Submissions for the 2015 edition of the Global Visions Festival are now OPEN! Thank you for your interest in being a part of our festival – we’ll notify accepted filmmakers by March 31st, and we thank EVERYONE for submitting their films to us.





2015 Global Visions Film Festival Submission Regulations and Guidelines

Participation in the Global Visions Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of the following Guidelines and Regulations. Filmmakers are responsible for the accuracy of all submitted materials.

Important Dates

December 24, 2014: Early bird pricing deadline

Regular Submission Deadline: February 14, 2015

Extended Submission Deadline: February 28, 2015

*Please note The Festival will not view entries received after the Submission Deadline.

March 31, 2015 Notification of Official Selections

April 15, 2014 Deadline for receipt of exhibition prints (*unless otherwise arranged with programming departmenr*)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Global Visions Festival OPENING NIGHT

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Global Visions Festival CLOSING NIGHT & Awards Presentation


Global Visions Film Festival accepts submissions of documentaries and docudramas of all lengths for inclusion in the festival.

Requirements for eligibility for 2015 selection:

The film was completed after May 1, 2013, and was not previously submitted to GVF.

All applicable licenses and waivers of copyrights, moral rights, trademarks and other such intellectual property rights have been secured by the filmmaker(s).

All applicable legal waivers have been obtained from all participants.

Exhibition print(s) will be complete and available for screening in Edmonton between May 7 – 14, 2015.

Exhibition print must be available on 35mm, DCP, Blu-Ray, or DVD.

Feature length preview screeners PREFERABLY accepted as secure online links. We will also accept DVD preview screeners, but they must be labeled with title, director name and running time. DVD screeners will NOT be returned.

Short film preview screeners are accepted as secure online links ONLY.

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.

Shipping/mailing costs must be pre-paid, and insurance is recommended.

Submission packages must be post-marked with all applicable fees and enclosures by the deadline.

Priority will be given to films that have not screened in Edmonton before GVF, either theatrically or broadcast, and not available online for public viewing. Exceptions are at the discretion of the festival programming department.

Submission Costs:

Early bird Deadline of December 24, 2014:

Feature length films (70min +) $45

Mid-length films (21min – 69min) $25

Short films (20min and under) $15

Regular Deadline February 14, 2015:

Feature length films (70min +) $50

Mid-length films (21min – 69min) $30

Short films (20min and under) $20

EXTENDED Late Deadline February 28, 2015:

Feature length films (70min +) $60

Mid-length films (21min – 69min) $40

Short films (20min and under) $25

*Pre-entry submission fees are non-refundable. Mailed DVD screeners must be postmarked by submission Deadlines.

Local Filmmaker Fee Waiver

The Global Visions Festival is pleased to WAIVE FEES for all Alberta submissions. Proof must be provided for the following criteria used to determine eligibility: Albertan location, resident Albertan Writer, resident Albertan Producer, resident Albertan Director, Albertan funding source (with supporting documentation/letter).

Preference will be given to submissions that have not been distributed/screened theatrically or broadcast on television in Alberta prior to the 2015 Festival. All submissions are screened and evaluated by the GVF Programming Committee.  Designation of a selected film’s exhibition date(s), time(s), and location(s) is at the sole discretion of the Festival. The decisions of the Programmers are final. In addition, the entrant grants GVF the right to exhibit the selected film up to three times during the Festival, in addition to Press screenings (closed to the public).

Applicants will be notified by email regarding the results of the Festival’s selection process by March 31, 2015. Please do not contact the Programming Department regarding the status of your submission before that date.

Upon selection, participants will be contacted via email by the Program Director with specific shipping instructions.

Upon notification of selection, the entrant agrees to immediately supply GVF with publicity materials, and grants the Festival the right to utilize such materials for promotional purposes and to broadcast and/or screen clips.

The following is a list of materials required for each film once accepted at the Festival:

• Electronic press kit

• Film poster(s), hand bills, or associated collateral for Venue (*where available*)

• Select promotional clips and/or film trailer

• Additional promo screeners for Publicity

• (2) DVD backups, clean of watermarks and warnings, for projection backup

• (min. 3) High resolution promo image (min 300 dpi)

• Film website or trailer URL

Exhibition prints must arrive at the Festival office by April 15, 2015. Incoming shipping costs are the sole responsibility of the participant unless otherwise negotiated. Invited films must be shipped pre-paid, with all the necessary commercial invoices and customs paid, with return (or next festival) shipping information including the name of your preferred courier company and your account number.

Shipping of Exhibition Prints / Limitation of Liability and Indemnity Provisions

Although GVF will take every reasonable precaution for the safekeeping and proper handling of entry and exhibition materials, including the Exhibition Print(s), from the time of receipt to the time of release to the Applicant’s courier company or shipping agent, GVF shall not be liable to Applicant, his or her heirs, legal representatives, or dependents, or their respective assignees, for loss or damage to entry and exhibition materials arising out of the transportation to and from the Festival or the operations of GVF, its officers, directors, agents, successors and assigns.

Notwithstanding the above, GVF’s liability for claims, costs, losses, damages of any kind or any other cause, including but not limited to liability for any fundamental breach of this agreement or for patent or copyright infringement and regardless of the form of action, shall not exceed the fees paid hereunder for the submission to the Festival. The fees charged by GVF reflect the allocation of risk herein and the limited recourse to the Applicant provided for in this Agreement.

In addition, International participants should note that GVF will not assume responsibility for, nor will it accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage.

Finally, Applicant shall indemnify and hold GVF harmless of and from any and all claims, losses, liabilities (including negligence, tort and strict liability), damages, judgments, suits or legal proceedings, including court costs, expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees, related to the use by GVF of the entry and exhibition materials, including but not limited to any claim that the Applicant’s entry and exhibition materials violates the intellectual property rights of another party.

Accepted formats for exhibition:
35mm, DCP, Blu-Ray, DVD.

For more information on submissions please contact: info@globalvisionsfestival.com

Participation in the Global Visions Festival implies understanding and acceptance of the following Guidelines and Regulations. Filmmakers are responsible for the accuracy of all submitted materials.