Rules

IOWF 2020 is an international online film festival at its sixth edition. The festival’s main purpose is to create a contest where short films and web series can compete for each other and receive the vote of the audience and specialists in filmmaking (bloggers, journalists, and producers), with no need for live screening. 

All projects submitted will be able to compete at IOWF 2020 Seasonal Semifinals (Winter; Spring and Summer) and rated by an audience of social networks. 

All short films and web series terminated (or started) from January 2019 to this day can participate in IOWF 2020. 

Awards related to the winners of the respective categories will be announced after the closure of entries.

 

1. RULES & TERMS


SHORTS and WEB SERIES 
a) At least one webisode must be under 25 minutes including credits. 
b) All short films must be under 25 minutes including credits. 
c) Every short film or web series needs to have a teaser trailer to be shared.
d)  Please note that short film has to be terminated from January 2019 to this day for being eligible to participate in IOWF 2020 and it has NOT to be online available worldwide at the moment of submission.
e) In the case of webisodes (or Seasons), they can be already online, but they don't have to be published before January 2019.
f) To be eligible for award consideration for the 6th IOWF Awards year, a short film or web series must fulfill one of the following qualifying criteria between December 23rd, 2019, and September 30, 2020.
This qualification must take place within two years of the film’s completion date:

1) The project must have won a qualifying award at a competitive web festival, as specified in the Short Film/Web Series Qualifying Festival List. Proof of the award must be submitted with the entry. The Qualifying Festival List may be obtained from the IOWF Staff via e-mail.
2) The project must have won a Play-Off in the previous month's competition. Click here to apply for the current Play-Off.

g) Short films and/or Web Series must be submitted to the IOWF exclusively via FilmFreeway.

h) Dialogue or narration must be substantially in English or the film must have English-language subtitles.

i) Before submitting your film to IOWF 2020 please read carefully and understand the regulations. Projects submitted must be the original work of the participant, ended not before January 1, 2019.
It is possible to submit more than one project, but every project entails an application fee.

FEATURE FILM: 

L) All feature films accepted must be from 55 to 120 minutes including credits.

m) Keep in mind this is a new special "category" and only theatrical trailer or extract will be shared on social media accounts.

n) Please note that feature film has to be terminated from January 2016 to this day for being eligible to participate in IOWF 2021 and it has NOT to be online available worldwide at the moment of submission, but it can be already released on theaters.

o) All the feature film finalists of IOWF 2021 will be announced after the closure of the online voting period. After that period, a maximum of 5 productions from all continents will be nominated and then they will participate in the voting period by "Special Jury" (composed by specialists in filmmaking and winners or nominees of the last IOWF editions) for the IOWF awards.

p) Before submitting your film to IOWF 2020 please read carefully and understand the regulations.

Projects submitted must be the original work of the participant, ended not before January 1, 2019 (except for feature film 2016).

To submit more than one project is allowed, but every project entails an application fee.

 

2. IOWF 2019 CATEGORY

a) Short films:

all films lasting from 2 minutes to 25 minutes can participate in this category (credits included). 

  • European Short Film

  • African Short Film

  • American Short Film

  • Asiatic Short Film

  • Oceanian Short Film

  • Animated Short Film

 

b) WebSeries:

all web series with a minimum of 2 webisodes can participate in this category, the maximum length allowed is 25 minutes for at least one webisode.

  • European Web Series 

  • African Web Series 

  • American Web Series 

  • Asiatic Web Series 

  • Oceanian Web Series 

  • Animated Web Series

c) Feature Film:

all films lasting from 55 minutes to 120 minutes can participate in this category (credits included). 

  • European Feature Film

  • African Feature Film

  • American Feature Film

  • Asiatic Feature Film

  • Oceanian Feature Film

  • Animated Feature Film

 

d) Projects must be submitted online.

Rates for lodging are not refundable.

 

e) All decisions regarding the winners are final and irrefutable.

IOWF 2020 reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the expiration date of registration.

f) All films are presented in their original language. Every short/feature film or web series not in English language needs for subtitles in English.

g) By submitting the film to IOWF 2020, you confirm to be the owner of the rights of the film.

“Unlike all the other art forms, film is able to seize and render the passage of time, to stop it, almost to possess it in infinity. I’d say that film is the sculpting of time.”

– Andrei Tarkovsky

3. GENERAL AGREEMENT FOR PARTICIPATION IN IOWF 2020

You have to read and accept the terms and regulations of IOWF 2020. We need your authorization to upload to our official YT channel and screen your webisodes online to compete for the award competition or upload to our official YT channel and screen only the trailer (min. 30" in case of Short Film and min. 1'30" in case of Feature Film) for the award competition.

You have to certify that you hold the necessary rights for the presentation of your production submitted in IOWF 2020 and that all rights and permissions have been made. Your film has not to be subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. By accepting these conditions, You transfer to IOWF 2020 the right to use excerpts of the submitted project, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the various social networks and on the website www.internationalonlinewebfest.com, and for other non-commercial purposes related to the promotion of the festival. You have to hereby agree to indemnify IOWF 2020, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

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