Ningalens Film Competition is back in 2018!
Four years running and once again there are thousands of dollars up for grabs in prizes - there is no fee to enter a film.
A few changes in 2018; films are to be between 3 and 10 minutes length, plus the introduction of categories.
Selected films will be first screened in Exmouth on Friday the 17th of August as part of the Ningalens Festival presented by Act-Belong-Commit.
Wonders of World Heritage* – ADULTS – $1000 (AUD)
Wonders of World Heritage* – U/18 – $250 (AUD)
Local Produce** – ADULTS – $1250 (AUD)
Local Produce** – U/18 – $250 (AUD)
Worldwide Appeal*** – ALL AGES – $1000 (AUD)
TOTAL PRIZE POOL IS $3750 (AUD)
* Awarded to the film that best creatively captures the wonder(s) of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area
** Films must be shot on the Ningaloo, in between North West Cape and Red Bluff, W.A, AUSTRALIA
*** Open category to films shot anywhere in the world
Additional cash prizes and prizes donated by local businesses are to be announced closer to the final submission date.
RULES & TERMS
Entrants are to shoot, edit and submit a 3 – 10 minute film on any topic. Films that focus on a message, story or narrative are encouraged and rewarded in the judging process (see below).
Entries can be from individuals or groups, from amateur or professional filmmakers.
No age restriction for entrants.
USD $5 to submit a film in the category Worldwide Appeal through FilmFreeway.
Multiple entries allowed.
Submitted films will be scrutinised for any inappropriate, illegal or illegitimate footage that
does not comply with the terms & conditions.
All entries shot locally (on the Ningaloo, in between Cape Range and Red Bluff, W.A, Australia) must not contain any breaches of the Conservation and Land
Management Act and Regulations, or the Wildlife Conservation Act.
For further information, contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife Exmouth Office.
Entrants in the Worldwide Appeal category can have footage shot from anywhere in the world.
Film-makers must have the rights to any music used in their lm(s) and must provide music
releases/license agreements for all music used (if using royalty free music please provide
web link to license agreement). As with music, pre-recorded sound eects are allowed, but
they must have rights to use them. Film-makers must also list all music used in the
application form (title of composition, copyright owner, duration used).
This competition is open to all ages and is not restricted to entrants living in any particular
Films must be between 3 — 10 minutes length and can be of any topic or genre.
Films must not contain violence, profanity, sex or direct attacks on individuals or organisations.
Any entries deemed offensive will be immediately disqualified.
Entries are open to individuals or groups.
As a major sponsor, Department of Parks and Wildlife, and the competition organiser (Pete
Firth), reserve the right to reproduce films entered specifically in the category “Wonders of
World Heritage” for promotional, marketing or educational purposes. This includes, but is not limited to: publicity, advertising, website, video footage or exhibition or archival purposes in any manner connected with the film competition and its major sponsor: Department of Parks and Wildlife Service.
The judging panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence or discussion will be entered
into. Lobbying the judges will result in instant disqualication. Judges are subject to change
without notice and at the sole discretion of the competition organiser (Pete Firth). Judges will comprise of local dignitaries and prior to viewing the submissions be explained fully the criteria by Exmouth local and experienced short film competition judge Ken Young.
It is a fundamental condition that the producer’s agree not to issue press releases without the written consent of the competition organisers (Pete Firth).
The entrant retains ownership of intellectual property rights of your entry.
All permission has been granted to the producers of the production to use the music, images, voices and locations that appear in the productions.
Each entry must be the original work of the entrant(s) and must not contain any material that infringes on the copyright or intellectual property rights of another person or organisation.
The entrant(s) fully indemnies the competition organisers (Pete Firth) for any loss, cost, damage or liability caused by a breach of this section by the entrant(s).
By submitting an entry you conrm that you have obtained the appropriate permissions and
releases relating to the lm entry, particularly where copyright and music licenses exist. By
entering, you also confirm that you have obtained appropriate consents for all people involved in producing, acting, song -writing or in any other way being invoked in your film.
Where persons under the age of 18 years are involved, the written consent of that person’s parent or legal guardian must be obtained and provided to the competition organisers (Pete Firth) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All entries planning to use drone/UAV/RPA footage should follow the following important safety information:
• Do not fly closer than 30 meters to people
• Do not fly over any populated public areas such as beaches, other people’s backyards, heavily populated parks or sports ovals where there is a game in progress
• Do not operate within 3 nm or 5.5 km of an aerodrome or helicopter landing site without approval
• Only operate your RPA during daylight, good weather and in Visual-Line-Sight
• Do not fly above 400ft
• FPV Flying needs an observer to maintain VLOS. Check with ACMA for video transmitting power.
All entries must not contain any breaches of the Conservation and Land Management Act and Regulations, or the Wildlife Conservation Act. For further information, contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife Exmouth Office.
Film-makers must have the rights to any music used in their film(s) and must provide music
releases/license agreements for all music used (if using royalty free music please provide web link to license agreement). As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed, but they must have rights to use them. Film-makers must also list all music used in the application form (title of composition, copyright owner, duration used).
Films will be privately judged by a panel of independent local dignitaries (scroll down to meet the judges) on the following elemental criteria:
Narrative (%50)/ Sound (%16)/ Editing (%16)/ Visuals (%18)
For every film, each judge’s score from each element is aggregated.
For example, Film ‘X’ could score for ‘Narrative’ from each judge:
Judge A) Narrative (34/50)
Judge B) Narrative (30/50)
Judge C) Narrative (37/50)
The total for ‘Narrative’ for Film ‘X’ is the aggregate of each judge’s score, 33.67.
This is repeated for Sound, Editing and Visuals, resulting in a total score (maximum score is 100).
NOTE: There is a more significant weighting for ‘Narrative’ as the competition encourages content that emphasises and rewards the cinematic art of storytelling.
The Wonders of World Heritage Categories (Adult and Under 18) is to be awarded to the film(s) that best creatively captures the wonder(s) of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area.
The Ningaloo Coast was included on the World Heritage list in recognition of its:
- aesthetically striking coastal and terrestrial environment of Ningaloo Reef adjacent to Cape Range.
- lush and colourful underwater scenery and its contrast with the arid and rugged land.
- annual aggregation of whale sharks, one of the largest in the world.
- important aggregations of other fish species and marine mammals.
- high marine diversity, including an unusual diversity of marine turtle species.
- rare and diverse subterranean creatures.
- diversity of reptiles and vascular plants in the drylands.