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DOCUMENTARY – DOCUMENTARY SHORT - PHOTOGRAPHY - ILLUSTRATION - BOOKS - SCIENCE

 

The photographic, audiovisual, and written industry, focused on our natural world, transports the public to the most remote, inhospitable, and threatened places in the world, presenting natural species and habitats, unattainable and unimaginable to the vast majority of people.

 

Based on the dangers and threats affecting the biodiversity of the planet and the loss of non-return ecosystems, along with the extinction of various species in recent years, this Contest is created seeking to recognize and celebrate the human effort and skillS necessary to tell the stories of our nature, covering various branches such as cinematography, photography, illustrations, book publications, scientific studies, among others.

 

General

 

The Competition is directed and presented by Equilibrio Films based in Chile and Jumara Films based in Argentina seeking to celebrate and reward excellence in the elaboration of the arts related to natural life.

 

The final date for registrations is August 01, 2020 23:59 pm EST and the announcement of the finalists will be made on August 31, 2020. Likewise, the official award of the first edition of the Competition will be held on October 15, 2020 via on-line due to the current global juncture, product of the pandemic of COVID-19.

 

Registrations of individuals, television stations, producers, publishers, film or television distributors and independent filmmakers from anywhere in the world will be accepted, who must fully abide by the rules or guidelines of the Competition.

 

Registration and participation in the first edition of the Contest is free of charge, so no fee will be charged until August 1st. Extended Deadline will be charged a small fee for each category.

 

NOTE: There is no limit of works per participant to present in each category.

 

 

Categories / Requirements / Terms and Conditions

 

Audiovisual:

     

Inspiring Short Film

 

-    Short film focused on a more precise creation of content related to flora, fauna and / or its environment inspiring an appreciationor situation of the natural world with a maximum time of up to 5 minutes.

 

Documentary Short

 

-    Short highlighted in cinematographic, edition and narration through a documentary approach with a minimum duration of 5 minutes to a maximum of 30 minutes about the natural world.

 

Documentary

 

-    Featured documentary in cinematography, editing and storytelling through a descriptive documentary approach of more than 30 minutes about the natural world.

 

Requirements - Audiovisual

 

-    Participant over the age of 18 at the time of filing the application.

-    The central focus of production must be the natural world.

-    Performing after January 1, 2018.

-    Production must be resented by the producer, production distributor or its legal representative.

-    Productions in languages other than Spanish or English are accepted but must be subtitled or dubbed into the Spanish or English language. If nominated as a finalist in its category, the participant must provide a high-quality copy of the production with dubbing or subtitles in Spanish and/or English.

-    In case of sponsorship of various entities for the realization of the production, it can be recognized in the copies sent for the prizes but will not include logos or names of sponsors incorporating advertising on screen.

-    Productions will be accepted regardless of the size of the production equipmentand budgets, in the Contest. 

-    All above factors will be considered during the evaluation process.

 

Photography

 

-    Photographs focused on storytelling stories of flora, fauna and/or their environment inspiring an appreciation of the natural world in a single image.

 

Requirements - Photography

 

-    Participant over the age of 18 at the time of filing the application.

-    Participants will be asked for the data corresponding to the image presented, together with the title of the photograph and a shot synopsis that supports their presentation. 

-    The synopsis must clearly describe the originality, the purpose, the strengths, and the achievements of the image.

-    The photograph must be submitted by the author or his legal representative.

-    In case of being presented by a photographer, the photographer must own the copyright.

-    If you submit photographs in the name of magazines, publishers, books, or production companies, must own the copyright.

-    The photograph presented should have an aspect of the natural world as a central focus.

-    Have been completed from January 1, 2018.

-    Photographs of animals attracted with baits or in captivity, domesticated or exploited for profit, shall not be accepted, except if it is done with the proporsite to report on the exploitation of animals by a third party or welfare problem.

-    Digital adjustments are allowed including clipping, tone and contrast, sharpness, joints, multiple exposures.

-    The deletion of objects, people, vegetation, background characteristics or any action that, character alters the meaning or message of the photograph is not permitted.

