The Makers’ Film Festival 2020 ‘Terms and Conditions’ & ‘Technical Specs’ for Submission of Short Films

Please read carefully to ensure your film meets the following terms and conditions before submission. Also scroll down for Technical Specifications and advice.

1) AUSTRALIAN ELIGIBILITY:

The Makers’ Film Festival screens short films about the skills, lives and stories of craftspeople and makers who live and work in Australia. As long as Australia is their home base, the film can be about their work outside of Australia. If you are unsure about eligibility please contact maryellen@makerandsmith.com.au

2) GENRE:

The Makers’ Film Festival accepts all film genres, e.g. from documentaries, to story-led films to hand-made animation. If your film explores making, skills and materials, in the broadest sense, the selection panel would like to see it.

3) DATE OF CREATION:

All productions entered for the Makers’ Film Festival 2020 must have been made since 1 January 2017.

4) DURATION:

Films submitted must be no longer than 15 minutes inclusive of credits.

5) SUB-TITLES:

If your film’s original language is not English, it will only be accepted if submitted with English subtitles. (If there is no spoken language in your film, there is no need for sub-titles. Some films only use music for soundtrack.)

6) LICENSE:

The producer/creator grants the Makers’ Film Festival the rights to:
a) Exhibit the film in the Makers’ Film Festival 2020 and as part of the Australian tour of the Makers’ Film Festival 2020; and for up to two years for potential international and encore screenings.
b) Include a section of the production for non-commercial promotional purposes, to publicise the Festival.

7) PERMISSIONS:

This must be your own work and warrant that all necessary permissions have been obtained to enter this film and the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright and moral, of any third party. This includes the work of musicians, writers, editors i.e. all creative content producers, authors and collaborators.
(The film-maker and, if appropriate, the maker/subject of the film will be credited when stills or clips are used; and whenever possible the full credits, as supplied.)

8) DATES:

a) Entries cannot be withdrawn after the entry deadline of 1 April 2020. By submitting your film to the Makers’ Film Festival, you acknowledge this condition of entry and waive your rights to withdraw your film from The Festival after this date.
b) If your film is selected you will be sent an email confirmation by 1 May 2020 and expected to deliver pro res files that meet the technical specifications (see below) by latest 1 June 2020.
c) If selected, your film will be screened as part of the compiled Festival program, toured around Australia in 2020 from July-December, and possibly internationally in 2021. (As reference: the tour will be similar to the tour of Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival 2019 to metro and regional venues in most states and territories.)

9) EXCLUSIVITY:

If selected for the festival we’d prefer if your film is not widely available on the internet until the conclusion of the Australian tour.
(We are reasonable people and understand the importance of films for your online presence and promotion of your activities. The Festival screenings offer a different experience and reach – your film will sit alongside quality peers and viewed at cinema scale.)

10) SUBMISSION ROUTE:

Entries must be submitted via the online form with a payment of $55 (inc GST) per submission with a Vimeo or YouTube link.

11) NO NEGOTIATION:

No discussion will be entered into regarding the final selection of films.

THE MAKERS’ FILM FESTIVAL
Technical Information Sheet

Thanks to the UK Crafts Council’s development of ‘Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival’ over four years and Maker&Smith screening two years of their festival across Australia, we have established these specs and some advice for your submissions to the new Makers’ Film Festival – Australian edition.

1) Recommended file formats (if selected)

Although your initial submission will be via Vimeo or YouTube link, if selected, you will be asked to supply the Pro Res files of your film for conversion to high quality DCP* (digital cinema package).

To ensure the highest quality possible, we recommend you comply with these specifications.

  • ProRes 422
  • 2048 x 1080 (scope) or 1920 x 1080 or 1998 x 1080
  • 24fps (if your film is currently 25fps, please submit for initial selection.)
  • Preferably embedded 5.1 LPCM audio (L, R, C, LFE, LS, RS) OR stereo audio
  • Supplied on an exFAT or NTFS formatted USB or hard drive.

Send your USB or Hard Drive to:
Maker & Smith, PO BOX 6196, Swanbourne, WA 6010.

*Maker&Smith will be responsible for the conversion of your files to DCP.

2) Craft on the Big Screen

The ‘Makers’ Film Festival’ and ‘Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival’ showcase craft on the big screen. It is this cinematic experience that makes these festivals so unique, as well as their limited screening season.

So, although we will select films based on their content, creativity and formal qualities – we will also consider how well your film will screen at cinema scale, even if it was not your initial intention.

The post production of the selected films, by our professional partners at Sandbox, will result in a compilation of films suitable for screening in the highest quality cinemas, as well as remote community halls around the country, but only for up to four screenings per State – as registered with the Australian Department of Communications and the Arts.

With this in mind, we recommend that you work to an aspect ratio, as above detailed, to make the most of the screen. The smaller aspect ratios will be projected with black bands, but this will not affect their impact. Please ensure, though, that your title, credits and/or sponsors card is in the same ratio.

3) On-Screen Text

During your post-production, do not place text and graphics too close to the edges of your frame, as some cinema screens may lose some image – due to skewed projection or the curvature of screens used to enhance 3D films.

4) Sound

It’s best to go for optimum audio channel mapping of 5.1, especially if your film includes dialogue, as cinema mixers generally separate speech from the other channels. 5.1 provides the cleanest sound.

5) Useful Resources & Tips for Short Film Makers

Maker&Smith operates on a non-commercial/cover-costs basis; we do not profit, and invest our time voluntarily, to run such initiatives.

Maker&Smith gratefully acknowledges the Crafts Council, Picturehouse Central and Sandbox for their assistance and advice.

Maker & Smith, PO BOX 6196, Swanbourne, WA 6010 www.makerandsmith.com.au