Canton Film

Canton Film strives to recognize and support the often-overlooked creative community of Northeast Ohio by providing educational resources, networking, and opportunities to showcase the work of independent artists and filmmakers.

Canton Film Fest 6 - April 27-29, 2017

2017 Canton Film Contest

Every entrant to the festival will receive a free 1 year digital subscription to Videomaker! Videomaker.com is an amazing website of educational resources to help you propel your film and video career forward. Videomaker empowers people to make video in a way that inspires, encourages and equips for success; we do this by building a community of readers, web visitors, viewers, attendees and marketers. Each month, thousands of people come to Videomaker.com to: Read the latest news and unbiased reviews Watch tips and techniques videos Post opinions about the technology and the consumer electronics they live with every day Learn from an objective source about the products and the technologies that are right for them. Videomaker.com

Every entrant to the festival will receive a free 1 year digital subscription to Videomaker!

Videomaker.com is an amazing website of educational resources to help you propel your film and video career forward. Videomaker empowers people to make video in a way that inspires, encourages and equips for success; we do this by building a community of readers, web visitors, viewers, attendees and marketers.

Each month, thousands of people come to Videomaker.com to:

Read the latest news and unbiased reviews

Watch tips and techniques videos

Post opinions about the technology and the consumer electronics they live with every day

Learn from an objective source about the products and the technologies that are right for them.

Videomaker.com

Stark Color Picture Prize

Reelate is proud to announce a new award - the STARK COLOR PICTURE PRIZE - which will be awarded  at the 2017 Canton Film Fest to the maker of a short documentary film focused on an individual who brings "color" to Stark County.

Reelate partnered with the Stark County District Library and Coming Together Stark County to award this prize.  The Stark County District Library and Coming Together Stark County have long been leaders in enabling, promoting  and developing Diversity initiatives here in Stark County.   

Our hope is that the short documentary films submitted to the 2017Canton Film Fest will reflect some of the richness and difference that defines who WE are here in Stark County.  These films will be screened here on reelate.org and will be archived at the Stark County District Library.

Categories

Documentary – Tell their story, whatever that story is. Documentaries can be about a person, place, event - anything really.
[Video 15 minutes or less.]

Horror – People love to be scared, so this is your chance to shine and take your audience on an odyssey of terror. One of the Canton Film Fest's most popular categories every year.
[Video 15 minutes or less.]

Action/Sci-Fi/Fantasy – Take the audience on an adventure by putting the hero through a series of challenges to save the day.
[Video 15 minutes or less.]

Music Video – Make the music come alive in a story by featuring original music from an artist or band.
[Video 10 minutes or less.]

Short Fiction/Drama - Use emotion, humor, and conflict as a way to show the characters at their best and worst.
[Video 15 minutes or less.]

Stark Color Picture Prize

General Rules

1. Entries must be submitted by the deadline date. Entries post-marked after that deadline date will not be considered for the program.
2. All works must be submitted online or on DVD for pre-screening. Please do not send film reels or original material.
3. Screeners will not be returned. Please do not send self-addressed stamped envelopes.
4. Short Films must not have had any commercial theatrical or television play in the US.
5. Music Videos must use original songs that you have been granted permission to use. No use of or remake of professional works will be considered.
6. If you want to replace your original submission with an upgraded version, you must submit a new DVD or get a Digital file to Cantonfilm.com clearly labeled with the entry number and “Replacement Copy”. Any judging that was done with the original submission will not be discarded. Any future judging will be done with the new copy.
7. The Canton Film Festival does not present sponsored works (such as training films or commercials produced for client). Only independently produced films and videos are appropriate for this competition. Artists must have final creative control over their work to be eligible.
8. Please make sure to read all of the terms and conditions.
9. All works selected must be available in finished form by April 1st, 2016 for inclusion in the festival.
10. You will not receive style points for fancy packaging. It is wasteful and costly to send DVDs in hard plastic covers. We encourage you to ship everything in paper sleeves.
11. Any prizes or awards due to any entry will be presented to the person or entity who submitted that entry.

Screening Requirements

If your film or music video is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the Festival will require: • An uncompressed High Quality Digital Video Format (For example, QuickTime Files on DVD DATA Disc or
Hard Drive) or on a Blu-Ray Disc. • Press kits with photo stills (color and black & white) • Headshots of Director(s) and Writer(s) • Biographies of Director(s) and Writer(s) • Film trailers, clip reels, posters, postcards, and EPKs, if available. (Needs to be Delivered 2 weeks prior to the festival).

Entry Fees

Payment in US dollars may be made by check or money order. Checks or money orders (from a US bank in US Dollars only) should be made payable to Canton Palace Theatre/Canton Film Festival. The film title must be clearly printed on all checks/money orders. Do not send cash. Submission Deadlines
Early Deadline March 1st, 2016 $25.00 per submission Regular & Final Deadline Final Deadline April 1st, 2016 $30.00 per submission

Labeling

For all submissions, include the title and running time on the DVD.

Multiple Entries

You may submit more than one film or music video, but each one must be on a separate DVD and must be accompanied by its own submission form and entry fee. Shipping All costs for shipping materials to and from the Canton Film Festival are the responsibility of the sender. Ship your DVD in a protective envelope. The Festival recommends bubble-pack envelopes over fiber-pack envelopes as the fiber type can lead to damaged DVD’s and DVD players. The Festival is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred in shipping.

Receipt of Entries

Email James @Cantonfilm.com
Note:
Films submitted to the festival may be used in a promotional DVD or future promotional materials.

Prizes

Each category will consist of a trophy and a prize of a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $500, depending upon the amount of submissions per category. A panel of judges will be chosen to vote on the award winning films in each category.

Additional sponsored awards & prizes will be announced in the future and posted on CantonFilm.com. There may be additional awards given at the prerogative of the staff of the Canton Film Festival. If we see something that stands out to us, we will give it the recognition we think it deserves. All awards, regardless of category will be paid to the person who submitted that winning entry. Dissemination will be the responsibility of that person as he/she sees fit.