2019 Entry Form and Regulations

BIFED – Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary


1. Dates

BIFED will take place between 9 – 13 October 2019 in Bozcaada. The Festival’s competition is open to documentary films inspired of environmental issues and produced after January 1st, 2015

2. Festival’s Mission

BIFED’s aim is to bring distinguished films on ecology (nature, human society, culture) from all around the world to Bozcaada, to unite the fields of arts and ecology and to award the most outstanding documentaries among the finalists.

Copies (flash discs, DVDs, cards, etc.) for the pre-selection process will not be returned, and they will be kept in the archive of BIFED. If requested, the copies will be returned at the film owner’s expenses.

3. Festival Sections/Awards

International Competition for Documentaries
International Student Competition for Documentaries (Gaia Student Award)
Panorama/Screening (non-competitive section with thematic focuses)

4. Material Requested

Submission form completed and undersigned by the copyright owner. The submission form is available on-line.
A copy of the submission form will automatically be sent to the Festival’s e-mail address. The submission of the submission form assumes the acceptance of all the rules hereby described. The films may be sent in the following ways:

A. Video links. Entrants may present password protected video-links by providing the link and password information in the submission form (time limited links have to be open until 15 July 2018).

B. Entrants may ship the DVD or Flash disc by post/courier: (DVD PAL -zone 0/2- in English or Turkish version).
Please write the title of the film and the name of the film director on the DVD or Flash disc screener media.

All documents requested must reach the Festival office until May 15th, 2019 at the following address:

Istanbul Bilgi University
Santralistanbul Kampüsü
Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santralı
Kazım Karabekir Cad. No: 2/13
34060 Eyüp İstanbul
Tel: (0212) 311 7571

For materials shipped from outside Turkey, please enclose customs declaration: “Without commercial value, for cultural purposes only.” Any shipments made incorrectly will be refused. Customs charges will not be covered by the Festival committee. Submitted materials will not be returned; all the DVD’s or other media received will be kept in the Festival’s archive.

5. Films admitted to the Festival

The applicant documentaries for the competition will be evaluated by an international selection committee and jury consisted of the international artists and professionals in the field of film, arts, ecology and environment and will be accepted for BIFED 2019 for its final judgement. The authors accepted for the competition will be informed until July 15th, 2019. The decisions of the selection committee & the jury are absolute.

BIFED has the right for a second public non-commercial screening of the productions after the festival to promote its primary aims specified above.

Technical requirements for the screening format:
Video specs:
H264 codec
15000-20000 kbps bitrate
AAC or Dolby with preferably 320Kbps bitrate or LPCM Audio

The films have to include English subtitles either optional (preferably) or embedded. Hearing impaired is not required. Additionally, the dialog-list/subtitle list in English has to be submitted.

6. Costs

Registration is free of charge.
The shipping costs of all materials sent are to be covered by the entrants.

7. Translations

All films in foreign languages will be subtitled. Turkish films are required to be subtitled in English. All Festival documents will be published in both English and Turkish.

8. Juries and prizes

Official prizes will be assigned by a qualified international jury, composed of at least five members, appointed by the Festival’s Direction. Awards or mentions may be announced during the Festival.

9. Agreement

The official Submission Form to the Festival constitutes unconditional agreement to all the regulations herein. BIFED Direction Board reserves the right to make decisions on matters not specified within the regulations.

BIFED – Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary
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