Rules

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CinéStudent Film Festival Rules 
  1. Only submissions by current high school students will be accepted (18 years of age or younger), with a teacher from the school of attendance of the filmmaker identified for contact information.  Additional information may be requested for proof of high school enrollment.
  2. The films can be of any subject: documentary or narrative, animation or music video. 
  3. Films must be submitted in the English language. However, foreign language films with English subtitles will be accepted. 
  4. The festival will only accept films that are 10 minutes in length of shorter. 
  5. Only 1 submission per filmmaker will be allowed.
  6. Films cannot contain vulgar language, sexual situations, graphic violence or graphic drug and/or alcohol use. Films with any of these classifications will be disqualified and not screened at the festival.  For comparative purposes, films should be rated an equivalent to PG-13, PG or lower.  
  7. Films cannot contain any copyrighted materials, such as still photographs not taken by the filmmakers, advertisements, brand logos, moving images or music. Popular songs and music cannot be used within the production without the expressed written consent from the copyright holder. Most record labels charge exorbitant fees for use of music, even in student non-profit productions. It is best to go the royalty-free route. There are several sites where free music is available. See http://www.cinestudentfilmfest.org/p/music-use.html for more information.
  8. Students will have to complete an application when submitting a film to the festival and may be required to send a student I.D. as well. Also, student filmmakers may be required to provide release forms for each film. Students whose films do not have proper copyright clearance will be disqualified.  
  9. All films must have been produced and completed in the 10 months prior to the film festival.
  10. Students will submit their films via FilmFreeway.com. The deadline is February 20, 2017. After that deadline, submissions will be accepted until March 3, 2017 with a small "late deadline" fee.
  11. Films will be previewed and judged by event organizers. We reserve the right to refuse any film on any grounds.
  12. Students will agree to release their films for viewing by a general audience. Selected films will also be made available on the Festival website after the conclusion of the festival. 
  13. Selected films will be listed on the website and filmmakers will be notified via email within two weeks prior to the festival. Filmmakers are encouraged to attend the festival. Filmmakers do not need to be present to win, however. 
  14. Prizes will be awarded by the festival after being judged by an impartial panel whose decisions will be final. Awards will be given for Best in Show and Audience Choice. Addition prizes may be awarded for Best Cinematography, Best Directing and Best Editing. Entries will be judged on technical, creative and content elements. 
  15. Selected films may be broadcast on local access television. Only those films that meet certain broadcast specs may be eligible. 
  16. Rules are subject to change.  Competition may be subjected to regional constraints.