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RULES

  1. CATEGORIES:
    "A".Amateur: (Non-Professional) where the maker has no financial or commercial object and produced without professional assistance.
    "B".Student: where the maker is a Student or Young Person in full time education up to an age limit of 25 but with only limited professional assistance. [ IF MORE THAN LIMITED PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE INVOLVED ENTER IN CLASS "C" ].
    "C".Open: applicable to any entrant ineligible in "A" or "B" and including all Professionals.

  2. SUBJECTS:
    Entries may be on any lawful subject, on any topic - Pornography as such, is excluded.

  3. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
    Note: No paper labels on DVDs.
    Videos must be on standard tape cassettes in Full Size DV, Mini DV, Digi 8 or, DVD-R formats in the PAL system.
    MiniDV or DVD-R only, in the NTSC system.
    Only one movie per cassette / disc which must have a minimum 15 seconds black leader. Cassette or disc clearly labelled with title and name of entrant. All awards leaders / trailers must be removed. [Cine film transferred to a high band video format is acceptable.]
    Entries must have been made in the last 6 years.
    Inclusion / use of borrowed footage up to a maximum of 10% of the total running time is permitted uf essential to the story line. See rule 9 on copyright.
    SOUND: Stereo tracks and HI-FI only - NOT MIX.
    The organisers reserve the right to exclude any entry deemed to contain scenes of violence for its own sake, explicit sex, excessive bad language or gratuitous racism. This applies to all titling.

  4. ENTRY FORMS:
    There is no restriction on the number of entries.
    EACH ENTRY MUST BE ON A SEPARATE ENTRY FORM
    Entry Forms must be completed in full, signed and dated.
    Entry forms and entries together with fees must be mailed pre-paid to the address on the entry form to arrive no later than the closing date. [The festival no longer runs - the page below is of historic interest only.]
    All entries will be acknowledged as soon as possible after receipt.

  5. ENTRY FEES:
    Amateurs £10. Students / Young People £5. Professionals £15.
    We much prefer payment in GBP (pounds sterling) by cheque, bankers draft drawn in sterling or currency notes.
    We can accept payment in other currencies but charge an extra 2 GBP for doing so.
    We regard 1.5 US dollars or 1.5 Euros or 2 Australian dollars as equivalent to 1 GBP.
    In other currencies people should use these levels as a standard - if in doubt round up amounts.
    We can only accept currency notes - NOT coins - so entrants must round-up fees when necessary.
    Entry Fees, methods of payment, return postage are as detailed on the entry form. Entries can be returned after the Festival if postage is pre-paid. CHEQUES etc.:- make payable to COTSWOLD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. These fees include postage of any prizes or diplomas.

  6. TROPHIES AND AWARDS:

    CATEGORY "A"

    CATEGORY "B"

    CATEGORY "C"

    1st. GOLD TROPHY plus £50 CASH 1st. GOLD TROPHY plus £50 CASH 1st. GOLD TROPHY
    2nd. SILVER TROPHY plus £40 CASH 2nd. SILVER TROPHY plus £40 CASH 2nd. SILVER TROPHY
    3rd. BRONZE TROPHY plus £30 CASH 3rd. BRONZE TROPHY plus £30 CASH 3rd. BRONZE TROPHY

    BEST OVERALL ENTRY IN THE FESTIVAL A SPECIAL AWARD ** PLUS £50 CASH **

    BEST of BRITISH TROPHY plus £50 CASH
    For the best entry on any aspect of British way of life, past or present by any author.
    Open to categories "A" & "B" only.
    plus
    PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY of AMERICA GOLD MEDAL
    SPONSORS AWARDS
    MERIT DIPLOMAS

    Any entry may win more than one award. The organisers may vary any of the cash prizes.

  7. JUDGING / ADJUDICATION:
    Preliminary: All entries will be screened in full and judged by individual competent judges appointed by the Festival Committee.
    Final Judging will be by different selected individual judges invited and appointed by the Festival Committee.
    All judges throughout will use a specific formula which takes into account all aspects of motion picture making. If in the opinion of the Judges no entry at a level in a category merits an award the Festival Committee will not make an award.
    Judges appraisals and critiques will be sent to all entrants after the Festival is concluded together with a catalogue of all entries and winners.
    Judges decisions are final, no correspondence will be entered into.
    ENTRIES IN EACH CATEGORY WILL BE JUDGED WITHIN ITS CATEGORY, LIKE WITH LIKE SUBJECTS, NOT ACROSS CATEGORIES, CLASSIFICATIONS OR SUBJECTS.

  8. RUNNING TIMES: (Important - these must be appropriately stated on the entry form)
    Categories "A" and "B" Maximum 16  minutes, including titles. Category "C" Maximum 22 minutes including titles.

  9. COPYRIGHT CLEARANCE: OF ALL VISUALS AND SOUND RECORDED IS THE ABSOLUTE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ENTRANT AND THE SIGNATORY ON THE ENTRY FORM.

  10. PACKAGING:
    Each Cassette / Disc must be clearly labelled with the Title and the full Name and Address of the Entrant. All packaging must be re-useable for return mailing. Entrants from Europe and Abroad must use the Customs Label applicable in their country. (In the unlikely event but should it apply, entrants must pay any customs clearance duty).

  11. SECURITY:
    The C.I.F.V.F. Committee will ensure reasonable care of all entries whilst in their possession but will not be responsible for any loss or damage how so ever caused.

  12. TYPE OF MOVIE: SYNOPSIS: PHOTOGRAPHS: BIOGRAPHY: STILLS OF FILM SCENES:
    Within each Category and with reference to type specified the Festival Committee will classify entries "Like with Like" subject for Judging.

The interpretation of these Rules by the Festival Committee is final, correspondence on this aspect will not be accepted.

THANK YOU FOR ENTERING OUR FESTIVAL.
WE WISH YOU EVERY SUCCESS.
PLEASE BRING OUR FESTIVAL TO THE ATTENTION OF
YOUR MOTION PICTURE PRODUCING FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES.

THE C.I.F.V.F. COMMITTEE.


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