Our Aim Is To Help Filmmakers Follow Their Passion.
We aim to discover and help great films that have been unable to secure a distributor especially for theatrical distribution. We want to help films be seen and appreciated by audiences in the magical arena of cinema. If you feel your film has a good chance of finding a distributor for release without our help then you should pursue an agreement with a distributor before entering your film in this festival.
Entries from all countries are eligible for the Sun Film Festival competition. Australian entries will automatically receive an additional entry into the relevant Australian category (no extra cost). Sun Film Festival is open to all film genres. If you are unsure of eligibility, please email contact the Festival at firstname.lastname@example.org
The filmmaker/producer grants Sun Film Festival the rights to:
- Exhibit the film in the Sun Film Festival and any subsequent tour
- Reproduce the film for inclusion as part of a compilation
- Exhibit the production either in part or in total for promotional purposes
- Exhibit the film theatrically worldwide if chosen as Festival Committee Choice. Filmmakers will be paid when revenue is generated from any distribution. See Festival Committee Choice Films Section for more info.
The film will always remain the property of the filmmaker. The producer warrants to the Sun Film Festival that they have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter this film and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party. This includes use of music and literary material (eg. if your film is based on a novel, short story or poem).
Entries will not be considered valid until the entry fee has been paid. Entries must be received or postmarked in the year of the festival by 5pm, last Sunday in
- June for Winter Round.
- October for Summer Round.
Uploads, USB or Hard drives must be received within seven (7) days of the respective closing dates. A two day grace period will be given to allow for postal/service delays. Non-English submissions must be subtitled or dubbed. A separate list of translated dialogues will not be accepted. is for each category entered. Entries cannot be withdrawn after submission. By submitting your film to the Sun Film Festival for consideration, you acknowledge this condition of entry and waive your right to withdraw your film from the Festival after submission.
If your film is selected for the competition you will be sent an email confirmation within 30 days of the closure of entry dates. The festival reserves the right to refuse entries. Materials submitted will not be returned. We recommend uploads or USB as being the most inexpensive options for submissions. Forwarding films to the Festival is the responsibility of the filmmaker.
Whilst the Sun Film Festival will take due care of materials submitted, the Festival will not be responsible for any loss and/or damage to any materials in the possession of the Festival. Please ensure that you make adequate back up copies of all of your submission materials.
The Sun Film Festival may tour a selection of films featured in the Festival nationally. All films entered in the Sun Film Festival must be available for touring. The Sun Film Festival only screens productions finished on QuickTime Video Codecs: Apple Pro Res 422/4444 or H.264. We do NOT screen from video tapes. Please see the Screening Format Specifications page for more information. To ensure your entry is screened correctly, you must include screening gauge and ratio details as requested on the entry form.
FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CHOICE FILMS
If your film is selected as a Festival Committee Choice Film For Distribution in addition to any other terms in this agreement the following will apply…
- No additional out of pocket cost to you
- We will arrange film and trailer conversion to cinema digital format (DCP/DCI)
- We’d prefer if we can have at least 1 key film personnel Eg. An actor, writer, director or producer to do any media Interviews and help with some basic social media eg. TV, Radio, newspaper, facebook. though if that’s not possible we may do this …
- We’d really appreciate if you would share social media posts about screening times that we may email to you…
- Supply us with a digital media promo pack eg. Images, film synopsis etc. (posters if you have any printed, but not essential)
- You always retain all rights to your film
- There is no guarantee that the film will make money
- The cost of cinema digital format conversion will be recouped first from distribution income (estimated cost AUD $1000 to $2000)
- We use a Melbourne (Australia) company for digital conversions
- After conversion cost is recouped, the Filmmaker/Producer (ie. You) receive 30% (thirty percent) from every dollar that we (as distributor/sub distributor) receive from the film’s exhibition/screenings.
- Then after we have re-couped any other initial setup costs relating to your film (eg. marketing, sales and distribution costs) we will offer to pay you a higher percentage, being 50% (fifty percent) from every dollar that we (as distributor/sub distributor) receive.
- After we pay you, you agree to pay any artists/crew deferrals etc. according to your agreements.
- We will have a window for the film’s theatrical release, you acknowledge that this will most likely increase your film’s value/profile and we can discuss further involvement after the theatrical run. We can also discuss you allowing us to achieve a TV, VOD or international sales on your behalf.
- Money payable by us to you will become owing upon and subject to us receiving agreed payments from authorised users for successful delivery of your content. In other words we will remit the amount owing to the producer/filmmaker after the subtraction of distribution costs, on a half-yearly basis. ie. After the conversion cost is recouped, you should receive the percentages outlined above of net payments received by us for theatrical distribution of the film. Your payment will be made to the Bank Account that you specify.
- By entering this Film Festival you agree to make the film available to us for a reasonable period of time in which to distribute the film theatrically in any territory of the world. We may consider distribution in remaining territories if you have already have had distribution of the film in some other territories.
- You must advise us of any and all prior release arrangements regarding your film. (We are committed to helping you… Please be open and honest with us!)
- The Festival Committee will in good faith endeavour to consider the suggestions and sentiments of the community of Sun Film Festival followers when selecting films for distribution, taking into account the likely commercial reality of releasing particular films.
Using our service in no way guarantees that your content will be viewed, distributed, played, downloaded or streamed. Please contact us if you have any questions prior to submitting your content. The producer and/or those submitting the film shall indemnify and hold harmless Sun Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to legal/attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the materials entered and/or submitted.
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