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THE RULES

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THE RULES

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These rules are in effect for each participating production team.
48FilmProject.com Organizers may add to or amend these rules at any time.

Updates 01-21-2017.

OFFICIAL RULES:

1. ELIGIBILITY:

You must be 18 years old or older to be a Team Leader. If you are less than 18 years old, you may participate on a team, but your parents or guardian must sign the Waiver and Release Document and give it to your team leader. Entrants will be required to agree to the terms of 48FilmProject.com (“48FP”) Team Leader's Agreement, found here.

The following are not eligible: employees, contractors, directors and officers of 48 Projects Inc., its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, distributors, web design, advertising, fulfilment, judging and Project agencies involved in the administration, development, fulfilment and execution of this Project (collectively, "Project Parties"), and the immediate family members of each (spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, and spouse or "step" of each) and those living in their same households (those persons whether related or not who live in the same residence for at least three months during the twelve-month period preceding the start date of the Project).

2. THE COMPETITION:

48FilmProject.com is an international online short film competition. Teams receive their assignment via the web, they upload their completed films via the web, and their films are streamed on the web. The Top 15 Films will be displayed in a special screening in Hollywood, California, the following year after competition.

3. TO ENTER:

To register for the International Film Competition 48FilmProject.com, follow the instructions found on REGISTER YOUR TEAM. Standard registration to enter 48FilmProject.com is $150. Special promotions or exclusions to this price may apply at the 48FP’s discretion. Users will be prompted to provide payment information as well as agree to the terms and conditions before they can proceed with the competition. The submission cost is not transferable and is not refundable.

4. COMPETITION PERIOD:

48FilmProject.com will commence on January 11, and proceed until November 30. Registration begins the team’s individual competition period, which lasts 48 hours from the time of acceptance of the terms. Eligible Entries will be judged based on the judging criteria stated below.

5. PROJECT TERMS OF SUBMISSION:

By submitting an Entry into this Project, each Entrant warrants and represents that the Entrant owns all rights to the Entry he/she is entering in this Project, including, without limitation, the video or digital recording, and the performance contained in each Entry, with the exception of any assets provided by 48FilmProject.com for use by Entrants in connection with this Project. Each Entrant further warrants and represents that the Entrant has obtained permission from each person who appears in the Entry to grant the rights to the Project Parties described in these Official Rules, and will submit copies of such permissions to the Project Parties. By submitting an Entry, the Entrant agrees to the Official Rules, and further agrees to indemnify and hold the 48FP, Project Parties and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the "Project Indemnities"), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Project Indemnities due to or arising out of the Entrant's Entry materials in this Project, or the Entrant's conduct during and in connection with this Project, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation. The Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless 48FP and the Project Parties from any and all claims that any advertising, presentation, web content or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of 48FP or the Project Parties infringes on the rights of the Entrant's work as contained in any Entry.

6. TEAM LEADERS:

If any group of individuals elects to collaborate on an Entry, they are required to designate one (1) person as the agent of the group to enter the Project, agree to these Official Rules, sign the Team Leader's Agreement and accept the prize on behalf of the group. Neither 48FP nor any of the Project Parties are liable for any disputes between collaborators arising out of or related to the Project.

7. SELECTION OF WINNERS:

Entries will be judged as follows:
People’s Choice: After all entries are processed, the public will have a voting period lasting from December 21, 2017 until December 27. All Pro Members may vote online for their three favorite films from all entries from that year. This requirement of three votes, no more or less, will safeguard against "ballot box stuffing" by contestants. The top results of this vote will be tabulated, and the winner of all of these votes will be declared the People’s Choice Award Winner. The People’s Choice Film will be screened in Hollywood, CA in the following year.
Grand Prize Winner: The Judges' Committee, featuring a panel of film industry professionals, will review all of the films of the year. This Judges' Committee will determine the top films, and then narrow these down into the Top 15 winners.
The top winning films will win the Best 48 FILM Award for 2017 and many prizes.

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS:

By participating, Entrants agree to these Official Rules which are final and binding in all respects. The Project is governed by the laws of Beverly Hills, California, USA and all claims must be resolved in the United States.

9. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE:

No liability or responsibility is assumed by 48FP or Project Parties resulting from any user's participation in or attempt to participate in the Project, or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Project. No responsibility or liability is assumed by the 48FP or Project Parties for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Project: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any e-mail transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted e-mail transmissions; inaccessibility of the Web Site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Web Site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Project, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Project, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Project. 48FP and Project Parties are not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site. Use of the Web Site is at the user's own risk. 48FP and the Project Parties are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user's or any other person's computer equipment resulting from participation in the Project, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site. By participating in the Project, the Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold 48FP and Project Parties harmless from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Entrant's participation in the Project.

