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Open call FICMA 2019

The International Film with Alternative Media Festival (FICMA by its acronym in Spanish)
seeks to promote the creation of high quality films and audiovisual projects realized with
new digital narratives and new technologies such as smartphones, tablets, drones, GoPro
cameras, DSRL cameras, among others, as well as innovative and creative techniques.
FICMA’s fourth edition will be held from November 27 to 30th 2019 in Mexico City. This
year’s theme is the “transmedia storytelling”.
The registration and participation of any film or project implies the recognition of the
terms and conditions of the festival.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

 The regular and median registration will start from May 1st to July 31st 2019, with a
late registration extension from august 1st to 20th.
 The films in other language than Spanish are required to be subtitled either in
Spanish.
 In case the selected projects cannot have Spanish subtitles, the festival will provide
the service of subtitle. The cost will depend on the project and will be discussed with
the participant via e-mail.
 National and International filmmakers are allowed to participate with films produced
between 2017 and 2019.
 The registered films in all the categories must have been made with devices such as
smartphones, tablets, action cameras, drones, DSLR cameras, Blackmagic pocket,
Osmo, 360º cameras, Virtual reality and/or augmented reality technology, as well as
other alternative and original techniques.
 Films and Projects created with Red One, Scarlet X, Epic, Arri Alexa, Sony f6, 35mm,
16mm, or any other professional camera will not be accepted.
 Registered movies will have to clearly define the type of the device, camera or
creative media that were used for the film, proving it by sending photos, stills or
backstage videos.

CATEGORIES

INTERNATIONAL SECTION

Global guidelines
 Fiction Feature Film: Productions with a minimum length of 45 minutes and
maximum of 120 minutes, including final credits. Free theme.
 Fiction Short Film: Productions with a minimum length of 1 minute and a maximum of
30 minutes, including final credits. Free theme.
 Documentary Feature Film: Productions with a minimum length of 45 minutes and
maximum of 120 minutes, including final credits. Free theme.
 Documentary Short Film: Productions with a minimum length of 1 minute and a
maximum of 30 minutes, including final credits. Free theme.
 Fiction Smartphone Short Film: Short film created exclusively with smartphones of a
minimum length of 1 minute and a maximum of 20 minutes, including final credits.
Free theme.

New Digital Narratives
 Digital animation Short Film: Productions created with non-conventional digital
animation methods or media, with a minimum length of 1 minute and a maximum of
30 minutes, including final credits. Free theme.
 Experimental Short Film: Projects created with non-conventional or abstract
narrative methods seeking the expression through the utilization of new symbolisms
and alternative resources that express concepts and experiences that fulfill the
requirements of no using professional cameras. With a minimum length of 1 minute
and a maximum of 30 minutes including final credits. Free theme. Dance videos,
artistic and theatre performances will not be accepted.
 Online Short Film, fiction or documentary: Films that will be broadcasted exclusively
on the online festival platforms such as YouTube or Facebook, for a period of 10 days
starting on the opening day. These films must have a minimum length of 1 minute and
a maximum of 30 minutes. Free theme. The producers registered in this category
must agree that their films will exclusively be displayed on the websites and social
media of the festival, accepting, agreeing and recognizing the terms of the category.
Once they are selected, they won’t be able to withdraw their films from the
platforms. with English or Spanish subtitles.
 Virtual Reality, 360º video, Augmented Reality and mixed Short Films: Projects
created with 360º, VR, and AR technologies with a minimum length of 1 minute and a

maximum of 20 minutes, including final credits. Free theme. These projects must be
uploaded to the filmfreeway platform with a Youtube or Vimeo link, with the
requirements recommended by such platforms. The viewing of the 360º, VR, and AR
short films must be able to be played in any device with gyroscope and/or viewfinder.
With Spanish or English subtitles.

New Media and Pop Culture
 Transmedia: Projects of transmedia storytelling having a minimum of 3
communication platforms, one of them must be an audiovisual media such as full
length film, short film, videogame, web series, book, comic, social media, etcetera.
The projects must fulfill the rules of transmedia. The participants must send a PDF
document with a description the project, attaching the viewing or links to the
audiovisual section of the project and the file in FILMFREEWAY platform, in Spanish or
English language, subtitles or translation.
 One minute short for social networks, fiction or documentary: Mini short created to
be seen only on social media such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, among
others, with a maximum length of 1 minute, including final credits. Free theme. With
Spanish or English subtitles.
 Webseries: Internet series. Only one episode or pilot will be accepted. It must
represent and describe the best of the show storyline. With subtitles in Spanish or
English.
 Mobile phone’s apps: Practical and innovative Apps for mobile devices will be
accepted. Free theme. A video with a maximum of 5 minutes must be sent, showing
the description of the app and the user’s reviews. In English or Spanish language or
translation.
 Videogames: Console or smartphone’s videogames with innovative and creative
content will be accepted. The participants in this category must send a trailer of the
videogame describing its plot. In English or Spanish language or subtitiles.
 Music Video: Music videos with a high-quality narrative will be accepted, with a
maximum length of 15 minutes. With English or Spanish subtitles.
 Digital Comic: Comic created or scanned by digital media. Only one volume per comic
will be accepted that’s is representative of the best of the history. In English or
Spanish language or translation.

