Conferences2021 Film Festival

Common Questions

This form answers common questions related to the Festival submissions process. Kindly read the common questions before submitting your treatment and film or script.

How do I submit my film or script?

Please submit your film and/or script to this email: filmfestival.group@bahaistudies.ca. You can provide the film and/or script via Vimeo, YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer, etc. If you have another file transfer service, you should feel free to use it to share your work with the Festival Team.

What is a treatment?

Please submit a treatment to indicate your intent to submit a film or script. The submission of the treatment will assist the festival team in programmatic planning. A treatment is a summary/outline of a film or script. It is usually written in prose and it goes over the story’s main plot points. For the purpose of the Festival, we ask that the treatment also include:

  1. Your name(s) and what city you are based in,
  2. What form and/or genre you are using,
  3. What state it will be in by Monday May 31, (i.e. a completed film or work-in-progress).

In addition to a traditional treatment, we ask that you write a brief statement about the connection between your work and the life of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, as expressed in the thematic statement.

Is the festival limited in terms of type or length of film?

Works are not limited to a specific type or film length, we welcome all genres and forms (i.e. documentary, animation, narrative, experimental, TV pilot, feature length, shorts).

What are the deadlines again?

Film or script treatment: Sunday April 11th 2021 by 11:59PM PST (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

Film or script submissions: Monday May 31 2021 by 11:59PM PST

If the film or script is complete you are free to submit it before the deadline.

Are the deadlines important?

Yes, deadlines are important as it gives the festival team a sense of the quantity of submissions and helps in the planning and programming of the festival. Please give attention to the submission of the treatment of your film or script.

Do I need to be a professional filmmaker to submit to the festival?

No, we encourage all who would like to contribute to use the medium of film to create and submit, while remaining mindful of the festival requirements found in the thematic statement.

Does the film or script need to have been made in 2021?

The film or script does not need to have been made in 2021. It does, however, need to be able to address the requirements made in the thematic statement.

What does work-in-progress mean?

A work-in-progress is a script or film which is still in development but is at a final stage. In film terms, there are no more scenes to be added, but the color correction or audio has not been finalized. In script terms, 3/5ths of the script needs to have been written.

What is meant by American and Canadian Societies?

By “American society” it is meant the States under the jurisdiction of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’is of the United States. Similarly, by “Canadian society” it refers to the provinces and territories under the jurisdiction of the National Spiritual Assembly of Canada.

What are the technical requirements for submitting a film?

Video Technical Requirements:

Are there technical requirements for submitting a script?

Script Technical Requirements:

  • Written in Standard Script format

The use of this script format does not have to be used at the treatment phase but must be used at the final deadline when submitting your work-in-progress or completed project. An example of a standard script format can be found at the following link:

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