6th Annual

BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit

November 10, 2016 to November 13, 2016

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

MARINE ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
This category honors the best films that focus on the behavior of any species of marine animal and provides insight into the animal's life or shows behavior or species rarely seen by the general public.
MARINE SCIENCES
This category honors the best films that present an engaging story while advancing the understanding of marine and oceanographic sciences or facilitates the public’s understanding of the sciences at work in the marine environment.
OCEAN ISSUES
This category honors the best films that raise awareness about any issue that is problematic and threatens a specific area or affects the ocean's overall health, marine life, sustainability of natural systems and its ability to provide life support for our planet.
PEOPLE and the SEA - CULTURAL CONNECTIONS
This category honors films that tell the story of the interconnection and influence of the ocean on an individual or a group’s cultural, social, economic, spiritual relationships between people and the sea.
OCEAN EXPLORATION and ADVENTURE
This category honors the best films that portray adventurous exploits, ocean expeditions, manned-submersible missions and other exploration activities that increase understanding of the ocean frontier and the technology required to explore the world beneath the sea.
CHILDRENS PROGRAMS
This category honors the best films produced specifically for young audiences, 12 and under, that are engaging, informative and inspire appreciation of the ocean world.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
This category honors the best factual documentary films over 40 minutes with excellent storytelling and professional production values that has been or is currently scheduled for distribution in commercial cinema venues or via online distributors like Netflix or Amazon.

EDUCATIONAL NON-BROADCAST
This category honors the best films produced specifically for use in Museums, Zoos, Parks, Aquariums, or other institutional/educational venues whose purpose is to increase the public’s understanding and affinity for the ocean and the life within.
CINEMATOGRAPHY
This category honors the best films and the cinematographer(s) with the best ORIGINAL cinematography captured within the ocean environment. The quality and artistry of both underwater and topside will be considered. To be eligible no more than 10% of the production can be from stock footage or other sources.
EMERGING FILMMAKER
This category recognizes the best first-time films and filmmakers. To qualify for this category this entry represents the filmmaker’s first time having creative control of the production. This category is for non-student filmmakers, such as recent graduates or new independents.
STUDENT FILMMAKER
This category is dedicated to recognizing student filmmakers enrolled in a verifiable academic program. No age restrictions. Proof of student status should be sent in with submission materials.
SHORTS
This category honors the best short films under 10 minutes in length that are engaging, creative and empowering.
OCEAN SPORTS
This category honors the best films featuring any of the great ocean sports. In addition to the showcasing the sport itself, the story should show how the sport helps raise awareness, teaches appreciation for the sea and engages others in ocean stewardship.
Includes Surfing, SUP, Free Diving, Scuba Diving, Sailing, Kayaking, Swimming, Long Distance Rowing, etc.
BROADCAST PROGRAM
This category honors the best ocean focused programs that have aired or are slated for broadcast. One individual episode of your choice from a series may be submitted for evaluation in this category.
NARRATIVE FEATURE
This category recognizes Narrative Feature Films over 40 minutes that share fiction or fictionalized stories with a narrative structure in which the ocean, marine animals or other relevant ocean elements play a central role in the story. The films in this category should have been or is currently scheduled for distribution in commercial cinema venues or via online distributors like Netflix or Amazon
SERIES: BROADCAST OR ONLINE
This category honors the best ocean focused series that has aired or is slated for broadcast or online as a scheduled series. Three individual episodes of your choice from the series must be submitted for evaluation in this category.
MARITIME HISTORY
This category honors the best films featuring maritime history and culture. Stories may focus on historical, archeological and/or anthropological aspects of the ocean’s influence on civilization’s social, cultural, political, spiritual, economic development around the world throughout the course of human history.
MUSIC
This category honors the films and the composers that present the best original music, which is used in a way that compliments and enhances the visuals in the film. A film will be only be eligible for this category if 50% or more of its music soundtrack is from original composition.


MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival (BLUE) is an internationally recognized event that brings together the world's best underwater filmmakers, photographers, explorers, artists, marine science experts, conservation organizations, policy leaders, celebrity ambassadors and the general public for a very special convergence of the Arts & Sciences... to share some of the world's best ocean films, to honor new discoveries and advancements in science to to help inspire a global ocean stewardship movement.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Make A Film... Make A Difference

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival
& Conservation Summit
November 10-13, 2016

Film Festival | Industry Conference | Conservation Summit

Never has there been a more exciting or important time to be a filmmaker focusing on our ocean.

On November 10-13, 2016, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival returns to the US East Coast to present its 6th international ocean film festival, conservation summit, and industry conference.

Recognized as one of the world's premiere ocean events, BLUE has now become an annual festival, alternating between the US and Monaco.

Our film competition offers categories for all levels of expertise and provides opportunities to receive international recognition and mingle with a who's who in ocean filmmaking, photography, science, exploration and conservation.

Past festivals have included amazing attendees like James Cameron; HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco; Actor Jeremy Irons, Filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, World's Leading voice for the ocean Dr. Sylvia Earle, Frm. President of the Maldivesand and Climate Change Hero, Pres. Mohamed Nasheed; Frm. President of Kiribati and Climate Change Champion, Pres. Anote Tong, Actor Edward James Olmos, Actor Amber Valetta, Musician Jackson Browne, Filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau, Disney Executive, Jean-François Camilleri, Filmmaker Celine Cousteau, Ocean Explorer Captain Don Walsh,Marine Scientist Dr. Greg Stone, Marine Scientist Dr. Robert Ballard, Renown Photographers: David Doubilet, Paul Nicklen, Brian Skerry, Cristina Mittermeier, Michele Westmoreland, Prince Hussain Aga Khan, Free-diving champion Pierre Frolla, US Representative Kathy Castor, US Senator Sam Farr, and many other distinguished ocean icons and people passionate about the sea.

Showcasing the most entertaining & inspiring ocean films of our time, BLUE encourages filmmakers of all ages and level of expertise to be a part of the momentum that has become the Festival's hallmark.

BLUE 2016's festivities will take place throughout Florida's Tampa Bay region, with event headquarters situated along St. Petersburg's picturesque waterfront. With an array of nightly events and the Festival's alluring location, BLUE offers what many past attendees say is a life changing experience.

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival's audience is made up of many different groups that include professional filmmakers, photographers, explorers, scientists, conservationist and thousands from the general public who are interested in learning more about the ocean or just want to have an entertaining evening out.

In 2014, there were more than 678 of the world's finest underwater filmmakers, photographers, media professionals and marine scientists from 27 different countries who converged at BLUE.

More than 160 outstanding ocean films were screened over 8 days, and Industry Conference attendees were able to participate in 40+ educational workshops, pitching sessions and enjoy numerous networking opportunities.

BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit offers a robust slate of events over 4 days consisting of:

1) International Film Competition: Honoring all genres of Ocean related films. The best ocean films from around the globe are selected to be screened and celebrated during the festival and recognized at the BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony.

2) Industry Conference: Offering workshops for professional development. The seminars and hands-on skill building workshops focus on underwater & ocean related visual media, communication skills & excellence in underwater productions.

3) Conservation Summit: International leaders in Ocean Issues and Policy head up important discussions, lectures & panel presentations.

4) Community Outreach Programs: BLUE offers numerous exceptional activities and mentoring opportunities for area youth.

BLUE is an opportunity to get your film in front of key decision makers, an international audience and participate in a "Not to Be Missed" event offering both the seasoned professionals and newcomers an unforgettable experience.

