January 10, 2019
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February 20, 2021
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October 01, 2021
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November 20, 2021 to November 21, 2021
Coming: 5th Toronto World International Film Festival® - part of a World International Film Festival.
The World International Film Festival is a global industry event held around the year in the world’s biggest cities.This around-the-world film festival tour showcases some of the very best independent films on the scene today. It will bring new films and audiences together in locales that are international centers of the arts, creating a meeting place for auteurs and cineastes, filmmakers and movie fans. Welcome to the World International Film Festival.
The World International Film Festival will include the following sections:
of Asia, Africa, and Australia
Documentaries of the World Animation
Student and Children’s Cinema
New York City
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The main objective of the World International Film Festival (WIFF) is to provide the opportunity for filmmakers from all over the world to excel, and to have the best work selected and showcased in a celebration of cinema, as well as to give filmmakers a platform to network amongst fellow professionals and cinematic artists. The World International Film Festival is looking forward to fostering these relationships and to helping extraordinary filmmakers get their projects seen by global audiences. WIFF unites cinematic, cultural, and educational objectives by presenting its film discoveries.
The World International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing new and innovative films while fostering the next generation of filmmakers. It is a strong advocate for social change, and encourages cultural diversity and understanding between nations. It strives to foster the movie art of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema and promoting meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The World International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the spirit, passion, and skill of the best new filmmakers from around the world for audiences around the world. We are also including and actively supporting not only the finest examples of classic moviemaking, but works that are experimental, breaking ground in new non-narrative forms and crossing over into the video arts. All films will be reviewed as they are submitted, and the best in each category will be chosen to screen at the festival.
A jury of industry professionals will then view the finalists and choose the winning selections. Filmmakers planning on attending should notify the film festival as soon as possible, so their names may be listed in the scheduled program at the venue where their film will be shown. A substantial number of accredited national and international press, TV and film buyers and distributors also participate. Final jurors for the World International Film Festival will come from a selection of industry professionals in film production, distribution, new media, and festival programming from Sundance, AFI, Slamdance, SXSW, and more.
Submission Guidelines: The World International Film Festival accepts online screeners for submission purposes. Entries should be submitted by secure password-protected internet link to the work on: Vimeo.com or YouTube.com. The link must not be visible to the public. Works in progress will not be considered for competition or screened at the film festival. All entries must be properly uploaded and received by the film festival in DCP format two months on or before the festival event for consideration.
The filmmaker(s) must secure all rights, licenses, clearances, and releases necessary for exhibition. Work may originate in any film, video, or digital medium. All footage must be original. The music must be original or licensed. You must certify receipt of any and/or all releases and/or permissions. All works made in a language other than English must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Please do not send any paper press kits, other print materials, DCP’s, Blu-rays, or DVD’s unless they are requested by the festival. All entry materials become the property of the World International Film Festival and will not be returned. There are no refunds of entry fees. After you submit your work for review online, the link must not expire until after you are notified of the jury panel's selections. Press kits, screenplays must be submitted in English.
SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION GUIDE
If your work is selected, we will post it on our website and notify you by e-mail. We will notify you if you are not accepted as well. Screenplays and Press Kits must be submitted in English. Screenplays and Press Kits must be submitted in one of the following file formats: Microsoft Word (.doc), PDF (.pdf), Final Draft (.fdr, .fdx, .fds), Rich Text (.rtf), Plain Text (.txt). The trailer (teaser), must be submitted in the following file formats: HD [1080p] and be uploaded on youtube.com. The exhibition version (film) must be submitted in the following file formats: Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in EXT 2 format, plus 2 Blu-ray discs.
RETURN OF MATERIALS
We will not return screener materials. The World International Film Festival does not give waivers or discounts. The World International Film Festival does not pay any rental fees for submitted work. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
LOSS & DAMAGE
Every precaution will be taken to safeguard films, videos, and publicity materials while they are in the possession of the World International Film Festival. However, if loss or damage occurs, the film festival cannot accept or assume responsibility.
All non-English films must have English subtitles. Only one online submission per film is accepted.
Awards & Prizes:
The Toronto World International Film Festival presents over 30 awards to filmmakers in competition, as determined by the awards jury.
WINNERS In the following categories:
GRAND JURY AWARD
BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
BEST SHORT FILM
BEST DIRECTOR GRAND JURY AWARD
BEST ACTRESS GRAND JURY AWARD
BEST ACTOR GRAND JURY AWARD
BEST SCREENPLAY GRAND JURY WINNER
BEST ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION GRAND JURY WINNER
INNOVATION AWARD GRAND JURY WINNER
All winners will be awarded with the World International Film Festival AWARD.
Rules & Terms:
Any filmmaker can submit his Screener (Films, Scripts, Trailers and Press Kits).
Entries may be only entered as an online screener.
Entrant agrees to grant Film Festival permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed - in whole or in part - SOLELY for purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival.
The Screenplays and Press Kits must be submitted in the following file formats:
The file formats you can choose from include Microsoft Word (.doc), PDF (.pdf), Final Draft (.fdr, .fdx, .fds), Rich Text (.rtf), Plain Text (.txt). We don't accept KDM encrypted DCP's.
If your work is selected for screening, we will post it on our website and notify you by e-mail. We will notify you if you are not accepted as well. Screenplays and Press Kits must be submitted in English. Screenplays and Press Kits must be submitted in one of the following file formats: Microsoft Word (.doc), PDF (.pdf), Final Draft (.fdr, .fdx, .fds), Rich Text (.rtf), Plain Text (.txt). The trailer (teaser), must be submitted in the following file formats: HD [1080p] and be uploaded on youtube.com. The exhibition version (film) must be submitted in the following file formats: Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in EXT 2 format, plus 2 Blu-ray discs.
