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 Registration is open to valid U.S. residents in all 50 states. Please read the rules carefully before registering.

A. Film Challenge Dates & Times

The End of Days Film Challenge will begin on Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 6:00 pm EST and concludes on Monday September 28th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. To qualify for awards, submissions must be completely uploaded by Monday September 28th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

B. Registration Deadline

All teams must register with the End of Days Film Challenge before Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 11:59 pm. To register, visit the SIGN UP page on the EOD website. A team may not participate without submitting their registration information and agreement. All registration fees must be paid before the deadline or the team will not be eligible to compete.

C. Rules and Regulations

  1. All creativity must take place during the “Official 30 day Time Period”. Any creativity work in advance of the competition time period is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to: Writing the script, Rehearsing, Costume/Set Design, Shooting, Editing, Sound Design, Rendering, etc. Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition. All short films received after the deadline will not be available for awards.
  2. The only work to begin prior to the “Official 30 day Time Period” is: organizing crew, organizing cast, securing equipment, scouting/securing locations, and creating a story idea.
  3. All footage must be shot within the 30 day time period of the project. Stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used if it does not include any of the film’s actors in it, and is used only as an establishing, transition, or Point-of-View shot. You may not use more than a total of 1 minute of stock footage. Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the 30 day 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 30 day time period.
  4. Each group will choose it’s own storyline and genre as along as the storyline revolves around the “End of Days” theme. Acceptable themes include, but are not limited to:
  • The world is ending because of an asteroid, cosmic, religious, or worldly devastation.
  • Society is ending or changing because of an apocalyptic event such as nuclear war, alien takeover, biological outbreak/infection, and/or economic collapse.
  1. Each participating group will be assigned required elements that must appear in its film. Required  elements include:
  • Character Name and Occupation
  • Prop
  • Line of Dialogue
  • Action your Character must do

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 must be in English.
– To qualify, each group’s film must contain all required elements within the official time limit and prior to the end credits.
-The Character action can be done by any character in your movie.

  1. Any type of video or film camera may be used. Sound recorders are allowed.
  2. 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. Example: 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.
  3. Each team must secure releases for talent, crew, music, and locations (and any other applicable releases), which must be scanned and emailed to eodfilmchallenge@gmail.com. (The release forms can be found in the Documents section of the EOD Film Challenge website).
  4. 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, race, religion, 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). Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the EOD Film Challenge, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. The EOD Film Challenge reserves the right to make the final determination as to which Entries are eligible. See the Film Rating and Profanity rules.
  5. To be certified as an “Official End of Days Film Challenge Film,” each participating group’s film/video production must follow all rules herein. End of Days Film Challenge Organizers reserve the right to screen only certified “Official End of Days Film Challenge Films.”
  6. No Entries (media or documents) will be returned.
  7. The End of Days Film Challenge may, in their sole discretion, disqualify Entries deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant. All certified “Official End of Days Film Challenge Films” are eligible to compete for the End of Days Film Challenge awards. Panels of independent judges will determine the winners.
  8. The End of Days Film Challenge Organizers may add to or amend these rules at any time.
  9. There are no refunds for any reason, whatsoever. For instance: non-compliant films, teams that drop out, films that do not make the deadline, or any other catastrophic event.

SAG – AFTRA ACTORS

We currently do not have permission to showcase and distribute films with SAG – AFTRA Actors. We are working to make this available for the film challenge in the coming years.

D. Format and Length Requirements

  1. The finished short film must have a runtime greater than 8 minutes, but less than 12 minutes — excluding credits.
  2. Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. The 60 seconds is NOT considered part of the length of the film.

Example: a film may be 12 minutes long, including up to 60 seconds of credits, for a total running time of 13 minutes.

  1. The finished film/video must be submitted in NTSC. Your film must be submitted in the following format: a self-contained, NTSC, Full HD (1920×1080p) 16:9 aspect ratio, Quicktime file (.mov) OR MPEG-4 file (.mp4)  in H.264 compression.
  2. Before the finished film begins, it should have:
    • Black Matte (2 seconds)
    • Title card with: the Films Title, Team Name, and EOD statement “This film was made for the End of Days Film Challenge” (5 Seconds)
    • Black Matte (2 seconds)
    • Your Film

*The EOD banners, title cards, and black frames DO NOT COUNT towards your films final time limit.

