The Inland Empire Media Academy Student Film Festival hosts an annual festival dedicated solely to screening work created by students enrolled in high school, undergraduate and graduate programs. By focusing on student films we are bringing together a community of filmmakers who share the common goal of education and artistic expression. Programming is aimed towards creating a rich pallet of unique perspectives thereby exposing our audience to new concepts, stories, and people. Our award program is considered with a jury panel made up of industry professionals. Awards are given with the intent to enhance student films by supplying added financial backing to their projects and decreasing the stress of raising money while creating films and going to school. Most importantly the festival will give talented students a sound board from which to be heard and motivate them to further delve into their craft.

Awards & Prizes

Awards:
Grand Jury
Best Direction
Best Writing
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Lead Actor
Best Lead Actress
Audience Favorite

Prizes:
Free Red Camera Rental Package
Free DSLR Camera Rental Package
$200 Gift Certificate Samy's Camera
Digiesuite Effects Software - Damage Suite
Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting Software Package
Various other gift cards and prizes

Rules & Terms

I. GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF A FILM TO THE IE MEDIA ACADEMY STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL AND EXPO: 
NOTE: The submission categories and program categories that are referenced and identified as capitalized terms in this Section I of these Rules and Regulations, and the eligibility requirements for each, shall be understood as having the definitions and descriptions assigned to them in Sections II and III of these Rules and Regulations below. 
1) All films must be completed by students enrolled full time during the 2017-2018 academic year.
2) If the Film’s final running time is projected to exceed more than 50 minutes, the Film may be rejected. 
3) Your film weather internationally or domestic does not need to premiere at the IE Media Academy Student Film Festival and Expo. 
4) All Films do not have any premiere requirements. U.S. and International Student Films do not forfeit their eligibility for submission to the Festival if they were previously released theatrically or on DVD, broadcast on television or the internet, or screened at any number of film festivals in the world. 
5) Films completed prior to January 1, 2016, are not eligible for consideration for the 2018 Festival. 
6) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials included within the submitted Film. IE Media Academy expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third-party claims for copyright infringement. IE Media Academy reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Film makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any copyrighted content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend Slate Inc., the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith. 
7) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure authorization and permission from the owner(s) of any and all trademarked content or materials included within the submitted Film. IE Media Academy expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any trademarked content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third-party claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution or unfair competition. IE Media Academy reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with any unauthorized inclusion of trademarked content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding shall be brought or asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the Film makes unauthorized or unlawful use of any trademarked content or material, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend Slate Inc., the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith. 
8) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the Film from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories of libel, defamation, invasion of privacy, violation of rights of publicity, theft of trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of express or implied contract (“Third Party Claim(s)”). IE Media Academy expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any content or materials within or relating to the submitted Film that are or may be the basis for any Third Party Claims based upon any of the foregoing legal theories or others. IE Media Academy reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that is or may become the subject of any Third Party Claims. In the event that any Third Party Claim(s) shall be asserted by any person or entity, Applicant shall fully indemnify and defend Slate Inc., the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any and all fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that each of any of them may incur in connection therewith. 
9) Applicants submitting Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles. IE Media Academy reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that contains significant non-English spoken dialogue that does not include accompanying on-screen English subtitles. 
10) All Films must be submitted to IE Media Academy on a single DVD (DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R DL, or DVD+R DL) or uploaded via the Secure Online Screener function of YouTube or vimeo links. IE Media Academy reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from Applicant, any Film that is not submitted using one of these two formats. If the Film is submitted in multiple parts on multiple discs, IE Media Academy reserves the right to judge the Film based on the first disc included, with no further obligation to view the contents of the remaining discs. 
11) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the submitted DVD plays in its entirety on an industry-standard DVD player prior to submitting it to the Festival. In the event that a submitted disc does not play in an industry-standard standard DVD player, IE Media Academy will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to obtain a replacement copy of the Film. IE Media Academy reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film whose initially submitted disc does not play on an industry-standard DVD player. 
12) It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the submitted disc arrives at the shipping destination provided to the Applicant upon completion of the submission form. In the event that a submitted disc does not arrive at the designated shipping destination within the deadline window selected by the Applicant, IE Media Academy will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to obtain a submission copy of the Film. IE Media Academy reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film that does not arrive at the designated shipping destination within the deadline window selected by the Applicant. 
13) In the event that the Applicant remits an updated version of the Film to IE Media Academy after having submitted a previous version of the Film to IE Media Academy during the same calendar year, IE Media Academy is under no obligation to view any or all of the updated version. 
14) In order to be considered for the Festival, the Applicant must complete the submission form available on FilmFreeway.
15) IE Media Academy reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Film with a submission form that is considered to be delinquent due to the non-payment of any or all submission fees. IE Media Academy may attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form in an effort to bring the payment status of the account up- to-date. IE Media Academy disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant and inform the Applicant of any payment delinquency or other deficiency of a submission form. 
16) Upon completion of the Festival selection process, IE Media Academy will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Film’s acceptance status. IE Media Academy disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the submission period (March 15, 2017 – August 1, 2017). 
17) IE Media Academy is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Film any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Film, any information relating to the manner in which the Film is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that IE Media Academy or any reviewers of the Film may hold concerning the Film; any reasons why the Film, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Film specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations. 
IE Media Academy disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible or liable for, the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding any Film that are or may be obtained by the Applicant or any other representative of the Film; any communications by any representative of IE Media Academy or the Festival relating to the Film or the Festival selection process; the manner in which the Film shall be, is or was considered and reviewed; the identity or identities of any specific reviewers of the Film; and/or any failure on the part of IE Media Academy or the Festival to provide the Applicant or any other representative(s) of the Film with information concerning Slate Inc.’s consideration and/or review of the Film. 
18) Submission fees will not be refunded. Please budget accordingly.