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2021 Feature Film Submissions
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Cinema Eye Honors 2021 Feature Film Submission Deadlines and Fees
JULY 20, 2020 - AUGUST 28, 2020 - REGULAR SUBMISSIONS - $175 (+$5.25 online processing fee)
AUGUST 29, 2020 - SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 - LATE SUBMISSIONS - $250 (+$7.50 online processing fee)
Films may only submit once. For example, if you submitted in 2019 because you were eligible via festival screenings, you cannot submit again this year even if you are eligible via theatrical release. Films that had a public screening prior to January 1, 2019 are not eligible, even if they had not previously submitted and meet the other eligibility requirements.
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To qualify for the 2021 Cinema Eye Honors you must meet
of the following three criteria.
A) Selected to screen at one of the following International Film Festivals, no matter whether those film festivals were able to occur as scheduled or were postponed or canceled:
Cinema du Reel
Docs Against Gravity
It's All True
MOMA Doc Fortnight
New Directors/New Films
Rooftop Films Summer Series
Visions du Reel
B) Will your film have an Oscar Qualifying Run prior to the end of 2020?
C) Can you report at least $25,000 in North American theatrical box office receipts?
Accepted file types: pdf.
Please upload a PDF of your report.
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Examples of Eligible Films:
A film that has screened at SXSW and Full Frame is eligible.
A film that has screened at San Francisco and Traverse City is eligible.
A film that is set to screen at the New York Film Festival and has an Oscar-qualifying NY/LA opening confirmed prior to the end of 2018 is eligible.
A film that has reported more than $25,000 in North American theatrical box office, including Oscar-qualifying openings in NY and LA is eligible.
Directors are invited to vote during our nominations process to nominate this year's Outstanding Feature Honor and Audience Choice Prize and they also vote for our Distinctive Honor for Unforgettable Subjects. It's important for us to have direct emails for film directors in order to allow them to vote. For multiple directors, please separate emails with a comma.)
Was there another director on this film?
For our purposes, please only list the person(s) primarily responsible for overseeing and coordinating development, principal photography and post-production (maximum of three producers). Persons must have received a Producer or Produced by credit in order to be eligible for this award. Executive Producers are not eligible.
Does your film have an original music score?
For our purposes, an original music score means that at least 51% of the music cues were written specifically for your film.
Graphic Design & Animation
Does your film have graphic design or animation?
For our purposes, eligibility in this category requires that there is at least 1 minute of graphic design, broadcast design or animation, not including title sequences.
Graphic Designers or Animators
Name up to two people who were most responsible for your graphic design and/or animation.
Is this film a Debut?
For our purposes, a debut film means that no one credited as director has previously made a film (fiction or nonfiction) longer than 50 minutes in length
If your film is nominated for a Cinema Eye Honor, do you consent to have your film made available to voters, via upload to a password-protected Vimeo page?
Our voters are comprised of approximately 800 members of the international documentary community. Voters must request login information in order to receive links.
And finally, please supply a password-protected online link for our Nominations Committee. Links and passwords must be active from the time you submit your film until the end of November 2020.
Link to Online Screener for Nominations Committee Members
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