Submit Your Movie/Film

The 2017 GCFVF Call for Movie/Film Submissions

is OPEN!!!

Absolute Deadline Aug. 1st, 2017

Currently, LATE FEES APPLY

The founder of The Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival, Mr. Hal Wixon, is currently curating films for their 19th Annual 2017 Festival and is pleased to OPEN the festival for Movie Projects for the 19th Annual 2017 Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival – Houston (GCFVF-Houston), scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday, September 29th and 30th, 2017.  Two days of Screenings will take place at the luxurious NASA Hilton.

The ABSOLUTE Deadline for entering your project is 11:59PM, August 1st 2017.

To be considered “Entered” all entry forms, materials and payments MUST be postmarked by 11:59PM, August 1st 2017, and received by eMail, Snail Mail or hand delivered to festival organizer.

Download the: GCFVF-Houston 2017 Entry Form 

NOTEThe service provider for this website does NOT support PDF Form Data Entry in order to:  1.  fill out the form online or  2.  to save the online form with your filled out data. However, there are OPTIONS.   PDF Instructions

Deadlines:

EarlyBird Deadline:  February 1st through the end of March 4th, 2017.  CLOSED.

Regular Deadline: March 5th through the end of June 3rd, 2017 CLOSED.

Late Deadline:  June 4th through the end of August 1st, 2017

NEW STUFF:

1.  The Organizers of the 19th Annual Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival are accepting “Vintage” Feature projects 20 years or older.

Projects must:

be a completed, “in-the-can” project,
have been made in 1997 or prior to 1997, (copyrighted 1997 or prior listed on the project),
NOT have been awarded ANY Festival AWARDS,
be a FEATURE MOVIE (60-90 mins, any genre, only one winner for this category),
NOT have been distributed by any distribution medium/company (this is a second chance award category),
NOT be found on ANY video distribution website, including but not limited to YouTube or Vimeo prior to the GCFVF screening, if any,
be owned, exclusively by the person submitting the vintage project,  AND
NOT be under a lien or other encumbrance.

Entry Deadline:  11:59PM August 1st, 2017

Early Bird Entry fee:  $60  CLOSED
Regular Entry fee: $75 CLOSED
Late entry fee: $90

To Enter your project fill out the entry form, pay your fee and submit additional materials.

2.  As part of entering your project AND if your project qualifies AND is selected for screening, your production company or your project has the opportunity to have an advertisement in the GCFVF Program, which is distributed to each ticket holder at this year’s 19th Annual GCFVF’s Awards Presentation in September of 2017. This is a FREE opportunity for your production company or project to get a little extra notice and publicity.

If you enter a FEATURE project you will receive a 1/2 page ad in the GCFVF program.

If you enter a MINI FEATURETTE project you will receive a 1/4 page page ad in the GCFVF program

If you enter a SHORT, DRONE PROJECT or MUSIC VIDEO project you will receive a Business size ad in the GCFVF Program

(All advertisements must be in either a PDF or JPEG format, must be camera ready (a completed ad), the advertisement must be submitted soon after you are notified that your project is going to screen AND prior to the deadline, August 1st, 2017 )

ALSO:  Your production graphic will be added to our website as a “Sponsorship Friend” along with others.

See our:   Sponsorship Friends Page

Since this is a FREE opportunity NO WARRANTIES are implied or inferred and no guarantees are made. This is all dependent on you providing us with an eGraphic and/or Logo.

What Kind of Projects are Accepted?

The 19th Annual 2017 Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival-Houston is accepting MOVIE/FILM in the following lengths:

1. Features: starting from 60-minutes to no more than 90-minutes in total running time.

2.  Vintage Features: Starting from 60-minutes to no more than 90- minutes in total Running time.  (see guidelines above under NEW STUFF or post titled “New GCFVF Category” under “Recent Posts” or just Click Here

2. Mini Featurettes: starting at 16-minutes to no more than 45-minutes in total running time.

3. Shorts: projects less than 15-minutes in total running time.

4. Drone: Projects less than 15-minutes in total running time.

5.  Webisodes: Products less than 15-minutes in total running time.

6. Music videos: 3 minutes or less total running time.

FEES (Movie/Film)

(The Late deadlines are in effect through the end of August 1st, 2017)

Entry Fees:  (Early / Regular / Late deadline)

Features – $52.50 / $95 / $110.

