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21-Apr-2014 5:09am PDT  

 

Bryn Mawr Film Institute Silver Screen Inspiration Short Film Contest

1 Annual April 01, 2014 to April 23, 2014

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824 W. Lancaster Ave.
Bryn Mawr PA 19010
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Phone: 610-527-4008
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Shorts, any genre
Shorts (no longer than 15 minutes in length) accepted in any genre.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Bryn Mawr Film Institute is a non-profit, community art house movie theater and film education center in suburban Philadelphia that strives to provide the opportunity for diverse segments to meet, learn, share ideas, and develop talents and understanding through the catalyst of film. With the Silver Screen Inspiration Short Film Contest, BMFI hopes to foster creativity in emerging filmmakers through an appreciation of classic cinema. From BMFI’s list of cinematic masterpieces, entrants will select a single film to draw from and create an original short piece. By taking inspiration from film’s rich history, new artists will pay homage to the past while looking toward an exciting future.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, a 501(c)(3) non profit Pennsylvania corporation, was founded in 2002 by civic and academic leaders interested in saving the Bryn Mawr Theater, once the anchor of the Bryn Mawr commercial district. A center of community life since 1926, the theater suffered from disrepair and neglect, and was threatened with conversion to a health club franchise.

After spearheading a successful effort to stop the conversion, Bryn Mawr Film Institute purchased the building in December 2004 for $2 million and began a three-phase renovation and restoration program that will be complete by 2014, and which will result in the final design and programmatic activities making full use of the new space. To date, $6 million has been raised for operations and capital expenses through a combination of fundraising, membership, and grants with an additional $5.5 million being raised through a final campaign.

The Silver Screen Inspiration Short Film Contest was created in part to celebrate the completion of the renovation and expansion project.

Qualifying submissions must be ORIGINAL short films that draw inspiration in some way from one of the 25 preselected feature films. Submissions that include clips from any of the inspiration films will be disqualified. (See below for the list of inspiration films.)

****Qualifying submissions MUST identify their selected inspiration film in an accompanying cover letter and explain how the original short relates to said inspiration film.

ORGANIZERS
Valerie Temple (Festival Registrar) ; Valerie Temple (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES
Bryn Mawr Film Institute proudly presents the Silver Screen Inspiration Short Film Contest to celebrate the inspirational power of classic cinema and to support emerging artists in creating new work. By entering this contest, you agree to these rules and regulations:

1. Contest Period: The deadline for all contest submissions is December 31, 2013 at midnight. Bryn Mawr Film Institute will notify the four finalists on or about January 31, 2014, by email, phone and/or postal mail. Prizes will be announced and awarded at Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s gala on Sunday, April 27, 2014.

2. Eligibility: Contest is open to individuals and who are at least 18 years of age. Past or present employees of Bryn Mawr Film Institute are not eligible to enter or win. Individuals and filmmaking teams are eligible to enter.

3. Requirements for Entry: Bryn Mawr Film Institute seeks original short films (no longer than 15 minutes in length) of any genre that draw inspiration from one of the following films:

All About Eve
Badlands
The Battle of Algiers
Bicycle Thieves
Bonnie and Clyde
Breathless
City Lights
Dial M for Murder
Die Hard
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Do the Right Thing
Double Indemnity
The Exorcist
Forbidden Planet
Grey Gardens
Groundhog Day
The Hustler
Rashomon
The Searchers
Singin’ in the Rain
Spirited Away
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Third Man
This is Spinal Tap
Wings of Desire

Qualifying submissions must take inspiration (in some way) from one of the 25 preselected feature-length films. Please note: filmmakers must identify which film served as inspiration for their short.

Entries will be judged on creativity, coherence, emotional and intellectual impact, technical proficiency, and interpretation of, or inspiration from, the source film.

Films must not contain any pornographic content, must not contain anyone filmed without express permission, and must not contain any copyrighted material unless those submitting it hold the copyright or have written permission to use copyrighted material. Bryn Mawr Film Institute will accept no responsibility for entrants’ misuse of materials nor for any consequences that flow from that misuse.

Please note: Films should contain 100% original content. Films utilizing clips from inspiration films will be disqualified.

All entries must be received by December 31, 2013.

