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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Telefest is the first VIRAL independent television festival to award 'Viewers Choice' in addition to 'Industry Choice', uniting artists, industry veterans and viewers worldwide in an interactive experience.
Confirmed industry judges include Michael Sheen, Robert Kurtzman, Christian Camargo, Peter Facinelli and Gregory Storm.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Telefest was founded and organized by industry veterans Tammy Lauren and Guri Weinberg for one purpose - revolutionizing television programming with the collaborative assistance of artists and audiences - effectively bridging the gap between the two pivotal groups of people that collectively create a show's success.
The need for a fresh, creative approach to buying programming is evident with the advent of year round programming, increasing number of cable networks, web series and foreign original programming. Additionally, waning audiences and disappearing ad revenue has created a need for direct feedback from the intended audience BEFORE development of a new series commences. Networks pay outrageous sums for the development of a concept that may have potential. These costly, often disappointing development deals have made buyers wary of experimenting with new artists and concepts, narrowing the field of options to established television showrunners and insiders. This disappoints audiences AND programming buyers.
Telefest contestants have the opportunity to present their concepts in a visual format complete with audience feedback, allowing programming buyers to cost effectively determine whether a concept fits their schedule, audience and overall direction. Additionally, film festivals have consistently revitalized the film industry with the cinematic feats accomplished by independent filmmakers - at a fraction of the cost of a studio developed film. Telefest also seeks to revitalize the TV industry through the work of independent artists, while including the element of audience feedback and interaction. Telefest also uniquely embraces TV's sole support and purpose - the advertisers - by giving advertisers the opportunity to champion and interact with the Viewers and the Artists.
Telefest creates for our viewers an interactive experience that is unlike any other festival. Coming in November, 2012, the Telefest website will offer the public the Telefest Social Network, with the ability to create profiles, rate and review finalists' submissions, create fan groups, interact with each other and the finalists and engage with the exclusive Telefest venue (exclusive parties and Q&A panels with esteemed celebrity judges) via live stream. The Telefest Social Network provides our finalists and our viewers with mobile accessibility, social media integration and our own app for Blackberry, Android and iPad/iPhone.
While the Telefest Social Network and subsequent Viewer's Choice Awards are what separates us from other television festivals, the venue will not be short changed. Telefest will hold it's weekend event in March, 2013 in the biggest entertainment city in the world, Los Angeles, CA. Our judges and founders are not only notable in reputation but noteworthy in the press, with current projects that have large fan bases. We anticipate much press coverage at our event as we have already created industry buzz with our judging line-up.
Please join us as we embark on the revolution of television.
Guri Weinberg (Director); Guri Weinberg (Festival Registrar); Tammy Lauren (Co-Director)
See Terms and Conditions.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
OFFICIAL ENTRY RULES
Telefest - Independent Television Festival (“Telefest”) “Festival Competition” (the “Competition”) begins on May 21, 2012 and ends on October 15, 2012. To be considered for “Festival Competition” all entries must be actually received by Telefest no later than 11:59 PM on October 14, 2012.
The company named Telefest - Independent Television Festival (“Telefest”) will provide unprecedented access to network and cable executives for emerging television artists looking to showcase new and independent ideas for television programming. Additionally, Telefest will provide unprecedented access to television viewers worldwide, via the audience voting ("Viewer's Choice") and the Telefest Social Network (at telefest.org and telefest.tv)
Each person or entity (hereinafter referred to as either “entrant” or “participant”) seeking to enter the Competition must create either: (i) a pilot presentation or sample episode that follows the conventional format for either one-half hour or, (ii) one hour-long television programs or, (iii) feature film or, (iv) documentary, ("Feature", "Documentary")
In addition, each entrant must create a one (1) minute preview trailer for the Pilot Presentation/ Feature/Documentary (the “Trailer”). Each entrant’s Pilot Presentation/Feature/Documentary and corresponding Trailer shall be referred to in these Official Entry Rules as an “entry.” By entering this Competition, entrants agree to these Official Entry Rules and acknowledge that the decisions of Judges and Audience Voting shall be binding and final in all matters relating to this Competition.
To Enter, each entry (excluding its preview trailer) must be of the following length, as applicable: (i) between 10 - 12 minutes in length for a half-hour format pilot presentation, (ii) between 18 - 22 minutes in length for a hour-long format pilot presentation, (iii) between 90 - 120 minutes for a feature film, (iv) between 60 - 90 minutes for a documentary, (v) between 12 - 15 minutes for original webseries pilot presentations (must be first year). Foreign-language entries are eligible, provided that such entries include appropriate English-language subtitling or dubbing. 4) include one (1) copy of one minute trailer , two (2) color digital stills from the Pilot Presentation/ Feature Film/Documentary and any available press kit material (e.g., photographs and biographies of key personnel), and 5) include the applicable entry fee.
