General Rules
White Deer IFF hosts online rounds of bi-monthly filmmaking awards which culminate in an annual competition & screening event. To submit a film to our awards, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.
All films must be submitted in a digital format.
Non-English films must have English subtitles.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT:
1. Amateur videos i.e. films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/
captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD).
2. Pornography.
3. We do not currently accept scripts.

We reserve the right to disqualify films which feature a significant political agenda.
Film Lengths
Films of any length can be submitted to our festival, however, a couple of rules must be followed:
1. ‘East Midlands’ and ‘Main’ category films must be submitted to the correct time-based category, as per the following:
Feature films: this category is for films above 45:01 minutes in length.
Short Films: this category is for films between 5:01 and 45 minutes in length
Microshorts: this category is for films 5 minutes and below in length.
2. ‘Technical’ and ‘Genre’ entries MUST also enter the appropriate ‘Best Feature’ category (i.e. ‘Best East Midlands Feature’ or ‘Best Feature’) if their film has a runtime above 45 minutes.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE TIMEFRAMES OF EACH CATEGORY.
FILMS MUST BE ENTERED INTO THE CORRECT TIME CATEGORY, ELSE BE
AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED FROM SELECTION.

East Midlands Specifications
To qualify for the ‘East Midlands’ categories, your principle production crew must be based in an East Midlands, UK location (i.e. Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland). 
Applicants to the ‘East Midlands’ categories will have the option to "top-up" their entry by paying the remaining cost difference to qualify for the 'Main' categories. Once you have submitted to an 'East Midlands' category we can provide, on request, a waiver code which will allow a discounted entry into the equivalent 'Main' category i.e. 'Best East Midlands Microshort' would top-up to 'Best Microshort', 'Best East Midlands Short' would top-up to 'Best Short' & 'Best East Midlands Feature' would top-up to 'Best Feature'.
Submissions to any 'Technical' or 'Genre' category using this waiver code will not be counted.
'Technical' and 'Genre' categories are open to all applicants and do not feature a separate ‘East Midlands’ category. However, this may change if demand is seen to be high.

Online Bi-monthly award rounds
Our 2019/2020 bi-monthly rounds will run as follows: 
September/October, 
November/December,
 January/February,
 March/April,
 May/June,
 July/August
We will announce our bi-monthly winners after submissions close at the end of each round (i.e. in the following months  October, December, February, April, June, and August).​​​​​​​

Annual Competition & Screening Event
Winners from all bi-monthly rounds will be automatically entered into our annual competition. Here they will be judged alongside their fellow bi-monthly winners to potentially win an annual award and a White Deer IFF GOLD laurel.
Due to capacity, we are currently only able to invite winners from the bi-monthly 'East Midlands' and 'Main' categories to attend this event and see their entries screened. These annual winners will also be awarded certificates.​​​​​​​

Laurels
All bi-monthly official selections will receive a BRONZE bi-monthly laurel.
All bi-monthly round winners will receive a SILVER bi-monthly laurel.
All annual competition winners will receive a GOLD annual laurel.
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