Rules

1. ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Romania International Film Festival (Ro-IFF) formely Bucharest International Film Festival (BIFF) founded in 2005 is the only international film festival that, from the very beginning, looked towards the Black Sea region's film industry (Russia, Moldavian Republic, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Romania). Initially founded for the film productions mentioned above, due to it's growth in 2009, another competive section was added – Woman in cinema. In the same year we chose the name Ro-IFF, a name that best represents us.
 
2. OBJECTIVES
  •  focuses on the promotion of European Cinema, a mirror reflecting the needs and mentalities of different societies;
  •  is paying a special attention to the new filmmaking including its own way of film expression;
  •  is paying a special attention to production from Black Sea Region;
  •  is ment to be a link between countries which will have the opportunity of openly and directly compete with productions from all over the world;
  •  promotes women director, in cinema.;
  •  promote the multicultural diversity, creativity in cinema, innovation and the dialogue between the professionals.
 
3. RULES
  •  Members of the Juries will be Romanian and internationally well known personalities; any connection with films presented it's forbidden;
  •  The long feature films submitted to the festival will be screened in 35 mm. Under exceptional circumstances, the Festival's management could ask for Beta Digital, DVCam, miniDV or DVD. NTSC format can be accepted only for MiniDV or/and DVCam
  •  The documentaries and shorts submitted to the festival will be screened only in Beta Digital, DVCam, miniDV or DVD. The films selected in Uderground section will be presented as above.
  •  All films presented in the festivals should be submitted in the original language, with English or French subtitles. A dialogue list and a DVD should be submitted in advance, in order to make the necessary arrangements for electronic subtitling into Romanian.
  •  Submission of a film must be made on the official Festival entry form duly completed and sent to the Festival before 1st of August, each year. The sender shall inform the Festival about the details of shipment. The preview DVD will not be return. The film selected can not be withdrawn from the competition.
  •  The customs fees and cost of insurance of all prints offered for selection must be borne by the producers or responsible authorities. The Festival is paying for the transport of films and is responsible for cost of storage and insurance of films while on the premises of the Festival.
  •  In case of damage of a print , either during the selection process or at the Festival itself, the Festival is only responsible for the cost involved in making a new print according to the current laboratory rates for ordering a standard print in Romania;
  •  The DVD for the selection committee shall be sent together with the dialogue list in English or French and with sufficient documentation, promotion and advertising material to allow the best promotion of the film.
  •  The Festival is empowered to distribute these promotional materials to interested television channels, upon request.
  •  When submitting a film please send the DVD with subtitles in English or French
  •  If the film is selected please send long and short synopsis, principal cast and crew members, logline, 2-3 stills, bio-filmography of director, director photo; please mention if it is the first or second film of director; any publicity materials you have, the DVD with the trailer and 3-4 images from films; if the materials will not reach the Festival, the Festival director can withdraw the film from the competition;
  •  The Festival accepts long feature (min. 60 min.), documentaries (until 30 min. and over), short features (maximum 30 min.), completed after 1st of January of the year before the Festival; the films selected must not been commercially distributed in Romania; with exception, films from "Woman in cinema" or from some countries from Black Sea Region (having low audiovisual production) could be completed after 1st of January two years before the Festival;
  •  The films will be presented 3 times according to FIAPF rules
  •  The winnings films and the nominees, will be presented, one more time at the end of the festival.
 
4. SECTIONS AND FILMS (Official Selection)
Programul din Selecţia oficială va fi structurat astfel :

a. CineBlackSea competitive regional program for feature films (CBC- Feat.), documentaries and shorts (CBS- Doc & Short): films must be from Russia, Republic of Moldavia, Ukraina, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaidjan, Bulgaria,Turquie, Greece and Romania;

b. Woman in Cinema – competitive international section for feature films (W-Feat.), documentaries and shorts (W-Doc & Short) directed by women

c. Underground – non competitive section, international open ( please see the specific rules)

d. Focus – non competitive section; review of the opera of one personality (directors, producers, actors, director’s of photography,)

e. Panorama – non competitive section dedicated to “films of the moment” highly appreciated in other festivals, or special program.
 
5. JURIES & PRIZES
The Festival will have 3 juries
- For long features, 5 members will offer:

  •  Festival Trophy – 2.500 euros for The Best Feature of the Festival
  •  Best CineBlackSea Director – 1.500 euros
  •  Best Woman director – 1.500 euros
  •  Best Actor Award (male or female, regardless the section) – 1.000 euros

- For documentaries and shorts 3 members and will offer:

  •  Best Documentary CineBlackSea – 1.000 euros
  •  Best Documentary Woman in cinema – 1.000 euros
  •  Best Short CineBlackSea – 500 euros
  •  Best Short Woman in cinema – 500 euros

- Critic's Jury (only for features long films) – 3 members; the jury will offer the Critics Diploma for Best Film and 500 euros.

