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REGULATION FIPA 2017

PREAMBLE

Fipa, the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes, was created to recognise, honour and promote exceptional work in the audiovisual media and contribute to developing understanding of the audiovisual arts.

The Festival aims to encourage the production of high quality TV programmes around the world. 

The Board of Directors elected by the Association includes representatives from the following organisations: CNC (Centre National de la Cinématographie), SCAM (Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia), SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques), SACEM (Société des Auteurs Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique) ADAMI (Société Civile pour l’Administration des Droits des Artistes et Musiciens Interprètes), PROCIREP, the New Aquitaine Regional Council, and the City of Biarritz.

The 30th Fipa Festival will be held in Biarritz from Tuesday to Sunday, 24-29 January 2017.
 
The following regulations will apply exclusively to this year’s Festival.
 

FIPA SELECTION

1. ENTRIES
 
A. Deadline
The deadline for entries and receipt of programmes to be considered for selection is 18 November 2016
 
B. Categories
Participation is open to the following types of audiovisual programmes from various genres:
– Drama (standalone and mini series: 4 episodes maximum)
– Series (26 minutes and above)
– Documentary (over 45 minutes)
– Reportage and Investigation (over 45 minutes)
– Performing Arts (over 45 minutes)
– Transmedia, Web Programmes, VR… (Smart Fipa category)
Submitted programmes will be examined according to the designated categories. In special cases, the Board of Directors will determine the categories in which the programmes (from the selection) may be presented.
For programmes (that make the selection) consisting of several parts, the Board of Directors reserves the right not to screen the programme in its entirety.
 
C. Conditions of participation
The Board of Directors will select and invite entries under the supervision of the Artistic Director.
Unless the Board chooses to make an exception, only productions meeting the following criteria will be eligible for selection:
– Programmes must have been produced within the 12 months preceding the Festival;
– Only world premieres (programmes never previously screened/broadcast), international premieres (programmes only screened/broadcast in their country of origin), and European premieres will be eligible for the competition. Priority will be given to world premieres. (All other submissions will be assessed by the Board of Directors if necessary). This criterion doesn’t apply to Smart Fipa category.
– Programmes must be compatible with the aim of the Festival as defined in the preamble;
– Programmes in the drama category created primarily for theatrical film exhibition are not eligible.
 
D. Versions & Formats
Programmes can be submitted in French or English, or any other language with French/English subtitles.
 
For series, submissions must consist of at least 2 episodes.
 
Copies of programmes submissions:
– URL (with password valid until 24 January 2017) to be emailed to: inscriptions@fipa.tv
OR
– 2 DVD copies to be sent to: Fipa / Films Department – 14 rue Alexandre Parodi – 75010 Paris – France
 
To avoid delays or customs fees, international parcels containing DVDs should be labelled “for cultural use only”. If sending via international courier service, customs charges and other taxes must be paid by the sender (to be mentioned on the shipping invoice). 
 
DVDs of unsuccessful submissions will only be returned on request of the signatory of the submission. If DVDs are not claimed, they will be destroyed within 30 days of the end of the festival.
 
E. Entry fees
All submissions are subject to the payment of an entry fee. Entries are confirmed upon acknowledgement of receipt of admission fees.
Entry fees consist of:
– 30 € tax excl. – 36 € tax incl. for all transmedia, web programmes, VR… (Smart Fipa category)
– 70 € tax excl. – 84 € tax incl. for all standalone programmes (drama, documentary, reportage and investigation, and performing arts)
– 90 € tax excl. – 108 € tax incl. for series
Programmes entered and sent by 18 September 2016 will benefit from a reduction of 25% on the above fees.
 
2. SELECTIONS AND PRIZES
 
A. Selections
Fipa presents two selections featuring works from authorised submission categories (cf Fipa Selection – 1. B):
The competition comprises 6 categories:
– Drama
– Series
– Documentary
– Reportage and Investigation
– Performing Arts
– Smart Fipa
 
The out-of-competition selection: Panorama de la création

An out-of-competition selection of outstanding drama or documentary works, which may have been screened or broadcast previously.

