Q. Can we enter previously made movies in The NYC Film Race?
A. No. All movies must be created during the 12-hour time period and must be based on the theme provided.
Q. Do we have to live in New York City to compete in The NYC Film Race?
A. No. The only geographic constraints are that one team representative must be in Manhattan on Saturday, September 30th for the Theme Announcement (exceptions apply, see question below) and someone must drop-off the finished film by midnight the following night at the drop-off location in Manhattan.
Q. Do I have to go to the Theme Announcement?
A. No, but you must specify on the online registration form that you don't plan on attending and prefer to receive your theme electronically. There is no alternative on hand delivering your film on Saturday night. A team member must physically deliver the finished film before midnight to the drop-off location in Manhattan.
Q. What genre do we have to use for the films?
A. The films may be in any genre the filmmakers like, including documentary. The filmmakers have creative control whether to make the film funny, scary, dramatic, etc... The only requirement is that the "Theme" and "Surprise Element" assigned at the Theme Announcement is included in the film. An example of a theme is "Dirty Laundry" or "Spare Change." The Surprise Element can be a prop (ex. toothbrush), a line of dialogue which must be spoken by a character in the film (ex. “Get out of my face!”) or an action which must be performed in the film (ex. walking up stairs)
Q. Do we need to obtain permits for exterior locations if we are shooting in NYC?
A. The responsibility of obtaining permits & location releases lies upon each participating team. If you plan on shooting in city streets, public parks, etc.., we strongly recommend that you research what is legal and what is illegal by going to the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. (For example; if you would like to shoot in the middle of 42nd Street in Times Square at 3AM, you will absolutely need to obtain a permit. If you would like to shoot handheld footage in Central Park, depending on what you are shooting, you will most likely not need a permit.) That being said, we do not require any paperwork regarding permits for exterior locations when you are submitting your finished films.
Q. What films will be screened?
A. All of the films that are submitted will be screened on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006. Films that are submitted "late", within 3 hours after the midnight deadline, are still eligible for inclusion in the screenings but are NOT eligible for prizes. The winners will be announced online by Friday, October 6th, 2006.
Q. Do the movies have to be in English?
A. No. They may be in any language you like, but we strongly advise foreign movies to be subtitled or dubbed (as English-speaking judges and audience will be viewing them).
Q. What is the age limit for the participants?
A. The only restriction on age is that the team representative must be 18 years of age or older.
Q. Is there a limit to the number of team members?
A. No. There is no maximum or minimum number of team members. So, if you think you can do it by yourself, go for it.
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