Official Rules

Project SciFi is an international short film competition (‘Competition’) run by Screen My Shorts Incorporated – ABN 40 930 405 614, trading as SciFi Film Festival  (‘SMS’, ‘SFFF’ ‘We’, ‘Us’, ‘Our’), a not for profit organisation, registered office at 14 Lamont Lane, Bermagui 2546 New South Wales, Australia.

The Competition is open to all ages, cultures and abilities from around the world to submit original creative work and win a share of the cash and other prizes awarded.

1.    The Competition
Project SciFi invites all creative types from around the world to write, shoot, edit, produce and submit a short film in just 30 days.

A film entered in the Competition (hereafter known as ‘Entry’, ‘Entries’) includes and can take any form, be it short film, machinima, animation or digital art, (known also as ‘Film’) which is bound by a subject, includes a signature element, with a designated duration, be made, submitted and accompanied by all necessary documentation (‘Documentation’) within 30 days and must be made specifically for Project SciFi (‘PSF’).

1.1    Genre
The Entry may be made in the genre of the Filmmaker’s choice.

1.2    Subject
When registering, filmmakers must nominate two (2) different numbers containing subjects that they would like to make their film about. The numbered subjects are:

  1. Adventure Science Fiction – covers tense and rousing stories involving aliens, robots, the future and/or other science fiction elements.
  2. Alien Invasion – in which extraterrestrials invade Earth either to exterminate and supplant human life, enslave it under a colonial system, harvest humans for food, steal the planet’s resources, or destroy the planet altogether.
  3. Sci-Romance – Love between Aliens, Robots and more! (Can be Happy, Sad, Tragedy)
  4. Save the Environment – A theme focuses on saving the dying planet and/or ecosystem
  5. Alternative Reality – The story that takes place is in an altered or changed reality, but usually recognisable.
  6. Apocalyptic / Post-Apocalyptic SciFi – Stories about the extinction or near extinction of humankind either by forces of nature or by our own means. Post- focuses on telling the tale of the survivors of an apocalypse.
  7. Robots / AI – Fiction in which the science of Artificial Intelligence and robotics is a central theme, typically relating to Robot stories.)
  8. Cyberpunk – Science fiction depicting the downside to technology and a bleak world, typically containing a dark atmosphere.
  9. Time Travel – A person or group of people travel either into the past or future.
  10. First Contact / Alien – This imagines the various scenarios in which humanity makes contact with other civilisations.(does not include invasion)

Note: Producers cannot select the same one (1) number in each selection field will be disqualified.

1.3    Subject

Note: At the beginning of the competition, 7 pm (19:00) Producer’s local time in their city or town, each Producer will be randomly assigned one (1) subject from their choice of two (2), which they need to work into their film.

1.4    Duration of Entry

  • Entries for 15 years and over – short film not exceeding 8 mins duration, including credits.
  • Entries for Junior Competition for 14 years and under – short film not exceeding 4 mins duration, including credits.

1.5    We only accept an Entry that is uploaded to a Dropbox folder provided by Us. We do not accept an Entry submitted on a USB/DVD/Hard drive or other media or internet platforms such as Youtube or Vimeo.

1.6    Language
Films may be made in any language…however, films not made in English require English subtitles.

1.7    Documentation
The following forms are to be completed and submitted with your film:

  • Producer’s Agreement: Producer signs this form on behalf of their participating person/team/group, to indicate agreement with the Project SciFi Official Rules, Guidelines and requirements.
  • Team Details (Cast and Crew): Who is on the team, their role/job and their e-mail address.
  • Release and Limited Liability Agreement: All cast and crew must sign this form regarding talent/appearance, location, music and materials used e.g. soundtrack, photographs and other materials.
  • Classification Form: Summary of plot and thorough explanation of the film’s content
  • Wrap Up Form: Survey and Questionnaire.
  • Filmmaker’s Checklist: Producer’s confirmation of completion of all necessary tasks and documentation.
  • Production photos: Colour production photos of cast, crew and behind-the-scenes – giving the organisers of the Project SciFi the right to use, publish, reproduce, edit these photos for promotional purposes in any/all media/internet platforms, now known or later developed, in perpetuity.
  • SAG-AFTRA Waiver – USA filmmakers only: Ensures Producer has the relevant Waiver from the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, if required.

Note: Films submitted without completed required Documentation by the Deadline will not be regarded as eligible Entries.

