Welcome to Critical Edge Film Festival (CEFF), congrats on finding us! We've recently expanded our horizons and opened this new festival in Madison, WI! When you submit to our newest (dare I say most northern) film festival, you're getting the opportunity to screen your film in the middle of a fantastic film community. This festival is taking place in one of the largest college cities and the capital of Wisconsin - in the midst of University of Wisconsin attendees and students from neighboring colleges who're the driving force behind the new wave of digital video production.

*We'll be screening films on our original date of December 3rd at the Marquee Cinema on campus at University of Wisconsin, but additionally on January 28th! Keep updated on our events for our inaugural season on facebook.com/criticaledgefilmfestival/events

By submitting to the Critical Edge Film Festival, you are competing for the opportunity to gain publicity during either various pre-screening events where audiences ultimately assist in the voting process as to whether or not they will be selected for the annual festival & to win awards in a number of categories (as listed below) or be selected to screen during the annual film festival.

Critical Edge student-run film & art microfestivals feature a season of small film screenings where we play many of our short film selections alongside local/student filmmakers, followed by an annual Film Festival. A typical early screening event lasts an hour, and takes place at a local cafe, art gallery/studio space, or outdoors (depending on the venue). Our annual event will take place at multiple venues, run longer, and screen feature and short films - the annual event showcases the films selected as winners of their submission category (among other selections).

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Awards & Prizes

Award-winning films will receive:
- Official recognition as a winner of the film festival, as well as the use of the festival's logo.
- Digital PDF Certificate demonstrating category of victory.
- If attending festival in person, physical certificates are given out to the victors of each category.
- Their film showcased on the festival's social media page (IF DESIRED)

Selections for the annual film festival will receive:
-Two free tickets to the annual Critical Edge Madison screening during the time slot their film is playing.
-Official recognition as a winner of the film festival, as well as the use of the festival's logo on DVD covers, social media outlets, or film covers.
- Digital PDF Certificate demonstrating category of victory.

Rules & Terms

COMMONSPEAK TERMS AND CONDITIONS NOTES:

Note that Critical Edge Film Festival should by considered synonymous with Critical Edge Film & Art Festival. Additionally, use of the word film should be considered synonymous with photography. Critical Edge Film Festival is a festival with many parts to it; these parts include both frequent pre-screening events, and the annual film festival with the tangible awards and selection certificates for which you are competing. Please be aware that by submitting to our festival, you are agreeing to allow us to use all/any portion your film for any part of the festival (during which admission will be charged), as well as for advertising and your promotion across our social media. We retain these rights from the moment your film is submitted to the festival until the end of the Annual Film Festival (or until Notification Date should your film not be selected). After this date, online posts will not be deleted.

Despite our freedom to use your film for our own screening and advertising, we in no way would like to imply that we have some sort of ownership of your film. Should your film be picked up by a production or distribution company after screening at our festival, we demand no percentage of your deal or profits. Whatever you choose to do with the film outside of the festival is still solely up to you, because we do not own your film inherently through submission.

Any aspect of the festival is subject to change at the discretion of the Festival Director and Board. These aspects include Award Categories, Event Dates, Submission Deadlines, Venue, Category and Entry Fee, and the Selection Status of your film. If changes are made to the quantity or type of award, any filmmakers who have paid to have their film entered will be contacted and notified of the change. Should the final film festival event be cancelled (not delayed or rescheduled, but cancelled) for any reason, any filmmakers who have paid to have their film entered will receive a full refund.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS for filmmakers submitting to CEFF:
1. I, the representative of the film being submitted (the "Film"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the film submitted for consideration for the Critical Edge Film Festival (the "Festival"):
2. I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights in the Film, to exhibit this Film at the Festival, (b) this exhibition will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity and (c) the Film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation.
3. I further represent and warrant that, to the best of my knowledge, the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity and that my Film does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition of the Film in connection with the Festival.
4. If accepted, I acknowledge that the exploitation of the Film does not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Festival and I. I understand that I will not receive any compensation for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may include cash awards. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against the Festival because of the Festival's selection of the Film. I understand and acknowledge that the selection of my Film by the Festival does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival or any opinion expressed therein.
5. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Festival with any affiliate, subsidiary and parent entities and the officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisers and agents of each of the foregoing from and against any and all claims, losses, or liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that may be asserted against any of the foregoing or incurred by any of the foregoing at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival's use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to CEFF.
6. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. I agree that any controversy arising out of or in connection with my Film and the Festival will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Wisconsin and conclusively determined by arbitration in the City of Madison in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator mutually agreed by the parties. I hereby waive any and all rights and benefits which I might otherwise have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including without limitation a trial by jury.
7. If accepted, I hereby grant without reservations, to the Festival, and their related entities (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles or the film in its entirety and information from the Film for promotional, public prescreening, network television or online broadcasting and or postscreening purposes without recourse to the owner, producer,director, or any other party asserting ownership rights of the submitted film and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion.
8. If and when accepted I will not withdraw my submission for any purposes.
9. By clicking submitting your film to the Festival via Filmfreeway, I constitute my full and complete acceptance of the terms hereof. I acknowledge that no oral representations of any kind have been made by the Festival.

For any questions or concerns about the Terms of Entry or the festival itself, feel free to contact the Festival Director via message on our Facebook page or via e-mail at criticaledgefilmfestival@my.com

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