2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge OFFICIAL RULES

WFA 2016 48-Hr Film Challenge

Challenge Overview About the Challenge Frequently Asked Questions Official Rules Team Information

The Official Rules For The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, And The Participation Agreement This Agreement, comprised of the Official Rules of the Contest as set forth herein, is made and entered into by and between the individual representing the participating filmmaking team (hereinafter, the individual and the participating team “WFA”), on the other hand. By registering for the contest, the Entrant indicates that the Entrant accepts the terms and conditions in the Official Rules as set forth herein. This Agreement and the Official Rules shall govern Entrant’s participation in “The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge,” and the creation by Entrant of a short movie as described below, pursuant to the provisions set forth herein. The parties hereto hereby further agree as follows:

  1. All Contestants Bound By These Rules – Entrant hereby agrees to take part in The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, which will be conducted by WFA and is currently scheduled to take place between June 3 2016 and June 5 2016. These Official Rules apply to The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge; to each and every participating team (“Team[s]”) of filmmakers, actors, crew members and all other players in and contributors to (collectively, “Contributor[s]”, “Contestant[s]”, “Entrant[s]”, or “Team Member[s]”) any film or other piece entered into this Contest (“Film”, “Entered Film”, or “Entry(ies)”); and these Official Rules also apply to each and every such Contributor individually.
  2. Rules and Communications – Any Contributor or Team that enters a film in this Contest or otherwise communicates with Winter Film Awards regarding this Contest, shall be deemed to have carefully read, reviewed, and specifically agreed to all of the text of these Official Rules; and also to any prior, other, and further writings including without limitation future rules and postings relating to The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge (collectively, “Communications”) which WFA may in the past, present, or future issue, distribute, post, or otherwise make available (collectively, “Communicate”) to prospective Contest entrants by e-mail, by mail, by hand, via Internet posting, and/or otherwise in any other manner. E-mail alone shall suffice so as to constitute notice from WFA to any Entrant and to any Team, if and in the event that such method is elected for notice purposes by WFA for any specific Communication.
  3. Discrepancies With Prior Writings, If Any. It is the responsibility of each individual Entrant to carefully review and compare these Official Rules as against any predecessor text, and make specific note of any changes and clarifications thereto. In the event of any discrepancy whatsoever between these Official Rules on the one hand, and any other communication on the other hand, then these Official Rules (as may be amended by WFA from time to time up to and including the date of the determination of the Winners) shall govern. No Entrant may claim to be relying upon previously-posted text which is or may be argued to be contradictory to any provision included in these Official Rules, and any Entrant doing so may be disqualified from the Contest at WFA’s election.
  4. Entry Fee & Entry Deadline. There is a $10 entry fee per team to participate in The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge. To be considered an official team in The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, sign-in must be completed in person at the Winter Film Awards offices at 31 West 34th Street, 8th Floor, New York NY on Friday June 3 at 8pm and all necessary information must be submitted. The Entry Deadline is June 3, 2016 at 10pm EST or the time at which the maximum number of teams is reached, as determined by WFA, at which point registration will close for the competition.
  5. Exercise Of Skill. This Contest requires an exercise of skill, only, and is NOT a game of chance in any respect whatsoever. There is no minimum size of Team in terms of number of Team Members; and, while WFA may believe such is unlikely to occur, a Team may in theory be comprised of as little as one (1) and only one (1) individual.
  6. Non-Union Pictures Only. All WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge entry Entries must be NON-union productions. SAG actors may participate, but the responsibility will be on the members of the team to contact SAG directly and submit any necessary forms. The Winter Film Awards organization is not involved in this process.
  7. Taxes. Taxes on prizes awarded in the Contest, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winner or winners, and WFA shall bear no liability with respect to same. It is in every Team Member’s interests to ensure that all taxes on any awarded or otherwise delivered or received sums or other consideration, if any, are fully and correctly paid; including without limitation any federal or state taxes which are required to be deducted from any awarded monies, and each Team Member indemnifies and holds harmless WFA therefor pursuant to the indemnity provisions of these Official Rules per below. In addition, all Entrants acknowledge that WFA may require signed tax forms and/or withhold taxes from any forwarded monies if WFA is instructed to do so by any appropriate authority, including without limitation any taxing authority and WFA’s own tax advisor(s).
