Guidelines

Our Voice, Our Vote! Public Service Announcement Contest

Overview

Run&Shoot Filmworks and Facebook know that people have the power to change the world. Together, we invite the creative community to help shape the world in a positive way through the combination of civic engagement and film. Creativity is KEY so have FUN with this.

Our ancillary partners OWN Your Vote, When We All Vote and Citizens Committee for New York City support this important initiative by encouraging filmmakers to also include voting resource information in their submitted PSA treatments via the inks listed below:

Own Your Vote: ownyourvote.tv
When We All Vote: https://www.whenweallvote.org/know-your-voting-rights/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votinginformationcenter/

Citizens Committee for New York City: CitizensNYC is a great resource for filmmakers looking to connect with real subjects, and for those wanting to showcase a hyper local view of the work that’s being done.

Filmmakers are asked to submit a 3 minute PSA treatment that demonstrates the impact and significance of voting.

The proposed piece must show how the power of voting and civic engagement can ignite creativity, passion and social change. From these treatments, three submissions will be selected as semifinalists and given funding to complete production. Upon completion, these three films will compete for a grand prize.

Contest is open to submitted filmmakers of The Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival.  Treatment submissions must include a logline, artistic statement describing the creative vision for the project, detailed budget and shooting schedule. Total budget provided is $7,000.

Steps

Steps:

  1. Submit a short treatment that demonstrates the impact of Civic Engagement.  The 3 minute treatment must show how the power of civic engagement can ignite creativity, passion and social change.  Threatment submission is FREE and only 1 entry per person. Topics can include:   1) why voting is important  2) local elections and their impact  3) what does civic engagement mean to you.
  2. Our ancillary partners OWN Your Vote, When We All Vote and Citizens Committee for New York City support this important initiative by encouraging filmmakers to also include voting resource information in their submitted PSA treatments via the inks listed below:
    Own Your Vote: ownyourvote.tv
    When We All Vote: https://www.whenweallvote.org/know-your-voting-rights/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votinginformationcenter/
  3. Three (3) semi-finalist will receive $7,000 to support the creation of a complete work.
  4. From the three semi-finalist, one (1) Grand Prize will have their completed piece presented on all MVAAFF social channels.
  5. From the three semi-finalist, one (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $5000 Grand Prize.
  6. The nominees will have their PSA’s premiered on the MVAAFF festival page with a Q&A.

Submit

Project Information

Project Title *
Brief Synopsis *
Logline *
Treatment *
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Entrant Information

Name *
Email *
Phone *
Address *
City *
State/Province *
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Agreement

Rules & Terms

RunandShoot Filmworks
Presents
Our Voice, Our Vote PSA Competition
Entrant Agreement and Official Rules

Concept: Filmmakers will submit a 1 -2 page treatment for a 3 minute PSA that demonstrates the impact of Voting. The submission must demonstrate how the power of civic engagement can ignite creativity, passion and social change. Three of the submissions will be selected as semifinalists and awarded $7,000 in funding to complete production of the PSA. Following completion, the three documentaries will compete for a grand prize of $5,000.

Guidelines: Contest is open to accepted filmmakers of the 2020 Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. Initial submissions packages must include a logline, synopsis, treatment and an artistic statement describing the creative vision for the project, detailed budget, and signed acknowledgement of Process and Rules. All submissions must be submitted electronically using the following online link mvaaff.com/our-voice-our-vote-contest

Winner Selection: Judges from Run&Shoot Filmworks will score each concept submission based on originality, creativity, story idea, characters, tone, visual style and marketability. The Grand Prize Winner will be selected based on the execution of the filmmaker(s) proposed concept and ability to demonstrate how the power of voting can ignite creativity, passion and social change.

