Being that you're independent filmmakers, we understand your concern
about the fee. Keep in mind that you are doing much more than just
entering a festival. The IDC is much different in that:
1) We limit the number of entries (250) where festivals do not. (SXSW
had 3,100 submissions and Sundance had over 8,000!)
2) By paying the fee, you are in the competition, not just considered
for it. We work toward getting the films screened and distributed, no
matter if they are winners or not. At a festival you get one screening
(maybe two.) Last year we worked all year on getting the films
screened many times and we actually got more TV distribution for
non-winners than winners!
3) We are a non-profit organization and not in this to make a profit.
Our goal is to eventually lower the fee to make it more affordable for
our filmmakers. We are always pursuing sponsors to help underwrite the
expenses of running the event.
All 12 finalists will screen at Hot Docs in Toronto and receive a pass
to the festival ($400 value.) The Grand Prize Winner will receive
$1,000 and a membership in the International Documentary Association.
We pursue distribution (per the filmmakers approval) for all of the
Yes, filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films to festivals.
Just please notify us if your film is accepted to a festival.
Eventually. We ask that you wait to do this until distribution has
been pursued - having your film on the internet could affect the
ability to have your film screened in festivals and on TV.
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