The festival offers a contemporary and liberal platform for the
filmmakers of the World to exhibit the excellence of the film art form.
The aim is mainly to contribute to the understanding and appreciation
of cultures of different nations. We hope to present complex human
situations of this rapidly changing world in the globalised era.
The Festival Committee reserves the right to exclude films which are
not in conformity with aims of the Festival, or which could offend the
national feelings and susceptibilities of any participating country, or
are likely to promote racial discrimination.
Films not presenting sufficient technical qualities for good public
screening can be refused after checking of the prints by the Print
Checking Unit of the Film Festival Office.
Date and Place
12th Pune International Film Festival(9-16 January 2014)
World Cinema Feature Film Competition Rules and Regulations
Films entered in the Competition or non-competition Section of Pune International Film Festival must fulfill the following conditions.
These regulations may be called the world cinema film competition-PIFF2014 regulations and shall come into force with immediate effect.
Short Title And Definitions
“PIFF” means the PUNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.
“FOUNDATION” means the PUNE FILM FOUDATION
“WCFFC” WORLD CINEMA FEATURE FILM COMPETITION.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of the WCFFC, organized by PIFF is to select feature films of cinematic, thematic and aesthetic excellence for the promotion of the world cinema film art.
The “WCFFC” will present only feature films from the world.
NUMBER OF FILMS FOR THE SECTION
Films must be feature films.
Films entered for Competition section in World Cinema must have been completed on or after 1st January 2012.
Films Censorship visa / certificate of the country where the film has been produced.
Films that have been submitted in earlier editions of “PIFF” are not eligible.
Films that have been previously screened publicly in Pune, aired on Indian television prior to the Festival, or are available for online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible
Works in progress are NOT eligible.
Dubbed/ remade versions are not eligible for entry.
Maximum of two entries would be allowed from a Producer.
Only completed entries (including entry form and preview DVD screener with English subtitles) will be processed.
All entries must be either in English or contain English subtitles. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible.
Entries will be subject to preview by a selection committee constituted by the Organizing Committee of PIFF.
The applicant should have authority to submit the film for participation in the “PIFF”
In case any of the requirements mentioned in this part of the regulations are not completed with by the applicant, the entry is liable to be rejected summarily.
PROCEDURE FOR ENTERING FILMS
(MATERIAL FOR PRE-SELECTION STAGE)
The last date for receipt of applications along with preview DVD’s is 31st October 2013 if it is a holiday, the next working day will be treated as the last date for receipt of DVD’s/ entries. Applications received after the last date would be rejected (The last date of submission of films is 31st October 2013).
Preview screener may be submitted on DVD (NTSC or PAL) with English subtitles. Do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals. The production’s title must be on each case and DVD.
DVDs (PAL or NTSC) of films with English subtitles may also be sent for purposes of selection only so as to reach the Film Festival Office not later than 31st October 2013. Courier Services if used will be paid for by Applicant. DVDs may also be sent through diplomatic channels.
Entries marked with captions such as “Preview copy” channel logo etc. can be send for preview to selection Panel but the screening copy must be clean and clear of above caption/logos, if any and must be in the formats prescribed in these regulations.
GUIDELINES FOR FILMS SELCTED FOR THE “WCFFC”
Once selected, the screening copy of the film must be submitted in 35mm/DCP format with English subtitle.
Applicant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.
Applicant must agree that if their film / films win the Best Film or Best Director Awards, all screenings and publicity thereafter, will acknowledge the Award(s) on the film itself.
The Film festival does not pay any screening fee, to producer or distributer etc., if the film is selected in competition section.
The film festival will invite a representative (Producer/Director/Lead actor) to present the film at the festival through official airline in economy class also accommodation and local transport with official partners if there is prior conformation.
A film which is not accepted for the Competition section may be shown in the Global Cinema non-competitive section with the consent of the Applicant.
Film Producers, Distributors duly authorize their representatives or duly authorized government organization /agency of the participating countries may enter their films for the Competition or non-competition section as per selected by the Applicant in the Entry Form.
The entry Form, duly filled in, separately for each film proposed to be entered in competition section should reach the Festival office by the deadline 31st October 2013. The Festival Director has the discretion to accept late entries. The forms can be emailed earlier and DVDs may be mailed at a later date.
SELCTION OF WCFFC
The world cinema feature films will be selected by a duly constituted selection committee. Adequate representation will be ensured from major worldwide production centers to serve on the selection committee. The selection committee for selection shall comprise of at least 3 members (including the chairperson).
The chairperson of the selection committee may constitute (if require) a maximum of two panels of selection committee consisting of a maximum of 3 members each. Final selection may be seen by the combined Panel.
Any person directly or indirectly associated with any of the entries shall not be eligible to serve on any of the selection panel.
The director of the PIFF and / his /her nominee may be present at the time of deliberations of the panels regarding the entries. They shall not participate in any of the deliberation.
The decision of the selection panel shall be final and no appeal or correspondence regarding their decision shall be entertained.
Copies of films not selected will not be returned to the producer or applicant submitted for the WCFFC.
