SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Rules & Regulations

1-ORGANIZERS

The Duhok International Film Festival is a Non-profit Organization in Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, supported by the Duhok Governorate in cooperation with the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Culture and Youth and the General Directorate of Culture and Arts of Duhok City and in cooperation with mîtosfilm – Berlin as a service company.

 

2-FESTIVAL DATES

The 5th Annual Duhok International Film Festival will take place in Duhok, Kurdistan Regional Government from 09 to 16 September 2017.

 

3-PROGRAMS

The Festival is composed of several sections, accepting films shot in any format.

 

  • The World Cinema Section presents a selection of fiction feature films, documentaries and shorts from all over the world. This panorama of contemporary auteur cinema includes films by young talents alongside work by established filmmakers.
  • The Kurdish Cinema Section presents a selection of Kurdish films; Feature, Documentaries, and shorts, made in a Kurdish-speaking region (Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria) or by Diaspora Kurdish filmmakers.
  • Country Focus, each year the Duhok International Film Festival brings certain talent from different countries into focus, aiming to create a network with the country in the spotlight.

 

4-CATEGORIES

Submissions should fall into these categories:

 

  • World Cinema
  1. Feature films: narrative fiction features from around the world with a minimum length of 60 minutes.
  2. Documentaries: documentary films from around the world with a minimum length of 60 minutes.
  3. Short Films: the short film with a maximum length of 30 minutes can be narrative fiction or documentary.

 

  • Kurdish Cinema
  1. Feature Films: narrative fiction features with a minimum length of 60 minutes.
  2. Documentaries: documentary films with a minimum length of 30 minutes.
  3. Short Films: the short film with a maximum length of 30 minutes.

 

5-ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY CONDITIONS

  • All films selected for the Festival must be screened in their original language with English subtitles. English-speaking films do not need to be subtitled.
  • Films completed within the years 2016 and 2017 are eligible for submission and can be part of the program.
  • Films selected in the Kurdish Cinema Competition Section must not have been previously released in the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq in any format, including online screenings, or shown on Kurdish television prior to 16.09.2017.
  • The submitter additionally has to provide the festival with an English dialogue list of the film, after his film is selected.
  • A Selection Committee made up of film experts will assist the Artistic Directorship in the scouting and selection of films for the Festival.
  • Press kits are requested only upon acceptance into the Festival.
  • Previously submitted films are not eligible for submission and cannot be part of the program.
  • Entrants are permitted so submit works-in-progress (without final color correction or sound mixing), but please note that updated versions can only be sent when requested by the programming committee and that the film has to be completed by August 20th.
  • All rights, permissions, and clearances must be obtained prior to submission and applicants must ensure that they have the right to submit the work with regard to third parties connected with the production of the film in question. By entering your work, you agree to this and the responsibilities involved. The Duhok International Film Festival assumes no responsibility for violation of copyright law.

 

6-OFFICIAL PRIZES

The Festival presents the following awards:

 

World Cinema Competition

  1. Yilmaz Güney Award for the best Feature Film. (10.000 USD)
  2. New Talent Award for the Best First or Second Director of a Feature Film. (4.000 USD).
  3. Special Price of the Jury. (1.500 USD)
  4. Audience Award for the best Film (2.000 USD)

 

Kurdish Cinema Competition

  1. Golden Leaf Award for the Best Feature Film. (10.000 USD)
  2. Silver Leaf Award for the Best Director. (4.000 USD)
  3. Silver Leaf Award for the Scriptwriter. (3.000 USD)
  4. Silver Leaf Award for the Best Actor. (2.000 USD)
  5. Silver Leaf Award for Best Actress. (2.000 USD)
  6. Audience Award for the best Film (2.000 USD)

 

World Documentaries

  1. Golden Leaf for best World Documentary Film (3.000 USD)

 

Kurdish Documentaries

  1. Golden Leaf for the Best Kurdish Documentary Film. (3.000 USD)

 

World Shorts

  1. Golden Leaf for best World Short Film. (2.500 USD)
  2. Special Price of the Jury. (1.500 USD)

 

Kurdish Shorts

  1. Golden Leaf for the Best Kurdish Short Film. (2.500 USD)
  2. Special Price of the Jury. (1.500 USD)

 

