The 168 Film Project is a speed filmmaking competition, so time is a factor in the rules:
"Signature" Narrative Films (Dramas, Comedies, Musicals, etc.)
- No writing may commence prior to Verse Assignment (the beginning of the 10-day Pre-Production period).
Teams may conduct casting, secure locations and develop concepts prior to verse assignment, but no scripting may be performed.
- No filming may commence prior to the posted Production Week Start Time.
- Production must be complete exactly 168 hours later, at the posted Turn-In Time. Uploading must commence prior to the posted Turn-In Time.
- (Musicals are dramas/comedies where song lyrics advance the plot.)
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SIGNATURE FILM MUSIC AWARDS (Best Song, Best Original Score):
- Music must be original, composed for the project.
- No writing of lyrics, score or charts may occur until Verse Assignment.
- No recording or Digital Audio production until the start of Production Week.
- Composers will sign a certificate that states music was composed within these rules
- Production may commence as soon as entry fees are paid.
- Producer must choose a verse related to the annual Theme.
- Unlimited Documentaries are subject to the same Content Rules as described above.
- Production turn-in deadine is the same as for Narrative Films.
- Unlimited Documentaries compete in their own separate category, and are also eligible for the Evangelista Award.
Pure Animation Films
- Pure Animation films must contain animation or motion capture in every frame.
- Teams may build models and create characters early, beginning one week before the Verse Assignment.
- Absolutely no animation, key framing or other preparation besides modeling will occur before Verse Assignment.
- Pre-existing/purchased digital assets are not allowed.
- Pure Animations are not restricted after Verse Assignment except for meeting the turn-in deadline. (They may begin stop-motion filming or keyframing and rendering any time past Verse Assignment.)
- Pure Animation films will compete in their own category, and are also eligible for the Evangelista Award.
Live Action/Animated/Effects Hybrid Projects:
These films combine synthetic elements and live action, and are considered part of the narrative film category. As such, all CG effects, animation, etc. is considered a part of live action. These assets include Motion Capture, Plates and Virtual Sets. They MAY be planned after the Verse Assignment, but filmmakers may NOT shoot or do work on any of these elements before the Start Production date and time.
Write of Passage Spotlight Films
- Write of Passage scripts may be optioned and produced for the festival.
- Producers may "bid" on the rights to produce any Write of Passage script. 168 Management has sole discretion in granting permission to produce.
- Once accepted and fees paid, producers may begin production as soon as entry fees are paid. No time limits are required other than turn-in..
- Technical requirements are the same as for all other submissions. See Producer Dashboard for details.
- Write of Passage Spotlight Films compete in their own category.
- See the Write of Passage FAQ for full details.
- Music Videos are a special category, where the visuals enhance or illustrate the lyric of the song.
- Maximum duration is 5 minutes.
- Songwriting and filming can begin immediately after Verse Assignment (yes you have 17 days to complete the show.)
- Music Videos compete in their own category and are not eligible for Best Film honors.
"Making Of" Documentaries
- Behind-the-scenes (BTS) documentaries are encouraged.
- No additional registration required.
- Maximum duratioan is 5 minutes
- Filming may start as soon as a team is formed.
- All Content Rules (above) apply.
- Deadline for submission is exactly 168 hours after the primary Turn-In-Day.
- Upload and technical requirements are the same as for all other entries.
- "Making Of" documentaries compete in their own category.
- Student films follow the same timetable as Signature Films
- Key personnel (producer, director, etc.) must be active college or high school students, supervised by a team of adult advisors.
- One adult advisor must register as Signing Producer if student producer is under age 18.
- If the normal pre-production/production schedule interferes with exams at the school, dates of verse assignment and 168-hour production week may be rescheduled. Proof of exam-week conflict must be provided to be considered. Contact us to explain the circumstances.
- Student films compete in their own category.
- All music must be licensed
- Original composers will use the form to assign rights to you and to 168.
- "Production Music" (from library, buyout or online scoring service) may be used, but it will disqualify for Best Score or Best Original Song.
- Production Music (if used) must be licensed for up to 3,000 copies plus Internet delivery.
- Copyrighted "popular" music may ONLY be used if appropriate rights and permissions are obtained with license to make up to 3,000 copies plus Internet delivery. This applies also to incidental music that could be picked up by a microphone in a public place, or an actor humming a few bars or singing/speaking lyrics of a copyrighted song. For details on the hoops to use commercially-available music, please see www.bzrights.com/101.htm.
- 168 reserves the right to premier your film at the festival.
- This includes NO open access to any versions of the film that may be uploaded to a video service (YouTube, Vimeo).
- Films may not appear on any social media outlet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) prior to the 168 Film Festival.
- You may show your film to your team prior to the festival AS PRIVATE SCREENINGS ONLY.
- If you choose to upload your film (or drafts of it) to a video service (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) for team collaboration purposes, be certain to assign the upload "UNLISTED" or "PRIVATE" attributes so the film does not show up in a global search. Warn team members who receive links that if posted to social media, you could be disqualified from Festival screenings and awards. (After the Festival premier, you may change your film's status to "public.")
- Trailers are encouraged and may be uploaded to any social media or video sharing outlet referencing the premiere date of the festival. Trailers submitted to 168 will be featured on this site.
- 168's official screening asapect ratio is 16:9. Other formats will be letterboxed or pillarboxed for festival screening.
- Videotape entries are no longer accepted.
- All films will be submitted via Internet upload as h.264. MP4 or MOV files. This includes teams submitting in-person at the Turn-In Day Event.
- With prior approval, teams without suitable Internet service may submit on non-returnable flash media or optical disk (CD or DVD-ROM)
- Producers of selected films will be invited to send a high-bitrate ProResHD or DNxHD file on hard disk or flash drive for festival screening.
- Full details are listed in the Producer Dashboard. (Click "Edit My Entry" when logged in as Signing Producer.)
Teams accept full responsibility for the safety of their cast and crew. This includes, but is not limited to, reading and complying with the Safety and Production Guidelines provided in the Producer Dashboard. Producers must follow all applicable city, state, and federal laws. Team members including, but not limited to, Producers, Directors, Production Managers, Assistant Directors, Stunt Coordinators, and Effects Persons are required to attend the safety seminar or read/watch the safety presentation. Further, all teams will comply with all State and Federal OSHA requirements. Children on the set are subject to special rules outlined in the Official Rules and Agreement. 168 IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACCIDENTS OR INJURIES ON YOUR SET.