Q: DO I HAVE TO WAIT TO HAVE A COMPLETE PRODUCTION CREW BEFORE I SIGN UP?
A: No. You do not have to have it all together to sign up. In fact, many teams come together at the last moment. Since you will not know your assignment until you get the verse (unless you're not making a Signature Speed Film), you need to get out there and sell yourself and the kind of project you wish to make.
Q: HOW DO I FIND CREW MEMBERS?
168 facilitates introductions through our Facebook and Twitter Communities. Some producers prefer to cast a wider net by offering the experience on Craig's List or their local acting/film communitites' bulletin boards or forums. Many aspiring crew members are willing to work just for the experience.
Q: HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN BE ON A TEAM?
A: Include as many on your team as you wish. You can even go solo if you like wearing many hats. All team members must sign a release form. Sample forms are provided once you sign up.
Q: WHAT RIGHTS DOES 168 CLAIM ON MY FILM?
Producers are required to sign an entry and licensing contract. This contract gives the 168 limited license to your film. The contract document is included with the Application Agreement.
Q: DO I HAVE TO BE IN CALIFORNIA TO COMPETE?
A: No! We have entries made on location all over the world, including Israel, Kenya, and Ohio!
Q: DO I HAVE TO MAKE A PREACHY MOVIE?
A: No. Most of the 168 films are just good stories with a Judeo-Christian worldview, which can be summed up as "Love God and Treat Others as You Wanna be Treated." See our CONTENT RULES. You are free to communicate the Gospel of Jesus if you like, but this is not required.
Q: WHAT DOES IT COST TO ENTER & TEAM & HOW DO I PAY?
A: The team registration fees are listed Here. Pay by check or use a credit card. Fees go up as production week draws near, so hurry! The fee is per TEAM, NOT per individual.
Q: WHAT KIND OF FILM CAN I PRODUCE?
A: When you sign up you can declare what type of film you intend to produce. This can be changed if your circumstances change. The types are listed on the Film Project page. The different types have varying timelines and criteria by which they are judged. Within the type you can choose any genre you choose, comedy, drama, mocumentary, etc., as long as you abide by the Rules. Write of Passage Spotlight Films are the only type that allows a pre-written script. Remember you must "bid" on a Write of Passage script and receive license prior to production.
Q: WHAT IS THE PROCESS IN A NUTSHELL?
A: The season starts with education and mixers to aid in team formation. For Signature Speed Films, teams get a randomly-selected Bible verse which serves as the foundation for their story. No writing may occur before the verse is given. Verse Assignment marks the start of a 10-day pre-production period (writing, casting, locations and schedules). Cameras roll at a specific hour and final films are due 168 hours later. For films other than Unlimited Documentary, verse assignment is the same but production start times vary. All films must be submitted by the same turn-in time. See Rules for details. All films are judged by our programming committee and then invitations to submit physical copies are given to official selections.
Q: CAN I SHOOT A WRITE OF PASSAGE SCRIPT FROM THE WRITING CONTEST? HOW DOES THAT WORK?
A: Details on making a Write of Passage Spotlight Film are found in the WOP FAQ page.
Q: CAN I MAKE MORE THAN ONE FILM THIS SEASON?
A: Yes. Producers may enter a Non-Speed category (Write of Passage Spotlight or Documentary, etc) and also do a Speed Film. Some have entered 2 or more Speed Films. Separate entries are required for each film. Contact us if your are planning multiple entries.
Q: I CAN'T DO THE COMPETITION BECAUSE THE DATES DON'T WORK WITH MY SCHEDULE. ARE THE DATES FLEXIBLE?
A: Only if you are a student who has a documented exam week conflict. Otherwise no the dates are NOT flexible. Remember,Student Films do not compete with the other Signature films and are ineligible for Best Film honors.
Q: WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
A: Refunds will be pro-rated on the following schedule: More than 90 days out (from Verse Assignment) 100% will be refunded. 60 days out 50%, 30 days out or less, no refund. Team fees are not transferable.
Q: WHAT ARE THE DATES OF THE COMPETITION?
A: See the Film Project page.
Q: WHAT DOES IT COST TO MAKE A FILM?
A: Production budgets vary greatly (that's like asking, "How much does a house cost?"). Teams spend from $250 to $15,000 with the average being around $1500 - $2000. All teams are responsible for their own budget, cast and crew.
Q: HOW DO I FINANCE MY FILM?
A: Beg, borrow and squeal, starting with your friends and family. Kickstarter or other crowd funding sources are options. If you can affiliate (or are affiliated) with a church or other nonprofit, you may be able to offer tax benefits to donors. All producers are responsible for financing their own films.
Q: WHAT DO I GET FOR MY ENTRY FEE?
A: Entry Fees include 2 All Festival Tickets, passes to the VIP Mixers, and a chance to be seen by our VIP Jury and to exhibit before thousands from the Hollywood Community. You also get: Team Promotion, Verse Assignment Night admission (if in LA), and 6 months free access to the Media Hub. Your team members can have 3 months free access to the Media Hub by using a special code.
