I wonder what would count as "amateur" and what would count as "non-profit making"?Howard-Smith wrote: ↑Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:18 pm I’d like to make a suggestion which would go some way towards weeding out films which are not bona fide amateur productions.
From next year there could be a declaration to sign on the BIAFF entry form, along these lines:
“I confirm that this is a non-profit-making amateur film for which no payment (other than expenses) has been made to actors or anyone else involved in the production.”
I’m sure this wording could be improved but does anyone else agree that this would be a good idea?
The world is changing...there isn't such a clear distinction between amateurs and professionals as there was once. Nowadays many amateurs (people who make films for the love of it) use crowdfunding to raise some funds for their projects. Some get a bit of support from local businesses, some put a lot of their own money into their projects, some even get a bit of funding from their own film club.
And many amateurs sell their films. Some of these would ideally like to turn professional and each film is a step in that direction. But at the moment when they enter their film in BIAFF it is a hobby and they are amateurs who have created their film for the pleasure making films gives them. Others aren't interested in making a living from their hobby, but would like their films to reach as wide an audience as possible and platforms that pay are potentially a great source of viewers. I imagine that it also gives filmmakers a boost to think that anyone is interested in their film enough to want to pay to view it.
I know of at least two Diamond award winners made by British IAC members which are for sale on Amazon. Does that mean they're "profit making"? Or is it only "profit making" if the income exceeds the cost of the production? In which case how would the filmmaker know whether his/her new film was likely to make a profit?
Is it desirable to discourage amateur BIAFF entrants from trying to get a wider audience by putting their films on Amazon?
On YouTube it is possible to "monetise" your films in certain circumstances. I have never done this, but I believe that unless the film goes viral, the income is minimal. If I were to monetise my 2 star film, would that turn it into a "profit making" film? If it cost absolutely nothing to make, then even a few pence would be a profit, wouldn't it?
I absolutely agree that there is a problem about a film such as this year's BEST film at BIAFF being accepted in an amateur competition. But I can't see any easy way to solve the problem.