Awards will be given as follows:

Preliminary Round

Number of Winners Award
(3) Semifinalists
  • $7,000 to complete a PSA concept
  • Funding awarded as follows: 1/2 upon selection( Oct 1) , 1/2 upon completion and submission (Oct 16)

 

Final Round

Number of Winners Award
(1) Grand Prize Winner
  • $5000 (Nov 1)

Process and Rules:

  1. Entrants must submit 1-2 page proposal for a 3 minute PSA treatment that demonstrates the impact and importance of voting. The treatment must show how the power of civic engagement can ignite creativity, passion and social change. Submissions will include a log line, synopsis, treatment and artistic statement describing the creative vision, budget and signed Rules Statement.
  2. Entry period begins September 7th, 2020. All submissions must be received by Run and Shoot Filmworks on or before September 21st, 2020 at midnight EST. All submissions must be received at mvaaff.com/competition.
  3. Run and Shoot Filmworks will review all submissions and select three Semifinalists. Judges will score each submission based on originality, story idea, characters, tone, visual style and marketability as well as filmmakers’ potential. Each Semifinalist will receive a prize of $7,000 to support the creation of a complete documentary work. The prize will be awarded in two installments: $3500.00 will be Issued to Semifinalist upon notification Semifinalist award. Once an entrant has been designated as a semi-finalist they will receive an agreed upon check in date. Once issued, Run&Shoot Filmworks will review submissions to ensure that sufficient progress has been made (See paragraph 5) Upon review and approval by Run&Shoot Filmworks, $3500.00 will be issued upon delivery of the final approved product.
  4. Run and Shoot Filmworks will notify all Semifinalists by September 30th, 2020. The process of issuing payment to Semifinalists will be initiated by Run&Shoot Filmworks, Inc. upon notification and acceptance.
  5. On or around October 1, 2020, each Semifinalist must submit evidence of sufficient progress toward a complete PSA. This can be accomplished by providing Run and Shoot Filmworks with a video link via Vimeo, website URL, file sharing, etc. Upon receipt of such evidence, a payment of $3,500 will be made to each Semifinalist.
  6. Each Semifinalist must deliver their complete PSA work to Run&Shoot Filmworks with a video link via Vimeo, website URL, etc. on October 15, 2020.
  7. Upon submission of the final video, each Semifinalist will receive a final payment of $3,500 on approximately October 16th.
  8. Run and Shoot Filmworks will choose one (1) Grand Prize Winner from the three Semifinalists. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000 on approximately November 1st
  9. The Grand Prize Winner will be notified on October, 18th 2020.
  10. All decisions of Run and Shoot Filmworks are final.
  11. Each Semifinalist will retain ownership of copyright in and to the Semifinalist’s PSA (each, a “Work”). However, each Semifinalist grants Run&Shoot Filmworks, Inc, a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, not use, cease using, reproduce, publish, edit, translate, modify, excerpt, adapt, distribute, make derivative works of, publicly perform, and publicly display the Semifinalist’s Work, alone or as part of other works in any form, media, or technology, whether now known or later developed. Each time a Semifinalist’s Work is so used, Run&Shoot Filmworks will use reasonable efforts to attribute the copyright to the Semifinalist.
  12. Each Entrant represents and affirms that Entrant is the sole owner and creator of the Entrant’s submission. Each Semifinalist further represents and affirms that: (1) the Semifinalist has the full right to submit and license the Work to Run&Shoot Filmworks has provided herein; and (2) the Work is the original work of the Semifinalist, that the Work is not libelous, and that the Work does not violate the copyright or other intellectual property rights of any third party.
  13. Run and Shoot Filmworks is not responsible for returning any submissions to entrants.
  14. Each Semifinalist hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Colorado Board of Regents , the State of Colorado, Run&Shoot Filmworks, and its employees, agents and affiliates for, from, and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, expenses, and penalties caused by or arising out of the Semifinalist’s breach of any of the Semifinalist’s representations regarding the Work set forth in this Entrant Agreement.
  15. If a dispute arises with respect to the Competition, Entrant will exhaust all applicable administrative remedies provided for under the Colorado Board of Regents Policy 3-809.This
  16. Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of Colorado without regard to any conflicts of laws principles. Run&Shoot Filmworks, Inc. obligations are subject to the regulations/policies of the Colorado Board of Regents. Any proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement will be conducted in Arapahoe County, Colorado.

Example

Video: 2 Chainz x When We All Vote