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17-Apr-2014 10:33pm PDT  

 

California International Animation Festival

9 Annual: July 01, 2014 to July 31, 2014

  Video and Computer Games

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DEADLINES & ENTRY FEES

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 15.00.

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
 
April 1, 2014
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 25.00 20.00


May 1, 2014
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Student Fee 25.00 20.00


June 1, 2014
Late Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Student Fee 35.00 30.00


June 15, 2014
WAB Extended Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00
Student Fee 55.00 50.00



NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately 30-Jun-2014


RUNTIME
A runtime of any length is permitted


COMPLETION DATE
No requirement for completed by date.


PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world


PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement


DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Media Files
  Other - Digital
  CD-ROM

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Media Files
  Other - Digital
  CD-ROM

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


PRESSKIT REQUIREMENTS
A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital


PRIZES & AWARDS
This category is a competition.


1st Place


CATEGORY RULES
OFFICIAL RULES
Each person or entity who enters the Contest (each, an “Entrant”)agrees to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the Sponsor and its judges, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Contest.
HOW TO ENTER :
To enter the Contest, an Entrant who is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules must submit all of the following materials prior to the entry deadlines specified.
• A properly completed official entry form.
• Three (3) copies of the game will be entered (each, an “Entered Game”), in playable form, on three (3) separate CD-ROMs, along with three (3) sets of any special equipment and hardware, (e.g., graphics cards, 3D glasses, etc.) necessary to play the Entered Game, if applicable, as well as any other supporting materials.
All physical entry materials become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned (no IP rights are affected).
OPEN CATEGORY:
The Contest is open only to business entities and to individuals who are 13 years or older, in each case who have access to the Internet. Individuals under the age of 18 years must provide evidence of parent or legal guardian consent satisfactory to Sponsor. Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and its advertising, promotion, and production agencies, as well as employees of any of the foregoing, members of such employees’ immediate families (including spouse, parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, step-children, step-parents and in-laws), and persons with whom such employees are domiciled, are not eligible. In addition to the foregoing general eligibility requirements, the following additional requirements must be met:
• Independently Created: The Nominating Committee must be confident that the submitted game was created in the 'indie spirit' by an independent game developer, fulfilling the question asked on the entry form. The Nominating Committee reserves the right to refuse any game at its sole discretion.
• Use of Third Party Technology: Games that make use of third party game engines, middleware, or other software or technology are only eligible if the Entrant has all necessary rights to commercially publish the game. For instance, if an Entrant does not have full legal rights to commercially release a game using the Source engine, that game is not eligible for the Contest.
• Rights: Before submitting an Entered Game, the Entrant must have obtained the written permission of all persons or entities having any rights in the Entered Game.
• Updates: Entered Game updates are permitted during the Nominating Period. Patched updates from competitors via CD-ROM will be permitted throughout the judging process. However, Sponsor does not guarantee the viewing or application of every patch/update by the Nominating Committee.
• State of Development: All Entered Games must be in a "beta" state or better (i.e., Entered Games must be feature-complete). At least one (1) level of each Entered Game must be complete and fully playable.
• Platform: Entered Games may run on any platform (Windows, Mac, console, mobile/handheld, etc.). Any Entrant submitting an Entered Game that requires special hardware (e.g., uncommon PDAs or older consoles) may be contacted by Sponsor to obtain the hardware at the Entrant’s sole expense.
STUDENT CATEGORY:
The Contest is open only to individuals 13 years or older who were full or part-time college or high school students during the Spring 2011 semester and who have access to the Internet on or before November 15th, 2011. Individuals under the age of 18 years must provide evidence of parent or legal guardian consent satisfactory to Sponsor. Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and its advertising, promotion, and production agencies, as well as employees of any of the foregoing, members of such employees’ immediate families (including spouse, parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, step-children, step-parents and in-laws), and persons with whom such employees are domiciled, are not eligible. Each Entrant may enter only one (1) game in the Contest. In addition to the foregoing general eligibility requirements, the following additional requirements must be met:
• Student Requirements: The spirit of the Contest is to showcase what students can do, unassisted by professionals. As a result, only games that have been developed entirely by full or part-time college or high school students are eligible for entry. If a game has been developed with significant portions of the assets contributed by a professional, it is not eligible for entry. If entrants to the Contest are in doubt about the amount of externally created or contributed content in their game, please contact the organizers for clarification.

