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Rules & Guidelines

High Tide Student Film Festival

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Participants please carefully read and follow these contest rules:

  • Participants must be Southern California high school students in grades 9-12.
  • All participants may enter only one film as an individual or as part of a team of up to four students.
  • Film/video must be 3 minutes or less in its entirety, including credits (180 seconds maximum).
  • Film/video must be appropriate for all viewing ages.
  • Film/video must be original and wholly made by the individual or team.
  • Parent/teacher participation should be limited to coaching or acting in the film.
  • All participants part of a team are required to submit their own:
    • High Tide Student Application and Film Submission (Available on website March 15, 2021)
    • All forms should be signed by those 18 or older or by the parent/guardian of minors.
  • Filmmakers must give proper credit and comply with licensing rules (see below).
  • Filmmakers must have secured the rights to all of the materials appearing in the film using Student Video and Materials Licensing Agreement Form and policies set forth in the Aquarium’s Student Video and Materials Licensing Agreement.
  • Filmmakers must secure the image appearance/photo release consent form from all people depicted in their video/film using AoP Photo-Image Release Form.
  • Filmmakers give the Aquarium of the Pacific permission to show and post the full film and excerpts and distribute it to third parties such as the press.
  • Please follow all CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines when creating your film.

Finalists:

  • Finalists will be required to submit a Student Video and Materials Licensing Agreement Form, Aquarium of the Pacific Photo-Image Release Forms, and W-9 Form to the Aquarium of the Pacific by May 14, 2021 in order for their films to be screened and receive awards and cash prizes. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of the contest.
  • Finalists are required to attend the public Virtual Award Ceremony and Film Screening on June 2, 2021.
  • Winners will share the awards and cash prizes equally between all members of their team Copyrights. When student productions are to be displayed in public venues (High Tide Student Film Festival and Internet), students must get permission to use copyrighted material in their video production. Copyrighted material includes but is not limited to copyrighted still pictures, photos and images, music, logos, artwork, text or names, audio, and video clips. Students are responsible for obtaining the necessary written permissions on all copyrighted work.

Copyrights

When student productions are to be displayed in public venues (High Tide Student Film Festival and Internet), students must get permission to use copyrighted material in their video production. Copyrighted material includes but is not limited to copyrighted still pictures, photos and images, music, logos, artwork, text or names, audio, and video clips. Students are responsible for obtaining the necessary written permissions on all copyrighted work.

By entering the contest, the entrants agree to submit their own original work, do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others, and is in compliance with all copyright laws and with the terms of the Aquarium’s Student Video and Materials Licensing Agreement. Where an entrant has obtained permission to use another’s intellectual property, the entrant agrees to submit written proof of permission with the film entry and any required credits or citations that must be included.

For additional information, contact us at: HighTideFilmFestival@lbaop.org

Student Video and Materials Licensing Agreement Form

As the creator of your short film, you will be required to submit a signed copy of this form if you are selected as a finalist. Finalists will also be required to attach documentation for the licensing of any media pieces included in your short film, showing you have the rights to provide those materials to the Aquarium for the High Tide Student Film Festival and Contest. Students under 18 years old are required to submit with parent/guardian signature. The use of original work or royalty-free music, film clips, pictures, etc. is highly recommended to ensure films are not disqualified due to copyright infringement, as many copyright holders are not willing to provide permission for use.

Public domain images and film clips may be used in the video if the source is appropriately cited in the film’s credits. Written permission from the copyright holder is required to use any copyrighted material.

Original music or music that is in the public domain may be used in the video if the source is appropriately cited in the film’s credits. Written permission from the copyright holder is required to use any copyrighted material.

Aquarium of the Pacific Photo-Image Release Form

For anyone who is included in the video/film (i.e.: people who appear in a photo, video, audio recording, or other likeness such as their name), please have them sign this form. You can download and print this form in advance of filming. Students under 18 years old are required to submit with parent/guardian signature.

W-9 Form

All finalists, including all members of a team, are required to submit this form in order to receive any cash prizes. This form will require the student’s name, address, Tax Identification Number (social security number) and signature. In the case of a minor (students under 18 years old), the W-9 should be completed using the minor’s information. The signature can either be the minor’s signature or the parent/guardian.