MEXICAN SECTION.

Mexican Audiovisual Narrators

Mexican productions created exclusively with smartphones, GoPro, DSLR cameras, drones,
Blackmagic pocket and Osmo cameras.

 Fictional Mexican Short film: Mexican films with a minimum length of 1 minute and a
maximum of 30 minutes, including final credits. Free theme.
 Mexican Documentary Short film: Mexican films with a minimum length of 1 minute
and a maximum of 30 minutes, including final credits. Free theme.
 Collegial Short film (Fiction or Documentary): Mexican productions created by
college students enrolled in a major of cinematography, communication studies, or
related. Participants must prove their enrollment with a valid document issued by the
University, College or Institution. The project must have a minimum length of 1
minute and a maximum of 30 minutes, including final credits. Free theme.
Note: Mexican producers willing to participate in full-length categories (fiction and documentary),
animated short film, experimental short film, 360º, VR, AR, transmedia narrative projects or any
other category, can register only if they fulfill the conditions on the allowed devices, specified in
each category.

CONDITIONS AND FEES

 The registration will start on May 1 st 2019. We will receive the projects until July 31 st

  1. Late registration extension will be accepted from August 1 st to 20 th 2019.
     International Registrations in May and June will be free. Starting on July 1 st 2019, a
    late fee registration of $12.00 USD will be charged for international full-length films
    and $5.00 USD for international short films.
     From August 1 st to 15 th the fees will be raised to $12.00 USD for short films and
    $20.00 USD for full-length films (late registration extension).
     Mexican categories will be free until July 31 st . After this date, a fee of $10.00 USD will
    be charged per project. No exemptions.
     The online category registration will be free until July 31 st .
     Categories under New Media and Pop Culture will have free registration from May 1 st
    to June 30 th . A fee of $5.00 USD will be charged from July 1 st to 31 st in all categories.
    Late registration fee from August 1 st to 18 th will be of $10.00 USD per project.
     ONLINE CATEGORIES: Participants in these categories must accept that their short
    films and projects will only be broadcasted in the festival website and social media,
    understanding that they are not allowed to withdraw their films once they are
    selected. The online categories registration will be free and it will end on July 31 st .

 The participants will only register and pay their fees through the FILMFREEWAY
platform, in which it is mandatory to have the download option active with a link and
a password.
 The viewing and downloading format is MP4 1920 x 1080 full HD WITHOUT
WATERMARK, or the best quality that their device or camera allows. Physical copies
will not be accepted.
 Participants can register one or more films or projects in all categories. There is no
limit on the amount of projects registered per participant.
 Advertising spots, corporate or governmental videos are not allowed.
 Once the project and/or film is registered and selected for its screening in the festival,
such films and projects will be part of the selection for the FICMA 2019 screening and
it will not be removed or cancelled form the final program.
 It is mandatory that the participants deliver a digital press kit containing the film stills,
a director’s photo, a film poster, photographs of the production, all with 300dpi, in jpg
or tiff format; and a trailer (optional) in the FILMFREEWAY platform, where the
material can be downloaded.
 In case of any question, please send an email to: info@ficmafest.org

SELECTION AND DISPLAY

 The organizing committee will evaluate the registered films and will choose the best
projects in each category to form the official selection and final contests of FICMA
2019.
 In order to select the projects and films, the committee will evaluate the content
taking into account the production (script, film directing, photography, edition, image
quality), the devices used to create the film, the use of alternative technologies,
creativity and innovation.
 The participants registering a film must be the authors of the work and owners of the
moral and property rights. The participants must demarcate the Festival from any
responsibility before any possible claim of copyright from a third party.
 The films selected to be part of the official selection will become part of the FICMA
video library, which will be promoted exclusively with artistic and cultural purposes.
 The official selection results will be announced on October 22 th 2019 on the Festival’s
digital platforms and social media. The selected participants will be notified by e-mail.
 The organizers will use fragments of the movies to promote the festival.
 The films being part of the official selection will be part of an itinerant exhibition and
film season in agreement with other festivals and institutions.
 The festival will not pay for the exhibition rights of the participant films during neither
the official selection nor the competence.
 The organizing committee will set the exhibition schedule in the different venues of
the festival.

JURY AND AWARDS

 The jury will consist of professionals in the cinematography, culture and technology
industry, and their decision will not be subject to appeal.
 The winners in the different categories and the honorable mentions will be
announced on the last day of the Festival, during the closing ceremony and through
the Festival’s website and social media. These participants will also be notified by e-
mail.
 The FICMA committee and organizing members will not be part of the jury and are
not allowed to participate.
 The official FICMA awards consist in: a national and international award with a
printed and digital certificate, as well as prizes given by our sponsors in some
categories, which will be announced through the Festival’s website and social media.
 The Festival has the right to award with an honorable mention those projects and
films that are considered worthy.

The registration and participation of a film implies the full recognition and acceptance of
this terms and conditions.

The organizing committee will resolve any unexpected matter in this open call. For further
information please send an email to: info@ficmafest.org

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