  8. Genre & Surprise Element(s). Upon in-person registration on Friday, June 3 2016, the genre (“Genre”), tag line (“Line”), and prop (“Prop”) which MUST be used by all Teams participating in The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge will be assigned to each Team. (By way of illustration only, an example of a Genre is “Horror”). The assigned Prop (ex. Toothbrush, a flower) must be incorporated into the film. The assigned Tag Line (ex. “I’ll be back”) must be spoken or displayed prominently in the film. All teams will receive the same prop and tag line, but may receive different Genre assignments.
  9. Genre and Surprise Element(s) Required. In order for a Team to qualify as a potential “Winner” of The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, each Team’s Entered Film’s plot must revolve around the assigned Genre and must incorporate the assigned Tag Line and Prop. All decisions as to compliance with the assigned Genre, Tag Line, and Prop are in the sole discretion of WFA; and any such decisions by WFA are final, conclusive, and binding upon all Teams and Entrants.
  10. Film Submission Deadline. The completed Film must be burned to a flash drive and handed in at the Winter Film Awards team headquarters at 31 West 34th Street, 8th Floor, New York NY. In order for the submission to be considered on time, the file must be handed in by on June 5, 2016 no later than 48 hours after each team’s official sign-in time.
  11. Physical Safety. It is of the essence of this Contest that all Entrants conduct themselves in a safe and legal manner, and any departure from this absolute and inviolate principle will result in disqualification of Entries and/or rescission of this entire Contest. You are conducting your activities under this Contest at your own risk – govern yourselves accordingly.
  12. Indemnification. Each Entrant, each Team Member, and each Team, hereby indemnifies, releases, discharges, defends, and holds WFA (and its owners, managers, members, employees, agents, attorneys, representatives, contractors, vendors, successors and affiliates) harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, damages, obligations, expenses, penalties, settlements, litigations, judgments and any other liabilities of any kind whatsoever (including without limitation attorney’s fees and costs incurred by WFA), arising out of, from, or otherwise related to the development, creation, production, or other making or use of Entrant’s entry, and any other activities which at all relate to any Entry, any Entered Film, this Contest, or these Official Rules, including, but not limited to: (A) any third-party or other claim of any ownership right or interest in, or otherwise relating to, any Entered Film; (B) any third-party or other claim of violation of any personal right or proprietary right in connection with the Entered Film, such as defamation, libel, trade libel, slander, “name and likeness” rights, right of privacy, right of publicity, “moral rights”, unauthorized exhibition, breach of contract copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and any other right or claimed right of any other kind or nature; (C) any claims for negligence, injury to persons (including wrongful death), injury to property, or any other injury which may arise out of, result from, or occur, directly or indirectly, in any way in connection with this Contest or any Entered Film; (D) any breach or other violation of these Official Rules or any other WFA Communication; and (E) any other activities by or relating to any Entered Film, Entrant, Team or third-party in connection with this Contest, and any other liability of any kind or nature arising out of any participation in the Contest.
  13. Production Work. All production and creative work (collectively, “Production Work”) relating to any Entered Film, must take place ONLY during the (approximate) 48-hour period between the registration and the Submission Deadline (hereafter, the “48-hour Window”). Production Work includes, but is not limited to, writing and/or improvising the script or screenplay, rehearsing, shooting, editing, sound design, animation, and special effects. NO Production Work may commence prior to the Genre/TagLine/Prop Assignment! All Production Work shall be conducted at the sole cost and expense of the Teams and the Entrants responsible therefor, respectively, and WFA shall have absolutely no liability therefor. Pre-recorded music and sound effects may be used as long as the Entrant has the rights to said material and the necessary releases as described below are submitted with the Entered Film.
  14. Preparations. The ONLY work that may take place on any WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge entry PRIOR to the date and time of the Genre/Tagline/Prop Assignment is: (A) the organizing of cast members and crew members; (B) the securing of equipment; (C) the scouting and securing of locations; (D) costume and set design; and (E) the preparation, execution and submission of required documents to WFA.
