Film Fest

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be hosting a shorts film festival sponsored by the Compass College Of Cinematic Arts

applauseThe Grand Rapids Comic-Con is pleased to be hosting a showcase of student and independent film shorts at the event on Saturday, October 22. This festival will be part of the show and no additional tickets or expenses will be expected of fans to attend the event. This film festival will be operated by the Compass College Of Cinematic Arts, a local film school and one of the sponsors of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con.

Mission and Objective 
The Grand Rapids Comic-Con Film Festival exists to support independent filmmakers, particularly those who have made short films for audiences who love science fiction, fantasy, action, comedy, animation, superheroes, and other nerd-oriented genres

About The Festival
The Film Festival is one of many events at the Grand Rapids Comic Con, which takes place annually in beautiful Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is a family-friendly event, which emphasizes the culture of nerds, geeks, and comic book enthusiasts. Our film festival is open to all independent filmmakers, but we give preference to films that play to our specific audience.

Organizers
Joshua Courtade (Festival Registrar) ; Joshua Courtade (Festival Registrar) ; Joshua Courtade (Festival Registrar)

General Rules

1. The fourth annual Grand Rapids Comic-Con takes place October 21-23, 2016. The Film Festival will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Filmmakers whose films are accepted into the festival will receive two complementary passes for the day of the festival screening.
2. Online screeners are preferred, but we will accept films on region-free DVDs or Blu-rays. Films submitted on a video DVD or Blu-ray should contain no material except for the film itself. DVDs and Blu-rays will not be returned. DVDs and Blu-rays that are not playable are automatically disqualified.
3. Content must be appropriate for a family audience. We will accept submissions meriting the equivalent of a G, PG, or PG-13 rating. Films with excessive or strong profanity (including any use of the f-word), graphic violence, or graphic sexual content will not be considered.
4. The filmmaker(s) must own the rights to the submitted film and all content contained therein. Submitted films must not contain copyrighted music or any other trademarked or previously copyrighted material without prior written permission from the copyright owner. This includes using preexisting superhero characters or logos.
5. Submitted films may be in any genre, but preference will be given to films that appeal to the comic con audience, such as science fiction, fantasy, action, comedy, and animation.
6. Films must not exceed 25 minutes in length, including all titles and credits.
7. All selection and prize decisions are final.

All questions about the film festival should be guided to Joshua Courtade at filmfest@grcomiccon.com.

Terms & Conditions

By submitting your film to the Grand Rapids Comic-Con Film Festival:
1. The submitter attests that all information all information submitted is true and accurate to the best of the submitter’s knowledge.
2. The submitter licenses the submitted film for public exhibition at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con and in related promotional materials.
3. The submitter owns the rights to the submitted film and all content contained therein. Submitted films must not contain copyrighted music or any other trademarked or previously copyrighted material without prior written permission from the copyright owner. This includes using preexisting superhero characters or logos.
4. The film submitted adheres to the general rules of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con Film Festival, which is a family-oriented event.

Prizes

$300 for 1st Prize
$200 for 2nd Prize
$100 for Audience Choice

Each winner will also receive a commemorative plaque and each accepted submission will receive a laurels image.

Deadlines

May 1, 2016: Early Bird Deadline

June 1, 2016: Regular Deadline

July 1, 2016: Late Deadline

July 15, 2016: Extended Deadline

How To Submit Your Film

You may submit your project through Film Freeway. The link to find the film festival on their site is here. You may submit your film by clicking on the button below.

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compass collegeCompass College of Cinematic Arts is a premier, faith-based film college. Its accelerated program is set in a unique, conservatory-like environment. Through high-end training and a special mentoring process, young artists–future writers, designers, producers, directors, and executives–bring forth a distinctly creative and technical skill set, a strong work ethic, and a Christ-centered focus that fosters entrepreneurial success and serves as an asset on film and television shoots, and in executive studio and corporate settings. The school’s goals are to prepare, enable and connect students with the diversity of the entertainment industry and for them to view their daily work, lives and commitments with purpose, value, and clarity, and with ethical, multicultural and social responsibility. For more information about the Compass College of Cinematic Arts visit their website at www.compass.edu.