FLEX Fest 2015

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FLEX Fest 2015 is now accepting entries for the 11th Annual Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival to be held February, 2015 in Gainesville, FL. Exact dates and Jurors to be announced soon.

Regular Entry Deadline: September 25, 2014 (postmarked)
Late Entry Deadline: October 25, 2014 (postmarked)

What is experimental?
FLEX doesn’t want to know in advance what experimental means. We’re interested in work that challenges generic designations (including the traditional “avant-garde” or “underground” ones). Work may also draw on documentary, narrative, animation or any other tradition – or no tradition at all. So, what is experimental? We’re hoping to be surprised by your answer.

Entry criteria
Productions completed since the deadline for the last competitive FLEX festival (September 15, 2012) are eligible. Films or videos made for commercial or industrial purposes are not eligible. All entries in a language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English unless dialogue is inessential to comprehension and appreciation. Maximum running time is 30 minutes.

Categories
The festival is designed to have no regard for the traditional generic categories (narrative, documentary, animation, experimental). The categories instead will be determined solely based on length: (small [ shorter than 10 minutes] large [>10 minutes]) and format (film/video). The works will be classified as film or video depending on what format they will screen on at the festival.

Submission process
Our preferred method of submission is via our online submission form where you can include a link to online viewing. Detailed instructions, as well as alternative scenarios for mailing in elements, are listed on the online submission form. Online submission form located below. After submitting you will be rerouted to Paypal payment link.

Entry fees
Entry fees are $10.00 per work submitted for Domestic (USA) entrants received by September 25, 2014. Entry fees will be $20.00 per work submitted for Domestic (USA) entrants received after September 25, 2014. After submitting you will be rerouted to Paypal payment link. There are no entry fees for international entries or for Flex Fest alumni.

Preview formats
Our preferred preview format is for online viewing (Vimeo or Youtube) of your submission by the link provided on the online submission form. Alternative formats if mailing in preview include DVD (NTSC region 1 or 0), or Quicktime Files on USB Thumb Drive/Data Disk. DVDs, discs and drives submitted for entry preview will not be returned. Please do not send films for pre-screening.

Screening Formats
For the festival, work can be screened super 8mm, 16mm, miniDV or DVCam (NTSC or Pal), HDV (mini-cassettes only) or Quicktime Files. Unfortunately we no longer have the ability to screen 35mm.

Promotional materials
Please do not send promotional materials at this time. 300 dpi stills will be requested in December from all entries for screening in the festival.

Selection
Entrants will be notified of their entry status in December.

Awards
Cash and in-kind awards will be given in each of the four categories.

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Dates: 

Thursday, September 25, 2014 (All day)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 (All day)