  15. Disqualification For Exceeding The 48-hour Window. WFA reserves the right to: (A) determine whether any Production Work takes place or has taken place at any time other than within the required 48-hour Window; (B) monitor, audit, and otherwise make inquiry of the making of any Challenge Film for compliance therewith; (C) require signed written certification and re-certification from any Team and Team Member with regards to compliance with the 48-hour Window; and (D) disqualify and reject, upon written notice to the Team Representative, any Entry which does not so comply, or which WFA has reason to believe does not so comply, in whole or in part.
  16. Maximum Length. The finished WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge entry must be a MAXIMUM of seven minutes in duration (when played at its normal and viewer-discernible speed, as determined by WFA in its sole discretion) and MINIMUM of two minutes, from picture start to picture end INCLUDING CREDITS. The maximum length of credits is thirty seconds (0:30). Credits are considered part of duration of the film mentioned above. The determination of a particular Entered Film’s running time by WFA, is final and binding upon the submitting Team and upon all Entrants.
  17. Format Requirement. The finished WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge entry MUST be submitted in one of the acceptable formats and adhering to the specs listed at www.WinterFilmAwards.com
  18. Aspect Ratio. All films will be screened and streamed in 16:9 aspect ratio. Teams may shoot in other aspect ratios, but it is highly recommend letterboxing or pillarboxing the film to 16:9 so it won’t appear distorted.
  19. Signed Releases. Each Team must obtain, and electronically deliver to WFA, so as to be received by WFA accompanying The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge Film by the Submission Deadline, the following releases;  (a) A signed “Talent Release” with respect to each and every person and entity who may be depicted or whose services, work product or property has been accepted or otherwise used in connection with any submitted WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge entry. (b) A signed “Location Release” with respect to each and every location which may be depicted, which may appear, or which may otherwise be used in connection with any WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge entry, signed by the owner (not tenant) of such property location. (c) A signed “Artwork Release” with respect to any artwork, illustrations or animation used in connection with any WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge entry. (d) A signed “Music Release” with respect to all music which may appear, or which may otherwise be used in connection with any WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge entry. WFA also reserves the right to require each Team and Team Member and any third-party to sign, properly execute, and deliver to WFA such additional and further documentation as WFA may deem appropriate with respect to any music rights, or any other matter relating to this Contest. A signed  “WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge 2016 Participation Agreement” with respect to each and every person and entity who may be depicted or whose services, work product or property has been accepted or otherwise used in connection with any submitted Film. No WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge Entry will be accepted by WFA unless such signed documents have been submitted so as to be received by WFA in appropriate form (as determined by WFA in its sole discretion) by The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge Submission Deadline. These releases are available on www.WinterFilmAwards.com.
  20. Signed Releases Submission Requirement. All signed releases will be managed electronically and must be submitted in to WFA by the time the completed film is handed in.
  21. Prohibition On Explicit Sexual, Violent, and Illegal Content. While, subject to the Genre/Tagline/Prop Assignement, the content of an Entered Film shall be at the discretion of the participating Teams, WFA expressly reserves the right not to screen and/or disqualify from the Contest any film that, in WFA’s sole discretion, is deemed to be pornographic, or that otherwise depicts hard-core or graphic sexual or violent activity. Furthermore, any Teams or Team Members foolish enough to depict individuals engaging in activities on camera which, when performed on camera, are also illegal in real-life (e.g., vandalism, robbery, drug use, assault) will be solely responsible for answering to law enforcement authorities for same and do so at their own sole risk. WFA expects no one to be hurt or arrested while making any Entered Film, and apart from the other harsh consequences resulting there from, WFA reserves the right to disqualify any Entry which relates to the occurrence of same!Please keep your entries to the standards applied to a PG-13 rating.
  22. Credits. The textual beginning and/or end credits for any Entered Film delivered to WFA in the context of this Contest or otherwise created in whole or in part during the 48-hour Window, MUST include a separate- card credit reading: “Created for The Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge 2016 – www.WinterFilmAwards.com”. This textual credit must be as prominent as any other production credit, and must be retained in connection with ALL future screenings and other exploitation and use of the subject film, commercial or otherwise, regardless of time, territory or medium; and must be used and retained on ALL paid or other advertising in connection with the film. Failure of any individual or entity to so maintain this textual credit shall result in WFA taking all appropriate action which it deems necessary to protect its contractual right to this credit; including without limitation: (A) revocation of any prize; and (B) the initiation of legal proceedings with respect to breach of contract.
