CONTENT ·All films must be original, newly-produced works, created in 2011-2012. ·All footage must be shot and edited by the filmmaker(s) listed in the “Final Submission” form, with the exception of archival footage which cannot exceed 20% of the film's total content and must be properly attributed. · Dramatizations are discouraged, but if necessary they need to be clearly identified as such and cannot exceed 10% of the film. ·Film must be a documentary that focuses on a social issue within the larger San Francisco Bay Area community. The film may have worldwide scope, but a clear link to a local community must be clearly established (unless you are submitting to the "Flex" category). ·All films must be appropriate for general audiences and in good taste: nudity, gratuitous violence, obscene language, material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group is NOT permitted. ·Organizers of the SI DocFest also reserve the right to determine what footage is deemed inappropriate. LENGTH ·Films should be around 10 minutes long, with 2 minute leeway on each end (including end credits). In other words, the minimum length is 8 minutes and the maximum is 12 minutes. ELIGIBILITY · In order to submit a film, you must be a full-time high school student in the San Francisco Bay Area for the 2011 school year. ·You have the option of working individually OR working in a team of up to 3students from your school. A maximum of 3 students will be eligible for scholarship money if the film wins; however, there is no limit to how many students from your school may help you in the course of your filmmaking experience. · In the case of a team entry, students must be from the same school. ·All students who contributed significant amounts of time in the production of the film should be identified in the credits. ·Filmmaker(s) are welcome to submit more than one film to the SI DocFest. TIMELINE ·Pre-registration opens December 1, 2011 and ends February 1, 2012. Entries submitted later than the February deadline may not be eligible for the festival. ·A 1-2 minute preview must be submitted via mail in a DVD format and postmarked by March 1, 2012. This will count as the official registration for the SI DocFest. ·Completed films are to be submitted by April 1, 2012 to dogooddocs. 6 copies in DVD format must be submitted, as well as a Final Submission Form. ·The awards screening where winners will be announced will be held at the Camera Cinemas April 28, 2012. PRIZES ·1st place will receive $10,000 to be distributed equally among the organization or individual(s) profiled in the documentary, the school represented by the winning filmmaker(s) and the filmmaker(s) in the form of a cash scholarship. ·2nd place winner(s) will receive $6,000 ·3rd place winner(s) will receive $4,000. Both 2nd and 3rd place awards are to be divided in the same way as the 1st place entry. ·Recognition and participation certificates will be presented to all approved entries; in addition, the winners' films will be posted for worldwide view on the SI DocFest website. COPYRIGHT ·In order to use any copyrighted music, video footage, photos or other material, you are responsible for obtaining written permission from the copyright holder. ·Any originally composed music for your film, music in the public domain, or music not protected by copyright may be used. ·For questions on how to deal with copyright, ask your teachers or mentors for guidance. ·For a list of websites of music in the public domain, visit our Tools section on our website. LICENSING ·By submitting your film to the festival, dogooddocsCorporation reserves the right to present your film in a public setting, as well as on the SI DocFest website. However, you will maintain the license of the creative content in your film.
*Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding these rules and regulations. Any film that does not comply with these guidelines is subject to disqualification from the First Annual Bay Area Social Issues Documentary Film Contest. Also, please continually check the website for full and up-to-date details on contest rules and regulations as dates and guidelines are subject to change.