The San Diego Union-Tribune and Media Arts Center San Diego’s 29th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival (March 10-20, 2022) invites international media artists and journalists to participate in the unique and on-going cross-border project: “Migrant Voices Today” Film Challenge​​ (“Voces de los Migrantes”). This year’s edition of the ‘Migrant Voices Today’ is expanding its horizons and accepting international film projects from all over the world. Guidelines, themes, and NEW RULES for this year’s edition are explained below. Please read very carefully.

Finalists will have to sign the following release form in order to participate in the contest, if selected:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aTl0ERTigind55etHMGIS_DY2RDwWRZ0/view?usp=sharing

For this upcoming edition, we are looking for short-form films (5 minutes or less in duration) that highlight the experiences of immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees, from anywhere in the world. Films may address the following (but are not limited to): the treatment of refugees along the US/Mexico border; the treatment of refugees in any international border; the negative repercussions of policies like Remain in Mexico; the effects COVID-19 has had on immigration and refugees; and immigrant communities at large; the experiences of immigrants adjusting to immigrants in a new country, etc.

$6,000 in cash prizes to be awarded!

Categories include:
Emerging Filmmaker/Artist (under 25)​​ -​ $1,000 prize
Professional (Journalist/Filmmaker/Media Artist - 25 years old and up) ​​- $5,000 priz​e
Finalists videos will be Exhibited on the San Diego Union Tribune website

Key Dates:
Deadline to submit: ​​Feb. 18, 2022
Screening: March 15, 2022

COMPLETE RULES. PLEASE READ IN THEIR ENTIRETY, or access link below:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_AKYTwec7LXFcYT4x6DXKUYRZ6uuJpvY/view?usp=sharing

Migrant Voices Film Challenge
OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS PROMOTION.

The Migrant Voices Film Challenge (“Contest”) begins on September 1, 2021 at 12 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends on February 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT (“Contest Period”). The time will be determined by Sponsor’s timekeeping systems. Sponsor (defined below) will have the sole discretion in determining the timeliness of any action or inaction related to this Contest. All times mentioned in these Official Rules are Pacific Time unless expressly noted otherwise.

ELIGIBILITY: You must be at least 18 years of age as of date of entry. Void where prohibited. Employees of The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC (“Sponsor”), and of its parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries, and of all of the advertising agencies, promotion agencies, prize suppliers, and any other vendors providing services in connection with this Contest (collectively, the “Sponsor Affiliates”) and the immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, in-laws, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, children and grandchildren) and/or those living in the same household of any of the foregoing individuals are not eligible. By participating, contestants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor.

Contestants will be divided into two categories (each, a “Category”). Contestants under 25 years old on the date of entry will be placed in the Emerging Filmmaker Category. Contestants 25 years old or older on the date of entry will be placed in the Experienced Filmmaker Category. Categories include Emerging Filmmaker (under 25 years) and Professional Journalist/Filmmaker/Media Artist (25 years old and up)

TO ENTER: During the Contest Period, visit Film Freeway at www.filmfreeway.com/migrantvoices.sandiegouniontribune.com/ and submit your film on the experiences migrants, refugees and asylum seekers worldwide (“Film”). You will also be required to complete and submit the Submission Agreement and Release form when you submit your Film. The Film must be under five minutes long and can be in any language, but Films that are not in English must be subtitled in English. Short documentaries and digital stories are encouraged, but all genres will be accepted (i.e., experimental, news pieces, etc.).

Each Film must be accompanied by a synopsis of the Film (in English and no more than 100 words in length), still photographs of the Film project, and bio(s) of key artists/filmmakers. (Collectively, the Film and accompanying materials will be referred to as the “Submission.”)

Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Contestants may not enter the Contest more than once. Multiple entries from the same person will not be accepted if discovered by Sponsor. Illegible and incomplete entries are void. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, or misdirected entries or entries not received for any reason. If there is a dispute over who submitted an entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of Film Freeway. Received entries (but not the Submissions) become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.

Submitted Materials: Each Submission must satisfy all of the following submission requirements (the “Submission Requirements”):

• The Submission must be the original creation of contestant.
• Contestant must either own all rights to the Submission or otherwise have the right to submit the Submission in the Contest and to provide the rights to Sponsor as set forth herein.
• Submissions must not infringe any third party’s intellectual property right. • The Submission must not contain illegal, indecent, obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit content, or otherwise offensive material or inappropriate content such as aberrational behavior, graphic violence, drug abuse, or nudity.
• If the Submission includes music, the contestant must either own all rights in the music or have licensed all rights in the music necessary to submit the music in the Contest and grant the rights provided for herein.
• The Submission must not promote bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual or discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
• The Submission must be non-defamatory and must not invade any third party’s right of privacy or publicity.
• The Submission must otherwise be appropriate for publication or broadcast or display on a general interest website.