  23. The Judges & Judging. The judges shall be individuals with experience in the motion picture industry, such that they are qualified to select winning films, as determined by WFA in its sole discretion. The judges will be the sole arbiters deciding which WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge 2016 Entries receive awards. No one will be allowed to be a Judge if he/she has any demonstrable bias or conflict of interest with respect to any of the Contest Entrants, as determined by WFA in its sole discretion. Entrants shall disclose in writing to WFA any such bias or conflict of interest of which they are or become aware and which they believe may have a direct or indirect effect on Contest results, and any Entrant failure to do so may result in disqualification of the Entrant, his/her Team, and/or the Team’s Entry.
  24. Judging Criteria. The fixed standard and criteria (“Judging Criteria”) used by each of the Judges shall be instructed by WFA to the Judges, and shall be as follows:
    • 20% Story (Writing, Originality, Character, and Plot Development);
    • 20% How The Story Is Told (Directing, Editing, and Cinematography);
    • 20% Production Value (Effects, Technical Ability Including Sound and Lighting, and Music Design); and
    • 20% Acting
    • 20% Creative use of prop and tagline

    Each Judge shall assign a score within each of the above listed criteria to each WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge entry. (For example, a film may receive 17 out of a possible 20 points for “Story” if its “Writing, Originality, Character, and Plot Development” merit same score in the determination of a Judge). Each Judge shall then total all scores for each WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge and rate the other films in relation to the overall scoring.

  25. Decision Of The Judges. Each of the Judges will share their respective rulings with WFA in writing of the top films, as well as the ‘Best Picture’, runner-up films, and any other awards as specified by WFA for their respective competition. Unanimity of the Judge’s decision is not required, only a simple majority; The Judges will be specifically instructed that “ties” between any Entrants shall not be allowed, and the Judges shall not be discharged from their function until the top films as listed above are chosen and informed to WFA. The decision of the Judges as informed to WFA shall be final, conclusive, and binding. All awards for The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge will be updated on www.WinterFilmAwards.com.
  26. The Prizes. Entrant hereby acknowledges that participation in The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge is without remuneration or compensation of any sort. The sole exception to this rule shall be any awards / prizes that are announced on http://www.WinterFilmAwards.com. Any awards / prizes will be given to the Team Representative for the winning Team or to such other payee as WFA shall determine in its sole discretion, as long as the Official Rules have been adhered to in all respects by the winning Entrant.
  27. Issuance Of Prizes. Any awards / prizes must be picked up by the Team Representative of the winning Team within thirty (30) calendar days after the resulting decision of the Overall Judges communicated to WFA. Any awards / prizes are ONLY intended to be awarded and delivered to the winning Team’s Team Representative. It is the sole responsibility of the Team Representative to distribute any such prize evenly among the Team’s cast and crew.
  28. Prize Follow-Up. No substitution or transfer of prizes of any kind, shall be permitted. No prizes in addition to the awards / prizes listed on http://www.WinterFilmAwards.com will be made or awarded. WFA reserves the right to require any and all Team Members of the Winning Teams, to execute one or more Affidavits of Eligibility in a form prescribed by WFA. Failure of each Member of the Winning Teams to properly execute the Affidavit of Eligibility and return it so as to be received by WFA within thirty (30) calendar days after the date that the Awards / Winners are announced, shall constitute grounds for disqualification. WFA reserves the right to award prizes to an alternate winner, in the event of any failure of any winner to accept an award / prize within thirty (30) calendar days of WFA’s attempt to forward it to the Team Representative, or any failure to submit a timely and properly-executed Affidavit of Eligibility, for reason of Team Representative or Team Member unavailability or otherwise.
  29. Consideration. The consideration which Entrant receives in exchange for entering into this Agreement, and that received by all Members of his/her Team, is simply: (A) the screening of the Team’s completed WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge 2016 Entry in compliance with the Official Rules; (B) the possibility that WFA will show the Entry in future screenings or in other venues (without obligation therefore on the part of WFA); and (C) the opportunity for publicity or exposure arising out of participation in the Contest (again, without obligation therefor on the part of WFA). The consideration which WFA receives for entering into this Agreement consists of all of the rights to the Entry as set forth hereinabove and otherwise granted to WFA herein.
