RULES & TERMS

To be eligible for the Short Encounters International Film Festival, films must comply with the following:

●In the 2021 edition WE ACCEPT ALL GENRES
● Entries are accepted exclusively through www.FilmFreeway.com.
● The film must have been completed on or after January 1, 2017.
● In order to submit, the total running time of the film needs to be of less than 30 minutes (including credits).
● Premiere status does not affect eligibility. We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.
● The official language of the festival is English. Therefore, all films must be submitted in ENGLISH or with English subtitles (if in a different language). In the event subtitles are missing, you will be notified by email and asked to update your work. If your updated submission fails to be provided by the final deadline, your work will be disqualified with no refunds of the submission fees.
● Multiple submissions must be provided as individual submissions.
● You will not be eligible for any refund of submission fees for any reason once your film is in “In Consideration” status on the platform FilmFreeway.
● Submitted films must be either uploaded directly to FilmFreeway via their Secure Online Screener system, or supplied as a password-protected Vimeo link or unlisted YouTube link entered directly into the FilmFreeway online application form.
● Important: SEIFF does not accept screeners via email; you must upload directly to FilmFreeway or to a third-party site such as Vimeo or YouTube.
● If selected for screening, a theatrical quality screener must be provided. Anything less than HD at a minimum of 1920x1080 will not be screened.
● If the password changes at any point between the submission and the Festival, the Submitter must inform SEIFF via email as soon as possible. Any film that is submitted with an incorrect or outdated password cannot be considered for the Festival; in such a case, the submission will be disqualified, and any and all fees paid will be forfeited.
● The submitting filmmaker must be either the producer or director of the film.
● The Producer/Director warrants to the Short Encounters IFF that they have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter this film and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party and that all rights and clearances have been made. This includes use of music and literary material. You accept to hold full legal responsibility for the intellectual property herein.
● The film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. In addition you hold SEIFF harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. You assume all legal responsibilities therein (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court).
● Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.
● By submitting your project to Short Encounters IFF, the submitter and filmmakers associated with the entry project consent to the posting of stills and short clip fragments from the film on the festival's website/platform plus social media channels, for solely promotional, non-commercial and educational purposes. Stills from your film could be used for example within our final list of winners/nominees, and short clip fragments from your film could be used within our festival trailer.
● If your film is selected for screening during the annual live event, or possible intermediate live events, you confirm that an exhibition copy will be available to the SEIFF in a required format for screening during these events. By Agreeing to these terms, you hereby agree to indemnify SEIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.
● Our judges have access to all films and they vote without sharing your work publicly.
● ​​Additionally you consent to the festival director having access to download your film(s), if necessary, to facilitate offline study and the festival's programming/curation needs and functions. You can opt out from this whilst still being able to participate in the competition.
● We cannot provide refunds.
● We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.


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