Regulation

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Regulation

§1 ORGANIZING ENTITY

(1) The International Tourism Film Festival - Bulgaria "On The East Coast Of Europe" is an annual event conducted during the International tourist fair "Cultural Tourism" in the city of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. The festival is organized by the Consultations & Communications Agency Ltd. with the sponsorship of the Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and with the support of the Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria and the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agencies.

 (2) "On The East Coast Of Europe" is a Festival for producers, licensed according to the copyright law regarded to as in the country of origin of the participant, meaning that the participant must be the private or juridical person in charge of creating, organizing and financing the production.

§2 THEMATIC SCOPE

(1) "On The East Coast Of Europe" is a festival for promotional audio-visual productions presenting tourist destinations from all over the world.

(2) The participating productions may present all the aspects of tourism: cultural, social, event, economic, recreational, religious, sports and health, extreme, ecotourism, etc.

§3 OBJECTIVES

(1) The general objectives of the Festival are the following:
to introduce films and productions about tourist products and destinations to a broad audience;
to stimulate investments in advertising of cultural and historical heritage;
to promote the implementation of good practices and leading trends in travel film making;
to develop interest among tourism businesses and production companies towards travel film production;
to motivate professional filmmakers to engage in the travel film industry.

(2) Specific objectives
to promote professional audio-visual travel production;
to stimulate the making of audio-visual travel production;
to promote the leading trends in the field of modern audio-visual culture in correlation with the needs of the businesses;
to create environment for high efficiency advertising;
to promote and advertise Bulgaria as a tourist destination and the Veliko Tarnovo Municipality as a cultural tourism site.

§4 CATEGORIES

(1) PROFESSIONAL COMPETITION

Categories:

1) Tourism Destination – cities, regions, countries, events/festivals

2) Tourism Services / Tourism products – Hotels & Resorts, Restaurants, Tourism entertainment, Tour operators and agencies, Transports – car rental, Sightseeing, Tourist sites

3) Nature and Eco-Tourism – Parks, Landmarks and Nature Phenomena, eco paths and routes

4) Sports and Adventure Tourism – Sport Tourism, Extreme Tourism, Sports events and competitions with audience ( Sailing, Sea sports, Skiing, Bicycle Touring, etc.), Hunting and fishery tourism

In each category the following productions are accepted:

Subcategories:

  • Commercial clips, duration can be up to 60 sec.
  • Promotional Film/Videos, duration can be 1 min – 15 min.
  • Documentaries/ Popular science movies
  • TV Reportage

 (2) FAN COMPETITION

For the first time, in 2019 a new category is added for non-budget productions.

My trip/ Vlog – Video blog about your personal traveling adventures, duration can be up to 10 min.

 §5 EVALUATION CRITERIA

  1. Precisely defined tourism subject
  2. Focus on a specific region or subject
  3. Unequivocal message.
  4. To provide sufficient information.
  5. Originality of ideas and form of screen production.
  6. Original promotional message.
  7. Attractive vision and sound-design.
  8. To present new parameters for tourism.
  9. Scientifically founded message.
  10. To show the economic tourism potential of the sites in the film.   

§6 JURY

An international jury consisting of film professionals, academic lecturers in tourism and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Association of the Bulgarian Tour Operators and Tour Agents, high-level managers of the tourism circuit select the outstanding films in each category which are then to be awarded. The chairman of the jury is elected on a rotation basis by the members of the jury.

§7 AWARDS

Awards are bestowed on producers, people and organizations who invest in the making of tourism productions. This must be the private or juridical person in charge of creating, organizing and financing the production.

One of the nominated films receives the GRAND PRIX for "The Best Promotional Tourism Production of the Festival".

In every category and subcategory one production will also receive an award.

One SPECIAL JURY AWARD is assigned for a COMPONENT (scenario, directing, cinematography, film editing and sound design).

A SPECIAL AWARD for "Innovative tourism products" is assigned to a public non-profit organization (municipalities, tourism departments, organizations, associations, etc.)

The awards are bestowed during an official ceremony of the festival.

An additional award may be assigned by the organizers for contribution to the promotion of the tourism potential of Bulgaria.

Those of the winners who are not able to attend the award ceremony will receive their award via mail. All the distributional costs for the awards and certificates are an obligation to the participant. /See Article 9, paragraph (6) of the Festival Regulation/

§8 TERMS AND CONDITIONS

(1) The films and productions that may participate in the "On The East Coast Of Europe" Festival have to be owned by public institutions, municipalities, tourist information centers, non-profit organizations, private or public companies, private or public TV operators, travel companies and private professionals or legal entities.

The production contents must correspond to travel and tourism.

(2) The entrant must own the copyright of the applying production:

  1. in a contract for creation with permission to use the production;
  2. the production is a work, created under an employment or service relationship;
  3. the production is a work created on demand;
  4. the producer is the author of production;

according to the copyright law regarded to as in the country of origin of the participant.

