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FIDBA Rules and Regulations 2019

1- General Terms

The 7th International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires will be held in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina from September 9th to September 15th, 2019.

REGISTRATION:

1.2- Eligibility

Submissions are open to Argentine and foreign documentary feature and short length films, All productions must have been completed after January 1, 2017.

1.3- Sections

The program of the Festival will include competition sections. Submitters will choose the apropriate section for the film, but this can be changed if the Selection Comitee finds it necessary.

1.4- Entry

Submissions should be done through sfilmmaker platform. Once the entry form is completed, it wil be legally considered as a sworn statement and as a testimony of the producer’s knowledge and acceptance of the present Rules.

1.5- Participation

Participation in the Festival entails the acceptance of the present Rules.

Once submitted and selected, a film cannot be removed from the Festival lineup.

All people related to the selected films agree not to make public their participation until the lineup is announced by FIDBA.

2- Competitions

a) International Documentary Feature Films competition

For national and International films over 40 minutes length.

b) International Documentary Short Films Competition

For International films no Longer than 40 minutes length.

c) National Documentary Short Films Competition

For Argentine films no Longer than 40 minutes length.

d) Latin American Documentary Feature Film Competition

For Latin American Films documentaries over 40 minutes length.

e) International Documentary Feature Film Competition “new filmmakers”

For national and internationalFilms over 40 minutes. Only for filmmakers who present their first or second non-fiction movie.

f) International Competition New Narratives (experimental cinema)

For experimental films of any nationality and length.

g) Argentine Documentary Feature Film Competition :

Only for Argentinian Documentary Feature Films screened during 2019.

h) Thematic Panorama Competition (Music, Sports, Architecture, Cinema)

For national and international documentaries that address any of the following themes: Music, Sports, Architecture, Cinema. (over 40 minutes)

i) International Fiction Feature Film Competition “Fictions of the real”

For fiction feature films that have a narrative or thematic search that matches them with the documentary. National and international films (over 40 minutes).

j) International Feature Film Competition “Queer Doc” (Documentaries LGTBQI)

For national and international documentaries that address LGTBQI theme. (over 40 minutes)

k) International Competition Docs VR

For Virtual Reality documentaries and immersive content. (For works of any length)

l) International Documentary Competition on Human Rights

For documentaries on human rights (environment, migration, politics, etc). movies from all over the world will be accepted. (over 40 minutes)

m) International Documentary Competition related to childhood and adolescence

For nonfiction films related to childhood and youth. Movies from any country and footage are accepted.

The selection committee will reserve the right to add, delete or modify any of the sections of the festival based on the quality and quantity of the material received.

3- Awards

International Documentary Feature Films competition :

1st Place

Fidba Award statuette, diploma and $ 10.000

International Documentary Short Films Competition :

1st Place

Fidba Award statuette, diploma and $3.000

National Documentary Short Films Competition :

1st Place

Fidba Award statuette, diploma and $3.000

Latin American Documentary Feature Film Competition

1st Place

Fidba Award statuette, diploma and $ 5000

International Documentary Feature Film Competition “new filmmakers”

1st Place

Fidba Award statuette, diploma and $ 5000

International Competition New Narratives (experimental cinema)

1st Place

Fidba Award statuette, diploma and $ 5000

Argentine Documentary Feature Film Competition

1st Place

Fidba Award statuette, diploma and $ 5000

Thematic Panorama Competition (Music, Sports, Architecture, Cinema)

1st Place

Fidba Award statuette, diploma and $ 5000

International Fiction Feature Film Competition “Fictions of the real”

1st Place

Fidba Award statuette, diploma and $ 10.000

International Feature Film Competition “Queer Doc” (Documentaries LGTBQI)

1st Place

Fidba Award statuette, diploma and $ 10.000

(Prizes are expressed in Argentine Pesos)

The Jury may propose up to three special mentions per category.

3.2- Mention of Participation

The producers and distributors of films participating in the Competitions shall include the phrase “Selección Oficial Internacional”/“International Official Selection”, in all their film advertising and press material, using the logo of the Festival. This commitment applies to both theatre releases and DVD and Blu-ray releases.

The producers and distributors of award-winning films shall mention such award(s) in all their film advertising and press material, using the logo of the Festival. This commitment applies to both theatre releases and DVD and Blu-ray releases.

The logo will be available on the Festival’s website.

4- Submission Information and Materials Required for the Selection Process

4.1- Required Materials

Completed Entry form at sfilmmaker platform, a link to the film for online viewing ( sucha as vimeo, youtube, etc).

Films must have Spanish or English Subtitles if it is not spanish spoken.

Please fill every single gap in the Entry form.

Don`t forget to indicate if the work is a final cut, a rough cut or a work in progress.

4.2- Submission deadlines and Entry Fees;

International feature films and experimental films of any length.

-REGULAR DEADLINE : March 1, 2019

Standard Fee U$S 30.00

-LATE DEADLINE : May 15, 2019

Standard Fee U$S 40.00

-EXTENDED DEADLINE: July 1, 2019

Standard Fee U$S 50.00

International Documentary Short Films Competition

-REGULAR DEADLINE : March 1, 2019

Standard Fee U$S 15.00

-LATE DEADLINE : May 15, 2019

Standard Fee U$S 20.00

-EXTENDED DEADLINE: July 1, 2019

Standard Fee U$S 30.00

The selection committee is under no obligation to view films submitted after the deadline.

5- Selected Films

5.1- Catalogue

With the purpose of issuing an accurate catalogue, the Festival requires, for each selected film, a duly completed entry form and the following materials: film synopsis, director’s biography and filmography, one film still, and the full artistic and technical credits. The required materials shall be submitted as soon as possible upon acceptance of the invitation to participate in the Festival and before the deadline, which will be duly notified.

Editorial decisions are entirely at the discretion of the Festival.

5.2- Excerpts for Promotional Purposes

The Festival may use excerpts from national or foreign films – with a maximum length of 3 minutes – for promotional purposes (excerpts from short films used promotionally will not exceed 10% of their total running time).

Should a producer fail to submit the required film excerpts, the Festival may copy one or more fragments from the movie for promotional use during the Festival.

For promotion of the Festival lineup and each of the selected films, the Festival may upload digital photos of films and film clips (of a maximum of 3 minutes) onto the Festival’s website.

5.3- Video Library

The selected films will be available on the Festival’s online Video Library for a predetermined period of time. The video library is only accessible to Festival accredited press members and guests. By entering the Festival, rights holders give permission for their films to be included in the video library, unless stated otherwise on their entry form.

For these purposes, the producers of films in the Festival lineup shall provide extra copies in the format that will be duly specified.

5.4- Screening Schedule

The film programming and the screening days and times are decided by the Festival Organizers.

5.5- Screening Format

Festival screening formats are:

MOV (Codec H.264) File.

Maximum Bitrate : 12 mbps

Stereo

The submission of works in other video formats requires the authorization of the Festival.

Once the screening format has been informed to the Festival Organizers, it may not be changed.

5.6- Language and Subtitles

Selected films will be screened in their original version.

Foreign Films:

A Spanish-subtitled screening copy is preferred if available. If this should not be the case, a dialogue list (with time codes) in English will be required.

Screening copies should have no subtitled printed on.

Argentine Films:

An English-subtitled screening copy is preferred if available. If no English-subtitled copy should be available, the Festival may request a list of the script lines in English (with time codes).

7- About These Rules

Participation in the Festival entails the acceptance of the present Rules. In the event of any conflict (concerning the organization or operation) not covered in these regulations, it will be resolved by the Festival Organizers.

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