Mission

The Dot Independent Film Festival of Los Angeles is a transmedia festival for a new generation of visual storytellers. It is a student led initia­tive to form collaborative relationships between film schools by using technology to develop an international community that embraces the evolving film industry. The festival is completely comprised of and led by students with an emphasis on innovation. It is necessary to change the way we think as filmmakers in order to reinvigorate the film indus­try. Originality is born from necessity.

Vision

: Highlight and showcase young filmmaker talent

: Promote collaboration and networking between students from different film schools

: Create a sense of community between film students

: Connect film students with industry professionals

Speakers

I wish they had a festival like this when I was in film school.

— Zack Snyder

Greg_Silverman Greg Silverman

Greg Silverman is the President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros. Pictures. He has full oversight of Warner Bros. Pictures’ development activities, global production and budget. Prior to his current post, Silverman served as President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures for two years, after various senior positions within the Pictures Group, including Executive Vice President, Creative Development and Production, where he shepherded the enormously successful and critically acclaimed 300, The Dark Knight, The Hangover and the global phenomenon Inception, among other films.

Tom Kuntz Tom Kuntz

Tom Kuntz  is a filmmaker who is most known for his unique television commercials and music videos, which either have colorful settings, time-lapse photography or wildly eccentric humans. He has enjoyed multiple nominations for the honor of ‘Best Commercial Director of the Year’ by the DGA (Directors Guild of America; 2007, 2009, 2010) In January 2010, Kuntz won the DGA Award and in August 2010, Kuntz’s Old Spice “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” spot won the Emmy for ‘”Commercial of the Year.”

tarsem-singh Tarsem

Indian director Tarsem studied business at Harvard before attending the Art Center College of Design. He’s an award winning music video director of many notable celebrities including R.E.M.’s ‘Losing My Religion’. His films include The Cell (2000), The Fall (2006), Immortals (2011) and Mirror Mirror (2012).

Judges

Dylan Lee has been a writer for Wieden+Kennedy since 1999 and has been working on projects for Nike, Coca-Cola, Powerade, Target and many more.

Paul Guay conceived and co-wrote Liar Liar (1997), at the time of it’s release teh sixth-highest-grossing comedy in history, the second-highest-grossing film of Jim Carrey’s career, and Imagine’s highest-grossing film ever.

Eric Heisserer is a writer, known for The Thing (2011), Final Destination 5 (2011) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). He made his directorial debut with the film Hours (2013), starring Paul Walker.

Gan Chao has directed 5 documentaries and has received awards internationally amongst others was honored by the China’s Broadcast and Television Academy as Best Documentary Director of the Year. He is working as the senior director and producer at the Documentary Channel of Shanghai Media Group and general manager of the channel and DocuChina Co., Ltd.

Charles Unger’s filmmaking career began at the age of 12, when he wrote a spec script for the TV Anime series, Battle of the Planets, since then he has been working as a director, writer and editor. He has written, directed and produced two feature films. Mr. Lucke (2002) and Come Together (2008) and edited Farrah’s Story, the NBC TV documentary about Farrah Fawcett’s fight with cancer, which was the highest-rated prime-time documentary of 2009.

Manfredi Mancuso is an Italian Film Critic and Journalist with a MA in Filmmaking from The London Film School. He has been working as a member of the jury for collateral awards or as a film selection committee member on numerous Film Festivals around the world.

Stefan Pavlovic is a young and talented dutch director. After graduating from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Film and doing some personal work, he started working as Tom Kuntz assistant for MJZ.

Howard Heard graduated from UCLA with a BA in Motion Pictures / TV Production and has been a film editor for more than thirty years, working on forty-five features, including Risky Business and My Favorite Year, more than fifty hours of prime time episodic television including Beverly Hills 90210, pilots, miniseries, four documentaries, and other short films and commercials.

Rafael Francisco moved to LA at age 18 to pursue an acting career. He took on small roles while working for talent and casting agents. Rafael landed his break at Sony and Marvels Studios working on several projects such as Iron Man 2 and The Green Hornet. After a few years working in the industry he moved back to New York area to pursue a career in production.

