These Rules are the set out for FOR COMMON GOOD Global Arts for Social Change Festival, organized by the CFAFF/FOR COMMON GOOD; a non-profit organization incorporated in Trinidad and Tobago in 2016.
The film element of the festival is a “Showcase.” By submitting your film to the Festival, you accept these Rules.
Participation is open to filmmakers from any country who are at least 18 years old at the time of entry.
By submitting, you agree to these Rules and confirm your eligibility to enter the Competition.
2. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
You are required to submit original audio-visual work (Submission) in compliance with the stipulations listed in the following section between January 15, 2021 and March 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Submissions will be reviewed between March 15, 2021 and May 16, 2021. Submissions selected to be screened at the Festival will be announced on May 24, 2021.
It should be noted that the festival has no competition elements and participation is an opportunity to showcase work to a world audience and contribute to a global arts for social change movement.
Participants are allowed to submit more than one film.
Video file submission must be the highest quality possible complying with the hosting platform’s recommended compression and uploading guidelines e.g. ( or DROPBOX)
Submissions will not be returned and CFAFF/FOR COMMON GOOD holds the right to disqualify any Submission at any time for non-compliance with the Rules. All decisions by CFAFF/FOR COMMON GOOD are final and we retain the right to not notify applicants of any disqualification or the reasons for such disqualification.
3. SELECTION CRITERIA
Each Submission must:
1 Be an original work by you. You must be one of the Submission’s primary creators and retain the necessary right to publicly display the work. Submissions must also use royalty free music or have explicit permission to utilize the music used in the production.
2 Be in the English language or have English subtitles (to the extent it contains dialogue or text).
3 Be in Short Film format (i.e. with a run time of 1 minute to 10 minutes) and can be excerpts from longer work.
4 Comply with all content requirement and restrictions set out in these Rules.
5 Films should be no more than two years old.
Submissions will be judged based on the following elements:
1 Originality - The uniqueness and originality of the Submission.
2 Creativity - The effective use of imagination as evidenced in the Submission.
3 Message - Does the Submission clearly depict social change elements and is the message it sends effective.
4 Submissions will be judged based upon the above elements.
4. SUBMISSION RESTRICTIONS
The submission must also comply with the restrictions below:
1 Submissions may not contain pornographic material; contain threats to any entity, place, group, or violate any applicable laws.
2 The Submission may not infringe any third party’s intellectual property rights or infringe any third party’s privacy rights.
3 The Submission must not contain any third party work, unless you have owner authorization to use such work or such work is in the public domain
4 Entrants must not breach any contractual obligation by the act of Submission. Entrants must provide any licenses, permissions, or releases to Competition
Parties upon request. Failure to provide such documentation or comply with any the foregoing requirements may result in the disqualification of your Submission. By entering your Submission, you represent and warrant that it complies with all Competition Rules set out in this document.
You will own all intellectual property related to your Submission and shall retain ownership of such intellectual property. By submitting your Submission, you grant CFAFF/FOR COMMON GOOD a non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, edit, publicly perform, display, reproduce, transmit, sub-license, and distribute in all media formats that exist now or in the future the Submission in connection with (1) the Festival; (2) the promotion of future Festivals; and (3) the promotion of CFAFF/FOR COMMON GOOD's Websites (collectively, the License).
The License shall commence on the date Submissions are received by to the CFAFF/FOR COMMON GOOD and shall continue indefinitely. You may revoke the License at any time by providing CFAFF/FOR COMMON GOOD with written notice provided, however, that if your Submission is selected as a “Official Selection”, before you provide such notice, the license shall become non-revocable. The Competition Parties 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. By entering your Submission, you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant the licenses set forth in this document.
CFAFF/FOR COMMON GOOD shall be indemnified by you against harm from any losses, legal fees and ill repute arising from any third party action representative of any breach by you of misrepresentation, ownership of license, obligations in these Rules, violation of laws and infringement of copyright.
CFAFF/FOR COMMON GOOD will select a panel of qualified judges to review each submission and thereby shortlist entries that will be chosen to be screened during the festival and retain final say on said submissions and their eligibility to be included in said festival. Upon request, each shortlisted Submission must provide the Festival Parties with any documentation reasonably requested. Failure to do so in a timely manner may result in removal from the shortlist.
8. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
In no event will CFAFF/FOR COMMON GOOD or its affiliates, officers, employees or representatives be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind arising out of your participation in this Competition.
If for any reason this Festival is unable to run as planned, or any other causes which, in the sole opinion of The Festival Parties, the Festival Parties reserve the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Festival. Notice will be posted via competition online channels.
10. DISPUTES; MANDATORY ARBITRATION
The Festival Parties’ decisions on all matters relating to this festival are final and binding in all respects.
All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforce-ability of these Rules, or the rights and obligations of you and The Festival Parties in connection with this Festival, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws, and all proceedings, including proceedings to enforce this provision, shall take place exclusively in Trinidad and Tobago.