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“Reel South: Season 4” – Call for Entries

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The American South enjoys a proud yet complicated heritage. Our people, culture, landscape and history can be both captivating and bewildering.

In the cherished tradition of Southern storytelling, “Reel South” seeks out authentic documentary films told by a diversity of voices and perspective to reckon with the American South’s past, present and future. To continue presenting the important perspectives in its fourth season, “Reel South” is accepting documentary submissions from independent filmmakers through July 18, 2018.

A co-production of AETN’s sister stations SCETV and UNC-TV, “Reel South” highlights the work of independent filmmakers and is watched by millions of viewers on PBS nationally and frequently featured locally on AETN World. Winning selection will be featured for national broadcast, in addition to receiving licensing fees and extensive promotion.

Interested in submitting your work or know an independent filmmaker who may be? Here are a few things you’ll need to know:

Only non-fiction films  – no narrative films, docudramas or performance pieces will be considered.

For independent filmmakers only – you must have artistic, editorial and budgetary control of the film and own the copyright.

Works should be complete (or nearly complete)  –submitted works must be completed films, fine cuts, advanced rough cuts or festival versions.

Rights and releases needed – before submitting your film, you must have signed appearance releases for all persons appearing in the film. Additionally, all music, photos and acquired footage must be licensed.

Time matters  – submitted rough and fine cuts should be as close to standard half-hour and hour lengths as possible; festival versions may be slightly longer.

Film rights – filmmakers are required to grant “Reel South” exclusive U.S. public television broadcast rights and non-exclusive streaming rights for PBS online platforms.

Compensation – films selected for “Reel South” broadcast will receive a license fee, series packaging, captioning, mastering, inclusion on the series website, promotion, and errors and omissions insurance coverage.

Need a little more detail? Find the full eligibility requirements and submission form here.


“Reel South: Season 4”
Deadline July 18, 2018


“Reel South: Season 4” eligibility requirements

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