TERMS & CONDITIONS

DEADLINE
Entry form, film/s, 3 film stills (JPEG images), director’s profile photo (JPEG image) and entry fee MUST be received by --------------
 

There is an entry fee of $15 USD – secure PayPal payment can be made on the Entry Form webpage. Payment must be made before deadline.

 

* Byzanfest appreciates early submissions in order to resolve any technical or administrative issues.

 

LATE ENTRY

If submission/s is received after deadline, entry fee incurred will be $30 USD. Late entries will be received up to ---------------

 

 

SUBMISSION

Film and entry details must be emailed.

Use any File Sharing Drive to submit your entry to byzanfest@gmail.com

 


ELIGIBILITY

All 7 points MUST be satisfied
 

Point 1

Each entry must be submitted by either the:

  • director; or

  • producer

 

Note: if none of the above own the film’s copyright, they MUST obtain written permission from the copyright holder.


This person will be known as the ‘Contact Person’ on the Entry Form and the person responsible to fulfil all submission requirements under Byzanfest’s Terms and Conditions.

The Contact Person is solely responsible for ensuring the film complies with all domestic and international copyright laws. This is not Byzanfest’s responsibility.
 

Point 2

The Contact Person MUST be an Eastern Orthodox Christian.

If you have any questions regarding this please forward your inquiry to byzanfest@gmail.com

 

Point 3

Byzanfest is looking for films that express Orthodox Christian themes, beliefs, culture and values.

However, an entry’s storyline does not necessarily have to be directly ‘religious’ or spiritual. Although the film may not appear to have ‘Orthodox’ subject matter, it can still be deemed an Orthodox film because it was created by an Orthodox Christian filmmaker who maintained an Orthodox phronema (‘mindset’) during the creative process, remaining faithful to their Christian sense of dignity, morality and self-respect.

 

Point 4

Byzanfest is a global event open to all citizens, world-wide. Byzanfest is open to professional, amateurs and students.

 

There is no age limit.
 
Point 5

The Contact Person can submit up to 3 films for selection. Each film will require payment of a separate entry fee (ie. 3 submissions = $45 USD).

 

Point 6
If film’s language is not English, it MUST contain English subtitles.

Point 7
There is NO requirement this needs to be the film’s première screening. It can previously been broadcast or screened at other festivals.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
There is an entry fee of $15 USD. Secure PayPal payment can be made on the Entry Form webpage.
 

Film must have been made between 2015 - 2020.
 

Once entry form, film, 3 film-stills, director’s profile photo & entry fee have been received, each submission will undergo a preliminary round of judging. A short-list will be drafted and another screening will determine the final program. If successful, the Contact Person will be notified and the film will be uploaded to TRANSFIGURE MEDIA’s YouTube Channel.

To be nominated for Best Screenplay the screenwriter must be an Orthodox Christian.
 

To be nominated for Best Youth Film the Contact Person must be between the ages of 10-25 years old.

If an entry contains material that is deemed discriminatory or offensive to any group of persons and/or generally distasteful, it will not be screened. Discretion will be used during the judging and selection processes.
 

FILM FORMAT

The film will be uploaded to YouTube so it must be in a supported format.

 

Accepted formats include:

  • .MOV

  • .MPEG4

  • .WMV

  • .AVI

 

The video codec must be:

            H.264

Preferred video resolution:

            720p: 1280 x 720 or higher

 

Byzanfest prefers films in 16:9 aspect ratio.

If the film was shot in 3:4 or a different ratio it may be broadcasted on YouTube with pillarbox or letterbox bars. To avoid this please format film to 16:9 aspect ratio.

 

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Option 1:

Use any File Sharing Drive to submit entry to byzanfest@gmail.com

 

You must provide the following in order to qualify for selection:

- entry form

- film

- 3 screen shots from film

- profile photo of director

- paid entry fee

 

Option 2:

This option is if you wish to submit via post.

 

You must provide the following in order to qualify for selection:

  • entry form

  • film: 1 x playable DVD + 1 x accepted format DVD

  • 3 scene shots & Director’s profile: 1 x CD or USB (JPEG)

 

Pay entry fee on the Entry Form webpage.

 

Please ensure the film can be easily copied from disc and uploaded.

 

Post your entry to the following address:

Byzanfest

PO Box 3

ROSANNA, 3084

Victoria, Australia


 
PERMISSION FOR SCREENING
By completing and signing Entry Form, the Contact Person agrees to the Festival’s Terms & Conditions, granting the Byzanfest permission to broadcast their film(s).


The Contact Person also grants Byzanfest permission to use film stills submitted for publicity purposes. Images from the film(s) and additional photographs may be reproduced and/or broadcast on the Festival’s website, associated websites and/or media outlets.

If selected for screening and nominated for an award, the Contact Person must be prepared to submit further detailed information about their film and crew. The Contact Person must also be prepared to supply costumes, props and/or actors (if any) for a media photo shoot or provide photographs.
 


AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Best Film

  • Best Director

  • Best Screenplay

  • Audience Favourite

  • Best Youth Film

  • Best Cinematography

  • Best Documentary

 

 

PRIZES

At this stage, each category will be awarded a certificate. Additional prizes may be awarded depending on sponsorship level reached.

 


GENRES
All genres are accepted, including, but not limited to:

  • drama

  • comedy

  • documentary

  • music clip

  • thriller

  • art house

  • animation

  • experimental

  • computer graphic clips

  • cell phone

  • web series

 


TIME LIMITS
Byzanfest has two standards for time length of film. Times listed below include opening title and closing credit.


Dramas, comedies, thrillers, web series
Preferred: 3 – 10 min
Maximum: 30 min
 

Documentary / Educational

Maximum: 30 min


Animation
Preferred: 2 – 10 min
Maximum: 20 min

Experimental, music clips
Preferred: 2 – 5 min

Maximum: 10 min
 

 

SCREENING

Films selected for broadcasting will be uploaded to TRANSFIGURE MEDIA’s YouTube Channel.

 

Screening Season will occur from --------------------------

Awards night will be ----------------------------

Voting for Audience Favourite will close ------------- (Melbourne – EST)

 


FURTHER INFO / INQUIRIES
Web: www.byzanfest.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Byzanfest

E-mail: byzanfest@gmail.com

Skype: chris.vla1 (email to arrange a call-time)

Phone: +61 423 273 803

Post: PO Box 3, ROSANNA, 3084 (VIC) Australia

 

 

Disclaimer
Festival organisers reserve the right to edit information provided. Contact persons are required to supply additional information when requested. All information supplied by Contact Persons will be respected and not given to any third party without the Contact Person’s prior permission. Byzanfest is not responsible for ensuring the film entry has not infringed the laws of any country/copyright owners. This is the responsibility of the Contact Person/copyright holder.