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Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival June 30 - July 8, 2017 - Horror Calling

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June 30 - July 8, 2017

 

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Take note ! The 17th edition of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival will take place from 30th June to 8th July 2017. Submit your film to partake in an unmissable cinematic event that combines innovation, prestige and discoveries !

 

Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF)
Programming: Anaïs Emery
features@nifff.ch
Passage Max. de Meuron 6 
2000 Neuchâtel - SWITZERLAND
Tel :+41 32 730 50 32 / Fax :+41 32 731 07 75
 

17TH EDITION OF THE NEUCHÂTEL INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL (NIFFF)

REGULATIONS - FEATURE FILMS


We are proud to invite you to participate in the next edition of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, which will take place from June 30th to July 8th 2017 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.


Article 1

The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival aims to reveal and promote so-called fantasy or science fiction cinematographic works as well as cutting-edge films. The NIFFF’s goal is to represent worldwide “fantastic” production as well as Asian production in Switzerland.


Article 2

The NIFFF features the following competitive sections:

- The International Competition of Fantastic Films
- The Asian Films Competition
- The Silver Méliès Award for the Best European Feature Film

Alongside these, the NIFFF features the following non-competitive sections:

- Ultra Movies
- Film of the third kind
- Amazing Switzerland
- Opening and Closing Ceremonies
- Retrospectives and special programs

Movies not meeting the requirements listed in articles 3 to 5 can be selected for one of the above-mentioned sections at the Artistic Director’s request or on the suggestion of the other party.


Article 3

The programming board selects the films to be screened in the International Competition. Special dispensation notwithstanding, only films meeting the following criteria will be selected:

1. All films must have been completed in the 18 months preceding the festival.
2. All films must be screened as Swiss Premieres. As a general rule, priority will be given to International and World Premieres.
3. The projection format must be DCP, HD files (ProRes), Blu-ray.
4. Running time must be at least 60 minutes.
5. Films must fulfill the aims of the festival as defined in article 1.


Article 4

The programming board selects the films to be screened in the Asian Competition. Special dispensation notwithstanding, only films meeting the following criteria will be selected.

1. All films must have been completed in the 24 months preceding the festival.
2. All films must be screened as Swiss Premieres. As a general rule, priority will be given to International and World Premieres.
3. The projection format must be DCP, HD files (ProRes), Blu-ray.
4. Running time must be at least 60 minutes.
5. Films must fulfill the aims of the festival as defined in article 1.


Article 5

The programming board selects the films to be screened in the Silver Méliès Award for the best European Fantastic Feature. Special dispensation notwithstanding, only films meeting the following criteria will be selected:

1. All films must have been completed in the 24 months preceding the next Golden Méliès Cycle.
2. All films must qualify as European Productions as defined by the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation in its regulations, available at the following address: www.melies.org
3. All films must be screened as Swiss Premieres. As a general rule, priority will be given to International Premieres.
4. The projection format must be DCP, HD files (ProRes), Blu-ray.
5. Running time must be at least 60 minutes.
6. Films must fulfill the aims of the festival as defined in article 1.


Article 6

The film can be sent via online screener (Vimeo, private YouTube), download platforms (WeTransfer, Dropbox), USB key, DVD or Blu Ray. The festival wishes to keep screeners of submitted films for its archives.

In addition to the submission form fully filled out, complementary documentation such as press kit or production information can be sent by e-mail (features@nifff.ch).

The final deadline to submit films to the programming board is April 24th 2017.


Article 7

The transport expenses of the print will be covered by the festival, except if, after the festival, the print has to be shipped to another Film Festival at the request of the film’s producer.

Copies of films must reach the festival office no later than June 16th, 2017.


Article 8

The NIFFF will cover insurance costs for the storage and use of the prints on site at the festival.


Article 9

Once a movie is selected by the NIFFF’s Selection Committee, it can in no case be removed from the program.


Article 10

The International Jury is composed of a president and a maximum of six international or Swiss judges. The Jury of the International Competition must award:

The HR Giger “Narcisse” Trophy for the Best Fantastic Feature Film”, and a cash prize for the promotion of the film to the producer, distributor or independent director who registered the winning film in the festival.

The international jury has the possibility to give an honorific “Special Jury Mention” to a film of outstanding artistic and innovative value.

Alongside these, the following awards will be given out during the NIFFF:

- Best Asian Film
- The Audience award, HR Giger “Audience Narcisse” Trophy.
- The RTS audience award, support for the distribution of the winning film to the amount of CHF 5000 offered by "Radio Télévision Suisse" (RTS). The RTS determines the final form this support will take.


Article 11

The Silver Méliès Jury is composed of a President and two Swiss personalities. The Silver Méliès Jury must award: 

- The Silver Méliès Award for the best European Fantastic Feature, a nomination to the Golden Méliès for the Best European Fantastic Feature Competition organized in turn by the European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals in each festival associated with the Federation.


Article 12

The Imaging the Future Jury is composed of three people working in the film industry, in fields related to graphic design and visual technologies. The jury must award:

- The Imaging the Future Prize for Best Production Design worth CHF 5’000.


Article 13

The Critic’’s Award jury is composed of at least three Swiss and international professional journalists. The jury must award:

- The Critic’’s Award of the best feature in International Competition


Article 14

The Board of the "Association du Festival International du Film Fantastique de Neuchâtel" are entitled to solve all issues not covered in the afore-mentioned regulations.


Article 15

All selected films must include in full view festival’s name and logo to their promotional material. Prize winners and distribution companies pledge to attach the exact designation of the awards as mentioned in the palmarès. These logos are made available by the Festival. In the event the company or person responsible for the prize winner does not comply with this clause, the NIFFF can decide not to release the amount allocated to the prize winner.

 


Article 16

Participation in the festival implies the acceptance of all 16 articles of this regulation.

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