Regulations of the 45th edition (2017)

45th HUESCA INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST

International Short Film Competition
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I. AIMS

1. Huesca International Film Festival aims to promote cinematographic culture through short film by discovering innovative work in this field.

 
II. ORGANIZATION

2. It is organized by Fundación Festival Internacional de Cine de Huesca.

3. The 45th edition of Huesca International Film Festival will be held from 9th to 17th June 2017 and it will consist of the following competitions:

– Iberoamerican Contest (SPAIN, LATIN AMERICA AND PORTUGAL)

– International Contest (OTHER COUNTRIES)

– Documentary Contest (ALL COUNTRIES)

 
III. TERMS AND CONDITIONS

4. The festival is open to fiction, documentary, animation and experimental short films. Though there are no thematic restrictions, TV series and tourism oriented or advertising short films are excluded.

5. Entrants may submit as many entries as desired. The inscription fee for each short film will be 2 Euros (apart from Festhome platform service cost, where payment will be accomplished via PayPal).

6. Short films entered must have been produced after January 1st, 2016 and have never been submitted to this festival in former editions.

7. Films will be submitted in their original language. Short films with dialogues in a language other than English or Spanish, shall be compulsorily subtitled in Spanish or English.

8. Maximum length shall not exceed 30 minutes, except for documentary short films, that may run up to 40 minutes.

9. Fiction and animation short films coming from Iberoamerican countries will be registered in the Iberoamerican Short Film Contest. Those awarded in that competition will participate afterwards in the International Contest, along with those short films selected by the Selection Panel.

10. A pluralistic and qualified selection panel will shortlist those short films participating in the three contests. The contact person provided by the application form will be informed about the selection.

 
IV. SUBMISSIONS

11. All short films submitted shall conform to the following standards:

  • Submission deadline is March 2nd, 2017. Deadline expires at 00:00 A.M. of the next day, in Central European Time CET (UTC + 1).
  • Submission shall be uploaded directly online via “Festhome” at www.festhome.com, all compulsory fields must be filled in. Platform related expenses and the festival inscription fee will be borne by participants.
  • Entrants have to open an account on Festhome and upload the video file in the specified format (an .mp4 file encoded with the codec H.264 at a bit rate between 1250 Kbps and 1750 Kbps), with inlaid English subtitles in case the original versions are other than Spanish or English.
  • Those entrants with a problematic online submission due to geographical location and conflicts in their countries, may apply to participate in the short film contest via the following email address: peliculas@huesca-filmfestival.com
 
V. SELECTED SHORTFILMS, DELIVERY AND PROJECTION COPIES

12. The final screening copy of shortlisted short films shall compulsorily be sent with English subtitles (unless original language is English) and dialogue list or subtitle file in Spanish or English (SRT, STL, TXT, etc.). It is also required to send a clean copy of the short film with separately available subtitle files (SRT).

13. In case the information was not previously uploaded on Festhome, shortlisted entrants shall send a file with an EPK (Electronic Press Kit) consisting of:

Three photographs or frames representative of the short film and a picture of the director. The most suitable format shall be a digital file, 300 dpi, JPEG or TIFF approximately sized 10 x 15 centimetres.

Director’s bio-filmography to a maximum of 600 characters.

A three minutes long trailer for promotion purposes at a minimum 720p resolution H.264 encoded at a bit rate between 10,000-15,000 kibts/s.

14. Entrants authorize the Festival organization to use shortlisted short film clips in any media so as to promote the Festival. The Festival may equally use movie and director pictures for press and other media, as well as for the festival catalogue. Delivery of EPK material implies total acceptance of these conditions.

15. Shortlisted short films will take part, if authors or right holders agree, in the online edition of Huesca Festival At Home, through Festhome on demand video platform (ondemand.festhome.com). Short films will be available at least during the festival’s official dates and up to a maximum of one month. The profits obtained will be distributed as follows: 65 % for the participating short films, 35 % for Festhome LTD.

16. Screening copies of selected short films must compulsorily be at the Festival office before April 10th, 2017. The files shall be sent through a FTP service made available to the authors by the festival. Delivery date shall be reported to the organization at the email address: peliculas@huesca-filmfestival.com. The non-compliance with this requirement will result in the exclusion of the entered short film.

17. Shortlisted films must be presented on digital media, a master coded, at 1920 x 1080i/p or 1280 x 720p. at the same frame rate at which it was edited. The uncompressed digital audio .wav or .aif at 16 or 24 bits, 48 kHz. using a .mov códec format: Avid DNxHD.