****Checks or money orders must be made payable to: Destiny's Saloon, Inc.
Neither Telefest nor its affiliates, employees, officers, directors, licensees, successors, jurors, heirs, or assigns is responsible for late, lost, incomplete, illegible, damaged, garbled, technically corrupt, postage-due or misdirected entries. All physical copies of entries (i.e., DVDs, tapes, press kits, photographs, and all other tangible material submitted to the Telefest) shall become the property of Telefest and, due to the volume of materials submitted, will not be acknowledged—unless sent via certified or other receipt-based mailing—or returned (regardless of how it is mailed). It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to notify the Telefest in writing if the entrant changes his/her address, phone number, or other contact information. To do so, write to: Telefest – Attn: Address Change, 3637 Quiet Side St. , Palm Springs, CA 92262. Notification must be received by October 31, 2012.
Writer understands that it is his/her sole responsibility to register Material with the U.S. Copyright Office and/or with the Writer’s Guild of America or equivalent in his/her country. Writer has retained at least one copy of the submitted material, and understands that all material we receive cannot and will not be returned under any circumstances.
Applicant understands that Telefest and its affiliates are exposed to many stories, ideas, concepts and other literary materials, through the contest, coverage service and via other means. Furthermore Writer understands that many stories, ideas, and concepts are similar or identical, and that different stories, ideas, and concepts frequently relate to one or more common underlying themes and may closely resemble other works. Script must be in industry standard format, in English, bound with two or three brads, with card
stock covers, (if shipping separately via snail mail) and must be between 30-40 pages for Half Hour format and 50-60 for One Hour format. Font must be 12-point Courier, Courier New or Courier Final Draft. Telefest is not responsible for late or lost submissions. Submissions must be full-length television scripts in any genre. Multiple entries are permissible (limit of three per applicant). As all reading is anonymous the writer's name should not appear anywhere on the script. You must include a SEPARATE cover sheet with TITLE, WRITER'S NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL ADDRESS.
Once a script has been entered, no substitutions of new drafts or corrected pages will be considered. An applicant may submit a revised draft of the work as a new submission (should be noted on the title page if snail-mailed) and pay the appropriate fee. Adaptations of works in the public domain are permissible (should be noted on the title page). If the script is based on a true story, historical or contemporary, that should be noted on the title page. Collaborative work is eligible. The writers are responsible for the distribution of the contest prize(s). Adaptations from other works are permissible (should be noted on the title page), provided the writer's written permission to adapt the work is secured and available upon request. The screenplay must not have been previously optioned, sold, or produced. Entering this contest will not limit writer's copyright in any way. Writer retains all rights (100%) to his/her/their property.
Eligibility for Participation The Competition is open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older, as well as entrants under the age of 18 whose entries are accompanied by written parental consent to the terms of these Official Entry Rules. Telefest reserves the right to verify and confirm such consent and disqualify any entrant under 18 without valid consent. Any individuals who have, within six (6) months prior to the start date of the Competition and thereafter, been employed by or performed services for Telefest or any other person or entity responsible for sponsoring, administering, advertising or promoting the Competition, and/or their respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, including but not limited to employees, consultants, independent contractors, interns, immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to win the Competition. Programs created or funded by broadcast networks, cable networks or studios are likewise ineligible to compete in the Competition.
Indemnity and Hold Harmless
By entering the Competition, the participant(s) agree to indemnify, defend, release, discharge and hold harmless Telefest, its affiliates, sponsors, jurors, employees, officers, directors, licensees, heirs, successors, heirs, and assigns from any and all claims, judgment of liability for damages to persons or property from legal proceedings of any kind, anywhere, for any cause of action, including but not limited to, negligence, claims based on rights of privacy, rights of publicity, false light, defamation, breach of express or implied contract, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, conversion, misrepresentation, fraud, intentional interference with business relationships, or misappropriation. By entering this Competition all entrants grant Telefest the non-exclusive right to use their respective names, photographs, likenesses, voices, and/or biographical information for Telefest programming, publication, publicity, advertising and all other promotional purposes without compensation, review or approval unless otherwise prohibited by federal, state law, or other applicable law.
