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19-Apr-2014 3:12pm PDT  

 

Forests for People: UN International Short Film Contest

2 Annual March 16, 2013 to March 16, 2013

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Short Film
Film in any medium (e.g. live action, animation, photographic, etc.) that is up to 5 minutes in length.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat, together with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and leading nature filmmakers worldwide, invites you to take part in a first-ever global multimedia initiative. One that will unite 200 million people in 193 countries to remind all of us just how vital forests are.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Forests for People is a short film contest that invites everyone, in every part of the world, to create and share a personal film about their own relationship to the forest. How it inspires you. Shelters you. Nurtures you. Contributes to your life, or even makes life possible.

How you create your film is entirely up to you. Use whatever you have to tell your story in 5 minutes or less. Every type of media, from video cameras to mobile footage, animation to photos, is welcome. You don’t have to be a professional filmmaker. We want everyone, everywhere, to participate.

The more stories that are told, the richer and more diverse our portrait will be. Each new entry opens a unique window on our unique human connections to the forest. Together, they will help everyone see the forests in a compelling new light.

After the contest ends, a jury of renowned nature/wildlife filmmakers will
select 15 semi-finalist and five finalist films to be premiered at the April 2013 meeting of the UN Forum on Forests in Istanbul, and at the 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

Our five finalists will also be invited to attend the film premiere at the UN Forum on Forests meeting in Istanbul, with travel support provided. All semi-finalists and finalists will be contacted after the judging is complete.

To watch our contest launch film, and interviews with several of the filmmakers participating in the campaign, please visit our contest website at http://www.un.org/esa/forests/film/

ORGANIZERS
Christie Quinn (Festival Registrar) ; Len Dickter (Creative Director)

GENERAL RULES
About the contest

Forests for People is a short film contest that invites everyone, in every part of the world, to create and share a personal film about their own relationship to the forest. How it inspires you. Shelters you. Nurtures you. Contributes to your life, or even makes life possible.

How you create your film is entirely up to you. Use whatever you have to tell your story in up to 5 minutes or less. Every type of media, from video cameras to mobile footage, animation to photos, is welcome. You don’t have to be a professional filmmaker. We want everyone, everywhere, to participate.

How to enter

We’ve partnered with popular film festival website Withoutabox to make entering your film easy and fast. Just visit our Withoutabox contest page, and follow the simple steps to upload your film to their secure online server. Entering the contest is absolutely free, and you do it from any computer, anywhere in the world. Click here to enter your film now.

Judging and finalists

After the contest ends on February 1 2013, an international jury will select 15 semi-finalist and five finalist films to be premiered at the April 2013 meeting of the United Nations Forum on Forests in Istanbul, and at the 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Our five finalists will also be invited to attend the film premiere at the United Nations Forum on Forests meeting in Istanbul, with travel support to be provided. All semi-finalists and finalists will be contacted after the judging is complete.

What to do
• Visit our Withoutabox page to enter your film
• Review our contest terms and conditions
• Check our YouTube channel for special content from filmmakers worldwide • Get the latest news via the UN Facebook page and Twitter feed
Thanks for joining us for this world-first multimedia experience. We look forward to watching your film.

The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat wishes to thank the following for their generous assistance: BBC Motion Gallery, Footage Search, Inc., Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, National Geographic Society, Tomato, Traffic Concept and Film, and all of the filmmakers who donated their time and expertise.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. The Forests for People: UN International Short Film Contest (“Contest”) requires entrants to create a short film, up to 5 minutes in length, that demonstrates how forests are important to them, or inspires them in some way. 2. To enter the Contest, entrants must upload their film to Withoutabox. In doing so, the entrant must follow all terms, conditions and policies specified by Withoutabox, including the creation of an account if required. 3. Entrants must include the YouTube link to their film in the cover letter of their Withoutabox submission. Entrants who cannot be contacted, or who withdraw their film from YouTube prior to the announcement of Contest winners, will be automatically disqualified. 4. Entrants may use any type of film or photo technology to complete their entry, including but not limited to video, mobile camera, web camera, photography, animation and artwork. 5. An individual entrant may submit up to three separate film entries in total. Subsequent entries will not be deemed valid. 6. The Contest period is 19th June 2012 to 1st February 2013. 7. Following the Contest end date, an international jury will select 15 semi-finalists and five finalist films for premieres at the United Nations Forum on Forests conference, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey in April 2013, and at the 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The five finalists will also be invited to attend the film premiere at the United Nations Forum on Forests meeting in Istanbul, with travel support to be provided. All semi-finalists and finalists will be contacted after the judging is complete. 8. Judging will take place by an international jury. Their decision is final and binding. 9. The Contest is open to all individuals and groups, regardless of age or location. Employees of the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival are prohibited from Contest entry. 10. Entrants under 18 years of age may participate with the permission of their parents or legal guardians. If the film of an entrant under 18 years of age is chosen as a semi-finalist or finalist, and written parental or guardian permission cannot be provided, the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat has the right to reject the entry. 11. Entrants are required to obtain permission from all persons appearing on camera, in person or in voice. If an entrant is chosen as a semi-finalist or finalist, and such written permission cannot be provided, the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat has the right to reject the entry. 12. Use of copyrighted materials in a film entry, including but not limited to music, trademarks and film or still footage, is prohibited unless the entrant has written permission to use such materials. If written permission cannot be provided, the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat has the right to reject the entry. 13. Entrants of all films selected as a semi-finalist or finalist will be notified via e-mail. If no response is provided within seven days of notification, the winner shall forfeit any and all claims, and will be disqualified. All semi-finalists and finalists must also provide the UN with a screenable copy of their films as a condition of accepting their prize. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. 14. The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat has the right to show, screen and/or broadcast all accepted entries, in all media, in whole or or in part, without limitation for a period of 12 (twelve) months from the contest entry end date. Entrants who do not wish for their entry to be shown after the contest entry end date may opt out by submitting their request in writing. Entries awarded semi-finalist or finalist status may not opt out, and agree to the above terms as part of accepting their prize. 15. The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat will not be responsible or liable for: a) any problem, loss or damage due to delay and/or failure in receiving and sending the entry as a result of any network, communication or system interruption or error, b) any error, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, site failure or unauthorised access to entries, as a result of use of Withoutabox and/or YouTube, c) any problem, damage or loss of whatever nature to any entrant, or their authorised representatives, resulting from their participation in the Contest. 16. The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or delay the Contest in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond its reasonable control. The United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat reserves the right to change, amend, delete or add to these Contest terms and conditions at any time. Entrants will be notified via Withoutabox and may withdrawal their entry on request. 17. All decisions are final.