INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL
June 1-20, 2009
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

The FEMINA – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL is a competitive festival for works directed by women. It is the first event of its kind in Brazil and Latin America. Besides showing the work of Brazilian women filmmakers, broadening its visibility and opening space for the Brazilian feminine cinema abroad, it brings to Brazil the foreign production, as well as international guests.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY
March 13th, 2009

Mailing address for all correspondence and materials:

FEMINA – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL
Rua Barão de São Francisco, 316A
Rio de Janeiro – RJ – Brazil
20560-032
Tel/Fax: (55 21) 2576-5744
program@feminafest.com.br
www.feminafest.com.br

REGULATIONS

OBJECTIVES

The Festival aims to promote films directed by women and develop a greater reflection about the genre, trying to broaden the interchange between the Brazilian and International production. The International Program will be composed of the most representative films produced in 2008/2009.

FESTIVAL DATES
The Femina – International Women’s Film Festival is scheduled to take place during June 1-7, 2009, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TYPE OF FILM FESTIVAL
Competitive.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
a. films with exhibition copies in 35mm, 16mm, Beta SP NTSC, DVCam NTSC, MiniDV NTSC or DVD.
b. films that have been produced since January 1st, 2008.
c. for the features competition, will be accepted works from all over the world, with a minimum running time of 70 minutes.
d. for the shorts competition, will be accepted works from all over the world, with a maximum running time of 30 minutes.
e. for the documentary competition, will be accepted works from Brazil, with any running time, for exhibition in video.

RULES FOR ENTRY
a. There is no entry fee.
b. The candidate should fulfill an entry form on the website: www.feminafest.com.br and send a DVD of the film and a CD with synopsis, a minimum of 2 stills, and original and English dialog lists.
c. All transport costs of DVD and other material are on the sender's behalf.
d. Transport costs for returning film and Beta, DVCam and MiniDV copies will be borne by the Festival, but their submission to Rio de Janeiro/Brazil is the responsibility of the producer.
e. Return of DVDs: all DVDs sent for selection will become part of the Festival archives, on the understanding that they will be used strictly for cultural purposes with no commercial ends and only with the producers' consent. If the sender wants their DVD to be returned, the shipping costs must be on their behalf, and should provide a courier account number for the shipment.
f. Deadline for Entries: all entry forms, requests for information and DVD screeners should be sent to the Festival address by March 20th, 2009.
g. Notice of Shipment: applicants should inform the Festival office by fax or e-mail the date their entries were mailed and the shipping method used, including airway bills and registration or tracking numbers, as well as the contact information of the person responsible for the entry.
h. Internet: Unless otherwise requested, all information contained on the entry form will be made public on the official Festival website: www.feminafest.com.br. With the producer's authorization, we will place a 30-second extract or preview of the film on the Festival website.

FILM SELECTION
a. The International Feature Film Competition will be compromised of at least eight feature films. The short film competition will be compromised of at least 16 films. The list of selected films will be announced by April 20th, 2009.
b. The prints of selected films should reach the Festival offices by May 22nd, 2009. Films must be available for Festival screening on 35mm, 16mm, Beta SP NTSC, DVCam NTSC, MiniDV NTSC or DVD.
c. Shipping procedures: whenever possible films should be sent to the Festival via the diplomatic services of the country of origin. If this option is not available, we request that films be sent directly by the producers. Do not send the films by airfreight. The films should be clearly marked "For cultural purposes only, no commercial value" and it should be declared a maximum value of US$ 2 for customs purposes. The organizers of the Festival will not be responsible for films shipped by any other method and/or with any other declared value for customs purposes.
d. Applicants should inform the Festival by fax or e-mail regarding shipment of the films - date sent, form of transport, AWB numbers etc.
e. Films will be returned within two weeks of the end of the Festival unless some other prior arrangement has been made. The Festival is responsible for the shipping costs of returning films.

JURY
The jury is composed by distinguished professionals, which will award the prizes mentioned below for the International Competition.

AWARDS

Grand Prix Femina International Women’s Film Festival for Best Feature
Best Feature Director
Grand Prix Femina International Women’s Film Festival for Best Short
Best Short Director
Best Brazilian Documentary
Best Brazilian Documentary Director
Special Jury Award for best female participation
Best Student Film

It is also possible that awards will be granted for works by Festival partners, such as acquisition for exhibit on cable TV.

ENTERING A FILM IN THIS FESTIVAL IMPLIES THE ACCEPTANCE OF THIS REGULATIONS!