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About the Festival

The Sprout Film Festival (SFF) is programmed and supported by Sprout. The 12th annual SFF scheduled for Spring 2014, will present a selection of features and shorts in all genres at a New York City venue. People with developmental disabilities as subjects and performers remain marginalized in film and television. This festival aims to raise their profile and showcase the work of this population. By presenting films of artistry, intellect and innovative styles, the SFF hopes to reinforce accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities, provide incentive for those in the media to cover these subjects, and expose viewers to important issues related to the field. The goal is an enjoyable and enlightening experience that will help break down stereotypes, promoting a greater acceptance of differences and awareness of similarities.

Program

· All lengths and genres are accepted.
· There is no restriction as to when the film or video was made.
· Each film must be submitted separately and must include the following:
___- VHS (NTSC or PAL), mini DV (NTSC), or DVD (NTSC or PAL) labeled with the title, director's name, running time, and contact number. We cannot accept film prints or any other screening format for the selection process.
___- entry fee
___- completed and signed submission form.
· Submission of work indicates permission for the SFF to assemble selected works to be exhibited as part of the Sprout Touring Film Festival.
· Submission of work also indicates that the festival/touring festival may employ moving images and stills from selected works for promotion via print and broadcast outlet, the internet and other usual means.
· The festival does not pay rental / screener fees to filmmakers. We use all our financial resources in producing the best possible showcase for your work, and promoting your work as widely as possible.
· Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English.
· Cost of shipping exhibition prints to the festival is the responsibility of the entrant.
· The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit.
· We only accept exhibition prints in NTSC format.
· Please use only plastic or bubble pack cases when shipping entries.
· We will not consider projects in which an actor without developmental disabilities portrays a person with developmental disabilities.


Entries and materials will not be returned. Please mail the above materials to:
Sprout Film Festival 270 West 96th Street 2nd floor New York, NY 10025 USA

Deadlines and Fees Film submission deadline for all genres: March 1, 2014 (postmark)
$15 entry fee for films under 30 minutes.
$25 entry fee for films over 30 minutes.
If you submitted a film to a past Sprout Film Festival, we will waive the fee for new submissions.
Make checks or money orders payable in US dollars to: Sprout

Selection
The festival programming committee will select and invite films at their discretion. Everyone who submits a film or video will be contacted via email, regular mail, or telephone by March 15, 2014.

Questions
For additional information and questions contact Anthony Di Salvo at 212 222 9575 or Anthony@GoSprout.org


SUBMISSION FORM
(click here for printable PDF form)
Deadline: March 1, 2014 (postmark)

Title of Film: _________________________________________________________

Director: ____________________________________________________________

Producer: ___________________________________________________________

Contact person: ______________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

City: _______________________________________________________________

State: ____________________ Zip: ______________________________________

Phone: ___________________ Fax: _____________________________________

Email: ______________________________________________________________

Website: ____________________________________________________________

Country of origin: ___________________

Original language:___________________

Running time: ______________________

Date completed:_____________________

Production format:

16mm     35mm     Beta      Mini DV       Other ____________

Festival screening format (must be NTSC):

Beta     Mini DV     DVD       Other ____________

Synopsis: ____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

Screening history (festivals, awards, etc.):_________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

Entry Fees (check only one):
_____$15 entry fee for films under 30 minutes.
_____$25 entry fee for films over 30 minutes.

If you submitted a film to a past Sprout Film Festival, we will waive the fee for new submissions.
Make checks or money orders payable in US dollars to: Sprout

Mail all entries along with
__ submission form
__ entry fee

Sprout 270 West 96th Street 2nd floor New York, NY 10025 USA

Addendum:
Submission tapes and dvds will not be returned and will become property of the SFF. By signing this form you are giving permission for your film to be available for the SFF and the touring SFF. I have read and understand the submission guidelines of the Sprout Film Festival. All statements in this document are true. I certify that I have cleared all rights for this film and understand that no officers, employees, or agents of the Sprout Film Festival can be held liable for the contents of or damage to the film.

Signature ___________________________________ Date_____________

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