By submitting a work for consideration (a Work), entrant hereby grants the Festival the following non-exclusive, irrevocable rights: To curate and assemble the Work into traveling programs to be exhibited and publicly-performed in the Festivals extended, national annual tour through 2015-2016; To compile the Work into format groupings (e.g., short, animation, documentary) on a DVD or Blu-ray, or appropriate media for projection; To exhibit and publicly-perform portions of the Work, as selected by the Festival, on the Festivals website(s); To use and display the names, voices, photographs, likenesses, and biographies of the entrant and the Works director and producer for advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Works in any media now or hereafter known throughout the universe; and To use, publicly display, and publicly perform moving images and stills from the Works for advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Works in any media now or hereafter known throughout the universe.
REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
Entrant hereby represents and warrants that as of the submission of this Entry Form and at all times thereafter: Entrant has all requisite power, authority, and approvals to sign this Entry Form and grant the rights granted in this Entry Form; Entrant has all right, title, and interest in and to the Work for the purposes outlined in this Entry Form, and has cleared all copyrighted material (e.g., music and stock footage) included in the Work; Neither the Work nor any of its elements infringes upon the copyrights or trademarks of any person or entity; and The exhibition and public performance of the Work will not violate the rights to privacy of any person, constitute defamation against any person, or in any other way violate the rights of any person or entity.
If you film is confirmed for screening - You need to send us 1 copy DCP, 2 BLU-RAY, 2 DVD, MP4 (if you don't have all this - send what you have, but without DCP we can't screen your film)
Please use FedEx, DHL or any other fast shipment.
We are going to use this copies for the other festival locations in our system as well as for World Theatrical release if your film would be selected.
Any deal with the film would be discussed with you first and we will never sign anything without your approval.
DCP format (the hard drive to be in EXT2, EXT3 or NTFS) and SMPTE (24 fps) OR (25 fps)
Compression codecs - jpeg 2000, bitrade 250 or 200 max, audio channel mapping - can be 6 channels
USB 3.0 prefer, USB 2.0 - allowed
The frame size in pixels: FLAT 1998x1080 pixels SCOPE - 2048x858 pixels.
Disk format do you accept - NTFS.
EXT2 is preferred (inodes size must be 128, which is the default). EXT3 can be used but inode size must be 128 or less (this has to be set), so EXT3 can sometimes work but its not the best option. And NTFS will work in most cases, but it is awindows based format, and if the drive is not un-mounted correctly, it may not be recognized when ingest is attempted.
Digital Cinema Package (DCP)
The film needs to be delivered to our theatres in a specific format.
The content format used by Digital Cinema is JPEG-2000 at a 2K resolution (adjusted to accommodate scope or flat format). Audio is uncompressed 5.1. This is all packaged in MXF file format.
The final package is called a DCP (Digital Cinema Package). The DCP is loaded onto a removable hard drive using a CRU DX115 compatible sled caddy.
Our Dolby DSS200 server and supplemental Real D 3D kit allow for both 2D and 3D screenings of DCPs. While DCP movies of 4K resolution are acceptable, they will be exhibited in 2K. The industry standard of 24 frames per second, XYZ color space, 12-bit color and uncompressed sound are all required.
All hard drives containing DCPs must be formatted for Linux ext2/ext3 or Windows NTFS.
Please note that DCP movies from major distributors are often copy protected and require licensing keys to unlock. In order to verify functionality the keys (one for advance testing and one for the screening) should be provided to The Theatre well in advance of the screening and allow the movie to be played for testing purposes with sufficient time so that any potential problem may be rectified.
- Do you need the DCP to have subtitles on the movie or do you need them in another file?
We need the DCP with subtitles on it.
If the film is in ENGLISH - for ENGLISH SPEACKING COUNTRIES - WE DON'T NEED subtitles.
For the rest world - need. For Spain - Spanish, for China - Chinese.
Singapore films are better with English & Chinese subtitles in same time
- The languages of the film are Arabic and English.
We provide English subtitles for the dialogues in Arabic.
Do you need English subtitles at the English dialogues as well?
Normally if it is showing in English speaking country, the English subtitle is not needed, but if there is English subtitle, it is ok too.
I think English subtitle is ok for English dialogues
If we have a basic DCP version of the film with or without any subtitles, we can easy any subtitles by redo DCP from the SRT file which you send us.
By submitting my film, I am indicating that I understand, comply with and agree to the Terms of Entry and the eligibility requirements.
Submissions are only accepted through our Filmfreeway or other online accounts.
An entrant must accept our prescreening process;
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless World International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
Apply online via FilmFreeway to our Festival and, after fully completing the online entry form, click “submit”. Please note the online entry form will require you to submit a password-protected URL that links to your film in order to be completed, so plan accordingly and be sure the film has been fully uploaded and the link and password work prior to filling out your online entry form.
All physical entry materials received by the Festival will not be returned and will be destroyed or discarded by the Festival.
Great care will be taken with entries while with us, however we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage incurred en route, or due to normal wear and tear
By submitting a film through FilmFreeway, the Filmmaker agree to grant the Festival the right to use the title, synopsis, and trailer of the Film for advertisement purposes, including use of those materials on the Festival's website. The links to submission screeners should be publicly closed.