1st Annual

IFC's Media Lab Studios Efficient Films Challenge!

October 30, 2009 to October 30, 2009

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The Energy Efficiency Award (Shorts, under 5 min.)
Category One: Energy Efficiency Category
Be it fiction or documentary, sci-fi or drama, flex those filmmaking muscles with a short film that takes on the topic of energy efficiency or conservation directly. What does energy efficiency mean to you? How can energy efficiency change our world? Submissions for this category must be no longer than 5 minutes.
PRIZE: $3,000/Air on IFC and Sundance Channel
The Spirit of Efficiency Award (Shorts, under 5 min.)
Category Two: The Spirit of Efficiency Category
"Efficient" is defined as "performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort; having and using requisite knowledge, skill, and industry; competent." The film that best expresses the theme, definition or concept of efficiency wins this prize. Submissions for this category must be no longer than 5 minutes.
PRIZE: $1,000/Air on IFC and Sundance Channel
The Efficient Story Award (Shorts, under 1 min.)
Category Three: The Efficient Story Category
The most efficiently told story in one minute or less: The best film with the most well-crafted story, told in 60 seconds or less.
PRIZE: $1,000/Air on IFC and Sundance Channel

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

IFC's Media Lab Studios, an independent film studio focusing on web and on-air content development and financing, is offering development deals to the brightest and best filmmakers out there.

Media Lab Studios development executives will periodically call for pitches - in the form of either video submissions and/or written descriptions - in any number of genres, topics, and themes. The mission is to identify and finance great content by great new filmmakers, such as yourself.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

EXPRESS YOURSELF IN THE
Media Lab Studios Efficient Films Challenge

Make a short film and enter it in any of our three
efficiency-themed categories for a chance to win up to $3000!

If a big budget Hollywood film could be measured in watts, one could say it could power a hundred independent films - and a million short films.

Through necessity and sometimes even choice, indie filmmakers run a highly efficient production. Be it a full length feature or a short film, a keenly crafted script and a carefully planned production can result in an indie film that can give any bloated Hollywood feature a run for its money. And in this day and age, it's not just about story, either. Running an energy efficient production, conserving energy and resources where ever possible, doesn't just make creative sense, it's just good common sense.

This year the Department of Energy will begin investing $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects throughout the United States and its territories, and Earthjustice and IFC want you to return the favor by pouring your creative energy into the Media Lab Studios Earth Justice Short Film Challenge.

Nothing says efficient like a short film. Submit your short film and enter to win one of three categories!


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WHY EFFICIENCY?
Energy savings by 2020 from currently proposed fluorescent light tube standards: 58 billion kilowatt-hours a year - enough to power 5 million U.S. households.

Potential energy savings by 2030 from all appliance standards under review by the Department of Energy: 165 billion kilowatt-hours a year.

Potential cost savings on energy bills: $16 billion a year.

New dirty power plants that won't be needed: 200 plants @ 300 megawatts each.

Global warming CO2 emissions eliminated each year: 150 million metric tons.

Jobs created by adoption of a national efficiency standard requiring a 15% cut in electricity use and 10% cut in natural gas use: 222,000

GENERAL RULES

What is Media Lab Studios?
Media Lab Studios, an independent film studio focusing on web and on-air content development and financing, is offering development deals and cash prizes to the brightest and best filmmakers out there.

Media Lab Studios development executives will periodically call for pitches and content - in the form of either video submissions and/or written descriptions - in any number of genres, topics, and themes. The mission is to identify and finance great content by great new filmmakers, such as you.

Media Lab Studios also offers a multi-platform distribution network, leveraging the IFC channel, IFC.com, Sundance Channel, SundanceChannel.com, Media Lab, IFC Free (On Demand) and a host of TV network and web affiliates.

Who is Earthjustice?
Earthjustice is the nation’s largest nonprofit environmental law firm, with headquarters in Oakland, CA and offices around the country. Earthjustice uses the power of the courts to protect natural resources and public health and work for a clean energy future. Each year, we take on hundreds of important cases, at no cost to our clients. We’re supported by tax-deductable donations from charitable foundations and people like you. https://secure.ga0.org/02/supportus

IFC AND SUNDANCE CHANNEL MEDIA LAB STUDIOS:
EARTHJUSTICE EFFICIENT FILMS CHALLENGE (the "Contest")

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN IN THE CONTEST.

CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR VIEWING AND PLAY IN THE 50 UNITED STATES AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ONLY AND SHALL ONLY BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO UNITED STATES LAW. DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST IF YOU ARE NOT LOCATED IN THE 50 UNITED STATES OR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

Entry into this Contest constitutes your (or, if an eligible minor, your parent's or legal guardian's) acceptance of these Official Rules.

This Contest is sponsored jointly by The Independent Film Channel LLC and Sundance Channel L.L.C. (referred to herein as "IFC and Sundance Channel", "we", "us" and "our") on behalf of Earthjustice.

