The Free Our People Film Contest is a program developed by the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, New York. The contest will be looking for innovative and creative stories that explore the idea of why disabled people need to be living within their communities, and not in nursing homes. It will specifically be addressing the institutional bias that keeps many trapped in nursing homes.

The Free Our People Film Contest hopes to encourage the inclusion of more disabled actors, creators, innovators, and filmmakers in film. That is why every film MUST include disabled actors, and at least one disabled person in a major crew role (director, writer, editor, or cinematographer).

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS TO ENTER THE CONTEST!

To participate:
1. Put together your team
2. Check our Facebook page on February 1 with specific instructions on how to make your film
3. Shoot, edit, and complete your film between February 1 and March 31
4. Come back to this page and hit the submit now button on the upper right side.
5. Follow the prompts to create or login to your account
6. Upload and add your film submission to submit it to us by March 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

For more information visit:
http://cdrnys.org/free-our-people-film-contest/

First Place:
Mentoring session with Wendy Calhoun, co-executive producer and writer on EMPIRE and producer of JUSTIFIED, NASHVILLE, and REVENGE.
$1000 cash prize
Hotel an airline accommodations for one person to the festival in Rochester (this prize is available to U.S. residents only)
Film shown in all festivals
Dramatica Movie Magic Screenwriter
StoryBoard Quick (Mac/Win)
Scrivener Writing Software
Mariner Software Story & Character Development Bundle (Persona and Contour)

Second Place:
$500 cash prize
Hotel an airline accommodations for one person to the festival in Rochester (this prize is available to U.S. residents only)
Film shown in all festivals
Dramatica Story Experts
StoryBoard Quick (Mac/Win)
Scrivener Writing Software
choice of either Persona or Contour from Mariner Software

Third Place:
Hotel an airline accommodations for one person to the festival in Rochester (this prize is available to U.S. residents only)
Film shown in all festivals
Dramatica Story Experts
StoryBoard Quick (Mac/Win)
Scrivener Writing Software
choice of either Persona or Contour from Mariner Software

*hotel and airline prizes only available to winners in the United States

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANYTHING IF YOU DO NOT READ THE RULES!!

YOU WILL INSTANTLY BE DISQUALIFIED IF YOU BREAK ANY OF THE FOLLOWING RULES!

1. YOU MUST use both of the following items within your film, for it to qualify for inclusion in the contest!

ITEM 1: candy

ITEM 2: a cat

These must be visible somewhere, and just don't add them because you have to include them. You can add these items in any creative way you want! Feel free to be creative with how you incorporate them into your film. You can use them in a straightforward and literal way, or find a more obscure way to incorporate them. Anything goes!

This is just to make sure that you did not make your film before February 1, when we these items. Films without them will be disqualified.

2. Films can be documentary, animated, narrative fiction, mixed-media, or experimental

3. Your film must be between 5-7 minutes. Anything longer or shorter will not be accepted.

4. Institutional bias is our theme, so each film must address the institutional bias in relation to long-term care services and community living for the disabled community.

If you are unsure what institutional bias is, look here:
http://cdrnys.org/…/2nd-annual-free-our-people-film-contest/

5. Filmmakers will have exactly two months to make a well-made, compelling film. You must turn your film in by March 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET.

Please submit your films on Film Freeway:
https://filmfreeway.com/FreeOurPeopleFilmContest

6. A panel of judges will determine which film is the best based on both content and quality. Our judges this year are Teal Sherer, Jennifer Brea, CJ Jones, and Alice Wong

7. Please include English subtitles/captioning. This is a requirement to enter. If you need help with this, let us know. We will also help you make an audio described version if you don't know how, and are one of our winners.

There are also specific rules for cast and crew to follow:

8. At least one member of the main crew (writer, director, editor, or cinematographer) must have a disability. We encourage films with multiple disabled people in crew roles. We also encourage nondisabled filmmakers to work with disabled filmmakers.

9. Any character that is written to be disabled must be cast by someone actually disabled. Disabled mimicry is not allowed and will disqualify your film. If your film is animated, any characters with disabilities must be voiced by disabled people. We encourage you to cast disabled people in roles not specifically written as disabled, as well.

10. There is a $5 entry fee, to prevent unrelated films from being submitted. If you are a disabled person who cannot afford the fee, email devans@cdrnys.org for a code to waive the fee. We do not want a fee to prevent you from entering.

We look forward to seeing what you submit!

Happy Filmmaking!