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Crazy8s is an 8-day talent incubator and challenge that provides funding and support to emerging filmmakers to help them produce a short film. Crazy8s is run by the Crazy8s Film Society, a not-for-profit society created to foster support for emerging filmmakers who have little or no access to funding for short film content. Since 1999 Crazy8s has produced 127 short films that have gone on to win awards at film festivals worldwide. Crazy8s Film Society believes in equality, diversity and community. The Program welcomes contributions from all and is not limited to people of varied age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, and religious views.
Over $50,000 in Gear/Services from In-Kind Sponsorship
Professional Colour Timing
Professional Sound Mixing
Professional Casting Services
Professional Directing/Producing Mentorship
Professional Story Editing
Percentage of Location Permit Fees Waived
By submitting a project for consideration to Crazy8s, you hereby acknowledge that you have read, understand and agree to all of the following terms and conditions (the “Rules and Regulations”).
The Rules and Regulations are subject to all federal, provincial, regional and municipal laws, regulations, rules, and restrictions (collectively, the “Requirements”), including those relating to COVID-19 and public health and safety and welfare.
The Rules and Regulations may be updated, supplemented, and/or amended at any time by Crazy8s in order to comply with the Requirements. All dates, deadlines, events, and schedules set forth herein are subject to change, postponement, and/or cancellation due to circumstances relating to COVID-19.
All applicants, cast members, writers, directors, producers, and crew members shall comply at all times with the Requirements and any other rules, requirements established by Crazy8s throughout all stages of their participation in the Crazy8s Film Program, including in all pitch, editing, and production activities.
The Crazy8s Film Program is run by the Crazy8s Film Society, a BC-based non-profit society.
The Crazy8s Program was developed to build the domestic film industry in British Columbia by providing support to Canadian filmmakers and their teams to make professionally produced short films. The mission is to find and build talent, teams, and community. Crazy8s aims to continue to expand the exposure of the films to international film festivals and markets.
Crazy8s accepts all genres of live action scripted short films including drama, comedy, science fiction, horror, fantasy, musical, etc. We do not accept animation or documentaries.
Crazy8s Film Society believes in equality and community. The Program welcomes contributions from all and is not limited to people of varied age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, and religious views.
It is a requirement of Crazy8s that ALL of the Writer(s), Director(s), Producer(s), and either the 1st or 2nd Lead Actor must be Canadian citizens or Permanent residents of Canada, and must also be residents of British Columbia.
Applicants must be at least 19 years of age. Full-time time high school students are not eligible to apply. Post-secondary students are eligible to apply but should be aware that the time commitment for winners is heavy and may not be compatible with full-time studies.
Writers, Directors, or Producers of a project are eligible to apply for Crazy8s.
The Writer may also be the Director, or the Writer may also be the Producer. However, the roles of Producer and Director must be filled by different people.
Directors may take a Producer credit but cannot be the lead Producer on the project.
Past Crazy8s Directors may not re-apply as Directors, but can work on Crazy8s films in other roles, including Lead Producer for subsequent years.
Film concepts must be based on an original idea. Chain of Title documentation will be required proving that applicants have the rights to tell the story. If the short film concept is based on a real person, real event, a short story, a poem, a play, or any other original work, it is essential to have written permission from the person who created the original concept. This includes other people’s work that inspired the current developing short original film.
Applicants are free to adapt any work that is currently in the public domain, which includes work created by people who have been dead more than 50 years.
The full run time of all completed Crayz8s short film projects must be at least 5 minutes in length, but shall not exceed 12 minutes in length, including on-screen credits. This translates into approximately 5-10 pages of script and is not negotiable.
Applicants are ineligible to apply to Crazy8s if they have worked for Crazy8s Film Society in the year preceding the present application.
In addition, the project must meet CAVCO’s Canadian Production guidelines, which states that the production must have 6 out of 10 Canadian content points as follows:
2 Points Director (must be Canadian or Permanent Resident)
2 Points Writer (must be Canadian or Permanent Resident)
1 Point Lead Actor (either 1st or 2nd lead must be Canadian or P.R.)
1 Point 2nd Lead Actor
1 Point Cinematographer
1 Point Production Designer
1 Point Editor
1 Point Music Composer
Each team is responsible for making the CAVCO application or CRTC and application immediately after the Public Screening and Gala.
Video Pitch Phase
At least one Writer, Director or Producer must participate in the video pitch.
Video pitches longer than 3 minutes will not be accepted. The pitch should contain the beginning, middle and end of the story. See submission guidelines for more information.
Each video pitch must start with a slate containing the name of the project and name of the Director, Writer and Producer, (if Producer is attached at the time of application). Please mention any other roles that the jury should need to know. Eg: Proposed Lead Actor, Cinematographer, Editor etc.
A Director and a Writer must be attached to the project by the time the project is pitched to the in-person pitch jury.
In Person Pitch Phase
If you are selected as a semi-finalist you will be contacted by Crazy8s Films on or by Society November 15 to schedule a time to pitch in-person to a jury of industry professionals on either November 20 or 21.
Note: In-Person Pitches may become On-Line Pitches if warranted due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Invited filmmaker(s) will have 5 minutes to pitch their story and themselves to the jury, followed by 5 minutes for questions.
No reels are permitted as part of your in-person pitch – this is primarily a verbal pitch. Invited filmmakers are asked to bring a short synopsis of their project and a bio of the director printed on a single page.
