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No…Each festival is a separate entity. They do share the same name, but each festival exhibits a new batch of finalists. You can enter the same project into both festivals, but only during the call for entries period for each.
We accept any and all films of any genre. As long as the film has English subtitles, our screening committee will be glad to watch and determine if your film is right for FirstGlance.
No…The contest is well controlled and can only be accessed by those who register to be a part of the viewing and voting committee. The shorts are not distributed in a free or open platform like Youtube, and the shorts cannot be embedded or taken from the online theater site, making it as safe as if you showed it at the venue to an audience.
No…We will invite the shorts we feel could have been Official Selections, but time did not permit. Any short invited will be sent a separate email informing them. The filmmaker will have to accept the invitation of their short by signing a contract with our online theater provider and get them the specific deliverables in due time so the film can be promoted.
We accept any type or genre of film or video, whether it is controversial,avant-garde, experimental, mainstream, foreign, or domestic. We have no run-time limitations, and your project can originate on any format. Sex, nudity, gore, violence, and language are all permissible, however we will not accept pornography. If you have any questions about what category your project falls into, email us.
Unfortunately, FirstGlance lives by entry fees and if we make one exception, we must make many. This past year alone close to 500 filmmakers asked for waivers. It costs an extensive amount of money to run a festival. FirstGlance is a truly independent film festival which depends on the indie community to support its growth and without the fee, there is no festival.
Yes, to both…that is what makes FirstGlance a community. We love to see filmmakers moving on to bigger and better projects and honing their craft, and we hope that they include us in their festival circuit rounds. While your projects are growing so is FirstGlance.
Yes…we have only one restriction on the entry guidelines. An entry can be a Official Selection in both festivals within the year.
We are in the midst of negotiating both a distribution and a DVD authoring deal so that we can distribute a DVD of the winners, both online and in retail outlets. This will benefit not only the winners, but also the massive audience that can’t make the festivals.
Since we use a PO Box for our mail, UPS or Fedex will not deliver. The United States Postal Service is both reliable and fast and if you send Priority mail and delivery confirmation, we have had 100% satisfaction . Since our home office is quite small, we would much rather pick up all materials from the Post Office. Overseas entries, please see the Foreign entries page for more detailed information.