By submitting a Submission, each contestant represents and warrants that the Submission meets all of the Submission Requirements and that the distribution, reproduction, display, and any other uses of any part of the Submission by Sponsor as permitted herein will not infringe any third party rights. Each contestant further agrees to indemnify and hold Released Parties (defined below) harmless from and against all claims, demands, damages, costs, liabilities and causes of action of whatsoever nature that are based upon or arise out of any breach by such contestant of such warranties or representations made by contestant or of these Official Rules.

By submitting a Submission, contestant grants to Sponsor (and to those acting on its behalf) a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and fully sub-licensable license to use, copy, reproduce, distribute, publish, publicly perform, publicly display, modify, adapt, translate, archive, store, and create derivative works from such Submission, in whole or in part, in any form, format, or medium, of any kind now known or later developed. Without limiting the generality of the previous sentence, contestant authorizes the Sponsor to: (a) share the Submission across all websites, mobile applications, newspapers, and other online and offline services affiliated with the Sponsor; (b) share the Submission on the Media Arts Center platform; and (c) use contestant’s name, likeness and any other information in connection with the Contest and Sponsor’s use of the Submission. Contestant waives all moral rights with respect to any Submission submitted in connection with the Contest. Contestant also grants Sponsor the right to use any material, information, ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in the Submission for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to, commercial purposes, and developing, manufacturing, and marketing commercial products using such information. All rights in this section are granted without the need for additional compensation of any sort by Sponsor to contestant. Contestant otherwise will retain all rights in the Submission.

If Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion and at any time during the Contest, that any Submission violates the Submission Requirements, is otherwise unsuitable, offensive, or in poor taste, or violates these Official Rules, Sponsor reserves the right to remove and disqualify the Submission. Sponsor retains sole discretion as to whether any Submission satisfies the Submission Requirements and the Official Rules.

FINALIST SELECTION: After the close of the Contest Period, a panel of judges selected by Media Arts Center will select 10 finalists from among eligible entries in based on performances, production value, pacing, structure, sound/music and addresses border/immigration/refugee theme. If there is a tie for the final Finalist position in a Category, the judges will re-judge the tied entries to break the tie. Decisions of Sponsor are final on all matters.

FINALIST NOTIFICATION AND RELEASES: Shortly after the selection date, Media Arts Center will attempt to notify potential Finalists via telephone or email. If the potential Finalist: (a) does not respond within 72 hours of initial notification attempt, (b) is not in compliance with these Official Rules, (c) does not meet the eligibility requirements, (d) declines the prize, or (e) does not sign and return required documents or provide required identification by deadlines established by Sponsor, he or she will be disqualified and an alternate Finalist may be selected, time permitting, by applying the criteria set forth above to remaining eligible contestants in that Category. Potential Finalist may be required, in Media Arts Center’s (for Sponsor) sole discretion, to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility & Liability/Publicity Release (TN residents need not sign Publicity Release) and an assignment of rights in their Submission and to provide a scan or photo of legal ID before claiming their Finalist status. All forms must be postmarked within five (5) business days of the date on notification materials.

WINNER SELECTION: From February 15 – 28, 2022, a panel of judges selected by Media Arts Center will review entries and select one grand prize winner in each Category from among Finalists in each Category based on performances, production value, pacing, structure, sound/music and addresses border/immigration/refugee theme. If there is a tie for the grand prize in a Category, the judges will re-judge the tied entries to break the tie. Decisions of Sponsor are final on all matters.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT AND RELEASES: Media Arts Center will announce the winners at a special premier and screening during the 29th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival on March 10 – 20, 2022 at AMC Mission Valley. If a potential winner: (a) does not respond within 72 hours of initial notification attempt, (b) is not in compliance with these Official Rules, (c) does not meet the eligibility requirements, (d) declines the prize, or (e) does not sign and return required documents or provide required identification by deadlines established by Sponsor, he or she will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected, time permitting, by applying the criteria set forth above to remaining eligible Finalists in that Category. Potential winner may be required, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility & Liability/Publicity Release (TN residents need not sign Publicity Release) and an assignment of rights in their Submission and to provide a scan or photo of legal ID before claiming the prize. All forms must be postmarked within 10 days of the date on notification materials if return is requested via mail or forms must be completed before receipt of the prize if prize is picked up in person.

PRIZES: There is one grand prize in each Category. The Experienced Filmmaker Category grand prize is $5,000. The Emerging Filmmaker Category grand prize is $1,000. Each prize will be awarded in the form of a check. Prize consists of only those items specifically listed as part of the prize. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the prize with prize of equal or greater value in their sole discretion. No substitution or transfer/assignment of prize by winner is permitted. Properly claimed prizes will be awarded provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received, but under no circumstances will more than the advertised number of prizes be awarded. Federal, state, and local taxes on prize, if any, and any other costs, fees and expenses not listed above as specifically included as part of the prize are the sole responsibility of winner. An IRS form 1099 and other tax-related forms and documents may be issued by Sponsor if required by law.