Vintage Features– $40 / $75 / $90

Mini Featurettes – $35 / $60 / $80

Short/Webisodes and Drone Projects:  $32.50 / $55 / $75

Music Videos: $25 / $35 / $50

1. Features (60-90 minutes in running time):  Late Fee: $110.00

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2. Vintage Features (60-90 minutes in running time, restrictions apply) Late Fee: $90.

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3. Mini Featurettes (16-45 minutes in running time):  Late Fee: $80

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4. Shorts (projects less than 15 minutes in running time):  Late Fee: $75

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5. Webisodes (projects less than 15 minutes in running time):  Late Fee $75

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6. Drone Projects (projects less than 15 minutes in running time): Late Fee $75

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7. Music Videos: ( projects less than 3-minutes in running time):  Late Fee: $50

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Categories Accepted by the GCFVF:

NOTE: The following are categories accepted by the GCFVF and does NOT represent Award Categories.

1. Features –  in all genres.

2.  Vintage Features – in all genres, only one win for this category, if any

(Projects must: be a completed, “in-the-can” project, have been made in 1997 or prior to 1997, (copyrighted 1997 or prior listed on the project), NOT have been awarded ANY Festival AWARDS, be a FEATURE MOVIE (60-90 mins, any genre, only one winner for this category), NOT have been distributed by any distribution medium/company (this is a second chance award category), NOT be found on ANY video distribution website, including but not limited to YouTube or Vimeo prior to the GCFVF screening, if any, be owned, exclusively by the person submitting the vintage project,  AND NOT be under a lien or other encumbrance.

3. Mini Featurettes – in all genres

4. Shorts – in all genres.

5. Documentaries (feature, Mini Featurettes and short)

6. Animation (feature, Mini Featurette, short and all genres)

7. Foreign Language (feature, Mini Featurettes, short and all genres)

8. Art/Experimental (feature, Mini Featurettes/short)

9. Student Projects (feature, Mini Featurette, short and all genres)

10. Music Videos (less than 3-minutes in total running time – Any Genre except gangster or hate  music)

(((A music Video is defined as an artistic form of expression incorporating both storytelling and music as the central and focus of the medium. Original music and the interpretation of that music through a directed and visual story from beginning to end comprise a music video in the traditional sense of the definition.)))

11: Wedisodes (Projects less than 15-minutes in running time)

12. Drone Projects: (Projects less than 15-minutes in running time).

NOTE: The Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival reserves the right to reject your project based on its content that it deems to be inappropriate and/or offensive  for its viewers AND/OR deemed not in advancement with the goals and mission statement of this festival. The GCFVF does NOT discriminate based on race, religion, faith, color or political ideology.

BEFORE YOU OPEN AND FILL OUT THE 2017 ENTRY FORM

THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE TO THE FESTIVAL AS A “PACKAGE” ALONG WITH THE ENTRY FORM.

To ensure fairness, integrity and quality, the Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival has established a few requirements that will provide the festival with the necessary tools to make your experience with the GCFVF a memorable one.  Your project is important to YOU. It is also important to US and we want our followers and fans to share in the experience that is YOUR project. Most, if not all, of your submitted material will be the basis for information on our website.

Please send the following (except your DVD and your payment, unless payment is by PayPal) via email to:  HalWixon@aol.com   Subject:  Website Material

YOU MUST submit to the GCFVF:
A check-list can be found on the entry form as well.

1.  The original filled out PDF copy or hardcopy of the GCFVF official 2017 Entry Form, signed and dated.

2. A DVD of your completed and competition Project

(Be absolutely sure that it YOU DVD CAN BE PLAYED ON A DVD PLAYER and not just on your computer). We are not responsible if your project can NOT be shown.

3. A Brief Synopsis of the Film (email this)

4. Biography of the director, if possible with links to: Project website, Personal website,  production company website, IMDB link and project trailer (email this)

5. Cast List (email this)

6. A JPEG graphic of your movie poster with the title of the project on it?  NOT a thumbnail. (email this)

6. Film Credits, if you don’t have an IMDB page/link. (email this)

7. Your Payment (is non-refundable, even if your project is NOT screened or nominated)
All payments should be made to the order of “The Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival”.  Acceptable payments include Check,  Money Order or by the GCFVF PayPal account. If you live outside the U.S.A.,  please convert your payment to USD. PayPay email: halwixon@aol.com

THE OFFICIAL 2017 GCFVF ENTRY FORM:

(Movie/Film Submission)

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO OPEN THE FORM.  THIS FORM CAN BE FILLED OUT, YOUR INFORMATION CAN BE SAVED AND/or PRINTED.

