Bryn Mawr Film Institute Silver Screen Inspiration Short Film Contest: "Celebration!"

2 Annual December 03, 2015 to December 03, 2015

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Shorts (no longer than 15 minutes in length) accepted in any genre.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) is a nonprofit, member-supported motion picture theater and film education center located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. BMFI is dedicated to promoting shared experiences that entertain, engage, and educate audiences through a diverse range of independent-minded films, a full curriculum of courses, and an extensive program of special events.

BMFI builds community through film culture, while maintaining strong connections to its historic venue's cinematic past. BMFI has over 8,300 members, among the largest memberships of any such theater in the country, who enjoy a range of benefits offered by several membership levels. Except for a few programs limited to members, all BMFI screening, courses, and events are open to the public. After launching in 2014, BMFI’s Silver Screen Inspiration Short Film Contest returns with the theme of “Celebration!” to honor the Institute’s 10th anniversary year.

Celebration takes many forms, from the pomp and circumstance of a school graduation to the quiet moment of silence held to recognize a departed loved one. Tell us what celebration means to you by submitting a thematically relevant short film (no longer than 15 minutes in length) by September 20 and enter to win up to $1,500 in prize money! Prizes will be awarded at a screening of the best entries on December 3, 2015. Finalists will receive prizes of $500, and one grand prize winner, selected by Academy Award-winning director, actor, and author, Lee Grant, will be awarded a $1,500 cash prize.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

A call to rescue the historic Seville Theater, a center of Bryn Mawr community life since 1926, inspired the creation of the innovative film exhibition and education center, Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

That call, sounded in 2002 by Juliet J. Goodfriend (shortly to become BMFI's founding president and executive director), was answered by a group of like-minded civic and academic leaders equally alarmed at the prospective conversion of the derelict—but beloved—theater to a health club franchise.

After seemingly endless zoning hearing board meetings and fundraising events, the newly incorporated nonprofit, 501(c)(3), Bryn Mawr Film Institute purchased the building in December 2004 and began a decade-long restoration, renovation, and expansion project. With great community support, the theater complex today boasts four state-of-the-art theaters, classrooms, community gathering space, a café, and a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2014, Bryn Mawr Film Institute launched The Silver Screen Inspiration Short Film Contest to celebrate the completion of the renovation and expansion project. Returning in 2015, this year’s contest celebrates a decade of growth, community, and passion for film in BMFI’s 10th anniversary year.

Qualifying submissions must be ORIGINAL short films that draw from the theme of "Celebration!" in some way.

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 and 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 September 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm. Bryn Mawr Film Institute will notify the finalists on or about November 2, 2015, by email. Finalist films will be screened at Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Thursday, December 3, 2015, where awards will be announced and presented.

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 the theme of “Celebration!”

Entries will be judged on creativity, coherence, emotional and intellectual impact, technical proficiency, and interpretation of the theme.

All entries must be received by September 20, 2015.

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 $1,500.00 USD. All other selected finalist films will win $500.00 USD.

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 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 the theme.

Final Round: The top finalists' entries will then be judged in the final stage of the contest by Academy Award-winning director, actress, and author Lee Grant.

7. Winner Notification: Bryn Mawr Film Institute will notify the finalists on or about November 2, 2015, by email. Finalist films will be screened at Bryn Mawr Film Institute on Thursday, December 3, 2015, where awards will be announced and presented.


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 the theme of "Celebration!". 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. Qualifying films may be of any genre. 4. 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. 5. Films should contain 100% original content. 6. The Contest period is June 1st 2015 to September 20 2015. 7. Following the Contest end date, a preliminary judging panel will select tje finalist films. A celebrity judge, designated by Bryn Mawr Film Institute, will select the top prize. 8. 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. 9. Bryn Mawr Film Institute will notify the finalists on or about November 2, 2015, 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. 10. 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. 11. 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 unauthorized access to entries, as a result of use of Withoutabox, c) any problem, damage or loss of whatever nature to any entrant, or their authorized representatives, resulting from their participation in the Contest. 12. 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. 13. All decisions are final.