4. Ownership/Use of Entries: Entrants retain ownership of the films they submit. However, by entering the contest, entrants grant Bryn Mawr Film Institute permission to use the submitted films as needed in perpetuity. Bryn Mawr Film Institute will not pay any licensing fees for such use. Bryn Mawr Film Institute reserves the right to post the submitted films on Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s website and social media, and show them onscreen in the theater for an indefinite period.

5. Prizes: One (1) First Prize winner will win $2,500.00 USD; One (1) Second Prize winner will win $1,250.00 USD; One (1) Third Prize winner will win $750.00 USD; One (1) Fourth Prize winner will win $500.00 USD. Each of the four finalist films will receive a travel stipend of $500.00 in order to facilitate attendance at the awards ceremony at Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Sunday, April 27, 2014. (The travel stipend is $500 per film, not per filmmaker. Filmmaking teams will have to split the stipend.) Prizes are non-transferable.

6. Winner Selection: All entries will be judged as follows:

Round One: Eligible films will be submitted to a preliminary round of judging conducted by a panel at Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Round One judges will identify the four finalists that will proceed to the final round of judging.

Entries will be judged on creativity, coherence, emotional and intellectual impact, technical proficiency, and interpretation of, or inspiration from, the source film.

Final Round: The top four finalists' entries will then be judged in the final stage of the contest, which will commence on or about January 30, 2014 and continue until March 15, 2014 (or until the judges have determined the winners of the prizes), by a panel of celebrity judges designated by Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

7. Winner Notification: Bryn Mawr Film Institute will notify the four finalists on or about January 31, 2014, by email, phone and/or postal mail. The finalists’ films will screen in the theater at Bryn Mawr Film Institute, paired with their inspiration films, in April 2014. Prizes will be announced at Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s gala on Sunday, April 27, 2014.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. The Bryn Mawr Film Institute Silver Screen Inspiration Short Film Contest (“Contest”) requires entrants to create an original short film, up to 15 minutes in length, that interprets and/or draws inspiration from one of 25 preselected feature films. 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 specify their inspiration film in their submission materials 4. Qualifying films may be of any genre. 5. Films must not contain any pornographic content, must not contain anyone filmed without express permission, and must not contain any copyrighted material unless those submitting it hold the copyright or have written permission to use copyrighted material. Bryn Mawr Film Institute will accept no responsibility for entrants’ misuse of materials nor for any consequences that flow from that misuse. 6. Films should contain 100% original content. Films utilizing clips from inspiration films will be disqualified. 7. The Contest period is 30th September 2013 to 31st December 2013. 8. Following the Contest end date, a preliminary judging panel will select four finalist films. A panel of celebrity judges, designated by Bryn Mawr Film Institute, will award prizes to the four finalists. Each of the four finalist films will receive a travel stipend of $500.00 in order to facilitate attendance at the awards ceremony at Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Sunday, April 27, 2014. (The travel stipend is $500 per film, not per filmmaker. Filmmaking teams will have to split the stipend.) 9. Contest is open to individuals and who are at least 18 years of age. Past or present employees of Bryn Mawr Film Institute are not eligible to enter or win. Individuals and filmmaking teams are eligible to enter. 10. Bryn Mawr Film Institute will notify the four finalists on or about January 31, 2014, by email, phone and/or postal mail. Entrants who cannot be contacted will be automatically disqualified. If no response is provided within seven days of notification, the winner shall forfeit any and all claims, and will be disqualified. All finalists must also provide Bryn Mawr Film Institute with a screenable copy of their films as a condition of accepting their prize. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. 11. Entrants retain ownership of the films they submit. However, by entering the contest, entrants grant Bryn Mawr Film Institute permission to use the submitted films as needed in perpetuity. Bryn Mawr Film Institute will not pay any licensing fees for such use. Bryn Mawr Film Institute reserves the right to post the submitted films on Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s website and social media, and show them onscreen in the theater for an indefinite period. 12. Bryn Mawr Film Institute 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, c) any problem, damage or loss of whatever nature to any entrant, or their authorised representatives, resulting from their participation in the Contest. 13. Bryn Mawr Film Institute reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or delay the Contest in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond its reasonable control. Bryn Mawr Film Institute 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 withdraw their entry on request. 14. All decisions are final.