What are the festival rules? Is there a text that fobids a movie to compete with other movies in a festival where one of the organizers has some kind of involvement in the movie, even when his involvement is not in the creative aspect?
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Best is to check out FILM FREEWAY. They are the clearing House for festivals around the world.
Each festival will have their own rules. I don't suppose many would object to the screening of a film made by a person involved in the running of a festival, especially if they were volunteers. However it would probably be in poor taste if the film or the particular individual won an award at the festival, so such a film should be clearly marked as not in competition. I would also imagine that the bigger festivals might have more issues with it....
THIS IS A CHICKEN AND EGG QUESTION....THE ANSWER IS WHO SETS UP THE BASIC LEGAL REQUIREMENTS ...SAYS WHAT THEY WANT UNTIL SOMEONE PROVES OTHERWISE. My sponsors have funded many festivals ...The Worst Of Which was A Housewife Who "JUDGES" films in her kitchen and then says "BRITAIN JUDGED" . EH ....HOW MANY FILM CRITICS IN BRITAIN? Each to his own.
THERE ARE NO RULES. Anyone can pay a pound and set up "A FILM FESTIVAL". If in doubt check out Companies House website. ART RULES....BUT THERE ARE ALWAYS CHANCERS!
Nkanaya, I would not participate in a film festival with a conflict of interest...for standard festival rules to set the bar domestically US look to Sundance, and others Internationally look to Caanes, Toronto or TribeccaTribecca.
A lot of festivals set the bar domestically, but are nevertheless “businesses”. A wage is drawn by owners and the publics interest in the films shown is secondary. As far as “Festivals” go I think there are no particular rules that are compulsory to set the bar. There are some film festivals that cost a lot to both enter the film in the competition and sit in the audience ....and on the other spectrum theres a couple of festivals charging minimal amounts. At the end of the day its the quality of films shown and the impact and memory they have on audience that count. (Aswell as being noticed by producers etc internationally.) For several years myself and sponsors studied Sundance/European Festivals etc but the magic bullet was the films themselves. Im in the process of organising a festival after many years study of others.
As a rule if I knew someone involved in a film festival (who also knows the judges) and also entered a film I would not participate. Should that film win how would the audience know it was chosen fairly. Granted I haven'e attended international film festivals, but never knew any that entered and work for the festival also. I'd like to know who they are.
Nkanya Nkwai Check out FILM FREEWAY they have the rules for 100's of festivals.
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