World Scout Film Fest Rules

The World Scout Film Fest: #Rovers100 edition is an opportunity to explore the work that Scouts are doing to make our world a better place. There is no single theme, but there must be clearly identifiable link to Scouting in the films. By way of guidance, topics could include the way Scouts are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in areas such as the environment, climate change or gender equality, the culture and practice of peace and dialogue including Scouts’ work with refugees and migrants, the Scout heroes who make communities safer through their work in emergency preparedness, and response and humanitarian advocacy as well as the life of a Scout in the 21st century.

The World Scout Film Fest #Rovers100 edition will have three categories:

Short film (fiction)
Length: 10-20 minutes

Short film (documentary)
Length: 10-20 minutes

Social media video
Length: 1-3 minutes

18 – 26 years old, individuals or teams from anywhere in the world. The competition is open to non-Scouts, but they must collaborate with a Scout to complete the project.

Open and closing of submissions
The contest opens for submissions on 31 May 2018. The last day for submissions is 30 August 2018. All films should be submitted through this online form. Please include the Youtube link to your video (unlisted), a short biography of the filmmaker and the Scout affiliations of the team (no more than 100 words), as well as a short synopsis of your film.

The films can be produced in any language, but if they are in a language other than English they must have English subtitles embedded into the video. Videos without subtitles will not be considered in the official selection process.

Production year
Films must have been completed in, or after, 2017.

Short-list, selection criteria and special recognitions
For each category Short Film, Documentary, and Social media video the jury will choose five films for the official selection. Creators of the shortlisted videos will be asked to submit the original video in full HD Quality (1920 x 1080), .mp4, .mov and complete an ‘authorisation release form’ for WOSM.

The jury
The international jury will consist of five people – three representatives from Scouting and two professional filmmakers.

Considerations for selection
The jury will consider the films’ technical and creative merit, as well as the way in which Scouting and its activities are portrayed. The main factors that will be taken into consideration will be storytelling, creativity, production values, impact and the representation of Scouting.

The jury will select a winner for each category. The winning directors (one person per team), or another member chosen by each team, of the documentary and short film (fiction) categories will be flown to Malaysia to present their work in front of the World Scout Film Fest audience at a special event in Kuala Lumpur in February 2019. The production team will receive a package of special Scouting memorabilia. The winning social media video
moviemakers will receive a package of Scouting memorabilia.
All the films will be featured on World Scouting’s official channels.
No money will be given as a prize under any circumstances.

Special Considerations

Regulations in certain countries prohibit the use of the image of a child or minor without the signed consent of their parents. For the World Scout Film Fest we require that all entrants secure approvals from the parents or guardians of any minors featured in their films. Each director or team leader must complete the authorisation form below in order to enter the competition. The form is confirmation that the parents or legal guardians of the children and young people who appear in the video are aware of, and have agreed to, their appearance in the film. It is also the director or team leader’s agreement to World Scouting using their film for promotional purposes. Entries without the authorisation form will not be considered.

Download the Authorisation Form for the World Scout Film Fest here.

Music & Soundtrack
Any soundtrack or music used for the production of the video must be royalty free, with paid royalty rights or from original authorship.

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