - will win the competition for the best film of the festival. We also have an award category where all the participant filmmakers will vote for the best film in the competition & based on their votes, the highest voted film will receive the “FFTG Spirit Award”. 

HOW WE PROGRAM FOR OTHER AWARD CATEGORIES
  1. Each film will be watched by at least two different jury members. Our jury consists of professionals including Architect,  filmmakers, artists, and entrepreneurs from various facets. Their diverse life experiences and outlook brings the right blend towards judging of a movie.  

  2. If a film gets two or more recommendations after the first round of watches, it will be watched by more programmers and discussed at deliberations sessions.

    1. Deliberating programmers determine a festival selection through discussion and voting. 
    2.  If a film gets two or more recommendations after the first round of watches, it will be watched by more programmers and discussed at deliberations sessions.

    3. Each participating programmer has an equal vote and no festival selections are made outside of this process.
    4. We generally don't share programming feedback with entrants.

    5. The FFTG Awards programmers/Selection Committee decisions are final. Only the Festival Director has the authority to overrule any decisions.

IF ACCEPTED
  1.  Accepted filmmakers will be notified via email, phone, whatsapp or text. "Add filmfreeway.com your email to avoid it going into your spam folder!"
  2. Filmmakers must confirm their participation by the given deadline, otherwise they might lose their spot in the line-up. 
  3.  Upon selection, filmmakers are highly encouraged to provide a high-quality digital stills, and poster from the film if they are not already available via Film Freeway. If these are not available the film will be disqualified. 
  4. For each Officially Selected movies, we lead all selected filmmakers in a meaningful discussion about their process in a (upto) 5 min video that would be broadcast on FFTG Awards official site www.fftgawards.com and it’s Youtube Channel and other social media sites. 
  5.  Accepted filmmakers must be the authors of their submitted work and own all rights to their film and its components ahead of screening at FFTG Awards.
  6.  If accepted, entrants are responsible for delivering their trailer, final screener link (if any), press stills and press kit on time.
  7. All projects as part of the Official Program 2020 will be uploaded on our Official Youtube Channel to get more eyes balls for your project. Our Youtube channel is not set up for monetization so no project will be monetized. At any given point in time, if the filmmaker doesn't want their project to be featured on the channel after the festival dates, simply email at info@fftgawards.com and the project will be removed immediately. Although the trailer, teaser may still be a part of the channel. 
PAYMENT
  1. Payments must be made in USD currency.
  2.  Submission fee is payable  via Film freeway only and accepted by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, Diners Club, Union Pay, and PayPal.
  3. Films submitted without payment WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and the submission will be deleted.
  4. The submission fee cannot be waived. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  5. Submission of the Film constitutes agreement with the regulations set forth here.
FFTG Awards Screenplay Competition 2020
  1. Welcome to FFTG Awards Screenplay Competition 2020.

    We're so excited to invite screenwriters to participate in the FFTG Awards Film Festival 2020 and we'll be promoting them right alongside our films.

    Why submit to FFTG Awards Screenwriting Competition 2020?

    • Screenplay competitions get your script read. Even better, many of the writers who win these screenwriting competitions end up signing a development deal or selling their winning script to one of the judges.
    • While the movie business competition is tough - as it is for all around the world in every country, screenwriting contests and competitions can be worthy investments for kick starting a writing career. That's the whole reason you wrote the script in the first place. Isn’t it? Next to getting it made. 
    • Another possibility is that, you may not win at all, but maybe a judge will earmark your script and kept you in mind regardless of the results. All because you made an effort to submit a well-written script. There is also a possibility one of the judges may hire or recommend you to the industry professionals to develop their projects. 
    • There may be hundreds of reasons to not enter screenplay competitions, but there’s one reason to do it that beats them all:  Opportunities. In an industry as cryptic, nebulous and insular as entertainment, opportunities are something that should never to be passed up.

