10th Annual

Films for the Forest

March 10, 2019 to March 10, 2019

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P.O. Box 49268
Austin TX 78765
USA
Phone: 512-420-0101
f3@rainforestpartnership.org
http://www.filmsfortheforest.org

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Short (4-20 min)
FILMS MUST:

Be between 4 minutes and 20 minutes in duration (titles and credits included).
This year's theme is: “Speak for the Forests” Filmmakers are encouraged to address the theme and connect the theme with a subject matter related to the forest.
Amateur and professional independent filmmakers of any age and experience level may enter.
Name file as “Title_Category_YYYY”
Ex. “SavetheRainForests_Shorts_2018.mov”
Ex. “SAVETHERAINFORESTS_Shorts_2018.mov”
Submit by January 31st, 2019.
Short Shorts (< 4 min)
FILMS MUST:

Be under 4 minutes in duration (titles and credits included).
This year's theme is: “Speak for the Forests” Filmmakers are encouraged to address the theme and connect the theme with a subject matter related to the forest.
Amateur and professional independent filmmakers of any age and experience level may enter.
Name file as “Title_Category_YYYY”
Ex. “SavetheRainForests_ShortShorts_2018.mov”
Ex. “SAVETHERAINFORESTS_ShortShorts_2018.mov”
Submit by January 31st, 2019.
Speak for the Forests (< 1 min)
FILMS MUST:

Promote advocacy for rainforests (e.g. sustainability, restoration, conservation, regeneration).
OPTIONAL: Use media from Rainforest Partnership's library accessible @ https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lMnwnZX8Z1kRWvff1L_zJRscWR8SLgJ8?usp=sharing (If you have any issues accessing the media files please feel free to contact us directly).
Be under 1 minute in duration (titles and credits included).
Amateur and professional independent filmmakers of any age and at any stage in their career may enter.
Name file as “Title_Category_YYYY”
Ex. “SavetheRainForests_PSA_2018.mov”
Ex. “SAVETHERAINFORESTS_PSA_2018.mov”
Submit by January 31st, 2019.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Films for the Forest (F3) is an annual international short film competition created by Rainforest Partnership, an international nonprofit headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Rainforest Partnership's mission is to protect and regenerate tropical rainforests by working with the people of the forests to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature.

Films for the Forest’s objective is to use the creative visual arts to move people around the world to act on behalf of tropical rainforests by connecting them to the beauty, complexity, biodiversity, and importance that rainforests play in the health of our planet. Film has the capacity to make the abstract notion of the rainforests real to people who have never had the opportunity to visit one. By bringing the story of the rainforests to life through film, we can inform and inspire people to act. We encourage independent filmmakers, of all ages and from around the world, to create inspiring forest related films.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Films for the Forest (F3) is open to short films completed after January 1, 2018. Films chosen as F3 Official Selections are screened as a part of the SXSW Film Festival Community Film Screenings in Austin, Texas during March 9-18, 2019. We believe in outreach wherever possible and will promote selected submitted films beyond SXSW, including such opportunities as: other F3 screenings/other film festivals; EARTHxFilm, Rainforest Partnership events; use on our website(s), social media platforms, and as part of other outreach. This includes the potential for online screening(s). The Rainforest Partnership and/or Films for the Forests watermark/logo may be added to or shown in conjunction with submitted films. These screenings/viewings will credit the submitter. Submission of your film confirms your acceptance of these terms. If you have any questions, contact us prior to film submission.

JUDGES:
Films for the Forest film challenge is judged by a high caliber panel of filmmakers and environmentalists selected by Rainforest Partnership. Our high caliber panels have included well-regarded film industry professionals including Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater, who has judged F3 since its inception, and EARTHxFilm director Michael Cain. We’ll be announcing members of the jury panel in the months to come, so check the Rainforest Partnership social media feeds and the Films for the Forest website for more information.

PRIZES:
Winning films will be announced as part of the F3 2018 screening at SXSW Film Festival Community Screening in March 2019. The winner of the “JP’s Peace, Love and Happiness Award”. Two $500 cash prizes will be announced at the same time. All submissions are eligible for this one prize.

In addition, there will be awards for best short (4-20 minutes), best short short (under 4 minutes), and best PSA (under 60 seconds). The information on cash prizes and laurels for these categories will be available in months to come, here and at the Films for the Forest website. These films will be selected by the judges from the pool of selected submissions. In addition, there will be Audience Choice winners selected in each category after the Austin, Texas SXSW community screening in March.

CATEGORIES:
Short Shorts - films 4 minutes and under
Shorts - films 20 minutes and under and more than 4 minutes
Speak for the Forests - films promoting advocacy for rainforests in a minute or less PSA
All film styles and genres accepted (fiction, documentary, digital, painted animation, claymation, stop-motion, mixed media, etc.) with the exception of sexual content and gore.
A separate submission is required for each individual film submitted.