  30. Void Where Prohibited, And Applicable Laws. This Contest Is Void Where Prohibited. This Contest Is Governed By The Laws Of The United States, And All Applicable Laws Govern. No one under the age of Eighteen (18) years may enter The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge without appropriate parental written consent; nor may any person enter this Contest who does not have the legal right or capacity to specifically agree to and contract with WFA with respect to the Contest and these Official Rules. By entering this Contest, each Entrant warrants and represents to WFA that he/she is under no legal or other impediment which would prevent or restrict his/her ability to enter and engage in activities relating to this Contest. Accordingly, it is each Entrant’s responsibility to ensure that: (A) the applicable laws, regulations, requirements, and rules of his/her home state or other jurisdiction allow and permit the Entrant’s entry into this Contest; and (B) there is no contractual or other legal obligation or other issue that would militate against the entry of the corresponding Entered Film into this Contest, or against such Entrant in engaging in activities relating to this Contest.
  31. Contest Changes, If Any. The laws, regulations, requirements, and rules of any state or other jurisdiction may be subject to change at any time, including without limitation such time as the activities relating to this Contest may occur. Accordingly, WFA reserves the right to make such changes to this Contest and/or these Official Rules and other Communications (“Contest Changes”) at any time and as WFA may deem appropriate in its sole discretion, to the extent that the changes are made for the purpose of compliance with all such applicable laws, regulations, requirements, and rules; including without limitation termination of the Contest in the unlikely event that such drastic action is thereby made necessary. In the event of such termination, or of any claim made against the Contest or WFA or any of its affiliates or affiliated parties by any Entrant or other person or entity, WFA’s liability shall hereby be agreed to be limited to One Dollar (US$1.00) per Team. Such Contest Changes by WFA may be made in a manner in which the interests of justice so dictate, as determined by WFA in WFA’s sole discretion. WFA shall endeavor to notify all Team Representatives of any such Contest Changes, if occurring. WFA shall have the right, but not the obligation, to use Communication methods in addition to or in lieu of e-mail and the Internet, for any purpose under these Official Rules (provided that same is not specifically and expressly required to be disseminated in an alternate manner). The employees, families, and affiliates of WFA, and its Members and Managers, may not enter this Contest.
  32. Other Changes, And Additional Documents. In addition to the foregoing, in the event that, in WFA’s discretion, circumstances so warrant, WFA may change the Official Rules of this Contest so as to foster the interests of preserving as level a playing-field as possible for all Entrants and Entries. It is accordingly the sole responsibility of each Entrant and each Team to, throughout the full duration of the Contest, frequently check the Contest Website and its and their incoming e-mail, regular mail, and faxes, so as to ensure that any and all Communications from WFA are received.
  33. Disqualifications. WFA reserves the right to disqualify any Team, Contributor, Entrant, or Entered Film that does not comply with the Official Rules and other Contest requirements from time to time Communicated by WFA.
  34. Rights, Clearances, and Costs. Each Entrant hereby acknowledges that he/she is individually responsible for obtaining and/or providing all crew, cast, equipment, sets, locations, and all other things necessary for participation in the Contest and in connection with any Entered Film. Each Entrant shall bear all costs and expenses relating thereto, and shall be strictly responsible for any and all damages and claims (if any) relating thereto. WFA is only agreeing to provide the Official Rules and the Contest in which each Entrant is intending to take part. Each Entrant hereby affirms that he/she has already obtained, or else will timely obtain, appropriate signed writings from all relevant rights-holders and other interested parties commemorating all rights to all images, sounds, music and all other material of any kind or nature used in or in connection with his/her Team’s Entry, including without limitation all required talent and location releases for all talent and locations used in any Entry. Each Entrant further affirms that true and complete copies of all such writings will be submitted to WFA on or before the date of submission of the subject Entered Film to WFA for the purposes of the Contest.
