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2013 Naperville Independent Film Festival now is accepting entries


Even before all the trophies had been awarded during closing ceremonies and the red carpet had been rolled up on September 22, 2012,  organizers of the Naperville Independent Film Festival had began soliciting submissions for the 2013 showcase of movies. The next 8-day film festival will run September 14-21, 2013, and now is the time to submit entries.

While some film makers  had the opportunity to be an “Official Selection” or get a “Nomination,”  ten others went on to win the NIFF trophy, explained Edmond Coisson, NIFF Founder and Executive Director, when he announced a new category for next year’s event that he anticipates will grow the event.

“Everyone at NIFF is hopeful independent film makers will continue to support this film festival with new projects,” he said.

Information on how to submit for NIFF 2013

A new category, “Mobile,” has been added to the mix. “Mobile” means any film shot with any device whose primary function is NOT a camera.  To fit into the new category, a film must not be less than one minute and no more than three minutes (See rules at www.naperfilmfest.org.)

NIFF also  is working on becoming an “Academy Qualified” Film Festival. When NIFF receives  confirmation, film makers will be notified.

Meanwhile, film makers can continue to  enter online “Withoutabox” at www.NaperFilmFest.org or  enter directly to NIFF by sending four  (working) DVD’s, and including the following information: Film Title; Category; Genre; State or Country of origin; TRT (total running time); Submitters name, phone number, and email; Director/Producer name, phone number and email; Address; Date of Submission; One line Synopsis; and Screenshot of Film.

The DVD’s and above information need to be emailed to both of these e-mail addresses: lou30@sbcglobal.net and edmondcoisson@yahoo.com.

If any of the information is incomplete, the submission will be rejected. Note also that screenplay submissions need three copies, including a Synopsis, mailed to: Naperville Independent Film Festival, 527 Delkir Court, Naperville, IL 60565.

The entry date began on October 3, 2012 and will continue until April 15, 2013, with four (4)  levels of cost, early submission being the best value. The entry fees can be found at www.NaperFilmFest.org, under “Got Film, enter your movies.”

Note  that  Early Bird submissions, (Oct. 2 to Dec. 15, 2012) must send the DVD’s to be received no later than two weeks after that Dec. 15 deadline, or the fee will increase to the next entry level fee.

Applicants who  have been chosen to be an Official Selection or a Nominated Film must send all pertinent material (screenshot) to Lou Ruiz via e-mail at lou30@sbcglobal.net for the Program Guide and Red Carpet Closing Night Awards Ceremony.

A Distribution company will be attending the Closing Night Ceremony on September 21, 2013.

NIFF 2012 Winners

Entrants to the 2012 NIFF had the opportunity to be an Official Selection or get a Nomination. Others won the NIFF trophy.

Coisson extended congratulations to the following 2012 Naperville Independent Film Festival Award Recipients:

Documentary Film – A Sisters Call – Kyle Tekiela/ Director

Director – Into the Wake – John Mossman

Short Film – The Small Assassin – Christopher J. Charles

Feature Film – A.L.F. – Lamothe Gauthier/Producer

Animated Film – Desperate Crossing – MinSeok Jeon/Producer

Student Produced – Election Day – Zach Wechter/Director

Actor – A.L.F. – Alexandre Laigner

Actress – Separation Anxiety – Kiana Harris

Screenplay – Moments by Erin R. Dalian

Music Video – “Forgiveness” by Yulianna

“We’re always looking for Features, Documentaries, Short Live Action, Animation, Music Videos and Screenplays,” said  Coisson. “We also love to premiere movies, so not only could your project be in the running for an award, but it could also be a Premiere Film.”

For information about premiering a film, e-mail Coisson at edmondcoisson@yahoo.com.

For information and periodic updates about the  Naperville Independent Film Festival, visit www.Naperfilmfest.org.


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