THEME:
For our tenth year anniversary theme we wanted to give our forests a voice. We chose the theme "Speak for the Forests”. This year’s theme marries our F3 work with Rainforest Partnership's mission to protect and regenerate tropical rainforests. F3 involves filmmakers in this effort, encouraging them to explore their interpretation of this year’s theme with the intent to illuminate the vital role of Earth’s rainforests and forests in general.

JUDGING RUBRICK:
This year all the films will be judged based on the following weighted categories:
Storytelling (30%)
Does the film have a clear and compelling narrative and message?
Technical Achievement (30%)
Does the film meet technical expectations (image, sound, editing quality, etc.)
Creativity (30%)
Does the film meet creative expectations (use of imagery, sound, editing, acting, etc.)
Theme Relevance (10%)
Does the film relate, interpret and/or address the theme clearly?

CONTACT:
films@rainforestpartnership.org

VOLUNTEERS:
We would love to include you as a volunteer for Films for the Forest. If you are interested, please contact us at: volunteer@rainforestpartnership.org

A BIT ABOUT US:

Films for the Forest is a program of Rainforest Partnership. Films for the Forest was launched in 2010 with the vision of bringing together artists and activists alike to bring attention to the importance of rainforest conservation using a far-reaching medium. Our reach was expanded in 2012 when we began to collaborate with the SXSW Film Community Screenings.

The films submitted and screened at F3 integrate diverse storytelling forms and methods. From animations, to narrative shorts, to digital shorts, many of the selected films are created using mobile phones, apps, and go-pro cameras. The ability new technology has to level the playing field is something Films For the Forest embraces because it enables people across the globe to use their voices to inspire positive changes in environmental and social issues.

“Rainforest Partnership is inviting you to bring forests to the people using the power of film. Through your imagination and creativity, you get to make forests come alive and move people to action and in doing so you give voice to the forests." - Niyanta Spelman, CEO


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Online submission through www.withoutabox.com is preferred. Please be aware that if you do not already have a Withoutabox account, you will need to create one. You may want to do that ahead of the deadline.

Classes and groups are welcome to submit films as a group. If a group wins an award, only one award will be given to the group. If it's a cash award, only one check will be given to the group. The check recipient must be 18 years or older and pay all applicable taxes, but does not need to be present to receive the award.

Non-English entries must be submitted with English subtitles.

Entry fees are nonrefundable and may be paid in the form of Visa, MasterCard, check or money order paid in U.S. dollars with submission.

Please do not send us any printed publicity materials. Electronic press kit info can be included in online submissions but are not required and will not affect judging. If we need materials for publicity, we will notify you by email.

All entrants grant Films for the Forest (F3) and Rainforest Partnership the right to use film stills and portions of accepted films for promotional purposes, and the right to bracket submitted films with the F3 logo. Submitted films will not be used for commercial purposes.

We regret that we are no longer able to accept submissions on Blu-ray or DVD.

Please contact films@rainforestpartnership.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing your film!

ORGANIZERS

Alejandro Hernandez (F3 Coordinator); Beth Caplan (Chief Strategy Officer); Lauren Thornton (F3 Coordinator); Rainforest Partnership

GENERAL RULES

Online submission through www.withoutabox.com is preferred. Please be aware that if you do not already have a Withoutabox account, you will need to create one. You may want to do that ahead of the deadline.

Classes and groups are welcome to submit films as a group. If a group wins an award, only one award will be given to the group. If it's a cash award, only one check will be given to the group. The check recipient must be 18 years or older and pay all applicable taxes, but does not need to be present to receive the award.

Non-English entries must be submitted with English subtitles.

Entry fees are nonrefundable and may be paid in the form of Visa, MasterCard, check or money order paid in U.S. dollars with submission.

Please do not send us any printed publicity materials. Electronic press kit info can be included in online submissions but are not required and will not affect judging. If we need materials for festival publicity, we will notify you by email.

All entrants grant Films for the Forest (F3) and Rainforest Partnership the right to use film stills and portions of accepted films for promotional purposes, and the right to bracket submitted films with the F3 and Rainforest Partnership logos. Submitted films will not be used for commercial purposes.

We regret that we are no longer able to accept submissions on Blu-ray or DVD.

Please contact films@rainforestpartnership.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing your film!



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Terms and Conditions:

I am providing Rainforest Partnership and Films for the Forest (F3) with a submission (Film) for entry into the F3 short film challenge. The term Film shall include any titles, scripts, books, photographs, drawings, and other materials or information provided in connection with the submission.

