Regulations of the 2012 short film competition
Article 1 – Goals
The Festival cinéma et droits humains is a cultural event organised by the Paris division of Amnesty International. Its goal is to promote films about human rights and to set up a competition of short films about this topic.
Article 2 – Participation and submission conditions
There is no submission fee. Each director may submit several films, but one registration form must be filled up for each film submitted.
The films must be submitted before August 15th, 2012, 11.59pm (UTC-12).
Films rejected in the previous editions of the Festival cinéma et droits humains can not be resubmitted.
Article 3 – The films
The Festival aims at showing films about human rights. The short films may for instance deal with the following themes:
- Business, human rights and poverty
- Human Dignity
- Refugees and migrants
- Rights of the Child
- Right to decent housing
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
- Social Justice, International Law
- Women's Rights
The Festival may accept every kind of films (fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, clip,…) completed after January 1st 2009. Films shouldn’t exceed 20 minutes, included the credits. They should be sent preferably on the Internet, but DVDs (PAL format, or any standard video file burnt onto a DVD) are also accepted. The films should be in French or subtitled in French. However, in case no French-subtitled copy is available, films subtitled in English are also accepted.
Article 4 – Selection
The selection committee, made up of all the Festival organizers, will decide which films are selected to the Festival. The list of the films competing will be available at least two weeks before the beginning of the Festival. The selection committee holds the right to show the other films it deems relevant to be screened out of competition, provided the director and/or producer agree.
Article 5 – Screening and prizes
The selected films will be screened publicly at the Festival cinéma et droits humains in November 2012 in a cinema hall in Paris.
Formats accepted for the screening include 35mm copy, as well as digital files (preferably high resolution, DVD accepted otherwise). The festival may accept other screening formats if necessary.
All the films selected will compete to three prizes of the Festival cinéma et droits humains. The Grand Prize and Special Prize for Human Rights are awarded by an independent jury composed of personalities from the world of cinema and experts of human rights. The Audience Award is awarded by the audience at the screening of the short films.
Article 6 – Retrieval of the copies
The selection copies (e.g., DVDs) will only be mailed back to participants having provided the Festival with a stamped envelope. Other participants will be able to retrieve the selection copy at any time during the Festival.
If the film is selected, the director or the produced should send the screening copy. The Festival will mail back the screening copy at its own expense. In case of loss or damage of the screening copy, the Festival can only be held responsible for the value of the support.
Article 7 – Public use and duplication rights
Registration for the Festival cinéma et droits humains implies the unconditional acceptance of the terms of this settlement. The director who submits a film to the Festival declares to be righteous owner of the public use, reproduction and representation rights of the film. The Festival holds the right to promote the films selected in the form of excerpts not exceeding one minute of the film. These excerpts may be used for the promotion of the Festival, on the Internet or on television. These excerpts will only be used for that purpose, and the righteous owners may explicitely refuse such a use.
Article 8 – Non-provided for cases and challenges
Decisions of the selection committee and the jury shall be final.
Organizers of the event are responsible for resolving cases not provided for in regulations and granting any exceptions to the above provisions.
Article 9 – Cancellation, transfer
The Festival holds the right to cancel the event and / or competition, and / or to transfer venue.
Article 10 – Acceptance of Regulation
The submission of films implies acceptance of all standards and conditions established by this regulation.
This set of rules is drafted in French and in English. Would its interpretation be challenged, the French version shall prevail.
Web site: http://www.cinema-droits-humains.org