The Rules

Overall Contest Rules

Like any good competition, there are rules that all teams agree to follow. The Rules and Safety document is issued to teams upon registration, and it requires signatures. You may preview the Rules Document here. (It is subject to change prior to season start.)

Some of the rule highlights include:

  • Late submissions (even by one second) will be screened at the festival, but will be ineligible for awards
  • Exceeding designated length (by as little as one frame) will disqualify from awards
  • Detailed descriptions of Film Types (speed/non-speed) and their time requirements
  • Content rules to assure "family-safe" screenings
  • Technical Requirements
  • Jury process & awards
  • Pre-festival screening restrictions
  • Set Safety and Code of Conduct

Terms and Agreement

After signing up, the Signing Producer will receive an Adobe Sign document, which is our comprehensive working agreement.  Points include:

  • Agreement to abide by the Rules
  • Statement of Prizes and eligibility
  • Code of Conduct, intended to help prevent certain types of behavior, both on set and when representing onesself as a 168 participant
  • Warranty that participant has full authority and capacity to enter into the agreemnet
  • Acknowledgement that producers own their films, but have one restriction, to not publicly screen the film until after its premier at the Festival
  • Grant of rights and license to 168 so that we may exhibit your films and other matierals you provide
  • Other typical legal provisions (indemnity, term, territory, etc.)
  • Statement of safety compliance

A sample contract may be downloaded here. It is subject to change.

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