Are you an online festival? Are submissions open to international film-makers outside of Leeds / the UK?
1) No/Gloss is not an online festival. It is an actual event, we have a venue etc. We will reveal the venue as we get closer to date. It will be in Leeds, in the UK. Please note that the festival is strictly an 18+ event.
Submissions are open to ALL, so yes, we accept submissions from international as well as local film-makers and other parts of the UK, feel free to submit your films! :)
Will you be screening any of the submitted films online?
2) Apart from video trailers, teasers or previews, we will not be screening online and do not have any plans to. Full screening is only available at the festival venue. After the festival, if the film has already been made publicly available by its creator (such as on youtube or vimeo) we may talk / post about it on our website.
Why aren’t there are screening times and dates yet? When will the fest begin?
3) We have not yet finalized screening dates or times because submissions have just opened so we cannot confirm any screening dates or times as of yet. We usually make announcements around Aug-Sept. As we get closer to the date, and once submitted films have been chosen, screening times will be publicized. So check the website regularly! :)
Do I have to pay for submission? When is the submission due date? Do I have to send a DVD or any other physical format or can I just send you a link – can I send both? How many films can I submit?
4) Submissions are available for short films (no more than 20 mins), medium length films (20mins or more, but strictly less than 40mins) and feature films (feature films are anything more than 40 mins). The dateline is June as stated in the submission page. We only accept digital submissions as it is cost and time efficient for both parties: ie a link to a youtube or vimeo video is fine for submission but if you are selected for screening, then we will of course need to be able to download it somehow so we can show it at the festival. We do not accept physical formats sorry!
You can submit as many films as you want up until the dateline.
Can I submit one of my films that has previously been submitted elsewhere or shown elsewhere? Does it have to be exclusive? Once I submit my film, does that mean I can’t submit it elsewhere? Do you have language or length restrictions? Do you impose any of such restrictions?
5) Don’t worry, we don’t impose restrictions like: “Your previously released films are not allowed for submissions“, or “Your submitted films are not allowed to be submitted to other festivals”
However we will ask that you use utmost discretion if you choose to submit to similar film-related events in/around the same location/region, and if your submitted film is freely and publicly viewable in its entirety, we will ask that you temporarily disable viewing of those films from your online channels (eg. in youtube or vimeo) in order for your film to be considered.
We also do not have film length or language restrictions and in fact, love foreign language films! It would be nice to have English subtitles though. :)
You mentioned you may use some parts of my submitted film for promotional purposes. Does this mean you will show the film in its entirety online? What entails “promotional”?
6) We will not be screening films approved and scheduled for our upcoming festival to be shown online. Period. For promotional purposes to promote the festival, we may, for example, use a screenshot of a still from your film, or a clip mixed with clips from other submitted films, as part of the festival’s teaser trailer as a whole to encourage people to come. If your submitted film is selected for screening, we will of course have to use the title of your film and the directors’ names etc in our screening guide for example, which will be printed and handed out to guests, or on posters or on our website – because otherwise people will not know what’s going to be screened! :)
If my film is selected for screening, will you be able to pay for my expenses to travel and stay in Leeds for the festival?
8) We wish we could do that but we can’t! We’re a DIY festival, it was conceived with no funding whatsoever, also we’re a small team, most of us have day jobs that just gets us by. And the festival isn’t about superstars, super-directors or celebrity actors etc, it’s to encourage, support and showcase indie film-makers and films with low/no budgets. We would gladly and warmly welcome you to the festival, we would love to meet you in person and proudly watch your work screened to an audience with you, but we will not be able to cover your expenses. Sorry. :)
We will be updating this page with more FAQs as we go along. If you need answers quick, please contact us.