This page contains information about the CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars. Information about applying to our Film Slam Workshop and submitting a short film for the Vermont CineSLAM festival is below and includes on-line application form.
The CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars and Retreat takes place during the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival, the first and only LGBT film festival on the high seas! In 2013, Pride of the Ocean will take place aboard the Norwegian Pearl, en route from Seattle along the coast of Alaska. This 7-day, round-trip cruise will sail on Aug. 18, 2013 and return on Aug. 25th.
The application period for the 2013 CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars will end on January 31, 2013. The filmmakers chosen to be part of the program will be determined by February 1, 2013, and each participant will be notified at that time. A public announcement of the filmmakers participating in the 2013 program will follow.
- Film Slam Program Includes
- Application Guidelines
- Program Pricing
- Information on Merit Scholarship
- Application Agreement
The CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars is a series of four intensive sessions of peer critique for independent filmmakers. The program consists of up to eight participants at varying stages in their filmmaking process.
Each participant will present up to fifteen minutes of a work in progress. This material can be anything, from clips of raw footage, a fine-cut trailer, or an excerpted sequence from a feature film. We prefer workshop material for the Film Slams to be material in production, but finished material may also be accepted.
In order to apply to the Film Slam Seminars, you must submit a short film to the CineSLAM Film Festival. You can find more information about film submission by clicking here.
Please Note – filmmakers who produce feature-length documentaries encouraged to submit a short cut of the doc to the festival. (10 minutes is best)
Acceptance into the CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars, automatically qualifies your submitted film for inclusion in the CineSLAM Film Festival program. The festival is held annually in Southern Vermont. All films in the festival program are eligible to win the Chessie Award (Best Short at CineSLAM) which includes a $250 cash prize and an invitation to attend the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival as a guest the following year.
Because the CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars are hosted by the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival Cruise, the 2013 seminars will take place on board the Norwegian Pearl, on the 7-day round-trip cruise from Seattle to points along the Alaskan coast. Participants stay on the ship during the 7-day journey, and have access to all Pride of the Ocean program amenities: exclusive cocktail parties, group dinners, Pride of the Ocean festival screenings, and “Bon Voyage Party”.
Visit www.prideoftheocean.com for more information on the festival cruise.
To apply for the film slam seminars, you must submit a short film for entry in the CineSLAM Film Festival. We define “short film” as being 20 minutes or less. All genres and styles are welcome (documentary, narrative, animation, etc…). The application for the workshop includes film submission .
It is by this submission and your written application that our jury will consider your participation in the program.
There is a $25.oo application fee to apply for the Film Slam Seminars. It covers the cost of film submission and application to the workshop.
In order to apply to the Film Slam Seminars, you must first read and agree to the terms in the Application Agreement below.
There are two ways to apply for the CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars, by mail and online. See details below:
APPLICATION BY MAIL
In your submission packet, be sure to include all of the following items:
 DVD copy of your CineSLAM Film Festival submission
 brief description of your festival submission
 a letter, explaining why you would like to participate, what you plan to show in your Film Slam (it should not be the same as your CineSLAM Film Festival short film entry), and a little background of your filmmaking experience.
 $25.00 check, made payable to our foundation, “Kopkind Colony” (this includes $15 film submission fee and $10 application fee)
Send all materials to:
c/o John Scagliotti
158 Kopkind Rd.
Guilford, VT 05301
You may choose to apply online by clicking here to open our application form.
Please Note – Once you have clicked the “Submit Application” button at the end of the form, you will be re-directed to our secure Paypal payment page. Once on the Paypal page, you may make your application fee payment. You do not need to have a Paypal account to use this service.
Please Note – Your application will not be eligible for review by our jury until payment of the application fee has been received.
Please Note – If your submission is accepted by our jury, you will be asked to provide a DVD version of your submission for inclusion in the CineSLAM Film Festival.
Program Pricing (if applying for workshop and scholarship disregard this section on Program Pricing).
Pricing for the CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars includes the film submission fee and program fee. You may apply for the CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars Merit Scholarship at no additional cost. This scholarship covers the Film Slam Seminars Program Fee, room and board on the Norwegian Pearl, and limited travel expenses. For more information on the CineSLAM Film Slam Merit Scholarship, click here.
|CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars Program Fees|
|Film Festival Submission Fee||$15.00|
|Film Slam Application Fee||$10.00|
|Film Slam Seminars Program Fee||$475.00|
|Total CineSLAM Film Slam Program||$500.00|
The CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars primary mission is to provide an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to workshop their projects in focused, peer-driven critique sessions. To make this possible, our foundation offers generous merit scholarships so that everyone has the opportunity to participate in this program. Recipients of this scholarship are determined by our film selection jury.
The CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars Merit Scholarship covers the Film Slam Seminars Program Fee, room and board on the Norwegian Pearl, Pride of the Ocean program fees, and limited travel expenses.
The merit scholarship does not include pre-paid gratuities for wait staff and stewards on board the Norwegian Pearl or additional expenses on board the Norwegian Pearl including bar tabs and specialty restaurant charges.
Recipients of the Merit Scholarship will be paired with another scholarship recipient for lodgings on the ship. If you would prefer to either stay in a single stateroom, or if you would prefer to stay with a friend or partner, you will be responsible for paying the difference in price. In other words, the scholarship will cover the same initial price, and you will need to pay the difference for the upgrade or additional passenger.
Please contact our Programming Director, John Scagliotti, if you have any questions about the CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars Merit Scholarship. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By submitting your application to the CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars, you agree to the following terms and conditions.
CineSLAM and its representatives reserve the right to utilize any submitted materials for the purpose of promoting the CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars on the Pride of the Ocean Festival Cruise and the CineSLAM Film Festival. This includes but is not limited to video stills, video excerpts (up to 1 minute or official trailer), and biographical information provided by the applicant.
ON SHIP, SHORE EXCURSIONS, AND TRAVEL
Participants in the CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars are responsible for making their own travel arrangements both to and from the ship.
Participants who have been approved for the Merit Scholarship may be offered limited travel reimbursement. The amount of this reimbursement is based on availability and is determined prior to embarkation. Recipients will be notified ahead of time as to the amount they are eligible to receive, so that appropriate travel accommodations can be made.
While docked, passengers on board the ship are free to go ashore and participate in the activities available. Be sure to return promptly to the ship before departure. Passengers who delay departure are subject to fine from Norwegian Cruise lines, which can exceed $10,000.00.
CineSLAM, Pride of the Ocean, and their representatives strongly advise all participants to purchase travel insurance, especially medical, as most US plans do not cover foreign port.