2.    Eligibility
2.1    Only one designated person, known as ‘Producer’, representing and on behalf of a person/group/team, may register for the Competition and accept the relevant terms and conditions and any specific rules, included in the Guidelines, Official Rules, Producer’s Agreement and other details contained in the Documentation relating to this Competition or to the prizes, published on Our Website and in any media which features this Competition, together the Guidelines and Official Rules (together ‘Rules’).

2.2    An Entry must be Your own work, not be copied, not contain any third party materials and/or content that You do not have permission to use and not infringe on any copyrights. By submitting an Entry, a Producer agrees to the Rules, and further agrees to indemnify and hold Us, partners and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, co-branders or other partners (‘Partners’), and any of their employees (collectively, the ‘Competition Indemnitees’), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Competition Indemnitees due to or arising out of the Producer’s Entry materials in this Competition, or the Producer’s conduct during and in connection with this Competition, including but not limited to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation. The Producer agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Us and Partners from any and all claims that any advertising, presentation, web content or any other material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of Us or the Partners infringes on the rights of Producer’s work as contained in any Entry. Entries must not be obscene, defamatory or in breach of any applicable legislation or regulations. The Film is to be classified as G or PG, at most. If We have reason to believe Your entry is not Your own work or otherwise breaches this clause 2.3, then We may not consider it.

2.3    We reserve at Our sole discretion the right to not accept or disqualify an Entry that We do not believe is suitable for the Competition.

2.4    Classification
Films made for the Project SciFi may be viewed by children under the age of fifteen (15) years of age. Therefore, We only accepts films that are classified as having a G or PG rating.

General (G) – The G classification is suitable for everyone. G rated content may contain classifiable elements such as language and themes that are very mild in impact.

Parental Guidance (PG) – The impact of PG (Parental Guidance) classified films and computer games should be no higher than mild, but they may contain content that children find confusing or upsetting and may require the guidance of parents and guardians. They may, for example, contain classifiable elements such as language and themes that are mild in impact. It is not recommended for viewing or playing by persons under fifteen (15) years without guidance from parents or guardians.

It is the Producer’s responsibility to ensure that the film made for the Competition complies with a G or PG rating. For more details, please visit www.classification.gov.au

2.5    Important Dates:

  • 7 August 2015 – known as the ‘Kickoff’ – Friday at 7.00 pm (19:00) local time of the Producer – Producers will receive their assigned subject. Those registering after the Kickoff will receive from SFFF their assigned subject as soon as possible.
  • 6 September 2015 – known as ‘Deadline’ – Sunday at 12.00 Midnight (24:00) local time of the Producer – Entries are to be uploaded by this time to a Dropbox folder provided by SFFF. Entries received after the Deadline will not be considered.
  • 12 September 2015 – Notify Producers whose Entries have been selected for the Short List.
  • 19 October 2015 – Notify Producers whose Short List Entries have or have not been selected as a Finalist.
  • 19 October 2015 – Notify Producers who have not been selected for the Short List.
  • 31 October 2015 – Festival Night and Awards Ceremony, starting at 5.30 pm (17:30) EST (Aust)

2.6    A Producer is responsible for the cost (if any) of uploading Your Entry to Us.

2.7    If you have any questions about the Competition, the Official Rules or Guidelines, please contact Us at info@scififilmfestival.com

2.8    If a Producer on a team is under 18, one of their parents or legal guardians must act as their Producer and enter via the online form.

2.9    By entering this Competition and taking part in the activities relating to receiving a prize, the Producer agrees to take part in or co-operate with a reasonable amount of publicity or other promotional activity on behalf of Us and agree that We may publish the Producer’s name/s and hometown and any photograph/s, Film/s and/or recording made by Us or on Our behalf and featuring the Producer and/or member/s of the team.

2.10    The Competition is not open to Partners, employees, directors, management, agents, licensees, retailers, suppliers and contractors of SMS, SFFF, or any person directly or indirectly involved in the organisation or production of the Competition or their family members.

2.11    We reserve the right to verify the eligibility of and/or disqualify a designated Producer or Entry at Our discretion, at any stage of the SFFF and the Competition included.

2.12    The Producer confirms and agree that:

  • They are eligible to enter the Competition.
  • All details contained in the completed and submitted Registration Form and all Documentation are true and correct.
  • The Entry does not defame, misrepresent, contain disparaging remarks or other content that could adversely affect the name, reputation or goodwill of SFFF and their Partners.
  • We determine what is inappropriate content, regardless of classification.
  • All performers in any Entry have given their written consent to the use of their performances in the Entry.
  • The Producer has obtained written consent from all contributors of copyright material used in their Entry to their material being edited, altered and reproduced by the Producer and anyone they permit to do this, including SFFF, to the extent permitted by applicable law.
  • We retain the right to use any Entry as we see fit without any obligation to any Third Party, their charges, other limitations or agreements.