JURY & AWARDS:
The Jury for the World Cinema Competition will be composed of minimum five members [including the chairman] of which a majority will be from outside India.
The decisions of the jury will be taken by a simple majority of the members present and voting. The jury can evolve its own rules for assessment of the entries. The Director of the Festival and the Secretary of the Jury can attend the deliberations of the jury but shall neither participate nor vote.
No person in any way connected with the production or commercial exploitation of competitive entries will be a member of the jury. All Members of the jury will refrain from releasing any articles or reviews to the press concerning the films submitted for their judgment until after the jury’s decisions have been formally published.
THE FOLLOWING PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN AWAY : CASH AWARD
Government of Maharashtra “Prabhat” Best International Film in world cinema competition section. A cash prize of Rs. '10, 00,000/- (' Ten Lacs)
Government of Maharashtra "Prabhat" Best International Film Director in world cinema competition section. A cash prize of Rs. '.5, 00,000/- ('.Five Lacs).
Special Jury Award [non cash]: The Jury will decide the categories in world Cinema.
(Beneficiary should summit all necessary document for the cash Awards. All Transfer charges and other Taxes will be borne by beneficiary).
Prints (Screening material) of films selected for exhibition in the Festival must reach the Festival office at Pune, India on or before December 20, 2013. The title(s) of the film(s) sent, the number of reels, shipping details including the dates of dispatch and the air consignment number must be faxed or inform to the Festival office: +91 02 24424545 and emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com INSURANCE
The Insurance of prints in transit from the country of origin to the Film Festival Office and from the Festival Office to the country of origin will be the responsibility of the Applicant , the Festival Office will insure the prints against damage, partial and total, by fire, theft or any other unnatural causes from the moment it takes delivery of the print to the moment it hands them back to the concerned airline/ agency for dispatch. The insurance value will be the print cost as specified in the Entry Form, supported by documents from the concerned laboratory. Damage to the print, if any, should be certified by an independent agency at the cost of sender.
FREIGHT AND OTHER CHARGES
“PIFF” will take care to and fro freight charges of the screening copy if film selected in the “WCFFC” through official courier Partner.
If film selected in noncompetition section, the screening copy should be sent “freight pre-paid” i.e. at senders cost. After the Festival, the screening copy will be returned to the senders by air freight or official courier agency at the cost of the PIFF.
It may also please be noted that the “PIFF” cannot reimburse any freight or other charges on foreign currency, unless previously agreed to in writing. PIFF will not bear freight or any other charges for unsolicited films, videos / DVD sent to it, if these are not selected for screening in the Festival.
The special arrangements made by the “PIFF” for clearance through Indian Customs in Mumbai are applicable only in the case of consignment directly air-freighted on request and addressed to this Festival Office. In the case of the publicity material, etc. sent pre-paid by Courier Services or through agents in India. The concerned courier service/agent should be instructed to deliver the material directly to the PIFF office in Pune. PIFF shall not be responsible for any material that is diverted to some other city or festival in India, also the freight for the same will be paid by the concerned party or festival.
Entries to the Festival other then films under the Indian Cinema Section shall be exempt from censorship. The Festival proposes to have a maximum of 3 screening per film selected. Producers / authorized Applicant s are requested to grant permission with the International Regulations mandate for one Additional Screening. PIFF agrees not to hold any screenings other than the three screening allowed by the International Regulations.
EXCERPTS FOR TELEVISION
For promotion of films entered in the Festival on television, producers/authorized Applicant are requested to supply four excerpts of the film(s) entered, each of a maximum duration of three minutes, to the Festival Office. These should be supplied on ¾ inch U-Matic tape (high band or low band) Beta, preferably PAL system. Such tapes will be returned along with the print within two weeks of the close of the PIFF.
Classroom and advertising films are not eligible for participation in any section. Films not presenting sufficient technical qualities for good public screening can be refused after checking of the prints by the Print Checking Unit of the Festival Directorate.
The applicant must ensure that they have the right to participate in the International Film Festival of India with regards to parties connected with the production / distribution of the participating film and/or other right holders/ Licenses.
Participation in the PIFF implies acceptance of these Regulations. The PIFF Office will decide all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations but in conformity with the provisions of the International Regulations for film festivals and its decisions shall be final and binding on all parties.
CORRESPONDENCE AND SHIPPING ADDRESS
Santosh Unecha, Associate Director
Pune International Film Festival.
Near Mitra Mandal Chowk
Opp. Parvati Post Office
Parvati, Pune 411009.
Maharashtra, India . Tel : +91 02 24424545 Fax : 91 20 24428788. E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.puneinternationalfilmfestival.com
USE OF WORLD CINEMA FILMS
WCFFC films will initially be screened at the WCFFC section of the PIFF provided that no claim of any kind would lie against the PIFF for their inability to screen a film due to technical or any other unforeseen reasons.
Should any dispute or difference arise between the producer and the PIFF about any matter not covered by these regulations, the same shall be referred to the chairman of foundation, whose decision in the matter shall be final and binding on both the parties and the venue of arbitration shall be at Pune, India.