The 7th Hayah International Short Film Festival announces its call for submissions for the 2013 festival, which will be open from February 18 until April 18. Filmmakers from Panama and around the world are invited to participate in this short film competition.
The Hayah is the only short film festival in Panama and Central America which annually provides an opportunity to award locally and foreign produced short films. Starting this year, the entire registration process will move online, accessing the www.festivalhayah.com website and utilizing the novel MOVIBETA system.
New this year: Online Registration
Starting this year, the entire registration process will move online, accessing the www.festivalhayah.com website and utilizing the novel MOVIBETA system. We will no longer request that you do the tedious process of mailing in copies of your DVDs. This year we free you from the costs of making DVDs and buying postage stamps and save you the time of standing in line at the post office.
Movibeta is an online short film distribution system. Once you register and upload your short film, your creation will reach us, and on time! For local filmmakers, this option is totally free of charge. Those filmmakers who do not reside in Panama must cover a symbolic expense for use of the system, which comes out much cheaper than sending it by postal mail.
This year, the copies sent by mail will be accepted only from distributors or film schools, in special cases. Movibeta is very easy to use, and it saves both time and mailing costs.
Rules for Participation
The contest rules, found on www.festivalhayah.com, indicate how to participate and register on MOVIBETA. The number of short films that you may submit for the contest is unlimited. All short films must last no longer than 20 minutes. If filmed in a language other than Spanish, it must be subtitled in Spanish. In the case of foreign filmmakers, this year only films that have not previously been exhibited in Panama will be accepted. Only short films that have been filmed within the last two years, from 1 January 2011 onwards, will be accepted.
For the first time, the festival presents the category Très Court: Alliance Française Award for Panama, which seeks Panamanian short films of under 3 minutes. Participants in this category may also compete in the following categories, for a chance at over $8,000 in prizes:
Fiction Short Film Statuette + $2,500
Documentary Short Film Statuette + $1,000
Animated Short Film Statuette + $1,000
Directors Debut in Panama Award Statuette + $1,000
Très Court: Alliance Française Award for Panama Statuette + $ 800 + entry in Internationel des Très Courts Festival in France, thanks to the Alliance Française in Panama.
In addition, each short film will compete for an Honorable Mention for Best Production, Direction, Sound Design, Acting, Editing and Photography, among others.
This year a Panamanian short film will be chosen to represent our country at the Miami International Film Festival, and its director will have the opportunity to travel there to present it.
The 2013 Festival
In 2013, the area of vocational training, called Our Industry, will feature the latest news and announcements for workshops and courses that will be held later.
Every year, the Hayah Short Film Festival seeks out stories that are narrated in 20 minutes or less, told with quality and a balance between creativity and the technical resources used to film it.
Over the 6 years of running this festival, we have shown more than 600 short films from countries such as Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Spain, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, France, and, of course, Panama.
The Hayah Short Film Festival also suggests different categories not included in the competition, such as Latin American panorama, horror, fantasy and experimental films.
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