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Snakebite Film Festival

  • Penticton Leir House 220 Manor Park Avenue Penticton, BC, V2A 2R2 Canada (map)

Snakebite is a 48 hour film festival that takes place from August 18th, 7pm to August 19th 7pm. Opening gathering will start at 5:30pm Friday at 220 Manor Park Ave, (Leir House) to go over rules, team genre pick and team sign in. Who can participate? Any age, gender, skill level, or background. All cast and crew must be volunteers. The goal: teams will create a short film through all stages of production and with key elements described in the rules below in a 48 hour time period. There is a $50 registration fee, deliverable by cash or cheque to the Leir house, Or online. The participating group/team must complete its film/video work in time to deliver it to The Leir House, on Sunday by 7:00pm. Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition. All films received on Sunday (on-time and late) will be screened. All creativity must take place during the official time period. Any creative work in advance of the competition is prohibited. This includes writing the script, rehearsing, shooting, editing, sound design, rendering, and outputting to tape or other media. Elements of production that can be done prior to the official time period include organizing crew, organizing cast, securing equipment, and securing locations/scouting. No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used. Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the official time period. (Note: Stock footage is permissible as part of a post-production effect or on a background monitor, i.e., a television, as long as the team has rights to the stock footage and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the 48 hours. Allowable stock footage includes bullets, fires, explosions, chroma-keyed backgrounds, etc., but stock footage of people or other performers is not allowed.) Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the 48 hours; however, stills created outside of the official time period may not be used in sequence to create the illusion of motion. Teams will receive a package containing a line of dialogue, prop, and film guidelines. Films must be completed within 48 hours and contain a clear use of prop and dialogue in the plot. Teams can be made up of 1-15 members. From experience, less is more. Each participating team must have a representative at the official kick off event of Snakebite's 48 challenge. At the event, each group must submit a complete team leaders agreement, signed by its team leader. A team may not participate without submitting this agreement. Also at this event will be a GENRE SELECTION CEREMONY. Each team will choose the gene of its film in a random drawing. Each team will draw from two groups: group #1 and group #2. The team may decide which one you choose to use for their film. There will also be a wild card option: teams may swap both out for one more pick, but MUST go with this option. In addition to this, teams will be awarded extra points upon competition screening at the September arts rising festival for COMBINING BOTH genres they received. I.e. If a team pulled "Silent film" and "western" and produce a silent western judges will award points accordingly. No trading genres with other teams. The prop outlined in the kick off package must be seen on screen. The required line of dialogue must be used vebatium, but may be sung, spoke, or written. It may be used in any language, but if the line of dialogue is unclear, there must be a translation. To qualify as an official entry, each groups film must be in the genre it selects, and must contain all required elements within the official time period. The teams chosen genre must be clear and easily discerned. Any type of camera or filming device may be used. Participating groups are encouraged to work with a composer and/or musicians to write and record music for the films. It is permissible for a participating group to use pre-recorded music; however the participating group must have the rights to any music used in its film and must provide releases for all music used. As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed, but you must have rights to use them. Note: Song parodies (i.e., use of identifiable preexisting compositions with new or altered lyrics or music) may not be included in the film without a signed release from the composition's rights holder. The finished film must be a minimum of 3 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 7 minutes in duration—not including end credits. In other words, the official running time begins after the required snakebite slates and ends prior to the end credits. The required slates and the end credits do not count towards the minimum time of 3 minutes. The film story may not be longer than 7 minutes. Before the finished film begins, the media should have, 5 seconds of black, a title card with: team name, title, genre, city, and date, a title card with: This film was made for Snakebite Penticton 2017. and 2 seconds of black. After the 2 seconds of black, some films start with opening credits. These are not encouraged, but if you use them, opening credits are considered to be part of the film, and therefore count against the seven minute maximum. Additionally, if your film has opening credits other than simply the film's title (for example, the names of directors, actors, etc.), you must include one of the following: • the text YOUR TEAM NAME presents immediately followed by “a Snakebite Film Project” or • the text “a Snakebite Film Project” immediately following the title of your film. Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. The 60 seconds is considered additional to the length of the film, as stated above. (That is, a film may be 7 minutes long, with an additional 60 seconds of credits, for a total running time of 8 minutes.) For any future screenings, online or otherwise, films should retain the pre-film title card that says: This film was made for the 48 Hour Snakebite Film Festival Penticton 2017 Each team must secure releases for talent, crew, music and locations (and any other applicable releases), which must be turned in to the project organizers with the finished film/video. The film/video will not be screened before the Snakebite Organizers receive the signed releases. Release forms for download and print will be found on the Website. To be eligible for the Project, Entries must be the original work of the Entrant; must not infringe third-party's rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by Arts Rising and Snakebite Film Festival). Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the Snakebite Screening committee, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. Snakebite reserves the right to make the final determination as to which entries are eligible. Snakebite also reserves the right to refuse to screen a film or to make an announcement at the screening regarding the content of the film. Snakebite and Arts Rising may, in their sole discretion, disqualify entries deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant. The Entrant should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to it receiving its official Snakebite premiere screening. This includes uploading the video to any website or screening the film for groups of anyone other than the team. The Entrant is encouraged to make a trailer of their film and distribute that instead. This trailer should be no longer than 48 seconds. The Entrant must submit a Certification Statement with his/her completed Entry, certifying adherence to all Official Rules. • We recommend that each team submit two copies of the final film. • We recommend that you make sound levels relatively even throughout your film. (If your film has uneven sound or sound that peaks, it may be modified to protect the playback equipment.) • If your film is very dark, it may be difficult to see in your theatre. • All films received on the evening of the deadline (on-time and late) will be screened, presuming they meet the eligibility requirements, however late films will not be eligible for prizes.(preferred) a self-contained SD QuickTime file with no proprietary codecs on either: a data DVD -OR- a USB flash drive or playable DVD. Snakebite is a part of the Arts Rising Festival, and during this time Snakebite will be hosting a screening event and opening gala. Screening of the Short films will take place Sunday September 24th at the Landmark Cinema, as well as prize ceremony. All Participants of the Snakebite 48 hour festival are also invited to our opening gala Saturday September 23rd, to celebrate all things film, eat dinner, and meet and greet with the other teams! More information about this will be available at and will be emailed to registered entrants. PRIZES: a cash prize of $500 Dollars will be awarded to the Overall Best Film as chosen by the judges. Other Awards such as best editing, best sound design, etc. will also be awarded with donated swag from Arts Rising and Snakebite Sponsors at our prize ceremony Sunday September 24th. If teams are unable to attend the prize ceremony, prizes will be delivered, but we encourage all teams to come and discuss their work with adoring fans!

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