Message To Man (28)

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Deadlines

21 Jan 2018
Call for entries

31 May 2018
Festival closed

28 Aug 2018
Notification date

15 Sep 2018
22 Sep 2018

Address

Griboyedov Canal Quay, 27,  191186, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Russia


Festival description
Short Films 40'<
Feature Films >41' 120'<


Qualifiers
  FIAPF
Festival requirements
 Fiction
 Documentary
 Animation
 Fantastic
 Terror
 Experimental
 Music Video
 Other
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2017
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Languages 
English
 Subtitles 
English
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- Full-length documentary films (from 40 to 120 minutes)

- Short documentary films (up to 40 minutes)

- Short and animated films (up to 30 minutes), which were completed after 1 January 2017.

The production date is determined by the copyright notice indicated in the film or on the video copy. English subtitles are required for all films with spoken dialogue, unless English is the language of the film.

Festival start: 15 September 2018      Festival end: 22 September 2018

The XXVIII International Documentary, Short, and Animated Film Festival Message to Man will take place between 15- 22 September 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia. This is the oldest documentary film festival in Russia, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015. The competition sections include full-length and short documentaries, fiction shorts, animation shorts and experimental films. The total prize fund is around $20,000. The festival takes place in one of the most beautiful cities of the world.

“Message to Man” was founded in 1989 to emphasize the important role of non-feature films in cultural life of the USSR and allow national documentary filmmakers become more familiar with the world of international cinema. However, with years, the goals of the Festival had broadened and as a result, short fiction and animated films were added to the competition program.

“Message to Man” is the only international documentary, short and animated film festival in Russia and in the countries of former Soviet Union that is officially registered by the International Federation of Film Producers Association in Paris (Federation Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films – FIAPF).

Many great fillmmakers have been our guests, participants and members of the jury: Erwin Leiser, Tonino Guerra, Volker Schlöndorff, Agnès Varda, Godfrey Reggio, Emir Kusturica, Isabelle Huppert, Werner Herzog, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Ulrich Gregor, Leo Hurwicz, Gerrit van Dijk, Mira Nair, Alexander Sokurov, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Ulrich Seidl, Semih Kaplanoglu, Abdellatif Kechiche, Bill Plympton, Brillante Mendoza, Alice Rohrwacher, Pietro Marcello, Vincent Pérez, Nastassja Kinski, Alan Berliner, Niko von Glasow, Helena Trestíková, Marina Goldovskaya, Victor Kossakovsky, Garri Bardin, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Sergei Loznitsa, Vitaly Mansky among others.

In 2017 we welcomed the great Claude Lanzmann at the M2M festival, where he presented his new film "Napalm" and received an award for Contribution to Cinematic Arts.

Awards in International Competition

• Golden Centaur Grand Prix and USD 3,000 for best film

• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best full-length documentary film

• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best short documentary film

• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best short fiction film

• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best short animated film

• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best debut film*

National Competition of Documentary Films

• Centaur Prize and 50 000 Rubles for best film of National Competition

• Jury Prize - Centaur Prize and 30 000 Rubles (with motivation)

If a film receives the Golden Centaur Grand Prix, the best film nomination in respected category is not awarded (for instance, if an animation receives the Grand Prix, the prize for best animated short film is canceled).

* A debut film is any film produced by a director while a student at a film school, or the first or second film of a director who has not received any special education.

The Festival is organized with the support of the Ministry for Culture of the Russian Federation, the St. Petersburg City Administration, the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg, the Russian Filmmakers’ Union, and the Federal Foundation for Social and Economic Support of National Cinematography.

The Festival is held under the supervision of the Non-Commercial Partnership for the Promotion of Cinema and Theatre MESSAGE TO MAN.

Festival Programme

• International Competition, including:
- Full-length documentary films (from 40 to 120 minutes)
- Short documentary films (up to 40 minutes)
- Short and animated films (up to 30 minutes), which were completed after 1 January 2017.

The production date is determined by the copyright notice indicated in the film or on the video copy. English subtitles are required for all films with spoken dialogue, unless English is the language of the film.


• National Competition of Documentary Films:
- Documentaries up to 120 minutes in length, directed by Russian filmmakers or/and produced (co-produced) by Russian producers, finished after January 1, 2017. For Russian-speaking films selected into the competition English subtitles are required. For films made in other languages Russian and English subtitles are required (only Russian subtitles if the film is made in English).

• In Silico International Competition of Experimental Films, including:
- Short experimental films (no longer than 15 minutes) in any genre, which are technically suitable for screening in a regular cinema and were produced after 1 January 2016. The production date is determined by the copyright notice indicated in the film or on the video copy. English subtitles are required for all films with spoken dialogue, unless English is the language of the film.