Additional Entry Regulations
If Telefest has reason to believe that an entry contains any material that may infringe or violate the rights of a third party, in its sole discretion, Telefest may immediately disqualify such entry and take any and all other measures Telefest may deem appropriate. And using its sole discretion, if Telefest determines that any entry contains any content deemed indecent, inappropriate, morally objectionable or otherwise unfit for dissemination or broadcast, such entry will be immediately disqualified. Moreover, entries not meeting stated running time requirements may likewise be disqualified at Telefest’s own discretion. Entries not satisfying Competition’s Official Entry Rules, in any respect, may also be disqualified.
Associated Releases and Permits
At the request of Telefest, each entrant, at his/her/its own expense, agrees to obtain from all necessary third parties, all releases, permissions and other written documents, in a form acceptable to Telefest, as may be required by Telefest and any of its affiliates or sponsors so as to confirm, record and/or perfect all of the rights involved in the particular entry. Without limiting the possible requirement to obtain the aforementioned releases, entrant acknowledges and agrees that upon Telefest’s request, he/she/it shall provide to Telefest all necessary written releases and permissions pertaining to on-camera talent, writers, composers, and any other third parties providing any services or materials in connection with such entrant’s entry to Competition.
Rules regarding other contests and competitions
In the event that an entry has been submitted previously to another contest or competition, entrant represents that the contest will not take place at the same time as Telefest. Ideas, stories, themes, plots, titles, concepts, and confidences Entrant further acknowledges that Telefest and its affiliates, employees, officers, directors, licensees, assigns, jurors, associations and/or sponsors (referred to collectively as the “Designated Entities”) as a part of their business may routinely engage, and may have previously engaged in, extensive activities in connection with developing, writing, acquiring, publishing, disseminating and broadcasting literary, artistic, and other materials, including stories, ideas, themes, plots, titles, screenplays, teleplays, treatments, formats, and concepts (collectively referred to as the “Materials”). In submitting an entry to Telefest, each entrant acknowledges and understands that any Materials that the Designated Entities may hereinafter use or exploit may have originated with the Designated Entities themselves or may have been already acquired from the Designated Entities’ employees or other parties, and that if such Materials duplicate, parallel or resemble the entrant’s entry for the Competition, such occurrence may be a mere coincidence.
By submitting an entry, entrants acknowledge that they understand and agree that the Designated Entities’ use of Materials containing features and elements similar to or identical with those contained in the entrant’s entry shall not entitle the entrant to any compensation where such Materials’ were not created or originated by the entrant. As an inducement to Telefest to accept the entrant’s entry into the Competition, each entrant hereby waives any claim or right of legal action against any of the Designated Entities or their successors and assigns in connection with the Designated Entities’ use of any features or elements similar or identical to Materials (or any portions thereof) where Designated Entities can prove to entrant, prior to the institution of any legal proceeding, that Materials were developed before entrant’s Materials came into existence and/or derived from a source other than entrant’s Materials. By submitting an entry, entrants acknowledge that they understand and agree that the Designated Entities’ do not accept entrant’s submissions in
The official panel of Jurors, consisting of representatives selected at the sole discretion of the Telefest, will judge the entries based on the following criteria: (i) writing (ii) acting (iii) concept (iv) originality and creativity, (v) production and (vi) adherence to and appropriateness for a particular format. Selected entrants may be required to submit requested information, including but not limited to additional releases and permissions from necessary parties, to assist in the Jurors’ due diligence research. An interview with the entrant, conducted at the sole discretion of the Jurors, may also be required prior to the Jurors’ decision. The Jurors will select finalists in each category (as listed below) on or about November 30. The finalists will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail. The Jurors will then select a potential winner in each category (as listed below) on or about February 15. The potential winners will be notified by telephone and/or e-mail. Potential winners may be required to sign and return within five (5) business days of receipt an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Indemnification, as well as other documents that Telefest may reasonably require. If any potential winner does not reply to any notification by Telefest within five (5) business days, such potential winner may be disqualified in the discretion of Telefest and an alternate potential winner may be selected. This process may continue until a winner is selected. Telefest shall not be responsible in any way for any missed notification or an entrant’s failure to receive a communication from Telefest. The winner in each category shall be announced at an awards ceremony to occur following the close of the Competition. Categories of Competition (NOTE: Telefest reserves the right to determine the alter, add, or subtract any category at its sole discretion. Additionally, Telefest reserves the right to determine the category in which a particular entry shall compete, as well as the right to add other categories as it may deem appropriate in its discretion.) One Hour Format : Action/Drama/Dramedy Half Hour Format : Comedy One Hour Format : Sci-fi/Horror/FX Half Hour Format : Animation Half Hour Format : Web Series Half Hour Format : Reality/Alternative (for purposes of clarity, “Alternative Programs” include most non-narrative programming, i.e. reality shows, game shows, talk shows, etc) Feature Film Documentary
(NOTE: Telefest reserves the right to determine, alter, add, or subtract any competition award at its sole discretion.) In each category below, two awards are awarded - Industry Choice and Viewers Choice. Best Half Hour Format Comedy Pilot Presentation, Best Half Hour Format Animation Pilot Presentation, Best Half Hour format Reality/Alternative Pilot Presentation, Best New Web SeriesPilot Presentation, Best One Hour Format Pilot Presentation, Best SiFi/Horror/FX Pilot Presentation, Best Feature Film, Best Documentary.