2.13  If a registered Producer is unable to continue in that role for any reason whatsoever, or is removed from that role due to disqualification, the group/team he or she represents may designate another Producer who may submit a new Producer’s Agreement and assume the duties entailed for the continued involvement of the Entry in the Competition.

2.14    Slate

Pre-film required Slates: Before the finished Entry begins, the film must have…

  • 2 seconds of black
  • A title card with: team name, title, subject, genre, city, duration and date
  • A title with: ‘This film was made for Project SciFi’
  • 2 seconds of black
  • Then the film begins

3.   Registration
3.1    By entering the Competition, a Producer unconditionally indemnifies Us and designated partners/sponsors/parties and associates/representatives and hold harmless from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Producer’s participation in the Competition and must pay Us on demand the amount of all losses, liabilities, expenses and taxes that We may suffer (including the cost of settlement and any legal expenses on a full indemnity basis) because any of your representations or warranties are incorrect, a breach of the Official Rules and the Guidelines, or because of a claim or proceeding by another person against Us caused or contributed by a Producer.

3.2   Enter online and pay the Entry fee via PayPal.
Enter online and pay the Entry fee via PayPal. We only accept payments through PayPal.
Project SciFi Entry Fees (Short film not exceeding 8 minutes duration including credits):

  • Machinima – AU$00.00 NIL (Machinima entries are sponsored by University of Western Australia – UWA, therefore the fee is waived).
  • Eighteen (19) years and over – AUD$50.00
  • Student Filmmaker/Unemployed– AUD$30.00
  • Secondary School/(16 to 18) years – AUD$20.00

Junior Film Competition Entry Fees (Short film not exceeding 4 minutes duration including credits) Junior filmmakers entering the competition must have their parent/guardian fill out the registration form.

  • Fifteen (15) years and under – AUD$15.00

Note:

  • Student Filmmakers, Secondary School and Junior Applicants must supply the following:
  • Student ID
  • Name of school
  • Name of your Course
  • Lecture or Teacher
  • Email of lecturer or teacher

REFUND POLICY – No refunds will be offered for any reason.

3.3    All Entries and Documentation are to be uploaded to a Dropbox folder provided by the organisers using the filename ‘Project SciFi – ENTRY NAME’. Producers are required to send a notification of the upload to info@scififilmfestival.com.

3.4    Films must use the following format criteria:

  • Film Format to be 16 x 9 aspect ratio Resolution & Compression 1080p – 1920 wide x 1080 high
  • File Format – H264
  • Camera Settings – PAL 24 or 25 Frames per second
  • Audio – 48kHz (or 44kHz), 16-bit, stereo files.

3.5    An Entry is to be made specifically for the Competition and screening for the first time at the SciFi Film Festival. Any Entry will automatically be disqualified if it is screened and distributed in any way, before and other than at SciFi Film Festival.

3.6    No Entry or Documentation will be returned.

3.7    Limitations of Liability
No liability or responsibility is assumed by Us or Partners resulting from any user’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Competition or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Competition. No responsibility or liability is assumed by Us or Partners for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Competition: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any providers of Internet services, servers, file hosting services or cloud storage; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the Website in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Website; unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Competition, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Competition, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Competition. We and Partners are not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Website. Use of Website is at user’s own risk. We and the Competition Indemnitees are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user’s or any other person’s computer equipment resulting from participation in the Competition, use of the Website or the download of any information from the Website. By participating in the Competition, Producer agrees to release, indemnify and hold Us and Partners harmless from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Producer’s participation in the Competition via any and all media/internet platforms, now known or later developed. In Addition, the Filmmaker understands that the Entry will be retained in a secure facility by the Us, and every effort without obligation or responsibility will be taken to protect and control the viewing of the Entry. We assume no liability whatsoever for theft, copyright violations or piracy of the Entry and is not responsible for any and all malfunctions during the presentation of the Entry at the Awards Ceremony.

3.8    We will not be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages, without limitation, damages arising under any Claim or cause of action, including contract, warranty, strict liability or tort, whether or not We have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Furthermore, it is understood that Our total liability for any Claims and/or causes of action shall not exceed, and is limited to, the total amount paid to Us in entry fees by Producers under this agreement. These limitations shall apply notwithstanding the failure of the essential purpose of any limited remedy.