ORGANIZERS

Charles Kinder (COO/CFO); Deborah Kinder (CEO)

GENERAL RULES

RULES & REGULATIONS

BLUE Ocean Film Festival
International Film Competition Rules and Regulations

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The BLUE Ocean Film Festival And Conservation Summit
November 10-13, 2016
Film Festival | Industry Conference | Conservation Summit

On November 10-13, 2016, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival returns to the US East Coast to present its 6th international ocean film festival, conservation summit, and industry conference. Recognized as one of the world’s premiere ocean events, BLUE has now become an annual festival, alternating between the US and Monaco. Our film competition offers categories for all levels of expertise and provides opportunities to receive international recognition and mingle with a who’s who in ocean filmmaking, photography, science, exploration and conservation.

GENERAL RULES:
Submission of a film to our competition constitutes acceptance of our Rules and Regulations. All submissions entered into the competition are eligible for the Best of BLUE Award (Best of Festival) We apologize in advance, but we are unable to offer Entry Fee waivers. Once we have received your film submission, we will email you with a link and instructions where to up load your film.

2016 Guidelines

After registering your film, you will receive an email confirming your registration, including a link to upload your film to our Vimeo page.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS for VIDEO

PREVIEW / EVALUATION FORMAT:

• Preferred file format: h.264
• File Size: Limit to 2GB’s
• Bit Rate: 5mbps for (SD), 5-10mbps for (720 HD), 10-20mbps for (1080 HD)
• Frame rate: 24, 25, or 30 FPS
• Resolution: 640 x 480 px (SD), 1280×720 px (HD), or 1920×1080 px (HD)

EXHIBITION FORMAT:

For the purpose of public screening, filmmakers will be required to provide a digital master copy of the film.
We accept h.264 up to 20mbph, MPEG up to 50mbps,
ProRes (preferred), ProResLT, ProResHQ, (no ProRes 4:4:4:4)
Blu-Ray
DVD region 0 or 1 if the only option. (DVD for productions only available as Standard Def ).
Please notify us for this option.

EXTERNAL DRIVE FORMATS:
HFS (preferred), NTFS, EXFAT, or FAT32 (FAT32 can only be used with les less than 4GB)

Media Photographs:
• One Digital photograph, File Format: high resolution RULES & REGULATIONS:

ENTERING IN MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY
We DO allow you to submit the same film into more than one category and encourage it if appropriate for your film. PLEASE NOTE: An additional entry fee is required for each category entered.
If entering in more than one category, we offer a 10% discount on the entry fee total.
If you have already entered our film competition through Withoutabox, please mention that on this submission form.

ELIGIBILITY
For a film to be eligible for consideration:
(1) Entrants must comply with these Rules & Regulations, including deadlines, submission material, film length, entry fees and other requirements
(2) We are accepting films completed after July 1, 2012, unless special permission is granted by festival staff.
To request a completion date exception, email info@blueoceanlmfestival.org
(3) We are an international event. Non-English language films are encouraged. However English subtitles of the
narration must be included on both the Preview and Exhibition submissions.

KEY DATES:
Very Latest Date To Enter Film Competition: August 10, 2016
Category Finalists Announced: Expected to be around September 30, 2016

2016 Festival Dates: November 10-13, 2016

FESTIVAL LOCATION:
Festival will be in St. Petersburg, FL with screenings and events taking place throughout the entire Tampa Bay area.

HOW TO ENTER
All entries must include the following:
1) All the requested information as specified on BLUE’s submission form. www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org
2) Payment of the applicable entry fees.
3) Student filmmakers please provide verification of student status.
4) Entries must be provided in the proper digital format.
5) All materials must be properly labeled with Contact Info, Film Title and Run Time.
6) It is Entrant’s sole responsibility to ensure all materials arrive prior to the designated deadlines.
7) BLUE reserves the right to disqualify submissions which do not meet all of the festival’s requirements or are
received by our staff after the deadline.

FILM FINALISTS:
If your film is recognized as a category finalists you must fulfill all the requirements by the dates provided to you in
order to secure a public screening during the festival.

