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upload your film, or download a form...
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looks pretty hamma~jamma - it is
because we are not ready for
you to see it....
What kind of films can I send ? go to:
On what topic  ? go to:
Can students enter ? go to:
about the festival
Where are the films from ?
more fun stuff
what forms do I need to send? go to:
submit form
what will you do with a trailer ?

Send us an email with the following info:
Org name, website, contact person, email
District, Island, zip code
To receive the form by email.
The form is below.
Get Releases from All Individuals. Whether the Film is real or fictional, it should be made certain that no
names, faces, likenesses, or other indicator of identity of any recognizable living persons are used or
depicted unless written releases have been obtained.  A release is unnecessary if a person is part of a
crowd scene or shown in a fleeting background.  The term “living persons” includes thinly disguised versions
of living persons or living persons who are readily identifiable because of identity of other characters or
because of the factual, historical or geographic setting. Once the camera focuses on a face in the crowd,
that person is identifable. Even dead persons may have a “right of publicity" claim under certain
circumstances.  Furthermore the family and/or successors of deceased persons may under the laws of
certain foreign jurisdictions have the right to bring actions akin to defamation.  Clearances should be gotten
from their personal representatives or heirs. Obtain the right to portray deceased persons unless the
Filmmaker’s counsel has concluded that the law clearly does not require such releases. If a minor gives
consent, the Filmmaker and its counsel must be able to verify and confirm that the consent is legally binding.

Trademark/Product and Business Releases.  The same principle is generally applicable to the names, logos
and other indicator of identity of business and other entities.  

Music. If music is used, the Filmmaker must obtain all necessary synchronization and public performance
licenses from copyright proprietors of music and lyrics.  Licenses must also be obtained on pre-recorded
music from the owner of the master as well as from the copyright proprietors of the music and lyrics.  Music is
complicated.  These rights are often owned or controlled by different entities (such as a publishing company
and a record company).  Do yourself a BIG Favor...use original music.

A license to incorporate a composition into a film is known as a “synch” license.  A license to use a particular
sound recording is known as a “master use” license.  A license to a composition does not include a license to
a sound recording of it, and vice versa.  
Film and Audio Clips. Film and audio clips are dangerous unless licenses and authorizations for the second
use are obtained from not only from the owner of the clip or party authorized to license the same, but also
from all persons rendering services on, or supplying material contained in, the film clip; e.g., underlying
literary rights, performances of actors or musicians.  Special attention should be paid to music rights as
publishers are taking the position that new synchronization and performance licenses are required when
clips are used.  In addition, use of clips often implicates re-use and residual payment obligations to guilds
and unions.

If you cannot obtain a release for one of the items listed above, we strongly suggest that you DO NOT USE
THE ITEM IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR FILM.  There are many other substitutes available.  If your film is not
cleared, it will greatly decrease the likelihood that you will obtain distribution for your film. Ever.

Copyright Registration.  Filmmaker should register his or her Film with the US Copyright Office using form
PA.  The script can and should also be separately registered. Its really painless, and the folks there will
answer your questions and help you.

Don't send us the releases. Once you send the form in, we are done with this issue.
     For Filmmakers - you too eh ?
    Send us your name, school, level of experience, and what you like to do best; film, edit, etc...  
    Mentor ? try wait eh ? we need a full profile from you...
•        Record incoming checks and make regular and timely bank deposits
•        Process incoming PayPal donations
•        Maintain donations files and issue receipts for high volume
     of tax-deductible donations in a timely manner
•        Assist fiscal sponsorship manager with weekly check disbursements
•        Maintain all fiscal sponsorship program files and database.
•        Assist Fiscal Sponsorship manager with tracking grant documents
     and insure the timely filing of grant related paperwork
•        Provide filmmakers with regular account updates
•        Assist in other department related tasks as needed including occasional research,
     answering the phone, assisting filmmakers with requests for information and other
     sorting mail and other clerical duties as needed.
•        Strong organizational skills with keen attention to detail
•        Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and complete tasks with minimal supervision
•        Math proficiency and confidence working with numbers
•        Ability to accurately process a high volume of accounting details
•        Articulate, professional demeanor
•        Self-confidence and ability to problem solve and take initiative
•        Excellent computer skills with demonstrated ability to quickly learn new programs
     and software and to trouble shoot and problem solve independently
•        Excellent interpersonal communication skills and flexible collaborative working style
•        Strong ethics, judgment and decision making skills
•        Interest and/or experience in Documentary Film a plus
•        Quickbooks or other accounting software proficiency a big plus but not required; we will train
•        Experience with Excel and ability to use basic functions in putting together spreadsheets
•        Desire to learn and grow with a nonprofit dedicated to serving documentary film and
     filmmakers around the world

Preferred Additional Skills
• Video editing experience
• Advanced knowledge of video formats
• Experience in using a Content Management System (CMS)
• Working knowledge of AfterEffects
• Advanced HTML, JavaScript, CSS
• Copy editing and writing experience
• Community management on social networks

Commensurate with experience.
Organization Name
District                                                Website                                                
Primary contact                                Email                        Facebook

Your Primary Activities

Do you have scheduled group activities or meetings ?

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Activity Description


Expected results from Activities or meetings

Would your members be interested in working on / or being interviewed for a film project ?

What story would you like to tell ?

What would you like your audience to learn?

What do you think they can do to alleviate the problem?

What else would you like to tell a filmmaker about your org that is interesting and would inspire a short film

Do you have any film, photographs, logos, and other materials that are available for the film ?
Ready to submit a film to the website ? here is the fine print...with apologies to everyone we lifted the
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