-    All the above factors will be considered during the evaluation process.

-    NOTE: ONLY ONE (1) photography is accepted for each registration.

 

 

 

Naturalist / Scientific Illustration

 

Through the different artistic and scientific expressions in all their variables, the focus should be to show a reality of the natural world.

 

Requirements – Naturalistic / Scientific Illustration

 

-    Participant over the age of 18 at the time of filing the application.

-    Participants will be asked to refer to the illustration and a synopsis to support their submission.

-    The synopsis must clearly describe the originality, the purpose, the strengths, and the achievements of the image.

-    The illustration must be submitted by the author or his legal representative.

-    If presented by an artist, the artist must own the copyright.

-    If an illustration is submitted in the name of magazines, publishers, books, or production companies, they must own the copyright.

-    The illustration presented should have an aspect of the natural world as a central focus.

-    Have been completed from January 1, 2018.

-    All the above factors will be considered during the evaluation process.

-    NOTE: ONLY ONE (1) illustration is accepted for each registration.

 

Books

 

Category focused on the production, presentation, editing and / or writing of printed books focused on the natural world, which can be both text and photographic.

 

Requirements - Books

 

-    Participant over the age of 18 at the time of filing the application.

-    The book must be submitted by the author or his legal representative.

-    If submitted by a writer, the writer must own the copyright.

-    In case of submitting a book in the name of magazines, publishers, or production companies, they must own the copyright.

-    The book presented should have an aspect of the natural world as a central focus.

-    The book should be submitted for evaluation in PFD format

-    Have been completed from January 1, 2018.

-    All the above factors will be considered during the evaluation process.

 

Scientific Studies

 

The focus of this category is to encourage, and support developing or initiated scientific studies. 

 

Requirements - Scientific Studies

 

-    Participant over the age of 18 at the time of filing the application.

-    Participant must have a technical or university academic degree at the time of submitting the application.

-    The scientific project must be submitted by the main investigator or his legal representative.

-    Every project must be sponsored by an institution with legal status.

-    The scientific study presented should be aimed at the study of the natural world as a central focus.

-    Have been completed from January 1, 2018.

-    All the above factors will be considered during the evaluation process.

 

Awards

 

Each production or finalist work will receive a certificate of nomination, which will be sent to the author, institution, or legal representative of each project.

 

Each nominated production or work will be exhibited as part of the program and publicity of the first edition of the Contest.

 

The author, institution or legal representative of each production and/or winning work will receive an original trophy, a winner's certificate, and a cash prize.

 

Because a certificate and trophy will be awarded per winning project, if additional statuettes and certificates are required for other team members, they will be available upon request for an additional cost, with the registration of the relevant category and the winner's name on each trophy.

Special Award

 

All winners will be evaluated by "the Jury", who will select from each other the winner of the special prize, which consists of an original trophy, a winner's certificate, and a cash prize.

 

Enrollment / Terms and Conditions

 

Registrations and applications for the different categories of the first edition of the Contest will be made on the filmfreeway.com/Contest platform.

 

All submissions must be accompanied by the following annexes:

 

-    Online filing form, including details of the production, synopsis, credits.

-    Current contact details of the participant.

-    A copy of the production or work.

 

If more than one category is to participate, participants must submit each project application separately with all relevant documentation.

 

Material presented in the applications will not be returned, despite not qualifying in the following rounds of the Contest.

 

If you submit incomplete applications, they will be automatically rejected.

 

All partners involved in a production or work must be detailed in the form. It is the participant's responsibility to legally notify all persons involved about participation in the Contest. 

 

By submitting the application for the Contest, the applicant will be declaring that all persons involved have agreed and accepted the registration of the production, project or work, for the Contest.

 

In the event that multiple partners submit the same work for the Contest separately, we will notify all parties involved, so that they determine who will be the legal representative to act as a contest participant under a written legal document.

 

By entering the Contest, you must ensure that the persons responsible are duly accredited on the submission form.

The registration deadline for all categories: 23:59 pm EST on August 1, 2020.

The acceptance of late presentations is at the discretion of the organizers of the Contest.