• Special Programmes

Special programmes are established and compiled by the Organizing Committee of the Festival. The number of special programmes for each year is determined by the Organizing Committee based on the Festival's current needs and capabilities.

As part of the film festival, various exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances, meetings, and workshops which provide an opportunity to screen feature films outside the competitions, as well as other cultural events that are an integral part of the Festival's programme are held.

Submission Guidelines and Selection
Submissions will be accepted from 21 January 2018 to 31 May 2018 (for films that are to be finished in 2018 rough cuts may be submitted for selection).

Entry fee for submission to the International Competition and In Silico Experimental competition is 7 EURO. The fee is to be paid via festhome.com online platform (only if the film is submitted through Festhome) or on the festival website. Submissions to the International Competition are not valid before the payment is received.

There are two ways of submitting films for selection:

1. Through the Festhome online platform, http://www.festhome.com/. This is the preferred and most convenient way.

2. You may also complete the entry form on our website and send a DVD of the film to the following address: Message to Man International Film Festival, 27 Kanal Griboedova, St. Petersburg, 191186 Russia.

If you are sending us materials from abroad, please mark the package with ‘NO COMMERCIAL VALUE; FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY’.

The applicant shall cover all postal costs. Submitted materials will not be evaluated or returned.

All materials must be submitted to the Festival office by 20 June 2018. The list of films selected for the competition programme will be published on our website on 1 st August 2018.

The producers and creators of the selected films will be notified in advance by email.The decisions of the Selection Committee are final.

Shipping, Return of Copies, and Insurance

Screening copies of selected films should be delivered to our office by 1 September 2018 or uploaded to our FTP server by 20 August. If the copy is not received by this deadline, then the Festival shall remove the film from the programme.

The Festival's official shipper is DHL. We recommend sending screening copies via that company. Copies should be sent to the following address: Message to Man International Film Festival, 27 Kanal Griboedova, St. Petersburg, 191186 Russia.

If you are sending materials from abroad, please mark the package with ‘NO COMMERCIAL VALUE; FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY’.

The participant is responsible for paying for the delivery of a copy of the film to the Festival, including insuring the shipment. There may be exceptions as agreed by the Organizing Committee of the Festival. The Festival is liable for insurance costs during the period between the time the copy is received and its return, as well as for the costs of returning the copy. Copies will be sent back to the addresses provided in the application within three weeks of the end of the Festival.

Screening Formats

Accepted screening formats: DCP, HD files (Apple Pro Res), or a Blu-ray optical disc (without menus, copy protection, or regional codes). The detailed technical requirements and instructions will be sent to the copyright holders of selected films individually.The screening copy must have hardcoded English subtitles if the language of the film is not English.

Invitation to the Festival

Directors whose films have been selected for the programme will be invited to attend the Festival. If the director is not able to attend, his or her invitation may be transferred (with the approval of the Organizing Committee of the Festival) to another member of the film crew.

The Festival will supply the representatives of the competition films with an invitation to receive free visas and hotel accommodation for two nights. Unfortunately, as a rule, the Festival cannot cover the travel costs of participants; however, in some cases, this possibility will be considered on an individual basis.

By tradition, the Festival reserves the right to invite distinguished guests; participants in non-competition screenings, theatre and other programmes; workshop leaders; leading actors from pictures screened at the Festival; members of the media; and representatives of various cultural organizations. Payment for accommodation and travel are considered and agreed on a case-by-case basis.

Awards

International Competition

• Golden Centaur Grand Prix and USD 3,000 for best film

• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best full-length documentary film

• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best short documentary film

• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best short fiction film

• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best short animated film

• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best debut film*

National Competition of Documentary Films

• Centaur Prize and 50 000 Rubles for best film of National Competition

• Jury Prize - Centaur Prize and 30 000 Rubles (with motivation)

If a film receives the Golden Centaur Grand Prix, the best film nomination in respected category is not awarded (for instance, if an animation receives the Grand Prix, the prize for best animated short film is canceled).


In Silico International Competition of Experimental Films
• Centaur Prize and USD 1,000 for best experimental film

The Organizing Committee of the Festival, partners, sponsors, and various social organizations also award special prizes.

* A debut film is any film produced by a director while a student at a film school, or the first or second film of a director who has not received any special education.

Screenings at the Festival and Broadcasts on Television and the Internet

The Festival may use excerpts from competition films (up to 10% of the length of the film, but no more than three minutes) to promote the Festival on television and the Internet.

The Festival has the right to show a film that has been selected to be included in the programme up to five times during the Festival.

Acceptance and Acknowledgement of the Terms

By sending your electronic application to participate in the Message to Man Festival (through the Festival website, the Festhome platform, or other authorized resource), or by completing a paper copy of the application, you certify that you are an authorized representative of the film's rights holder and agree in full to the above paragraphs of these Regulations.

  

 
  

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