Megan Webster has worked as an actor and teaching artist for American Players Theatre, Next Act, Theatre X, Shanghai Theatre Center and La Jolla Playhouse to name a few. Her creative consultancy firm, The Oddbird, coaches professionals in the business sector as well as film and television and has helped to cast over 400 commercials and films.

Rebecca Cremona is one of Malta’s finest young directors. After graduating with a BA from University of Warwick in Film and Comparative literature and a MA in Broadcast Cinema at Art Center College of Design, she was working in the development division of the prestigious Kennedy/Marshall company.  Her short film Magdalene garnered a Directors’s Guild of America jury prize as well as other accolades.

Leslie Lucey is an award winning writer and producer, who graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design. This is were she produced the short film Magdalene, which won a DGA student Jury Prize, an honorable mention at the College Television Emmy Awards and was picked up for distribution by Shorts International at the Short Film Corner at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Together with Rebecca Cremona, she produced Simshar (2014), Malta’s first ever Oscar submission for 2015 in the Foreign Language Category. At the moment she is a staff line producer at Digital Kitchen.


Calendar

Festival Date | June 07, 2014

Submissions Open | March 10, 2014

Free Submissions Deadline | April 07, 2014

Location

Art Center College of Design
Hillside Campus
1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

Located on 175 wooded acres in Pasadena, Hillside Campus has been home to Art Center since 1976. The main building is a dramatic postmodern steel-and-glass bridge structure spanning an arroyo in the San Rafael Hills, just above the Rose Bowl. Designed by Craig Ellwood Associates, it has been designated a local historical landmark by the City of Pasadena.

Ahmanson Auditorium – Main Event
This 400-seat facility is used for screening student films, as well as shorts and features from faculty and guest directors. It’s also host to a wide range of stage productions, concerts, speakers and multi-media events.

Cafe – Food, Pazzazz booths, Networking
The newly remodeled Cafeteria at the Hillside Campus is operated by Sodexo, an independent contractor providing food and management services. The Cafeteria is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks with seating available in the Student Dining Room and outside patios.

L.A. Times Media Center
This unique and intimate 75-seat venue is used for lectures from leaders in the film and design communities, multi-media presentations, community art group programs and special events.

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Travel Info

-Travel info (Public transportation options, hotels in pasadena, local restaurants, and points of interest)

Free Parking -
For our guests looking for the best value in parking and have a bit more flexibility in when and where they park, Art Center College offers a whole variety of free, secure parking.

Airports:
LAX : http://www.lawa.org/welcomelax.aspx
Burbank Airport: http://www.burbankairport.com/

Hotels:

Courtyard Pasadena / Old Town
180 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Distance: 2.6 miles

(626) 403-7600
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxot-courtyard-los-angeles-pasadena-old-town/

Schedule

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Contact

If you have any questions or want to get involved please email us.

Info@DIFFLA.org

Requirements

Eligibility:

Any undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at any tertiary level college from any country,
or an alumnus who has graduated from that institution within the last year.

Categories and Maximum Length:

Narrative – 15 minutes
Documentary – 10 minutes
Music Video – 5 minutes
Commercial/ PSA – 3 minutes
Experimental/Animation – 5 Minutes

*All submissions are to be online via a Vimeo or YouTube link.
A copy of your Student ID is required. If your ID does not have a date or expiration listed, a screenshot of your class schedule or any other means to show that you are currently a student (or 1 year graduated alumnus) will be necessary.

Deadline:

All film submissions must be turned in no later than April 21st 2014.

Receipt Acknowledgment:

You will be notified via email after we have received your film.

Submit

DIFF|LA is an international film festival, and we welcome submissions from all around the world.
There are two ways you can submit to DIFF|LA.

1. Vimeo or Youtube link

Please send us the Vimeo or YouTube link to submit@diffla.org.

The category of your piece should be clearly indicated in the subject of your email.
Along with the link, please include the following information:
We need your name, school name, year level in school, your crew position and contact number.

Don’t forget to send us a copy of your Student ID is required. If your ID does not have a date or expiration listed, a screenshot of your class schedule or any other means to show that you are currently a student (or 1 year graduated alumnus) will be necessary.

2. WithoutaBox

You may submit by using the service from Withoutabox. Click on the image below and follow the instructions.
**Withoutabox logos are trademarks of Withoutabox, a DBA of IMDb.com Inc. or its affiliates.

