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Sunday, December 04, 2016

entry arrow8:53 PM | The Third Silliman Film Open



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 four categories for 2017:

    a. Live-Action Fiction Short Film
    b. Documentary Short Subject
    c. Animated Short Film
    d. 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 Animated Short Film category must be works of film fiction or nonfiction that is rendered in any animated style. They should be no more than 10 minutes in length, including both opening and closing credits.

    d. Entries in the Original Music Video category must be works depicting any original song by a local artist or band (not necessarily the original composition of the director), and with proper permission from the copyright holder. They should be no more than 3 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, race, body type, physical handicap, 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 borderline to ensure readability.

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

9. A participant can join one or more categories and can submit only one entry for each category.

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

11. Cash prizes and certificates of merit will be given, and only one winner is declared per category. The jury may or may not select a runner-up (Special Jury Prize) for the Live-Action Fiction category, which is also given a cash prize and 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 Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Musical Scoring, Best Original Song, Best Trailer, and Best Poster.

    b. For Documentary Short Subjects: Best Director, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Musical Scoring, Best Original Song, Best Trailer, and Best Poster.

    c. For Animated Short Film: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Musical Scoring, Best Original Song, Best Trailer, and Best Poster.

    d. For Original Music Videos: Eligible for Best Poster.

The winners of the special category prizes will be given certificates of merit. Except for Best Director and Best Screenplay, special prizes may be given to winners who are not current students of Silliman University.

13. The competition opens on 3 November 2016. There are two deadlines, one for Registration and one for Final Submission of Film Entries.

14. The deadline for Registration is 27 January 2017, Friday at 5:00 PM at the Culture and Arts Council 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, with a complete list of participants/creative collaborators.
    b. A .jpeg file of the poster in 28 x 42 inches at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch [submitted through email].
    c. A 20- to 30-second trailer in .avi or .mp4 [submitted through email]. Original Music Video entries are not required to submit trailers.
    d. An application fee of P150.00.

The Registration Forms may be obtained from the following address:

    Silliman University Culture and Arts Council
    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. Trailers and posters must be emailed to silliman.cac@gmail.com.

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 in two sentences
    d. Name, contact number, and email of director
    e. Name of screenplay writer(s)
    f. Complete cast list (name of actor and name of character)
    g. Name of cinematographer
    h. Name of editor
    i. Name of production designer
    j. Name of costume designer
    k. Name of make-up artist
    l. Name of sound mixer/editor
    m. Name of music scorer
    n. Title(s) of original song(s) used and name(s) of artist
    o. Name of poster designer
    p. Name of trailer makers

16. The deadline for the Final Submission of Entries is on 17 February 2017, Friday at 12:00 NN at the Culture and Arts Council Office. (Please look for the Festival Director.)

17. The final copy of the film entry must be submitted in a virus-free flash disk/USB stick, 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 GB. The flash disk/USB stick will be returned.

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, sound editing, and musical scoring—are permitted. Actors may also not be students of Silliman University. Student effort in all areas of filmmaking is encouraged.

19. All music—including the songs and score—must be original. Applicants 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 Culture and Arts Council and the College of Mass Communication as main presenters of the finished film. The CAC and the College of Mass Communication also retain the right to screen the film at any time to market future editions of the SFO.

21. Entries submitted by the second deadline [February 17] cannot be withdrawn from the competition.

22. The director is the representative of each film entry. All official communications shall be addressed to him/her through SMS and email. Non-response to official communication, and inability to participate in any pre-festival activities and requirements may be grounds for disqualification.

23. A jury of five to seven members is appointed to screen the entries and to make deliberations on the winners on February 26, Sunday at 1—7 PM. They are tasked (a) to select three 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 narrative short films in running for Best Short Film. For the jury screening, the films will be screened alphabetically according to the surnames of the student filmmakers, per category.

24. Depending on the number of entries, the festival is slated for the week of February 20-26 at the Guy Hall, and on February 27 at the Luce Auditorium for the finalists. This is subject to change.

25. The Awarding Ceremony will be held on February 27 at the Luce Auditorium at the end of the program screening choice finalists. The actors and production crew of all films are required to attend.

26. 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.

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

28. An entry’s controversial win may only be investigated by the SFO organizers upon receipt of a written complaint. Should there be grounds for rescinding the award, the entry with the next highest number of votes will be given the award.

29. Any entry not following the rules, regulations and mechanics may be disqualified.


You can download the APPLICATION FORM here.

You can download the RULES AND REGULATIONS here.

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