JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS – NOVEMBER 20, 2015
Co-sponsored by the VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE
DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 (postmarked)
$2,000 IN PRIZES!
(From the James River Film Society website)
WHAT IS JAMES RIVER SHORT FILMS?
James River Short Films is a mini-festival devoted to the short. The centerpiece is a juried competition for short films (20 minutes or less) from around the globe that best embody what the James River Film Society and James River Film Festival are all about – the art of film and film as art. It’s also the James River Film Festival’s little sibling.
James River Short Films is designed to celebrate the art of film regardless of category or genre, yet films made for educational or industrial purposes are not relevant to our mission. Maximum running time is 20 min.
For pre-screening purposes, send DVDs or URLs for online content. Please do not send film prints for pre-screening. During the festival works can be screened on Quicktime, Blu-ray or standard DVD.
Please do not send promotional materials (posters, stills, postcards, etc.) at this time.
Virginia Residents: $15, Non-Virginia Residents: $25
Checks or money orders made payable to James River Film Society should be mailed to James River Film Society, P.O. Box 7469, Richmond, VA 23221.
To pay with credit card, click on Network for Good located under Give Now on all JRFS pages. Please type “James River Shorts” as the “gift” Designation.
Please do not use fiber-filled envelopes. International entries must be marked “For Cultural Purposes Only — No Commercial Value.” The festival will not pay for import duty or taxes. All entries should be sent to James River Shorts, P.O. Box 7469, Richmond, VA 23221. If shipping with courier services that will not deliver to post office boxes, send to James River Film Society @ Visual Arts Center, 1812 W. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Each entry must be accompanied by check or electronic payment ($25 out-of-state; $15 VA residents) payable to: James River Film Society
Our festival is designed to have no regard for traditional categories like fiction, nonfiction, animation or experimental. For the festival we will select the films that we feel best represent the art of film and film as art, regardless of type or category.
SELECTION AND SCREENING
Those entrants who become finalists for the Awards screening November 20th will be notified by October 30, 2015. A jury of area filmmakers and film educators will pre-screen and select the finalists, whose work will be featured in the Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:30 pm James River Short Films Awards Screening at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Leslie Cheek Theatre. A special guest filmmaker/film curator (TBA) will make final all designations of cash awards.
Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be given for first, second, third places, and the Kathryn Stephens Virginia Filmmaker Award will be presented to best film by a Virginia filmmaker. The audience will also vote for the People’s Choice Award.
RETURN OF PREVIEW AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS
DVD screeners will not be returned.