COPYRIGHTS and PROPER CLEARANCES:
By submitting your film to BLUE’s competition entrant accepts responsibility for obtaining appropriate clearances for the all of the images and music used in the film and is not involved in any type of current or pending litigation.
(a) Entrant certifies that the film being entered into competition has secured all the appropriate clearances to
exhibit the film publicly, including music public performance clearances.
(b) Entrant and all entities associated with the submitted film indemnify and hold harmless BLUE Ocean Film
Festival, LLC, its parent organization, its affiliates and any respective directors, officers, employees, volunteers or other representatives against any claim arising out of exhibiting your film any festival event. BLUE is not responsible for any copyright infringements resulting from public screenings or the printing of promotional materials which were supplied to the Festival.

REQUIRED ITEMS:
Entrant is to supply the following items prior to any deadlines:
(a) A broadcast quality screening master for public exhibition
(b) Finalist submit a 30 second clip for use in the Awards Ceremony
(c) A highlight trailer not to exceed 2 min for promotional purposes and the web

TIME CODES, WATERMARKS, CHANNEL BUGS:
All Screening Masters must have time-codes, watermarks and channel bugs removed. Any films received with any of these visible will NOT be screened and allocated time will be given to another film.

COMMERCIAL BREAKS:
All commercial breaks must be removed from Screening Masters. Films with commercial breaks will NOT be screened and allocated time will be given to another film.

RE-ENTRY:
If your film was submitted for a previous BLUE Ocean Film Festival, you cannot re-enter it unless there have been
significant changes and special permission is granted by festival staff..

FESTIVAL ARCHIVES:
A copy of each film entry will be archived in our Festival’s Video Library (for reference, archival, and educational purposes)

SHIPPING:
Film finalists are responsible for all shipping charges, insurance and customs fees required to provide the festival with appropriate materials and a screening master.

In order to return or forward hard drives, DCP or other means used to supply the screening master you must arrange for return shipping, insurance and customs fees and provide a pre-addressed label with the return/forwarding destination.

BLUE will provide packing materials and have staff handle the packaging of your return shipment. You may physically pick up your master in our office on the final day of the festival, Nov. 13th.

JUDGING:
All films will be evaluated through a tiered judging process with each film viewed in its entirety. The selection of
finalists and category winners will be conducted by a jury experienced professionals. The Jury will evaluate submissions on the basis of artistic excellence, creativity, scientific accuracy, technical achievement, entertainment value and ability to inspire appreciation and greater understanding of our ocean. The Executive Director and jury reserve the right to withhold an award or to create a Special Jury Award for films deserving special recognition.

ACCEPTED DEFINITION:
All ACCEPTED films are those who make it through the first round of evaluation. Due to the number of films submitted we are not able to publicly screen all accepted films. However all ACCEPTED films will be available for on-demand viewing during the Festival in our Screening Library.

FINALIST DEFINITION:
The CATEGORY FINALISTS are those accepted films that achieve the top evaluation scores. Some categories may have Honorable Mention recognitions.

SCREENINGS AT THE FESTIVAL:
All competition CATEGORY FINALISTS are guaranteed a public screened during the festival.

ACCEPTED FILMMAKERS BENEFITS:
All accepted filmmakers will receive the following benefits upon request:
– 4 Complimentary Single Screening Tickets to screening of your choice (providing screening is not sold out)

FINALISTS FILMMAKER BENEFITS:
Finalist Filmmakers receive the following benefits upon request:
– 2 Festival Film Screening Passes (access to all film screenings throughout the festival)
– 2 Admitted to the Finalist Filmmaker Pre-Awards Champagne Reception
– 2 tickets to the BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony and Gala
– 4 additional single screening tickets to one of your film’s screenings
– Ability to apply the $250 value of the 2 Film Screening Passes to an Industry Conference Pass, Conservation Summit
Pass or additional BLUE Carpet Awards Tickets. (you must contact us to request the appropriate discount code)

SPECIAL JURY AWARDS:
BLUE’s Executive Director and the competition Jury may choose to recognize outstanding achievements other than those outlined in the regular competition categories.

SCREENINGS:
BLUE reserves the right to screen any film entry at the festival and to include the entry in future festival special events or retrospective presentations.

