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FAQ

1.                   I am an international user.  Am I eligible to participate in Project: Direct?

 

If you are a resident of the United States, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Spain or the United Kingdom, are 18 years of age and are legally considered an adult in your country of residence, you are eligible to enter Project: Direct. Get those cameras rolling!

 

2.         I don’t live in any of those countries, but I’m a great filmmaker. Why can’t I enter?

 

            While we wish we could include residents of all countries in Project: Direct, many countries have different laws about running contests and we weren’t able to create a contest with rules that are fair and would apply equally for everyone around the world.  We do, however, encourage you to send your video creations to filmz@youtube.com for possible featuring on the YouTube site.

 

3.         Can I submit more than one film to Project: Direct?

 

Each eligible entrant may submit up to two entries for consideration.  If more than two entries are submitted by a single entrant, only the first two entries received will be considered by the judging panel.

 

4.         Can I use music in my short film?

 

Yes, as long as it is your original music or you have received permission to use such music from the copyright holder(s). (X)

 

5.         Can I use a clip of my favorite film or TV show in my short film?

 

Unfortunately, no. Refer to our copyright tips to ensure that your film does not contain infringing material and remains eligible for consideration.

 

6.         Can I have a logo or label in my video?

 

You can have your own personal logo or personal brand identifiers, however if your video contains names, logos, trademarks, copyrights, or any other third party intellectual property, it will not be eligible for Project: Direct.

 

7.         Does a prop have to appear in the film, or do I just need to mention it?

 

To qualify for the competition, two props from the designated list on the Project: Direct contest channel and the red telephone must appear in the film.

 

8.         Does my prop have to look exactly like the one on the Project: Direct contest channel?

      No, just let these images be a guide.  You can use any pie, any skateboard, etc.  Just remember, no brands or logos!

 

9.         I have an awesome prop that's not on this list - can I use it?

 

      Sure, but you still have to use two props from the designated list as well as the red telephone.

 

10.        I don't have a red phone, can I use a white one instead?

 

      No, the challenge is to use a red phone. Get creative – break out the finger paints or make a "phone" out of red paper if you want... you get the idea.

 

11.        How are the top 10 films chosen?

 

To be eligible for selection as a top 10 film, your video must meet the following requirements:

o   Running time: No more than 5 minutes long, including credits

o   Video Formats: YouTube accepts video files from most digital cameras, camcorders and cell phones in the .WMV, .AVI, .MOV and .MPG file formats

o   Language: English or subtitled in English (accurately translated)

o   Comply with YouTube Terms of Use

 

If your film meets the various requirements referred to above, a panel comprised of Sundance Film Festival executives will evaluate your entry based on the following criteria:

o   Creativity and Originality (up to 25 points)

o   Screenplay and Actor Performances (up to 25 points)

o   Technical Execution: Camera/Sound/Lighting/Editing (up to 25 points)

o   Overall Impression (up to 25 points)

 

12.        What happens if I make the top 10?

 

If you make the top 10, your film will be displayed on the Project: Direct contest landing page on the YouTube site on December 27t.  The YouTube user community will then review the 10 finalists and vote for a winner.

 

13.        What happens if I don’t make the top 10?

 

Top films that do not make the top 10 may be featured on YouTube at the discretion of the Contest’s sponsors.

 

14.        Where am I going if I win?

 

You’re going to the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah from January 17 - 21.

 

15.        What happens when I get there?

 

You get a meeting with the 2009 Sundance Film Festival’s Director of Programming, access to industry events, a screening of your film at a festival event, and DVD distribution of your film to industry executives at the Sundance Film Festival.  Finally, you’ll get $2,500 in prize money and the chance to see your film broadcast on the YouTube homepage in countries across the world.

 

16.        What if I don’t win, but come close?  Do I get anything?

 

Yes, you do, if your film comes in 2nd or 3rd place. Our 2nd place winner will receive $2500 and DVD distribution to industry executives at the Festival, and our 3rd place winner will receive $1000 and the DVD distribution to industry executives at the Festival.

 

17.        Will my film be an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival?

 

No, your film will not appear within the Festival’s official short film programming, however the festival will incorporate a screening of your film into a special event.

 

18.        Will there be another contest if I don't make the cut this first time?

 

We’ll do our best to bring you a third installment of Project: Direct next year!

 




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