2nd Annual

Ruff Cuts - Celebrating Man's Best Friend

October 17, 2015 to October 17, 2015

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Charlottesville VA 22902
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Any short documentary about dogs up to 20 minutes in length including credits
Any short drama about dogs up to 20 minutes in length including credits
Any short animation about dogs up to 20 minutes in length including credits
Any short comedy about dogs up to 20 minutes in length including credits


For well over a decade, Service Dogs of Virginia has been dedicated to training dogs for people with disabilities and providing these dogs at virtually no cost to our clients. We raise all the money to care for and train our dogs through private donations and foundation grants. Ruff Cuts – A Canine Film Festival was conceived as a unique way to raise funds, increase awareness, and to celebrate man’s best friend and the amazing relationship between people and dogs.


We are now planning our second annual Ruff Cuts Film Festival. We are inviting filmmakers to participate in our philanthropic effort by entertaining, educating, and showcasing their art. By producing films about man’s best friend these artists will become an integral part of our mission – providing more freedom and independence to people that are in need of support and assistance. Service Dogs of Virginia serves people in 3 primary program areas- individuals in wheelchairs, children on the autism spectrum, and people with type-1 diabetes who have lost the ability to tell when their blood sugar is dropping to life threatening levels.

The second annual festival will be in Charlottesville, Virginia on October 17, 2015 at The Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center at Piedmont Virginia Community College. In addition to the screening of films in Charlottesville, which will directly benefit our organization, Ruff Cuts will be leased to other canine related non-profits throughout the U.S. so that these organizations will have a “festival in a box” – a turnkey event, to raise funds for their own organizations. This will continue to provide additional support to SDV and help these independent charities continue their mission and good work.


Sally Day (Director of Development); Sally Day (Director of Development)


All films regardless of category must be between 2 and 20 minutes not to exceed 30 minutes including credits.

Film themes that are suggested but not limited to include:
Canine Sport
Canine Search and Rescue
The Human - Canine Bond
Shelter Dogs
Guide and Service Dogs
Military and Law Enforcement Dogs


Entry Details a. Submitting a film and signing the entry form implies the person entering the submission has read and agrees to abide by the terms and conditions listed herein. b. Films must be between 2 minutes to 20 minutes in length. c. Foreign Language films must have American English subtitles. d. Music rights and model releases must be obtained prior to submission. Submission to the Festival implies that these have been properly cleared for use. e. Entries may have been shown before. f. Films may be student or professional but may be shown separately at the Festivalʼs discretion. g. No films portraying animal cruelty or bestiality will be accepted. h. Filmmakers agree to provide stills and clips for promotional purposes. i. Filmmakers understand that aside from the prizes, there is no financial remuneration to the filmmaker. Filmmakers are invited to attend the RCFF in Charlottesville, VA, at their own expense. j. No screening fees will be collected for screening purposes. k. Submissions will not be returned. l. RCFF has (non-exclusive) use of the film for two years from the date of the first screening and may use the films in future showings in other locations for two years. m. Entrants grant the Festival and its successors and licensees the right to copy and version the entry to facilitate operations of the Festival through any media format. n. RCFF reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the Festival. o. An admission charge will be made to the public when the films are shown publically. p. Entrants agree to allow the Festival all rights to promote the Festival on the internet and other media outlets. q. The Entrant agrees that all matters will be decided by the Festival organizers or the Festival jury at their discretion. Technical Requirements and Promotional Materials  All entries should include a completed entry form (per film) and 2 discs containing film submission.  Both should be in NTSC format.  One DVD must play in a DVD player.  The other must contain a digital file of the film. Must be in .mov HD format.  Please include a short "trailer" for the film in .mov HD format. Notes: Festival reserves the right to refuse films without English voiceover or subtitles. Festival has the option to conform the content to broadcast quality standardization. Indemnity The Entrant agrees to indemnify Service Dogs of Virginia, Inc. and Ruff Cuts Film Festival (RCFF), their respective successors, assigned licensees and officers, directors, members, agents, and employees, and hold them harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, damages, costs, expenses (including reasonable legal fees) and penalties arising out of or resulting from, based upon or incurred because of a breach by the Entrant of any statement, representation or warranty made by the Entrant in this entry form. Grant of Rights and Waiver By entering the film competition and submitting an entry to the Festival, the Entrant represents and warrants that: a. the Entrant hereby grants RCFF the rights to use the film as outlined in this entry form b. it owns all right title and interest, including the copyright and all intellectual property rights in and to the film being submitted to the Festival and has the right to distribute, exhibit and promote the film in or through all media formats now know or hereafter devised, including but not limited to the Internet throughout the universe; c. All music licenses have been obtained and all payments have been made that are required for the public performance of the music incorporated in the film and d. All rights and releases have been obtained for actors and animals in the film e. no material in the film is libelous or slanderous or defamatory or violates any right of privacy or publicity of any person and full use of the rights in such film will not violate any rights including copyright or moral rights or any person film or corporation f. By entering Ruff Cuts Film Festival (RCFF) and Competition the entrant acknowledges and agrees to all entry rules and regulations of the Festival Shipping Instructions a. All entry materials must be sent prepaid in bubble packaging. b. Entry materials include discs, entry form and entry fee payment in US dollars. c. In case of damage to a film, the Festival can request a replacement copy and will pay the shipping and simple replacement cost. Mailing Address: Ruff Cuts Film Festival c/o Service Dogs of Virginia PO Box 408 Charlottesville, VA 22902