168 Open Category at the 168 Film Festival

Since 2003, the 168 Film Festival is the crown jewel of our production competition, the 168 Film Project. For the first time ever, we are opening the festival to short films produced outside of the 168 competition up to 35 minutes in length.

The 168 Film Festival is a glitzy, two-day red carpet affair featuring artists from around the world. Saturday features the Kids Program, a fantastic lineup of short film premieres, and a surprise event in the evening. Sunday's highlights include more screenings from outstanding artists and the annual Red Carpet Walk. The gala awards ceremony caps the event, followed by the legendary 168 After Party.

The 168 Film Festival is August 25-26, 2018 at the Regal Cinemas & Premiere House at LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles.

Awards & Prizes

An award trophy will be given for the Best Short Film in the 168 Open Class. There is no cash prize. The winner is not eligible for any other prizes except Audience Favorite.

Rules & Terms

SUMMARY: The 168 Open is an extension of the 168 Film Festival, which is based on the “168 Film Project” speed film competition. The 168 Open category is for short films up to 35 minutes in length. These films will not compete with the films of the 168 Film Project. Learn more at 168Film.com.

Official selection status is not guaranteed and the entry fee is nonrefundable
Official Selection producers will provide a Digital Cinema Initiative Compliant HD, 2K or 4K DCP file, as a flat or scope package. Filmmakers are responsible to perform Quality Control (Q/A-Q/C) checks on their submissions. Filmmakers may elect to use 168 preferred DCP provider, Roush Media, at a cost of $4/minute for conversion of online quality files. No hard drive purchase is necessary.

Content: The telling of a rough journey is ok, but we ask that you don’t “rub our nose in it” by showing graphic details. Blasphemous films and gratuitous elements are unacceptable. No swearing, gratuitous sex, violence, language or drug use.

COMPLETE RULES AND TERMS:

All entries are restricted to “short films” with a maximum running time of 35 minutes or less. Entries will comply with our content guidelines:

The telling of a rough journey is ok, but we ask that you don’t “rub our nose in it.” Blasphemous films and gratuitous elements are unacceptable. No swearing, gratuitous sex, violence, language or drug use.

All entries must be in English or subtitled in English, unless special arrangements have been made with the festival.

Official selections will provide a Digital Cinema Initiative Compliant HD, 2K or 4K DCP, as a flat or scope package. Filmmakers are responsible to perform Quality Control (Q/A-Q/C) checks on their submissions. Official selection status is not guaranteed and the entry fee is nonrefundable. Filmmakers may elect to use 168 preferred DCP provider, Roush Media, which will cost filmmakers $4/minute for conversion, no hard drive purchase is necessary.

No other digital format is acceptable. Failure to deliver the final submission file by the deadline will result in liquidated damages being owed to the 168 Film Project in the amount of $500. Exceptions to the film guidelines must be authorized by the Festival Director.

Legal disclosures, disclaimers, and warranties:
The 168 Hour Film Project (referred to herein as “168”) is a California, not for Profit Corporation. 168 operates the 168 Film Festival including the category called “168 Open” category. Entrant will submit their film herein referred to as “The Film” to the festival.

168 reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. 168 management will be the sole arbiter of official selections. Decisions of 168 management are final. Entries in our competitions and festivals are void where prohibited by law.

By entering the 168 Open, entrants release and hold 168, its Membership, Board of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers harmless from and against all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the festival or participation in any festival related activity.

Films submitted to 168 Open must not have major distribution in the United States of America. Entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars before films will be viewed.
Please note festival dates are subject to change. All festival screening times and venues are subject to delay or change.

By submitting to 168, all listed creators authorize the submission. In submitting your work to 168, you are warranting that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people.

All judges, programmers, and screeners decisions are final. 168 is not responsible for shipped films missing or lost in transit. Film Submissions are non-returnable. No materials will be returned.

TERMS OF USE:
Failure to comply with 168 guidelines, rules, regulations, or eligibility may be cause for disqualification and result in having your film pulled from screening or competition.

Any filmmaker or member of a film entourage causing a disruption or acting aggressively, disrespectfully or threateningly before, during or after the exhibition (including online behavior) to any of the volunteer staff or employees of the festival or of the screening venue may have their film removed from exhibition at any time without refund.

By entering (submitting to) the 168 Open category you are warranting that you have read, understood and agreed to follow our Rules and Regulations for festival submission and to abide by our Terms and Conditions of service.

By entering (submitting to) the 168 Open you are granting the right for 168 to screen your film publicly up to two times in the next twelve months.

By entering (submitting to) the 168 Open you acknowledge that you are not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind if your film is unable to screen due to technical or operational difficulties or if your film needs to be rescheduled or delayed for any reason.

168 is not responsible for films that are missing, damaged, unreadable, lost in transit, or stolen. 168 reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. 168 is not responsible for broken or non-functioning films. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

All fees are non-refundable. Failure to comply with the guidelines, rules, regulations, terms & condition or eligibility may be cause for disqualification and having your film pulled from screening or competition.

By submitting you are granting 168 the right to use screen grabs, press materials, a 2-minute film trailer and stills from your movie on our advertisements, press materials, festival programs and website for the 12 months leading up to the festival year you submitted your film, and for the 48 months following the festival year that you submitted your film.

By submitting you acknowledge that you are not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind if your film is unable to screen due to technical or operational difficulties or if your film needs to be rescheduled or delayed for any reason.

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a. Entrant has the full authority and capacity to enter into this agreement and the legal ability to grant the rights herein granted to 168.
b. Entrant is the owner of the Film and holds all rights that attach thereto.
c. Entrant has registered the Film with the Copyright Office or will register the Film within thirty days of submitting the Film to 168.
d. Entrant warrants that the Film is wholly original with Entrant, and is in no part based upon or adapted from any other literary material, dramatic work, motion picture, television production or other creative work.
e. Entrant acknowledges that rights and permissions, as set forth below, to said material have been obtained and will provide documentation to 168 upon film submission.
f. Neither the Film nor the exercise of any Licensed Right does or will during the Term: (1) defame or hold in a false light, or infringe any privacy or publicity or other personal right of any person; (2) infringe on any copyright, trademark, trade secret, or similar property right of any person or entity; (3) interfere with any other contract or agreement with third-parties.
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h. The Film has been produced by Entrant and is free and clear of all liens.
i. Entrant warrants and represents that it has given or will give 168 non-exclusive access to all film elements requested by 168 for the term of the exhibition.

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Right To Enter.
Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to enter film work to the 168 Open category. As Director/Producer/Submitter of the Film, entrants have submitted to 168, entrants represent and warrant to 168 that the Film and all parts thereof are original; that the Film does not contravene the rights of any person or entity and that entrants own or control the Film and all parts thereof and have the sole authority to submit the Film to 168; the Film entrants submitted to 168 is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation. Entrants acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between the Festival and entrants, and entrants further acknowledge that no such relationship is established by these guidelines, the submission of the Film, or by 168 acceptance, review or retention of the Film.