Short Film Festival Submission Instructions

Welcome, filmmakers! We look forward to reviewing your movies for the 2017 Bridges Conference taking place in Waterloo, Canada from July 27-31, 2017. Submission will be open from April 15 to May 15, 2017. Please read through the following instructions carefully.

Introduction

The festival presents an annual reel of invited and juried short films exploring mathematical themes. The program will include films, videos and animations that have been created for educational, corporate and artistic purposes, or just for fun. A variety of styles can be submitted, from visualizing objects or spaces, conceptual animations, mathematical stories and fairytales, art based on mathematical rules, exciting explanations and entertainment, and hopefully many more. See the gallery page for the contents of past short film festivals.

If you would like to submit your work, please follow the instructions below. Please understand that nonconforming submissions will not be entered into the review process.

By submitting your work to Bridges and/or exhibiting your work at Bridges, you grant Bridges, for any accepted works, non-exclusive rights to use your text and images on its website, in its print and CD proceedings and catalog, and for promotional purposes. You further grant third parties the right to reproduce your text and images in reports on and reviews of the conference. For collaborative works, or works submitted on behalf of another individual, the submitting individual warrants that he or she has obtained any rights necessary to grant the rights described above. Bridges will make a reasonable effort to ensure that all text and images are properly attributed to the artist(s).

Review Criteria and Scoring

This short film festival is organized and curated by Bianca Violet and the Short Film Festival Jury (see Bridges organizers page). All submitted films will undergo a refereeing process. The festival can only accommodate a limited number of films, which may necessitate rejecting some high quality works. Review criteria include:

  • Math content
  • Esthetic appeal
  • Medium and style
  • Craftsmanship

You may submit 1 to 3 films. Your submission needs to include a link to the film, a still image, and accompanying descriptions. Short film submissions should not exceed 5 minutes in length and should also include some form of audio, as they will be screened in an auditorium to a large group of people (i.e. it is a film festival type setting, not a gallery type setting).

Representative images (a still frame from your film) should be JPEG files with a dimension of 600 pixels in the larger direction, RGB format, saved with maximum quality.

For reviewing purposes, you will need to provide a URL to a location online where the jurors can view your film. This can be a YouTube or Vimeo link, or a link to your personal website. The jurors will not download film files for reviewing; the film must be available to stream online. If you have privacy concerns, you can upload your film to YouTube or Vimeo and make it password protected. If your film is password protected, please provide the password in the appropriate field in the film submission form.

Deadlines

Submission period: 15 April – 15 May 2017
Author notification: 01 June 2017
Submission of production quality copy: 15 June 2017

Submission Process

All filmmakers must have an account on this website in order to submit to the Bridges Conference. If you already have an account from previous art exhibitions or film festivals (Bridges or JMM), click Log In. If you have forgotten your username or password, click Request new password and enter the email address you registered with previously. The system will email you a one-time login link that will allow you to recover your username and set up a new password.

If you don’t have an account, click Create a new account and provide a username, valid email address, and password. Once you create your account, you will be automatically logged in and can create your submission.

Log in to the website and click Add Submission, and fill out the form. Note that required fields will be marked with an asterisk (*). When you are finished, click Save. You can go back and edit your submission at any time up until the submission deadline by clicking My Short Film Submission.

Upon Acceptance

If your film is selected, you will be responsible for delivering a production quality copy of your film for projection at the conference. Please provide a .mov file using H.264 compression. It may be possible to process different formats, however, we cannot guarantee to screen your film if a different format is submitted. The finished size should be 1280×720 or 1920×1080 pixels, and the finished frame rate should be 24 fps. Films with a different frame rate can be converted, but be advised of a potential loss in quality.

Final film files should be transferred to the short film committee at
filmfestival@bridgesmathart.org utilizing Dropbox or WeTransfer.com. Please do not email film files to the committee.

Final production quality copies will be due by June 15th, 2017.

Questions

Questions related to the film festival or to the use of this website should be addressed by e-mail to filmfestival@bridgesmathart.org.