SCREENING FEES:
NO screening fees are paid for films entered into BLUE’s competition and screened at the festival.

AWARDS:
Award engravings and certificates will be made out as specified on your entry application unless we are notified prior to October 15, 2016. Any special award titling requests after the award notification deadline will require a change fee. Duplicate awards will be available for order after the BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony for an additional fee. Award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes, customs fees, taris, insurance and other costs if any.

FESTIVAL OPERATIONS:
Entrants hereby grant and assign to the festival and its successors and licensees the right to copy the entry in its entirety to facilitate promotional efforts and the technical operations of the festival, in and through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised.

BLUE On TOUR
Entrant acknowledges that submitted films may receive a request to be included in BLUE On Tour, our traveling educational outreach which provides a film and conservation program to non-profit groups, schools and other organizations around the globe. All Entries will be considered for inclusion in our BLUE On Tour traveling festival unless filmmaker or authorized representative specifically requests their film be excluded from the BLUE On Tour events.

BLUE ARCHIVES:
All film submissions will be retained permanently by BLUE Ocean Film Festival for educational, promotional, traveling festival, and archival library purposes.

BLUE 2016 FESTIVAL PROMOTIONS:
Promotional segments of the competition films must not exceed two minutes in length.

AUTHORITY TO ENTER the BLUE 2016 COMPETITION:
Entrant acknowledges that they are authorized to submit the film to the festival for the film competition and possible public screenings and fully accepts the above responsibilities, terms & conditions.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By submitting an entry to BLUE entrant agrees that they have read and agree to abide by BLUE’s festival & submission rules, that all information contained in application is true and correct, and that they are authorized to submit the film to the festival for the competition and public screenings. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless BLUE Ocean Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By submitting an entry to BLUE entrant agrees that they have read and agree to abide by BLUE's festival & submission rules, that all information contained in application is true and correct, and that they are authorized to submit the film to the festival for the competition and public screenings.


The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless BLUE Ocean Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

RULES & REGULATIONS

BLUE Ocean Film Festival
International Film Competition Rules and Regulations

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The BLUE Ocean Film Festival And Conservation Summit
November 10-13, 2016
Film Festival | Industry Conference | Conservation Summit

On November 10-13, 2016, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival returns to the US East Coast to present its 6th international ocean film festival, conservation summit, and industry conference. Recognized as one of the world’s premiere ocean events, BLUE has now become an annual festival, alternating between the US and Monaco. Our film competition offers categories for all levels of expertise and provides opportunities to receive international recognition and mingle with a who’s who in ocean filmmaking, photography, science, exploration and conservation.

GENERAL RULES:
Submission of a film to our competition constitutes acceptance of our Rules and Regulations. All submissions entered into the competition are eligible for the Best of BLUE Award (Best of Festival) We apologize in advance, but we are unable to offer Entry Fee waivers. Once we have received your film submission, we will email you with a link and instructions where to up load your film.

2016 Guidelines

After registering your film, you will receive an email confirming your registration, including a link to upload your film to our Vimeo page.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS for VIDEO

PREVIEW / EVALUATION FORMAT:

• Preferred file format: h.264
• File Size: Limit to 2GB’s
• Bit Rate: 5mbps for (SD), 5-10mbps for (720 HD), 10-20mbps for (1080 HD)
• Frame rate: 24, 25, or 30 FPS
• Resolution: 640 x 480 px (SD), 1280×720 px (HD), or 1920×1080 px (HD)

EXHIBITION FORMAT:

For the purpose of public screening, filmmakers will be required to provide a digital master copy of the film.
We accept h.264 up to 20mbph, MPEG up to 50mbps,
ProRes (preferred), ProResLT, ProResHQ, (no ProRes 4:4:4:4)
Blu-Ray
DVD region 0 or 1 if the only option. (DVD for productions only available as Standard Def ).
Please notify us for this option.