 
B. Juries & Prizes
The juries and Presidents of the competitive categories are appointed by the Board of Directors. Each jury will include French and international members.  
The juries will vote by secret ballot. All decisions are taken by absolute majority.
The President and the Artistic Director of Fipa may be present at the deliberation of the juries, but they will not participate in the vote.
Individuals involved with a competing programme cannot be members of any jury.
List of prizes to be awarded in competition:
Drama:
Fipa d’Or
Fipa d’Or for Best Actor
Fipa d’Or for Best Actress
Fipa d’Or for Best Script
Fipa d’Or for Best Original Score
Series:
Fipa d’Or
Fipa d’Or for Best Actor
Fipa d’Or for Best Actress
Fipa d’Or for Best Script
Fipa d’Or for Best Original Score
Documentary:
Fipa d’Or
Reportage and Investigation:
Fipa d’Or
Performing Arts:
Fipa d’Or
Smart Fipa:
Fipa d’Or
Young Europeans Jury Prize
The Young European Jury consists of 13 French-speaking 15-18 year olds from across the European Union and awards this prize to a programme from the Reportage and Investigation category.
Télérama Prize
The Télérama Prize was established in 2012 and is awarded to a non-French work from the “Documentary”, “Reportage and Investigation”, or “Performing Arts” categories.
The prize money will be awarded during the closing ceremony.
The winning film will be available on streaming during 5 days in March 2017 on the Télérama’s website (geolocation is not available).
 
EuroFipa d’Honneur
Fipa will award the EuroFipa d’Honneur2017 to an individual for outstanding contribution to promoting the audiovisual arts.

The Prix du public (or People’s Choice award)
This prize was established in 2015 in association with TV5Monde, who fund the award and present it during the closing ceremony. Only French documentaries featured in the Panorama of Creation selection are eligible.

 
3. REQUIREMENTS OF SELECTED PROGRAMMES
 
A. Requirement during the Festival
Programmes cannot be withdrawn from the selection while the Festival is ongoing.
Programmes cannot be shown outside the Festival’s theatres before their official screening.
 
B. Material to be provided
– Selected programmes must be screened in their original version, subtitled in French or English. The version that is, or will be, screened in the country of origin is considered to be the original version. The Board of Directors will assess whether programmes that do not exactly correspond to this definition may still be included in the selection.
– Full documentation for each selected programme must be received by the Festival secretariat before December 16th, 2016.
– The final print (HD file) of each selected programme, subtitled in French or English, must be received before December 16th, 2016. If French is not the original language, a list of time-coded subtitles will be requested for electronic subtitling in English.
 
If prints of selected programmes are not received by December 16th, 2016, they cannot be screened.
 
Entrants must provide a DVD (with French subtitles if possible) of any programme featured in the competition or out-of-competition selections  for the Fipa archives.
Entrants must also provide extracts or clips under 3 minutes long, in the form of a DVD or HD file, for promotion on French and international TV channels.
 
C. Compulsory mentions
The rightholders of all audiovisual programmes screened at Fipa agree to include the Fipa logo on all promotional materials (press packs, websites, posters, trailers, etc). The logo can be downloaded from the Fipa website.
 
When prize-winning programmes are broadcast, a mention of the award(s) must be shown on screen before the opening credits. Rightholders agree to obtain this from their broadcaster(s).
 
For the Smart Fipa award, websites of selected and/or winning programmes must display the appropriate mention.
 
D. Library
In addition to being screened at the Festival event, programmes featured in the competition or out-of-competition selections can be viewed via the Fipa Library. This service will be exclusively available for Fipa Industry passholders and is accessible via secure platform.
 
E. Transport & insurance
Insurance and transport costs incurred while shipping the programme between the place of origin and the Fipa offices in Paris (in both directions) are payable by the programme owner.
 
