Theme:
Imam Hussain (pbuh)

Introduction:
The second Chehelcheragh international festival is focusing on the life of Imam Hussein (pbuh). The reason for this choice is to present the culture of Ashura and the virtues and teachings of Imam Hussain (pbuh) which include a set of concepts, words, goals, and motives, methods of actions and morals that have been embodied in the epic of Karbala. These values and beliefs are clearly recognizable in the words and virtues of Imam Hussein (pbuh), his companions and his family in the course of their lives. Those who pursued the culture of Ashura in their words and deeds are in the best position to teach it. Before subsequent generations of scholars and researchers want to present the culture of Ashura, this culture has clearly been manifested by those who experienced it firsthand. This culture can also be extracted through investigating the events of Ashura as well as in prayers and sermons dedicated to it. The uprising of Imam Hossein (pbuh) taught the world to resist and confront tyranny and injustice.

Subjects and theme:
The message of Ashura was the basis for the ideological and intellectual disciplines of Imam Hussain (pbuh), the martyrs of Karbala and the captives from the Ahl al-Bayt (pbuh), which caused the epic of Ashura and the revolution of Imam Hussain (pbuh) to remain alive for so long. Hence, the festival secretariat, among the great concepts of Ashura and the movement of Karbala, introduces the following subjects for entries:
• Human dignity and human worth
• Nobility and chivalry even in dealing with the enemies
• Confronting oppression
• Social reform
• Altruism and selflessness
• Loyalty
• Accompanying the oppressed

Entry sections and categories:
• Short, semi-feature and feature films, documentaries, animations
• Television series
• Movie synopsis and short screenplays
• Music Video
• Mobile film
• Single photo (amateur), single photo and photo collection (professional)
• Poster and imagery
• Music

Rules & Terms

Regulations for Films, videos and TV Series:

1. The festival theme is Imam Hussain (pbuh) and the epic of Arbaeen.
2. Entries must be in line with the festival themes.
3. Films made after 2014 can participate in this section.
4. Short and semi-long films are less than 60 minutes.
5. Long films are more than 61 minutes.
6. Mobile videos can be up to 60 minutes.
7. TV series made and broadcasted after 2013 can participate in this section.
8. TV series will be processed separately and will not be screened.
9. All filmmakers in the public and the private section can participate in the festival.
10. There is no limit on the number of entries to the festival.
11. Registration for all sections is online.
12. Applicants must upload a screenshot with 1500*1000 pixels and the director’s photo with 250*300 pixels.
13. Submitted files for initial evaluation must be submitted in H264, MP4 or MPEG 2 format along with the online registration form.
14. Once the entry is approved for competition the same copy will be used for the jury, so the film must be complete and with subtitles.
15. The submitted material must include the title of the film along with the director’s name, registration code, and phone number.
16. In the mobile video section, videos must not be edited.
17. Films made out of existing online archives will not be admitted.
18. The one who submits the entries will be considered the owner of the entry.
19. The use of mobile special effects would be welcome.
20. The DVD copy will be kept in the festival’s archive.
21. A certificate of acknowledgment will be presented to all approved entries for the competition.
22. Entries without screening standards will be removed from competition.
23. Those with more than one entry must register each entry and receive a code separately.
24. No awards will be presented jointly to more than one entry.
25. In films with more than one director, awards will be presented to one person only.
26. The festival will not be held accountable for damaged material upon delivery.
27. Once approved for competition, entries can no longer be removed.
28. The festival director reserves the right to make decisions in unforeseen circumstances.

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Long Screenplay Regulations
1. The festival focuses on Imam Hussain (pbuh) and the epic of Arbaeen.
2. Submitted entries must be in line with festival themes.
3. This section is for screenplays that have not yet been produced.
4. Participants must submit a good quality 3*4 photograph on the website and on a CD.
5. After registration on the festival’s website and receive a registration code, participants must send their entry on a CD on which the registration code is written.
6. This section is for screenplays longer than 40 minutes.
7. The submitted material will be kept in the festival’s archive.
8. There is no limit on the number of entries in this section.
9. Participants with more than one entry must register and submit their material separately.
10. No awards will be presented jointly to more than one entry.
11. Screenplays with more than one writer will receive only one award.
12. The festival cannot be held accountable for damaged material upon delivery.
13. Once approved, entries can no longer be removed.
14. The festival director reserves the right to make decisions in unforeseen circumstances.

