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The Film Slam will take place starting the evening of Friday, September 8 through the evening of Sunday, September 10. The public showing of the completed films will be held at the Bradford Academy Building which is located at 172 North Main Street in Bradford, Vermont.
Anyone who is interested in participating can participate! You do not need to have any experience making films (although that would obviously be helpful!) There is no age restriction or age minimum. We have had participants from all age groups and all walks of life participate in past competitions. All are welcome!
There is no minimum of maximum number of members for a team. A team can be comprised of one person or as many team members as needed. Of course, you may want to think about how the prize money will be disbursed among team members if you win!
You need to be able to create your film within 48 hours. This includes all “creative endeavors” related to the film. All creative endeavors performed in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. “Creative endeavors” include but are not limited to writing the script, rehearsing, costume/set design, filming, editing, sound work and rendering the film. The only work allowed prior to the competition are organizing your crew, organizing your cast, securing needed equipment and scouting/securing possible locations.
The film must be no longer than 7 minutes long with an additional 1 minute allowed for credits.
At the start of the slam, you will be given the specific items that must be in your film including:
No. There is no registration fee for teams that which to participate. However, due to time constraints at the public showing, we can only accommodate up to ten teams.
There are four cash prizes. The First Place team wins $500. The Second Place team wins $250. The Third Place team wins $100 and the People’s Choice Winner wins $100. In addition, other non-cash award certificates are presented for other categories such as “Best Use of Prop,” “Best Use of Location,” etc.
Judging is done by a panel of experts from the filming community and is conducted privately during intermission. Judges discuss each film collectively and then rate each film on a variety of factors. The results are then tabulated and the winning films are determined based on that tabulation. The People’s Choice winner is decided by paper ballot provided to all audience members. Those votes are also tabulated during intermission and the film with the largest number of votes is the winner of this award. In the unlikely event of a tie, the Executive Director will provide the additional vote need to determine a winner.
The weekend will begin with a free pizza party on Friday held in the conference room at the front of the Bradford Academy Building at 6 PM. Just before 7 PM, we will move to the auditorium to begin the competition at 7 PM. Genres will be selected and other film requirements (line of dialogue, prop, etc.) will be announced at this time. Shortly after this, team will be released to begin their film production. Completely rendered films must be turned at the registration desk in the Bradford Academy Building no later than 7 PM on Sunday, September 10. We prefer to have films copied to a thumb drive although CDs are also acceptable.
Teams are responsible for procuring their own video equipment, computer equipment, editing software, etc. If you do no have equipment, we will do our best to help you locate some for loan or rental. However, we cannot guaranty that we will be able to locate the needed equipment for you.
Teams are responsible for procuring any housing to accommodate out-of-town team members but we are happy to help you locate housing if needed. We have had volunteer hosts house teams in the past. However, we cannot guaranty that we can find free housing for you. We are also happy to provide a list of area hotels, motels, B & B’s or other housing options available for a fee.
The most important thing is to have fun! Even if you are not able to complete your film within the designated time and qualify for prizes, we will still be happy to present your film at the public showing. A few things to be aware of that have tripped teams up in the past:
Filmmakers are responsible for providing release forms for anyone seen in their films. The Cohase Chamber of Commerce is not responsible for any lawsuits or litigation arising from including people in a film without their express written consent.