    Submission Guidelines for Screenplay: 

    • Feature screenplays longer than 125 pages will not be eligible Includes Students and writers age 18 & below. 
    • Short screenplay between 1 and 40 pages in length Includes for Students and writers age 18 & below. 
    • Submit the story along with your screenplay in not more than 500 words. 
    • Entry fee for Features & Short screenplay $10. Entry for Students and age 18 & below is free.  Please read Students and age 18 & below iD’s information before submitting.  Festival reserves the right to disqualify any entry at its discretion, which do not comply with the rules with no refunds. 
    • FFTG Awards Film Festival accepts only original scripts, in English or Hindi, unpublished.
    • FFTG Awards Screenplay Competition only accepts screenplays in PDF format. Under no circumstances should you submit anything other than a PDF. Anything other format than PDF will be disqualified with no refunds. If the formatting elements are incorrect including if “Scene Heading” being written as an “Action” in the right format, etc, the entry would be disqualified without any refunds. 
    • Submissions of new drafts or corrected pages will not be accepted.
    • Screenplay titles cannot be changed upon resubmission under any circumstances
    • Please proofread your script very carefully before submitting.

    FFTG Awards Film Festival Screenplay Competition Awards: 

    First and Second Place Jury Choice Award winners in both Shorts and Features:

    • Receive FFTG Awards Official Laurel.
    • Receive FFTG Awards Signed Certificate.
    • Are eligible to receive the FFTG Awards Screenplay Competition 2020 statuette at a nominal price with the Screenplay and the Writer’s name engraved on it. For more details please email at info@fftgawards.com with FFTG Awards Screenplay Competition Statuette in the subject line.

      Ø Will be lead in a meaningful discussion about their process in a (up to) 5 min video that would be broadcast on the official FFTG Awards site www.fftgawards.com, You Tube Channel and other Social Media platforms during the entire duration of the festival.

      Ø Social Platform support & project branding: FFTG Awards will support nominated and winning Script Writer by constantly sharing about them on our social media platforms, throwing hash tags to enable us to reach the right audience, and by branding the project. We ensure that the right people reach you, through hash tags, comments, advertisements, shares, and social platforms.

      Ø Possible collaboration with FFTG (Film Festivals To Go) to market your scripts to industry producers, production houses.

Screenplay Rules and Regulations:

 

Ø Screenplays written by teams of two or more writers are eligible for FFTG Awards Screenplay Competition 2020 and can be from any country or nationality, and of any age.

Ø Screenplays submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.

Ø Screenplays that are currently optioned or have been produced are not eligible to compete in FFTG Awards Screenplay Competition 2020. In this case, the entry will be immediately disqualified with no refunds.

Ø The FFTG Awards Film Festival is under no obligation to, and does not; provide comments or feedback regarding the submitted script to the Applicant or any other representative of the submitted Film. The FFTG Awards Film Festival will not be held responsible or liable for the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding any submitted Film obtained by the Applicant or any other representative of the submitted film or any third party.

Ø All judges have signed mandatory NDA’s protecting your intellectual property.

Ø Screenplays must be the original work of the author.

Ø Screenplays adapted from other sources that were written by other authors (such as but not limited to books or plays) are not eligible to compete in FFTG Awards Screenplay Competition 2020, regardless of the source author’s permission.

Ø Screenplays adapted from source material that is in the public domain are not eligible.

Ø All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to the FFTG Awards Film Festival remains with the original rights holders.

Ø A writer may enter more than one screenplay; however, a separate entry form and fee are required for each script submitted.

Ø All scripts sent to the Screenplay Competition will be added to the FFTG Awards archive, retaining their original copyright.

Ø The festival or any other partner, employee or agent associated with this competition claims neither ownership nor first right of option to any original screenplay submitted to FFTG Awards Screenplay competition 2020.

Ø All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made.

Ø Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to the festival and its agents’ and competition's sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

 

BY ENTERING THE FFTG AWARDS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2020 YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

 

1. I, the representative of the screenplay being submitted (the "Script"), Acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the script submitted for consideration for The FFTG Awards Screenplay Competition 2020 (the "Festival"). By clicking "I Agree" below, I constitute my full and complete acceptance of the terms hereof. I acknowledge that the Festival has made no oral representations of any kind.

 

2. You agree to release and hold harmless Dot and Feather Entertainment LLC, FFTG Awards Film Festival, Film Festivals To Go, its partners, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, screenplay readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising or promoting the competition, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s Entry, participation in the Competition and/or acceptance or use or misuse of Prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the festival and its partners, sponsor, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the Competition and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize. Employees of the festival and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified. ENTRY TO THIS COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED or restricted by any Federal, State or Local law. Voided entries will be refunded. Recipients’ eligibility will be verified before the grant is awarded and the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility.

 

CONTACT US:
For further questions the Programming Office will be at your disposal:
FFTG Awards Film Festival
Cinema Department
Dot and Feather Entertainment
E-mail submissions@fftgawards.com