2nd Annual

BEST SECONDS Film Festival

May 25, 2019 to May 25, 2019

International
Film
Video
Short
Feature
Competition
Film Market
Submit Online
BEST SECONDS GmbH
Emmetterstrasse 4b
Beckenried NW 6375
Switzerland
Phone: +41787676278
info@bestseconds.org
http://www.bestseconds.org/

SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

INVENTIVE GEM - Promo Video
You know how to make a witty, smart video and catch the audience in first 15 seconds of it!

Make a 1 min promo video for a particular subject we publish on our website every week.

Subscribe to our Gem Creator Newsletter on our Website to be among the first to receive the new subject.

We encourage you to use what you have: smartphone camera, neighbor or your grandma as top billed cast and spend as little as possible. The best filmmaking tool is an idea!
PUNCHLINE GEM - Slogan Video
You have witnessed a funny or goofy or any awkward situation and think that it perfectly suits the slogan of our week! Or you are an idea machine and making a story around any slo-gan or phrase is a piece of cake for you!

Accept our challenge to make a 1 min witty video around the slogan of the week! Subscribe to our Gem Creator Newsletter on our Website to be among the first to receive the new slogan.

We encourage you to use what you have: smartphone camera, neighbor or your grandma as top billed cast and spend as little as possible. The best filmmaking tool is an idea!
X-FACTOR GEM - Viral Video
No social media visit is imaginable without scrolling through one or a couple of those videos that you just cannot pass by.

Millions of views!!! What’s the secret? If you are a master of X factor, accept our challenge to make a 1 min video that you believe can go viral!

We encourage you to use what you have: smartphone camera, neighbor or your grandma as top billed cast and spend as little as possible. The best filmmaking tool is an idea!
SIGNATURE GEM - Short Fiction
You have developed that unique and original filmmaking style that expresses your nature. Or you have made your first short that just turned out to have that peculiar feature that makes your talent standing out among the plurality of filmmakers!

We are eager to screen it at our screening event!
TANDEM GEM - Music Video
You know how to combine music with video and send the audience on an emotional roller-coaster!

We are eager to screen it at our screening event!
GLOBETROTTER GEM - Travel Video
You’re heading to that absolutely magnificent destination on the other side of the globe or a special happening just an hour drive away from your home, or maybe you just want to tell about a cultural event in your hometown?

Vibrant India, paradise Bali, impressive Alps, frozen Oymyakon, loving Paris, wild Safari, crazy Carnival, magic drive or any other fascinating place or happening from around the world - share your experience with us!

We are eager to screen it at our screening event and let our audience feel like real Globe-trotters!

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Festival in the center of the Swiss Alps!

Annually we bring our selection of entertaining, amusing and individual short films to our audience at one of the most picturesque locations in Switzerland. Meet Filmmakers from all around the world high above Lake Lucerne, watch their unique creations and in-between enjoy a drink, good food and great company while enjoying the view of the surrounding mountains.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Categories open for 2019 Edition:

SIGNATURE GEM - Short Fiction - Jury Selection & Screening
You have developed that unique and original filmmaking style that expresses your nature. Or you have made your first short that just turned out to have that peculiar feature that makes your talent standing out among the plurality of filmmakers!

TANDEM GEM - Music Video - Jury Selection & Screening
You know how to combine music with video and send the audience on an emotional roller-coaster!

GLOBETROTTER GEM - Travel Video - Jury Selection & Screening
You’re heading to that absolutely magnificent destination on the other side of the globe or a special happening just an hour drive away from your home, or maybe you just want to tell about a cultural event in your hometown?
Vibrant India, paradise Bali, impressive Alps, frozen Oymyakon, loving Paris, wild Safari, crazy Carnival, magic drive or any other fascinating place or happening from around the world - share your experience with us!

ORGANIZERS

Jan Breitenmoser; Jan Breitenmoser (Festival Director); Jan Breitenmoser (Festival Director); Jan Breitenmoser (Festival Director); Ksenia Breitenmoser; Ksenia Breitenmoser; Ksenia Breitenmoser

GENERAL RULES

These rules apply to all categories with public voting, specifically “Inventive Gem” “Punchline Gem” and “X-Factor Gem”. for the Rules regarding other categories please read further below


