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 March 1 with specific instructions on how to make your film
3. Shoot, edit, and complete your film between March 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/

Awards & Prizes

We still have a few prizes rolling in, but here are the prizes you can definitely win:

First Place:
$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 nationwide
Contour Story Outline Software (for Mac)
Persona Character Creation Software by Mariner (for Mac)
Movie Magic Screenwriter
StoryO software from Jungle Software
Final Draft
StoryBoard Quick (Mac/Win)
Scrivener Writing Software

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
Persona Character Creation Software by Mariner (for Windows)
Dramatica Story Expert
Final Draft
StoryBoard Quick (Mac/Win)
Scrivener Writing 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
Contour Story Outline Software (for Windows)
Dramatica Story Expert
Final Draft
StoryBoard Quick (Mac/Win)
Scrivener Writing Software

2 Hon. Mentions:
Film shown in all festivals
StoryBoard Quick Direct (iOs)

Rules & Terms

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANYTHING IF YOU DO NOT READ THE RULES!! YOU INSTANTLY BE DISQUALIFIED! THE RULES NEVER

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

ITEM 1: at least one pineapple (must be a whole pineapple)

ITEM 2: pie (It can be a piece of pie, part of a pie, or a whole pie)

These must be visible somewhere, and just don't add them because you have to include them. Maybe you have a scene in a kitchen where fruit is sitting out on a counter or table, and pineapple just happens to be there.

Maybe the lead character really likes pineapple, so their friend brings them a pineapple. It needs to make sense to what's going on in the film, But you don't have to go out of your way to explain it. It could just be a background item, as long as it makes sense to be sitting in the background!

The rest of the film rules are as follows:

2. Films can be narrative or documentary

3. You must make your film no more than 7 minutes and no less than 5 minutes long.

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.

5. Filmmakers will have exactly one month to make a well-made, compelling film. You must turn your film in by March 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET

6. A panel of judges will determine which film is the best based on both content and quality. The entire panel is made up of a diverse group of disabled people.

7. Please include English subtitles/Closed captioning.

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.

9. Any character that is written to be disabled must be cast by someone actually disabled. Cripping up is not allowed and will disqualify your film.

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