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VAASA WILDLIFE FESTIVAL 2018 

The IX International Nature Film Festival

26. - 30.9. 2018  Vaasa, Finland

Call for Entries 2018 2

INVITATION

The International Wildlife Nature Film Festival is held in Vaasa, on the west coast of Finland, every second year. Since its conception in 2002, the festival has grown in stature receiving commendation from participants, delegates, the media and also by the public. In 2016, Vaasa Wildlife Festival received 922 film contributions from 80 different countries and a total of 60 delegates came to attend it from 15 countries. Successful implementation of previous festivals, have widened its network with partners and collaborators worldwide. The 9th biennial edition of the festival will be held in Vaasa from 26 - 30 September 2018. The main festival venues will be The Culture House Fanny, Vaasa City Library and Vaasa City Hall.

 


 

Festival sectors

The IX International Nature Film Competition

The purpose of the contest is to raise public awareness and facilitate a global dialogue about the well-being of our planet today. Vaasa Wildlife 2018 invites new film productions (from 2016 or newer) featuring aspects of Nature and the environmental challenges that the world is facing at the brake of the 21th century. The festival calls especially films focusing on Climate change and Energy. The Call for Entries opens in January 2018 and expires on May 1st 2018.

Award categories:

  1. NATURAL HISTORY FILMS
  2. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION FILMS
  3. NORDIC FILMS
  4. SHORT FILMS (up to 20min)
  5. UNDERWATER FILMS
  6. SCIENCE FILMS

Special Awards:

  1. CLIMATE CHANGE FILMS
  2. ENERGY RELATED FILMS
  3. ANIMATION FILMS
  4. JURY’S SPECIAL AWARD

Selection and Award Criteria:

  • The story line - the meaning and message – what is the filmmaker trying to say

  • The presentation of the film - the rhythm, pace and flow

  • Technical attributes - Photography - Soundtrack - Editing - how the film is assembled

  • The quality of the narration and subtitles - how they match what is seen and heard

  • Authenticity - Natural history films are predominantly fact thus, all statements made should be true

  • Educational and entertainment value – what does the film have to offer that is new?                                                                                     

Film Screenings

  • Screenings of the Finalists
  • Screenings at schools before, during and after the festival
  • Screenings in the region
  • Open-air screenings (weather allowing)

 

Special events

- World theme: China (In co-operation with Shanghai Green Film Festival)

-Three unique nature excursions: The Kvarken Archipelago, Finland's UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site, Söderfjärden-Meteoria and The Kvarken’s Boat Museum.

- Filmmakers presentations, panel discussions and evening parties

- Photo exhibitions, culture events and much more...                                                           

 


GENERAL RULES FOR ENTRIES 2018  (Please read the rules before submitting your film)

Who can enter?

Film companies, TV companies, production companies, independent producers, filmmakers, festivals, TV- broadcasters and journalists, newcomers and established professionals are all welcome to participate in Wildlife Vaasa 2018 festival.

Entry fees? 

No entry fees or delegate fees are required for Wildlife Vaasa festival.

Which Programmes qualify?  

Entries produced after January 2016 may qualify in the competition: These productions must have NATURE AS A MAIN THEME in their content. Interaction between human and nature, natural science related films are also welcome to participate. Ethnographic documentaries without Nature and Environment as their main theme shall not been considered in the film competition this time. This year, the total amount of the officially selected films is set in advance to a max. 100 films.

Production/Commission:

Film Entries must have been produced, co-produced or commissioned by the submitting organisation.

Language: 

Non-English productions have to be narrated or subtitled in English. Films nominated as finalists of the competition, may send the festival an English script (time-coded) for possible subtitling purposes.

Synopsis:

A synopsis for each program submitted is required (100 words maximum). The festival organisers reserve the right to edit these synopses, if necessary.

Award Category: 

Participants may indicate the award category in which they wish their film to compete. However, it is up to the festival Juries to decide for which award category the entry might qualify.

Format - Film/Video: 

Each entry must be accompanied with a preview copy of the film which can be sent via file transfer in HD file-format (.mov, .avi .mp4 etc.) or by post in DVD-R (PAL) format. Preview material is non-returnable. Finalists and Special award nominees will be required to submit a screening copy or a BluRay Disc of their qualified program for screening purposes.

Sponsorship/Advertising:

While sponsorship maybe acknowledged deliberate advertising is not permitted.

The award-winner: 

If a production company wins an award it is up to the company to determine who will be the recipient.

Copyright related issues: Submitting to Wildlife Vaasa 2018 you are simultaneously agreed to:

-PERMIT entries to be shown publicly at the screening venues in conjunction with the festival, without any charge to the festival organizers. All screenings will have a free entrance.

-PERMIT the closed circuit playback of entries for delegates, potential buyers, journalists, experts or other persons welcomed by the festival; All entries shall be available for free viewing at the festival’s video library during the festival days.

-PERMIT the festival to keep a copy of each programme for archive and educational non-profit purposes during the school-screening periods.

- Please inform the festival if you permit the use of a max. 3 min excerpt of the qualified programs for publicity and promotion purposes through social media and potential TV-broadcasting purposes during the festival days.

 


 How to submit? 

- On-line registration process starts on January 15th 2018 and concludes on May 1st 2018 (deadline)
- On-line Entry forms and preview material of all submissions must reach us before the above deadline.
  For submitting more than one film, please use a separate entry form for each film and ensure that all details are accurate. On-line registration is available HERE 
 
Please send us preview material and press/media kits via file transfer links using the e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
In case you wish to send entry material by post, you can Download Vaasa Wildlife Festival Call of Entries 2018 material and return the entry form(s) using our posting address given below.
Before sending your postage, please make sure that includes the text: “For cultural purposes only – NO COMMERCIAL VALUE”
 
Here's our post address:
Vaasa Wildlife Festival 2018 (att. Ilias Missyris)
Vaasa Culture Centre
Kirjastonkatu 13, 1st floor
65100 Vaasa – Finland 
 
For any further information contact:
Ilias Missyris, Culture coordinator, Vaasa Wildlife Festival producer
Tel:+358 400 800 302
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
You can also submit via FilmFreeway
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