The Director must be present for the in-person pitch. If the Director cannot attend, they must be available by visual conference (Google, Zoom, Skype, Facetime etc.)
If a project is selected to move forward to the In-Person Pitch Phase, a Producer must be secured no later than November 23, 2021.
Script Editing Phase
The 12 semi-finalists who are selected to go into the story editing phase will be required to sign a legal disclaimer stating that their film concept is based on an original idea. If it is not, filmmakers will need to provide a document showing they have the rights to adapt the original idea. This must be presented on the script editing day.
Once selected the writer, producer, and director will need to sign a Transfer of Rights Agreement with the Crazy8s Film Society before going into production.
The Top 12 semi-finalists will be appointed an industry professional Script Editor who will work with the project until the delivery of the final script to the Crazy8s Jury. The Script Editor may continue on with the project if it is given one of the Top 6 spots and goes into production.
Final Selected Projects / Top 6 Teams
Applicants will deliver a final script, with a minimum of 5 pages and a maximum length of 10 pages, in an industry standard script format. The Crazy8s Jury will read and evaluate the scripts and choose the final Top 6 projects that will go into production.
The Top 6 Teams will receive upwards of $50,000+ in camera, lighting and grip packages, $1000 cash, and mentorship throughout the duration of the production and delivery of their final films. Director Mentors, Producer Mentors and Script Editing Mentors will be supplied. Post Production Mentorship will also be available.
The Top 6 Projects and their teams are required to attend a variety of production workshops leading up to the production of their films. See schedule for mandatory dates.
Final films will be delivered to Crazy8s Film Society at 6:00pm on March 4, 2022.
The finished films will then be shown at a Gala Screening and AfterParty slated for April 9, 2022.
The Gala Screening and AfterParty may be postponed, cancelled, rescheduled, conducted online, or subject to restrictions on attendance due to COVID-19 concerns or to comply with the Requirements.
The Crazy8s Film Society will own the finished films, but filmmakers are encouraged to screen their films at international film festivals and use the film to promote themselves as filmmakers. The filmmakers are responsible for film festival entry fees.
Filmmakers will retain the rights to produce sequels, feature films, television series, web series, or any other production based on their Crazy8s short films.
The Crazy8s Film Society will work to sell the finished films on DVD and/or Bluray, to broadcasters, and through various other distribution methods. But we also encourage the filmmakers to take an active hand in the distribution of their films.
A percentage (50%) of the net proceeds after expenses from all sales will go to the Filmmaker(s) as a royalty. It is up to the team to decide how that Royalty will be split amongst the team members, but it is advised that the Writer, Director, and Producer share any royalties received. Filmmakers can keep 100% of film festival cash awards.
Performers will also see a royalty from gross sales, administered through the Union of BC Performers.
The Crazy8s portion of distribution proceeds go back into the Society to help pay for future events.
Sept. 15, 2021 – Online Registration Starts
Sept. 25 - Pitch Workshop / Registration Info Session
Oct. 25 – DEADLINE for Registration including Video Pitches – Due by 11:59 pm
Nov. 15 – Top 40 pitches announced
Nov. 20 & 21 – In-person pitches (Director must attend, or be available by phone, Zoom or Skype)
Nov. 23 – Top 12 Teams Announced
Dec. 11 – Story Edit Day (Writer, Director, and Producer must attend)
Jan. 7, 2022 – Final Scripts Due
Jan. 18 – Top 6 Announced
Jan. 22 – Production Workshop #1
Feb. 12 – Production Workshop #2
Feb. 25 – First Day of Principal Photography
Feb. 25 – March 4 – 8 Crazy Days of Production and Post-Production (3 days production, 5 days post production)
March, 4 – Delivery of finished films due at 6 pm
March 19/26 – Film Festival/ Distribution Workshop & Director Workshop
April 9 – Crazy8s 2022 Gala Screening & AfterParty
One or more of the foregoing dates and/or events may be postponed, cancelled, rescheduled, conducted online, or subject to restrictions on attendance due to COVID-19 concerns or to comply with the Requirements.
Crazy8s Film Society reserves the right, in its sole and unfettered discretion, to cancel, postpone, or reschedule any or all of the Crazy8s Film Program or any events or activities associated therewith, due to COVID-19 concerns or in order to comply with the Requirements.
Applicants and their crews hereby release, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Crazy8s Film Society, its members, directors, employees, and personnel from any and all claims, liabilities, costs, expenses, and damages for any and all damage, loss or liability (including, without limitation, claims arising from negligence, or relating to personal injury, property damage, illness, and wrongful death) suffered as a result of, in connection with, or arising from their participation in the Crazy8s Film Program or any events or activities associated therewith including as a result of exposure to COVID-19 from any other individual participating in or associated with the Crazy8s Film Program.
Applicants and their crews further release, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Crazy8s Film Society, its members, directors, employees, and personnel from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, costs, expenses, and damages due to the cancellation, postponement, or rescheduling of any or all of the Crazy8s Film Program at any time for any reason, including due to COVID-19 concerns or if required to comply with the Requirements.
By applying to the Crazy8s Film Program each applicant and their team consents to Crazy8s Film Society their names, city of residence, photographs, voice and/or image for publicity purposes in all media, without payment, compensation, or notification.
Crazy8s Film Society reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Crazy8s Film Program due to force majeure, or circumstances or situations beyond their reasonable control such as strikes, lock-outs, labour disputes, war, riot, insurrection, earthquake, terrorism, civil commotion, fire, flood, accident, storm or any other act of nature.