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Friday, January 22, 2016

entry arrow6:44 PM | Call for Submission to the 2nd Silliman Film Open

Rules and Regulations



1. The Silliman Short Film Open (SFO) is open to all graduate, tertiary, and secondary school students (grades 8 to 12) currently enrolled in Silliman University.

2. The Director and/or Scriptwriter of an entry must be a student officially enrolled in the university during the time of the production.

3. The SFO will have three categories for 2016:

     a. Live-Action Fiction Short Film
     b. Documentary Short Subject
     c. Original Music Video

4. The categories are described as follows:

     a. Entries in the Live-Action Fiction Short Film category must be works of film fiction of any subject or theme. Adaptations of other works are accepted as long as permission from the proper copyright holder has been extended to the filmmaker. They should be no more than 10 minutes in length, including both opening and closing credits.

     b. Entries in the Documentary Short Subject category must be works of film nonfiction, and may be of any subject. They should be no more than 15 minutes in length, including both opening and closing credits.

     c. Entries in the Original Music Video category must be works depicting any original song by a local artist or band, with proper permission from the copyright holder. They should be no more than 5 minutes in length, including both opening and closing credits.

5. The filmmakers are relatively free to choose any subject for their films. Restraint with regards depictions of overt sexuality or violence is encouraged however. Storylines that denigrate religion or sexual orientations are frowned upon. No film is allowed to advocate murder and torture, racism, pedophilia, misogyny, or homophobia—unless done in an ironic mode, or done to render these issues in serious and provocative light meant to provide a better understanding of such issues but without the intention of glorifying them.

6. Each film must be shot in an aspect ratio of 16:9 (unless there is an aesthetic reason to shot in another aspect ratio). The signal format must at least be in 720p (HD).

7. The entries may use English, Cebuano, Filipino, or any of the other regional languages of the Philippines. All entries are required to be subtitled in English, and in .srt format. (No hard coding.) They should be grammatical, and must be rendered in bright yellow with dark borders to ensure readability.

8. All films must be set/shot in Silliman University, and/or Dumaguete City, and/or its environs.

9. A participant may join one or more categories and may submit any number of entries for each category.

10. An entry can only be submitted to one category.

11. Cash prizes will be given, and only one winner is declared per category. A runner-up per category is given a certificate with a special citation.

12. Special prizes will also be given to the following categories:

     a. For Live-Action Fiction Short Films: Eligible for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Make-up, Best Sound Editing, Best Musical Scoring, Best Song, and Best Poster.

     b. For Documentary Short Subjects: Eligible for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Musical Scoring, and Best Poster.

     c. A Special Audience Award is given to a crowd favorite from among all the categories.

The winners of the special prizes will be given certificates of recognition. Special prizes will only be given to winners who happen to be bonafide students of Silliman University. No special prizes will be given in categories where the filmmakers have sought outside help.

13. The competition opens on 1 January 2016. There are two deadlines, one for Registration and one for Final Submission of Film Entries.

14. The deadline for Registration is 12 February 2016, Friday at 5:00 PM at the Cultural Affairs Committee Office. (Please look for Nadine Padao.) The film entries may or may not be submitted on this date, but the following are required for submission:

     a. Accomplished application form
     b. List of participants/creative collaborators form
     c. A .psd file of the poster
     d. A 2- to 3-minute trailer in .avi or .mp4
     e. An application fee of P150.00

The Registration Forms may be obtained from the following address:

     Cultural Affairs Committee
     College of Performing and Visual Arts Building II
     Silliman University
     6200 Dumaguete City

Forms may also be downloaded at the CAC website and Facebook page.

All of the Registration requirements should be placed inside a short brown envelope, properly labeled with the name of the director and the title of the entry.

One registration form should be accomplished per entry. The application fee of P150 should be paid for every entry.

15. The form for the list of participants/creative collaborators must contain the following:

     a. Complete title of film
     b. Running time
     c. Synopsis
     d. Name and contact number and email address of the film representative
     e. Name of director
     f. Name of screenplay writer(s)
     g. Complete cast list (name of actor and name of character)
     h. Name of cinematographer
     i. Name of editor
     j. Name of production designer
     k. Name of costume designer
     l. Name of make-up artist
     m. Name of sound mixer/editor
     n. Name of music scorer
     o. Title(s) of original song(s) used and name(s) of artist
     p. Name of poster designer

16. The deadline for the Final Submission of Entries is on 26 February 2016 at 12:00 NN at the Cultural Affairs Committee Office. (Please look for Nadine Padao.)

17. The final copy of the film entry must be submitted in a virus-free a flash disk, properly labeled with the title of the entry, in either of the two formats: AVI and MP4. The file size should not be more than 1.5 GB.

18. Entrants must indicate in their Registration Form if they have incurred help from professional production houses outside the university in the making of their video. Only help in the technical aspects of filmmaking—cinematography, editing, and sound editing—are permitted. Entrants must indicate the name of the production house and what specific work was done for the video.

The student filmmaker may seek outside help in Cinematography, Editing, Acting, Sound Design, and Musical Score. Hired professional help is discouraged in Cinematography, Acting, Sound Design, and Musical Score—although they may secure this in Editing. Student effort in all areas of filmmaking is encouraged.

19. All music—including the songs and score—must be original. You may secure collaboration with other students in the university, particularly from the College of Performing and Visual Arts. The use of prerecorded and copyrighted materials is prohibited.

20. The student filmmaker must shoulder the finances of the entire production of the film. All film rights belong to the filmmaker, although he/she is required to acknowledge the Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee as main presenter of the finished film. The CAC also retains the right to screen the film at any time to market future editions of the SFO.

21. Entries submitted by the second deadline [February 26] cannot be withdrawn from the competition.

22. The participating filmmakers must assign a single representative to act on their behalf. (The director is the suggested representative.) All official communications shall be addressed to the representative.

23. A jury of five to seven members is appointed to screen the entries on February 26, Friday at 6—9 PM. They are tasked (a) to select five nominees per special awards category, (b) to choose the winners of the special awards, (c) to choose the winning best films per category, and (d) and to select the 8 or 10 top films to be screened during the Final Night and Awards Ceremony.

24. The festival is slated on February 27, Saturday. The screening for the films not selected among the 8 or 10 top films is slated at 1—4 PM at the Audio Visual Theatre 1. The screening for the finalists is slated at 6—9 PM at the Luce Auditorium.

25. The films will be screened alphabetically according to the surnames of the student filmmakers.

26. The 8 or 10 finalists vie for the top awards of Best Live-Action Film, Best Documentary Short Subject, and/or Best Musical Video. All entries however are eligible for the special awards.

27. The Awarding Ceremony will be held at the end of the program at the Luce. The actors and production crew of all films are required to attend.

28. The decision of the jury is final. The board reserves the right not to give any awards in a category should no entry merit it.

29. The SFO organizing committee will not be liable for any controversy regarding the sharing of awards among the members of the group.

30. Any entry not following the rules, regulations and mechanics are disqualified. 

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