Other Awards

  1. Duhok City Award for the Best Feature Film shot in the Bahdinan Region sponsored by Duhok City Government. (10.000 USD).
  2. The Kurdish Writer’s Association Award for the Best Kurdish Diaspora Film. (2.500 USD).
  3. Cinema for Peace Award

 

 7-FILM SUBMISSION

  • The submission of Feature Films, Documentaries and Shorts are free.
  • Films must be submitted through the online registration procedure on our website. Filled in online and must reach our festival no later than the established closing date.
  • DVDs accompanied by an incomplete entry form (or by annexed material not giving all the information required) will not be considered.
  • Each entry form must necessarily be accompanied by a DVDs of the film in original version with English subtitles, or online screener to be associated in the Online Submission form.
  • The submission and participation of a film in the Festival imply acceptance of the Rules and Regulations for participation. In any unforeseen eventuality, the decision of the Festival Directorship is final.

 

 

8-CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION AND DELIVERY OF PRESELECTION MATERIAL

  • Submissions will be accepted from May 11, 2017.
  • Entry forms, screeners, as well as the required accompanying material for the selection of the film must be sent no later than July 9, 2017, to the following address:

 

KURDISH CINEMA SECTION

WORLD CINEMA SECTION

Duhok IFF Center

Azadi Panorama Park

Barzan St. AA1007

Duhok 42001

Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Telephone: Tel: +964 (62) 764 9838

mîtosfilm

Oranienstraße 191

10999 Berlin

Germany

Telephone: +49 (30) 54 71 94 62

Fax: +49 (30) 54 71 95 08

 

With the following customs declaration: “Of no commercial value, for cultural purposes only”.

 

  • The participant is liable for all costs of transportation and customs clearance. The Festival management reserves the right to refuse any shipments entailing additional costs. DVDs and documentation submitted to the Festival will not be returned.

 

 

9-SHIPMENT OF SCREENING COPIES OF SELECTED FILMS

  • Screening copies of films invited to the Festival must arrive in Duhok by 20th of August 2017, after which date the presentation of a film at the Festival cannot be guaranteed. Exceptions to this deadline may be granted in writing by the Festival management.
  • Please be aware of the fact that for shipments to and from Kurdistan may involve delays.
  • Our Digital Cinema screenings are only on a server basis. Films will have to be shipped on a physical drive containing just the DCP (Digital Cinema Package) of the selected film, encoded following DCI or SMPTE standards. To assure the best handling of the DCP and the distribution of the KDMs of your film, you have to provide the D-KDM (Distribution Key) to our partner lab: they will generate the KDMs for all playback servers in use at the Festival, open from the 1st until the 21st of September 2017. We strongly suggest shipping the DCP to our festival lab for a Quality Check in order to avoid problems during the Festival screenings.
  • The participant is liable for all costs of transportation and customs clearance for both outward and returns shipment. If the return shipment of the selected films entails costs, these will be billed to the participant before the end of the year. The Festival reserves the right to refuse any shipments entailing additional costs.

 

 

10-SELECTION

  • The festival reserves the right to decide which section the selected films will be programmed in.
  • We aim to inform successful applicants before August 15th, 2017. Unfortunately, we will be unable to offer individual feedback or enter into any discussion about your work.
  • All successful submissions will be listed on our website and successful applicants will be notified by e-mail or phone. Please make sure that we can reach you in the month of August so that we can confirm your film‘s inclusion in the festival program. We will also request that you arrange print transport and additional material during that period.

 

 

11-FESTIVAL SCREENINGS AND SCHEDULING

  • All screenings during the festival period will take place in Duhok and be scheduled by the festival. We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised schedule at any time for given reasons and will not accept liability for any costs incurred as a result of such changes.
  • No film may be withdrawn from the Duhok International Film Festival program after its selection/participation has been confirmed.
  • The film must be available to screen in at least one of the following formats: DCP or Blu-Ray
  • Prints of selected films must be received by the festival not later than 20.08.2017
  • Duhok International Film Festival will accept responsibility for technical damage to prints of selected titles while they are in the possession of the festival and will reimburse the value of the print stock only.

 

12-INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY MATERIAL

All documentation material, entry forms, and any other correspondence must necessarily be addressed to:

Duhok IFF Office

Panorama Azadi

42001 Duhok

Kurdistan Region – Iraq

Tel: 009647504674499

Tel: 009647504808446

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