Student Film Festival Guidelines

Submission Deadlines & Entry Fees:

Submission Deadline:  Friday, March 3, 2020

Selections will be announced:  Friday, March 27

Submission: Click Here

Eligibility

  • The film’s director or directorial team must have been in high school or of high school age while filming the project.
  • If the film’s director or directorial team were in high school at the time the movie was created but are now out of high school, the film is eligible to be submitted if it was created in the last two years.
  • Films created anywhere in the world may be submitted as long as they meet the two criteria above.

Technical Guidelines

  • Runtime – Runtime is not to exceed 10 minutes.
  • When submitting your film, please use the following file naming convention:

LastNameFirstName_FilmTitle.mov 

Examples:                                                        

LovecraftHoward_CalloftheCafeteria.mov

ShelleyMary_SummerScienceProjectFromHell.mp4

  • Please submit your film file as .MOV or .MP4
  • Foreign language submissions must have subtitles.

Content Requirements

  • Copywritten material used in the submission must be properly licensed. You must have permission or rights to all graphics, music, clips, or other material included in the film. If you cannot secure rights, we recommend using sites that offer royalty-free images or music.
  • Any horror or supernatural subjects are permitted whether dramatic or comedic.  

Film Contest Rules & Terms:

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: All entries for the Best Little Horror Con Film Scholarship Competition must be submitted by Friday, March 13, 2020

ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must submit entries as required on the entry form to be eligible. Entries received after the deadline set forth in these terms are ineligible, null, and void.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: To submit your Film you will be required to provide your first and last name, school or organization name, email address, phone number of parent or legal guardian, and Film URL. Optionally you may include the name and contact information of your teacher. The information you provide will be used only to contact contest winners and honorable mentions and for contest administration. Your information will not be used for other purposes or shared with any party not affiliated with the contest except to the extent permitted by law.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS: Winner and honorable mention selection will be solely at the discretion of the Best Little Horror Con in Texas.  All winner and honorable mentions will be notified by the email address provided in the entry form. If there is no response to the notification email within 7 days, the winner’s parent or legal guardian will be notified by phone. If there is no response to the phone call, another winner may be chosen. Prizes will only be awarded to contestants who respond.

RULES FOR ENTRY: Entries may not contain, as determined by the Festival, in its sole discretion, any content that is inappropriate for high school audiences.

All submissions must be the original work of the students who submitted and must not infringe upon trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property, or privacy rights of any person or entity. The Entrant is responsible for all licenses, permissions, and location releases. The Best Little Horror Con in Texas reserves the right to request proof of these permissions at any time. By entering into the competition, the Entrant warrants and represents that he or she and any persons appearing or who are identifiable in the Entry consent to the submission and use of the Entry in the competition and to its use as otherwise set forth herein.

By submitting an Entry, the Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Best Little Horror Coni in Texas may receive many entries for the competition that may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to each other. The Entrant waives any and all claims that any such entries that happen to be similar to the Entrant’s submission result in any compensation, restitution, or other action due to the Entrant.

PRIZES: Scholarships are non-transferable.

TERMS FOR WINNERS: Entry is deemed to be permission by the Entrant for Best Little Horror Con in Texas to use the Entrant’s name (without compensation to the Entrant) to publicize the Contest and otherwise, as determined by Best Little Horror Con in Texas, unless prohibited by law. Best Little Horror Con in Texas reserves the right to require the winner to execute an affidavit of eligibility as a sworn document and provide other proof of eligibility as a condition of receipt of the scholarship. In the event the winner is a minor, the Best Little Horror Con in Texas reserves the right to require the minor winner’s parent and/or legal guardian to execute an affidavit of eligibility as a sworn document, provide other proof of eligibility and guarantee the minor winner’s obligations, representations and warranties hereunder as a condition of receipt of the scholarship.  In the event a winner fails or refuses to execute or provide any required documentation, Best Little Horror Con in Texas reserves the right to award the scholarship to a substitute winner in Best Little Horror Con in Texas’ sole discretion.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: By submitting an Entry, each Entrant agrees: (a) to abide by these Terms, and the decisions of the Best Little Horror Con in Texas, which shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Contest; (b) to release, discharge and hold harmless the Best Little Horror Con in Texas, the Best Little Horror Con in Texas’s licenses and assigns, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the Entrant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity and from any and all claims, debts, demands, actions or causes of actions, suits, sums of money, damages, and liabilities of whatsoever kind or nature, which have arisen or may arise as a result of the Released Parties exercise of the rights granted to them as set forth herein; (c) to the use of his/her name, voice, performance, photograph/Film, image and/or likeness for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide, including without limitation, on the Internet, and in perpetuity by the Best Little Horror Con in Texas and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from the Entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so; and (d) to hold the Released Parties harmless and to indemnify the Released Parties from and against all costs, expenses and liabilities incurred by the Released Parties in connection with the defense of any claim or claims on account thereof, including reasonable attorney’s fees.  By participating, the Entrant also agrees not to release any publicity or other materials on his/her own or through someone else regarding his/her participation in the Contest without the prior consent of the Best Little Horror Con in Texas, which it may withhold in its sole discretion.

OWNERSHIP/USE OF SUBMISSIONS: By submitting an Entry, you hereby grant to the Best Little Horror Con in Texas a royalty-free, fully paid up, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, combine with other works, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, edit and display such Entry (in whole or part) including, without limitation, the names and likenesses of any persons or locations embodied therein, and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed. These rights include, without limitation, the right to exhibit the Entry at Best Little Horror Con in Texas and to use the Entry in any and all media including but not limited to the Best Little Horror Con in Texas’s and the Best Little Horror Con in Texas’s licensee’s social media properties and/or offline media, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to the Entrant or any third party. By submitting an Entry, The Entrant acknowledges that the Best Little Horror Con in Texas has no obligation to use or post any Entry submitted. Subject to these Terms, the Entrant retains copyright ownership of the Entry.

MISCELLANEOUS: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, inaccurate, stolen, delayed, misdirected, undelivered, or garbled Entries; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, processing of Entries, the incorrect uploading of an Entry, or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest.  Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website, who act in an inappropriate or disruptive manner or who are in violation of these Terms, as solely determined by the Best Little Horror Con in Texas, will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void. Should any portion of the Contest be, in the Best Little Horror Con in Texas’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Best Little Horror Con in Texas, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or submission of Entries, the Best Little Horror Con in Texas reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, BEST LITTLE HORROR CON IN TEXAS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Terms, or the rights and obligations of the Entrant and the Best Little Horror Con in Texas in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law rules (whether of the State of Texas or for any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Texas.