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ANIMAFILM
Baku International Animation Festival

18-20.10.2019

REGULATIONS OF THE FESTIVAL

Founder and organizer of the festival
The founder and organizer of the festival ANIMAFILM is the Limited Liability Company "PERI FILM" (TIN 2004815851). Address: 5th building, house 2A, 2934th quarter, Sadıqcan str., apt.24, Khatai district, Baku, AZ1026, Azerbaijan

The status of the festival
II ANIMAFILM will be held from October 18 to October 20, 2019 in the capital of Azerbaijan - Baku.

Goals of the festival
The festival ANIMAFILM sets itself the following goals:
  1. To promote the development of animation art in Azerbaijan.
  2. To create a platform to screen animated films and exchange experiences between local and foreign animation film professionals.
  3. To promote the production of new Azerbaijani animated films.
  4. To promote the creation of potential international co-productions.

Organizing Committee
Management of the preparation and holding of the ANIMAFILM festival is carried out by the Organizing Committee, headed by the festival director. The structure of the Organizing Committee is formed by the director of the festival.

Selection Panel
The Organizing Committee appoints a Selection Panel consisting of independent professionals working in the field of animation and arts. The Panel selects films for the competitive and other programs among the works submitted for selection. The decisions of the Selection Panel are final. The Selection Panel reserves the right not to explain the reason for the refusal and not to comment.

Program
The festival program includes a competition program, a non-competition program, a program for professionals and an accompanying program.

The Organizing Committee determines the program and the order of screenings of animated films at the festival. The festival has the right to unlimited screenings of films included in the program without the written permission of the film's producer, its authorized representative and the owner of the rental rights.

On September 15, the program will be published on the website of the festival www.animafilm.az.

Competition program
The competition program includes the following categories:

  1. Best Short Animated Film (up to 20 minutes)
  2. Best Short Animated Film for Children (up to 10 minutes)
  3. Best Azerbaijani Short Animated Film (up to 20 minutes)
  4. Best original screenplay for a short animated film (up to 6000 characters)
  5. Audience Award.

Non-competition program
Non-competition program is compiled by the Organizing Committee and consists of the following sections:

  1. Thematic shows - this section is devoted to the main theme of the festival ANIMAFILM. In 2019 the theme of the festival is "Czech Animation".
  2. Retrospectives - the festival will hold a retrospective of the author, who was awarded the prize "For contribution to the Azerbaijani animation". Other retrospectives can be devoted to genres, certain animation techniques, animation schools, etc.
  3. Children's program - this section will present national and foreign animated films provided for the children's audience. A winner of the Best Short Animated Film for Children category will be determined by Kids Jury consisting of 5 children.

Professional program
The professional program is compiled by the Organizing Committee and includes:

  1. Business meetings on topical issues of modern animation, at which professionals intend to conduct an interactive discussion with the participation of representatives of the media and fans of animation films.
  2. Master classes on the types of animation films, where professionals will show basic knowledge on this art form. The main participants of the event will be children and adults who can make their own animated film.
  3. Lectures and seminars of professionals on the theme of animation.

Accompanying program
The accompanying program may include exhibitions, concerts, creative meetings and other events related to the art of animation films.

Conditions for accepting of animated films for participation in the competition program
To participate at the festival ANIMAFILM you need to fill submit your film or screenplay through FilmFreeway platform from March 23 to July 31, 2019 inclusive.
The film must comply with the following conditions:

  1. The film must be shot after January 1, 2018.
  2. More than 50% of the film must be an animation. There are no limitations in the animation techniques used in the film.
  3. One film can only participate in one category.
  4. Copyright of competitive films are regulated by international law. The participant (director, producer or other authorized person) who provides an animated film, declares that he is the copyright owner of the film and is authorized to screen the film at the festival.

II ANIMAFILM Baku International Animation Festival accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's biggest festival platform.

In 2019 symbolic submission fee should be paid via FilmFreeway internet platform.

The films in digital form with the technical parameters specified in the "Form of participation of the animation film" are accepted to be shown at the festival.

In 2019, a participant can send an unlimited number of works to the festival.

