Enginuity is a festival created by filmmakers to celebrate the engine and ingenuity that powers independent film. We want to celebrate all the departments that come together to create independent film.

This is our first year, we intend on growing every year.

Enginuity is a festival that runs year round but awards quarterly semi-finalists. In May, we will host a live screening of all the Best Quarterly Winners in Best Picture and Best Short Film Categories, followed by an evening award program that will announce the annual winners in each category.

Awards & Prizes

We judge every entry for the following categories;

Feature Categories

Best Light Design
Best Set Design
Best Makeup
Best VFX
Best Sound Design
Best Original Score
Best Soundtrack
Best Stunts
Best Costume Design
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Voice Actor
Best Voice Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Editor
Best Cinematography
Best Animated Film
Best Director
Best Picture

Short Categories

Best Light Design
Best Set Design
Best Makeup
Best VFX
Best Sound Design
Best Original Score
Best Soundtrack
Best Stunts
Best Costume Design
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Voice Actor
Best Voice Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Editor
Best Cinematography
Best Animated Film
Best Director
Best Picture

New Media/Web/Music Video Under 5 Minutes

Best Set Design
Best VFX
Best Makeup
Best Writing
Best Editing
Best Director
Best New Media

Documentary Categories

Best Original Story
Best Editing
Best Director
Best Narration
Best Music
Best Documentary

Best Trailer Drama
Best Trailer Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Best Trailer Crime
Best Trailer Horror
Best Trailer Documentary
BEST TRAILER

BEST POSTER ART

Laurels and Certificates for all the Quarterly Winners.
Each Quarterly Winner is then automatically entered into our Annual Awards (no additional Fees)

Trophies, Additional Laurels and Certificates for all the Annual Winners to be presented at the event.

Rules & Terms

General Eligibility

1. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.

2. Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (FilmFreeway), a password-protected streaming URL, or on DVD with NTSC formatting (please test before sending).

3. IMPORTANT NOTE: Enginuity ( EFF or the “Festival”) is not responsible for the streaming quality of online screeners. If you choose to submit an online screener and would like to guarantee the quality of your submission, EFF strongly suggests you submit a DVD in addition to your online streaming submission.

4. In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival immediately with that change so we may update your record. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect the Festival will send an email to the submitter’s address on file to follow up. If a response with the correct information is not received within forty-eight (48) hours, the submission may be deemed ineligible.

5. Films must have been completed after April 1, 2014.

6. Previous Screenings Have No Bearing On Eligibility.

7. EFF reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.

8. Our Judges are NOT allowed to vote or judge any work they were associated with.

9. There is only one entry fee. Once entered, every film is judged for each and every category.

10. Quarterly winners are automatically entered into the annual event and are not required to pay an additional fee.

Originality and Permissions;

INDEMNITY

1. Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you are acknowledging that you have secured all necessary rights.

2. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in the film, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. EFF reserves the right to request copies of any third party rights.

3. BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, THE APPLICANT HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ANY 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.

Additional Information

1. We strongly encourage filmmakers to submit their film only after it is fully finished and will judge each submission as a completed work, whether it is or not. That said, because EFF’s focus is on the entire team that produces the film, minor technical issues will not affect the final decision of any film.

2.One fee and your film is eligible for all categories. You do not need to pay for each category.

3. Once an entry payment has been received we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed by an entrant for any reason, the entrant may be subject to any transaction fees or similar amounts incurred by EFF in connection with the dispute.

4. You MUST include your physical address either in your entry or in your cover letter. Please do not submit a film without giving us your address, which we need for our records.

5. Payments made with a check are subject to our Bounced Check Policy: If we receive a returned check from our bank for a payment you made, you will be invoiced for the original amount of the check plus a $25 bank fee. The payment of the invoiced amount will be due within 30 days of invoice date. We will not re-submit the original check, nor will we accept another check for repayment. Repayment must be made by money order or cashier’s check.

CATEGORY REQUIREMENTS:

SHORT REQUIREMENTS:
- Films must be under 20 minutes.

FEATURE REQUIREMENTS:
- Films must be 31 minutes or longer but must be under 135 minutes.

PLEASE NOTE:

Enginuity Film Festival does NOT waive entry fees. EFF believes waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. We understand the financial constraint of filmmaking and costs of submitting to Festivals (which is why we do not charge for every category) and we still hope you can find it in your budget to submit your film.

RETURNS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

DVDs and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry.

COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

COMPETITION CERTIFICATION

I/We have read all of the rules & regulations, understand, and have complied with these rules.

I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission.

I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead. I/We indemnify the EFF against any claim made for such violations of law.

To the best of my/our knowledge, all the statements herein are true and correct.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

I/We acknowledge that once an entry payment has been processed, EFF will not provide a refund

I/We agree to hold the EFF harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any screenplay/film submitted to the EFF or on any screenplay/film developed out of such submission.

No revisions will be accepted once entry has been received.

To the best of my/our knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the Festival rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.