  35. Additional Documents. WFA reserves the right to require each Team, Team Member, and any third-party to sign and properly execute and deliver to WFA so as to be received by WFA, such additional and Further documents as WFA may require and deem appropriate with respect to any matter relating to the Contest. In order to have its Entry screened at the Screening Exhibition in connection with The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, or in order to be named as a “Winner” of the The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, each Team and each Team Member must follow all of the Official Rules set forth herein, and other requirements Communicated by WFA. Failure to comply with all of the Official Rules and/or other WFA Communications will result in disqualification of the Team and its Entry, and forfeiture of any monies or other consideration paid or expended by the Team and/or any of its Members. Decisions regarding compliance with the Official Rules and any decision regarding disqualification will be at the sole discretion of WFA, and will be final, conclusive, and binding upon all Teams and persons thereby affected (including without limitation those not disqualified).
  36. No Responsibility For Electronic And Other Failures. WFA is not and shall not be responsible for: (A) any lost, late, misdirected, mutilated, damaged, illegible, unintelligible, or otherwise ineligible entries; (B) any electronic mistakes or other mishaps including without limitation transmission errors which may result in omission of, interruption of, deletion of, defect in, delay in delivery of, theft or destruction of, unauthorized access to, or alterations of, any Entries or other materials furnished to WFA in connection with this Contest, or any materials otherwise distributed to or intended to be distributed to or by Entrants and/or Teams in connection with this Contest; or (C) any network, telephone, electronic, computer, hardware or software, or other technical or machine-related malfunctions or limitations of any kind; or (D) any inaccurate transmissions of or failure to timely receive Entries or other material by WFA or by any Entrant or Team on account of any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website; or (E) any combination of the foregoing in whole or in part. If for any reason the Internet or e-mail communications relating to the Contest are not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, “bugs”, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, “force majeure”, or any other causes beyond the control of WFA, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, WFA reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any Entrant and/or Team that tampers with this Contest, its Official Rules, and/or its and their procedures; and WFA may terminate, modify or suspend the Contest as a result.
  37. Warning. Any attempt or action taken by any Entrant or other person or entity to damage any website, disrupt the process or progress of any e-mail, or otherwise undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest, may be a violation of criminal and civil laws; and, should such attempt be made or activity occur, WFA reserves the right to disqualify such persons from the Contest, and seek damages and other legal and equitable relief from and with respect to any such person or entity to the fullest extent that the law will allow.
  38. Monitoring. WFA has the right but not the obligation to monitor the making and/or submission of any Entered Film for compliance with any of these Official Rules and other WFA Communications, and to effect any audit, interview, or other inquiry of any Team and/or Team Member so as to endeavor to confirm compliance with same. Any failure of any Team or Team Member to make itself/himself/herself available for same, shall result in disqualification of the corresponding Entry, at WFA’s sole election.
  39. Mistakes and Force Majeure. In the event of any instance in which WFA has reason to believe that a mistake in the running of the Contest has occurred; or that one or more of the Entrants or Teams may have engaged in fraudulent activity or otherwise violated the Official Rules or other WFA Communications; or that one or more of the Entrants or Teams or other persons or entities are abusing the Contest and/or its Official Rules; or if a “force majeure” event occurs in whole or in part during the time periods cited herein, (for example but not by way of limitation, a failure of the Internet to allow for any Communication to be disseminated), which prevents or threatens to prevent the Contest from proceeding as planned, then: (A) at WFA’s election, all Subsidies must be returned by the Entrants so as to be received in full by WFA; (B) upon receipt of the returned Subsidies, if so required by WFA, all entry fees received from the Teams participating in The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, will be refunded to the Teams as originally paid by them; and (C) WFA may take such other and further action as WFA in its sole discretions sees fit. Any re-scheduling of The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge competition and awards / prizes thereafter, if any, will be at the sole discretion of WFA. Any entry fees paid or payable by any Team or Contestant are non-refundable, irrespective of. If there is any disagreement as to what constitutes a “force majeure” event, then WFA’s determination shall be final, conclusive, and binding.
  40. Administrator. The Administrator of this Contest is: Winter Film Awards, WFA 31 West 34th Street, 8th Floor New York NY 10001. The Administrator shall award all prizes and retain all records relating to the Contest. No walk-in visits to WFA are encouraged or allowed, nor are any in-person communications with WFA otherwise, except as specifically contemplated in the context of the two (2) events referenced hereinabove. A Winners List is expected to be posted on the Internet; and additionally, may be obtained by any interested party, when available (but in any case no later than thirty [30] calendar days after the date of the selection of the Winners), by forwarding an SASE with sufficient postage to the above address, provided that the SASE shall not be required from residents of any state or jurisdiction which would prohibit the requirement of same.
