In this post, we present you the video interview with José Luís Rebordinos, Director of the San Sebastian Film Festival, in which, among other things, he offers a series of suggestions to the participants, if they want to win the awards.
José Luís Rebordinos, Director of the San Sebastian Film Festival since 2011, member of its management committee for the past 15 years, former Director of the San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival, and co-author of several books on Basque filmmakers, is one of the 10 members of the jury of this year's Festival, which includes renowned professionals from both the film industry and the NGO world.
The We Are Water Foundation had the opportunity to chat with José Luís and ask him about several topics related to the We Art Water Film Festival. You may watch the full interview, in the following video:
José Luís talks about his motivations for participating in this initiative led by the Foundation, as well as about the key role that cinema can play as a tool for educating, informing and transforming. In addition, he advises the participants to try to talk about nearby things, things that they know from the inside, with credibility and passion, their own experiences with water. Likewise, he also highlights that the short films in this kind of festivals are often used by major film studios and companies, for hiring emerging talent, and therefore, he believes that the festival is a very good platform if you are interested in working in the audiovisual sector. Moreover, he says that in order to be shortlisted, the films need to be credible, they have to transmit truth and passion and, if they are very short, they have to surprise the audience.
The Foundation is greatly honoured for having the participation of José Luís Rebordinos as a member of the jury of the Festival, and it greatly appreciates his participation and commitment.
Please remember that the submission deadline is approaching very quickly; you may submit your film until midnight March 31, 2014.
In this post, and based on recent comments and suggestions by the participants, we talk about the amendments and adjustments that the We Are Water Foundation has made to the rules of the present edition of the We Art Water Film Festival.
Amendments and adjustments to the rules of the second edition of the We Art Water Film Festival
During the past few weeks, the participants have sent us a few comments and suggestions regarding the rules of this second edition of the We Art Water Film Festival. The We Are Water Foundation, after thorough consideration of these comments and suggestions, has decided to make some adjustments to the rules of this competition, which we detail below:
1. Acceptance of short films: shooting and production date
The Festival will accept short films that have been shot and produced after the 1st of January 2010, as well as videos containing footage shot from this date onwards.
2. It is not mandatory that the films are original for the WAWFF
Audiovisual works presented in previous editions of the We Art Water Film Festival will not be accepted. However, we will accept films previously presented and screened in other festivals.
3. Rights of the We Are Water Foundation on the submitted short films
As a result of the mere submission of a short in any of the categories of this competition, the We Are Water Foundation acquires the worldwide rights over the public exhibition thereof, for the purposes of publishing it on the We Are Water Foundation’s website and in any other form that the Foundation deems fit, until 30 September 2014, with no obligation to remunerate its author(s) in any way.
4. The Foundation and the author(s) share the rights of the winning short films
With regard to those shorts that win prizes in any of the three categories or the public prize, the We Are Water Foundation also acquires, by the mere fact of awarding the prize(s), the rights to exploit said shorts for the maximum period permitted by law, worldwide, with no obligation to remunerate its author(s) in any way.
We Are Water shall hold said rights over the prizewinning shorts on a shared basis with their author(s), such that the exploitation rights may be exercised without distinction by the author(s) or by the Foundation. In exercising its exploitation rights, the We Are Water Foundation shall be entitled to exhibit the shorts to the public, to reproduce, in whole or in part, their images, sounds and/or texts and to assign them to any third parties for their exhibition and/or reproduction, in whole or in part, either free of charge or remunerated.
You may check the complete rules of the Festival here
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In the past few weeks, many of you have contacted us with similar doubts and questions regarding the videos and formats, and in general, about the organization and new features of this second edition of the Festival. In today's post, we are answering all those questions.
1. Who may participate in the Festival?
The WAWFF is an International Festival, and as such, we accept entries from any nationality. In order to participate, you must be at least 18 years old as of April 30, 2014. So whether you are from South America, India or Canada, you are all very welcome to participate. From the We Are Water Foundation, we hope that this international variety enriches the nature of the participating videos.
2. When is the submission deadline for the festival?
The submission deadline is open and active until midnight, March 31, 2014. Therefore, although there is enough time to make and complete your videos, we recommend that you allow yourself enough time for uploading the video on the Festival’s website, for any setbacks that might occur.
3. What duration and main characteristics should the videos meet in order to participate?
All short films, including those submitted to the Instagram category, must start and end with the official billboards provided in the legal bases.
The duration of the work should be between 1 and 3 minutes for the Micro-film/documentary and Animation categories (excluding the billboards); and between 10 and 15 seconds for the Instagram category.
The maximum weight of the video must be 100MB and it may be submitted in any YouTube-supported format, with a minimum acceptable resolution.
The language is open, but if it is different from English, then the short film must be subtitled in English.
You may find all the information here.
4. What category should I submit my short film to?
This year, the Festival has 3 different categories: Micro-documentary, Animation and Instagram. In case you have doubts regarding the category where you have to submit your short film, think that, if it is not an animated film and you have not shot it with the Instagram APP, you can submit it to the Micro-documentary category, whether it is fiction or not.
5. The new Instagram category
In order to submit your video to the Instagram category, you must shoot a short film using the Instagram App. You can download and install it very easily for free from the App Store (iOS) or from Google Play (Android). Moreover, although it is not required, we recommend that you use the hashtags of the Festival: #WAWFF, #WAWFFInstagram. This is a good way to share your video, and to give visibility to it, and therefore, potentially, to get more votes for winning the Audience Award.
Have we answered your doubts? Do you need more info? Please send us your questions and we will answer you shortly.
Agustí Villaronga, film director, screenwriter and actor, is the president of the jury of the second edition of the We Art Water Film Festival.
Agustí Villaronga, acclaimed filmmaker, awarded with the National Cinematography Award in 2011 and overall winner of the XXV edition of the Goya Awards for his film 'Pa Negre', is the president of the jury of this edition of the We Art Water Film Festival.
The We Are Water Foundation had the opportunity to talk to Agustí during the presentation of the Festival last September at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. You may watch the full interview here:
In summary, Agustí talks about his commitment and involvement with the initiative of the Foundation and the key role that movies can play as a way to give notoriety to global causes. Likewise, he was sincere and commented that it is very difficult for him to give advice to the participants, because based on his own experience, every person, every creator works on a problem or challenge in a very personal way. What he said also is that according to his understanding, the issues included in this year's Festival can be addressed in two ways: first, to merely spread the message, which means making people aware of the following problems - difficulty in accessing clean water and adequate sanitation, and secondly, to inform 'uninformed' people at a local level.
The Foundation is honored to have the participation of Agustí Villaronga as the president of the jury of the Festival, and it greatly appreciates his commitment and friendliness.
Remember that if you already have made your video you can submit it until the 31st of March 2014, before midnight. Do you have any questions or need more information? You will find all the details about the Festival here. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need help.
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