In consideration for submitting the Film, I warrant and represent the following:

1) I am the owner of all rights in the Film, I am a co-owner of all rights in the Film and am acting with the permission and on behalf of the other co-owner(s) of the Film, or I am an authorized representative of the owner(s) of all rights in the Film and am acting with the permission and on behalf of the owner(s); and

2) I am 18 years of age or older, or I include with my submission a signed, written consent from my parent or legal guardian, available at http://www.filmsfortheforest.org.

3) I understand any compensation or prize awarded for a film submitted to F3 will be determined and distributed at the sole discretion of Rainforest Partnership and F3;

4) I understand that the Film will be reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed, digitally transmitted, and/or will have derivative works prepared based thereon prior to and as part of F3 related events;

5) I grant Rainforest Partnership and F3 a non-exclusive, non-transferable, irrevocable, worldwide, fully paid-up, royalty free license to all intellectual property rights in the Film, including the right to reproduce, publicly display, digitally transmit, and prepare derivative works of all or part of the Film for non-commercial purposes;

6) I grant Rainforest Partnership and F3 the right to use the name(s), likeness, and/or any additional biographical information of the filmmakers in connection with the Film and/or F3, and I further grant Rainforest Partnership and F3 the right to provide this information to third party sponsors of F3; and

7) The Film does not violate any law or infringe any right of any third party, including any copyright, trademark, patent, privacy right, publicity right, or any other personal or property right.

8) As further consideration of entering this F3 short film challenge, I agree to RELEASE, DISCHARGE, AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE RAINFOREST PARTNERSHIP AND F3 AND ANY AFFILIATES, SPONSORS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND ASSIGNS THEREOF (RELEASED PARTIES) from and against all claims, damages, charges, injuries, losses, proceedings, suits, actions (including but not limited to tort actions, product liability actions, wrongful death actions, warranty actions, breach of contract actions, privacy and defamation actions, misappropriation of likeness actions, identity theft, loss of consortium claims), expenses and attorney fees that they or anyone on their behalf (including but not limited to their heirs, representatives or next of kin) have or might have for any death, injury, damage or claimed injury or damage arising out of, involving or relating to their participation in F3, including, but not limited to, any claim that the act or omission complained of was caused in whole or in part by the strict liability or negligence in any form of the Released Parties.

9) I agree that the Film is not subject to any threat of or actual litigation, arbitration, or other adversarial claim or proceeding;

Additionally as consideration of entering this F3 short film challenge, I agree to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND RAINFOREST PARTNERSHIP AND F3 AND ANY AFFILIATES, SPONSORS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AND REPRESENTATIVES (RELEASED PARTIES) FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, LOSSES, LIABILITIES, DAMAGES, FEES, COSTS, AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY'S FEES) RELATING TO SUCH VIOLATION AND/OR INFRINGEMENT IN THE EVENT THAT THE FILM DOES VIOLATE A LAW AND/OR INFRINGE A RIGHT OF A THIRD PARTY.

I agree, in the event that a claim is asserted as described in Paragraph above (relating to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS clause), to reimburse Rainforest Partnership and F3 for all losses, fees, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorney's fees) incurred in connection with defending against such claim, and agree that in no event can damages be awarded in excess of the submission fee for the Film.

10) I understand that submitting the Film creates no obligation for Rainforest Partnership or F3 to use the Film or to include the Film in any F3 screenings or events, and I hereby relinquish any right to assert any claim in any forum against Rainforest Partnership or F3 based upon, arising out of, or otherwise relating to the submission of the Film, exhibition of the Film, failure to exhibit the Film, and/or failure to award compensation or a prize for the Film;

11) I agree that these terms and conditions and all activities relating to F3, including the acceptance of the Film and exhibition thereof shall be governed by the laws of the State of Texas, United States; and

12) I agree that I have read, understood, and agree to the foregoing conditions and the Rules and Regulations for submitting the Film to F3 and Rainforest Partnership available at http://www.withoutabox.com and http://www.filmsfortheforest.org, and that the foregoing conditions and Rules and Regulations shall not be superseded by any other information, including information elsewhere on the Rainforest Partnership or F3 website, any past conditions or Rules and Regulations relating to F3 and Rainforest Partnership, or any alleged oral communications with Rainforest Partnership, F3, or any representative thereof.

13) I understand that F3 is a short film challenge of skill with the Rules and Regulations for such challenge available at http://www.withoutabox.com and http://www.filmsfortheforest.org, that any prize for a film submitted to F3 will be awarded based on skill demonstrated in creating and/or presenting such film, and that the award of such prize will be determined at the sole discretion of Rainforest Partnership, F3, and/or judges selected by Rainforest Partnership and F3 based on criteria determined by Rainforest Partnership, F3, and/or judges selected by Rainforest Partnership and F3. I further understand that Rainforest Partnership and F3 reserve the right in their sole discretion to terminate these terms and conditions or make changes to these terms and conditions at any time without notice.