|1.||QUESTION: Is this a juried festival? Are there awards?|
|ANSWER: Yes. Your films will be placed in voting categories and a jury will determine awards. There is a cash award for the “best in fest.”.|
|2.||QUESTION: My movie has swearing in it. Will you still consider it?|
|ANSWER: Yes. Language is not a problem.|
|3.||QUESTION: My movie has nudity, sexual situations, etc. Will you still consider it?|
|ANSWER: Yes. Adult situations, themes, etc. are not a problem.|
|4.||QUESTION: My movie isn’t horror, or my movie isn’t science fiction, or my movie isn’t fantasy? Will you still consider it?|
ANSWER: Yes. We accept films from all kinds of genres including: Mysteries, Thrillers, Film Noirs, Comedies, Alt Lifestyle, Slip Stream/Magical Realism, Surrealistic films, Acton, and parodies, just to name a few, as well as short Animated films of all types.
|5.||QUESTION: I used copyrighted music in my film. Is that a problem?|
|ANSWER: Yes, it’s a problem. You need to have the rights to all music in your film. Check with the music’s publisher. Often, festival rights are very inexpensive.|
|6.||QUESTION: I used characters from other films in my movie. Is that a problem?|
|ANSWER: Maybe, maybe not. If your film can be called a “parody,” then you can legally make use of a great deal. It’s your responsibility to make sure that your film does not violate anyone’s copyright.|
|7.||QUESTION: My finances are low. Can you make an exception for me and eliminate/reduce the submission fee?|
|ANSWER: Sorry, we can’t do it. To be fair, we have to treat everyone equally.|
|8.||QUESTION: Can I send you my film for you to look at, and if you accept it into the festival, then I’ll pay the submission fee?|
|ANSWER: Sorry. See the answer to question 6.|
|9.||QUESTION: I sent my film in over a week ago or more, and Withoutabox doesn’t have it listed as being in consideration yet. Did you receive it? Should I send another?|
ANSWER: Patience is a virtue. Each film comes in to our office where financial bookkeeping is done. After “enough” films are received at the office, they are sent on to the selection committee. When a member of the committee checks that your disk is playable, then Withoutabox is updated. If you entered through WAB, we have a record of your submission. You do not need to contact us.
|10.||QUESTION: This is a shorts festival. What’s the deal with features?
Can I submit my feature?
|ANSWER: Yes, we are a shorts festival, but everyone loves a feature. So, we are accepting a limited number of features. Yes, this is a limited number.Additionally, while we now give a 1st place Features award, features are not eligible for the Best in Fest award. Submit features through Withoutabox in the same manner as you would submit a short.|
|11.||QUESTION: What are your screening formats?|
|ANSWER: We video project from DVD or digital media player. That means we can screen your movie in high def in a variety of video formats.|
|12.||QUESTION: I have a digibeta copy of my film. Can you use that?|
|ANSWER: No. See 11|
|13.||QUESTION: But my film only truly looks right when seen on ultra-digi-mini-tape format. Surely you can make an exception for my film?|
|ANSWER: No. See 11|