EXTERNAL DRIVE FORMATS:
HFS (preferred), NTFS, EXFAT, or FAT32 (FAT32 can only be used with les less than 4GB)

Media Photographs:
• One Digital photograph, File Format: high resolution RULES & REGULATIONS:

ENTERING IN MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY
We DO allow you to submit the same film into more than one category and encourage it if appropriate for your film. PLEASE NOTE: An additional entry fee is required for each category entered.
If entering in more than one category, we offer a 10% discount on the entry fee total.
If you have already entered our film competition through Withoutabox, please mention that on this submission form.

ELIGIBILITY
For a film to be eligible for consideration:
(1) Entrants must comply with these Rules & Regulations, including deadlines, submission material, film length, entry fees and other requirements
(2) We are accepting films completed after July 1, 2012, unless special permission is granted by festival staff.
To request a completion date exception, email info@blueoceanlmfestival.org
(3) We are an international event. Non-English language films are encouraged. However English subtitles of the
narration must be included on both the Preview and Exhibition submissions.

KEY DATES:
Very Latest Date To Enter Film Competition: August 10, 2016
Category Finalists Announced: Expected to be around September 30, 2016

2016 Festival Dates: November 10-13, 2016

FESTIVAL LOCATION:
Festival will be in St. Petersburg, FL with screenings and events taking place throughout the entire Tampa Bay area.

HOW TO ENTER
All entries must include the following:
1) All the requested information as specified on BLUE’s submission form. www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org
2) Payment of the applicable entry fees.
3) Student filmmakers please provide verification of student status.
4) Entries must be provided in the proper digital format.
5) All materials must be properly labeled with Contact Info, Film Title and Run Time.
6) It is Entrant’s sole responsibility to ensure all materials arrive prior to the designated deadlines.
7) BLUE reserves the right to disqualify submissions which do not meet all of the festival’s requirements or are
received by our staff after the deadline.

FILM FINALISTS:
If your film is recognized as a category finalists you must fulfill all the requirements by the dates provided to you in
order to secure a public screening during the festival.

COPYRIGHTS and PROPER CLEARANCES:
By submitting your film to BLUE’s competition entrant accepts responsibility for obtaining appropriate clearances for the all of the images and music used in the film and is not involved in any type of current or pending litigation.
(a) Entrant certifies that the film being entered into competition has secured all the appropriate clearances to
exhibit the film publicly, including music public performance clearances.
(b) Entrant and all entities associated with the submitted film indemnify and hold harmless BLUE Ocean Film
Festival, LLC, its parent organization, its affiliates and any respective directors, officers, employees, volunteers or other representatives against any claim arising out of exhibiting your film any festival event. BLUE is not responsible for any copyright infringements resulting from public screenings or the printing of promotional materials which were supplied to the Festival.

REQUIRED ITEMS:
Entrant is to supply the following items prior to any deadlines:
(a) A broadcast quality screening master for public exhibition
(b) Finalist submit a 30 second clip for use in the Awards Ceremony
(c) A highlight trailer not to exceed 2 min for promotional purposes and the web

TIME CODES, WATERMARKS, CHANNEL BUGS:
All Screening Masters must have time-codes, watermarks and channel bugs removed. Any films received with any of these visible will NOT be screened and allocated time will be given to another film.

COMMERCIAL BREAKS:
All commercial breaks must be removed from Screening Masters. Films with commercial breaks will NOT be screened and allocated time will be given to another film.

RE-ENTRY:
If your film was submitted for a previous BLUE Ocean Film Festival, you cannot re-enter it unless there have been
significant changes and special permission is granted by festival staff..

FESTIVAL ARCHIVES:
A copy of each film entry will be archived in our Festival’s Video Library (for reference, archival, and educational purposes)

SHIPPING:
Film finalists are responsible for all shipping charges, insurance and customs fees required to provide the festival with appropriate materials and a screening master.

In order to return or forward hard drives, DCP or other means used to supply the screening master you must arrange for return shipping, insurance and customs fees and provide a pre-addressed label with the return/forwarding destination.