The Selection Panel has the right to independently determine the films submitted for the festival in a particular program, category or section, notifying the participant in advance.

All the films of the contest program will be shown in the original language with Azerbaijani and English subtitles. The authors must provide the English subtitles along with the film.

On August 31, 2019, the Selection Panel will announce films and screenplays chosen for participation in the contest program on the official website of the festival www.animafilm.az. The Organizing Committee will also inform the authors about the results of the selection and ask them to provide additional materials for the festival catalog (photos, information on the films, etc.)

The participant (director, producer or other authorized person) cannot recall the film from the participation of the ANIMAFILM festival after the film’s screening was officially announced on the website of the festival www.animafilm.az.

The conditions for accepting screenplays for participation in the festival
To participate in the category "The best original screenplay for a short animated film" of the competition program of the ANIMAFILM festival, you need to submit your film or screenplay through FilmFreeway platform from March 23 to July 31, 2019 inclusive. The script must comply with the following conditions:

  1. The script should be written after January 1, 2018.
  2. The script should be written specifically for a short animated film.
  3. The text of the script should not exceed 6000 characters.
  4. The screenplay should be in English or Azerbaijani languages.
  5. Copyright of competitive screenplays are regulated by international law. The participant (screenwriter or other authorized person) who provides a screenplay, declares that he is the copyright owner of the screenplay and is authorized to submit the screenplay at the festival.

Copyrights
The participant of the festival (director, producer or other authorized person), sending a film for the festival selection ANIMAFILM, agrees that the Organizing Committee has the right to:

  1. Unlimited number of public screenings of the animated film at the festival (October 18-20, 2019, Baku, Azerbaijan).
  2. Use of parts of the animated film in the festival promos, documentary films about the festival, television reports about the festival and other audiovisual products aimed at disseminating information on the festival.
  3. Use of shots and characters in the festival promotional materials (festival catalog, festival website, etc.).
  4. Create Azerbaijani and English subtitles or/and dubbing for the animated film.
  5. Store animated film in the archive of the festival.

Jury
The international jury is elected by the Organizing Committee.

International Jury consisting of 5 people selects the best films in the categories of Best Short Animated Film (up to 20 minutes) and Best Azerbaijani Short Animated Film (up to 20 minutes).

Special Kids Jury consisting of 5 children selects the winner in the category Best Short Animated Film for Children. The age of the children should be between 7 years to 17 years.

The Organizing Committee also elects a special jury consisting of 3 people who will determine the winner in the category Best original screenplay for a short animated film.

The winner of the Audience Award will be determined by audience, who can vote after each screening.

The jury cannot include people who participated in the creation of animated films, included in the contest program of the festival ANIMAFILM. All members of the jury undertake to refrain from public statements about the contest films before the closing of the festival.

The Organizing Committee and Selection Panel may attend the discussions of the jury, but they do not have the right to vote.

Awards
The jury awards the "Golden Boat" diploma prize for the best film in each category.

Organizing Committee of the festival awards a special prize Golden Boat for Contribution to Azerbaijani Animation.

NOTE: In 2018 Golden Boat award For Contribution to Azerbaijani Animation was awarded to Masud Panachi, director of famous Azerbaijani animated films “Tiq-Tiq hanym”, “Maiden Tower Legend” and many others.

The "Audience Award" is awarded based on the results of the audience vote. Counting of votes is carried out under the guidance of the Organizing Committee of the festival.

The 2st ANIMAFILM festival does not provide for cash prizes. During the organization of the festival, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to change this decision. In addition, the Organizing Committee has the right to allow sponsors to establish their own prizes.

Guests of the festival
Organizers of the festival ANIMAFILM in 2019 do not incur expenses of guests and participants of the festival. During the organization of the festival, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to change this decision regarding certain guests.

General Provisions
This regulation is made in Azerbaijani, English and Russian languages. In case of issues related to the interpretation of the text, the Azerbaijani version of the regulation remains decisive.

Participation in the festival ANIMAFILM implies the unconditional acceptance of the conditions and rules set out in this regulation. Any issues and disputes that arose during the preparation and holding of the festival will be decided by the organizer of the festival and in accordance with the current legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.