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28 July 2011

Festival International du Film d'Amiens Screenplay Development Fund







16 years
58 scripts of feature lenght supported since 1996
31 accomplished films, 7 ongoing shooting, 16 in development
More than €490,000 granted
In 2011, one €7,000 grant plus four €10,000 grants

The support for the script development of the Amiens International Film Festival : financing the writing development of the best feature length script projects from the South
and analysing the pitch to optimise the results.

Screenplay development fund
The applications are analysed by a pre-selection committee composed by the persons in charge of the support fund, some members of the artistic committee of the Amiens International Film Festival and professional readers.

Around 15 to 20 projects are selected. Their authors/directors, and eventually their producer(s), pitch the story in front of an international professional jury – with high knowledge of co--producing with Southern countries – and an audience of professionals essentially composed of producers, distributors, financing organisms …

The five awarded screenplays are announced by the jury after the presentation of all the projects.
After pitching, in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the script project, meetings are proposed between the authors and the professionals attending the Amiens International Film Festival – among with the members of the Jury of the fund.

RULES 2011

1.PURPOSE
The 16th Screenplay Development Fund will take place within the scope of the 2011 Amiens International Film Festival for full-length fiction films and documentary of creation. With this fund, the Amiens International Film Festival organizers want to contribute to the promotion and development of films of authors from the South by allocating several development grants.

2.DATES
Several grants shall be awarded at the end of the works of the Screenplay Development Fund held on November 2011, 16 and 17th within the scope of the Amiens International Film Festival, in the conditions defined hereinafter.

3.APPLICATIONS
May apply their project of full-length fiction films and documentary of creation : confirmed directors (having made at least one full-length film) or directors proposed by a known producer from one of the following countries. Candidates may submit several projects, but only one project will be selected for the competition.
African countries : All
Countries of the Caribbean : All
Countries of the Indian ocean : All
South American countries : All
Asian countries : All (except Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan)
Near and middle East : All (except the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain)
Following countries of Central and East Europe : Albania, the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and the former Soviet republics of central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan).

Are eligible, only directors native from one of these countries.

France : May apply project(s) of full length fiction film or documentary of creation of confirmed directors (having made at least one full-length fiction film) or directors proposed by a known producer on condition that the project deals with the problems of integration and insertion in the French society.

Candidates may submit several projects, but only one project will be selected for the competition.

4.PROJECTS SELECTION
Only full-length fiction films intended for cinema release may compete. Directors wishing to compete must strictly provide for each project the following documents in 3 copies :

the entry form duly filled out
a summary of the film in 5 lines max.
a synopsis (2 to 4 pages) in French
the presentation of a few scenes from the film (10 to 15 pages) in French
a note of intention from the director (1 to 2 pages) in French
the director's curriculum vitae
a copy of the agreement of the author(s), if need be
screenplay development estimate
a simplified preliminary estimate
the preliminary financing plan specifying the partners - potential - you have (with copy of agreements signed or requested)
a copy or video extracts (DVD) of films made previously (minimum 10 minutes)

In 1 copy:
Copy of the agreement’s author
Director’s photography

Only files containing all the above shall be examined.

The candidate may also enclose, if he/she wishes (in 3 copies) :
the screenplay (in the form of dialogue continuity) in French, if a first version
is already ready
In no case the scenario can replace the treatment
the copies of the first agreements (actors, technicians...)
curriculum vitae of producer(s)
any additional documents the candidate may consider useful
(but only the documents the Festival organizers consider as essential
shall be submitted to the jury's appraisal)


5.DEADLINE FOR PROJECT ENTRY
The absolute deadline postmark for submitting your projects to the Amiens International Film Festival organizers is August 15th, 2011. Due to organizational reasons, none project entry will be accepted after this deadline.

6.EXAMINATION OF SELECTED PROJECTS, PROGRESS AND CONDITIONS
Amiens International Film Festival organizers will select fifteen to twenty out of all proposed
projects. A jury of professionals in the conditions provided for hereinafter will then examine these projects, the Amiens International Film Festival organizers will gather a jury of key figures known in the film, radio and television world as well as a public of professionals (producers, distributors, financing organisms,…) in particular) known for what they have done for Southern film-making.

The jurors will be informed of the selected projects 3 weeks before the contest held on November 2011, 16 and 17th , date at which the films will be examined and discussed. The directors and producers of these projects will be asked to support their film in front of the jury in the presence of a public of professionals.

The Amiens International Film Festival will pay for the director's stay (3 days maximum) and travel expenses so that he/she may present and support his/her project. If necessary, the Amiens international film Festival will also par for the producer’s stay (3 days maximum), but not for his/her travel expenses.
At the end of the discussions, the jury will award several projects and at least five grants, one €7,000 grant et four €10,000, given by the Groupama Gan Fundation for cinematography, the International Department of the French National Center for Cinema (CNC), the Moroccan National Center for Cinema (CCM), Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF, French-speaking communitiy agency), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then Venezuelan National Center for Cinema (CNAC) and Picardy Region. Other bodies may join the Screenplay Development Fund.
The Amiens International Film Festival and the jury of the Screenplay Development Fund reserve the right to award other grants. The names of the winners will be announced and the grants will be given out officially on November 2011 the 17th during the 31th Amiens International Film Festival.
All grants are awarded to directors. If the grant had to be paid to a third person, a writen agreement would be required.

7.OBLIGATIONS OF GRANT-WINNING PROJECTS
For all grant-winnning projects, the directors and producers undertake to :
- mention in the credits of the ended film as well as on all advertising documents : "this film received the support of the Amiens International FilmFestival - Screenplay Development Fund" and the Amiens International Film Festival logo. If not, the festival will ask for reimbursement of the grant.
- give Amiens, in agreement with the Festival, the exclusive showing rights for the first presentation of the film in France. (Unless the film has been selected by the Cannes Film Festival or obvious and argued requirements of commercial release on distant dates)

8.GENERAL POINTS
These rules are drafted in French and in English. In case of dispute, only the French text shall be deemed authentic. The Amiens International Film Festival reserves the right to take any decision related to questions that are not provided for in these rules, and may, notably, for serious reasons - the importance of which will be estimated by the Festival, cancel, delay, shorten or interrupt the progress of the contest, without any possible appeal. Applications to the Amiens International Film Festival Screenplay Development Fund imply the unconditional acceptance of these rules. The Amiens Civil Court is the sole competent court in case of dispute.

9.SUBMISSIONS
Dossiers must be sent to the Paris office of the Amiens International Film
Festival :
CINÉ-SUD PROMOTION
Thierry Lenouvel
130 rue de Turenne - 75003 Paris - France
Tel +33 1 44 54 54 77 - Fax +33 1 44 54 05 02
Email : thierry HYPERLINK "mailto:cinesud@noos.fr" cinesud@noos.fr

31TH AMIENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
11-20 november 2011

MCA – place Léon Gontier – 80 000 Amiens – France
tel. + 33 3 22 71 35 70 – Fax +33 3 22 92 53 04
e-mail : HYPERLINK "mailto:contact@filmfestamiens.org" contact@filmfestamiens.org
web site : HYPERLINK "http://www.filmfestamiens.org" www.filmfestamiens.org

31TH AMIENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
11-20 november 2011

MCA – place Léon Gontier – 80 000 Amiens – France
tel. + 33 3 22 71 35 70 – Fax +33 3 22 92 53 04
e-mail : HYPERLINK "mailto:contact@filmfestamiens.org" contact@filmfestamiens.org
web site : HYPERLINK "http://www.filmfestamiens.org" www.filmfestamiens.org

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