1st Annual

ASSASSIN'S CREED II Filmmaking Challenge | Presented by IFC's Media Lab Studios

December 01, 2009 to December 01, 2009


LIVE BY THE CREED Filmmaking Challenge: Shorts (6 minutes or less)


Deadlines & Entry Fees

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Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
September 24, 2009
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *
Regular Deadline
October 1, 2009
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *
Late Deadline
October 15, 2009
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *
Films must be uploaded to the IFC Assassin's Creed Challenge Site by 11:59 pm ET on November 1, 2009
November 1, 2009
Regular Discounted
No Entry Fee 0.00 *

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately November 13, 2009

Shorts: maximum 6 minutes

No requirement for completed by date

Projects must originate from USA

No premiere requirement

Project must not have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

Media Files
  .FLV (Flash Video)
  .WMV (Windows Media)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .WMV (Windows Media)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 USD Cash + a PS3 + a copy of Assassin's Creed II.
Sponsor:IFC's Media Lab Studios Assassin's Creed II Filmmaking Challenge
Cash Award Value: 10,000 U.S. Dollar

Two Runners Up
Two Runners Up will receive $2,500 USD Cash + a PS3 + a copy of Assassin's Creed II.
Sponsor:IFC's Media Lab Studios Assassin's Creed II Filmmaking Challenge
Cash Award Value: 2,500 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

What is the "Live by the Creed" Filmmaking Challenge and what kind of films do you accept?
The Live by the Creed Filmmaking Challenge is accepting short films/entries that closely tie into the Assassin's Creed II story, theme, location and action. IFC.com will accept submissions starting at 12:00AM on September 8, 2009 and submissions will end at 11:59PM on November 1, 2009.

For your short film submission to qualify to win, we must see a minimum of three of the following tenants in your film (listed in no particular order):
1) Assassin/Assassination
2) Revenge
3) Hidden blade/hidden weapon
4) Italy/Italian Renaissance
5) Unique gadgets/tools
6) Family
7) Conspiracy

In addition, below please find a few more thought-starter elements to consider including in your short film to give it an authentic nod to Assassin's Creed II: 1) Money/greed
2) Leonardo Da Vinci
3) Fight/hand-to-hand combat
4) Parkour/escape

Your entry will be judged in each category on the originality of your idea, the execution of your entry, the quality of the material and the adherence to above stated tenants and requirements.

How will my entry be judged? How will you choose the winner?
All entries will be screened and considered and then the top ten entries will be judged by filmmaker Ti West, key members of IFC and key members of the Assassin's Creed II development team. The panel will choose two (2) Runners Up and 1 Winner.

What is the prize?
The winner of this challenge will receive (i) $10,000; (ii) a PS3; (iii) a copy of Assassin's Creed II.

The two (2) Runners Up will each receive (i) $2500; (ii) a PS3; (iii) a copy of Assassin's Creed II.

IFC will air up to three (3) of the winning films at its sole discretion.

When will the winner be announced?
One (1) winner and two (2) Runners Up will be announced on or around November 13th, 2009.

May I submit more then one short film?
Each person may submit up to two (2) short films for this contest.

I don't have a lot of money? How can I compete with those who do?
We understand that budgets are tight. Ingenuity, resourcefulness, originality of your idea, execution of your entry, quality of the material and adherence to guidelines of the challenge go a long way.

I see that Ubisoft, Assasin's Creed II and IFC are a part of this project. Do I need to include messaging about any or all of them in my series?
We are looking for a great short film that fulfills the stipulations of this challenge, not a commercial. You must include at least three of the tenants from the game, but you do not need to specifically mention IFC, Ubisoft or Assassin’s Creed II.

Additionally, this should be obvious but we'll say it anyway: portraying IFC, Assassin's Creed II or Ubisoft in a negative light is contrary to the spirit of the contest and your submission may be eliminated from consideration.

Are there content concerns? Should this be family friendly?
IFC celebrates free speech and free expression and as such, we prefer not to censor your work. Please see official Rules and Regulations for further information.

The rules and regulations are clearly established and not adhering to them can lead to your film's disqualification.

How do I convert my short film into a QuickTime or Windows Media file?
Most movie editing tools have the ability to export as either QuickTime or Windows Media. Check the Help menu or documentation for the program you are using.

What will you do with my short film?
Some entries may be available for viewing on IFC.com. Some may be selected for screening on the IFC.

Will my short film ever air on IFC even if it is not chosen as the winner?
Perhaps. Throughout the course of this program, submitted short films may be broadcast on IFC or one of its partnership related sites. However, since this is a contest, simply submitting does not mean that the film will ever air on IFC, Media Lab, IFC.com, or other partner sites.

If my short film is chosen as a finalist or winner, will it appear on TV? Will I appear on IFC?
The winning short film and the two (2) Runners Up short films may air on IFC. This is up to IFC in its sole discretion. If IFC decides to air your film, you will be asked to deliver an air-able master to IFC. Upon such request, you will be given explicit details on what we will need from you and when.

Additionally, throughout the campaign we will be promoting the contest on-air to drive viewer interest in going to IFC.com. In creating the promotional spots we may utilize submissions and the winning web series in both clip and full length episode format.

What type of clearances do I need to provide you?
We've outlined the some of the key rights and clearances below. However, be sure to read the complete Terms and Conditions for all the specifics.

# You are the sole owner or have exclusive rights to the video pitch or treatment you supply
# You grant IFC and their partners non-exclusive, royalty-free right in perpetuity throughout the universe to use your submitted film for consideration in the contest in any and all media>

# You have paid all applicable copyright, contractual and participation payments
# You have not granted rights to any other entity with respect to the video treatment or pitch that would interfere in IFC rights under this contest
# You have obtained written consent from every person in the film to use his/her name and likeness and authorize others to do so
# Your film is an original work of fiction or you have obtained the consent of the original author / owner of the material
# Your film contains original music or you have obtained the appropriate rights from the original songwriter / owner of the material

Can I mail you my short film for inclusion on the Media Lab site?
No. At this time, the IFC Media Lab is only accepting films via Withoutabox and Web upload. In certain cases, we may request a tape for broadcast or other use. Once you submit through Withoutabox, you will receive instructions for how you can upload your project.