Download the:   GCFVF-Houston 2017 Entry Form

NOTEThe service provider for this website does NOT support PDF Form Data Entry in order to:  1.  fill out the form online or  2.  to save the online form with your filled out data. However, there are OPTIONS.   PDF Instructions

LEGAL STUFF:

By entering the official Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival website at: www.GulfCoastFilmFest.com and by reading the information on the various pages on the website, by opening, signing, sending the official 2017 Entry Form and making a non-refundable payment to the Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival and submitting your project for consideration, you are entering a contract with the Festival and you hereby represent that you have read the rules, guidelines and/or requirements for submitting your project to the GCFVF.  You further, allow the GCFVF to present and duplicate your project for screening and allow the use of any and all pictures, videos, trailers, posters, information, press kits, about the project, its crew and actors for publicity and festival use. You further understand that submitting your project does NOT guarantee, expressed, implied or inferred, that the project will be screened or that the project will win an award and you understand that this festival is a judged competition and there is NO inference implied or otherwise that an award is presented until officially announced at the Presentation Award Gala and Dinner. You further hold harmless, the Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival, for screening and technical failures, loss or damage of submitted materials or scheduling conflicts and/or Failures, known and unknown.

AWARDS AND RIGHTS:

The Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival does NOT guarantee any entrant, in any way, shape or form the right to an award.  This is a competitive entry festival and only ONE winner per AWARD category will be announced and given an award if they meet the high caliber of movie-making skills that warrant recognition.  All entered projects will be viewed by chosen and selected industry professionals for judging. (The judges names are NOT released to the public or to entrants.) The criteria and merits are based on rank where a “bar” is set. All projects thereafter will meet or exceed that bar and will merit an award. 

Should NO project meet the criteria, NO award will be given for that Award category for that year. 

What is the Criteria? For the establishment of a competitive spirit, only the judges and the executive committee will know what criteria is being used and implemented for that particular year.  YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO FEEDBACK.

1. WHO WILL RECEIVE THE AWARD?

It is the goal of the Gulf Coast film & Video Festival to recognize the accomplishments of those that have merited an Award for their outstanding project.  Ordinarily, it is the “DIRECTOR” of the project that will receive an award with his/her name inscribed on the award’s plate in a winning category (unless otherwise noted). If the Director is NOT present at the awards presentation, the award will be given to the teams representative who will accept the award on behalf of the non-present member OR MAILED TO THE OFFICIAL CONTACT LISTED ON THE ENTRY FORM, if no one is present at the awards ceremony.  In case there are multiple “DIRECTORS” (two or more directors) for a single project,  no name will be inscribed on the award’s plate and the team member(s) present at the awards presentation will receive and accept the award as a group. If NO members of the team are present and/or NO directors are present at the ceremony, the Award WILL BE MAILED TO THE OFFICIAL CONTACT LISTED ON THE ENTRY FORM. ONLY one award per category will be given out.

2. WHAT IF THERE ARE MULTIPLE DIRECTORS AND I WANT MY AWARD?

If your project has multiple directors and no name is inscribed on the award, YOUR team will have to decide who will receive that particular award. However, you may purchase your own award (the exact award given out) inscribed with your name on the Award plate for a fee to cover the cost and postage of the award.  For duplicate awards with your name inscribed on the Award plate, request your award by emailing the director of the GCFVF, Mr. Hal Wixon, at HalWixon@aol.com or by calling Mr. Wixon at:  281-333-5804 for inquiries and for rates.

3. CAN I PURCHASE MY OWN AWARD IF I AM NOT THE DIRECTOR?

If your project wins an award from the Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival and you are NOT the Director, you are entitled to purchase and receive your own award with your name inscribed on the Award’s plate in recognition of YOUR efforts in completing this award-winning project. You may purchase your own award (the exact award given out) inscribed with your name on the Award plate for a fee to cover the cost and postage of the award.  For duplicate awards with your name inscribed on the Award plate, request your award by emailing the director of the GCFVF, Mr. Hal Wixon, at HalWixon@aol.com or by calling Mr. Wixon at:  281-333-5804 for inquiries and  for rates.

QUESTIONS?

Should you have ANY questions or concerns regarding ANY of the Rules, Guidelines or forms,  please feel free to contact the organizer and founder of the Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival, Mr. Hal Wixon at: HalWixon@aol.com or by calling Mr. Wixon at: 281.333.5804 between 9AM to 4PM Monday through Friday.

WE hope to see you at the festival. Bring your Camera!!!