(3) The participating productions remain at the organizers' disposal for a period of one year.

(4) One participant can register for participation an unlimited number of films. All video productions have to be produced not earlier than 2016.

(5) Productions should be subtitled or dubbed in English unless the original language is English.

§9 ENTRY FEE

(1) The entry fee for a single production in a professional competition:

The entry fee is € 95 incl. VAT

/Or € 79.17 not including VAT, you will be issued with a tax invoice for the paid fee/

Important: We need a valid VAT number that will be verified by the European commission. Check your VAT number here.

Discounts:
For 3 productions – 10%
For 4 productions – 15 %
For 5+ productions – 20%

 (2) The entry fee for a single production in a fan competition:

The entry fee is € 25 incl. VAT

(3) The entry fee for a single production in HOLIDAY MOTION PICTURES and International Tour Film Fest Bulgaria:

The entry fee for both competitions: €100 incl. VAT

/Or € 83.33 not including VAT, you will be issued with a tax invoice for the paid fee/

Important: We need a valid VAT number that will be verified here

All awarded productions in the HOLIDAY MOTION PICTURES competition will be nominated for the International Tour Film Fest Bulgaria competition.

(4) The participation fees you can payed:

-By bank:
CONSULTING & COMMUNICATION AGENCY, LTD.
UNICREDIT BULBANK LTD.
IBAN: BG37UNCR70001519721781
BIC: UNCRBGSF

-Through the system PayPal: CONSULTING & COMMUNICATION AGENCY LTD, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 (5) All bank charges are for the account of the participant/the ordering customer.

(6) Fees for sending a 1 /one/ prize and / or certificate to a participant who was not present at the award ceremony are:

  • For Bulgaria: € 6.13 including VAT
  • For countries in the EU: € 18.40 including VAT
  • For non-EU countries: € 25.54 including VAT

§10 SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

(1) In order to be admitted for participation each entry must comprise:

  • Video: MPEG4, h264, full HD, 12Mbps, 25 fps;
  • Sound: AAC 320kbps, 48kHz stereo;
  • File should not be bigger than 1.5 GB;
  • Thoroughly filled-in application form
  • Confirmed payment of participation tax

(2) Sending the production to an FTP server:
FTP username: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
FTP server: ftp.tourfilm-bg.com
FTP & explicit FTPS port: 21
pass:upload2019

§11 CONDUCTION

(1) The Festival is held in three consecutive days.

All production entries are viewed and evaluated preliminary by a working group of jury members and a number of nominees are selected.

The nominated productions are admitted to the festival competition program. At the festival screenings during the festival days, all nominated productions are shown to the audience in the city of Veliko Tarnovo.

One representative of each of the nominated productions will be invited as a guest of the festival. The festival program is consistent with the events of the International Tourism fair "Cultural tourism" from which the festival is a part of.

The festival program takes into account the events of the Cultural Tourism Expo.

(2) The program of side events of the Festival includes exhibitions, concerts, presentations, discussions and educational programs dedicated to the latest tendencies in the film art, production activities and trends in cultural tourism and advertising.

§12 RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

(1) Each participant is responsible for the content of their production. Each participant is responsible for the technical quality of their production.

The organizers have the right to reject films with content or technical quality that does not satisfy the requirements of the Festival or violate the Bulgarian law.

(2) By signing the application form each participant agrees that he possesses full copyrights of the presented production, regarded to as in article 5 of this Code.

The organizers assume no liability according to the copyright law and the related laws and assume no liability to third parties in case of any following litigation. All expenditure incurred under claims and complaints about copyright infringement that may occur through publication of the film at the expense of the participant.

(3) By signing the entry form the entrant authorizes:

1.that their names or the names of their productions/filmmakers might be used in the festival catalogue.

2.that their names or the names of their productions/filmmakers might be used for promotion of the Festival.

3.the non-commercial display of their film with the Festival with the logo on TV channels, public screenings and on the Internet during the Festival days and after the festival for the term of one year.

(4) By signing the application form the entrant states that he owns all the rights of use and distribution specified in the above article (3) and agrees that all costs of any disputes concerning the rights to broadcast the production are at the expense of the participant.

§13 ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS OF REGULATION

Participation in the "On The East Coast Of Europe" Festival is a statement of acceptance of all the terms of regulation in this code.

 

The main objectives

The main objectives of the Festival are:

  • To present to the public films and productions about tourist products and destinations;
  • To stimulate investments in tourism promotion of cultural and historical heritage;
  • To show the good practices and promote the latest trends in tourism filmmaking;
  • To rouse the interest of the tourist business and production companies towards tourism film products;
  • To encourage film industry professionals to turn their efforts and specialize in tourism filmmaking;
  • To create conditions for highly efficient promotional content.

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