We accept submissions through Filmfreeway, Withoutabox & Festhome.
FILM SUBMISSION REQUIRMENTS - Rules & Terms
By submitting your film*, screenplay* or both to SSUFF, you acknowledge that you have read the rules and agree with them. If you have questions, contact us.
Project Length Information:
Short 3-30 minutes.
Feature - 45-135 minutes.
Animated - 3-90 minutes.
Documentary - 3-90 minutes.
Webseries - 1-20 min. See more rules when submitting online.
Trailer/Teaser - 1-5 minutes.
Student Film (Short) 3-30 minutes.
Student Film (Feature) 45 - 135 minutes.
Screenplay (Short) 50 pages or less. (approximate numbers)
Screenplay (Feature) 51 pages or more. (approximate numbers)
If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Sunny Side Up Film Festival: You also must be prepared to supply at least three electronic images (publicity stills) either in jpeg or PDF format, 300dpi, for publication purposes. Press kits would be helpful, but not required.
Films that have previously aired on US television prior to the Festival, or are available for continuous online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible. All films as well as screenplays must be completed no earlier than 2014.
All film finalists are required to provide two high resolution DVD or Blu-Ray copies. Copies will not be returned. One will be used as a back up.
Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print and at live Festival events. All entries must be in English, contain English subtitles or be dubbed in English.
Works in Progress: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e.,without final color correction and sound mixing), please note that the festival committee will accept the version submitted. Completed work or replacement copies MUST be uploaded or in our hands no later than Jan 31st, 2019.
Sunny Side Up Film Festival (SSUFF) and BrenRock Productions LLC is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry information is incorrect or illegible.
All entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received and notification of results. These fees must be paid during the entry process.
By entering the SUNNY SIDE UP FILM FESTIVAL competition, all entrants agree to hold harmless the SUNNY SIDE UP FILM FESTIVAL, BrenRock Productions LLC, The Goddard Center, owners, employees, associated Boards of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers from all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the festival.
You must execute a release agreement wherein you accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at Sunny Side Up Film Festival, warrant you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film; and indemnify and hold harmless Sunny Side Up Film Festival, its parent company BrenRock Productions LLC, The Wild Bunch Film Festival, affiliates, subsidiaries and any of the respective officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising from exhibition of your film at the Sunny Side Up Film Festival.
SUBMITTERS, IF YOUR FILM(S) IS SELECTED, YOU'LL RECEIVE TWO (2) FREE FILM SCREENING PASSES FOR SATURDAY & SUNDAY SCREENINGS! This does not include other special events that may occur with or during the SSUFF.
SCREENPLAY SUBMISSION RULES:
What are the judges looking for? They'll be scoring screenplays based on:
The idea behind the story. What the movie is about. The “hook.”
Standard spec screenplay or teleplay format (12 pt. Courier font, correct margins, etc.), as well as spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.
The framework of the script. Effective use of three-act (most common), odyssey, linear, or non-linear story progression.
The actions, events, conflicts, and turning points that propel the story forward. How the story unfolds (points for originality/unpredictability).
The timing of the action, unfolding of plot elements, and character development.
Personalities that are distinctive, compelling, multi-layered, and unpredictable. A protagonist and antagonist with clear and active goals.
Voices that are natural, succinct, and unique to each character. Use of language that effectively reveals character and moves the story forward.
The underlying message of the story as revealed through plot, dialogue, and visual elements.
Overall quality of the writing. Tone that is appropriate to the material and narrative that is distinct, cinematic, and effectively conveys the mood or “feel” of the movie.
Audience appeal and box-office potential.
If selected, do finalists win a pass? Yes. They'll win two TWBFF passes allowing access to Sunday's film festival screenings and the Award Show. This does NOT include Saturday's film screenings.
Is there a PRIZE for Finalist or Winners? Yes, trophies, awards, etc.
Are there qualifications for scripts? No. All genres are accepted.
Fees are submitted online. No waivers. No Refunds.
Format: All entries must be written in English and submitted as a PDF file less than 5 MB, size 12 Courier font, standard industry format. Title of script only on title page: no author name. Pages should be numbered. MovieMagic Screenwriter, Final Draft, or Celtx are suggested software programs. All screenplays must be completed no earlier than 2013.
Original: All entries must be original works by the applicant.
Coauthors: If a screenplay has more than one author, it is up to the authors to decide who will be the primary contact e-mail.
English: All entries must be submitted in English.
Formatting Standards: Please format your screenplay using MovieMagic Screenwriter, Final Draft, or Celtx are suggested programs. Use 12 point Courier font. Pages must be numbered.
Screenplay Submissions: We accept FilmFreeway & Withoutabox submissions.
Pages: (approximate numbers) Short Scripts: 50 pages or less. Feature Scripts: 51 or more.
Title Page: Include title only. The author’s name should not appear on the title page or anywhere on the script, to preserve anonymity and fairness.
Accepted are: All genres and sub-genres.
Disqualifications: Submissions ARE NOT disqualified for minor formatting errors (title page, software or length.)
The submitter agrees to indemnify SSUFF against any and all claims, expenses, losses, or liabilities that may be asserted against SSUFF in connection with the Material or any use thereof, including, without limitation those arising from any breach of the warranties and promises given by the submitter.
The submitter releases and discharges SSUFF from any and all claims and demands and will not assert, maintain or assist any party in asserting or maintaining any claims or demands against SSUFF in connection with the Materials, including, any and all claims for libel, rights of publicity, theft or misappropriation of ideas or trade secrets, or infringement of copyright and other intellectual property rights.
The submitter agrees to warrant that he/she is the sole owner and author of the described material or has the official representation of the co-author, and has the full right and authorization to submit the material to SSUFF.
The submitter has retained a copy of the Material and agrees that SSUFF shall not be obligated to return the Material to the submitter. The submitter releases SSUFF from all liability if the Material is lost, misplaced, stolen or destroyed.
The submitter acknowledges that SSUFF is under no obligation to use the Material in any manner and further represents and warrants that the Material is original, that the submitter has the right and authority to submit the Material to SSUFF on the foregoing terms and conditions, each and all of which shall be binding on the submitter, his/her agents, heirs, successors, licensees and assigns.
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