Who Can Submit Short Films:
Short films (each, an "Entry") may only be submitted from 12:01am Eastern Time ("ET") on June 5, 2009 until 11:59 pm ET on August 16, 2009 by legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia who are at least thirteen (13) years of age at the time of submission. The Contest is void outside the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia and where prohibited by law. Employees (and their immediate families (i.e., spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses), regardless of where they reside or those living in the same households, whether or not related) of IFC, Sundance Channel, or Earthjustice and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers, distributors and advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, "Contest Parties") are not eligible to enter or win. An eligible minor must have his/her parent's or legal guardian's permission to enter. In the event more than one person is credited on an Entry, only the person who submitted the Entry will be considered a contestant. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

Submission and Prize Categories:
All Entries, whether a pilot, trailer or other short form content must be in English or contain English subtitles.

Each Entry may be entered into competition in one or more of the following categories, provided that no Entry, and no contestant, may win in more than one category:

Energy Efficiency Category
Be it fiction or documentary, sci-fi or drama, flex those filmmaking muscles with a short film that takes on the topic of energy efficiency or conservation directly. What does energy efficiency mean to you? How can energy efficiency change our world?
PRIZE: $3,000/Air on IFC and Sundance Channel

The Spirit of Efficiency Category
"Efficient" is defined as "performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort; having and using requisite knowledge, skill, and industry; competent." The film that best expresses the theme, definition or concept of efficiency wins this prize.
PRIZE: $1,000/Air on IFC and Sundance Channel

Efficient Story Cateogry
The most efficiently told story in one minute or less: The best film with the most well-crafted story, told in 60 seconds or less
PRIZE: $1,000/Air on IFC and Sundance Channel

IFC and Sundance Channel in their sole and absolute discretion, will determine the winning Entry for each category, based on the originality, quality of the execution, and the overall technical merit and production merits of each Entry. The Entry may be in the genre of your choosing (comedy, drama, horror, trailer, music video, etc.), provided that all Entries must address AT LEAST ONE OF THE THREE CONCEPTS/CATEGORIES. There is a limit of five (5) Entries per person and per email address per day. Each Entry submitted by you must be wholly original and substantially different for any other Entry submitted by you.

Entries may be a maximum of six (5) minutes in length, submitted in QuickTime (.MOV) or Windows Media (.WMV) format and cannot be larger than 100MB compressed. Please note, however, that to be considered in the "Efficient Story" Category, an Entry may be no longer than 1 minute (i.e., 60 seconds). Additionally, please note that if your Entry is selected as a finalist, you will be required to provide us with a copy of your Entry in one of the following formats: (in order of most preferred to least preferred) DigiBeta, BetaSP, MiniDV, DVD (VHS will not be accepted) and provide us with clearance paperwork for your short film in forms acceptable to IFC and Sundance Channel in order to be considered for any prize.

Entries may not contain, as determined by IFC and Sundance Channel, in their sole and absolute discretion, any content that:
A. contains gratuitous or unnecessary violence, obscenity, nudity, or is sexually explicit, racially disparaging, libelous or contains other inappropriate material;

B. disparages, defames, misrepresents or is libelous to other people or companies (including, without limitation, IFC and Sundance Channel and Earthjustice) or endorse any form of hate or hate group;

C. contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging) owned by others without their permission; or any commercial content that promotes any product or service;

D. contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies, music or other media) without their permission. (However, note that works in the public domain can be used without permission. So, for example, if you choose to include a print of the Mona Lisa in the background of a scene, you would not need permission. If you have any questions as to whether a particular work is in the public domain, please consult an attorney or omit the work);

E. contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead without their permission (for example, if your short film contains footage from inside a store and employees or customers of such store are recognizable in the footage, you will be required to provide a written release executed by each such recognizable employee or customer); or

F. violates any law or regulation.

IFC and Sundance Channel reserves the right to reject and disqualify any Entry that, in their sole and absolute discretion, either may determine contains prohibited content or that we determine is offensive or otherwise inappropriate.

You (or, if an eligible minor, your parent or legal guardian) understand and agree that no confidential or fiduciary relationship is established by you submitting a short film to us hereunder.

For the full list of rules, please visit the official contest page http://www.ifc.com/media-lab/earthjustice/rules/index.php

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Once you have submitted through Withoutabox, upload your film to: http://www.ifc.com/media-lab/earthjustice/
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Termination: If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, we reserve the right at our sole and absolute discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. We also reserve the right to immediately remove any short film submitted by a person who tampers with the submission process or violates these Terms and Conditions.

You understand that by submitting your short film, others will have the opportunity to view and judge it. You understand and agree that IFC and its partners shall have no liability or responsibility for the actions of any third parties with respect to your short film, including, without limitation, copyright infringement, idea theft or disparagement.

You agree that (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in New York; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with participation in the Contest but in no event attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will you be permitted to obtain awards for, and you hereby waive all rights to, claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. In no event shall seek or be entitled to rescission, injunctive or other equitable relief or to enjoin or restrain the use of Contest of any advertising or other materials issued in connection therewith or any other use thereof.

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions, your rights and obligations, or our rights and obligations in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than State of New York. If any provision of these terms is found to be unenforceable or invalid in any context or to any extent, it shall nevertheless be enforced to the fullest extent allowed by law in that and other contexts, and the validity and force of the remainder of these terms shall not be affected thereby.

For the full list of terms and conditions, please visit the official contest page http://www.ifc.com/media-lab/earthjustice/rules/index.php