OFFICIAL RULES for the 48 Hour Arthouse Film Contest, May 2020

SUBMISSION RULES:
Welcome to the second 48 Hour Arthouse Film Contest proudly presented by Austin Arthouse Film Festival!

The next 48 hours is your time to create the most unique, bold, artistic work in response to the following themes and guidelines.

Final films must be under 5 minutes in length and submitted via Film Freeway at filmfreeway.com/48HourArthouseFilmContest by Sunday May 24th at 11:59pm Central. IMPORTANT: You must make your film available to download if you want it to compete for the Audience Favorite award.

Include a description of your film as well as your CHOICES of SUB-GENRE, PROP and ACTION (see below for options). Include your social media handles if applicable. We encourage you to submit supporting materials such as director’s bio, headshot, behind the scenes photos but you are not required to do so. All submission materials must be sent through Film Freeway. Tag us in your bts social media @austinarthouse #48hourarthouse

We can’t wait to see what you create!

PRODUCTION RULES:
You must include at least one element from each category but you are free to include more.

REQUIRED LINE
1. All films must include the line
“I remember now, I once had a dream of this very _____.”
Fill in the blank (ex. room, idea, word, person, scenario, window, etc.)

SUB-GENRE OPTIONS
1. Surrealism
2. Absurdism
3. New Wave

PROP OPTIONS
1. Ceiling Fan
2. Potted Plant
3. Incense

ACTION OPTIONS
1. Mixing a drink
2. Ear to the ground
3. Turning the page of a book

EXHIBITION OF FILMS:
Once the contest ends at midnight of May 24, we will upload all submitted films to our Vimeo page and share the link to view with the public. We encourage you to share with your friends and family to get as many likes and comments as possible.

Select films that meet the criteria for official selections of Austin Arthouse Film Festival may have the opportunity to screen at a theater in the future and/or as an official selection of Austin Arthouse Film Festival, Year 3.

1. The Jury Award ($250) is decided by the Austin Arthouse Film Festival directors and is based on artistic merit as well as adherence to the guidelines.
2. The Audience Favorite award ($100) goes to the film with the most likes and comments on the Austin Arthouse Film Festival Vimeo page. (Multiple comments by individual users as well as filmmaker replies will not be included in the count)
3. Select films may have the opportunity to screen at a theater in the future and/or as an official selection of Austin Arthouse Film Festival, Year 3.
4. Voting (likes and comments) will be tallied through May 3rd until midnight (central). Winners will be announced May 5th.

May 2020 48 HOUR ARTHOUSE FILM CONTEST RULES

Entrants must abide by laws and guidelines concerning quarantine and self isolation according to their local regulations.

Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee and a completed online entry form. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (FilmFreeway) or a password-protected streaming URL. If you change the password or link after submitting, you must email the Festival at austinarthouseff@gmail.com immediately with that change so we may update accordingly. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible.
AustinArthouseFF screens films as digital files only during the Festival. Films must be available for screening during the Austin Arthouse Film Festival in January 2021. Films selected must be in some way categorized as arthouse or experimental in some way. If accepted, filmmaker agrees to allow AustinArthouseFF the liberty to edit beginning and/or ending credits down for the purpose of time as well as use film footage and audio for promotional purposes. The submitter must be entitled to submit the film and the legal rights to screen it. Submission does not guarantee acceptance, AustinArthouseFF will select the films for the festival and the submitter will be notified if the film has been accepted. By submitting a film the filmmakers, copyright owners and distribution rights owners agree to have the film screened if selected for the program.
We reserve the right to use stills and images for our promotional material, website, program and press release. Films must be original work. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. Austin Arthouse Film Festival expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.
BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

Overall Rating
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  • Audrey Webb

    I really appreciated how the organizers made everyone feel so welcomed. The prompts were fun and not too restrictive, and the diversity of the film that resulted was so great to see. Looking forward to the next one!

    May 2020
  • DT Kofoed

    Really appreciated the invitation to participate. The competition elements were nicely balanced between specificity and broadness, which aided my creativity. The competition aspect pushed me to promote and receive immense support from my film community. Ultimately I made something that will live past this event.

    May 2020
  • Great festival to be part of! Innovative and Creative! Nice to have the film in addition to good line up of short films from creative filmmakers!

    May 2020
  • Jose Luis Anaya

    Ir was amazing to be part of the lineup of Austin Arthouse Film Festival with my experimental film “LOCKED”, which was a challenge to get it done for this 48 hour film contest, pushing myself to do things I’ve never done before. The communication was wonderful and the experience more than satisfying! Can’t wait to be back for another filmmaking challenging experience for the May Edition, and push myself harder after this 1st experience!

    May 2020