BLUE will provide packing materials and have staff handle the packaging of your return shipment. You may physically pick up your master in our office on the final day of the festival, Nov. 13th.

JUDGING:
All films will be evaluated through a tiered judging process with each film viewed in its entirety. The selection of
finalists and category winners will be conducted by a jury experienced professionals. The Jury will evaluate submissions on the basis of artistic excellence, creativity, scientific accuracy, technical achievement, entertainment value and ability to inspire appreciation and greater understanding of our ocean. The Executive Director and jury reserve the right to withhold an award or to create a Special Jury Award for films deserving special recognition.

ACCEPTED DEFINITION:
All ACCEPTED films are those who make it through the first round of evaluation. Due to the number of films submitted we are not able to publicly screen all accepted films. However all ACCEPTED films will be available for on-demand viewing during the Festival in our Screening Library.

FINALIST DEFINITION:
The CATEGORY FINALISTS are those accepted films that achieve the top evaluation scores. Some categories may have Honorable Mention recognitions.

SCREENINGS AT THE FESTIVAL:
All competition CATEGORY FINALISTS are guaranteed a public screened during the festival.

ACCEPTED FILMMAKERS BENEFITS:
All accepted filmmakers will receive the following benefits upon request:
– 4 Complimentary Single Screening Tickets to screening of your choice (providing screening is not sold out)

FINALISTS FILMMAKER BENEFITS:
Finalist Filmmakers receive the following benefits upon request:
– 2 Festival Film Screening Passes (access to all film screenings throughout the festival)
– 2 Admitted to the Finalist Filmmaker Pre-Awards Champagne Reception
– 2 tickets to the BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony and Gala
– 4 additional single screening tickets to one of your film’s screenings
– Ability to apply the $250 value of the 2 Film Screening Passes to an Industry Conference Pass, Conservation Summit
Pass or additional BLUE Carpet Awards Tickets. (you must contact us to request the appropriate discount code)

SPECIAL JURY AWARDS:
BLUE’s Executive Director and the competition Jury may choose to recognize outstanding achievements other than those outlined in the regular competition categories.

SCREENINGS:
BLUE reserves the right to screen any film entry at the festival and to include the entry in future festival special events or retrospective presentations.

SCREENING FEES:
NO screening fees are paid for films entered into BLUE’s competition and screened at the festival.

AWARDS:
Award engravings and certificates will be made out as specified on your entry application unless we are notified prior to October 15, 2016. Any special award titling requests after the award notification deadline will require a change fee. Duplicate awards will be available for order after the BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony for an additional fee. Award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes, customs fees, taris, insurance and other costs if any.

FESTIVAL OPERATIONS:
Entrants hereby grant and assign to the festival and its successors and licensees the right to copy the entry in its entirety to facilitate promotional efforts and the technical operations of the festival, in and through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised.

BLUE On TOUR
Entrant acknowledges that submitted films may receive a request to be included in BLUE On Tour, our traveling educational outreach which provides a film and conservation program to non-profit groups, schools and other organizations around the globe. All Entries will be considered for inclusion in our BLUE On Tour traveling festival unless filmmaker or authorized representative specifically requests their film be excluded from the BLUE On Tour events.

BLUE ARCHIVES:
All film submissions will be retained permanently by BLUE Ocean Film Festival for educational, promotional, traveling festival, and archival library purposes.

BLUE 2016 FESTIVAL PROMOTIONS:
Promotional segments of the competition films must not exceed two minutes in length.

AUTHORITY TO ENTER the BLUE 2016 COMPETITION:
Entrant acknowledges that they are authorized to submit the film to the festival for the film competition and possible public screenings and fully accepts the above responsibilities, terms & conditions.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By submitting an entry to BLUE entrant agrees that they have read and agree to abide by BLUE’s festival & submission rules, that all information contained in application is true and correct, and that they are authorized to submit the film to the festival for the competition and public screenings. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless BLUE Ocean Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.