This Way Up!
What we do & don't accept...
Films shown in the ⇧ This Way Up ⇧ Competition may be up to three (3) minutes, maximum.
Films in the non-competitive Tall Shorts section should be less than 10 minutes, but shorter works are very much encouraged and increase your chances of being selected!
ⓘ Yes, duration includes credits (if any).
We accept High Definition video, shot vertically (9:16, 'portrait' or 'tall format'), in any video codec acceptable to Vimeo.
Your work must have originated in vertical format; in other words, you cannot simply crop a widescreen film! Not least because you will lose resolution but also because vertical filming has its own unique aesthetic.
The minimum resolution (width x height, in pixels) is 720x1280, and 1080x1920 is preferred. Please shoot, edit and upload your film in the highest quality that your equipment will allow.
Frame rate is unimportant as we will be screening from digital files, but we recommend 24, 25 or 30 frames per second (fps).
Delivery & Projection:
Delivery for the selection panel is via upload Vimeo. You may need to send us a password to view the video. Finalists' videos will be downloaded from Vimeo or Dropbox and added to a screening reel for projection. More details on the Submit Your Work page.
Remember: you don’t have to do any rotation — we rotate the projector and the screen! We will provide high quality HD projection and stereo playback to make your film look and sound its best.
Entry Fee & Sections
Remember to tell us on the entry form whether you want your film to be considered for the Competition section of the Festival, ⇧ This Way Up ⇧ — or the out-of-competition Tall Shorts section.
Deadline: 30 April 2016.
We will contact you to confirm that all is well and that your entry is able to be viewed by the selection panel, within a week of receipt, usually quicker.
ⓘ Because we need to send the films off to our selectors no extensions are possible. The deadline is Saturday 30 April, 11:59pm according to your local time ... so if you live in Alaska or Samoa, you're lucky!
Selection of Competition Finalists, plus films for out-of-competition screening will be made 2 weeks before the screening.
All filmmakers will be notified of the outcome by 7th of May 2016 at which time finalists will be requested to supply any further materials they have, such as publicity stills and bio-filmographies. If you haven't given us your highest resolution video, we will need to receive it then so it can be appended to the screenings reel.
ⓘ The main differences between films chosen for Competition (⇧THIS WAY UP⇧) and for Out of Competition (TALL SHORTS) are:
⇧THIS WAY UP⇧
Three minutes maximum.
Finalists will be screened publicly then featured (embedded) on the Festival website.
Competitive and eligible for prizes.
Ten minutes maximum (the organisers may vary this under exceptional circumstances).
Will be screened publicly, and may be embedded on the Festival website with filmmakers' agreement. Non-competitive.
There are NO restrictions (geographical, age or otherwise) on who may enter — it’s open to everyone! And while we love world premières, it's not a condition of entry.
Your film can be about anything you like, in any style you like.
Organisers of the Vertical Film Festival, selectors, sponsors, jury members and their immediate families may not enter films in the Competition section of the Festival and are ineligible for the jury prizes.
Filmmakers must own (or have cleared) music and image rights used in their works for participation in the Festival.
See our Tips & Tricks page if you're new to this area for suggestions on how to avoid music copyright problems.
The films, including finalists, will be screened on Saturday 21st of May 2016 at a venue in the centre of Katoomba village. All entrants will be reserved two seats if they advise us of their attendance in advance.
If your film is chosen as a competition Finalist, you agree that we may embed your video (using Vimeo or YouTube) on our website for at least 12 months from 22 May 2016. Credits, synopses and links to the page of your choice (eg. your homepage) will be provided.
If you need the video to be temporarily hidden (eg. to enter another competition), just let us know beforehand.
The 2016 Festival features prizes courtesy of the lovely people at Nespresso:
Nespresso by KitchenAid (rrp: $799)
Nespresso Inissia (rrp: $249)
For our 2nd edition, all three prizes will be chosen by popular audience vote.
Nespresso Pixie Clips machine (rrp: $349)
Finalists’ names & films will be publicised via the web and other media.
If your film/video is one of the competition finalists, you agree that the Vertical Film Festival may use your film, publicity stills, details and extracts for non-profit promotional purposes. We will never exploit your film for profit or commercial gain.