Please read the Submission Requirements before sending.

Terms and Conditions:

Any material, information or other communication you transmit or post to this Site (“Communications”) will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. DIFF LA will have no obligations with respect to the Communications. You will grant DIFF LA and its designees a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display throughout the world in any media the Communications and all data, images, sounds, text, and other things embodied therein for any and all commercial or non-commercial purposes. You are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from this Site an unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or other material that would violate any law. DIFF LA reserves the right (but not the obligation) to remove or edit such content. If you submit a filmmaker profile or any other personal information that is made public on our site, you will not hold DIFF LA responsible for any outcomes or damages caused by information seen. You may delete your profile at any time, but DIFF LA will not be responsible for a delay in removing all public data. If you have questions or concerns please contact us at: submit@diffla.org

FAQ

APPLICATION

We’ve all been there. Students sometimes need to make due with certain resources and are forced to take certain shortcuts but that is no reason to be careless! Please take the steps needed in advance to make sure that all the guidelines for submission are being met. No need to be hasty, please read our FAQ and Submission Regulations before submitting. We’re all in the same boat and are here if there are any questions or concerns. Please contact us if further information is needed.

1. How do I submit my film to DIFF | LA?

To submit your film to DIFF | LA, you will have to send an email to submit@diffla.org with all the information and attachments written in the submissions section. Please review the Rules and Regulations carefully prior to completing the online entry form.

Or click on the link to Withoutabox and submit through their website.

2. Can you mail or fax me a submissions form?

No. We are only accepting online applications through our website at www.DIFFLA.org

 

DEADLINES and FEES

3. What are the submissions deadline and fees for DIFF | LA 2014?

Monday, April 21st, 2014, 6PM PST

4. How can I pay the submissions fee?

Submissions are FREE and your film will be accepted as long as you abide by all of the rules. You just have to submit your movie according to the rules.

5. What if I submit after the deadline?

Your submission will be invalid and your film won’t be judged.

 

FILM SUBMISSIONS

6. If I have already sent out the email, can I send another email with corrections?

Please try to send us the complete and correct information in your submission. If you need to change any information you have provided us with, you must email: submit@diffla.org.

7. Can I submit a film that is a trailer or work-in-progress?

No. We will not be able to consider your film if you send in a trailer or work-in-progress film. We are only accepting finished films.

8. What is your preferred format for submission?

If you are submitting your film over our email, a link to Vimeo or YouTube (which can be set to private, if you provide us with your password) is enough for the selection process. It is optional to include a press kit, which would include director’s bio, posters and stills of the film. Otherwise we also accept submissions through Withoutabox, to which you can get over the link in the submissions section. We accept films in the NTSC format and do not currently accept the PAL format. Please be sure you submit your films in the approved format of NTSC or else your film may not be considered for selection. Once selected, we will ask for a high resolution file to screen the film at the event.

9. What should I include with my submission?

With your film, you must send a copy of your student ID/proof of graduation to verify your eligibility. Also include your full name and position in the film. It is requested to also send a list of the rest of the crew, but not required. It is optional to include a press kit with film stills, posters and director’s bio.

10. Is there a tracking number for submission?

No. We do not provide tracking numbers for submissions directly over our email. Only submissions over Withoutabox will receive a tracking number, to match their online submission to their email.

11. Where do I send my entry materials?

You may submit your materials digitally to submit@diffla.org or through the WithoutABox website.

12. Do I have to obtain rights and clearances for the music or other copyrighted material included in my film?

Yes, you must possess the rights to use all intellectual property included in your film. Please review the Rules and Regulations carefully.

13. What happens if my link to Vimeo or YouTube doesn’t play right?

If your link doesn’t play right, we will contact you to request another upload of your film . However, if we don’t get a working link replaced in time, we must give preference to those who provide us with a viewable film. For this reason, we ask that you check the link yourself and recheck by sending the link to others to make absolutely certain that your film plays properly in its entirety, before you submit to us.

 

REQUIREMENTS + ELIGIBLITY

14. How do I know if my film is eligible for consideration?

Please refer to our rules and regulations for complete eligibility rules.

