1st Annual

Ohio Philharmonic Orch Film Composer Competition

April 19, 2013 to April 20, 2013

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General
- All categories are considered except Documentary
- Films must be no longer than 14 min, including credits
- Due to the nature of the performance of the piece and film screening, the OPO requests all films be free from excessive profanities, violence and sexual content
Documentary
Documentary movies without film scores are accepted. Documentary movies must be of the type that lend themselves to a music score.

Due to the family nature of the performance of the piece and film screening, the OPO requests all films be free from excessive profanities, violence and sexual content

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

OVERVIEW & INTRODUCTION

The Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc, (OPO) is a full professional symphony orchestra based in Cleveland, OH. We are a unique and exciting musical and educational organization that focuses on providing linkage between the most gifted musicians and the audiences that are looking for beautiful and powerful symphonic music. The OPO is an Ohio not for profit 501-C-3 organization. “Our focus is audiences of all ages but particularly of teens, twenties and thirties” (our 3T audiences). The OPO has made a commitment to perform original music compositions in concert. The OPO is available to record complete film music scores. The music director is Domenico Boyagian and the executive and artistic director is William Laufer. Our website is www.ohiophil.org

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

THE FILM & COMPOSER COMPETITION

The annual OPO "Film & Composer Competition" takes place in September 2012. Film makers are randomly matched up with Film score composers who then compose a music score for the short film. This unique competition aims at bringing together filmmakers and composers for an exciting collaborative Cleveland film event. at which the final film selections will be shown while the music scores are played by the OPO. Please join us!


COMPETITION RULES AND GUIDELINES:

INTRO: Realistically, the music industry is very fast paced business and composers need to be able to quickly compose and print score / parts. This competition seeks to replicate the unique "hollywood" (et. al.) grind type experience.

Many composers use samples, effects, atmospheric textures, loops, synthesizers and other means that may not be included within the full orchestra configuration. The orchestra conductor will have the ability to conduct to a click track being played via pro tools or another program, however, for this competition, preference will be given to scores that are mainly orchestral scores.

GOVERNING AUTHORITY: All the rules and guidelines are subject to change and interpretation by the OHIO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, INC. which reserves the right to make any changes it feels appropriate and is the final authority on all matters related the festival.

Guidelines for Film Makers:
Filmmakers are invited to submit a short film which has no music score (however, if the movie is a “musical number”, the music for the number can be submitted as part of the movie and the composers will then arrange and use the music as a guideline to their original creation). The film can be a just completed short film, a shorter version of a longer film, a short version of a completed film, a trailer or a variation. The committee will review the films submitted and pick 20 films that will be made available to film composers for their consideration in writing a music score.
• All categories are considered.
• Films must be no longer than 14 min, including credits
• Due to the nature of the performance of the piece and film screening, the OPO requests all films be free from excessive profanities, violence and sexual content.

In the first rounds, the review committee will choose 20 films to be made available to film composers for their consideration in writing an accompanying score. In the final round of competition, between 6 - 10 films will be selected for the final concert.

Guidelines for Film Composers:
Composers are invited to submit a short representative music sample which is 10 minutes* or less. The committee will review the musical samples and pick 20 composers to work with the selected filmmakers. The festival committee will make assignments. Composers will then write a music score for the movie.
* Whatever music that you have that you feel is representative of your style and talents can be submitted. If you want to have more than one piece, that is fine, and if you submit a representative selection of music that is 3 -4 minutes, that is fine as well.

Performance by the OPO:
Depending on the length of the selections, 8 Compositions will be chosen, one for each film to be played and recorded by the Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra in a live performance and screening of the short films. These recordings will be made available to both the composer and filmmaker for their professional development and use. The OPO will receive Performance credit and use of the music
in publicity and future performances.

IMPORTANT FESTIVAL DATES:

FEB 1 to MAY 30 2012: COMPOSERS & FILM MAKERS REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION - MOVIES & MUSICAL SAMPLES DUE BY MAY 30, 2012 / REGISTRATION FEE = $ 35.00

JUNE 1 - 15 2012 -- LATE REGISTRATION PERIOD. REGISTRATION FEE = $ 45.00 DURING THIS PERIOD

JUNE 30 TH – 40 COMPETITION CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED: 20 - COMPOSERS / 20 - FILMMAKERS
RANDOM DRAWING CHOOSES UP TO 20 FILMMAKERS AND 20 COMPOSER TEAMS.

JULY 1ST - COMPOSERS START WRITING SCORES WITH GUIDANCE BY FILM MAKERS.

