We are looking for submissions for the Improv on Screen category. We want people to submit videos where the content of the video has been improvised. Our curator, Nate DuFort, will choose submissions from among the entries that we will present during the 17th Annual Chicago Improv Festival. Submissions will be open until January 15th.
- Short description: A live action improvised narrative fiction told through the medium of video.
- Maximum length: 6 minutes
- Requirements: Your Submission must be an original live action short narrative video that exemplifies the art of improvisational storytelling. While the plot or story may be outlined or “tent-poled,” there may not be a single word of dialogue written for the project (unless it is being read by an actor within the context of the scene). Submissions may come from, but are not limited to, the following genres: comedy, action, drama, musical, horror, etc. Your submission should be a complete story that is presented in a clear, creative, and original way.
- Judging considerations: We are looking for creative excellence in videos that push the boundaries of improvisational narrative filmmaking and storytelling.
- The submissions should come in the form of a video link to the video piece with the ability to provide a hi-res version via data DVD or FTP upload if accepted.
- The Submission may not contain pornographic material or contain threats to any entity, place, group, or world peace; or violate any applicable laws.
- The Submission may not infringe any third party’s intellectual property rights or infringe any third party’s privacy rights.
- The Submission must not contain any third party work, INCLUDING ANY MUSICAL RECORDING OR COMPOSITION, unless (1) you have a license to use such work in the Submission from the owners/licensors; (2) such work is in the public domain; (3) your use of such work is clearly “fair use” under United States copyright law.
- Where required by law, you must have obtained appropriate releases for every person who appears recognizably in your Submission.
- No live animals may be used in the creation of a Submission unless you have obtained the consent of the animal’s owner and an affidavit from the animal owner or wrangler stating that the animal was not harmed in the making of the Submission. We encourage you to contact the local Humane Society prior to filming the Submission to verify appropriate animal safeguards on set.
You must not breach any contractual obligation in submitting your Submission.
GRANT OF LICENSE:
As between you and CIF, YOU will own all intellectual property related to your Submission and shall retain ownership of such intellectual property.
By submitting your Submission, you grant CIF a non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, publicly perform, display, reproduce, transmit, sublicense, and distribute in all media formats that exist now or in the future the Submission for CIF in connection with (1) the Festival and the promotion of the Festival; (2) the promotion of future iterations of the Festival and Awards; and (3) the promotion of the CIF Website (collectively, the “License”). The License shall commence on the date you submit your Submission to Vimeo and shall continue until April 30, 2015. You may revoke the License at any time by providing CIF with written notice to Natasha Bhamla (natashaCIF@gmail.com ), however, that if your Submission is selected as a Finalist before you provide such notice, the license shall become non-revocable.
CIF will not use your Submission for commercial purposes without your permission except as expressly set forth above. All rights not expressly granted by you with respect to your Submission are reserved.
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You shall indemnify, defend, and hold CIF harmless from any losses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from any third party action (a) asserting a breach by you of any representation, warranty, or obligation in these Official Rules; or (b) asserting that your Submission infringes or violates any law or any third party right, including any intellectual property right.