 

FILM SECTIONS

15. Can I choose the film section I want to submit to?

No. When you submit your film, you can choose between the following: Narrative Short, Documentary, Commercial / PSA, Music Video, and  Experimental/Animation. If your film is selected to screen at the festival, the industry Judges at DIFF | LA will determine which film section best suits your film.

 

NOTIFICATION

16. How do I know if my submission has arrived?

You will receive a notification email once we have received your submission. If you don’t receive our confirmation email, you may email us at submit@diffla.org and to verify if we have received your submission. We will NOT accept submissions after April 7th, 2014, which means you will not get a notification email. DIFF | LA reserves the right to disqualify any submission.

17. When and how will I know if my film has been selected?

Films selected for screening in all categories will be notified on or about May 5th, 2014.

18. If my film isn’t chosen to screen during your Festival, will you let me know why?

No. Due to the large volume of submissions our programmers cannot offer individual critiques.

 

THE FESTIVAL

19. When does DIFF | LA take place?

The 2nd annual DIFF | LA will take place Saturday, June 7th, 2014.

20. Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This is a film student film festival, so you must supply us with a copy of your Student ID or a proof of graduation (which can only be one year prior to the date of the submission deadline date) when sending in your materials.

21. What are my parking options getting to the event?

There will be parking on the Art Center College of Design campus.

22. Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact info@diffla.org with any questions you have.

23. Can I update my registration information?

You may update contact information and film information, but you cannot update or replace your film.

24. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes please! It will help us speed the check-in process.

25. What is the refund policy?

There is no refund, because submissions are free.  Admissions are free as well, but the festival will start charging once we have reached a certain limit. There will be no refund for those purchased tickets

Shortlist

Best Animation / Experimental

“How to Avoid Annoying People”
School of Visual Arts
USA

“CMYK”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“JOHN DOE”
University of Southern California
USA

“DTLA”
Art Center College of Design
USA

Best Documentary

“Run To Live”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Bowman”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Madness”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Blacksmith”
Art Center College of Design
USA

Best Directing  in Commercial/PSA

“Takeout Your Garden Campaign”
SKKU
South Korea

“LAGAVULIN | Champion”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Verionica’s Voice”
Art Center College of Design
USA

Best Editing in Commercial/PSA

“Takeout Your Garden Campaign”
SKKU
South Korea

“LAGAVULIN | Champion”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Manic Panic”
Art Center College of Design”
USA

Best Cinematography in Commercial/PSA

“The Guardian”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“LAGAVULIN | Champion”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Manic Panic”
Art Center College of Design”
USA

Best Commercial

“LAGAVULIN | Champion”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Verionica’s Voice”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Manic Panic”
Art Center College of Design”
USA

Best Directing in Music Video

“MS MR – Think of You”
School of Visual Arts
USA

“They Might Be Giants – Am I Awake”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“His Eyes Are Closed”
Swinburne University of Technology
Austrailia

Best Editing in Music Video

“MS MR – Think of You”
School of Visual Arts
USA

“Dresses – Painting Roses”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Renminbi Tips”
Capilano University
Canada

Best Cinematography in Music Video

“Foster the People – Coming of Age”
School of Visual Arts
USA

“His Eyes Are Closed”
Swinburne University of Technology
Austrailia

“Kill Paris – Falling in Love Again”
Art Center College of Design
USA

Best Music Video

“Foster the People – Coming of Age”
School of Visual Arts
USA

“Dresses – Painting Roses”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“His Eyes Are Closed”
Swinburne University of Technology
Austrailia

Best Directing in Narrative

“The Last Session”
Centro de Estudios Cuidad de la Luz
Spain

“Upstairs”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Scapegoat”
Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts
USA

Best Editing in Narrative

“Upstairs”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Scapegoat”
Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts
USA

“Dream Girl”
University of Southern California
USA

Best Narrative

“The Last Session”
Centro de Estudios Cuidad de la Luz
Spain

“Upstairs”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Scapegoat”
Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts
USA

Best Cinematography in Narrative

“Woodland Heights”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Scapegoat”
Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts
USA

“A Little Ways Down The Road”
Whistling Woods International
India

Best writing in Narrative

“The Last Session”
Centro de Estudios Cuidad de la Luz
Spain

“Upstairs”
Art Center College of Design
USA

“Scapegoat”
Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts
USA

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