4.    Compliance
4.1    Films are to be about the central theme and align with the subject and element allocated to the Producer at the beginning of the Competition – Clause 1.

4.2    Producer is responsible for ensuring that their group/team members actively involved in making an Entry understand, agree and comply with the Official Rules, Guidelines, all Documentation and all information as they appear on this Website.

4.3    Producer agrees to have their Entry shown on the Our or any other Website, social media sites and on any/all media/internet platforms now known or later developed that We designate as suitable, and commented on by users.

5.    Releases
5.1    Producer declares that they have obtained all required permissions and clearances in writing and/or online from any person/party/organisation participation in, attempt to participate in or ancillary to the Competition, including cast and crew, music, location, lighting, materials, sound and/or images and any other creative work presented in the film.

5.2    Producer ensures that all clearances pertaining to the Entry allow for its use in all promotional/commercial/non-commercial events, screenings, media and internet platforms now known or later developed, throughout the universe in perpetuity.

5.3    Entry/Entries may be chosen by Us for display at various promotional/commercial/non-commercial events, screenings, media and internet platforms now known or later developed throughout the universe in perpetuity and by taking part in the Competition, the Producer agrees that an Entry or part thereof may be displayed as We require/desire.

5.4    Producer working in the USA must secure the relevant Waiver from the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, if required.

6.    Judging
6.1    A judging panel which may include Us, representatives from the film industry for their experience and professionalism, associated and diverse professionals and Sponsors/Partners (hereafter known as the ‘Jury’).

6.2    We reserve the right to vary the number and nature of award categories at Our discretion.

6.3    The judging criteria:

  • Artistic Merit (e.g. Story, Creativity, Entertainment value) – 50%
  • Technical Merit – 30%
  • Adherence to and creative use of Subject and Elements – 20%

6.4    After the Deadline, the Entries will then be processed by Us and the Jury, as follows:

  1. A Short List is created from the Entries and the number on the Short List may vary at Our discretion.
  2. The Jury then judges the Short List to reveal those Entries that are nominated for awards (‘Finalists’). The number of Finalists may vary at Our discretion.
  3. The Jury votes on which Finalists will receive nominations for the awards to establish the Award recipients (‘Winner’) in each category.
  4. There can only be one Winner in each category, including the ‘Best Film Award’.

6.5    The decisions of the Jury regarding the Short List, Finalists and Winner in each category are final and no correspondence will be entered into. Jury scores and assessments will not be made public by Us.

6.6    Finalists in line for any award will be informed in good time before the SciFi Film Festival Awards ceremony (‘Awards’). Finalists may be required to provide additional documentation to the Documentation submitted with the Entry or follow-up information, before being officially nominated.

6.7    Finalists may be required to take part in reasonable publicity activities after the announcement of their award/s on behalf of Us.

6.8    Winners of awards agree to be filmed, photographed or recorded and grant Us, at no cost, the right to publish the Winner/s in part or in its entirety, footage, photographs or audio online and in all known media and internet platforms anywhere in the universe at any time, as required for the purposes of promoting the Competition and SFFF and We may edit, adapt, translate or remove the Film at any time from such use.

6.9    The SFFF reserves the right to reveal the Short List, Finalists and Winners in their categories in any way it chooses and on any/all media/internet platforms now known or later developed.

6.10    Details of the Short List, Finalists and Winners may be published on Our Website (www.scififilmfestival.com) at Our discretion.

7.    Awards
7.1    We may vary (add or withdraw) awards at any time during the Competition and SFFF.

7.2    We may choose at our discretion to vary prizes by giving cash or in kind prizes. In the event of unforeseen circumstances or circumstances outside our control, We may offer an alternative prize of equal value.

7.3    Prizes may be listed on the Our Website and may be subject to change.

7.4    Prizes and awards will be offered for each nominated category at the Awards and listed on our Website. Other awards may also be given at Our discretion.

7.5    We reserve the right to design, manage, promote and announce the program and format of the Awards and Winners as We see fit and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

7.6    Prizes will be delivered to Winners within 120 days of them being notified. If a prize offer is not accepted by a Winner within a further 30 days it may be withdrawn.

7.7    Prizes cannot be exchanged or transferred by Winners and cannot be redeemed by them for cash or any other prizes. Winners must pay all other unreasonable costs associated with the prize and not specifically included in the prize.

7.8    We reserve the complete right to make changes in the program dates and times and to possibly not screen any Entry, despite it being selected for screening.

