Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival    . 

   A  Window  on  World  Cinema

                       Submission Regulations

1.  Eligibility

1.1    Submissions may be fiction, documentary, animation or experimental

of any length.    Only films completed no more than 18 months prior to the

Call for Entries  of  the  Cape Winelands Film Festival will be considered for

competition purposes.  Films  completed  before  this time will be screened

butnot considered in the competition section.

1.2    Preference will be given but is not limited to submissions that have not

been  distributed  theatrically  or  screened  at other festivals in South Africa

prior to the 2016 Festival.

1.3    South African Entries entered for the South African Awards Section will

not  have  screened  at  any  other  festival  in South Africa prior to the  2016

edition of the CTWIFF.

2. Film Categories :

A.   INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS:

a.)    Any narrative work of fiction of international origin with a running time of 60 minutes or more. In order to qualify as an International Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction filmed in the language of the originating country with English subtitles. 

b.)    International Narrative Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival inside South Africa are not eligible for submission to the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival for consideration.

c.)    International Narrative Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, YouTube, VOD, etc.) before December 10th, 2016 are not eligible for any of the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival programs.

B.  INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS:

a.)    Any non-fiction film of international origin with a running time of 45 minutes or more, not including entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events.

b.)    If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted.

c.)     International Documentary Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival in South Africa are not eligible for submission to CTWIFF for Festival consideration.

d.)    International Documentary Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) before December 10th, 2016 are not eligible for any of the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival programs.

C.   INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS:

a.)    Any narrative fiction or animation film of international origin with a running time between 15 and 45 minutes, including credits qualify as an International Short Film. 

b.)    Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. International Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world but may not have been screened at a Film Festival in South Africa nor is it broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform before December 10th, 2016.

D.   INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION SHORT FILMS:

a.)    Any animation short film of international origin with a running time not shorter than 5 minutes, including credits qualify as an International Short Animation Film. 

b.)    Short Animation Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. International Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world but may not have been screened at a Film Festival in South Africa nor is it broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform before December 10th, 2016.

E.    SOUTH AFRICAN NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS:

a.)    Any narrative work of fiction of SOUTH AFRICAN origin with a running time of 60 minutes or more.

b.)    In order to qualify as an SOUTH AFRICAN Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction filmed in the one of the 11 languages of South Africa with English subtitles (if not filmed in English). 

c.)     South African Narrative Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival inside South Africa are not eligible for submission to the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival for competition consideration.

d.)    South African Narrative Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, YouTube, VOD, etc.) before December 10th, 2016 are not eligible for any of the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival programs.

F.    SOUTH AFRICAN DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS:

a.)    Any non-fiction film of South African origin with a running time of 45 minutes or more, not including entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events.

b.)    If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted. 

c.)     South African Documentary Feature Films that have previously screened at any festival in South Africa are not eligible for submission to CTWIFF for Festival consideration.

d.)    South African Documentary Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) before December 10th, 2016 are not eligible for any of the Cape Town & Winelands International Film Festival programs.

G.    SOUTH AFRICAN SHORT FILMS:

a.)    Any narrative fiction or animation film of SOUTH AFRICAN origin with a running time between 15 and 45 minutes, including credits qualify as a South African Short Film. 

b.)    Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. International Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world but may not have been screened at a Film Festival in South Africa nor is it broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform before December 10th, 2016.  

H.    SOUTH AFRICAN ANIMATION SHORT FILMS:

a.)    Any animation short film of international origin with a running time not shorter than 5 minutes, including credits qualify as a South African Short Animation Film. 

b.)    Short Animation Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions to retain eligibility. International Short Films may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions anywhere in the world.  but may not have been screened at a Film Festival in South Africa nor is it broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform before December 10th, 2016.

I.      THE   CLASS OF 2016 SHORT FILMS:

a.)      Any narrative fiction or animation film of SOUTH AFRICAN origin   originating from a film school or institution and which is the final year   production of the film students in 2016 with a running time between 15 and 45   minutes including credits qualify as a THE CLASS OF 2016 SHORT FILM.

b.)      These Short Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening   restrictions to retain eligibility. The Class of 2016 Short Films may have   been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical   exhibitions anywhere in the world in 2016.    

c.)       Not withstanding the above mentioned the film may not have been   broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any   home video or other public distribution platform before December 10th, 2016.

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