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Professional Photography Regulations
1. The festival theme is Imam Hussain (pbuh) and the epic of Arbaeen.
2. Entries must be in line with the festival themes.
3. All photographers and ages can participate.
4. Participants must choose between amateur or professional.
5. Photographs taken after 2011 can participate in the festival.
6. This is a single or collection photograph section.
7. A photo collection includes more than 5 and less than 10 photos with a unified theme.
8. In the single photo section each photographer can submit up to 5 pictures each with a different theme.
9. Each photographer can apply for both sections of the competition.
10. Participants must submit a good quality 3*4 photograph on the website and on a CD.
11. Those interested to take part in both photography sections must submit their photos on separate CDs.
12. Entries not registered in the website will not be processed.
13. After registration on the festival’s website and receiving a registration code, participants must send their entry on a CD on which the registration code is written, along with a 70 cm to 100 print of the poster behind which the registration code is written with a pencil to the festival’s secretariat.
14. Submitted photographs will be kept in the festival’s archive.
15. Photographs must include no signatures or logos or titles.
16. Photographs can be in grayscale and submitted only in digital form.
17. Photographs must be in actual size (with the smaller size at least 2500 pixels) in JPG format and 72 dpi.
18. Editing the contrast and color is permitted as long as it doesn’t change the fundamental nature of the photo.
19. Every photo collection must include a title and a statement.
20. Every single photo must have a title.
21. Every single photo and photo collection must have caption.
22. Name and label the submitted photographs in the following manner:
For photo collection:
Photo collections must include the title and the photographer: Last name – first name – collection title – file number: example: Brown – David- The path of righteousness – 01 Brown – David – The path of righteousness – 02
For single photos:
Single photos must include the title and the photographer: Last name – First name – photo title – file number: example: Brown – David – The journey of love – 01 Brown – David – The journey of love – 02
23. Photo captions must be included in the submitted folder in the form of a single word file. Photo number must be stated before each sentence.
24. In photo collections, in addition to the captions, the photographer should include a statement file.
25. Photo collections without caption and statement will not be processed.
26. Single photos without caption will not be processed.
27. No awards will be presented jointly to more than one entry.
28. Information for each entry will be displayed in print and exhibitions; participants are responsible for the accuracy of the information.
29. The festival reserves the right to display, print, promote and archive the submitted entries.
30. If any of the terms and conditions is violated, the festival can remove the entry from competition.
31. The festival will not be held accountable for possible damages to the material upon delivery.
32. Once submitted to the festival, entries can no longer be removed.
33. Completing the registration form and submitting the material means that the terms and conditions have been read and accepted.
34. The festival director reserves the right to make decisions in unforeseen circumstances.

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Short Screenplay Regulations
1. The festival focuses on Imam Hussain (pbuh) and the epic of Arbaeen.
2. Submitted entries must be in line with festival themes.
3. This section is for screenplays that have not yet been produced.
4. Participants must submit a good quality 3*4 photograph on the website and on a CD.
5. After registration on the festival’s website and receive a registration code, participants must send their entry on a CD on which the registration code is written.
6. This section is for screenplays shorter than 40 minutes.
7. The submitted material will be kept in the festival’s archive.
8. There is no limit on the number of entries in this section.
9. Participants with more than one entry must register and submit their material separately.
10. No awards will be presented jointly to more than one entry.
11. Screenplays with more than one writer will receive only one award.
12. The festival cannot be held accountable for damaged material upon delivery.
13. Once approved, entries can no longer be removed.
14. The festival director reserves the right to make decisions in unforeseen circumstances.

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Poster Section Regulations
1. The festival theme is Imam Hussain (pbuh) and the epic of Arbaeen.
2. Entries must be in line with the festival themes.
3. All designers and ages can participate.
4. Tactic and presentation style is up to the owner.
5. There is no limit on the number of entries.
6. No festival logos and titles should be included.
7. Latin font can be used for posters.
8. Each entry must have a unified theme.
9. Group works should be registered under group members, but the award will be presented to only one delegate.
10. No rewards will be presented jointly to many posters.
11. Entries produced later than 2011 can participate in the festival
12. Entries not registered on the website will not be processed.
13. Participants must submit a good quality 3*4 photograph on the website and on a CD.
14. After registration on the festival’s website and receive a registration code, participants must send their entry on a CD on which the registration code is written, along with a 70 cm to 100 print of the poster behind which the registration code is written with a pencil to the festival’s secretariat.
15. Don’t write or stick anything on the poster.
16. The printed poster and the CD will be kept in the festival’s archive.
17. Those with more than one entry must repeat the same process for each entry.
18. File specifications:
19. Resolution 300 dpi, size 70*100, format JPG – CMYK.
20. The name of the designer must be included in the submitted files.
21. How to name your file: Last name – first name – 01 or 02 and so on. Example: Brown – James – 01
i. Brown – James – 02
22. Entries captured by analog or hand design must be scanned with a high quality.
23. Posters must not be framed.
24. Participants must deliver their entries in good conditions and before the deadline to the festival organizers.
25. Participants are asked to package their entries carefully. The festival will not be held accountable for damaged entries. Participants must pay for delivery.
26. Information for each entry will be displayed in print and exhibitions; participants are responsible for the accuracy of the information.
27. The festival reserves the right to display, print, promote and archive the submitted entries.
28. If any of these terms and conditions are not met, the festival can remove the respective entries from the competition.
29. Once the posters are submitted to the festival they cannot be removed.
30. Completing the registration form and submitting the material means that participants have read and accepted the terms and conditions.
31. The festival director reserves the right to make decisions in unforeseen circumstances.