8. User Generated Content (UGC) – terms and conditions of an Entry
8.1    Producers (‘You’, ‘Your’) grant to Us and Our successors, an Exclusive Licence to their Entry, including Your name, age and town or city of residence for the sole purpose of identifying You as the author of Your Entry and any other material and/or information and colour photograph/s submitted with Your Entry or otherwise provided by the You (together ‘UGC’). throughout the known universe, in perpetuity, to copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, and otherwise communicate it to the public and exploit Your Entry, and it may be made available to (amongst others) partners, sponsors and associates, private showings to industry professionals, production companies, agents, distributors and exhibitors, public screening/s, We may edit, translate withhold or remove the Film or any part of it, at any time from any such parties or use, on or from Internet services, servers, file hosting services or cloud storage, streaming, online broadcasting, any or all media/internet platforms now known or later developed, including, without limitation, and for the avoidance of doubt, on our Website/s and publicity materials, or to advertise, promotional rights (including trailers, clips and excerpts) and promote the Competition, SFFF and its products and services, and to showcase Your Entry on television, video-on-demand, all forms of digital and electronic delivery, mobile transmission, airline, ship or hotel rights, domestic use video (including Blu-Ray, DVD, other types of videograms), or analogous/digital home video technology, now known or later developed, without Your consent. The Producer may screen the Entry in private or for non commercial purposes under this Exclusive Licence herein described.

8.2    Producers (‘You’, ‘Your’) grant to Us and Our successors, a Non-Exclusive Licence to Your Entry, including Your name, age and town or city of residence for the sole purpose of identifying You as the author of Your Entry and any other material and/or information and colour photograph/s submitted with Your Entry or otherwise provided by the You (together ‘UGC’). throughout the known universe, in perpetuity, to copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, and otherwise communicate it to the public and exploit Your Entry, and it may be made available to (amongst others) partners, sponsors and associates, private showings to industry professionals, production companies, agents, distributors and exhibitors, public screening/s, We may edit, translate withhold or remove the Film or any part of it, at any time from any such parties or use, on or from Internet services, servers, file hosting services or cloud storage, streaming, online broadcasting, any or all media/internet platforms now known or later developed, including, without limitation, and for the avoidance of doubt, on our Website/s and publicity materials, or to advertise, promotional rights (including trailers, clips and excerpts) and promote the Competition, SFFF and its products and services, and to showcase Your Entry on television, video-on-demand, all forms of digital and electronic delivery, mobile transmission, airline, ship or hotel rights, domestic use video (including Blu-Ray, DVD, other types of videograms), or analogous/digital home video technology, now known or later developed, without Your consent.

8.3 If Your Entry is not selected for the Short List or as a Finalist, an Exclusive Licence pertaining to your Entry automatically becomes null and void on 19 October 2015 and all rights to Your Entry granted by You to Us automatically revert to You, and We, nor Our assignees or licensees, will not have any further rights, including copyright, to Your Entry.

8.4 If Your Entry is selected for the Short List though not as a Finalist, the Exclusive Licence pertaining to Your Entry you granted Us in UGC Clause 8.1 automatically becomes null and void on 31 October 2016 and You automatically grant to Us a new Non-Exclusive Licence (described in UGC Clause 8.2) and You accept and agree that the conditions exist to allow You to grant such Non-Exclusive Licence until 31 October 2018. You may apply in writing to Us to request this Non-Exclusive Licence granted to Us after 31 October 2018 be terminated.

8.5 If Your Entry is selected as a Finalist, the Exclusive Licence pertaining to Your Entry you granted Us in UGC Clause 8.1 continues until 31 October 2016 and You automatically grant to Us a new Non-Exclusive Licence (described in UGC Clause 8.2) and You accept and agree that the conditions exist to allow You to grant such Non-Exclusive Licence until 31 October 2018. You may apply in writing to Us to request this Non-Exclusive Licence granted to Us after 31 October 2018 be terminated.

8.6    If an Entry is selected for the Short List, the Producer and SFFF agree that SFFF may license, sell, or otherwise assign (‘license’) any rights in the Entry to a third party licensee and the following terms shall apply and as indicated in Clauses 8.4 and 8.5:

(a)    Individual License (i.e. SFFF licenses the Entry individually): SFFF will receive the first AU$150 of any license fee and/or royalties or reuse fees received therefrom; Producer shall receive 25% of SFFF’s net proceeds from the remainder (i.e. those in excess of AU$150) of such license fee and/or royalties/reuse fees.

