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OFFICIAL RULES for RISE AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA
and the REEL YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL

The Reel Youth Film Festival and Out is Schools' Rise Against Homophobia Youth Short Video Contest have partnered up to make submission easy! If your film is eligible, you can easily submit it to both festivals online.

Official Rules:

1. Entrant Eligibility

  1. Entrants must be legal Canadian residents 12-19 years of age, as of Jan. 28, 2016, and
  2. complete the online submission and consent form to confirm that that they have full right and title to the entries so submitted and that such entries do not violate any prior copyright interests of any person, and further, each entrant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Out in Schools and Reel Youth from any claim or action arising out of any breach of copyright caused by such entry.
2. Film Requirements:
  1. Films must be under 10 minutes in length,
  2. Films must be submitted as a downloadable Vimeo link, in .mp4 format, ideally shot in HD at 1920 x 1080 resolution. They should be compressed with a bit-rate between 5Mbps - 10Mbps or higher.
  3. Where applicable, entrants must obtain approval from all individuals and/or organizations featured in their video entry.  Entrants warrant and represent to Out in Schools that each and every person or entity appearing in a submitted video has expressly permitted to such inclusion.
  4. Films must  creatively promote safer schools and communities bycelebrating diversity in all forms. The video entry should creatively showcase and communicate the entrant's views on homophobia, transphobia and bullying. This does not always mean focusing on violence or discrimination to reach this goal. A video entry should be interesting, meaningful and fun.  Any visual medium may be used to produce the video including, but not limited to, film and digital slideshows.
  5. Films must NOT contain:
    1. nudity, profanity or vulgar behaviour;
    2. graphic violence;
    3. dangerous stunts;
    4. real weapons of any kind;
    5. drug use;
    6. material that promotes prejudice, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination or exploitation based on race, sex, religion, disability, age or any other basis protected by law; and material that is likely to cause offence to any person, or to injure the name, reputation or standing of any person in any way, directly or indirectly.
All entries will be reviewed by Out in Schools and by Reel Youth to ensure that the content of the entry is appropriate in nature and to ensure entries abide by the content restrictions contained in these official competition rules. Out in Schools and Reel Youth may, in their sole discretion, refuse any entry at any time.  No entries will be returned to the entrant.  The decisions of Out in Schools and/or Reel Youth in relation to this competition will be final and binding on all entrants.

Out in Schools and Reel Youth are not responsible or liable for any lost, late, incomplete, or invalid entry to the competition.

3. Property of the Entries

Upon submission, all entries become the exclusive property of Out in Schools and Reel Youth, and may be used in any and all future promotional and/or educational contexts as deemed appropriate including presentation across Canada and screening in other film festivals.  Out in Schools and Reel Youth shall have the unrestricted right to use, edit, publish, broadcast, or stream any or all of the video entries, as well as the name, picture, statements, biographical information and likeness of any and all participants without further approval or compensation.

By entering the Out in Schools Rise Against Homphobia Youth Short Video Contest and Reel Youth Film Festival, each entrant unconditionally assigns and absolutely transfers to Out in Schools and Reel Youth in perpetuity any and all rights, titles and interests in each video entry including, without limitation, all copyrights and the exclusive right to use, duplicate and exhibit, and to authorize others to use, duplicate and exhibit, its video entry.

4. Acknowledgment and Warranty

By entering the Out in Schools Rise Against Homophobia Youth Short Video Contest, entrants are hereby deemed to acknowledge that they are solely responsible for their own entries and the consequences of submitting them to the competition site, and warrant that their entries are their original work or used with permission from the artist (including any video and audio used in the film) and do not impinge on any other person's rights.

In Canada, with respect to Quebec residents, any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.

This Contest is subject to all Federal, Provincial, and local laws.


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