Submitting to the Conference

Q:  What should I put for institution if I have graduated or am no longer associated with the institution at which I conducted the work I will be presenting?

A:  Your affiliation will be included on your nametag and in the conference program. You may use your previous or current affiliation as you see fit.


Q:  Can I submit the same project to more than one category (e.g. to the non-festival film and student film festival)?

A:  No. A submission will only be valid in one conference category.


Q:  I am submitting a film, do I also need to include an abstract?

A:  No. For both non-festival and student film festival submissions, please provide a brief synopsis (2-3 sentences) and a link to your complete film (including a password if necessary).


Q:  My film isn’t finished. Can I still submit to the conference?

A:  Because a submission review committee (and jury for festival participants) must review all film submissions, only completed films will be accepted.


Q:  Can I submit more than one project to the conference?

A:  Yes.


Q:  If I can’t make it to the conference, can I still submit?

A:  No. All submissions must be accompanied by someone involved to foster discussion of the project.


Q:  If I can’t make it to the conference, can I Skype in?

A:  No. All submissions must be accompanied by someone involved to foster discussion of the project.


Q:  Will my film be streamed or do I need to bring a copy of it?

A:  We will stream all films. However, please have a copy of the film on DVD in case of technical difficulties. We will not be able to accommodate bridging your hard drive or computer to the projector.


Q:  Will there be WiFi available?

A:  There is a guest network available. There will be instructions at the conference. However, please don’t count on internet.

Submitting to the Student Film Festival

Q:  I graduated, can I still submit to the student film festival?

A:  As long as you were a student when you served a key role in the production of the film, the film is eligible for the student film festival.


Q:  How do I submit the festival fee?

A:  Please visit https://vastmosphere.wordpress.com/donatetovast/ for instructions on how to submit the festival fee. The festival fee is due by February 16, 2015.

Getting around Philadelphia

Q:  How do I get to the conference?

For more information on directions and public transit options to get to the conference from Center City, 30th Street Station, and the airport, please visit: http://admissions.temple.edu/visit/maps-and-directions


Q:  Where should I stay in Philadelphia?

A:  Apple Hostel offers dorm rooms for $30-40/day. Philadelphia has a wide range of hotels. For more accommodations, please visit: http://admissions.temple.edu/visit/maps-and-directions


Q:  Where is the best place to park near campus?

A:  The 15th Street Lot (Lot #1), Diamond Street Lot (Lot #10), and the Liacouras Garage offer public parking for $15/day. The Montgomery Garage and Cecil B. Moore (Lot #9) offer public parking for $3/hour. For more information: http://campusoperations.temple.edu/sites/campusoperations/files/file_downloads/mc1415brochure.pdf


Q:  Do you offer a travel grant or accommodations?

A:  Unfortunately, VAST is currently unable to offer travel grants or secure accommodations for conference participants.


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