Entering.

Entry Requirements

Entries are open to any organization in North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. All films created by organizations in Europe must be entered into Brand Film Festival London: www.brandfilmfestival.co.uk.

2  The film or series must have been aired between January 1, 2017 and January 22, 2018*.
*A film cannot be entered into the 2018 Brand Film Festival if it was entered into the 2017 Brand Film Festival.

When you are entering the specialty and craft and tech categories you will need to select the film length from the following:

Mini form: 0 – 20 seconds
Short form: 21 seconds – 10 minutes
Long form: Over 10 minutes

4  We encourage you to enter your film or series into a core category as well as the specialty and/or craft and tech categories. For films entered into additional categories there will be a discounted entry fee. Eg. If you submit a film or series into three categories, the fee would be: $430 + $300 + $300 = $1030.  If you are submitting a film or series into multiple categories, please upload the film/s each time.

5  All entries must be submitted online at www.brandfilmfestival.com. You will need to upload the film and include a write-up of the film synopsis (300 words max), write-up of the context of the film within the larger campaign activity (200 words max).

6  There is a section for you to submit confidential information that only the jurors will see (200 words max). Nothing written in this section of the form will be published.

7  All entries must be submitted and paid for online. You may input your entry information and save as a “draft” to return at a later date to submit payment. All films must be submitted and paid for by the entry deadline; January 22, 2018. Credit cards accepted include Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Entries not paid for prior to judging will not be considered.

8  Please, no commercials. Though it resists easy definition, branded content typically focuses on a story rather than a brand, product or service. Jurors reserve the right to reject any entry they feel does not meet this definition.

Film specs

1  All films apart from those being entered into 360, AR, VR and Emerging Tech must be uploaded as a .MOV or .MP4 file. A URL link to the film can be supplied in addition. Each film must be:

  •         No larger than 1GB
  •         Uploaded as .MOV or .MP4
  •         Recommended size is 1920 x 1080, must be at least 1280 x 720
  •         4:3 video aspect ratio will be accepted but the recommended ratio is 16:9.

2  If you have a URL link to your film, you can provide along with the .MOV or .MP4 file.

3  Only one film per entry should be uploaded. If the film is a series, please combine the films and use a slate to indicate the next film in the series.

Pricing

Entry Fee: $430/entry

If you’re entering the same entry into multiple categories…

Additional Categories: $300/each

(For example, if you submit any one entry into three categories, the fee would be: $430 + $300 + $300 = $1030)

Late Fee: $100/entry

Timeline

Entry Deadline: January 22, 2018

Entry Extended Deadline: January 29, 2018

Brand Film Festival New York: May 3, 2018

Categories

Core Categories

Long-form Documentary – Series

Long form: Over 10 minutes
Series: Two to five films

Long-form Documentary – Single

Long form: Over 10 minutes
Single film

Long-form Fiction – Series

Long form: Over 10 minutes
Series: Two to five films

Long-form Fiction – Single

Long form: Over 10 minutes
Single film

Mini-form Documentary – Series

Mini-form: 0 – 20 seconds
Series: Two to five films

Mini-form Documentary – Single

Mini-form: 0 – 20 seconds
Single film

Mini-form Fiction – Series

Mini-form: 0 – 20 seconds
Series: Two to five films

Mini-form Fiction – Single

Mini-form: 0 – 20 seconds
Single film

Short-form Documentary – Series

Short form: 21 seconds -10 minutes
Series: Two to five films

Short-form Documentary – Single

Short form: 21 seconds -10 minutes
Single film

Short-form Fiction – Series

Short form: 21 seconds -10 minutes
Series: Two to five films

Short-form Fiction – Single

Short form: 21 seconds -10 minutes
Single film

Specialty Categories

Behind the Scenes

A film or series that offers a sneak peek at the making of a campaign, program, or event.

Film Without Sound

A film or series that best gets its message across silently, for example in Facebook’s content stream, and either works as a silent movie or encourages viewers to click through to an audio version.

Foreign Language

A film or series using a foreign language. Films can be submitted by international/multinational brands and agencies. Please include English subtitles.

People’s Choice: Emoji Film of the Year

A film that best delivers a brand’s message through either of these emojis: animal, lol, heart.

Please note that films entered into this category will be decided through a live vote on BrandFilmFestival.com prior to the gala screening on May 3, 2018. The film with the most votes will be honored on stage and presented with a trophy.

User Generated

A film or series created and submitted by consumers as part of a brand campaign, contest, or product launch.

Viral

A film or series with a creative idea that produced the most buzz, including social shares, views, likes, tweets, and traditional media pickup.

Craft and Tech Categories – Brought to you by NAB Show

360, AR, VR and Emerging Tech

A film or series that utilizes an emerging technology in its creation or audience experience. Please submit your 360 screener via VR Ready platforms (YouTube, Vimeo360, or Samsung Oculus App)

Animation

A film or series with memorable and effective use of animation.

Cinematography

A film or series that showcases outstanding work in Cinematography.

Direction

A film or series that showcases excellence in cinematic direction.

Editing

A film or series that showcases the art and technique of film editing. Jurors will be looking for films where editing techniques can craft a vast library of raw footage into coherent sequences breathing life into a story.

Lighting

A film or series that demonstrates expert use and handling of lighting in support of the story.

Screenplay

A film or series that showcases the most original writing and storytelling.

Sound Design

A film or series that utilizes sound to amplify a scene or story. Can include Sound Editing, Design, or Sound Mixing.

Visual Effects

A film or series that showcases outstanding work in Visual Effects. The jury will be looking at technical effectiveness and its integration into the film.