COMPETITION RULES


COMPETITION RULES

  • Every month or so Filmaka provides a competition topic, for example Stuck in Traffic.
  • You shoot a 3-5 min. short film about that topic, and upload it within the 4-week time frame.
  • 13 films will be selected per periodic competition cycle: 3 films by Filmaka Executives, 6 films by Participants in the competition, 2 films by Non-Competing Filmaka Members, and 2 films by Popular Vote.
  • All 13 films will be sent to the Jury who will select the top 3 winners for that contest:
  • First place award: $2500
  • Second place award: $1500
  • Third place award: $750
  • All 3 periodic prize winners (36 in total) are entered in the Feature Film Competition, along with no more than 4 winners from the Free Form Competition, and no more than 4 other entries selected by Filmaka Executives.

FEATURE FILM COMPETITION:

  • Filmaka provides the final competition topic, for example, "The Affair."
  • Between 40 and 44 Finalists will shoot a 3-5 min. short film about that theme or topic, and upload it within the 4-week time frame.
  • 1 winner out of the 40 to 44 Finalists will be chosen by the Jury, Filmaka executives, and all Filmaka members who have submitted a film in the monthly competition in the last 12 months (excluding the Finalists), to make a feature film produced by Filmaka in conjunction with Riverstone Pictures.

VOTING RULES IN THE PERIODIC COMPETITON:

KEY:
Filmaka Member:

Member who is competing: 5 votes. Member can vote on the Filmaka Website or through the Filmaka App.

Non-Competing Member: 3 votes. Member votes on the Filmaka Website or through the Filmaka App.

Popular Vote:

Registered User-1 vote. Can vote through the Filmka App only.

VOTING PROCESS FOR MEMBER:

Competing Member: for every Short that a Member submits, they can cast 5 votes in a five star ranking system, with 5 stars awarded to the Member's first choice, and one star awarded to the Member's fifth choice.

On the App or on the Website: After a Member logs in, they go to My Shortlist where they have a running list of films they like. Voting begins 2 days after the competition closes, and stays open for 7 days. During this time, the Member may rank and then vote for their 5 favorite films using the star system: 5 being the best film out of the ones they like, 1 being the film they like least out of the 5 films they chose-then they click Submit. They can change their vote before the 7-day deadline; after the deadline, their vote is final. A Member whose short is in competition may NOT vote for their own film. In addition, if they don't vote for 5 films during the 7-day voting timeframe, their Short will be disqualified.

Non-Competing Member: On the App or on the Website: After a Member logs in, they go to My Shortlist where they have a running list of films they like. Voting begins 2 days after the competition closes and stays open for 7 days. During the 7 days, the Non-Competing Member designates the three films they like best, rating them with 3, 2, or 1 stars and then they submit their vote. They can change their vote before the 7-day deadline; after the deadline, their vote is final.

VOTING PROCESS FOR POPULAR VOTE:

Registered User: Votes on the App only, not on the Website: After the Registered User logs in, they go to My Shortlist where they have a running list of the films they like. Voting begins 2 days after the competition deadline ends and stays open for 7 days. During the 7 days, the Registered User designates the film they like the best with 1 star and then submits their vote. They can change their vote before the 7-day deadline; after the deadline, their vote is final.

FEATURE FILM VOTING PROCESS:


Filmaka Members only: 1 vote

Filmaka Members can vote on the Filmaka Website or through the Filmaka App.

Filmaka Members who have submitted a film in the monthly competition in the last 12 months (excluding the Finalists) are eligible to vote in the Feature Film Competition with one vote.
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