The amounts are subject to the Romanian taxation system.
 
6. OTHERS
  •  In case of misunderstanding of the rules, the Festival will decide
  •  The films can not be withdrawn from the Festival
  •  When a film is submitted, the producer accept the rules of the festival.

Shipping the preview DVD
Cost of shipping to the festival is covered by the entrant. Each preview must be marked with the title of the entry. Entrant's identification must be on the case and the tape. Please use only plastic or bubble-pack cases when shipping entries - no fiber cases please! Do not forget to specify on your package the following mention: For cultural purposes only – no commercial value
No preview DVD will be sent back to the original sender, whether or not the film has be selected or not.

All entries must be mailed to:

ARTIS Foundation / Ro-IFF
Film Entry
Attn. Cornelia Palos
61, Romulus street; sector 3
030562 BUCHAREST
ROMANIA


Shipping the PRINTS – After selection procedure the producers/distributors will be announce where to send the festival prints.
 
7. SPECIAL RULES FOR UNDERGROUND SECTION
Deadline : 1st of July each year

Usually only the films released between 3 years before the Festival will be selected for the competition (short, documentaries, feature or animated films).

What is « underground » ?
It is always easier for the filmmakers to decide if their film is underground or not. But to give an idea of what we are looking for, we think that underground films do not make any compromise to be made or to be seen. Underground films accept no limits, no censorships and always present an innovative point of view. Our purpose then is to support and promote films that push boundaries and break new ground -- that challenge, entertain and provoke. Experimental, alternative, independent … underground We seek to bring to the audience films that can not be exhibited for the public and therefore the films could not be see in "clasics film festivals" even if no genre or concept must be excluded from consideration. Our hop fis that together we can remind audiences that underground cinema does exists.

How to Submit a film
Send a preview copy of your film to the selection committee. Accepted format are: DVD (not NTSC).

Each entry must be accompanied by
  •  a completed entry form (photocopies are acceptable) per film
  •  a press kit if available (the absence of press kit has no influence on the selection)

Accepted screening formats : we can accept NTSC format only for MiniDV or/and DVCam!
- DVCam
- Mini DV
- DVD

A Note on "Category"
Many works can enter defy easy classification, but it's important for us that you check only ONE category for your entry. So please follow these guidelines:
  •  If it is a documentary or animation, check one of those categories. If it's not a documentary, and not animation, and it has a story, check narrative feature (for works 60 minutes and over) or narrative short (for works under 60 minutes).
  •  For the purposes of our event, "experimental" is used exclusively for non-narrative, non-documentary works. If it's not a documentary, and does not have a story, then check experimental.
  •  If you feel that your film fits experimental and animation equally, we recommend that you choose animation.
  •  If you don't follow the above guidelines, we will re-classify your entry appropriately!

Entry fee
There is no entry fee

Shipping the preview DVD
Cost of shipping to the festival is covered by the entrant. Each preview must be marked with the title of the entry. Entrant's identification must be on the case and the tape. Please use only plastic or bubble-pack cases when shipping entries - no fiber cases please! Do not forget to specify on your package the following mention: For cultural purposes only – no commercial value
No preview DVD will be sent back to the original sender, whether or not the film has be selected or not.

All entries must be mailed to:

ARTIS Foundation / Ro-IFF – underground section
Film Entry
Attn. Cornelia Palos
61, Romulus street; sector 3
030562 BUCHAREST
ROMANIA


Shipping the exhibition prints
The go transport to the Festival of selected feature films would be at your charge. The return will be at our charge, if the screening support is different from the preview tape.
The go transport of selected short film prints would be at your charge. The return transport of selected short films print would be at our charge, if the screening support is different as the preview tape.

Because of the sub-financing of this events by the national institutions and because of the financial crisis which make many of our traditional sponsors to not participate to this edition, we are obliged to communicate the following:
The Festival will have only one jury of 7 members. The prizes are:
For features:

  • Festival Trophy – 1.500 euros for The Best Feature of the Festival
  • Best CineBlackSea Director– 1.000 euros
  • Best Woman director – 1.000 euros
  • Best Actor Award (male or female, regardless the section) –  500 euros
For documentaries and shorts:
  • Best Documentary “CineBlackSea” – 500 euros
  • Best Documentary “Woman in cinema” – 500 euros
  • Best Short “CineBlackSea” – 300 euros
  • Best Short “Woman in cinema” – 300 euros
This year the critics prize will not be accorded.
The Foundation will present a 250 euros for the Best Film in Underground section.

Entry does not guarantee placement in the program. However, each submission will be carefully considered. If your film is chosen, you will be notified current of July/August before the festival.

For more informations, contact us :

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CORNELIA PALOS
Festival Director