INITIAL SELECTION PROCESS:
Entered Games initially will be evaluated by a selection of judges from a total of 100-200 individuals picked by the Sponsor (the "“Nominating Committee"”). Members of the Nominating Committee may include independent and 'mainstream' professional game designers, notable indie-friendly video game journalists, and other individuals familiar with video game design as well as individuals in the marketing and sales communities and game players in the age category specified by the game designer.
The Nominating Committee will review the Entered Games and select finalists.
Each member of the Nominating Committee will nominate one of the Entered Games based on the overall innovation, quality, impressiveness, and enjoyability of the Entered Game.
[IMPORTANT NOTE: There is now no concept of a 'middleware' category. However, those using middleware graphics engines should list them when asked for the game's platform when entering, and this will be taken into account when judging against those who have built their game engine from scratch.]
Sponsor will notify each Entrant by electronic and/or regular mail if that Entrant’s Entered Game was judged to be a Student Showcase Selection (each such Entrant, a “Student Finalist”). In addition, the overall game with the highest amount of votes will win the Best Student Game Award.
STUDENT SHOWCASE SELECTION EXHIBITION :
Any Student Finalist that does not satisfy all of the requirements of this section may be disqualified, and Sponsor may select an alternate Student Showcase Selection from the remaining Entered Games.
Each Student Finalist will be required to sign and return a declaration of eligibility and release of liability within seven (7) days of notification. The declaration and release will include, to the extent permitted by law and even if already granted by a Student Finalist’s acceptance of these Official Rules, the grant by each Student Finalist of permission (without further compensation) for Sponsor to use the Student Finalist’s name, photograph and likeness, logo (if any), state of residence, and Entered Game for advertising, promotion, marketing, and administration of the Contest. Each Student Finalist must provide Sponsor with his or her social security or taxpayer I.D. number for tax reporting purposes.
RESTRICTIONS/ELIGIBILITY:
• Updates: Entered Game updates are permitted during the Nominating Period. Patched updates from competitors via CD-ROM will be permitted throughout the judging process. However, Sponsor does not guarantee the viewing or application of every patch/update by the Nominating Committee.
• Installation: All Entered Games (except for Web Browser Games) must include an automated installation and uninstallation routine.
• State of Development: All Entered Games must be in a "beta" state or better (i.e., Entered Games must be feature-complete). At least one (1) level of each Entered Game must be complete and fully playable.
• Platform . Entered Games may run on any platform (PC, Mac, console, PDA, etc.). Any Entrant submitting an Entered Game that requires special hardware (e.g., uncommon PDAs or older consoles) may be contacted by Sponsor to obtain the hardware at the Entrant’s sole expense.
RELEASE:
By entering the Contest, each Entrant releases and holds harmless Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, and employees from any and all responsibility or liability arising out of or relating to: (i) any personal injury, death, property (including computer) damage, or other loss or claim of any kind arising from or in connection with any violation of these Official Rules; the Contest, the Conference or any Entered Game; the acceptance, possession, or use of any prize; or any travel required by the Contest; (ii) any entry or other materials that have been tampered with, that are misdirected, incomplete, incorrect, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible, or, with respect to mail-in entries or materials, that are sent postage due; and (iii) computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, hardware, software, or other technical malfunctions or failures; garbled or jumbled transmissions; Internet or website inaccessibility or delays; printing or typographical errors in any Contest or Conference materials; or any other technical or human errors occurring in connection with the Contest or Conference.
By entering the Contest, each Entrant consents to the use of the Entrant’s name, photograph and likeness, logo (if any), state of residence, and Entered Game for advertising, promotion, marketing, and administration of the Contest and Conference without additional compensation, to the extent permitted by law. Each entrant further agrees that Sponsor may use any and all information collected through the Contest, including the Entrant’s name and contact information, for marketing or other purposes whether or not related to the Contest, to the extent permitted by law and Sponsor’s privacy policy, which may be found on the Contest Website.
REPRESENTATIONS :
By entering the Contest, each individual submitting entry materials (including an Entered Game) represents and warrants to Sponsor that:
• such individual is the Entrant;
• the Entrant and the Entered Game fully comply with all eligibility requirements and all other provisions of these Official Rules;
• in preparing the Entered Game and entering and participating in the Contest and the Conference, the Entrant has complied and will comply in all respects with all applicable laws, regulations, and rules and has not violated nor will violate any agreement or understanding by which it is bound, including any confidentiality, employment, consulting, intellectual property assignment, or license agreement;
• the Entered Game consists entirely of Entrant’s own original work or of work to which Entrant has all necessary rights; and
• neither the Entered Game nor the duplication, use, display, performance, or distribution of the Entered Game will infringe or misappropriate any intellectual property or other proprietary rights of any person or entity.
TERMINATION :
Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest in its sole and absolute discretion if the Contest becomes technically corrupted or is not capable of being run as planned, including infections by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest. In such event, Sponsor will post notice on the Contest Website.
MISCELLANEOUS :
If any part of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be deemed modified or eliminated to the extent necessary, in the court’s opinion, to make it enforceable while preserving the original intent of the Sponsor, and the remaining parts of these Official Rules will remain in full force and effect. The Contest will be governed by, and these Official Rules will be interpreted by, and enforced in accordance with, the laws of the State of California and applicable United States federal law, without regard to any conflicts of laws principles. The Contest is void where prohibited by law. Any dispute arising out of or relating to these Official Rules, or the Contest, must be brought exclusively in the state courts located in Modesto, California or federal courts located in San Francisco, California, and Sponsor and each Entrant irrevocably waive any objection to the venue and jurisdiction thereof.