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MELIORIST FILM FESTIVAL

Meliorist Film Festival (MFF) invites short films, documentaries and music videos in all languages from across the world for its maiden international season, to be held in Nagpur, the heartland of India, in June 2016. Entries will be selected on the basis of their content, creativity, cinematic value and thought, regardless of their genres; and will be judged by a panel of learned and honest judges. For the first year, we are inviting productions made after 1 January 2005.

Submitting your film to Meliorist Film Festival can give a lot of exposure to your work as we will be publishing regular updates on our official website and posting weekly updates on Facebook and Twitter, mentioning about your submission. We will announce the names of winners in local and national media with the help of press conferences and releases. MFF is expected to have screenings, workshops, discussions, appearances by filmmakers and celebrities, and media persons.

OBJECTIVES OF MFF

  1. To provide exposure, encouragement and appreciation to national and international filmmakers
  2. To become the most sought-after festival for the local audience to watch world-class films
  3. To offer international filmmakers an honest and reputed platform to showcase their works
  4. To make Indian filmmakers aware of latest standards of international cinema
  5. To promote content-driven regional films, particularly those in Marathi language  
  6. To nurture fresh as well as experienced talents in the field of cinema

FOREIGN SECTION

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Short films, documentaries, animation films and music videos produced outside India

MODE OF SUBMISSION:  Online via FilmFreeway

COMPETITION & FESTIVAL: All foreign filmmakers must give online links for preview of their films. Later on, only selected films will be asked to send DVDs or downloadable links for the purpose of screening. Notification about selection or disqualification will be sent via FilmFreeway. Finalist films will be notified via individual emails and social media announcements. All selected films will be screened during the festival regardless of they win awards or not.

INDIA SECTION

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Short films, documentaries, animation films & music videos produced in India

MODE OF SUBMISSION:  Online via FilmFreeway & by Post/Courier (scroll down for more details)

COMPETITION & FESTIVAL: All Indian filmmakers must send online links or DVDs for preview of their films. Later on, all selected films will be asked to send DVDs for the purpose of screening. Notification about selection or disqualification will be sent via FilmFreeway or by email. Finalist films will be notified via individual emails and social media announcements. All selected films will be screened during the festival regardless of they win awards or not.

MARATHI SECTION

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Short films, documentaries and music videos made in Marathi language

MODE OF SUBMISSION:  Online via FilmFreeway & by Post/Courier (scroll down for more details)

COMPETITION & FESTIVAL: All Indian filmmakers must send online links or DVDs for preview of their films. Later on, all selected films will be asked to send DVDs for the purpose of screening. Notification about selection or disqualification will be sent via FilmFreeway or by email. However, finalist films will be notified via individual emails and social media announcements. All selected films will be screened during the festival regardless of they win awards or not.

NOMINATIONS

Nominations to all the awards will be announced on our website and on Facebook and Twitter at least a week before the festival. A minimum of 10 entries will be required to conduct competition in each category.

FILMMAKER’S PRESENCE

For the first year, we are not inviting foreign filmmakers to attend the festival personally. Winners will be asked to send their video messages for the festival. The festival may invite winners of India Section and Marathi Section films to attend the festival.

AWARDS

We are talking to sponsors and organizations on the prospects of having cash prizes and mementoes for winners. An announcement in this regard will be made before the festival. However, we will be sending digital Certificate of Appreciation to all winners and selected films. List of winners will be published on our official website, local and national media and on Facebook & Twitter.

FOREIGN SECTION
 
Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematographer
Best Production Designer
Best Costume Designer
Best Sound
Best Music Director
Best Editor
Best Screenplay
 
Best Documentary
Best Documentary Director
Best Documentary Cinematographer
Best Documentary Editor
 
Best Animation Film
Best Animation Director
Best Animation Editor
Best Animation Screenplay
 
Best Music Video
Best Music Video Director
Best Music Composer
Best Lyricist
 
Best Newcomer Short Film
Best Newcomer Director
Best Newcomer Actor
Best Newcomer Actress
Best Newcomer Cinematographer
Best Newcomer Editor
Best Newcomer Screenplay
INDIA SECTION
 
Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematographer
Best Production Designer
Best Costume Designer
Best Sound
Best Music Director
Best Editor
Best Screenplay
 
Best Documentary
Best Documentary Director
Best Documentary Cinematographer
Best Documentary Editor
 
Best Animation Film
Best Animation Director
Best Animation Editor
Best Animation Screenplay
 
Best Music Video
Best Music Video Director
Best Music Composer
Best Lyricist
 
Best Newcomer Short Film
Best Newcomer Director
Best Newcomer Actor
Best Newcomer Actress
Best Newcomer Cinematographer
Best Newcomer Editor
Best Newcomer Screenplay
MARATHI SECTION
 
Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematographer
Best Production Designer
Best Costume Designer
Best Sound
Best Music Director
Best Editor
Best Screenplay
 
Best Documentary
Best Documentary Director
Best Documentary Cinematographer
Best Documentary Editor
 
Best Music Video
Best Music Video Director
Best Music Composer
Best Lyricist
 
Best Newcomer Short Film
Best Newcomer Director
Best Newcomer Actor
Best Newcomer Actress
Best Newcomer Cinematographer
Best Newcomer Editor
Best Newcomer Screenplay

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

 

Short Film Professional (Foreign Section)

Fictional work made by professional director and completed after January 2005 outside India. It must have running time up to 50 minutes only. It can be of any genre and language.

