FILM SUBMISSION

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Film Submission Terms

international film competition

  • The film production date must be after January 1, 2020
  • The film should not be premiered at any other screening platform in Egypt before its screening at the 8th edition of Alexandria Short Film Festival
  • Films that will be broadcasted or made available, completely, or partially, on any television channel, online, mobile phone, or other public display, will not be accepted before the closing of the eighth cycle, which will be February 2022.
  • Films that were submitted to any previous editions of Alexandria Short Film Festival will be disqualified.
  • The maximum duration of the eligible films is (30) minutes.
  • The festival accepts submissions of films in the following sections: Feature – Documentary – Animation
  • The deadline:  Participation forms must be submitted from September 1 to October 20 and extended to November 10 by filling in the subscription form electronically in Arabic or English through the FilmFreeway website. Incomplete forms are not accepted.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • In case that the film language is in any language other than Arabic, a screening copy with English subtitles must be provided.
  • In case that a film is submitted while it is still in the production phase, this should be mentioned clearly in the entry form along, with mentioning the final title of the film, and not the submitted rough-cut title, to avoid any confusion.
  • The festival administration has the right to keep all materials submitted online for its internal use only, and the festival administration reserves the right to download or convert materials and films to a digital copy and transfer and store them on a hard disk in order to create a digital archive at (Alexandria Short Film Festival Library). The festival administration will not publicly display films for commercial purposes.
  • The festival administration has the right to show the selected film in any of its various programs or competitions, at the discretion of the festival administration.

Arabic film competition

  • The film production date must be after January 1, 2020
  • The film should not be premiered at any other screening platform in Egypt before its screening at the 8th edition of Alexandria Short Film Festival, and special exceptions might be considered for some films at the discretion of the festival management.
  • Films that will be broadcasted or made available, completely, or partially, on any television channel, online, mobile phone, or other public display, will not be accepted before the closing of the eighth cycle, which will be February 2022.
  • Films that were submitted to any previous editions of Alexandria Short Film Festival will be disqualified.
  • The maximum duration of the eligible films is (30) minutes.
  • The festival accepts submissions of films in the following sections: Feature – Documentary – Animation
  • The deadline: Participation forms must be submitted from September 1 to October 20 and extended to November 10 by filling in the subscription form electronically in Arabic or English through the FilmFreeway website. Incomplete forms are not accepted.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • If the film is not in Arabic, a copy that contains English and Arabic subtitles must be submitted.
  • In case if the film that got selected was in Arabic, an English subtitled copy must be submitted.
  • In case that a film is submitted while it is still in the production phase, this should be mentioned clearly in the entry form along, with mentioning the final title of the film, and not the submitted rough-cut title, to avoid any confusion.
  • The festival administration has the right to keep all materials submitted online for its internal use only, and the festival administration reserves the right to download or convert materials and films to a digital copy and transfer and store them on a hard disk in order to create a digital archive at (Alexandria Short Film Festival Library). The festival administration will not publicly display films for commercial purposes.
  • The director of the film must be an Arab director or of an Arabic origin.
  • The festival administration has the right to show the selected film in any of its various programs or competitions, at the discretion of the festival administration.

Students’ Competition

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The competition targets students of the High Cinema Institute and media departments at public and private Egyptian universities.

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The film director should be of Egyptian nationality or has Egyptian roots.

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The duration of the film should not exceed 30 minutes

Selected Films

  • The jury, per their discretion, selects the films participating in the festival awards and out-of-competition programs.
  • In case of the official selection in or out of competition, the submitter will be notified by email.
  • The festival has the right to officially announce the selected films in its program. Hence, the submitter should not by any means announce his/her selection results before the festival’s official announcement.
  • The festival will announce the final list of selections on January, 1st, 2022.
  • Upon selection, the submitter will not have the right to withdraw his/her film, or screen it in any manner that contradicts the listed screening conditions in the entry form.

Selection Committee and Jury

  • The festival programmers go through all submission forms and make the final decision pertinent to selections either in or out of competitions.
  • The festival’s administration assigns a jury at its absolute discretion who are cherry-picked among experts in the filmmaking industry from all over the Arab World to decide the winners worthy of the festival awards.

Film Screenings Schedule

  • The festival’s board will screen films to the public maximum of two times. The festival holds the right to screen the film before the festival opening ceremony to the jury, with a total of four screenings maximum. The festival board holds the right to specify the dates and order of screenings at its discretion.

Additional terms

  • In case if the submitter breached any of the above-mentioned rules and regulations, the festival’s board has the right to withdraw the film from the festival based on its discretion.
  • The film will not be subjected to any form of deletion; modification or editing on the festival’s part by any means.
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