IV BAKU INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FILM FESTIVAL

October 11-14, 2017

REGULATIONS

§1. General Information

Baku International Tourism Film Festival (“BITFF”) – is an annual non-profit cultural event that takes place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan and international center of historical and cultural heritage.

The third edition of Baku International Tourism Film Festival will be held on October 11-14, 2017, at Baku.

The festival’s mission is to promote domestic and international tourism films. At the same time the festival seeks to help such material target the widest possible international audience. The entries who best contribute – through their content and artistic quality – to the development of domestic and international tourism – will be awarded.

BITFF is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

BITFF is the member of the International Committee of Tourism Film Festivals (CIFFT) based in Vienna, Austria.

§2. The Festival program

  • Main competition

  • Out-of-competition screening

Seminars, discussions and an exchange of experience between experts on tourism, artists and the press. Ancillary events, including expert sessions, social, cultural and commercial events.

There is no restriction to the length of a film.

§3. Applicants

Applications can be submitted by marketing and communication professionals from corporations and public relations agencies, services, public sector (ministries, city halls, public institutions), film producers and film makers, production companies, multimedia companies, TV stations and students.

To participate in the festival, the submitted material must be completed after January 1st, 2015.

§4. Deadline

The deadline for entries to the third edition of Baku International Tourism Film Festival is September 1, 2017.

§5. Online Entry Form

For submission please use the official entry form on the website (http://www.bitff.az/entry-form/) of Baku International Tourism Film Festival.

Every entry can only be submitted in one category. Entry forms should be received by September 1st, 2017. To complete the entry you have to add at least three stills of the film and one picture of the director.

§6. The Competition Categories

 

  • Country, region, city

  • Culture, tradition

  • Commercials

  • Ecotourism and outdoor tourism

  • TV Reports

All films produced by Azerbaijani production companies will compete also for the National Award.

The organizing committee of the Festival and The Jury may change the category of the submitted film.

§7. Media Format

 

For the audiovisual competition submissions can be made via DVD or FTP. The entrant is responsible for the technical quality of the film. Please note that for your upload via FTP no uncompressed files are allowed. Formats accepted: .wmv, .mov, .mpg2 or .mpg4.

FTP-server address: ftp.bitff.az, user:  u297485721.bitffaz, password: Festivale2016!

Language: Official languages of the Festival are Azerbaijani and English. If the film is not in Azerbaijani or English, we urge you to send a subtitled film in one of these two languages.

The completed and signed entry form of each presented film confirming the participation in BITFF, has to be received by the committee of BITFF no later than September 1, 2017.

At the same time all authors or producers who submit applications for participation in the main competition are obliged, besides sending the official statement by mail in writing and by e-mail, to send the following:

Synopsis, frames from the film, short biography, filmography and photo of the director, advertising and press materials.

Without these elements of the application won’t be considered valid and completed. They are necessary for creation of the catalog of the festival.

If deadlines aren’t observed or online demands aren’t completed properly the organizing committee of the Festival has the right not to consider the application. DVD copies presented to the selection commission for preview aren’t subject to return.

The festival reserves the right of selection of the presented films for out-of-competition screening.

The schedule of screening of films will be defined by BITFF organizing committee.

Please Note: Film DVD must be sent together with a completed, printed and signed entry form (no later than September 1, 2017) to

BAKU INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FILM FESTIVAL

“Salnamefilm” Studio.

Moscow ave, 1. AZ1012, Baku, Azerbaijan.

Phone:  +99412 4308687, +99412 4300418 (ex. 112 and 110).

Mobile: +99450 6483397.

e-mail: info@bitff.az

www.bitff.az

 

Note: All shipping costs, insurance, customs duties and handling fees for all entries must be prepaid by the sender. We cannot assume responsibility for customs clearance.

§8. Jury

The international Jury is formed of experts in filmmaking, mass media specialists, travel and tourism experts.

The jury is chaired by the Chairman. The jury does not give any explanation for its decision, and does not accept any claim.

§9. Awards

The international jury awards the following sets:

Grand Prix – diploma, award

The prize for each of the categories:

First Place – Golden Award – diploma, award

Second Place – Silver Award – diploma, award

Third Place – Bronze Award – diploma, award

Grand Prix and Awards of each category are given to the Directors of the films.

The Jury may not select any award of any category and also may select an additional entry for special recognition. The Jury does not give any explanation for decision.

Official sponsors of the Festival may also put forward recommendations for special awards.

NOTE: If you are not able to attend the Awards Gala the trophy will be sent to you per mail, in which case delivery and packaging must be paid by the recipient.

§10. Payment

To apply for Baku International Tourism Film Festival no payment will be charged.

The organizing committee of the Festival invites the award winners and special guests to the award ceremony and takes over the travel costs as well as the costs of the accommodation, for the duration of the festival.

§11. Promotion & Publicity

The entrant is required to assign the streaming rights for publicity purposes to the festival organizer, the rights for using the film or excerpts of the film for public viewing or for TV (during events or TV Programs promoting the Baku International Tourism Film Festival). In case you do not allow one of activities mentioned above, please inform us. The entrant bears all costs of copyright infringement that may occur through the publication of the film.