10. WINNERS:

Winners will be posted online at www.48filmproject.com

11. PROJECT ORGANIZER:

48 Projects Inc,
433 N Camden Drive, Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310-279-5171
FAX: 310-279-5101

12. TIMES:

48FilmProject.com will occur all around the world throughout the year of 2017. Each individual team project begins with their registration, including payment and acceptance of official terms and rules. The competition period is the "Official Project Time Period." Each team must complete the upload of its film/video work to the 48filmproject.com website within 48 hours of starting time or within the 2 extra bonus hours for uploading. Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition. All Competition films received in accordance with these guidelines will be streamed on the official 48FilmProject.com website.

13. CREATIVE WORK:

All creativity must take place during your Project’s Official Project Time Period. Any creative work in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Writing the script
  • Rehearsing
  • Costume/Set Design
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Rendering
  • Outputting to tape or other media

The only work to begin prior to the Official 48 Hour Time Period is:

  • Organizing Crew
  • Organizing Cast
  • Securing Equipment
  • Scouting/Securing Locations

All footage must be shot within the time period of the project. No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used. Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the 48 hour time period. (Note: Stock footage as part of a special effect in a third party special effects program is permissible.) Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the Official Project Time Period; however, stills created outside of the Official Project Time Period may not be used in sequence to create the illusion of motion.

14. ASSIGNMENTS:

Each participating Competition Team Leader is responsible for checking his/her Account Page to receive assignments. All of this information will be on the website on the registrant’s Account Page, in addition to a Countdown Clock for the Official Project Time Period. The Genre must be chosen from the List of Genre Options published on 48FilmProject.com. In addition, there will be the following required elements that must appear in the film: a Character, a Prop and a Line of Dialogue. The required Character and Prop must be seen on-screen. The required Line of Dialogue must be used verbatim. It may be spoken, sung and/or written. It may be in any language, though if it is unclear that it is the required Line, there must be a translation. To qualify as an "Official 48FilmProject.com Film," each group's film must be in the Film Genre as selected from the List of Genre Options and must contain all required elements within the official time limit and prior to the credits.

15. LANGUAGE:

The film must be in English or must have English subtitles.

16. MUSIC:

Participating groups are encouraged to work with a local composer and/or musicians to write and record music for the films. It is permissible for a participating group to use pre-recorded music; however the participating group must have the rights to any music used in its film and must provide releases for all music used. As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed, but you must have rights to use them. Note: Song parodies (i.e., use of identifiable pre-existing compositions with new or altered lyrics or music) may not be included in the film without a signed release from the composition’s rights holder. This rule applies without regard to whether the song parody arguably constitutes "fair use" under US or international copyright law.

17. LENGTH:

The finished film must be a minimum of four (4) minutes in duration, and a maximum of seven (7) minutes in duration—not including credits.

Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. The 60 seconds is considered additional to the length of the film, as stated in Rule J. (That is, a film may be 7 minutes long, with an additional 60 seconds of credits, for a total running time of 8 minutes.)

18. SUBMISSION FORMATS:

For the competition, specific uploading instructions for uploading Team’s Entry will be posted on the website.

The film must be in one of the following formats:

  • avi
  • mpg
  • mov
  • asf
  • mpeg
  • xvid
  • mkv
  • mp4
  • wmv
  • webm
  • ogv

Before the finished film begins, the tape should have:

  • 2 seconds of black
  • A title card with: team name, date, city, title, and genre
  • A title card with: "This film is made for 48FilmProject.com 2017."
  • 2 seconds of black
  • Your film

Prior to the end of, or within two hours after the Official Project Time Period, the team must have uploaded their film. All teams will have this additional 2 hours to upload their film. Each team may upload multiple versions of their film, and 48FP will take the best quality version. The maximum file upload size allowed is 600 MB.

19. PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS:

By registering and submitting a film, each Team Leader agrees to accept the Terms and Conditions presented at time of registration and found on the website. As with any film production, whether for a competition or for personal use, each team must secure releases for talent, crew, music and locations (and any other applicable releases). 48FilmProject.com Finalists, upon notification that they are a finalist, will be expected to submit their releases and a Certification Statement, certifying adherence to all Official Rules. This paperwork is required to be eligible for the Grand Prize.

No paperwork is required to be submitted with your entry.

20. ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the Project, Entries must be the original work of the Entrant; must not infringe third-party's rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by the Entrant and/or 48FP). Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the 48FP, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. 48FP reserves the right to make the final determination as to which Entries are eligible. Production must follow all rules herein. The 48FilmProject.com Organizers reserve the right to screen only certified "Official 48FilmProject.com Films." 48FP and Project Parties may, at their sole discretion, disqualify Entries deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant. All certified "Official 48Film Project Films" are eligible to compete for the grand prize.

21. FILM OWNERSHIP:

All film created for the 48FilmProject.com belongs to the original creators, with rights reserved for festival organizers. If your short film selected as BEST FILM of the competition, then 48 Projects Inc. (48 FILM Project) shall retain all rights and profits to the TOP winning film for one year (12 Months) after this has being announced as BEST FILM , as well as a Standard Sun Set Clause. Which states that any monies or services eared during this year, will still be paid to 48 Projects Inc. granted 48 Projects Inc. was responsible for the earnings.


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