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2020 Top Dog Film Festival - Call for Submissions

In 2020 the Top Dog Film Festival will screen around 2 hours of the most inspirational, heart warming and entertaining films related to the dogs and their human companions from independent film makers around the globe.

IF YOUR FILM DOES NOT HAVE A RELEVANCE TO DOGS - PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IT! Only DOG related SHORT films under 40 minutes will be considered. Please read the categories of films we are looking for carefully to ensure your film fits our criteria.

The Top Dog Film Festival will include a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics relevant to dogs and their humans.

We are looking for a broad selection of films to fill a 2 hour program. We are searching for one longer film film (30mins to 40mins) and a number of short films (30 minutes and shorter) to make up our program.

In 2020 we plan on screening over 30 times around Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

Awards & Prizes

As a festival tour we pay a screening royalty each time your film is screened rather than a one off festival prize. This way you are rewarded each time our audience sees your film.

Rules & Terms

a. All entries will be viewed prior to the festival by a pre selection committee chaired by the Programming Director.
b. Finalists chosen by the committee will be viewed by the public at the Top Dog Film Festival.
c. Films selected for the tour will be announced June 2020.
d. Applicants must have the intellectual property rights and distribution rights to enter this film into the competition. Applicants must acquire the performing rights for any music contained in the film and provide evidence should it be required.

a. The dispatching of any entry to the film competition implies acceptance of all regulations by the Applicant.
b. Films produced prior to July 2017 will not be eligible for the competition.
c. Film makers from any country may enter the tour and are encouraged to attend the screenings.
d. Films may be of any length and submitted by both professional and amateur fimmakers.
e. Submission of films does not guarantee their screening at the Festival.
f. A screening fees will be paid calculated on the number of minutes screened on the tour. If your film is selected for the tour a screening fee contract will need to be signed by both the Applicant and the Festival.
g. A completed and signed entry form must accompany each film otherwise it can not be considered for inclusion.
h. Films in any language other than English MUST have English subtitles or be dubbed in English to be considered for inclusion.
i. All submissions will be retained by the Festival for selection and archival purposes and will not be returned.
j. The Applicant grants the Festival and its successors, licensees and assigns the right to copy the entry in its entirety to facilitate technical operations of the Festival Tour, in and through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised.

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Wednesday 22 January, 2020
Friday 3 April, 2020

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