Your Film Festival – $500,000 grant – Over 18 yo – Due March 31, 2012

Posted on 9:11 am in March 2012, Over $25000, Over 18 by Lynnie

This is Your Film Festival. You have until March 31st to submit a short, story-driven video. There’s no entry fee. It can be any format – short film, web-series episode, TV pilot – and any genre. In June, audiences around the world will vote, sending 10 deserving storytellers to open the 2012 Venice Film Festival where a Grand Prize Winner will be be rewarded with a $500,000 grant to create a new work, produced by Ridley Scott and his world class team.


Your Film Festival Entry Requirements (collectively, “Entry Requirements”):
1. Submit an original video which celebrates the power of storytelling with a focus on creativity and narrative.
2. Running time for each video: Maximum fifteen (15) minutes, including any titles and/or credits. Entries longer than fifteen (15) minutes will be disqualified.
3. The Competition is open solely to original, newly-created Entries, or original, previously-created Entries which have not been distributed to the public (including, without limitation, display on the YouTube Website, posting elsewhere on the internet, theatrical distribution, television broadcast or any other public dissemination) prior to January 1, 2010.
4. Development Concept: All Entrants chosen as Finalists must be prepared to submit a development concept for the Winner’s Project (each a “Concept”), as more fully described in Section 11, which is intended to be used as an additional criterion in the judging process by the Festival Jury in order to determine the Grand Prize Winner.
5. Rights: All rights in and to the Entries, including but not limited to any third party trademarks and logos, names, likenesses, and musical material as may be contained therein (collectively, “Third Party Elements”), must be cleared through December 31, 2013 at a minimum, for non-exclusive worldwide online/internet use (inclusive of internet television and online/internet access via televisions, mobile devices and/or any other devices capable of accessing the internet) as well as in-flight and film festival exploitation by the Competition Entities. Any Entries for which such rights have not been cleared through such date are subject to disqualification. At the Competition Entities’ discretion, Potential Semifinalists and Potential Alternate Semifinalists may be required to show proof of clearance of any and all Third Party Elements prior to designation as a Semifinalist. Sample release forms for some of the more common Third Party Elements (e.g., cast, crew, location, third party products and logos, music, etc.) are provided on the Competition Channel for reference and/or use by Entrants in securing such rights prior to submitting their Entries, but Entrants are solely responsible for determining the clearances required with respect to their Entries (whether or not sample release forms for such purpose are provided on the Competition Channel) and for obtaining their own professional advice on the terms of such clearances.
6. Language: Entries may be submitted in one of the following eleven (11) languages:
If an Entry is in a language not listed above, Entrant must provide complete English subtitles for any and all dialogue and pertinent textual material (i.e., material which a viewer would generally need to understand in order to follow the storyline) contained in their Entry.

Deadline March 31, 2012


Participation in this Competition is open to individuals who are, as of February 2, 2012, at least 18 years of age, or the age of majority in the applicable country of residence (whichever is older) and are registered users (“Registered Users”) of the YouTube website located at

Judging Criteria

Judging to Determine Potential Semifinalists and Potential Alternate Semifinalists: Entries will be sorted by Geographic Region and will be considered for Semifinalist or Alternate Semifinalist status solely within their designated Geographic Region. For the avoidance of doubt, an Entry may not be a Semifinalist or Alternate Semifinalist in more than one (1) Geographic Region. All Entries received from each Geographic Region during the Open Call for Entries will be reviewed by the Production Company (or its designee, which may include the Competition Administrator) to determine eligibility based on the Entry Requirements, as well as to initially identify top-scoring Entries based on the following, equally-weighted criteria (collectively, the “Criteria”):
1. Storytelling
2. Creativity and Originality
3. Screenplay and Actor(s) Performances
4. Technical Execution: Camera/Sound/Lighting/Editing
5. Overall Impression
The highest-scoring Eligible Entries will then be further reviewed and evaluated by a judging panel engaged by Production Company (“Judging Panel”). Using the Criteria, the Judging Panel will determine: (i) the top ten (10) Entries per Geographic Region, which will then be designated as “Potential Semifinalists”; and (ii) up to ten (10) additional Entries per Geographic Region will be designated as “Potential Alternate Semifinalists.” Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Competition Entities reserve the right to select fewer than the aforementioned numbers of Potential Semifinalists and Potential Alternate Semifinalists from any of the Geographic Regions in the event an insufficient number of Eligible Entries is received in any Geographic region(s) and may, at Competition Entities’ discretion, substitute Entries from alternate Geographic Regions in order to ultimately obtain a total of fifty (50) Semifinalists for display during the Public Voting Period.
The professional representatives of the Competition Entities will determine the manner and process by which Entries are assessed, and the Criteria assigned thereto, in their sole discretion. The Judging Panel’s decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to the Competition (without prejudice to any claim that could be filed before the Court). If the Competition (or any Geographic Region) does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries, and/or if any Potential Semifinalist or Potential Alternate Semifinalist fails to return any required documentation by the stated due date (see Section 8 below), the Competition Entities reserve the right to disqualify any Potential Semifinalist and/or advance fewer than the stated number of Semifinalist Entries per Geographic Region to the public vote, and/or to select a Potential Alternate Semifinalist to qualify as a Semifinalist, time permitting. Please Note: A Potential Alternate Semifinalist will only become eligible to be designated as a Semifinalist and included in the User Voting in the event a Potential Semifinalist is disqualified.


Based on voting 10 deserving storytellers go to open the 2012 Venice Film Festival where a Grand Prize Winner will be be rewarded with a $500,000 grant to create a new work, produced by Ridley Scott and his world class team.
Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comments below.