RFF CALL FOR SUBMISSION

RFF CALL FOR SUBMISSION

Filmmakers around the world are welcome to submit documentaries, short and feature, and animated films relevant to the festival topics.

Resistance International Film Festival


Resistance International Film Festival is regarded as one of the most prestigious international film festivals in Iran.
The goal of the Festival is to create an atmosphere of dialogue, understanding of current human sufferings, and to share experiences and new ideas.
The three-fold mission is to:
1- Create an atmosphere of dialogue by recognizing activists and filmmakers.
2- Foster the human spirit of brotherhood, peace, and resisting oppression.
3- Use the language of film to fight terrorism and violence.
 

Filmmakers around the world are welcome to submit documentaries, short and feature, and animated films relevant to the festival topics.
 

Topics:

  • Use of the Anti-Semitic Label to Obscure Zionist Crimes Against Humanity (anti-Zionism is NOT anti-Semitism)
  • A world without terrorism, racism, war, and occupancy
  • Introducing and recognizing up-and-coming activists
  • Resistance in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, and other parts of the world with conflicts
  • Double standards in Western Human Rights approach:
    Black Lives Matter movement: Police brutality against the "People of Color"
  • Human Rights violations and Zionism
  • A world without political violence
  • Hollywood, western media, and soft war (propaganda)
  • Confronting Islamophobia and Iranophobia
  • Confronting the imposition of Western lifestyle and cultural invasion
  • Propaganda against Iran, false human rights stories, and other fabricated news against Iran
  • Fight against the ISIS (DAESH), Takfiri groups, Radical Jihadists, and Wahhabism
  • Human Rights violations in Saudi Arabia:
    a) Saudi role in sectarianism and dividing Muslim nations
    b) Saudis supporting terrorist groups
    c) Saudi war crimes in Yemen
    d) Persecution of Muslim clergies in Saudi Arabia
  • The image of Muslim women around the world
  • How Islamic unity can uncover conspiracies of hegemonic powers
  • Films with the topics relevant to the people in Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen fighting against Zionism, the ISIS and Takfiri radicals, will be given a special attention and the category winners will be awarded with special prizes.
    Awards and prizes:
    Resistance Festival Grand Award for the best filmmaking talent; the festival trophy, an honorary diploma and 10,000 US dollars to encourage and aid the filmmaker for their next film.
     

Features:
The festival trophy, an honorary diploma and 2,500 US dollars for the best feature film
The festival trophy, an honorary diploma and 2,000 US dollars for the best director
The festival trophy, an honorary diploma and 2,000 US dollars for the best screenplay
 

Documentaries:
The festival trophy, an honorary diploma and 2,000 US dollars for the first film
The festival trophy, an honorary diploma and 1,500 US dollars for the second film
The festival trophy, an honorary diploma and 1,000 US dollars for the third film
 

Shorts:
The festival trophy, an honorary diploma and 1,500 US dollars for the first film
The an honorary diploma and 1000 US dollars for the second film
The an honorary diploma and 1000 US dollars for the second film

Animated films:
The festival trophy, an honorary diploma and 1,000 US dollars for the best animated film

 

Jury Special award:
The festival trophy, an honorary diploma and 1,000 US dollars for the best movie according to the jury.
 

Festival Calendar:
Opening Date: March 1, 2016
Regular Deadline: June 10, 2016
Extended Deadline: June 20, 2016
Notification Date: July 21, 2016
Event Date: September 23-30, 2016
 

General rules, eligibility, terms and conditions:

  • The films MUST be new or have been completed after January 2014.
  • Submit your film via FilmFreeway and/or Resistancefest.com.
  • Submitting films is free of charge.
  • Entrants can submit as many films as they wish.
  • The entries must be produced and/or directed by the submitting filmmaker(s) or responsible party with ownership rights. The entrant is considered as the party with ownership rights.
  • Screening right fees will be paid for the entries that are premiered at the 14th Resistance International film festival.
  • The high quality full version of the films must be sent to the festival office via internet (a download link)
  • Sending the full version of the films via mail is also possible. Send two copies of the film (2DVDs) to the festival office. The entrant is responsible for shipping costs.
  • All non-English submissions must have English subtitles. It is recommended that entrants send the subtitle files separately.
  • The entries must not have logos and/or watermarks.
  • The full version of the films must be in DV, HD, or Full HD formats.
  • Once a film is submitted, it cannot be taken out or returned.
  • Accepted entries will be announced by July 21, 2016. Each entrant will be contacted so make sure the contact information you provide is accurate.
  • Filmmakers or responsible parties whose films are selected will be invited to attend the festival according to the festival regulations. And those whose films are not selected are welcome to attend the festival and take part in the workshops and panel sessions free of charge. The festival office will facilitate their visa process and will pay 30% of the accommodation fees.
  • The films which have already been submitted to compete in the festival in the previous year’s CAN NOT participate in this year’s festival.
  • A Certificate of Participation will be granted to participants whose films are accepted to compete in the festival.
  • Each entry MUST be accompanied by the following:

Director's photo, posters and official pictures of the film, the film dialogues and synopsis along with the director's biography in order to be published on the festival website and in the festival booklet.

  • The festival office is allowed to use up to 5 minutes of the footage of the submitted films on websites or the national TV for promotional purposes.
  • The festival office is not responsible for any damage caused to the films due to mailing/shipping services.
  • The submitted films will not be returned and they will be kept in the festival film bank for educational and research purposes.
  • In case of questions, disputes, misunderstandings, and unforeseen issues, the decisions of the directors of the Festival are final.
  • Further information on the professional panels, workshops, the international members of the jury and special guests will be announced on the festival website.
  • Films made in/from Israel are not eligible to enter.
     
  • Resistance Filmmakers Club:
    All participants are welcome to join Resistance Filmmakers Club. Joining the club is free of charge. Resistance film festival office is planning to hold tours, workshops and professional seminars on filmmaking and by joining the club, the members will receive information on how to register for the mentioned events. The participants will also be kept informed of calls for all the festivals taking place in Iran. The participants will also have special offers on events fees.