Admissible adjustements:
DNxHD 145 for 1080i/59.94, 1080p/29.97
DNxHD 120 for 1080i/50, 1080p/25
DNxHD 115 for 1080p/23.976
DNxHD 100 for 720p/59.94
DNxHD 80 for 720p/50
DNxHD 75 for 720p/29.97
DNxHD 60 for 720p/23.976 or 720p/25

*Download link for Mac or PC:
http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/download/Avid-QuickTime-Codecs-LE-2-3-8

18. Shortlisted short films shall be recoded for its final projection, adding English or Spanish subtitles, if necessary using códed: H.264 at a bit rate between 10,000 – 20,000 Kbits/s.

19. Authors or right holders shall not receive any payment for the screening of the shortlisted works during the festival.

20. Selected short films will become part of the archive of Fundación Festival Internacional de Cine de Huesca and therefore private access for educational or research purposes will be granted.

21. Return costs of non-awarded short films will be borne by the organization, if necessary.

22. Screening of any short film might be refused in case it might not guarantee a mandatory good technical quality for proper public viewing.

 
VI. TV AND INTERNET BROADCASTING

23. Participation in the Festival implies the authorization to broadcast clips of the short film on TV channels and internet.

 
VII. JURY

24. The juries of every contest will grant the prizes and trophies amongst all the short films selected for the official section of the three contests.

25. The jury decision will be final, their members ensuring to keep their decision in the strictest confidence until the prizes have been officially awarded at the Festival closing.

 
VII. PRIZES
 
IBEROAMERICAN SHORT FILM CONTEST

It will take place during the course of the Festival, and following official prizes will be awarded:

– 1st Prize / DANZANTE: five thousand Euros cash prize and trophy.
It will automatically be ranked to enter the Short Films category of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Hollywood for the corresponding season.

– 2nd Prize / CACHO PALLERO: two thousand Euros cash prize and diploma.

– Best First Work / ALBERTO SÁNCHEZ: two thousand Euros and diploma.
The Youth Jury will award Best Iberoamerican First Work –that is, 1st or 2nd film–.

 
INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM CONTEST

It will take place during the course of the Festival, and following official prizes will be granted:

– 1st Prize / DANZANTE: five thousand Euros and trophy.
It will be automatically ranked to enter the Short Films category of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Hollywood for the corresponding season.

– Best Animation Short Film / JINETE IBÉRICO: two thousand euros and trophy.
Awarded by INSTITUTO DE ESTUDIOS ALTOARAGONESES.

– Best First Work / ANSELMO PIÉ: one thousand Euros and trophy.
Granted by FUNDACIÓN ANSELMO PIÉ SOPENA to Best First Work, that is, a 1st or 2nd film. It will be awarded by the Youth Jury.

– Human Values Award / FRANCISCO GARCIA DE PASO: diploma.
Best Short film to stand out the defence of human values.

 
DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM CONTEST

It will take place during the course of the Festival, and following official prizes will be granted:

– 1st Prize / DANZANTE: five thousand Euros and trophy.

– Special Latin American Prize / JOSÉ MANUEL PORQUET: two thousand Euros and diploma.
Best Short Film Documentary produced in a Latin American country, unless Danzante Award may have been granted to a Latin American production, in which case it would then be conferred to the second most highly valued Latin American short film by the corresponding jury.

 
THE AUDIENCE AWARD

The Audience Prize will be granted  by Aragón Televisión according to the following considerations:

Any shortlisted work may be awarded.

It will be granted by means of the audience weighted voting.

ATV (Aragón Television) will buy the broadcasting rights (900 Euros worth) of the awarded work, as well as promote and broadcast them: copyright holders’ consent shall thereby be requested.

 
IX. PRIZES GUIDELINES

26. None of the aforementioned prizes can be awarded ex-æquo nor remain vacant.

27. Prizes are conferred to film directors, except in the case of works produced by film academies, schools or other cinematographic teaching institutions.

 
X. ADDITIONAL CONCERNS

28. Once the Festival is over, awarded short films –or those that may have been accredited by special mentions– might be broadcasted in educational and cultural programmes, on a non-profit-gaining basis, subject to the authors’ prior notification.

29. Participants are responsible for securing necessary permissions to participate in the Festival so as not to violate the rights of third parties also involved in the short film production.

30. By entering, entrants of the contests agree to comply with these regulations.

31. Huesca International Film Festival will decide on any eventualities not mentioned in these regulations and their decision will be final.

32. These regulations are published in Spanish and English. The Spanish text will be considered the reference text whenever any interpretation doubt may arise.

Huesca, February 1st, 2016