|Guide to contributors
Query and submission guidelines
Book or movie reviews
Film or literary commentary (Reel Life or The Bookroom)
The Usual Questions
Festivale publishes articles and reviews from readers, however you must send a query to the editor before making a submission.
Check our back issues for the kind of work we're interested in.
We are chasing:
Articles about Australian (particularly Victorian) places of interest, and people of interest, including film-makers, writers, artists, musicians, etc.
Remember, this is the web, so too much text becomes overwhelming, and too many images takes too long to download. This therefore requires discipline and careful thought to balance your message. It also takes more time. Remember what someone said about not having the time to write a shorter letter?
Submissions can include items for the database of public places (gardens, parks, historic sites, galleries, museums). Again, consider the best use of images and text to give the reader the feel of the place, and an idea of its importance, history etc).
Do not submit fiction or poetry. Festivale does not provide reading or editing services.
Festivale's "house style" is friendly, informal, succinct, direct.
|Copyright and stuff||The content of all reviews commissioned by the Festivale editors are the property of Festivale and all rights become the property of Festivale unless previously agreed.|
Festivale's editors require the right to reproduce original articles accepted and published in Festivale on the Internet (World Wide Web) and in subsequent electronic compilations such as CD-ROMs).
All materials submitted to Festivale must be the copyright of those making the submission.
Festivale is not a paying market at this time. We do, however, provide feedback to contributors. We offer an opportunity to be edited (!), published, and to gain experience.
|Please keep the size of images down, remember they must be jpg or GIF. Don't go over 45K in size (without prior arrangement), and keep the images down to a reasonable size for the screens. It is best if you scan or create images at the size they will be used for. 280 pixels wide makes a reasonable screen image. If in doubt, check the images on the site, most have their dimensions in the ALT tag.
As a general guide, I scan A4 maps in at 11%.
Only send images for which you hold copyright.
Submit using the appropriate form, or contact the editor for the appropriate submissions address.
Regular contributors have access to our contributors area with additional resources for making up pages.
What is a capsule review?
Something like this:
Latest sf-romance from noir director Niko Smith, this time the heroine is a spaceship captain who conceives an impossible passion for the ship's AI computer. With Alyce Platt as the captain and the voice of John Laws as the computer. Their love duet in act III is one of the singular moments on film. Expect Oscar nominations a-plenty.
Movie reviews usually begin with a paragraph synopsis. Please avoid spoilers wherever possible. We want people to go to the movies we recommend.|
The length of a review varies according to how much there is to say about the movie and your responses to it. These are re-views not criticism, so don't feel that you need to go into a deep analysis of the film as that usually required looking at the film in its entreaty, which involves spoilers.
Questions to think about:
What does the movie make you think about?
What does it remind you of?
Is it part of a tradition? Genre? Series? Does it have a 'theme'?
Is it politically motivated (including social issues)?
Is there any agenda on the part of the film-makers?
Is it fast-paced? Does it keep your interest?
Is it humorous? Sly? Satirical?
Are the characters well-drawn? Well-motivated?
Is it filled with characters, or does it concentrate on a small group?
Is the background and setting rich and vivid?
Release Date (if scheduled for release) and EMBARGO date if given at the preview.
Reviewer's name and personal home page or blog(if available)Regular contributors have a profile page.
All reviews are linked to IMDB by the person publishing the page. NOTE: If the film makes you think about something that would better be published as an essay, we can do that in Reel Life (http://www.festivale.info/film/reellife.htm).
Nominations: you may nominate a film to a Festivale Pick.
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