Fipa will only pay storage fees and insurance costs for copies of programmes from the selection in official Fipa locations in Paris and Biarritz and during transport, in both directions, between the two cities.
 
Copies of programmes from the selection will only be returned upon request. Copies of programmes that are not reclaimed will be destroyed within 3 months of the end of the Festival.
 
In case of lost or damaged copies, Fipa is only liable to pay compensation up to the amount indicated by the programme’s production company on the application form, which must not exceed the value of the submitted programme.
 

NEW TALENT SELECTION

1. ENTRIES

A. Deadline
The deadline for programme entries for the New Talents selection is the 28-10-2016. There is no submission fee.

B. Conditions of participation
Schools and universities must submit between 10 and 20 programmes produced between 2014 and 2016. 
Programmes must have been made in the context of the directors’ studies.
The programmes may be of any genre (documentaries, dramas, animated films, clips or experimental films), and of any length. 

C. Versions & Formats
Programmes can be submitted in French or English, or any other language with French/English subtitles.
 
Print copies of programme submissions:
– 1 DVD copy
DVD to be sent to: Fipa/ Campus – 14 rue Alexandre Parodi – 75010 Paris – France 
– URL (and password if required) to view programmes on line via streaming
URL to be sent to: campus@fipa.tv
 
To avoid delays or customs fees, international parcels containing DVDs should be labelled “for cultural use only”. If sending via international courier service, customs charges and other taxes must be paid by the sender (to be mentioned on the shipping invoice). 
DVDs of unsuccessful submissions will only be returned on request of the signatory of the submission. If DVDs are not claimed, they will be destroyed within 30 days of the end of the festival.
 
2. SELECTION AND REQUIREMENTS
A. Requirements during the Festival

The selected school/university must arrange for at least two persons (crew, cast or school representative) to be in Biarritz during the event. Transportation and lodging will be communicated to each school/participant when the selection is announced.

Programmes cannot be withdrawn from the selection while the Festival is ongoing. 

B. Material to be provided
– Selected programmes must be screened in their original version, subtitled in English or French. The version that is, or will be, screened in the country of origin is considered to be the original version.
– The final print of each selected programme, subtitled in English or French, must be received before December 16th, 2016.
 
If prints of selected programmes are not received by December, 16th, 2016, they cannot be screened.
 

C. Transport & insurance
Insurance and transport costs incurred while shipping the programme between the place of origin and the Fipa offices in Paris (in both directions) are payable by the programme owner.

Fipa will only pay storage fees and insurance costs for copies of programmes from the selection in official Fipa locations in Paris and Biarritz and during transport, in both directions, between the two cities.

In case of lost or damaged copies, Fipa is only liable to pay compensation up to the amount indicated by the programme’s production company on the application form, which must not exceed the value of the submitted programme.

 3. PRIZES
Michel Mitrani Prize

In 1997, the Fipa Board of Directors created the Michel Mitrani Prize in memory of the Festival’s founder.

This prize rewards a work that is exceptional for its spirit of resistance, unique style or innovative approach, values dear to Michel Mitrani.

It is awarded to the best programme of any genre, presented in the New Talent selection that presents short films directed by young artists during their studies.

The award is funded and presented by France Télévisions. The jury is selected from the different societies of authors. The €5,000 prize will be awarded during the closing ceremony awards protocol.

Erasmus + Prize

The Erasmus + Prize is awarded to a European work of any genre, presented in the New Talent selection that presents short films directed by young artists during their studies.

It recognizes a young European director whose film exemplifies the creative vision of the Erasmus generation: the European values (open-mindedness, tolerance, solidarity), the day-to-day experiences of  young people (participation, education), with the belief that artistic expression is an important vehicle for broadening outlooks, facilitating expression and presenting a world that transcends political and social boundaries.

This prize will be awarded during the closing ceremony. The winning film will be available on streaming the month following the festival on the Agency Erasmus + website (European territory).

 
The President of the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes Association has the right to assess the validity of all entries not corresponding to the above regulations. In case of dispute, the French version of the regulations will take precedence.