1. The Basics
  2. 2015 Changes
  3. Official Rules

1. The Basics

Make a movie in two weeks. Don’t panic: you don’t have to do it alone! Every participant both helps- and gets help from- other filmmakers as everyone writes, shoots, and edits a complete film in just fourteen days. Enter the CFC and attend the orientation in Hollywood on May 13th. There, we release the Theme Quote meant to inspire this year’s films and send filmmakers off to the races.

The films are evaluated by our blue-ribbon panel of industry judges. Then, on June 5th, the best films are screened at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood. Our judges hold an industry panel, top films are awarded, and everyone enjoys a cocktail reception.

2. What’s new for 2015?

After last year’s challenge, we decided to incorporate some major rule changes. If you haven’t competed in the CFC before, skip ahead to point three. Otherwise, be sure to read them over!

  1. Restructured Collaboration
    In the first two years of the CFC, filmmakers were assigned to each other by the CFC organizers. This year, all collaboration is freely driven by the filmmakers, on the condition that each filmmaker must collaborate with at least one other person and be assisted by at least one other person to be eligible for jury consideration.
  2. Choice of Collaborator
    In keeping with the first change, filmmakers will no longer be assigned a collaborator, but may select as many collaborators as they like. Filmmakers may choose only one collaborator to receive Official Collaborator credit for prizewinning purposes.
  3. Alteration of Prizes
    We decided to experiment with the audience’s participation this year. Instead of voting on Best Picture (Audience Selection), the audience will vote on Best Comedic Actor, Best Dramatic Actor, Best Technical Achievement, and Best Use of Quote.
  4. Changed Submission Policy
    One high-res digital file is the only requirement for submission. DVD or Blu-Ray copies are no longer required.

3. Official Rules

I. Overview

  1. The Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge (CFC) will take place over two weeks, running from 12 AM Wednesday, May 14th, to 11:59 PM Thursday, May 28th, 2015.
  2. Participants may enter either as FILMMAKERS ($35) or as COLLABORATORS ($15). FILMMAKERS are responsible for turning in a finished film at the conclusion of the filmmaking period and are eligible for all prizes. COLLABORATORS do not turn in a finished film, and are only eligible for collaboration-related prizes.
  3. Each FILMMAKER participant will make his/her own film and must be assisted by at least one other FILMMAKER or COLLABORATOR.
  4. Each FILMMAKER participant must assist at least one other FILMMAKER. Participants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to work with more than one other filmmaker.
  5. In the event that a FILMMAKER entrant cannot obtain a collaborator on his/her own, CFC will seek to help unassisted filmmakers find collaborators. If the filmmaker is still unassisted, CFC will review the filmmaker’s entry on a case-by-case basis.
  6. Submissions must relate to or be inspired by the THEME QUOTE revealed on May 14th, 2014.
  7. All FILMMAKERS and COLLABORATORS may freely collaborate on as many films as they wish.
  8. Submission: Each FILMMAKER must enter his/her fully finished film by 11:59 PM on May 28th, 2014. All entries must be received by the CFC on May 28th or sooner. Late entries will be disqualified.

II. Rules of Filmmaking

A) Production

  1. All writing, production and post-production must take place within the two weeks of the Challenge.
  2. All costs associated with production are the sole responsibility of the FILMMAKERS and COLLABORATORS.
  3. Films must be between 3-6 minutes in length, not including opening and end credits (outlined in “Submission” below).
  4. Each FILMMAKER must secure releases for talent, crew, music and locations (and any other applicable releases), which must be turned in to CFC with the finished film/video.
  5. All submissions 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 the entrant).

B) Post Production

  1. All post-production must take place within the two weeks of the Challenge, including but not limited to editing, effects, sound design, rendering, and outputting.

III. Submission

  1. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM on May 28th, 2014. Entered media may be a digital (either .mov or .avi), DVD, or Blu-Ray copy of a finished film, provided the CFC receives it by that time.
  2. Filmmakers are prohibited from distributing their film in any way before the premiere screenings, including any type of internet use. Entrants are permitted to release a trailer not to exceed 60 seconds in total run time.
  3. Prior to the start of the film, there must be 3 seconds of black screen, followed by a 5-second card with the following information: “[Name of filmmaker] presents a Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge project”  This will be followed by 2 seconds of black screen before the film begins. This total of 10 seconds for the opening credits will NOT count toward the total run time of the film. (All visual assets necessary to complete these requirements will be furnished by the CFC.)
  4. The end credits must be no longer than 60 seconds and must be placed only at the end of the film. They must include the words: “This film was created for the 2015 Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge.” These 60 seconds will NOT count toward the total run time of the film.
  5. Each film screened at the festival will be carefully reviewed by the jury before its selection is made.
  6. The 2015 Collaboration Filmmakers Challenge end credit MUST remain in all future version of the film, regardless of distribution purposes.
  7. CFC may distribute submitted films online for promotional purposes only. Requests to withdraw films from online distribution (e.g., to satisfy the requirements of another festival) will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  8. CFC claims no rights of ownership over any submitted films.

IV. Collaboration Point System

The winner of our Key Collaborator Award is determined by a contribution point system that rewards each entrant for collaborating on another filmmaker’s project. Filmmakers will receive credit for each full day, half day, or favor that they spend collaborating with another filmmaker. In order to be eligible for points, the filmmaker you helped must verify your contribution using a form which will be made available at the start of the challenge. In the unlikely event of a tie, the prize will be divided evenly among the tie holders.