 

If you are a finalist in any audiovisual category, additional material from the productions, such as promotional frames, script in English or Spanish with time video, promotional clip, promotional photo for use on social networks and various media platforms will be required.

 

If you are a finalist in the categories of books, scientific studies / reports, naturalistic / scientific illustration, and photography the projects must be sent online and physically if required.

 

Registrations of natural persons, television stations, producers, publishers, institutions, film or television distributors and independent filmmakers from anywhere in the world will be accepted, who must fully abide by the basis of the Competition.

 

Registration and participation in the first edition of the Contest is free of charge, so no fee will be charged until August 1st. Extended Deadline will be charged a small fee for each category.

 

Sending additional material - Finalists / Terms and Conditions

 

Audiovisual

 

The finalists of the different audiovisual categories will be asked for the various details of production.

 

Participants should submit a brief introduction for each of the projects submitted, clearly describing the strengths and achievements of their production.

 

Finalist audiovisual productions must be presented in a high quality version to upload it to FilmFreeway, or provide a Vimeo or YouTube link. When creating a project on FilmFreeway, you will be directed to your project page where you can easily upload your project file (maximum 10 GB) or link your video through Vimeo or YouTube. To see a project page, go to my projects in the main menu then click View next to the corresponding project.

 

FilmFreeway accepts all the most important hd video formats of high quality up to 10 GB.

 

We transcode videos for playback compatibility and performance and recommend that you use settings close to our output settings:

 

-    Video bitrate maximum: 2200 Kbps, H.264, mp4.

-    Audio: 128 Kbps, AAC, 2-channel stereo.

-    Preserved aspect ratio; Maximum video height of 1080 pixels.

 

Photography

 

The finalists will be requested for the final award, the additional data corresponding to the image presented and a synopsis that supports their presentation.

 

The synopsis must clearly describe the originality, the purpose, the strengths, and the achievements of the image.

 

Images must be sent as JPEG files (1920 pixels long) in Adobe RGB (1998).

 

The presentation of the image in its original format, without any editing or revealed for the authentication of the image presented in the Contest  (You must change the name of the RAW files to the following format: "Image Raw number_ImageTitle.jpeg" where the original Raw number of the image appears first, followed by the image title. Please do not place your name in the file name.

 

 

Required Metadata:

 

-    Image title.

-    Image caption.

-    Technical information (Camera, lenses, and other equipment).

-    EXIF details must be kept intact (opening, shutter speed, ISO)

-    Details of any subsequent processing more all of the lens profiles, color temperature, elimination of dust stains, global and local saturation and changes of exposure, sharpness and trimming (such as joints or multiple exposures).

-    Location

 

You must not include:

 

-    Name of the participant in the project title, in the image title or in the image itself.

 

Naturalist / Scientific Illustration

 

The finalists will be asked for the final award, additional data, corresponding to the illustration presented and a synopsis that supports their presentation.

 

The synopsis must clearly describe the originality, the purpose, the strengths, and the achievements of the illustration.

 

The display of the image in JPEG format (5120 pixels long) will be requested in Adobe RGB (1998), without any editing for the authentication of the artwork presented in the Contest  (The RAW files must be renamed to the following format: "Image Raw number_ImageTitle.jpeg" where the original Raw number of the image appears first, followed by the image title, please do not place your name in the file name).

 

 

 

 

Books

 

The finalists will be asked for the final award, the additional data corresponding to the book presented and a synopsis that supports their submission.

 

The synopsis must clearly describe the originality, the purpose, the strengths, and the achievements of the book.

 

If necessary, the physical presentation of the book will be requested for authentication and for further display in activities related to the Contest. (See section "Using submitted material")

 

Scientific Studies

 

Project researchers must comply with current regulations and standards governing scientific activity.

 

The researcher responsible for the project selected as a finalist must present the documents and certificates attesting to his academic training and the support of a legal entity.

 

Use of submitted material - Terms and Conditions

 

Evaluation of the Competition: The members who have submitted works and who have been nominated for an award, will be asked to provide copies of high quality for evaluation on the final decision, such copies will be kept in our archive, being at our discretion their use for promotional reasons of the  Contest..

