IOWF 2022 is an international online film festival at its eighth 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 short films and web series terminated (or started) from January 2021 to this day can participate in IOWF 2022.
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 30 minutes including credits.
b) All short films must be under 30 minutes including credits.
c) Every short film or web series needs to have a teaser trailer to be shared.
d) Please note that the short film has to be terminated from January 2021 to this day for being eligible to participate in IOWF 2022 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 2022.
f) To be eligible for award consideration for the 8th IOWF Awards year, a short film or web series must fulfill one of the following qualifying criteria between December 23rd, 2020, and April 30, 2022.
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 could be required after you submitted 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.
3) The Producer and/or Director has been already nominated in one of the previous IOWF editions.
4) One of the actors featuring the project has been nominated in at least one of the last 2 IOWF editions (2020 & 2021)
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 2022 please read carefully and understand the regulations. Projects submitted must be the original work of the participant, ended not before January 1, 2021.
It is possible to submit more than one project, but every project entails an application fee.
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 2018 to this day for being eligible to participate in IOWF 2022 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 2022 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 2022 please read carefully and understand the regulations.
Projects submitted must be the original work of the participant, ended not before January 1, 2021 (except for feature film 2018).
To submit more than one project is allowed, but every project entails an application fee.
2. IOWF 2022 CATEGORY
a) Short films:
all films lasting from 2 minutes to 30 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
all web series with a minimum of 2 webisodes can participate in this category, the maximum length allowed is 30 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 2022 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 the English language needs subtitles in English.
g) By submitting the film to IOWF 2022, 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 2022
You have to read and accept the terms and regulations of IOWF 2022. 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 2022 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 2022 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 2022, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.