(b)    Collection (i.e. SFFF licenses two or more Entries (‘Collection’) of which the the Producer’s Entry is one): If Producer’s entire Entry is included in the Collection, Producer will receive a pro rata share of 25% of SFFF’s net proceeds there from. Pro ration will be dependent upon number of Entries included in the Collection.

(c)    Sponsor License: Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event the licensee of the Entry or Collection is a sponsor of SFFF or the Competition (‘Sponsor’) as determined by SFFF, We will retain 100% of all proceeds, if any, from any such license.

(d)    Official SFFF DVD: If the Entry is included on a SciFi Film Festival compilation DVD, Producer will receive a pro rata share of 25% of net proceeds received by Us when more than 500 DVDs are sold. Pro ration will be dependent upon number of films included on said compilation.

8.7    Net proceeds of SFFF, for the purposes of Clause 8.6 shall be defined, computed, paid and accounted for pursuant to Our standard definition, which shall include allowances for the deduction from gross receipts of customary deductions of SFFF including, without limitation, distribution fees, distribution expenses, production costs and overheads. We shall make semi-annual (i.e. twice per year) reports to Producer, provided, however, that We need not issue a report if Producer has not accumulated revenue to report. We shall issue checks to Producer on a semi-annual basis so long as total revenue for Producer has reached a minimum of $25.

8.8    Films selected for the Short List and which are not a Finalist, have not been, and will not be, available to be viewed by the public by any means, including by way of the internet, until the Exclusive Licence granted by the Producer to SFFF under Clauses 8.4 terminates.

8.9    The UGC Terms include provisions in which You warrant that:

(a)    You own the copyright to Your UGC as its author and represent and warrant that You have (and will continue to have during the duration of the Competition and thereafter) all necessary licences, rights, consents and permissions We need in order to use Your UGC and You will provide evidence of such on Our reasonable request.

(b)    Your UGC is Your own original work, and that it shall not infringe any copyright, third party rights including, without limitation, privacy and You will provide evidence of such on Our reasonable request.

8.10    We reserve the right not to publish or to cease to publish Your Entry for any or no reason including, without limitation, if We deem that Your Entry is in breach of any law or regulation or otherwise may create a liability for Us

8.11    By entering in the competition, You agree to allow Us to contact You for future information, news or activities. Your information will not be passed on to any third parties without the written permission of either You or Your parent or legal guardian if under 18.

8.12    Producer retains at all times the ownership and control of the intellectual property of their Entry.

9.    Additional rules
9.1    In the event of You being nominated for the Short List, as a Finalist and/or Winner, You may be asked to sign a witness statement confirming that Your Entry is an original piece of work and that You hold all legal rights within the Entry. Failure to respond to such a request within 7 days or provision of false information may result in disqualification from the Competition and an alternate Winner may be selected. Such statements of Winners under 18 years of age at the time of Awards must be countersigned by a parent or legal guardian. All such statements will be subject to verification by Us.

9.2    We take no responsibility for Entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered, entered or uploaded late for any reason. Proof of delivery of the Entry is not proof of receipt by Us.

9.3   Producer of the Competition is Us and any complaints regarding the Competition should be sent to the following addresses: info@scififilmfestival.com

9.4    We accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by any person as a result of entering the Competition, Awards and SFFF or accepting any prize. We further accept no liability for any injury or damage to Your, nor any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading or uploading any materials in connection with the Competition and SFFF.

9.5    The Competition will be governed by the laws of New South Wales, Australia and You irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of that state.

9.6    If any part, term, or provision of these Rules shall be held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, unenforceable, or in conflict with any relevant law, the remaining portions or provisions shall still remain valid and continue in full force and effect.

9.7    The Rules may be varied from time to time, at Our discretion, by our posting new terms on Our Website (www.scififilmfestival.com), and any such amendment/s will be applicable to all Producers from the date and time such revised terms have been posted on the Website. Producers’ continued use of the Website or services constitutes agreement with and acceptance of any such amendment/s or other changes.

9.8    These Rules shall be governed by and will be construed in accordance with the laws of the state of New South Wales, Australia. Any disputes arising under or in connection with these Rules shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state of New South Wales, Australia.

9.9    These Rules constitute the entire obligations and understandings between the parties, including Producers, SMS, SFFF, US, We, Competition Indemnitees and Partners, on the subject matter hereof. There are no understandings, agreements, or representations, oral or written, not specified herein regarding these Rules.

For further information or queries, please contact us at: info@scififilmfestival.com

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