JULY 15 TH – DEADLINE FOR FINAL MUSIC SCORES – (15 DAYS TO WRITE / PREPARD THE SCORE) - COMPOSERS SUBMIT MUSIC SCORE SAMPLES

JULY 30TH – WINNERS ANNOUNCED – 6 TO 8 OF THE 20 FILMS / SCORES WILL BE CHOSEN

AUGUST 15TH -- DEADLINE FOR FINAL MUSIC SCORES TO BE PREPARED, PRINTED AND SHIPPED TO THE OPO – ALL MUSIC MUST BE PROFESSIONALLY SCORED FOR ORCHESTRA.

SEPT 15TH – CONCERT AT WHICH WINNING FILMS AND SCORES ARE SHOWN

AWARDS: The OPO Festival will provide for a "peoples choice" award. Fans can vote both at the concert and online for their favorite score and film. The results will be tallied at the end of the shows running.

ORGANIZERS

William Laufer (Festival Registrar); William Laufer (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES

Ohio Philharmonic Orch Film Composer Competition is NOT accepting submissions through Withoutabox for this year's festival. Please go directly to www.ohiophil.org and download an entry form to submit directly to the festival.

GOVERNING AUTHORITY: All the rules and guidelines are subject to change and interpretation by the OHIO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, INC. which reserves the right to make any changes it feels appropriate and is the final authority on all matters related the festival.

Guidelines for Film Makers:
Filmmakers are invited to submit a short film which has no music score (however, if the movie is a “musical number”, the music for the number can be submitted as part of the movie and the composers will then arrange and use the music as a guideline to their original creation). The film can be a just completed short film, a shorter version of a longer film, a short version of a completed film, a trailer or a variation. The committee will review the films submitted and pick 20 films that will be made available to film composers for their consideration in writing a music score.
• All categories are considered.
• Films must be no longer than 14 min, including credits
• Due to the nature of the performance of the piece and film screening, the OPO requests all films be free from excessive profanities, violence and sexual content.

In the first rounds, the review committee will choose 20 films to be made available to film composers for their consideration in writing an accompanying score. In the final round of competition, between 6 - 10 films will be selected for the final concert.

Guidelines for Film Composers:
Composers are invited to submit a short representative music sample which is 10 minutes or less. The committee will review the musical samples and pick 20 composers to work with the selected filmmakers. The festival committee will make assignments. Composers will then write a music score for the movie.

Performance by the OPO:
Depending on the length of the selections, 8 Compositions will be chosen, one for each film to be played and recorded by the Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra in a live performance and screening of the short films. These recordings will be made available to both the composer and filmmaker for their professional development and use. The OPO will receive Performance credit and use of the music
in publicity and future performances.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

THE OHIO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, INC.
SUBMISSION TERMS OF SERVICE

These Terms of Service are set forth terms under which YOU may use the website and other services provided by The Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra Film (OPO) and the Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra Film and Composer Competition (the OPO” is an Ohio corporation), in accordance with the following provisions:

1. Specific Rights and Obligations of Parties:

Submissions: Submitters hereby engage the OPO and its website as system for accepting and processing all films to be submitted for entry into the Festival for the festival submission period covered by this contract. Such acceptance and processing of the online Submissions shall occur exclusively through the technology provided by the OPO on the www.ohiophil.org web site operated by the OPO IMDb.com, Inc. or any successor or replacement web site to any of the above-set forth web sites (individually and collectively, the “OPO Site”). or the use of such technology provided by OPO Sites but appearing on the Ohio Philharmonic Orch Film Composer Competition web site.

2. Permission to use Marks.

YOU grant to OPO a non-exclusive, non-transferable limited license to use and display YOUR tradenames and trademarks including any marks that YOU upload to the OPO Web Site ("Festival Marks") on the OPO Web Site for the purpose of promoting your festival. If OPO desires to use such Festival Marks other than on the OPO web site, or OPO Marketing Material, OPO will obtain YOUR prior written approval.

3. Public Statements.

Either party may use the other party's name for the purpose of making public statements such as press releases and marketing materials, provided that each party adheres to reasonable standards for making such statements. In all cases, full consideration and representation of the respective roles and contributions of both parties shall be given in any such statement.

4. No Assignment of Intellectual Property Rights / Film and Music Rights.

Except as explicitly set forth herein, each party's trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets and other intellectual property rights ("Intellectual Property") are and shall remain the sole property of that party.

HANDLING OF FILM and MUSIC RIGHTS:

Both Film makers and music score composers need to be aware of the music rights / licenses that apply here and how they will be handled. There are several Rights / Licenses that are generally needed to use prerecorded music in an Audio/Visual Work, such as Synchronization Rights, Mechanical Rights, Master Use Rights and Performing Rights. In the case of the OPO film and composer competition, composers, by entering this competition, are hereby granting the OPO performing, synchronization, mechanical and master use rights to the extent that each is applicable.