Some or all of the Finalists and Winners of the Competition may be required to participate in a reasonable number of customary promotional and publicity activities [including press junkets, telephone interviews, sending press packages, and public appearances (appearance expenses would not be paid for by Telefest)] to promote Telefest and the Competition. If an entrant is not willing or unable to participate in such promotional activities at the time of the announcement of the winners, Telefest reserves the right to select another winner.
Additional Conditions of Participation
If for any reason the Competition cannot be administered or completed as planned, Telefest reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify and/or suspend the Competition and to determine the winners by having the judges evaluate all eligible entries received prior to the action taken, or as otherwise deemed fair and equitable by Telefest. Telefest reserves the right to modify or suspend this Competition due to any of the following reasons: act of God; unavoidable accident; epidemic; fire; blackout; act of public enemy; war, riot or civil commotion; enactment, rule, order or act of government or governmental instrumentality or tribunal; strike, lockout or other labor dispute; inclement weather; the recapture of any time period scheduled for the live telecast of a program for an event of national importance or emergency; failure of technical facilities; failure of essential production, or technical personnel to appear or be available for production or broadcast; or other cause beyond its control. By entering, each entrant agrees that should this Competition be modified or suspended for any such reason(s) entrant irrevocably waives any right to seek rescission, an injunction, or other equitable relief.
Mediation and Arbitration of any Disputes
In the unfortunate event entrant makes a claim against Telefest based upon this Application the parties will first attempt to resolve said claim in good faith by mediation through a single mediator to be mutually agreed upon. Each party shall pay one-half of the mediator’s fees. If said claim is not resolved through mediation, it shall be resolved by binding arbitration in accordance with the rules of California Code of Civil Procedure § 1280 et seq. The arbitrator shall be empowered to order the losing party in the arbitration to reimburse the prevailing party for all expenses incurred in connection with the arbitration, including without limitation the arbitrator's fees and reasonable attorney fees and costs. By agreeing to arbitration entrant acknowledges that: • the parties would be waiving their right to a jury trial and to seek remedies available in court proceedings;
pre-arbitration discovery is generally more limited than and different from court proceedings; the arbitrator's award is not required to include factual findings or legal reasoning; and any party's right to appeal or to seek modification of the award is strictly limited and the
• • • award is final and binding on the parties.
The entrant and Telefest further agree as follows.
Relationship. This Application between the parties does not constitute a joint venture or partnership of any kind.
Cumulative Rights and Remedies. All rights, remedies, undertakings, obligations, covenants, privileges and any property granted herein shall be cumulative, and Telefest may exercise or use any of them separately or in conjunction with any one or more of the others.
Waiver. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of this Application in any instance shall not be deemed or construed to be a waiver of such term or condition for the future, or any subsequent breach thereof.
Severability. If any provision of this Application as applied to either party shall be adjudged by a court of competent jurisdiction to be void and unenforceable, the remainder of this Application shall remain in full force and effect shall be construed as if the unenforceable provision had not been in this Application, unless the absence of the unenforceable provision shall substantially destroy the business purpose of this Application.
Governing law and Venue. This Application shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the state of California and any dispute, claim, mediation, arbitration, or legal proceedings of any kind arising under Application shall be resolved solely in the state or federal courts of the state of California counties of Los Angeles and/or Orange, or other county of California if an appeal requires such. Each party shall submit to the jurisdiction and venue of such courts and the Licensor is designated as the agent for the service of process in any such action. Entire Agreement. This Application is intended to be the final expression of the parties and thus contains the entire understanding of the parties relating to the subject matter. This Application cannot be changed except by written agreement executed by the party to be bound. I certify and attest that I have read and understand, and agree to be bound by, the Official Entry Rules for the Competition. I understand and agree that my failure to abide by any term or condition contained in the Official Entry Rules may result in the disqualification of my entry from the Competition.