Woodstock Arts has announced plans for the first annual Woodstock Arts Film Festival, which will be accepting submissions in late January.
The event is open to all submissions from eligible filmmakers from any level. Each group will have 48 hours to write, film and edit a short film with a randomized prompt. An email will be sent out on Jan. 21 at 12 p.m. listing a theme, a line of dialogue and a prop that must be included in the film. Completed works must be submitted by noon Jan. 23.
An event showcase will take place on March 18 at the Woodstock Arts Event Green at 111 Elm Street in Woodstock. Select films will also receive awards recognized by a panel of judges.
There is a $50 fee for groups to enroll in the festival. Students receive a discounted rate of $40 for their group. Payment must be made online at https://woodstockarts.org/events/waff-2023 on or before the final enrollment deadline.
Films will be judged on the criteria of originality, plot, pacing, characters, camera, sound, direction, editing, acting and overall entertainment value. Each criterion is worth 10 points, creating a total of 100 possible points.
The first round of judging will result in the selection of 10 films that receive the highest number of points. Ties are not allowed. A new panel of judges will be chosen for the second round of judging, which will determine the best overall film, runner-ups and award recognitions.
Finalists may have their work included in a future Feature Length Anthology Film for Woodstock Arts.
There is no minimum team size for enrollment. An individual may submit their work as an independent filmmaker. Filmmakers will be responsible for production means, costs and acquisition of content rights from other parties. There is no minimum of maximum length for submissions, according to the official rules for the festival.
Woodstock Arts requires a credit reading “Created for Woodstock Arts Film Festival” on each film that must be retained in all future versions or screenings of the film. Any sale of the submitted film will result in a division of the net proceeds between the filmmakers and Woodstock Arts. Woodstock Arts reserves the right to disqualify films that contain content deemed as explicit or unfit for audiences.
Groups must also sign releases for any talent, location, artwork and music included in their work. A Woodstock Arts Film Festival 2023 Cast and Crew Agreement must also be submitted for each person involved in the production of the film. Signed releases must be emailed before the submission deadline.
To sign up or for more information, visit https://woodstockarts.org/events/waff-2023.
Official rules and accompanying forms can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/j9eae0ron5cscuu/WAFF%202023%20Forms.pdf?dl=0.