 

The Competition reserves the right to declare void categories that do not have work with a technical and quality level according to the standards of this type of projects.

 

Contest: 

 

Varieties of projection formats will be accepted, contacting each selected participant to discuss the specific formats to use.

 

No work that has been accepted may be withdrawn by the entrant after the publication of the Contest program.

 

The scheduling and schedule of the evaluations will be carried out at the discretion of the different juries.

 

Promotions: 

 

We will seek to promote the Contest by presenting samples from the works in newspapers, radio, television, and other audiovisual media platforms, including, among others, the worldwide website, and social networks.

 

We shall be entitled to use excerpts from all productions submitted for such promotions at no cost, provided that such extracts do not exceed 2 minutes of music presented or 3 minutes in total duration (with respect to any individual production).

 

Images: 

 

Participants  acknowledge and  authorize the Competition the right to use all images and projects submitted to the Content for promotional purposes worldwide in all selected media, including social networks, without the requirement to credit such production or other parties involved. Without being required to make payments for the use of such material.

 

Photographs: 

 

Participants acknowledge and authorize the Competition the right to use all images and projects submitted to the Content for purposes worldwide in all selected media, including social networks. Without the obligation to make payments for the use of such material.  

 

Edition: 

 

The Competition reserves the right to edit the information and works provided by the participants for use in advertising materials and promotional materials.

 

 

 

Advertising: 

 

The  Competition is free or not to contact participants whose submissions have been selected as finalists or winners in one of the various categories of the Contest to require their support in the promotion of the  Contest and advertising with respect to it.

 

Library: 

 

All enrolled projects will be permanently retained by the Competition for educational, promotional, and archival purposes.

 

The Competition has the right to make the productions available to be viewed in online film libraries (before, during and after the  Contest  for a period of up to 12 months after the conclusion of the Contest) and for the reproduction in closed circuit to journalists, members of the general public and other guests to participate in the Contest..

 

The Contest will not pay royalties or taxes to participants.

 

Screenings outside the Competition:  

 

The Competition has the right to display productions and works in general at non-profit events during and after the end of the Contest for an unlimited time. These projections will be used to promote the charitable objective of competition, which is to inspire the public to experiment, feel part of the natural world and protect it.

 

The organizers of the Contest reserve the right to charge a general audience entry fee at various events where projections of finalist works and Contest winners will be held to cover the rental costs of such spaces and support staff at such events. Participants acknowledge and agree that they are not entitled to any type of payment in respect of the above conditions.

 

Obligations

 

-    By submitting a production, photograph, book, ilustration or scientific research to the Competition, the organizers assume that each participant has all the corresponding legal documentation together with the necessary accreditations in force, exempting the Contest from any legal liability, damages or damages to third parties.

 

-    The Competition assumes that the participant has obtained all the necessary legal authorizations with respect to his work in relation to material, photographs, performances, scripts and underlying works incorporated in said project.

 

-    The Competition assumes that the participant has all the legal authority necessary to make such presenting in accordance with all parties involved, complying with all stipulated terms and conditions.

 

-    In the event of any dispute relating to credits or copyright with respect to a project, the Competition  reserves the right to refuse the submission with respect to such work or retain any nomination or award with respect to it until the dispute is resolved in a legal manner.

 

-    In the event of damages to the Competition by the Entrant, the Entrant shall indemnify  and hold harmless  the  Contest, its judges, sponsors and partners, from and against all claims, claims, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses, including any legal expenses that may be incurred.

 

-    Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that circumstances may arise out of the reasonable control of the  Contest, forcing the organizers of the Contest to cancel and/or suspend it, accepting and acknowledging that the Contest will have no obligation to pay refunds for submitted materials or various fees and taxes.

 

-    In case of participating or being part of the staff hired by third-party companies in activities such as exhibitions, talks or others under the organization of the Contest, the Contest is exempt from all legal or monetary liability caused by death or personal injury, under the concept of negligence of third parties, due to the rental of sites and their staff for exhibitions and conferences among others.