PUBLICITY AND MARKETING: Submission of an entry in the Contest constitutes permission to the Sponsor to use contestant’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state, and any portion thereof for purposes of advertising and trade, in any medium in connection with the Contest, without further notice, approval, or compensation, unless prohibited by law.

LIABILITY RELEASE & INDEMNIFICATION: By entering this Contest, contestants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor, Sponsor Affiliates, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and their respective parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries and all of their directors, officers, employees, agents and assigns (the “Released Parties”) from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of, or relating to, contestant’s participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of the prize awarded hereunder (including, without limitation, any misrepresentation made by the contestant in connection with the Contest; any non-compliance by the contestant with these Official Rules; claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties to these Official Rules arising from or related to the contestant’s involvement with the Contest; acceptance, possession, misuse or use of the prize or participation in any Contest-related activity or participation in this Contest; any malfunction, error or other problem arising in connection with the collection, processing, or retention of entry information; or any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of the prize or winner).

OTHER TERMS: Released Parties are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing, the offering, or the announcement of the prize or in the administration of the Contest, whether caused by computer, technical, or human error. Released Parties are not responsible for late, lost, damaged, incomplete, illegible, faulty, or incorrect transmissions, incorrect announcements of any kind, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, any damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the online portion of the promotion, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmission that may limit a user’s ability to participate in the Contest whether caused by computer, technical, or human error. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate or modify the Contest or any portion of it for any reason, including but not limited to, if fraud, misconduct, or a technical failure destroys the integrity of the Contest; or if a computer virus, bug, wireless failure, or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper administration of the Contest as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. If Sponsor
terminates the Contest, Sponsor will determine the winners by applying the criteria set forth above to all eligible, non-suspect entries received as of the termination date, provided it is able to do so, or in such other manner as Sponsor, in its sole discretion, deems fair and appropriate under the circumstances. Sponsor will post notice of its action on the Contest website. Sponsor also reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any individual from further participation in the Contest if Sponsor concludes, in its sole discretion, that such person: (a) has attempted to tamper with the entry process or other operation of the Contest; (b) has failed to comply with or has attempted to circumvent these Official Rules; (c) has committed fraud or attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest; or (d) has acted toward any Sponsor, any Sponsor Affiliates, or any other contestant in an unfair, inequitable, annoying, threatening, disrupting, or harassing manner. If a dispute arises regarding compliance with these Official Rules, Sponsor may consider, in its sole discretion, data reasonably available to Sponsor through information technology systems in Sponsor’s control, but Sponsor will not be obligated to consider any data or other information collected from any other source. Any failure by Sponsor to enforce any of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of such Official Rules. If there is a conflict between any term of the Official Rules and any marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Contest, the terms of these Official Rules will govern.

GOVERNING LAW & JURISDICTION: EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED, CONTESTANTS AGREE THAT ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THIS CONTEST OR PRIZE AWARDED WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION, AND ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS, AND AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED BY CONTESTANT WITH REGARD TO THIS CONTEST, BUT IN NO EVENT ATTORNEYS’ FEES, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES.

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of contestants and Sponsor in connection with the Contest will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of California or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than California. The state and federal courts located in San Diego County, California will be the exclusive forum for any dispute relating to these Official Rules and/or this Contest. All participants and winners agree, by their participation in the Contest, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts in San Diego County, California and waive the right to contest jurisdiction.
SEVERABILITY: If any provision(s) of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

SPONSOR: The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC, 600 B Street, Ste. 1201, San Diego, CA 92101.
ORGANIZER: Media Arts Center San Diego at UC San Diego @ Park & Market
1100 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Diego, CA 92101
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

Migrant Voices Film Challenge
ABBREVIATED RULES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS PROMOTION. Contest runs from _9_/_1_/21 at _12:00 a.m._ PT to _2_/_11_/22 at _11:59 p.m._ PT. You must be 18+ to enter. Void where prohibited. To enter, visit Film Freeway at www.filmfreeway.com/migrantvoices.sandiegouniontribune.com/, complete submission agreement & release form & submit your film on the experiences migrants, refugees and asylum seekers worldwide. Limit 1 entry per person. 1 Experienced Filmmaker Prize: $5,000. 1 Emerging Filmmaker Prize: $1,000. Full rules on contest website. Sponsor: The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC, 600 B St., Ste. 1201, San Diego, CA 92101. Organizer: Media Arts Center San Diego at UC San Diego @ Park & Market 1100 Market Street, 3rd Floor, San Diego, CA 92101.This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter.


Finalists’ work will be highlighted online at sandiegouniontribune.com.
​Enter your video here: www.filmfreeway.com/migrantvoices​.
Info: 619-230-1938 / i​nfo@mediaartscenter.org

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  • Marlene Morris

    The guidelines for this Challenge prompted submission of powerful stories and the San Diego Latino Film Festival screened an inspiring program of the finalists. Staff with Migrant Voices were very warm, communicative and organized. Overall a very positive experience for filmmakers.

    May 2019