GENERAL SUBMISSION RULES – in short – public voting
• BEST SECONDS only accepts complete submissions through FilmFreeway.
• With your submission, you agree to the SUBMISSION RULES outlined below in detail. We want to specifically highlight the following:
o Your video hasn’t been publicly available online anywhere else.
o You exclusively submit your video to BEST SECONDS and one specific competition.
o You follow the competition specific requirements above as well as general require-ments:
• No offensive or illegal content shall be included in your submitted video.
o BEST SECONDS has the right to decide what is considered offensive and illegal content based on the regulations and laws of countries the video is being pub-lished in.
• BEST SECONDS will add a watermark or introductory clause to your video for publi-cation.
o Rights:
• You own all the rights for the video you submitted or in case you are using anybody else’s material, you possess a written permission to use their material in your video submitted to us.
• You grant us with the exclusive right to publish, use, share, promote your video on our pages and platforms until completion of a competition – meaning that you nei-ther can withdraw from the competition nor use your video anywhere else during running times of the competition.
• In case you win or our partner company purchases your video, BEST SECONDS will remain with the non-exclusive right to publish, use, share, promote your video on our pages and platforms after completion of the competition and you cannot request removal of your video.
• In case you don’t win or a partner company of BEST SECONDS isn’t purchasing your video you can at any time request removal of your video from our pages and plat-forms and we will waive any rights you previously provided to us.
• You reckon that Facebook is not in any way involved in the competition and you release any claims to Facebook

GENERAL SUBMISSION RULES – in detail
1. Definitions
1.1. BEST SECONDS means BEST SECONDS GmbH, registered as a Limited Liability Compa-ny (GmbH) in Beckenried, Switzerland.
1.2. Your video stands for the motion picture you are submitting to BEST SECONDS for a specific competition.
1.3. Competition means a specific video competition run by BEST SECONDS.

2. Eligibility
2.1. The video you submit to BEST SECONDS hasn’t been publicly available online before.
2.2. Videos are only accepted if submitted through FilmFreeway.
2.3. Videos submitted need to at least include the following details: Name, email and Fa-cebook profile link of the participant, Project Title and Project Synopsis.
2.4. Videos are only accepted if submitted within deadlines.
2.5. Videos are only accepted if payment of participation fees (in case requested) have been received within deadlines.
2.6. Videos are only accepted if they do not contain any offensive or illegal content.
2.7. Videos cannot be withdrawn from the competition and submission fees (in case re-quested) are not refundable.
2.8. Deadlines are as specified in competition specific submission rules.

3. Communication with participants
3.1. BEST SECONDS will notify you on the following occasions:
• When your video is being selected for public voting.
• When your video is among the winners.
• When one of our partner companies is interested in purchasing your video.
3.2. BEST SECONDS has the right to contact you on any matter required to ensure partici-pation in the competition.
3.3. BEST SECONDS has the right to contact you regularly to update on progress of the competition
3.4. BEST SECONDS will use your contact details to further promote its competitions and inform you about changes and news.
• You will have subsequently the right and possibility to unsubscribe from promo-tional newsletters, info mailings and news.

4. Selection, Judging and Prize Money
4.1. BEST SECONDS and in some cases together with the partnering company will select videos to participate in public or jury voting. BEST SECONDS reserves the right to not select a video for undisclosed reasons.
• BEST SECONDS will not select your video if it contains offensive or illegal content.
o BEST SECONDS has the right to decide what is considered offensive and ille-gal content based on the regulations and laws of countries the video is being published in.
• BEST SECONDS will not select your video if it doesn’t follow the brief provided within the competition specific submission rules or the brief provided by a part-ner company if the video is made for a partner company.
4.2. Public Voting is being run on a Facebook page.
• Video views, reactions, shares and comments are being included in assessing the winners.
• BEST SECONDS will notify you about publication of your video and provide you with the link to your video.
4.3. Prize Money is being transferred through bank transfer or PayPal
• On request by BEST SECONDS, you are obligated to provide all necessary details for the transfer of the prize money to your account.
• BEST SECONDS will carry any first-party expenses involved in the transfer of the prize money.
• BEST SECONDS will not carry any third-party expenses or expenses occurring at destination for the transfer of the prize money.

5. Release of Rights
5.1. With your submission of a video to BEST SECONDS, you grant BEST SECONDS the ex-clusive right to publish, use, share and promote your video through pages and plat-forms owned or run by BEST SECONDS until completion of a competition and BEST SECONDS remains with the non-exclusive right to publish, use share and promote your video through pages and platforms owned or run by BEST SECONDS until you re-quest and BEST SECONDS confirms removal of your video from all its pages and plat-forms.
• In case you win a competition, BEST SECONDS will always remain with the non-exclusive right to publish, use, share and promote your video through its pages and platforms and you do not have the right to request removal of your video.
• In case one of our partner companies purchases your video, BEST SECONDS will always remain with the non-exclusive right to publish, use, share and promote your video through its pages and platforms and you do not have the right to re-quest removal of your video.
• BEST SECONDS reserves the right to modify your video with a watermark or intro-ductory clause.
• Pages and Platforms owned or run by BEST SECONDS include specifically but not exclusively the website www.bestseconds.org, Facebook pages created and run by BEST SECONDS, pages created and run by BEST SECONDS on FilmFreeway.
• Completion of a competition means the announcement of the winners by the date specified within competition specific submission rules.
• Exclusive means that you are not publishing the video anywhere else.
• You have at any time as of completion of a competition the right to request re-moval of your video through the following email: info@bestseconds.org. BEST SE-CONDS will remove your video from all pages and platforms owned or run by BEST SECONDS and confirm the release of all previously granted rights through email within a maximum of 10 working days
• BEST SECONDS will always refer to you as the creator of the video.
5.2. With your submission of a video to BEST SECONDS, you agree to release the rights and waive all interests to your video to a partnering company in case your video is being purchased by the partnering company. BEST SECONDS will keep a non-exclusive, unlimited right to commercially use your unmodified video or unmodified parts of your video on pages and platforms owned or run by BEST SECONDS.
• Rights released to the partnering company specifically mean that the partnering company has the right to commercially use your video.
• Waiving of all interests means that you will not claim any rights towards BEST SE-CONDS and its partnering company or any further contracted party.
• BEST SECONDS and a partnering company will refer to you as the creator of the video.
• You remain with the right to refer to your video on pages and platforms owned and run by BEST SECONDS as long as your video remains online on these pages and platforms.