-    In case of breach of contract or tort by the Contest, the Contest reserve the obligation to indemnify the participants, since the registration or participation in the Contest is completely free.

 

Bases for the evaluation of the production of documentaries, shorts, and inspirational shorts:

 

-    Two rounds of evaluation will be carryout.

 

-    All registrations received before the deadline will be reviewed by a selection jury and projects considered to be the best in each category will be nominated as finalists and submitted for consideration to the final jury.

 

-    All participants will be notified of the outcome of the evaluation process by the jury in the spring of 2020, prior to the public announcement about the finalist projects.

 

-    All finalist audiovisual categories will be reviewed by the final jury, which will select the winner of each category along with the production that will be chosen as the general winner of the Contest.

 

-    The winners will be announced in October 2020.

 

-    The selection jury as the final jury includes industry professionals from various countries, disciplines, ages, genders, and experience, with a history of achievements in their field.

 

-    The members of both juries are directly selected by the organization of the Contest.

 

-    Nomination and award decisions are made by the members of the selection jury and the final jury in absolute discretion and under complete impartiality.

 

-    All projects received before the registration deadline will be reviewed remotely by the jury, who will select the finalists and winners of the Contest in each of their categories.

 

Bases for photo evaluation:

 

-    Two rounds of evaluation will be carryout.

 

-    The selection jury as the final jury includes industry professionals from various countries, disciplines, ages, genders, and experience, with a history of achievements in their field.

 

-    The members of both juries are directly selected by the organization of the Contest.

 

-    The judges will look for original and unpublished photographs with a clear and strong narrative demanding the highest technical quality.

 

-    All projects received before the registration deadline will be reviewed remotely by the jury, who will select the finalists and winners of the Contest in each of their categories.

 

-    No individual feedback will be provided, and participants eligibility reasons will not be disclosed for confidentiality reasons.

 

Bases for the evaluation of Naturalistic / Scientific Illustration:

 

-    Two rounds of evaluation will be carryout.

 

-    The selection jury as the final jury includes industry professionals from various countries, disciplines, ages, genders, and experience, with a history of achievements in their field.

 

-    The members of both juries are directly selected by the organization of the Contest.

 

-    The judges will look for original and unpublished illustrations with a clear and strong narrative demanding the highest technical quality.

 

-    No individual feedback will be provided, and participants eligibility reasons will not be disclosed for confidentiality reasons.

 

-    All projects received before the registration deadline will be reviewed remotely by the jury, who will select the finalists and winners of the Contest in each of their categories.

 

Bases for book evaluation:

 

-    Two rounds of evaluation will be carryout.

 

-    The selection jury as the final jury includes industry professionals from various countries, disciplines, ages, genders, and experience, with a history of achievements in their field.

 

-    The members of both juries are directly selected by the organization of the Contest.

 

-    The judges will look for original and unpublished books with a clear and strong narrative demanding the highest technical quality.

 

-    No individual feedback will be provided, and participants eligibility reasons will not be disclosed for confidentiality reasons.

 

-    All projects received before the registration deadline will be reviewed remotely by the jury, who will select the finalists and winners of the Contest in each of their categories.

 

Bases for the evaluation of Scientific Studies / Reports:

 

-    Two rounds of evaluation will be carryout.

 

-    The selection jury as the final jury includes professionals from various countries, disciplines, ages, genders, and experience, with a history of achievements in their field.

 

-    The members of both juries are directly selected by the organization of the Contest.

 

-    The judges will seek original and unpublished studies or proposals with a clear and strong narrative demanding the highest technical quality.

 

-    No individual feedback will be provided, and participants eligibility reasons will not be disclosed for confidentiality reasons.

 

-    All projects received before the registration deadline will be reviewed remotely by the jury, who will select the finalists and winners of the Contest in each of their categories.

 

-    The judges will seek original and unpublished studies or proposals with a clear and strong narrative demanding the highest technical quality.

 

 

Digital Signature

 

-    By participating in this Contest, the participant agrees to the terms and conditions imposed, constituting a contract between the entrant and the organizers of the Contest. 

 

-    Submitting your work to the competition  is understood as a digital signature and your acceptance of this agreement.

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