The OPO will record the music in concert, and/or at concert rehearsal, for the related film score. Composers agree that this music will be made available to the film maker. The Film maker in turn agrees that their film will be made available to the composer for the purposes of showing their composing skills. Each party is then able to use the final product for non-commercial purposes. The OPO is granted the same rights to show these movies with the corresponding music in the concert setting, on their website and for other non-commercial purposes that show the skill of the OPO and the purpose of the competition. Each party retains all copyrights and ownership of their individual film or score. No license fees or royalties will be paid by the film maker, the composer or the OPO.


5. Maintaining Your Information.

YOU will ensure that all of the information given to the OPO Festival by YOU and appearing on the OPO web site is accurate, updated and timely. YOU will further ensure that the information pertaining to OPO submission rules, regulations and dates entered into YOUR OPO listing are entirely consistent with other information published about YOUR company, including information YOU are posting on YOUR own web site.

6. YOUR Obligations.

YOU agree to abide by the terms of the Festival and supply us with updated information.

7. Uptime.

OPO attempts to make its computers operational 99% of the time. However, OPO is not responsible for downtime due to one or more of the following reasons: Customer bandwidth is not stable, OPO's ISP has lost its connection, server and software upgrades, acts of nature, war or terrorism, phone company outages or periodic planned upgrades and outages, unauthorized attacks or usage. OPO assumes no liability should the web site not be available to the public. We will, however, use commercially reasonable efforts to get the site back on-line in those rare instances it is off.

8. Payment of Fees.

The OPO collects submission fees from you at the time of your Submission. There are no refunds for these fees. You are not responsible for other submission fees are & they are not anticipated. Filmmakers and composers who choose to attend the concert will do so at their own expense, except that each filmmaker and composer who are winners will receive 2 free concert tickets. Any other fees will be charged by as mutually agreed to.

9. Composer Expenses / Filmmaker Expenses
Composers will be responsible for all related expenses of producing the film score, including but not limited to transcription, printing of the score and parts, making audio recordings et. al. Filmmakers will be responsible for all related expenses of producing the film, including but not limited to making film copies with appropriate time code, et. al.

10. Fee Disputes with Artists.

OPO collects fees from the ARTIST at the time the ARTIST submits to OPO. An ARTIST enrolled in OPO's festival may withdraw a submission but there will be no refund of fees. OPO will provide any information necessary to help resolve such disputes should they occur.

11. Limitation of Liability.

NEITHER PARTY SHALL OWE ANY LIABILITY TO THE OTHER PARTY ARISING UNDER THIS AGREEMENT FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF PROFIT OR BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH HEREIN.

NEITHER PARTY MAKES ANY (AND EACH PARTY HEREBY SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS) ANY, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTEES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE SERVICES CONTEMPLATED BY THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARISING FROM A COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE OR ANY WARRANTIES RELATING TO TITLE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

NEITHER PARTY MAKES ANY REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY OR ASSURANCE CONCERNING ANY MINIMUM OR MAXIMUM NUMBER OF USERS LIKELY TO ACCESS THE OPO WEB SITE.

EXCEPT FOR PAYMENTS DUE COLLECTED BY OPO AND PAYABLE TO THE FESTIVAL, OPO'S LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES CAUSED TO YOU AS A RESULT OF PERFORMANCE OR NON-PERFORMANCE UNDER THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LIMITED IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES TO AN AMOUNT NO GREATER THAN FIFTY U.S. DOLLARS ($50.00)

12. Governing Law; Jurisdiction:

This Agreement shall be governed exclusively by and construed exclusively in accordance with (a) the laws of the State of Ohio, without regard to its choice/conflicts of law principles, and (b) the federal laws of the United States of America. Any legal action or proceeding by either party to enforce, construe or otherwise concerning this Agreement shall be brought exclusively in the state or federal courts located in Cuyahoga County in the State of Ohio, and in any such action or proceeding, each party hereby agrees irrevocably to submit to and be bound by the exclusive personal and subject matter jurisdiction and venue of such courts. Any disagreements will be subject to binding arbitration.

13. Confidentiality

Festival shall retain all Data submitted by filmmaker to festival in strictness of confidence using this data for all festival related purposes. Other than appropriate public dissemination of this information in relationship to the festival activites, such Data shall not be shared with third-party vendors without the express written permission by the composer(s) and or the Filmmaker(s).