23. International Film Festival ZOOM - ZBLIZENIA

international fiction film contest
international documentary film contest
international animated film contest
international animated film for children
best movies of the last season
meetings with filmmakers
You just have to be there!
International Film Festival ZOOM - ZBLIZENIA is one of the largest and most important independent cinema festivals in Poland.
Its aim is to present the author's cinema, ambitious, high artistic value, moving independent and original subject matter, as well as promotion of independent film art.
Because the main aim of the festival is presentation of the filmmakers' accomplishments, coupled with any new trends and ideas in the independent movie making scene, the character of the festival makes room for variety of forms. There are no restrictions on themes and topics.
The Local Community Centre (Osiedlowy Dom Kultury) in Jelenia Góra, is the official organizers of this event.
24.02 - 01.03.2020, Jelenia Gora/Poland
1. Within the 23. IFF “ZOOM – ZBLIŻENIA” 2020, three international contests will be held:
2. Film contestswill be held from 26 to 28 February 2020 in Jelenia Góra, Poland.
3. The main idea of ​​the festival is the presentation of ambitious cinema, with a high artistic value, taking independent and original themes.
4. Submitted films should be made in 2018 – 2019.
5. The duration of a registered film cannot exceed:
-short fiction film - max. 60 minutes
-short documentary film - max. 60 minutes
-short animated film - max. 30 minutes
6. One movie can be submitted only to one of contestsorganized during the Festival. The same film submitted to several contests will be disqualified.
7. Art schools, film schools, production companies, film institutions, independent artists and other entitled may submit films to the competition.
8. Films should be submitted to the selection by ONE chosen by the author way:
a) www.zoomfestival.pl (SUBMIT A FILM button) by filling out the registration form on the website and submitting a public or private (with or without password) movie link (e.g. Vimeo, Youtube, etc.) with unlimited time access.
b) by the submitting platform FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/InternationalFilmFestivalZOOMZBLIZENIA
c) by the submitting platform FESTHOME: https://filmmakers.festhome.com/home_filmmakers
Please SUBMIT your film ONLY by ONE chosen website (www.zoomfestival.pl or http://filmfreeway.com or https://filmmakers.festhome.com)
9. The festival charges a fee of $ 5.00 for each film submitted via FilmFreeway platform. In case of submitting films via the registration form on our website www.zoomfestival.pl or by submitting platform FESTHOME no fee is charged.
10. Deadline for submissions 15.09.2019.
11. he only exceptions are student films that can be submitted by the registration form on our website www.zoomfestival.pl by18.10.2019.
12. All non-Polish films (except films made in English language) must include English subtitles.
13. The authors of films made in Polish and qualified for the competition are obliged to send a copy with subtitles in English. The selection copy does not have to have subtitles.
14. The selection of films submitted to contests will be made by Jury established by the organizer whose decisions are irrevocable.
15. The contestants will be informed about the results of qualification on the Festival’s official website www.zoomfestival.plby 9.12.2019.
16. The organizer is not obliged to give explanations about the subject of qualification.
17. The authors of films qualified to the competition are obliged to send by 31.12.2019:
a) 3 film shots (resolution 300 dpi)
b) a projection copy of qualified film to the zoom.maincontest@gmail.com
In the case of sending the link to download the film by e-mail, the link must remain active until 01.03.2020.
In the case of sending the data storage device with the film to the festival office by regular mail, the date of postmark determines.
In case the failure to meet the deadline for sending projection copy which is 31st December 2019, the film will be disqualified.
18. Films qualified to the contests can be projected in the following formats: DCP, blu-ray, mp4 HD, mov. Projection in other formats needs an earlier agreement with the organizers. In case of a projection copy on DCP carrier the author is obliged to send the backup copy of the film in mp4 HD format for the promotional purpose.
19. Organizers do not cover any transport costs or custom duties due to deliverance or sending back films’ copies submitted for selection and films’ copies for the contest projections.
20. In case of sending the projection copies by regular mail, the organizer does not take responsibility for possible loss or damage of the films caused by independent factors.
21. The films qualified to the contests will be evaluated by three independent, professional Jury established by the organizer.
22. The official ending of the festival, announcement of the contests’ results, and the award ceremony will take place on 29.02.2020 (Saturday evening). The awarded film presentation will take place on 01.03.2020 (the detailed programme of the event will be available on the festival website).
23. Films made by the Jury members, commercial films, series, trailers, video clips cannot be submitted to the Competition.
1. The following Main Prizes will be presented:
The prize for best fiction film of PLN 5,000
The prize for best documentary film of PLN 5,000
The prize for best animated film of PLN 5,000 and commendations and special prizes in each contest.
2. The Jury and the organizer have the right to change the division of the prizes or not to give any.
3. The condition of receiving a financial or in-kind reward is the presence of the film's author at the awardceremony. Only honorable prizes will be sent to the absent authors.
4. The author may delegate a person representing him/her during the festival and the awards ceremony, which he should inform the organizer in writing before the festival begins.
5. The financial prizes will be presented in cash or sent to the author’s bank account.
6. The taxes will be deducted from the prizes according to the Polish Law.
Sylwia Motyl -has a deciding say about contentious issues not included in the Festival’s rules, also regulations or issues requiring additional attention.
Phone/fax: +48 75 75 31 831, +48 75 75 410 90, e-mail: sylwiamotyl.zoomfestival@gmail.com
Osiedlowy Dom Kultury, K. Trzcińskiego 12, 58-506 Jelenia Góra, POLAND
1. During the competition (26.02 – 01.03.2020) hotel (double rooms, BB), and participation costs in the Festival events for 2 people from each group, whose film has been accepted, will be covered by the organizer.
2. The will of participation in the Festival ought to be confirmed by e-mail after announcement list of films qualified for the competition, no later than31.01.2020. Lack of confirmation will be taken as withdrawal from personal presence in the Festival.
3. Arrival costs are covered by the film authors.
1. The film copyrights should in no way be restricted, violate any third party’s copy rights or other privileges. Should this condition not be met, the participants are obliged to attach to the Festival application a written statement explaining the legal status of his work.
2. By submitting the film, the author agrees to show it to public and free of charge, within the Festival screenings.
3. The organizers have the right to copy the competition films. The applicants are required to sign a statement that allows the organizers to screen either the whole or parts of the film on TV and at public special shows promoting the Festival.
4. The organizer has the right to use the submitted materials for the Festival’s promotional actions. The author agrees that the information about the film will be published on the Festival’s website, in official printings and that fragments of the film will be used to make promotional, audiovisual materials about the Festival.
5. Organizers act in a good faith and are not responsible for concealment of any information that refers to the legal situation of the submitted film. In case of any claims about third parties’ rights, the participant bears responsibility of legal action and covers all its expenses.
6. The participants bear full responsibility for the data given in the application form. Giving false, illegible or incomplete personal information or lack of it results in rejection from the Festival.
7. The organizer does not bear responsibility for giving false personal information or information about the third party. Such action results in nullifying the right for the prize.
8. Submitting films is equivalent to the participant’s statement that he/she owns unrestricted personal and financial rights to the films and that he takes whole responsibility for breaking those rights.
9. In case of any claim on the organizer by third parties, resulting from breaking the copyright or personal goods of the third parties involved in the use of the submitted materials, the Participant covers the costs and pays damages connected with the claim of those people.
10. The participant is obliged to get acquainted with the Competition Rules and regulations.



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