Short Film Newcomer (Foreign Section)

Fictional work made by newcomer director and completed after January 2005 outside India. It must have running time up to 50 minutes only. It can be of any genre and language.

Documentary (Foreign Section)

Non-fictional work made by professional director and completed after January 2005 outside India. It must have running time up to 50 minutes only. It can be of any genre and language.

Animation (Foreign Section)

Non-live-action work made by professional director using animation techniques including traditional drawing, stop-motion, computer animation and other technical processes and completed after January 2005 outside India. It must have running time up to 50 minutes only. It can be of any genre and language.

Music Video (Foreign Section)

Fictional or non-fictional work made using original music composition and completed after January 2005 outside India. It must have running time up to 15 minutes only. It can be of any genre and language.

Short Film Professional (India Section)

Fictional work made by professional director and completed after January 2005 in India. It must have running time up to 50 minutes only. It can be of any genre and language.

Short Film Newcomer (India Section)

Fictional work made by newcomer director and completed after January 2005 in India. It must have running time up to 50 minutes only. It can be of any genre and language.

Documentary (India Section)

Non-fictional work made by professional director and completed after January 2005 in India. It must have running time up to 50 minutes only. It can be of any genre and language.

Animation (India Section)

Non-live-action work made by professional director using animation techniques including traditional drawing, stop-motion, computer animation and other technical processes and completed after January 2005 in India. It must have running time up to 50 minutes only. It can be of any genre and language.

Music Video (India Section)

Fictional or non-fictional work made using original music composition and completed after January 2005 in India. It must have running time up to 15 minutes only. It can be of any genre and language.

Short Film Professional (Marathi Section)

Fictional work made by professional director and completed after January 2005 in India. It must have running time up to 50 minutes only. It must be in Marathi language and of any genre.

Short Film Newcomer (Marathi Section)

Fictional work made by newcomer director and completed after January 2005 in India. It must have running time up to 50 minutes only. It must be in Marathi language and of any genre.

Documentary (Marathi Section)

Non-fictional work made by professional director and completed after January 2005 in India. It must have running time up to 50 minutes only. It must be in Marathi language and of any genre.

Music Video (Marathi Section)

Fictional or non-fictional work made using original music composition and completed after January 2005 in India. It must have running time up to 15 minutes only. It must be in Marathi language and of any genre.

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

 

Submission Opening Date: 2 November 2015

Earlybird Deadline: 30 November 2015

First Regular Deadline: 31 December 2015

Second Regular Deadline:  31 January 2016

Final Regular Deadline:  29 February 2016

First Late Deadline: 31 March 2016

Second Late Deadline: 30 April 2016

Final Late Deadline: 15 May 2016

Notification about Selection: 30 May 2016

Announcement of Nominations & Schedule: 6 June 2016

Festival: 15 to 19 June 2016

GENERAL RULES:-

Filmmakers could choose more than one category with separate submissions.

Films made in languages other than English, Hindi and Marathi must have English subtitles.

GENRE: We invite work of all genres including Animation, Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Informative, Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Experimental, Romance, etc.

PREVIEW MATERIAL: For judging/preview purposes, we accept online screener, YouTube or Vimeo, or you can send DVD (region free at the submission stage itself. Please label the DVD with film title, contact name, duration and email address.

The cost of shipping prints must be met by the sender.

MFF does not accept any responsibility for damage to DVDs.

All packages/envelopes should be marked “NO COMMERCIAL VALUE - FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY”

Submissions sent by post/couriers will be considered for acceptance only after realization of cheques and demand drafts.

No cuts or changes in any film will made by MFF for any reason.

Due to the large amount of submissions received, MFF cannot enter into any discussion regarding films that are not selected for the Festival. The selection and scheduling of films screened at the festival is entirely at the discretion of the Festival.

MFF will not return DVDs or any other material to the filmmakers. Rather, all such material would be destroyed after the festival for safety reasons.

The festival has the right to disqualify a winning film for any reasons, without having to explain the reasons to the submitter.

Not all winning films will be screened. The festival has the right to screen and not to screen the winning films.

The festival has the right to work with any institution and partner festivals for all kind of cooperation, including joint events or promotions.

All submission fees are non-refundable. Similarly, MFF does not pay any screening fees to filmmakers.

Submissions will be viewed and selected by a jury, which will include industry representatives, organizers and filmmakers

The decision of selection committees and jury will be final.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT: Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast, and reproduced either in part or whole, for educational or publicity purposes. Filmmakers can request in writing that their material not be used for such purposes after the Festival. MFF reserves the right to use images from films selected in the festival for marketing purposes on web, print media and television.

COMMITMENT: If your work is selected, you, as the entrant, agree that you ‘will not’ withdraw the film from the festival and that you ‘will deliver’ your work to the MFF office before the deadline.

CHANGES AND ALTERATIONS: The Festival Management reserves the right to make necessary changes in the profile, regulations or scheduling of the festival, if it becomes necessary to do so due to circumstances beyond his/her control.

Participation in the Meliorist Film Festival (MFF) implies understanding and acceptance of these terms and regulations.

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