Q: HOW DO I JOIN A TEAM
A: Find a 168 producer and ask! You are welcome to join our Facebook and Twitter communities. See if there is a team in your area (Remember, you can compete from anywhere). If there is not, you can start one or see where the closest one is located. If you are new to this and just want to see what it's like, great. Very few teams will refuse your excellent, free help. You can also come to mixers in L.A. or to events in your town if available.
Q: I'M AN ACTOR, HOW CAN I ACT IN A FILM?
A: all casting decisions are up to the producers/directors on the teams. Teams in other locales often hold open auditions. These are sometimes announced on Facebook, Twitter, Craig's List, local newspapers, etc.
Q: CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR 168?
A: Yes, we love our volunteers! Inquire about positions. If you're simply curious about us, register at our free level and receive our email newsletter. This is our primary mode of communication. You can also purchase an advanced registration and have access to our library of films. We use the most volunteers at the 168 Festival for everything from usher to stage tech. Contact us if you are want to help at this red carpet, gala affair.
Q: MAY I SUBMIT MY FILM TO OTHER FESTIVALS, PROMOTE AND SCREEN MY FILM BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE 168 FILM FESTIVAL?
A: 168 reserves the right to premiere your film. You must wait to release your film to the public in any form (no YouTube, Facebook, other festivals, etc.) until after the Festival premiere. Then you are free to do as you like with your film, with regard to your contract with 168 Film.
Q: IS IT HARD TO START A TEAM?
A: That depends on you. Are you willing to talk to everyone you know to get help, finances and prayers? Editors, Directors of Photography, Gaffers, and other technical positions are always in great demand, so hug an editor today-you'll be glad later.
Q: CAN I ENTER MY COMPLETED SCREENPLAY?
A: No. This is an original production competition and so pre-existing screenplays cannot enter. All 168 Signature Speed Films are to be created during the same time period. No, writing will occur before the Verse Assignment or the team is disqualified. Prior to verse assignment you may formulate ideas about genre and characters based on your available resources, but no writing may commence until you have received your verse. The only exception is if you wrote a Write of Passage script, in which case you may bid for the opportunity to produce it as a Write of Passage Spotlight Film.
Q: WHAT IF I WANT TO BASE MY STORY ON AN EXISTING WORK (BOOK, MOVIE, TV SHOW, OR EVEN WRITE OF PASSAGE SCRIPT)?
Almost every high concept has been done and so as the Good Book says, there is nothing new under the sun. All works are derivative of something, so what can you write on? Are spoofs/parodies ok? Yes! Is taking a script that is already written ok? No. When does one cross the line? The first year we had a film that was basically "Groundhog Day" with a homeless guy. While the idea was not original, the script and the implementation was original, and so it was ok. So for a Signature Film, as long as you are not using a previously existing script (including Write of Passage) or doing another episode (a serial) of an older 168 Film, you should be fine. Docs and, of course Write of Passage Spotlight films, are exempt from this rule.
We’ve added an “origin” field in the Film Information Database for you to disclose the inspiration for your film – a pre-existing book, story film or TV show, or an original idea. Please note if you are doing a parody or spoof. Remember if it is an exact copy of a pre-existing storyline, you are out of bounds.
If your story is based on a real life individual, you must obtain and submit a "Life Rights" document from that individual or his/her estate/heirs.
Q: WHAT IS OUR PHILOSOPHY ON THE COMPETITION?
A: The 168 Film Project primarily about process and individual growth. Secondarily, it is about awards and competition. You are expected to abide by the rules and to conduct yourself in a way that is honoring to God and to your peers. The spirit of this competition is that you would trust that inspiration for the story will be provided based on your theme and verse. Scriptural Integration (how well your film expresses the original meaning and intent of the verse) is weighted heavier than any other judging category, so you would do well to study and understand your verse. A"spiritual advisor" is a good idea to help with the verse. Prayer is encouraged.
Q: HOW CAN I PREPARE IF I CANNOT WRITE UNTIL I GET THE VERSE?
A: Think of your production as an artist's palette. Your assets (or colors) are people and places and things you have access to: gear, set pieces, locations, actors, and crew members. Use these raw materials as colors to apply to your canvas once you receive the foundational verse. You are free to brainstorm story and genre, but no writing of script may occur before the verse is randomly selected.
Q: WHAT BUDGET LIMITATIONS ARE THERE?
A: There are no restrictions on budget. We are all learning and it is an honor for newcomers to work and compete with pros, and vice versa. Creativity and an excellent story will hold up very well, even against a big budget. Good producers are known for budgeting according to their resources and being frugal. A smaller budget will naturally expand your creativity and skills to become a better producer. The playing field is never level, and the bar should be high.
Q: WHAT ABOUT MUSIC?
A: You can use production libraries, buy-out music or even commercially-available music IF you can get clearance to use it (see below). Rule of thumb: no rights, no use. To be eligible for Best Song or Best Original Score, your composer will sign a certificate stating that the music was not composed before Verse Assignment, and that music production (recording or digital audio construction) was not performed before the start of Production Week.
Q: WHO IS THE "SIGNING PRODUCER?"
The "Signing Producer" is the person who logged in and purchased the entry in the Store. You may have multiple producers on your team, but only one login will access the Producer Dashboard for the sensitive information. You may share your login with those you delegate to fill in the forms, but guard that login so no one changes any details without your authorization. (We recommend changing your password after data entry if you delegate that task.)