E. Uploading your Film

1. Any file sharing program may be used to upload and share your film with the EOD staff.

2. A link to download your film must be emailed to eodfilmchallenge@gmail.com before the competition end date.

3. Include the following information in the email:

Email Subject: Team Name, Film Name

Email Body:

Team Name

Team Leader Name

Film Name

Link to Movie

F. Submitting Your Required Documents

Email your completed production documents to eodfilmchallenge@gmail.com, you must also send your production documents before the final end date of the competition to be eligible for awards.

For a list of Required Documents, please visit the Documents section of our website.

F. Film Ratings

Film Ratings – We would like our films to be enjoyed by all. Please follow the MPAA PG-13 rating.

From the MPAA website: http://www.mpaa.org/ratings/what-each-rating-means

PG-13 — Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13. A PG-13 rating is a sterner warning by the Rating Board to parents to determine whether their children under age 13 should view the motion picture, as some material might not be suited for them. A PG-13 motion picture may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category. The theme of the motion picture by itself will not result in a rating greater than PG-13, although depictions of activities related to a mature theme may result in a restricted rating for the motion picture. Any drug use will initially require at least a PG-13 rating. More than brief nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but such nudity in a PG-13 rated motion picture generally will not be sexually oriented. There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence. A motion picture’s single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context. The Rating Board nevertheless may rate such a motion picture PG-13 if, based on a special vote by a two-thirds majority, the Raters feel that most American parents would believe that a PG-13 rating is appropriate because of the context or manner in which the words are used or because the use of those words in the motion picture is inconspicuous.

Additional EOD Film Challenge Profanity Restrictions:

Because, we want to be sensitive to families, in addition to the PG-13 restrictions, we have additionally, restricted the following. So, please do NOT include these words/terms in your films:

  1. “GD” – G*d D*mn
  2. “JC” – Jesus Christ – when used as swear word.
  3. N*gger
  4. Any other vulgar, racist, or sexually explicit terms.

If your actors run amuck with their foul language, please do one of the following:

  1. Edit the word, visually and audibly, out of the film
  2. Edit the audio, to drop out the word, and leave a silent spot.
  3. Edit the audio, to drop out the word, and do an ADR word replacement.
  4. Edit the audio, to drop out the word, and beep it out. (least desirable action)

Nudity/Sexuality

The EOD Film Challenge will not accept any film submissions with full or partial nudity. If it can’t play on Youtube, don’t put it in your movie.

Drug Use

The EOD Film Challenge will not accept any film submissions that show the extreme use of drugs, or glorify drug usage. Drugs may be present in your film, but films that glorify drug use will not be eligible for awards.

Violence

The EOD Film Challenge will not accept any film submissions that mock, glorify, or reenact actual tragic events involving minors. Examples include The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, Columbine High School Shooting, Virginia Tech Shooting, etc. However, you may reference these events in your film so long as you do not mock or glorify them.

G. Fund Raising

Registered teams participating in the EOD Film Challenge are allowed to seek funding via fundraising sites such as IndieGoGo, Kickstarter, GoFundMe, etc. If a team elects to raise money, they may use the End of Days Film Challenge name, logo, website, and information in the fundraising description.

The End of Days Film Challenge will in no way assist in the fundraising of any teams film.

H. Payment/Refunds

Payment is made through PayPal. Refunds before the start of the contest will be offered with a 15% service charge. Once the contest has started, no refunds will be issued.

The End of Days Film Challenge Organizers may add to or amend these rules at any time.

  1. There are no refunds for any reason, whatsoever. For instance: non-compliant films, teams that drop out, films that do not make the deadline, or any other catastrophic event.

After the Festival

Once the Film Challenge is complete, you are free to upload and share your film on Youtube or Vimeo. We will have a webpage dedicated to this years contestants, which will showcase all the films from the competition. *In order to have your film displayed on the website, you must send us a link to your film. We will not upload or host your film for you.

HAPPY FILMING

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