  41. Not A Talent Agency. WFA is an entity which conducts this competition, and is not a talent agency. WFA shall not be characterized as soliciting employment for any filmmaker, Team Member, or other Contributor.
  42. Rights And Property. WFA shall own the Genre/Tagline/Prop Classifications, and shall also own the copyright and all other rights of any kind and nature, for all territories and media in perpetuity, in any and all WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge entries produced in, in connection with, during, or for this Contest. These rights owned by WFA and the Challenge Primary Sponsor shall include, without limitation: (A) the right to screen, show, sell, exhibit, broadcast, and disseminate each Team’s WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge Entry, in all manners, media, formats, and forms including without limitation theatrical release, broadcast television, cable television and/or the Internet; and (B) the right to publicize Winter Film Awards, The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge and the subject Entered Film using the name of and images and other material from the Entry, in any manner in which WFA and Challenge Sponsor sees fit; and (C) the right to use the name and likeness of the Team Representative and all Team Members, and any trademark rights relating to the Team and the title or titles of the subject Film, in any manner in connection with the Contest as WFA and Challenge Sponsor sees fit.
  43. Sale of Film. The Entrant and WFA agree that the following terms shall apply should the sale of the Entrant’s Film occur: Individual Sale : The Entrant will receive 90% of the total sale, and WFA will receive 10%. Group or Collection Sale : Includes sale for broadcast, internet streaming and/or DVD-if Entrant’s Film is included in the collection, the Entrant will receive a pro rata share of 50% of net proceeds. Pro ration will be dependent on number of Films included in the collection. Important Notes: Net proceeds will be defined as gross proceeds minus all related and customary deductions as solely determined by WFA. Broadcast (including cable) and/or streaming by any of WFA Sponsors does not constitute a sale under the paragraph.
  44. Documentary, If Occurring. Entrant hereby acknowledges that a “Making of The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge” (the “Documentary”) may be shot during the Competition, and hereby agrees to allow camera crews to tape his/her Team and each individual Team Member during any development and production stage of the Competition; and further agrees to provide to WFA a signed release for same for each of his/her participating cast and crew members, using an appropriate written release form, with the submission of The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge Entry. However, the foregoing in no way obligates WFA to make, exhibit, or otherwise exploit or use the Documentary. Furthermore, by entering into The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, each Entrant and all Members of his/her Team expressly grant to WFA the right to use any images (individual or collective) taken during the creation of the Entry and/or during any of the Competition events, as well as quotations from e-mail or any other written submissions or material, for use on WFA’s website, for promotional purposes, and for any other purposes of WFA.
  45. Other Festivals. Subject to the foregoing and subject to the remaining provisions of this Agreement, a Team may submit, and cause the exhibition of, its Entered Film at any other film festival. However, Entrant retains the right to submit its completed WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge 2016 Entry to other film festivals, and to screen it at such festivals, with the understanding that the credit referred to hereinabove of these Official Rules MUST appear in and in connection with any such submission or screening. Any additional screenings, broadcasts, or other disseminations of The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge Entry by Entrant, any member of Entrant’s team, or by anyone else, are prohibited unless the express written consent of WFA is obtained in advance on a case-by-case basis. Any tangible copy of any material delivered or otherwise forwarded to WFA under these Official Rules or otherwise in connection with this Contest, shall automatically upon receipt become the sole and exclusive property of WFA for all times and for all purposes, and cannot under any circumstances be returned. WFA shall not be responsible for any lost, late, misdirected, mutilated, damaged, illegible, unintelligible, or otherwise ineligible Entries; or for communications or material placed in the mail or otherwise routed in transit, it being understood that any such material may in any event be discarded by WFA in its sole discretion.
  46. Privacy. WFA shall take every possible action to protect the privacy of any Team Member, including e-mail addresses and removal of same from databases if requested, and any individual concerned about same can contact WFA regarding same directly by e-mail.

Entrant and all Team Members hereby acknowledge that they have each read, and each agree to abide by these Official Rules For The 2016 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge. WFA reserves the right to review and accept only those movies and other submitted materials that comply in all respects with the Official Rules.

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