RULES

END OF DAYS FILM CHALLENGE OFFICIAL RULES

Please read the Official Rules carefully before registering.

A. Film Challenge Dates & Times

The End of Days Weekend Film Challenge will begin on Friday, June 8th at 9:00 am and concludes on Sunday, June 10th at 11:59 pm EST.  All films will be screened at the End of Days Film Festival on Sunday, June 24th, 2018. To qualify for awards, submissions must be completely uploaded by Sunday, June 10th at 11:59 pm EST.

B. Registration Deadline

All teams must register with the End of Days Film Challenge before midnight on Monday, June 4th, 2018. To register, visit the REGISTER 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 Competition Weekend”. 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 Competition Weekend” is: organizing crew, organizing cast, securing equipment, scouting/securing locations, and creating a story idea.
  3. All footage must be shot within the competition 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 30 seconds of stock footage. Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the competition 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 competition time period.
  4. Each participating group will be assigned required elements that must appear in its film. Required  elements include:
  • Character Name
  • Prop
  • Line of Dialogue
  • Action a Character must do
  • End of Days Theme
  1. End of Days Theme: Each group will choose it's own storyline and genre as along as the storyline revolves around the End of Days Theme assigned at kickoff.  Each team will be assigned one of the following themes:
  • Ghost / Supernatural
  • Alien / Extraterrestrial
  • Zombie / Virus
  • Cosmic / Asteroid

ELEMENT REQUIREMENTS

- 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. 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.
  3. 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.”
  4. No Entries (media or documents) will be returned.
  5. 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.
  6. The End of Days Film Challenge Organizers may add to or amend these rules at any time.
  7. 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

You are welcome to use SAG-AFTRA Actors, so long as you compete the required SAG-AFTRA paperwork and requirements. We do not require proof of the SAG-AFTRA documents, but SAG-AFTRA will.

D. Format and Length Requirements

  1. The finished short film must have a runtime greater than 4 minutes, but less than 7 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 7 minutes long, including up to 60 seconds of credits, for a total running time of 8 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 Weekend Film Challenge" (4 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. Production Documents

The End of Days Film Challenge does NOT require any Production Documents. We strongly suggest you sign contracts with your cast, crew, locations, etc. But we do not require that you turn any documents into us.

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

Full or partial nudity is accepted and must be used at the discretion of the team leader, film director, and actor in question.

Drug Use

Drugs may be present in your film, however The EOD Film Challenge does not encourage the glorification of drug use.

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 End of Days Film Challenge has screened your film at the End of Days Film Festival, you are free to upload and share your film on Youtube or Vimeo. Releasing your film before the film festival will result in your film not being eligible for awards. 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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