It’s that time again! We want to see you and your films in SoAL this September. The official rules and submission form are below.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 20
Feature-Length Narrative – Fiction films more than 60 minutes in length.
Feature-Length Documentary – Nonfiction films more than 60 minutes in length.
Short Narrative – Fiction films, animated or live, that are less than 40 minutes in length.
Short Documentary – Documentary films, animated or live, that are less than 40 minutes in length.
Student Films – Short films, under 5 minutes in length, submitted by students enrolled in middle or high school.
Music Videos – Short videos, that are less than 10 minutes in length, featuring regional music.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The South Alabama Film Festival (SoAL Film Fest) seeks to showcase and educate the community about filmmakers and their creations, while welcoming all who enjoy the medium.
In addition to feature-length and short films, SoAL Film Fest will offer seminars and workshops for adults and school children, to further its goal of educating – as well as enchanting – the growing regional film community.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Now in our fifth year, the SoAL Film Fest seeks to showcase all varieties of films by, for or about the South and its people.
With this regional focus, we look to nurture each new crop of Southern filmmakers, both to prove their home is fertile ground for their art and to spread their current and future efforts hither and yon. By actively encouraging filmmakers to attend with their work, we also strive to create an inclusive space for the cross-pollination of ideas that is so vital to the medium’s healthy growth and development.
For our audiences, we wish to hold up the mirror of art to reflect their own diverse region and community and thus empower all with the waking dream that is the collective cinematic experience. In this way, we hope to show that you are as important as anyone you see in a Hollywood movie. With each of our screenings we also try to include ancillary programming (be it Q&A’s with the filmmakers, live musical accompaniment, etc.), thereby creating an experience that cannot be replicated in the living room.
And for the world at large we want to present the location, style and subject of the South as viable options for productions of any size. We are strong believers that with the means of production increasingly democratized by further advances in technology innovation in the field no longer has an address. By illuminating screens all around the city, we hope to make Mobile, and the South, flicker with possibility.
Additionally, the SoAL Film Fest continues to offer seminars and workshops for adults and children to further its goal of educating – as well as enchanting – the growing regional film community. SoAL Film Fest is the yearly event in Southern Alabama for all who love, and create, film.
Hailee Kuntz (Festival Director)
Gideon Kennedy (Programming Director)
Charles Kuntz (Operations Manager)
Submissions must have been completed after December 1, 2009, and may not be publicly screened in Mobile County or Baldwin County, Alabama prior to the 2013 festival dates (excluding other SoAL Film Fest screenings and collaborations).
Submissions will be notified of their selection status on or around August 10, 2013. If accepted, two additional DVDs/Bluerays of the final film must be provided to the SoAL Film Fest for jury screenings, media requests and the festival archive. Selected festival films must also provide updated contact information, a digital and non-digital press kit, and one exhibition copy of the film in the format we will determine at the time of selection.
SoAL Film Fest may deny acceptance of any film at its sole discretion, or waive rules for any submission it deems appropriate for the festival. If accepted, the screening schedule (including venue, time and number of screenings) is at the sole discretion of SoAL Film Fest.
The festival encourages filmmakers to accompany the film to represent it and participate in a Q&A sessions following the screening to share their experience of making of the film.
Each accepted film will receive free industry passes to the festival. The entrant guarantees that they have legal right to submit their film and have obtained all necessary rights and clearances to screen the work at the SoAL Film Festival.
Submission of work confirms that the SoAL Film Fest has permission to exhibit it (and any moving image excerpts or reproduced stills) during the festival and for any festival publicity or promotion.
Every precaution will be exercised in handling entries and exhibition copies of submitted films, but the entrant agrees to hold the festival, its organizers, employees, volunteers, sponsors, and partnering organizations harmless for damage to or loss of materials submitted.
Feature Length Films – $25
Short Films – $15
Student Films and Music Videos – $10
The Alabama filmmaker discount is $5 with current identification.
All fees are nonrefundable.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The entrant guarantees that they have legal right to submit their film and commit the film for screening. Furthermore, the entrant guarantees that they have obtained all necessary rights and clearances to screen the work at the SoAL Film Festival. Submission of work confirms that the SoAL Film Fest has permission to exhibit it (and any moving image excerpts or reproduced stills) during the festival and for any festival promotion. SoAL Film Fest will exercise every precaution in handling entries and exhibition copies of submitted films, but the entrant agrees to hold the festival, its organizers, employees, volunteers, sponsors, and partnering organizations harmless for damage to or loss of materials submitted.
TO SUBMIT A FILM
South Alabama Film Festival
PO Box 850968
Mobile, Alabama 36685
Send a DVD copy of the film. Please label the DVD with the film name, your name, and the film running time. Include a one page description of the film with any important personal information. Also include your application fee (check or money order; no cash).
Send an email with the subject line: 2013 SoAL Film Submission to
Please include the film name, your name, the film running time, and a description of the film with any important personal information. Also include a secure link to an online screener of your film (password protected Vimeo or YouTube are preferred) or a secure download of your film (Dropbox or other download service). You will be contacted about securing payment.
Fill out the form and submit payment below.