6. Ownership of Rights
6.1. With your submission of a video to BEST SECONDS, you confirm that you possess the rights to use all material in your video and you have the permission to submit to BEST SECONDS.
• The rights to use material specifically refers to music, pictures and objects used in your video.
• The rights to use material and have permission to submit to BEST SECONDS re-quires you to either use copyright free material or have the necessary release forms of actors and creators of material used in your video mentioning the com-mercial use of your video and agreement to competition specific and general submission rules of BEST SECONDS. Your submitted video does not infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity. You have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, aris-ing from the exhibition of the video on platforms of BEST SECONDS.
7. BEST SECONDS Partnerships & information sharing
7.1. You are aware and agree to that BEST SECONDS is sharing your video and infor-mation about you and your video with the public as outlined in the project specific submission rules.
• BEST SECONDS will potentially publish your video together with your name and country of origin on Facebook and potentially on other pages and platforms owned and run by BEST SECONDS.
• BEST SECONDS will share details about you and your video with its partnering companies.
7.2. You are aware and agree to that BEST SECONDS is sharing your video and infor-mation about you for its promotional activities.
7.3. You acknowledge that although BEST SECONDS is publishing videos on Facebook, it is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook and you completely release Facebook from any interest.


These rules apply to all categories with jury voting, specifically “Signature Gem” “Tandem Gem” and “Globetrotter Gem”.
GENERAL SUBMISSION RULES - Jury Voting
1. Definitions
1.1. BEST SECONDS means BEST SECONDS GmbH, registered as a Limited Liability Compa-ny (GmbH) in Beckenried, Switzerland.
1.2. Your video stands for the motion picture you are submitting to BEST SECONDS for a specific competition.
1.3. Competition means a specific video competition run by BEST SECONDS.

2. Eligibility
2.1. The video you submit to BEST SECONDS hasn’t been publicly available online before.
2.2. Videos are only accepted if submitted through FilmFreeway.
2.3. Videos submitted need to at least include the following details: Name and email, Project Title and Project Synopsis.
2.4. Videos are only accepted if submitted within deadlines.
2.5. Videos are only accepted if payment of participation fees have been received within deadlines.
2.6. Videos are only accepted if they do not contain any offensive or illegal content.
2.7. Videos cannot be withdrawn from the competition and submission fees (in case re-quested) are not refundable.
2.8. Deadlines are as specified in competition specific submission rules.

3. Communication with participants
3.1. BEST SECONDS will notify you on the following occasions:
• When your video is being selected for screening.
3.2. BEST SECONDS has the right to contact you on any matter required to ensure partici-pation in the competition.
3.3. BEST SECONDS has the right to contact you regularly to update on progress of the competition
3.4. BEST SECONDS will use your contact details to further promote its competitions and inform you about changes and news.
• You will have subsequently the right and possibility to unsubscribe from promo-tional newsletters, info mailings and news.
4. Selection, Judging and Awards
4.1. BEST SECONDS will select videos to participate in jury voting. BEST SECONDS re-serves the right to not select a video for undisclosed reasons.
• BEST SECONDS will not select your video if it contains offensive or illegal content.
o BEST SECONDS has the right to decide what is considered offensive and ille-gal content.
• BEST SECONDS will not select your video if it doesn’t follow the requirements provided within the competition specific submission rules.
4.2. Awards are being transferred through email.
5. Release of Rights
5.1. With your submission of a video to BEST SECONDS, you grant BEST SECONDS the right to screen your video at a specific screening event.
6. Ownership of Rights
6.1. With your submission of a video to BEST SECONDS, you confirm that you possess the rights to use all material in your video and you have the permission to submit to BEST SECONDS.
• The rights to use material specifically refers to music, pictures and objects used in your video.
• The rights to use material and have permission to submit to BEST SECONDS re-quires you to either use copyright free material or have the necessary release forms of actors and licenses from creators of material used in your video men-tioning agreement to competition specific and general submission rules of BEST SECONDS. Your submitted video does not infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity. You have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition of the video on platforms of BEST SECONDS.