Water Docs Film Festival
You won’t want to miss our documentary film festival about all things water. If you are submitting to the festival, your film must have a central water issue or theme. Water Docs presents features and shorts, discussions with special guests and filmmakers, and opportunities to take action to protect water. The festival informs and activates our audiences about water and water issues because the likelihood of having enough clean, fresh water is diminishing everywhere and Ontarians can no longer afford to be complacent about water. Attitudes and practices must change – now, not ten years from now. So, for the love of water, come join us! Our 2016 Call for Submissions is now open.
Step 1. Choose your category
1. Young Filmmakers’ Competition
Films about an Ontario water issue or theme. Filmmaker must be based in Ontario, or film must be about an Ontario water issue. Filmmaker must be 30 or under on December 31, 2015.
2. Canadian Showcase
Films about any water issue or theme. Filmmaker must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and can be any age.
All films must meet these criteria:
- Style / format:
- Feature = 60+ min
- Short = 30 min or less (but 30-60 min films will be considered)
- Foreign language (with English subtitles)
- Contemporary: Films up to 3 years old and not publicly screened, at least in Toronto. Please send an enquiry if the film is older than 3 years.
Awards & prizes for both categories:
- First prize = $3,000.00 CAD or Camera/Computer with editing software
- Second prize (runner up) = $2,000.00 CAD or Camera
- Honourable mention certificate
Fees and deadlines
- By September 18, 2015 – Earlybird Deadline – Free
- By October 16, 2015 – Regular Deadline – $25 CAD or $20 USD
- By October 30, 2015 – Extended Deadline – $40 CAD or $30 USD
Step 2. Read the fine print
At this time, we are requesting only online submissions and all materials must be viewable online so we can be as green (blue) as possible. We want the submission process to be as simple as possible, so you can submit to our festival through FilmFreeway and send us a link to your film with a screening password. Our preferred streaming services are Vimeo and/or YouTube.By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened in Water Docs 2016, at no charge to the festival. If there are additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement with you.You will be asked to provide promotional materials for all media selected by the festival, but do not send anything unless we notify you of selection.
By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted.
Because we prefer to preview using secure online screener links, please send DVD preview copies (NTSC, Region 0 or 1) only with a pre-approval. If you want to do this, first send an email explaining the particular situation before mailing a DVD). Your preview copies must be post-marked by the deadline (October 30, 2015) to be considered for the 2016 festival.
If approved, do not send masters or irreplaceable material. Submitted DVDs must be playable on standalone DVD players. Please label each item clearly in ink with title, director’s name, running time, year, and contact information. Preview screeners WILL NOT be returned. Do not send unnecessary printed material.
For international packages: The customs declaration should clearly state the preview video has no commercial value, is for temporary consideration, and for cultural use only. Water Docs will not cover any resulting customs charges and duties, and will refuse the package. Do not send entries in a fibre-filled envelope.
Submissions received after early deadline (September 18) must include an entry fee of CAD $25 (USD $20). Please print a receipt for online payment and include it in the package. For other methods of payment please contact the festival directly.
The Water Docs International Film Festival proudly accepts entries exclusively through FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more.
By participating in the Water Docs International Film Festival (WDIFF), I certify that I/we are the sole owner(s) of the work submitted, and that I/we have obtained all necessary releases and clearances necessary for public screening. By submitting this entry, I agree that the Water Docs International Film Festival (WDIFF) & The Ecologos Institute, its affiliates and assigns may publicly screen the work, as part of WDIFF, and may use all or part of the work and any stills and descriptive material, including the title of the work in any publicity efforts for the festival, including any broadcast or internet and website use. I/we also agree to allow this submission to be included in repeat screenings of WDIFF or Water Docs Where-You-Live which may occur outside of the original context, and which may include being part of a WDIFF sponsored screening at other film festivals both within and outside of Canada. I understand that my screening copy will not be returned.
THIRD PARTY RIGHTS & CLEARANCES
All films must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. If the film contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to the submission of the film, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit use of the film by the Water Docs International Film Festival (WDIFF). WDIFF reserves the right, in its sole and unfettered discretion, to verify at any time during the Competition that all necessary clearances relating to any film have been obtained. At any time during the Festival, WDIFF reserves the right, in its sole and unfettered discretion, to disqualify and remove any film that potentially or actually infringes any third party’s copyright(s).
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
By entering into this Contest, entrants hereby release and discharge the Water Docs International Film Festival (WDIFF) and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents, representatives, independent contractors, officers, employees and directors from and against any and all claims, liabilities, costs, damages and expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to their participation in this Festival, their use or acceptance of any prize, the use by WDIFF of any films submitted by entrants and/or any actions or decisions of WDIFF in connection with the conduct and administration of this Festival. Entrants hereby waive any right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in connection with any claim against WDIFF, any of the Sponsors or Co-Sponsors, or any of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, agents, representatives, independent contractors, officers, employees and directors.
WDIFF is not responsible for technical failures of any kind or any problems or delays arising from any technical, software or equipment malfunctions, computer viruses, or any other technical, equipment or human errors of any kind, or any damage or alteration to your film that may occur in connection with the uploading or display of the film. If WDIFF determines in its sole discretion that there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or non-electronic tampering or fraud relating to any portion of the Festival, or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Festival, WDIFF reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. WDIFF is not liable for any failure to screen any submitted films if that failure is due to circumstances beyond its control.